Italian HF Special Event Commemorates Apollo Space Program

Earthrise viewed from Apollo 9 lunar orbit prior to landing – Image Credit NASA

ARI, the Associazione Radioamatori Italiani, and their club station IQ1TW have announced a special operating award “Apollo Space Program – From the Earth to the Moon” for contacts between July 1 – July 31, 2012.

This is to commemorate and keep alive the memory of the space program which has revolutionized the life of humankind.

To qualify for the award you need to have confirmed contacts with the ARI Headquarters Station IQ1TW and any three stations from this list: IZ1UMD, IZ1RFU, IZ1XBB, IZ1WVX, IZ1LBH, IK1WGZ, IZ1RGY, IZ2SMV, I1MXI.

On July 20, the anniversary of the first moon landing, a confirmed contact with IQ1TW (without the necessity of the other 3 contacts) will qualify you for the award.

The special event stations will operate with 200 watts using dipole and vertical antennas.

Full details, including a list of the planned HF operating frequencies and modes, log and confirmation information, rules, and application instructions are posted on the ARI web pages:

[Thanks to ANS, Associazione Radioamatori Italiani and the DXNL Bulletin #1786 -Jun 27, 2012 – for the above information]

ARI Amateur Radio Satellite Meeting Report

The 8th Italian Amateur Radio Association (ARI) satellite meeting was held at the Joseph Hotel in Marina di Pietrasanta (Lu) on September 18, 2011.

The meeting was open to everyone and offered an agenda that covered current amateur radio satellite issues as well as technical lectures.

The presentation by ARI satellite manager, Roberto IW5BSF,  covered the problem of  interference to the Amateur Radio satellites from FM and Digital D-STAR repeaters operating in the Amateur Satellite service segments of the 2m and 70cm bands.

A PDF report of the meeting in English can be seen here, pictures can be seen here.

Italian Amateur Radio Association (ARI) Satellite page in Google English and in Italian here.