JA's Special Event / ARISS School Contact Stations in FY2017
1: JARL Specially Commemorative Station, 2: JARL Special Station, N: Non-JARL Special-Event Station; A: ARISS School Contact Station
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AMJJAS ONDJFM
AMJJAS OND      8J1GEO Acknowledgment of the Tukuba-san Area Geopark as one of Japanese Geoparks Dec. 27, 2016 - Dec. 31, 2017 N
AMJJAS ONDJ     8J60JARE The 60th Anniversary of the Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition Jan. 1, 2017 - around Jan. 20, 2018 N
AMJJAS ONDJ     8J3HC50Y The 50th Anniversary of Higashiosaka-city Feb. 5, 2017 - Jan. 31, 2018 N
AMJJAS OND      8J1RAN The 50th Anniversary of Ranzan-town(, in Saitama-prefecture) Apr. 1 - Dec. 31, 2017 2
AMJJAS OND      8J1GINGA The 30th Anniversary of Ginga Rempo (or The Galaxy Federation)
(The Galaxy Federation: An exchange program among four cities and two towns, each of which has a facility of Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency)
Apr. 1 - Dec. 31, 2017 2
AMJJAS OND      8J190ISG The 90th Anniversary of Isogo-ward (in Yokohama-city) Apr. 1 - Dec. 31, 2017 N
AMJJAS ONDJFM   8N1NIT The 50th Anniversary of Nippon Institute of Technology
The 50th Anniversary of its Wireless Club, JA1YYE
Apr. 1, 2017 - Mar. 31, 2018 N
AMJJAS ONDJFM H 8J1YAC The 70th Anniversary of Katayanagi Gakuen Apr. 1, 2017 - Mar. 31, 2018 N
AMJJAS ONDJFM   8J250TIN The 50th Anniversary of Toin-town (in Mie-prefecture) Apr. 1, 2017 - Mar. 31, 2018 N
AMJJAS ONDJFM   8N3H70Y The 70th Anniversary of Hirakata-city Apr. 1, 2017 - Mar. 31, 2018 N
AMJJAS ONDJFM H 8N60JLRS The 60th Anniversary of the JLRS
(JLRS: Japan Ladies Radio Society)
Apr. 1, 2017 - Mar. 31, 2018 N
AMJJAS ONDJFM   8J7N5O The 50th Anniversary of Nan'yo-city Apr. 1, 2017 - Mar. 31, 2018 N
AMJJAS ONDJFM   8J4A The 10th Anniversary of the World Heritage Registration of Iwami-Ginzan Silver Mine Sites Remains Apr. 16, 2017 - Mar. 31, 2018 N
 MJJAS OND      8N1EDO The 70th Anniversary of Chiyoda-city
(Edo: an old name of Tokyo)
May 1 - Dec. 31, 2017 N
 MJJAS OND      8J1C70Y The 70th Anniversary of Chigasaki-city May 1 - Dec. 31, 2017 2
  JJAS ONDJF    8N0IIDA The 80th Anniversary of Iida-city June 4, 2017 - Feb. 28, 2018 N
  JJAS ONDJFM   8J1FNA The 80th Anniversary of Funabashi-city June 1, 2017 - Mar. 31, 2018 2
  JJAS OND      8J2YAF The 60th Anniversary of Nagoya Kougakuin College Amateur Radio Club, JA2YAF June 1 - Dec. 31, 2017 2
  JJAS ONDJFM   8J2Y The 120th Anniversary of Yokkaichi-city June 1, 2017 - Mar. 31, 2018 N
  JJAS ONDJFM   8J7ASK The Designation of "Asaka Sosui and Kangai Haisui" (or "Asaka Canal and Its Irrigation and Drainage System") as a Japan Heritage and a Heritage Irrigation Structure June 1, 2017 - Mar. 31, 2018 2
  JJAS ONDJFM   8J1ZIU The 40th Anniversary of the Tokyowan (or Tokyo Bay) Ham Club, JF1ZIU June 1, 2017 - May 31, 2018 2
  JJAS OND      8N4KL The 50th Anniversary of Kurashiki-city June 3 - Dec. 31, 2017 2
   JAS OND      8N2450GF Nobunaga Oda's Entry into the Gifu Castle;
The 450th Anniversary of the Castle and the Surrounding Town's Name Change to Gifu
(Oda Nobunaga: 1534-1582, a Daimyo (or a feudal lord) who attempted to unify Japan)
July 1 - Dec. 31, 2017 2
   JAS ONDJFM   8J100EIC The 100th Anniversary of the Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication July 1, 2017 - Mar. 31, 2018 2
   JAS ONDJFM   8N5ISN Shikoku(-district) Kochi(-prefecture) Bakumatsu Ishin Haku (or End-of-Edo-Period Restoration Expo) July 20, 2017 - Mar. 31, 2018 N
   JAS ONDJFM   8J765TBC The 65th Anniversary of Tohoku Broadcasting Co., Ltd. July 22, 2017 - May 1, 2018 N
    AS OND      8J5N80Y The 80th Anniversary of Niihama-city Aug. 1 - Dec. 31, 2017 2
    AS ONDJFM   8J3U Nagahama(-city) Parade Float Festival's Registration as a UNESCO World Intangible Cultural Heritage Aug. 1, 2017 - Mar. 31, 2018 2
    AS ONDJFM   8J7HAM Tohoku Reconstructing Amateur Radio Festival Aug. 1, 2017 - Mar. 31, 2018 2
    AS ONDJFM   8N3MIWA Enactment of a Sakurai City Ordinance Promoting Miwa Somen
(Miwa Somen: Japanese fine noodles, produced in Miwa area, including Sakurai-city)
Aug. 2, 2017 - Mar. 31, 2018 N
    AS OND      8N1T Tachikawa(-city) Rakuichi (or Free-for-all Market) 2017 Aug. 5 - Nov. 5 Dec. 31, 2017 N
    AS ONDJF    8N3TA Takaishi City Central Public Hall ARISS School Contact
Shinoda Elementary School (in Izumi-city) ARISS School Contact
Aug. 9, 2017 - Feb. 8, 2018 A
     S OND      8J6MOKI Registration of Munakata Okinoshima as a World Cultural Heritage Sept. 1 - Dec. 31, 2017 2
       ONDJF    8N0MHK The 73rd Winter National Athletic Meet, Ski
"Niigata(-prefecture) Myoko(-city) Haneuma Kokutai"
(Hane-uma: a jumping horse, a famous shape of the lingering snow on a mountainside of Mt. Myoko;
 Kokutai (Kokumin Taiiku Taikai): National Athletic Meet)
Oct. 1, 2017 - Feb. 28, 2018 N
       ONDJFM   8J30OS The 30th Anniversary of Osakasayama-city Oct. 1, 2017 - Mar. 31, 2018 N
       ONDJFM   8J1T30A The 30th Anniversary of Tsukuba-city Oct. 20, 2017 - Mar. 31, 2018 N
        ND    H 8J7XMAS The 32nd Sendai Pageant of Starlight
(Sendai-city, Miyaghi-prefecture and Tohoku-district Tourism Promotion)
Nov. 4 - Dec 31, 2017 N
        NDJFM   8J3B The 100th Anniversary of Biwako Shuko no Uta (or "Lake Biwa Rowing Song") Nov. 10, 2017 - June 27, 2018 2
        NDJ     8N17FUKU The 21st Year / The Third Cycle's Completion of Shichifukujin (or Seven Lucky Gods / Seven Gods of Fortune) Award Nov. 16, 2017 - Jan. 15, 2018 N
         DJF    8N1CBHAM Chiba(-pref.) Hams Meeting 2018 Dec. 1, 2017 - Feb. 28, 2018 2
         DJFM H 8J3N2S The 40th Anniversary of Nara-prefecure 2m SSB Lovers Association Dec. 1, 2017 - Mar. 31, 2019 2
         DJFM   8J6HAM The 17th West Japan Ham Fair Dec. 10, 2017 - Mar. 4, 2018 1
         D      8J5SS Shirokawa Elementary School ARISS School Contact Dec. 6, 2017 - A
          JFM   8J7HCB? The 100th Anniversary of Hirosaki(-city) Cherry Blossom Viewing Party Jan. 1 - May 31, 2018 2
                  Naka Junior High School ARISS School Contact (in Kakamigahara City)   A
          ??    8J8SSF? Sapporo Snow Festival   2
            ?   8N1MOMO The 42nd Koga(-city) Momo (or Peach (Blossom)) Festival Mar. 1 - Apr. 8?, 2018  
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AMJJAS ONDJFM
AMJ             8J6TANTO The 100th Anniversary of Omuta-city
(Tanto: city of sekitan (or coal))
Sept. 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017 N
AMJJAS ON       8J1TOKAI The 75th Anniversary of Tokai University Nov. 1, 2016 - Nov. 3, 2017 N
AMJJAS ON       8J1KA The 50th Anniversary of Kunitachi-city Dec. 1 3, 2016 - Mar. 31 Nov. 30, 2017 N
A               8J2A Tsutsuji Matsuri (or Azalea Festival)
celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Asano-park
Jan. 1 - Apr. 30, 2017 2
AMJ             8J1SUIGO Suigo Itako Ayame Matsuri (or Water District Itako(-city) Iris Festival) Jan. 4 - June 30, 2017 2
AMJJAS ON       8J125ETL The 125th Anniversary of the Former "Electrotechnical Laboratory, Ministry of Communications" Jan. 15 - Nov. 30, 2017 N
AM              8J2IKH 27th National Confectionary Exposition in Mie(-prefecture)
"Oise-san Kashi (or Confectionary) Haku (or Exposition)"
("Oise-san: an affectionate appellation for Ise Jingu, or The Ise Grand Shrine)
Feb.1 - May 14, 2017 2
AMJJAS ON       8J1MITO Festivals in Mito(-city) Feb. 18 - Nov. 30, 2017 N
A               8N1MOMO The 41st Koga(-city) Momo (or Peach (Blossom)) Festival Mar. 1 - Apr. 9, 2017 2
A               8J5TOBE The 34th Tobe-yaki Porcelain Festival Mar. 1 - Apr. 16, 2017 2
AM              8J1FB The 70th Anniversary of Bukyo-city
("Fumi-no-miyako," or "Capital of Literature": Bunkyo-city)
Mar. 1 - May 20, 2017 2
AM              8J9G The 68th National Tree-Planting Ceremony 2017 in Toyama(-prefecture) Mar. 1 - May 28, 2017 2
AM              8J4FF 2017 Hiroshima(-city) Flower Festival Apr. 1 - May 5, 2017 2
AM              8J4ROSE Fukuyama(-city) Bara (or Rose) Festival 2017 Apr. 1 - May 21, 2017 2
AMJ           H 8J1IP The 100th Anniversary of Inokashira Park Apr. 1 - June 30, 2017 2
AMJ J           H 8J3A The 22nd Kansai Amateur Radio Festival "KANHAM 2017"
(8J3A: Fixed, 8J3XXII: Mobile)
Apr. 1 - July 16, 2017 1
8J3XXII
AMJJ            8J249HAM The 49th Tokai(-district) Ham Festival Apr. 1 - July 23, 2017 1
AMJJAS          8J5U The 60th Anniversary of Ozu(-city) Ukai-promoted Tourism
The 22nd All Japan Ukai Summit
(U: Cormorant
 Ukai: Ancient method of fishing with a cormorant bird)
Apr. 1 - Sept. 20, 2017 N
AMJJAS O      H 8J2016Y Inuyama Festival's Registration as a UNESCO World Intangible Cultural Heritage (in 2016) Apr. 1 - Oct. 31, 2017 2
AMJJAS ON       8J110YRP The 110th Anniversary of Yokosuka-city;
The 20th Anniversary of the Yokosuka Research Park
Feb. 20 Apr. 1 - Nov. 30, 2017 N
A               8J6MATUE "Tokakuji no Matsue," a Ritual of Shugendo (Japanese mountain asceticism incorporating Shinto and Buddhist concepts), an Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property Apr. 9 - 16, 2017 2
AMJJAS          8J7MMF Establishment of Miyako, Muroran Ferry Route (in June, 2018) Apr. 11 - Sept. 30, 2017 N
AMJ             8N20G The 20th All Gifu Contest Apr. 15 - June 30, 2017 N
AMJ               8J4VLP The World QRP Day (June 17)
(VLP: Very Low Power)
Apr. 26 - June 30, 2016 1
AMJ J             8J6VLP Apr. 26 - July 31, 2016 1
AMJ             H 8J8VLP Apr. 26 - June 30, 2016 1
AMJ               8J9VLP Apr. 26 - June 30, 2016 1
AM              8J6DON Hakata "Dontaku" Port Festival
(Dontaku: a Dutch word Zontag, meaning a holiday)
Apr. 29 - May 5, 2017 2
AMJJAS ON       8N3DNP Osaka Wireless Proper Use Promotion Conference
(DNP: Denpa/Dempa, or Radiowave)
Apr. 30 - Nov. [5-18], 2017 N
 M              8J1ITU World Telecommunication and Information Society Day May 1 - 31, 2017 N
 MJJA           8J7IH Interscholastic Athletic Meet
(Inter-High School Championships)
May 1 - Aug. 31, 2017 N
 MJJA           8J7FESTA Festivals (for excitement of the culture, the tradition and the region, to improve the disaster prevention public awareness and to accelerate recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake) May 1 - Aug. 31, 2017 N
 MJJAS          8J100H The 100th Anniversary of Hachioji-city May 1 - Sept. 30, 2017 2
  JJAS          8J7H88Y The 88th Anniversary of Hachinohe-city June 1 - Sept. 30, 2017 2
  JJAS ON     H 8N3TEC The 20th Anniversary of Harima Science Garden City
(in the "Nishiharima Technopolis" (or "West Harima Science Park"))
June 15 - Nov. 30, 2017 N
  JJAS          8J8HAM The 5th Hokkaido Hamfair June 17 - Sept. 24, 2017 1
    J             8N1HQ 2017 IARU HF Championship

(1) Haga-gun ... JA1WZV: "AHM Volunteers Project HQ" ... 75m-Ph, 10m-CW
(2) Gyoda ... JI1LET: "Gyoda Volunteers Group" ... 10m-Ph
(3) Fuji ... JR2SCJ: "JCS" ... 20m-CW
(4) Miki ... JH3AIU: "Kansai Crazy Contesters" ... 40m-CW
(5) Mimasaka ... JN4MMO: "Team Mimachan" ... 160m-CW
(6) Onomichi ... JA4OK: "EM10 Onomichi" ... 15m-Ph
(7) Tamana-gun ... JA6GCE: "Team Six" ... 15m-CW
(8) Aomori ... JA7MSQ: "Aomori Contest Club Volunteers" ... 80m-CW, 20m-Ph
(9) Sapporo ... "JR8YLW" ... 40m-Ph
July 1 - 9, 2017 1
8N1HQ 1
8N2HQ 1
8N3HQ 1
8N4HQ 1
8N4HQ 1
8N6HQ 1
8N7HQ 1
8N8HQ 1
   JAS O        8J5EK The 72nd National Sports Festival (or Kokumin Taiiku Taikai)
The 17th National Sports Festival for People with Disabilities
(in Ehime-prefecture)
July 1 - Oct. 30, 2017 1
   JAS O        8N5CLEAN Clean Reception Environment Month July 1 - Oct. 31, 2017 2
     S O        8J8CLN Sept. 21 - Oct. 31, 2017 2
       O        8N9C Oct. 1 - 31, 2017  
     S O        8N0CLE Sept, 1 - Oct. 31, 2017 2
   JAS ON       8J5ARDF 2017 All Japan ARDF Athletic Meet July 1 - Nov. 5, 2017 1
   JAS ON       8N3TH The 150th Anniversary of Taisei Hokan (or The Restoration of the Imperial Rule)
(Yoshinobu Tokugawa, the last Shogun, returned his power to the Emperor)
July 1 - Oct. 31 Nov. 30, 2017 N
    A           8J6SOLAR Suigo (or Water District) Yanagawa(-city) Water Festival
(including "2017 Yanagawa(-city) SolarBoat Festival")
Aug. 1 - 6, 2017 2
    A           8N5JAZZ 2017 Imabari(-city) Jazz Town Aug. 1 - 28, 2017 2
    A           8J1ASAKA The 50th Anniversary of Asaka-city Aug. 1 - 31, 2017 2
    AS          8J1HAM Hamfair 2017 Aug. 1 - Sept. 3, 2017 1
    AS ON     H 8N4KJ Kurashiki Jazz Street Aug. 1 - Nov. 5, 2017 N
    AS ON       8J1MC The 70th Anniversary of Musashino-city Aug. 1 - Nov. 30, 2017 2
    AS O        8N4RSK The 13th Wasshoi Wansaka Kibikogen Highlands Festa — RSK Radio Festival! All People to Gather!
(RSK: Sanyo Broadcasting Co., Ltd., former Radio Sanyo K.K. (K.K.: Kabushiki Kaisha or Co. Ltd.))
Aug. 11 - Oct. 1, 2017 N
    A           8J1BOSAI 2017 Tochigi-prefecture and Otawara-city Joint Emergency Drill
(Bosai: Disaster prevention)
Aug. 15 - 27, 2017 2
    AS          8J8RLY "Rally Hokkaido" :
FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship 2017 5th Round /
JAF All Japan Rally Championship 2017 7th Round /
Japan Super Rally Series 2017 3rd Round
Aug. 21 - Sept. 17, 2017 2
     S O        8J0MM The 1st Matsumoto Marathon Sept. 1 - Oct. 1, 2017 2
     S O        8J9SUZU SUZU 2017: Oku-Noto Triennale (in Suzu-city)
(Oku-noto: Remotest area in Noto Peninsula)
Sept. 1 - Oct. 22, 2017 2
     S O        8J1G The 34th Japan Parks and Urban Green Fair in Hachioji(-city) Sept. 1 - Oct. 31, 2017 2
     S ON       8N13DM The 40th Japan Three-Day March Sept. 27 - Nov. 5, 2017 2
       ON       8J6BAL 2017 Saga International Balloon Festa Oct. 7 - Nov. 6, 2017 2
       ON       8J4HAM Ham Festa Kasaoka 2017 Oct. 12 - Nov. 12, 2017 N
       ON       8J4OM Okayama Marathon 2017 Oct. 18 - Nov. 12?, 2017 N

Special-event stations celebrate spfic expositions, anniversaries and so on.
Moreover, ARISS school contact stations can be guest-operated by non licensed elementary and junior high schoolers.
Both are eligible for a temporary 2×1-2×5 call sign with a prefix 8J or 8N.

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, etc.

Please note that the following stations also share a 8J prefix, but on a permanent basis:


QSL Card General Policy — Unilateral via the Bureau
Do not send your QSL to me (JJ1WTL), I am not a QSL manager for any of these stations!
  1. Commemorative Stations (= Special Event Stations)
    1. JARL's
      1. "1" — Specially Commemorative (For National Events)
        • Their QSL .... They unilaterally/automatically issue their QSL to you via the bureau.
        • Your QSL .... You don't need to send your QSL to them.
          Even more, you would be better to refrain it, in restraint of the bureaus' load.

      2. "2" — Special (For Local Events)
        Ditto.

    2. "N" — Other Organizations'
      • Their QSL .... They issue their QSL to you via the bureau.
      • Your QSL .... Case by case, while they unilaterally/automatically issue their QSL to you via the bureau in the most case.

  2. "A" — 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 .... Case by case. They sometimes expect 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.

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