Genuine XV/3W callsigns used by pirates

More reports seems to indicate that some pirates used real XV or 3W callsigns without any relation with their true owners (of course). Some old callsigns have been spotted used for digimodes QSOs (PSK) but currently attributed and active callsigns has been spotted while their real operator was not operating at that time.

If you think you worked a pirated callsign, please check the station’s QRZ.com page, check his online logs if they are available or contact him by e-mail.

Huy de XV2B is actively monitoring the clusters and PSK Reporter website about this.

Pirates using illegal 3W callsigns

This if an information from OM Huy de XV2B (VARC secretary).

It seems that some unidentified stations (pirates) are operating CW and digimodes (PSK31 and JT65) with unauthorized and illegal callsigns. Of course these will not be valid for any award or diploma.

In recent days, there are some CW-JT65-PSK31 activities on radio amateur band with unknown 3W callsign.
– The ship callsign: 3Wxx without the zone number.
– Illegal callsign: 3W0xxx, zone zero is not use.
– Fake callsign (?): received on zone 1-2 not 3.
– Fake callsign (!): not authorized from owner (XVxx).
Please attention.

First high altitude balloon flight in Viet-Nam

The FSpace team (leaded by XV9AA), having already achieved the successful launch of the F-1 cubesat, has now reached a new milestone. They have entirely succeeded in building, launching, tracking and recovering an high-altitude balloon using several Amateur Radio technologies like APRS.

FSpace balloon payloadThis is a rare event in Vietnam for several reasons, including the fact that civilian aviation regulations are not as developed as in western countries. This open the way for more experiments and will help the country to gain skills and experiences in aircraft and space technologies.

As facts, the balloon reached an altitude of about 70.000ft (more than 21 km), flew for more than 2 hours over 200 km. The two way trips to recover it by motorbike took longer…

The 15th IARU Region 3 Conference in the vietnamese press

IARU Region 3 ConferenceThere are nice and extensive articles about the last IARU Region 3 Conference which was held in Ho Chi Minh City earlier this month. Speaking personally, it was nice to meet many HAM from our neighbor countries but also from North America, South America and Europe. The atmosphere was friendly and the working sessions were productive. Emergency Communications were one of the most important topic and the various member society will collaborate on that matter.

By the way, this is also a more general article about HAM Radio and its development in Viet-Nam.

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