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SELCAL codes

The SELCAL (Selective Calling) system has been a staple of the airliner flightdeck since HF radio became common on long range routes. It enables the crew to mute the radio, alleviating the need to listen to high levels of background noise for long periods of time. When needed, the ATC unit can transmit their unique code, which triggers a warning on the flight deck alerting the crew to listen to the radio. For more on the system see this Wikipedia article. The table below shows the SELCAL codes for most of the VC10 airframes. Whenever a VC10 was sold, the new owner would have to apply to get a new code allocated but in some cases the airframe kept the same code. As the Gulf Air VC10s stayed registered to BOAC/BA initially, they most likely kept their SELCAL codes. If you know of any codes that I have not listed below, please get in touch.

Production number Type Registration SELCAL code Owner Sold as SELCAL code New owner(s)
803 1100 G-ARTA   BAC G-ARTA   Laker Airways/BUA/BCal
804 1101 G-ARVA AMFG BOAC 5N-ABD   NA
805 1101 G-ARVB AMGH BOAC    
806 1101 G-ARVC AMGJ BOAC ZA144 EFAK GA/RAF
807 1101 G-ARVE AMGK BOAC    
808 1101 G-ARVF AMHJ BOAC AMHJ UAE
809 1101 G-ARVG AMHK BOAC ZA141 EFAG GA/RAF
810 1101 G-ARVH AMJK BOAC    
811 1101 G-ARVI AMKL BOAC ZA142 EFAH GA/RAF
812 1101 G-ARVJ BDFJ BOAC ZD493   RAF
813 1101 G-ARVK BDFK BOAC ZA143 EFAJ GA/RAF
814 1101 G-ARVL BDGH BOAC ZA140 EFAD GA/RAF
815 1101 G-ARVM EFDL BOAC    
819 1103 G-ASIW FGJL BUA/BCAL 7Q-YKH   AM
820 1103 G-ASIX FGJM BUA/BCAL A4O-AB FGJM SO
823 1102 9G-ABO DFJK GhA      
824 1102 9G-ABP   GhA      
825 1103 G-ATDJ DF-K? BUA/BCAL XX914   RAE
826 1106 XR806 EGAJ RAF      
827 1106 XR807 AJKM RAF      
828 1106 XR808 BKCL RAF      
829 1106 XR809   RAF G-AXLR   RR
830 1106 XR810 BLGK RAF      
831 1106 XV101 BLGJ RAF      
832 1106 XV102 BLHK RAF      
833 1106 XV103 CFAB RAF      
834 1106 XV104 CFAE RAF      
835 1106 XV105 CFAH RAF      
836 1106 XV106 CFDE RAF      
837 1106 XV107 CFDM RAF      
838 1106 XV108 EGAK RAF      
839 1106 XV109 EGAL RAF      
851 1151 G-ASGA EFDJ BOAC ZD230 EFBK RAF
852 1151 G-ASGB EFDK BOAC    
853 1151 G-ASGC BDFG BOAC    
854 1151 G-ASGD BDGJ BOAC    
855 1151 G-ASGE BDGK BOAC    
856 1151 G-ASGF BDGL BOAC    
857 1151 G-ASGG BDHJ BOAC ZD235   RAF
858 1151 G-ASGH BDHK BOAC    
859 1151 G-ASGI BDHM BOAC    
860 1151 G-ASGJ BDJK BOAC    
861 1151 G-ASGK BDKL BOAC    
862 1151 G-ASGL BDKM BOAC ZD240 BLJK RAF
863 1151 G-ASGM BFJL BOAC ZD241 FHGK

RAF

864 1151 G-ASGN BFJM BOAC    
865 1151 G-ASGO BFKL BOAC    
866 1151 G-ASGP BFKM BOAC ZD242   RAF
867 1151 G-ASGR BFLM BOAC    
881 1154 5X-UVA ELAJ EAA    
882 1154 5H-MMT ELAH EAA ZA147 LMGK RAF
883 1154 5Y-ADA ELAK EAA ZA148   RAF
884 1154 5X-UVJ ACBG EAA ZA149 LMFG RAF
885 1154 5H-MOG ACBH EAA ZA150 LMHJ RAF

 

The original SELCAL placards showed the unique code and the registration of the aircraft.
The original SELCAL placards showed the unique code and the registration of the aircraft.
Photo J. Hieminga
In contrast, some of the converted tankers sported Dymo labels next to the SELCAL attention lights.
In contrast, some of the converted tankers sported Dymo labels next to the SELCAL attention lights.
Photo J. Hieminga

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