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IY4EY - Elettra Yacht
Submitted by: ON7TK
A.R.I. Fidenza Radio Club (Italian Radio Amateur Association) is the promoter of a technical and cultural event to be held in Pontecchio Marconi, Bologna, Italy, on the 7th and 8th of June 2014.

The event has already won the prestigious patronage of the Guglielmo Marconi Foundation, that promotes research in telecommunications and undertakes initiatives aimed at the diffusion of scientific knowledge and of the work of Guglielmo Marconi.

The event aims to highlight internationally the historical value of "Elettra" yacht, which was the “mobile laboratory” of the great scientist Guglielmo Marconi, on board of which were carried out important experiments related to radio communications. The vessel was then forge of study to the best applications of Hertzian waves, allowing the continuous progress of radio communications. In addition, 110 years have passed since the launch of the ship, which took place in 1904.

For these reasons, in conjunction with the international contest "Museum Ships Weekend Event", radio amateurs of ARI Fidenza Club will activate a radio station nearby the portion of the yacht Elettra kept at the Museum of Villa Griffone in Pontecchio Marconi (Bologna, ITALY), to ideally revive his "voice" and allow the radio amateurs all over the world to contact her.

The "Museum Ships Weekend Event“ is an international competition organized by the “Battleship New Jersey Amateur Radio Station NJ2BB" gang, ARRL affiliated (American Radio Relay League). The event occurs every year and aims to enable worldwide radio stations on board or nearby naval merchant/leisure/military museum units. The particularity of the contest is therefore that, in addition to the purely competition related to the contest itself, the boats are ideally "revived", even if only for a weekend a year enhancing the value of human history and technology.

The ARI Fidenza Radio Staff will be on frequency from Elettra during the entire weekend. The Italian Ministry of Communications has granted the use of a unique and special "Marconian Memorial Callsign" which will be used during radio communications over the two days: I Y 4 E Y (“Elettra Yacht“). Amateur radio operators around the world will be able to connect the "Marconi station" par excellence: ELETTRA, the mobile laboratory of the great scientist. In consideration of its meaning, the initiative enjoys the friendly support of the Princess Elettra Marconi and his son GUGLIELMO. Since this is an international event, will be also made a special commemorative QSL card that will be sent to each connected amateur radio station.

QSL Manager: IQ4FE. QSL via bureau or direct.
For Direct QSL (no IRC, no stamps): Europe 2$ SAE, Pacific Area 4$ SAE, others countries 3$ SAE. In case of insufficient contributions, QSL will be sent via bureau. For more informations, contact arifidenza [at] arifidenza [dot] it.
OT7G - De Ghellinck, Elsegem
Submitted by: ON5MA
Active from the castle "De Ghellinck" (BCA OV-032 Loc. JO10ST Zip 9790) at Elsegem on 16-17-18 May 2014.

Start on Friday 14:00 UTC, non stop till Sunday 14:00 UTC. We will be active mainly on all HF bands according to propagation SSB & CW and on 2m.

WW locator is JO10ST and the castle is situated along the route to Oudenaarde & Kerkhove in the city of Elsegem. There is a reference for castle award OV-032. The castle goes back to the 16th century and became the property of the family De Ghellinck around 1718. Although the castle was surrounded with water, it was not really fortified. As so many castles, it was pillaged during the French revolution. In the 19th century there have been many structural alterations. During both World Wars there was a lot of damage. After the Second World War the castle wasn't used any more and in 1973 the whole building burned down. The community of Wortegem Petegem obtained the castle and the park. The remaining buildings are being restored for the moment but financial problems slow down the project.
For the event in 2014 we have obtained the special call OT7G.

QSL via ON5MA bureau or direct (direct with SASE & 1 USD), use OQRS for bureau cards.

Hope to see you down the log.
Submitted by: ON4XA
The fifth edition of the Emergency Communications National Exercise (ENCE in Spanish) has, as main innovation, the use of the 60 meter band (5 MHz). It will be held on Saturday April 26, 18:30-19:30 UTC and is open to international participation.

The frequency chosen for the 60m band is: 5.311,5 kHz USB. Also some activity is expected in other HF ham bands, like 3.760 kHz (80m), 7.110 kHz (40m) and 14.300 kHz (20m), as well as on VHF, CB and PMR frequencies.

CQ ENCE is organized by Federación Digital EA and Liga Española de Asociaciones CB y Radioaficionados. The exercise purpose is to bring an opportunity to all those radio amateurs interested in practising operational skills. The way to do it is by sending short messages. To make things easier a template is created in order to collect data of messages. A how-to in English is provided here.

Anyone can participate, even as a listener, sending reports to: ence [at] fediea [dot] org.
OS10M thru OS19M - Morse code heritage
Submitted by: ON5EX
Special event calls OS10M thru OS19M will be aired 15 April to 14 May, 2014 to safeguard Morse Code as an intangible heritage. Obviously, they will work CW only, on all bands.

Dedicated QSL cards and a special award are provided. Full details on qrz.com.

5I0DX - Zanzibar DXpedition 2014
Submitted by: ON7SS
The licenses for 5I0DX and 5H3AN have been received for the activity from February 2 to February 13, 2014 for the Tanzania Zanzibar Island Dxpedition IOTA AF-032.

We are looking for sponsors for donations to Radio Club of Dar Es Salaam and for contributions to Italy Day Hospital of Zanzibar.

Team: IK7JWX, I8LWL, IS0AGY, IV3FSG (YL), HB9DHG (op. CW).
8 and 9 February: 5I0DX and 5H3AN during the WW WPX RTTY contest.
INFO: ik7jwx2003 [at] yahoo [dot] it and http://www.qrz.com/db/5i0dx/.
ONFF-221 - Tombele-Pyreneeën
Submitted by: ON2WAB
As the weather is rather mild for this time of the year (just above freezing point), I will activate Pyreneeën-Tombele nature reserve ONFF-221 on Monday 20 January. Locator JO10TR, zip code 9600.

QRV from around 12z till …, depending on how cold it gets. More info here.
DX-World DXpedition of the year
Submitted by: ON9CFG
It was a great year for DXpeditions! How many new ones did you work? Did you fill those missing bandslots? You can vote 2 times, maybe for your favourite DXpedition and the one that filled those missing bandpoints?

The poll will run for 3 weeks until January 6, trophies will be awarded to the eventual winner and runner-up. You are welcome to cast your vote, just follow this link.
ZS9MADIBA - Commemorating Nelson Mandela
Submitted by: ON7TK
ZS9MADIBA is the South African Radio League Special Event Station commemorating the life and recent passing of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, elder statesman and first democratically-elected President of the Republic of South Africa.

Affectionately referred to as “Madiba”, he became one of the most recognised leaders in the world and was instrumental in the peaceful transition of South Africa from minority rule to a constitutional democracy. South Africans join the people of the world in mourning his passing and celebrating his legacy.

YOTA growing fast
Submitted by: ON7TK
After the success of the Youngsters on the Air events in the northern hemisphere summer, we decided that it’s time to do some more action!

During the whole month of December several countries will become active with YOTA as the suffix in the call sign. The idea for this is to break the ice for some youngsters and take the microphone in the hand.

As seen over the years, the YOTA-group is growing fast and every week more youngsters are asking to participate. You want to hear us on the air? Listen for Youngsters on the Air call signs in the whole month of December! At least 17 stations from 14 countries with young amateurs will be active. We would be happy if you try to work one or more of the following call signs: EA7URA/YOTA; EI0YOTA; ES5YOTA; ES9YOTA; LY5YOTA; OH2YOTA; OK2YOTA; OM9YOTA; OM13YOTA; ON4YOTA; PA6YOTA; S513YOTA; SN0YOTA; SH9YOTA; YO0YOTA; YL13YOTA and YL2013YOTA.

A special Youngsters on the Air Award is available.

Dennis ZS4BS
Secretary, IARU Region 1
4S0CGM - Sri Lanka
Submitted by: ON7YD
Special event station 4S0CGM will operate during the month of November to commemorate the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

On the 13th, 14th and 15th coinciding with the main conference of heads of state, the Station will operate from the premises of the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka. The special event station will use all bands and a special QSL will be issued by the RSSL for all contacts. QSL information is P.O. Box907 Colombo.

In addition three more calls have also been issued for the CHOGM which are 4S5CGM, 4S6CGM and 4S7CGM which individual operators can operate.