For release at 0000 UTC, Dec.01.2016
From the offices of Santa Claus near North Pole, Finland
SANTA HUNT -- OF9X ACTIVE FROM DECEMBER 01 THRU DECEMBER 31, 2016
SANTA RADIO, OF9X IS INTRODUSING THE HARD WORKING TWELVE (12) ELVES
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. (firstname.lastname@example.org); 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 email@example.com 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
DECEMBER’S ULTIMATE EVENT -- OF9X PROMOTES THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT ON THE
Greetings from the Land of Santa Claus, in the Far North at the Arctic
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
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.
OF9X QRV UNTIL DEC. 31, 2159 UTC TO HONOR THE MEETING OF SANTA CLAUS AND FATHER FROST.
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
IT IS THIS WONDERFUL SEASON AGAIN – REGARDS FROM THE LAND OF SANTA
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).
ONCE I HAD A DREAM – AS WE ALL DID
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.