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ERTC 2014 Final results



Written by OH2BH   



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ETRC 2014 (European Radiosport Team Championship), the youth version of WRTC 2014, was held in Virrat, Finland one week after the Boston WRTC event with 15 three-person youth teams seated in one room in front of their computers and connected to the global Amateur Radio simulator over the internet, all in Virtual Reality. Once again, the latest technology was utilized in Amateur Radio for the benefit of Amateur Radio’s future and by Amateur Radio operators themselves.
In total, ERTC 2014 activated hundreds of young people and licensed radio amateurs in full harmony within the participating 44 countries. ERTC 2014 was a huge success bringing youth and seasoned hams together around the same fireworks in the spirit of international Amateur Radio.
But Mother Nature added to the excitement as a thunderstorm knocked off electricity in the area and power was restored only 5 minutes prior to the start of the contest. It was a Le Mans type of hectic start leaving many teams in the starting grid. The Head Judge, Hans, PB2T, President of IARU Region 1, ruled the first 22 minutes out to give a level playing field to those slow in booting their contest machines and putting their racing helmets on.
When the dust had settled, the following three teams stood on the podium with their medals:
GOLD MEDAL, CZECH REPUBLIC:  Sarka Vavrova, OK2SVA (21); Jindrich Kostal, OK1NOR (24) and Jan “Honza” Dohnalek, OK1JD (20)
SILVER MEDAL, ITALY;: Nicola Tonci, IZ6TSA (20); Gabry Iuliani, IT9RGY (26) and Orazio Intagliata, IT9DBF (25)
BRONZE MEDAL, ESTONIA: Keijo Kapp, ES1XQ (17); Tauri Helimets, ES5HTA (29) and Keven Mekk, ES6AXS (18)
As Silver and Bronze teams were less than three multipliers apart, the fact that the S/W platform (HamSphere 3.0) used in the contest logged all QSOs into the system, gave the organizers full confidence in verifying each station and their exchange. Only seven (7) multiplier uniques were found in the database and they did not affect the final rankings.

WE ARE PROUD TO PRESENT ERTC CONTINENTAL WINNERS

 

Europe: Gaudentas Mozura, LY3BHY
Asia: Faisal Al-Ajmi, 9K2RR
South America: Jairo Ramos Sansone, PU3JAI
Oceania: Eko, 91HS576 (Central Java, Indonesia)
Africa: Tarek Zeidan, SU1TZ
North America: ARRL Centennial, W100AW*
*W100AW was activated by Martti Laine, OH2BH as part of the ARRL Centennial celebrations in Hartford, Connecticut. Thanks (K1ZZ) and congratulations to the American Radio Relay League.

YOTA 2014 & ERTC 2014

ERTC 2014 was part of a European wide youth gathering known as Youngsters On The Air (YOTA) which is held every year in different European Union countries under EU and International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) sponsorship with the aim of bringing youth together in the spirit of cultural exchange and learning from one another in all segments of Amateur Radio, science and electronics. This year fifteen EU countries were represented. ERTC also brought young people together globally over the internet, using Amateur Radio simulation software on a shared platform - all in the natural hangout of today’s youth.

HAMSPHERE (HS) PLATFORM

HS is an Amateur Radio (AR) simulation software package giving a hands-on opportunity to youngsters who wish to experience AR in its natural setting while still busy with their studies and not able to take a ham exam or to invest in actual AR equipment. HS coexists with real AR with true propagation science, QSL collection and a variety of contest formats and related equipment. It offers an experience which will encourage young people to study for a ham license and thus enter our wonderful world of Amateur Radio. The latest breakthrough in the simulation software features real-time propagation and system integrated logging, instant QSLing and awards.

ERTC 2014 PATRON

The  ERTC 2014 event was honored to have Professor Rumen Gechev, LZ1MS of WRTC 1990 fame as patron of this first-ever Amateur Radio-like WRTC simulation over the internet. Rumen himself finished  4th in 1990 in  the first WRTC held in Seattle, WA. He has subsequently proceeded with life with a highly impressive career as Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister and currently as Professor in Economics and Sustained Development at the  University of National and Word Economy in Sofia, Bulgaria,  adding to his Visiting Professor duties at many leading universities. Rumen has  not lost interest in Amateur Radio and he was active during ERTC 2014 giving an LZ multiplier to many participating youth teams – including his own Team Bulgaria.

SCORES OF TOP SIX ERTC STATIONS

 

TEAM                         CALL            CONTACTS   MULT   ACCURACY          SCORE
1: Czech Rep.             OJ45OK             157                61           0.1%                 430.172
2: Italy                         OJ78IT               166                60           0.5%                 397.914
3: Estonia                    OJ56ES              159                57           0.1%                 382.838
4: Slovakia                  OJ37OM            138                60           0.7%                 350.584
5: Croatia                    OJ349A              154               41           1.0%                  341.682
6: UK                           OJ54UK             142               48           0.6%                  325.185

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR PICTURES, CLARIFICATIONS, TEAM & TECHNICAL INTERVIEWS etc:

 

YOTA 2014: Lisa Leenders, PA2LS, IARU Youth Coordinator
ERTC 2014: Martti Laine, OH2BH, ERTC Coordinator

Amateur Radio Newsline™ Report 1929 - August 1 2014









Amateur Radio Newsline™ report number 1929 with a release
date of August 1  2014 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

The following is a QST.  The Amateur Radio Parity Act gains
new co-sponsors; the Internet of Things could impact United
Kingdom hams; Australian radio amateurs forced to
temporarily share the 70 centimeter band with commercial
interests; hams respond to northern California wildfire and
changes coming to the famed Pennsylvania QSO Party.  Find
out the details are on Amateur Radio Newsline report number
1929 coming your way right now.


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RADIO LAW:  AMATEUR RADIO PARITY ACT GAINS NEW CONGRESSIONAL
SUPPORT

The just-concluded ARRL National Centennial Convention in
Hartford, Connecticut, helped to impart added energy into
efforts to line up co-sponsors for "The Amateur Radio Parity
Act of 2014" also known as House of Representatives measure
H R 4969.  Amateur Radio Newsline's Gary Bernstein, N9VU,
has the details:

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H R 4969 was introduced in the US House of Representatives
with bipartisan support in late June.  It asks Congress to
direct the FCC to apply the "reasonable accommodation" three-
part test of the PRB-1 federal pre-emption policy to private
land-use restrictions regarding antennas.

The measures primary sponsor is Republican Representative
Adam Kinzinger of Illinois.  It received initial co-
sponsorship from Democrat Joe Courtney of Connecticut.  Four
additional members of the House had since signed aboard to
co-sponsor the bill by July 24th.  On July 29th, ARRL Hudson
Division Director Mike Lisenco, N2YBB, posted to Facebook
that two more House law makers had thrown their support to H
R 4969.  .

By way of background, right now present PRB-1 only applies
to state and municipal land-use ordinances.  The FCC has
indicated that it will not act to provide the same legal
protections from private land-use agreements -- often called
covenants, conditions, and restrictions without direction
from Congress.  As such, the Amateur Radio Parity Act of
2014 is an attempt by the League to muster the needed push
to get the FCC to act on this matter.

Speaking at the convention, ARRL General Counsel Chris
Imlay, W3KD, says that there already is precedent for the
FCC to act.  He explains that the Commission's so-called
Over-the-Air Receiving Device rules currently preempt
private land-use agreements to permit the installation of
television antennas and satellite dishes.  Based on this,
Imlay suggests that making the leap to reasonably
accommodating outdoor amateur radio antennas is within the
FCC's regulatory scope.   This, given the established strong
federal interest in effective amateur radio communication.

On the other side, Imlay said the bill faces opposition from
the Community Associations Institute and an organization
called Associa.  The latter has already suggested to
Representative Kinzinger that he "re-think" the bill.  As
such, Imlay says that a lot more co-sponsors are needed for
this bill.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Gary Bernstein, N9VU,
reporting.

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The ARRL reports that Representative Courtney visited the
ARRL Centennial Convention on July 19 to speak with League
officials and those attending the event.  A more in-depth
look at the Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014 and how to
support it is on the web at www.arrl.org/hr-4969  (ARRL,
Facebook)

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RADIO OPINION:  HAM TAKES ISSUE WITH AMATEUR RADIO PARITY
ACT

While the ARRL has been very successful in getting HR 4969
before the House of Representatives it appears as if not
every ham is in favor of its being passed into law.  In an
interview on the video podcast HamRadioNow, viewer Mike
Alexander, N8MSA takes what he calls a principled stand
against the measure.

N8MSA spends about 40 minutes explaining his point of view
and answering questions from moderator Gary Pearce, KN4AQ.
You can see the interview in episode 158 of the video
podcast HamRadioNow at hamradionow.tv.    (HamRadioNow)

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WORLDBEAT:  UK REGULATOR CALLS FOR INPUT ON INTERNET OF
THINGS

United Kingdom telecommunications regulator Ofcom has
published a Call for Input.  This, to help it understand the
actions required to ensure that nation takes a leading role
in the emerging Internet of Things.

According to Wikipedia, the Internet of Things can refer to
a wide variety of devices such as heart monitoring implants,
biochip transponders on farm animals, automobiles with built-
in sensors, or field operation devices that assist fire-
fighters in search and rescue.  Current market examples
include smart thermostats and washer/dryers that utilize
wifi for remote monitoring.

The Ofcom Call for Input seeks views to inform the U-K
regulatory body's understanding of these and other
developments, enabling it to better support the emergence of
the Internet of Things. Many future devices will be
connected wirelessly and the availability of radio spectrum
will be an important enabler especially at 2.4 and 5
Gigahertz.

For this reason the Internet of Things could mean using
Amateur and Amateur Satellite Service spectrum for other
services.  The closing date for United Kingdom hams and
others to respond is October 1, 2014.  (Ofcom, Southgate)

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RADIO LAW:  TEMPORARY REASSIGNMENT OF COMMERCIAL SERVICES
INTO AUSTRALIAN AMATEUR 70CM BAND

Some bad news for hams living down under.  This with word
that a 400 MHz and above  spectrum review held in 2010 has
identified a need for using part of the 70 cm amateur band,
on a temporary basis, for what the Australian Communications
and Media Authority or ACMA has termed the orderly repacking
of 400 MHz commercial services.  Amateur Radio Newsline's
Stephan Kinford, N8WB, reports:

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Specifically, the Australian Communications and Media
Authority has advised the nations ham radio community that
as part of the ongoing 400 MHz band plan review that it will
be necessary to temporary move some commercial services into
the 442.5 to 444 and 446.5 to 448 MHz segments of the 70
centimeter band.

Commercial services will be assigned on a secondary basis
with equal status to the amateur service.  The ACMA says
that it will coordinate frequency assignments to avoid
interference issues with existing licensed amateur services.
Clubs that currently hold licenses for repeater links or
other purposes in these band segments were being advised to
contact the Wireless Institute of Australia for further
information. The WIA is the recognized national society
serving that nations ham radio community.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Stephen Kinford, N8WB,
reporting.

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This ACMA says that this reassignment will be required
starting now and continuing through to the end of 2015.
(VK2ASD, WIA)

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PROPAGATION NEWS:  VK 723 KHZ BEACON TEMPORARILLY QRT

The VK3FI 473 kHz CW beacon at Mildura, Australia, has been
temporarily taken off the air for some required maintenance
and improvements.  The work includes the errection of a new
antenna support and feeder cables as well as relocating the
home-made beacon into a rack assembly.  According to reports
this work will likely take a couple of months after which it
will resume its nightly transmission from is location in the
far north west of Australia's Victoria state.  (VK3PC)

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DX UP FRONT:  LICHTENSTEIN SEPTEMBER 13 TO 20
In DX up front, DL2SBY will be active from Liechtenstein
between September 13th and the 20th.  Operations will be on
80 through 10 meters including 30, 17 and 12 meters using
CW, SSB and RTTY.  QSL to DL2SBY, direct, via the bureau as
well as through PayPal requests.  (OPDX)

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DX UP FRONT:  TOGO SEPTEMBER 25 TO OCTOBER 3
The Czech DXpedition Team will be on the air from Togo
between September 25th and October 3rd.  Activity will be on
160 through 10 meters using CW, SSB and some of the digital
modes. The group also plans to take part in the CQ World
Wide DX RTTY Contest on September 27th and 28th.  QSL's go
via OK6DJ, direct, via the bureau, eQSL, Logbook to the
World, or using the Oh QRS on ClubLog.  (OPDX)

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Time for you to identify your station.  We are the Amateur
Radio Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world
including the KA5GLX repeater serving Clear Lake Texas.

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WITH NEWSLINE:  A NEW VIDEO ADDITION AT WWW.ARNEWSLINE.ORG

Thanks to the work of Kevin Trotman, N5PRE and Don Wilbanks,
AE5DW, we have a new and highly visible addition to our
website.  If you take your web browser to www dot arnewsline
dot org, and start scrolling down, you will see we have
posted an abbreviated video version. This is actually the
same video we produce weekly for the TWiT-TV program Ham
Nation and at our recent BoD meeting we decided to make it
directly available to all of you as well.

Please note that due to the different production schedules,
the video version will be released a few days after the
audio and text.  Also, you can only view it at our website;
at least for now.  We are sorry, but we will not be able to
provide automatic direct down linking for the foreseeable.
Of coarse you can also view it as a part of the TWiT TV
program Ham Nation. Please take a look and let us know what
you think.  (ARNewsline)

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RESCUE RADIO:   MARITIME MOBLE SERVICES NET HANDLES LAND
BASED EMERGENCY

Some good work by the Maritime Mobile Service Network as it
helped in a recent land based incident.  We have more in
this report:

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The Maritime Mobile Service Network normally helps hams at
sea but on July 24th it took on a land based situation.
This after net control station Ken Porter, A-C-zero-M-L,
received a distress call from George Molnar, KF2T, on 14.300
MHz which is the nets longtime home frequency.

Molnar told Porter that he had witnessed a tractor-trailer
overturn on Nevada Highway 318, approximately 26 miles south
of US Route 93.  The location was in a deep canyon with no
cellular telephone service or any ham radio repeaters
available in the area.  As such HF radio appeared to be the
only communications.

Once he had the information, Porter called the Las Vegas
Police Department and told it about the incident and its
location.  The Las Vegas police in turn notified Nevada
State Highway Patrol.  Porter remained on the phone with the
police in case the dispatcher required any further
information.

It did not take long for troopers to arrive on scene.
Thankfully there were no injuries but the driver of the
overturned truck was reported to be somewhat in shock.
Highway 318 remained blocked until the perishable items from
the overturned vehicle could be cleaned away.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF,
in the Newsroom in Los Angeles.

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The Maritime Mobile Service Network operates between the
hours of 1600 to 0200 UTC daily on 14.300 MHz and most hams
are aware that they will likely find assistance on that
frequency.  (K4EDX)

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RESCUE RADIO:  HAMS RESPOND TO NORTHERN CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE

Northern California ham radio emergency communications teams
were called out on Saturday, July 26th.  This in support of
those fighting the El Portal wildfire burning in Tuolumne
County.

Hams were assigned to shadow Red Cross officials and provide
communications at an evacuation shelter in the town of
Groveland.  A number of repeaters were linked to provide a
direct communication channel from the shelter to the Red
Cross nerve center in Fresno.  In all, the hams who
volunteered spent close to a full day before being dismissed
and returning home.  (ARNewsline from various Sources)

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RADIO LAW:  PRIVATE DRONE AIRCRAFT ORDERED GROUNDED BY
CALIFORNIA FIREFIGHTERS

A privately owned remote control drone aircraft shooting
video of a California wildfire has been ordered grounded.
This after firefighting officials feared it might interfere
with efforts to contain the blaze burning near the city of
Sacramento.

According to news reports a California Department of
Forestry and Fire Prevention spokesperson said that the
owner of the unmanned vehicle was asked by Sheriff's
Deputies to stop flying the drone so as to keep it away from
the low-flying aircraft being used to fight the Sand fire.
The owner was apparently operating the small 4-engine
quadcopter craft so he could check out the fire for his own
personal viewing.

Cal-Fire spokesperson Lynne Tolmachoff said that this is the
first time her agency had encountered such a device during
their firefighting efforts, but she adds that she expects it
may not be the last.

As previously reported, the Federal Aviation Administration
is in the process of investigating who may use drones and
for what purposes.  This in order to develop guidelines and
regulations concerning these radio remote control devices.

And as previously reported, National Park Service Director
Jonathan B. Jarvis has signed a policy memorandum that
directs his superintendents nationwide to prohibit
launching, landing, or operating unmanned remote controlled
aircraft including drones on lands and waters administered
by his agency.  (Published news reports, ARNewsline archive)

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HAM HAPPENINGS:  AMSAT NA SYMPOSIUM OCTOBER 10 - 12

AMSAT-North America's 32nd Space Symposium and Annual
Meeting will be held October 10th to the 12th in Baltimore,
Maryland.  The location will be the DoubleTree by Hilton at
the Baltimore  BWI Airport.  The gathering will be preceded
by the AMSAT North America Board of Directors meeting for
October 9th and morning of the 10th.  A registration form
for the Symposium and all events may be downloaded at
tinyurl.com/ANS208-SymposiumRegistration.  (ANS)

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HAM HAPPENINGS:  WRONG RETURN ADDRESS ON AMSAT-NA BALLOT
ENVELOPES

And speaking about AMSAT North America, we received a
message from that organization to pass along to members who
may be listening.

It seems that after the 2014 Board of Directors election
ballots were mailed, the group was notified by its printer
that old stock return envelopes were accidentally included.
Unfortunately, these envelopes have the old Silver Spring,
Maryland address on them.

The good news is that the ballot postcard and other
documents have the correct Kensington, Maryland, address.
As mail is being forwarded to the new office address, and
will continue to do so for several months, those voting can
use either the envelope included in the packet, or, your own
envelope addressed to The Radio Amateur Satellite
Corporation, 10605 Concord Street, Kensington, Maryland,
20895.  Whichever method you choose AMSAT asks that those
voting make certain that their ballot is mailed in time to
be received by the September 15th deadline.  (WA4SCA, AMSAT-NA)

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HAM HAPPENINGS:  FISTS CW CLUB NORTH AMERICA REDUCES DUES
STRUCTURE FOR SENIORS

The North America chapter of the FISTS CW Club has reduced
its dues for members aged 65 to 80 to $10 annually.  The
only caveat is that those in the 65 to 80 age group as well
as those over 80 and under age 18 need to supply their birth
date when you join or renew to get this rate.  More on this
change is on the web at fistsna.org.  (KB1DSB, FISTS, NA)

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HAM RAPPENINGS:  MICHIGAN VHF-UHF SOCIETY BEING REACTIVATED

According to Roger Cox, W8IO, the Michigan VHF-UHF Society,
based in the Detroit area will soon be coming back to life.
 Cox says that he wrote to the clubs current president Bob
Lang, K8ZKJ who said that he was looking for someone to take
over and make the organization active again.

Cox then called a number of his friends who indicated their
interest in joining if the organization was to be
revitalized.  Cox is now proceeding in doing so with the
assistance of Tom Bosscher, K8TB, who will create a mailing
list for the group which holds the call AD8U, that it uses
in contests and grid expeditions.  More information on this
project can be found on the web at
wb0dgf.com/MichiganVHF.htm  (Michigan VHF-UHF Cub)

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HAM HAPPENINGS:  4,000 SCOUTS TO EXPERIENCE HAM RADIO AT
SCOUT AIRFEST IN ILLINOIS

The Rainbow Council Amateur Radio Committee of the Boy
Scouts of America will operate a Special Event Station
during Scout Air Fest on August 8th to the 10th.  This as
the K2BSA Amateur Radio Association has given the Rainbow
Council permission to operate as K2BSA during the event.

The camporee will take place on the grounds of the Lewis
University Airport in Romeoville, Illinois.  High Frequency
operations will be on 80 through 15 meters using CW, SSB and
some digital modes.  Talk in will be on 70 centimeter FM and
the Campfire talk-about will be on 2 meter FM.

With nearly 4,000 registered scouts expected to attend,
Scout Air Fest will one of the largest events of its type
this year.  More information including specific frequencies
and QSL information is on the web at tinyurl.com/Illinois-
Scouts.   (Southgate, QRZ)

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NAMES IN THE NEWS:  RSGB APPOINTS G6JYB AS NEW SPECTRUM
CHAIR

The Radio Society of Great Britain's Board of Directors has
appointed Murray Niman,  G6JYB, to the position of Chairman
of its Spectrum Forum.  Niman is no stranger to spectrum
matters having held the post of RSGB Microwave Manager,
since January 2007.  He succeeds the former Spectrum Chair
John Gould, G3WKL, who was recently elected as RSGB
President.  (GB2RS)

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NAMES IN THE NEWS:  TWO HAMS HONORED BY ORDER OF CANADA

Two radio amateurs have been named to receive appointments
to the Order of Canada.  Among the list of recipients are
Veena Rawat, VA3ITU, and Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield,
VA3OOG who also holds the United States call KC5RNJ.

Rawat was honored as a Companion of the Order of Canada for
her contributions to telecommunications engineering and for
leadership in establishing a global regulatory framework for
radio spectrum management.  Hadfield was recognized as an
Officer of the Order of Canada for his commitment to
promoting scientific discovery and for sharing the wonders
of space exploration with the world.  (RAC)

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This is ham radio news for today's radio amateur.  We are
the Amateur Radio Newsline with links to the world from our
only official website at www.arnewsline.org and being
relayed by the volunteer services of the following radio
amateur:

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EMERGING TECHNOLOGY:  NASA SEARCHING FOR HIGH SPEED MARS TO
EARTH DATA LINKS

NASA is asking for future assistance to help to get data
back from its science missions that are orbiting Mars and
roaming its surface of the red planet.  Amateur Radio
Newsline's Heather Embee, KB3TZD, reports:

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The United States space agency is acting now to close a
potential communications gap that is set to occur in or
around the year 2020.  This is because it currently has no
plans to launch new orbiters capable of taking over data
relay duties from existing but ageing spacecraft that will
be  circling Mars in 6 to 7 years.

NASA currently relies on the Odyssey and the Reconnaissance
Orbiter to along data radioed to them from the Curiosity
rover.  These two spacecraft can send data back to Earth at
a rate of about 2 Megabytes per Second which is far faster
than the data transfer speed that a rover can manage by
itself.

In the near future, these data relay duties are set to be
taken over by two newer spacecraft that are due to arrive at
Mars later this year and in 2016.  NASA's Mars Atmosphere
and Volatile Evolution satellite will go into service this
September and Europe's Exo Mars Trace Gas Orbiter craft will
arrive in 2016.

But after the arrival of its Mars Atmosphere and Volatile
Evolution satellite NASA has no plans to launch any more
Mars-bound science and data relay orbiters.  On the other
side, there are plans to land more rovers on the planet,
potentially creating a problem retrieving data gathered by
these wandering robots.

Because of this the space agency is seeking input from
universities and companies about better ways to continue the
high speed relay of data back to Earth once the new orbiters
eventually go dark.  It adds that commercial partners could
help overcome this shortfall.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Heather Embee, KB3TZD,
in Berwick, Pennsylvania.

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One possibility for the future might be the use of Laser
based communications.  A system like this was tried in
October 2013 during the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust
Environment Explorer mission.  During that test, data rates
between the Moon and Earth hit 622 Megabytes Per Second.
The problem that even a system such as this would require
sending an orbiter so equipped to Mars which is not in the
cards or in NASA's long term budget right now.
(G7VFY, Southgate, SpaceWorld)

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RADIO FROM SPACE: OPPORTUNITY MARS ROVER HOLDS RECORD FOR
OFF WORLD ROAMING

And speaking about its ongoing investigation of Mars,
according to a NASA report, the Opportunity Mars rover that
landed on the Red Planet in 2004, now holds the off-Earth
roving distance record.  This after accumulating slightly
over 25 miles of driving across the surface of the red
planet.

John Callas is the Mars Exploration Rover Project Manager at
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory  in Pasadena, California.
He says that Opportunity has driven farther than any other
wheeled vehicle on another world.  He says that this is so
remarkable considering Opportunity was intended to drive
about one kilometer and was never designed for distance.

But what is really important is not how many miles
Opportunity has managed to cover, but how much exploration
and discovery we have accomplished over that distance.
July's driving took the rover south along the western rim of
Endeavour Crater. The rover had driven over 20 miles before
arriving at Endeavour Crater in 2011, where it examined
outcrops on the crater's rim containing clay and sulfate-
bearing minerals and radio relaying its findings back to
Earth.
(ScienceRecorder.com)

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HAM HAPPENINGS:  EURAO SUMMER 2014 YOUTH QSO PARTY

The European Radio Amateurs' Organization has announced a
new on the air QSO party this time with the motto: "give
youth a chance."  Similar to Kids Day here in the United
States, its purpose is to promote amateur radio among young
people, meet other hams around the world and to have fun.

The event is slated for September 20th and 21st.  In nations
where regulations permit, licensed radio amateurs are
encouraged to invite and supervise future operators to their
home or club station so as to get their first taste of ham
radio.  More on this event is on the web at eurao.org.
(EURAO)

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DX

In DX, word that AI5P will activate two islands on a holiday
style DXpedition during the months of August and September.
His tentative schedule is to be on from Greneda from August
12th to the 22nd signing stroke J3.  From there he will move
onto Tobago for a stint signing portable 9Y4 from August
23rd through September 1st.  Activity will be on 40 through
10 meters using mostly CW.  QSL via AI5P.

RW6HS has contacted EP3SMH, who works for the Communications
Regulatory Authority of Iran, and was told
that EP2MKO doesn't have a license.  As such he is operating
without authority to do so.

Member of the Hotel India DX Club will tentatively be on the
air as HI2DX from Saona Island between November 19th and the
23rd.   Activity will be on 160 through 6 meters using CW,
SSB and the Digital modes. They will have 10 stations on the
air using dipoles, verticals and other various antennas.
The QSL Manager M0URX for direct requests and bureau QSLs.

LW9EOC will be operational from San Andres Island as 5KZ0A
between November 26th and December 9th.  Activity should be
on 80 through 10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY.  QSL via his
home callsign either direct or via the bureau.  Electronic
QSL's go via Logbook to the World or eQSL.

 LW9EOC will be active stroke HK-one from Columbia between
October 22nd and the 29th.  Operations will be on all High
Frequency bands using CW and SSB. QSL via his home callsign
either direct or via the bureau.  Electronic cards go via
eQSL and Logbook to the World.

Lastly, DL2SBY will be active as S79KB from two islands in
the Seychelles between October 4th and the 18th.  His
operation will be on 20 through 10 including 17 and 12
meters using CW, SSB and RTTY with log being uploaded onto
ClubLog.  QSL via DL2SBY either direct or via the bureau.

(This weeks DX courtesy of the Ohio-PennDX Newsletter)

**

RADIO SPORTS:  THE PENNSYLVANIA QSO PARTY

And finally this week, the 2014 Pennsylvania QSO Party is
slated for October 11th and 12th and its already on the
calendars of many contesters.  Now comes word of a major
announcement from the events planners as we hear from
Amateur Radio Newsline's Mark Abramowicz, NT3V:

--

The era of the paper summary sheet is coming to an end with
the arrival of this year's PA QSO Party.

Michael Coslo, N3LI, party chairman, says the Nittany
Amateur Radio Club in State College, PA, sponsors of the
party, decided it's time to do away with the requirement
that participants MAIL IN the summary sheet after the party.

"We've had that requirement for years and now that we're
here in 2014 in the internet age not so many people really
wanted to mail things in anymore," Coslo says. "If a partier
does want to mail it in, they still have that option."

Coslo admits there's a bit of a risk here because those
mailing in the summary sheets usually sent a donation along
to cover party expenses.

But he says they've come up with a solution.

"What we've done is we have opened an online store where
people can make donations if they see fit or also buy a
promotional T-shirt and such," he says. "And, I think all of
this will make everybody's experience a lot more pleasant."

Coslo says a link to the new PA QSO Party store can be found
at the club's website - that's www.nittany-arc.net.  It
links you to the PA QSO Party site.

Coslo says he's hoping by dropping the mail-in requirement,
that more logs and completed entries will be submitted for
the event this fall.

"The number of people sending in logs turned out to be about
50 percent of the people who actually participated in the
QSO party," he says. "In fact, there are some people out
there, I know who they are, that they would have won their
respective county or their respective section, had they sent
in their summary sheet and logs."

The PA QSO Party is the second largest of its kind in the
country, topped only by the California QSO Party which falls
the first weekend of October.

Lots of PA contesters tell me they use the California event
as a sort of "tune-up" to check antennas and operating
conditions.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Mark Abramowicz, NT3V,
in Philadelphia.

--

Again, the dates are October 11th and the 12th for the 2014
Pennsylvania QSO Party.  Be sure to make those dates down so
that you don't miss this year's event.  (NT3V)

**

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DX News from the ARRL 1 August, 2014








1 August, 2014

This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by the Weekly DX, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, The Daily DX, DXNL, Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites. Thanks to all.

ROTUMA, 3D2. Antoine, 3D2AG plans to be QRV as 3D2AG/p until August 8 while on work assignment. Activity is during his free time and on 40 to 6 meters using mainly CW. QSL direct to his Fiji address.

TIMOR-LESTE, 4W. Adhi, YB3MM is QRV as 4W/NB3MM from Dili on Timor Leste, IOTA OC-148, until August 5. Activity is on 30 to 12 meters using mainly SSB with some CW and PSK31. QSL via YB3MM.

TANZANIA, 5H. Flavio, IW2NEF is QRV as 5H1NE from Zanzibar Island, IOTA AF-032, until August 6. Activity is holiday style on the HF bands using SSB. QSL via IK2DUW.

TONGA, A3. Dave, G4BUO is QRV as A35UO from Tongatapu Island, IOTA OC-049, until August 4. Activity is holiday style on 40 to 10 meters using only CW. QSL to home call.

BAHAMAS, C6. Marilyn, WM2W and Terry, N0TW are QRV as C6AMW and C6ATW, respectively, until August 4. This includes entries in the 10-10 International Summer SSB contest. QSL via N0TW.

EASTER ISLAND, CE0. Manuel, CE2NTT and Cristian, CE2WTF will be QRV from Isla de Pascua, IOTA SA-001, from August 2 to 3. They each may be QRV as XR0YNTT, 3G0YNTT, CB0YNTT, and, XR0YWTF, 3G0YWTF, CB0YWTF, respectively. Activity will be on 40, 20, 15, 10 and 6 meters using SSB, with some possible activity on various satellites. QSL via operators' instructions.

ESTONIA, ES. In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Baltic Way, amateur radio operators here will use the prefix ES25 during the month of August.

ENGLAND, G. Special event station GB1418WAR is QRV during August. Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using predominantly SSB with some CW. QSL via M0OXO.

LITHUANIA, LY. In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Baltic Way, amateur radio operators here will use the prefix LY25 during the month of August.

AUSTRIA, OE. Special event Boy Scout club station OE2WURZL14 will be QRV from the international camp of the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts of Salzburg from the GA Steiner valley from August 3 to 13. QSL via operators' instructions.

CRETE, SV9. Luc, ON6DSL is QRV as SV9/ON6DSL/p while on vacation on Crete, IOTA EU-015. Activity is holiday style on the HF bands using SSB and QRP power. QSL to home call.

CANADA, VE. Look for VE3WCD to be QRV during the Welland Canal Days next to Lake Erie near Inner Lighthouse, ARLHS CAN-764, and Outer Lighthouse, ARLHS CAN-765. QSL via bureau. In addition, Donald, KB6QEW is QRV as KB6QEW/VY2 from Prince Edward Island, IOTA NA-029, until August 4 from the PEI DX Lodge. This includes an entry in the North American CW QSO party. QSL to home call.

COCOS (KEELING) ISLAND, VK9C. A group of operators are QRV as VK9EC until August 2. Activity is holiday style on 160 to 6 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY, FM and PSK31. QSL via JF3PLF.

CHRISTMAS ISLAND, VK9X. A group of operators will be QRV as VK9EX from August 2 to 8. Activity will be holiday style on 160 to 6 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY, FM and PSK31. QSL via JF3PLF.

INDONESIA, YB. Imam, YB4IR will be QRV as YB4IR/5 from Tambelan Island, IOTA OC-122, from August 2 to 9. Activity will be on 40 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and various digital modes. QSL to home call.

LATVIA, YL. In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Baltic Way, amateur radio operators here will use the prefix YL25 during the month of August.


SPECIAL EVENT STATIONS.

W1AW Centennial Station W1AW/0 in South Dakota and W1AW/4 in Kentucky are QRV until 2359z on August 5. In addition, W1AW Centennial Stations W1AW/1 in Vermont and W1AW/2 in New Jersey will be QRV starting at 0000z on August 6. They will be active until 2359z on August 12.


THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO.

The ARRL August UHF Contest, North American CW QSO Party, NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC Sprint CW Ladder, TARA Grid Dip Shindig, 10-10 International Summer SSB Contest, European HF Championship, RSGB RoPoCo CW contest and the SARL HF Phone Contest are all scheduled for this upcoming weekend.

The ARS Spartan CW Sprint is scheduled for August 5.

The CWops Mini-CWT CW Test is scheduled for August 6.

Please see August QST, page 74 and the ARRL and WA7BNM contest web sites for details

I.C.P.O. Bulletin (01-08 August 2014) "Islands, Castles & Portable Operations"









Listing is by calendar date (day/month/year)
 
01/08/2014: Marilyn, WM2W and Terry, N0TW (10x #36547 VP 3138) will be active as C6ANW and C6ATW, respectively, from the Bahama Islands on 1-4 August 2014. They will be QRV on 10 metre SSB, especially during the 10-10 Summer QSO Party (www.ten-ten.org). QSL both callsigns via N0TW. [425 DX News]

01/08/2014: Nick, VK2DX via IOTA chasers indicates that Andy E51AND plans to be active from Pukapuka Island (OC-098), North Cook Islands, during August 2014. Andy did have plans to be active from Pukapuka earlier in 2013, but weather conditions prevented him from going. More info on new OC-089 plans to be updated early 2014. [DX World]

01/08/2014: Kuny, AH0BT and his son Yoshiki (14y/o), KH0UA are once again active from the Saipan BBQ Contest Club, island of Saipan (USi NI-002S, WLOTA 1333, Grid Loc. QK25), Northern Mariana Islands (OC-086) until 4th August 2014. QRV holiday style on the HF bands, all modes. QSL AH0BT via the JARL Bureau or direct with 2USD+SAE (ML9292, 2-14-8, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, 104-0061, JAPAN). QSL KH0UA via the Bureau or direct 2USD+SAE (ML9292, 2-14-8, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, 104-0061, JAPAN). NOTE: Direct address had been changed in 2014. Please forward the new address to your friends. [AH0BT via NG3K]

01/08/2014: Luc, ON6DSL, informs ICPO that he will be QRV once again from the Greek island of Crete (EU-015, GIOTA KRS-005, MIA MGC-005, WLOTA 1400) during his August 2014 holiday stay as SV9/ON6DSL/p. "I will be regularly QRV (holiday style) from the beach at QTH Pigianos Kampos near Rethimnon with equipment FT-817-ND - 5W (QRP) and a home made multiband antenna inv.V dipole @ only 4 m high. SRI ONLY SSB. PSE QSL via ON UBA BURO home call. [ON6DSL]

01/08/2014: Michel, F5OZF and Solange, F5RXL will be active as TK50O from near Ajaccio, island of Corsica (EU-014, DIFM TK-001, MIA MCO-001, WLOTA 1390, WW Loc. JN41IW), Corse du Sud (DDFM 2A) on 1-15 August 2014. QSL via F5RXL, direct or Bureau, and LoTW. [425 DX News]

02/08/2014: Cristian, CE2WTF and Manuel, CE2NTT plan to pay a short visit to the Isla de Pascua [aka Easter Island, Rapa Nui] (SA-001, DICE ICE-001, WLOTA 0319, WWFF CEFF-027) on 2nd and 3rd August 2014. They have the following options for callsigns: CE2NTT: XR0YNTT / 3G0YNTT / CB0YNTT; CE2WTF: XR0YWTF / 3G0YWTF / CB0YWTF. QRV on 40, 20, 15, 10, and 6 metre SSB, maybe also on LEO satellites. QSL via operators' information. Website: www.ce2ntt.blogspot.de/ [DX-World]

02/08/2014: On Saturday 2nd August 2014, Jean-Pierre F8NUH/p will activate the Castle of Montceau (DFCF 38-052), commune of Ruy-Montceau (CP 38300 WW, Loc. JN25QO). Plans are to be QRV on 80 and 40 metre CW and SSB. QSL via home call, Bureau or direct. [F8NUH]

02/08/2014: Repeat Special Event - Activating the Mount Dora Lake Lighthouse (ARLHS USA-1407) during National Lighthouse & Lightship Weekend. Carol, KA4WJR, informs ICPO "We had so much fun with the FEB 2014 event- that we decided to do a REPEAT SPECIAL EVENT during NATIONAL LIGHTHOUSE & LIGHTSHIP WEEKEND - Aug 2014!!!! We will again activate the Mount Dora Lake Light located on Lake Dora at the entrance of the Port of Mount Dora in Mount Dora, Florida. We will operate from 1300 UTC Aug 2nd, 2014 to 2300 UTC Aug 4th, 2014 (9:00 am to 7:00 PM - local time) on Saturday August 2nd, 2014 and POSSIBLY again on Sunday August 3rd, 2014 or Thursday August 7th, 2014 - National Lighthouse Day. We will operate CW, SSB phone and PSK31. QSL information is the same as noted on the QRZ.com page, under KA4WJR, for the FEB 2014 lighthouse event." [KA4WJR]

02/08/2014: Operators Mek, SP7VC and YL Katarzyna, SQ7OYL have announced their next DXpedition will be to the Balkan area between 2-17 August 2014. They state that they will visit some Balkan countries: Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania and Macedonia. As usual you can expect our activity from each country on many bands. No other details were provided, but stay tuned! For details and updates, see: www.sp7vc.dxing.pl [OPDX Bulletin]

02/08/2014: Laci, HA0NAR reports that he will be active from the island of Thasos [aka Thassos] (EU-174, GIOTA NAS-037, MIA MG-124, WLOTA 4186) as SV8/HG0R between 2-8 August 2014. QRV holiday-style on 160-6 metre CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via HA0NAR, Bureau or direct. [DX-World]

02/08/2014: Imam, YB4IR, will be active as YB4IR/5 from Tambelan Island (OC-122, WW Loc. OJ30SX) off the west coast of West Kalimantan, (Borneo), Indonesia, from 2-9 August 2014. QRV on 40-10m, CW, SSB and Digital modes. QSL via home call, direct, Bureau or ClubLog OQRS. [YB4IR]

03/08/2014: Tony, VK3VTH, announces an activation of Snowy River National Park (WWFF VKFF-455) for 3rd August 2014. QRV as VK3VTH/p from 02:00z - 04:00z on 7085 kHz and from 04:00z - 06:00z on 14244 kHz. QSL via home call, direct or Bureau. [DX Newsletter]

04/08/2014: Larry, K4KGG, plans activity from Fogo Island (NA-198, CIsA NF-005), Newfoundland, between 2-5 August 2014. QRV on HF bands, SSB. Possibly RTTY. QSL via K4KGG, LotW preferred and direct (Lawrence R Libsch, 23383 Water Circle, Boca Raton, FL 33486-8542, USA) with SAE + 2GS, or Bureau. [DX-World]

04/08/2014: Rich, KB5FLA, plans to be active from the island of Dutch Sint Maarten (NA-105, WLOTA 0711) as PJ7/KB5FLA between 4-12th August 2014. QRV holiday-style on the HF bands. QSL via LoTW and eQSL. [DX-World]

05/08/2014: From 5-11th August look for Joao, CU3AA, to be active as CT7/CU3AA/P in several counties in the districts of Lisbon, Coimbra and Santarem. Also will activate parishes for DDFP and if the opportunity arises, some monuments to DMHP (WCA). He will have access to 40, 30, 20 and 17 metre SSB and CW (if necessary). Information about the activation will be sent to the international network of clusters. Joao hopes to contact you on this "on-the-run expedition". [CU3AA]

06/08/2014: Eric, K9GY, will once again visit the shack of Ed, VP9GE, located in Hamilton Parish, island of Bermuda (NA-005, WLOTA 0201, WW Loc. FM72PI) and be active as K9GY/VP9 from 6-11 August 2014. Eric will focus on the Worked All Europe (WAE) CW Contest (9-10 August). Outside of the contest look for Eric to be QRV on 160-6 metres (100W on 6M). QSL via LotW (preferred) or direct via CBA for K9GY. [NG3K]

07/08/2014: A team from the Royal Omani Amateur Radio Society will operate SSB, CW and digital modes as A43MI from Masirah Island (AS-014, WW Loc. LL90JL), off the East coast of Oman, Ash Sharqiyah Region, Masirah Province, between 7-11 August 2014. QSL via A47RS. [DX-World]


LOOKING AHEAD -


16/08/2014: Carlo, ON4BR, plans to be active from the island of Boa Vista (WLOTA 0972, WW Loc. HK85OX), Cape Verde Windward Islands (AF-086), as D44TLO between 16-23 August 2014. QRV on 40-10 metre CW. QSL via ON4BR, direct or Bureau. [DX-World]

21/08/2014: Steve, G3ZVW, will be active from Georgetown, Ascension Island (AF-003, WLOTA 1491), as ZD8N between 21-29 August 2014. QRV on the HF bands, mostly CW. QSL via home call and LotW. [DX-World]

25/08/2014: Arnold, WB6OJB (FISTS #11592, SKCC #1328) will be active from Mozambique as C81AK between 25-30th August 2014. QRV on 40-10m. QSL via home call, direct only (Arnold Kalan, 16690 Charmel Ln., Pacific Palisades, CA 90272-2210, USA). [DX-World]

25/08/2014: Frosty, K5LBU will be active from Bilene, Mozambique as C81CF between 25th August and 4th September 2014. QRV on HF bands using SSB, CW and RTTY. QSL via LoTW is preferred. [DX-World]

14/09/2014: KE2EH RAFARS 3522 USA SPECIAL EVENT STATION. To commemorate the 74th anniversary of the Battle of Britian (June - September 1940) look for Mike, KE2EH, to be active on the 14th of September 2014 from Pocono Lake in northeast Pennsylvania, USA. Operating period will be from 00:01z to 23:59z, using both SSB and CW. Mike will not be operating continuously for the 24hr period. Best times will be 09:30z to 23:59z. Frequencies: CW - 7026 and 14055 KHz. SSB - 7145 KHz and 14285 KHz, (+/- 20KHz). Equipment is ICOM 7200 @ 125W or Kenwood TS440S @ 100W with 90ft multiband antenna. All contacts will be recognissed with a QSL card via ARRL Bureau. [Pete's-DX-Newsdesk]

25/10/2014: Look for Yuri, VE3DZ, to once again be QRV from Sept-Iles, Quebec (CQ zone 2), as VE2IM for the CQWW DX SSB Contest (25-26 October). Plans are for a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. Outside the contest, Yuri will be active for 1 week on 160-10 metre SSB, CW and RTTY, for those who need zone 2. QSL VE2IM via VE3DZ OQRS or direct (QRZ.com).

29/11/2014: Jim Neiger, N6TJ will be active from Scarborough, Tobago Island (SA-009, WLOTA 0412), Trinidad & Tobago, as 9Y4W for the CQWW DX CW Contest (29-30 November). A Single-Band entry from CQ zone 9 is being planned. QSL via DL4MDO and LotW. [NG3K]

29/11/2014: Look for Juan, EA8RM, to be active as EF8U from the EA8URL Radio Club, Las Palmas, Isla de Gran Canaria (AF-004, DIE S-005, WLOTA 0969, WWFF EAFF-078) for the CQWW DX CW Contest (29-30 November). Plans are for a Single-Op/All-Band entry from CQ zone 33. QSL via LotW. [NG3K]

15/02/2015: Pete, K8PGJ, will be active from Bora Bora (OC-067, DIFO FO-003, WLOTA 0430), Society Archipelago, French Polynesia, as FO/K8PGJ between 15-24th February 2015. QRV holiday style, on the HF bands. QSL via home call, direct or Bureau and LotW. [DX-World]


SPECIAL EVENTS -


01/08/2014: I.S.W.L. CLUB CALLSIGNS - The ISWL Club Callsigns in use throughout the month of August 2014 are: GX4BJC /A - Operated from Walton on the Naze, in Essex, by Herbie - G6XOU (ISWL Council Member & QSL Bureau Manager) (/A WAB Square = TM22 - England, IOTA = EU-005, WLOTA = 1841). Herbie will also operate as GX4BJC /P throughout the month. If required, he will give his current WAB Square during the QSO. MX1SWL /A - Operated from Hartford, in Cambridgeshire, by Tom - G3RPV. (/A WAB Square = TL27 - England, IOTA = EU-005, WLOTA = 1841). ALL QSL's for BOTH Calls will be handled by Herbie G6XOU and NOT the individual Operator. The I.S.W.L. is a member of the European PSK Club. All QSL Info is on www.iswl.org.uk/ or www.qrz.com/ or via www.eQSL.cc/ NO LOTW. I.S.W.L. Awards are available to all Hams and SWL's - see www.iswl.org.uk/ for full details. eQSL.cc cards ARE welcomed for our awards. Very best wishes to all, Pete Rayer, ISWL Life Vice President, Bournemouth, UK. [Pete's-DX-Newsdesk]

01/08/2014: Special callsign 8J5JAZZ celebrates Imabari (JCC 3802) Jazz Town on all bands and modes during the entire month of August 2014. Imabari is located in Ehime prefecture on the island of Shikoku (AS-076), Japan. QSL via Bureau is preferred. [JJ1WTL/AC6IM]

01/08/2014: Look for 8N1AQ to be active on all bands and modes from 1st August until 31st October 2014 to celebrate the 2nd Chiba Aqualine Marathon (Aqualine: The Trans-Tokyo Bay Highway), Chiba prefecture island of Honshu (AS-007, WLOTA 2376), Japan. QSL via the Bureau. [JJ1WTL/AC6IM]

01/08/2014: The Wirral and District Amateur Radio Club operates special event callsign GB100CMM between 1-7 August 2014. QSL via G3UFO. Websites: www.merseyworld.com/wadarc/ and www.cheshiremilitarymuseum.co.uk/ [DX Newsletter]

01/08/2014: RadioKlub Ligi Obrony Kraju (SP9KDU) honours the 100th anniversary of the Polish Legions headed by marshal Jozef Pilsudski with the special callsign SN100PKK. QRV all bands and modes between 1-15 August 2014. QSL via SP9KDU. [DX Newsletter]

02/08/2014: Members of the Burton upon Trent Amateur Radio Club operate GB2ALE, a special event call with a telling suffix, from the Brewery Museum on 2nd and 3rd of August 2014. They also honour the memory of their founding member F.V.A. Smith, XSR, with it, who managed to copy a transmission of Marconi's transmitter in Poldhu (South Cornwall) 100 years ago. QSL via G3NFC. Website: www.burtonarc.org/ [DX Newsletter]

02/08/2014: Special event station WW1USA will be on the air again on 2-3 August 2014 to commemorate the centennial of the declaration of war that started WW1. The station will again be operating from the grounds of the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial in Kansas City, MO. WW1USA has selected several significant dates in 2014 when the station will be on the air: 6-7 September and 27-28 December. See www.ww1usa.org for more details. QSL direct to WW1USA (National World War 1 Museum Amateur Radio Club, 100 W 26th St., Kansas City, MO 64108, USA). [425 DX News]

03/08/2014: The Wirral and District Amateur Radio Club will activate the special call GB100GW between 3-10 August 2014. QSL via G3UFO. Websites: www.merseyworld.com/wadarc/ [DX Newsletter]

03/08/2014: Look for the special event station OE2WURZL14 [Boy Scout Club station of Club TeleScout (CTS)] to be active between 3-13 August 2014, from the international Camp of the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts of Salzburg (PPO) operating from the Gasteiner Valley (JN67NE). QSL via the OE-Bureau. The station is also valid for the Austrian Radio Scouting Award! For more information, see www.qrz.com/db/oe2wurzl14 [OPDX Bulletin]

04/08/2014: Members of the UBA club station (ON5UB) celebrate 100 years of "Radio Laeken" with the special call OP14B from 4th August until 3rd September 2014. QSL via ON5UB. Website: sites.google.com/site/ubabxe/100-ans-de-radio-laeken [DX Newsletter]

04/08/2014: Special event station SN100LP, run by the school station SP3PGR, honours the 100th anniversary of the Polish Legions headed by marshal Jozef Pilsudski. QRV on all bands and modes from 4-14 August 2014. There is also an award available (see QRZ.com). QSL via SP3PGR. [DX Newsletter]

06/08/2014: Between 6th and 12th August 2014 look for the following stations to be active to celebrate ARRL's centennial year: W1AW/1 will be operated by Andy K2LE/1, located in Readsboro, Bennington County, State of Vermont. W1AW/2 will be operated by Carol N2MM, located in Shamong, Burlington County, State of New Jersey. QSLs preferred via LoTW. [ARRL]

08/08/2014: Special event station 8N4ARDF will be QRV on all bands and modes from 8th August until 16th November 2014 for the 2014 All Japan ARDF Athletic Meet. QSL via the Bureau. [JJ1WTL/AC6IM]

U.S.A. Special Event Stations can be found at: www.arrl.org/contests/spev.html


LIGHTHOUSE CALENDAR -


01/08-31/10 8N1AQ: Honshu WLOTA:2376 QSL JARL Buro
01/08-31/07 GB100CMM: England (main island) WLOTA:1841 QSL G3UFO (d/B)
01/08-10/08 SV9/ON6DSL/P: Nisos Kriti WLOTA:1400 QSL H/c (B)
01/08-15/08 TK50O: Corsica Island WLOTA:1390 QSL F5RXL (d/B)
02/08-03/08 GB2ALE: England (main island) WLOTA:1841 QSL G3NFC (d/B)
02/08-04/08 N4N: Mount Dora Lake Light WLOL:USA-1407 QSL KA4WJR QRZ.com
02/08-08/08 SV8/HG0R: Nisos Thassos WLOTA:4186 QSL HA0NAR (d/B)
02/08-03/08 XR0Yxxx: Isla de Pascua WLOTA:0319 QSL Op's Info
03/08-10/08 GB100GW: England (main island) WLOTA:1841 QSL G3UFO (d/B)
04/08-12/08 PJ7/KB5FLA: St Maarten WLOTA:0711 QSL LotW/eQSL
06/08-11/08 K9GY/VP9: Hamilton Island WLOTA:0201 QSL H/c (d/LotW)
08/08-16/11 8N4ARDF: Honshu WLOTA:2376 QSL JARL Buro


6 METRES & UP -


01/08-31/08 EuCW Snakes & Ladders 6m/2m classes 01 0000z-31 2359z
01/08 ES Open VUSHF Field Day SO/MO/2.3-10GHz 1700z-2059z
02/08 TARA Grid Dip Contest PSK/RTTY 6m class 0000z-2400z
02/08 ES Open VUSHF Field Day SO/MO/1296MHz 0300z-0659z
02/08-04/08 Brass Monkey Contest 6m & Up 02 0500z-04 0100z
02/08 RSGB 4th 144MHz Backpackers SO/All Mode 1300z-1700z
02/08 RSGB 144MHz Low Power Contest SO/SF/Open 1400z-2000z
02/08-03/08 URE National V-UHF 144MHz-1.3GHz 02 1400z-03 1400z
02/08 ES Open VUSHF Field Day SO/MO/144MHz 1500z-1859z
02/08 FISTS Two Metre Activity CW/SO/2m 1700z-1800z
02/08-03/08 ARRL August UHF Contest SO/MO/Rover 02 1800z-03 1800z
02/08-08/08 SV8/HG0R: Thasos EU-174 Grid:KN20 6m CW/SSB/TTY QSL HA0NAR (d/B)
02/08-03/08 XR0Y/: Easter Island SA-001 Grid:DG52 6m SSB QSL Op's Info
03/08 ES Open VUSHF Field Day SO/MO/4432MHz 0300z-0659z
03/08 Contest Alpe Adria VHF CW/SSB/Portable 0700z-1500z
03/08 ES Open VUSHF Field Day SO/MO/50MHz 0800z-0959z
03/08 RSGB 432MHz Low Power Contest SO/SF/Open 0800z-1200z
03/08 FISTS Two Metre Activity CW/SO/2m 0900z-1000z
03/08 Colorado 14er Event 6m-70cm/+SOTA 1500z-1800z
05/08 LY 144MHz Activity Contest CW/SSB/FM 1700z-2059z
05/08 NRAU 144MHz Activity Contest SO/MO/Open 1700z-2100z
05/08 SPAC 144MHz Contest CW/Phone/Open 1800z-2200z
05/08 RSGB 144MHz UKAC SO Fixed/Open 1900z-2130z
06/08 MOON Contest 144MHz CW/Digital/FM/SSB 1800z-2000z
06/08-11/08 K9GY/VP9: Bermuda NA-005 Grid:FM72PI 6m 100W QSL H/c (d/LotW)

Contest Calendar: www.qsl.net/va3rj/con_aug.html

Information about current VHF activities can be found on the VHF DX portal "Make More Miles on VHF" at: www.MMMonVHF.de/

SMIRK: www.smirk.org/ SOTA (Summits On The Air) Watch Alerts at: www.sotawatch.org/



QSL INFO -

QSL MANAGER SERVICES OFFERED - Ken, G3OCA (VO2A, 9G5MD, C94KF) offers his service as QSL manager to interested DXpeditions and DX stations. Please contact him via g3oca1[@]ntlworld.com.

ZS8Z QSL ISSUES Following info by David ZS8Z was posted on QRZ.com. It is slightly edited here for clarity. Furthermore, if "ham-spirit" is really alive and well, perhaps some souls could help David? "Update on the QSL cards. I'm sorry to report that for now, the sending of QSL cards has come to a hold due to financial reasons. I had to throw away hundreds of IRC's because they expired by the time I received them. This means the extra $ sent by some ops were then used to pay for the return of cards up to now. The paypal account is not in my name and the owner is having problems with the bank, thus I have not received any money. Converting $ into Rands is also very expensive and costs a lot of commission. I used the money I earned on Marion island to pay my debts, and thus I do not have any money of my own to use for sending out future cards. I am now selling my radios to get postage money to send out cards. I have not yet found employment - thus have no money coming in. As soon as I get the money from my radio sales, I will send out the remaining cards. ZS1LS, Allan, has taken up the LOTW confirmations, so please contact him regarding any questions. ZS8(Z) have been a problem child from day one, and looking back I never should have come on the air. It has spoiled radio for me for a very long time." [DX-World]

QSLs via Bureau: 4X266POPE, T00/F8BBL, TM10AAW, TM0CEZ and TM1TARA.

QSLs via Direct: 5J0R (EA5RM), A65BP (UA6MF), A92HK (QRZ.com), BY5HB (QRZ.com), CY0P (VE1RGB), FT5ZM (OQRS/N2OO), FW5JJ (F5RXL), FY/F5UOW (H/c), HS0ZCW (QRZ.com), KP2/K3TEJ (H/c), MX0INT [EU-109] (F5CWU/OQRS), RI1ANR (RK1PWA), TM1INT (OQRS), TX6G (G3TXF), UK/R1ZY (KG4W), V21ZG (DL7AFS), XV2E (JH5RXS) and ZF35EJ (K6AM).

QSLs via LotW: 3E100PC, 4S7RM, 5B4AHL, 5Q5R, 5V7SI, 5W0ML, 7Z1TT, 9A1AA, AD4EB, C82DX, CF3NAVY, CN8KD, D2QV, DK8ZZ, DL1VDL, DL9MBI, DS4AOW, ES0U, F5IN, GA14CG, HB9ARF, HG7T, HO3AK, HP3AK, J6/W5EXJ, JA7CSS, JT1CD, K0RF, K9NW, M0PNN, MU0HTJ, M5Z, N5T, NP4DX, OD5ZZ, OG6N, OH2BN, OP4K, P3F, PJ2/AB8YK, PQ5M, PY2PT, S51DX, S58MU, SN1D, T6T, TJ3SN, TM70UTAH, V21ZG, V5/DJ9RR, VE1AGB, VE2FK, VE3MGY, VE3SMA, VK4QH, VK9CS, VO1HP, VO1KVT, VY2TT, W100AW, W1WMU, W2YC, W7ZRC, WJ9B, WX4G, XE1KK, XV4Y, YL2014X, YT2AAA and ZW5B.


BITS & PIECES -


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Finland July 28, 2014 ERTC 2014 FINAL RESULTS ARE NOW PUBLIC Congratulations to Czech Republic Team of Sarka, OK2SVA (21); Jindrich, OK1NOR (24) and Jan "Honza", OK1JD (20) ETRC 2014 (European Radiosport Team Championship), the youth version of WRTC 2014, was held in Virrat, Finland one week after the Boston WRTC event with 15 three-person youth teams seated in one room in front of their computers and connected to the global Amateur Radio simulator over the internet, all in Virtual Reality.
Once again, the latest technology was utilized in Amateur Radio for the benefit of Amateur Radio's future and by Amateur Radio operators themselves. In total, ERTC 2014 activated hundreds of young people and licensed radio amateurs in full harmony within the participating 44 countries.
ERTC 2014 was a huge success bringing youth and seasoned hams together around the same fireworks in the spirit of international Amateur Radio. But Mother Nature added to the excitement as a thunderstorm knocked off electricity in the area and power was restored only 5 minutes prior to the start of the contest. It was a Le Mans type of hectic start leaving many teams in the starting grid. The Head Judge, Hans, PB2T, President of IARU Region 1, ruled the first 22 minutes out to give a level playing field to those slow in booting their contest machines and putting their racing helmets on.
When the dust had settled, the following three teams stood on the podium with their medals: GOLD MEDAL, CZECH REPUBLIC: Sarka Vavrova, OK2SVA (21); Jindrich Kostal, OK1NOR (24) and Jan "Honza" Dohnalek, OK1JD (20) SILVER MEDAL, ITALY;: Nicola Tonci, IZ6TSA (20); Gabry Iuliani, IT9RGY (26) and Orazio Intagliata, IT9DBF (25) BRONZE MEDAL, ESTONIA: Keijo Kapp, ES1XQ (17); Tauri Helimets, ES5HTA (29) and Keven Mekk, ES6AXS (18) As Silver and Bronze teams were less than three multipliers apart, the fact that the S/W platform (HamSphere 3.0) used in the contest logged all QSOs into the system, gave the organizers full confidence in verifying each station and their exchange. Only seven (7) multiplier uniques were found in the database and they did not affect the final rankings. WE ARE PROUD TO PRESENT ERTC CONTINENTAL WINNERS Europe: Gaudentas Mozura, LY3BHY Asia: Faisal Al-Ajmi, 9K2RR South America: Jairo Ramos Sansone, PU3JAI Oceania: Eko, 91HS576 (Central Java, Indonesia) Africa: Tarek Zeidan, SU1TZ North America: ARRL Centennial, W100AW* *W100AW was activated by Martti Laine, OH2BH as part of the ARRL Centennial celebrations in Hartford, Connecticut. Thanks (K1ZZ) and congratulations to the American Radio Relay League.
YOTA 2014 & ERTC 2014 ERTC 2014 was part of a European wide youth gathering known as Youngsters On The Air (YOTA) which is held every year in different European Union countries under EU and International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) sponsorship with the aim of bringing youth together in the spirit of cultural exchange and learning from one another in all segments of Amateur Radio, science and electronics. This year fifteen EU countries were represented. ERTC also brought young people together globally over the internet, using Amateur Radio simulation software on a shared platform - all in the natural hangout of today's youth.
HAMSPHERE (HS) PLATFORM HS is an Amateur Radio (AR) simulation software package giving a hands-on opportunity to youngsters who wish to experience AR in its natural setting while still busy with their studies and not able to take a ham exam or to invest in actual AR equipment. HS coexists with real AR with true propagation science, QSL collection and a variety of contest formats and related equipment. It offers an experience which will encourage young people to study for a ham license and thus enter our wonderful world of Amateur Radio.
The latest breakthrough in the simulation software features real-time propagation and system integrated logging, instant QSLing and awards. <www.hamsphere.com/23_31496_read.html> ERTC 2014 PATRON The ERTC 2014 event was honored to have Professor Rumen Gechev, LZ1MS of WRTC 1990 fame as patron of this first-ever Amateur Radio-like WRTC simulation over the internet. Rumen himself finished 4th in 1990 in the first WRTC held in Seattle, WA. He has subsequently proceeded with life with a highly impressive career as Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister and currently as Professor in Economics and Sustained Development at the University of National and Word Economy in Sofia, Bulgaria, adding to his Visiting Professor duties at many leading universities.
Rumen has not lost interest in Amateur Radio and he was active during ERTC 2014 giving an LZ multiplier to many participating youth teams - including his own Team Bulgaria. SCORES OF TOP SIX ERTC STATIONS TEAM CALL CONTACTS MULT ACCURACY SCORE 1: Czech Rep. OJ45OK 157 61 0.1% 430.172 2: Italy OJ78IT 166 60 0.5% 397.914 3: Estonia OJ56ES 159 57 0.1% 382.838 4: Slovakia OJ37OM 138 60 0.7% 350.584 5: Croatia OJ349A 154 41 1.0% 341.682 6: UK OJ54UK 142 48 0.6% 325.185 CONTACT INFORMATION FOR PICTURES, CLARIFICATIONS, TEAM & TECHNICAL INTERVIEWS etc: YOTA 2014: Lisa Leenders, PA2LS, IARU Youth Coordinator <lisaleenders@hotmail.com> ERTC 2014: Martti Laine, OH2BH, ERTC Coordinator <martti.laine@kolumbus.fi> [OH2BH]

IOTA activity by JS3CTQ - Icko, JA1BPA, reports that one of the most prominent Japanese contesters, Hiro, JS3CTQ, plans to activate new IOTA AS-200P. He states that "he will never leave the island until he completes QSOs with 1000 different calls and 6 continents." The planned dates for AS-200 and AS-041 are: August 13-16 - Shikoku's Coastal Islands AS-200P - JA6TBE/5 (Shodo Island, Kagawa prefecture, JCG:36005). September 12-15 - Oki Islands AS-041 - JA6TBE/4 (Dogo Island [WLOTA 2065], Shimane prefecture, JCG:32006). More details at: blog.goo.ne.jp/lemon_1963/e/f7feb7b334e73717372012dd99b68bb0 [DX-World]

SAILING AROUND THE WORLD - Rainer, DB1RL, and his partner Gisela will embark on a round the world sailing trip, starting in August. They estimate about 2 years to complete the tour, and have their boat equipped with a rig providing HF operations in SSB and Pactor. For route details and up-to-date information see the website: http://weltumsegelung.cc/ [DX Newsletter]

G, ENGLAND - Members of the Bredhurst Receiving and Transmitting Society will commemorate the victims of WWI with the call GB4FWW on the air from 31 July to 9 August. QSL via eQSL. http://www.brats-qth.org/ [DX Newsletter]

HR, HONDURAS - On 31st July 2014 Dan, HR2DMR, updates to say he's now on Vivorillo Cays (NA-223) for the next two or three days. Activity as HQ8D will be sporadic due to Navy training on the island, but look for him mostly during his nights. After the weekend, Dan hopes to be QRV from Swan Island (NA-035, Grid Loc. EK87) as HQ8S. QSL both calls via KD4POJ.

VKOEK, HEARD ISLAND DXPEDITION - Breaking DX News : 26 July 2014 We are pleased to announce that we have made an informal agreement with Wayne Mills, N7NG and Martti Laine, OH2BH to lead the Heard Island radio team. They will have complete authority and responsibility to build the team, interface with the DXing community, manage radio operations on Heard Island, and other matters relating to the radio part of the expedition. Matters that concern the entire expedition such as safety, schedule, vessel, logistics, communications, facilities, and finances remain the responsibility of the Expedition Leader, Robert Schmieder. A formal agreement will be completed in the near future that specifies these various roles and responsibilities. We will provide more information as we move forward, and in the meantime we invite you to leave your feedback in this blog: vk0ek.org/ [DX-World]




73 and Good DX!

Dave Raycroft, VA3RJ

434 MHz party balloon B-64 completes epic journey





At about 16:30 GMT on Friday, July 31, the solar powered B-64 party balloon launched by radio amateur Leo Bodnar M0XER crossed the 1 degree West longitude line completing its circumnavigation of the northern hemisphere in just over 19 days
Oliver M6ODP receiving B-64 at St Michael’s Mount
The balloon completed its transatlantic crossing and came within range of Cornwall in the morning. Oliver De Peyer M6ODP happened to be visiting St Michael’s Mount
in Cornwall at the time. He used his Kenwood TH-F7E handheld to receive an APRS packet from the balloon.

As the day progressed B-64 moved from just south of Cornwall up the English Channel and radio amateurs and listeners from Manchester to Nantes in France were able to receive the 10 mW Contestia 64/1000 and APRS signal on 434.500 MHz.

B-64 passed over the Isle of Wight and floated over Bognor Regis and across Kent heading out into the North Sea near Herne Bay. As of Friday night it was still flying and transmitting.
Typical 434 MHz solar powered payload – Image credit Leo Bodnar M0XER
Leo Bodnar M0XER launched his balloon from Silverstone in the UK at 07:00 GMT on July 12, 2014.  Using the amateur radio APRS network and the UKHAS network its location was tracked over Europe, Siberia, a brief sojourn across North Korea before heading out over Japan and across the Pacific Ocean. It then briefly entered the United States before swinging north into Canada.

It was heard in Greenland by Peter Thulesen OX3XR and on Friday morning finally came within range of the British Isles.

See the track of B-64 at
http://spacenear.us/tracker/?filter=B-64

or at http://habitat.habhub.org/mobile-tracker/

Members of the Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society received the signal from B-64. Just 4 weeks earlier, thanks to Chris Stubbs M6EDF, the Society had launched a balloon CARS-1 from their meeting venue. That balloon didn’t have solar power so the signal only lasted for about 10 hours. CARS training organiser Clive G1EUC reported receiving a strong signal from B-64.

Clive is currently taking names for the next amateur radio Foundation course which starts on Thursday, September 4. If you’d like to join the course or wish to find out more about the hobby give him a ring on:
Tel: 01245-224577
Mob: 07860-418835
Email: training2014 at g0mwt.org.uk
Web: http://www.g0mwt.org.uk/training/

What is Amateur Radio ?
http://www.essexham.co.uk/what-is-amateur-radio

Further 434 MHz balloon links at
http://amsat-uk.org/2014/07/30/434-mhz-balloon-goes-around-the-world/

ARISS contact on Echolink and IRLP






Please join us in listening to the ISS contact with participants at Space Jam 8, Rantoul Airport and Chanute Aerospace Museum, Rantoul, IL USA

- Saturday 2 August - AOS anticipated at 12:23 UTC*

The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be a telebridge between NA1SS and W6SRJ in Santa Rosa, California, USA. The contact should be audible over the west coast of the U.S. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The contact is expected to be conducted in English.

Though primarily a weekend Scouting and STEM education event, we are open to all interested youth. Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Venturing Crews from 22 states and this year Canada have come together in an educational and fun format to learn more about the life skills that will prepare them for the increasingly complex technological future. 

While it is well known that Scouting teaches pioneering skills like camping and wilderness survival, the new pioneers and wilderness are in outer space and we are working hard at 44 technology oriented Merit Badges and activities, plus some fun things like the Duct Tape Merit Badge and experiencing 1/3 gravity. Talking to the astronauts on the ISS is an unforgettable part of the experience at Space Jam and that's next on our list. 

We will not know for many years whether one of these youths becomes an astronaut themselves but it is certain that they are all part of tomorrow's leaders.

Audio from this contact will be fed into the:

EchoLink *AMSAT* (101377)

IRLP Node 9010 Discovery Reflector


Streaming Audio at: https://sites.google.com/site/arissaudio/


Audio on Echolink is generally transmitted around 20 minutes prior to the contact taking place so that you can hear some of the preparation that occurs. IRLP will begin just prior to the ground station call to the ISS.

Please note that on Echolink there are automatic breaks of 1.5 seconds in the audio transmission. These occur every 2.5 minutes during the event.

Breaks on IRLP are manual and occur approximately after every third question.

* Contact times are approximate. If the ISS executes a reboost or other manoeuvre, the AOS (Acquisition Of Signal) time may alter by a few minutes

73,

John - AG9D
ARISS Audio Distribution

Panama Canal Special Event




This month, Panama celebrates its 100th anniversary of the Panama Canal.

On August 15th, the Panamanians will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the inaugural transit through the Panama Canal. This activity is organized by amateurs of the Republic of Panama.

A special event station is operating as HO 100 CANAL until August 15.

Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB, PSK and RTTY.

The QSL Manager for the operation is HP 1 AVS.

http://www.qrz.com/db/HO100CANAL

quinta-feira, 31 de julho de 2014

70th Anniversary "Operation Market Garden" - 12 - 21 September 2014



12 - 21 September 2014

NETHERLANDS



Ever since march 1978, the VERON local branch of Nijmegen has issued the Noviomagum Certificate. On this occasion of the 70th anniversary of "Operation Market Garden" the rules to obtain the Noviomagum certificate have been altered. Due to the fact that this is a memorial year the Noviomagum cerficate has been changed so that one QSO with special event station PA7ØOMG counts for 3 QSO's. Furthermore each QSO, that has been confirmed with a QSL card of special event station PA7ØOMG, will be valid for 2 QSO's.

General requirements
a. The award is available to licensed amateurs and SWLs.
b. You need either a total of 10 HF points or a total of 30 VHF/UHF/SHF points to apply for the award.
c. All QSL-cards valid for the award will show the text: "This QSL-card is valid for the Noviomagum award.".
d. There are no limitations in date, band or mode.
e. Apply for the award by sending a log extract of QSOs to the Award Manager. This extract needs to be signed by two licensed HAM's or a club official.
f. The fee for the award is EURO 5 or US$ 7, for stations outside of the European Union the fee is US$ 10 and the rest of the world US$ 12.g. The address for the application is: Award Manager Noviomagum Certificate, Jan van Beuningen, PBØAEZ, Pandastraat 13, NL-6531 VC NIJMEGEN, The Netherlands  pb0aez@amsat.org

Point Values:
Each confirmed contact counts per band for 1 point, multiplied with the appropriate multipliers as indicated below.
a. Contacts with the club station PI4NYM: x 3.
b. HF bands - contacts made outside of Europe: x 2.
c. Only for the Netherlands:
     contacts made by a station with an N-license: x 2.
     Contacts made on/above 432 MHz: x 2.
     Contacts made on/above 144 MHz: distance QTH - Nijmegen (JO21wt) 50-100 km: x 1.5 or distance QTH - NIjmegen (JO21wt) >100 km: x 3.
d. Special Multiplier for QSOs with PA7ØOMG - One QSO with special event station PA7ØOMG: x 3.
e. Special Multiplier PA7ØOMG - One QSO confirmed with a QSL-card of special event station PA7ØOMG: x 2.

E-mail: pb0aez@amsat.org

I had the opportunity to see the "Bridge Too Far" at Nijimen in 2010 while visiting The Netherlands. The bridge was the scene of violent gun battles as the Germans raced across to stop the US paratroopers who crossed the river in small rubber boats to surprise them.  The town was pretty well 99% destroyed by the fighting in 1944 and there we were in 2010 enjoying coffee and pastries in the village square, surrounded by completely restored "old style" buildings.    Ted - K1BV 

THE FLORAL ZUNDERT AWARD - 12 August to 8 September 2014



12 August to 8 September 2014

NETHERLANDS





From the 12th of August until the 8th of September 2014 amateurs of VERON section 54 ETTEN-LEUR will be using the special callsign PA73CORSO. This activity is one of the activities held during the 73rd UNESCO National Heritage Flowerparade Zundert.

See also the website. http://www.corsozundert.nl/home-EN/

Every qso made between the 1 January and 8 September 2014 with one of the participating radio amateurs or SWLs will count as 1 point for the Special Award "THE FLORAL ZUNDERT AWARD".

More information on the award program follows.
Participating amateur stations and swl station are: PAØLOU - PAØATG - PA1ADG - PA1BR - PA1CPA - PA2CVD - PA3EBP - PA5JSB - PA9DD - PDØPMS - PDØRWL – PD1GWF – PE1NGS - PE1RMO - PI4ETL – NL8785.

There will be also 2 wildcards stations active from the 12th of August until the 8th of September 2014:  PA73EBP and PA73LOU.

Internet: http://www.qrz.com/db/PA73CORSO?ref=812579887