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OZ100DVI - Treaty of Danish West Indies
01-01-2017
Ingediend door: ON7TK
OZ100DVI will be on the air from 1st of January 2017 until the 31st of December 2017.

Crew consists of members of EDR HAM Radio Club of Skanderborg, club call OZ7SKB. This Special Event Station is commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Treaty of the Danish West Indies sold to the USA – thereafter named United States Virgin Islands.

The call will be activated in connection to various city events and aim to interact among others with the local sailing club and Scout groups. Will be working portable from “our” local Saint Thomas Island, in the Lake Skanderborg - hiking trips/working SOTA from the near-by Danish Lake Lands, and being on air from Flora Fauna area. You may hear us in contest, fielddays etc We look forward working you on the bands, please look see qrz.com for further information or visit our web page http://oz100dvi.oz7skb.dk/.
OZ44C - Kon-Tiki 70th anniversary
01-01-2017
Ingediend door: ON7TK
OZ44C will be on the air from 1st of January 2017 until the 31st of December 2017, commemorating the 70th Anniversary of Thor Heyerdahl and the crew of the Kon-Tiki expedition in 1947, call sign LI2B/MM.






EI11WAW through to EI99WAW
12-01-2017
Ingediend door: ON7SS
The Wild Atlantic Way (Irish Slí an Atlantaigh Fhiáin) is a tourism route on the west coast of  Ireland that runs for 2,500 km (1553 miles) passing through nine Counties and three provinces. Stretching from County Donegal in the North to County Cork in the south and running through Leitrim, Sligo, Mayo, Galway. Clare, Limerick and Kerry - all on the rugged west coast of Ireland overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
From 1st January to 31st December 2017 Irish Radio Amateurs will be on air with nine special calls - EI11WAW through to EI99WAW.  Each call will be associated with one of the counties making up the Wild Atlantic Way.  Each call will have its own distinctive QSL card depicting a highlight of the county linked to the call.
QSL requests via Clublog or the Buro.  Requests for a Direct QSL via Clublog or to EI6AL enclosing $2, or €2 via paypal to payments [at] irts [dot] ie
A Certificate will be made available for download to any station that works all nine calls, any band any mode. Sample below. Apply by email to QSL manager EI6AL giving name and call.  A certificate can also be sent by post - send €5 ($5) to cover postage either direct to EI6AL or via paypal to payments [at] irts [dot] ie

VK5CE - IOTA Tour 2017
07-03-2017
Ingediend door: ON7TK
Dear IOTA chasers,

When I close my eyes at night I hear music, it’s the Sirens song calling for me to visit a remote Australian island. This Sirens song is a choir of thousands of IOTA chasers all singing the same tune, it’s a serenade seducing me to throw off the bow lines and set sail into the raging seas. Life should be an adventure, but it won’t be an adventure worth telling if there are no islands being activated. 2017 will be an exciting year and I’m pleased to present this menu to satisfy your insatiable hunger for IOTA:

Champagne at midnight OC-228     Granite Island Jan 1
Pre-dinner drinks OC-196     Gabo Island Jan 31 - Feb 1
Entrée OC-233     Bruny Island Apr 22 - 23
Main course OC-198     North Island Oct 12 -16
Dessert OC-230     Rowley Shoals Early Nov
After dinner drinks OC-216     Ashmore Reef Early Nov

Logic and common sense tells me that the cost of time and money is too high a price for me to pay. But the joy I get from bringing you that “new rare one” is overwhelming and so the island must be conquered. But the fight can be tough. There are strong winds, searing heat and stifling humidity when trying to put up antennas and build a station, I’m responsible for life support in a remote environment with dangerous wildlife, and I’m trying to fight fatigue and sleep deprivation to be on the air all hours of the day and night. It can be overwhelming trying to conquer the island by myself. In moments of fear, hopelessness, exhaustion or doubt I close my eyes, they sting with sweat and sand. But then a smile washes over my face as I realise that I’m not alone on the island. You’re here with me. I have a passionate and loyal army of IOTA chasers by my side. Your support either on the air, with positive DX cluster comments, supportive emails or financial sponsorship makes me fight harder and harder to get you in the log.

It is an absolute honour and privilege to activate these IOTA’s for you in this adventurous year of a lifetime. But I do need your help. The cost of Ashmore Reef is very high, over $10,000. Thank you so much to the clubs, organisations and generous individuals who have already sent in sponsorship. I know November is a long time away but early sponsorship is so important. If you are able to help then I would truly appreciate it. Remember all people who send in sponsorship prior to the DXpedition automatically get a QSL card at no further cost or need to use OQRS. If you are able to help, please visit https://ashmorereef.wordpress.com/support/

73s de Craig VK5CE
II2FIST - FISTS Club Anniversary
01-07-2017
Ingediend door: ON7TK
The special call II2FIST will be active from 2017, July, to the end of the year, CW only, to celebrate the FISTS Club anniversary – 30 years (1987 – 2017).

QSL direct or via Buro (via IZ2FME).

Best 73 de II2FIST IZ2FME MiK – FISTS #18103

EI8GQB & EI1A - Ireland
21-10-2017
Ingediend door: ON4EI

Olivier ON4EI, is back again to Ireland from October 21st to November 1st 2017 in order to operate EI8GQB and EI1A during the CQ WW DX SSB (October 28-29th) from a caravan using mainly green energy.

Olivier scored, with EI1A, top Europe score in Low Power/Single Op SSB category using mainly green energy with his temporary 'Field Day like' antenna park setup. This year, Olivier, celebrates its 10th continuous participation to the CQ WDX SSB contest with the following conditions:

- 16.5m Vertical + 24m Horizontal Inverted L antenna for 160 & 80m bands + 32 radials.
- Inverted V dipole for 160-80m-40m bands.
- 3 elements wire beam East-West two-direction inverted V for 40m band.
- 200m long beverage RX antenna East-West directional.
- Spiderbeam & Mosley TA33Jr / MP33n antennas for 40/20/15/10m bands.
- Transceivers: 2 x Elecraft K3 100W + P3 -SO2R: 4O3A 6*2 switch + OM6BPF band pass filter.
- 500Ah battery bank + 180W solar panel and 400W wind generator.

You can follow this one-man expedition on www.qrz.com/db/EI8GQB or meet him on the air.

QSL only via LOTW or via his QSL MANAGER: PA3249 (direct or bureau). See also https://youtu.be/_GkXFV-e7EM.

See you on the air & 73 from ON4EI/EI8GQB/EI1A.
SI9AM - Ragunda, Sweden
24-10-2017
Ingediend door: ON7YD
From October 24 till October 31 2017, DD2CW Jef and ON3UN Dirk will be active again as SI9AM, including entry into the CQWW contest. In between they will try to activate some WWFF locations.





ON1418POP - Herdenking W.O. 1
01-11-2017
Ingediend door: ON4GS
De UBA sectie HRT (ON4HRT) zal een Special Event Station activeren tijdens de maand november 2017.

Gedurende de hele maand november zullen we uitkomen met de special callsign ON1418POP vanuit onze clublocatie in Olen en tevens een oud militair kamp (Teunenberg) en dit om de eerste wereldoorlog te herdenken. We gaan wisselend actief zijn op 160, 80, 40, 30, 20, 17, 15, 12 en 10m in zowel SSB, CW als digitaal (including FT8).

QSL informatie kan men vinden op qrz.com of website. De uiteindelijke log zal tevens te vinden zijn op eQSL, LoTW en Club Log. Ook zal er een Real-Time QSO Lookup mogelijkheid zijn die men kan gebruiken via onze club website.

OP17AR - WW1 commemoration
01-11-2017
Ingediend door: ON7SS
De UBA sectie ACC (Antwerpen Contest Club) zal tijdens de maand november de call OP17AR activeren ter herinnering aan de 1ste wereldoorlog.

Activiteit is voorzien op alle banden, alle modes.

QSL via eQSL en bureau (indien rechtstreeks gewenst, dan via ON7SS).

 
December is YOTA month
01-12-2017
Ingediend door: ON7TK
Winter is coming to the northern hemisphere, summer is starting in the southern part. Which means it’s time again for December YOTA month!

We encourage you all to take part using a callsign with YOTA in suffix. The idea is to show the amateur radio hobby to youth and to encourage youngsters to be active on the ham radio waves. Do you want to participate? Apply before December starts.

Registration link and more information
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Lisa Leenders, PA2LS
Youth WG Chair IARU R1