Snow disruption & record temperatures in UK...

UK-snow-2010-01-07-noonSnowstorms and freezing temperatures are disrupting travel across the UK for a fifth day as airports cancel flights and train operators limit services.

The earliest widespread snowfall in the U.K. since 1993 has frozen over roads, disrupting traffic, with icy weather likely to last until at least Dec. 8th. The U.K.’s Met office warned of widespread icy roads across Scotland’s Highlands today and forecast temperatures to drop as low as minus 20 degrees Celsius in Scotland this morning and as low as minus 5 degrees Celsius in London and the southeast of England.

The area worst affected in the U.K. was the North with Yorkshire and Northumberland bearing the brunt. A spokesman for the Automobile Association said the rescue service responded to 18,000 calls on Dec. 1, and had 100,000 in the past six days. We are now in our 7th day without any Mail service so delivery of Qsl Cards has a serious delay.

Temperature at my address is currently -12.6 Degrees Celsius, almost breaking my record of -13.7 Celsius in 2002.

06th December 2010 -13.9 Celsius

New Awards.....

K1024_M0OXO-NASPA-100Pleased to receive a few new Awards this week from the European PSK Club after another blitz of operating in recent weeks.

I must try and concentrate on some RTTY work now as its my lowest score of the three modes I now operate (CW, SSB & RTTY).

Hope for a few new slots on CW this weekend in the CQWW CW Contest after managing C6 (Bahamas), 5C (Morocco) and ZA (Albania) this afternoon


ZL8X (ZLFF-018) 'All time new' one bagged....



Huge pile-ups today on several bands as ZL8X made their first full day on the air. I was pleased to break the 20M CW pile up for an all time new one but not hearing them too well on SSB.

Anvil-shaped Raoul Island (Sunday Island), the largest and northernmost of the main Kermadec Islands, (located at 29°15'S 177°55'W, 900 km SSW of 'Ata Island of Tonga and 1100 km NNE of New Zealand's North Island), has been the source of vigorous volcanic activity during the past several thousand years that was dominated by dacitic explosive eruptions.

The area of the island, including fringing islets and rocks mainly in the northeast, but also a few smaller ones in the southeast, is 29.38 km². The highest elevation is Moumoukai peak, at an elevation of 516 m.

The Operation is set to last until December 5th. See their website here. Good luck!

New Zone 19 record....

uu5mafNew QSO/hour record was set up in the last CQ WW SSB Contest 2010 by Vladislav Sitnikov, UU5MAF, operated at RC0F.

Vladislav managed to score 322 QSO during one hour!!! Soon, his result will placed in ‘the best QSO rates in Contests' table at

Vladislav is the only contester from Russia and Ukraine to achieve such a high score. Also, in this contest Vladislav claimed for new 19 Zone record. Once again, I’d like to mention that this result was scored from the Sakhalin Island, and it will be the only result from Asia.

Vladislav operated from Gennady, R0FA, ex UA0FAI station, with quite a simple setup. 4 elements SteppIR, Optibeam 4030, FT2000 and Acom 2000 PA.
Well done Vladimir!!

Complaint about my Qsl Managing.....

Yesterday i received a Direct request via Post Mail for a Qsl Card of PX2C who I manage. They are not Bureau members and therefore all Cards have to go Direct as it clearly says on Qrz.Com. The request from this station contained no contribution towards Postage and as I could not send by bureau this intial response was sent to him. Read these messages that we exchanged and make your own mind up. The first response is the same as everyone gets if they do not conform to what is required when requesting a Direct Qsl Card for any station:-

From M0OXO to F5TXI

Dear OM,

I have received your request this morning for a Qsl card in respect

of a contact with PX2C .

Unfortunately Team PX2C are not members of the Bureau so all

requests for PW2D/PY2MTV / PX2C have to go Direct only as

it clearly says on Qrz.Com.

If you wish to receive the card direct, then that is OK if you make a

donation of €2 / $2 or equivalent via Paypal. You can find more

information on my website at :-

Take care, many thanks & kindest regards,

Charles MØOXO (Qsl Manager)      

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Sea Water Antenna -amazing!

Sea Water HF VHF Antenna Designers claiming 2-400 Mhz


Click the Photo
and watch the Link - interesting (if you're into that sort of thing!).

TC3WFF & TC3A from new LZFF.....

3272460_p690From 24 to 30 November 2010 will take place WFF NEW ONE expedition TC3WFF and TC3A (CQ WW Contest) in National Park Kus Cenneti (Bird Paradise), TAFF-022.

The expedition is organized by “LZ Contest group” and Bulgarian radio club “LZ Flora Fauna”, and will be active on HF bands 160-10 meters SSB, CW.
They will also participate in the CQ WW CW Contest 27-28 November 2010 (only TC3A).

QSL for TC3A via LZ1NK and for  TC3WFF via LZ1ZF

to Buro today.......

K800_Qsl_Mont.jpgCards done and to be sent to the RSGB Bureau this week are:-

G4RCG 45, MØIAA 49, 
MW0OXO/P (WFF) 85, MØOXO 100, GB0WFF (WFF) 75, GB2NSF 180.
Latest batch from the Buro arrived last Wednesday and were processed by Saturday.

I am now moving on to assist Igor RA3CQ to confirm hundreds in his logbook as he has experienced serious problems in the Buro system at his side.
Along with Tim M0URX, we declined his generous offer to assist with costs and instead we offered to sponsor the printing of his cards, labels and postage, in an attempt to help him out.
I am hopeful that the 'black cloud' hovering around his enjoyment of the hobby may now be lifted and once more he can enjoy the hobby as is intended.

UK Amateur 'in Space'...

paris_launchThe Paper Aircraft Released Into Space team (PARIS) has spent the last three days sipping champagne and analysing data and images following last week's triumphant space plane mission.

Here's an quick snap of the launch (.kmz location here), and the same seen from the main payload Kodak Zx1 video camera.

Amateur space enthusiasts, John Oates and Lester Haines among them Radio Amateur Steve Daniels G6UIM who designed the radio tracking system to recover the paper aircraft) made the plane out of paper straws covered with paper.

They attached the aircraft - which has a 3ft wingspan - and a camera to a helium balloon and released it into the air on October 28.
It soared an astonishing 23 miles above the ground, taking lots of images before gliding back to earth.

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5th EPC Qso Party....


European PSK Club has the honour to invite radio amateurs from all over the world to participate in the 5th EPC PSK63 QSO Party 2010.

The objective of the competition is to establish as many contacts as possible between radio amateurs around the world by using the BPSK63 mode. Everybody can work everybody for QSO and multiplier credit. The contest will be held from 00:00 UTC to 24:00 UTC on Sunday, 21st November, 2010.

The rules and other information can be found at our website - click read more (below left) for the full account...

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New Awards......


Several new awards received this week from my activities.

Most are shown in the Gallery under
'Radio Awards'.

The one shown here is the Suffix Hunter Award issued
by Reinhard Lipkow (DK1IO) and relates to PSK-63 and
PSK-125 modes.

Are you, or have you considered being a member of the
European PSK Club (reported to be the biggest Ham
Radio Club in the World!)

The group offers a wide range of items to intrest Amateurs including News, current events, Awards, Contest information and so much more!

Check EPC out today here!

''We will remember them.....''

800px-Inflandersfieldslestweforget01 'Poppy Day' is observed on the 11th of November to recall the official end of World War I on that date in 1918, as the major hostilities of World War I were formally ended "at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month" of 1918 with the German signing of the Armistice (Note that "at the 11th hour", refers to the passing of the 11th hour, or 11:00 am.)

Remembrance Day (also known as Armistice Day or Veterans Day ) is a memorial day observed in Commonwealth countries to remember the sacrifices of members of the armed forces and civilians in times of war, specifically since the First World War. This day, or alternative dates, are also recognised as special days for war remembrances in many non-Commonwealth countries.

More information about the Two-Minute Silence, Remembrance Sunday and the Remembrance Festival is available on the Legion's website.



21/28 Mhz Contest - Stay of execution

K800_HFCCAfter much debate this Year as to whether the 21/28MHZ Contest should be scrapped, the following message received yesterday from Steve Knowles G3UFY, Secretary of the RSGB Contest Committee:

The RSGB Contests Committee met on Sunday 7th November 2010.  A number of important decisions were made concerning both HF and VHF contests, details of which will be published in due course.  The question of the 21/28MHz Contest, however, is one which appears to be of particular interest.

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Spratly Dxpedition getting nearer.....

SpratleyWith only 60 days to go until DX0DX hits the amateur bands, the DXpedition Team Leader, Chris Dimitrijevic VK3FY & DU8/VK3FY has announced it will be extended to allow participation in the CQ World Wide 160m CW Contest.

He says while DX0DX was to go QRT on the 24th January, a couple of individual and keen members have asked if they could stay on air for that contest when ends at 2200 UTC Sunday the 30th of January. This will now extend DX0DX activation to 1st of February, 2011. This limited extension was agreed in light of strong interest from Top Band contesters and the 160m band being the highest sought after in the DX0DX website online survey.

DX0DX will be on air from the 6th of January and now through to the 1st of February, 2011.

EPC Contest - Country Winner 2010

This certificate arrived today for this Years EPC DX Contest back in May of this year.

I achieved tenth place overall in my category (SO20-HP single operator, 20M only, High power) which gave me the Country Winner for 'G' (673 stations submitted logs for the Contest).

This Year the Contest changed mode and PSK-63 (faster than PSK-31) was the only mode allowed.

XX9 Macau - 'new one' on RTTY...

567px-Coat_of_arms_of_Macau.svgAfter 30 minutes in the huge pile-up today i was pleased to log XX9TLX, (Georg DK7LX) in Macau. He was a great signal and gave me a new one on 15M RTTY at 0830UTC.
Macau is a city on the southern coast of China. It is located at the south of Guangdong Province, on the tip of the peninsula formed by the Zhujiang (Pearl River) estuary on the east and the Xijiang (West River) on the west.
Macau is situated 60 km west of Hong Kong and 145 km southwest of Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong Province. It is immediately adjacent to the Zhuhai Special Economic Zone.
Lets hope for some more new slots on 10 &12m whilst propagation is favourable and in the run up to CQWW SSB this coming weekend.

UK team hits the Seychelles this week....

S79Michael G7VJR along with G3NKC, G4XUM and G4BWP are teaming up in the Seychelles as S79K
for the CQWW SSB contest this coming weekend.

They hope to upload the log to Clublog afterward, if the web access from the island is good enough.They plan to do a bit of CW before the big SSB
affair, and have some "interesting antenna arrays" planned too. Michael, `VJR, says,

"Chances are good you'll hear us, if we've got it right!"

Qsl Cards to RSGB Bureau

K800_Qsl_Mont.jpgLatest batch of Qsl Cards to the RSGB bureau yesterday were:-

GB2WHL - 220 and

G4RCG 180

New WFF Award released...

K800_ENAReleased this week is the new award from the GFF Team.

The ENA ( Explorer Of Nature Award) (click image) is available to those of you who 'activate' the WFF areas rather than 'chasing' them.

The Award is offered to anyone who activates 10 WFF Areas anywhere in the
World and is free of charge (other than a small cost for postal services).

Qsl Cards are not required just a list of areas is OK.

New WFF areas - Logs uploaded...

MinkiesMainSent to the EW4DX Logsearch this morning are logs for my 2008 trip to 'Les Minquiers' Islands, IOTA EU-099 WFF GJFF-011 (**new).

GB8LMI log contained just under 5000 unique callsigns and MJ0X (IOTA Contest) there were approximately 2000 logged.

I hope these uploads please a lot of you and give you the valuable new one from GFF!

Please also check out the new WFF ENA Award released this week!

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

p-h-moonlight 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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