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PostHeaderIcon ITU’s ham radio station celebrates 60 years on air

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ITU’s ham radio station celebrates 60 years on air

By Nick Sinanis, callsign SV3SJ, President of the International Amateur Radio Club (IARC), and Attila Matas, callsign OM1AM, Vice-president and Station Manager, IARC

Did you know that the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies owns and operates its very own radio station?

Residing at the headquarters of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), the 60-year-old amateur station operates under the callsign 4U1ITU.

It started broadcasting on 10 June 1962 and was officially inaugurated the following month by then UN Secretary-General U Thant and ITU Secretary-General Gerald Gross – himself a ‘’ham” radio enthusiast known by the personal callsign W3GG.

Recognized as a unique “country” in the ham radio community, 4U1ITU operates in accordance with privileges extended by ITU and the Government of Switzerland. It has also earned the DXCC (or ham radio “century club”) award from the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), confirming air contacts with 100 or more countries.

From its long-time home on the 5th floor of the Varembé Building in Geneva’s international district, this unique broadcasting outlet still today serves as a model for the highest standards of amateur radio station operation everywhere.


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PostHeaderIcon CW QSO Simulator per iPhone and Android

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CW QSO Simulator for iPhone and Android

This app is a real CW QSO simulator for ham radio operators. Supports “599BK style QSO”.
In order to reproduce a realistic QSO environment, the generated call sign, signal level, CW speed, etc. will differ for each QSO.
Furthermore, the call sign and CW speed of your own station that issues CQ can be set arbitrarily.



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PostHeaderIcon YOTA Contest 2022

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YOTA Contest 2022

We are happy to announce that we will have three (3) more YOTA Contest sessions coming up in 2022 again. Lots of participants enjoyed the 2021 sessions already and thus we hope to get even more people involved into the events this year.

The upcoming three sessions will be taking place on the following days:

  • 1st round | 21st May 2022 | 0800 – 1959 UTC
  • 2nd round | 23rd July 2022 | 1000 – 2159 UTC
  • 3rd round | 30th December 2022 | 1200 – 2359 UTC

Source: IARU R1
 

PostHeaderIcon ISS to crash into Pacific as early as 2031

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ISS to crash into Pacific as early as 2031

NASA’s plans for the end of ISS

The International Space Station (ISS) can’t continue forever. Its lifetime is limited by primary structures – modules, radiators and trusses – that can’t be repaired or replaced. On January 31, 2022, NASA announced that the Biden-Harris administration had extended the space station’s operations until 2030. So as early as 2031, the space station could be guided to a fiery demise, as it de-orbits through Earth’s atmosphere. The goal would be to place it in the Pacific Ocean near what’s called Point Nemo, the point in Earth’s oceans farthest from land. That scenario is part of a report released by NASA in January 2022

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Source: Earthsky.org

 

PostHeaderIcon International Marconi Day celebrates the huge part Guglielmo Marconi played in the invention of radio

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IMD is a 24 hour amateur radio event that is held annually to celebrate the birth of Marconi on 25 April 1874. The event is usually held on the Saturday closest to Marconi’s birthday and in 2022 it will be held on 23rd April.

The purpose of the day is for amateur radio enthusiasts from around the world to make contact with Historic Marconi Sites using communication techniques similar to those used by Marconi himself.

Rules for registration – Please Read

Note – you do ‘NOT‘ need to register just to claim the award.

To be registered as an official station you ‘MUST‘ operate from a site which has a connection with Guglielmo Marconi himself, not a business etc created after his work.

This must be somewhere Guglielmo Marconi has personally operated from, lived or set up experimental stations.

Please email below to register crac.imd(at)gmail.com

Period of Operation on 23rd April 2022 00:00 UTC  to 23:59 UTC

All official stations must be registered  by midnight on April 22nd. Anyone trying to register after this time will not be registered.

Source: GX4CRC

 
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