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.