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Kosovo furthers amateur radio

A lot of behind the scenes work in the past year has occurred to get greater recognition and acceptance of amateur radio in the Republic of Kosovo.

DXer Martti Laine OH2BH said an amateur radio course will give up to ten Technical University of Pristina students their own Z6 callsigns. They headed out on a recent successful field trip.

The course, soon to be finished, is endorsed by the Amateur Radio Association of Kosovo and follows the setting of a syllabus, regulations and licensing.

The IARU-led the demonstration station Z60K in September 2012 showed authorities how amateur radio could work in the new European country. A number of Z6 callsign have been issued.

Amateur Radio in the former Serbian province of Kosovo had been quiet during the breakup of the former Yugoslavia.

Although Kosovo has proclaimed independent status, its neighbour Serbia has reportedly blocked it getting its own international telephone area code and does not favour it having European Community membership.

Although the Z6 prefix has gained some acceptance, contact with those stations in the fledgling European country are not accepted under the DXCC program.

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