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Fri Feb 16, 2018

VO1MZL Special Event....

The Society of Newfoundland Radio Amateurs (SONRA) will mark the centenary of the SS Florizel tragedy with a special event. "Faces of the Florizel" is set for February 23-24. On February 23, 1918, the Florizel left St. John's, Newfoundland on what was supposed to be a routine trip to Halifax, Nova Scotia, and then to New York City. Blizzard conditions and miscommunication between the bridge and the engine room caused the vessel to go aground on the rocks near Cappahayden, Newfoundland. Of the 137 on board, only 44 survived. In the early hours of February 24, the Florizel's SOS was received at the HM Wireless Station, the current site of the Admiralty House Communications Museum. Admiralty House is partnering with SONRA for the special event, which will use VO1MZL, to commemorate the vessel's call sign. Admiralty House Museum's "Faces of the Florizel" exhibit will feature memories of family members, oral histories, archival records, and artifacts associated with the marine tragedy. Operation will be on all HF bands. QSL to Admiralty House Communications Museum, 365 Old Placentia Rd., Mount Pearl, NL A1N0G7, CANADA.

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ARRL Announces Mobile DXCC Operating Award....

ARRL Announces Mobile DXCC Operating Award....

This week, ARRL announced a Mobile DXCC Operating Award, available to radio amateurs who have contacted at least 100 DXCC entities from a working vehicle, with antennas and power source capable of operating while in motion. ARRL Radiosport Manager Norm Fusaro, W3IZ, advised those pursuing the award to put safety first.

"Distracted driving is a serious concern, so we hope all mobile operators exercise care when operating from a moving vehicle," he said.

Full, official details are on the Mobile DXCC Operating Award page.

The Mobile DXCC is a one-time award and is non-endorsable. Contacts made any time in the past do count toward the aware. QSLs are required, but you do not need to submit them.

Mobile stations may use any power that is legal in the entity from which they are operating. This award specifically excludes contacts made by aeronautical or maritime mobile stations.

You do not have to be an ARRL member to qualify for this award.

Because this award is similar to the QRP DXCC Operating Award, ARRL has redesigned the QRP DXCC Certificate so that the two awards complement one another. Operators who hold the QRP DXCC award may apply for the new-style certificate with the original date of issue printed on the certificate, but you do not have to re-submit QSL cards or a log. All certificates are $16.

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Sun Feb 11, 2018

[UPDATE] 3Y0Z - Bouvet 2018....

FEBRUARY 8 @ 2045z - Position: 49.32 degrees South, 6.73 degrees East. 1,058 nautical miles from Cape Town.

We are continuing our slow voyage to Cape Town, currently making 6 knots, with one of our two engines out. The team is healthy, with plenty of food and water, and working to keep our spirits up. We cannot, however, escape the cloud of disappointment hovering over us and the DX community. We traveled 2700 nautical miles to Bouvet, but the last mile proved to be the most difficult.

As we type this, a tugboat is on its way to assist our vessel to the port of Capetown. We will continue to keep everyone informed, as this saga plays out. We would like to thank all of our friends and families who have been with us every mile of the way. Your good wishes, thoughts and prayers have sustained us over the last three weeks. [K0IR]

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Z6, KOSOVO. DXCC newest entity....

Z6, KOSOVO. DXCC newest entity continues to be very active on the bands
to celebrate its entry on the DXCC list and celebrating Kosovo's 10th
anniversary of independence (February, 2008). Look for Z60A to be in the
ARRL International DX CW Contest (February 17-18th). As this was being
written, ClubLog shows (as of 1549z, February 10th) that Z60A has made
a total of 64795 QSOs with 22525 unique callsigns: 38119/CW, 21107/SSB
and 5569/RTTY. The breakdown by continent is: 477/AF, 6537/AS, 43950/EU,
12975/NA, 278/OC and 578/SA. QSL via OH2BH.

The ClubLog OQRS system is set to cover the cost of direct QSL postage
USDs 3.00, while also allowing voluntarily, private contributions. All
donations small or large are most welcome to support SHRAK, the Kosovo
Amateur Radio Association to aid in recruiting additional Kosovar youth
and to activate the existing Amateur Radio operators and support their

As many have requested confirmations during the ongoing activation, it
has been decided to do an immediate LoTW and fast direct QSL service for
those who contribute USDs 20.00 or more. This option would not delay any
of the traditional QSL options, but just put a priority on those who are
willing to help Kosovo Amateur Radio finally move beyond the past ten
difficult years.

If you wish to upgrade your earlier QSL request to this enhanced service
you can send your donation through the ClugLog:
On behalf of the Project Goodwill Kosovo,
Martti Laine, OH2BH

The complete Z60A log will be uploaded approximately four weeks after
the current activation. The current activation will end immediately
following Kosovo's 10th independence anniversary celebrations on Sunday,
February, 18 2018. The additional four-week window will allow for cor-
rections and checking for potentially busted calls.

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