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.....

MCØSHL now Qrv from GFF-015 Pembrokeshire Coast


Chris (G1VDP) is currently active from our ClubHouse in Pembrokeshire. Situated in the beautuful Pembrokeshire National K800_IMG_5187_129Park (WFF reference GFF-015) and over looking the sea, it's a stunning place to play radio!

The location is in South West Wales and just down the Coast from the StrumbleHead lighthouse.

Chris will be active as MCØSHL until early next week and will also take part in the WPX Contest this weekend using the Callsign MW9W. Both Callsigns are good for GFF-015.

He is using an FT2K into a G3TXQ 5 band Broadband Hexbeam at 25 feet and will work all HF Bands (plus 40 & 80m) SSB with also RTTY & PSK modes being used outside the Contest.

Logs will be uploaded to the EW4DX LogSearch early next week and any Qsl card requests should go via the Manager for this operation Tim M0URX. Please give Chris your support and if you hear him, give him a quick call!

73 de Charles....

GMFF website launch


Its good to see that the GMFF Website has now been officially launched. Hosted and managed by Jurij MM0DFV it gives a Headerwealth of information and activity reports about the Scottish side of the WFF (World Flora Fauna) Programme. You will also find a full list of the GMFF areas valid for the WFF programme as well as contact information should you require it. For European (English speaking) Amateurs, you may also find the new Yahoo Group reflector (EUFF News) of use. This offers up to date information about WFF activites and is in the form of English language, a service that has been difficult to maintain over recent months. Well done to Jurij for this excellent service and indeed WFF Management as a whole. (Click logo below to be directed to the GMFF site).

New CDXC site - Launch imminent


The latest CDXC 'Digest' informs us about the launch of the new CDXC Website.

Michael G7VJR tells us:-
''In the first few pages of this month's digest there is a short explanation of how to access the new CDXC web site - this cdxcbeing a major part of the CMIS (membership database) project.


The address, http://www2.cdxc.org.uk is accessible now as a preview, and will be replacing our existing web site on 2 April when it goes live. Please feel free to login and try it out - we've got some great new features including an updated news service run by Tim M0URX and Charles M0OXO, and plenty of new features to do with expedition funding, too. If you need to update your email record to get a password (as explained in the digest and on the web site) then Tony G4LDL is on hand to help. His email address is: tony dot bettley at ntlworld.com.


I'll be introducing the site in more detail on Saturday at Wyboston, which will also be a chance to see behind the scenes in CMIS (if you wish!) and get your account details tweaked should there be any discrepancies in the membership database
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OK DX RTTY Contest 2009........


A nice suprise in the mail this morning as you can see! 9th place overall and 1st place (Country Winner) for the UK.
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I think it's my second only Contest 'win' for Digital Modes so very happy to receive the Award.

Congratulations to all who took part, hope to meet you again next year on screen.

73 de Charles

VP8DMN Falkland Island Qsl Cards - Update


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Stations who have requested Qsl cards (Direct or Online System) for VP8DMN please be patient for a few days longer. I am awaiting delivery of Cards from Michael (G7VJR) for his trip to the Falkland Islands and expect should be with me in a few days time.

As soon as the cards are received I will have them dispatched within 24 hours, sri for any inconvenience caused by the Qsl Manager change.

73 de Charles

3B9WR Rodrigues Island now Qrv!


John Dunnington G3LZQ, arrived on Rodrigues Island (IOTA AF-017) on the 5th March where he will remain until 3B9WRthe second of April.  No coincidence of course that the trip coincides with the RSGB Commonwealth Contest this weekend.

John has suffered delays with equipment which arrived late but all are now on the Island. He spent most of yesterday building antennas and at sundown still had a little work to do. All things being equal we should expect him to be qrv from today upon completion of the antenna build.

John is a CW only Op. and he will be concentrating on low band activity where possible using the callsign 3B9WR. Qsl Cards (left) will be available on his return via G3LZQ.

Good luck John!

 

'JA-fest' on 15M SSB!


....and over the last few weeks we have been busy running the special event station for Antarctic Activity Week.

Operating times and modes varied but all in all it was a good event and was well attended as regards contacts. This Year we worked 2602 q’s which was one of the better years we have had bringing our total qso’s to 12654 for GB0ANT. For me the highlight was last week on 15M.

It was early for 15M but I started call on SSB at around 0740utc. It started very quiet for a few minutes and then there was a rash of activity from Asia with Ukraine, Asiatic Russia and Kazakhstan stations flying in very strong. I was very surprised to hear a VU calling but he wasn’t too strong and therefore didn’t make the grade to gain a place in my log. Shortly after than I was called by JR1NHD (Foto Right) from Kanagawa prefecture in Japan. We had a brief exchange and then all hell broke loose, what a pile up of JA! Its several Years since i have worked into JA and received such a fearsome response.

One after another then got into the log and they just kept coming. SJR1NHDtrange as it was, there were none of the ‘usual suspects’ in the mix either, many of them new entries in the logbook.

At 0834 I logged the last two stations JR4CEB and JA2LHG from Japan which brought a total of 71 JA stations in the brief window, what a run! (Extract of Logbook shown below for those who may not quite believe it!)

Lets pray that things continue as they are now for a long time whether we are climbing out of the Solar Minimum or whether we are not. Its certainly a big boost to anyone's enthusiasm when DX such as that can be worked on the higher band for a change.

Thanks to all the guys that worked and the team that operated during the week, it was a good event this Year and lets hope that we have many more in the Years to comes as AAW (Antarctic Activity Week) grows stronger, bigger and better.

JAs

Thanks (to Japan!) and 73 to all....de Charles....


GBØWFF - Qrv in March from new 'GFF'!


Sri for the short notice on this one!

GFF_LogoCharles MØOXO & Ian MØIAA will be Qrv as GBØWFF on Tuesday 2nd March 2010 from the  Derbyshire Dales Nature Reserve (GFF-091 [new]) and on Wednesday 3rd March 2010 from the Lower Derwent Valley (GFF-010 [new]).

Antennas will be Dipoles at 10M and running barefoot from the Yaesu FT-897D. All being well and pending any disasters on the day we should be qrv around or just before 12.00 UTC.    

**Areas may be subject to change on the day due to Snow and other WX issues.K800_WFF_Award_min1

Qsl as always will be via M3ZYZ / MØOXO and bureau cards can be requested via the On-Line Qsl Request Form (OQRF).

All other Qsl options such as paying via Paypal for Direct Cards can be found by clicking here. Photo's of the trip will also be found in the World Flora Fauna section of this website in the coming days.


73 & 44 de Charles

Earthquake Report from Chile - CE2WZ


Chilean authorities are reporting that at least 122 people had been killed in an 8.8-point earthquake which also inflicted major chile-earthquake-radiusdamage on the South American country early this morning.
As the extent of the damage around the country became more apparent several hours after the quake struck at 3:34 am (0634 GMT) some 90 kilometres north-east of Concepcion, it was feared the toll would go yet higher. Our good friends & fellow Hams David (CE2WZ) and his wife Linda are fortunately both OK.

David tells us:-
''Following the earthquake we´re OK.  It was pretty bad here as well.  It struck about 4.00 and went on for nearly 2 minutes.  We left the house and it was like being in a boat going down the stairs. 
The water in the swimming pool was whipped up with waves and racing back and forward.  There was a minor aftershock but it is now 8.05 am and electricity has been restored here.  It went off all night. 
Some people left Serena Golf - we think they were people from Santiago who had been warned of the risk of a tsunami.  Fortunately there was no tsunami as the two local radio stations only played music and gave no information.
So all is well.  Linda has not rung her mother who also lives in Chile but Valdivia is quite far south of the epicentre.  Imagine we are 600 miles north of the epicentre and the effect it had here.''

We wish you all good luck in the coming days David & Linda, our thoughts with you all.

73 de Charles....

RSGB Qsl Bureau - Status Report


Thanks to Tim M0URX for his tireless efforts in gaining an understanding of how the RSGB Qsl Bureau is currently web-G3UGF-016-inside-vanoperating. He has just published this brief report which I hope puts many Amateurs minds at ease.
He reports :-

'Over the past couple of months the Society has received correspondence and questions from a number of amateurs whose outgoing bureau cards do not appear to have reached the overseas bureau for which they were intended. Checks with some of the key overseas bureau suggested that it had been many months since they had received cards from the RSGB.

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GBØANT - 2 days in & 550 Q's logged!


GBØANT kicked off on Monday the 15th, a week earlier than Antarctica Activity Week (AAW) officially starts. The good GB0ANT1propagation meant that we were able to devote time to the higher bands for a change and good pile ups were evident this Year.

John (G4RCG) started early Monday morning on CW (his last stint on 40M producing some VK's) and i had a play later that afternoon. The same routine took place yesterday (Tuesday) and CW, SSB and Digital modes were good. We were joined by Ian (M0IAA) in the afternoon and he had a great run on 15m to Asia with many YB stations in the log. I have to say that band conditions took a turn for the worse in the late afternoon and activity was well down on previous days, the SFI numbers not favourable at all. A move to 17 & 20M gave Ian a good run to the USA and then he took a severe beating from EU before calling it a day and having worked over 100 stations in his session.

Three days in and the total stands at just over 550 Q’s, a good start to 2010 with another 10 days of the event still to run. Check out more about the event under 'Special Callsigns' in the menu to the left. Thanks to all operators and callers and please remember, apply for your Bureau Qsl Cards on line to save time.

73 de Charles.....

New Sunspots, New DX, better conditions?

Band condx looking up again with the rare sight of Sunspots? How long will it last?

2010-02-12.22Tnx CDXC & ClubLog Members for several new ones. Michael G7VJR in the log 3 slots as VP8DMN from Port Stanley, Falklands, and Nick G3RWF for two new slots as 5X1NH in Kampala, Uganda.

Nigel G3TXF is travelling again and joining the TX4T team from North of Tahiti Hiti In French Polynesia (IOTA OC-046 new) (Foto left).Their latest Blog tells us:-

''More than 3000 QSOs on february 11th, more than 8000 in total. The rate is good (and our mood, too !) Thanks to all who call us, we look forward to contact you ! QRM is weak here, DO try to call us if you hear us !80 meters worked very well last night, with 900 QSOs. 160m was harder than previous night. 30m works well, opened to EU between 16 and 17Z. We had a good opening to EU on 17m (spiderbeam), at the same time we also were on 15m for EU (with the 40m vertical !) Nigel installed a 12/17m vertical, we’ll be able to operate 3 stations simultaneously, even during the day. We don’t know yet if we will take part in CQ WPX RTTY, as our main goal remains to favor the low bands.''XR0ZA_Fuan_Fernandez_200

Preceding these contacts were several others such as XR0ZA on Robinson Crusoe Island, Juan Fernandez (foto right) and three new slots with the team on Fernando De Noronha off the coast of Brazil. Another new one was Mike R1ANP down in Progress Bay Research Station on Antarctica  (foto left) who is currently qrv on most progress-station-antarctica-300x205bands.

All in all conditions looking up with great openings to Nth & Sth America on 15M and even VK’s again on 12. 40 & 80M have also been good with regular openings to the Pacific.

Have a good weekend and good dx! 73 de Charles.....

Fancy trying an On-line Logbook?


Have you ever thought about uploading your log allowing others to search it on-line? It's now quite a popular tool in the hamlog4hobby of Amateur Radio. Not only is it used for personal logbooks but most of the big DXpeditions now allow the facility to Log Search their logs many within a few hours with regular uploads and others when the Dxpedition or activity has ceased.
There are several availablett to choose and you can either search the logs directly on line or add the facility to your own website where again you personal logs can be seen. Just one example is that of 'Hamlog EU'.

Have a look at the link to find out more and maybe do a more extensive search for other on-line logs and see which is best tailored to your needs!


73 de Charles....

Two new WFF from GM land 'GMFF-046' & 'GMFF-002''


MMØDGR/p will be operating from the Loch Lomond National Nature Reserve (GMFF-046) on Saturday, 6th February, 2010.

The gmff-webportable station will be located at the Shore Wood (southeast corner of Loch Lomond). Equipment: Icom IC-706MKIIG with HLA-300 Plus (300W) HF Power Amplifier. Antenna: 9m high Vertical with CG-5000 Automatic Antenna Coupler.

Grid locator IO76RB, WAB NS48, EU Area SC31 (West Dunbartonshire), IOTA EU-005. Bands, modes and frequencies ± QRM: 20 m (BPSK63 14.072 MHz, CW 14.044 MHz, SSB 14.244 MHz); 30 m (BPSK63 10.142 MHz, CW 10.110 MHz); 40 m (BPSK63 7.044 MHz, CW 7.014 MHz, SSB 7.144 MHz). QSL-cards via MMØDFV (preferably RSGB QSL-bureau).

Loch Lomond National Nature Reserve (GMFF-046) lies in the southeast corner of Loch Lomond, in the southern part of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park (GMFF-002). This portable expedition gives you two WFF reference numbers GMFF-046 and GMFF-002 simultaneously. The Reserve includes some of the woodlands for which Loch Lomond is renowned, including the wooded shores on the mainland and on the islands of Inchcailloch, Clairinsh, Torrinch, Creinch and Aber Isle and the wetlands at the mouth of the River Endrick.

Detailed information & map are available at http://www.srars.org/wff-reports/gmff-046.htm


XE2JA/XF1 Alcatraz Island coming soon.....


XE2JA/XF1 intend to be qrv from 11th - 14th February 2010. Bahía Kino (Alcatraz Island IOTA NA-167) lies 28.50N - 31.77N / 11.75W - 114.68W IMG_6916and is a town in the Mexican State of Sonora , on the Gulf of California.

The teams website tells us ''It was named aftee Eusebio Kino. The name also applies to the adjacent bay between Alcatraz Island and Punta San-Nicolas, Sonora. The names Bahía de Kino and Bahía Kino are used interchangeably.'' Founded in the 1920s as a small fishing camp, Bahía de Kino is a thriving community of about 7,000 inhabitants The town is administered as part of the municipality of Hermosillo. I

t is located on land that was part of the traditional territory of the Seri people who now live to the north on their communal property. The team will be using Yaesu and Kenwood transceivers and in the main the antennas are verticals, the exception being a Moseley TA-33 beam for 10, 15 & 20 meter bands. They have two amplifiers at their disposal so the UK should be in a good position to work them, the early morning on the lower bands and of course on the higher bands between lunch time and early evening being the better times to catch them.top_xf1_01

Qsl will be via EA5XC, click callsign for details. Good luck to the team, here's hoping I manage to work the new IOTA.


73 de Charles....

Northern Cross Rally 2010 - Postponed


News received this morning is that the Northern Cross Rally 2010 held in Wakefield has been cancelled, the event no WDRS_Rallylonger taking place on the 14th February as previously circulated. It is suggested it may take place later this Year with the month of June being a possibility.

The event is run by the Wakefield & District Radio Society and in recent Years has moved from the old QTH at the Thornes Sports Stadium Wakefield to a new location ¾ mile south of Ossett town centre, in the grounds of Ossett School, on Storrs Hill Road, Ossett, Wakefield in West Yorkshire.


It is disappointing to hear it is cancelled but should you require further information please contact their Secretary This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


73 de Charles.........

 

Who said SWL was a dying part of the hobby?


Having grouped them for together for several months now, I have finally managed to get all the SWL cards i have completed and on 137_swltheir way to the bureau.

In the batch - 137 cards for 15 different stations but in the main they related to GBØANT, GB4IPY, GB1HI, MØOXO, MWØJZE & G4RCG.

Designing a SWL label for use in LogPrint has been the challenge. Setting up the user fields to accept and respond to a wide number of commands from the logging software was the difficulty and took about 7 hours before i was happy that the presentation was up to standard.


If you receive a SWL Card from me in the coming months, please feel free to comment on the label design, I may be able to offer more information should it be required. Keep the SWL reports coming, I can now guarantee you a speedy turn around time. I am totally cleaned out as regards Qsl requests and anxiously awaiting another delivery from the RSGB Bureau Cry

73 and Gud DX! - Charles

Waiheke Island, NZ - first new IOTA of 2010!


As you read above, thanks to Warren ZL1AIX for allowing me the unexpected new IOTA reference OC-201 ( IOTA #461) from zl1aixAwaawaroa Bay, Waiheke Island, New Zealand, on the South-East of the Island.

It was great to have the chat this morning and the opportunity to try the two SteppIR antennas against each other. Warren initially called on the long path as I was working the opposite direction with a Russian Station. Having tried both routes, long path again came up trumps with a signal from Waiheke of 59+10 as opposed to 59 on the short path, really FB sigs from his 3ele SteppIR
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Waiheke Island is an island in the Hauraki Gulf of New Zealand, located about 17km  from Auckland. Waiheke Island is an easy-going getaway from the hustle-and-bustle of the city and enjoys a subtropical climate with its 100 km of coastline. The island is the second-largest, after Great Barrier Island, of all the gulf islands. It is also the most populous with just under 8,000 permanent residents plus another estimated 3400 who have second or holiday homes on the island. This makes it New Zealand's most densely populated island, with 83.58 people/km², and the third most populous after the North and South Island.

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