UBARoyal Belgian Amateur Radio Union

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Old "Traffic News" messages

EA2/ON7RU - Faro de Higuer
Submitted by: ON9CFG
Frank ON7RU will be operating this Saturday August 23 from LH SPA-029. Look for EA2/ON7RU on 15 and 80 meter using SSB and CW.

QSL via homecall, direct or bureau.

SAQ transmissions on June 29 and July 2
Submitted by: ON5EX
The annual transmission on "Alexanderson Day" with the Alexanderson alternator on VLF 17.2 kHz will take place on Sunday, June 29th, 2014 at 09:00 UTC (tuning up from about 08:30 UTC) and will be repeated at 12:00 UTC (tuning up from about 11:30 UTC).

QSL reports on SAQ are kindly received: email to info [at] alexander [dot] n [dot] se or via SM bureau or direct by mail to: Alexander - Grimeton Veteranradios Vaenner, Radiostationen, Grimeton 72 SE-432 98 Grimeton Sweden.

There will be activity on amateur radio frequencies with the call "SK6SAQ" from about 08:00 to about 14:00 UTC, except during SAQ transmissions, on any of the following frequencies: 14.035 kHz CW, 14.215 kHz SSB, 3.535 kHz CW. QSL for SK6SAQ via SK6DK or bureau.

There will also be a transmission on Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014, at 14:30 UTC (tuning up from about 14:00 UTC) commemorating SAQ's 10 years World Heritage site recognition. No reports are required. There will be activity on amateur radio frequencies with the call "SK6SAQ" from about 08:00 UTC to about 15:00 UTC, except during SAQ transmission, same frequencies as mentioned above.

Also read our web site: www.alexander.n.se.


Lars Kalland, SM6NM
J48TSL - Skyros Island
Submitted by: ON7TK
The IOTA expedition to Skyros island (IOTA EU-060) will air J48TSL, June 13 to 19, 6-80m, SSB, CW, RTTY.

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: ON9TT
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/.
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.