DX Feile 2018 - Speakers announced....

EIDXG Conference 2018From EI9FBB - ''Delighted to add Martti Laine OH2BH to this year's line-up of speakers at DX Féile 2018. Martti will present 'Kosovo - a NEW DXCC entity' along with the latest Z66X DXpedition.

Martti OH2BH completes the programme and will present alongside Don Field G3XTT, Jeremy Sheehan EI5GM, Sebastien Poulenard F5UFX, Declan Craig EI6FR, Enda Broderick EI2II and Franz Langner DJ9ZB.

Be sure not to miss this amazing DX event.

See: www.dxfeile.ie/programme for full line up and www.dxfeile/bookings on how to book.''

Kudos to the EIDXG for the line up of Speakers & Entertainment at this years event!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Z66X Kosovo (FT8 Dxpedition)

 

Z66XFrom Martti OH2BH;

''The Kosovo International Friendship Consortium, Z66X, will activate Kosovo once again beginning July 19 through July 30th with emphasis on FT8 Digital from 80m through 6m and utilizing the recently released DXpedition mode version 1.9.1, downloadable from https://physics.princeton.edu/pulsar/k1jt/wsjtx.html

(Please read https://physics.princeton.edu/…/k1jt/FT8_DXpedition_Mode.pdf for details on split operation).

The operators are Enda EI2II, Declan EI9HQ, Martti OH2BH, Hans PB2T, Driton Z61DX and Fehmi Z62FB.

With the success of their first FT8 activations; OJ0BH, 7Q7EI, Z61AS and recently KH1/KH7Z, it is felt that FT8 DXpedition mode needs some further activation also in Europe. Recent authorization of 6M in Kosovo will also add to this desire.

So as not to impede on the normal FT8 traffic we will operate on the following frequency’s
Band FT8 DXpedition
80 3567
40 7056
30 10131
20 14090
17 18095
15 21091
12 24911
10 28091
6 50323

QSL Z66X via OH2BH via Clublog which will be on-line throughout the operation.

We are delighted to announce that ‘Kosovo – the World’s newest DXCC entity’ along with this Z66X operation will be presented at ‘DX Féile’ – the EI DX Convention, by Martti OH2BH (September 14/15). See www.dxfeile.ie for full information on this unique event.
(Kudos to the EIDXG for the line up of Speakers this year!)

 

World Bureau Posting July 2018

 

QSL cards have been posted to 84 World Bureaus – Monday 16th July 2018

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

Total amount of QSL cards dispatched: 19,303

Via M0OXO 9,632

Via M0URX 4,784
Via M0SDV 806
Via MD0CCE 471
Via 9M2CNC / G4ZFE 1,435
Via G4IRN 1,015
LZ1JZ 1,066
G4ZIB 94

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, 5B80FOC, 6O6O, EJ1D, VU4G, ZC4A,

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

Total Weight 71,610g (gross weight includes packaging)


Total Cost £354.53 £4.95 per kg (Net weight excludes packaging)
Average postage cost 1.8 p per QSL card.

Read more: World Bureau Posting July 2018

JI3DST/1 Shikine Island

JI3DST-1From Take JI3DST,

''I will be activating IOTA as follows;

A) Shikine Island (North Izu Island)
IOTA: AS-008 Shikine Island

1. Date :25 July 2018 06:00z - 30 July 2014 23:00z
2. Frq/Mode :40/30/20/17/15/12/10/6m
    SSB/CW/FT8 (FM/RTTY/JT65)
3. QTH :Shikine Island IOTA: AS-008

JI3DST (OP:Takeshi "TAKE" Funaki)

JI3DST/1

4. Remarks
In case of heavy rain or other condition, the operation condition
may vary..

I am QRV IOTA contest.

5. QSL INFO
JI3DST/1

Please check QRZ.COM for detail.

6. e-mail JI3DST @ jarl.com

 

Best Regards,
JI3DST Takeshi "TAKE" Funaki ''

3DA0AO Swaziland

Pista-HA5AOPista HA5AO will arrive eSwatini (Swaziland) on 14 September, late afternoon.

He plans to operate during his free time between 16 - 28 September from the Mountain Inn Resort at Mbabane. He received the 3DA0AO license and an LotW certificate.


Pista will operate 80 – 10 meters using a Hustler 6 BTV vertical antenna with 17 and 12 meter add-on elements, CW, RTTY and FT8. He is bringing an Elecraft K3 with the KPA 500 amplifier. Logsearch will be available on HA5AO.com. His plans include testing a new feature of the PDXG QSL Management Platform (M0OXO OQRS/Logsearch), the uploading of QSOs in real time.


While in-country he will travel to rural areas visiting villages, schools and orphanages to deliver school supplies to orphaned children. He is interested in making a long term donation agreement to pay school fees for several orphaned children.


Pista is paying all expenses from personal funds. However he would appreciate donations through his website. Any donations received will be used only for humanitarian purposes.

 

 

 

 

Irish Islands Tour continues...

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The Team have been busy working from Mainland Ireland (EU-115) over the last week with some 6m operations.

The next Island on our list is Great Blasket Island EU-007 which is scheduled for July 20, 21 & 22.

As we near our departure date, please keep checking this or our dedicated Facebook Page ;

''Irish islands iota tour 2018''

for any up to date information regarding operating schedules.

See you on the Air !

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

QRZ.Com celebrates 25 Years

qrzcomJamie Jeffries KF7WIS (CEO QRZ.Com) writes;

Here at QRZ.com we are incredibly excited to celebrate our 25th year of providing a reliable amateur radio database to the world-wide Ham community. Since our founding in 1993, we've seen a lot change in the world and in the hobby. Just to give you some context: If the internet were a family, we'd be Amazon (1994) and Yahoo's (1995) big brother, Google's (1996) cool older cousin and Wikipedia (2001) and Facebook's (2003) grandpa!

Over the years we've prided ourselves on bringing you new and innovative features like XML data, the QRZ logbook, and QRZ operating awards. And we have no plans to stop any time soon! We appreciate each and every one of our users and subscribers and we want to thank you for your loyalty and for the trust you've placed in us over the years.

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To celebrate, we are offering two 25th Anniversary designs of our "Good on QRZ" sticker. The sticker of your choice is FREE to anyone who sends a business sized, self addressed, stamped envelope to us here at QRZ.
If you would like us to send additional stickers we'd be happy to do so for $1 per additional sticker. The stickers are 3.5x4 inches in size. Most business envelopes are OK. We prefer the self-sealing kind

Please address to:

QRZ Stickers
24 W. Camelback Rd. #A488
Phoenix, AZ 85013

Please note the sticker type you prefer to receive: black or USA (or the classic blue)
If no selection is made we'll assume "dealer's choice" and pick one for you.

Keep an eye out for more upcoming announcements of our 25th anniversary celebration, including a special 25th Anniversary QRZ Operating award!

Thanks again from the whole team here at QRZ!

 

Ham radio technology used in Thailand cave rescue.

heyfoneUK radio amateur John Hey G3TDZ (SK) designed the special low frequency radio equipment, the Heyphone, used in the recent cave rescue in Thailand

On Facebook Phil Karn KA9Q posted:

Naturally I got interested in the technical aspects of the cave rescue in Thailand, particularly communications.
They used the "Heyphone", a voice radio designed by a UK radio ham, John Hey, G3TDZ, as open-source hardware specifically for cave rescues.
It uses upper (single) sideband voice on 87 kilohertz in the VLF (very low frequency) band. (That's what it says -- 87 kHz is actually LF).

The "antenna" consists of two stakes driven into the ground about 20m apart. Enough of the current between them fringes outward to couple to another antenna up to a few hundred meters away (or down).

John Hey passed away in 2016 so he didn't get to see his work used here. But ham radio should get some of the credit.


Phil Karn KA9Q
https://facebook.com/phil.karn.98/posts/10155276627256486
https://twitter.com/ka9q

John Hey G3TDZ Heyphone Cave Rescue Communication System http://bcra.org.uk/creg/heyphone/

Al Williams WD5GNR has written an article on Hackaday about the cave equipment
https://hackaday.com/2018/07/11/ham-designed-gear-used-in-thailand-cave-rescue/

http://www.southgatearc.org/news/2018/july/ham-radio-technology-used-in-thailand-cave-rescue.htm

 

PY0F/PY7RP SA-003

PY0FRenner, PY7RP will be active as PY0F/PY7RP from Fernando de Noronha Island,

IOTA SA - 003, 13 - 16 July 2018.


He will operate on 160 - 6m, indluding activity in IARU HF Contest.

QSL via his home call direct, OQRS.

 

 

 

 

 

ZS9V AF-064 (ILLW)

ZS9VThe Team will be operating once again as ZS9V from Robben Island (IOTA group AF-064) from the evening of 17 August until sometime on Monday 20 August.

 
This is the weekend of ILLW.  (NOT the IOTA Contest weekend).
 
Same as last year (SSB on 10/15/20 and SSB on 40/80).  New this year will be our CW station.
Further information on the operation will be published on zs9v.org.za and M0OXO.com as it becomes available.
 
 
 
 
M0OXO will have contact with the team should any areas be experiencing difficulties (such as VK) so please contact him if you need 'special attention'.
 

 

RSGB IOTA Contest 2018

IOTARSGB IOTA Contest 2018

One of the most popular Contests of the year is on the horizon and takes place between 12:00 - 12:00 UTC 28th - 29th July 2018.

The full rules for the Contest can be found here;

https://www.rsgbcc.org/hf/rules/2018/riota.shtml

and a list of stations participating can be seen gathering pace here;

https://www.ng3k.com/Misc/iota2018.html

iota contyest

Fafarad Island NA-207

faradBruce, KD6WW & Mike, K9AJ plan to activate this rare IOTA counter.  The last operation from NA-207 was 18 years ago.

We hope to be on Fafarad Island on the evening (local time) of July 19.  We plan to be QRV until the morning of July 23.

We will have two stations QRV on 40m thru 17m.  CW will be our primary mode, but we plan some SSB and FT8 is a possibility.

Calllsigns will be KD6WW/VY0 and K9AJ/VY0.

QSLs are via the home call & we will use OQRS, direct w/ SASE and bureau.

Fafarad Island is grid EO92.

We anticipate support from IREF, otherwise this operation is self-funded. We welcome any additional support from the IOTA community.

 

JI3DST/5 AS-200

JI3DSTTake, JI3DST will be active from Shodo (小豆島) Island, IOTA AS-200, 16 - 18 June 2018, as JI3DST/5.


He will operate on 40 - 6m CW, SSB.

QSL via home call buro preferred, ClubLog OQRS.

 

 

 

 

Mail finally gets to Venezuela

YV4BCDIt has been very difficult to get mail in and out of Venezuela over the last year due to the politcal and financial climate in the country. Several attempts to get our bureau packages to the YV QSL Bureau failed with mail being returned as "Route suspended" however thanks to the help of the YV Bureau team we were able to route the mail via USA and this was picked up by the YV team.


The photo from YV4BCD, Juan shows that the cards from Tim M0URX and myself, Charles M0OXO finally got through to the Venezuela hams.

Thank you to all who helped!

 

 

VI70MI Australia

VI70MIVI70MI is a Special Callsign issued to Commemorate 70 years of ANARE (Australian National Antarctic Research Expeditions) for Macquarie Island, which since 1947 have served Australia in the south polar regions.

The first ANARE Expedition to Macquarie Island was in March 1947.

The Special Event Callsign will be active from June12th until August 31st 2018. (Winter Season)

All HF bands 160m-10m, SSB, CW, RTTY and possibly digital modes also.

VI70MIwill be joining the WAP World Antarctic Program and we are awaiting a WAP allocation.

https://www.m0oxo.com/oqrs/logsearch.php

 

 

 

 

RA/VK3FY

a718fifa-qatarRA/VK3FY Russia

Chris Dimitrijevic VK3FY currently qrv from UA4M Contest Station whilst visiting Russia for the World Cup.

Qsl via M0OXO OQRS

RA-VK3FY

 

EI0DXG EIDX Group (Ireland)

EIDXGThe first log for the EI DX Groups operations has now been received and is available on M0OXO OQRS. This particular log refers to EU-115, the Irish Main Island.

OQRS is open for requests but QSL Cards for this event won't be sent until after the final activation at DX Feile on the Aran Islands (EU-006) in September. .

Listen out for the other stations qrv over the next few weeks from all of the Irish IOTA Groups.

 

The next activation will be Little Saltee island EU-103 on the 15, 16, 17 & 18th june 2018. Please familiarise yourself with the award available for working all the irish IOTA's by checking their website on the link below.

https://www.m0oxo.com/oqrs/logsearch.php'

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9X2AW Rwanda 2018

9X2AWHarald (DF2WO) will be qrv from  Kigali, Rwanda later today.

He will be using various antennas and he hopes this new location will giove him less noise and a far better take off than he has had in previous visits.

Listen for Harald on CW (slow), SSB and Digital Modes (FT8 etc).

Qsl via M0OXO OQRS

 

 

 

 

Friedrichshafen 01 - 03 June 2018- M0OXO

ham 2018

Just a reminder that emails and busted call enquiries will be delayed this week.

I am attending the Ham Radio Fair in Friedrichshafen and will be travelling between 0300 Thursday the 31st May and not returning home until Tuesday the 5th of June.

All Busted Calls and Direct QSL requests have been completed and cards sent up to 0700 today so please be patient if you submit an enquiry during this period as it may not be answered as fast as usual.

Thanks for your patience, 73 de Charles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RI0B Arctic Legends Tour 2018

sibiHi pals!

Many of you can rememer the RI0B callsign sounding back in 2001 from Ushakova Island. Our team has decided to give this callsign a second breath. Moreover, one of our current team members (Andy Moiseev UA0BA) was the member of the old “Lost Islands” expedition too.

 

And so after his suggestion and blessing we’ve taken the same callsign RI0B for our new expedition again.
Our new expedition 'Arctic legends 2018' will take place in September this year.

 

 

 

The route is as follows:
Dudinka - Dickson – Firnley Islands (AS- 054), Tyrtova Island (AS-121 ) – Nansena Island ( AS- 104 ),
Skott-Gansena Island ( AS - 068 ), Arkticheskogo Instituta Islands( AS- 087 ) - Sibiryakova Island, ( AS- 005 ) - Dudinka

 Team:
The crew of "Bristol" vessel under the leadership of Captain A.V. Patyukov

Igor Znamensky UA9KDF
Victor KuzYAKIN RW0BG
Andy Moiseev UA0BA
Andy Korobeynikov UA9LDD
Mike Kutyumov UA1QV
Igor Kuznetsov – camera man, designer and painter
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Two sets of equipment: TS-590 , Expert 1,3K - FA , microham CW keyer , computer, antennas DXer 206, Inv-v 30-40 ( CW-SSB 40-10 м )
One DIGI set: IC-706MK2G, microham DIGI KEYER 2 , TNS pator Dragon 7400, iMac , SteppIR BigIR DX ( FT-8, PSK-63, CW 40-10 м )
Band filters - 3 pcs
Yamaha generators EF 2800I - 2 pcs
"Bristol" vessel – 1 pcs

Financial support : https://www.paypal.me/RT9K

 

IOTA Shop now on-line

directoryThe IOTA Shop is now on-line and can be found on the IOTA Website.

''This 18th edition contains the complete listing of IOTA islands as well as everything you need to know to participate in IOTA. Included in the colour section are fascinating reports on several rare IOTA operations from Ashmore Reef, an Australian external territory in a highly sensitive area of the Timor Sea, Bhola Island and St Martin’s Island, two Bangladeshi islands in different IOTA groups, Pukapuka Atoll in the North Cooks,  Busuanga Island in the Philippines and Mokil Island in the Federated States of Micronesia.

The rules have seen a major and once only restructuring to make them easier to follow. The list of Most Wanted IOTAs has been recast to show the listing in three ways: based on contacts credited all-time, credited to those who updated in the last 10 years and to those who did so in the last 5 years. Regular features such as the Honour Roll and other performance listings, award winners and advice on making a first application are also included. This Directory will probably be the last paper edition to be printed.”

Edited by Roger Balister, G3KMA and Steve Telenius-Lowe, PJ4DX, published by Islands On The Air (IOTA) Ltd in 2018, 128 pages.

Enquire about price for quantity.''

https://www.iota-world.org/iota-shop.html

 

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