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JAMBOREE On The Air

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JOTA-JOTI (Jamboree on the Air – Jamboree on the Internet) is the largest Scouting event in the world. In 2014 over 1.3 million Scouts participated across 157 countries. The event is held on the third weekend of October; for 2015 the Jamboree took place on 16th, 17th & 18th October. The Middle East & North Africa Amateur Radio Societies took part on this event as follows:

Oman:

The Royal Omani Amateur Radio Society (ROARS) used the call sign A43JOTA.

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ALGERIA:

The Amateurs Radio Algeriens (ARA) used the call sign 7X3WPL

 

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EGYPT:

The Egyptian Radio Amateur Society for Development (ERASD) used the call sign SU8JOTA.

 

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QATAR:

Qatar Amateur Radio Society (QARS) used the call sign A71JOTA.

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KUWAIT:

Kuwait Amateur Radio Society (KARS) used the call sign 9K9JOTA.

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SAUDI ARABIA:

The amateur radio in Saudi Arabia did great work in supporting the scouts in this event using the call sign HZ1SBS.

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United Arab Emirates:

Emirates Amateur Radio Society (EARS) used the call sign A60JOTA.

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RAAG QSL Bureau

SV ONLINE CALLBOOK WITH UPDATED QSL INFORMATION

R.A.A.G. has been conducting an experiment trying to solve some generic QSL Bureau issues.

The online call book in Greek and English which is accessible through our website, http://www.raag.org, it has been updated in accordance with our latest databases with some extra information. The online call book contains now apart from the normal address information about the QSL Bureau service. Therefore, the seekers of a Greek call will receive an extra information whether this cal is been served by the QSL Bureau or not. As an example:

Call Sign: SV1MF
Name - Company: VAPTISMAS MARKOS
Address: EVANGELISTRIAS 28
City: 18532 PEIRAIAS  
Member of QSL Bureau: YES

(You can safely send a card via the bureau)

Call Sign: SV0IG
Name - Company: BURINI ANDREA
Address: KOMNINON 10
City: 56122 MENEMENI  
Member of QSL Bureau: NO

(card send via the bureau will never reach him)

In this way you can advice your association members to check if they can send the QSL Card via the QSL Bureau or not. As a result, less weight will have to be send via the QSL bureau with an impact on cost also more card returns can be expected.

AEOLUS-2

AEOLUS team, a team of greek radio amateurs, shall attempt for a second time to fly up to stratosphere a pioneering payload carrying amateur radio equipment. The special call sign granted for this mission is J43VHF and the flight name is AEOLUS-2WAY.

Mission details

The balloon launch is scheduled for Sunday May, 10 2015 at 11:00 local time (i.e. eastern european summer time) or else 08:00 UTC. However, launch time may be affected by prevailing weather conditions or may be delayed appropriately to ensure a safer landing point. The launch place is a small, unused nowadays airport at Plaka, a location very close to the town of Megalopolis, located in the middle of Peloponnese, the southern peninsula of Greece. (coordinates 37.424775, 22.115378). The mission will offer not only the well known APRS beacon with GPS and sensor data (coordinates, altitude, temperature, battery voltage) but also an innovative 2WAY communication setup.

Radio Amateurs will be able to communicate with the control station of J43VHF:

1. on 144.220MHz (2M band) USB modulation, simplex communication with the HAB itself, which bears 2W (two watts) transmit power and a horizontal dipole antenna. The control team will have an uplink to the HAB at 23cm
band.

2. on 7.120MHz (40M band) LSB modulation, simplex communication with the ground control station, which will have the ordinary power of 100W and a multiband dipole.

3. additionally, the APRS beacon will be heard as J43VHF-11 on 438.100MHz (73cm band) at 1200bps though, instead of common 9600bps speed used in UHF. The transmitter will have 150mW power.

More http://www.qrz.com/db/J43VHF
http://j43vhf.wordpress.com

CEPT CPG-8 Final Meeting

The final meeting of the CEPT Conference Preparatory Group took place in Bergen, Norway during the week 14th-18th September.   This meeting adopted the final European Common Proposals for WRC-15 and agreed possible agenda items for future World Radio Conferences.

Of particular interest to the amateurs services was the adoption of a European Common Proposal for an allocation of 100 kHz between 5350 - 5450 kHz.   The proposal represents the views of the majority of CEPT countries with Azerbaijan, France, Germany, Romania and the Russian Federation opposing.   This proposal will now be included in the documents for discussion under Agenda Item 1.4 at WRC where we anticipate long and drawn out arguments for and against an allocation.

Another proposal of interest is Agenda Item 1.18 where an ECP has been agreed to add the radiolocation service (RLS) as a co-primary service in the band 77.5-78.00 GHz.   In this case the radiolocation service applies to automotive (vehicle) applications such as anti-collision radars.   Again this will be a topic discussed at WRC-15 but with little opposition from the amateur services.

Finally, two possible items for inclusion in a future World Radio Conference -

1.2              to consider an primary allocation of the frequency band 50-54 MHz to the amateur service in accordance with Resolution [EUR-A25-2] (WRC-15);

1.4              to consider, based on studies regarding the spectrum requirements for the amateur service, a possible allocation to the amateur service in the frequency band 1 800-2 000 kHz in order to achieve global harmonisation, in accordance with Resolution [EUR-A25-4] (WRC-15);

These two items are relevant to Region 1 only and are proposed to try and reach a harmonised position with Regions 2 and 3.   These proposals will be discussed in Committee 6 (COM6) at WRC-15 and we hope that at least one will be considered for inclusion in the agenda for the next WRC.

 

URE AWARD AND SPECIAL TROPHY “150th ANNIVERSARY OF THE ITU”

AWARD AND SPECIAL TROPHY “150th ANNIVERSARY OF THE ITU”

This year 2015, the month of May marks the 150th anniversary of the signing of the first International Telegraph Convention and the creation of the International Telecommunication Union.

To commemorate this important event, the Spanish Amateur Radio Association URE, member of the IARU, launches the following Special Award, available to all licensed radio amateur or SWL worldwide. Will be valid contacts made in any mode or band between 160 meters and 6 meters with the 11 special stations with the prefix AO150. The suffixes of the 11 Special Event Stations are the letters of ITU’s motto for its 150th anniversary

“ITU: INNOVATING TOGETHER”

Therefore, the 11 different stations are:

AO150I, AO150N, AO150O, AO150V, AO150A, AO150T, AO150G, AO150E, AO150H, AO150R and AO150U

DATES:

From 1st (00.00Z) to 30th (24.00Z) May, 2015

AWARD

Diplomas will be awarded in three different categories depending on the number of special stations AO150 contacted by the applicant (or received in case of SWLs)

Read more: URE AWARD AND SPECIAL TROPHY “150th ANNIVERSARY OF THE ITU”