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Lest we forget
01-01-2018
Submitted by: ON7YD

To mark the end of the WW1, to end all wars and in remembrance of the 18 million who lost their lives and the 24 million injured on all sides, a total of 12 special call signs will be put on the air by members of the Welland Valley Amateur Radio Society during 2018:
 
GB1GW January
GB1FWW February
GB2GW March
GB2FWW April
GB4GW May
GB4FWW June
GB5GW July
GB5FWW August
GB6GW September
GB6FWW October
GB8GW November
GB0AD November 10/11

A special QSL will be sent out for all contacts at the end of 2018, there will also be confirming via LoTW and EQSL. Details can be found on QRZ.com, OQRS via Club Log. Four on line certificates will also be available for amateur stations who have worked the required number of special event calls at the end of 2018. These will also be available for SWL's who confirm receiving the required number of special call signs.

BRONZ award : working/hearing 4 stations
SILVER award : working/hearing 6 stations
GOLD award : wokring/hearing 10 stations
PLATINUM award : working/hearing 12 stations

Up to 5 missing special calls can be substituted with WVARS members calls or the WVARS club call sign. Members of the club also run a number of internet gateways. QSO's through the gateways are also accepted for the awards.

All details can be found on QRZ.com and on the WVARS web site.

EI50AOM - 1968 Tuskar Rock Air Tragedy remembrance
01-01-2018
Submitted by: ON7TK
Fifty years after the crash of an Aer Lingus Viscount airliner in the Irish Sea—still the largest single loss of life in Irish civil aviation history—special event station EI5ØAOM remembers this tragic event and honours the 61 lives lost.

Special event station EI5ØAOM - fifty years after the crash of EI‐AOM - has been licensed to operate January through March 2018 to remember this tragic event. The station will devote one day beginning 22 January to remember each of the four crew and 57 passengers who died, with operations culminating on the fiftieth anniversary of the crash, 24 March 2018.

QSL via EI2KA, direct with $2 and self‐addressed envelope or via bureau. Log will be uploaded periodically to LoTW for non‐paper confirmations.

For more information see: www.qrz.com/db/EI50AOM.
OR4ESA on air from Redu Ground station January 16th to February 6th
16-01-2018
Submitted by: ON6TI

  OR4ESA is the temporary special callsign for the activation at the  European Space Agency (ESA) - Redu Site and Satellite Tracking Station in Redu, Belgium.  (Grid locator: JO20na)
      

We will be on the air only from the 17th of January until the 6th of February 2018.
The chief operator will be Javier Roldan EA1HEO.
The contacts will be valid for the ESA Amateur Radio Award (2 points per first QSO per mode and band).

QSL policy:
- Electronic QSL:
All the QSOs will be uploaded to LoTW, eQSL, Clublog, HRDLog and QRZ.com.
I prefer electronic QSLs as they are faster, cheaper, easier to archive and they are more friendly to the environment.
- Paper QSL:
I will also support paper QSL both via Bureau and Direct (in both cases via DL0ESA). (Thanks to DARC F42 Griesheim).
If direct, please include SASE (1 USD Europe, 2 USD outside Europe)).
Please note that we will only use paper QSL to reply to the paper QSLs we receive in Germany.
 
Working conditions:
- Antennas:
Homemade crossed dipoles with commecial balum for 40 & 80m mounted on a 25m metallic mast
Homemade vertical monopole with 4 elevated radials for 20m mounted on a 12m fiber telescopic mast
- Equipment:
Transceiver: Yaesu FT-817ND
Power Amplifier:  Microset 27-200T (aprox. 200W) + Filter for 20m
Power supply 30A
USB interface II for digital modes
Laptop Lenovo T400 for logging + digital modes (HRD + TM780). No internet.
 

Planned schedule:
I will try to be on the air daily (Monday to Friday) in the evening after work (19:00 - 22:00 UTC aprox) both in SSB and in digital modes. (Note: Digital modes will be mainly PSK31 and RTTY as QRP).
 
LOG analisys & statistics:
Below you can check if you are in our log. (I upload the QSOs typically the following morning after each operation)

Detailed SH5 overall activity statistics and world map of stations contacted and basic HRDlog overall activity statistics.