A75GR Qatar

A75GRA75GR Qatar

QSL Cards are now printing at UX5UO Print Shop. Logs and OQRS will be open as soon as I receive a full logbook from Rasto A75GR.


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7Q7EI - Happy St Patrick's Day!

st-Patricks-day-hd-wallpapers-and-images-11Happy St. Patrick's Day from the EIDX Group!!

Our Team are almost ready for our second large scale Dxpedition following on from our successful trip to Nepal last Year. The team are all well motivated and begin their travels to Malawi later this week.

They will arrive at Annie's Lodge in Malawi on Friday evening the 23rd March. If all goes to schedule the team will be qrv in the CQ WPX Contest certainly by Saturday morning and dependent on how rough the journey was, maybe even Friday Night..Keep an eye out on this Blog and our website for news as our DXpedition gets underway.

See you on the air!

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JD1BLY Chichi Jima Island

JD1BLYJI5RPT will be active again as JD1BLY, from Chichi Jima Island, IOTA AS-031, Ogasawara Islands.

He will be operate between the 2nd and 4th May 2018 on HF Bands plus 6m, CW, SSB, Digital modes.

QSL via his home call






Crozet & Gloriosa Dxpeditions

1280px-Crozet MapF5UFX – Sebastien
Chambéry- France, 12 March 2018

To: any media interested in Amateur radio, French oversea territories

Object: project for an expedition to Crozet and Glorioso islands.

The sovereignty of France is recognized in many territories scattered around the globe: in the Pacific Ocean with Wallis and Futuna, Polynesia, New Caledonia and Clipperton; in the Atlantic Ocean with Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon, Saint-Martin, Saint-Barthélemy, Guadeloupe, Martinique, and French Guiana. Finally, in the Indian Ocean with Mayotte, Réunion, the Scattered Islands, and the French Southern and Antarctic Territories.

For us hams, these names often evoke exoticism, an invitation to travel, but also and especially rare and sought-after contacts. The most populated areas, such as Réunion, the islands of the West Indies or New Caledonia for example, are characterized by a permanent radio amateur presence, ensuring daily contacts. For others like Saint Barthélemy or Wallis and Futuna, they are tourist destinations, not requiring a special authorization. These places are therefore regularly active during activities or expeditions conducted by passing radio amateurs. Finally, some territories require specific authorizations because their access is restricted, usually to protect their extremely sensitive ecosystems. This last category includes Clipperton, Europa, Juan de Nova, Tromelin, Glorioso, Crozet, Amsterdam, Kerguelen, and Terre Adélie. A contact with these entities is thus rather rare and extremely coveted.

Read more: Crozet & Gloriosa Dxpeditions

Harald back to Ougadougou in March

xt2aw 3Harald DFWO will be back in Burking Faso in a few days and again operating as XT2AW

He will be using his Hexbeam and Radio Power on CW, SSB and Digital Modes, favouring FT8.

He will be QRV from the 19th March until the 15th of April 2018.

Qsl as always via M0OXO








Unusual Arctic Warming Event

arctNASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration added a new video: NASA Studies an Unusual Arctic Warming Event.

It's midwinter in the Arctic, and the Sun has yet to rise over the North Pole. But the Arctic is unusually warm for this time of year. To understand this unusual arctic warming event we enlisted Earth satellite data and our Icebridge mission.

Click image for more information and to see the Video.


The Bouvet Island DXpedition – 3YØZ Update

The Bouvet Island DXpedition – 3YØZ

The 3YØZ team members are safely home. We have been home about two weeks now, after 31 days aboard our vessel M/V Betanzos. We have been to Bouvet Island, and as a result, we have a better appreciation for the challenges we face. It is a dark, dismal and dangerous place. Yet, when the sun shines, it is magnificent.

The most difficult thing to reflect upon is the final day offshore, when we saw the island, crystal clear in calm winds, less than a mile away. The conditions were perfect for our first reconnaissance flight and possible landing of
men and camp infrastructure. But, during the violent night before, the Captain had made the decision to abort. In retrospect, his call was clairvoyant. The mechanical, propulsion failure on the ship that occurred would have
brought disaster, if it resulted in some of our men being stranded ashore.

We are sure you are wondering what happens now? Well, we are not the kind of people to give up. The same thing happened when we were trying to activate Peter I in 2005. We came back the following year and with DAP's
(the vessel owner) help, we got it done.

We are optimistic about a fair settlement and a resulting refund of some of our money paid to DAP for this recent attempt to activate Bouvet. That money, and what we still have in the bank will allow us to begin making plans to try again. We have begun the difficult task of looking for a suitable vessel, and would hope to go back to Bouvet in the next year or two. Obviously, we will keep you informed.

Thank you for the hundreds of favorable and encouraging comments from our financial supporters and sponsors. No one has asked for any of their contributions back, and, in fact, many have offered additional support for the next chapter in this book. We are hopeful that those of you who have invested in this project will see fit to "roll over" your financial support to the next attempt.

So, if we can pull all the moving parts together, we are going to try it again. Hopefully, this time, with a different outcome.

Bob, K4UEE


Jupiter at Twilight

jupeeeeWhat does Jupiter's twilight zone look like? To make features more visible in this region where day meets night, NASA's Juno Mission to Jupiter took multiple photos at different exposures.

In order to collect enough light to reveal features in Jupiter's dark twilight zone, the much brighter illuminated day-side of Jupiter becomes overexposed with the higher exposure.

Discover more: http://go.nasa.gov/2tgtth3







Z2LA...all ready to go....


It won't be long now before the Norweigen Team set off to operate as Z2LA from Zimbabwe. The team will be active from 160m through 10m band on SSB and CW.

The operation will be in holiday style from 2 - 11 march 2018.            
The crew is LA7THA Rune, LA7WCA Arne and LA9VPA Thor.

The equipment:
1 Elecraft KX3
1 Icom 706 MK2G as spare radio
2 x Juma 1000 amplifiers

TX Antenna:
Inv L antenna for 160 and 80m
Slooping dipole antennas for 30/40m
20 to 10m band inc varc Hexbeam from SP7IDX Technology

RX antenna:
1 SAL 30
2 x reversible BEV antenna from remoteqth.com
1 BOG from K1FZ

If you want to support us you can do it by Paypal to Z2LA


YJ0AG -Website

vk5 websitePlans are also moving along fast for our friend Grant VK5GR and for his next IOTA adventure which this time will take him and his family to Efate in Vanuatu.

Grant has just got the information sorted and on his website which is worth a browse if you haven't been there before.

It has information on his previous trips and much more radio related items mainly focused aroud IOTA (Islands On The Air) Programme.

Please take a look at his website and the Plans for his trip in April. I am sure if you have any constructive commensts Grant will be more than happy to hear them!



5T5OK - The Story

5T5OKThe idea about the expedition to Mauritania started shortly after we returned from Comoros islands. When we looked for location for year 2017, we decided that we have to choose spot closer to Europe and North America, as result of propagation and a low solar activity. It was clear, that the choice will be somewhere in the upper half of Africa continent. Where to? Most countries we can divide into two categories – dangerous (health risks, political or safety reasons) and others which are relatively safe, but from a view of radio amateurs not so interesting. DX community desires activation of “rare” countries.

After long and passionate discussions compromise solution was selected – Mauritania. Directions to EU and NA are excellent, distance is acceptable. In this country has been two active amateurs – Jean 5T0JL (ON8RA, active CW) and Ahmad 5T2AI (9K2AI, active SSB). We contacted Jean and explained our intention. He promised to arrange permission to operation. He kept his promise. After intensive emails exchange and visit to the ARE (local telecommunication office) we have been granted permission to operate from Mauritania under callsign 5T5OK. Ahmad was acquainted with our plan so nothing hindered to choose suitable QTH.

We wanted to be the closest to the sea, ideally directly on the coast and concurrently near the airport. After searching, we decided for Sabbah hotel – same hotel in which were successful expedition of Polish operators 5T0SP in 2012. Hotel is on the edge of Nouakchott (capital of Mauritania). Unfortunately, it hasn’t got own website, phone number and emails don’t work more or less and the owner doesn’t speak English. We were reliance for personal visits of Jean and his mediated information. Jean knew this hotel (he was member of 5T0SP), he checked the current status, he found of price range and everything seemed to be on the right way.

Read more: 5T5OK - The Story

Bureau Mailing February 2018

Feb Bureau 2018

QSL cards have been posted 86 World Bureaus - Saturday 10th February 2018

This mailing is a joint mailing between M0OXO Charles, M0URX Tim & M0SDV Jamie.

I would very much appreciate feedback from you when the QSL cards start arriving at World Bureaus or received by hams around the world? This feedback will be added to our data below.

This mailing features cards from major Dxpeditions as near as 2017 (including 9G5X, 9N7EI, A25UK, D44TWO and many more) so we will be pleased that you get your cards more than 2-3 years faster than traditional Bureau to Bureau Services offered by National Societies..

**Of course we must thanks all of you that have sent EXPIRED IRC's to us. These have been used and have paid for the M0OXO mailing in its entireity so my appreciation to everyone on the list of Donors that can be seen by clicking here. If you have any EXPIRED IRC's please continue donating them to me to help cover the costs of this exceptional bureau service.


Total amount of QSL cards 20,274

Via M0OXO 12,499

Via M0URX 4,403
Via M0SDV 2,537
Via MD0CCE 61
Via G0RPA 463
Via G4IRN 52
Via YO6DDF 259

Total Weight 77.747g (gross weight includes packaging)

Total Cost £379.85 £4.86 per kg (Net weight excludes packaging)
Average postage cost 1.9 p per QSL card.

If anyone wishes to make a donation to the costs of bureau shipments, you can do when you request a QSL and use the donation facility on OQRS.

How many cards did we send to your Bureau? Click Here https://www.m0oxo.com/bureau-posting-news.html.

Read more: Bureau Mailing February 2018

VP6D Ducie Island Press Release

VP6D DucieFor Immediate Release
Press Release #2
Feb 8, 2018

VP6D Ducie Island 2018 DX-pedition

Joining the team is Vadym UT6UD. An active DX-peditioner, he has operated as H44UD, A35UD, S21XV, FO/UT6UD from Austral and Marquesas Islands, FG/UT6UD. He was a member of the 2016 VK0EK DX-pedition to Heard Island. Many will recognize Vadym from his 160 activity.

We’re happy to announce that 6 meter EME was added to the project. With planning support from Lance W7GJ, and the 6 meter community, we hope to make the first ever 6m EME QSOs from Ducie Island.

We’re working with several amateur radio equipment manufacturers and suppliers who indicated interest in supporting VP6D. Onboard already are Arlan Communications for RadioSport headsets, DX-Engineering for antenna and other supplies and GM0OBX Custom Cables offered their support.  We’re in the process of formalizing agreements with other manufacturers.

The logistics plan is coming together. Our equipment will be consolidated in Fremont, California for testing, packaging and shipment to the Braveheart in New Zealand. .  The team has a group reservation for our flight transportation from Papeete to Mangareva and back. Braveheart will pick us up in Mangareva and return us there at the end of the expedition

Detailed antenna plans are coming together nicely with 2-element vertical dipole arrays on the high bands backed up by a couple of horizontal beams, 4-squares on 30 / 40 meters and verticals on 80 / 160 meters. The 160 receiving antenna plans are under development.

With the cost of DX-peditions to remote islands increasing each year, we kicked off our fundraising campaign with a generous grant from the Northern California DX Foundation, quickly followed by other DX clubs and foundations. We appreciate the individuals who are supporting the project with their donations. A current list of all donors is available at: vp6d.com

VP6/D continues to be ranked in the top 25 Most Wanted, now at #21.

Team Ducie – 2018

DX8TT & DX8MAP - Licences granted for rare IOTA

DU1UD8 OC-119Dindo DU1UD has informed me that he now has the Licences issued allowing him to operate from both Tawi-Tawi and Cagayan De Sulu Island in the Philippines.


The Licences allow him to operate from either Island at any time during 2018 and he will use the Callsign DX8TT for OC-174 and DX8MAP for OC-105, Callsigns specially issued for this DXpedition.



Due to Dindo's work comitments, the activations usually take place at very short notice, usually only a few days so please keep an eye on this Blog and/or Facebook for further information of when these exciting activations will take place.


He is also considering the use of a Portable Hexbeam by Ant MW0JZE (http://www.g3txq-hexbeam.com/index.php/shop/106/10/g3txq-broadband-hexbeam/ultra-lightweight-d-hexpedition-portable-hexbeam-detail.html) which will give him far more options when decided operating positions on the Islands.


Tawi Tawi

Mapun Island


Republic of Kosovo - New DXCC


Kosovo’s IARU Society SHARK, and its president Vjollca Caka, Z61VB are hosting a tenth anniversary activation celebrating Kosovo’s independence, February, 2008.

The activation has already started, with Z60A being found on several bands.
Adding to their HQ location is a semi-permanent low-band site. Both sites have beam antennas plus four K3s and SPE 1.3KW amps. Olli, OH0XX has been testing the propagation over the past two days with good -- but narrow -- U.S openings.

An international team has been invited to Kosovo and is partially on the ground at this time. The team consists of DL3DXX, OH0XX, OH1MA, OH2BH, OH3JR, OZ1IKY, S50A and S51F, along with locals Z61DX, Z61FF, Z61VB, Z62FB and Z63DBB. Additional locals are behind this activity as well, and a new 2nd week team will be announced soon.

Jim, K9JF, ARRL Hon. Vice-President and Hans, PB2T, IARU R1 secretary will add to the party.

The ARRL Rocky Mountain Division director, Dwayne Allen, WY7FD has informed the team that the LoTW and the other ARRL structures are being put into place to receive this new DXCC country contacts. Already, “Republic of Kosovo” is listed in the DXCC Challenge pages.

ClubLog will be used for this activation, while QSLs will go via OH2BH.

 The start date for Kosovo DXCC credit is January 21, 2018. Your old QSL cards will not count.

3B7A St Brandon 2018

An updated most wanted list has been published on Clublog. It now shows Saint Brandon as the 27th most wanted entity worldwide (#19 NA, #17 SA, #33 AS, #28 OC, #34 AF, #48 EU). This statistic clearly confirms the relevance of our DXpedition. We knew the demand to be high more than 10 years after 3B7C.

3B7A-logo-512x512Same as with our previous projects, we know a flawless preparation is the key of the success. We are now working carefully on propagation forecast. Of course our experience of this area is a big advantage, we know some specific tips, possible openings, etc. These forecasts will drive our operations from the first to the very last day, giving priority to the areas with the shortest and most difficult conditions.

We would like to thanks our pilot team: Bjorn ON9CFG, Paul N6PSE, Javi LU5FF, Joe JJ3PRT, and our "chief pilot" Michel F6AGM (ex-FM5CD). Please share your experience and all interesting information with your local pilot during the expedition. We will be in touch with them on a daily basis thanks to our satellite phone.

The pilots will NOT have access to the logs! Questions related to your QSOs should be submitted to our QSL manager through the online form on our website. Do not expect answer until we are back in France.

We would like to take advantage of this communication to wish good luck to our 3Y0Z friends on the way to Bouvet.

Please keep on supporting our project on our website http://www.saintbrandondx.com/en/how-to-help-us/ and follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SaintBrandonDX/ and Twitter @SaintBrandonDX


Jupiter Our Largest Planet

JupOur solar system’s largest inhabitant – Jupiter – is so colossal that 11 Earths could fit across its clouded disk.

Here's the planet’s striking south polar region, viewed by our Juno spacecraft as it performed its 10th close flyby on Dec. 16, 2017:












7Q7EI Malawi update

7Q7EIThe 7Q7EI Website has been updated with new information regarding their trip in a few weeks time.

Radio Amateurs members of EIDX Group will be active as 7Q7EI from Malawi 21 March - 3 April 2018.
They will operate on 160 - 10m CW, SSB, RTTY including activity in CQ WW WPX SSB Contest.

Qsl via M0OXO OQRS or Direct Post Mail








E31AThe E31A Team are now qrt from Eritrea.

Zorro will not now activate IOTA AF-038 on this trip but they may be able to do it in one of their future operations.

Zorro did intend to use E39DI as a Callsign from Dahlak Island but this is now cancelled for the time being.










VY0ERC NA-008 (2018)

VY0ERC 9VE1RUS anticipates arriving at the VY0ERC station in Eureka, Nunavut (NA-008) on February 3rd. A few weeks later VE3KTB will arrive.

Expect activity on 40 and 20 Meters on SSB, Digital (FT8) and some very slow CW in their spare time through April 1st

The Club is located in the environs of the Eureka Weather Station which is itself located at 79 degrees 59 minutes N, 85 degrees 56 minutes W on Ellesmere Island (IOTA NA-008), Nunavut. VY0ERC is currently operating out of the Polar Environment Atmospheric Research Laboratory (PEARL) Ridge Laboratory (RidgeLab) located approximately 11 km as the crow flies from the weather station (http://www.candac.ca). The RidgeLab is set on top of the hill at 80 degrees 3 minutes N and 86 degrees 25 minutes W at 600 m.a.s.l. The separation is significant as Eureka is in grid square EQ79 and the RidgeLab is in grid square ER60, and as the RidgeLab is above 80 degrees N, it is in ITU zone 75 rather than ITU zone 4. Both are located in CQ zone 2.

We are opening membership in the Club to all interested amateurs.

There are no dues associated with becoming a member, although donations would be gratefully accepted, whether they are monetary or equipment. QSL via M0OXO.



6O6A 66O6O Somalia (Doctors Without Borders Fundraising)

Full log received and all busted call enquiries have been resolved one way or another. The full log is now on M0OXO Logsearch & OQRS. The amended Clublog and LOTW files will be uploaded later so please don't email me asking for Clublog updates they will be done in due course.

Thanks to Kenneth Opskar & Adrian Ciuperca fior a fanteastic job.

Please also remember all donations for this trip will go to the Doctors Without Borders Charity (DWOB). Ken will uodate his website with the amounts raised in due course so please be generous ;-)



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