SJ7SOP lives on!

As I blogged in November last year, it seemed like the 2017 SOP-activity would be the last with the SJ7SOP callsign due to new regulations from the Swedish telecom authorities, PTS.

The Swedish Amature Radio society, SSA, has been delegated the exercise of authority over certain amature radio related questions for a number of years (along with military organisations). During the end of 2016 the delegation expired why the PTS sent out a new proposal for delegation to the SSA which contained a number of changes in the management of callsigns. To make a long story short, the new proposal hindered the SSA from issuing and prolonging any callsign i the SJ-prefix series which meant that the call would be invalid after July 2017. The prefix series was to be reserved for future use by the PTS. This limitation in the new delegation, together with other matters was addressed by the SSA to the authorities and a negotiation was made.

Last week, the SSA announced that they had accepted the delegation which now had been modified in certain areas, among others the management of callsigns. To my joy the already registered callsigns in the SJ-series was accepted to remain and now also able to be prolonged. No new callsigns in this series is to be given out why the SJ7SOP call is now a rare call!  😀

So, this means that the annual SOP-activation with the SJ7SOP call is secured for at least a number of years ahead! 🙂

73 de SM7VRZ

The end for SJ7SOP?

As some of you know I have the yearly tradition of participating in the Sea Of Peace award activities with the SJ7SOP-callsign. I´ve been doing this since 2013 but now some three year later It seems like the call might never be aired again.

The Swedish Post and Telecom authorities, PTS, is about to extend the delegation of the exercise of authority over amateur radio related questions to the SSA, the Swedish Amateur radio association until 2020. The SSA has, for some time now, already had this delegation but this time the authorities are now, for the new delegation, setting up restrictions for the use of certain groups of callsigns in the the Swedish prefix series. In short, the SJ prefix is no longer allowed to be used as a special callsign without the PTS specific consent. The delegation proposal is now out for referall to a number of organisations and governmental entities and will be coming to effect the first of January 2017.

In worst case this means that the SJ7SOP is no longer allowed to be used as a special callsign and the activities in July 2016 was the last time that the call was aired. As a result of this I’ve contacted the PTS with some direct questions about what criterias have to be meet to be able to continue to use the call and/or the requirements that is needed . Hopefully I’ll get a positive answer to my questions.

As a backup plan I’m about to do an early application for the use of the callsign,  as all special calls are given permission for use a year at the time. Hopefully I’ll be able to “safe” the callsign for the  2017 activities which will buy me some time arranging the future use of the callsign.

An alternative for the future use is also to apply for a new special call, preferably from the SE and SF prefixes.

More to come in this further on. 🙂

 

73 de SM7VRZ/SJ7SOP

 

In the mail..

Time for a update!  Been quite inactive, again, on the blog. Why is it so hard to just write sometimes? 🙂

Well, the fact that I´ve made a jump start on the work front after the vacation with a TON of mail and things to do have probably contributed to the fact that I didn’t want to spend any more time in front of a computer unless you have to! 🙂

DSC_1720With that said there have been some results from this year SOP-activity that arrived in the mail. In an  envelope stamped in Germany the SOP-sticker arrived and is now hanging on the “shack”-wall next to the SOP-pennon that i received last year. Even though this year didn’t generate as much QSO:s as I originally intended, I’m still looking forward to next years activity. Hopefully my vacation will be in sync with the activity this time. 🙂

There has also been some paper QSL:s dropping in to SJ7SOP during the latest “harvest” in the clubs QSL post office. I haven’t yet had the time sorting through al of them and responding with a QSL back put I’ll be putting some time aside for this during the fall.

73 de SM7VRZ

 

 

 

SJ7SOP – progress & news..

It has now been three days into the SJ7SOP activity and It feels good to to air the callsign again! During the first days I´ve mainly been active on 40, 30 and 20m on JT-modes and there is around 50 stations worked in the log. This early in I´m actually only a few points away from fulfilling the required 15 points for the SOP-award. Not bad!  I´ve actually managed to get tomorrow off from work because of some changed plans for some work traveling, why I will try to be a bit active on 80m tonight! 🙂

For this year I also decided to make the eQSL for SJ7SOP more uniform with the papper-QSL. The reason being that I probably send more electronic QSL:s than paper. 🙂

eqsl

The eQSL-card, above, has basically the same image as the paper-QSL as shown below.

SJ7SOP (1)

Even though I’ve made a eQSL version of the card, this doesn’t mean I´m not going to send any paper-QSL. If you want a paper-QSL for a QSO made during July, please send me a paper-QSL or contact me and it will be sent via the bureau. 🙂

Now, back to working some stations! 🙂

73 de SM7VRZ/SJ7SOP

 

SJ7SOP, so it begins..

Today is the first day in the month of July and it’s time to activate the SJ7SOP call. Yesterday evening was spent configuring the logbook and software settings in the station computer to be ready to work some stations tonight. Sadly I didn’t manage to get my vacation during the complete month but I’ll do the best I can working as many stations as possible.

I’ve also made some experiments with a 80m sloped antenna during the week and I’m planning to make this a bit more permanent in the antenna farm. Although it has to go through the democratic YL-approval before it will be definitely permanent.. 😉 I will leave it up during July for testing and evaluation/trimming and will hopefully work some SOP-contacts with it.

For those interesting in working the SJ7SOP call, visit the callsigns QRZ.com page where the hrdlog.net online status can be seen. There will also be possible to see the latest worked stations as well as to search the station online logbook.

73 de SM7VRZ / SJ7SOP

SJ7SOP, 2016 activity

July is coming up soon and it´s time to prepare for the SJ7SOP activation for the 2016 season. Because of the late summer vacation this year there will only be activity during the weekends and evenings for the most of the month. The 25/7-30/7 there will be more activity during daytime as this is the first week of my vacation. As this is the last week of the month I´ll try to be as active as possible.

The on the air status will be visible on HRDlog and QRZ.com as usual and I will, as much as possible, adress the time in advance on the blog or QRZ.com. Hopefully I´ll b able to beat the last years record of 400 QSO:s!

Hope to cu on the bands in July! 🙂

73 de SM7VRZ

The arrival..

After what seemed like a long wait I’ve now finally received the paper QSL cards for SJ7SOP. It was worth waiting for and Tony, LZ1JZ have made a good job with the printing and designing.

A special thanks to my friend and HAM-radio colleague Patrik, SM7URN, who kindly let me use his excellent image for the front! 🙂

sj7sopcard

Now, I’m about to start sending them out to those requested it during the QSO:s and of coarse those who have requested them by sending their own.

For those who worked the call during July and haven’t either sent a QSL with a request or want a QSL but didn’t send a request, please contact me (sj7sop@gmail.com) to receive your card!

Please note that the cards will be sent via the bureau and only special cases will be sent direct.

73 de SM7VRZ