BA7CK AS-143

K1024 img033Qsl Card recieved today.

This was from Chen's recent activation of Yongxing Dao (Woody Island) IOTA AS-143 baqck in July of this year.

Thanks Chen for the fast despatch!

 

 

 

 

 

 

3W3MD - MDXC

3w3mdAs already announced Da Nang city-Vietnam will be the next destination of the Mediterraneo International Dx ClubTeam and so it will be soon on air any mode/any band. With the call-sign: 3W3MD

Antonio, IZ8CCW the leader and the co-leader Gabriele, I2VGW will share this new adventure with 24 dxoperators coming from 9 Countries
Save the dates because from October 31 to November 10 , they will be on air from the beach of Da Nang.
 
According to the evaluations that they have done, they are confident to give to a lot of dxers the possibility to work this Country in the Low bands, Warc and especially in the Digis modes. Any donation will be very very appreciated by the team.

 

RT9K/0 AS-203NEW

PlaqueThe expedition team continue their way to IOTA AS-203NEW. 

Follow their track here. Upon arriving Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky the team will wait for a ship (0-7 days) and then leave for AS-203. This 1500 km voyage should take 1-2 weeks. So expected QRV is the beginning of September. Team plans to stay on AS-203 for about a week.. activation of Kambalny (Toporkov) Island (AS-142) is very much possible on their way back.

The image above shows the plaque to be affixed one the island once AS-203 is activated (courtesy DX World.net)

 

 

 

 

Bureau Mailing (August 2015)

Bureau August
QSL cards have been posted to 89 World Bureaus today, Saturday 15th August 2015 

This mailing is a joint mailing between Tim M0URX & Charles M0OXO
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This mailing also contains a large amount of 3B9FR, H42NT, H44NT & VK7FG Cards.

Total amount of QSL cards 16,521
Via M0URX 11,141
Via M0OXO 5,380
Total Weight 67.438 kg

 

 

 

 

Read more: Bureau Mailing (August 2015)

V31MA - Belize antenna

K1024 image1A recent photo from Marc showing the Panoramic Antenna view at V31MA.

160M: 36 m vertical with 3 elevated radials 50 m each at 3m height.
80M: half wavelength wire to tower top, end fed from ground.
40M: three quarter wavelength wire @27 m end fed from ground.
30M: three quarter wavelength wire @18 m end fed from ground.
20M-15M-10M Dipole @20 m
17M-12M Dipole @15 m
 

 

YF1AR/2 OC-186

K1024 img026Qsl Card received today from Budi from his recent operation from IOTA OC-186.

Budi was qrv from Nyamuk Island in May 2015 and Qsl Card for this trip was received today via his Manager.

Thanks Budi (and N2OO Qsl Manager).

 

 

 

 

 

 

VY0M - NA-248

mrellCezar VE3LYC is now qrv from Melville Island IOTA NA-248.

 

Melville Is. is an uninhabited island with an area of over 42,000 km2. It is divided by the 110th meridian west, with the eastern half belonging to Nunavut and the western half to Northwest Territories. While the eastern part is characterized by plains, the western part includes some of the largest mountains in the western Canadian Arctic, with heights reaching 1,000 m.

The island is named for Robert Dundas, 2nd Viscount Melville who was First Sea Lord when Sir William Parry was the first European to reach the island in 1819. 2881366Freezing-up of the sea forced the British explorer to spend the winter at what is now called "Winter Harbour", just west of the 110th meridian west, until August 1, 1820. In the search for Franklin's lost expedition, its east coast was explored as far as Bradford Point (see Boat Reach on the map attached) by Dr. Abraham Bradford in 1851, while its north and west coasts were surveyed by Francis Leopold McClintock, Richard Vesey Hamilton and George Henry Richards in 1853. In 1930, a large sandstone rock marking Parry's 1819 wintering site at Winter Harbour, approximately 5.5 m long and 3 m high, was designated a National Historic Site of Canada.

 

 

S79C AF-119New

144207d1437931177-iota-seychelless-coevity-s79c-logo-283x300November 15th to 23rd will see Christian EA3NT, Dave EI9FBB, Col MM0NDX, Ronald PA3EWP, Jacek SP5APW & Craig VK5CE come together for the first ever activation of Coetivy Island AF-119NEW.

Situated 300km south of Mahe – Seychelles, Coetivty Island is home to an active prison for low security prisoners and a rehabilitation center for drug abusers. Visitation is strictly controlled and access is only possible by private airplane charter, using the short 550 meter airstrip.

The cost of staying for just one night on the island is extortionate – we are staying for six nights! We have no choice but to pay these staggering costs if we are to activate this Brand New IOTA for the 1st time.

Using the callsign S79C, the experienced team (with over 160 DXpeditions between them) will be QRV from 40m through 10m CW, SSB & RTTY and if special permission can be granted, 6m too!

We are calling on all DX clubs, Foundations & the IOTA / DX community to kindly consider donating to our ‘Support’ page on www.af119new.com where full information can also be found.

 

9M2/R6AF/P AS-073

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QSL Card arrived today confirming IOTA AS-073.

Redang Island was activated back in April 2015 by Victor as 9M2/R6AF/P and paper card arrived today after only a few weeks.

Thanks for the speedy dispatch Victor!

 

 

 

 

 

 

C6ATS & 9H5G

C6ATS 2015Both these cards arrived from the Printer, Gennady UX5UO this week.

All incoming Direct qsl Card requests will hit the mail tomorrow and Bureau cards will be in my next bureau delivery. They will be at all the IARU Bureau before the end of August 2015.

Thanks.

9H5G

 

IOTA Contest 2015

iota xxxThis year’s IOTA Contest took place from 12:00 UTC Saturday 25th July to 12:00 UTC Sunday 26th July 2015.

This year gave me the opportunity to work at least 16 new IOTA groups – several hundred are normally active. A full list of the schedules operations is given on NG3K's web page at www.ng3k.com/Misc/iota2015.html

Conditions were however abysmal at best and propagation certainly from my QTH was very poor and only hearing a handful of the stations I needed with little DX breaking through. I did manage to work VY0BRR on NA-156 despite signal strength of S1....and with QSB, thanks Mike!

Thanks to all that took spent time, money and effort in getting to these islands for our pleasure, it was appreciated and I hope despite the conditions that you enjoyed the event.

 

TI9/RA3USU - NA-012

TI9Last few days now to catch Dima RA3USU from the rare Cocos islands as TI9/RA3USU (IOTA NA-012)

Dima has been there with Jorge TI2HMJ for the last week or so. Both are helping island staff update/renew vital communications/equipment so activity has depended on any spare time they have had.

 He has been qrv quite a lot on 30M CW and also on SSB early morning and later in the evenings. Qsl is via UA3DX.

 

 

Pluto enhanced image

Pluto
New Horizons scientists use enhanced color images to detect differences in the composition and texture of Pluto’s surface. When close-up images are combined with color data from the Ralph instrument, it paints a new and surprising portrait of the dwarf planet. The “heart of the heart,” Sputnik Planum, is suggestive of a source region of ices. The two bluish-white “lobes” that extend to the southwest and northeast of the “heart” may represent exotic ices being transported away from Sputnik Planum.

Four images from New Horizons’ Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) were combined with color data from the Ralph instrument to create this enhanced color global view. The images, taken when the spacecraft was 280,000 miles (450,000 kilometers) away, show features as small as 1.4 miles (2.2 kilometers).

Click here to see a larger image.....

Read more: Pluto enhanced image

Brusneva Island, AS-082

rrc dxThe Russian Robinson Clubs’ members are on the way to the RARE ones again !

Brusneva Island (IOTA AS-082) in the Saha Yakutia region of Arctic Russia (RRA: RR-08-11, WLOTA: LH-0281 (NEW ONE) and should be on the island any hour now.

It has only previously been claimed by: 9,7% of IOTA participants, last activation took place over 20 years ago.

From the RRC Website ; ''Reserve these days for your best friend – TX! Rotate your antennas to PQ 41NP! Warm up your linears (duplicate your tubes!) Donate your “winter saved PayPal reserves” ;)''.

Good luck to the RRC, hope to hear them during IOTA 2015 this weekend!

 

Pluto - Close up images

MountainsThis image shows a new close-up view of a region near Pluto's equator reveal a giant surprise: a range of youthful mountains rising as high as 11,000 feet (3,500 meters) above the surface of the icy body.

The mountains likely formed no more than 100 million years ago -- mere youngsters relative to the 4.56-billion-year age of the solar system -- and may still be in the process of building. That suggests the close-up region, which covers less than one percent of Pluto's surface, may still be geologically active today.

The youthful age estimate is based on the lack of craters in this scene. Like the rest of Pluto, this region would presumably have been pummeled by space debris for billions of years and would have once been heavily cratered -- unless recent activity had given the region a facelift, erasing those pockmarks.

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3B9FR LOTW....uploads started

3B9FRDue to many repeated requests, I have started to confirm contacts with 3B9FR on LOTW (Logbook of the World) for the first time.

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 and 'historic' qso's (pre 2014) as and when Direct 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. Request your 3B9FR QSL Card via OQRS Direct by clicking here.

Please be patient.....thank you.

 

IOTA confirmations received...

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    Images of three new IOTA confirmations   received from YB8RW earlier this week.

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Mountain on Asteroid Ceres

new mountainWhat created this large mountain on asteroid Ceres?

No one is yet sure. As if in anticipation of today being Asteroid Day on Earth, the robotic spacecraft Dawn in orbit around Ceres took the best yet image of an unusually tall mountain on the Asteroid Belt's largest asteroid. Visible at the top of the image, the exceptional mountain rises about five kilometers up from an area that otherwise appears pretty level.

The image was taken about two weeks ago from about 4,400 kilometers away

 

 

 

 

Biak Island OC-147 confirmed...

K1024 img013New card in this morning.....

YB4IR/9 Biak Island OC-147. Thanks for the new ones Imam, great service as always!

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IOTA EU-103 confirmed...

K1024 img012Thanks to dave EI9FBB for the fast dispatch of cards from his latest trip.

I was pleased to receive this new one today from EJ9FBB activation of Little Saltee Island, Ireland IOTA EU-103.

Thanks Dave for the new one!

 

 

 

 

 

9H5G, C6ATS Qsl route change

 

9h5gPlease note that from immediate effect the Qsl route for C6ATS, 9H5G & KK4OYJ has changed from Buzz NI5DX to Charles M0OXO.

9H5G is the usual Callsign for John when at home in Malta but C6ATS is frequently used on IOTA activations of NA-001, NA-048, NA-054 & NA-113 when John is in the Bahamas.

M0OXO OQRS is now open for the above callsigns but please note, Direct routes via Post Mail & OQRS are welcome however, Bureau cards must ONLY be requested via OQRS, incoming bureau cards are not required and will not be received

 

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