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

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, 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! 🙂

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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

 

In the mail…

For the last three years I’ve worked the SOP activity with the SJ7SOP call but the first two years the contacts wasn’t enough to earn the SOP Pennon. The main reason was the lack of worked stations by the Baltic. Although I didn’t get enough points for my own part, I think I helped a lot of other operators to earn some. This year I filled in the application and managed to reach well above the required 20 points.

In the mail today was an envelope posted in Germany. The contents, well look at this! 🙂

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The SOP pennon on the shack wall

It’s really nice to receive the pennon for my activity during July this year. I do feel I can take some pride in it since it’s my first reward or pennon EVER during my 20 years as a HAM. 🙂

Now, I do look forward to the 2016 activation. Can I beat this years record of 400 QSO:s? 🙂

73 de SM7VRZ

The design is finished..

The QSL card design for this years SJ7SOP activity has now been decided, ordered and hopefully delivered in a few days. As mentioned before, Tony from LZ1JZ Print have as usual done a great job with the design! Also a BIG THANKS´s to my friend and HAM-radio colleague Patrik, SM7URN, for letting me use one of his wonderful photos as the front side. How it looks? Here it is folks! 🙂

 

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Sölvesborg MW Broadcast transmitter antennas. Photo by SM7URN, Patrik Nilsson.

The front side is a photo combining a wonderful view of the Baltic sea outside Sölvesborg and some local radio history. The antennas in the background belongs to the Medium Wave broadcast transmitter located at Björkenabben in Sölvesborg community, county of Blekinge in Sweden. The transmitter was commissioned in 1985 by the Swedish National Telecommunication Authority and was used by the Swedish public service radio, SR, for national and international broadcasting. Sadly the station was shut down in 2010 after serving the Swedish public and listeners abroad for nearly 25 years. Today, the transmitter itself is long gone and now the only thing remaining is the station house and the two antennas. Their fate is yet to be decided but enthusiasts, which some are members of the local HAM-radio club SK7JC (VBSA), are doing their best to save the buildings and antennas as a historic building.

The QSL cards will be distributed, hopefully, in November to those who requested it. The policy this year is only to send QSL when requested. If you wish to receive a card, please mark your QSL card to receive it or contact me.

The next couple of days will be a time of waiting as I’m expecting a nice surprise in the mail. What it is? Well, keep watching and you will find out what it is! 🙂

73 de SM7VRZ

QSL?

As the SOP activity is now to it’s end I’ve been thinking about creating a new QSL card design for the SJ7SOP call.

The first design was created in 2013, the first year I participated with the special call, and printed by LZ1JZ Print with excellent results and good quality. The image on the front is photographed by a HAM colleague and friend Patrik Nilsson, SM7URN, and shows a local winter view of the Baltic sea at Edenryd archipelago in Bromölla municipality.

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2013 QSL design, front and back 

Patrik is, in my opinion, a talented amateur photographer and it would be a shame not to ask for his help in producing a new design for the card this time as well! The Sea Of Peace activity has a strong connection to the Baltic states and the Baltic sea. This is also why I would like to have a motive with some connection to the sea and also the local life in this part of Sweden. I’ve been reviewing some images from Patrik and found some good candidates which also have some connection to the hobby itself. What that connection might be you will see when the design is presented here on the blog.

I’m in no hurry with getting the cards ready but my goal is to have the design ready in the end of august/middle of September. Hopefully the cards will be delivered to the bureau in the beginning of November.

73 de SM7VRZ 🙂