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    #11
    While DL5AXX, Ulf, and OH2BH, Martti, are busy in the ARRL DX SSB Contest this weekend, working the Americans and Canadians, OH3JR, Henry, will be focusing on 20 Meters, from another QTH with a focus on working North American stations on CW between 1300 and 1800Z.

    There should be plenty of Z60A activity. Next OG2M, OM3PC and OM5RW will concentrate on the low bands until March 12th, when the "activity will be closed".

    QSL Z60A via Club Log and OH2BH.
    73 Al 4L5A

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      #12
      PRISTINA, MARCH.09.2018
      IMMEDIATE RELEASE FROM THE REPUBLIC OF KOSOVO
      FAREWELL WEEKEND FROM Z60A

      Since the original activity from Kosovo was much hampered by a high noise level at both locations particularly on low-bands, a team led by Pertti, OG2M, Miro, OM5RW and Rudy, OM3PC and Driton, Z61DX has put all its effort into hoisting full size verticals for this weekend from a quiet location beyond the city noise. Beverages have been built for the U.S and Japan. They are using a local cell site tower as their supporting structure.
      The trio will have two signals on the air throughout the next three (3) nights, on 160, 80, 40 and 30M. In addition, they will still penetrate the 20M openings above 14025 KHz for U.S. Advanced and Generals.
      Last night they were able to reach the U.S on 160M and even the West Coast on 80M with only 100 watts thanks to N6TQ and others. Tonight they will have full power.
      Early this week also marked another happy occasion as six (6) more Kosovar youth took their exams for amateur radio license. On Tuesday next week the group at Z60A will start taking apart their two sites, while the towers and beams will soon be QRV with the locals. This first radio activity of the Mission Goodwill Kosovo will soon be history.
      The QSL design is in the works, and cards should start coming out by mid-April.
      Thank you for interest in Kosovo and its evolving Amateur Radio.

      73 Wayne, N7NG
      73 Al 4L5A

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        #13
        FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MARCH.13.2018

        KOSOVO Z60A WENT QRT LAST NIGHT WITH 98.450 QSOS

        The Z60A activation went QRT at 2020 UTC last night after 30-day-long initial activation of this latest new DXCC entity. A total of 98,450 QSOs included 30,541 individual callsigns from 174 DXCC entities. The delegates to a variety of support functions and radio operating represented twelve (12) countries. They worked well together in a real ham’s spirit and assisted local Kosovar hams in many ways now that they will be on their own among the global amateur radio community. We welcome them most heartily to our family.

        The Mission Goodwill Kosovo would like to thank those twenty-eight people who came from near and far, flying and driving to spend these thirty wonderful days together in the Republic of Kosovo:

        Z61DX, Z61FF, Z61VB, Z62FB, Z63DBB, DD2ML, DJ5IW, DL3DXX, DL5AXX, DL5CW, DM5TI, ES2RR, G3TXF, IK0FVC, K9JF, OG2M, OH0XX, OH2BH, OH1MA, OH3JR, OM3PC, OM5RW, PB2T, OZ1IKY, S50A, S51F, S57AW and VE7NY

        We also would like to thank those people who supported the mission at different points of the long process: 9A5W, K0IR, K1ZZ, K3ZJ, K3ZO, K4MQG, K5FUV, K6RV, K6TA, K8ZTT, K9JF, N0AX, N4MM, N7NG, W3UR, W5IZ, W6SZN, W9KNI, G3BJ, G3TXF, MD0CCE, OH2BH, OH2BN, OH2BUW, PB2T, VE6SH, YV5AM, Mr. Nicholas Cendrowicz of the European Union and Mr. Kreshnik Gashi, ARKEP of Kosovo.

        Just on the day of finishing the mission - today - there was a telephone call from Mr. Kreshnik Gashi, Chairman of the Kosovo Telecom administration to OH2BH indicating that just today the new ITU country code +383 and related routing was activated and Kosovo was standing on its own. It did not bother the spirit even if the minute cost of the initial call exceeded USD 25.00 and worked one-way only.

        The Mission Goodwill Kosovo faded into the horizon with many fond memories of the past 10-years.

        Thank you for being part of it! A LoTW upload will be done soon and QSLs are at the printers next week.
        73 Al 4L5A

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          #14
          FROM THE DESK OF MISSION GOODWILL KOSOVO

          Helsinki, Finland, 23, March.2018

          Z60A LOTW AND QSL RELEASE It is now 10-days from the last QSO made at Z60A, the Republic of Kosovo's first activation. Because this is an overall new DXCC entity, it has resulted in many requests for checking missing QSOs due to pirates, a variety of logging errors and busted calls. We have extended this period for another week as we try to enter the cleanest possible QSO data to LoTW.

          The magic day for the complete LoTW upload will be the Fools-Day, April.01, 2018. We will continue processing log errors for another 7-days prior to the upload. Queries can be made at z60a@sral.fi

          While waiting, you may have a look at the Z60A four-page QSL layout at to capture the essence of the Mission Goodwill Kosovo. These papers cards are at the printer, and we expect to have them here around April.01 as well. We will proceed with mailing as fast as we can.

          MISSION GOODWILL KOSOVO STORY IN VISALIA

          The Mission Goodwill Kosovo is ever thankful and delighted to have been invited to present the heartbreaking -- and regrettable -- story of "The Republic of Kosovo and Z60A" at the Visalia International DX Convention over the weekend of April, 20 thru 22. The trio of Vjollca, Z61VB, Martti, OH2BH and Jim, K9JF will be the Saturday evening Banquet speakers, presenting the latest DXCC country, number 340.

          Z60A Kosovo QSL 1



          Z60A Kosov QSL 2



          Z60A Kosovo QSL 3



          Z60A Kosovo QSL 4

          73 Al 4L5A

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            #15
            FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
            Z60A DIRECT QSL MAILING


            Following the LoTW upload of April.01, the first Kosovo, Z60A QSL card arrived in the U.S. during the past week to 92-year old Frank, K4BVQ, allowing him to reach the DXCC sticker #385. Former INDEXA president Gary Dixon, K4MQG made a special personal delivery, delighting Frank, a serious DXers and supporter of the DX segment of Amateur Radio. Following this special delivery, all U.S. direct requests, whether ClubLog or through direct mail will be released locally in San Francisco at the end of this week.

            The donor QSLs for the rest of the world are in process, while other direct requests will start surfacing during the week of May.01. The card is a 4-page full color affair, giving a detailed description of this unique mission.

            DX is not simply collecting LoTW points. The QSL card is also an educational piece aimed at the wide world and the issues behind the radio contacts. Better yet, you may meet three representatives of the Z60A activation; Vjollca, Z61VB, Jim, K9JF and Martti, OH2BH at the Visalia DX Convention over the weekend of April 20/22 and hear their fascinating stories. DX Conventions typically offer these personal and emotional meetings. While in California they may also visit some young DXers who were successful in contacting Z60A.

            73 Wayne, N7NG
            73 Al 4L5A

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              #16
              During the 2018 Visalia DX Convention Banquet held on Saturday April 21st Z61VB, Vjollca Belegu-Caka; OH2BH, Martti Laine; and K9JF, Jim Fenstermaker; presented the Z60A story. The presentation was very effective and indeed for me at least an emotional one" reported W9KNI, Bob. During the banquet a special treat was the Kosovo national anthem. There was no QRM as the DXers stood silently and respectfully for a new one! Bob mentioned "how well it was received by the banquet attendees" and one that he "will remember [for] for rest of [his] days". Newly appointed Hudson DXAC Representative N2AJ, Steve Hass, was on hand and videoed the event.


              73 Al 4L5A

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