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    Stay Home Award

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, APRIL 07, 2020, Helsinki, Finland

    SRAL – The Finnish Amateur Radio League

    PLEASE JOIN THE GLOBAL AMATEUR RADIO
    NETWORK AS YOU STAY HOME

    In the world-wide amateur radio community, social distancing is not an issue. The ham radio network operates by radio waves with signals flying high and wide, across all borders near and far. Amateur radio operators are well-known as communicators during the happy days, but also during times of crisis. Even if physically locked down, the world is wide open for them. They are encouraged to communicate, keeping their channels clear and their minds and skills sharp for global messaging if needed. While they now extend the physical distance between friends, at the same time they grow closer in their social distance – their minds and hearts.

    The Finnish Amateur Radio League (SRAL) with the support of the Finnish Communication Agency (TRAFICOM) are working together to increase awareness and promote the normal orders of each society during this unfortunate period. To do so, the three-million strong amateur radio community is encouraged to stay in touch and keep up their global network.

    With that charter and mission in mind the SRAL invites all amateurs to join forces. Keep up the radio activity and the global social network!

    TIME PERIOD from Thursday, April 08,2020 16.00 UTC thru July 08,2020, 2359 UTC


    Contacts are encouraged to STAYHOME stations as well as to all friends around the world, but also for the purpose of the below-mentioned GMA (DXCC) Award:

    MESSAGING WINDOW
    While contacts are permitted on all amateur radio bands (CW, SSB and FT8/4) the core activity is targeted to the windows of 14250–14270 and 14050-14060 KHz and 3740-3760 and 3530-3540 KHz. The SRAL stations are typically active on that window from 12 UTC and 16 UTC onwards respectively.

    RADIO MESSAGE ITSELF
    Temporary QSH (Stay Happy & Healthy) which may change during the period.

    MESSENGER STATION NETWORK
    SRAL is launching ten (10) different stations from OH0 thru OH9 who sign with STAYHOME suffixes, such as OH5STAYHOME. The other stations from other countries signing STAYHOME are qualified to this program. Such stations include 9K9STAYHOME or TC1STAYHOME with the RAST (Thailand) E2STAYHOME station expected to join the network soon.

    For coordination purposes please kindly inform your new STAYHOME country to stayhome@sral.fiaccordingly.

    GMA - GLOBAL MESSENGER AWARD
    This award honors contacts to 100 or more different countries (DXCC), during this time period, which should include at least five (5) messenger (STAY HOME) stations.

    SHA – STAYHOME AWARD
    There will also be an award for contacting a minimum of five (5) OH*STAYHOME -prefixes with a maximum number of other stations in other countries signing the STAYHOME -suffix. In Finland all numbers/regions 0 thru 9 will be activated. The highest number contacted, and all with up to three (3) less than the achieved maximum will be awarded.

    MESSENGER STATION NETWORK
    SRAL launches ten (10) different stations from OH0 thru OH9 who sign with STAYHOME suffixes, such as OH5 STAYHOME. The other stations from other countries signing STAYHOME are qualified to this program. Such as 9KSTAYHOME or VESTAYHOME etc.

    Some special activities for specific durations within this overall time period will be announced separately through international amateur radio press.

    StayHome-hotline: stayhome@sral.fi

    QSL manager: Miika, OH2BAD
    Awards: Martti, OH2BH (details TBA)

    Supporting network: OH1NX, OH2BAD, OH2BH, OH2KI, OH2KM, OH4UI


    73 Al 4L5A
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    Release from Finland; April.16.2020
    FROM THE FINNISH AMATEUR RADIO LEAGUE (SRAL)
    TWENTY-FIVE (25) COUNTRIES ACTIVE IN STAYHOME PROGRAM
    ADXG, Araucaria DX Group of Brazil has donated the winner’s trophy to STAYHOME program’s SHA award, with highest number of STAYHOME stations contacted. Also the highest number up to three (3) less than achieved maximum will be awarded.
    This announcement was released in honor of Oms, PY5EG being the first one to work all ten (10) STAYHOME prefixes from Finland from where more than 12.000 QSOs were already handed out. Youngest participants is 14-year old Ville, OH1UDC with more than 400 QSOs under his belt.
    As many are lacking some prefixes, all of them will be activated this coming Saturday 11.00-14.00 UTC on SSB 14250-14270KHz.
    This include rare OH9STAYHOME prefix from Lapland (OH9BS) who is QRV thru list operation.
    Please contact the net control via email; sked@sral.fi.


    73 Al 4L5A

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      #3
      LATEST ONES IN THE STAYHOME FAMILY

      News from Bangkok, Thailand and the world

      It was today when the Thai radio regulator, NBTC, granted a permit E2STAYHOME for Thailand to join the the COVID-19 movement as the country number 33. RAST president, Jack, HS1FVL was on 20M to kick-off the special event while Champ, E21EIC with his wife JC, E20NKB handed out the very first QSOs.

      On the same day, Andy, 5Z/G3AB informed that their regulator was in the process for allowing the locals to air the 5Z4STAYHOME special event station which would bring Africa to join the movement, enhancing the messages that governments throughout the world are releasing to their citizens.

      Amateur radio is not only promoting the good-will and sense of belonging during these hard times but also keeping its communication network available for this unfortunate period.
      73 Al 4L5A

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        #4
        HELSINKI, MAY.16.2020
        FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


        STAYHOME CAMPAIGN REACHES ITS PINNACLE, JUNE 06-07. 2020

        CONTEST-LIKE ACTIVITY FROM SATURDAY, 12.00 to SUNDAY, 11.59


        In total, more than 30 countries have activated STAYHOME-suffixed stations to amplify the important message and participate in a large international showcase of Amateur Radio during the COVID-19 crisis. It is estimated that some 150 000 messages have been passed through the network around the world.

        Oms, PY5EG, one of the project participants, alone, has completed more than 20 000 messages to 181 countries and to all 40 zones. Congratulations! The latest United Nations activation is; 4U9STAYHOME by Ivo, 9A3A from the UN base in Brindisi, Italy.

        The highlight of the event is a June 06-07, 24-hour radio gathering, when all STAYHOME stations and the world will gather on the airwaves to wish each other well and conduct a global message passing in a contest-like framework. At that point the further validity of the STAYHOME message will be reviewed with the sincere hope that all countries would be able to begin easing these heavy restrictions, eventually making this message obsolete.

        The project patron is the Foreign Minister of Finland, Pekka Haavisto and it is endorsed by IARU President Tim Ellam, VE6SH and the United Nations ARC with multiple STAYHOME activations.
        73 Al 4L5A

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          #5
          STAYHOME MESSAGES WILL HOPEFULLY SOON TURN TO STAYSAFE MESSAGES

          Be ready to roll this coming Saturday, June.06 at 10.00 UTC with the following rules:
          http://ko8sca.com/rules.pdf

          New STAYSAFE callsigns: VC3STYSAFE by Bill, VE3ES, VK20HOME by Lee, VK3GK and W8I/STAYSAFE by Dave, K3ZJ

          While the Covid-19 pandemic is still causing major issues in many parts of the world we are now working on two opposite fronts: while welcoming many countries to the new world with the message of STAYSAFE, we are at the same time giving our thoughts and sympathy to those who still suffer.

          We welcome all COVID-19 related special callsigns to participate in the June 06/07 event and their efforts will be credited for full contest multiplier value. You are all welcome to this unique worldwide event.

          YOUNG LINE-UP OF NEW YORK OPERATORS WILL AIR MAMMOTH W2I/STAYHOME SIGNAL

          A group of four young operators from the NYCDXA - New York City DX Association (https://www.qrz.com/db/w2ndx/), Chris KE2A, Alain K1FM, Jason WF2N and Neil N5EIL will be operating for 24-hours as W2/STAYHOME from a top of the line remote station located in the easternmost city of USA, Eastport, ME during the weekend of June 06-07, 2020.

          The team is thankful to the RHR team and Ray Higgins, W2RE for sponsoring this event and for allowing the young operators to access the station to support this unique event, which otherwise would be difficult to do from their apartments in New York City. https://www.remotehamradio.com/ )

          The young team will add some extra high tech flavor to the operation by setting up a server for live updates on ClubLog and real time streaming on YouTube. The YouTube link will be available on the W2I QRZ.com page: https://www.qrz.com/db/w2i

          MARKET REEF, OJ0A/OJ0JR WILL BE ACTIVATED AS PART OF THE CODIC-19 EVENT

          First entry group to Market Reef remains on hold in Aland Islands, waiting for better weather. If all works well Henri, OH3JR will land on the rocks on Friday prior to the event and with no further delay he will hoist an assortment of wires to make the OJ0A callsign QRV as an event multiplier on CW, SSB and FT8. Many things need to fit in place to have OJ0A appearing from the sea-washed lighthouse. Henri will remain in OJ0 for the whole week and operate as OJ0JR. QSL via OH3JR.
          73 Al 4L5A

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            #6
            FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
            JUNE.03.2020

            TRAVEL FREE WITH COVID-19 COMMUNICATION EVENT GRAND PRIZE
            Araucaria DX Group of Brazil, ZW5B & Radio Arcala of Finland, OH8X jointly offer those high performing 63 event participants a lucky draw for one-week trip to Finland, including the OH Summer Camp and DX-summer activities and visit to Arcala super station OH8X. If you cannot stand for 24-hour daylight in Far North you may opt one-week trip to Brazil instead, including participation in CQ WW SSB or CW and a visit to PS2T or ZW5B super stations. These trips are scheduled for 2021 because of the current coronavirus pandemic.

            The top 30 multi-mode scores, top 5 single mode scores on each mode, and top 3 scores of each continent will receive an online certificate. The same group of sixty-three (63) scores will participate the above lottery. How do I qualify? This weekend – see the attached rules!
            GRAND PRIZE FOR THOSE STAYHOME STATION OPERATORS WITH 1000+ QSOS
            YAESU FT-891 MOBILE TRANSCEVER donated by Yaesu Musen Co.

            GOOD LUCK FROM THE ORGANIZING COMMITTEE; E21EIC, KO8SCA, OH2BH, OH2MM and PY5EG
            73 Al 4L5A

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              #7
              FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
              JUNE.05.2020, HELSINKI, FINLAND


              LAST MINUTE BREAKING NEWS FROM THE FOLKS OF STAYHOME MOVEMENT

              STAYHOME RADIO EVENT STARTS ON SATURDAY AT 10:00 UTC ON CW, SSB and FT8


              The STAYHOME campaign has finally reached the point where it will sign the “What a Wonderful World”


              and meet on the radio to share the challenges of the past two months. One chapter is closing now with 70+ special event stations singing together this song from 37 different countries and will say hello to the amateur radio community worldwide.

              ANOTHER GRAND PRIZE RIGHT HERE

              Mr. Jun Hasegawa, the president of YAESU, saw this event as such a wonderful cause that he decided to add the YAESU top-of-line transceiver FTdx101D as the grand prize of the event, which will be part of the final draw, once the dust have finally settled for the event.
              Both the 63 sub-category high performers as well as the operators of the registered STAYHOME stations that greet (contact) a minimum of 500 friends (stations) during the 24 hour event have a chance of winning this incredible prize!

              Everything is ready for you to join! Here is a condensed list with all you need to get going and enjoy the event:
              • Rules: http://ko8sca.com/rules.pdf
              • Multipliers: http://ko8sca.com/multipliers.pdf
              • Awards: http://ko8sca.com/awards.pdf
              • Prizes: http://ko8sca.com/prizes.pdf
              • Event details: https://www.qrz.com/db/oh2stayhome

              Wishing you a good time with your beloved ones at home and on the radio and always have in your thoughts the ones that are still suffering as we will always be united in this wonderful world!

              THE COVID-19 RADIO EVENT COMMITTEE:
              E21EIC, KO8SCA, OH2BH, OH2MM and PY5EG
              73 Al 4L5A

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