Around the world, amateur radio special event stations will mark the event on the air, starting on the 18th at 0000UTC and continuing until the 19th at 2359.
The theme this year is Celebrating Amateur Radio’s Contribution to Society and the Covid-19 pandemic casts the event in a different light than in years past.
A few short weeks ago, many of us could not imagine the levels of isolation that we are now dealing with and the sacrifices of many on the front lines of the pandemic. As we have done in past challenges to our society, amateur radio will play a key part in keeping people connected and assisting those who need support.
The latest version of TrustedQSL (TQSL), version 2.5.2, offers improved Logbook of The World (LoTW) support for operations from several locations, as well as the ability to detect uploads that contain incorrect location data. The primary new feature in TQSL 2.5.2 allows logging programs, in conjunction with TQSL, to avoid incorrect contact uploads, while adding mechanisms to allow easy uploading of logs for roving stations. LoTW had required rovers to identify each location used as a separate location in TQSL. The new version of TQSL allows these operations to be handled much more smoothly by using information from the station’s logging program.
I dessa Corona tider kan en del radioamatörer känna sig ensam och isolerad. Vi kan ju som tur är köra radio, och hålla igång vårt sociala kontaktnät. Kanske dags att plocka fram någon bortglömd bygg- eller antennprojekt? Men vad sägs om en contest?
Vår systerorganisation RSGB arrangerar en contest mellan den 6e april och 15 maj. Varje contest är bara 90 minuter, körs varje veckodag på HF banden och dessutom i olika moder!
Har du aldrig kört en contest, är det kanske dags att börja nu…
According to the reputable news agency Reuters China reports rise in new coronavirus cases due to imported infections. This is of course nothing but bullshit. The COVID-19/Corona situation in China is not under control except in the Communist party controlled media.
Dave Wilson, M0OBW, RSGB President, and Ian Shepherd, G4EVK, RSGB Board Chair have a message to radio amateurs.
“We hope that you all understand the very serious nature of the current health crisis. As you are now aware, the situation has dramatically worsened and we have all been ordered to stay at home unless travelling for a specific and unavoidable reason. As radio amateurs we are in the fortunate position of being able to talk to other amateurs and chat to those who are finding it tough going. Ian and I are asking you, as radio amateurs, to please do one thing for us: search out local amateurs and arrange a sked, not necessarily on air: there are many alternatives we can all use such as video calls, or even a simple phone call. Pay particular attention to those who you know or learn to be alone or who are vulnerable for whatever reason. We are all in this together! Keep safe.”
If you’re “sheltering in place” or otherwise stuck at home to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, the CQ World Wide WPX SSB Contest this coming weekend (March 28-29) is the perfect way to have some fun and keep connected with the outside world.
However, we want to make sure you practice “safe contesting,” especially if you’re planning a multi-operator effort.
This is a one-of-a-kind special edition of JOTI! Both educational and fun, this JOTI will bring Scouting to the homes of young people around the world during a challenging time. You can learn about safety measures, mental and physical health and digitally engage as global citizens through a range of different activities. The best part is, you’ll make new friends from around the world!
The Long Island CW Club in New York is offering free, online Morse code instruction for the “many youngsters at loose ends as a result of school closings due to COVID-19 concerns.” The club’s co-founder, Howard Bernstein, WB2UZE, pointed out that learning Morse code is “a fun and educational activity for children of all ages that can fill part of the gap left by the current unfortunate situation that has closed so many schools across the country.”