EANET Sprint Contest Nov 5 2017 0800 to 1200 utc

Devoted to the “Radio Clubs of the World” the 2017 EANET Sprint takes place on November 5 from 08:00 to 12:00 UTC.

In just four hours you have the chance to win original and funny prizes that you can share with your mate or friends: hotels, restaurants, wellness or adventures.

Moreover, you will have the opportunity to contact those radio clubs you still needed to complete the EANET Award.

EANET Sprint Contest 2017 – Radio Clubs of the World Award

As a tribute to all associations and Radio Clubs of the World, key elements in maintaining the spirit of amateur radio, the EA Digital Federation (FEDI-EA), with the support of the European Radio Amateurs’ Organization (EURAO) , established in 2008 the EANET Award, of international scope and permanent duration.

This Contest is intended to complement that Award with an specific activity, fun and entertaining, with a certain degree of competitiveness, necessary to keep the ability to operate in adverse circumstances.

Contest Rules

  1. Participants: Any radio amateur and radio club who desire can participate in EANET® Sprint Contest, with no discrimination of nationality nor association membership.
  2. Purpose: To contact as many stations as possible, around the world, participating in this Contest.
  3. Bands and modes: Any frequency and mode authorized for amateur service, including satellites.
  4. Period: Valid contacts are those done from 08:00 to 12:00 UTC of November the 5th of 2017.
  5. Categories: Two main categories of participants will be established: radio amateurs and radio clubs, according to if the holder of the callsign is an individual or an association.In its turn, these categories could be divided in two subcategories: National and International, depending on if the participant’s station is in Spain or in another country.In the case of radio clubs, besides, also two subcategories will be considered: members and friends, depending on their relationship with FEDI-EA and/or EURAO.
  6. Punctuation: Each contact done, and confirmed, will have a value in points depending on the kind of correspondent:
    • member radio club: 5 points
    • friend radio club: 3 points
    • radio amateur: 1 point.

    Only ONE contact between a participant and another specific one will be considered, so repetitions are worth zero additional points.

    For both, radio amateurs and radio clubs, only the amount of points received will be taken into account, ie the QSOs actually confirmed by the correspondents lists.

    As multipliers, the number of different contacted countries and continents will be used, the final score will be the outcome of the formula:

    Points x Countries x Continents.
    In order to encode the location of each station, standard ISO 3166-1 alpha-3 is taken into consideration for the country and one of the following abbreviations for the continent: AF, AN, AS, EU, NA, OC or SA. Or what is the same, the hierarchical address of the closest packet radio BBS.
  7. Call: “CQ EANET Sprint Contest“.
  8. Lists: To validate contacts, participants should send their log in Cabrillo or ADIF format to: eanet-sprint@fediea.org, within two weeks of the contest.The subject must contain: “EANET Sprint log of XXXXXX”, where XXXXXX is the callsign used during the contest. The attached log file should be named “XXXXXX.log” or “XXXXXX.adi”, replacing, if applicable, any “/” (bar) with “-” (dash).The body of the message will show: full name or corporate name, category in which it participates (radio amateur/radio club), preferred language.
  9. Prizes: For the first, second and third finishers in each category there will be the following packs of incentive:
    1. Weekend Hotel
    2. Restaurant
    3. Wellness or Adventure (spa, rafting, …)

    All the stations with at least 25% of the scoring champion in its category will get Certificate of participation.

  10. Registrations: Sending lists of participation shall be deemed registration for this Contest, assuming full acceptance of its conditions.
  11. Unforeseen: Any circumstance not covered in these rules shall be settled by the Organization of the Contest and its decision is final.

Explanatory notes

  • Unlike the EANET Award, this Contest is not based on eQSL for contact verification, but on the lists received from the participants themselves.
  • Note that, for the consideration of country, DXCC is not taken into account, but the geo-political definition of a territory in accordance with standard ISO 3166.
  • Do not forget to express log time in UTC. Otherwise, the software may consider some contacts invalid.
  • Alternatively, those who can not provide their log in ADIF or Cabrillo format, may do so using this Excel spreadsheet. Special attention must be given to the time field that should be 4 numbers but formatted as text.
  • Those associations that have not club station callsign assigned, but wish to participate in radio club category, may do so with a temporary callsign authorized by their PTT. The Organization reserves the right to request copies of relevant documents for verification.

Petrica Stolnicu YO9RIJ elected new President of EURAO

At the recent General Assembly of the European Radio Amateurs Organisation, Petrica Stolnicu, YO9RIJ, 43, was elected to be President of EURAO for the period 2017-2019.

YO9RIJ has previously been Vice-president of EURAO since 2015 and founding Vice-president of ARR (Romanian Radio Club Association – Asociatia Radioclubul Romaniei).

In an interview with Petrica, published recently on the EURO website,  a Romanian journalist explored his background in Amateur Radio and his hopes for EURO and the future.

Radio DARC shortwave broadcasts for IARU Region 1 Conference

Radio DARC International Shortwave Broadcasts

During the 24th IARU Region 1 Conference in Landshut, Germany, from 17th September until 22nd September, there will be a series of six consecutive special shortwave broadcasts to keep the IARU Region 1 amateur radio audience up to date with news and background reports

The programmes will be in the English language.

The RADIO DARC programmes will be compiled by Eva-Maria, DG9MFG, Christian, DL8MDW, Peter, HB9MQM and Rainer, DF2NU, the Editor-in-chief.

Several transmitters and shortwave bands are used to allow reception in different target regions of IARU Region 1. The broadcasting partner is the Austrian Broadcasting Transmitters Corporation (ORS) in Moosbrunn near Vienna. The schedule is as follows:

Sunday, 17 September to Friday, 22 September 2017

17:30 – 18:00 UTC – 13 775 kHz with 300 kW for Africa
17:30 – 18:00 UTC – 9 790 kHz with 100 kW for Eastern Europe / Russia / Middle East
18:00 – 18:30 UTC – 6 070 kHz with 100 kW for Central, Northern and Southern Europe
18:00 – 18:30 UTC – 9 540 kHz with 100 kW for Western Europe

RADIO DARC is the weekly magazine of the German Amateur Radio Club for radio amateurs and shortwave listeners, with three broadcasts on 6 070 kHz for Europe. The programs contain DX news, technical features and reports from the DARC, as well as commentary, propagation forecasts and some great music from the 70s and 80s.

EURAO DMR meeting on the air Fiesta de EURAO

The European Radio Amateurs’ Organization announces a new party on the air, this time with the motto: “DMR meeting on the air“. Remember this is not a contest, it is just a radio meeting with a few simple ‘rules’, better to call them recommendations. The party will be held the weekend September 23th and 24th, 2017, 00:00-24:00 UTC

El fin de semana del 23 y 24 de septiembre tendrá lugar una nueva fiesta en el aire, convocada por la Organización Europea de Radioaficionados (EURAO). En esta ocasión está dedicada al DMR. No se trata de un con­cur­so, sino de pasarlo bien, ex­pe­ri­men­tar y hacer radio.

Purpose: DMR (Digital Mobile Radio) is an open standard widely used by radio amateurs in the last years. A lot of repeaters around the world are networked. The most popular DMR network is BrandMeister (BM) which dedicate the Talk Group (TG) 9201 to EURAO. Try to connect to this TG to have fun and meet other hams, or just do SWLing.

Date & time: September 23th and 24th, 2017, Saturday and Sunday, 00:00-24:00 UTC.

Bands & modes: in this Party there are no recommended frequencies for DMR. You have to find the repeater(s) in your area linked to the BM network. You can use this map to find yours. Or just listen to its stream.

Call: “CQ EURAO Party”.

Exchange: because this is a QSO event, not a contest, you can talk about whatever you want, in any language (choose one that everyone in this TG can understand), but posiby for a limited time, remembering this is a shared resource. Here are some topic suggestions to get the conversation going: name, city, locator, weather, antennas, rigs, etc.

Also talk about QSL interchange. Tell the truth. Say “no, thanks” if you are not interested in QSL cards. But if you would like to have a memory of your contact, feel free to use our EuroBureauQSL (see below).

Logs: for statistic purposes only, we ask participants to submit their logs in ADIF format to party@eurao.org, where the filename should be your callsign (e.g. EA3RKF.ADI).

There will be no results or league tables, only statistical information about number of QSOs, countries, callsigns, OMs/YLs/Clubs, etc.

Certificate of Participation: for those sending the log and with a minimum of 10% QSOs confirmed.

EuroBureauQSL: you can use it to interchange QSLs even if you are not member. In this case, just send the QSL to the entry point in the country of contacted station.

Fiesta de EURAO – Verano 2017: encuentro DMR en el aire

El fin de semana del 23 y 24 de septiembre tendrá lugar una nueva fiesta en el aire, convocada por la Organización Europea de Radioaficionados (EURAO). En esta ocasión está dedicada al DMR. No se trata de un con­cur­so, sino de pasarlo bien, ex­pe­ri­men­tar y hacer radio.


Fiesta de EURAO – Verano 2017: encuentro DMR en el aire

La Organización Europea de Radioaficionados anuncia una nueva fiesta en el aire, esta vez con el lema: “encuentro DMR en el aire“. Recuerda que esto no es un concurso, es sólo un encuentro por radio con unas pocas ‘reglas’ muy simples, casi mejor llamarlas recomendaciones.

Objetivo: DMR (Digital Mobile Radio) es un estándar abierto ampliamente usado por los radioaficionados en los últimos años. Un montón de repetidores de todo el mundo están interconectados. La red más popular de DMR es BrandMeister (BM) que dedica el Talk Group (TG) 9201 a EURAO. Intenta conectar a este TG para divertirte y conocer otros radioaficionados, o simplemente haz radioescucha.

Fechas y horarios: 23 y 24 de septiembre del 2017, sábado y domingo, 00:00-24:00 UTC.

Bandas y modos: en esta Fiesta no hay frecuencias recomendadas para DMR. Tú tienes que encontrar el repetidor (o repetidores) de tu zona que esté enlazado a la red BM. Puedes utilizar este mapa para encontrar el tuyo. O simplemente escuchar por streaming.

Llamada: “CQ EURAO Party”.

Intercambio: como se trata de un QSO, no de un concurso, se puede hablar de lo que uno quiera, en cualquier idioma (elige uno que todos en ese TG puedan entender), y durante el tiempo que se desee tiempo limitado, pues es un recurso compartido. De todas maneras, sugerimos algunos temas típicos de conversación: nombre, ciudad, locator, tiempo, antenas, equipos, etc.

También habla sobre el intercambio de QSLs. Di la verdad. Di “no, gracias” si no estás interesado en las tarjetas QSL. Pero si te gustaría tener un recuerdo de tu corresponsal, no dudes en usar nuestro EuroBureauQSL (ver más abajo).

Logs: sólo a efectos estadísticos, pedimos a los participantes que envíen sus logs en formato ADIF aparty@eurao.org, donde el nombre del archivo debe ser su indicativo (ej. EA3RKF.ADI).

No habrá resultados o clasificación, sólo información estadística sobre el número de QSOs, países, indicativos, OMs/YLs/Clubs, etc.

Certificado de Participación: para aquellos que envíen el log y tengan un mínimo del 10% de QSOs confirmados.

EuroBureauQSL: puedes usarlo para intercambiar QSLs aunque no seas socio. En este caso, envía la QSL alpunto de entrada del país de tu corresponsal.

When friends fall out – EURAO and IARU Region 1

Some may have noticed the recent spat between EURAO and IARU Region 1 and wondered what it is all about.

Disagreements are possibly part and parcel of any organisation but it is somewhat disconcerting to the average Radio Amateur to see such a public disagreement between two organisations who are supposedly representing the Amateur Radio movement.

The two organisations are probably quite different. One primarily brings together national organisations and enables their representation at International level – this is also the older organisation with perhaps a degree of Northern Europe bureaucratic presentation not unlike that which might be displayed by a political party in power.   The other is the new upstart which perhaps target more the grassroots of Amateur Radio, including individuals and local clubs but not excluding national organisations – this may also driven from the more flamboyant southern part of Europe.

There is clearly some history to this spat which appears to have driven EURAO to go public with their criticism – or perhaps it is simply that they do not wish to see the potential of meeting at Friedrichshafen being missed.

The initial post by EURAO was placed on line in answer to questions they were receiving about a paragraph in the IARU Region 1 Executive Council minutes held on May 5-7, 2017, in Landshut, which read

“ITEM 16: EURAO
G3BJ gave a verbal report on EURAO and the lack of progress since the 2016 EC Meeting. He had invited EURAO to a meeting some months ago to explore each other’s strategies and seek common ground. Sadly, EURAO had not yet responded.”

IARU responded to the initial EURAO post with an “IARU commentary on EURAO Statement about meeting at Friedrichshafen” where there appears to be a possible suggestion that only IARU should represent Amateur Radio issues to CEPT, a proposal that the two organisations required to have a meeting which would require to last all day and a statement that IARU was already too committed to have such a meeting at Friedrichshafen.   You are recommended to read this IARU response yourself to get a fuller picture of where IARU Region 1 are coming from but it is not too difficult to see that the above points, posted publicly, could certainly be enough to annoy EURAO!

EURAO’s latest response can be found at http://www.eurao.org/en/node/900 where they give, as they see it, some history to the issues behind this disagreement, including accusing IARU Region 1 of “mistakes, half truths and missing facts” along with bias.   It is a lengthy post so you are recommended to read it for yourself if you wish some details of the gripes EURAO have.

The clearest thing seems to be that public pronouncements are not the best way to resolve such differences.  And before any extensive meeting it seems appropriate that the two sides should get together and clear the air before they discuss more detailed matters – and where better to have such a meeting than at Friedrichshafen?

EURAO Boulevard at Friedrichshafen 2017

This is the detailed plan of EURAO Boulevard inside the HAM RADIO exhibition, to be held in Friedrichshafen, Germany this year on 14-16 July.

In addition to the main EURAO (European Radio Amateur Organisation) booth (A1-662), there will also be booths of the following EURAO member associations:

  • RNRE (A1-660)
  • CISAR (A1-666)
  • URC (A1-661)
  • ARR (A1-663)
  • FRC (A1-665)
  • FEDI-EA (A1-667).

Other member associations, like VRA, will be inside EURAO booth meeting members, friends and visitors, listening to opinions and sharing experiences.

EURAO’s own agenda for the exhibition weekend includes several meetings:

  • Board of Directors on Thursday
  • Technical team on Friday
  • General Assembly on Saturday;
    • coordination of annual activities,
    • discussion of new projects, etc.

If you are visiting  HAM RADIO 2017 at Friedrichshafen, do not forget to pay a visit to the EURAO stand.

SOTA at Friedrichshafen 15th July 2017

Saturday is the day for SOTA enthusiasts at Ham Radio Friedrichshafen this year.

The SOTA program for Saturday is as follows –

12 Noon – SOTA Meet-up at the QSL Wall

14:00 to 15:45 – SOTA Seminars will take place in the Austria room in the western wing of the Conference Centre.

16:30 – A SOTA Activation of DM/BW-348 GehrenBerg is planned from 16:30 to 18:30

19:00 – the annual SOTA Dinner this year is at “Wirthaus am Gehrenberg” in Markdorf.

Richard G3CWI, co-founder of the SOTA award scheme and CEO of SOTABEAMS, has supplied a SOTABEAMS WSPRLite unit which will be awarded at the dinner to the person with the most original piece of SOTA clothing, as judged by the dinner attendees.

 

EURAO Party On The Air – Watching SSTV – 17 & 18 June

The European Radio Amateurs’ Organization has announced a new party on the air, this time with the motto: “watching SSTV“. This is not a contest, it is just a radio meeting with a few simple recommended ‘rules’.

Purpose: SSTV (Slow Scan TeleVision) is not a new mode, but it is incredibly fun, even as a SWL.

Date & time: June 17th and 18th, 2017, Saturday and Sunday, 00:00-24:00 UTC.

Bands & modes: these are the recommended frequencies (+/-) for SSTV: 3.730, 7.058, 10.132, 14.230, 21.340, 28.680, 50.510 and 144.500 MHz.

Call: “CQ EURAO Party”.

Exchange: because this is a QSO event, not a contest, you can send/watch whatever you want, in any language, and for as long as you like. Here are some topic suggestions to get the conversation going: name, city, locator, weather, antennas, rigs, etc.

Also talk about QSL interchange. Tell the truth. Say “no, thanks” if you are not interested in QSL cards. But if you would like to have a memory of your contact, feel free to use our EuroBureauQSL (see below).

Logs: for statistic purposes only, we ask participants to submit their logs in ADIF format to party@eurao.org, where the filename should be your callsign (e.g. EA3RKF.ADI).

There will be no results or league tables, only statistical information about number of QSOs, countries, callsigns, OMs/YLs/Clubs, etc.

Certificate of Participation: for those sending the log and with a minimum of 10% QSOs confirmed.

EuroBureauQSL: you can use it to interchange QSLs even if you are not member. In this case, just send the QSL to the entry point in the country of contacted station.

IARU Region 1 Youth Contesting Programme 2017

The IARU Region 1 Youth Contesting Program (YCP) continues in 2017. Youth members (under 26 years old) from IARU Region 1 member societies are invited to take part in a contest from   “Top-Gun” stations.

Applications are open: apply here.

These young Radio Amateurs will learn how to operate the contest station, improve their contest skills and will aim for the best results together as a team in a live contest.
A youngster will probably be coming for the first time to the host country and will get the chance to experience this country and share amateur radio knowledge with local youngsters.
Contest locations:conteststationsycp
  • ES5TV ARI International DX contest (6-7 May 2017)
  • 9A1A 9A1RBZ  CQ M International DX contest (13-14 May 2017)
  • 4O3A CQWW RTTY contest (23-24 September 2017)
  • Further contests may be added to stay tuned to the web pages listed below
Rules:
  • Young people aged under 26 years.
  • 1 or 2 participants per member society
  • All levels of contest experience are accepted. A participant should have at least basic knowledge about contesting and using a transceiver.
  • Member societies are asked to select young people who are  willing to experience a contest in a “big-gun”station, eager to learn more about amateur radio and who are aiming to get the best results out of the contest. A group of ±6 international youngsters and ±6 domestic youngsters will take part per contest.
  • Participants are asked to fund their own travel costs. All other costs will be covered.

Example Schedule for participants

When taking part in a 24 hours contest the participant will arrive on Friday and leave on Monday.
This is an example time schedule from 9A1A:

Friday: Arrive to host city (in this case Zagreb ). Social event in late afternoon and
evening hours. Sleeping  in one of Zagreb hostels.
Saturday – Sunday: Travel to contest location (in 9A1A case about 40 km). Introduction to the
contest location, its capacities and possibilities. Team will take part in the contest.
Team will sleep on Sunday/Monday night on contest location.
Monday: Travel to home.

Find out more at these web locations:-

Clubs & Groups Membership of EURAO

EURAO – the European Radio Amateurs’ Organisation – has intruduced a new class of membership for clubs and groups.

Local radio clubs and specialised Amateur Radio groups around the world are important.

For this reason, EURAO has created the membership category Clubs&Groups in order that they can provide the following EURAO collective services to ALL their members:

  • International QSL Service (*)
  • European Radio Amateur Card
  • EURAO Member Benefits Program
  • EURAO Newsletter
  • EURAO TV Channel
  • Representation before international institutions

More information at http://www.eurao.org/en/node/464