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GR9RW Royal Wedding - Prince Harry to Ms. Meghan Markle.
Submitted by: ON9TT
GR9RW Royal Wedding - Prince Harry to Ms. Meghan Markle.

The First Use of the “GR9” prefix in the United Kingdom.
GR9RW 19th – 23rd May 2018
Ofcom has issued this unique ‘Special Event Callsign’ to be used from 19th to 23rd May inclusive, and we believe it may be the first time that the ‘GR9’ prefix has ever been active.
The special callsign GR9RW will be active for five days in May to mark the occasion of the Royal Wedding between HRH. Prince Harry and Ms. Megan Markle is due to take place on 19th May 2018 at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle in England. This commemorative amateur radio station will be operated by members of the Cray Valley Radio Society from their shack in Eltham, south-east London, UK.
GR9RW will primarily use SSB and CW, and additionally FM on the VHF and UHF bands. Two HF stations and one VHF station will be active and will cover all bands from 80m to 70cm.  A very special QSL card will be sent on request, and cards can also be requested via OQRS.
Please see the club’s web site www.cvrs.org for further detail and look on the QRZ page for GR9RW for details of the station and how to obtain the special QSL card. Up to date information will also be posted on the Cray Valley Radio Society Twitter feed: @G3RCV.
For further information about the Royal Wedding itself please take a look at the following website https://www.royal.uk/royal-wedding-2018

EH5SUB - Submarine DELFIN S-61
Submitted by: ON9TT

In het kader van de dag van de museumschepen zullen een aantal OM's van de Radio Club "CQ Torrevieja" op 2 en 3 juni 2018 de onderzeeër Delfin S-61 vanuit het park van de drijvende musea in Torrevieja zullen activeren. De roepnaam is EH5SUB en voor deze gelegenheid wordt een speciale QSL-kaart uitgegeven. QSL via EA5GVJ.
C’est dans le cadre des musées flottants que quelques OM's du Radio Club “CQ Torrevieja” vont activer les 2 et 3 juin 2018 le sous-marin Delfin S-61 depuis le parc des musées flottants à Torrevieja.  L’indicatif sera EH5SUB et une carte QSL spéciale sera émise pour cette occasion. QSL via EA5GVJ.
73's  Jean, ON5JV / EA5HZB
Submitted by: ON9TT
Marc, ON7SS - OO9O, zal aktief zijn als LX/OO9O van 5 tot 9 juli 2018.
QSL via eQSL, bureau of rechtstreeks.
Meer info op zijn website http://www.on7ss.be/lx_oo9o.html
Marc, ON7SS - OO9O, sera actif en tant que LX / OO9O du 5 au 9 juillet 2018.
QSL via eQSL, bureau ou directement.
Plus d'infos sur son site http://www.on7ss.be/lx_oo9o.html
Marc, ON7SS - OO9O, will be actve as LX/OO9O from july 5 untill july 9.
QSL via eQSL, bureau or direct.
More info on his website http://www.on7ss.be/lx_oo9o.html

QSL cards to VK9 and VK0
Submitted by: ON9TT
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
IO9R - Aci Catena - Sicily Island - WPX SSB
Submitted by: ON9TT
IT9BTI, IT9YAO, ON4LN, ON4FG, ON4CU, ON7CL, ON8PL, will be active as IO9R, from Aci Catena, Sicily Island, IOTA EU - 025, in CQ WW WPX SSB Contest 24 - 25 March 2018.
They will operate in M/2 Category.
QSL via ON3AR buro, direct, LOTW, eQSL.
Address for direct QSL:
Alain Ramoisy, Hertog Jan 2 Laan 42, B-3070, Kortenberg, Belgium.
EI8GQB/EI7T activity
Submitted by: ON9TT
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: ON9TT
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.

Lest we forget
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
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
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.