- Silent Keys
- Oktoberfest Brazil - Get your Park On! - ALARA grants - YL USS Batfish Meetup.
- SYLRA at amateur radio station in Morokulien, Sweden-Norway border.
- Sailing along the coast of Norway & SOTA Mountain Goats
- Contacts & Calendar
XE1RFF Marisol Sáinz de Aja Ceron, from Cuernavaca, Mexico; xyl of XE1RBV Mariano, became silent key 31/7/2019
XE1SCY Paty Camacho, Puebla, PUE., Mexico
The members of the PueblaDX radioclub are overwhelmed with our loss, we inform today of the death of our dear friend and president of our radio club on May 13, 2019. Licensed as Patricia Camacho Yarza XE1SCY, she was also president of the Angeles Latinos radio club.
Our condolences to your children and granddaughters, our prayers, rest in peace, we will miss you.
Carol Fraley Laferty shared a link. I was informed today (29/8/2019) of the passing of longtime YLRL member, Marion Dixon, WA7TLL, age 92, of Yakima, WA. Our sincere sympathies to her family.
Marion Ruby Dixon [OCTOBER 31, 1926 – MARCH 21, 2019] In 1951 Marion married Raymond Dixon in Seattle. In 1972 she became a ham radio operator, WA7TLL. Marion liked camping, hiking, backpacking, and travelling around the U.S. And the world. She was a member of First United Methodist Church of Seattle for over 50 years. In 1994 Marion and Ray moved to Bellevue, WA where they were active in the Silver Glen retirement community and Bellevue First U.M.C. In 2017 Marion moved to Yakima to be closer to family. She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Raymond;
Oktoberfest 2019 Brazil
Special event callsign PS36OKT celebrates the 36th Oktoberfest in Blumenau, Brasil
Dates 09 - 27 October, 2019
Modes: CW, SSB and FT8 Bands active: 2m - 160m
Team operators: PP5BT Rodrigo, PP5GTA Joao, PU5ETC Cirilo,
Oktoberfest Blumenau in Santa Catarina Brazil is the largest Bavarian beer festival outside of Germany and 2nd biggest in the world.
Get your Park On! October 12-20, 2019
The 2nd annual operating event, Get your Park On!, will occur October 12-20, 2019 in celebration of Earth Science Week. The event is open to all WWFF Activators and Hunters and is sponsored by the U.S. (KFF) an affiliate of World Wide Flora and Fauna (WWFF).
This year will be an International event inviting all Activators through the world to participate. Hunters everywhere are invited to search out and contact Activators everywhere, making this truly a worldwide, DX event.
Starts October 12 at 0000 UTC and runs through to October 20 at 2359 UTC. These dates include the full weekends on each side of Earth Science Week.
Since October 1998, the American Geosciences Institute has organized Earth Science Week, a national and international event. They do this to help the public gain a better understanding and appreciation for the Earth sciences and to encourage stewardship of the Earth, a common goal shared by World Wide Flora and Fauna. Both programs encourage their participants to get outside and enjoy nature.
ALARA, the Australian Ladies Amateur Radio Association, is offering a limited number of grants to any YL applying for a Foundation Licence or upgrading to a Standard or Advanced Amateur Radio Licence.
The grant is equal to approximately half the cost of the fees for assessment, licence and callsign AND gives a complimentary membership to ALARA for one year.
More info on the ALARA website. http://alara.org.au (from Jen VK3WQ)
Muskogee War Memorial Park: Home of the USS Batfish
Oct 4-6, 2019 YLRL District 5 2nd Meetup will be back at the USS Batfish, Muskogee, Oklahoma (USA) The YL group are booked for 2 nights (Fri-Sat) on board the museum Submarine and will call CQ in memory of the USS Seawolf SS-197.
On 29 September 1944 the submarine Seawolf left Manus island in Papua New Guinea headed for the east coast of Samar, an island in the Philippines. Radar recognition signals were exchanged on 3 October but nothing more was heard of her. On 28 December 1944, Seawolf was declared overdue from patrol and presumed lost.
MOROKULIEN border of Sweden-Norway.
In 1968 Swedish and Norwegian radio amateurs decided to start an amateur radio station in a cottage on the border between Sweden and Norway. Unusually, it had both a Swedish (SJ9WL) and a Norwegian (LG5LG) call sign.
The name Morokulien is a compound word of the Norwegian word "moro" and the Swedish word "kul" for fun. The last ending "ien" means "in one" (the two words in one) and this became the name of the state Moro-kul-ien. The location got its name in the Autumn of 1959 when Norwegian Broadcasting and Swedish Radio used it in the programme "Across all borders".
The location of the amateur station is unique, because this is probably the only amateur station worldwide which is operating from the border-line between two countries.
Morokulien is a "ham-state" on the border between Norway and Sweden. The special callsign for the Norwegian side is LG5LG, and the special callsign for the Swedish side is SJ9WL. If you as a ham-operator are visiting Morokulien for several days you will have to change call-sign between LG5LG and SJ9WL every other day..
The station is open for rent to all license radio amateurs. Rental income is used to maintain and operate the HAM-station, which is heated and wheel-chair friendly. All you have to bring is bedding and food. An impressive array of antennas and rigs makes operating on all bands and modes possible. It is an opportunity to experience a real pile-up from the most known HAM-station in the world. http://www.sj9wl-lg5lg.com/text1_2.html
During SYLRA (Scandinavian Young Ladies Radio Amateurs) annual meet 2019, the ladies operated at amateur radio station in Morokulien.
SYLRA annual meet September 5 – 8, 2019 was at Lillestrøm, 18 km (11 miles) northeast of Oslo, the capital of Norway.
after the meeting several delegates took the optional trip (Sept. 9th to 15) on a ship travelling along the coastside of Norway. The Hurtigruten’s ship, «Trollfjord» sailed from Bergen (in the south), cruising along the coast north to Kirkenes, with stops along the way, arriving Sunday morning, September 15th.
Sailing along the coast of Norway
With extracts from Facebook we accompany HB9FPM Eva & HB9JOE Andreas Thiemann
Sept 8 : HB9FPM Eva and HB9JOE Andreas Thiemann travelled to Bergen, from Oslo, Norway
after the SYLTA meeting.
September 10 - Andreas & Eva. activate SOTA summit LA/HL-019 Løvstakken, one of the local mountains of the city of Bergen, Norway [wiki - Løvstakken is one of the Seven Mountains that surround the centre of the city of Bergen 477-m /1,565 ft]
September 11 - On the way from Bergen to Kirkenes onboard ship MS Trollfjord. 3 hour stop-over in the harbour of Trondheim, so short activation of SOTA summit LA/ST-009 Gråkallen - 552m high, 12 km away from the ship's port. The taxi driver was so kind to wait one hour for us at the parking...
Trondheim is the third most populous municipality in Norway. The city is dominated by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), the Foundation for Scientific and Industrial Research (SINTEF), St. Olavs University Hospital and other technology-oriented institutions. Founded in 997 as a trading post it served as the capital of Norway during the Viking Age until 1217.
Sept 12 During our 2 hour stop-over in Bodoe today we wanted to activate an all time new one (never activated) SOTA summit LA/NL-130 Junkerfjellet - 283 m high. Unfortunately no free taxi was available at the ship's port. After more than 30 minutes waiting our time slot melted away.
We passed the Artic Circle, position 66°33′47.8″ north of the equator, on our way to Kirkenes, Norway. Only about 2000 km away from the north pole.
Sept 13 Quick visit of the city of Tromsø, also known as the "Paris of the North", located 350 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle.
Sept 15 · Honningsvåg, Norway · Nordkapp-North Cape 71° 10'21 " Stopped at.
15/9/2019 HB9FPM Eva - Great evening on board of MS Trollfjord: The 1st radio officer introduced us into the secrets of radio communication on board; between ships, lighthouses, repeaters and other naval points of importance.
I (Eva) had the chance to tell the audience of some highlights of the SOTA (summit on the air) programme. Most questions that came up were about the antennas used on mountain peaks.
(15/9/2019) HB9FPM Eva - The radio club LA2K in Kirkenes is existing since 1952.
Today we have been their first visitors from abroad. On behalf of our small group we are thanking Uno LA4YUA, Jens (LA callsign pending) and Linda (XYL/wife of LA4YUA) for their outstanding hospitality and transport from and to our hotel.
[Qrz - LA2K Kirkenes groupe of NRRL (Norwegian Radio Relay League), are a small radio group, around 10 active members. Located in north east Norway, only 6 km from the Russian border line.]
Sept 16 Strong rain and artic wind during the hike up to SOTA summit LA/FM-406 Bohkkoaivi (first activation) but stunning view from top
September 17 · The access to the trail was not easy to find as all around was locked by high fences for reindeers. Finally an elder and friendly lady showed us the right way by walking ahead up to the summit SOTA LA/FM-410 Oskarsvarden (Gielkkáidoaivi) - first activation. We enjoyed the "mystic spirit" of this unusual hill, located around 150 km west of Kirkenes.
Sept 17 traveling to Stockholm, Sweden from Oslo Airport
HB9FPM Eva and HB9JOE Andreas Thiemann are both SOTO Mountain Goats and the explanation below may explain their focus on mountains while travelling.
SOTA (Summits on the Air)
SOTA is an award scheme for radio amateurs that encourages portable operation in mountainous areas. Summits are awarded points depending on height and difficulty of ascent.Various scores equate to different awards, leading to the prestigious "Mountain Goat" and "Shack Sloth" trophies.
At 1,000 points Activators achieve "Mountain Goat" status and Chasers/SWLs are "Shack Sloths". Achieving "Mountain Goat" and "Shack Sloth" status requires considerable dedication and effort
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Calendar - October 2019
1 Oct . WWV oldest continually operating radio station turns 100 years
2 Oct JLRS 2m-YL on-air meeting fun event. 1 area
4 -6 Oct YLs on the Batfish Event for YLRL-District 5 · Hosted by Michelle Carey
5-6 Oct JLRS Party Contest – CW on the 1st weekend of October (03: 00 UTC - 03: 00 UTC : All licensed OM & YL world
5 Oct YL Net Essex Ham, starts 2000 UTC - GB3DA Danbury 2m repeater.(UK)
5-7 Oct DX/NA-YL Contests (combines the DX YL, North American YL & YL Anniversary Party Contest)
SSB/CW/Digital 1400 UTC Oct 5 - 0200 UTC Oct 7,
5 Oct AWA Valve QSO Party (RSA) (AM) 13:00 to 17:00 UTC
6 Oct AWA Valve QSO Party (RSA) (SSB) 13:00 to 17:00 UTC
8 Oct Ada Lovelace Day 2019 on 2nd Tuesday
9 Oct Yom Kippur
09 - 27 Oct PS36OKT Oktoberfest 2019 Brazil
11 Oct JLRS Area 1 - 430FM-YL on-air meeting 9:00 PM
11 Oct RSGB Convention 2019 Milton Keynes, UK
12 Oct HAMEXPO @ Le Mans exhibition park, French Amateur Radio gathering,
12 Oct Spring QRP Contest (RSA) 12:00 to 15:00 UTC SSB and CW, 5 watts
12-20 Oct Get your Park On!, WWFF celebration of Earth Science Week
17 Oct RCA 100 Year - 1919 (Radio Corporation of America)
18 Oct Zombie Shuffle 1600-2400 local time (Zombies don't sprint).
18-20 Oct 62nd JOTA & 23rd JOTI 2019
19 Oct CQ Hou Koers & SARL - RAE 2019 (RSA)
25 Oct JLRS Area 1- 430FM-YL on-air meeting Friday 9:00 PM
25-26 Oct YLRL District 5 at Hamarama in Ardmore, OK.
26-27 Oct CQ WW DX SSB contest
27 Oct Deepavali Sondag / Ballarat Hamvention Aus.
31 Thursday- 1 Nov Friday Halloween – Witches-on-the-Air YLs-ARadio Ladies-Portugal)