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:

Gennady V. Treus
P.Box 83, Kiev, 03113
Ukraine

Make the payment to your regional representative.

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

 

 

 

 

 

DX Feile - EIDX Group

EIDXFThis event is the first of its kind in EI. Please check out the Programme schedule and maybe you can make the trip to EI.

It will be a great weekend with top class speakers from around the World. Cezar VE3LYC, Kenneth LA7GIA and Nigel G3TXF are just a few of the ones attending and who will give you an amazing insight into their solo Dxpeditions and stories.

Come along, you won't be disappointed!!

https://www.dxfeile.ie/programme

The EIDX Group was formed in early 2016 with an aim of bringing Ireland's DXers together to form an Irish DXpedition team and to promote DX activity in Ireland.

Earlier this year, we brought you 9N7EI, operating from high above in the Himalayas and netting over 30,000 QSOs! Plans are already in place for our next adventure in 2018 and will be announced soon.

'Féile', is a word taken from the Irish language (Gaelic) and translates into English as 'Festival'. So basically, we are holding a 'DX Festival' this coming October.

The chosen venue for this 'festival' is quite exciting as it is actually on Inis Mór, Aran Islands (EU-006). To mark this occasion, 2 x stations will be QRV for the weekend where attendees will be able to operate the EJ1D callsign for as much or as little as they like.
 
We have chosen an amazing line up of DX Related talks presented by some of the World's finest DXpeditioners. (see the 'Programme' page for full line-up). Add this with the friendly Irish atmosphere and Céad Míle Fáilte (One hundred million welcomes) will make for a great DX filled weekend for sure.

Accommodation is scarce on the island and therefore numbers are limited. We expect this to sell out real fast. See bookings page for full info.

Read more here...... https://www.dxfeile.ie/

 

AT7M AS-096

AT7PAmateurs from India have today started their operating from St. Mary islands IOTA AS-096.

Operators were working good pile-ups today on 20, 17 and 15m and were audible here in the UK.

Their short operation is scheduled to finish on the 1st October.

 

 

 

 

RI1F - Viktoriya Island EU-190NEW

victoria-island karteThe RI1F Team say they are well underway and around 500 miles from Viktoriya Island. If conditions continue to be favorable, they expect to arrive in 2 - 3 days.

Viktoriya Ialand (Ostrov Viktoriya in Russian) is a small Arctic island of the Russian Federation. It is located at 80°9'N 36°46'E, halfway between the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard and the Russian archipelago of Franz Josef Land.

EU-190NEW is one of the remaining 'new' IOTA's announced at the 50th anniversary IOTA Convention in 2014. Roger Ballister G3KMA announced 11 new reference numbers that would be added to the programme with immediate effect. As of today, only AF-118 and EU-190 are the final two still to be activated.

1) AF-118 CN Los Farallones and Jaegerschmidt, Morocco
2) NA-247 PJ7 St Maarten’s Coastal Islands
3) AF-119 S7 Coetivy Island, Seychelles
4) EU-190 RI1 Viktoriya isl, Franz Josef Land
5) OC-296 Tobi and Helen, T8 Palau
6) AS-200 JA5 Shikoku Coastal Islands
7) AS-201 Sea of Marmara isl, TA Turkey
8) AS-202 A9 Hawar isl, Bahrain
9) AS-203 UA0X Sea of Okhotsk Coast Group
10) EU-191 YO Fericirii island, Romania/Ukraine
11) NA-248 VY0 Nunavut (Devon) Island

 

New IREF Board Member

IREFThe Island Radio Expedition Foundation, Inc. (IREF) is pleased to announce that Charles Wilmott, M0OXO, is now a member of the IREF Board of Directors. Charles fills the vacancy left by the resignation of Neville Cheadle, G3NUG, who has been on the IREF Board since it's inception. IREF would like to thank Neville for his work on the Board and wise counsel over the years.


The IREF Board ultimately decides on IREF sponsorship of an IOTA Expedition and is an Internationally diverse group. In addition to Charles, M0OXO, the Board consists of Jim (JA9IFF), Buzz (N5UR), Don (W9DC), Jose (CT1EEB), Mike (K9AJ) and Buzz (NI5DX).

IREF is funded solely through donations and is a 501(c)(3) organization which allows for contributions by US hams to be tax deductible. The website is www.islandradio.org and contributions can me made by clicking on the "Join" tab.

* I am humbled to be nominated and indeed accepted to the Board of IREF. I hope i can be a valued Member of their team and look forward to working with the esteemed current Board Members in the furure. Thanks also to those of you that bothered and took the time to congratulate me as the news was announced. Thank you!

 

Bureau Posting - September 2017

K800 M0OXO Logo 2016QSL cards have been posted 75 World Bureaus  - Saturday 23rd September 2017

This mailing is a joint mailing between M0OXO Charles, M0URX Tim & M0SDV Jamie

I would very much appreciate feedback from you when the QSL cards start arriving at World Bureaus or received by hams around the world? This feedback will be added to our data below.

This mailing features cards from the recent expeditions. The parcels are sent by Priority Business Mail to get to the Bureaus quickly. 

 

Monday 25th September 2017

Qsl Cards have been posted to 75 World Bureau's today Monday 25th September 2017. It has been a joint mailing via Charles M0OXO, Tim, M0URX and Jamie M0SDV

Total amount of QSL cards 12,067

Via M0OXO 7,406

Via M0URX 2,948

Via M0SDV 1300 (Plus MD0CCE 313 & G4IRN 100)

Total Weight  45,225 g (gross weight includes packaging)

Total Cost £258.03 £5.71 per kg (Net weight excludes packaging)
Average postage cost  2.14p per QSL card.

If anyone wishes to make a donation to the costs of bureau shipments, you can do when you request a QSL  and use the donation facility on OQRS.  

Read in more detail by clicking here 

Read more: Bureau Posting - September 2017

Bouvet Island Press Release 8

bouvetSeptember 21, 2017

Our team meeting in Atlanta, GA from Sept. 7th through the 10th was a great success.  Eighteen of our 20 operators were present, coming from as far away as Japan and representing 7 of the 8 home countries of our team members.

Our meetings began with a review of our goals, the challenges we have met, and those we have yet to encounter.  We had a Skype conference with the CEO of our transportation company in Punta Arenas, Chile, and then discussed safety, our shelter deployment plans, antennas, transceivers and amplifiers, propagation, medical and emergency issues, operating practices, scheduling, and propagation.

We spent many hours unpacking and then staging our equipment. We inventoried everything and then began moving it from temporary storage to our 40-foot sea container. We also prepared our customs documentation which included the 6,000 items on our inventory.  We ran a tank of gas through each of our eight 6.5 KW generators, drained the oil from them, and readied them for shipment.  There were many of trips to local stores for more shipping cases, duct tape, nuts and bolts, electrical supplies, fuel cans, etc.

Our EME team needed to be certain there were no problems with their complex station and antenna system.  They worked until 4:30 AMassembling their 2-meter station and antenna array and were rewarded by completing a QSO off the moon with PA2CHR, our EME pilot station. The station works!

Our sea container leaves Atlanta the first few days of October.  It will be placed aboard a ship bound for Punta Arenas, Chile.  We are hopeful that it will there no later than December 1st. Our team members have all purchased their airline tickets to Punta Arenas for a couple days of meetings and orientation.  Then we will fly across the Drake Passage on the morning of January 13th to board our ship at King George Island in the South Shetland Islands.  We plan to sail for Bouvet that same afternoon. We will arrive at Bouvet sometime between January 23rd and 25th.  Our actual landing date is weather dependent.  We will be lucky to be on the air within a few days.

Every detail of our landing sequence, shelter construction, antenna layout, equipment setup and radio operations is well thought out.   Also, our emergency evacuation routes and plans have been identified.

We are humbled by the support of the DX community.  Over 100 clubs and foundations and over 1550 individuals have supported us financially.   If you have already supported us, we thank you. But, please ask your fellow DXers to join you.  If you have yet to contribute, we ask for your consideration.  While our operators are prepared to dig deeper into their pockets to make this DXpedition happen, your continued support would make our faces, as well as our antennas…beam.

Counting the days,

73,
Bob-K4UEE
Ralph-KØIR
Erling-LA6VM

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