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.

 

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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/

 

 

 

 

 

More IOTA confirmations...

YB8RW-P OC-213Also received today;

YB8RW/P (OC-213, Batudaka Island, Togean Islands) and YB8RW/P (OC-236, Siladen Island).

Thanks to Din for securing these cards and providing the OQRS faciilty to request them. Cards were received just over a week after request through OQRS, excellent service again! Thanks Din!

YB8RW-P OC-236

 

IOTA's confirmed

YB4IR OC-076Received in todays mail, the following confirmations;

YB4IR/8 (Obi Island IOTA OC-222) and also YB4IR (Taliabu Island OC-076). Thanks to Imam for the activations and of course for allowing an OQRS service, the best way to receive cards.

YB4IR OC-222

 

 

XT2AW - Harald now QRV

XT2AW
 
Harald, DF2WO is now active as XT2AW from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
 
He will be active 'holiday-style' until 2nd December, 2014 being QRV on CW & SSB.

 

QSL via M0OXO OQRS preferred. Please DO NOT send your cards via the bureau, they are not required and may not arrive here.

Please use OQRS for ALL bureau requests where possible.

 

UA4WHX - IOTA's confirmed

001BThanks to Vlad UA4WHX for the latest Qsl confirmations I received this morning.

I received via Direct Mail confirmations for CE7/UA4WHX/P (IOTA SA-043), CE7/UA4WHX/A (IOTA SA-064), PY0F/UA4WHX (IOTA SA-003), HC8ART (IOTA SA-004) & CP4WHX.

If you need confirmations from UA4WHX then just use his PayPal address, it is 100% secure and works every single time!

 001dd

 

 

IOTA Qsl'in via Kadek YB8BU

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This message just received from the IOTA Manager;

IOTA Management has received a number of complaints that QSL card requests sent to Kadek, YB9BU in accordance with his QSLing instructions on QRZ.com have not received a reply and similarly that email enquiries are not being answered. Emails from the IOTA Manager and mutual friends have also gone unanswered.

In the circumstances it can only be assumed that there is an interruption in the QSL manager service for all the many operations for which YB9BU acts as QSL manager and people would be well advised not to send further cards. We would also advise YB island operators for whom YB9BU acts or normally acts as manager to make other arrangements to ensure satisfactory QSLing.

Acceptance by IOTA Management of further IOTA operations by YB9BU must be regarded as on hold until and unless the matter is resolved.

 

BO0D AS-113 confirmed

001Another very fast turn around of Qsl confirmation after the activation of Dong-Yin Island on the 15th September 2014.

BO0D IOTA AS-113 arrived in the mail today after a Direct request via ClubLog OQRS. I wish more teams would use a Manager or at least a qsl route that offers the OQRS facility!

Many thanks to Sin and the team.

 

 

 

 

FT4TA - Final update

TAAF 028 TROMELIN-754871''We kindly ask those having already a lot of QSO with us or with past operations to give a chance to others. This is HAM SPIRIT !''

This report received courtesy of Bernie W3UR at the Daily DX;

 

UPDATE – We are now on the final lane of our operation. We will start to dismantle most of the antennas on Sunday because all equipment must be packed and stored in big plastic cases for transportation. The boxes will be transported from Tromelin to France in the coming months. We plan to keep all stations running but not on all bands for the last night. Estimated QRT time is around 0100z Monday.

For the coming 3 days, we want to focus on stations looking for Tromelin for an All Time New One (ATNO). Even if we made our best to give opportunities to everyone, there’s still a lot of work to do and we’ll try to do it as well as possible.

We kindly ask those having already a lot of QSO with us or with past operations to give a chance to others. This is HAM SPIRIT !

Read more: FT4TA - Final update

3D2YA - OC-121

3D2YA 0013D2YA QSL Card arrived this morning foir the operation from Mana Island, Mamanuca, Fiji IOTA OC-121.


Qsl Card was received just 4 weeks after the operation, excellent service from Aki JA1NLX.

ZM90DX now QRT

2013-11-25 121003ZM90DX are now QRT.

The event, celebrating 90 years of the first radio communication between New Zealand and the United Kingdom was a huge succes so thanks to both the Ham community and operators for their support. Over 70,000 QSO's have been logged over the last 12 months.

Qsl Cards are printed and the fastest way to receive any Qsl Card I manage is to request them via M0OXO OQRS.

Bureau cards are NOT required so please DO NOT send your cards through the bureau.
 
 
 

EP6T - Iran

EP6TSince its publication many DX groups and individuals offered to support this expedition which we highly appreciate.   So far, the preparations are progressing smoothly and according to plan.

Exchange of QSL cards with EP is not always going smoothly and sometimes high costs are involved to cover postal  expenses. As in the past with previous Rockall DX Group expeditions we asked Tim M0URX to take care about the QSL chores for the EP6T operation. Together with Max ON5UR, responsible for the QSL card design and printing, they are a great team and without doubt you can count on a fast service. And yes, the complete log will be uploaded to LoTW right after the expedition has ended.

We would like to thank Dr. Azim Fard.  Dr. Fard is Director General of the Communication Regulatory Authority (CRA) and amongst others is responsible for the radio amateur licenses in the I.R of Iran. Together with his team and the people of national security, he has made this expedition possible.

Read more: EP6T - Iran

M0OXO OQRS Direct Mail

D7K 2001As you know, Tim M0URX and I use a Royal Mail contract for sending our mail in bulk.

This service ensures that our Direct letters and Bureau packages are sent via Priority Air Mail. This gives us the fastest, most efficient and most secure way to get your Qsl Card requests to you. Below are are two reports, one from Italy and one from Japan that show how efficient this service really is;

''Hi Charles, I just received the DX8DX QSL. Probably the faster QSL I ever received !!! Thanks a lot''
Dan, I1-12387

''Dear OM, Thank You , we received qsl for DX8DX for JA1EY /Don and 7K3EOP/Nori, best 73/88''                    JA1EY /Don

The two qsl cards mentioned above were mailed on Friday 24th October at 1600UTC. The cards arrived in Italy on Tuesday the 28th and in Japan on Wednesday 29th October.

If you are planning a DXpedition, Holiday Style activation of an IOTA or any other event then please contact either myself (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and see how our Qsl Service could help and take the pressure away from you and provide the most efficient QSL service that your DXpedition deserves.

 

ZM90DX draws to a close

2013-11-25 121003Well it is now the last few days of the ZM90DX event.

The event, celebrating 90 years of the first radio communication between New Zealand and the United Kingdom draws to a close at the end of October so if you this card you need to be quick to get a qso!

Qsl Cards are printed and the fastest way to receive any Qsl Card I manage is to request them via M0OXO OQRS.

Bureau cards are NOT required so please DO NOT send your cards through the bureau.

 

 

 

C5X - The Gambia

radio c5xG3VMW, Steve; G3XAQ, Alan; Don G3XTT; and M0PCB, Iain; have announced plans a DXpedition to 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.

They have had to abandon their original operating site, the well-known "Radio Syd" guesthouse, where C5A, a Czech contest group, operated successfully for several years.  The C5A group advised there were severe LF/HF noise problems, which have been confirmed by C5YK, Andre.  A nearby electric fence installed by aEuropean contractor within the last two years is causing it.  The fence is at a high security prison 200 meters to the west. 

The C5X operation will move to the Ocean Villa Heights Lodge, English run, on the coast at Brufut, southwest of Banjul.  There is a "large northwest-facing lawned garden area" just 100 meters from the beach, a good spot for antennas.  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.

 

XT2AW - Qrv from Burkina Faso

Ouagadougou-Harald, DF2WO (also-D44TWO) will again be active as XT2AW from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso between November 17 to December 2, 2014.

QRV on CW & SSB.

QSL via M0OXO OQRS preferred. Please DO NOT send your cards via the bureau, they are not required and may not arrive here.

Please use OQRS for ALL bureau requests where possible.

 

 

IOTA News - Withdrawal of Berkner Island

 

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Berkner Island, the sole qualifying island of AN-014, has been on the IOTA list since the very start of the IOTA Programme.

It was regularly shown on maps as a large island, albeit covered with a layer of very thick ice, separating the Ronne Ice Shelf from the Filchner-Ronne Ice Shelf. Some contacts were made by LU1ZX from the old General Belgrano III Base on the island more than 30 years ago – no more than a handful are credited on the IOTA database. The remote possibility of a second operation that might be mounted at huge expense has caused IOTA Management to review the retention of Berkner Island on the list.

 

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Read more: IOTA News - Withdrawal of Berkner Island

VK9/G7VJR - OC-005

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.

 

 

 

 

Outgoing Bureau Mailing

Each year M0OXO dispatches bureau cards to all World IARU Bureaus every three months, the recent dispatch this week was our third one in 2014 so it is time to give you our report for the year.

In 2014 I have once again worked with Tim M0URX in our bureau posting, this helps us both keep down our outgoing expenses. 31,260 bureau QSL cards have been dispatched this year. All our packages are sent using online business account with Royal Mail, we use several products on the account to best suit the size and weight of the item. All of the packages are sent by Business Mail Priority so that we can be sure that they reach their destination as fast as possible and at a cost that is the most competitve in the industry.

It is very important to remember that bureau cards are NOT free, it actually costs us a considerable amount of money every year which has to be financed by the work that we do here, that is why direct cards cost $2, that is why i do not accept stamps.

The RSGB are in the process of doing a "Bureau Review" in which we have been asked to pay more for the incoming bureau service that we have from the RSGB Bureau. At this stage we are still waiting to hear from the RSGB as to how much this is going to cost. So this is a good time to remind you that for ALL DXpeditions you should NOT send incoming bureau cards to us as they are not required, they cost us money to receive them. You must always use OQRS where possible to request your DXpediton IOTA & DXCC bureau cards. This will save us a considerable amount of money and time, and you will get your bureau cards very quickly.

Thank you to all the bureau staff at the IARU bureaus, we value your work very much. There are some that are giving outstanding service, notably the Venezuealan bureau where members informed us that cards had arrived in just 24 days after we had posted them. Thank you.

Using OQRS for direct QSL cards is the fastest and best way to request your QSL cards and this will help us fund our outgoing bureau for the future. Any donations are most welcome of course... Thank you.

ZL4AA - 2SZ - Success !!

 

K1024 Great-Grand-KidsTonight, around 40 operators and guests crammed into the Shag Valley Station’s historic shearers quarters recreation room, transformed into a three station HF operation shack, to experience the unreal experience of the re-enactment of Frank Bell’s original contact with Cecil Goyder at Mill Hill School in London.

Among the guests were the current land-owners and hosts, Johnny Bell and his family, 5th and 6th generation Bell’s on the station.

As the operating team anxiously watched the Greyline simulator on the computer, initial contact was made on 20m with reception, once a clear frequency was found, excellent. This lead to what was the highlight of the evening -  Ian at Mill Hill School put two students on the microphone and at our end, Frank Bells great-grand children, Henry and Lucy (Photo left) took the  microphone and very quickly got “the lingo” much to the delight of the assembled audience.  Maybe Branch 30 has two  more budding members?

Meanwhile, Ken ZL4NR had tuned up the second rig on 80m while Mike ZL4OL operated and as the Grand-children finished their QSO’s, he quietly announced to the gathering – worked them! The headphone plug was then pulled and the gathering was able to listen to 2SZ working many stations.  

To see the latest photos and President Dave Mulder, ZL4DK’s report on tonights events go to  http://www.zl4aa.org.nz/tonight-at-shag-valley/

 

ZL4AA Shag Valley Station update

shagHere is the latest news from the ZL4AA Team at Shag Valley;

The action is building, the pileups are growing and the logs are filling rapidly. It is building to a splendid culmination of over a year’s planning and activities by the Otago Branch 30 and further afield, the ZM90DX group’s year long event.

At Shag Valley Station the list of visitors to the event is ever building with Mike ZL2CC the farthest travelled all the way from Gisborne.  ZL4SA is regularly making the trip down from Ranfurly, Adam ZL4ASC and Cliff ZL4AS are up from Balclutha, while ZL2AYB  from Blenheim was parked in the yard with his motorhome, ZL4RMF from – well ex of South Otago but now from wherever he likes to stop, alongside in his magnificent motorhome with the 180m equipment and brothers John, ZL2UAL from Nelson and Alan Bayless ZL4TAF from Otematata were in yet another motor home, if I remember correctly, called “The Truck”. Click green banner to read more;

Read more: ZL4AA Shag Valley Station update

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