This event takes place from 0000 UTC on December 1 until 2359 UTC on December 31. Participants earn certificates by working the various YOTA-suffix stations on the air throughout December. Not a contest, the event is aimed at getting as many youngsters on air from as many countries as possible. Stations operated by young radio amateurs around the world will get on the air to celebrate youth in amateur radio. YOTA Month began a few years ago in International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 1, and the concept has now taken root in the Americas as YOTA Month in the Americas.
During YOTA Month, radio amateurs aged 25 and younger will be on the air as special event stations during December on various bands and modes. In the US, look for K8Y, K8O, K8T, and K8A. Elsewhere in the Americas, VE7YOTA will be on the air from Canada. XR2YOTA in Chile has been added to the list of youth stations in the Americas for YOTA Month. Young hams in other countries may also join in. Listen for other YOTA Month stations with “YOTA” suffixes.
Registration now is open for stations to register for Scouting’s 2019 Jamboree on the Air (JOTA). JOTA will take place October 18 – 20. JOTA is Scouting’s largest event in the world and always takes place over the third weekend of October. Click on “Sign Up Now” and register using your free Scout.org user id. Use the same site to register for the 2019 Jamboree on the Internet.
Bill Stearns, NE4RD, has been named the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) National Jamboree on the Air Task Force Chair. He has activated a number of JOTA and Scout Camp stations from the Montana Scout Council and served on the 2017 National Scout Jamboree K2BSA and 2019 World Scout Jamboree NA1WJ staffs. The NA1WJ Amateur Radio operation at the 2019 World Scout Jamboree in West Virginia reported that more than 3,000 Scouts took part in the ham radio demonstrations, logging more than 4,000 contacts in 86 DXCC entities.
Abstracted from The ARRL Letter for August 29, 2019
The Happy 150! event will run from August 31, 0000 UTC thru September 8, 2359 UTC.
Free Hiram Percy Maxim 150th Birthday Event logging software is now available. Scott Davis, N3FJP, perhaps best known for the ARRL Field Day software that bears his call sign, has developed a free logging program for ARRL’s Happy 150! Hiram Percy Maxim Birthday Celebration on-the-air event that gets under way on August 31 and runs for 9 days. Davis calls his software Hiram Percy Maxim Contest Log 1.0. Maxim, 1AW, who cofounded ARRL, was born on September 2, 1869.
“I’ve never created a program for a non-recurring event before, because the coding time required is too large,” Davis said in a post to the N3FJPsoftware user group. “I’ve made this exception because this is a really nice, simple rule set with the very popular field day-style exchange that has the added bonus in schedule flexibility of running for 9 days. The Hiram Percy Maxim celebration sure looks like a well-designed event that will be a lot of fun for us all.”
The Happy 150! event will begin at 0000 UTC on August 31 and continue until 2359 UTC on September 8. It is open to all radio amateurs. The goal is straightforward: Contact as many participating stations as possible. W1AW and all ARRL members will append “/150” to their call signs during this event (DX operators who are ARRL members may operate as <call sign>/150, if permitted by their country of license.) Participating stations will exchange a signal report and ARRL/RAC Section. DX stations will send a signal report and “DX.” All Amateur Radio bands except 60, 30, 17, and 12 meters are available. Permitted modes are CW, any voice mode, and digital.
Davis said Hiram Percy Maxim Contest Log 1.0 is full featured and “very easy and intuitive to use.”
“If the Hiram Percy Maxim celebration is received as strongly as it appears, my hope is that ARRL will decide to make this an annual event,” Davis allowed. “After all, birthdays come once a year, and we now have the infrastructure to continue.”
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ARRL Field Day is the most popular on-the-air event held annually in the US and Canada. On the fourth weekend of June, more than 35,000 radio amateurs gather with their clubs, groups or simply with friends to operate from remote locations.
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Field Day is ham radio’s open house. Every June, more than 40,000 hams throughout North America set up temporary transmitting stations in public places to demonstrate ham radio’s science, skill and service to our communities and our nation. It combines public service, emergency preparedness, community outreach, and technical skills all in a single event. Field Day has been an annual event since 1933, and remains the most popular event in ham radio.
We welcome the public to come learn more about ham radio! Use our Field Day Locator to search for a Field Day site near you.
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2019 Event Dates: July 1, 9AM to July 7, Midnight Eastern (July 1-1300Z to July 8-0400Z)
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I’m seeking activators for K2H, the shared Special Event callsign for all Massachusetts.
Please let everyone know about this opportunity. Activators can be added to the official 13 Colonies K2Hactivators list for either or bothW1AEC and their home stations.
Do you want to have the experience of being called instead of calling to make a contact? You’ll get calls from both domestic and DX operators who want to qualify for the certificate endorsements. As an activator of K2H, you will automatically qualify for a certificate. You can also contact other 13 Colonies S/E stations, including K2H, to earn your own endorsements.
You’d be surprised at how many contacts you can make with a simple wire antenna. You can work as many or few hour slots as you wish during the week. Each activator is self-scheduled by using an on-line calendar to reserve Band, Mode, and Hour blocks of air time. Also, at the end of the week, each activator submits their own Cabrillo logs to the new Massachusetts QSO / QSL coordinator, Larry Krainson-W1AST and QSO totals to Ken Villone-KU2US, event organizer.
Details will be available in about a week. Meanwhile, go to 13colonies.net for updated info. You can also go directly to QRZ.com; look up K2H for the latest details.
This event is NOT a contest; so 12m, 17m and 30m bands may be used.
Contact Larry-W1AST, link above, if you would like to be an activator or email me if you need more information, etc.