3WØC paper confirmation arrives


'3WØC' Qsl Card confirmation arrived a few days ago for their activity from Con-Co Island, Vietnam (IOTA AS-185). This folded card (becoming the norm now for major Dxpeditions) fills a hole in the Asian section of my IOTA collection.
Côn Có was previously a top secret Vietnamese military base and so any ham-radio activity was unimaginable. And while tourists are today permitted to visit the island, it is not readily accessible, being several hours away by boat – and so rare QSOs with 3W6C were highly valued.

The team have responded to all those who sent their QSLs direct. QSL Manager Leo, HB9DWL, mailed more than 1000 letters around the world. Letters received with insufficient return postage or expired IRCs were QSL'd via the bureau (some people just never learn!).

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Sunspot Tytonidae continues to amaze...


Rogerio-Marcon-AR_1093_Owl_1281697651...but not by good HF propagation!

Sunspot 1093 continues to amaze onlookers.

Earlier this week, it divided like a giant amoeba undergoing mitosis.
And "today it looks like an owl (family Tytonidae)," reports Rogerio Marcon of Campinas, Brasil. "What a beautiful configuration!"

Well it's different I'll give them that!

'VYØX' NA-208 bagged - wanted by 89% of IOTA chasers!


16698756Cezar (VE3LYC) is back on the air again, this time from another very rare island group in Nunavut (Kitikmeot Region), Canada.

The East IOTA Group, NA-208 (CQ Zone 2) has only been on the air once, 15 years ago, and is on the Most Wanted List, in demand by 89% of IOTA chasers.

'VYØX' had very good signals on 20 & 30M yesterday and of course this came with huge pile-ups, callers desperate to get this rare one in their log. Kitikmeot Region is an administrative region of Nunavut Canada. It consists of the southern and eastern parts of Victoria Island with the adjacent part of the mainland as far as the Boothia Peninsula, together with King William Island and the southern portion of Prince of Wales Island. The regional seat is Cambridge Bay (population 1,477).

Kitikmeot is the location of the coldest recorded wind chill in Canada of −78 °C (−108.4 °F)

13/08/2010 1230, first contact on 20M CW

14/08/2010 0527, second contact on 30M CW!

PY2MTV / PX2C Qsl Cards now being issued


PY2MTVNew Qsl Cards arrived this week and I have begun sending them out on behalf of Andre PY2MTV. As you can see the cards also hold his Contest Callsign PX2C on.

Anyone requiring a card please go through the normal proceedure and request via the 'On-line Qsl Request System (OQRS)' for the fastest and most efficient dispatch.

Calm before the Storm on 17m


jh7vhzAs we wait for the Storm to arrive (see previous post) I decided to have an hour on 17M just to see what was about. Things seemed poor but started on 10 and 12M with the odd EU contact and not much else.

Having qsy'd onto 17M I put a few calls out on RTTY and worked several Russian stations with reasonable signals when I heard the first JA calling.

One of the first in the log was Ume - JH7VHZ (see image left) from Towada, Aomori, Japan. It was a really strong signal (599 +10) and after a short qso with Ume, hopes were high of a few more from the Far East.

During the next 90 minutes I managed to log 27 JA stations in all. Interesting was that there were no other Countries in the log whatsoever other than the JA. With only one DX Cluster spot from JA, it seemed strange that no other DXCC was apparent. Nevertheless it was a great afternoon with most of the stations being new JCC/JCG areas for me - Happy Days! -  Syonara Ume!

Complex eruption of the Sun - CME on it's way


eruptingfilament_stripOn August 1st, the entire Earth-facing side of the sun erupted in a tumult of activity.

There was a C3-class solar flare, a solar tsunami, multiple filaments of magnetism lifting off the stellar surface, large-scale shaking of the solar corona, radio bursts, a coronal mass ejection and more.

The movie recorded by extreme UV cameras onboard the Solar Dynamics Observatory shows an enormous magnetic filament breaking away from the sun.

Some of the breakaway material is now en route to Earth in the form of a coronal mass ejection (CME)

Nuccio I0YKN - SK


retro-2-copiaI was very saddened today to hear of Nuccio Meoli's passing. Many of you would have worked him very regularly.

He was a keen activator of programs such as Italian Castle Awards, World Antarctic program and many others.

Our condolences from the UK to his family and many many friends in the Ham Radio community.

VYØV & news of another 'new one' from Cezar VE3LYC


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Great to receive confirmation of East Pen Island (IOTA NA-231) this week with another beautiful Qsl card from our friend Cezar VE3LYC. (...bringing me up to #485 IOTA claimed.). The images give you real examples of the pretty frozen, icy environment in which he lived for a few days activating this very rare IOTA. (see previous Blog entries for more information on his past activities).

With the card came news of his next trip to another new one, Pelly Bay Islands (NA-208). He has just been issued with the callsign VYØX, this operation intending to last for 5 days, August 11 thro 15th. Cezar tells me :-
''It will be the northernmost point that I have ever travelled to, overtaking Lulea in Sweden. Weather and propagation conditions are of concern''. He also has to bear in mind the unpredictability of the locals in these areas ''who's minds can also change like the northern weather hi''. Seriously though its a tough one!!
Anyone that would like to assist Cezar with funding for his trip is asked to make donations to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. via Paypal.

Full details of the planned trip can also be found on Qrz.com using the call VYØX....................all the best & safe journey Cezar, we'll be listening for you!!

'GR2HQ' hits the air this weekend!


gr2hq1The UK Headquarters team will again be active in the IARU Championships this weekend. This is the 8th year that the team has taken part in the contest ‘nationwide’ using several calls over those years such as GB5HQ, GB7HQ and new for this year ‘’GR2HQ’’ (website), a new and unique prefix.

This year the team has expanded to include more than 60 experienced contest operators, operating simultaneously from 16 locations around the UK. The main 20M stations are in Northern Ireland and Orkney Islands. Other stations are on the Isle of Man, the Midlands, East Anglia, Wales and Somerset etc.

Please try to work the team on as many of the possible 12 band slots that are available (only dual-mode Contest [SSB & CW]). Sometimes it is difficult to work within the UK on the higher bands but with ‘Sporadic E’ in full swing anything is possible. On 10M for example, the GR2HQ station will be operating from several different locations during the 24 hours of the contest.

There are several Awards available again this year. This award is available to any licensed radio amateur who makes contacts with GR2HQ during the IARU HF World Championship contest on 10-11 July 2010 on a minimum number of bands/modes (maximum is 12 : i.e. 6 on CW and 6 on SSB)

Bronze award: GR2HQ on three band/modes
Silver award: GR2HQ on six band/modes
Gold award: GR2HQ on nine band/modes
Platinum award: GR2HQ on all twelve band/modes

All UK Stations are encouraged to work other HQ stations and other IARU stations in addition to working the UK HQ station. The full rules of the IARU HF Championships can be found at www.arrl.org/iaru-hf-championship

Have fun, support 'your team' and most of all, enjoy the event!!!

Ramsey Island (GWFF-072) team back again!


ramseyislandaerialphotoOnce again the members of the Strumble Head DX and Contest Group (SHDXCG) are heading over the water to activate the rare Ramsey Island (DXCC - Wales, IOTA EU-124, WFF GWFF-072). Activity will take place between July 22nd and July 26th or 27th (all dependent on tides) using the club callsign MC0SHL.

This trip also takes place during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 24-25th) where they  will be on the air using the club contest callsign MW9W over the weekend. They will again try to make as many contacts both before and during the contest.


They will have3 stations using the following equipment: two Elecraft K3 Transceivers, one Yaesu FT2000, two G3TXQ Hexbeams, 80m Dipole, 40m Vertical and three Acom 1000.
The team will be using MC0SHL on 17 and 12 meters during the contest to try to give as many contacts on these bands. They will be on the air mostly on SSB, but with some RTTY and CW thrown in.


Full details on last years trip can be found here and also in the Gallery.

G3WLV back Qrv with Optibeam OB6-3M


G3WLVWith assistance from Malc MØBZH and myself I am please to say that eventually last night Jack G3WLV was back on the air!
His previous install suffered a serious headache when a fallen tree crushed it so the new Optibeam OB6-3M replaced it as of yesterday.

The OB6-3M is a german designed high performance multi band 20/15/10m Yagi with patented efficient feed system. It is a computer optimized and field tested yagi without traps and with full size elements on all bands. It has 2 elements on 20 (moxon), 2 on 15, and 2 on 10 meters all on a 10 foot boom.

Most of the work had been prep'd by Jack prior to our arrival but as always, getting beam antennas in the air in confined areas is always a challenge. Good luck Jack, hope to hear you on the air again soon (groundwave hi)!

EPC WW DX Contest 'Country Winner'!

Pleased to receive this Award a few days ago for the EPC WW DX Contest 2009. Lets hope the 2010 results are favourable too when they eventually get published!

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MCØSHL Qrv from GFF-015

K1024_DSC_0861Members of the Strumble Head Contest & DX Group were again qrv during the last week as MCØSHL. Whilst down in Wales for the marriage of two good friends (and members of the group), several periods of activity became available.

The Club house for the guys is located in the Pembrokeshire National Park (GFF-015) and using the G3TXQ Hexbeam (available from MW0JZE) and the FT2000, just short of 800 qso's were made during the time in Wales.

Logs have now been uploaded to the EW4DX Logsearch for anyone eagerly awaiting a contact with this very active area. Qsl Cards are via Tim M0URX. Congrats to Rob and Jane!

Green Day Award available now!

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Dont forget that this Saturday is World 'Green Day'.

I shall be active from the reference number 'GFF-111' (new!) which is located on the eastern tip of the UK near the Humber estuary. I will be operating on 40 and 80m SSB only, using Yaesu FT897D running barefoot into dipoles with feedpoint at 12M above ground. Callsign will be 'MØOXO'.
As well as GFF-111, there are also three Lighthouses that can be claimed from out location. All details will be on the Qsl cards but all reference numbers for the activity can be found here for those requiring them.

The new 'Green Day Award' is also now available so have a look at the rules before the weekend and hope you may be able to achieve it. The Award can be claimed now for 2009 and then 2010 claims can be made after the event this coming weekend.
Good luck to all the teams for their activities for 'Green Day', we hope to meet you on the bands!

Qsl Card influx imminent!

dr1aBrace yourselves guys!

DARC (German Qsl Bureau) have just announced they intend to start playing 'catch-up' with the Qsl cards they have to send for their contest station 'DR1A'.

They report ''"But now, the time has finally come to send out those cards for the 100,000 QSO's we made over the last years".

Its happy days for all those Qsl Managers out there!


Coronal Mass Ejection en-route

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"A coronal mass ejection (CME) is heading for Earth and it could spark
geomagnetic storms when it arrives on May 27th or 28th" reports Spaceweather.com.

(click image to be directed to Spaceweather.com)



T31X - Pacific Dxpedition cancelled

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From the team's spokesman -

We apologize to the world radioamateur community – for the reasons
independent of us, we are not able to carry out the expedition. On the 25th of May at 10 p.m. local time the engine of our ship “Southern Cross” fell out, when we were in 120 nm from Kanton Island.
The captain Paul Green decided to turn the ship and go back to the port of Apia, Samoa under sails. Such decision was determined by the fact that the entry to the Kanton`s cove without engines would be impossible and the repair of engine in the ocean is impossible too.

The way to Apia, Samoa will take approximately 8-10 days with favorable wind under sails. The food and water must suffice.Our main task at the moment is to come back safe to Apia.

(Click Logo above to be directed to their website).

EPC - 4th Year celebrations in June

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June 2010 is the four year anniversary of the European PSK Club (EPC). Throughout June, EPC members will celebrate the occasion by being on air using a wide range of special call signs, each appropriate to their own particular Country but also sharing in the joint theme of the EPC event.

The Stations will be easily recognisable and prominent on the bands (many from the UK too!), the majority having the suffix 'EPC' but watch out for other variants such as 'PSK' and maybe more!
The list of the announced EPC Club & Special Event Stations which will be operating in honour of the 4th Anniversary of the European PSK Club from 1st to 30th June, 2010 is available just click on the picture to the left.
Thanks Jurij MM0DFV

G1INK/p - SOTA / WFF activated

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Well done to Steve G1INK for doing the double at the weekend and activating both SOTA and WFF areas.

Making use of the fabulous UK weather we enjoyed last weekend, Steve took the opportunity to take a hike up to Fountains Fell in the Yorkshire Dales National Park (GFF-020) and do a bit of radio too.

With the 'Sporadic E Season' in full swing he had contacts on 10 and 40M bands into EU and the UK, and on 20M into the USA.

Well done Steve, hope to hear you again soon!

26/05/2010 - Logs loaded into EW4DX LogSearch


PSK Award

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Received this week this fb certificate. 

The Award was is issued for working EPC Members - 50 Federated subjects of the Russian Federation.

See more certificates in the 'Radio Awards' folder on the second page of the 'Gallery'.

'Green Day' 2010 announced


WFF GreenDay 2010 – A «Green» Day of activity in Biological Diversity Year.

greenday_2Within the framework of the annual worldwide nature protection action, the Day of Activity, 'WFF GreenDay 2010' is being organized.

Radio amateurs of the whole world are invited to join us by having QSOs with radio-stations working from territories within National Parks and Nature Reserves of the World for a 24hour period on the 12th June 2010. 'Especially Protected Nature Territories' (EPNT) – are now included into the WFF Directory (see WFF Directory: http://www.wff44.com/en/list/).

Keep an eye out on my blog for details of the GFF Area (new!) that I will activate on 'Green Day 2010'.

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