of attitude for specially protected natural areas demonstrates the RO3M team, which will be active since 10 UTC of August 28 until 12 UTC of August 30 from the Levashovsky zakaznik (natural reserve), RFF-0994 (ATNO!) on 160–10 m and 2 m CW and SSB.
Transceivers FT-950, IC-746, FT-991 and Flex 6200, an ACOM-1000 power amplifier will be used, antennas Inverted Vee for 160–80–40–30 M bands and Spiderbeam for 20–17–15–12–10 M bands will be deployed.
QSOs with RO3M/p during this period are also valid for: – RRNA: Knyaginya river R-46-0090; – RAFA: Levashovo airfield HA2Q; – RDA: Nekrasovsky district YR-20.
But what is the “great example”? Great example is in the fact that the RO3M team will clean from garbage area within a radius of 500 m from its location, for which they are prepared 100 garbage bags.
On April 14–17, during their trip to the North Pole, Martina DF3TS and Thomas DC8TM will be active on air from the “Barneo” drifting ice camp as RA/DF3TS/p and RA/DC8TM/p.
The future of the “Barneo” ice camp is unclear, and because of the catastrophically shrinking ice area in the Arctic Ocean, the possibility of establishing a QSO with any other drifting ice camp in the future is becoming increasingly doubtful. Thus, in a month there will be a unique chance to add on score the RFF-0176 — the “Severnyi Polyus” drifting ice polar station.
Martina and Thomas will be active SSB on the 40, 20 and 17 M bands with an emphasis on 20 m band, most likely around WWFF frequencies of 18.144, 14.244 and 7.144 kHz ±QRM, as well as FT8 on 40–30–20–17 M bands. Yaesu FT-991 100 watt transceiver with LiFePO4 batteries and vertical dipoles antennas will be used.
A short (~30 min) activity is planned from the Pole itself by the special callsign DP0LE (not RFF-0176) during the raid to the geographic North Pole.
Martina and Thomas will arrive to Svalbard (Longyearbyen town and airport) on April 10 and, pending a flight to “Barneo”, it is very likely they will appear on air as JW/DF3TS and JW/DC8TM until April 13 — IOTA EU-026 and, perhaps, some Norwegian WWFF reference not far away the town (there are 7 LAFF references on Svalbard, 5 of which have never been activated before).
individual activators by the number of RFF-references activated during the year;
all over the World hunters by the number of RFF-references credited for the year;
Russian hunters by the number of RFF-references credited for the year.
RFF Rating Rules:
1. The Ratings of RFF-activators and RFF-hunters are calculated on
the base of approved logs, submitted by the RFF-activators to RFF
log-manager. QSOs conducted since 00:00 UTC of January 01 and until
23:59 UTC of December 31 of the reviewed year are counted.
2. Any valid RFF references are counted for the Rating, regardless of
whether they were already credited to activators and hunters in
previous years or still not.
3. The activators rating considers only those references, where 44 or
more QSOs were conducted by the activator in the reviewed year.
Otherwise the reference is not taken into account in activator’s result
for reviewed year.
4. RFF references are credited to hunters on the basis of QSO records
in approved logs, submitted by activators, regardless of whether the
RFF reference is credited to the activator or not (see Section 3).
5. TOP-10 activators and TOP-44 hunters charts are published on the
website and updated as far as submitting and approving activators logs.
6. Activators logs are accepted for the Rating no later than January 5 of the year following the reviewed one.
7. The final results of the year are published on the website on January 15 of the year following the reviewed one.
the best RFF-hunter and best RFF-activator of the year are awarded with commemorative prizes;
RFF-hunters and RFF-activators, who took the II and III places, are awarded with commemorative certificates;
russian RFF-hunters, who took I–III places, are awarded with commemorative certificates.
RFF national coordinator and log-manager are not nominee for awarding.
9. The Rules of RFF Rating may be changed in any their part during
the current year. The changes are published on the website in the Rules
and take effect: — in terms of categories and awarding since the moment of publication depending on sponsoring; — in other parts since the next year beginning.
RFF-0015, hard-to-reach rare Bolshoy Arkticheskiy zapovednik is coming soon!
“Apostol Andrey” Yacht in the Arkhangelsk port water area.
As you know, a high-latitude sea expedition to the islands in the Kara Sea was started from Arkhangelsk (White Sea, R1O) in late August. On the “Apostol Andrey” yacht — an experienced captain, on board — a serious team of radio amateurs. Expedition plans, among other things, include working in the air as RI0B from several groups of Arctic islands: IOTA AS-054, AS-121, AS-104, AS-068, AS-087, AS-005.
All of these islands are part of the Bolshoy Arkticheskiy zapovednik (Great Arctic Nature Reserve) RFF-0015. This Nature Reserve was on air at the last time in 2010. Will it sound on the radio amateur air somewhen else in future — it is unknown.
Now the expedition is very close (4-5 days) to start RI0B activity from the most distant island.
RI0B operators will announce RFF-0015 reference number on air, it will be indicated on the QSL-card too. And we will upload the log of the expedition to WWFF LogSearch after the completion of the expedition and the safe return of all participants home.
We wish to all of you to conduct successful QSOs with new islands and a rare Nature Reserve! Besides that, this is also a good chance to catch up a still rare entity and Federal District for “Sanctuary Russia” Award and rare district for RDA.
Please be informed that the FF-activity of R25RFF call sign, scheduled for June 23 – July 5 — has nothing to do with RFF by WWFF. The announced “new one” RFF-200 and RFF-211 references are not valid for WWFF and RFF by WWFF, and references RFF-099 and RFF-067, even though they correspond to WWFF Directory, highly likely will not be credited for WWFF also.
The above-mentioned activity of R25RFF is held in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the Russian Robinson Club (RRC), who was the initiator of the Flora and Fauna movement in amateur radio, but abandoned their award program, at least about 5 years ago. QSO with R25RFF are valid only for anniversary RRC awards. For more information, contact the RRC directly.
The activity of RZ9SFF in the same period from the RFF-446 reference is announced under the WFF (not WWFF) program, therefore, highly likely it will not be credited for WWFF as well.