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Cornwall GKEarlier this year, representatives of some radio amateurs in Cornwall, UK approached Ofcom (The UK government dept regulating the radio spectrum) to request temporary use of the Regional Secondary Locator “K” for Kernow, the Cornish word for Cornwall, following the recognition of the Cornish People under the Framework Convention on National Minorities. Ofcom has agreed to this request and will permit amateurs with a main station address in Cornwall use of the RSL “K” throughout 2016. An example may be GK0XXX or MK0ABC.

Although the operation on the 60 m band in OK still requires a special license, the number of applicants is now unlimited (in 2014 was the number of licenses limited to 10!).

Officially licensed amateur radio operators may now use their call sign as their alternate name, or nickname, on their individual Facebook profiles. This thanks to Richard Bobbitt, NW7OR, who recently organized a petition drive on the social media site in the hope of achieving this goal.

It turned out that Jeff Ferland, KB1PNB, who works at the Facebook Headquarters in Menlo Park, California found the petition on an amateur radio Facebook Group to which he belongs. After doing a bit of research Ferland wrote the necessary code, then got it reviewed and approved.

To add your call Bobitt says to go to go to “Settings”, then click on “Edit Your Name.” In the middle of the page you will see the words “Alternate Name.” That’s where you can add your callsign.

Bobbitt says that the petition was originally the idea of Richard Allcorn, KW7PTL, without whom, this may not have happened so easily and quickly. Over 1000 hams on Facebook signed the petition within the first week or so after it was posted on the various Facebook ham radio pages.


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

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.


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.

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.


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.