OD5F - Sixth Francophone Games Amateur Radio Special Event Station

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 Lebanon will be hosting the Sixth Francophone Games, which will be held in Beirut from 27th of September to 6th of October 2009. The Radio Amateur of Lebanon (RAL) will be sponsoring a special event Amateur Radio Station “OD5F” from September 26 till October 31, 2009 commemorating the event.

The Francophone games are held every 4 years, with the participation of 3,000+ athletes, youths and artists from 56 French speaking countries and 14 observer countries. It is a popular sports and art festival.

QSLs will be handled by the RAL QSL bureau. RAL will have a special QSL card for the event.

If you like to participate or have more information on OD5F operation, please send an email to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

You can also follow the games on Twitter, Youtube and Facebook .

Click here to see the related TV commercial in French or Arabic

Dinner gathering hosted by OD5OT

 OD5OT - Hassan's vacation in Lebanon was crowned with a gathering at Maysoun Restaurant on July 28, 2009. Among the Hams and SWLs who responded to the invitation are: OD5ET - Joe, OD5HP - Amin, OD5KM - George, OD5KU - Elie, OD5OT - Hassan, OD5PN - Jamil, OD5TE - Hani, OD5QB - George, OD5TX - Michel, OD5YL - Louisette and Eddy (SWL). Pictures from the event are available in the RAL Photo Album. Hassan is back in Dubai and will be missed among us.

The 2009 Ham Radio at Friedrichshafen

The 2009 Ham Radio at Friedrichshafen, Germany, ended with official attendance figures at 17,400. RAL president OD5TE-Hani in his role as IARU Region 1 Executive committee member attended the Exhibition from June 26 to 28, 2009. The trip started with a stop in Zurich hosted by HB9JOE - Andy and HB9ELF - Yvonne that presented OD5TE with a Swiss callsign HB9ERL.

The trip included visits to HB9VC - Swissair Amateur Radio Club, HB5FE - Swiss Air Force Amateur Radio Club. HB9W meeting.

At the Ham Radio Exhibition in Friedrichshafen Dr. Larry Price - W4RA named President Emeritus of IARU and IARU Region 1 Monitoring System Coordinator DK2OM - Wolf received recognition for his outstanding contribution in the defense of the Amateur Radio spectrum.

More information are available on the IARU Region 1 Homepage.

Pictures from the trip are posted in the RAL Photo Gallery.

IARU Region 1 Launches a new website

IARU R1 LogoOn the accasion of the World Amateur Radio Day, The International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 (IARU Region 1) unveiled a fully redesigned Homepage that offers a lot of functionalities and will allow various IARU Region 1 Working Groups to post and edit news.

The IARU Region 1 Homepage, also offers a forum  that brings the ham community together in discussions related to Amateur Radio.

IARU Region 1 page registration is open to all the Hams. Visit and register today.

World Amateur Radio Day 2009

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On the occasion of the World Amateur Radio Day, Al-Balad Local newspaper has released a full page article (Download in pdf) describing Amateur Radio and its benefits in the Emergency Services. (Go to article here).


Amateur Radio: Your Resource in Disaster and Emergency Communication

Each year on 18 April, radio amateurs celebrate World Amateur Radio Day. On that ‎day in 1925 the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) was founded. In 2009, ‎the theme of the event is Amateur Radio: Your Resource in Disaster and ‎Emergency Communication.‎

Read more: WORLD AMATEUR RADIO DAY - April 18, 2009

Amateur Radio on Al 'An TV

OD5YL - Louisette (RAL Executive Committee member) in TV Interview promoting Amateur Radio on Al 'AN Satellite TV in May 2008 (Reporter:  Ms. Jihane Al Awar).

Click here to see the recording

Arab Societies secure a seat on the IARU R1 Executive Committee

OD5TEAt the 21st Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 1 General conference in Cavtat, Croatia, Arab member societies successfully secured a seat in the IARU Region 1 Executive Committee repressing 92 countries in Africa, Europe and the Middle East. OD5TE – Hani will be on the Executive committee for a 3 years term receiving the highest number of votes among other members. This would have not been possible without the extraordinary work done by the Arab Societies and especially of the participating delegates: 7X2RO – Afif, A41KB – Abdullah, A41LK – Fahd, A61M – Mohammed, DL1BDF – Mustafa, OD5RI - Riri, OD5TE – Hani, SU1KM – Mohamed, IARS Iraq (by Proxy).  Other member societies have endorsed OD5TE to be on the executive committee.

Total voting Societies including proxies were 50 and the final results were as follows: 

President:          Hans Blondeel Timmerman – PB2T
Vice President: Mustafa Diop – 6W1KI
Secretary:          Dennis Green – ZS4BS
Treasurer:         Andreas Thiemann – HB9JOE
Members:          Panayot Danev – LZ1US (32 Votes)                           
                            Betty Magnin – F6IOC (36 Votes)                           
                            Nikola Percin – 9A5W (33 Votes)                           
                            Hani Raad – OD5TE (39 Votes)                            
                            Colin Thomas – G3PSM (24 Votes) 


Congratulations to all on such an achievement that was only possible when being aligned and working together. Radio Amateurs of Lebanon (RAL) Executive Committee and its members extends it sincere appreciation to the Arab Societies and the rest of IARU Region 1 society members for the trust and support given to its president, OD5TE – Hani to represent them on the IARU Region 1 Executive Committee.

Sun City, South Africa will host the next IARU Region 1 Conference in 2011.


OD5RI Elected as IARU R1 IPHA Coordinator

OD5RICongratulations are in order to OD5RI- Riri for being re-elected at the International ‎Amateur Radio Union Region 1 General Conference, as the Information Programme for ‎Handicapped Amateurs (IPHA) coordinator for the next 3 years.

We are proud of this achievement and wish Riri the best wishes and success as the IPHA ‎coordinator and looking forward for the Arab Amateur Radio Societies to have an active role ‎in the program and support Riri in his task. ‎

IARU Region 1 Conference 2008 - Cavtat, Croatia

IARU R 1 General Conference - Cavtat 2008 Group Picture

The 21st  IARU Region 1 General conference in Cavtat, Croatia has started. The opening ceremony  began with 9A5K - Kresimir Kovarik, President of the Hrvatski Radioamterski Savez (HRS) welcoming all delegates and invited guests. Guest from outside the IARU on the stage were Ms. Mira Buconjic, County Mayor of Dubrovnik-Neretva Country, Mr. Krešo Antonović, Director of Electronic Communications and Postal Service Directorate, Ministry of Sea, Transport and Infrastructure, Croatia and Mr. Miljenko Krvišek President, Croatian Agency for Telecommunications and Post.

Radio Amateurs of Lebanon (RAL) delegation represented by RAL president OD5TE - Hani is attending the Conference with OD5RI - Riri (RAL IARU Coordinator and Information Programme for Handicapped Amateurs (IPHA) IARU Region 1 Coordinator).  Arab Societies present are:  AMATEURS RADIO ALGERIENS (ARA) - 7X2RO, Afif; CLUB CENTRAL D’AMATEUR RADIO SCOUTS TUNISIEN (CAST) - DL1BDF, Mustafa; EGYPT-AMATEURS RADIO ASSEMBLY (EARA) - SU1KM, Mohamed; Emirates Amateur Radio Society(EARS) - A61M, Mohammed; ROYAL OMANI AMATEUR RADIO SOCIETY (ROARS) - A41KB, Abdullah and A41LK, Fahd. Over 150 delegates (View delegates list) from Member Societies, Observers and Official administrations..  ‎

IARU REGION 1 STAMPThe Croatian Post has issued a postage stamp commemorating the event. The stamp will ‎be sold for 3.50 HRK (about 0.50 EUR) ‎ The IARU Region 1 General Conference is taking place in Cavtat, Croatia from 16 to 21 November 2008 and a special Event Station 9AØIARU will be active on the air during the event.


Check the RAL Photo Album for pictures taken at  the Conference. 

Click to Download the Late/revised papers for the conference

Click here to Download the recently released IARU Ethics & Operating procedures(500K)

300 Lebanese Scouts to participate this weekend in the largest event on the airwaves


The Radio Amateurs of Lebanon (RAL) in association with the Lebanese Scouting Federation will be participating this weekend in the 51st Jamboree-On-The-Air (JOTA) / 12th Jamboree-On-The-Internet that will take place between 18 and19 October 2008.

Over 300 scouts from 29 scouting associations in Lebanon are expected to participate this year. JOTA will operate under OD5RAL on HF all bands and through Echolink Node: 70784 (OD5TE-R). The Amateur Radio station will be operated by Licensed Amateur Radio operators. 

JOTA/JOTI is an annual event that occurs every year on the third full weekend of October where hundreds of thousands of Scouts and Guides all over the world exchange greetings, learn about each others' country and culture, swap program ideas and make new friends by means of amateur radio over the airwaves and the internet. This Jamboree-On-The-Air (JOTA) is the largest annual event for Scouts.

JOTA/JOTI start at 00.00 hours Beirut time on Saturday and concludes 48 hours later at 24.00 hours Beirut time on Sunday. 

This a unique opportunity for each individual Scout to get the real feeling of belonging to a worldwide movement.

Click here to see the Picture Album from the JOTA 2008 Event

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