IOTA Honour Roll - I made it !!

Capture1I am pleased to see that I finally made it onto the IOTA Honour Roll!

I squeezed onto the latest Honour Roll list, just published for 2015 (click here).

My first application for IOTA was around 10 years ago and I hadn't submitted an update to my score until the RSGB 50th Anniversary IOTA convention in 2014. As well as passing the 600 (granted) Islands, I succeeded in achieving the Asia, British Isles, Europe, North America, Oceana and West Indies Awards, the next challenge being the 750 Islands Shield, a few years away yet. Honour Roll

If you haven't tried the IOTA programme, give it a go. It's very addictive but makes a change from DXCC, as well as making you an aficionado in Geography!

It's just a shame there is no Award for reaching Honour Roll, disappointing :-(

 

IRC's currently in stock....

IRCDoes anyone need Iinternational Reply Coupons (IRC's) for claiming their Qsl Cards?

M0OXO QSL service usually has a number of IRC's For Sale worldwide. IRC's (Correctly stamped & Valid until 31/12/2017) GBP £1.20 each + Postage and I will post to anywhere in the World.

Please see this page for more information.

 

 

 

 

 

3A - Monaco

K800 CaptureDiego and Gils will be qrv between the 2nd & 5th April 2015 as 3A/F4HAU and 3A/F4FET from Monaco.

Qsl will be via their home Callsigns.

GL !!

 

 

 

 

 

 

EP6T Iran ... from M0URX

K800 QSL-EP6T-DOUBLEFrom Tim M0URX (EP6T QSL Manager)....

''3,008 Direct letters have been posted for EP6T delivery is between 3 - 7 days.
Packages also sent to GDXF, DDXG & SDXG.

ALL Bureau cards requested before the 8th March have now been sent to all World Bureaus on our mailing today.

I would like to thank Charles M0OXO, who helped me process the letters over the last few days. It has taken over 100 man hours since the arrival of the cards from the printer last week to label cards, fill the envelopes & package the directs and bureau''.

Thanks Tim, happy to help!

Bureau Mailing - 01st of 2015

big oneQSL cards have been posted to all World Bureaus todayTuesday 17th March 2015 

 

This mailing is a joint mailing between Charles M0OXO & Tim M0URX.
I would very much appreciate feedback from you when the QSL cards start arriving at World Bureaus.

This mailing contains C5X, VK9/G7VJR, VK16AC and EP6T.

 

Total amount of QSL cards15,538

Via M0URX 10,072

Via M0OXO 5.466
Total Weight 62.469 kg

Total Cost £265.90 per kg £4.26
Average postage cost  1.7p per QSL card.

Read more: Bureau Mailing - 01st of 2015

3W2JK - IOTA AS-130

new-3Jacek SP5APW holiday style IOTA activation - Con Son Island, Vietnam between March 11-17, 2015.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

H44NT - Callsign changes

H44NT LogoBreaking News from EA3NT;

''Hi from Solomon islands guys, the weather here is bad. Seas are rough and even the Maritime Department has launched a note not allowing smaller vessels to sail until it gets better.

I am currently in Honiara. I could find a boat to Russell islands, despite the high price of the charter I have decided to go ahead, so now I am waiting for the boat owner to call me when he is ready to sail. I have no idea when it will happen though.

 

Please note that my callsign from Russell island (OC-168) will be H41NT !!!!! Also, for Bellona island my callsign will be H42NT (OC-127),....and when I will be operative from Honiara, Gaudalcanal my callsign will be H44NT (OC-047)

My internet connection is very limited. No signal in my telephone, and I doubt I will be able to send you any message again, until I get back to Brisbane on Tuesday 17th.....''

 

VK7FG - 20M SSB QRM

EI2KC - VK7FGAs if we didn't know this was a common problem nowadays.

Thanks to Tony EI2KC for posting this video on You Tube showing SSB QRM and pile-up behaviour that most of us detest.

Are you one of those calling when you are not being called? Shameful.

 Click the image to view the video.

 

 

Qsl'in - An overview

VK4NMAre you new to the hobby or returning after a few years of absence?

Maybe you need a quick refresh on how the Qsl service works and how best to use it to tailor ir to your needs?

Check out this link.... The How To Guide..  It will give you a quide to Qsl'in including information on the Bureau service as well as Logbook Of The World (LOTW).

I hope the information is of help to you.

 

 

 

VK7FG - OC-195 this week...

Flinders-VK7FG-DXNewsChristian EA3NT, Chris VK3FY, Tim VK4HFO will be active from Flinders Island (IOTA OC-195) this week as VK7FG.

Qsl via M0OXO OQRS or Direct Mail.

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

 

 

 

VK16AC & C5X Qsl Cards mailed out

VK16ACVK16AC and C5X Qsl Cards were all mailed yesterday (28th February 2015) by Priority Air Mail..

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

K800 C5X

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 do 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.

 

 

 

 

VK16AC

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 ''

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