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Our Vision for Every Child, Life in All its Splendor - Our Prayers for Every Heart and Soul Over a period of several years, Santa Claus has appeared on Amateur Radio bands to bring cheer to the whole world, adults and children alike, with the thrill of activating Santa Claus Land (SCL) and even talking directly to kids of all ages all over the world in the spirit of Christmas. The year 2014 will be no different and you can contact Santa at OH9SCL in the capital of Lapland, the city of Rovaniemi and view and talk to OF9X, Santa’s communication arm from Finland, the territorial Radio Station of Santa Claus. The event is organized by the folks at Radio Arcala, OH8X.

But this Christmas, Santa goes beyond his normal activities and welcomes you and your children to join him on his special mission in the spirit of World Vision www.worldvision.org. This is to bring Christmas also to needy children. (Instructions will soon follow)

Your gift is welcome as such but it can also be attached to your QSL request for an OF9X card through via OQRS. Contacting both OH9SCL and OF9X this Christmas will earn you a slick Santa World Vision Award at no cost following your email request to of9x@sral.fi.

This activity is supported by the Amateur Radio groups of Rovaniemi, OH9AB, JKR Club, OH3I and the Elisa Radio Club of OH2AQ/OH9W now newly registered in the wastelands of Pusula, along with Radio Arcala, OH8X.

The activity starts on Friday, December 19 and ends on the last day of the year, December 31.

As Santa is busy on his world tour, OH9SCL will be more active before and after Christmas while OF9X is scheduled to be on for the entire period. OF9X will always know the whereabouts of the white bearded Oh Ho 9 figure.

Those participating in the OH9SCL activity are Ynsky, OH9KL; Tuomo, OH9JML; Jarmo, OH9EGH; Juha, OH9MM and Kimmo, OH9MDV.
At the controls of OF9X you will find Olli, OH0XX; Ville, OH1JD; Timo, OH1NX; Jaakko, OH1TX; Raimo, OH2BCI; Pertti, OH2BEE; Martti, OH2BH; Mari, OH2FPK (YL); Jyri, OH2KM; Arto, OH2KW; Pertti, OH2PM; Pekka, OH2TA; Pauli, OH5BQ; Veijo, OH6KN and Kim, OH6KZP.

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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