Thursday, January 2, 2014

50 New Hams Licensed in Kosovo

Flag of Kosovo (Courtesy CIA World Factbook)
The airwaves should be busier with callsigns from Kosovo, as 50 young Kosovars between 18 and 21 years of age passed their license exams at the first-ever amateur radio exam under the new laws of the Republic of Kosovo. According to a posting on the Southgate Amateur Radio Club's news page, the exam session at the Technical University of Pristina was supervised by members of the Exam Commission as well as International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 President Hans Blondeel Timmerman, PB2T and Project Goodwill Kosovo leader Martti Laine, OH2BH. 
Hams around the world are asked to help cover the costs of these exams, which at 50 Euros ($70US) per person, are significant expenses for young people in Kosovo. A Paypal account has been set up via <> for donations. Contributors will be assigned an amateur radio "grandchild" and provided a photo and other information about the new ham they are sponsoring. Several DX organizations have already pledged support. For more information, contact PB1T ( or OH2BH (