“Amateur Radio operators across the world are experiencing something we have never seen before, with the current COVID-19 pandemic,” Ellam said. “In times like this, on-the-air activities can benefit our communities and ourselves. Events such as this are important to improve operating skills. It is also encouraging us to get on the air and keep active, as well as promoting social distancing.”
Ellam expressed thanks to the national regulators in more than three dozen countries that made special stay-at-home-suffix call signs available for Amateur use.
Sponsoring the event and campaign are the Finnish Amateur Radio League (SRAL), in cooperation with Araucaria DX Group (ADXG) of Brazil, and Radio Arcala (OH8X) in Finland.
UN Amateur Radio Club President James Sarte, K2QI, has said that 4U1UN will be on the air to support of the global STAY HOME movement, as will sister stations 4U1GSC (operated as 4U9STAYHOME) and 4U1A (operated as 4U2STAYHOME).
Headed by Ria Jairam, N2RJ, and Peter Dougherty, W2IRT, special event station W2I/STAYHOME also will be on the air, operating CW, SSB, and FT8 simultaneously. (Jairam is ARRL Hudson Division Director.)
The STAYHOME event is set to get underway at 1000 UTC on Saturday, June 6, concluding 24 hours later. Bands involved will be 80, 40, 20, 15, and 10 metres, with CW, SSB and digital (FT4/FT8 only) stations invited. Exchange a signal report and operator age, except for FT4/FT8 reports.
Awards and certificates in the various operating categories will be available.
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