ZL4AA - 2SZ - Success !!

 

K1024 Great-Grand-KidsTonight, around 40 operators and guests crammed into the Shag Valley Station’s historic shearers quarters recreation room, transformed into a three station HF operation shack, to experience the unreal experience of the re-enactment of Frank Bell’s original contact with Cecil Goyder at Mill Hill School in London.

Among the guests were the current land-owners and hosts, Johnny Bell and his family, 5th and 6th generation Bell’s on the station.

As the operating team anxiously watched the Greyline simulator on the computer, initial contact was made on 20m with reception, once a clear frequency was found, excellent. This lead to what was the highlight of the evening -  Ian at Mill Hill School put two students on the microphone and at our end, Frank Bells great-grand children, Henry and Lucy (Photo left) took the  microphone and very quickly got “the lingo” much to the delight of the assembled audience.  Maybe Branch 30 has two  more budding members?

Meanwhile, Ken ZL4NR had tuned up the second rig on 80m while Mike ZL4OL operated and as the Grand-children finished their QSO’s, he quietly announced to the gathering – worked them! The headphone plug was then pulled and the gathering was able to listen to 2SZ working many stations.  

To see the latest photos and President Dave Mulder, ZL4DK’s report on tonights events go to  http://www.zl4aa.org.nz/tonight-at-shag-valley/

 

ZL4AA Shag Valley Station update

shagHere is the latest news from the ZL4AA Team at Shag Valley;

The action is building, the pileups are growing and the logs are filling rapidly. It is building to a splendid culmination of over a year’s planning and activities by the Otago Branch 30 and further afield, the ZM90DX group’s year long event.

At Shag Valley Station the list of visitors to the event is ever building with Mike ZL2CC the farthest travelled all the way from Gisborne.  ZL4SA is regularly making the trip down from Ranfurly, Adam ZL4ASC and Cliff ZL4AS are up from Balclutha, while ZL2AYB  from Blenheim was parked in the yard with his motorhome, ZL4RMF from – well ex of South Otago but now from wherever he likes to stop, alongside in his magnificent motorhome with the 180m equipment and brothers John, ZL2UAL from Nelson and Alan Bayless ZL4TAF from Otematata were in yet another motor home, if I remember correctly, called “The Truck”. Click green banner to read more;

Read more: ZL4AA Shag Valley Station update

MX0LDG - 7 Band Hexbeam

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MX0LDG IOTA DXpedition to Isles of Scilly EU-011 this week are using the new 7 Band Broadband Hexbeam by MW0JZE Anthony. 

The 7 band Hexbeam includes a 40m element. The team will be using this antenna on 40m so please listen for them and work them from wherever you are in the World, Anthony would very much appreciate genuine signal reports on this band.

You can read more about the MW0JZE 7 Band Hexbeam 40m - 6m by clicking on the link.

The team very much look forward to working you all on Isles of Scilly, St Mary's Island.

The team have no internet so logs will be uploaded after the DXpediton. 

QSL Via M0URX Direct & (Bureau OQRS only). Please do not send us any bureau cards for this activity.

 

Latest Bureau mailing details....

D7K 2001QSL cards have been posted to all World Bureaus, Tuesday October 14th 2014. 

 

This was a joint mailing between Tim M0URX & Charles M0OXO.I would very much appreciate feedback from you when the QSL cards start arriving at World Bureaus. This Bureau mailing includes large batches of 3B9FR, ZM90DX & M0UKI/p (EU-109).

 

Total amount of QSL cards 11,993
Total Weight 48460 g

Total Cost £241.40
per kg £4.97
Average postage cost  2p per QSL card..

 

For or a detailed breakdown click the green ''read more''

 

Read more: Latest Bureau mailing details....

2SZ, ZL4AA, GB2NZ & ZM90DX

unnamedOn 18th October 1924, the first radio communication contact between the UK and New Zealand took place between (G)''2SZ'' at Mill Hill School, the station operated by Cecil Goyder, and (Z)4AA in Shag Valley, South Island, New Zealand, operated by Frank Bell.

Commemorative stations of ''ZM90DX'' & ''GB2NZ'' have been qrv for quite a while but from 11th to 18th October two other callsigns will be active, ''ZL4AA'' from Shag Valley New Zealand and ''2SZ'' from Mill Hill School in the UK.

Qsl for all four Callsigns is via M0OXO (OQRS preferred).

 

VK3FY/3 IOTA OC-136

phillip-island-map-fullChris VK3FY will be qrv from Phillip Island IOTA OC-136 (Victoria State Centre group) in the coming days.

This will be a short operation for around 24 hours and is expected between Friday evening 10th and Sunday morning 12th October local time.

 

Phillip Island, Australia is about 140 km (87 mi) south-southeast of Melbourne, Victoria. Named after Arthur Phillip, the first Governor of New South Wales, Phillip Island forms a natural breakwater for the shallow waters of Western Port. It is 26 km (16 mi) long and 9 km (5.6 mi) wide, with an area of about 100 km2 (39 sq mi). It has 97 km (60 mi) of coastline and is part of the Bass Coast Shire.

Qsl via M0OXO (OQRS Preferred)

 

DX8DX OC-188 QSL Card

DX8DX 2014The DX8DX Qsl Card for Dindo's recent operation from Pangutaran Island IOTA OC-188 is now with the printer at UX5UO QSL Print.

I hope the cards to be here in the next 3 weeks. You can request your Qsl Card by clicking here.

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MX0SSW - TX Factor

K800 tx factor ep 5TX Factor Episode 5 has now been released.

This episode shows the Silcoates School Club Station in detail as well as interviews with Staff and Pupils about their interest in the hobby.

Click the image (left) to see the Film.

 

 

 

 

IOTA - The future

IOTA 50LThis information posted by John Gould G3WKL RSGB President;

Islands on the Air (IOTA) celebrated its 50th anniversary as a premier DX programme in July 2014, under the care of the RSGB and the IOTA manager, Roger Balister G3KMA. The last fifty years has seen the programme grow to 2,500 active island chasers and approximately 15,000 more casual participants. It is perhaps second in scale and scope to the DXCC award; indeed, many would argue it is a step beyond that programme. The 50th Anniversary event in Windsor was very successful, with enthusiasts travelling from the UK and overseas to celebrate this important milestone in DX history.

Click the banner to ''read more''.....

Read more: IOTA - The future

DX8DX IOTA OC-188 - update

OC-188DX8DX plans for the publicised IOTA activations this weekend have changed.

This means he will be only able to activate one of the proposed Islands this time around. His hopes to make the crossing (between 12 and 18 hours depending on the Sea state) and hopefully be in Pangutaran (OC-188) by 26th September. He will remain there until the 3rd October. Of course I must again remind you that Dindo will be working intermittently throughout this period so operating will be sporadic periods but nevertheless as he is now there for a full week and that this is the rarest of the groups, we hope this will be a popular outcome for the IOTA chasers.

Check out the Blog by clicking here for any further information up to and during his activation of this rare IOTA.

 

MAVEN reaches Mars

MarsNASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft successfully entered Mars’ orbit at 18:24 p.m. yesterday, where it now will prepare to study the Red Planet’s upper atmosphere as never done before.

MAVEN is the first spacecraft dedicated to exploring the tenuous upper atmosphere of Mars.

Following orbit insertion, MAVEN will begin a six-week commissioning phase that includes maneuvering into its final science orbit and testing the instruments and science-mapping commands. MAVEN then will begin its one Earth-year primary mission, taking measurements of the composition, structure and escape of gases in Mars’ upper atmosphere and its interaction with the sun and solar wind.

Click image to see You Tube movie.

 

 

E30FB - Eritrea

zorro2Operations began yesterday by Zorro JH1AJT in Eritrea. he was using the Callsign E30FB.

Zorro is in Eritrea on business and this information published by the Eritrean Ministry Of Communication;

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed yesterday between Eritrea and Japan regarding Sports Collaboration at Asmara Palace Hotel here in the capital. The Memorandum pertains to regular exchange of sports delegation, exchange of information, coordinating seminars and preparing mutual programs and projects focusing on Olympic and Paralympics participation of Eritrean athletes during the period 2014-2020.

Up to this morning Zorro had logged over 1400 qso's, many of them ATNO's. Expect to hear Zorro sporadically for the next few days.

 

 

 

 

YW5RYL IOTA SA-035

LOGO1 2014YW5RYL are now qrv from Las Roques Island, IOTA SA-035.

The archipelago of Los Roques is a group of islands and cays in the Lesser Antilles belonging to Venezuela which have an estimated 40.61 square kilometers and are located between the Archipelago Las Aves (west) and the island of La Orchila surface (the east).

It has an area of ​​approximately 221,120 hectares between sea and land areas, and is considered the largest marine park in Latin America.

 

M0UKI/p Farnes Islands Gallery

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A few images from the recent activation of Longstone Island IOTA EU-109 (Farne Islands Group) can be seen on this link for anyone who is interested.

Click the image to view. Tnx Paul 2E1AYS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OC-122 & OC-215 confirmations

YF1AR 122 001Thanks to Budi YF1AR and his manager Bob N2OO for receipt of the latest Qsl confirmations.


IOTA OC-122 Sipora Island and YF1AR/5 IOTA OC-122 Tambelan Besar Island were both activated earlier this year and traditional Paper Qsl confirmations arrived today.

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DX8DX IOTA OC-119 & OC-188

K800 OC-119  OC-188Dindo (DV1UD) will be qrv as DX8DX next week from Pangutaran Island IOTA OC-188 (Pangutaran Group) and Tongkil (Tongquil) Island IOTA OC-119 (Jolo Group)

Details are not exact at this stage but it is believed these activations will be around Thursday 25th and Friday 26th September 2014. Dindo has upgraded equipment this time around and will use Icom 706MKIIG (100w) and also K3 and KPA500 into Vertical antennas (SteppIR BigIR etc). CW is his predominant and preferred mode but there is a chance there may be a second operator with him who, if possible, will be able to operate a second station on SSB however this is not confirmed at this stage.
 See Blog updates as I get them by clicking the image above.
 QSL Cards are via M0OXO

 

M0UKI/p EU-109 Qsl Preview

M0UKIQsl Cards for M0UKI/p, Farne Islands, IOTA EU-109 were ordered today.

I'll keep the blog updated on the progress but I expect them in around 3 weeks time from Gennady UX5UO.

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MW0JZE 7 Band Hexbeam announced

7band-hexbeamGreat news today for the users of the Hexbeam as Anthony MW0JZE has announced his new version of the antenna and it includes 40M !

''Over the past 9 months I have been planning, designing and developing the new Hexbeam concept. I have done much research on the 40m full size Hexbeam but came to the conclusion it was just too big to erect in an average size garden. The wind load would be so high that any strong gales could cause destruction to the fiberglass arms limiting its life span. The compromise I came to was to design a non-trapped Di-pole antenna with as little loss as possible while maintaining a modest turning radius.''

 

Read more on this 6M thro 40M antenna by visiting Ant's site by clicking the image above... Good luck Ant !

 

Kind comments.....

It's not that often that people take the time to comment on the Qsl services that Tim M0URX and I offer so I make no apologies for dropping this one on my Blog ;-)

''Hello Charles,
Many, many thanks for your QSL cards : 3B9FR, D44TWO, G7VJR, MJ0UOO, GM100C and ZM90DX.

I 'v got all of this very nice QSL cards on August 20. 2014. via E7 QSL Bureau in Sarajevo.
I was use your very, very quality OQRS. I wish you very good success in your QSL management.


73 from Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Samir E73KW'' ..........Thanks Samir !

 

Buyukada Island IOTA AS-201

AS-200 001Thanks Bodo DF8DX for the confirmation on the new IOTA AS-201 that arrived this week.

Buyukada Island was a brand new IOTA that was announced at the IOTA conference in July
at the IOTA convention in London.

Great activation Bodo, many thanks for the fast turnaround as always.

 

 

 

M0UKI/p EU-109 - Reminder ;-)

K1024 Longstone Lighthouse 2Just a reminder that myself Charles M0OXO, Nobby G0VJG, Dave EI9FBB, Richard G7GLW & will be qrv from EU-109 (Farne Islands) on the 6th and 7th September 2014.

Callsign will be M0UKI/p.

This short operation may also include participation in the SSB Field Day contest. The team are aiming for Longstone Island, dependant on weather, (keep an eye on QRZ.com links for updates). They will be using multi-band Dipoles & vertical antennas and hope to give this IOTA to as many chasers as possible in the short time frame.

Qsl will be via M0OXO OQRS Direct/Bureau. Your Qsl Cards are NOT required so please use OQRS where possible.

You can find more information by clicking the image.

 

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