XT2AW ending, 9X2AW starting!

9X2AWHarald (DF2WO) will be winding up his operation in Burkina Faso (XT2AW) in the next few days (25th October) where he has given many of you XT2 in several modes as well as the new FT8 Mode.

He will return back to Germany and will have a few weeks to prepare before his next trip to 9X2 Rwanda.

He should be qrv from Kigali, Rwanda (9X2AW) around the 15th November 2017 and expects to be on air for approximately 2 weeks before he returns home to Germany for Christmas. Again he will be qrv on CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8 modes.

 

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Baiyah Island, Liberia AF -111P..

5L3BI logoNot long to go now before this first time activation by the same respected team that brought you S79C, A91HI & A70X.

Keep a check on their website https://af111new.com/news/ and my Facebook page for up to the date news as we approach this rare and anticipated IOTA activation scheduled from around the 31st October 2017.

The team are still looking for Donations towards the costs of the trip which would be welcomed via their website or through the QSL Process when you request your QSL Card.

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9U4M Update..

9U4M-logo3D-696x696Our trip to Burundi is closing in very fast and our website is constantly being updated.
 
Please take a look at the website and get familiar with the Team, Sponsors, Qsl Policy, Operating Frequencies and Merchandise now available plus of course up to date information about 9U4M.
 
Be ready !!!
 

 

UX5UO Print - World of Qsl's

UX5UOGennady Treus (UX5UO) has been on the air since 1967, ex op. UK5UBB, ex UB5UKO, RT5UO and KE4EKT. Contest call US1U. His #1 hobby is DXing & QSL-cards printing is his #2 hobby as well as being a small personal business.

Almost any type of QSL cards and various HAM extras products are available from "UX5UO print".

For ordering your new QSLs from UX5UO print, you can use an Online ORDER FORM and/or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Please use this e-mail as well to send graphics files to be used in creating your QSL design.

We accept almost all graphics formats like .tif, .jpg, .cdr, .eps, .psd, .bmp, .gif, .png, .ppt. Preferable ones are .tif, .pdf or .jpg high quality files (300dpi resolution at 9x14cm size, or 1650x1050 pixels or better). If you are going to design the QSL by yourself, one warning: Please do not put any lettering or logos closer than 6mm (1/4") to borders (edges) of QSL card.

If you do not have internet access, please send your paper samples (photos, rough design, text data etc) to Make the payment to your regional representative or UX5UO by post:

Gennady V. Treus
P.Box 83, Kiev, 03113
Ukraine

Make the payment to your regional representative.

As of October 2017 18702 unique callsigns from 318 DXCC countries have already been printed by "UX5UO print".

UX5UOHeadr

 

EJ1D EU-006 Qsl Card

EJ1DHere is the QSL design from the recent DX Féile weekend on Inis Mór, EU-006.

Just shy of 2,500 QSOs were made remarkably as this was just a casual 'open key, open mic' set up. Definitely, the stations were a big hit with our overseas guests.

Inis Mor is the largest of the Aran Islands in Galway Bay in Ireland and has an area of 31 km2 (12 sq mi). EJ1D obInis Mór has a population of about 840, making it the largest of the Aran Islands in terms of population and largest island off the Irish coast with no bridge or causeway to the mainland. 

The island is famous for its strong Irish culture, loyalty to the Irish language, and a wealth of Pre-Christian and Christian ancient sites including Dún Aengus, described as "the most magnificent barbaric monument in Europe" by George Petrie.

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Bouvet 3YØZ - Press Release 9

3Y0ZFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
     
The Bouvet Island DXpedition – 3YØZ

Press Release #9
October 17, 2017

After over 10 years of dreaming and 2 years of rigorous planning, we have turned a page.  Our team is intact and ready.  We have 17,000 pounds of equipment.  It has been tested, sorted, inventoried and packed into our 40-foot sea container.  We have discussed all conceivable contingencies, including rough seas, clouds and fog, high winds and emergencies at sea and on shore.  We have studied propagation, maximized our location on the island, selected the best radio equipment, and have thought first and foremost of safety.  All of this culminated when we sealed our sea container on October 9th, entered it into customs bond, placed it on a truck and watched it begin its journey to Punta Arenas, Chile.  Our die has been cast.  Now, a new chapter begins: one of reflection, waiting anxiously and hoping (praying) that all will go well from this point on.

We have been blessed by the worldwide support of individual amateur radio operators, clubs and foundations.  They have backed us, overwhelmingly.  We are inspired by the support we have received, both financially and in spirit.  We want to live up to all that is expected of us on this “generational” DXpedition, which is likely the largest and most challenging DXpedition ---- ever.  Indeed, there may never be another like it.  We now have time to appreciate the responsibility that this project thrusts upon us.  We feel it, and we will do our utmost to meet the DX world’s expectations from Bouvet - the number 2 “most wanted” entity.

You will start seeing band plans, more detailed propagation information, QSL information and more on our website.  Our Facebook and Twitter social media outlets will keep their conversational tone, but shift their focus to how you can best work us, plus current events and news of interest.  Our updated propagation forecasts continue to validate our predictions, as visualized on our website propagation page.

Our team now has a singular focal point, King George Island, where the next chapter begins.  We will meet our ship there on January 13th, and sail 2,200 miles to Bouvet.  By departing from King George Island rather than Punta Arenas, we save about 400 miles of sea travel.  This essentially gives us one or two more days on the air from Bouvet. We will savor those days, because they will give us QSOs that otherwise would not have been made.

We have asked more from our team members than for any previous DXpedition. This includes their time, effort and money. We thank all of you who are helping to defray some of their costs.  We continue to welcome new and additional support to help with these expenses.

We are counting the days…..

73,
Bob-K4UEE
Ralph-KØIR
Erling-LA6VM

 

VY0ERC NA-008 (2017)

VY0ERC6Pierre VE3KTB and Alex VE1RUS are heading out to Eureka on October 15 and will remain there until November 11.
They hope to be on the air as soon as possible, but most likely between October 17 and November 10.
They will be QRV when time permits and will try our best to operate during CQ WW SSB 2017.

Iony Island AS-069 Video

IonyCheck this link out for the video of the recent RI0C Dxpedition to the very rare Iony Island.

http://www.iony2017.com/video

As a colleague quite rightly said....''These guys deserve our respect!''

 

7Q7EI - Malawi

7Q7EIThe EIDX Group (who brought you 9N7EI in March 2017) are delighted to announce their next DXpedition for 2018.

The team, consisting of 14 operators will be QRV for two consecutive weekends from the 21st of March to the 3rd of April 2018 (also taking in the WPX SSB contest) from Malawi.

The team have carefully selected an ideal location on the shores of Lake Malawi and will be QRV on all bands from 160m through 10m, SSB, CW, RTTY and FT8 modes.

The Team are currently building their website and this will be released to the public in due course.

I am pleased they have approached me to be their QSL Manager and give them the service to which they are accustomed....

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TM0TI EU-156

TM0TIGil F4FET, Diego F4HAU & Antoine F5RAB will be active from Tombelaine Island EU-156 as TM0TI during October 21-23, 2017.

They will be QRV on 40m through10m, using CW and SSB.

Qsl via QRZ.Com

 

 

 

 

 

DX Feile - EIDX Group

EIDXFThis event is the first of its kind in EI. Please check out the Programme schedule and maybe you can make the trip to EI.

It will be a great weekend with top class speakers from around the World. Cezar VE3LYC, Kenneth LA7GIA and Nigel G3TXF are just a few of the ones attending and who will give you an amazing insight into their solo Dxpeditions and stories.

Come along, you won't be disappointed!!

https://www.dxfeile.ie/programme

The EIDX Group was formed in early 2016 with an aim of bringing Ireland's DXers together to form an Irish DXpedition team and to promote DX activity in Ireland.

Earlier this year, we brought you 9N7EI, operating from high above in the Himalayas and netting over 30,000 QSOs! Plans are already in place for our next adventure in 2018 and will be announced soon.

'Féile', is a word taken from the Irish language (Gaelic) and translates into English as 'Festival'. So basically, we are holding a 'DX Festival' this coming October.

The chosen venue for this 'festival' is quite exciting as it is actually on Inis Mór, Aran Islands (EU-006). To mark this occasion, 2 x stations will be QRV for the weekend where attendees will be able to operate the EJ1D callsign for as much or as little as they like.
 
We have chosen an amazing line up of DX Related talks presented by some of the World's finest DXpeditioners. (see the 'Programme' page for full line-up). Add this with the friendly Irish atmosphere and Céad Míle Fáilte (One hundred million welcomes) will make for a great DX filled weekend for sure.

Accommodation is scarce on the island and therefore numbers are limited. We expect this to sell out real fast. See bookings page for full info.

Read more here...... https://www.dxfeile.ie/

 

AT7M AS-096

AT7PAmateurs from India have today started their operating from St. Mary islands IOTA AS-096.

Operators were working good pile-ups today on 20, 17 and 15m and were audible here in the UK.

Their short operation is scheduled to finish on the 1st October.

 

 

 

 

RI1F - Viktoriya Island EU-190NEW

victoria-island karteThe RI1F Team say they are well underway and around 500 miles from Viktoriya Island. If conditions continue to be favorable, they expect to arrive in 2 - 3 days.

Viktoriya Ialand (Ostrov Viktoriya in Russian) is a small Arctic island of the Russian Federation. It is located at 80°9'N 36°46'E, halfway between the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard and the Russian archipelago of Franz Josef Land.

EU-190NEW is one of the remaining 'new' IOTA's announced at the 50th anniversary IOTA Convention in 2014. Roger Ballister G3KMA announced 11 new reference numbers that would be added to the programme with immediate effect. As of today, only AF-118 and EU-190 are the final two still to be activated.

1) AF-118 CN Los Farallones and Jaegerschmidt, Morocco
2) NA-247 PJ7 St Maarten’s Coastal Islands
3) AF-119 S7 Coetivy Island, Seychelles
4) EU-190 RI1 Viktoriya isl, Franz Josef Land
5) OC-296 Tobi and Helen, T8 Palau
6) AS-200 JA5 Shikoku Coastal Islands
7) AS-201 Sea of Marmara isl, TA Turkey
8) AS-202 A9 Hawar isl, Bahrain
9) AS-203 UA0X Sea of Okhotsk Coast Group
10) EU-191 YO Fericirii island, Romania/Ukraine
11) NA-248 VY0 Nunavut (Devon) Island

 

New IREF Board Member

IREFThe Island Radio Expedition Foundation, Inc. (IREF) is pleased to announce that Charles Wilmott, M0OXO, is now a member of the IREF Board of Directors. Charles fills the vacancy left by the resignation of Neville Cheadle, G3NUG, who has been on the IREF Board since it's inception. IREF would like to thank Neville for his work on the Board and wise counsel over the years.


The IREF Board ultimately decides on IREF sponsorship of an IOTA Expedition and is an Internationally diverse group. In addition to Charles, M0OXO, the Board consists of Jim (JA9IFF), Buzz (N5UR), Don (W9DC), Jose (CT1EEB), Mike (K9AJ) and Buzz (NI5DX).

IREF is funded solely through donations and is a 501(c)(3) organization which allows for contributions by US hams to be tax deductible. The website is www.islandradio.org and contributions can me made by clicking on the "Join" tab.

* I am humbled to be nominated and indeed accepted to the Board of IREF. I hope i can be a valued Member of their team and look forward to working with the esteemed current Board Members in the furure. Thanks also to those of you that bothered and took the time to congratulate me as the news was announced. Thank you!

 

Bureau Posting - September 2017

K800 M0OXO Logo 2016QSL cards have been posted 75 World Bureaus  - Saturday 23rd September 2017

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 the recent expeditions. The parcels are sent by Priority Business Mail to get to the Bureaus quickly. 

 

Monday 25th September 2017

Qsl Cards have been posted to 75 World Bureau's today Monday 25th September 2017. It has been a joint mailing via Charles M0OXO, Tim, M0URX and Jamie M0SDV

Total amount of QSL cards 12,067

Via M0OXO 7,406

Via M0URX 2,948

Via M0SDV 1300 (Plus MD0CCE 313 & G4IRN 100)

Total Weight  45,225 g (gross weight includes packaging)

Total Cost £258.03 £5.71 per kg (Net weight excludes packaging)
Average postage cost  2.14p 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.  

Read in more detail by clicking here 

Read more: Bureau Posting - September 2017

Bouvet Island Press Release 8

bouvetSeptember 21, 2017

Our team meeting in Atlanta, GA from Sept. 7th through the 10th was a great success.  Eighteen of our 20 operators were present, coming from as far away as Japan and representing 7 of the 8 home countries of our team members.

Our meetings began with a review of our goals, the challenges we have met, and those we have yet to encounter.  We had a Skype conference with the CEO of our transportation company in Punta Arenas, Chile, and then discussed safety, our shelter deployment plans, antennas, transceivers and amplifiers, propagation, medical and emergency issues, operating practices, scheduling, and propagation.

We spent many hours unpacking and then staging our equipment. We inventoried everything and then began moving it from temporary storage to our 40-foot sea container. We also prepared our customs documentation which included the 6,000 items on our inventory.  We ran a tank of gas through each of our eight 6.5 KW generators, drained the oil from them, and readied them for shipment.  There were many of trips to local stores for more shipping cases, duct tape, nuts and bolts, electrical supplies, fuel cans, etc.

Our EME team needed to be certain there were no problems with their complex station and antenna system.  They worked until 4:30 AMassembling their 2-meter station and antenna array and were rewarded by completing a QSO off the moon with PA2CHR, our EME pilot station. The station works!

Our sea container leaves Atlanta the first few days of October.  It will be placed aboard a ship bound for Punta Arenas, Chile.  We are hopeful that it will there no later than December 1st. Our team members have all purchased their airline tickets to Punta Arenas for a couple days of meetings and orientation.  Then we will fly across the Drake Passage on the morning of January 13th to board our ship at King George Island in the South Shetland Islands.  We plan to sail for Bouvet that same afternoon. We will arrive at Bouvet sometime between January 23rd and 25th.  Our actual landing date is weather dependent.  We will be lucky to be on the air within a few days.

Every detail of our landing sequence, shelter construction, antenna layout, equipment setup and radio operations is well thought out.   Also, our emergency evacuation routes and plans have been identified.

We are humbled by the support of the DX community.  Over 100 clubs and foundations and over 1550 individuals have supported us financially.   If you have already supported us, we thank you. But, please ask your fellow DXers to join you.  If you have yet to contribute, we ask for your consideration.  While our operators are prepared to dig deeper into their pockets to make this DXpedition happen, your continued support would make our faces, as well as our antennas…beam.

Counting the days,

73,
Bob-K4UEE
Ralph-KØIR
Erling-LA6VM

ZL7DX Chatham Islands (OC-038)


ZL7DXChris ZL2DX/ZL7DX is now living the Chatham Islands (IOTA OC-038).

ZL7DX, Chris, says he and ZL2QT, Catherine, do not yet have their longer term accommodations and are still in a studio apartment size place with no room for radio yet.  He is working on it and hopes the wait for a better QTH will not be too much longer.  The space limitation also has unpacking the shipping containers with the gear in them on hold. 

Chris and Catherine had hoped to be on the air back in May.  They plan to be there for three years and operate on HF and 6 EME.

Chris has had several Callsigns and is a veteran of several DXpeditions namely ZL4TAK & ZL4OY New Zealand, ZL4OY/A Campbell Island, ZL4OY/C & ZL7OY Chatham Island, ZM8OY and ZL8OY Raoul Island in the Kermadecs. Also operated at ZM2K and ZL8RI.

QSL for ZL2DX & ZL7DX (no other callsigns) via M0OXO OQRS or Direct Post Mail

FP/G7VJR NA-032

st-pierre-miquelon-fpcambridge-touristRadio Amateurs members of Cambridge University Wireless Society will be active from Saint Pierre and Miquelon Islands, IOTA NA - 032, 13 - 23 September 2017 as FP/M0WUT, FP/M0BLF, FP/DK2AB, FP/G3ZAY, FP/DH5FS, FP/G7VJR.


They will operate on HF Bands all modes.
QSL info:
FP/M0WUT via M0WUT.
FP/M0BLF via M0BLF.
FP/DK2AB via DK2AB.
FP/G3ZAY via G3ZAY.
FP/DH5FS via DH5FS.
FP/G7VJR via M0OXO.


DXCC Country - Saint Pierre and Miquelon FP.

 

PJ4/MW0JZE - Update

ANT 1Hi all just a quick update from the beautiful island of Bonaire SA006

The first few days have been mainly for familiarising ourselves with the area with a few hours of radio in the morning and evening. Our unofficial host Steve PJ4DX and wife Eva are living right next door to us and have been fantastic, picked us up from the airport, taken us out for food plus Steve has been most generous in lending me his antennas and Acom 1500 Amp. If it was not for his generosity I would not have been on air so soon.

Saturday the 16th

Started using my PJ4/MW0JZE for the first time on FT8. I admit this mode is very new to me plus I am not usually a big data op but FT8 has sparked an interest so I took the opportunity to be very first FT8 statin to operate from PJ4. With FT8 being such a new mode there seems to be many different opinions of how to end a QSO or even begin a QSO. There is no hard or fast rule I guess but RRR is fine for me, the station returns 73 and I continue with CQ PJ4/MW0JZE. What is the need to send another 73 from me???

20m is an absolute zoo, I have been getting 13 to 15 spots on my window and any one time, this is crazy and no matter how I try to work a station it sometimes takes me 5 or 6 attempts so I have set a limit of 4 replies, if in this time you fail (sorry) then I will scrub your call and continue to call CQ once more.

Sunday the 17th

Nice opening to EU our morning time, worked quite a lot of friends (always nice to work your friends when in another DXCC) Again 20m was a zoo, gave up after a few hours. Steve and I discussed where to place the Hexbeam, there is not a lot of room for antennas here as Steve has used up all the space with his antennas hi hi A site was agreed on and cleared with Steve’s landlord so we began to assemble the portable Hexbeam. Due to circumstances beyond our control I am not able to get the hex as high or in the clear as possible, while will not affect my operating it will effect an experiment I was hoping to carry out which was a A/B test between the Spider Beam Vs the Hexbeam unless both antennas are same height and both in the clear then it will not be a fair comparison.


Monday the 18th

Gave up on 20m so tried 15m, what a breeze, not so many stations so able to work stations with ease, most of them after one over so the Q rate has been a little higher. Best statins worked so far on this band VK9VKL ;-)

I will be trying 17 tomorrow and maybe some of the higher bands, keep checking the cluster guys!!

 More updates later in the trip... 73 de Ant PJ4/MW0JZE  

Qsl via M0OXO OQRS or Direct Post Mail

 

PDXG Qsl Management update

OQRSPerseverance DX Group (PDXG.net)  September, 2017
PDXG QSL Management Platform Update

Earlier this year we released a report on the status of our PDXG QSL Management Platform that was developed to automate the QSL manager's backend processes. Developed over the past 3 years it's now at Version 4.3 and installed on servers in the United Kingdom and the USA. Exclusive users are Charles M0OXO, Tim M0URX, Pista HA5AO and Gene K5GS.

The development goal was to eliminate, or greatly reduce, the manager's manual tasks. The first large implementation was the 2015 TX3X Chesterfield Island DX-pedition, we learned a lot about what QSL managers and users expect from an OQRS platform. We're happy to report the following 2017 year to date metrics:
- QSOs loaded: 5,018,167

- Total number of DX logs: 800 (DX-pedition, contest, active DX stations handled by M0OXO, M0URX and HA5AO)

The application eliminated much of the manual drudgery of processing confirmations for a single DX operator to the largest DX-pedition.

A QSL manager with one helper can process OQRS requests for the largest DX-pedition in one day, an amazing 75% reduction in time. Compare this to the old process that took multiple people many days to handle a large DX-pedition.

Today the only time consuming OQRS confirmation tasks are stuffing envelopes and affixing labels, a bulk mail franking machine eliminated postage stamps. Other automated tasks include matching donors to the log for special attention and busted call handling, no more busted/missing call e-mails.

One recently added feature prevents sending duplicate QSL cards to the same DXer. Many DXers request a card through OQRS or Direct and then send a card via the buro, the software will not respond to the buro request if a card was previously sent.

With all this extra time on their hands M0OXO & M0URX are available to handle additional DX call signs and DX-peditions.

 

IOTA - Launch of the new Website

IOTA Lts logo

The time has come to tell you of the launch of the new IOTA website www.iota-world.org and the software system that in future will run the IOTA Programme. The Big Day will be 14 September. In preparation to moving IOTA to its new website we are disabling user logins on the RSGB IOTA website at 0800 UTC on 12 September 2017.

When the new website is online you will be redirected there automatically and you will be able to log in with the same credentials as you use now on the current IOTA website. You can choose your language by selecting one of the flags then. We hope that you enjoy getting to know the new website and all that it has to offer. Our help point is at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Calling Software Developers
Software developers should be aware that the move to the new website may affect any application using data from www.rsgbiota.org since this website will shortly be taken offline. Please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if your software uses data from www.rsgbiota.org and you want to have access to this kind of data in the future.

Reporting Programme Growth
In July we celebrated the first anniversary of the introduction of crediting QSO matches with logs on Club Log. Introduced on the existing software, it has already been hugely successful in increasing the volume of credits given by 70%, providing evidence that it meets the wishes of a significant part of the IOTA community for this kind of development.

Needless to say, it has boosted the financial viability of the programme. Currently some 54% of all credits given so far in 2017 were for QSO matches, a figure that we believe will increase once participants get used to the new software. Paper cards submitted are down 20% suggesting replacement with electronic confirmations which from a very low figure for IOTA Contest matches has spiralled from 4,036 to 32,878 credits. This is just the beginning.

G3KMA, 12 September 2017

 ***14th September 0730 We are aware of the problem some of you are experiencing when attempting to Log in. We hope to have it fixed asap. Please qrx.....

 

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