Kosovo Activity in CQ WPX SSB Will Help to Train Young Hams
From ARRL de WD1CKS@VERT/WLARB to QST on Wed Mar 23 14:46:19 2016
Z60A in Kosovo, the headquarters station of SHRAK, the newest International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) member society, will be on the air leading up to and during the CQ World Wide WPX SSB Contest the weekend of March 26-27. SHRAK President Vjollca Caka, Z61VB, has announced that other Kosovo prefixes, such as Z61DX, Z62FB, Z63ESC, Z64EEF, and Z68BH, will be active in addition to Z60A.
The on-the-air activity will serve as part of a training process for new Kosovar hams as they prepare for the forthcoming IARU Youngsters On The Air (YOTA) gathering in Austria along with other young people from throughout Europe.
SHRAK is proud to have a new Yaesu/Acom station with Force 12 beams high up in the hills at the Technical University of Pristina, where Z60A is located. SHRAK has expressed its gratitude to the ARRL Fund for International Relations and Goodwill, the International DX Association (INDEXA), Force 12, the OH-DX-Foundation (OHDXF) and to Chiltern DX Club (CDXC) - the UK DX Foundation, for their valuable support.
Helping to mentor the operation and handle on-the-air duties will be Martti Laine, OH2BH. Nigel Cawthorne, G3TXF, will be in Kosovo in late May to assist SHRAK and to activate Z60A in the WPX CW event. - Thanks to thanks to Vjollca Caka, Z61VB, and Martti Laine, OH2BH