- Created on Friday, 22 July 2016 08:24
D44TWO QSO's have now been uploaded to LOTW and Clublog.
This is the full upload including the 2016 Log.
2371 QSO's have now been transferred from paper logbook to the PC Logging software. Sorry for the delay, these things do take a lot of time.
- Created on Thursday, 21 July 2016 06:47
The highlight of my year will soon be upon us. The 2016 RSGB IOTA Contest takes place on the 30th & 31st July and will see a flourish of activity from many Islands Worldwide, some rare some not so rare.
You can find a constantly updated list of entrants and their Islands by clicking here and a prieview of this can be seen below.
Lets hope you work a few new ones or indeed just enjoy the Contest! Good Luck!
- Created on Tuesday, 19 July 2016 06:30
Tony, VK3VTH will be active from King Island IOTA OC-233.
He will be qrv as VK3VTH/7 betweeen 18th and 22nd of August, 2016. on 20 and 40m, but will be using SSB only.
QSL via VK3VTH.
- Created on Monday, 18 July 2016 06:38
The QSL Cards for the FT4JA Dxpedition arrived today.
This confirmed several Band Slots for me as well as the most needed IOTA confirmation for AF-012.
Thanks for the team for the fast LOTW, IOTA and paper confirmations which were all received in good time.
- Created on Monday, 18 July 2016 06:27
We have added a new Poll on the XU7MDC website asking which Bands you need XU7 on.
We would pleased to hear your responses.
- Created on Friday, 15 July 2016 07:21
A DXpedition to San Felix Island IOTA SA-013 is now scheduled for April 2017.
What began as a 3 man effort for earlier this summer has now apparently become a 10 man team, and all operators are experienced DXpeditioners.
Planned modes CW, SSB, Digital. Planned bands 160m and up, probably also will include the 6m Band.
- Created on Tuesday, 12 July 2016 06:17
Theodoros, SV1EJD will be active from Syros Island, IOTA EU-067, 23 July - 11 August 2016 as SV8/SV1EJD.
He will operate on 80 - 6m SSB, RTTY including activity in RSGB IOTA Contest 30 - 31 July 2016.
QSL via home call, LOTW. Ads for direct QSL:
THEODOROS GEORNTAMILIS, 24, EVAGELISTRIAS & PERIKLEUS, ASPROPYRGOS 19300, Greece.
- Created on Monday, 11 July 2016 13:52
D44TWO QSO's have now been uploaded to LOTW.
This is NOT a full upload. Uploaded are all that I have in the logbook plus the Digital Qso's that Harald has made currently whilst in Cape Verde. SSB and CW QSO's for his current trip have not been uploaded as these are held in paper logbooks and I have not yet had receipt of those. They will take time to transfer from paper to PC Log when I receive them so please be patient, it will not be a fast process.
- Created on Monday, 11 July 2016 09:32
''The appeal (IOTA News 20 June 2016) has progressed well, reaching GBP £7,000, an amount that takes us a quarter of the way towards our initial target of GBP £25,000. In the process we have enrolled some 41 Friends of IOTA at the various levels of support. Once we reach our target we will not need to call on a promised commercial loan to fund IOTA’s new IT system and anything above that figure will go towards promotion of IOTA in ways that we have not previously been able to fund.
Those close to IOTA will have noticed that we have in the last 10 days introduced on our existing IT system the first stage of acceptance of electronic confirmation of contacts by QSO matching of logs, something that the IOTA community has been requesting for some time. A fuller note on this appears in a concurrent News Item. It is a start.
We are still a long way short of our financial target, so we invite IOTA enthusiasts who wish to join our Happy Band of Friends of IOTA to check the entry details here. A list of those who have reached the various levels of support has been included in the note. Become a Friend of IOTA and help us take IOTA forward. If you are already one, consider progressing to a higher support level by increasing your donation!''
G3KMA, 11 Jul 2016
- Created on Monday, 11 July 2016 09:28
More information has been posted on the IOTA website in relation to the Clublog QSO matching;
One of the first actions of Islands on the Air (IOTA) Ltd., the new managers of the programme, has been to expand the application routes on IOTA’s existing software system to include Club Log QSO Matches.
This is intended as the first step to the introduction of a much broader system of Paperless QSLing that is scheduled to be launched in the late Spring of 2017. Only a relatively small number of IOTA operations have been added at this time, mainly ones from islands which satisfy the criterion of one DXCC entity equals just one IOTA.
This action was intended to provide a test run on how Club Log QSO matching would work in due course on the new IT system. Even so, modest as this approach is, more than 10,000 QSO matches were obtained in the first week, and the first IOTA 100 Island applications have been received using this option exclusively. As with all new IT enhancements there were a number of bugs and queries raised which have now been resolved. Finally, to make use of this additional feature, sign in to the IOTA website and go to https://www.rsgbiota.org/mycredits/ and click on Club Log QSO Matches.
Bear in mind, this is not the full-blown system envisaged for introduction next year. We will expand the list of accepted operations over the coming weeks and months but, much as we would like to do more, it will be mainly in the area of recent operations from the rarer IOTA groups and, of course, ones that have uploaded logs to Club Log and indicated that they do not wish to delay or block IOTA QSO matching.
G3KMA, 10 Jul 2016
- Created on Wednesday, 06 July 2016 16:54
Well after 14 years I finally got there!
I was pleased to receive this Plaque from the ARRL yesterday and of course it has pride of place in the shack.
2016 has been a good year for the hobby with both DXCC Honor Roll and IOTA Honour Roll. I hope to add to it very soon with my most sought after Trophy, the IOTA 750 Shield. Fingers crossed.
Thanks again to Christian Cabre EA3NT who gave me the final entity I needed when he operated from Juan De Nova as FT4JA. Cheers Chris !
- Created on Wednesday, 06 July 2016 10:41
- Created on Wednesday, 06 July 2016 06:11
China has put the finishing touches on the world's biggest radio telescope, whose 1,650-foot-wide dish will scan the heavens for signs of intelligent alien life, among other tasks.
On Sunday (July 3), technicians installed the last of the 4,450 panels that make up the Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope's (FAST) giant dish.
Project team members will soon begin testing and debugging FAST, after which Chinese scientists will use it for "early-stage research," Xinhua reported. But the instrument will be available to researchers around the world when that phase is over — likely two to three years from now
- Created on Wednesday, 06 July 2016 04:21
Yesterday I was pleased to receive two confirmations by paper QSL Card for IOTA.
BD2RJ/2 was qrv back in 2009 from Changxing Island, Dalian provinca of China IOTA AS-151.
Qsl Card was received via Direct Post Mail.
- Created on Wednesday, 29 June 2016 10:56
Well it has finally arrived, what many have been waiting for years to see. Clublog is now starting to electronically match IOTA qso's with Logs on the Clublog system that will ultimately give IOTA accreditation without having to produce a card for checking.
The system is currently being tested and although NOT ALL LOGS ARE ON-LINE yet, the system seems very stable with the logs and results I managed this morning. The system gave me three new IOTA groups that I currently have not received a paper card for. More logs will be added in time so please be patient.
Lets hope some of those cards we have been waiting for for several years may not now be requiried and fingers crossed a log may be in the system.
Well done to the IOTA Team icluding Johan PA3EXX and of course Clublog's team of Michael G7VJR and Marios 5B4WN, a great milestone for IOTA chasers !
See the Questions & Answers below;
- Created on Wednesday, 29 June 2016 08:05
The Friedrichshafen Ham Fair took place last weekend and photograps can be found by clicking here or the image to the left.
Friedrichshafen is an industrial city on the northern shoreline of Lake Constance in Southern Germany, near both the borders of Switzerland and Austria. It is the district capital of the Bodensee district in the federal state of Baden-Württemberg.
The Ham Fair is held here in June each Year.
- Created on Wednesday, 29 June 2016 07:58
Bahrain Amateur Radio Group (BARG) will participate in the IOTA Contest from Hawar Island AS-202 as A91HI. All documents submitted to the authority and waiting for approval.Hawar Island AS-202 was activated for the first time recently this year, this will be the second activation only from AS-202. More details soon from Team Leader Fawaz Sulaibeekh A92AA
Qsl via M0OXO OQRS
- Created on Wednesday, 29 June 2016 06:12
I was pleased to receive this card yesterday after quite a long wait.
Dorset Island, Nunavut, in the High Arctic (IOTA NA-156) was activated back in July 2015 as part of the RSGB IOTA Contest by Mike VE2XB.
Also known as 'Kinngait' in Inuktitut, this ancient artistic community has been inhabited by native peoples for three thousand years, Cape Dorset is situated on Dorset Island, adjacent to Foxe Peninsula at the southwestern tip of Baffin Island.
- Created on Thursday, 16 June 2016 07:30
Harald (DF2WO) is back in Cape Verde.
He is QRV as D44TWO from Santiago Island, Cabo Verde (IOTA AF-005) from the 15th June for around one month.
Harald will be using a homebrew version of the G3TXQ Hexbeam and will be on 6 thro 30M using CW, SSB and Digital Modes (PSK-31, RTTY & JT65A).
- Created on Tuesday, 14 June 2016 11:15
This is the latest Qsl Card from Dindo DV1UD.
Dindo and his team were qrv as DX0DX recently, a special call issued to them for the Telecommunications anniversary. the operated for their Radio Club on the main Island of the Philippines, Luzon, IOTA OC-042.
Qsl Card will be available in two weeks and is available via OQRS or Direct Post Mail.
- Created on Monday, 13 June 2016 06:52
''Earlier today, Dom 3Z9DX received confirmation from the North Korean government to make a return visit to P5 and operate amateur radio equipment for up to 5 days. The dates of activity are not yet known, but it will be at very short notice. Dom will be informed of dates just a few days beforehand – he will get his luggage and go.
It will be a single band operation, SSB only. Dom will update DX-World with more news as he receives it.''