RAL president awarded Yasme Excellence award

Hani Raad - OD5TERadio Amateurs of Lebanon, (RAL) president, Hani Raad, OD5TE, has been awarded with the 2016 Yasme Foundation Excellence award for his work advancing Amateur Radio in Lebanon and the Arabic speaking  region. The success of amateur radio depends on there being active amateurs on the air, demonstrating its value in both technical excellence and public service.

More details on Yasme Foundation Awards  and click 2016.

Well desered recogintion for Hani's devotion and contribution to Amateur Radio's advancement over the last 36 years. He is the current President of the Radio Amateurs of Lebanon (RAL), Lebanon’s National Amateur Radio Society, and was the Internaitonal Amateur RAdio Union Region 1 Vice President (2011-2014). 


Hani holds Amateur Radio Licenses in Lebanon (OD5TE), Jordan (JY8HR), Switzerland (HB9ERL) and USA (AA3EI). He held numerous Amateur Radio related roles throughout the years including: The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 1 monitoring Service Coordinator, The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) Maryland District of Columbia (MDC) Section Emergency Coordinator and official Observer, The George Washington University Amateur Radio Club President and MADRAS Vice-president.

He is a certified ARRL Chief Examiner and W5YI Commercial Radio Examiner and recipient of the DX-Century Award and various recognition awards through Amateur Radio Service from The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) for outstanding service to Amateur Radio Community and from The American Red Cross, US Marine Corps, US Army, Washington DC Office of Emergency Preparedness and Military district of Washington for outstanding service through Amateur Radio at time of disaster.

Hani is active from Beirut on most bands and mode. He holds a degree in Electrical Engineering for the George Washington University, Washington DC and is currently Cisco's General Manager for the Levant region.  

Happy Independence Day

David Sumner, K1ZZ appointed as IARU Secretary

The ARRL Board of Directors has designated David Sumner, K1ZZ, to replace Rod Stafford, W6ROD as IARU Secretary effective 15 October 2016 following the retirement of Rod after seven years of service in that position. The IARU Constitution provides that the member-society serving as the International Secretariat, i.e. the ARRL, shall designate the Secretary.

Dave has served in this capacity twice previously, from 1982 to 1989 and from 1999 to 2009, while employed by the ARRL to manage its headquarters. Now retired from employment, he joins the other IARU officers and Administrative Council members in serving as a volunteer.

​IARU President Tim Ellam, VE6SH, has appointed Mr. Stafford as Emergency Communications Special Advisor. In this capacity he will represent the interests of the IARU and the global amateur radio community in the Development Sector of the ITU and will offer advice and counsel on matters relating to emergency and disaster response communications.

The IARU Administrative Council has also honored outgoing Secretary Rod Stafford, W6ROD, with the Michael J. Owen, VK3KI Memorial Award at the conclusion of his seven years of service in that office. Stafford was recognized for his more than three decades of devoted volunteer service to organized amateur radio, including five years as ARRL President and a decade on the IARU Region 2 Executive Committee that included three years as Region 2 President.

Source: IARU

RAL General Assembly and Executive Committee Elections



Radio Amateurs of Lebanon (RAL) General Assembly and new Executive Committee (EC) elections will be held on:

Date: December 10, 2016 at 3:00PM

Location: Saint-Joseph University USJ, Mathaf, Human Sciences Campus, Bloc A, 3rd Floor, Room A311

Candidates interested in running fr office need to submit a completed candidadcy applicaton to RAL secretary (OD5RI)  by November 30, 2016.



Lebanon Amateur Radio Exams

On October 16, 2016, Lebanon's Ministry of Telecommunications (MOT) administered a long awaited Amateur Radio licensing exam at OGERO's training center in Beirut. Around 50 Amateur Radio enthusiasts went through the testing session with lots of thrill and excitement. 

A special appreciation goes out to Dr. Abdel Moneim Youssef (MOT Secretary General) and the examination and organizing committee that included: Dr. Majid Abdulrahman, Dr. Khaled Mawass, Dr. Imad Abou Rached (OGERO), Eng. Antoine Aoun; Eng. Khaled Chaaban, Mr. Yasser Barham and Mr. George Andraos. 

RAL members supported the session and had a booth and a demo Amateru Radio Station setup supported by OD5HP, OD5KU, OD5RI, OD5RW, OD5TE, OD5TX, OD5UE, OD5UI, OD5YL.

Click here to view pictures from the event.  

IARU Region 1 Medals Awarded

The IARU Region 1 Medal has been awarded to the following radio amateurs for their meritorious service and their valued contribution to and support of Amateur Radio

Hans Blondeel Timmerman, PB2T
Hani Raad, OD5TE
Andreas Thiemann, HB9JOE
Panayot Danev, LZ1US
Nikola Perčin, 9A5W
Michael Kastelic, OE1MCU
Martin Harrison, G3USF

IARU Region 1 Medals Awarded

The IARU Region 1 Medal has been awarded to the following radio amateurs for their meritorious service and their valued contribution to and support of Amateur Radio
Hans Blondeel Timmerman, PB2T
Hani Raad, OD5TE
Andreas Thiemann, HB9JOE
Panayot Danev, LZ1US
Nikola Perčin, 9A5W
Michael Kastelic, OE1MCU
Martin Harrison, G3USF



Tue, 12/03/2013 - 06:01 — eurao

For the 3rd time in the world, "THE DAY OF YLs" 18 and 19 May 2013.

This weekend is intended to gather on the air all amateur radio women around the world and of course all OM are invited to participate.


Organiser: Carine F5ISY, Sandra HK3JJB, Petra DF5ZV, Katie WY7KRA, Dunia EA8MT, Helga IN3FHE

Aim of this day: To promote YLs activity around the world

Time: 2013-05-18 06h00 UTC to 2013-05-19 18h00 UTC

Bands: 3,5 - 7 - 14 - 21 - 28 MHz & for the first time VHF also but outside the relays, of course.

To help competitors to find each other we propose to use frequencies +/- 10 kHz from the following activity center frequencies:

  • CW: 3.533, 7.033, 14.033, 21.033 and 28.033 MHz
  • RTTY: 3.588, 7.044, 14.088, 21.088 and 28.088 MHz
  • SSB: 3.733, 7.133, 14.213, 14.240, 14.300, 21.233, 21.400 and 28.433 MHz

Modes: CW, SSB, RTTY

Exchanges: RS(T) + YL/OM (e.g. 59(9)+ YL/OM)
The same station may be worked once on each band and mode

Award: An award will be issued to all participants (SWLs also) who has contacted or heard for the 33 points with YLs (pdf file):

  • For OM / YL 2 points
  • For YL/ YL 3 points
  • For YL / OM 1 point

Results will be published separately for OM and YLs according to the number of YLs logged

Logs: Mail log to f5isy at not later than 2013-06-26
Mail object: call + OM/YL + Number of YL contacted + Total number of QSO

Log software

You can use also and many tnx N1MM for that: &DOYLSRTTY.udc

La radioamateur

IARU Announces Frequencies for Korean Ham Radio CubeSat OSSI

The IARU amateur radio satellite frequency coordination panel has announced the frequencies for the OSSI-1 CubeSat developed by Hojun Song DS1SBO. Artist and radio amateur Hojun Song DS1SBO has spent 7 years developing his Open Source Satellite Initiative satellite OSSI-1. He has designed and developed it from scratch using readily available components rather than expensive space qualified hardware. It has a beacon in the 145 MHz band, a data communications transceiver in the 435 MHz band and carries a 44 watt LED optical beacon to flash Morse Code messages to observers on Earth. OSSI-1 is planned to launch on April 30, 2013 into a 575 km 64.9° inclination orbit on a Soyuz-2-1b rocket from the Baikonur launch facility in Kazakhstan along with the Bion-M1, SOMP, BEESAT 2, BEESAT 3 and Dove-2 satellites. The IARU amateur satellite frequency coordination panel has announced frequencies for a downlink on 145.980 MHz and an uplink/downlink on 437.525 MHz. Video – How the Amateur Radio Satellite OSSI-1 Works Watch the BBC TV report: Korean artist has high hopes for his homemade satellite OSSI CubeSat in New Scientist Magazine Hojun Song DS1SBO visited London to give a well received presentation on his CubeSat to WIRED 2012 Data Format for Korean OSSI CubeSat Open Source Satellite Initiative (OSSI)
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