South African Hams to Put ZS10WCS On the Air Before, During World Cup
With World Cup soccer coming to South Africa in 2010, hams in that country will commemorate the event starting in September 2009 with a special call sign: ZS10WCS. According to the South African Radio League (SARL), that country's IARU Member-Society, the call sign will be used in two ways: In the months leading up to the Word Cup, to be held June 11-July 11, 2010, and for times during the event itself. SARL affiliated clubs will be selected by ballot for either of the two opportunities.
SARL is requiring that clubs selected to use ZS10WCS before the event be on the air on weekends, Friday night through Sunday night. Clubs are to arrange their own operating schedule during the weekend, and any member of the club who holds a valid call sign may operate. For operation during the event, there will be four 10-day slots available, and clubs that are selected are expected to be on the air each day with the special call sign. Each club that participates is responsible for assembling their logs within one week after their allocated period and filling out QSL cards and submitting everything to SARL Headquarters.
SARL will supply the special event QSL cards, and requests for direct QSLs will be handled by the SARL QSL bureau. Direct QSLs must include a self-addressed envelope and one IRC or US $1. Amateurs may also QSL via e-mail, but those hams sending an e-mail QSL will only receive an e-mail QSL in return, and not the commemorative printed QSL.
When the World Cup was in Germany in 2006, 38 different special event stations were on the air to celebrate the event. From May 13-July 16, 26 special district stations (DQ2006A to DQ2006Z) and 12 special stadium stations (such as DR2006B and DR2006C) at the various venues were on the air. The Deutsche Amateur Radio Club (DARC) offered a gold, silver and bronze award for contacting each station; there is no word if SARL will offer an award in 2010. -- Some information provided by SARL