HK0NA Qsl card received

K1024 IMG 0004Long awaited HK0NA Card arrived today. Fast work by the Qsl Managers and pleased to confirm all the band and mode slots i worked...phew! Qsl was requested by their OQRS system, very fast and efficient way to obtain your cards nowadays and recommended.

If you need cards from me for any station I manage, check out my OQRS which caters for both Bureau and Direct cards. Check out the link here...... M0OXO OQRS

Io : Moon Over Jupiter

iojupiter cassini 960How big is Jupiter's moon Io?

The most volcanic body in the Solar System, Io (usually pronounced "EYE-oh") is 3,600 kilometers in diameter, about the size of planet Earth's single large natural satellite. Gliding past Jupiter at the turn of the millennium, the Cassini spacecraft captured this awe inspiring view of active Io with the largest gas giant as a backdrop, offering a stunning demonstration of the ruling planet's relative size. Although in the above picture Io appears to be located just in front of the swirling Jovian clouds, Io hurtles around its orbit once every 42 hours at a distance of 420,000 kilometers or so from the center of Jupiter. That puts Io nearly 350,000 kilometers above Jupiter's cloud tops, roughly equivalent to the distance between Earth and Moon.

The Cassini spacecraft itself was about 10 million kilometers from Jupiter when recording the image data.

Seribu Islands IOTA OC-177

mini-dsc 1713A team of 30 operators will be operating from Kaliage Besar
 Island, Seribu Islands (IOTA OC-177) between July 6-9th, 2012 with the call YE0M.

Activity will be
 from 160 to 2m on CW, SSB and RTTY.

Mars Rover - New landing site

657875main pia15791-466NASA has narrowed the target for its most advanced Mars rover, Curiosity, which will land on the Red Planet in August.

The car-sized rover will touch down closer to its ultimate destination for science operations, but also closer to the foot of a mountain slope that poses a landing hazard. It was possible to adjust landing plans because of increased confidence in precision landing technology aboard the Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft, which is carrying the Curiosity rover. That spacecraft can aim closer without hitting Mount Sharp at the center of Gale crater. Rock layers located in the mountain are the prime location for research with the rover.

Curiosity is scheduled to land at approximately 10:31 p.m. PDT Aug. 5 (1:31 a.m. EDT, Aug. 6). Following checkout operations, Curiosity will begin a two-year study of whether the landing vicinity ever offered an environment favorable for microbial life.

DX Code Of Conduct

DX code1Anyone receiving Direct Qsl cards from MØOXO.Com in the last few months will have found not only their requested Qsl card in the envelope, but also this flyer promoting the DX Code of Conduct.

I make no apologies for this and it is something that will be repeated for a long time to come. We need to get the message across to some of our friends that the bad behaviour on Bands that causes stress and dis-harmony to other operators just cannot be tolerated. We are aiming to make the hobby more enjoyable and causing qrm, keying up and other countless forms of noise over a Qso is really not good enough.

I have 10,000 of these flyers now printed!

'Q' - Queen event closes in UK

MQ6EOWThe Queen Diamond Jubilee Special 'Q' Callsigns event in the UK ended at Midnight last night.

The Bands saw lots of activity over the last month when UK Stations had the opportunity to use the letter 'Q' in their prefix to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee. Awards for working 100 of these special stations are available and the event seemed very popular with good pile-ups and qso numbers despite the poor band conditions. Well done to those who took part and thanks to the chasers, a very memorable event for sure.

See you for the Olympic ('O') event in a few weeks time!

9M0L - Spratly Qsl Card preview

9M0LThe 9M0L team from the recent Spratly Dxpedition have now issued the preview of their Qsl Card.

Kwajalein Atoll - IOTA OC-028

atollSteve, G3ZVW (also ZD8N), is is actually operating as V73/AF6SU from the V73AX club station on Kwajalein Atoll (WW Loc. RJ38UR), Ralik Chain (IOTA OC-028), Marshall Islands.

How much water on Earth?

waterlessearth woodshole 960How much of planet Earth is made of water? Very little, actually.

Although oceans of water cover about 70 percent of Earth's surface, these oceans are shallow compared to the Earth's radius. The above illustration shows what would happen if all of the water on or near the surface of the Earth were bunched up into a ball. The radius of this ball would be only about 700 kilometers, less than half the radius of the Earth's Moon, but slightly larger than Saturn's moon Rhea which, like many moons in our outer Solar System, is mostly water ice.

How even this much water came to be on the Earth and whether any significant amount is trapped far beneath Earth's surface remain topics of research.

GB60HRH - Sunday 3rd June

GB60HRHOn Sunday 3rd June 2012, A team from Wakefield and District Radio Society will operate GB60HRH to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II.
 

The UK regulatory body for Radio, Ofcom, has granted the use of a 2 digit callsign which is only used on events of significant historical importance in the UK.

 

GB60Her Royal Highness will be a One Day Activation ONLY!


EQSL will be supported - traditional Direct/Bureau Paper Qsl Cards and LOTW will be via M0OXO

Queen Diamond Jubilee Award (Qso Party)

MQ0OXOWith two weeks left of the Special Event Station for HM Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee 'MQ0OXO' & 'GQ4RCG' have both reached the 2500 qso's mark.

The event seems very popular and maybe this is due to the fact that many are only just hearing about the special award that is available from the RSGB for the ''Diamond Jubilee Qso Party''?

The object is to work as many special United Kingdom 'Q' Callsign (2Q, GQ & MQ) stations as possible.

Full details of the Award and its rules can be found further down this Blog entry by clicking 'read more'.

Photo shown is Qsl Card NOT the Award.

 

Read more: Queen Diamond Jubilee Award (Qso Party)

World’s tallest tower opening

skytree2The Tokyo Skytree, twice as tall as the Eiffel Tower, and its surrounding retail and office complex opened on Tuesday with thousands lining up in the rain for a first look at the 143 billion yen ($1.8 billion) development.

Tokyo Skytree with it's 634m tower took four years to build and surpassed the 600-metre Canton Tower in Guangzhou, China, as the world’s tallest, according to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. Dubai’s Burj Khalifa is the tallest building at 828 meters.

A tower is a structure where less than half the height is occupied by usable floor space, according to the council. The tower, which cost 65 billion yen on its own, has two observation decks, one at 350 metres and another at 450 metres. A trip to the lower deck will cost 2,000 yen.

Logbook Of The World Statistics

 

Here are my latest Qso details taken this morning from LOTW.

 

Annular Solar Eclipse

aseJan2010 svalgaard800cTomorrow (20th May) the Moon's shadow will race across planet Earth. Observers within the 240-300 kilometer wide shadow track will be able to witness an annular solar eclipse as the Moon's apparent size is presently too small to completely cover the Sun.

Heading east over a period of 3.5 hours, the shadow path will begin in southern China, cross the northern Pacific, and reach well into North America, crossing the US west coast in southern Oregon and northern California. Along the route, Tokyo residents will be just 10 kilometers north of the path's center line. Of course a partial eclipse will be visible from a much larger area within North America, the Pacific, and eastern Asia.

This safely filtered telescopic picture was taken during the annular eclipse of January 15, 2010 from the city of Kanyakumari at the southern tip of India.

Heard Island in 2014

BigBenHeardIslandAfter 5 months of planning, Cordell Expeditions is pleased to announce a DXpedition to Heard Island, Territory of Australia, in early 2014.

Initial team members, collaborating organizations, and other resources will be announced in the near future. They will be active on all bands and all modes, implement a variety of innovative real-time communications technologies, and field a variety of scientific projects that are designed to observe and document some of the unique resources on this extraordinary island. 

The website for the 2014 DXpedition is www.cordell.org/HD.

The Andromeda Galaxy

AndromedaGalex 900A mere 2.5 million light-years away, the Andromeda Galaxy really is just next door as large galaxies go.

So close, and spanning some 260,000 light-years, it took 11 different image fields from the Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX) satellite's telescope to produce this gorgeous portrait of the spiral galaxy in ultraviolet light. While its spiral arms stand out in visible light images of Andromeda, the arms look more like rings in the GALEX ultraviolet view, dominated by hot, young, massive stars.

As sites of intense star formation, the rings have been interpreted as evidence Andromeda collided with its smaller neighboring elliptical galaxy more than 200 million years ago. The large Andromeda galaxy and our own Milky Way are the dominant members of the local galaxy group.

EPC PSK DX Contest this weekend

M0OXO-EU-PSK-DX-SO20-HP-2010-England2Don't forget that this weekend is the EPC PSK DX Contest for those that are interested.

It should make an interesting event and lets hope the band conditions improve a little so we can see some 'DX' and not just the run of the mill stuff.

Listen out for 'MQ0OXO', he may make an appearance!

GB2HI Hilbre Island IOTA EU-120 Qrv this week

b7c3352250b7e7676e85ab9939b3ad1aGB2HI will be QRV again later this week from Hilbre Island IOTA EU-120.

The team consisting of Kev M0TNX and Martin M3POG aim to be active from Thursday 17th May until Sunday 20th May, times dependant upon Tides at the location.

They will be using Vertical and Wire Dipole antennas, an Icom IC-7400 and a KL500ZC Amplifier. The Rig Interface they will be using has kindly been donated by M0AQC.

Please listen for the guys and give them your support, lets hope the good old British Weather stays OK for them too!

Transit of Venus 2012

venus2On 15th June, 2012, a unique celestial event will take place, never to be repeated in our lifetimes.

The planet Venus will align itself perfectly between the Earth and the Sun. This rare alignment will allow Venus to be visible as it passes directly across the face of the Sun in an event that astronomers call a transit.

The 2012 Transit of Venus will last nearly 7 hours, and it will provide an extraordinary viewing event for observers around the world. Venus is 47 degrees from the Sun at its greatest elongation and is much easier to see than Mercury. Its closer to Earth and reflects more Sunlight as it is covered in Cloud and has a radius of 6050Kms.

Its often referred to as the Morning Star or Evening Star. Look to the Western Skies right after Sunset for the best views.

HM Queen Special 'Q' Callsigns popular

queen CowesWell its just over a week since the NOV's began allowing UK Amateurs to use the 'Q' in their Callsigns to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of HM Queen Elizabeth. Both John GQ4RCG (G4RCG) and myself MQ0OXO (M0OXO) have been qrv when time allowed and despite very poor band conditions we seem to be very popular which is always good news!

Conditions are definately a lot poorer than they were early last week so all we can do is call and hope for a response. 20M on Friday was different with short skip allowing inter-G to be worked. personally I spoke to Stations in Ireland, Norfolk, Scotland, Exeter and Devon & Cornwall. All the stations (including those using low power) we very strong. the biggest signal was from Finland and he was 60db over with me.

So far GQ4RCG and MQ0OXO have logged just under 2300 callsigns. Please call us whenever you wish, multiple bands and all modes are available should you need 'MQ0' or 'GQ4' on other band slots. For Qsl information click here.

 

JY9ET Qsl Cards - slight delay

jordan PetraJY9ET cards are designed and gone to the Printer.

Sadly the Printer is away on holiday until the 22nd of this month so there will be a slightly longer delay before they are printed and dispatched.

I apologise for any inconvenience, cards will be dispatched with 24 hours of receipt. If you have any questions the please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and send me an email. Again, my apologies,

 

Charles

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