Encourage use of D-STAR protocol in RF and IP around the globe as well as the picture sending functions available for newer generation D-STAR radios
The goal of the D-STAR QSO PARTY is to increase use of D-STAR communications in direct, via a repeater / repeaters as well as any Internet relayed voice communication means using D-STAR protocol. Exchanging pictures in a data mode will gain the highest points.
All the operators who submit an approved log will be given a Party Certificate (PDF file). Operators who submit an approved log with at least 30 points worth of communications will be eligible for the prize draw.
Winners will be randomly selected to each win a prize. The more D-STAR QSO’s you make, the more chances you have to win. Please refer to the entry QSO point rules below.
10 points: Exchange pictures by D-STAR data mode in addition to voice communication
5 points : Direct, via a D-STAR repeater or D-STAR repeaters (Callsign routing) voice communication between D-STAR radios
1 point : Any other means between any devices using D-STAR protocol either in IP or RF (including use of reflectors / internet relayed non-radio terminals)
Note: QSO between the same station can be counted only once in a day.
More info will be published on December 15 or contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
November 11 - 2023 Remembrance Day
From Flanders Field American Cemetery and Memorial
September 2023 - August 2024
Ireland 32 Counties Natural Beauty Activation Tour
We are starting our 32 Ireland counties SOTA, POTA, IOTA, Lighthouse Tour around September 20.
For more info visit EI4FOTA on qrz.com
AUGUST 25 - FOTA - Friends On The Air
Irish DX and Contest Station Coming Soon
We have been very busy over the last year and our 'paradise' FOTA HAMcation DX and Contest Station
is nearing completion. Situated in an idyllic location in County Kerry, amidst beautiful mountain ranges and 4 mile long nearby beaches our EI4FOTA station will be operational autumn 2023.
We will be able to give our 500 members from 34 countries a
Céad Mile Fáilte
(one hundred thousand welcomes)
More info on our 32 counties of Ireland Natural Beauty activation tour can be found on qrz.com
Friendly regards, Stefaan
JUNE 4 - Return to Paradise Part 3 - Ireland Islands Tour
We hereby confirm that we will be activating a few Irish Islands between June 20 and July 15.
We have HAM accommodation in Connemara. We start with Inishboffin island.
Contact us on email@example.com for more info. Book your flights early! We will pick you up in luxury transport.
JULY 4 update - Activating Connemara National park
POTA EI-0004 on July 8 and 9
MAY 20 - ID9/OP8L Stromboli Island/Volcano
We now finished the activation of POTA I-0289 Stromboli Island/Volcano with 482 QSO and 47 DXCC.
MAY 25-26-27 activation of Egadi islands
May 28-29 activation of Ustica island.
In coperation with IIA, Italian Islands Award.
MAY 17 - ID9/OP8L Stromboli Island/Volcano
First attempt to make QSO's from volcano was interrupted by volcanic activity. We will make second and third attempt on Friday May 19 and Saturday May 20, weather permitting. 73, Stefaan
MAY 2- MAY 31
A Quick post to confirm we have arrived and it's happening.
May 4 to May 10
Starting with ETNA at the Silvestri Crater at 1800 meter followed by a summit activation.
May 15 to May 20 - Stromboli ... first from the beach and then as high as possible towards the eruptions!
Logging on QRZ.com IT9/OP8L - ID9/OP8L - I8/OP8L
Above are pictures from ETNA at the Silvestri Crater at 1800 meter.
Below are pictures from 3000 meter activation @ -3
MAY 20 - MAY 26
We will activate POTA I-1539 Favignana Natura 2000
IOTA EU-054 Egadi Islands
MARCH 26 - APRIL 16
The return to paradise!
After last year's success with the activation of Skellig Island
we are returning to Ireland for the activation of a few islands and summits. Tune in to hear us form the top of Croagh Patrick!
73, OP8L and the other team members of FOTA.
MAY 1 - MAY 30
FOTA Goes Volcanoes !
Activation of Vesuvius, Etna and Stromboli volcanoes.
QRP ! Icom IC-705 and ATAS-25 Mobile vertical antenna.
Not only OP8L but multiple operators will be active.
Our International Friends On The Air Magazine
about DXpeditions, SOTA, POTA and IOTA and the perfect companion to our FOTA LIVE Guest Videomeetings.
2023 will be a very ACTIVE year, 73 OP8L
STEM - World Heritage Sites
Between April 2023 and November 2024 FOTA - Friends On The Air will be visiting all EU countries and organising special activations in/around UNESCO World Heritage Sites. This in cooperation with local authorities, radio operators and STEM schools. We will combine POTA (Parks On The Air) outdoor activities with cultural heritage and promoting new ways of communications to students within the EU.
All schools can contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
We are now in the planning stages of this project.
This website will be redesigned soon.
December 12 - 16 - Activating Parks On The Air - ON-0521
Multiple Days, Multiple Operators - Multiple Bands
OCTOBER 15-16 Parks On The Air Autumn Weekend from ON-0518
SEPTEMBER 5 Lauwersmeer Dark Sky Reserve
SEPTEMBER 6-7 Roskilde Heritage Viking Museum
SEPTEMBER 8 - World Heritage Site Grimeton Radio Station
SEPTEMBER 10-16 - Aland Islands - Activation
SEPTEMBER 30 OCTOBER 7 (Weather Permitting) - Northcape - Activation
PAST & RESCHEDULED ACTIVATIONS
MARCH - CHAMONIX SOTA ACTIVATIONS at 3900 Meter Altitude
JULY - MONT ST. MICHEL UNESCO World Heritage Site Activation
This has been rescheduled for late September Activation
MAY - UNESCO World Heritage Site - Skellig Island Activation