JA's Special Event / ARISS School Contact Stations in FY2006
Operating Month(s) Call
Sign
EventAccurate
Operating
Period
20062007
AMJJAS ONDJFM
AMJ JAS OND JFM 8J1S
(Fixed)
The Centurial Anniversary of World Scouting Mar. 1, 2006 - Mar. 31, 2008
8J100S
(Mobile)
AMJJAS        8N3YTakasago-city Yonedanishi Elementary School ARISS School Contact Feb. 1 - Mar. 31, 2006
Apr. 12 - Sept. 30, 2006
A             8N1MOMO Koga-city Momo (or Peach) FestivalMar. 1 - Apr. 5, 2006
A             8J10Y The 10th Anniversary of Yoshikawa-city Apr. 1 - 30, 2006
AM            8N6HIGO The 48th JARL Annual General Meeting in Kumamoto (having the old prefecture name Higo)Apr. 1 - May 28, 2006
AM            8J6HAMThe 5th Nishinihon (or West Japan) Ham FairApr. 1 - May 28, 2006
AMJ           8N3HAMThe 11th Kansai Amateur Radio FestivalApr. 1 - June 11, 2006
AMJ           8J0N The 100th Anniversary of Nagaoka-cityApr. 1 - June 30, 2006
AMJJAS O      8N3KNojigiku (or Chrysanthemum japonense) Hyogo Kokutai (or The 61st National Sports Festival)Apr. 1 - Oct. 10, 2006
AMJJAS O      8N6SRQ The Saruku Urban Walking Tour Expo 2006
(Saruku: A dialect around Nagasaki, meaning "Saunter")
Apr. 1 - Oct. 29, 2006
AM            8J6DON Hakata Dontaku Port FestivalApr. 29 - May 5, 2006
 M            8J8JNActivating Amateur Radio among Our JuniorsMay 1 - 7, 2006
 M            8J4BARAFukuyama Rose (or Bara) FestivalMay 1 - 31, 2006
 M            8J1ITUThe 38th ITU DayMay 1 - 31, 2006
 MJ             8J1P QRP DayMay 12 - June 30, 2006
8J3P
8J4P
8J5P
8J6P
 M            8N3DNPDempa no Hi (or Radiowave Day)May 14 -, 2006
 MJ           8N5JG Deutschland (or Germany) in Japan 2005/2006May 21 - June 30, 2006
  J           8J8JTG 2006 Joho Tsushin Gekkan
(or Information Telecommunication Month)
June 1 - 18, 2006
  JJ          8N4OKI The Opening of New Oki Airport June 1 - July 31, 2006
  JJA         8J5TOSA Tosa 240,000-koku Expo

(Tosa is an old name of Kochi-prefecture.

A koku is a unit for measuring rice that's about 180 liters, 150 kilograms or 5 bushels, which is enough to feed one person for one year.
In the Edo period (1603-1867), the wealth of a clan was measured by the number of koku its land produced.)
June 1 - Aug. 31, 2006
  JJAS        8J4CMHiroshima Children's Museum ARISS School Contact June 8 - Sept. 7, 2006
  JJ          8N6HAM The 45th Anniversary of Amateur Radio in Okinawa & Okinawa Amateur Radio Day
(June 22 — the day that the first amateur station by a Japanese national was licensed as KR8AB in 1961, under the administration of the US Government.)
June 10 - July 31, 2006
  JJ          8J4626H Yuhara Rotenburo no Hi
(or Yuhara-town Outdoor Hot Spring Bath's Day)

(A play on words.
First, in Japanese, "2 = ni" / "2 things = futatsu" // "6 = roku" / "6 things = muttsu."
So —
"June 26th" -> "626" -> "roku-futatsu-roku" -> "ro(ku)-ten-fu(tatsu)-ro(ku)" -> "ro-ten-fu-ro" -> "rotenburo" X-)
"4" is the call area to which Yuhara-town belongs.)
June 26 - July 17, 2006
    J           8N1HQ 2006 IARU World HF Championship ContestJuly 1 - 9, 2006
8N2HQ
8N3HQ
8N4HQ
8N7HQ
8N8HQ
   JA         8J7STAR Sendai Tanabata (or Star) Festival
(Legendary once-a-year rendezvous of two stars in the Milky Way.
See the story at http://www.qrz.com/callsign/8J7STAR.)
July 14 - Aug. 9, 2006
   JAS        8J3SEA The 34th SEANET (South East of Asia Amateur Radio Network) Convention 2006 Osaka July 15 - Sept. 15, 2006
    A         8J1A 2006 Amateur Radio FestivalAug. 1 - 20, 2006
    A         8J120JAS The 20th Anniversary of Amateur Satellite FujiAug. 1 - 31, 2006
    A         8J620JAS The 20th Anniversary of Amateur Satellite FujiTanegashima I. Aug. 1 - 31, 2006
    AS        8J7YJH Sendai-city Yoshinari Junior High School ARISS School Contact Aug. 1 - Sept. 30, 2006
    AS O      8J2ARDF All Japan ARDF Athetic MeetAug. 6 - Oct. 15, 2006
    AS        8J7JAZZThe 16th Johzenji Streetjazz Festival in Sendai Aug. 10 - Sept. 10, 2006
    AS        8N8WRC 2006 FIA World Rally Championship Round 11 "RallyJapan" Aug. 20 - Sept. 3, 2006
     S O      8J4HAM Hamfesta KasaokaSept. 1 - Oct. 1, 2006
     S O      8N1I The 18th All Japan Shogai (or Lifetime) Gakushu (or Learning) Festival in Ibaraki Sept. 1 - Oct. 9, 2006
     S O      8J1H The 90th Anniversary of Hachioji-city Sept. 1 - Oct. 10, 2006
     S O      8J3R The 5th Anniversary of Ritto-city Sept. 1 - Oct. 31, 2006
     S O      8J7IWAKIThe 40th Anniversary of Iwaki-city Sept. 23 - Oct. 22, 2006
     S ONDJFM 8J3YAGIDr. YAGI memorial station
(The 120th anniversary of the birth and the 30th anniverasy of the death, of Dr. Hidetsugu Yagi)
Sept. 28, 2006 - Mar. 31, 2007
       O      8N0ICTRegional ICT Futurity Fiesta 2006 in Niigata
(ICT: Information and Communications Technology)
Oct. 1 - 31, 2006
       OND    8J7YAGIDr. YAGI memorial station
(The 120th anniversary of the birth and the 30th anniverasy of the death, of Dr. Hidetsugu Yagi)
Oct. 2 - Dec. 31, 2006
        NDJFM 8J1ANTThe 50th anniversary of Japan's antarctic exploration Nov. 1, 2006 - Mar. 31, 2007
         DJ   8J1KKashiwabara Community Center ARISS School Contact Dec. 1, 2006 - Jan. 31, 2007
         DJFM 8J8WSC
(Mobile)
FIS Nordic World Ski Championships Sapporo 2007
(FIS: Fédération Internationale de Ski)
Dec. 1, 2006 - Mar. 4, 2007
          JFM 8N8WSC
(Fixed)
Jan. 22, 2007 - Mar. 4, 2007
         DJFM 8J6KMJThe 400th Anniversary of Kumamoto Jo (or Castle) Dec. 20, 2006 - Mar. 31, 2007
          JFM 8N3HKThe 60th Anniversary of Hirakata-city & the 1500th Anniversary of "Kuzuha-no-miya" (or Capital of Kuzuha), where the 26th Emperor "Keitai Tenno" ascended the throne in 507AD
(Kuzuha: Foliage of Japanese Cinnamon)
Jan. 1 - Dec. 31, 2007
          J   8J1BBBunkyo-city Disaster Prevention (or Bosai) Exhibition Jan. 4 - 17, 2007
          JFM 8J49JARLThe 49th JARL Annual General Meeting in "Hare-no-kuni" (or "Land of Sunshine"), Okayama Jan. 7 - May 20, 2007
           FM 8J6HAMThe 6th West Japan HamfairFeb. 1 - Mar. 4, 2007
           FM 8N1EMEProject BIG-DISH
(An EME trial, using a Cassegrain antenna equipped with a 32-meter diameter main mirror for an INTELSAT link in KDDI Ibaraki Satellite Communications Center, where closed at the end of 2006.)
Feb. 1 - Mar. 31, 2007
           FM 8N3F Hanazono Elementary School ARISS School Contact
(Hanazono: Flower Garden)
Feb. 1 - Apr. 30, 2007
            M 8J7WWCCA World Women's Curling Championship 2007 Aomori Japan Mar. 1 - 25, 2007
            M 8N1MOMO Koga-city Momo (or Peach) FestivalMar. 1 - Apr. 5, 2007
            M 8J7100FThe 100th Anniversary of Fukushima-city Mar. 1 - May 31, 2007
            M 8J10YRP The 10th Anniversary of Yokosuka Research Park Mar. 7 - Dec. 31, 2007
            M 8J1FBThe 60th Anniversary of Bunkyo-city
("Fumi-no-machi" , or "Town with Literature": Bunkyo-city)
Mar. 15 - Apr. 15, 2007
            M 8J0TTatsuno Juvenile Space Club ARISS School Contact Mar. 15 - May 18, 2007
            M 8J3GAJMCThe 27th General Assembly of the Japan Medical Congress Mar. 16? - May 31, 2007

Special-event stations celebrate specific expositions, anniversaries and so on. Moreover, ARISS school contact stations allow non licensed elementary and junior high schoolers to be guest operated. These operations have became quite popular, and many generate lots of activity. Both are eligible for a temporary 2×1-2×5 call sign with an 8J or 8N prefix. (Please note that the following stations also use an 8J prefix, but on a permanent basis: 8J1RL and 8J1RF in Antarctica; 8J1JBS and 8J1JCS on their orbits.)

Call signs and operating periods are subject to chage. Furthermore, having possibilities to be cancelled.

Information obtained from web sites of JARL — HQ, districts and prefectural branches —, local clubs, and so on.


QSL Card General Policy — No cards must be sent to them with some exceptions
  1. JARL special event stations — i.e. except following "2" and "3"
    • Their QSL .... They unilaterally issue their QSL to you via the bureau.
    • Your QSL .... You don't need to send your QSL to them.


  2. Non-JARL special event stations — listed up all below
    • Their QSL .... They unilaterally issue their QSL to you via the bureau.
      In some cases, a QSL manager responds to your SASE:
      • 8N6HAM .... JR6ROX
      • 8J3YAGI .... JA3YKC
      • 8J7YAGI .... JA7YAA
      • 8J8WRC and 8N8WRC .... JE8KQR
      • 8J3GAJMC .... JA1KXT

    • Your QSL .... Each-way. Please go by their announcement:
      • 8J1S and 8J100S expect your QSL via the bureau.
      • 8J1ITU expects your QSL via the bureau.
      • 8N3DNP won't expect your QSL.
      • 8N6HAM expects your QSL via the bureau, or direct (SASE to the manager: JR6ROX).
      • 8J7STAR won't expect your QSL.
      • 8J7JAZZ won't expect your QSL.
      • 8J3YAGI won't expect your QSL.
      • 8J7YAGI won't expect your QSL.
      • 8J8WSC and 8N8WRC won't expect your QSL.
      • 8N3HK ?
      • 8J10YRP expects your QSL via the bureau to JN1YRP.
      • 8J3GAJMC won't expect your QSL.

  3. ARISS school contact stations under their publicity campaign before/after their ISS contact
    • Their QSL .... They issue their QSL to you via the bureau.
    • Your QSL .... They expect — in many cases — your QSL via the bureau, for educational purpose.
      i.e. Your QSL will become one of the commemorations of their great achievement.
      Please go by their announcement.
      In some cases, a QSL manager might be appointed:
      • JJ4RJE for 8J4I

7J - 8N Stations Categorization

A 7J-8N amateur call sign implies (1) a foreigner, (2) an individual under the call sign shortage in Area 1 — these two are sequentially assigned —, (3) an outside province, (4) a special event, (5) an ARISS school contact or (6) an emargency. The following is not a written policy, but a follow-up categorization by the author. (8K and 8L are not used yet.)

7J-8N PREFIX AMATEUR STATION
|-Foreigner licensed 1985-1999 (7J#$$$)
|
|-Individual in Area 1, licensed in the call sign shortage 1990-2003 (7[K-N][1-4]$$$)
|
+-Special call sign (7J1RL, 8J's, 8M2000, 8M1C and 8N's)
  |-Special place: outside Japan
  | |-Polar region
  | | |-Antarctic region
  | | | |-JARL Antarctic station (8J1RF, RL, RM)
  | | | +-Individual (8J1AA-AD, 1958-1961)
  | | |
  | | +-Arctic region (8J1NP, 1978)
  | |
  | |-Another Country/Entity: Okinotorishima I. (7J1RL, 1976)
  | |
  | +-Space: Satellite itself (8J1JAS, JBS, JCS)
  |
  |-Commemoration
  | |-JARL
  | | |-Specially commemorative station
  | | | |-Regular
  | | | | |-Hamfair (8J1HAM, 8N1HAM, 8J1A)
  | | | | |-ITU Day (8J#ITU, -2003)
  | | | | +-IARU HF Championship (8J3XHQ, 8J3JHQ, 8N#JHQ, 8N#HQ)
  | | | |
  | | | +-Screened
  | | |
  | | +-Special staion
  | |
  | +-Other amateur organization
  |   |
  |   |-Boy scouts
  |   | |-World Jamboree (8J1WJ, 1971)
  |   | |-Japan Jamboree (eg 8J6BSJ)
  |   | |-Prefectural Camboree (8N3BSN, 2005)
  |   | +-100th Anniversary (8J1S, 8J100S)
  |   |
  |   |-Lions club (8N3LIO, 2002)
  |   |
  |   |-ITU Association Japan (8J1ITU, 2002-)
  |   |
  |   |-Rotary club (8N3RI, 2004)
  |   |
  |   +-Other club
  |     |
  |     |-Local Club (eg 8J8EXP)
  |     |
  |     +-JARL prefectual branch (8J4WLC, 2002)
  |
  |-ARISS project station operationalized for elementary and junior high schoolers 
  | without thier own ham tickets
  | (eg 8N#ISS)
  |
  +-Emergency: Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake (8J3AAA-AMT, 1995)

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