Planets align in May....


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Something is happening this month which will help you to open your eyes in the morning, even better than coffee -

Four bright planets
are aligning in the morning sky.

Look out any east-facing window about a half hour before sunrise. If you have a clear view of the horizon, you'll see Mercury, Venus, Mars and Jupiter clustered together in a patch of sky less than 10o wide. If you wanted to, you could hide them all behind your outstretched hand—but don't. The view is too good hi!

May 11th is just the beginning. Throughout the month, the quartet of worlds will rearrange themselves on a daily basis, forming different shapes in the pre-dawn sky.

Keep an eye on Venus
in particular. As the sun rises and the sky fills with morning blue, the 'Goddess of Love' does not fade away. You can actually see Venus in broad daylight if you know where to look.

On May 20th, a new triangle will appear. This time the vertices are Mars, Venus, and Mercury. Observing tip: Mars is not as bright as the others. Binoculars may be required to help you find and fully appreciate the red planet in morning twilight.

The show comes to an end on May 30th when an exquisite crescent Moon joins the four planets for a Grand Finale--five heavenly lights dotting the eastern sky all at once.

What a way to begin the day!!!!

**Dont rush the NASA video (click above image), if you think it has stopped just give it a few seconds and it will continue.

Sun displays a Plasma 'Jump'...


jump_stripSolar activity is low, but it's not zero. Just look at what happened yesterday.

On May 20th, an enormous filament of hot plasma and magnetism reared up from the edge of the sun and .... (click on the image) ...it jumped!

The magnificent leap spanned more than 200,000 km of fiery starscape.

This is the sort of thing that happens routinely when a 1027ton nuclear explosion (a star) is "quiet."




'GB2HI' (IOTA EU-120) qrv today......


hil_1Kevin MØTNX will be activating Hilbre Island (IOTA EU-120) over the next few days, the second Island on his recent IOTA trips.

Hilbre Island is based in the mouth of The Dee estuary, part of the beautiful Wirral Penninsula and Country Park. This is on the North West coast of the United Kingdom, approximately 10 Km south from Liverpool and 15 Km North of the ancient City of Chester.

Hilbre is part of a Site of Special Scientific Interest, the Island is unique with it’s chain of three islands, Hilbre, middle and little eye. They are composed of Bunter Sandstone. Hilbre can only be accessed at certain times of the day due to its tidal position.

Kev will be qrv today (Friday 20th), tomorrow (Saturday 21st) and Sunday (22nd) from this rare Island.

Check out the GB2HI Website for more information - GB2HI.co.uk

Qsl via MØOXO ...................Please give Kevin your support!

'Royal Wedding' Qsl Cards being issued......


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For anyone wondering about their 'Royal Wedding' Cards ordered from 'UX5UO', I am informed that he is making good progress with the orders and they will be mailed soon.

Most of the cards 'managed by
MØOXO' have arrived and all direct requests will be answered today and mailed on Monday (23rd May). Qsl cards for the 'Royal Wedding' event that were requested by MØOXO OQRS system will also be done next week and will go with the next batch to RSGB Bureau. Stations from Japan will receive their cards pretty quick as they will be all done en mass and sent direct to JARL in the next 10 days.

Thanks for your support during the event, reports on my activities can be seen
here.

..... and tnx to Tony GR4UZN for the copyright above ;-)

More Qsl Cards out this week......


K1024_IMG_0001Qsl cards processed and ready for Bureau:


CU2/G7VJR - 50
G7VJR - 59
GD7VJR -
7

GJ7VJR - 88
GM7VJR - 10
GU7VJR - 45
JW/G7VJR - 27
JX/G7VJR - 67
JX/SQ4MP - 49
ZD8UW - 277


'MWØX' Qsl cards issued....


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The Qsl Cards for my Welsh operating callsigns have now been sent.

Over 160 cards for 'MWØX' and 225 for 'MWØOXO' have been packaged this week for the bureau and will leave in a shipment in the next 10 days.

Anyone still needing this card should request the card via the OQRS and a card will be dispatched as soon as possible.

'VK4NM' Qsl Cards now being issued.....


VK4NMQsl Cards for Andrew VK4NM have now been received from UX5UO Print Shop.

Direct requests received both in Australia and here are now in the mail bag awaiting posting on Monday next.

If you need a card from Andrew please request it here on the OQRS Form.

Qsl cards to Bureau (or Direct).......


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Qsl cards processed and ready for Bureau:

GB0ANT - 330
GB4IPY - 265
G3SZU - 40
2E0KYI -
100
MW0RLJ
- 61
MW0RLJ - 42 (Direct)
G4RCG - 120
MØOXO - 180 (to Japan)

Also -
2.4Kg Parcel direct to JARL
240g
Parcel to EA Operators

'Royal Wedding' event closes.....


Well its all over for me and the 'MRØOXO' logbook is closed for the last time.
The event seemed to be welcomed by most and after 25 hours operating, here
are my results:


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06/05/11 - ( 8 hours operating) - 527 Q's (163 were Japan) All SSB
07/05/11 - ( 7 hours operating) - 167 Q's (  83 were Japan) All Digi
08/05/11 - ( 4 hours operating) - 143 Q's (  52 were Japan) All Digi
09/05/11 - ( 6 hours operating) - 164 Q's (  88 were Japan) All Digi

TOTAL - 1001 Q's

I was very pleased with how things went and many stations were reporting huge pile-ups
and qso numbers. Band conditions were ok for me albeit most of my contacts were
on 15 and 17m apart from 6 JA stations i managed to bag on 12m RTTY.

Thanks to all the stations that supported me and not least the guys (and one YL!) in Japan
for their part in achieving the 477 JA q's, it made the event very worthwhile for me so
thanks.

If you would like one of the special qsl cards (shown above) then click here to find
details of how to claim your confirmation and card. Qso's are already on LOTW.

Thanks again for supporting our event ;-)
and don't forget, if you need Qsl cards
printing for your Callsign in this or any other event, have a look at UX5UO who
can assist with the printing service!


Sunset Sky Show......


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When the sun goes down tonight, step outside and look west. An exquisite crescent Moon is beaming through the twilight.

More verse could be in the offing tonight, (5th May), when the crescent fattens slightly and appears higher above the horizon for even easier viewing.

Check the sunset sky and pray for clear conditions!

Royal Wedding Qsl Cards being issued at UX5UO


GR4RCGQsl cards are now being designed ready for print at UX5UO.

Below are a few examples but quite a few images to choose from and a fast return on all enquiries.

Drop an email to UX5UO Print and let Gennady give you an idea of what is available and at what cost.
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Despite several negative reports, the 'R' event seems to have been a great success with huge pile ups for many. Let's hope for the same interest when the Olympic Games start in 2012!.


Thanks to all OM/YL's for working the UK guys, you have made the event very worthwhile for us. Also big thanks to Gennady for the fast processing of orders.

**Any questions, you can also contact me by email, txt, or Phone (click here for contact details).


Thanks,
Charles

Qsl Cards to RSGB Bureau......


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Qsl cards processed and ready for Bureau:


RA3CQ - 120
(also 67 Direct)

GD7VJR
- 49
G4RCG - 164
MØOXO - 173 (to Japan)


Also a 2.4Kg Parcel direct to JARL





'The New DX'ers Handbook'....


SNV32040For any new Licence Holder or anyone new to Dx'ing, you may find this PDF document of value with some tips and pit falls to guide you through your early stages of Dxing. The document begins;

''Every accomplished DXer was a beginner at one time. This booklet contains many of the basics of successful DXing. DXing can become a lifelong passion. It is also a lot of fun!

DXing offers opportunities of personal growth in a wide variety of areas from geography, to science, to language skills. It also offers a competitive outlet for those who are so inclined.

I hope that this short handbook will give a running start to those new to our ranks.
Best regards, Bryce Anderson, K7UA''

To read the document in full just click the link below.  I hope you find it of interest.

''The New DX'ers Handbook by Bryce Anderson K7UA''

(Image above - Nigel M0NJW and Charles M0OXO ''DX'in by Gaslight'' at Les Minquiers Islands)


Royal Wedding - Special Callsigns


kate-middleton-prince-william-engagement-0411-lgOfcom today announce the use of special Callsigns and NOV's to celebrate the Royal Wedding later this month;

Facilitating the use of special temporary Amateur call signs in respect of the Royal Wedding for Amateurs holding UK; Full Licences, Full (Reciprocal) Licences, Intermediate Licences and Foundation Licences;

1. Following a request from the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB), Ofcom has decided to permit Amateurs holding valid UK; Full Licences, Full (Reciprocal) Licences, Intermediate Licences and Foundation Licences to apply for and receive authorisation for the use of individual special temporary call signs which are linked to their existing licensed call sign.


2. The only format for the individual special temporary call sign permitted, is as follows:
Subject to prior authorisation, the existing Regional Secondary Locator in the existing call sign may be replaced by the Letter “R” except in the case where no Secondary Locator exists, the Letter “R” may be inserted as a Secondary Locator. For the avoidance of doubt, where the existing call sign commences with the digit “2”, the Secondary Locator i.e. the second character of the existing call sign (the letter “E”, “U”, “D”, “J”, “I”, “M” or “W”) may be replaced by the letter “R”.

3. The duration for use of these special temporary call signs will be from 29 April 2011 through to 9 May 2011 inclusive only.MR0OXO

4. Examples:
MØOXO is amended to MRØOXO
GM0ABC is amended to GR0ABC
2E0ABC is amended to 2R0ABC
2W0ABC is amended to 2R0ABC
2J0ABC is amended to 2R0ABC
M1ABC is amended to MR1ABC
MI0ABC is amended to MR0ABC
MD6ABC is amended to MR6ABC
MU3ABC is amended to MR3ABC

5. To facilitate the administrative process, applicants, both members and non-members of the RSGB must apply to the RSGB and on-line only, by using the following web link: http://www.etcc.rsgb.org/RoyalWedding

6. The RSGB will liaise with Ofcom prior to Ofcom granting the authorisations, and following which, the authorisation will be received by the applicant from the RSGB as indicated on the RSGB website. Any queries regarding the processing of the NoV must be directed in the first instance to the RSGB and not to Ofcom.

7. Early application is encouraged, as Ofcom will aim to process only those requests received by 18.00 on 26 April 2011, although timely receipt of the Notice of Variation to the Licence (NoV) by the applicant from the RSGB will also be dependent on RSGB processing time. NoVs will not be distributed after 28 April 2011.

Click here to apply for your NoV.

MRØOXO Nov applied for and LOTW Certificate already received!!!


73 de Charles

DX Code Of Conduct - 1 Year on.......


dx_code_of_conductThis report from the DX Code of Conduct Committee - Randy W6SJ;

We have received over 12,700 unique visitors to our website.  This is a significant accomplishment given that we have now been "in business" for just a year and our budget is zero. Over 80% of the visitors are NOT from the U.S.A. so we are achieving our goal of having this be a truly universal, international movement.

We have added more clubs and more DXpeditions who endorse the Code. Feedback from some DXpeditions suggests that we are making good progress.

We have recently developed a new logo. We should have done this a year ago but getting it translated into over 30 languages seemed more important at that time.  So here it is top left of this report.
I hope each of you will put this on your website or QRZ.COM page and use it as a link. Ideally, every DXer, particularly the ones who NEED to align their operating practices with the Code, will see it and realize how strong the support is.
To that end, it is incumbent on each of you to carry this message
1. to your HF operator friends, particularly DXers,
2. to  your club, especially if it is a DX club,
3. to your national society and encourage them to send information about the Code to their memberships and to post the logo at their society website.

Get EVERYONE to put the logo up on the web so we can increase our visibility.
We have a Power Point that is intended for use at Club meetings.  It is available with an audio track, or you can narrate it yourself.

Finally, we have a new publication at the website THE NEW DXER'S HANDBOOK by K7AU at http://dx-code.org/newdxer.pdf I think you will find in enjoyable, even if you are a pro.  Tell your club about it and make sure that new members get a copy. After all, it's an e-book and it's free.

For the DX Code of Conduct Committee Randy W6SJ

Qsl Cards to RSGB Bureau......


K1024_DSC_0078Cards on their way to the Bureau.....








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346
Cards to the RSGB Bureau today (04th March 2011) for KP2ZZ

203 Cards to the RSGB Bureau today (04th March 2011) for V25G
231 Cards to the RSGB Bureau today (04th March 2011) for KP2/G4RCG.
320 Cards to the RSGB Bureau today (04th March 2011) for GBØANT.
140 Cards to the RSGB Bureau today (04th March 2011) for GB4IPY.
120 Cards to the RSGB Bureau today (04th March 2011) for MØOXO.
460 Cards to the RSGB Bureau today (04th March 2011) for G4RCG.
140 Cards to the RSGB Bureau today (04th March 2011) for GB4IPY.
67 Cards to the RSGB Bureau today (04th March 2011) for ZD8UW
73 Cards to the RSGB Bureau today (04th March 2011) for VP8DMN
17 Cards Direct for PW2D.
20 Cards Direct for 4W3A.

All Bureau Cards have now been dispatched and I have none pending.



Clarke Scam 12 debuts at MC0SHL


K1024_SNV34301The recent purchase of a couple of Scam 12 Masts by my good friend Malc M0BZH proved its worth today when the refurbished one arrived at MC0SHL after making the trip from Yorkshire.

In lovely weather we got the Mast up in no time using the hand pump supplied with the Kit. Suprisingly with Rob MW0RLJ & Chris G1VDP at the pump end, it went up pretty quickly (says the guy not exerting himself by controling the sections as they lifted hi). Not long after we decided to try the 4element Monobander for 10M and thats what you can see in the foto. Some information about the Scam 12:




The SCAM Series of masts was created in the mid 1960's to provide the military of several countries with a very stable field or vehicle mounted mast carrying the VHF/UHF antennas then in use. Headloads were a modest 10 kg and with few exceptions were always communication antennas. Weight of mast was not perceived as a particular handicap because other equipment generally was heavier than today


Probably the most striking feature of the SCAM Series mast is the provision of a steel box which houses and protects the mast and provides a fixation for legs or vehicle mounting.

A ball bearing makes turning the mast effortless even with a very heavy headload. A brake is provided. The bottom of the mast 'box' fits into a field base plate which can tilt in two planes to accommodate sloping ground up to 20°. A protractor ring is fitted calibrated in increments of 5°. The top socket for the antenna attachment is 40 mm dia. Hand operated locking collars on each telescopic section of the mast allow sections to be individually locked in the extended or closed positions.

Feeder cables are prevented from flapping in the wind by the provision of rubber guide rings. At the top of the mast the collar, to which guys may be attached, is arranged to allow the mast and feeder cables to rotate 360° within the guy ropes. Although a handpump is included in the standard kit, when the mast is vehicle mounted, a small Clark Masts battery powered compressor is preferable.

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The inclusion of the Prop stand, enables the mast to be raised clear of the ground for antenna attachment. Then with 2 legs already fixed to the mast box, the whole can be lifted into the vertical position and the 3rd and 4th legs added. Legs are then adjusted with reference to the bubble level.

Let's see how it performs over the next few days at this, an extremely windy and exposed location as you can see above!

 

Japan Hams assist in Tsunami relief coordination...


Minamisanriku-detail-2002Japan remains under its worst threat to an ever rising toll, widespread
destruction, power, fuel and water shortages follow the massive earthquake,
tsunami and failed 40-year old nuclear power stations.

Ken JA1CJP quoting local news sources said, "The situation is getting worse.
On March 15, police announced that 2,414 people have been killed (up from
1,627 24 hours earlier) and 3,118 are reported missing (about double in the
same period).

"Some 55,380 houses/buildings were damaged by the earthquake and 3,000
houses washed away by the tsunami."Thousands of bodies are reported to have been found on the coast of the tsunami suffered area," he said. A Miyagi prefecture source says that the death toll will be in the order of ten
thousands in that prefecture alone.

Rescue teams have arrived and started their activities in the affected areas. They came from many nations including Korea, Singapore, New Zealand, China, USA, Germany, Switzerland, Australia, United Kingdom and Russia.

The 8.9 on the Richter scale quake hit off north-eastern Sendai durning the late afternoon on Friday March 11, and triggered a ten-metre tsunami. At the request of Central Emergency Communication Committee, Ken JA1CJP, the IARU Regional 3 Secretary, said the JARL is operating its HQ station JA1RL in Tokyo, and regional HQ stations.

Earlier it was reported that JA1RL was using 7 MHz SSB, 144 MHz SSB/FM and 430 MHz SSB/FM. He said, "Many other radio amateurs are thanked for providing information and exchanging support to the rescue and disaster
relief operations. Those who can operate in the affected areas are providing a lifeline for rescue teams and those at local shelters. Some stations are operating with car batteries and others with engine generators."Minamisanriku-detail

Ken JA1CJP said, "Another problem is the nuclear power plant where the water

supply system failure caused overheating of the nuclear fuel bar. That
causes some radioactive gas release from the plant and people have been
evacuated from the surrounding area."

Many other stations are active and are using various frequencies including some battery powered and others using small generators to exchange rescue and disaster relief operation information with JA1RL and others.

While 3525, 7030, 7043 and 7075 have been mentioned as in use, it's wise to keep those and all of the Centre of Emergency (CoA) clear of normal and non-urgent traffic.


I think everyone's thoughts this week go out to the Japanese Nation.

Images (courtesy of Google) above show before and after shots on Minima Sanriku, one of the worst affected areas.


1 Watt Qso with VK8.....


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Conditions still remain good but from one day good to one day bad. 10/12/15 metres have been the bands to watch of late with very good propagation to the Caribbean and also to the Far East. As well as several JA, BY and VK on 15M, I worked my first JA on 12M along with JT, VU, ZS & D2 on 10M.

The Band on 10M was well open by 0900UTC and VK stations were very abundant. After several qso's with VK4, I managed to work Stuie VK8NSB in Darwin, cracking signal here and made all the more interesting by watching his live internet feed, (watching the qso through the internet whilst at the same time talking on 10m), amazing.

Shortly afterwards I heard Brendon VK8FQRP calling again on 10M, calling from Wanguri in the Northern Territory of Australia. His RST was 59 down to 57 with QSB and in return I received 59. Brendon was running 10 watts into a 3 element Quad (Photo above) as opposed to my 400w into the 2 element SteppIR. Brendon then suggested a qso with 1 Watt, just to see if we could make it and I obliged. I turned my power down as low as possible (FT1000MP around 3-10 watts?, difficult to measure accurately) and Brendon returned with 1 watt. He still had a 4/1 signal into my QTH, quite remarkable, even more so that it happened on 10M SSB!

Well done Brendon, hope to hear you again soon!

Yorkshire Dales Day (GB1YDD) Cards issued....


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All the Qsl Card requests for the Yorkshire Dales Day event (GB1YDD) have now been issued.




If you require a Qsl Card confirmation for this event (WFF- GFF-020) then please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
or apply on-line here and I will drop one in the system for you.

500th IOTA reference logged...


SableQSLmarch_jeffDxpedition team now Qrv on Sable Island (IOTA NA-063).

Managed to work them on 17m this lunch time with a very good signal.

The contact not only gave me a precious all time new DXCC, but also my 500th IOTA reference!

Many thanks Wayne & good luck with the trip!

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