UBARoyal Belgian Amateur Radio Union

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N1BCG - Transatlantic Reception Anniversary
Submitted by: ON7TK
An Amateur Radio special event on December 11 will commemorate the 95th anniversary of the first transatlantic shortwave reception between Greenwich, Connecticut, and Ardrossan, Scotland.

ARRL, the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB), and the Radio Club of America (RCA) are partnering in sponsoring the activity. The Greenwich Historical Society will also participate.

ARRL's "Successful Overseas Listener" Paul Godley, 2ZE, returned to the US "a conquering hero," QST said in 1922. On December 11, 1921, a radio signal transmitted from the location of 1BCG in Connecticut, was heard in Scotland by Paul Godley, 2ZE, during the second ARRL transatlantic tests. The special event will use N1BCG, the call sign of Clark Burgard of Greenwich, a radio history buff who was instrumental in making arrangements for the event.

The N1BCG special event, which will be set up at a school near the original 1BCG site, will begin on Sunday, December 11, at 1200 and conclude at 0300 UTC on December 12. Operation will be on AM on 75 and 40 meters; CW and SSB on 40 meters, CW on 30 meters, and CW and SSB on 20 and 17 meters. Approximate frequencies are 3.880 (AM), 7.290 (AM), 7.235 (SSB), 7.040 (CW), 10.112 (CW), 14.280 (SSB), 14.040 (CW), 18.125 (SSB), and 18.088 MHz CW. The event will include an attempt at a two-way contact between N1BCG and GB2ZE in Ardrossan.
OF9X - Santa Claus
Submitted by: ON7TK
As in past years, Santa Claus will be spreading the spirit of Christmas via Amateur Radio, but this year the elves are taking over the show.

Twelve elves are operating OF9X ("Old-Father-Nine-Christmas") for the entire month of December, each with a 3-letter identification. Radio amateurs can work OF9X on all bands and modes, from 630 meters (where authorized) to 70 centimeters. Each contact is worth 1 point for stations in Europe and 2 points for stations outside Europe. The elves provide the multiplier - up to 12 - to determine your final score.

Only contacts made in 2016 are valid. Logs are available on ClubLog, and the log will indicate which elf was worked, in case you miss the ID. The elves on the air and their 3-letter IDs are Arto, OH2KW (ART); Arttu, OH2FB (ATU); Jyri, OH2KM (JYR); Martti, OH2BH (MAR); Niko, OH2GEK (NIK); Pauli, OH5BQ (PAU); Pekka, OH2TA (PEK); Pertti, OH2BEE (PER); Raimo, OH2BCI (RAI); Tom, OH6VDA (TOM); Pertti, OH2PM (SIM), and Erik, OH2LAK (LAK).

Three awards are available: SKC Award (Santa is King of Christmas) -- at least 50 points; WMC Award (Warm and Memorable Christmas) -- at least 35 points, and RNS Award (remember those Red Nose Elves) -- at least 20 points.

E-mail your log and your point calculation by January 5, 2017. Full-color award certificates will be sent via return mail. Include the name to be printed on the award and your e-mail address. High-scoring operators and their children on each continent will be offered an opportunity to speak with Santa during Christmas week. Details will be available on the OF9X QRZ.com profile page.
W6PW/100 - Special Centennial Event station
Submitted by: ON7TK
We at the San Francisco Radio Club would like to let you know of our final special event operation for this our centennial year of 2016. We invite you to participate by making contact with us during this event.

Call Sign: W6PW/100
When: Saturday, November 12, 2016
Hours: 16:00Z-23:00Z
Frequencies: 28.300 MHz, 24.945 MHz, 21.275 MHz, 18.150 MHz 14.225 MHz, 7.178MHz (SSB).

Other frequencies and modes will be announced as we get closer to the event and will be posted on QRZ.com/W6PW. A special QSL Card will be available for all QSOs. See QRZ.com/w6pw or www. sfarc.org for details. We hope you can be a part of amateur radio history and help us celebrate 100 continuous years as a service club. Please pass this information along to as many other clubs and HAMs as possible. Thank you!

73 de, Tony Dowler K6BV
President, SFRC
PJ4L - Bonaire Island
Submitted by: ON7TQ

From 1 till 11 November 2016 ON7TQ (Roger), ON6KX (Ief) and Kevin (catering and IT) will be active as PJ4L from Bonaire Island SA 006. Phone, CW and some digital will be used.

QSL via ON3CQ (more info on QRZ.com).
ON1418GWC - First World War commemoration
Submitted by: ON4GS
Our UBA chapter HRT (ON4HRT) will activate a Special Event Station during the month of November 2016.

During the entire month of November we will activate the special call sign ON1418GWC 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.

QSL information is available through www.qrz.com or on our club website www.on4hrt.org. 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.
Submitted by: ON7TQ
From October 26 till 1 November 2016 ON6UQ Cel, DD2CW Jef and swl ON741 Dirk will be active again as SI9AM including entry in CQWW contest. In between they will also try to be active from a few WWFF locations.

More info here.
ON500UTOPIA - Thomas More
Submitted by: ON5EN
500 years ago, the English philosopher Thomas More wrote his novel "Utopia", published in 1516 by Erasmus and printed in the Belgian city of Leuven/Louvain.

At this occasion, Radio Club Leuven will activate the special event call ON500UTOPIA between Monday 29 September 2016 and Monday 24 October 2016.

QSL via ON3AR (UBA bureau or direct), also via LoTW and eQSL.
OT112EU - European Emergency Number 112
Submitted by: ON6FF
Vanaf zondag 25 september om 9u00 UTC zal een speciaal zendstation tijdelijk opgesteld worden bij de Brandweer te Ieper.

Belgian Amateur Radio Clubstation Ieper.
Promoting the amateurradio and the International European Emergency Number "112" around the world.

We will use as many bands as possible and be on as often as we can.

QRV HF 40 meter SSB on 7090 kHz.
QRV VHF 2 meter FM on 145,450 kHz.
Special Event Location in the city Ieper Maidenhead Locator: JO10KU.
Enigma Reloaded 2016
Submitted by: ON7TK
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 2016 will take place in two steps:

  • From 17 th to 30 th September 2016, 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".
  • On October 1 st, 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: www.enigma-reloaded.it.
OS5K/P - Château de Lontzen
Submitted by: ON4EZJ
Activation par OS5K/P du château de Lontzen, BCA LG-021 / WCA ON-00198, 50.67991-6.012397.

Team: ON3HGL Lorenz/ON3VNE Norbert/ON5VU Helmut/ON4EZJ Peter.

  • 17/09/2016, morning. Start time when setup is finished (around 07:00 UTC), end time when battery is empty (65 Ah fully charged at start). QRV from 40 to 10m in SSB following propagation. Maybe 2m SSB.
  • 20/09/2016, evening. Start time when set-up is finished (around 17:00 UTC), end time around 20:00 UTC. QRV on 40 and 20 meters or other if bands are closed.

QSL via bureau to OS5K via ON4EZJ.