Incoming CME.....


eme_stripActive sunspot 1401 erupted yesterday, 19th January around 16:30 UTC, producing an M3-class solar flare and a full-halo coronal mass ejection (CME). The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory recorded the cloud expanding almost directly toward Earth

Analysts at the Goddard Space Weather Lab say strong geomagnetic storms are possible when the cloud arrives this weekend. Their animated forecast track predicts an impact on 21st Jan. at 22:30 UT (+/- 7 hrs).

The cloud is also heading for Mars, due to hit the Red Planet on Jan. 24th. NASA's Curiosity rover, en route to Mars now, is equipped to study solar storms and might be able to detect a change in the energetic particle environment when the CME passes by.

CQWW WPX result for MW0X...


K1024_IMG_0003It was a nice suprise to receive this Certificate through the door yesterday!

1st place in Wales CQWW WPX last year for Single Op. 10M SSB category.

I entered the Contest using my Contest Call MW0X (M0X when in 'G') from the Club Station of the StrumbleHead Contest & DX Group in
Wales.

Congrats also to Chris G1VDP who took the 15M Band 1st place and also Anthony MW0JZE who took 1st place whilst on the Island of Jersey as MJ0JZE.

Overall a good Contest for the StrumbleHead guys!

T32C Qsl'in now in progress....


t32cflyerWell along with 10 other Qsl Managers I am pleased to say that my part in the T32C qsl'in process is well under way.

Around 950 letters have been sent out to day which equates to almost 5000 of the 203,000 qso's I have managed to confirm. The 9 other managers are also processing a similar amount.

You should find your card sitting on your doormat in the near future!


Qsl is via G3NUG

VK0TH - Bad operating blames for Qrt?


VK0TH_QSLTrevor VK0TH reports today that future activities whilst he is on Macquarie Island are in doubt after very bad operating was apparent thisd morning. Trevore reports;

Operator behaviour has become a problem. JA and EU stations constantly calling over other stations, don’t hear or jam and have turned a fun hobby into a stressful environment. I worked over 200 JA stations today (13/14 January) and when sending “NO JA” in the call it all got very ugly.

I will be QRT for the next few days
while I re-evaulate how much radio I will continue doing while on Macquarie Island and how it is done. My apologies to those that wanted VK0/M. I can’t see this behaviour changing and I’m not willing to spend my free time doing something that is no longer fun. My apologies, Trevor.

You shouldn't be the one who has to apologise Trevor!

Space Mountain Produces Terrestrial Meteorites .....


vestaWhen NASA's ''Dawn'' spacecraft entered orbit around giant asteroid Vesta in July, scientists fully expected the probe to reveal some surprising sights. But no one expected a 13-mile high mountain, two and a half times higher than Mount Everest, to be one of them.

The existence of this towering peak could solve a longstanding mystery: How did so many pieces of Vesta end up right here on our own planet?


For many years, researchers have been collecting Vesta meteorites from "fall sites" around the world. The rocks' chemical fingerprints leave little doubt that they came from the giant asteroid. Earth has been peppered by so many fragments of Vesta, that people have actually witnessed fireballs caused by the meteoroids tearing through our atmosphere. Recent examples include falls near the African village of Bilanga Yanga in October 1999 and outside Millbillillie, Australia, in October 1960.

"Those meteorites just might be pieces of the basin excavated when Vesta's giant mountain formed," says Dawn PI Chris Russell of UCLA.

Russell believes the mountain was created by a 'big bad impact' with a smaller body; material displaced in the smashup rebounded and expanded upward to form a towering peak. The same tremendous collision that created the mountain might have hurled splinters of Vesta towards Earth.

''Some of the meteorites in our museums and labs could be fragments of Vesta formed in the impact -- pieces of the same stuff the mountain itself is made of. Vesta formed at the dawn of the solar system, "Billions of years of collisions with other space rocks have given it a densely cratered surface."

The surface around the mountain, however, is tellingly smooth. Russell believes the impact wiped out the entire history of cratering in the vicinity. By counting craters that have accumulated since then, researchers can estimate the age of the landscape.

CY0 Sable Island cancelled.....


Sad news from the CY0 Sable Island team received today;


Hi Everyone-

Unfortunately, we had to postpone the Sable Island CY0 DXpedition due to
the landing area on the island being under water. A winter storm with
20+ foot swells pushed water onto the sand "runway" on Wednesday
evening. Al Wilson, the OIC on Sable, made an assessment of the landing
area yesterday. Ron and I talked with Al and there was no possibility of
a flight to the island in the next five days. After that, it would
depend on how quickly the water would drain from the landing area and if
any other storms affect the island. At that point, we decided to
postpone the DXpedition.

sat_imageNeedless to say, we are extremely disappointed that we have had to postpone the DXpedition. We have learned first-hand there is really no season of the year that is ideal for flights.

Late yesterday morning, we met with Ted of Maritime Air. Ted advised it has been the worst year he has experienced as far as scheduling flights. Maritime Air provides logistical flight services to Environment Canada on the island.

Even though we are disappointed, we are not defeated. Maritime Air allowed us to store our gear to help facilitate our next attempt. We are discussing two options with the Sable Island station.

We appreciate your interest in the DXpedition. We have received a lot of encouragement from DX'ers around the world. Continue to check the DXpedition website for updates.

www.cy0dxpedition.com

73,

Ron AA4VK
Murray WA4DAN

Samoa to jump forward in time....


689836-clockTHE tiny South Pacific nation of Samoa will jump forward in time this week - all in the name of trade.

At the stroke of midnight on December 29, time in Samoa will leap forward to December 31 - New Year's Eve. For Samoa's 186,000 citizens, Friday, December 30, 2011, will simply cease to exist.

The time jump back to the future comes 119 years after some US traders persuaded local Samoan authorities to align their islands' time with nearby US-controlled American Samoa and the US to assist trade with California.

But the time zone has proved problematic in recent years, putting Samoa nearly a full day behind neighbouring Australia and New Zealand, increasingly important trading partners with the island nation. In a bid to remedy that, the Government passed a law in June that will move Samoa west of the international dateline, which separates one calendar day from the next and runs roughly north-to-south through the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

Under a government decree, all those scheduled to work on the non-existent Friday will be given full pay for the missed day of labour. Initially strongly opposed by Samoa's opposition Tautua Samoa Party, the law to make the dateline switch won support after leader A'eau Peniamina told the nation's Parliament: "It's a change that benefits the people. Prime Minister Tuila'epa Sailele Malielegaoi earlier said it would strengthen trade and economic links with Australia, New Zealand and Asia.

Being a day behind the region has meant that when it's dawn Sunday in Samoa, it's already dawn Monday in adjacent Tonga and nearly dawn Monday in nearby New Zealand, Australia and increasingly prominent east Asian trade partners such as China. "In doing business with New Zealand and Australia, we're losing out on two working days a week," the PM said. "While it's Friday here, it's Saturday in New Zealand and when we're at church on Sunday, they're already conducting business in Sydney and Brisbane. "Today we do a lot more business with New Zealand and Australia, China and Pacific Rim countries such as Singapore."

It's the second big economic modernising move by the governing Human Rights Protection Party in recent years, following its switch to driving on the left side of the country's roads in 2009, another move to align it with the two regional powers. Supporters said at the time the change made it easier for Samoans in Australia and New Zealand to send used cars home to their relatives. Opponents predicted major traffic problems, but they never happened.

So far, only Samoa's small Seventh Day Adventist Church has indicated a major problem for its congregation, which traditionally begins celebrations for the Sabbath on Friday night and continues through Saturday.The Seventh Day Adventist parish in Samoa's Samatau village has decided it will continue to observe the Sabbath day on Saturdays despite changes forced on the church by the westward switch of the dateline.

The original shift to the east side of the line was conducted in 1892 when Samoa celebrated July 4 twice, giving a nod to Independence Day in the US. The date line drawn by mapmakers is not mandated by any international body. By tradition, it runs roughly through the 180-degree line of longitude, but it zigzags to accommodate the choices of Pacific nations.

A Happy 'Hexmas' from MW0JZE....


ant-hex-timor






Hi all, hope that Santa brings you lots of goodies for Christmas :-)

Well what a Year, I have been very very busy making Hexbeams! Lots of you would have already had you Hex and some are on the list waiting patiently! Many thanks for your understanding.




I have started a facebook page for the Hexbeams which you can find here;

http://www.facebook.com/pages/G3txq-Hexbeam/327564770606177

I have also added some pictures that I have had on my page but I need more pictures from you!!!! Please if you have some pictures of your Hexbeam please please please send them to me so I can post on the Facebook site :-)

In 2011 I took some time off making Hexbeams to do some traveling with my K3, KPA 500 and Hexbeam, details below. Please check out the links for more information;

March 2011 I was QRV as MJ0JZE on Jersey EU-013

June 2011 QRV as MC0SHL on Ramsey Island off the West coast of Wales EU-124
http://www.mc0shl.com/blog/viewpost/220.html

September 2011 I was lucky enough to be invited to Timor Leste as 4W6A on Atauro Island OC-232, what a trip, 41000 QSO!
www.4w6a.com


What will 2012 bring?? Well I am going to be very active again and hope to be QRV somewhere in the Pacific in late 2012, more news as I can announce it :-) I hope to meet some of you on air in the near future, please call into me if you see me on the cluster or if I am on my travels!!

Happy Christmas and a Healthy new year!!!

73's Ant MWØJZE

The ONLY UK Manufacturer Of The G3TXQ Broadband Hexbeam!

Kepler Discovers Earth-size Exoplanets


keplerNASA's Kepler mission has discovered the first Earth-size planets orbiting a sun-like star outside our solar system. The planets, called Kepler-20e and Kepler-20f, are too close to their star to be in the so-called habitable zone where liquid water could exist on a planet's surface, but they are the smallest exoplanets ever confirmed around a star like our sun.

The discovery marks the next important milestone in the ultimate search for planets like Earth. The new planets are thought to be rocky. Kepler-20e is slightly smaller than Venus, measuring 0.87 times the radius of Earth. Kepler-20f is a bit larger than Earth, measuring 1.03 times its radius. Both planets reside in a five-planet system called Kepler-20, approximately 1,000 light-years away in the constellation Lyra.

Kepler-20e orbits its parent star every 6.1 days and Kepler-20f every 19.6 days. These short orbital periods mean very hot, inhospitable worlds. Kepler-20f, at 800 degrees Fahrenheit, is similar to an average day on the planet Mercury. The surface temperature of Kepler-20e, at more than 1,400 degrees Fahrenheit, would melt glass.

Scientists are not certain how the system evolved but they do not think the planets formed in their existing locations. They theorize the planets formed farther from their star and then migrated inward, likely through interactions with the disk of material from which they originated. This allowed the worlds to maintain their regular spacing despite alternating sizes.

The Kepler space telescope detects planets and planet candidates by measuring dips in the brightness of more than 150,000 stars to search for planets crossing in front, or transiting, their stars. The Kepler science team requires at least three transits to verify a signal as a planet.

A poor year's operating for M0OXO?.......


I have never chased totals on a Yearly basis and I don't have the inclination to do so. However, I can't say that I am suprised at my current activity stats for this last Year. I knew that 3 months of air during the summer would play a big part in my totals and then again a further 4 weeks period of air in December definately hurt me ;-) my Qso numbers taking a massive hit, almost 5000 qso's down on last year.

CW however was my target this year and I did make a promise that I would increase CW activity in 2011 and that can be seen as true, CW taking a 13% increase to last year and SSB activity less. Lets hope 2012 can be a better year and once more, CW activity is the way forward for me. Thanks to Michael G7VJR and Clublog for providing these Stats, here we go.....

Yearly Totals (last 3 years)

YearNumber of DXCCsNumber of QSOsQSOs as Percent
2011 191 1640 CW: 20.98%
Phone: 34.51%
Data: 44.51%



2010 204 6473 CW: 8.54%
Phone: 18.83%
Data: 72.62%



2009 205 5037 CW: 11.65%
Phone: 28.95%
Data: 59.40%



2011 didn't bring me too many more ''new ones'' (just 6 all time new) but there were some nice bits out there this year and with the increased band activity this last few months, this has enabled me to start (for the first time really) chasing new slots. This graph shows quite a big influx in new slots which have in the main have been over 100 new slots on CW alone,  and 75% of those were all time new on CW, amazing!


DXCC Entities (worked)


So, what for 2012?

Well my mission (should I choose to accept it!) is to progress with CW, thats my main target and I shall chase as many new slots as possible.

I need to look at the DXCC's still wanted (full list at the bottom of this page) but to be fair, until new Dxpeditions appear, many of these will be on the list for many years to come.

Qsl Managing plays a big part in my side of the hobby and that will continue. I have plans to keep the OQRS system as up to date as possible and with Tim M0URX we are activly working on ways to improve and make the system more efficient.

So to all of you with whom our paths have crossed this year, Seasons Greetings to you and you families. Have a very Merry Christmas and let's hope 2012 is a good year for all of us.

73 de Charles

DXCC entities (still required)...

EntityMost-wanted Rank
NAVASSA I. #1
NORTH KOREA #2
HEARD I. #3
SOUTH SANDWICH #4
BOUVET #5
YEMEN #6
AMSTERDAM & ST. PAUL #7
KINGMAN REEF #8
MALPELO I. #9
CROZET #10
AUCKLAND & CAMPBELL #11
TROMELIN #12
JUAN DE NOVA & EUROPA #13
PALMYRA & JARVIS IS. #14
SOUTH GEORGIA #15
MACQUARIE I. #16
WAKE I. #17
BAKER & HOWLAND IS. #18
ST. PETER & ST. PAUL #19
JOHNSTON I. #20
SAN FELIX I. #21
PRATAS ISLAND #22
KURE I. #23
SCARBOROUGH REEF #24
ERITREA #25
KERGUELEN #27
MYANMAR #28
THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH SUDAN #29
BANABA #30
MELLISH REEF #31
SWAINS ISLAND #32
COCOS I. #35
PITCAIRN I. #36
NORTH COOK IS. #40
CHESTERFIELD IS. #41
TEMOTU #43
NAURU #51
COMOROS #59

A poor year of operating for M0OXO?.....


Well, I can't say I am suprised at this years totals. I knew that 3 months of air during the summer would play a big part in my totals and then again a further 4 weeks period of air in December definately hurt me ;-) so here they are below. CW however was my target this year and I did make a promise that I would increase CW activity in 2011 and that can be seen as true, CW taking a 16% increase to last year and SSB activity less. Lets hope 2012 can be a better year and once more CW activity is the way forward for me.

YearNumber of DXCCsNumber of QSOsQSOs as Percent
2011 191 1640 CW: 20.98%
Phone: 34.51%
Data: 44.51%


2010 204 6473 CW: 8.54%
Phone: 18.83%
Data: 72.62%


2009 205 5037 CW: 11.65%
Phone: 28.95%
Data: 59.40%


2011 didn't bring me too many more ''new ones'' (just 6 all time new) but there were some nice bits out there this year and with the increased band activity this last few months, this has enabled me to start (for the first time really) chasing new slots. This graph shows quite a big influx in new slots which have in the main have been over 70 new slots on CW alone, amazing!

DXCC Slots

So, what for 2012?
Well my mission (should I choose to accept it!) is to progress with CW, thats my main target. I shall chase as many new slots as much as possible but will however take the odd break again during the year. It's good to have a few weeks off and do other things (that the xyl nags about) but certainly not as much time off air as 2011!

I need to look at the DXCC's still wanted (full list at the bottom of this page) but to be fair, until new Dxpeditions appear, many of these will be on the list for many years to come.

Qsl Managing plays a big part in my side of the hobby and that will continue. I have plans to keep the OQRS system as up to date as possible and with Tim M0URX we are activly working on ways to improve and make the system more efficient.

So to all of you with whom our paths have crossed this year, Seasons Greetings to you and you families. Have a very merry Christmas and let's hope 2012 is a good year for all of us.

73 de Charles


Needed DXCCs
Entity Most-wanted Rank
NAVASSA I. #1
NORTH KOREA #2
HEARD I. #3
SOUTH SANDWICH #4
BOUVET #5
YEMEN #6
AMSTERDAM & ST. PAUL #7
KINGMAN REEF #8
MALPELO I. #9
CROZET #10
AUCKLAND & CAMPBELL #11
TROMELIN #12
JUAN DE NOVA & EUROPA #13
PALMYRA & JARVIS IS. #14
SOUTH GEORGIA #15
MACQUARIE I. #16
WAKE I. #17
BAKER & HOWLAND IS. #18
ST. PETER & ST. PAUL #19
JOHNSTON I. #20
SAN FELIX I. #21
PRATAS ISLAND #22
KURE I. #23
SCARBOROUGH REEF #24
ERITREA #25
KERGUELEN #27
MYANMAR #28
THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH SUDAN #29
BANABA #30
MELLISH REEF #31
SWAINS ISLAND #32
COCOS I. #35
PITCAIRN I. #36
NORTH COOK IS. #40
CHESTERFIELD IS. #41
TEMOTU #43
NAURU #51
COMOROS #59
















A poor year of operating for M0OXO?.....


Well, I can't say I am suprised at this years totals. I knew that 3 months of air during the summer would play a big part in my totals and then again a further 4 weeks period of air in December definately hurt me ;-) so here they are below. CW however was my target this year and I did make a promise that I would increase CW activity in 2011 and that can be seen as true, CW taking a 16% increase to last year and SSB activity less. Lets hope 2012 can be a better year and once more CW activity is the way forward for me.

YearNumber of DXCCsNumber of QSOsQSOs as Percent
2011 191 1640 CW: 20.98%
Phone: 34.51%
Data: 44.51%


2010 204 6473 CW: 8.54%
Phone: 18.83%
Data: 72.62%


2009 205 5037 CW: 11.65%
Phone: 28.95%
Data: 59.40%


2011 didn't bring me too many more ''new ones'' (just 6 all time new) but there were some nice bits out there this year and with the increased band activity this last few months, this has enabled me to start (for the first time really) chasing new slots. This graph shows quite a big influx in new slots which have in the main have been over 70 new slots on CW alone, amazing!

DXCC Slots

So, what for 2012?
Well my mission (should I choose to accept it!) is to progress with CW, thats my main target. I shall chase as many new slots as much as possible but will however take the odd break again during the year. It's good to have a few weeks off and do other things (that the xyl nags about) but certainly not as much time off air as 2011!

I need to look at the DXCC's still wanted (full list at the bottom of this page) but to be fair, until new Dxpeditions appear, many of these will be on the list for many years to come.

Qsl Managing plays a big part in my side of the hobby and that will continue. I have plans to keep the OQRS system as up to date as possible and with Tim M0URX we are activly working on ways to improve and make the system more efficient.

So to all of you with whom our paths have crossed this year, Seasons Greetings to you and you families. Have a very merry Christmas and let's hope 2012 is a good year for all of us.

73 de Charles


Needed DXCCs
Entity Most-wanted Rank
NAVASSA I. #1
NORTH KOREA #2
HEARD I. #3
SOUTH SANDWICH #4
BOUVET #5
YEMEN #6
AMSTERDAM & ST. PAUL #7
KINGMAN REEF #8
MALPELO I. #9
CROZET #10
AUCKLAND & CAMPBELL #11
TROMELIN #12
JUAN DE NOVA & EUROPA #13
PALMYRA & JARVIS IS. #14
SOUTH GEORGIA #15
MACQUARIE I. #16
WAKE I. #17
BAKER & HOWLAND IS. #18
ST. PETER & ST. PAUL #19
JOHNSTON I. #20
SAN FELIX I. #21
PRATAS ISLAND #22
KURE I. #23
SCARBOROUGH REEF #24
ERITREA #25
KERGUELEN #27
MYANMAR #28
THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH SUDAN #29
BANABA #30
MELLISH REEF #31
SWAINS ISLAND #32
COCOS I. #35
PITCAIRN I. #36
NORTH COOK IS. #40
CHESTERFIELD IS. #41
TEMOTU #43
NAURU #51
COMOROS #59
















A poor year of operating for M0OXO?.....


Well, I can't say I am suprised at this years totals. I knew that 3 months of air during the summer would play a big part in my totals and then again a further 4 weeks period of air in December definately hurt me ;-) so here they are below. CW however was my target this year and I did make a promise that I would increase CW activity in 2011 and that can be seen as true, CW taking a 16% increase to last year and SSB activity less. Lets hope 2012 can be a better year and once more CW activity is the way forward for me.

YearNumber of DXCCsNumber of QSOsQSOs as Percent
2011 191 1640 CW: 20.98%
Phone: 34.51%
Data: 44.51%


2010 204 6473 CW: 8.54%
Phone: 18.83%
Data: 72.62%


2009 205 5037 CW: 11.65%
Phone: 28.95%
Data: 59.40%


2011 didn't bring me too many more ''new ones'' (just 6 all time new) but there were some nice bits out there this year and with the increased band activity this last few months, this has enabled me to start (for the first time really) chasing new slots. This graph shows quite a big influx in new slots which have in the main have been over 70 new slots on CW alone, amazing!

DXCC Slots

So, what for 2012?
Well my mission (should I choose to accept it!) is to progress with CW, thats my main target. I shall chase as many new slots as much as possible but will however take the odd break again during the year. It's good to have a few weeks off and do other things (that the xyl nags about) but certainly not as much time off air as 2011!

I need to look at the DXCC's still wanted (full list at the bottom of this page) but to be fair, until new Dxpeditions appear, many of these will be on the list for many years to come.

Qsl Managing plays a big part in my side of the hobby and that will continue. I have plans to keep the OQRS system as up to date as possible and with Tim M0URX we are activly working on ways to improve and make the system more efficient.

So to all of you with whom our paths have crossed this year, Seasons Greetings to you and you families. Have a very merry Christmas and let's hope 2012 is a good year for all of us.

73 de Charles


Needed DXCCs
Entity Most-wanted Rank
NAVASSA I. #1
NORTH KOREA #2
HEARD I. #3
SOUTH SANDWICH #4
BOUVET #5
YEMEN #6
AMSTERDAM & ST. PAUL #7
KINGMAN REEF #8
MALPELO I. #9
CROZET #10
AUCKLAND & CAMPBELL #11
TROMELIN #12
JUAN DE NOVA & EUROPA #13
PALMYRA & JARVIS IS. #14
SOUTH GEORGIA #15
MACQUARIE I. #16
WAKE I. #17
BAKER & HOWLAND IS. #18
ST. PETER & ST. PAUL #19
JOHNSTON I. #20
SAN FELIX I. #21
PRATAS ISLAND #22
KURE I. #23
SCARBOROUGH REEF #24
ERITREA #25
KERGUELEN #27
MYANMAR #28
THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH SUDAN #29
BANABA #30
MELLISH REEF #31
SWAINS ISLAND #32
COCOS I. #35
PITCAIRN I. #36
NORTH COOK IS. #40
CHESTERFIELD IS. #41
TEMOTU #43
NAURU #51
COMOROS #59
















A poor year of operating for M0OXO?.....


Well, I can't say I am suprised at this years totals. I knew that 3 months of air during the summer would play a big part in my totals and then again a further 4 weeks period of air in December definately hurt me ;-) so here they are below. CW however was my target this year and I did make a promise that I would increase CW activity in 2011 and that can be seen as true, CW taking a 16% increase to last year and SSB activity less. Lets hope 2012 can be a better year and once more CW activity is the way forward for me.

YearNumber of DXCCsNumber of QSOsQSOs as Percent
2011 191 1640 CW: 20.98%
Phone: 34.51%
Data: 44.51%


2010 204 6473 CW: 8.54%
Phone: 18.83%
Data: 72.62%


2009 205 5037 CW: 11.65%
Phone: 28.95%
Data: 59.40%


2011 didn't bring me too many more ''new ones'' (just 6 all time new) but there were some nice bits out there this year and with the increased band activity this last few months, this has enabled me to start (for the first time really) chasing new slots. This graph shows quite a big influx in new slots which have in the main have been over 70 new slots on CW alone, amazing!

DXCC Slots

So, what for 2012?
Well my mission (should I choose to accept it!) is to progress with CW, thats my main target. I shall chase as many new slots as much as possible but will however take the odd break again during the year. It's good to have a few weeks off and do other things (that the xyl nags about) but certainly not as much time off air as 2011!

I need to look at the DXCC's still wanted (full list at the bottom of this page) but to be fair, until new Dxpeditions appear, many of these will be on the list for many years to come.

Qsl Managing plays a big part in my side of the hobby and that will continue. I have plans to keep the OQRS system as up to date as possible and with Tim M0URX we are activly working on ways to improve and make the system more efficient.

So to all of you with whom our paths have crossed this year, Seasons Greetings to you and you families. Have a very merry Christmas and let's hope 2012 is a good year for all of us.

73 de Charles


Needed DXCCs
Entity Most-wanted Rank
NAVASSA I. #1
NORTH KOREA #2
HEARD I. #3
SOUTH SANDWICH #4
BOUVET #5
YEMEN #6
AMSTERDAM & ST. PAUL #7
KINGMAN REEF #8
MALPELO I. #9
CROZET #10
AUCKLAND & CAMPBELL #11
TROMELIN #12
JUAN DE NOVA & EUROPA #13
PALMYRA & JARVIS IS. #14
SOUTH GEORGIA #15
MACQUARIE I. #16
WAKE I. #17
BAKER & HOWLAND IS. #18
ST. PETER & ST. PAUL #19
JOHNSTON I. #20
SAN FELIX I. #21
PRATAS ISLAND #22
KURE I. #23
SCARBOROUGH REEF #24
ERITREA #25
KERGUELEN #27
MYANMAR #28
THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH SUDAN #29
BANABA #30
MELLISH REEF #31
SWAINS ISLAND #32
COCOS I. #35
PITCAIRN I. #36
NORTH COOK IS. #40
CHESTERFIELD IS. #41
TEMOTU #43
NAURU #51
COMOROS #59
















Comet Lovejoy Plunges into the Sun and Survives


Comet_LovejoyThis morning, an armada of spacecraft witnessed something that many experts thought impossible.  Comet Lovejoy flew through the hot atmosphere of the sun and emerged intact.

"It's absolutely astounding," says Karl Battams of the Naval Research Lab in Washington DC.  "I did not think the comet's icy core was big enough to survive plunging through the several million degree solar corona for close to an hour, but Comet Lovejoy is still with us."

The comet's close encounter was recorded by at least five spacecraft: NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory and twin STEREO probes, Europe's Proba2 microsatellite, and the ESA/NASA Solar and Heliospheric Observatory.  The most dramatic footage so far comes from SDO, which saw the comet go in and then come back out again.


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In the SDO movies, the comet's tail wriggles wildly as the comet plunges through the sun's hot atmosphere only 120,000 km above the stellar surface. This could be a sign that the comet was buffeted by plasma waves coursing through the corona.  Or perhaps the tail was bouncingcorono back and forth off great magnetic loops known to permeate the sun's atmosphere. No one knows.

This coronagraph image (Movie right) from the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory shows Comet Lovejoy receding from the sun after its close encounter.

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The horizontal lines through the comet's nucleus are digital artifacts caused by saturation of the detector; Lovejoy that that bright!


Latest cards to bureau......


K1024_IMG337 Labels printed and cards now processed for the latest batch of cards for John G4RCG.

66 cards were for Japan and they will go Direct to the JARL Bureau and all the remainder will go to the RSGB bureau in the next package.

GB0ANT cards to bureau.....


GB0ant484 GB0ANT and 88 GB4IPY Qsl Cards processed today and ready for the next shipment to the RSGB Bureau in two weeks time.

T32C – Christmas Island DXpedition by FSDXA - Update....


T32C_logoIt’s about six weeks now since the team returned home from Christmas Island and we wanted to update everyone and answer some of the questions we are being asked.

TOTALS, RECORDS

Firstly, as most of you will know, our final QSO total was 213,116, the first time any DXpedition has exceeded the magic 200k (some will recall that, with D68C, we were the first to exceed 100k). We also worked 49,535 uniques, another world record. Just a few short weeks before the trip started we wondered whether we could manage a respectable total at all, as it had become clear that our container of equipment would not arrive and we would have to hand carry everything. In the event, team members and others, including our major sponsors, rallied round and we were able to run up to ten stations, eight of them equipped with linears, along with a very respectable array of vertical antennas for 160 through 10 and, later in the trip, an 8-element Yagi for 6m. What also came as a very pleasant surprise was the upturn in HF conditions just days before we started – 10 and 12m propagation was well above what we had dared to hope.

Partly as a result of those improvements in propagation, we are particularly proud of the number of European QSOs included in that total, some 59,673. A breakdown of our QSOs appears on the Club Log website: http://www.clublog.org/charts/?c=T32C#r

 

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11 Years to escape the grips of Antarctica!


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As part of a natural cycle, ice shelves periodically calve icebergs.

In March 2000, Antarctica’s Ross Ice Shelf released a mammoth berg nearly the size of Connecticut. Named B-15, it was one of the largest icebergs ever observed. B-15 broke into smaller pieces, but it mostly remained trapped in cold climate conditions and lasted more than a decade.

One fragment of B-15, dubbed B-15J, made an appearance in satellite imagery in early December 2011, The iceberg had finally strayed far from Antarctica 11 years later, and began breaking into smaller pieces. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this natural-color image of B-15J on 2nd December, 2011.

Sliver-shaped pieces of ice form an arc around the oblong iceberg, which had disintegrated discernibly since last spotted in late November. B-15J and the smaller fragments were roughly 2,400 kilometers (1,500 miles) east-southeast of New Zealand. Floating into warmer waters prompted it to break apart. An iceberg from the Larsen Ice Shelf underwent a similar disintegration in 2008.

As of late November 2011, several other remnants of Iceberg B-15 were still drifting in the Southern Ocean.

GR2HQ cards to bureau....


K1024_SNV35146275 GR2HQ Cards completed this morning and in bundle destined for the RSGB Bureau at the end of this week.

I have no outstanding bureau cards at all now so if you requested one, it must be in the system by now!

Don't forget, if you need a card from any station I manage, then please use the OQRS system which will cut down the time in which you receive your card by half, making it far more efficient way to obtain the confirmation.

'New Horizons' Becomes Closest Spacecraft to Approach Pluto


FitCheck1NASA’s New Horizons mission reached a special milestone yesterday on its way to reconnoiter the Pluto system, coming closer to Pluto than any other spacecraft.

It’s taken New Horizons 2,143 days of high-speed flight – covering more than a million kilometers per day for nearly six years—to break the closest-approach mark of 1.58 billion kilometers set by NASA’s Voyager 1 in January 1986

“What a cool milestone!” says New Horizons Principal Investigator Alan Stern, of the Southwest Research Institute. “Although we’re still a long way — 1.5 billion kilometers from Pluto — we’re now in new territory as the closest any spacecraft has ever gotten to Pluto, and getting closer every day by over a million kilometers.

Now New Horizons, which is healthy, on course and closer to Pluto than Voyager ever came, will continue to set proximity-to-Pluto records every day until its closest approach – about 7,767 miles (12,500 kilometers) from the planet – on July 14, 2015.

“We’ve come a long way across the solar system,” says Glen Fountain, New Horizons project manager at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. “When we launched [on Jan. 19, 2006] it seemed like our 10-year journey would take forever, but those years have been passing us quickly. We’re almost six years in flight, and it’s just about three years until our encounter begins.”

From New Horizons’ current distance to Pluto – about as far as Earth is from Saturn – Pluto remains just a faint point of light. But by the time New Horizons sails through the Pluto system in mid-2015, the planet and its moons will be so close that the spacecraft’s cameras will spot features as small as a football field. image_full

New Horizons is currently in hibernation, with all but its most essential systems turned off, speeding away from the Sun at more than 55,500 kilometers per hour. Operators at the Applied Physics Lab will “wake” the spacecraft in January for a month of testing and maintenance activities.

Check the New Horizons homepage for more information and updates en route to Pluto:

http://pluto.jhuapl.edu

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