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H44R (OC-168) & H40D (OC-179)

h44Cezar VE3LYC is currently qrv from OC-168. An operation from Russell Islands (OC-168, Solomon Islands DXCC) was added to the one already planned from Duff Islands (OC-179, Temotu DXCC).
 
Russell Islands were last operated from in Feb 2001 or 17 years ago, and this IOTA group is in demand by about 94% of IOTA chasers. This addition extends the duration of the original project by a week and adds new logistical challenges
 
Unlike Duff, Russell islands are pretty flat, so no steep hills to obstruct various propagation paths. However, we don’t expect AC power there. These islands have been a plantation for about a century.
 
A labour dispute between the largest employer in the country and the respective union led to a strike in 2002. Declared illegal by the Solomon Islands High Court, the dispute hasn’t been settled to date. As such, work has never re-started, but many former employees from outside Russell set in. Given this complex socio-economical situation and the relatively short distance of the islands from Honiara, Bernhard will go on a short scouting trip to identify a suitable location for our planned activity at the end of April, as well as the possibility of resourcing locally items such power generator, batteries, etc.

YJ0AG OC-035 qrv

YJ0AGGrant Willis VK5GR is now QRV from Vanuatu as YJ0AG.

First logs have been received and posted on Clublog and also M0OXO OQRS for QSL Card requests.

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

Check out Grant's website for more up to date information and foto's from his location in Efate, Vanuatu (IOTA OC-035)

http://vk5gr-iota.net/

 

 

 

7Q7EI QSL Cards

Qsl Cards for the 7Q7EI trip to Malawi are now designed and are already awaiting printing at UX5UO QSL Print in the Ukraine. I expect delivery in 2 to 3 weeks.

Cards requested Direct will have a nice 4 sided folding card and to accompany the Direct requests there will be a 7Q7EI Logo Sticker in the envelope, our small way of saying thank you.

Bureau requested cards will be two sided cards as normal.

So when cards are received, please check your envelopes carefully!

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

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Andre Silva - PY2MTV SK

PY2MTVI was saddened to learn this week of the passing of Andre Silva PY2MTV/PX2C.

My thoughts are with his his wife Milene and his his Family in Guarujá, Sao Paolo, Brazil.

73 Andre RIP.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Postal Addresses in OQRS Direct

postPlease take a little more care when you request Direct Qsl card via M0OXO OQRS.

If you do not fill the PayPal Address in correctly then your envelope will NOT arrive at your address. This is your responsibility and if no correct address is given, the envelopes will be returned here having not been delivered by your Postal Courier.

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

 

 

 

 

9X2AW 2018

9X2AWDF2WO, Harald, will wrap up his XT2AW operation on April 15th as he heads back home.

Next, he will go to Kigali where he will be QRV as 9X2AW at the end  of June. Harald will be running 100 watts into a Hexbeam on the high bands and a vertical on 60, 40 and 30 Meters.

He may also be back as D44TWO from Praia Baixa, Santiago (AF-005) in October.

Qsl via M0OXO OQRS or Direct Post Mail

 

 

 

IOTA 1000 Island Trophies mailed..

K1600 20180409 1545251000 Island Trophies will be mailed tomorrow to 7 of those lucky few who recently attained that level and claimed their Award.

Please drop me a line when you receive them.

https://iota-world.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

V3A QRV from Belize

V3AV3A will be qrv in WPX CW in the Multi Single Low Power category.

There will also be planned activity by V3A in WPX CW, ÇQWW SSB and CW later in the year.

 
V3A Qsl is via M0OXO OQRS.
 
 
 
 
 
 

5B/LA7THA Cyprus

cyprus-sand-beach-820x480A full and final log is now online from Rune's recent trip to Cyprus.

Qsl cards can be requested here;

 

 

7Q7EI - Final report

'7Q7EI FULL'7Q7EI QRT !!!! The 7Q7EI team went QRT on Monday 02/04/2018 @ 16:30UTC with over 37,000 QSOs in the log.

The full log is now complete on Clublog ​and our OQRS pages are open via http://www.m0oxo.com/oqrs/logsearch.php

During our stay in Malawi, we encountered many power outages, internet outages and had to QRT even to lightning storms. We noticed several hours each morning of zero propagation to anywhere! Most afternoons, band conditions began to improve and we frequently checked 10m & 12m. Due to our antenna design and station layout, we were able to exploit all openings and operate 2 stations on each band (mixed mode) with zero interference.

FT8 proved invaluable for our LF operations. Yes, we did receive some criticism about using FT8 on 80m & 160m however ,due to local high noise levels, FT8 certainly did what it is designed to do and that was putting QSO'.s into our LF logs. CW was tried time and time again however, netted us few QSOs on 160m.

Words of thanks and emails of support are coming in on a daily basis. We like to think that we gave many a new band or mode slot, no matter what continent you're QRV from! Sincere thanks to all our sponsors.

Be sure to check back here for any further updates. Until then, 7Q7EI continues to the next stage for Powerpoint presentations, QSL design, photo sharing, website updates, etc.

vy 73 de 7Q7EI team.

 

Z2LA QSL Card mailing

z2lafrontZ2LA QSL Cards have been printed and will be mailed week commencing Monday 9th April to all Operators who requested a Card via Direct Post Mail or via M0OXO OQRS (Direct).

Qsl Cards were printed by UX5UO Print Shop.

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FOC 80th Anniversary Challenge

foc logoIn May 2018 The First Class CW Operators Club, FOC, will be celebrating its 80th Anniversary.
Between 1st May and 31st May 2018 our members from around the world will be active on the bands using CW with special call signs, many of them containing the number ‘80’.
 The challenge is being run as a leaderboard on Club Log, and your ranking in the leaderboard determines the award level you achieve.
Rules

A75GR Qatar

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QSL Cards are now printing at UX5UO Print Shop. Logs and OQRS will be open as soon as I receive a full logbook from Rasto A75GR.

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

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7Q7EI - Happy St Patrick's Day!

st-Patricks-day-hd-wallpapers-and-images-11Happy St. Patrick's Day from the EIDX Group!!

Our Team are almost ready for our second large scale Dxpedition following on from our successful trip to Nepal last Year. The team are all well motivated and begin their travels to Malawi later this week.

They will arrive at Annie's Lodge in Malawi on Friday evening the 23rd March. If all goes to schedule the team will be qrv in the CQ WPX Contest certainly by Saturday morning and dependent on how rough the journey was, maybe even Friday Night..Keep an eye out on this Blog and our website for news as our DXpedition gets underway.

See you on the air!

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JD1BLY Chichi Jima Island

JD1BLYJI5RPT will be active again as JD1BLY, from Chichi Jima Island, IOTA AS-031, Ogasawara Islands.

He will be operate between the 2nd and 4th May 2018 on HF Bands plus 6m, CW, SSB, Digital modes.

QSL via his home call

 

 

 

 

 

Crozet & Gloriosa Dxpeditions

1280px-Crozet MapF5UFX – Sebastien
Chambéry- France, 12 March 2018

To: any media interested in Amateur radio, French oversea territories

Object: project for an expedition to Crozet and Glorioso islands.

The sovereignty of France is recognized in many territories scattered around the globe: in the Pacific Ocean with Wallis and Futuna, Polynesia, New Caledonia and Clipperton; in the Atlantic Ocean with Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon, Saint-Martin, Saint-Barthélemy, Guadeloupe, Martinique, and French Guiana. Finally, in the Indian Ocean with Mayotte, Réunion, the Scattered Islands, and the French Southern and Antarctic Territories.

For us hams, these names often evoke exoticism, an invitation to travel, but also and especially rare and sought-after contacts. The most populated areas, such as Réunion, the islands of the West Indies or New Caledonia for example, are characterized by a permanent radio amateur presence, ensuring daily contacts. For others like Saint Barthélemy or Wallis and Futuna, they are tourist destinations, not requiring a special authorization. These places are therefore regularly active during activities or expeditions conducted by passing radio amateurs. Finally, some territories require specific authorizations because their access is restricted, usually to protect their extremely sensitive ecosystems. This last category includes Clipperton, Europa, Juan de Nova, Tromelin, Glorioso, Crozet, Amsterdam, Kerguelen, and Terre Adélie. A contact with these entities is thus rather rare and extremely coveted.

Read more: Crozet & Gloriosa Dxpeditions

Harald back to Ougadougou in March

xt2aw 3Harald DFWO will be back in Burking Faso in a few days and again operating as XT2AW

He will be using his Hexbeam and Radio Power on CW, SSB and Digital Modes, favouring FT8.

He will be QRV from the 19th March until the 15th of April 2018.

Qsl as always via M0OXO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unusual Arctic Warming Event

arctNASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration added a new video: NASA Studies an Unusual Arctic Warming Event.

It's midwinter in the Arctic, and the Sun has yet to rise over the North Pole. But the Arctic is unusually warm for this time of year. To understand this unusual arctic warming event we enlisted Earth satellite data and our Icebridge mission.

Click image for more information and to see the Video.

 

The Bouvet Island DXpedition – 3YØZ Update

3Y0ZFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Bouvet Island DXpedition – 3YØZ

The 3YØZ team members are safely home. We have been home about two weeks now, after 31 days aboard our vessel M/V Betanzos. We have been to Bouvet Island, and as a result, we have a better appreciation for the challenges we face. It is a dark, dismal and dangerous place. Yet, when the sun shines, it is magnificent.

The most difficult thing to reflect upon is the final day offshore, when we saw the island, crystal clear in calm winds, less than a mile away. The conditions were perfect for our first reconnaissance flight and possible landing of
men and camp infrastructure. But, during the violent night before, the Captain had made the decision to abort. In retrospect, his call was clairvoyant. The mechanical, propulsion failure on the ship that occurred would have
brought disaster, if it resulted in some of our men being stranded ashore.

We are sure you are wondering what happens now? Well, we are not the kind of people to give up. The same thing happened when we were trying to activate Peter I in 2005. We came back the following year and with DAP's
(the vessel owner) help, we got it done.

We are optimistic about a fair settlement and a resulting refund of some of our money paid to DAP for this recent attempt to activate Bouvet. That money, and what we still have in the bank will allow us to begin making plans to try again. We have begun the difficult task of looking for a suitable vessel, and would hope to go back to Bouvet in the next year or two. Obviously, we will keep you informed.

Thank you for the hundreds of favorable and encouraging comments from our financial supporters and sponsors. No one has asked for any of their contributions back, and, in fact, many have offered additional support for the next chapter in this book. We are hopeful that those of you who have invested in this project will see fit to "roll over" your financial support to the next attempt.

So, if we can pull all the moving parts together, we are going to try it again. Hopefully, this time, with a different outcome.

73,
Bob, K4UEE

 

Jupiter at Twilight

jupeeeeWhat does Jupiter's twilight zone look like? To make features more visible in this region where day meets night, NASA's Juno Mission to Jupiter took multiple photos at different exposures.

In order to collect enough light to reveal features in Jupiter's dark twilight zone, the much brighter illuminated day-side of Jupiter becomes overexposed with the higher exposure.

Discover more: http://go.nasa.gov/2tgtth3

 

 

 

 

 

 

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