Pitcaire Dxpedition

pitcairmSept. 29, 2019: We are pleased to announce our pilot station network for the Pitcairn Island DXpedition. Our pilot station system is in place to relay your reports, concerns, and advise to us through our pilot stations. Initially, the information most important to us will be when we are being heard in your area. This is especially true if there are openings to more than one geographical area at the same time and one of those areas has strong signals that obscure stations calling from the other areas. We need to attend to those weaker signals and your reports will help us do that.

With time your band and mode needs will be relayed to us through our system. Constructive criticism is welcome as well.

Our system is somewhat “Eurocentric,” with north, south, east, and western Europe each having a representative in our system. We do this because needs for a VP6 contact are greater in Europe and European signals may be “under” stronger signals from other geographical areas.

Our chief and North American pilot is Jerry, WB9Z. He will be supported by JJ3PRT, OG2M, R7LV, G3XTT, EA3AKP, IK0FVC, NP4G, ZS1C, and ZL3IO. Please go to our Pilots and Off-Island Team Members page for more details.
We want you in our log and we want you to have fun working us.

 

Earth from Saturn

saturn and eartthNo words!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IL7MP Trementi Islands

il7mpQsl design has been printed (by UX5UO QSL Printer) for Mikes recent trip to Trementi Islands (IOTA EU-050) and will be available soon.

Please use OQRS to request your card.

 

Artemis

ECLIPSEAs NASA goes forward to the Moon and on to Mars, new opportunities to learn about the Sun-Earth connection abound.

But it’s not just basic science. The Sun’s influence fills the space around us — the very space that future #Artemis astronauts will have to navigate and understand.

All about it: https://go.nasa.gov/2McngZS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

N5C & K5P

IREFN5C Cat Island (Mississippi)
K5P Isle au Pitre (Louisiana)

Both teams under the IREF umbrella are doing a great job since they became simultaneously active yesterday from both Islands. Great signals on 20, 30 and 40M here is the UK.

Good luck to all who need the islands!

IREF - Island Radio Expedition Foundation
https://irefradio.com/

 

 

6O7O Somalia

6O7O 3The QSL Card for this trip has been sent to the Print Shop at UX5UO QSL Print - Tnx Gennady!

Please request your card on the link below and remember, any donations will go directly to Kens humanitarian fundraising. You can donate here;

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Logsearch & Qsl Card requests

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

 

 

 

EJ1D EU-006

EJ1DFollowing the DX Feile on Inis Mor (IOTA EU-006), the full log is now available from the station they operated and can be found on the link below.

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

 

 

 

 

 

A35JT - QRT

a35jt-logoFolks from all of us at A35JT it has been a pleasure bringing this DXpedition to you. We just went out with a bang on 17m calling Europe, Japan and everywhere. We have made over 15000 contacts and worked over 132 DXCC entities since arriving in the Kingdom of Tonga 2 weeks ago. Thanks everyone for your support, encouragement and most of all your contact with us in one of SSB, FT8, CW, PSK, RTTY or EME.

A special thank you to our sponsors and donors too. Without your help we would not have made it to Tonga in the first place. In particular a hige thank you to EUDXF, GDXF, SDXF, CDXC-F, CDXC-UK, RSGB, SpiderBeam, RF Solutions (Brisbane), HF Radio Solutions (Riverland), Messi & Paoloni, UX5UO Print and the Amateur Radio Experimenters Group. We must also thank our off island team, Charles M0OXO our QSL Manager, Bjorn ON9CFG our chief pilot, and our regional pilots in Steve N2AJ, Joe JJ0PRT, Ricardo PY2PT, Jim AC3EZ and Chris VK5SA. Without that off island support a project like this is much harder to achieve.

To the EME community a huge thank you too for your support and faith that a couple of EME novices could pull off EME from a remote south Pacific nation. It has been a privilege to attempt 6m EME communications for the very first time from Tonga (A3). Thank you for your support of us in attempting this.

Finally, a full report will be prepared shortly. Meanwhile it is dark here already and we have 12 hours to complete tear-down, pack-up and get our equipment to the freight handlers, and ourselves to the airport. Time to go and load the last cases.

73 all from the team at A35JT – Grant VK5GR, Oly VK5XDX, Andy VK5AKH, Steve VK5SFA, Sharon VK5FSAW and Amelia…

IOTA/Clublog Matching - Please read..

 

IOTAFor those of you that have trouble using the IOTA/Clublog matching system, please check out this new information.

When you have logged in to the IOTA Site and have selected ''Add QSO's from Clublog'', you will see that several questions have now been added. These questions are for you to work through to try and assess why you cannot match your QSO in the Log Matching system. Here is a summary of what you will see;

 

 

1) Is your callsign in the Log Search of the operation in question?
2) Is the DX callsign in the Log Search of your own log?
3) Do the frequencies and modes in both Log Searches match?
4) Is the operation listed in the list of 'Accepted Activations?'
5) Have 30 days passed from the time and date of the QSO?
6) Is the IOTA Group you are trying to match, already in your pending QSOs or accepted QSOs list (You can't have it twice)?
7) Did you check the UTC of your QSO? It is not allowed to differ more than 15 minutes from the UTC in the activations log.
8) Are you sure you used the correct credentials to connect to Club Log?
9) If you cannot login to Club Log from the IOTA website then get a one time password from Settings -> App. Password. Use this on the IOTA website to get QSO matches.

I am hopeful these will help you determine the cause of your failure to get the matching credit. Of course it will also help to reduce the ''none matching'' emails to the IOTA Support Desk, hopefully enabling me to give a faster response to other questions on the Support desk and not solely matching enquiries.

 

DX Feile 2019

dxfeileIreland's DX Féile (DX Festival) - Now in it's 3rd year, this year's line up has already been confirmed.
 
See: https://www.dxfeile.ie/programme for full details of the weekend's happenings.
 
Limited numbers so be sure to get in early.
Not to be missed.
 dxf 2019
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

RA1ALA/8 Shokalskogo Island

AS-083RA1ALA/8 Shokalskogo Island, Kara Sea, Russia
(IOTA AS-083 Kara Sea Coast East group)

''Tomorrow, August 8 2019, I am going to Shokalsky Island in the Kara Sea. It is not easy to get to the island!

I will have to take a flight to Novy Urengoy first, then about 500 km to the oilmen-shift workers- settlement at Yamburg. 'Kartesh' (which is a research vessel adapted for Arctic scientific research), is picking me up on the August 9. It will go there both to refuel and also to replace the crew.
Having passed a special medical examination I was given the sailor’s medical book so I became a sailor!

Shokalsky Island is a specially protected zone, since it is part of the Gdansk Nature Reserve - the state nature reserve in the Tazovsky District of the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District. I had to get special permission to visit the island.

You should bear in mind that there is a limitation on the weight of luggage! Every extra kilogram will costs 500 rubles! It's not cold there.... but at night, temperature may be 0 degrees centigrade.

I hope I will be able to operate there by​ August 20 2019. MI-8 helicopter should arrive on the island in order to pick up a team of environmentalists and me at around the same time.

So, RR-06-05 AS-083 SHOKALSKOGO Island will soon in the air!

Shokalsky Island is located in the Kara Sea, at the entrance to the Gulf of Ob. It belongs to the territory of the Tazovsky district of the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Area. Its length’s about 30 km, its width’s up to 20 km, its height’s up to 27 m, the square’s 428 km². The island is separated from the Gydan Peninsula with the Gydan Strait. The surface is a plain covered with tundra vegetation. The island was called Agnes until 1926. The modern name was given to it in honor of M. Shokalsky

I wish everybody good luck and see you in the air!

RA1ALA/8 Mike''

Tillamook Rock, Oregon (IOTA NA-211)

tILLAMOOKThe Tillamook Rock is located 1.2 miles outside Ecola State Park, between Seaside and Cannon Beach, Oregon. Building a lighthouse on it was an engineering feat, and it remained operational between 1881 and 1957. Situated on a lonely one acre rock in an stormy area known as the Graveyard of the Pacific, this lighthouse nicknamed Terribly Tilly was the most expensive one to man, maintain, and operate in the United States.

Sitting 133 feet above sea level, the Tillamook Rock Lighthouse is 62 feet tall. It is the only privately owned Oregon Coast Lighthouse on the National Register of Historic Places. It is also a non-visiting dedicated cemetery since 1981, with a protected wildlife nesting easement from March 15th to September 1st. Tillamook Rock belongs to the NA-211 IOTA reference. Lanny (W5BOS) carried out the first and only amateur radio operation from there in 1998, or 21 years ago.

Read more: Tillamook Rock, Oregon (IOTA NA-211)

OH0UDG Aland Islands EU-002

oh0udgBert Katzmann (DK3BK) & colleagues (DO5JD - DK3CKM) are all now qrv from the Aland Islands (IOTA EU-002) in Finland. They are active on HF until the 16th August.

First log upload will be later today and will be here;

 

SV8/IW7EGQ Zante EU-052

SV8-IW7EDQSV8/IW7EGQ Zakinthos (Zante), Greece

Mike will be qrv from Zante (IOTA EU-052 Ipeiros/Dytiki Ellas Region group) Greece, between 20th and the 28th of August. 2019.

Also valid for Lighthouse LOTA GRE017.

Qsl via M0OXO OQRS

 

 

 

 

 

 

RT9K 2020

RT9K PlandsUA9KDF, Igor, reports the RT9K team plan to be active from
Rastorguyeva Island, in the Kara Sea Coast Centre group (AS-068), sometime in March 2020.

This will be an extreme expedition on snowmobiles of 1,400 km in one direction. Another tough one for the masters in the Arctic.

 

 

 

 

6O7A Somalia

6o7aFrom Ken, LA7GIA ...

“For a long time I have been planning where to go next. This time I decided to return to Somalia which I also activated in 2018. I really look forward to this trip! Planning a trip to Somalia involves many limitations and challenges wrt obtaining permissions, logistics, operation as well safety & security wise. I have obtained the license 6O7O, and LoTW is already received by ARRL.

I have a better QTH than last time. This time also with more space for beverages to NA/EU and Asia. Everything is booked and in place like accommodation, flight etc. I will be operating solo for exactly 14 days on all bands 160-10m using mainly CW. If possible also digi mode. If someone can send me an original Elecraft mic I might do some SSB as well…

I will be using my upgraded Elecraft K3, 1 kW amplifier and various TX/RX antennas.

160m: toploaded vertical

80m/40m: fullsize verticals

30m, 17m, 12m: dipole

20m, 15m, 10m: My favourite 2 el Mosley beam

RX antennas: 200-230m beverage to NA/EU and asia. K9AY loop as backup. RemoteQTH.com equipment and controller

QSL via M0OXO. Log will be uploaded to Club Log.

Donations is very much appreciated to paypal This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Anyone donating upfront will receive direct QSL and express LoTW!”

 

IOTA Contest 2019 new rule

 

IOTAMake sure you read the rules (including the new one for 2019 regarding your exchange - see below).

The RSGB IOTA Contest is the most popular contest in the RSGB HF Contests calendar, attracting entries from around the world.

IOTA refers to the RSGB "Islands on the Air" awards. A newcomers' guide to the system of IOTA references and further information on the IOTA Contest can be found at the IOTA Contest Information page and on the IOTA Contest FAQ page. A beginners' guide to operating in the contest is here.

 

If you have any questions about these rules, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

****New for 2019**** To shorten the exchange, for 2019 the sending of RS(T) will be optional. i.e. you do not have to send a report as part of your exchange.

Full rules on this link; https://www.rsgbcc.org/hf/rules/2019/riota.shtml

 

Ananth Pai VU2PAI SK

paiAnanth Pai VU2PAI SK (seated right on photo with EI9FBB & M0OXO)..very sad news....

Mangaluru, Jul 14: Ananth Pai, director of Bharath Beedi Works Limited in city, passed away on Sunday, July 14 in Indore, Madhya Pradesh.

Ananth Pai had gone to Indore to take part in a seminar and he breathed his last there due to cardiac arrest.
He is survived by his wife Suma Ananth Pai, daughter Anvitha, younger brother Anand G Pai and two sisters.
He was a grandson of B Manjunath Pai, Founder of Bharath Group.
Ananth Ganapathi Pai was born on April 6, 1973 as the eldest son of our former chairman and managing director Ganapathi Pai and Smt. Geetha Pai.

He started his career in Bharath Group of Companies in 1994. He was presently serving as the Executive Director heading marketing and finance departments of Bharath Group which comprises various group companies like Bharath Beedi Works Pvt. Ltd., Bharath Auto Cars Pvt. Ltd. (Dealers for Maruti Suzuki cars), Alakananda Printers Pvt. Ltd. (Bharath Bookmark chain of bookshops), Bharath Printers and Karkala Investments Pvt. Ltd. He was the Director of Bharath Builders and Cineplex Pvt. Ltd (Bharath Big Cinemas multiplex)............

Read more: Ananth Pai VU2PAI SK

IL7MP Tremiti Islands

il7IL7MP Tremiti Islands, Italy (IOTA EU-050)

Michele (Mike IW7EGQ) will be qrv between the 26th and 28th July 2019 (IOTA Contest) from EU-050 ( Puglia (Foggia) Region group) using the Callsign IL7MP.

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

 

 

 

 

 

SV8/IW7EGQ EU-052

ZanteSV8/IW7EGQ Zakynthos Isld, Greece (IOTA EU-052)

Michele (Mike IW7EGQ) will be qrv between the 21st and 27th of August from Zakynthos (Zante) (Ipeiros / Dytiki Ellas Region group) IOTA EU-052 using the Callsign SV8/IW7EGQ.

He may also activate other Islands during this same period.

 

 

ZS9V return to AF-064

'ZS9VWe are going to Robben Island again.

Date: 15 to 20 August 2019

Will be operating as ZS9V from Robben Island (IOTA group AF-064) from the evening of 15 August until sometime on Tuesday 20 August. This is the weekend of ILLW. Same as last year (SSB/FT8/CW on 10, 12, 15, 17, 20, 30, 40, 80 and 160). Further information on the operation will be published on zs9v.org.za as it becomes available.

ZS1VDV Jan Van Der Vyver (Team ZS9V)''

 

 

 

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