SOP Aniversary activation..

The month of July is almost around the corner and its time to prepare for the SOP-activity, 2018 edition. This year the SOP-award has its 60 year anniversary why to celebrate this occasion, a number of foreign SOP-stations have been given a special function during the activation period. SJ7SOP have been given the privilege to be one of those station which is really an big honor!

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I have just completed the call sign application for SJ7SOP and will be able once again to work the call sign during the month of July. More information about how to work the call can be found on the SJ7SOP-page here on the blog.

Did you know that the SJ-prefix is actually a rare prefix in the Swedish call sign series? The prefix is, since the new guidelines from the Swedish authorities came in to place,  no longer able to be assigned. Existing calls, like SJ7SOP is only allowed to be prolonged why working any of the Swedish SJ-SOP call signs is a chance to catch a rare prefix! 🙂

Now, back to preparing for the activation..

73 de SM7VRZ/SJ7SOP

 

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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

 

 

 

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