OD5SIX 2008 Spots

EA6VQ     50078.0 OD5SIX      KM74(ES>JM19 519                            1619 09 May 2008
EA6SX     50077.0 OD5SIX/B    JN81(E>JM19 IN AND OUT QSB     1742 09 May 2008
SV8CS     50077.4 OD5SIX      599                                                          1804 12 May 2008
YU1AA     50077.1 OD5SIX/B    599 in KN04et                                      0947 15 May 2008
IT9RZR    50077.0 OD5SIX/B    BOOMING                                             1150 17 May 2008
IK0FTA    50078.0 OD5SIX      bcn 559 in jn61                                       1218 17 May 2008
IK0FTA    50078.0 OD5SIX      bcn 559 in jn61                                       1218 17 May 2008
I7CSB     50078.0 OD5SIX/BCN  NOW VERY STRONG IN JN71       1452 17 May 2008
I7CSB     50078.0 OD5SIX/BCN  NOW VERY STRONG IN JN71       1452 17 May 2008
EA6DX     50078.0 OD5SIX                                                                         1715 17 May 2008
EA6DX     50078.0 OD5SIX                                                                         1715 17 May 2008

Hams called to action in aftermath of China Quake


On Monday, May 12 at 0628 UTC, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake hit Sichuan, China. According to the Chinese Radio Sports Association (CRSA), the Chinese IARU Member-Society, has designated the following frequencies for emergency services involved in the rescue: 14.270, 7.050 and 7.060 MHz.


Amateur radio stations in the disaster area and surrounding areas if in working conditions should be used unconditionally to assist the local earthquake disaster relief authorities, and subject to permission by the said authorities, to provide communications services to them. For emergency communications purposes, amateur radio stations may also be used to pass messages for local residents on a temporary basis until local telecommunications services resume. Amateur radio stations of all regions should give way to and stand by for emergency communications. 


The Radio Amateurs of Lebanon (RAL) encourages all Lebanese amateurs to be aware of the emergency operations on those frequencies and extend their support in the relief efforts.


The CRSA Web site reports the following:


"On the afternoon of May 12, 2008, Wenchuan Area of China's Sichuan province was struck by an earthquake. Communications in some of the surrounding areas are currently cut off, and communications in some other areas are experiencing network congestion because of drastically increased traffic.

Read more: Hams called to action in aftermath of China Quake

World Amateur Radio 2008


Each year on the anniversary of its founding, April 18, the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) marks World Amateur Radio Day.On this, the 83rd anniversary of its inaugural meeting in Paris, the IARU dedicates World Amateur Radio Day to the radio amateurs, educators and administrators who use Amateur Radio to support technology education in the classroom.

This year's theme for World Amateur Radio Day is "Amateur Radio: A Foundation of Technical Knowledge." World Amateur Radio Day. It was also an opportunity to RAL for publicizing Amateur Radio through the Media Channels to the interested public that may not be familiar with ham radio activities.



Two major articles were published on Friday April 18 in Annahar and Al-Hayat newspapers:


There was also a 3 minute coverage of the news on Future TV in "Akhbar Al Sabah" at 8:15 am Beirut time.

Special appreciation goes out to everyone who participated and supported this media campaign: OD5KU-Elie, OD5KZ-Carmen, OD5NH-Puzant, OD5NJ-Gaby, OD5QY/EL2BN-Bassam, OD5RW-John, OD5SX-Nabil, OD5TX-Michel, K4ELE-Elie, VE3MYN-Munir.

Amateur Radio on FUTURE TV


As part of the Amateur Radio Day promotion, Amateur Radio was  presented on FUTURE TV on Saturday April 19, 2008 @ 9:30am on MEGA  -  Aalam Al Sabah (Presenter: Mr. Amer Tabsh).

Click here to see the recording

Click here to see the feedback on forum

Amateur Radio on Al-Jazeera TV

Amateur Radio was presented on Al-Jazeera TV on Sunday April 6, 2008 @ 9:30am Beirut time. The same show was repeated on Monday the 7th at 6:30am Beirut time.


Program: Hadeeth Al Sabah
Presenter: Ms. Jilnar Moussa
Producer/Director: Mrs. Ihsan Al-Habbal (Daughter of OD5HP - Amin Al-Habbal)

A special thanks goes out to Al-Jazeera team for their interest and coverage on Amateur Radio and especially to Mrs Habbal who has always been a great promoter.


New RAL Homepage Launched

Welcome to the new RAL Homepage!

This homepage will provide you,  beside information and activities on amateur radio in Lebanon, the following key sections:

- RAL members only section where members can access  RAL related official material and archives
- RAL forum allowing Hams to interact with each other
- RAL Photo Gallery giving the chance to the various Hams to share Amateur Radio related pictures
- RAL Calendar where you can track various Amateur Radio events in one place.
- RAL online callbook (coming soon)

Beside the Homepage, RAL released:

- Amateur Radio License Training Guide to prepare newcomers for the upcoming exams
- Amateur Radio Brochure to be used in promoting Amateur Radio.

On behalf of the Executive Committee we welcome you to your RAL virtual space.

73 - OD5TE, Hani
RAL President

Interference on 5B4CY repeater

Complaints have been reported regarding interference on the input of 5B4CY repeater coming from Lebanon.

Repeater Frequencies/Tone are:  144.125 +600 KHz  T88.5

All monitoring stations are requested to submit their feedback ASAP to OD5RI (RAL Monitoring Service Coordinator) in order to submit the complaint accordingly to the local Authorities.

Russian TV Channel - 2006 War Coverage


People look at it as a strange hobby until a war or a disaster occurs. When the whole country is cut from the rest of the world their strange hobby may become the only mean of communication.  

 CQ twenty meters! This is Oscar Delta Five Tango Echo! 

It means Lebanon is on the air. When Israeli missiles bombarded Lebanon, the whole radio amateurs’ world waited for these calls. During the bombings, main communication assets failed in lots of areas. Amateur Radio Operators were available for support and capable of operating under the most extreme circumstances. Numerous messages were relayed varying from welfare to urgent messages. 

Once the country was attacked, an emergency net was activated and manned for the duration of the war with the support of the fellows Amateur Radio Operators around the Globe. Situation became so dangerous as communication towers were a main target for missiles. Some hams were forced to bring their towers and antennas down and operate through alternative antennas such as simple wire antennas.   

George and Maria did not leave their radio shack during the 33 days of bombing. They say it’s very convenient when there are two radio amateurs in the family: “you can always find a substitute at the microphone.” Says George – OD5QB 

“This is very good. Everybody realizes, what means to be a radio amateur, especially now. Our son is much interested in this. I believe he will become a radio amateur. And I will help him to succeed in that.” Says George – OD5QB 

Radio Amateurs, aka Hams from all around the world helped Lebanese Hams in passing and delivering messages worldwide.  

“This is the spirit of amateur radio. We are always ready to help each other, especially in such emergency situation. When all communication means fail, Amateur radio the solution.” Sayd Maria – OD5QT

A whole month there was no bombing in Lebanon and even now it is hard to make a phone call to Russia, because connection is too bad. But you can easily speak to Russia at any time with the help of amateur radio station. And everybody who will listen to you certainly asks, if you need any help. And everybody will transmit “7” and “3” that means “best wishes” among radioamateurs.

“Yes, Vasilly, thank you very much. Good bye and 73 .“ That’s it. They can hear us in Russia. 

Kirill Polinin – UA6CT, Denis Alekseyev, Channel One, Russia.

Translated by : OD5TE , Hani  - Sept 2006


RAL Participates in Davos 2005

OD5RI - Riri has represented RAL at the Davos, Switzerland Conference 2005 and was Elected IARU Region 1 Information Programme for Handicapped Radio Amateurs (IPHA) coordinator.

CQ OD Q1 2008

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