Note: See OH6VDA for my real postal adress!
Update March 21:March 1-20 2017, operation now closed.
Total: Only 1888 contacts due to generally very poor conditions. Mostly EU and NA, but some AS, OC, and one(!) SA. Sadly, some of the big DXpeditions with much needed ATNOs for me either were not heard or could not hear me through the EU wall.On the outside of the pileups a JW callsign is of no help, it seems.Operation included ARRL SSB and Russian DX SSB contests.
Breakdown: 40m: 279
Logs on LoTW, QRZ, ClubLog and eQsl areupdated. ClubLog OQRS requests will be handled after I return to Finland March 23. All buro and direct cards will be handled and replied to in the order they arrive. See also section on QSLing below.
After emigrating to OH-land in september 2014 I am only sporadicly active with this callsign.
The reason for emigrating is here, my XYL Eija since june 29, 2016:
JW6VDA Fritzel FB-53 50 meters above ground in the wooden conveyor tower gave a superb signal for three years, August 1983 - June 1986.
My last operations was April 10th - 22nd 2016 and March 1st - 22nd 2017.After that no valid contacts with this callsign.
QSL: I prefer LOtW. I also have uploaded my complete log to eQSL.cc and QRZ.com.
I return QSLs on all incoming paper cards, either via buro or direct. I will not send additional paper cards on requests via eQsl.cc or QRZ. The point of electronic qsls is to reduce paperwork! Nevertheless I will oblige to the regulations in ClubLog OQRS and send paper cards via the buroif so requested via that channel.
My old paper logs from 1983-1989 are incomplete. The paper logs with the first 4700 qsos (before May10, 1985) has alas been lost after I put them on computer. I still have thepaper logs from May 19, 1985up to and covering May 1, 1989.After that I only did computer logging.
Direct QSLs: 1 Self Addressed Envelope (SAE) and suficcient return postage(2 euro/2 USD. Today's rate: 2$=1.89 euro)will give you reply via 1st class mail.
Direct QSLs without sufficient return postage or SAE will also be sent via buro, as the cost of a 1st class letter here in Finland is at present 1,30 euros which is more than 1USD.
ClubLog OQRS direct QSL requests:Paypal charges 21% of the incoming amount. To cover expenses for printing, envelopes and postage first class, I need 2 euros net, so PayPal charge is 2.50 euros.
UPDATE: You can now check via ClubLog (see further down) if your qso is in the log. The last version of Swisslog supports online logging to ClubLog, so in the future my logs will be updated live provided there is internet connection during operation.
All incoming QSLS received after the april 2016operation are now handled. All logs are updated onLoTW, Eqsl.cc, Clublog and QRZ.com.
I am by the way surprised to see so few uploading their logs to LoTW.
Clublog: You can check the logs of all my three callsigns below.
By the way, I found this on EA3BEM qrz page, and I will also try to abide by this:
- I will listen, and listen, and then listen again before calling.
- I will only call if I can copy the DX station properly.
- I will not trust the DX cluster and will be sure of the DX station's call sign before calling.
- I will not interfere with the DX station nor anyone calling and will never tune up on the DX frequency or in the QSX slot.
- I will wait for the DX station to end a contact before I call.
- I will always send my full call sign.
- I will call and then listen for a reasonable interval. I will not call continuously.
- I will not transmit when the DX operator calls another call sign, not mine.
- I will not transmit when the DX operator queries a call sign not like mine.
- I will not transmit when the DX station requests geographic areas other than mine.
- When the DX operator calls me, I will not repeat my call sign unless I think he has copied it incorrectly.
- I will be thankful if and when I do make a contact.
- I will respect my fellow hams and conduct myself so as to earn their respect.