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The Islamic Republic of Azawad - a new DXCC entity?

The “new” country of Azawad was “born” per a signed accord between the Tuareg people of the MNLA (Movement for the Liberation of Azawad) and the jihadists of Ansar Dine.  The political reasons leading to the founding of the two so diverse movements are still somewhat unclear, with the Tuareg proponents of a secular state and the other of radical Islam; with this accord, the foundation of an Islamic State.

The actual situation remains unclear, still awaiting the disposition of the international community; however, also that of neighboring Algeria, a secular state, strongly anti-jihadist, finding itself either in a limited position protecting its own borders or in one requiring intervention in the region.

Heathkit closing again

For those of us who grew up building Heathkits and hoped that the company would rebuild itself successfully, it looks as though there is no longer any hope.

The Heath Co. was founded in 1926 as an aircraft company but shifted its focus several times to remain competitive. After World War II the company switched to the electronics industry and bought a large surplus of wartime electronic parts to build kits. The company once employed as many as 1,800 people in the Twin Cities.

The article (link below) explains the bankruptcy and mentions how Steve Jobs was one of the thousands that were inspired by Heathkit. The two comments echo how many of us feel about the loss of the company.


[from the MorseCode mailing list]

Niue changes prefix from ZK2 to E6

On 2012, August 3, the ITU updated its Table of International Call Sign Series to reflect a call sign change for Niue Island. The island will now have the entire E6 prefix block. Niue, an island approximately 1700 miles northeast of New Zealand, is a self-governing island nation that has been in free association with New Zealand since 1974.

Prior to the change, the island used ZK2. Niue, which is about 1.5 times the size of Washington, DC, has a population of almost 600 people.

FOC - FOCUS75 Magazine

During the month of May 2013 the First Class CW Operators' Club hosted a CW QSO Party, FOC75, to help celebrate the Club's 75th Anniversary. This turned into a major CW fun event for the whole month. Over 60 stations around the world signed with the *FOC prefix, making over 200,000 CW QSOs and leading to over 1,600 applications for our commemorative certificate - well beyond our wildest dreams. This was a major tribute to Samuel Morse, Alfred Vail and to the Club's motto: "A man should keep his friendship in constant repair" (Samuel Johnson, 1709-1789).

FOC publishes a quarterly magazine for its members called "FOCUS", a high-quality magazine edited by Gabor, S57WJ. But this FOC75 event met with such huge success that we have decided to publish an extra edition, called "FOCUS75". FOC is pleased to share this special edition of our magazine with not only members but also anyone who enjoys CW. Just go to http://www.g4foc.org/ to down-load it. Read the whole story of this month-long celebration of Morse Code, especially the operating experiences around the world, and see photos of those who made it happen in a pull-out poster.

CW is alive and well and will remain so for at least the next 75 years - FOC will see to that!

73 de Roger/G3SXW,
FOC Committee Secretary.

Warning Key Entities Not To Use Windows 8

August 21st, 2013 - LEAKED: German Government Warns Key Entities Not To Use Windows 8 – Links The NSA

Wolf Richter - "A Special Surveillance Chip"

According to leaked internal documents from the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) that Die Zeit obtained, IT experts figured out that Windows 8, the touch-screen enabled, super-duper, but sales-challenged Microsoft operating system is outright dangerous for data security. It allows Microsoft to control the computer remotely through a built-in backdoor. Keys to that backdoor are likely accessible to the NSA – and in an unintended ironic twist, perhaps even to the Chinese.

The backdoor is called “Trusted Computing,” developed and promoted by the Trusted Computing Group, founded a decade ago by the all-American tech companies AMD, Cisco, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, and Wave Systems. Its core element is a chip, the Trusted Platform Module (TPM), and an operating system designed for it, such as Windows 8. Trusted Computing Group has developed the specifications of how the chip and operating systems work together.


The FOC QSO Party will be held on 25 March 2017

G8VGThe First Class CW Operators Club, with its roots, history and management in the UK, promotes good CW operating, activity, friendship and socialising via its worldwide membership of 500. The aim of the Club is to foster and encourage a high standard of CW operating ability and behaviour on the amateur radio bands.

The FOC QSO Party is held twice a year and is open to all radio amateurs world-wide. It's not a contest but, rather, an activity day in memory of Bill Windle, G8VG (SK), a past Chairman of FOC who was very keen that we should all be as active as possible on the bands. Stations participating in the BWQP should call "CQBW," in memory of Bill.

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T10VB Transnistria - no DXCC Credit

Vlad Bykov, UA4WHX activated this entity as T10VB. There is no DXCC credit, also the authority issued the call T10VB is still unknown as well as chances to become a new DXCC country.

Some info from http://www.transnistria.info/

Over 1000 people died in a fight for independent freedom in 1992, which was focused on Transnistria's administrative capital of Tiraspol. The fighting was dominated by the Russian army, who eventually brought it to an end.

The country of Moldova, inside which Transnistria is situated, protested the stationing of troops in the area - Transnistrians are more sympathetic to Russian ways than the Moldovans. Transnistria occupies a thin strip of land between the Dniestr River and Ukraine.

The Transnistrians say they are an independent country - they have their own bank notes, officials, a president and their own public holidays - most of the world, however, does not recognize them as an independent country.


The Most Complete List of TO & TX Stations

Here is a list of TO & TX Stations operating from French extraterritorial areas since 1987 till Oct. 2013..

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