In order to receive award participants are required in the period from March 1st till March 31st 2017 to get at least 1611 points for two way contacts with the amateur radio stations from the russian oblasts: Moscow city (MA), Moscow area (MO), Vladimirskaya (VL), Vologodskaya (VO), Kostromskaya (KS), Nizhegorodskaya (NN) and Ryazanskaya (RA) activated within Radio marathon “Moscow-870 anniversary.



Dates of activity: between 00:00 UTC on March 1st, and 23:59 UTC on March 31st, 2017. The two-way contacts count for QSO on any HF/VHF band, any mode (CW, Phone, DIGI). Duplicated QSO count on different band and / or mode. All digital contacts (RTTY, JT65, PSK31, PSK63 etc) count for DIGI only one time per each band.

Valid stations and Point Values:

  • First QSO with any SES R870x (in the period from January 1st till December 31st 2017)  – 870 points;
  • QSO with R1611M (in the period from March 21st till March 31st 2017) – 100 points;
  • QSO with Moscow city (RDA districts MA-xx) - 10 points;
  • QSO with russian RDA districts MO-63, RA-18, NN-01, NN-02, NN-03, NN-04, NN-05, NN-06, NN-07, NN-08, NN-22 - 5 points;
  • QSO with other russian RDA districts MO-xx, KS-xx, NN-xx, RA-xx, VL-xx, VO-xx – 1 point.


  • Only first QSO with any SES from R870MR870O, R870C, R870K, R870B, R870A count 870 points. All other contacts count 10 points each but in the period from January 1st till December 31st, 2017.
  • All the points are multiplied by two on 160 meters and VHF/UHF. This condition does not apply to a first QSO with the R870.
  • All the points are multiplied by two (by four on 160 meters and VHF/UHF) for the HAM's outside Europe. This condition does not apply to a first QSO with the R870.


The first Russian militia during the Russian-Polish war of the time of troubles


During the Russian-Polish war “the time of troubles” over the two years (fall 1610 – fall 1612) Moscow Kremlin was occupied by Polish-Lithuanian garrison.  The Polish garrison was over the 7000 soldiers, 2000 of them were German mercenaries. The dissatisfaction of Muscovites was raising all the time because of actions of the occupation troops. A lot of accidents took place. At the beginning of January of 1611 the Russian Patriarch Germogen  sent mail to Russian cities with a call for actions in order to banish conquerors. The Ryazan’s Governor Prokopy Lyapunov (the first leader of future people's militia) was the first who responded. He started to collect the patriots of Russian land for the expedition to release Moscow from invaders.

In January 1611 the citizens of Nizhny Novgorod together with citizens from city of Balakhna also sent mail to the cities of Ryazan, Kostroma, Vologda, Galich and others with a request to send troops to the city of Nizhny Novgorod in order to organize the liberation campaign. This call was successful. There were many responses from Volga and Siberian cities. The Ryazan Governor Prokopy Lyapunov has sent his representatives to Nizhny Novgorod to negotiate the dates of the march to Moscow.


The advanced units of the first militia reached the walls of Moscow on March 19th 1611, entered city where the national uprising was in progress. However the national uprising was rigidly suppressed by a detachment of German mercenaries. The occupants set fire to the town all around. Per historians authors up to 7000 Muscovites died. Most were killed in fire.

But because of political differences between military chiefs they failed to seize the Kremlin and to release Moscow. During the political opposition the Ryazan Governor Prokopy Lyapunov was killed. The part of military chiefs left Moscow with their troops. The remaining troops besieged Moscow and were near the walls till the next approach of the second National Militia in 1612.