JA's Special Event / ARISS School Contact Stations in FY2008
J1: JARL Specially Commemorative Station, J2: JARL Special Station, NJ: Non-JARL Special-Event Station, A: ARISS School Contact
Operating Month(s) Call
Sign
EventAccurate
Operating
Period
As
20082009
AMJJAS ONDJFM
AMJJAS OND    8J1IBS The 90th Anniversary of the International Boy Scouts Troop 1 Oct. 19, 2007 - Dec. 31, 2008 NJ
AMJJA         8J3GOSEThe 50th Anniversary of Gose-city Jan. 27 - Aug. 31, 2008 NJ
A             8N1MOMO Koga-city Momo (or Peach) Festival Mar. 1 - Apr. 5, 2008 J2
AM            8J50JARLThe 50th JARL Annual General Meeting Mar. 1 - May 25, 2008 J1
AMJ           8N3KRPNPO (Non Profit Organization) The Kodomo (or Child) Support Project ARISS School Contact (in Kyoto Research Park) Mar. 10 - June 9, 2008 A
AMJJAS ONDJ   8J120CHRThe 20th Anniversary of Chiharadai-town, in Ichihara-city, Chiba-pref. Mar. 29, 2008 - Jan. 31, 2009 NJ
AMJJ          8J8HTSG8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit

- 8J8S ... Inside the area of JARL Iburi-Hidaka-branch, which includes Toyako
- 8J8HTS ... In the other seven branch areas under JARL Hokkaido-district
Apr. 1 - July 9, 2008 J1
  JJ          8J8S June 7 - July 9, 2008
AMJ J           8N3KH
(Fixed)
The 13th Kansai Amateur Radio Festival 2008 "KANHAM 2008" Apr. 1 - July 20, 2008 J1
8N3HAM
(Mobile)
AMJJAS        8J3NTThe 400th Anniversary of the Birth of Toju Nakae, a Japanese Confucian philosopher Apr. 1 - Sept. 28, 2008 J2
AMJJAS        8J7OZEThe Birth of Oze National Park Apr. 1 - Sept. 30, 2008 J2
AMJJAS O      8N1300WDThe 1300th Anniversary of the Discovery of Native Copper in Japan (or Wado)
which was consecrated to Emperor at that time (708AD)
Apr. 1 - Oct. 31, 2008 NJ
AMJJAS ONDJFM 8J5OLIVEOlive Centurial Festival Apr. 1, 2008 - Mar. 31, 2009 J2
A             8J150MThe 50th Anniversary of Machida-city Apr. 4 - 13, 2008 J2
AM            8J1KID[Cancelled] Activating Amateur Radio among Our Juniors Beginning of Apr. - May 5, 2008  
AMJJA         8N3DNPPromotion Member Committee for Appropriate Utilization of Radiowave in Osaka-pref. Apr. 25 - Aug., 2008 NJ
AMJ             8J4PThe World QRP Day Apr. 27 - June 30, 2008 J1
8J6P
AM            8J6DONThe 47th Fukuoka Citizen's Festival: Hakata "Dontaku" Port Festival

An introduction of this festival: www.hakatadontaku.jp
Apr. 29 - May 5, 2008 J2
 M            8J8YFActivating Amateur Radio among Our Juniors 2008
(YF: Young Fresh)
May 1 - 6, 2008 J2
 M            8J1ITUThe 40th ITU Day May 1 - 31, 2008 NJ
 MJJAS O      8J63OITAThe 63rd National Sports Festival in Oita(-pref.) May 1 - Oct. 13, 2008 J1
 MJJAS ON     8J750NThe 50th Anniversary of Natori-city May 1 - Nov. 30, 2008 J2
 MJJAS ONDJFM 8J1AXA
8J1EME
Project KDES 2008
KDES: Katsuura Dish Experimental Station
JAXA: Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency
May 1, 2008 - Mar. 31, 2009 J2
 M            8J4BARAFukuyama(-city) Bara (or Rose) Festival May 6 - 18, 2008 J2
 MJ           8N5S2008 Shikoku(-district) Joho Tsushin Gekkan (or Information Telecommunication Month) May 15 - June 15, 2008 J1
 MJJ          8N1JCSThe 100th Anniversary of Choshi Radio (JCS) May 16 - July 15, 2008 J2
 MJJ          8J5NVISSkywave Project (NVIS: Near Vertical Incidence Skywave) May 21 - July 31, 2008 NJ
  J           8J4626H The 22nd 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," and "6 things = muttsu."
So —
"June 26th" → "626" → "roku-futatsu-roku" → "ro(ku)-ten-fu(tatsu)-ro(ku)" → "ro-ten-fu-ro" → "rotenburo."
"4" is the call area number to which Yuhara-town belongs.
June 1 - 30, 2008 J2
  JJ          8N6RARC2008 Okinawa Amateur Radio Day
(RARC: Ryukyu Amateur Radio Club)
June 1 - July 30, 2008 NJ
  JJA         8N1E40AThe 40th Anniversary of Engai Amateur Radio Club,
Opening of National Radio Astronomical Observatory
June 1 - Aug. 10, 2008 J2
  JJA         8J0YMAThe 50th Anniversary of JARL Joetsu Club: JA0YMA June 1 - Aug. 31, 2008 J2
  JJAS ONDJ   8J0MYOKOThe 3rd Anniversary of Myoko-city,
JARL Niigata branch meeting in Myoko
June 1, 2008 - Jan. 3, 2009 J2
  JJAS ON     8J4RUN The 1st Shimonoseki(-city) Kaikyo (or Channel) Marathon June 11 - Nov. 16, 2008 NJ
  JJA         8J6M100Y The 100th Anniversary of Miike Port June 20 - Aug. 31, 2008 NJ
   JA         8N150IHThe 50th Itabashi(-city) Hanabi (or Fireworks) Festival July 1 - Aug. 3, 2008 J2
   JA         8J7GINGA Sendai(-city) Tanabata (or Star) Festival
(Legendary once-a-year rendezvous of two stars in the Milky Way (or Ginga). See the full story at http://www.qrz.com/callsign/8J7VENUS/.)
July 1 - Aug. 31, 2008 NJ
   JAS        8N0ASTROThe 20th SADO Island Long Distance INTERNATIONAL TRIATHLON
(astro: iron man)
July 1 - Sept. 30, 2008 NJ
   JAS O      8J6ARDFAll Japan ARDF Athetic Meet July 1 - Oct. 26, 2008 J1
    J           8N1HQ2008 IARU World HF Championship Contest

- 8N1HQ — JG1ZUY, Kimitsu-city — 15m Ph
- 8N1HQ — JA1HGY, Minato-city — 160m CW + 10m Ph
- 8N2HQ — JQ2GYU, Susono-city — 15m CW
- 8N2HQ — JA2ZJW, Chita-gun — 80m CW
- 8N2HQ — JA2BNN, Nakatsugawa-city — 80m Ph
- 8N3HQ — JK3ZNB, Nara-city — 10m CW
- 8N3HQ — JH3PRR, Kobe-city — 40m CW
- 8N3HQ — JH3AIU, Miki-city — 20m CW
- 8N4HQ — JH4WBY, Okayama-city — 40m Ph
- 8N8HQ — JH8ZMM, Iwamizawa-city — 20m Ph
July 5 - 13, 2008 J1
8N1HQ
8N2HQ
8N2HQ
8N2HQ
8N3HQ
8N3HQ
8N3HQ
8N4HQ
8N8HQ
   J          8J9HGRThe 40th Anniversary of Noto Peninsula Quasi-National Park,
IOTA Hegura-jima Island Pedition
July 26 - 30, 2008 J2
    A         8J1A2008 Amateur Radio Festival Aug. 1 - 24, 2008 J1
    AS        8N0VFThe 17th Japan Volunteer Festival in Niigata 2008 Aug. 1 - Sept. 30, 2008 NJ
    AS O      8J5IKUJUThe 32nd National Tree-Growing (or Ikuju) Festival in Ehime Aug. 1 - Oct. 26, 2008 J2
    AS O      8J750MCSThe 50th Anniversary of Japan Cancer Society & Miyagi(-pref.) Cancer Society Aug. 1 - Oct. 31, 2008 J2
    AS OND    8J0140PNThe 140th Anniversary of Port of Niigata Aug. 2 - Dec. 31, 2008 NJ
    AS OND    8J3WSFThe 50th Anniversary of Reconstruction of Wakayama Castle
Wakayama(-city) Shiro (or Castle) Festa '08
Aug. 6 - Dec. 20, 2008 NJ
     S O      8J4HAMHamfesta Kasaoka(-city) 2008 Sept. 1 - Oct. 5, 2008 J2
     S O      8N3SRThe 21st National Sports & Recreation Festival Sept. 1 - Oct. 31, 2008 J2
     S O      8J5KA6OThe 60th Anniversary of JARL Kagawa(-pref.) Club Sept. 1 - Oct. 31, 2008 J2
     S O      8N0CLEANClean Reception Atmosphere Month Sept. 1 - Oct. 31, 2008 J2
       ON     8J1IThe 23rd National Cultural Festival IBARAKI(-pref.) 2008 Oct. 1 - Nov. 9, 2008 J2
       ON     8J1SOKAThe 50th Anniversary of Soka-city Oct. 1 - Nov. 30, 2008 J2
       OND    8N3GENJIThe Millennium of "Tale of Genji" Oct. 1 - Dec. 31, 2008 NJ
       ONDJ   8N3HCThe 50th Anniversary of Habikino-city Oct. 15, 2008 - Jan. 15, 2009 NJ
       ON     8J5ICTRegional ICT Futurity Fiesta 2008 in Tokushima(-pref.)
(ICT: Information and Communications Technology)
Oct. 16 - Nov. 9, 2008 J1
       ON     8J5NAKARegional ICT Futurity Fiesta 2008 in Tokushima(-pref.)-Naka(-town)
(ICT: Information and Communications Technology)
Oct. 16 - Nov. 9, 2008 NJ
        NDJFM 8J1UEC9OThe 90th Anniversary of The University of Electro-Communications Nov. 13, 2008 - Jan. 12Mar. 31, 2009 NJ
         DJFM 8J6HAMThe 8th Nishinihon (or West Japan) Ham Fair Dec. 20, 2008 - Mar. 8, 2009 J1
          JFM 8N3I70A
(Fixed)
The 70th Anniversary of Ikeda-city Jan. 1, 2009 - Mar. 31, 2010 NJ
8N3I
(Mobile)
          JFM 8N8TKSThe 51st JARL Annual General Meeting
"Tancho (or Japanese Crane) Kushiro(-city) Sokai (or General Meeting)"
Kushiro-city is famous for Japanese crane.
Jan. 17 - May 24, 2009 J1
           FM 8J120TDCThe 120th Anniversary of Tokyo Dental College Feb. 1, 2009 - Feb. 28, 2010 NJ
           FM 8J4GREENThe 26th Japan Urban Green Fair in Okayama(-pref.) Feb. 20 - May 31, 2009 NJ
            M 8N1MOMOThe 33rd Koga(-city) Momo (or Peach) Festival &
The 16th Koga(-city) Fire Balloon Contest
Mar. 1 - Apr. 5, 2009 J2
            M 8N3SScience Dream Association (SDA) ARISS School Contact Mar. 3 - Apr. 30, 2009 A
            M 8J1KWMiyahara Elementary School ARISS School Contact Mar. 30 - June 30, 2009 A

Special-event stations celebrate specific expositions, anniversaries and so on.
Moreover, ARISS school contact stations are guest-operated by non licensed elementary and junior high schoolers.
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: both Showa Base, 8J1RL and Dome Fuji Base, 8J1RF in Antarctica; both FO-20, 8J1JBS and FO-29, 8J1JCS on their orbits.)

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

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


QSL Card General Policy — Unilateral via the Buro
  1. JARL special event stations ("J1" and "J2")
    • 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 ("NJ")
    • Their QSL .... They issue their QSL to you via the bureau.
    • Your QSL .... Case by case:
    StationYour QSL mandatory?Manager in the case of SASE
    8J1IBS c/o International Boy Scouts, Troop 1 (Club JQ1YRX)
    8J3GOSE Club JA3ZNJ
    8N1300WD Club JR1YWB
    8J120CHR Club JF1YYZ
    8N3DNPNoJA3PYC in Club JA3ZAG
    8J1ITUNoITU AJ (Club JO1ZZA)
    8J5NVIS Club JR5YAU
    8N6RARCNoClub JR6YAA
    8J4RUNNoClub JR4YKV
    8J6M100Y Club JF6ZDI
    8J7GINGANoHamshop ANTENA (Club JH7YES)
    8N0ASTROYesJJ0ADO in Club JR0ZDE
    8N0VFNoJA0CGJ in Club JR0YLE
    8J0140PNNoJH0HZO in Club JR0YEE
    8J3WSF Club JA3YDC
    8N3GENJINoClub JK3YXR
    8N3HC Club JE3YMT
    8J5NAKA Club JR5YAU
    8J1UEC9ONo, but if possibleClub JA1ZGP
    8N3I70A
    8N3I
     Club JH3YKV
    8J120TDCYesClub JA1YUC
    8J4GREENNoClub JR4ZJZ

  3. ARISS school contact stations ("A") 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.

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, 8N's, 8M2000 and 8M1C)
  |-Special place: outside Japan
  | |-Antarctic region
  | | |-JARL Antarctic station (8J1RF, RL, RM)
  | | +-Individual (8J1AA-AD, 1958-1961)
  | |
  | |-Arctic region (8J1NP, 1978)
  | |
  | |-Another Country(now Entity): Okinotorishima I. (7J1RL, 1976)
  | |
  | +-Space: Satellite itself (8J1JAS, JBS, JCS)
  |
  |-Commemoration
  | |-JARL
  | | |-Specially commemorative station [upper class: higher budget priority]
  | | | |-Regular, every year
  | | | | |-Hamfair (8J1HAM, 8N1HAM, 8J1A)
  | | | | |-ITU Day (8J#ITU, -2003)
  | | | | +-IARU HF Championship (8J3XHQ, 8J3JHQ, 8N[2,3]JHQ, 8N#HQ)
  | | | |
  | | | +-Screened
  | | |
  | | +-Special staion [lower class]
  | |
  | +-Other amateur organization
  |   |
  |   |-Boy scouts (eg 8J1WJ)
  |   |
  |   |-Lions club (8N3LIO, 2002)
  |   |
  |   |-ITU Association Japan (8J1ITU, 2002-)
  |   |
  |   |-Rotary club (8N3RI, 2004)
  |   |
  |   |-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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