DU1UD/8 OC-105 & OC-174

Mapun Island 1Dindo DU1UD has announced his intention to activate the Most-Wanted IOTA in DU, OC-105.

He will activate Mapun Island, part of the Cagayan De Sulu Group of Islands in the Philippines during the ''First or Second quarter of 2018'' This Group is currently shown as 3.4% (0.3%) claimed by IOTA chasers.

He will also make a return visit to the Tawi Tawi Group OC-174 (claimed by 13.4% of chasers) during the same period.

Dindo with be using an Elecraft K3 and a KPA500 Amplifier. He has VDA and vertical Antennas with him and his duration of stay is as always dependant on local conditions and safety of course.

Mapun, also called Cagayan Sulu, island, southwestern Sulu Sea, Philippines. Low-lying and surrounded by 13 small islets and coral reefs, it has an area of 26 square miles (67 square km). Mapun was a centre of pirate activity by Muslims (Moros) in the 19th century. The island (together with Sibutu island) was inadvertently omitted when the United States acquired the Philippine islands from Spain in 1898, but it was purchased from Spain in 1900 and was part of the Philippines when independence was granted in 1935. Dry-rice agriculture, copra production, and trading are the principal economic activities. The Jama Mapun people constitute the great majority of the island’s population. They speak a Sama-Bajau language of the Austronesian language family, and most are adherents of Islam.

Further information will be announced in due course.

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A70X AS-088 QARS

A70X BQatar Amateur Radio Society members A71AM, A71EM, A71GO AND A75GM are confirmed operators who are planning to operate from Al Safliya Island (IOTA AS-088) as A70X from January 1-6, 2018. They might be joined by some foreign operators.

They will be on CW, SSB and Digital modes running power into a three band Yagi, 5 band Yagi and verticals for activity
on 160 through 10 Meters and they will be checking 6 Meters as well.

 

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3B7A Updates

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Last January, we revealed our new project: a DX expedition to St Brandon archipelago – 3B7. Initially planned on October 2017, it is finally the period of March-April 2018 which was selected. It presents a maximum of favorable conditions.

Since the announcement, we have worked on many subjects by following our usual roadmap. Although we’re already familiar with this kind of preparation, it is far from being a routine because each project is different. This new adventure does not make exception, and has its batch of characteristics. That’s all these preparatory tasks achieved during months which will condition success once on the air. Read more here....

Read more: 3B7A Updates

LOTW to Add Support for CQ WAZ Award

cq waz mapParticipants in CQ magazine’s Worked All Zones (WAZ) award program will soon be able to use the Logbook of the World (LoTW) system of ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio, to apply for the WAZ award and its endorsements, both ARRL and CQ announced on December 14.

Amateur Radio operators will be able to use LoTW logs to generate lists of confirmed contacts to be submitted for WAZ credit. Standard LoTW credit fees and separate CQ award fees will apply.

Implementation, documentation, and internal testing of the link between LoTW and WAZ is complete. ARRL and CQ are now assembling a team of external “beta testers” to assure that the link is ready for widespread use. A separate announcement will be made when LOTW’s support for CQ WAZ is available to everyone.

Logbook of the World is ARRL’s electronic confirmation system for Amateur Radio contacts. It provides a confirmation when both stations in a contact submit their logs to the system and a match between the logs is confirmed. LoTW has supported the CQ WPX Award program since 2012. Read More here....

Read more: LOTW to Add Support for CQ WAZ Award

New IREF Website launched

IREFThe new IREF Website has now been launched and can be viewed here.

https://irefnew.wordpress.com/

Please take a look at the new ''IOTA Expeditioner of the Year'' Award too, an exciting new aspect from the IREF Board.

https://irefnew.wordpress.com/activator-award

 

 

 

 

 

VK9XI & VK9CI QSL Card preview

VK9XI 20171After a delay, the QSL Cards for the recent trips from Christmas Island and the Cocos Keeling Islands are now printing at the UX5UO Print Shop.

Cards should be here and mailed in around two weeks time.

Again I apologise for the delay.

VK9CI 20171

 Around 8000 QSO's were made from eacjh of the Islands during the operation in October 2017. The Team included;

Tony Burt VK3TZ, Chris Dimitrijevic VK3FY, Lee Moyle VK3GK, Peter Dernokos VK3FN, Luke Steel VK3HJ, Adrian Ciuperca KO8SCA and Cliff Tindall VK9VKL

 

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9X2AW arrived in Kigali

9X2AWHarald (DF2WO) has landed in Kigali, Rwanda and is currently setting antennas up ready to be qrv later today or early tomorrow (16th November).

He expects to be on air for approximately 2 weeks before he returns home to Germany for Christmas. Again he will be qrv on CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8 modes.

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New Digi Modes Changing Complexion of Bands & Perhaps of Ham Radio

 

DigiInteresting read courtesy of the ARRL;

The wave of software-based digital modes over the past several years has altered the atmosphere of the HF bands. Some suggest the popularity of modes that make it possible to contact stations neither operator can even hear has resulted in fewer CW and SSB signals on bands like 6 meters and 160 meters. Traditional modes require far more interaction and effort on the part of the operator; the newer digital modes not so much. The recent advent of the still-beta “quick” FT8 mode, developed by Steve Franke, K9AN, and Joe Taylor, K1JT — the “F” and the “T” in the mode’s moniker — has brought this to a head. Some now wonder if FT8 marks the end of an era and the start of a new, more minimalist age.

“We’ve been as surprised as anyone about the rapid uptake of FT8 for making QSOs on the HF bands,” Taylor told ARRL this week. Rather than viewing FT8 as a total game-changer, he sees a dividing line between such digital modes and more traditional modes.

“SSB and CW are general-purpose modes,” Taylor asserted. “They are good for ragchewing, DXing, contesting, emergency communications, or whatever. FT8 and the other modes in WSJT-X are special-purpose modes. They are designed for making reliable, error-free contacts using very weak signals — in particular, signals that may be too weak for the more traditional modes to be usable, or even too weak to hear.”

Taylor notes that the information exchanged in most FT8, JT65, and other digital-mode contacts “is little more than the bare minimum for what’s considered to be a valid contact.” In addition to call signs and signal reports, stations may exchange grid squares and acknowledgments.

Radio amateurs recently commented in response to a Top Band Reflector post, in which Steve Ireland, VK6VZ, averred that because of FT8, “160-meter DXing has changed, perhaps forever” in recent weeks. Ireland said he downloaded FT8 but just couldn’t bring himself to use it on the air. “My heart isn’t in it,” he wrote. “My computer will be talking to someone else’s computer, and there will be no sense of either a particular person’s way of sending CW or the tone of their voice. The human in radio has somehow been lost.”

In his blog, Steve McDonald, VE7SL, compiled not only Ireland’s posts, but some responses to it, although not identified by name or call sign. One commenter suggested that the game-changing aspect of FT8 is that those who typically operate CW or SSB will gravitate to FT8. “The amount of activity on the FT8 frequency of any band is phenomenal,” the commenter observed. A few complained that no skill is involved in making contacts using computer-based digital modes.

Another suggested that FT8 is already falling victim to its own success, with too many stations crowding around the designated FT8 frequencies. Others were more philosophical, with remarks along the lines of this one: “It is allowing people who have smaller stations the opportunity to get on and use their radios and a computer to make contacts they never would have been able to make. This is great for ham radio!”

Taylor would agree. As he sees it, FT8 won’t replace modes such as CW or SSB. “Nevertheless, it’s clear that — at least in the short term — many hams enjoy making rapid-fire minimal QSOs with other hams, all over the world, using modest ham equipment,” he said. “For this purpose, FT8 shines.”

In a related “lightning talk” at the 2017 ARRL-TAPR Digital Communications Conference (DCC) earlier this year, ARRL Contributing Editor Ward Silver, N0AX, challenged his savvy audience to develop a keyboard-to-keyboard mode “between FT8 and PSK31” that would support casual and competitive operating, be more interference and noise tolerant, and be usable by those with “compromised” stations and antennas. He also challenged his listeners to develop a “smart” spectrum display that would identify signals by mode, so Amateur Radio could move away from the practice of setting aside specific frequencies for digital modes.

 

9N1DX & 9N1MM

Tejaswita 9N1DXQsl Cards are currently being printed for both Kalpana (9N1MM) and her daughter Tejaswita (9N1DX). Both YL's are currently QRV on HF (Mainly RTTY, FT8 etc) from their homes in Kathmandu, Nepal.
 
Kalpana is first female ham radio operator of Nepal and Tejaswita was the youngest in Nepal to obtain her Licence.
Please listen out for them on air and give them the encouragement needed to continue activity from NePAL.
 

 

 

 

 

New IRC now in circulation

2021 IRCThe new International Reply Coupon (expires 2021) has started appearing in circulation.  

To choose a new IRC, the UPU holds an international design competition open to all member countries. This is a great way of discovering hidden artistic talents among the general public.

 

The theme for the new IRC illustration for 2017–2021 is "the Post and sustainable development".
IRC 2017–2021

Viet Nam emerged victorious from the ten countries participating in the latest competition, held on 7 October 2016 during the UPU Congress for the 2017–2021 period in Istanbul (hence the new IRC name "Istanbul model"). Graphic artist Nguyen Du's design featured a pair of hands and a dove against an Arctic backdrop to represent sustainable development in the postal sector. The image of the yellow stamp on blue represents the future of the Post.

Anyone holding onto old IRC's or ones due to expire in 2017 can contact me if they wish to dispose of them. I can use expired ones to fund my outgoing Bureau Postal Rates so if you feel you can help, please get in touch by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Thank you!

 

5K1B SA-038

5K1BAfter the great success of our last operations from Corn Island (NA-013) in Nicaragua as H74B & H74W, and Bijagos Islands (AF-020) in Guinea-Bissau as J5B & J5W we are please to finally announce our next operation:
Callsign: 5K1B
Operators: Josep (EA3BT) & Núria (EA3WL – YL)
Dates: From 21ST to 28th November 2017
QTH: Mucura Island (San Bernardo islands) *  IOTA SA-078 * Last operation from this reference in 2008 (more than 9 years ago !!!!).
1 full station:
  • Equipment: Icom IC-7300 
  • Linear Amplifier: Expert 1.3 FA
  • Antennas: EAxbeam (6-20 m) & wire dipole (30 & 40 & 80m) 

Bands: 6-40 and will also try 80 m.

Modes: SSB, CW, RTTY
Website: at QRZ.com. Also available the QSO Director tool for checking the online logs direct in real time (www.qsodirector.com), if internet works properly, of course
QSL via: EA3BT. We'll use Clublog OQRS (preferred)
Any other details? We’ll be on the air as many as possible. Hope propagation helps us. Logs will be online through QSO Director tool and also Clublog

Hope you can include this information in your next bulletin.

73 & 88 Núria, EA3WL & Josep, EA3BT

 

XT2AW ending, 9X2AW starting!

9X2AWHarald (DF2WO) will be winding up his operation in Burkina Faso (XT2AW) in the next few days (25th October) where he has given many of you XT2 in several modes as well as the new FT8 Mode.

He will return back to Germany and will have a few weeks to prepare before his next trip to 9X2 Rwanda.

He should be qrv from Kigali, Rwanda (9X2AW) around the 15th November 2017 and expects to be on air for approximately 2 weeks before he returns home to Germany for Christmas. Again he will be qrv on CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8 modes.

 

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Baiyah Island, Liberia AF -111P..

5L3BI logoNot long to go now before this first time activation by the same respected team that brought you S79C, A91HI & A70X.

Keep a check on their website https://af111new.com/news/ and my Facebook page for up to the date news as we approach this rare and anticipated IOTA activation scheduled from around the 31st October 2017.

The team are still looking for Donations towards the costs of the trip which would be welcomed via their website or through the QSL Process when you request your QSL Card.

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9U4M Update..

9U4M-logo3D-696x696Our trip to Burundi is closing in very fast and our website is constantly being updated.
 
Please take a look at the website and get familiar with the Team, Sponsors, Qsl Policy, Operating Frequencies and Merchandise now available plus of course up to date information about 9U4M.
 
Be ready !!!
 

 

UX5UO Print - World of Qsl's

UX5UOGennady Treus (UX5UO) has been on the air since 1967, ex op. UK5UBB, ex UB5UKO, RT5UO and KE4EKT. Contest call US1U. His #1 hobby is DXing & QSL-cards printing is his #2 hobby as well as being a small personal business.

Almost any type of QSL cards and various HAM extras products are available from "UX5UO print".

For ordering your new QSLs from UX5UO print, you can use an Online ORDER FORM and/or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Please use this e-mail as well to send graphics files to be used in creating your QSL design.

We accept almost all graphics formats like .tif, .jpg, .cdr, .eps, .psd, .bmp, .gif, .png, .ppt. Preferable ones are .tif, .pdf or .jpg high quality files (300dpi resolution at 9x14cm size, or 1650x1050 pixels or better). If you are going to design the QSL by yourself, one warning: Please do not put any lettering or logos closer than 6mm (1/4") to borders (edges) of QSL card.

If you do not have internet access, please send your paper samples (photos, rough design, text data etc) to Make the payment to your regional representative or UX5UO by post:

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As of October 2017 18702 unique callsigns from 318 DXCC countries have already been printed by "UX5UO print".

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EJ1D EU-006 Qsl Card

EJ1DHere is the QSL design from the recent DX Féile weekend on Inis Mór, EU-006.

Just shy of 2,500 QSOs were made remarkably as this was just a casual 'open key, open mic' set up. Definitely, the stations were a big hit with our overseas guests.

Inis Mor is the largest of the Aran Islands in Galway Bay in Ireland and has an area of 31 km2 (12 sq mi). EJ1D obInis Mór has a population of about 840, making it the largest of the Aran Islands in terms of population and largest island off the Irish coast with no bridge or causeway to the mainland. 

The island is famous for its strong Irish culture, loyalty to the Irish language, and a wealth of Pre-Christian and Christian ancient sites including Dún Aengus, described as "the most magnificent barbaric monument in Europe" by George Petrie.

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Bouvet 3YØZ - Press Release 9

3Y0ZFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
     
The Bouvet Island DXpedition – 3YØZ

Press Release #9
October 17, 2017

After over 10 years of dreaming and 2 years of rigorous planning, we have turned a page.  Our team is intact and ready.  We have 17,000 pounds of equipment.  It has been tested, sorted, inventoried and packed into our 40-foot sea container.  We have discussed all conceivable contingencies, including rough seas, clouds and fog, high winds and emergencies at sea and on shore.  We have studied propagation, maximized our location on the island, selected the best radio equipment, and have thought first and foremost of safety.  All of this culminated when we sealed our sea container on October 9th, entered it into customs bond, placed it on a truck and watched it begin its journey to Punta Arenas, Chile.  Our die has been cast.  Now, a new chapter begins: one of reflection, waiting anxiously and hoping (praying) that all will go well from this point on.

We have been blessed by the worldwide support of individual amateur radio operators, clubs and foundations.  They have backed us, overwhelmingly.  We are inspired by the support we have received, both financially and in spirit.  We want to live up to all that is expected of us on this “generational” DXpedition, which is likely the largest and most challenging DXpedition ---- ever.  Indeed, there may never be another like it.  We now have time to appreciate the responsibility that this project thrusts upon us.  We feel it, and we will do our utmost to meet the DX world’s expectations from Bouvet - the number 2 “most wanted” entity.

You will start seeing band plans, more detailed propagation information, QSL information and more on our website.  Our Facebook and Twitter social media outlets will keep their conversational tone, but shift their focus to how you can best work us, plus current events and news of interest.  Our updated propagation forecasts continue to validate our predictions, as visualized on our website propagation page.

Our team now has a singular focal point, King George Island, where the next chapter begins.  We will meet our ship there on January 13th, and sail 2,200 miles to Bouvet.  By departing from King George Island rather than Punta Arenas, we save about 400 miles of sea travel.  This essentially gives us one or two more days on the air from Bouvet. We will savor those days, because they will give us QSOs that otherwise would not have been made.

We have asked more from our team members than for any previous DXpedition. This includes their time, effort and money. We thank all of you who are helping to defray some of their costs.  We continue to welcome new and additional support to help with these expenses.

We are counting the days…..

73,
Bob-K4UEE
Ralph-KØIR
Erling-LA6VM

 

VY0ERC NA-008 (2017)

VY0ERC6Pierre VE3KTB and Alex VE1RUS are heading out to Eureka on October 15 and will remain there until November 11.
They hope to be on the air as soon as possible, but most likely between October 17 and November 10.
They will be QRV when time permits and will try our best to operate during CQ WW SSB 2017.

Iony Island AS-069 Video

IonyCheck this link out for the video of the recent RI0C Dxpedition to the very rare Iony Island.

http://www.iony2017.com/video

As a colleague quite rightly said....''These guys deserve our respect!''

 

7Q7EI - Malawi

7Q7EIThe EIDX Group (who brought you 9N7EI in March 2017) are delighted to announce their next DXpedition for 2018.

The team, consisting of 14 operators will be QRV for two consecutive weekends from the 21st of March to the 3rd of April 2018 (also taking in the WPX SSB contest) from Malawi.

The team have carefully selected an ideal location on the shores of Lake Malawi and will be QRV on all bands from 160m through 10m, SSB, CW, RTTY and FT8 modes.

The Team are currently building their website and this will be released to the public in due course.

I am pleased they have approached me to be their QSL Manager and give them the service to which they are accustomed....

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TM0TI EU-156

TM0TIGil F4FET, Diego F4HAU & Antoine F5RAB will be active from Tombelaine Island EU-156 as TM0TI during October 21-23, 2017.

They will be QRV on 40m through10m, using CW and SSB.

Qsl via QRZ.Com

 

 

 

 

 

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