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'.

SteppIR 30/40M Kit fitted


Well, I finally got around to fitting the new SteppIR 30/40M Kit to my original 2 element SteppIR.K1024_30-40_bst

The 30/40M Dipole is simply a driven element which functions as a Dipole from 6.8Mhz to 13.8Mhz and it also acts as the driven element for the main Yagi between 13.8Mhz tand 54.0Mhz.

A normal Dipole for 40M would be approx. 64 feet long whereas this element is 39 feet long, created by looping the element tip back towards the boom. On 30M since the copper tape barely turns the corner back towards the boom, essentially it performs like a full size dipole would.

More information on the SteppIR range of antennas can be found on the website of Vine Antennas. Further reading and images on how I constructed  this & other SteppIR products can be found in the Gallery and also under the Radio Projects page on this website (in the coming days.) Thanks to Ron Stone GW3YDX (Vine Antennas) and John Muzyka G4RCG for their help and advice with the 30/40 Kit.

150,000 Brits still stranded due to Aircraft restrictions


The UK's emergency committee Cobra has met to discuss the ash cloud chaos and HMS Ark Royal & HMS Ocean of the Royal Navy are on their way to help ferry stranded Britons back home from EU. Travel agents' association Abta says its "rough estimate" is that 150,000 Britons are currently stranded abroad due to the chaos caused by the eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull Volcano. UK flight restrictions have been extended until at least 1900 utc today.

Previous eruptions in the area have caused flooding due to the melting of glacial ice but the current eruption is in an area covered by winter snow, not permanent ice. Although some past eruptions of Eyjafjallajökull were followed by larger, explosive eruptions at nearby Katla Volcano, there is currently no sign of activity at Katla.

This image made available by NEODASS/University of Dundee shows the volcanic ash plume from Iceland, top left, to the north of Britain at received by NASA's Terra Satellite (11.39 GMT Thursday April 15, 2010).

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DX Summit - Changes welcomed


After months and in some cases years of waiting, SYOPS of DX Clusters now seem to be tightening up their Security. One of the first to take this step is the most popular site ''DX Summit''.
To cut down on the unwanted traffic such as foul language, DX Summit has taken the stance of now becoming password protected.


To post any 'spot' on the cluster via DX Summit, you first have to register and obtain a password which you must enter for each and every spot you send. It is hoped this will tighten up the appalling behaviour by allowing the offenders IP address and email addresses to be more easily found and where necessary, to be reported to authorities
- well done!
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Volcano Eyjafjallajokull erupts - UK Airspace closed


Hundreds of flights have been cancelled around the UK and Europe and all UK airports have now closed as a result of a volcano eruption in Iceland. Volcano_picAirports that were open  earlier this morning have now closed having suffered major disruption.

The developments came after the Eyjafjallajokull volcano in Iceland yesterday erupted for the second time in a month, spewing massive clouds of ash thousands of feet into the sky. Scientists said the eruption, under a glacier, was 10 to 20 times more powerful than the one last month.  The volcano erupted on March 20 after almost 200 years of silence.

The ash in the atmosphere closed Scottish airspace this morning and forced Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Newcastle airports to close. Hundreds of flights have been cancelled at other airports.

Liverpool, Manchester, Stansted, Birmingham, East Midlands, Bristol, Luton, Gatwick and Heathrow are all affected.. It cannot be seen from the ground as it is blowing across Britain around three miles in the sky. Ash can disrupt the engines of an aircraft and reduce visibility as well as affecting landing and navigation gear.

This morning a Heathrow Airport spokesman said 150 flights, both arrivals and departures, had been cancelled - at the busiest time of the day - and more flights were expected to be affected as the cloud of ash moved south. volcanoAt Gatwick, 108 flights have been cancelled, while at least 17 flights are grounded at Stansted.

Birmingham airport has seen 70 flights cancelled, while Bristol has halted around 20 flights. Rivers rose by up to ten feet (three metres) as the ferocious temperatures melted the glacier, turning it to water, which gushed down the mountainside.

Iceland's main coastal ring road was closed near the volcano, and workers smashed three holes in the highway in a bid to to give the rushing water a clear route to the coast and prevent bridges from being swept away.

Scientists said the eruption under the ice cap was 10 to 20 times more powerful than the one last month, and carried a much greater risk of widespread flooding.


3W6C - News just in....temporarily QRT!

3W6C is temporarily QRT
3w6c-logo-240x179Due to security political reasons on the island, the 3W6C team is temporarily QRT from Con Co Island, Vietnam. The team hopes for a soon and good solution.

Team leader HB9BXE hopes being QRV again on April 14, 1200 UTC, probably with reduced equipment and thanks for your understanding.

See News Boards on our web site and Twitter later on for the news.


A380 'Super-Jumbo' - Manchester dates released


Emirates have announced that they plan to fly the Double Decker Super Jumbo, the Emirates A380 to Manchester from 1 Emirates-A380-Aircraft-In-FlightSeptember 2010, the A380 replacing the existing Boeing 777 that operates flight numbers EK017 & EK018, and will be a daily service.


The Emirates A380 that will operate this Dubai to Manchester Route is expected to be a 517 seat long three class configured aircraft with Emirates Award winning First Class, Business Class and economy class cabin and seats.



Flight Number

Route

Depart

Arrive

EK017

Dubai Manchester

0755hrs

1225hrs

EK018

Manchester Dubai

1410hrs

0015hrs +1 day

Flying directly over my QTH, the daily carriers from the Far East are an awesome sight as they drop down very low for the runway approach at Manchester and the A380 will just be an amzing addition to the viewing (for all the sad people like me!).

Busy Qsl'in...


..Yes been a busy few weeks getting Qsl cards sorted. I received two rather large deliveries from the 'Special Events' K800_SNV33705Sub-Manager and also from the 'Short Contest Calls' Sub-Manager.

I have to say I have enjoyed getting up to date with cards for Michael G7VJR and his trips too. Quite a lot of intrest especially for VP8DMN and requests for all managed stations via the on-line system get more popular each day.

Anyway for any interested parties, here is a brief run down on the cards sent out last 14 days (only the larger, more active callsigns shown) :-
VP8DMN 95 (D) 32 (B), GBØANT 810 (B), GB4IPY 557 (B) MW0JZE 220 (D) 450 (B), MW0RLJ 373 (B), G4RCG 12 (D) 220 (B), MØOXO (plus variations) 17 (D) 275 (B).

It is however worth pointing out that the normally accepted Bureau times is about 2 Years, thats from the time you send to the time you receive back. Therefore, if 2 years hasn't elapsed since the time you requested a bureau card, please be patient and don't request another until at least 2 years have passed.

Sadly most of the GB1HI cards I mention above were only received in the last 15 - 20days and most are from 2007/2008 which means a turn around time of 4 years - not good is it? For the system to work well both parties have to be on the ball in processing their cards which I guess can be the major cause?


WFF - GFF / GWFF Directory update


GFF_LogoFinally and with the grateful assistance of Steve GW4BKG, I can report that the area in the WFF Directory relating to 'GFF' and 'GWFF' have been updated.

When WFF first launched, 'GFF' was all one entity. However, when the decision was made to split into 'G', 'GM' & 'GW', 'GFF-015' in particular had already been activated several times and therefore couldn't be moved into the 'GW' list (as thousands of Qsl Cards had 'GFF-015' on them and several logs had also appeared on the ew4dx logsearch system). As well as those, several others appeared in the original list that were now covered by the GMFF team and therefore again, they were not eligible to appear in the 'GFF' lists.

The updated entries have been forewarded to WFF HQ and I hope in the near future they will appear on the WFF website for download. Meanwhile you can access the new listings by clicking on the links here - 

SOS message - VYØV East Pen Island, Nunavut


You may remember that a few days ago I reported on this blog (see 3 blog entries earlier) about the trip my Cezar VE3LYC to an all time new IOTA, East Pen Island, Nunavut, Canada. IOTA NA-231 was issued for this trip and the entries below East_Pen_island1show how people put their lives on the line undertaking these trips when circumstances don't necessarily go as planned.

Questions will no doubt be asked at a later days but not for us to speculate. Read the below information which is in 3 parts and see how events unfolded. Following those 3 entries, the real version of events are explained direct from the man himself Cezar, VE3LYC :-



March 28th 0100UTC

With one snowmobile pulling a 6m long sled with everything, including myself. Temp was -17C, but no wind, so the weather was excellent. As such, we hoped to make it to East Pen in about 6 hours. The first hour went well, we made 23 km (tracks are much better on the outskirts of the village). Shortly after that though, the engine started to overheat. We stopped, checked, tried again, and so on. Over the next 3.5 hours we made another ... 21 km. Using the SAT phone Tommy tried to get help from his brother back home, but it was pretty clear that the thermostat died on us as it won't start the pump to circulate the coolant. In the meantime we managed to boil the coolant to the point that we had to leave the vapors out, and in the process lost most of the water. We didn't have that much anti-freeze for the trip, so the prospect to make it all the way looked pretty bleak. It was so cold by then that the butane lamp wouldn't start, so it was the time to use the wood stove we took with us! We finally made some water, but by then we were 5.5 hours from the startup and had enough of all this. As such, we decided to return to the village for the night. We left everything in the middle of nowhere, 44 km from the village, about 1/3 of the way to the island. We only took with us the cameras and the chargers, nothing else. It took Tommy only 1 hour and 20 min to drive us back, pushing at times up to 60 km/h. I must confess though that we almost lost it a couple of times, and we are so tired, can hardly wait a good night sleep. We'll work to fix the snowmobile tonight and tomorrow morning. I am a little worried to have left the rig in the cold, it is supposed to be -28C tomorrow morning. Well, if it will run after that, I think that ICOM will be delighted with the ad they will get out of it! We will try again tomorrow, keep fingers crossed! For whatever is worth it, there will be no competition from WPX SSB, hihi!

From Skip, W5JAI (in 3 parts)

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Read more: SOS message - VYØV East Pen Island, Nunavut

XRØY Qsl arrives - in 3D!


Thanks to Stan SQ8X for the beautiful Qsl cards that arrived today for the recent XRØY DXpedition to Easter Island. Not only were the folded cards beautiful but a seperate card in addition was also enclosed showing 'Rapa Nui' in 3D. This was an all time new DXCC/IOTA for me so well worth the cost of a direct Qsl. The main Qsl Card is shown below but unfortunately the 3D card cannot be replicated to show you!

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First activity from ONFF announced!


ONFF_redI am pleased to announce that the ONFF team will now be Qrv for the first time ever in the next few days. Emails received from the co-ordinator Gino ON3SSB state that the events will commence as soon as the 2nd April 2010. Details :-

02/04/2010 = ON3ALI/p & ON3MVH/p & ON3SSB/p QRV from  Fonteintjes (ONFF-005) **new +/- 10:00 till 14:00 GMT = QSL via homecall

17/04/2010 = ON3ALI/p & ON3MVH/p & ON3NV/p & ON3SSB/p & ON3VRT/p & ON5DDG/p & ON6SG/p & ON7PP/p QRV from Uitkerkse Polder (ONFF-019) **new +/- 12:00 till 16:00 GMT = 20 & 40m = QSL via homecall.

There is also activity planned by Peter M6ONL/ON3WAB from various areas within the UK during the coming months and details will be posted here nearer the time.

Good luck to all operators, we welcome the new activity from Belgium!

East Pen Island NA-231 (Brand new IOTA)


Travel_107sOur old friend Cezar VE3LYC is qrv again today this time as VYØV from East Pen Island, Nunavut, Canada. This is a first time IOTA so demand high for the newly allocated IOTA reference of NA-231.

East Pen Island is one of several uninhabited Canadian arctic islands in Nunavut, Canada located within southwestern Hudson Bay. It is part of the Pen Islands, though West Pen Island is actually a spit, rather than an island. East Pen Island is situated off the shore of Ontario, a few kilometers southeast of Manitoba. The closest community is Fort Severn, Ontario.

Cezar says they will only be active for three days so better get in the pile ups now!

TX4T 2010 - Qsl Card update


The first batch of TX4T QSL arrived from Ukraine yesterday. It’s a small one (1kg), two larger (15kg each) are still on the road to G3TXF.

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Nigel has been able to answer all direct QSLs from DL, EA, F, G, HA, HB, I, OE, OH, OK, OM and S5. Others will have to wait for the other cards to arrive from UX5UO Qsl Print.

14100 QSOs are already confirmed on LotW, that’s a 40% rate !

Up to now, Nigel received direct cards for 4600 QSOs. Thanks all info Nigel et al.....

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