DF2WO African Tour 2019 continues...

d44 mergeHarald has just passed the dates to me for his next tour down in his favorite continent and here they are;

D44TWO Cabo Verde ; (AF-005) 29th Sept. to 13th Oct 2019
9X2AW Kigali, Rwanda ; 4th to 16th Nov 2019
XT2AW Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso ; 02nd to 20th Dec 2019

Current up to date logs are available here;

https://www.m0oxo.com/oqrs/logsearch.php

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OH0UDG Aland Islands

OH0Bert DK3BK will be qrv from the Aland Islands (IOTA EU-002) between the 3rd and 17th August 2019.

His Callsign (already issued) is OH0UDG.

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4E8T QSL Card

4E8T2The 4E8T Qsl Card has now been designed and is currently at the UX5UO QSL Print Shop.

I expect cards will be out in 3 weeks time. If you still need the card please request it on this link;

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DU1UD/8 IOTA OC-105

Mapun 2Dindo DU1UD will again make an attempt on this rare IOTA, the Most Wanted in DU.

He will be qrv from Mapin Island (aka Mapun, formerly Cagayan de Sulu, Cagayan de Tawi-Tawi etc) IOTA OC-105 from Friday 3rd May for approximately 2 weeks.

He is a single operator on this one and will be qrv around his work schedule. He will be running an Elekraft K3 and KPA-500 into Vertical/VDA antennas.

Dindo is aware of how needed this is all around the Globe and will do his upmost to reach as many areas as propagation allows.

Please remember this is currently a dangerous part of the World and the safety will always be paramount. Bear this in mind if he suddenly disappears off frequency without warning

 

5V7EI, 9G2DX, 7P8LB....

5v multiHi guys. As suggested a few days ago, all the Direct requests for the above cards were mailed this morning without any issues.

Please drop me a few messages when the start arriving to gauge the delivery times.

Thank you...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FW/G0VJG - 3D2AS...Bags packed..!

FW 2It won't be long now until Nobby Styles G0VJG is qrv as 3D2AS from Fiji and FW/G0VJG from both Wallis and Futuna Islands. The trip starts on the 3rd May 2019 in Fiji, around 7th/8th May in FW.

He says that ''wifi is available from Fiji but not sure about in FW. It may not be easy sending log updates from that part of my trip but of course I will send them as soon and as frequent as is possible.''

He will be using a FT857, Folding Hexbeam, a Vertical antenna and operating on 6/10/12/15/17/20/30/40 & 60m (tbc) with a small Amplifier on SSB.

''Most of my gear is packed but we are likely to be very restricted on weight especially on the Flight from Fiji to Wallis & Futuna. Bare minimal will be the answer but again, until we get there some details of this trip are difficult to prepare or predict''.

''I have also decided to set a tentative plan regarding operating frequencies. I will try to stick to my list as much as possible but for 17m I will try to use 18122.00. It also seems likely that I can't use 60m in FW and for Digital Chasers I will probably not run RTTY and will stick with FT8. This may change.''

Please be aware dates may change according to local conditions and also, please keep up with news on DX bulletin websites and also via QSL Manager M0OXO for any last minute news.

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J79U/J79TA Dominica

J79Thomas Carlsson SM0CXU/SM2U (PY2ZZXU, PW2D) and Tore Anderson SM0DZB/SM0T will be active as J79U and J79TA from Dominica Island, IOTA NA - 101, between the 07th & 15 May 2019.
 
They will operate on the HF Bands.
 
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5V7EI QSL Card

5V7EI 11The QSL Card design for the recent 5V7EI operation from Togo as now been completed and cards are printint at the UX5UO Print Shop.

I expect Cards to be out in around two weeks time.

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VK5MAV/6 OC-211

VK5MAV-6Andy VK5MAV is currently QRV from the Abrolohos Islands, Australia IOTA OC-211)

The Houtman Abrolhos (often informally called the Abrolhos Islands) is a chain of 122 islands, and associated coral reefs, in the Indian Ocean off the west coast of Australia. it lies about eighty kilometres (50 nm) west of Geraldton, Western Australia.

It is the southernmost true coral reef in the Indian Ocean, and one of the highest latitude reef systems in the world. It is one of the world's most important seabird breeding sites and is the centre of Western Australia's largest single-species fishery, the western rock lobster fishery. It has a small seasonal population of fishermen, and a limited number of tourists are permitted for day trips, but most of the land area is off limits as conservation habitat. Only way to stay there overnight is to get an invitation from locals.

http://vk5mav.wixsite.com/dxpedition

 

 

3D2AS - FW/G0VJG (May 2019)

wallisUpdate from Nobby Styles G0VJG to remind us that his plans are going well for his trip to 3D2 and FW in early May 2019.

He expects to be qrv as 3D2AS from 3rd May 2019 for 5 days. He will then move to Wallis and Futuna as FW/G0VJG on or around the 8th May and be qrv there for 14 days. He will operate from Wallis Island (IOTA OC-054) with the possibility of a short side trip to (the more rare) Futuna Island (IOTA OC-118).

Please be aware dates may change according to local conditions..

He will be using a FT857, Folding Hexbeam and operating on 6/10/12/15/17/20/30/40 & 60m (tbc) with a small Amplifier on SSB and has been working hard behind the scenes getting au fait with FT8 F & H Modes. He is pleased with progress.

Please keep up with news on DX bulletin websites and also via QSL Manager M0OXO

 

 

LX/GM0OBX

 

LX LOGOMembers of the GMDX group will be active from Luxembourg from 25/05/2019 - 01/06/2019 operating on 40/30/20/17/15/12/10/6 on SSB/ CW/FT8/RTTY. We will be using the call sign of LX/GM0OBX

LOCATOR: JN29VV

Operators are;

BILLY GM0OBX, JOHN MM0JZB, JONATHAN MM0OKG, ROSS MM0OBT  and STEVIE MM0VPY.

Station set up:

1 x 7300 -  1kw - hexbeam

1 x 7300 - 1kw - 1/4 vertical for 40m - 1/4 vertical for 30m  - 5 element beam for 6m

1 x 7300 - 30w ( on ft8 bands will be variable )

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Experts Predict a Long, Deep Solar Minimum

long deepIf you like solar minimum, good news: It could last for years. That was one of the predictions issued last week by an international panel of experts who gathered at NOAA’s annual Space Weather Workshop to forecast the next solar cycle. If the panel is correct, already-low sunspot counts will reach a nadir sometime between July 2019 and Sept 2020, followed by a slow recovery toward a new Solar Maximum in 2023-2026.

“We expect Solar Cycle 25 will be very similar to Cycle 24: another fairly weak maximum, preceded by a long, deep minimum,” says panel co-chair Lisa Upton, a solar physicist with Space Systems Research Corp.

SolarCycle25b

The solar cycle is like a pendulum, swinging back and forth between periods of high and low sunspot number every 11 years or so. Researchers have been tracking the cycle since it was discovered in the 19th century. Not all cycles are alike. Some are intense, with lots of sunspots and explosive solar flares; the Space Age began with a big booming solar maximum. Others are weak, such as the most recent, Solar Cycle 24, which peaked in 2012-2014 with relatively little action.

Read more: Experts Predict a Long, Deep Solar Minimum

New to Qsl'in? How to request a Qsl Card

VK5PAS

A few recent arrivals in the way of Qsl requests have made me wonder, 'do we really know how to make a Qsl card request?'. You may be a newcomer to the hobby who finds the whole process of requesting Qsl Cards very daunting indeed.

Well, in an attempt to help both older and newer people in the hobby, I have compiled a page on my website which I hope will attempt to answer most of the common questions.

Please take a look and if you feel it is of benefit then feel free to comment. So many times people fall foul of this proceedure so I hope this helps, at least a little!

Click here to read the article.

 

Harald is back in Ouagadougou...

XT2AWmergeXT2AW is again on air!

Harald (DF2WO) is going to Ouagadougou with his wife Alice tomorrow (Saturday 6th April) and from Sunday he will be on all bands (160-6m conditions permitting) on CW, SSB and FT8 modes.

He is always available for Skeds, otherwise he will take advantage of the sun and enjoy the warmth!

Anyone attending Friedrichshafen this year will also have the opportunity to say hello to Harald in person

QSL via M0OXO OQRS or Direct Post Mail (Please do NOT send cards via the Buro).

https://www.m0oxo.com/oqrs/logsearch.php

 

 

 

 

 

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UN7G Kazakhstan

UN7GUN7G Cards are now at the UX5UO Print Shop and should be here in the next two weeks.

Full logs from Andy Kvochkov UN7G/UP7G (ex-UN8GU), Almaty, Kazakhstan are available on M0OXO Logsearch & OQRS.

https://www.m0oxo.com/oqrs/logsearch.phpUN7G ob

4E8T Tawi Tawi

DV1UD Holding the Vertical AntennaChris VK3FY and Dindo DU1UD will be qrv on OC-174 Tawi-Tawi Island between the 19th
and 23 April 2019.

They will use CW and FT8 on the 40m through 20M band.
 
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CY9C Saint Paul Island

cy0iCY9C Team will be active again from Saint Paul Island, IOTA NA - 094, 1 - 11 August 2019.

CY0C - Sable Island Permission for a Dxpedition has been authorized for Fall of 2020. Team leader - WA4DAN. Some time ago, we had scheduled fall of 2019 for Sable.

Due to circumstances we had to reschedule to 2020. Hopefully this will be better for propagation. The permit process took over a year of emailing, phone calls, and furnishing documents. Sable at this point is no longer easily "permitted" for Ham Radio DXpeditions, as the policies have changed with the change in administration. In fact our permit finally was graciously authorized as a "one time special use permit". We believe that it is very probable that permits in the future may be esentially "nil" for a very long time. Among other policies, visitors to the island are not permitted overnight stays. Thankfully, we have been authorized to stay there for 7 - 8 days ( $300 per person per day).

We are grateful and excited and look forward to meeting the challenge of a sizeable operation as if it were the last one for a very long time. The team for the upcoming CY9C St. Paul Island August Dxpedition will be the primary makeup of the Sable team. A "SABLE" information page will be maintained on the St. Paul website, https://cy9c.com This news update is provided at the request of Murray, WA4DAN-Sable and St. Paul Team Leader.

Thanks, Randy N0TG

QSL via WA4DAN direct, OQRS, LOTW

 

CME inbound today

cmeThe Northern Lights are going south this weekend. A geomagnetic storm, caused by a cloud of charged particles ejected from the sun, may bring the aurora borealis as far south as Iowa, Colorado and Washington on Saturday, as these particles bombard Earth, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Space Weather Prediction Center.

“If the storm is oriented properly, we could have a chance for auroras for several days after impact,” said Tamitha Skov, a space weather scientist based in Los Angeles.


Auroras form when charged particles from the sun collide with Earth’s atmosphere. When there is an influx of charged particles during geomagnetic storms, this can supercharge the aurora’s glow, according to Terry Onsager, a physicist at the Space Weather Prediction Center.

“It’s like a big battery driving electricity through the Earth’s system,” he said. “And when that flows through the atmosphere, the atmosphere glows like a neon light.”


The particles are the result of a coronal mass ejection, an outpouring of plasma from the sun’s atmosphere that was detected by NOAA on Wednesday.

“This is exciting news, considering we haven’t had a decently sized Earth-directed solar storm launch for quite some time,” Skov said, adding that geomagnetic storms are less common during the current period of the sun’s 11-year activity cycle.


Onsager said the storm could arrive Saturday morning, which means it may not be visible. But he and Skov both said that prediction could change.

A35JT OC-049 Tonga

a35jt''After several months of communications we have finally been issued with our licence to operate on Tonga!

We had a small surprise however when we looked at the issued callsign. It has now changed and our final assigned callsign is A35JT. Never mind!

We have also confirmed that we are not able to operate on 60m this trip. We have, however,  been granted access to 6m to conduct our EME experiments!

So after a quick rebrand of the website, QRZ and Facebook pages our identity is corrected and away we go!

The A35JT expedition team is grateful for the tremendous support it has received from the German DX Foundation & from the CDXC UK Foundation. We will be trying our hardest to make contact with your members from Tonga in September.

With the addition of Steve VK5SFA to the team (who is something of a 160m specialist) and support received from the DX associations, we will be placing some increased focus on our planned 160m operations too! ''

 

3Y0I Bouvetoya 2019

3y01 2Welcome Roaring Forties!

Fresh news from the Atlantic Tuna’s deck. Dom 3Z9DX, the 3YØI leader, in a brief satellite conversation with Stan SP8S shared some new details.

– We just entered the “Roaring Forties”. The vessel hits 8-10 meters tall waves and the seas are wild and bumpy. It’s gonna be a rough ride towards Bouvet – Dom 3Z9DX said. – The team is in good moods and no sea sickness so far – he added.

 

Read more: 3Y0I Bouvetoya 2019

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