PX8I SA-060 confirmation

K1024 img010PX8I confirmation Qsl Card arrived today for a qso back in July 2014.

Location was Itarana Island, Brazil, IOTA SA-060 (Para State East Group).


Thanks to the team.....






m0oxoI was pleased to receive this Certificate today.

Its been a while since I ventured into the Contest mode but happy to be back ;-)










DV1UD/P OC-093 / P40FY SA-036

DV1UDDV1UD/P (OC-093) and P40FY/P40FN (SA-036) Qsl Card will hit the mail Friday 3rd July 2015.

Thanks,  Charles



Arching Eruption

eruptNasa's Solar Dynamics Observatory caught this vision of an arching eruption on the side of the sun on the 18th June 2015.

The imagery is shown in the wavelength of extreme ultraviolet light which highlights material in the low parts of the sun's atmosphere and is typically colorised in red.

This clip covers about four hours of the event. Click the image to see the movie.



Latest IOTA confirmations...

Gratefuly received this week were these Qsl cards from recent IOTA activations.

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Thanks for the new ones Imam, great service as always!





MC0SHL Blog update....


MC0SHL Blog updated by Chris G1VDP.

Follow this link to read the information..... MC0SHL click here or on image above.

Thanks Chris...












XT2AW QRT early

xt2aw2Message from Harald XT2AW (D44TWO, DF2WO) regarding his hasty departure from XT2 land;

''Dear Ham-Radio-Fellows,

knowing very well, that many of you are disappointed, not have been able to work Burkina Faso during my stay, please let me try to explain why this happened.

First of all, my equipment got lost on the flight and came several days later.

In Ougadougo I had to overcome many obstacles: The main power failed very often, there was a very strong qrn, the conditions towards Asia VK, ZL and JA were extremly poor and last but not least, the computer very often refused to work, so the planned JT65-traffic couldn't take place. And finally, I had to leave Ougadougu two weeks earlier than planned at first.
But all is not lost. For coming November, there will be another trip to Bukina Faso.
 I'm looking forward, to meet you all on frequency during this coming stay in XT-country.
So for now, please accept my excuses for this more or less failed expedition and let's look ahaed to November.
With best regards and 73s,

Harald,  DF2WO/XT2AW''


Mission to Jupiter Moon Europa


jupiterwwwwBeyond Earth, Jupiter's moon Europa is considered one of the most promising places in the solar system to search for signs of present-day life, and a new NASA mission to explore this potential is moving forward from concept review to development.

NASA's mission concept -- to conduct a detailed survey of Europa and investigate its habitability -- has successfully completed its first major review by the agency and now is entering the development phase known as formulation.

"Today we're taking an exciting step from concept to mission, in our quest to find signs of life beyond Earth," said John Grunsfeld, associate administrator for NASA's Science Mission Directorate in Washington. "Observations of Europa have provided us with tantalizing clues over the last two decades, and the time has come to seek answers to one of humanity's most profound questions."

NASA's Galileo Mission to Jupiter in the late 1990s produced strong evidence that Europa, about the size of Earth's moon, has an ocean beneath its frozen crust. If proven to exist, this global ocean could hold more than twice as much water as Earth. With abundant salt water, a rocky sea floor, and the energy and chemistry provided by tidal heating, Europa may have the ingredients needed to support simple organisms.

The mission plan calls for a spacecraft to be launched to Jupiter in the 2020s, arriving in the distant planet's orbit after a journey of several years. The spacecraft would orbit the giant planet about every two weeks, providing many opportunities for close flybys of Europa. The mission plan includes 45 flybys, during which the spacecraft would image the moon's icy surface at high resolution and investigate its composition and the structure of its interior and icy shell.

Click image above for You Tube video.


Geomagnetic storm reaching G4-Severe levels

g4-severe gms Three Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs) produced on June 18, 19 and 21 have now all arrived at our planet and their combined effects caused G4-Strong geomagnetic storm on 22nd June 2015.

Two of the three CMEs were produced by Region 2371, one of the biggest regions of the current solar cycle, which is currently directly facing Earth. This region has 'beta-gamma-delta' magnetic configuration and is capable of producing more strong to major eruptions on Sun. Due to its location, CMEs this region could produce over the coming days would most likely be Earth-directed.

Full-halo CME produced by a long duration M3.0 solar flare which erupted at 17:35 UTC on June 18 hit our planet at 16:50 UTC on 21st June. It was a glancing blow followed by the arrival of partial-halo CME (produced by filament eruption in the SSE quadrant early June 19) at 05:45 UTC on 22nd June.3 cmes wsa enlil june222015 f

Direct hit by full-halo CME produced early 21st June was registered at 18:37 UTC.

Geomagnetic K-index of 8 (G4-Severe) threshold was reached at 18:52 UTC.

Area of impact is primarily poleward of 45 degrees Geomagnetic Latitude.Under G4-Severe conditions, widespread voltage control problems are possible and some protective systems may mistakenly trip out key assets from the power grid. Induced pipeline currents intensify.  

 See You Tube video of CME click here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9dzD2BRIM8


MC0SHL EU-124 - now qrv....

QSL-MC0SHL-2We would like to announce that we are currently in the final planning stages of our regular trip to Ramsey Island - IOTA EU-124. This year we are going to try to have 3 stations on air full time as we are only there for 3 nights.

Arrive on island Friday 19th June
Depart island Monday 22nd June

We will be using 3 of the new "Hexpedition" hexbeams built by Ant, one will be directed to the West to allow us to work as many stations in the USA as possible as we seem to be lacking contacts from there each year. There may be some digi mode operating and again we will be looking on 6m to work as many as possible on there too.

The full team this year are; Rob MW0RLJ, Ant MW0JZE, Tim M0URX, Charles M0OXO, Tony G4LDL, Chris G1VDP, Vinny M0TAV, Laura MW6INK, Glenys G8KWD.

There may be some operating the days from Monday 15th, before and after the Island visit from the farm as we all assemble and get ready to travel. Please also twitter

We look forward to meeting you on the air and again we ask to listen to who we call and just act in a true Ham Spirit and allow us to complete the QSO's. Please also follow us on Twitter. Click the image to the right.....>>>>>


VK7FG - OC-195 (re-activation)

fliPaul VK2HV and Tim VK7NSE will again be qrv from Flinders Island IOTA OC-195 and again will use the Callsign VK7FG.
Paul and Tim will be working on getting the 40m beam up for this second activation. They are hopeful to work all bands 160-10m and maybe some 6m if there is any propagation.
Dates are from the 19 June onwards for around two weeks, no date for the end of the operation has been decided as yet. We wish them both all the best.
**New Qsl Cards will be designed for this operation -  Qsl via M0OXO

Cables & Accessories - GM0OBX

GM0OBX-Logo REV photosHow often do we look for retailers when we need new cables?

If it's patch leads, interface cables, Digi-mode software that you are looking for then why not try Billy GM0OBX. No job is too small for Billy and he has a pretty fast turnaround too!

Check his sales page but if you don't see what you need then drop him an email, I am sure he will accomodate or at least advise you on your requirements.

Click the logo above to visit his sales page or see the link in the left sidebar.


DV1UD/p qrv de IOTA OC-093

DV1UDDindo DV1UD/p is now qrv from Batan Island IOTA OC-093 (Batan Islands Group).

The Province of Batanes is an island province in the region of Cagayan Valley, Philippines. It is the northernmost province of the Philippines and is also the smallest province, both in terms of population and land area. The provincial capital is Basco on Batan Island.


The island group is located about 162 kilometres (101 mi) north of Luzon and about 190 kilometres (120 mi) south of Taiwan, separated from the Babuyan Islands of Cagayan Province, Luzon, by the Balintang Channel and from Taiwan by the Bashi Channel.

Dindo is scheduled on the Island until the 6th June 2015. Qsl via M0OXO



3B9FRDue to many repeated requests, I am almost ready to confirm contacts with 3B9FR on LOTW (Logbook of the World) for the first time. This is not as simple as you may think.

Robert 3B9FR still uses paper logs and I have to input this data into the PC log when he sends them. He can work between 50 and 500 qso's a day so this task takes a lot of time. I currently have many paper logs and in the PC I have around 70,000 qso's. My intention is to upload the 70,000 to LOTW and this will pacify many of you. All future logs will be uploaded as a matter of course.

The problem lies with historic qso's. I simply cannot accept email enquiries at this stage as there will be hundreds and the only solution is to upload historic qso's as and when Qsl Cards are requested. This can be done by Direct Post mail or using OQRS. OQRS Bureau requests can be made but I must stress of course that OQRS Direct & Post Mail Direct requests will have to take precidence. These will be uploaded to LOTW as soon as the request is processed. I am not chasing dollars here guys, searching through paper logs takes a huge amount of time and for each request with more than a few contacts, this can take 15 minutes or longer per request. I simply do not at this stage have the time to answer Log checks enquiries by email so please be patient.

I am sure this will change with the passing of time but please DO NOT send me emails as they may go unanswered.


Mars - The effects of Wind

Mars queryHere on Earth, we are used to the wind shaping our environment over time, forming smooth, sculpted rocks and rippling dunes. In this way, Mars is more similar to Earth than you might expect.

On the Red Planet, strong winds whip dust and sand from the surface into a frenzy, moving it across the planet at high speeds. These winds can hit 100 km/h, enough to create giant dust storms that settle across huge swathes of Mars, lasting for many days or even weeks.

As these winds travel they carve their surroundings, eroding and smoothing and gradually wearing away the planet’s surface features over millions of years.           Click here to read more....

Read more: Mars - The effects of Wind

XT2AW - QRV in Burkina Faso

xt2aw2Harald DF2WO, made it to Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso and is now qrv as XT2AW.

Harald originally lost two of his bags, which included his radio equipment, were lost but he has since had them delivered and he has managed to get on air.

He is using his Yaesu FT-450 and also a Hexbeam.  He's currently scheduled to be in XT until the end of June.

Qsl via M0OXO




Batanes 4

Dindo DV1UD apologises for the short notice but advises me he will be qrv from Batan Island IOTA OC-093 (Batan Islands Group) between the 3rd and 6th June 2015. Plane tickets have already been bought for the trip.

As always Dindo is on work assignment but this time he says the balance will be in favour of radio rather than work.

 He will be operating from the Paga Asa Radar Station, which is 300m above Sea Level, near Basco Airport.
Callsign this time will be DV1UD/p and Qsl via M0OXO.

NASA to test supersonic spacecraft

DiscoveryNASA announced today that its second Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) test will launch next Tuesday, 2nd June, from the the U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility in Hawaii.

The LDSD mission is part of the agency's preparation for sending humankind to Mars. Mission commanders aim to test new technology designed to land a spacecraft with a large payload on the surface of the Red Planet.

NASA is investigating the use of atmospheric drag as a method to safely land the large spacecraft on Mars; the spacecraft will only need to access its limited supply of fuel during final landing procedures. According to NASA, three different supersonic vehicles are under development.


K800 MT0IXDMS0IXD-FRONTThe Qsl card for the DX Interceptor's is now complete and being printed.

MT0IXD was the Callsign used on their recent trip to the Isle Of Man IOTA EU-116.

Qsl Cards will be available soon for MT0IXD EU-116 or their Club Station Call of MS0IXD. OQRS is already open and you can request your card by clicking here.

You can also view their website by clicking the image above.




M0OXO QSL Service


Here is a full list of the Stations that I am currently (as of 1st May 2015) Qsl Manager for.



You can request Qsl Cards for any of these stations using my OQRS system and you can find a link for this in the sidebar or at the bottom of this page.

If you are requesting multiple Qsl Cards via the bureau, please consider donating a few Dollars by PayPal. Cards sent via the bureau still have to be designed, bought and mailed and for bureau cards this is done at my expense. If you are requesting 5 - 20+ Qsl Cards at a time (and many of you do!), don't be tight and just ask for them because they are 'free' as this is clearly not the case. Please consider a small donation towards the costs of running this Qsl Card service. There is a PayPal Donation box to the left of this message - Thank you.

2E0AVF England **Qsl cards NOT required
2E0DJB England **Qsl Cards required
2E0KYI England **Qsl Cards required
2O0IJK England London 2012 Olympic Games **Qsl Cards required
2Q0IJK England HM Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee **Qsl Cards required
2R0KYI England Royal Wedding UK 2011 **Qsl Cards required
2SZ England **Qsl Cards required
2V0IJK England RSGB Centenery celebrations **Qsl Cards required
3B9FR AF-017 Rodriguez Island **Qsl Cards not required
3B9WR AF-017 Rodriguez Island by G3LZQ (SK) **QSL Cards NOT required

(Click here to see a full list of the Callsigns I manage).

Read more: M0OXO QSL Service

YB4IR/8 OC-249

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QSL Card received today from Imam YB4IR for his operation from Wamar Island IOTA OC-249 back in April.


Fast service via OQRS, thanks Imam.







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