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March 4, 2016

RADIO ARCALA FAREWELL PARTY IN THE AZORES:
CR2X IN THE 2016 ARRL DX SSB CONTEST

Radio Arcala,OH8X, is an alliance of serious Finnish hams and their partners. They work on a novel set of concepts by utilizing the latest telecommunication technology for innovative Amateur Radio approaches by using contesting as a demonstration test bed and to push the envelope. By targeting youth, the group also hopes to attract newcomers into our fascinating science.

R2X, the Radio Arcala station in the Azores, was established to serve those aims. It uses the advanced radio technology to push the European contesting bar to heights never before witnessed. They once did the same in the Canary Islands, some twenty-five years ago. Many of those EA8 records still stand.
The CR2X project was to last 5 years, eventually being extended for some time to accommodate the strange behavior of sunspots in the present cycle. The project has taken all major EU contest records to a level that may last for some time. The CQWW/ARRL SOAB records were captured as the main target, further flanked by all single-band CW/SSB records in the ARRL DX contests.

For one final time, the Radio Arcala group is getting together in the Azores. They will modify the single-op station to run in a multi-multi setting, using the latest power splitting techniques with which three bands are served simultaneously by one antenna, both receive and transmit.

http://www.force12inc.com/products/complete-hf-20-15-10-meter-14-21-28-mhz-triplexer-system-by-4o3a.html The CR2X operation in the 2016 ARRL SSB contest marks the inaugural use of such a slick station concept within a serious multi-multi operator contest effort. The group additionally plans on using the latest in RF power, sporting multiple Italian SPE 1.3 light weight amps.

The farewell activity involves three (3) Azoreans: CU2BV, CU2CE and CU2DX, along with seven (7) Finns: OH2BH, OH2PM, OH2UA, OH6KN, OH6KZP, OH7EA and OH8NC.

The farewell activity is supported by Azorean hams: the recipients of thirty (30) hard-cover, 60-page books about their beautiful islands, Europe’s best radio location, will be drawn among the stations that contact CR2X on all six bands during this weekend’s ARRL DX SSB Contest.

Special CR2X QSLs will be sent automatically from Radio Arcala's regular QSL address: via OH2BH.

February 10, 2014

AZORES ISLANDS, NORTH ATLANTIC OUTPOST
www.vistazores.com

Finally snow has fallen in the Far North and it's time for the snowbirds to depart for warmer climates. This time around, the team of OH2BE, OH2BH, OH2PM, OH8NC and OH8NJ will join forces with the locals CU2CE and CU2DX and the Azores to hit the airwaves with a variety of callsigns such as CR2A and CR2X in contests, and CU2KG & CU2KH otherwise.

The activity will start on February 12 and run until March 3 including the ARRL DX Contest, both CW & SSB, and the CQ 160M SSB Contest. CR2A/CR2X QSL manager is OH2BH.

CR2X on the air in the CQ WW SSB Contest-2013 Last year's winner of the European title in CQ WW CW, Kim OH6KZP returned to Sao Miguel for the CQWW SSB. Supported by the CU2ARA team and others the station was fine-tuned for his SOAB HP entry - now on the air.

The 10.7-cm solar flux is at the value of 160, which is the highest in CQ WW SSB since 2003.

This has brought lots of activity on 10M. We hope that the excited feelings from the Azores are conveyed to you trough the signals from CR2X.

ilkka, OH1WZ a member of the support team

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QSL via OH2BH Adding to the success of the previous CU2A location, a lot of effort has been put into building a CR2X radio site in Ribeira Grande, the second largest city in the Azores, located on the north coast of Sao Miguel Island. The new CR2X also pushed the Azores team to new heights, making their services available to their immediate community.

On October 4, 2008 Mr. Ricardo Jose Moniz da Silva, the Mayor of the City of Ribeira Grande, paid a visit to the new location and made the very first radio contact at CR2A/CR2X/CQ8X. He spoke with Mr. Avelino Bettencourtt, CU2DE, another Azores operator in the remote village of Ribeira Quente.

The significance of this radio contact was that Mr Bettencourtt's amateur radio station offered the only means of communication from his village when the area was hit by heavy rains, causing a landfall and destroying many houses in his part of the island and isolating the entire area from the rest of the island.

The CR2X site is fully set up for operation in any emergency situation, whether inter-island or over the whole of Azores Islands.

The CR2X radio location is manned by the Azores-Finland Friendship Consortium of Radio Arcala and it is activated frequently in conjunction with Amateur Radio special events and radio competitions.

The group behind the Azores-Finland Friendship Consortium consists of:

Fernando Tavares, CU2BV, Former Finnish Honorary Consul to the Azores; Jose Melo, CU2CE and Francisco Gil, CU2DX and from Finland, Martti Laine, OH2BH/CU2KG, Toni Linden, OH2UA/CU2KI and Juha Hulkko, OH8NC/CU2KH.

The CR2X is part of the Radio Arcala station network.

Ponta Delgaga, May.21.2013

*CR2X - AZORES ACTIVE IN WPX CW CONTEST*

Associacao Radioamadores dos Acores, A.R.A. (CU2ARA) heartily welcomes the Slovak Contest Group (OM8A), a prominent European contest team, to visit the Azores and run the WPX CW Contest as a Multi-Single entry from the Island of San Miguel (EU-003) www.visitazores.com .
The team consists of Tibi, OM3RM; Rasto, OM3BH and Julius, OM7JG and they will use the CR2X station. Outside of the contest you may hear them operating CT8/their own callsign. www.om8a.org
Team leader Tibi, OM3RM of OM8A fame, noted for many impressive WPX scores from Madeira (CQ3A & CR3A), is also President of OM Power, a well-known European maker of amplifiers now entering the US market. Featuring a rugged design, the amplifiers come with highly advanced technology, including remote operating features with direct IP access.
The Azores-Finland Friendship Society and Radio Arcala will be hosting the visitors under the expert guidance of Jose, CU2CE and Martti, CU2KG (OH2BH). As Martti will be staying on the island for the next few weeks, you may hear him operating occasionally as CU2KG.

Jan, 2011

Adding to the success of the previous CU2A location, a lot of effort has been put into building a new radio site in Ribeira Grande, the second largest city in the Azores, located on the north coast of Sao Miguel Island. The new location also pushed the Azores team to new heights, making their services available to their immediate community.

On October 4, 2008 Mr. Ricardo Jose Moniz da Silva, the Mayor of the City of Ribeira Grande, paid a visit to the new location and made the very first radio contact at CR2A/CR2X. He spoke with Mr. Avelino Bettencourtt, CU2DE, another Azores operator in the remote village of Ribeira Quente.

The significance of this radio contact was that Mr Bettencourtt's amateur radio station offered the only means of communication from his village when the area was hit by heavy rains, causing a landfall and destroying many houses in his part if the island and isolating the entire area from the rest of the island.

The new CR2A/CR2X site will be fully set up for operation in any emergency situation, whether inter-island or over the whole of Azores Islands.

The CR2X radio location is manned by the Azores-Finland Friendship Consortium, and it is activated frequently in conjunction with Amateur Radio special events and radio competitions.

The group behind the Azores-Finland Friendship Consortium consists of:

Fernando Tavares, CU2BV , former Finnish Honorary Consul to the Azores; Jose Melo, CU2CE and Francisco Gil, CU2DX and from Finland, Martti Laine, OH2BH/CU2KG, Toni Linden, OH2UA/CU2KI and Juha Hulkko, OH8NC/CU2KH.

The station is part of the Arcala Extremes radio network.

CR2X via OH2BH CT8/ via home calls

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