FK1TS & 3D2TS

Commencing forthwith, all Qsl Cards for Phillip 3D2TS & FK1TS can be now requested via M0OXO OQRS or by Direct Post Mail to M0OXO.

Phillip will no longer have the facility to answer any card requests so please use M0OXO OQRS whenever possible. Please do not send cards to the bureau, they simply will not arrive. New cards are currently being printed by UX5UO QSL Print and will be issued upon receipt. Cards already requested by the old route on Clublog will also be processed and sent out by M0OXO when cards arrive from the Print Shop.

Direct links for the OQRS Service can be found here:
 

Alda Niemeyer  (PP5ASN)  celebrates her 100th Birthday

PP5ASN Alda Schlemm Niemeyer, or Vovo Alda, (grandma Alda) as she is affectionately known in the Brasilian radio amateur world, celebrated her 100th birthday on 18 May 2020.

She was born in Joinville on May 18, 1920 and grew up in Curitiba, Brasil.
In  1939, age 19,  Alda, her sister and mother went to  Germany on a  cultural exchange. With the outbreak of  World War II what should have been be a journey of a few months, turned into a stay of  9 years,  They were unable to  return to Brasil as there were no more ships because of  the war.

As  foreigners, they were required  to provide  civilian services. Alda  took a  nursing  course and worked for  the Red Cross. from a dental office, Alda married in Germany and had three children. She survived  the worst bombing of the Second War, in February 1945 in the German  city of  Dresden where she lived.  Despite her house being destroyed in the blaze, and being hit in the head by a piece of brick – which blinded her for three weeks – Alda survived, along with her sister and a small child.
She managed to  return to Brazil in 1947, two years after  the end  of the war.  In 1950 she  separated from  Günter Hermann Schierz and in 1956, became a widow. She married doctor Érico Niemeyer and they  moved to Blumenau in 1956. She had 3 other children with him. She shared  55 years of marriage with Dr. Niemeye until his death  on October 4, 2003, age 77.  She is the grandmother  of 13 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.
She became interested in amateur radio in 1976 (age 56), obtaining a Class C license and the callsign  PY5WGG. In 1978 she up-graded to a Class B license, receiving the callsign PP5ASN. In 1980 ahe obtained a Class A license, keeping the  same callsign,  which she continues to hold today. She has been an active member of the Amateur Radio Club of Blumenau since 1976.Alda participated in the first  women’s radio amateurs expedition held in Brasil to Ilha Comprida-SP,  near the city of Iguape, during the period  October 29 to November 2, 1998 (age 78), with the PS2S call ign in CW and PR2YL in SSB, together with colleagues Elza Cobra de Moraes PY2DHP, Afonsina Teixeira Salema PY2ATL, Adriana Gabardo PY5NT, Therezinha MA Félix Cardoso (Teresa) PT2TF, Alexandra Blumtritt PY2KTT and Arilda Gabardo PY5OA.
At age  84, she  received an  invitation  to travel to  Norway  as a  member the  dx-expedition team that operated in “Morokulien” for 14 days, from July 27 to August 09, 2004. Morokulien is a radio amateur station on the border between Norway and Sweden. The special callsign for the Norwegian side is LG5LG, and the special callsign for the Swedish side is SJ9W.

 
However, Alda considers that her most important work as a radio amateur to be during the years 1983 and 1984, when Blumenau was almost destroyed by two tragic floods. Her courage as a woman and radio amateur can be seen in the pages of “SOS Enchente – A Vale Pede Socorro” (SOS Flood: A Valley Asks for Help), a book published in 1995, which she co-authored.  Currently out of print, the book is a documentary  and photographic account of  radio amateur activities  during the 1983 and 1984 floods.
The flood of 1983 which flooded her own house, encouraged  her commitment to Civil Defense. Grandma Alda (as she is known on the radio) installed her antennas on the building of the then EMBRATEL (Brasilian telecommunications company). From there she was able to mobilize  vital support  for the  city of Blumenau. Vaccines were flown in by the  Air Force, donations of thousands of  liters of drinking water received, medical supplies,  clothing and food obtained;  including many tons of donations from  amateur friends from Germany.  She helped establish communication not only between official bodies, but also arranged for aid to be received from individuals.
Imagine a time before the existence of digital cameras, cell phones and computers; when  fixed phones (land-lines) barely  worked.  Dona Alda (age 63) was however equal to the task and as relentless as the floods in her activities on the radio.
 
Roberto Landell de Moura (1861-1928) was a Brasilian priest and a scientist. At the end of the 19th century he carried out experiments to transmit the human voice over long distances without the aid of wires or cables.  Father Landell de Moura was a radio broadcasting pioneer.
As a radio amateur, Alda Niemeyer (PP5ASN) has excelled in publicizing the life and work of the Catholic priest and scientist Roberto Landell de Moura, nationally and in Europe. She translated into German, the book –  The Other Side of Telecommunications – The Saga of Father Landell by B. Hamilton Almeida. The book was released in Dortmund, Germany  May 1995.  As a result, radio amateurs in Germany and Austria learned about the life and work  of radio amateurs in Brazil. For her  work  around the work and  life of Padre Moura, Alda received the  commendation of “The Order of Radioamadores Father Roberto Landell de Moura”.
 
She has written various articles about Ham radio, in Portuguese and German. Participated in many Jamborees on the Air, and since its inception.has been active in the local contest ENCARA. She has  received numerous Special Event QSL cards from across the world, although some were lost during the floods. She lovingly guards the many national and international diplomas and trophies awarded to her through the years.
She took part in the World Radiosport Team Championships 2006  in Florianópolis, SC. (age 86).
She received the Commendation of the Order of Radio Amateurs Padre Landell de Moura, and a Commendation from the Legislative Assembly of Santa Catarina. In November 2012. she received ‘Gentleman of the Civil Defense Medal’ from the Minister of National Integration. In September 2013 she received the title of “Honorary Citizen” from the City Council of Blumenau.
Her enthusiasm is contagious and she always has a ready word of encouragement.  Charismatic and communicative, “Vovo Alda” lives in the hearts of many people in Blumenau, across Brasil and the world.
At age 95 she was  preparing Stollern (German Christmas sweet bread)  for when the family, including grandchildren and great-granchildren gather in her home  to celebrate Christmas. The writer (link below) even included the recipe!
 
(This article kindly reproduced with kind permission of Heather Holland [YL Beam]).

9J2LA QSL Card update

After a substantial delay due to Customs and the Global Pandemic, 9J2LA QSL Cards have just arrived from UX5UO print Shop in the Ukraine.

Cards will be mailed early next week commencing the 8th June 2020. I would also like to remind you that as in line with the Team Policy, a full LOTW upload will take place on the 18th of June.

My apologies for any inconvenience caused.

 

IOTA/LOTW Log matching introduction

Posted on IOTA website this morning;

”Islands On The Air (IOTA) Ltd is delighted to announce the implementation of the ARRL application which allows the use of QSO matching via LoTW. 

 
We wish to thank ARRL for having made their application available. This will allow IOTA chasers to obtain credits by matching their logs with those at LoTW in addition to those at Club Log. We have a lot of work ahead of us to identify the time windows of past IOTA operations and this will be phased in over the next few months. An initial list of operations arising from the link-up with LoTW has been added to the database and these will become available for QSO matching from Thursday 21 May. 
 
Further additions will be made on an ongoing basis. We are sure that the IOTA community will welcome this development for which they have long been pressing for.”

AT2SH Covid-19 Awareness

AT2SH is the latest station to appear on the bands to create awareness about Covid-19, Stay Safe, Stay Home across the world through Amateur Radio.

The small Team in India started their activity today and first logs should be in in the next 24 hours. You can find logs on both links below, the latter at M0OXO OQRS for QSL Card requests.

9J2LA QSL Cards

Just a quick message to say that I am still waiting for the 9J2LA Cards to arrive from UX5UO QSL Print in the Ukraine. Normally they would have been here before now and mailed out but as yet nothing received.
 
It is reported that there is a 7-10 delay in Customs due to Covid-19 issues but even then I would have expected them by now. I can only assume there are more restrictions on the route between the Ukraine & the UK for the same reasons and this is why they still haven’t arrived. Labels and envelopes are all ready here, I just need the cards to arrive and they will be mailed within 48 hours of receipt.
 
Can i ask you to please stop emailing me asking about the position of the cards and LOTW. I would have thought under the current situation we have Worldwide that people would know and appreciate the reason for any delays but clearly not. As soon as they arrive I will post a message on the usual sites and keep you informed of the progress.
 
My apologies for this unusual (but probably necessary) delay.
 
Thank you, Charles

V47P by Paul Gacek (W6PNG)

You may find this Blog of interest.

It is the account by Paul Gacek (W6PNG) of his experience down in St Kitts & Nevis a few months ago where he operated as V47P  alongside his fellow Ham Matt Holden (K0BBC).

Of cannons, beer and paradise

 

Friedrichshafen 2020 cancelled

Radio silence due to coronavirus COVID-19: Ham Radio not taking place as planned

15.04.2020

Friedrichshafen – Due to current developments in regard to the spread of coronavirus COVID-19, Messe Friedrichshafen has been forced to make a very difficult decision: the international amateur radio exhibition Ham Radio will not be taking place in the planned period of June 26 to 28, 2020, but instead from June 25 to 27, 2021. The Federal Government and the Minister-Presidents of the Länder decided yesterday, April 15 that no major events shall take place until August 31, 2020.

“Due to current developments relating to the coronavirus, we have the unfortunate duty of announcing that we cannot hold the 45th edition of Ham Radio as planned,” explains Klaus Wellmann, Managing Director of Messe Friedrichshafen. In recent weeks, it was already necessary to make the same decision in regard to other events (Aqua-Fisch, IBO, AERO, Tuning World Bodensee, and Motorworld Classics Bodensee). Project Manager Petra Rathgeber also expressed her sadness about this turn of events: “We very much regret that this event cannot take place as planned. However, the health of all exhibitors and visitors is of utmost importance to us. Unfortunately, our trade fair calendar and the dates of other industry events leave no room for postponing this fair to another date this year.” Christian Entsfellner, Chair of the German Amateur Radio Club (DARC), adds: “Our members, domestic and foreign guests, and we ourselves have been hit hard by this decision, which now became necessary to make on short notice. Until we get together again in Friedrichshafen, we as amateur radio operators are looking forward to keeping in contact with one another using amateur radio.” However, radio amateurs do not have to do without everything the Ham Radio fair normally has to offer: On the Ham Radio website, exhibitors will be presenting product innovations in the form of a virtual trade fair. DARC will also be offering presentations there.

The exhibitors, visitors, and partners involved are currently being informed about this opportunity.

9J2LA QSL Card

The 9J2LA QSL Card has now been prepared and was sent yesterday to UX5UO QSL Print. I estimate the cards will be out in 3-4 weeks depending on the status of the Postal Service World wide and any potential influence on it by the Covid-19 situation.
 
Please keep an eye on M0OXO Website or Facebook page for updates on all QSL related news.
 
 
Thank you,  Charles

Bureau Service Issues – S10 Barcode

Brazil Customs Refuse Bureau cards and this is just the start to how things are going to change for shipment of Bureau cards around the world.
Since the start of the IARU Bureau service all we needed was an address in the member state to send Bureau cards. This is no longer the case.

From the 1st January 2019 The Universal Postal Union (UPU) requires you to provide electronic customs data when sending ‘goods’ across border.
Countries are adopting the submission of electronic data at variable speeds due to their existing IT infrastructure and ability to embrace change but from 2020 the expectation is that most countries will apply the changes more rigorously.
There are benefits to the legislation including smoother and more efficient transit times with fewer delays and subsequently fewer customer complaints.
What items are affected?
Untracked international items, with an intrinsic value. Including large letters, packets and e-commerce. * Printed matter is not affected.
What you need to remember:
• Goods to display an S10 barcode attached to the label as well as a customs declaration (CN22/23)
Advanced Electronic Data (AED) to be submitted, in the form of an electronic manifest advising the details declared on your CN22/23.
Harmonised System codes (otherwise known as HS or Tariff Codes) form part of the data requested on your customs declaration form (CN22/23).
The UPU requires these customs forms to be completed accurately and in full to facilitate a rapid clearance in the recipient country.

The submission of S10 barcodes and AED is a global customs requirement with the EU introducing it from January 2020.
What this means is that Bureaus MUST provide the following information:
Recipient Full Name
Recipient email address (of the bureau department)
Recipients Telephone Number
Then the sender can acquire a S10 barcode from the shipping company. This is quite an urgent matter. Already here we have had to suspend all Bureau shipments to Brazil, Argentina and Belarus as the customs refuse entry of our parcels because of no Pre-Advice Electronic Data. Ironically from our fact finding * “Printed matter is not affected” BUT and this is the big but…. if you do not use S10 barcode some customs / duane are returning the items regardless that they are * “Printed Matter” whilst others are slapping a handling fee because we have no S10 barcode. The United Radio QSL Bureau have notified the IARU on a number of occasions of these changes but have yet to put facilities in place to provide the data needed.