October 25, 2011
RADIO ARCALA TEAM POISED TO STRIKE HARD IN CQWW SSB
It is that great time of the year when the Northern folks typically head South but now increasingly also allow their own hardware to speak for
MARKET REEF, OJ0X
Challenging the soon-to-be freezing sea, they try to activate Market Reef for the first time as a CQWW SSB Contest multiplier. If lucky on this week's Thursday landing, OJ0X will be aired by Timo, OG9X; Olli, OH0XX; Martti, OH2BH; Harri, OH6VM and Teemu, SM0W in the Multi-2 category. You can follow their adventure at www.qrz.com/db/OJ0X
AZORES ISLANDS, CR2X
Early Tuesday morning, Toni, OH2UA heads to Radio Arcala's Atlantic outpost to see how improved 10M propagation can push his score to new heights. The Azores station is now furnished with a new dual FTdx5000 setup, with OM Power auto amps at all Radio Arcala stations.
ALAND ISLANDS, OH0X
The world renowned OH0W site in Brando, Aland Islands, is now integrated into the Radio Arcala station network as OH0X, and an old warhorse Pertti, OH2PM will be shooting for Northern Europe SOAB honors. Here the old wisdom is to face the challenge of young energy. OH0X cut the finish line first in the recent Polar Battle (CW) - the Scandinavian Activity Contest - with Toni, OH2UA at the helm.
NORTHERN FINLAND, OH8X
The Radio Arcala mother-ship on the Arctic Circle is to be manned by Kim, OH6KZP amid good prospects for openings with polar propagation on all three higher bands. The station recently won the SSB Polar Battle (SAC) with Tonno, ES5TV at the controls.
SOUTHERN FINLAND, OH2BH
With a slightly different propagation outlook to North and West, Pasi, OH6UM will try to maneuver somewhere in between, aiming to show up as a dark horse in this battle and ride the Northern Lights to another mathematical marvel while Martti is seaboard at OJ0X, now in his 50th consecutive CQWW.
You have five runners from the Polar Region to look for and nail down. Following the CQWW, these serious stations will present their "clean sheets" - their success of staying up for 48 hours, without touching their bed sheets! All four are true all-band single-ops committed to following the newly promoted Contesting Code of Conduct due to be released after the race in the upcoming Contest Club Finland's PileUP! magazine, themed "The Last Blast".
All CQWW QSOs, SSB and CW, by Radio Arcala stations will be confirmed on a single X-rated QSL card and via LoTW.
It is contesting time again at Radio Arcala.
73 Jarmo OH2BN