HA Stations to Use Special Call Signs

Just now, I heard a station on 30m signing HA506NF. That’s pretty weird, I thought and looked him up on QRZ.Com. Here’s what his entry has to say:

Fellow Radio Amateurs!

The Hungarian Radio Amateur Society wishes to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the revolution and freedom fight of 1956 in an appropriate way. Hungarian radioamateurs may use special callsigns between October 1, 2006 and December 31, 2006. The first part of the callsign is either HA or HG, then the number 50, followed by the number-letter combination of the suffix. For example, my callsign is HA6NF, then, I want to make use of the opportunity provided by the licence, my callsign will be HA506NF. As you can see from the example, callsigns will range from 500 to 509.

Please note that use of the occasional callsign is not compulsory for Hungarian stations.

The Hungarian Radio Amateur Society established an Award for the world’s radioamateurs, to commemorate the celebration.

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AWARD in memory of the revolution and freedom fight of 1956

Click here to see Award picture! http://ha1dae.atw.hu/award.jpg

In order to receive the Award, participants must contact 25 different Hungarian radioamateur stations – out of which the call signs of 5 stations must begin with HA50… or HG50… Contacts made with the same station in a different mode or on a different band are acceptable. All licensed bands and modes are available for use, but only direct contacts between two radioamateur stations count. Contacts made by utilizing digital repeaters and/or other non-direct communication modes do not count.

The price of the award: 5 Euros, or $7, or 10 IRCs

Please send either the Award request verified by two licensees or the log extract along with the price of the Award to the following address:

MRASZ 1074 Budapest Szövetség u. 9.

Board of the MRASZ

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Short History

The Revolution and Freedom Fight of 1956 – The armed insurrection of a considerable part of the Hungarian people against the Rakosi dictatorship and the Soviet occupation. It began on October 23, 1956, with the peaceful demonstration of the students from Budapest, and ended on November 10-11 with the crushing of the resistance of the armed insurgents. Its political leaders were partly the reform-communists of the MDP, and partly the party leaders of the coalition period. The several times transformed government was controlled all along by Imre Nagy, the only one of the communist leaders who was a dedicated supporter of reforms. The army of insurgents, that, after October 23 faced the attacking Soviets once again on November 4, was mostly made up of young workers. Neither the fighters, nor the participants of the demonstrations possessed a uniform ideology, as both communists and anticommunists could be found among their ranks. However, the recovery of national independence and the destruction of dictatorship were goals of all groups. The demonstrations resulted in many casualties, altogether some 2500 people lost their lives, 78% of whom were from Budapest, 58% blue-collar workers, and 44% younger than 25. During the retributions following the downfall some 22 persons were sentenced to prison, and 229 to death. Among the ones executed was Imre Nagy. Some 200.000 fled abroad. Despite its failure, the revolution and freedom fight proved to be an event of utmost influence in Hungary’s post-WW2 history. It opened the eyes of the majority of Hungarians to the fact that they could not count on the help of the West, and showed the Soviet leadership that for the sake of stability they have to increase Hungary’s domestic freedom.

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