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Elves at OF9X Bring the Spirit of Christmas to Ham Radio

12/07/2016

As in past years, Santa Claus will be spreading the spirit of Christmas via Amateur Radio, but this year the elves are taking over the show. Twelve elves are operating OF9X (“Old-Father-Nine-Christmas”) for the entire month of December, each with a 3-letter identification. Radio amateurs can work OF9X on all bands and modes, from 630 meters (where authorized) to 70 centimeters. Each contact is worth 1 point for stations in Europe and 2 points for stations outside Europe. The elves provide the multiplier — up to 12 — to determine your final score. Only contacts made in 2016 are valid. Logs are available on ClubLog, and the log will indicate which elf was worked, in case you miss the ID.

The elves on the air and their 3-letter IDs are Arto, OH2KW (ART); Arttu, OH2FB (ATU); Jyri, OH2KM (JYR); Martti, OH2BH (MAR); Niko, OH2GEK (NIK); Pauli, OH5BQ (PAU); Pekka, OH2TA (PEK); Pertti, OH2BEE (PER); Raimo, OH2BCI (RAI); Tom, OH6VDA (TOM); Pertti, OH2PM (SIM), and Erik, OH2LAK (LAK).

Three awards are available: SKC Award (Santa is King of Christmas) — at least 50 points; WMC Award (Warm and Memorable Christmas) — at least 35 points, and RNS Award (Remember those Red Nose Elves) — at least 20 points.

E-mail your log and your point calculation by January 5, 2017. Full-color award certificates will be sent via return mail. Include the name to be printed on the award and your e-mail address.

High-scoring operators and their children on each continent will be offered an opportunity to speak with Santa during Christmas week. Details will be available on the OF9X QRZ.com profile page.

This year’s OF9X activity will commemorate ARRL President Emeritus Jim Haynie, W5JBP (SK), who conceived of “The Big Project” to get Amateur Radio into classrooms. The project became the present-day ARRL Education & Technology Program.

The OF9X Santa Activity patron is Finland’s Prime Minister Juha Sipilä, who has said that “using the latest technology to promote Santa is valuable support for Finland and helps make this Christmas a special one.” The OF9X activity is supported by the Finnish Telecommunications Regulatory Authority and the Finnish Amateur Radio Association (SRAL), and is organized by Radio Club of Pusula, OH9W, with Radio Arcala, OH8X, of Oulu in the frozen North.

 



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