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    OJ9A - OH9A - RSGB IOTA Contest

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    Finland, June,28th, 2019
    NORTHERN EUROPEAN RARE IOTA NUMBERS EU-126 AND EU-192
    July 24 thru July 29, 2019
    Radio Arcala, OH8X group of OH8NC, Juha, OH2BH, Martti, OH1MA, Jaakko, OH2MM, Ville, OH2GEK, Niko, OH9RJ, Arno and OH9VC, Jouko will activate two of the rarest Northern European IOTA counters simultaneously on all HF-bands, including the IOTA contest in Multi-2 category on both locations as follows;
    OJ9A: Kataja/Inakari Island EU-192 QSL via OH2BH
    OH9A: Lappi Province Group EU-126 QSL via OH1NOA


    73 Al 4L5A
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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    From The Arctic Circle, Lapland
    Monday, 22st of July, 2019

    HEATWAVES ARE PASSING THROUGH THE ARCTIC CIRCLE – HOW ABOUT RADIO WAVES?

    TEMPERATURES ARE PREDICTED FOR 26C FOR THIS WEEK

    OJ9A, KATAJA/INAKARI EU-192 AND OH9A, LAPLAND ISLANDS (SELKA-SARVI) EU-126
    OJ9A N 65° 41.80" E 24° 10.08" OH9A N 65° 36.90" E 24° 11.76"

    These two islands, located in the Tornio river delta, will hit the bands for nearly six (6) days on Wednesday, July, 24th until Monday July, 29th,
    including the IOTA Contest. The islands are only six (6) miles apart. The OJ9A/OH9A radio team consisting of the following operators:

    OH1MA, Jaakko, OH2BH, Martti, OH2GEK, Niko, OH2MM, Ville, OH8NC, Juha, OH9RJ, Aaro, OH9VC, Jouko and SM0CXU, Thomas
    will split into two groups and commute between the islands via the 17 foot Silver Hawk with Niko, OH2GEK steering.

    Their main transport will be out of the city of Tornio (OH9) with the local 55 foot cruiser M/S Lady Carin
    https://tinyurl.com/y584xd6l by Harbor Captain Arto Ponkala.

    There are only two islands split between Finland and Sweden - Market Reef EU-053 and Kataja/Inakari
    Island EU-192. These two islands form a pair with unique status in the DXCC and IOTA programs.

    The Finnish Regulatory Authority (Traficom) has supported amateur radio and the DXCC program
    for 50-years by allocating OJ0 for Market Reef and more recently OJ9 for Inakari Island and
    the IOTA program. To salute Traficom for first OJ9 activation those QSOs with OJ9A will
    also count for the Market Reef jubilee marathon currently underway.

    QSL OJ9A via OH2BH and OH9A via OH1NOA

    In parallel with OJ9A and OH9A, Market Reef (OJ0DX) will also be activated by a German,
    Swedish and Finnish team of DL3DXX, DJ4MF, DL5SE, OH3WS, SA0LAT and SM0W.

    OJ0DX QSL via DL3DXX.
    73 Al 4L5A

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      #3
      UPDATE July 23rd
      From The City of Tornio, Lapland

      OJ9A, KATAJA/INAKARI EU-192

      LOC N 65° 41.80" E 24° 10.08"

      Firt Inakari operation was over the ice last February. It was easy to land on snow-mobile. Today the coastline was found extremely rocky and the landing was aborted. We will try again tomorrow with flat bottom boat and more support equipment.

      We hope to have both, OJ9A, Inakari (EU-192) and Lapland Islands, OH9A
      (EU-126)
      QRV by tomorrow evening.

      SEe their trailer; https://tinyurl.com/y2ugvy72

      OJ9A/OH9A team
      73 Al 4L5A

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