Japan on 10M SSB......surely not?


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....it sure was! I was alerted by my good friend Tim (M0URX) who suggested 10M was open to the Far East. I had planned a 'qsl card day' today but was on 10Metres within minutes.
I put a few calls out over the North Pole and nothing came back. I then worked Craig (VK4LDX/p from Fitzroy Island and logged yesterday on 20m) and both had very good reports. I persevered a little longer and after working a few UA9/RA9's I was called by John (VK4TL). He had an outstanding signal peaking at 58 with audio that

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ZD9AH - Gough Island / Tristan Da Cunha


Tristan-Da-Cunha-IslandWell, probably the last in the UK but pleased to say I bagged ZD9AH for all time new DXCC and IOTA.

DL2AH is active as ZD9AH from Gough Island (IOTA AF-029) until  the 6 December 2010. 12m has been the band to go for over the last few days with very strong signals here in the UK. Sadly due to strong winds and other things (JARTS Contest) have made it impossible for me to have a bash until today.

Ulli was working split today and I managed to get him in the log after only 3 calls. I was very suprised as Qsb was very fast and heavy and at the appropriate time he was only 3/3 here when he replied. Anyway, a new one in the bag, thanks Ulli!
............also got him on 10M SSB at 1300 local!

JARTS Contest 2010 - MØOXO report


K800_SNV34012Well I took part in the JARTS (Japanese) Contest this weekend and here is a brief account of how i found it (bracketed text for non-Radio Ham readers).

I started at around 5.00am on Saturday morning and the first 4 contacts were into HI8/HI9 (Dominican Republic). I worked 32 W's (USA) on 40M as well as a large amount in EU and AS.

I started on 15M at 8.15am and over a 2 hour period worked 57 JA (Japan) in total.
Later and still on 15 I logged 2 HL (South Korea), BY (China), 6 VK (Australia), ZL1BYZ (New Zealand), 5 YB (Indonesia), 6W (Senegal),
FK (New Caledonia), FM (Martinique) and lots of Europe and Asia. 15m proved to be a very.......

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Five Star Dx'ers Ass. announce T32 Dxpedition


fsdxa_smallAt this weekend's RSGB Convention, Neville Cheadle G3NUG announced the next FSDXA DXpedition, to take place in September/October of next year (2011).

The Five Star DXers Association (FSDXA) is pleased to announce its next DXpedition, to Kiritimati (also known as Christmas Island, T32) to take place in September/October 2011. The Five Star DXers . FSDXA, closely linked to CDXC (Chiltern DX Club), the UK DX Foundation, is the group which brought you the 1998 9M0C Spratly Islands DXpedition, the record-breaking 2001 D68C DXpedition to the Comoros and, subsequently, the 2004 3B9C Rodrigues and 2007 3B7C St.Brandon DXpeditions.

Once again, Yaesu have kindly agreed to be Global Sponsor, and will be providing sixteen FT-5000 transceivers along with a similar number of Quadra VL-1000 linears. UK amateur radio retailers Martyn Lynch & Sons and Nevada are also committed to sponsoring the operation.......(click ''read more''' for full article)..

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T31A - Kanton Island


kanton_aerial_smallAn international team will activate Kanton Island for 9 days starting mid April 2011. An additional day may be added depending on the sailing time to the island.
Transportation has been arranged, all licenses are assigned and the permit is in its final stage of processing. There will be six stations, 160 through 10 (SSB /CW/RTTY). There are a few berths available on the boat.

For those interested in joining the team, please contact W2IJ at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details.

ZS8M - respect his advice please...


ZS8M_front_largeWell I suppose I am one of many in the North that still require Pierre's (ZS8M) contact for an all time new Country  and rare IOTA from his base in Marion Island (IOTA AF-021).

Many South of us are hearing him OK and some (well done Rob MW0RLJ) have managed to work him several times (Grrrr!) which is great news. I can however say that I now have heard him, only once but nevertheless there is hope! The latest news letter shows how we are not the only ones finding bad operating and fraudulent qso's starting to tarnish the hobby a lot more recently and which have caused Pierre to QRT several times due to these issues.

His Qrz.Com page and newsletter also name and shame the bad operators who don't heed the warnings and either operate badly, have no 'ham spirit', or work him several times using friends callsigns as well as there own. Have a look at the site, see if there is anyone you know on there. Pierre supports the Ham Code of Conduct and maybe some of our friends in EU should do the same? It may be the sad case that Pierre decides to go permenantly QRT and that would be really sad.


MØAID - Batch of Cards to Bureau...


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65 Cards for Kelvin (MØAID) were received and processed today.


They will be in the package for the RSGB Bureau on Friday 1st October 2010.

'Strictly' - 'New Country Record'...


K800_M2X_CQWWCW_2009The 'Strictly Contest Club' received another Award this week to add to their collection.

John (G4RCG) operated in the CQWW DX Contest 2009 and attained 1st Place in the High Power CW Assisted Category on the 20 Metre Band. The placing put him at 19th place in theWorld and 10th in Europe.

It was also a new country record  with points totalling 469,238.

Well done John!

More buro cards completed.....


K800_Qsl_Mont.jpgAnother 70 GR2HQ Cards were completed yesterday and will be in the RSGB Bureau by this friday.

Email requested Cards are still the most popular and I would encourage anyone to request a card (either Direct or Bureau) by the On-line Qsl Request System (OQRS). It cuts the normal bureau time down by half and will save years - literally. Not only that, the station may not even require a card from you so check first and you'll save wasting both your own card and your time by using this method.

Click the link and check out the OQRS.

15m Band continues to impress....


6k2dioWell for the second week in a row, the 15M Band continues to impress.
You may have seen the report a little lower in my Blog from earlier this week when T88 was present for two new slots. Well again yesterday I managed double figures again with 19 Japanese Stations logged. I noticed this time that the condx also seemed to be improving on other modes with equally good reports from the Far East and North America.
Today was the best yet and in just under two hours i had logged an amazing 39 JA (Japan) stations, 3 6K/DS (in the Republic of Korea with his family in foto above), 3 in VK (Australia) and several of our friends across in the Russian Federation. Its great to see the logbook healthy and things looking good for CQWW this weekend.


(text in brackets for none-radio hams that may read the blog and for any discenters out there, my logbook is available for investigating should you feel the need lol).

Qsl Cards to bureau - Update


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Another 630 Qsl Cards sent to the RSGB Bureau last night.

There were approx:-

220 for GB1TAN (Highest pub in Britain [WFF GFF-020]) &

400+ for GB1HI (Holy Island [IOTA EU-124 WFF GFF-013/GFF-172]).


Fingers crossed for a speedy journey through the Bureau!


T88 - new one on 17m


palauWell another good few hours on 17M again today and a nice change from the disastrous contest a few days before.
Today saw another 30+ Japanese into the log, the majority first time contacts too. Amazing to hear calling me was T88KH from Palau. First contact I was sceptical of a pirate or not but Harry (JH3KEA) called in again later where we managed a decent qso.
Officially the Republic of Palau (Palauan: Beluu er a Belau), is an island nation in the Pacific Ocean, some 500 miles (800 km) east of the Philippines and 2,000 miles (3,200 km) south of Tokyo.
Palau enjoys a tropical climate all year round with an annual mean temperature of 82°F (28 °C). Rainfall can occur throughout the year, averaging a total of 150 inches (3,800 mm). The average humidity over the course of the year is 82%, and although rain falls more frequently between July and October, there is still much sunshine. All in all, quite an eventful few hours.

GR2HQ Card hit Royal Mail....


gr2hq2010The GR2HQ Qsl Cards arrived today from the Printer.

150 Qsl Cards that were requested 'direct' were the first to be processed and they will arrive at Royal Mail on Monday (20th September) morning. 130 cards requested on-line for RSGB bureau will be in the system early next week.

Thanks for your patience!

More Buro cards completed.....


K800_Qsl_Mont.jpgHot on the heels of the last batch (see blog previous to one), these cards also sent to the RSGB Bureau today:-

GB1TAN - 90, MØOXO - 140,
GBØANT - 445, GB1HI - 430,
GB4IPY - 370........

....Substantially more than anticipated and still pending are the GR2HQ Cards.

That brings the total amount of labels printed in the last 14/21 days to just over 4000. Hopefully they will move very swiftly through the system.

WFF new activation - 'GFF-113'


StourSaturday 18th September 2010 will see the Stour Estuary 'GFF-113' being activated for the first time. The operators will be Sonia (MØTUL) and Adam (MØGWS) and they will be operating from Wrabness from around 9.30 - 10.00am on 20 and maybe 15m SSB. The Operators will both be using their home callsigns as above.

The Stour Estuary is a nature reserve in Essex, England, east of Colchester on the estuary of the Rive Stour, managed by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, (RSPB). The estuary is important as a breeding, roosting and wintering site for many waterfowl and other birds, including woodpeckers, Nightingale, Blackcap, Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, Shelduck,  Pintail, Teal, Grey Plover, Redshank, Curlew and Black-tailed Godwit.

Please give Sonia and Adam a call and we wish them well with their first WFF activation!

2.6K Qsl Cards to RSGB Bureau


K800_Qsl_Mont.jpgLatest Qsl Cards to go to the bureau this week are as follows:-

GB1TAN - 320, MØSCC - 70,
MØOXO - 290,
GBØANT - 470,
GBØWFF - 175, GB1HI - 410,
MØBZH - 45, GB4IPY - 560,
2EØKYI - 130, MW0JZE - 120.

Pending are approx 250 GBØANT & 200 GB4IPY
which will be processed in the coming days and also
270 Direct & Bureau cards for GR2HQ when they
arrive from the printer any day now.

G4OBK Logs now on EW4DX LogSearch


Helm_Crag_210510A big thanks to Phil G4OBK for his recent contact re-WFF.

Many of you will be starting to see new areas appearing in your results on the EW4DX LogSearch. Phil has kindly supplied the logs from his SOTA and his WOTA activities to us for the WFF programme.

So far we have sent several logs to the LogSearch from areas such as GFF-020 (Yorkshire Dales National Park), GFF-008 (Lake District National Park) & GFF-012 (North Yorkshire Moors National Park [new activation!]).

Please note that there are no Qsl Cards available for these trips, just the verifications on the WFF LogSearch. On your behalf, I extend our gratitude to Phil for his support of the WFF programme!

(Photo above shows Phil G4OBK on Helm Crag in the Lake District National Park GFF-008).

ONFF Awards now issued


K800_M0OXO_ONFFA-10ONFF announced a few weeks ago that their WFF Awards were now completed and were ready for issue.

I am pleased to say that my first ONFF Award arrived yesterday courtesy of the ONFF Co-ordinator Gino ON3SSB. There are several Awards available (website click here) and he tells us:-


Rules to apply for the "ONFF Award" are simple :


- The award is free, and free only, and will be send to you by mail (electronic format), JPEG file.

- There are 3 different classes :

Class 3/Bronze : 10 QSO's have to be made with 10 different ONFF references.

Class 2/Silver : 25 QSO's have to be made with 25 different ONFF references.

Class 1/Gold : 50 QSO's have to be made with 50 different ONFF references.

All bands, all modes are welcome and all contacts must be verified by the EW4DX Log search.

GL to Gino and the ONFF team, we wish them every success!

Another 'win' for Strictly!


CQWW_RTTY_2009'M2X' hit the mark again this week with a nice new Contest Certificate.


This time was for the CQWW RTTY DX Contest in 2009 when John (G4RCG) managed Country Winner in the High Power Single Operator Class (20M).


Well done John!

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!

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