While the AGM took place in Bad-Bentheim your President met with two of our four Japanese Life members at the Tokyo Hamfair.
Our newest Life Member Martti OH2BH was also spotted at the Hamfair. Martti is in the Yaesu stand handing out memorial cards in honor to his farewell for DXpeditioning after 50-years of service. I can’t believe this is his last farewell. Martti we are proud to have you as EUDXF Life Member.
You may remember the statement I made in September 2012 when I visited Kosovo: “This is not about DXCC but to reintroduce amateur radio in Kosovo after more than 20 years”. The reintroduction of amateur radio in Kosovo is a fact and we hear Kosovar amateurs on the air often. We saw Z61FF and Z61VB alive in Friedrichshafen, where I invited them for a most enjoyable dinner and where they were introduced to several important players in our amateur radio community.
Kosovo as a DXCC entity is what DX-ers are really waiting for of course. The DXCC program is run by ARRL and under the current rules it is not possible to recognize Kosovo as a separate entity. I am pleased to notice that the ARLL Board of Directors at its July 2013 meeting asked that the DX Advisory Committee (DXAC) study and and if warranted, recommend changes to the DXCC rules. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.
What started as an empty stand, was soon filled with many people looking for a coffee and a chat. Jan DJ5AN did an excellent job running the EUDXF stand at Ham Radio 2013, assisted by Achim DF3EC, Jan DJ8NK, Babs DL7AFS, Margreet K2XYL, Rag LA5HE, Nicoletta XYL of PA0R, Ron PA3EWP. They put up the EUDXF flag at what must have been the highest spot in hall A. Thank you all!