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From the offices of Santa Claus near North Pole, Finland



As for many years Santa is now setting up for his world tour – including Amateur Radio -- and will provide your family an added pleasure for this Christmas. The exciting news is that for the first time in the history of OF9X, Old-Father-Nine-Christmas, the elves will step forward so that you can get to know them and their part in the Christmas scene. And better yet, you can make an effort to find them together with your young ones whether within your family or in your immediate neighborhood, There are twelve elves operating OF9X and they indicate themselves with the 3-letter identity thus your maximum elf-multiplier can be twelve (12). You should try to work them on all amateur bands and modes (CW/SSB/DIGI from 630m to 70 cm) and each QSO would give you a one-point (1). If you are outside of Europe your points are doubled (2). Summing up the QSO points and multiplying them with contacted number of elves makes your Frozen Santa Bag, the final score. Only 2016 QSOs are valid for the Bag. If you miss the elf identity for whatever reason no problem as you can send your QSO listing to Santa HQ and these elves would count them for you. (santapoints@sral.fi); you can also look for your QSOs at the Club Log and each slot may illustrate the elf you had contacted.

Here is your list of elves: 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)

Your efforts will be rewarded by Santa Awards with the following categories:
A: SKC- Award (Santa is King of Christmas); minimum of 50 points
B: WMC - Award (Warm and Memorable Christmas); minimum of 35 points
C: RNS -Award (Remember those Red Nose Elves); minimum of 20 points

The full-color awards will be sent by email if you send your log and your point calculation to of9xawards@sral.fi by January 05, 2017 – please also include the name to be printed on the award and the email address the awards should be sent to. High scoring stations with their children in each continent will be offered an opportunity to have a two-way conversation with true and live Santa during the Christmas week. More details on this will be presented at OF9X QRZ.com where Santa video/audio screening will take place. May this Christmas be a good one for all children of the world.

73 from Santa Claus and Elves


Greetings from the Land of Santa Claus, in the Far North at the Arctic Circle.

The busy yuletide season is soon upon us, and Santa is preparing his sleigh for another world tour. The old man is very busy, but fortunately the elves are there to help him deliver the Christmas spirit to the world’s children.

The Ou-Hou (OH) people are also bringing Santa to the ham community as in many past years, utilizing some high tech to assist him. With the help of multimedia and the Internet, a dozen or so elves will operate Santa Radio, OF9X, with their own identity.

As a reward for contacting several of them, your brave children, grandchildren, or neighbors’ children may even speak with Santa himself. Amateur Radio’s future resides in our youth, and Santa can be their first contact with the art. This year’s activity will also pay respect to the ARRL’s late President Emeritus, Jim Hayne, W5JBP, who became a SK at the time the Santa script was in making. We wish to carry on the spirit of his mission – the Big Project – in this format.

The certified reindeer driver and Laplander Pertti “Pete” Koivula, OH2BEE/OH9U, will give Santa a face and voice, tapping into his professional background as a famous actor of the Helsinki City Theatre. Pete is well known from his role in the Finnish national movie “The Unknown Soldier,” exploring those difficult bygone times of war, still remembered by seasoned Finns.
The Santa activity’s end will mark the beginning of Finland’s Anniversary as a 100-year-old sovereign and independent nation.

The patron of the OF9X Santa Activity is Mr. Juha Sipila, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Finland. Mr. Sipila indicates his sincere support of Finland being the home of Santa and states that "using the latest technology to promote Santa is valuable support for Finland and helps make this Christmas a special one." He further expresses his pleasure of "welcoming an increasing number of visitors, such as those from America and China, who come to explore the treasures of Finnish Lapland by flying directly to Santa Claus Airport at the Arctic Circle."

More details will be released soon. The OF9X (Old-Father-9-Christmas) activity is supported by the Finnish Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (FICORA) and the Finnish Amateur Radio Association (SRAL), and is organized by Radio Club of Pusula, OH9W with Radio Arcala, OH8X of Oulu, the frozen North.

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People in America believe that Santa Claus lives at Arctic Circle in Finland, next to North Pole. Then on the 25th of December he delivers gifts to all the children in the world and finally end up at OF9X on 20M SSB on remote control, and other bands to greet the children of the world, propagation permitting. Santa Claus, also known as Saint Nicholas, Father Christmas, Kris Kringle, or simply “Santa” is a historical, legendary and mythical figure believed by many children to bring gifts on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.

The Russian Santa Claus:
In Russia, Santa Claus is known as Father Frost or Ded Moroz. He is usually illustrated with his granddaughter, the snow maiden, Snegurochka riding with an evergreen tree and presents in a traditional Russian troika. A troika is a sleigh drawn by 3 horses yoked abreast.
Real Christmas is celebrated in Russia in early January. After the Russian October Revolution in 1917, the calendar was changed to place Christmas after New Year’s Day. This was done in order to place more emphases on the non-religious New Year’s Day. For this reason, the Russian Father Frost is associated with New Year’s Day rather than with Christmas. With above in mind Santa is now heading East to meet the Father Frost, trying to sort out the matter of Western and Eastern Christmas before it get escalated any further. OF9X en route will continue to be active until 2159 UTC Dec.31.

From the Offices of Santa Claus

December 7, 2015


Season's Greetings from Santa’s broadcasting arm, OF9X (Old Father Nine Xmas)

As in so many years in the past, the OF9X station will beam the message of Christmas and help Santa Claus, OH9SCL start his journey to bring Yuletide cheer to children worldwide. This is actually the 30th anniversary of OH9SCL appearing from the Arctic Circle and getting our children and ourselves tuned to the spirit of Christmas on radio waves.

This year the activity is organized by the Radio Club of Artic Circle, OH9AB and the Radio Club of Pusula, OH9W and supported by Radio Arcala, OH8X.

The station OF9X will be active from December 10-28, 2015 on all bands, including 472 kHz.

The elves at OH9SCL are:

Rami, OH3BHL; Ynsky, OH9KL; Kimmo, OH9MDV and Juha, OH9MM

QSL OH9SCL via OH9AB http://www.oh9ab.com/oh9scl

Those dozen radio elves at OF9X are:

Jyri, OH2KM; Niko, OH2GEK; Pertti, OH2BEE; Arto, OH2KW; Pauli, OH5BQ; Pekka, OH2TA; Era, OH2CV; Rami, OH2BCI; Martti, OH2BH; Veijo, OH6KN; Kim, OH6KZP and the Possibly Arttu, OH2FB, a junior elf of 12 years, will also have a crack at running a pileup and would like to make SSB QSOs during the Christmas weekend.

QSL OF9X through Club Log at OF9X / QRZ.com or via OH2BH

All proceeds and donations will be forwarded to the Finnish Red Cross for their Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF).

by Martti Laine, OH2BH

Back in those other years, Albania (ZA) was growing in rarity, and at one time it was the most wanted DXCC country in the world. Travel was restricted and obtaining a license seemed an impossibility. It took just about twenty years of hard work before ZA1A was able to hit the airwaves and to provide the amateur radio community with a new member.

We were honored to give you that opportunity and share the excitement with you together with the locals who soon became part of our brotherhood. Emotions were running high and made me personally adjust some of my values - and see the world differently.

We have returned to Albania many times, continuing with the original charter. Albania is not rare any more but it remains dear in our hearts. Albania has not made the progress we once hoped but many things have moved forward. Now we have decided to travel there once again with all of you on board through World Vision. We still have a dream!

World Vision is the largest international children’s charity, working to bring real hope to millions of children in the world’s hardest places. And they do it all as a sign of God’s unconditional love. World Vision is headquartered in the United States and they have a local presence in Albania.

We have now agreed with World Vision in Finland, the United Kingdom and the United States to step forth and help children in need and travel to Albania again and make a difference. For the first time World Vision is cooperating with Amateur Radio - understanding that we exist for society at large. We call on our own students in ZA to be part of this worthy cause and we will bring you another ZA with a good feeling.

So, just check out http://www.justgiving.com/martti-laine/ and make your donation to World Vision UK who will transfer it to their office in Albania to be used solely for the assigned purpose. Any amount is blessed and highly appreciated. We thank you kindly and Wish You a Merry Christmas and a Peaceful Year 2015.

Note for US donors: World Vision Inc. is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. All donations are tax deductible in full or in part. If you are U.S citizen you can use the following link and receipt will follow: http://donate.worldvision.org/giftregistry/view/index/id/549471a359af8/. In case of any difficulties, please contact of9x@sral.fi

Cordially - Santa Claus with World Vision Council

Martti, OH2BH; Juha, OH8NC; Rich, K7ZV; Wayne, N7NG; Hans, PB2T, Mario, S56A; Fatos, ZA1G, Jovan; ZA1H and Vjollca, Z61VB.

MISSION STATEMENT: Through sponsoring this World Vision project in Albania, you are helping protect the rights of children and ensuring they are included as members of society. This program started in 2014, and for the next two years will contribute to the protection of child rights focusing on improving access to basic services for children. It will also work towards ensuring children, parents and adults at all levels of society actively include children in education services.

HOW TO OBTAIN SANTA WORLD VISION CERTIFICATE You can write to Santa and get a Santa World Vision Certificate if your station has contacted Santa Claus, OH9SCL and Santa Radio, OF9X during Christmas 2014. Please send your request and QSO details to of9x@sral.fi

From the Desk of Santa Radio

29 December 2014


The team at OF9X is pushing hard in their year-end Christmas activity, and will hopefully pass the 20,000 QSO mark soon. A large number of children seized the opportunity to say hello to Santa on Amateur Radio which brought cheer to their Christmas and made Grandpa a proud facilitator. The activity will continue until the end of 2014 and you still have another opportunity to catch the 2014 Santa spirit.

Santa himself at OH9SCL has returned from his world tour and tonight he will hit the bands to run in parallel with OF9X for the closing days of 2014. You need to work both stations - OH9SCL and OF9X - to qualify for a “2014 Santa Claus World Vision Certificate”. Once you have done that, please notify the Santa Desk at

The underlying objective of the OF9X project is to raise money for Albanian children in need through World Vision. The project has been a great success and its aim is to establish a dedicated school with the help of DXers supporting this worthy cause. You can still join the project: a href="http://donate.worldvision.org/giftregistry/view/index/id/549471a359af8/"> http://donate.worldvision.org/giftregistry/view/index/id/549471a359af8/ Dec.23.2014


http://yle.fi/uutiset/watch_santa_claus_is_on_his_way/7706232 Today Santa Claus went QRT at OH9SCL as he started his world tour to meet all children of the world. Those that believe! It is expected that Dec.28 upon his return, he will run pileups like a madman providing the necessary SCL contact to those looking for a free Santa World Vision Certificate.

In the meantime, Santa Radio, OF9X will hamcast on all bands in the spirit of Christmas. Just follow Santa Radio from winter Finland where temperatures today are record low – 33C. ( 27.4F).
Today both sun rise and sun set are at 1200 A.M.
Below is weather on Dec,24 -2014

From the Offices of Santa Claus, Lapland, Finland


From the Offices of Santa Claus
Lapland, Finland
December 19, 2014

Santa always appears on short notice every year, and so do OH9SCL as well as OF9X from the Land of Santa Claus. There is one thing we cannot skip and that is Christmas. It is because of all those wonderful children of the world who persuade us busy people to settle down and remember that Christmas is after all for children - for whose who truly believe. So, take a moment and join us - welcome your children or grandchildren on a trip to the Christmas World with us and with the dedication it deserves.

In the course of the last two years, Santa became a figure in Amateur Radio with thousands of followers, and more than 1500 Santa Awards were issued throughout the world. The Santa duo (OH9SCL & OF9X) was also featured on the pages of QST, DL-QTC and the Japanese CQ Magazine. Santa is here to stay.

Starting on Friday, prior to Christmas, Santa will have been loading up his sleigh ahead of his journey across the world. It all starts from Finnish Lapland, continuing through the dangerously narrow Baltic airspace to end up on Christmas Day in the United States. The main activity will be over two weekends, before and after Christmas, and as Santa is busy during the Christmas holidays his elves will be much of the time at the controls of Santa Radio. OF9X can tell you Santa's whereabouts. Just stop by and say hello.

The Santa activity should be around 25 kHz from the band edges, and the SSB pole position is at 14225 kHz. The newly launched MY DX SUMMIT will also feature OH9SCL and OF9X in its Santa section.

Occasionally Santa will also appear on Justin-TV with audio and video, mostly when QRV on 20M SSB. Tap the Video and Audio button on the OF9X page at www.qrz.com/db/OF9X and you will from time to time see Santa and hear how your own signal sounds in the Land of Christmas.

While a Santa World Vision Certificate will be sent free of charge by email to those eligible, it is recommended that you consider supporting the World Vision through the link to their worthy programs for needy children in Albania. Santa will deliver your support to Albania in 2015 and bring Albania active again on Amateur Radio frequencies.

Merry Christmas to all Amateur Radio operators and their children and grandchildren the world over. Enjoy your Christmas and share the joy of being together with a genuine Santa from Finland . Always!





With the enclosed certificate you should be able to explain to your family and friends some basic facts about Santa Claus and his home in the Lapland region of Finland.

Lapland Region:
Those living in Lapland can be identified as OH9’s – number 9 – and they are the smallest number - a few dozen - of amateurs in any district of Finland. This region is geographically the largest in Finland and the Arctic Circle cuts the region in two.

The total population is 183.000 and it is decreasing. The capital Rovaniemi has over 60.000 residents and it is a vibrant, modern city with high standards, such as an institute of higher education at the University of Lapland. The number of people living above the Arctic Circle is the highest in the world. The Arctic Circle runs at Lat 66 33 39 N.

Characteristics of the Region:
Tourism represents the largest source of employment, with winter sports and Santa Claus dominating the scene. Both the shortest day and the longest day of the year can be experienced here: 24 hours of daylight and 24 hours of darkness. Lapland's nature is its biggest asset and Santa is its best known representative. http://www.laplandfinland.com/In_English.iw3

Ho-Ho Santa Claus:
While the history of Santa Claus dates back to 1820’s in Lapland, the mystique is still here specifically for the young ones of the family. But the scene is marred by lots of fake Santas at a variety of Christmas locations. Traveling in the North you will eventually find Santa’s representative offices everywhere – e.g. Nuuk, Greenland and Reykjavik, Iceland. Piratism is a tangible problem of today but no one has seriously questioned the true location of Santa headquarters.

Central Radio Club of Lapland:
The Amateur Radio Club of the Arctic Circle, OH9AB is the lead organization of Santa Claus on the air. The club has few dozen members. On-the-air activity of OH9SCL has been organized every Christmas since 1986. Santa Radio, OF9X, operated by Radio Arcala (OH8X), is chosen as an official broadcaster of Santa Claus.

There needs to be one person that all children of the world will respect at least once every year. These well-behaving children need an incentive and that is the hallmark of Santa. This year Santa has earned an amateur radio license and he is appearing on the short-waves for his worldwide audience.


Press Release from the Santa Claus Post Office

Temperatures have dropped down to minus 34.5C ( -30.1F ) in Lapland (OH9) while ever energized Santa Claus will have his final radio sessions from the Far North, using his own Santa path this weekend around 14.225 kHz (Europe and North America) and 21.295 kHz (Asia and Europe) to greet children and True Believers alike before taking his long journey to the world. Today Santa’s office is busy sending out 150 operating awards often addressed to the children of radio families.

Santa Radio OF9X is active this weekend but OH9SCL (Santa Claus Land) will stay on for a few more days after Christmas from the Far North of Lapland – the village of Lankojarvi, near Pello (Location 66.44N, 24.21E) with Kimmo, OH9MDV at the controls.

The members of Santa Team are here to wish everyone the very best of Season's Greetings for Christmas 2014.

This can be any place with your choice.

Santa Claus! It is quite a remarkable name. When hearing this name, everyone forms their own image of the white-bearded bringer of Christmas cheer. Although we all have our own image of Santa Claus that may greatly differ from others, one thing is certain: Santa Claus represents Finnishness, warmth, joy and the magic of Christmas. But some secrets prevail this Christmas; for instance, that Santa is a ham, works DX, and lives under the largest antenna in the world.

Have you ever wondered how long Santa's beard is, or how the Northern Lights in Lapland, Finland are created? Did you know this about Santain Lapland?There is a data archive maintained by Professor Elf that will answer all the questions you care to raise. Mrs. Santa Claus also wants to reveal some of her own secrets, so the Secret Recipe File is published as a cookbook telling you how to prepare delicious Yuletide delicacies. So, be prepared, on Saturday and Sunday this weekend. Slightly above 14.225 kHz, tune in to the famous Santa Radio, OF9X and listen. It is only a few days to Christmas and the Santa magic is here.

Release from the Santa Claus Land Post Office

Santa lives at the freezing North Pole, leading a harsh but exciting life under the Northern Lights (Aurora Oval). But no one has actually thought about Santa's specific location – there is no such DXCC entity as North Pole in the world – at least not yet.
Now much to everyone’s delight, Santa’s location is clearly marked on all maps. Santa lives in the Santa Claus region of Finland. That is Lapland, OH9 disctrict, situated North of the Arctic Circle, only a stone's throw away from the Radio Arcala operating site amid the barren tundra where reindeer run wild. In December, the locals they do not see daylight – it is dark all day. As compensation Mother Nature has created a distinctive polar path on 20 meters to North America.
Santa Claus Airport is the region's busiest while many of the world's leading carriers fly in with their jets, bringing young and old alike to sense the Christmas spirit and to enjoy many activities in beautiful nature, forgetting about their otherwise busy lifestyles and going with the mindset of children – such small children reside within all of us. More than 300.000 spirited people come in every winter.
Driving a little away from Radio Arcala along what seems an empty tundra you will enter another miracle of the North. While Lapland’s nature is harsh and not ideal for cultivation, it is a place where you can experience either months of no daylight or months of no darkness. Nonetheless, it provides the Northern folks with plenty of opportunities for an interesting livelihood.
The wintry experience of the Arctic Circle makes Santa Claus Airport at Rovaniemi busier than any other airport in the North. Thousands of young people from as far afield as Tokyo arrive there on direct flights to see and feel for themselves the Northern dimension of Finnish Lapland. Touching the snow and gazing at the Northern Lights not only affords the youngsters an experience of a lifetime but offers a modern stream of income to the locals who make a living in the Far North.

Weather temperature in Muonio, Lapland, Finland

Northern Hemisphere Aurora

Santa Claus link:
Santa's own post office

Santa Claus Office

Santa Claus Official Airport

QTH of Santa-Radio

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