SANTA CLAUS IS NOW ACTIVE
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Release from the Santa Claus Land Post Office, December 6, 2012
Santa lives at the freezing North Pole, leading a harsh but exciting life under the Northern Lights (Aurora Oval). But no one has actually thought about Santa's specific location – there is no such DXCC entity as North Pole in the world – at least not yet.
Now much to everyone’s delight, Santa’s location is clearly marked on all maps. Santa lives in the Santa Claus region of Finland. That is Lapland, OH9 district, situated north of the Arctic Circle, only a stone's throw away from the Radio Arcala operating site amid the barren tundra where reindeer run wild. In December, the locals do not see daylight – it is dark all day. As compensation Mother Nature has created a distinctive polar path on 20 meters to North America.
Santa Claus Airport is the region's busiest while many of the world's leading carriers fly in with their jets, bringing young and old alike to sense the Christmas spirit and to enjoy many activities in beautiful nature, forgetting about their otherwise busy lifestyles and going with the mindset of children – such small children reside within all of us. More than 300.000 spirited people come in every winter.
The OH9SCL radio station will be active in December from the heart of Santa Claus Land, but adding to it and making it more visible, Radio Arcala will utilize their most advanced technology and remotely driven station, signing OF9X to test their technology, ride the Polar Path and employ a 100 meter (330 foot) rotating tower with a 6-over-6-over-6-over-6 20M array. OH9SCL at Santa’s workshop is based on a smaller array.
OH9SCL & OF9X QRV FROM MUONIO VILLAGE, 200 KM NORTH OF SANTA AIRPORT
( Location N 67.55.98 and E 23.39.37 )
Santa Claus radio operators will open shop for Christmas on December 7, 2012 and you will hear these stations on and off during December, both domestically and remotely. For the opening ceremony, five (5) frozen radio operators will be physically in Muonio, Lapland to test the technology and hand out QSOs: Martti, OH2BH; Rami, OH3BHL; Juha, OH8NC; Kimmo, OH9MDV ja Aaro, OH9RJ.
LISTEN TO YOUR OWN SIGNALS AS THEY SOUND IN LAPLAND
The OF9X station is expected to be active for the first time from December 7 until December 10 and you may listen to your own signal to hear how it sounds at the offices of Santa Claus.
You can also find their operating frequency on their station camera. On 20M they typically try to be in the vicinity of 14.225 kHz.
INCENTIVE FOR WORKING BOTH SANTA STATIONS
If you contact both OH9SCL and OF9X during December 2012, a slick Santa Claus certificate and a fact sheet will be sent to you as per your email request to firstname.lastname@example.org . The certificate can be issued also in the name of your children or grandchildren and used as an entry document with a discount program on your potential visit to our radio location at Harriniva, Muonio during the whole year of 2013.
DX Summit DNS change
Dear Users we inform you that:
DX Summit IP address will change on 10.12.2012 at 10 AM Finnish time. The new IP address will be 18.104.22.168
RADIO ARCALA HITS CQWW CW WITH OPEN CARDS, November 23, 2012
Radio Arcala, a Finnish-based initiative for developing leading-egde Amateur Radio technology and concepts, has taken another advance initiative for the contest community to review. The viability, fairness, and openess that aims for a better contesting future, while meeting the current rules with all the potential high-tech available today.
Radio Arcala invites all contesters to try this interesting approach by offering the visibility of real-time scoring, audio, and video from the actual contest site. This is with the limit of not showing the transmit frequency. Here the race gets closer to spectator participation, bringing families and friends back home right into the cockpit.
Here's what you need to know to view the race or to get on board too:
1. Take your browser to http://cqcontest.ru/videoscore.jsp 2. Click the button in the column "TV1" on the interesting station's row. 3. Put on your stereo headphones and listen to the SO2R contest experience! 4. Get on board yourself by using the instructions in the "Help" menu at the top.
Radio Arcala will release three stations for this open exercise:
The mothership OH8X (Finland) will be operated by Pasi OH6UM, OH0X (Aland Islands) is operated by Toni OH2UA, and CR2X (Azores) by Kim OH6KZP. This is Kim's first outing for contesting outside of the Finnish borders. All stations will be SOAB.
QSL OH8X via OH2UA
OH0X via OH2TA
CR2X via OH2BH
DXERS TAKING A NEW COURSE IN AZORES, SEPTEMBER 28-30, 2012
NEW WEBSITE GOES LIVE http://azores-islands-hunt.com/
It is often said that DXers only work DX. More recently, we have seen a healthy shift toward assisting the society they visit by helping locals become stronger in Amateur Radio. Something totally new is now happening in the CU-land – the Azores.
In recent years, the Azores Islands have balanced their agriculture and livestock sectors through increased awareness of their great location and unique landscape facilitated by the development of the local infrastructure to receive more visitors from industrialized countries. Significant progress has been made in expanding tourist facilities, convention hotels and holiday resorts. The Azores is now capable of accommodating 10,500 visitors per day. Additionally, the Azorean airline (SATA) is set to serve many European destinations in addition to the US and Canada.
Radio amateurs are now stepping forward to help the Azoreans increase the awareness of all of their nine islands, all within reach of SATA airline service. Forming nine country teams with the locals, a total of twenty DXers will fly in from SATA destinations to be on the air from the nine islands as part of the “Azores Nine Islands Hunt” - a unique concept to bring everyone on board globally to share what the Azores can offer. Those participating are:
K2DO, KI1U, KE3Q, N2GA, VE3DZ, VE3FWA, DJ9ZB, DF9TF, G3TXF, G7VJR, OH2BH, OH8NC, OH9MDV LB3HC, ON7LX ON7TK, ON5NT, OZ7AM and OZ1IKY together with locals: CU1AAD, CU2BV, CU2CE, CU2DX, CU3CS, CU4AB, CU5AM, CU6AB, CU7CA,CU8AAE and CU9AC
The Amateur Radio group is also set to streamline emergency communications procedures throughout the archipelago. Together with the local amateur population and administrators, they will be using this activity to test the island-to-island amateur radio network. The ARRL is sending their best resources, lending their expertise in this field.
ALL NINE AZORES ISLANDS, CU1 THROUGH CU9, ACTIVATED AT ONCE
Are You Ready to Fly to Azores for Free by Making Nine QSOs?
Yes indeed, those of you willing to spend 24 hours or less on the radio are eligible to participate in an Azores lottery for two all-paid packages to the beautiful Azores Islands in the Atlantic, completely free of charge. The project is organized by the Azores-Finland Friendship Consortium in partnership with the Amateur Radio Associations of the Azores Islands and supported by the Azores Promotion Agency (ATA) and Azorean Airlines (SATA). Just look at www.visitazores.com and make up your mind.
Not many people know that the Azores consist of nine populated islands, stretching over a distance of 602 km (305mi) from East to West, next to USA and Europe. And it is not widely known that the Azores have their own airline (SATA) flying to each island, in addition to many destinations in Europe and North America. Each island has its own characteristics and its own blend and alone qualifies for your visit there. While these islands count for a single DXCC entity, they offer three (3) IOTA groupings.
With this unique AZORES 9 ISLANDS HUNT, an invited international group of amateur radio operators together with resident Azores amateurs will be activating the nine islands, offering an opportunity to the world to contact these islands all at once over one weekend.
Saturday, September 29, 1200 UTC to September 30, 1200 UTC (24 hours). These stations will be active starting Friday, September 28 as soon as they become operational.
CW: 7000-7015, 18080-18090 and 14050-14065 kHz SSB: 7175-7195, 18120-18135 and 14250-14275 kHz
Nine Islands and their Stations
Santa Maria, CU1ARM; San Miguel, CU2ARA; Terceira, CU3URA; Graciosa, CU4ARG; Sao Jorge, CU5AM; Pico, CU6GRP; Faial, CU7CRA; Flores, CU8ARF; Corvo, CU9AC.
Operators and Island Hosts
Sergio, CU1AAD; Jose, CU2CE; Francisco, CU2DX; Guilherme, CU2IF; Domingois, CU3CS; Guilherme, CU4AB; Jose, CU5AM; Jorge, CU6AB; Manuel, CU7CA; Claudio, CU8AAE; Joao, CU9AC; Franz, DJ9ZB; Richard, DF9TF; Nigel, G3TXF; Michael, G7VJR; Diane, K2DO; Rich, KE3Q; Mike, KI1U; Marius, LB3HC; George, N2GA; Martti, OH2BH; Juha, OH8NC; Ghis, ON5NT; Carine, ON7LX; Claude, ON7TK; Alex, OZ7AM; Kenneth, OZ1IKY; Yuri, VE3DZ and Ed, VE3FWA.
Two Hunt Awards
Those making a QSO with at least 5 different islands will have a corresponding number of tickets placed into a lottery for a free trip to the Azores (e.g. if you have QSOs with 7 islands, you will get 7 lottery tickets). Additionally, the first 25 operators making QSOs with all 9 islands will be eligible for a second lottery. The free trips are from the closest airport served by SATA; including flight, accommodation and transfers..
During or immediately after the weekend, the logs will be posted on Club Log to display your band/mode slots. The lottery will be drawn on October 15, 2012.
All QSOs will be confirmed through the bureau network with special full-color cards. Direct QSL requests via Jose Melo, CU2CE.
FROZEN NEWS FROM RADIO ARCALA, CR2X, OH8X AND OH0X
It is today, February 1st, when the Northern Village of Arcala is gripped by an arctic frost weighing down on the massive antenna structures. The thermometer has hit a 2012 low - an icy reading of minus 27 C (minus 16.6 F) which makes the towers turn rather slowly. Slow are the movements of those frozen people as well.
Radio Arcala has decided to send the Frozen Four (FF) of OH2BH, OH2MM, OH2PM and OH8NC to more southerly latitudes as their balancing act. FF will soon embark on a three week long operating stint taking them to the Azores to activate CR2A and CR2X along with CU2KG and CU2KH in a variety of configurations in the ARRL CW & SSB Contests, in addition to the CQWW 160M SSB Contest.
Up in the Frozen North, their mothership OH8X will be piloted by OH6KZP in the ARRL CW Contest and by OH6UM in the ARRL SSB Contest. Moreover, the team of OH6CT, OH8WW, OH8KTN and OH8GDU will be at the controls in the WPX RTTY Contest on February 11-12. Please note that Kim, OH6KZP, 33, is the latest addition to the team at Radio Arcala.
Additionally, their associate station OH0X from Aland Islands will be activated by Pekka, OH2TA in the ARRL CW Contest.
As Radio Arcala is now celebrating their 5th anniversary, the WPX SSB Contest of March 24-25 is scheduled to be featured as an all-out team effort when OH8X members, local and overseas, will be gathering at the Northern Village of Arcala to set their strategy for the next few years, using a special callsign to be released at a later date. OH8/CU2CE and OH8/CU2DX will also be activated.
Please note that Radio Arcala is in the process of including a remote station section along with discussing the future of Amateur Radio through their Mission X, both tentatively presented at their website. www.radioarcala.com/
NEWS FROM THE DX SUMMIT DESK OF RADIO ARCALA
A small group of people noticed the soft launch of the first in a series of two-way communications with the renowned DX Summit of OH8X, allowing masses of people to specify their desired information out of the DX data flow after registration. As it was expected that the system might face some kind of a bottleneck, given a sudden surge of traffic, a total of 500 users were taken onboard in the first wave. This number of users came in just a moment after the service was opened. Now the service has opened for an unlimited number of users - welcome on board!
Now that we have the needed platform and capacity, we will be seeking new application ideas. Please note that there is a new discussion forum at the above address thrashing out and seeking your breakthrough ideas - this forum is monitored by the software folks of Radio Arcala.
SOFT LAUNCH OF MY SUMMIT BY THE FOLKS OF RADIO ARCALA
MY SUMMIT function was pre-tested by dedicated DXers world over as invited "friendly users". Pictured is one of our testers, Juan Munoz, TG9AJR representing the Republic of Guatemala, one of the 187 countries connected to DX Summit.
FIRST 200 WELCOMED – JOIN THOSE 121.446 HAPPY DXers!
The renowned DX Summit by OH8X has been a reliable source of current and historical DX activity on radio for many years. The original innovation is often described as the one that changed the DX hunt once and forever. DX hunting by spinning the dial is gone for the most part; spots are coming from the world to you almost on a real-time basis.
The fact that 121,446 unique users from 187 countries were connected
to DX Summit last month, with growing numbers, suggests that the DX summit is the World’s largest DX related Internet portal. The question is can we entertain people with additional information or do we make the current information better served? Yes, we can!
As the latest in a series of innovations, we now take another step and launch a feature that would open up a new application to those who register themselves to what is called MY SUMMIT.
With that step, we would like to establish a new two-way personalized channel from you to DX Summit. That feature may not sound like a major breakthrough at a first glance – but hold on – this will allow us to take a first step toward a social community in DX that can potentially interact with many exiting applications. So to you “first two hundred,” welcome on board.
FIRST APPLICATION NOW ON HAND - DX FILTERING
When entering MY SUMMIT, you can specify what DX information you would like to receive, and you can feature the DXCC counters or callsigns. You can specify the bands and modes you need. You can choose to be alerted when such DX appears. It can be also a friend of yours in DX – not only a new country or band.
You can be selective and let the MY SUMMIT look toward the future from past and current. Future related information may be the only one that you would like to have. Alternatively you can specify those spots that you do not want to have. The DX Summit will also allow only you to release the spots that bear your callsign.
FUTURE SPOTS CHOSEN BY YOU WILL BE SENT TO YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS.
WHAT IS THE NEXT STEP?
These alerts should be converted to the device you would like to use. If you are mobile, it may be your cell-phone, but it can be anything. Here we will soon provide software to send your PC spots to your cell-phone, but you can also invent your own.
Soon we envision the DX contact to be made by your highly automated –maybe remote controlled station - back-to-back with DX Summit. We are here to witness major changes and make them fit into our hobby with long history and many innovations.
Come along and make your own application to make our hobby and life more interesting. If you wish to share such applications with others, you may join the DX Summit user group for such information sharing.
We wish to do more through this portal, but the soft launch is a first step to make sure that masses of users and messages can be handled in a timely and efficient manner.
We have now secured the original DX Summit and created a scalable platform that will handle a huge number of users and large quantities of information, screening it at the speed of light. Today we salute the launch of MY SUMMIT together with our IT partners – Admino Technologies – great people to work with.
We had a learning tour with our service providers and apologize for the outages during 2009. Now we have reliable 24/7 service, using Nokia Corporation’s fast computer servers between Europe and the United States, where the majority of our users are located. Our servers are now much better attended.
RECOGNIZING THE VALUABLE SUPPORT
YASME FOUNDATION, Inc.
We are grateful to The Yasme Foundation for their long-term support, helping to secure and operate the Radio Arcala DX Summit and to provide DX community a valuable tool for their DX hunt. Yasme's commitment has helped our development team to overcome the critical points where re-design had to take place. http://www.yasme.org/
NOKIA CORPORATION, Inc.
We also thank Nokia for their continuing support for Amateur Radio related applications when making people communicate from one to another and for paying a tribute to those industrial pioneers that as part of amateur radio community have helped the Finnish telecom industry flourish domestically and globally. http://www.nokia.com/
ABOUT RADIO ARCALA
Is a non-profit group of like-minded individuals – Telecom, IT and business professionals -- who in their leisure time draft new communication concepts by using latest state-of-art techniques to further support their passion and help the three-million strong amateur radio global community to promote an innovative spirit of experimentation as part of their own pleasure. www.radioarcala.com
DX Summit is now using Twitter
YOUNG BRIT CAME OUT AS WINNER OF RADIO ARCALA ESSAY CONTEST
It was in February 2009 when the team at Radio Arcala, OH8X launched an essay contest to get some fresh ideas from today's youth and their elders to boost recruitment to the ranks of Amateur Radio. Great participation was ensured, and determining the winners took some effort from a multinational jury representing six nations.
A 19-year old Briton, Mark Dumpleton, 2E0NCG came out as winner by a fair margin while two U.S. hams, John Scott Anderson, KC9OQO and Brian Wood, W0DZ , finished in second and third place respectively. Argentinian Diego Salom, LU8DX was recognized for his submission of the best Spanish language piece.
You can read Mark's piece and his interview at www.radioarcala.com under the Young People Terms button and get your personal inspiration to do your share for Amateur Radio.
NEW DX SUMMIT TAKES OVER THE MOTHER OF ALL DX SUMMITS
The Group at OH8X is honoured to continue the services initiated by members of the OH2AQ Radio Club more than ten years ago. In the words of the President of Yasme Foundation, we capture the essence of this original innovation.
Yasme Foundation and the whole world of Amateur Radio congratulate Jukka Salomaa, OH2BUA and Antti Kantola, OH5TB for conceiving, operating and maintaining the DX Summit, the first widely-used Web-based spotting network portal. They created a tool that fundamentally changed the nature of HF operating, a true advancement of the radio art.
The New DX Summit is operated by Radio Arcala, OH8X, located in the Far North at the Arctic Circle, within the Aurora Belt, with a mission to encourage today's youth to make possible the impossible in the course of their own innovations through radio communication experience and related exciting theories.
Arcala Extremes is headquartered in Finland while operating in a European context. The message is global, and the experience is for us to share. Read about the Arcala mission and let your imagination fly to do your share among the young people and secure the continuation of this great passion that has enriched our lives and made the communication among people more effective and enjoyable. The New DX Summit and its future applications are targeted to be part of this vision.
DX SUMMIT ALERT
The Old OH2AQ DX Summit Goes Offline November 19, 2008 at 1000 UTC
The new DX Summit website at http://www.dxsummit.fi debuted on May 23, 2008. The site has been redeveloped from the ground up and uses the latest technology available. The new DX Summit has been ramping up steadily and today the number of hits is approaching 1 million a day. In addition to providing the same functionality as the old DX Summit, the new platform offers the necessary flexibility to easily add new features which are currently on the drawing board.
The old DX Summit homepage at http://oh2aq.kolumbus.com redirects users to the new DX Summit website. However, all the old DX Summit data pages are still online but the trend for daily hits has decreased, as we expected. The number still remains high but the time has come to shut down the old DX Summit machine which may cause your software to stop working.
To try and maintain compatibility with older software which may no longer be supported, the new DX Summit includes a series of DX spot webpages which are 100% HTML compatible with the same pages on the old DX Summit. Simply changing the URLs in your software according to the information below should keep it working with the new DX Summit. If your software does not allow you to edit the URLs, please contact the author of your software and ask them to change the URLs according to the information below.
URLs to change
Software authors who wish to implement data exchange with the new DX Summit should visit http://www.dxsummit.fi/technical.aspx for information on data formats and URLs. If your software does not work with the new DX Summit, we encourage you to forward this information to the author of the software you are using.
We hope all software relying on the DX Summit can be successfully updated to work with the new DX Summit. We look forward to providing you with this valuable DX resource for many years to come!
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