YOUTH ON THE AIR (YOTA) PROJECT 2014
Kim, OH6KZP has started the RTTY offering on 80M and 30M with an initial great opening to Japan. We plan to do most of the RTTY business today, Saturday and the early part of Sunday. Our hope still is the low bands will come back after an CME and huge, visible aurora borealis hitting these islands to wipe out all bands for almost a day.
The question is what do you do when all propagation is gone and the show is so wet that you cannot even make a snowman? This came to our mind positively here on our lonely little island when we turned Virtual Radio on and logged another 100 QSOs and reached our present total of 70 countries worked. These were QSLed instantly as the HamSphere system does not call for paper QSLs and does not support any QSL bureau network.
Who did we work in Virtual Reality? We contacted dozens of hams that we keep working on the regular HF bands. We've QSOed VE3EXY, K7RAN, N7NG, TI2SSO, F5JFT, VE8AP, AP2MAB, 9V1CZ, JT1DN but also Z81B in South Sudan fame as he need to keep a low antenna profile because of the recent unrest, But additionally lots of new operators who are on to satisfy their urge to collect DXHC countries and want to experience Amateur Radio-like traffic without yet taking the exam. In some cases we felt like being in charge of a driving school in motion, but ultimately these people behaved super nicely - much more so than we often see in our real world. We have now logged 250 QSOs in Virtual Reality.
Steve, GW4BLE put it nicely on the CDXC reflector when he said:
Snow has now fallen on Aland Islands - coming about two months late - but coming nevertheless. Snowfall has some negative consequences as well as each snow flake is heavily charged electrically; static noise was hard to beat last night. In the real world!
And OG0A is here to make more QSOs in both worlds.
January 9, 2014
Hamsphere www.hamsphere.com is probably the most advanced virtual platform where thousands of licensed hams along with those with a system callsign meet to make QSOs. An awards program (DXHC) is also available with a listed country total of close to 200. Aland Islands are there operating in DXpedition mode, with extremely well behaving pileups experienced last night.
On the always challenging 6M band, OGØA showed up on 50.130 MHz and should be there during the remainder of the week.
The operators at OG0A are eager to see who will be the first ones to contact OGØA in both worlds, and the listing will appear on QRZ.com www.qrz.com/db/OG0A.
Virtual Amateur Radio is a welcome option for those who cannot hoist large antennas or invest in real radio equipment but still want to get the feel of talking to the world. It's also an attractive alternative for young people who want to experience the thrill of Amateur Radio before taking an actual ham radio license exam.
But with the click of a switch, OGØA is back on the real low bands -160/80M - and others to hand out those elusive shortwave QSOs that we are all born with. The team of Martti, OH2BH; Pertti, OH2PM and Kim, OH6KZP are on the island to serve you in both worlds until next Monday.
Is this news item real or virtual or maybe remote? Jump on the bandwagon since we can rarely stop the progress of technology that ham radio is very proud of. This operating event is organized by the folks at Radio Arcala, OH8X.
QSL both worlds via OH2BH.
Dates: January 3 through January 13, 2014
Following the success of recent low-band operations by Z81X and OF9X, closely on the heels of Santa Claus and capitalizing on the current season of almost total darkness in Northern Europe, a sub-group of those two teams will be heading to Aland Islands to activate OGØA on low bands and WARC bands.
The OHØX contest site will be used as the base camp with 160M slopers for the US and Japan and a 2-L 80M beam atop a 42-meter (140ft) rotating tower. Main activity will be on CW, but SSB/RTTY will also be used occasionally.
Operators: Mari, OH2FPK (YL); Rami, OH2BCI; Martti, OH2BH; Pertti, OH2PM and Pekka, OH2TA.
OGØA QSL via OH2BH
This operation is dedicated to the Youth On The Air (YOTA) summer camp due to be organized in Finland from July 15 through July 22, 2014 with two young YLs - Mari, OH2FPK and Kati, OH2FKX - in charge. They will be hosting fifteen (15) young European teams from the same number of countries acquainting themselves with the many faces of Amateur Radio: presentations, competitions, visits to radio stations, workshops, ARDF etc. at the height of the Finnish summer season. The activity is sanctioned by IARU Region 1 and supported by the European Union.
All OQRS QSL requests for OF9X and OGØA with donations will be directed to cover the costs of this healthy youth activity in Finland. You can OQRS OF9X and OGØA respectively via their QRZ.com page.