UBARoyal Belgian Amateur Radio Union

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Old "Traffic News" messages

QSL cards to VK9 and VK0
Submitted by: ON7SS
Greetings fellow amateurs,
I am the National Manager of the Australian (VK) QSL Bureau, and write to seek your assistance in publicising to your country’s amateurs, problems that are experienced by sending QSL cards to the VK Bureau for VK9 and VK0 callsigns.
VK9 and VK0 represent a number of territories of Australia, and in fact, all eight (8) of these Territories are listed within the Clublog 100 most wanted DXCC. Accordingly, these Territories are frequently used as locations for DXpeditions (during 2018, there will be seven different DXpeditions to VK9 alone).
In almost all cases, these DXpeditions are managed by amateurs from countries other than Australia, however because of the VK9 or VK0 prefix, it is incorrectly assumed that QSL cards should be sent to the VK Bureau.
This creates a very heavy workload on the VK Bureau, which has to first seek where the QSL manager is located, and then sort, and re-direct those QSLs to a different DX Bureau. Having to re-direct so many cards incurs costs that we can longer absorb, and so the VK Bureau has taken the decision that we will no longer be re-directing QSL cards for VK9 and VK0, and nor will we be returning those cards marked as undeliverable.
This puts the onus back on your country’s amateurs to correctly identify the QSL process for these callsigns; in almost every case, this can be readily found from www.QRZ.com or other internet links. In many cases, such DXpeditions urge the use of OQRS as they do not wish to receive QSL cards. It is quite clear from the number of cards we receive, that many amateurs never look up QRZ.com to determine the correct path for VK9 and VK0 callsigns, thus leading to the problems we experience.
Therefore, it would be appreciated, if you could publicise this matter to your country’s amateurs, requesting that in all cases, before they send their QSL cards to the VK Bureau, that they identify the correct path for routing of QSL cards to VK9 and VK0 callsigns. If they do not do this, in all likelihood their card will never be answered, and nor will it be returned as undeliverable.
Any assistance that you can provide in advising your country’s amateurs of this matter would be greatly appreciated.
With best 73s
John Seamons
National and Inwards QSL Bureau Manager for VK
EI8GQB/EI7T activity
Submitted by: ON7SS
Olivier ON4EI, is back again in Ireland from 18th to 28th March 2018 to operate EI8GQB. Thanks to the Tipperary radio club, he will use EI7T, the club vanity call, during the CQ WPX SSB contest as the Irish Commission of Regulation does not allow any more individual to use vanity calls for contest. EI1A has not be renewed to him.
Olivier is running contests in Low Power/Single Op SSB category using mainly green energy with his temporary 'Field Day like' antenna park setup.
 Inverted L 16m V/24m H monopole for 160 & 80m + 32 radials.
Inverted V dipole for 160-80m-40m bands.
80m long beverage RX antenna East-West directional.
Spiderbeam & Mosley TA33Jr antennas for 20/15/10m bands.
Transceivers: 2 x Elecraft K3 + P3 SO2R 100W.
500Ah battery bank + 180W solar panel and 400W wind generator.
You can follow this one-man expedition on qrz.com or meet him on the air.
For these dates, please QSL EI7T only via LOTW or EI8GQB via LOTW or QSL MANAGER: PA3249 (direct or bureau).

Bouvet Island - 3Y0Z
Submitted by: ON7SS
Van onze zusterorganisatie de SARL ontvingen we nog wat nieuws van de 3Y0Z dxpeditie naar Bouvet.
Je kan hier de pdf downloaden.

De notre organisation soeur, la SARL, nous avons encore reçu des nouvelles de l'expédition 3Y0Z à Bouvet.
Vous pouvez télécharger le pdf ici.

OR4ESA on air from Redu Ground station January 16th to February 6th
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.

December is YOTA month
Submitted by: 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

Lisa Leenders, PA2LS
Youth WG Chair IARU R1
IOTA - Kuro Island, Myako Island
Submitted by: ON7TK
Kuro Island (Yaeyama Islands)
23 Nov 2017 07:00z - 28 Nov 2017 07:00z
Operation subject to change in bad WX or other conditions.
Freq/Mode: 180(160)/80/40/30/20/17/15/12/10/6m CW_only (JA_1.912)/(DX_1.812qsx1844)/3.512/7.012/10.130/14.044/ 18.084/21.044/24.904/28.044/50.044
AS-024 JIA:47-141 GL:PL14XF also JAFF:0011 JCG:47005(B) Taketomi-cho,Yaeyama-gun, Okinawa JAPAN 4.
EMAIL ja7gax [at] jarl [dot] com

Miyako Island
23 Nov 2017 0:00z - 28 Nov 2017 00:00z
Operation conditions may vary in case of heavy rain or other conditions.
Freq/Mode: 160/80/40/30/20/17/15/12/10m SSB/CW/RTTY/JT65.
AS-079 JS6RRR Main (OP:Takeshi "TAKE" Funaki) JI3DST/6 Sub (OP:Takeshi "TAKE" Funaki)
EMAIL js6rrr [at] jarl [dot] com ji3dst [at] jarl [dot] com

ON1418POP - Herdenking W.O. 1
Submitted by: ON4GS
Our UBA chapter HRT (ON4HRT) will activate a Special Event Station during the month of November 2017.

During the entire month of November we will activate the special call sign ON1418POP from our club station located in Olen, Belgium which is an old military camp (Teunenberg) in order to commemorate the first world war. We will be active from time to time on 160, 80, 40, 30, 20, 17, 15, 12 and 10m in various modes including SSB, CW and digital modes (including FT8).
QSL information is available through qrz.com or our website. The final log will also be made available through eQSL, LoTW and Club Log. Finally, a real-time QSO lookup functionality will be available through our club website.

SI9AM - Ragunda, Sweden
Submitted by: 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.

EI8GQB & EI1A - Ireland
Submitted by: 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.
Enigma Reloaded 2017
Submitted by: ON4CAS
We are pleased to announce an international event which will hopefully be of interest to all Ham Radio operators : “ENIGMA RELOADED" 2017 Fourth Edition from September, 22th to September, 30th.

The main goal of the Enigma Event is to promote as much radioamateur’s activity as possible all over the world, celebrating the history of the Enigma cipher machine and its crucial role in the outcome of World War II, and spreading the knowledge of those key people who contributed to its decryption.

The Enigma Event 2017 will take place in two steps :
- From 22th to 29th September 2017, Italian and foreign Amateur radio stations registered as "Activator stations” will ensure the activation of their radio stations in order to allow to the participants getting their scores for the "Enigma Award" Contest.
- On September 30th, the final event’s day, the Activator Stations will exchange predefined CW messages previously encyphred by a real or emulated Enigma machine.

All details and rules are available on the official website.

Best regards and 73's de Cristiano Cornini , IW4CLV, A.R.I. Fidenza Radio Club President