K1N Interview by MDXC

navassabannerThe Mediterranean DX Club have just released details of their interview with the K1N Navassa Team.

''The 1st question is “mandatory” Dott. Glenn: it has been 25 years from the last activity in KP1.   This made of Navassa the Most Wanted #1. How did you feel being part of the team?

We have been working on getting permission to operate from Navassa (and Desecheo) since 1998.   It has been a very long and difficult road working to get permission from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service who has jurisdiction over these entities.....''

Read more of the interview on the MDXC site by clicking here or on the image top left.


H44NT - Solomon Islands


H44NT LogoAfter VK7FG expedition to Flinders island (OC-195) EA3NT Christian has announced his plans to visit more rare IOTA's in OC. He will travel alone to the Solomon islands with the aim to put on the air at least two rare IOTA references. Due the lack of information in internet about some particular islands, the activity will be uncertain until Christian arrives to Honiara and finds transport and accommodation. The main target are the Russell islands (OC-168), not activated since 2001 and just claimed by  the 11,2% of participants in the IOTA award.

Click here to read more news on this exciting venture by EA3NT.



Read more: H44NT - Solomon Islands

C5X - Qsl preview

K800 C5XThanks to everyone that supported the C5X Dxpedition.

The Qsl Card has now been designed and is at the Print Shop. I expect Direct cards to be out in the next three weeks and bureau cards a few weeks after that.

K800 C5X back


VK7FG OC-195

Flinders-VK7FG-DXNewsChristian EA3NT, Chris VK3FY, Tim VK4HFO will be active from Flinders Island (IOTA OC-195) 5 - 9 March 2015 as VK7FG.

Qsl via M0OXO OQRS or Direct Mail.

Please doi NOT send cards via the bureau, they will NOT be received.




VK9/G7VJR - QSL cards

G7VJR 001The Qsl Cards for the VK9/G7VJR operation from Norfolk Island, IOTA OC-005 have been delivered today and will be mailed out this week.

Qsl Cards can be requested here M0OXO OQRS







C5X - Update

K800 C5X 2C5X are reaching the end of their trip to The Gambia.

The team will continue to work through the next few days using CW, RTTY and SSB until the end of the operation.

The team will be qrv in CQWW 160m CW over the weekend before dismantling the antennas on Sunday afternoon, leaving one up until late Monday morning.

 The C5X Log is on-line and can be found here. LOTW is also fully updated each evening and/or early morning for your convenience.

Qsl information can be found here. Please DO NOT send your cards via the bureau, they will not reach us.


C5X are reaching the end of their trip to The Gambia. The team will continue to work throughthe next few days using RTTY now until the end of the operation.

The team will be qrv in CQWW 160m CW over the weekend before dismantling the antennas on Sunday.

XR2T SA-086 Card arrives

XR2TQSL card arrived today for XR2T.

XR2T were qrv from Damas Island, Chile IOTA SA-086 in late October last year.






VK16ACVK16AC is currently qrv on most bands CW, Digital modes and SSB celebrating the 2015 Asian Cup.

The AFC Asian Cup is an international association football tournament run by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). It is the second oldest continental football championship in the world after Copa América. The winning team becomes the champion of Asia and automatically qualifies for the FIFA Confederations Cup

VK16AC is qrv until 31st January 2015 and will be AX16AC on the 26th Jan 2015 for 'Australia Day'.

 QSL via M0OXO OQRS Direct. Please DO NOT send any cards via the Bureau, they will not arrive here.


C5X - This week

radio c5xJust a reminder that G3VMW, Steve; G3XAQ, Alan; Don G3XTT; and M0PCB, Iain; will be in The Gambia" as C5X from January 15-26, 2015.  This will also include "some activity in the CQWW 160m Contest". 

Plans include two complete stations (Elecraft K3s and KPA500s) using Spiderbeams for the HF bands, verticals on an 18 meter high Spiderpole for 160 and 80 meters and dipoles/verticals on 40 and 30 meters.  Activity will be on 1.8 through 28 MHz on CW, SSB, RTTY and some PSK.

With the K1N Navassa operation likely around the same time, C5X will try to steer clear of those pileups.

Logs are expected to be uploaded daily to both Club Log and LoTW.  QSL via M0OXO (OQRS Preferred). Please DO NOT send your cards via the Bureau as they are NOT required and the team may not receive them.


'E' Callsign error by OFCOM

rsgb100 logo colourMany UK Amateurs complaining and worried today when they received letters suggesting that OFCOM intended to change their Licence prefix to include the letter 'E' (GE, ME etc). This was indeed an error and here is the response from the RSGB;

''Dear Colleague,

As you will be aware, Ofcom are required to give all licenced radio amateurs notice that they intend to vary licences in line with their decisions following last year’s consultation. That process has nowbegun and letters are being sent out.

It has been brought to our attention that some amateurs have received a letter suggesting that their callsign now includes the RSL “E”. Ofcom have confirmed that this is an error and not a change in policy. I am advised that Ofcom intend to publish an explanation on their website (which we will replicate on ours) but, until that appears, I would be grateful if you could reassure any enquirers accordingly.

Many thanks

Graham Coomber, G0NBI

*General Manager*

Radio Society of Great Britain ''

Happy New Year 2015


A few days before the Year ends and i'll be glad to see the back of 2014!

Thanks to everyone who supported me this Year and I wish all of you a pleasant and peaceful 2015.

Happy New Year!

VK9/G7VJR - Norfolk Island

Norfolk-VK9-G7VJR-DXNewsMichael G7VJR will be in Australia over the Christmas period.

Whilst there, he has arranged a short stop over on Norfolk Island IOTA OC-005. Michael will use the Callsign VK9/G7VJR.

Qsl will be via M0OXO (OQRS preferred). Your Qsl Cards are NOT required so please do not send them via the bureau.


G3TXQ Hexbeam- New site launched

7band-hexbeamAnthony MW0JZE has now launched his new website.

It is now possible to purchase Hexbeam antennas and spare parts direct from the shop using PayPal or debit/credit cards. Some of the new products featured in the shop include:

Fiberglass spreaders/tubing kits
Rolls of wire to make your own wire elements (Jan 2015)
Baseplate kits saving you the hassle of finding all the parts for your homebrew antenna
Wire element clips
Stainless Hose clips and much more.

There will be some new products and projects that will be launched early in 2015 including the new 7 Band wide spaced Hexbeam  6 to 40m and a Hexbeam Kit for you homebrew addicts. LOGO-10

Click on the image or here to go to the new Hexbeam Website!

Voyager Buffeted by Interstellar 'Tsunami Waves'


Since 2012, NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft has experienced three 'tsunami waves' in interstellar space.  The most recent, which reached the spacecraft earlier this year, is still propagating outward according to new data. It is the longest-lasting shock wave that researchers have seen in interstellar space.

A "tsunami wave" occurs when the sun emits a coronal mass ejection, throwing out a magnetic cloud of plasma from its surface. This generates a wave of pressure. When the wave runs into the interstellar plasma -- the charged particles found in the space between the stars -- a shock wave results that perturbs the plasma.



VP8 Publicity Video

intrepid-dx LogoClick the image to see the latest publicity video from the Intrepid DX Group relating to their Dxpedition to the South Sandwich Islands.








VK2014TDF Cards mailed..

VK2014Qsl Cards for the 2014 Kari's Tour of Freedom Ride have now been mailed.

Qsl Cards for VK2014TDF arrived today and all have been processed. Direct cards will be mailed tomorrow and bureau cards will all go in the next Bureau mailing in January 2015.

If you need a Qsl Card for this trip then please use the link here at M0OXO OQRS. Your card is NOT required so please DO NOT SEND one, it is unnecessary!




D44TWO qrv from AF-005

D44TWOAfter a successful trip to Burkina Faso last week, Harald DF2WO is now en-route to Cape Verdi.

Harald will arrive on San Tiago Island (IOTA AF-005) this Friday and he hopes to be qrv as D44TWO from either Saturday/Sunday 13/14th December. Look out for him on HF CW and SSB.

If you need a Qsl Card for this trip then please use the link here at M0OXO OQRS. Your card is NOT required so please DO NOT SEND one, it is unnecessary!




RI0X - IOTA AS-064

AS-064  QSL Card for the RI0X Expedition arrived today.

The RIØX Team activated Karaginsky Island, IOTA As-064, one of the Bering Sea Islands back in August this year.

Great Qsl turnaround time from Vic UA3AKO.







2SZ, GB2NZ, ZL4AA Qsl Cards mailed

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All Direct requests for Qsl Cards for these special events have now been mailed.

Bureau Cards will follow in January 2015 when my next bureau mailing is ready.


Aurora Flyover

K1024 aurora borealisThe video (click on image to the left) was compiled from time-lapse videos recorded from the International Space Station, courtesy of the Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit, NASA Johnson Space Centre.


Click image to view movie.






TI9A - Cocos Island

cocos islandDom 3Z9DX, Jorge TI2HMJ and Jon K7CO plan to activate Cocos Island early next year. Activation dates are February 16-23, 2015.

Cocos Island is DXCC most wanted #26.

More information on their website at http://www.nielsen.net/ti9a/






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