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THE REPUBLIC OF KOSOVO, Z60A - ALSO IN VIRTUAL WORLD
Kosovo became an independent country in 2008, and as of today 106 United Nations member states have recognized Kosovo and it is on its way to join the European Union. Kosovo is a multi-ethnic Balkan state of 2 million people with Pristina as its capital.
Along with Amateur Radio regulations released in September 2012, Kosovo has become very active under the auspices of the country's revitalized Amateur Radio Association SHRAK. More recently, SHARK organized a ham radio license course for first-year engineering students at the Technical University in Pristina. As many as 51 students passed the exam and are now waiting for their licenses. The course teachers were Vjollca, Z61VB (YL), University Lecturer and SHRAK President, as well as Fehmi, Z62FB who was in charge of Practical Lab work.
The University Club Station Z60A is quite active - now also on HamSphere. Fehmi, Z62FB has taken the initial steps and became active yesterday. A selected small group of students will soon follow. Fehmi is sporadically active from now on, but a concentrated activity will take place over the weekend of February 22-23.
The Republic of Kosovo is added to the DX HamSphere Club Awards (HCDX) list and will be activated with a focus on the February 22-23 weekend. Good luck in contacting Z60A. See www.hamsphere.com
CHRISTMAS GREETINGS FROM REPUBLIC OF KOSOVO
History was made on Saturday, 14 December 2013, when 52 young Kosovars aged between 18-21 years were seated in the amphitheater of the Technical University of Pristina to take the first ever amateur radio exam under the new laws of the Republic of Kosovo.
To everyone's great delight, fifty (50) of them walked away as new amateur radio operators qualifying for a U.S. General level license. The administrators were not yet prepared to receive higher class exams as procedures are now in place only to take the equivalent of U.S. General or CEPT Novice exams. The procedural framework is set to follow the U.S. structure, and several ARRL manuals were given to the national association for Amateur Radio in Kosovo (SHRAK) as well as to the Telecom administrators - thanks to the ARRL for their kind support.
IARU Region 1 President Hans, PB2T and Martti, OH2BH of Project Goodwill Kosovo were working earlier on Saturday with the Exam Commission to help with adjustments made to new question pools. They also attended the opening ceremony and were present overseeing the actual exam. The administrators wished the students good luck and emphasized to the future hams their role as representatives of their newborn country.
It was an historical and emotional event in many ways, more than doubling the amateur radio population of the country. Another encouraging sign was that the young Kosovars were genuinely excited about this great passion, and many had already made numerous friends and QSOs using a virtual ham radio simulator -- www.hamsphere.com/ -- the potential of which should be fully explored as another tool providing fair start-up motivation.
Assessing the overall weekend, PB2T and OH2BH felt strongly that the whole amateur radio community ought to have the pleasure of welcoming these young people during this Christmas. As the exam/license cost is 50 EUR (70 USD) per person, a major expense for today's youth in Kosovo, radio amateurs worldwide are invited to help the new hams with this entry level cost, and in return obtain personal details and a picture of their "grandchild" in amateur radio.
PayPal is set up at www.qrz.com/db/Z60A for transfering potential funds. Fifteen (15) license donations are already pledged by organizations including Daily DX, Yasme Foundation, DX University, European DX Foundation, and ClubLog.
You have the option of giving a personal gift to catch the Christmas spirit and to become a godfather in Amateur Radio.
Please kindly inform Hans, PB2T at firstname.lastname@example.org or Martti, OH2BH at email@example.com of your desire to help.
Let your Happy Christmas be extended to these young Kosovars. Season's Greetings and Thank You!
LATEST NEWS FROM KOSOVO, Z60A AND ALBANIA, ZA
During the recent CQWW activation of Kosovo, a project to activate neighboring Albania was agreed jointly by members of SHRAK, Kosovo's Amateur Radio Association (Z60A) and Radio Arcala (OH8X) of Finland.
The team will be headed by Fehmi Bojniku Z62FB and Martti Laine, OH2BH. They are seeking additional team members from USA and Japan. The operating location will be the coastal city of Durres - only a 3-hour drive from Kosovo's capital Pristina.
To simulate the upcoming ZA expedition, the Kosovo team will fire up Z60A for the first time this coming Friday (November 1) until Sunday (November 3) on the following SSB frequencies: 14210, 21310 and 28510 kHz, operating split frequency when needed. Special emphasis will be given to Japan and USA, with superb radio conditions hopefully lasting for this weekend.
The following persons - Vjollca, Z61VB; Ali, Z61DD, Driton, Z61DX and Fehmi, Z62FB - are heading the operations with their new hams participating. A special QSL card can be obtained via OH2BH.
This activity is supported by Emerald Hotel, Pristina.
While Kosovo is expected to qualify for DXCC credit some time soon, Albania counts now and is still semi-rare on several bands.
In the recent CQWW SSB Contest, as many as four (4) Z6 stations participated in the event and their QSOs will soon be uploaded to LoTW.
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