WFF Awards in the mail........

After a short delay due to the trip to Ramsey Island, I am now back on top of Qsl Card and WFF Award issuing.

This week alone I have prepared and am ready to mail 54 various award certificates from GFF.

Thanks for all the support and requests and once more, please accept my apologies for the slight delay.


Rare IOTA's confirmed......

K800_IMG_0002Thanks to Cezar VE3LYC for the latest Qsl cards that arrived from his trip to the two very rare IOTA's last year;

Gonzalo Island, IOTA SA-097 and

Herschel Island, IOTA SA-041 both very rarely activated and therefore new for my collection.

The Diego Ramírez Islands are a small group of lesser islands located in the southernmost extreme of Chile about 100 km (62 mi) southwest of Cape Horn and 93 km (58 mi) Sse of Ildefonso Islands, stretching 8 km (5 mi) north-south. The Chilean Navy established a meteorological station above Caleta Condell, a small cove on the northeast side of Isla Gonzalo (Gonzalo Island), in 1957 and resupply it several times each year.

These two new ones bring MØOXO to #506 IOTA.

Ramsey Island IOTA EU-124, World Flora Fauna GWFF-072 - 2011 Story....

Ramsey Island 2Ø11; Trials & Tribulations

The Strumble Head team met at the Club House on Tuesday giving us time to test, prepare and pack the items needed for this year. As before, we always try to be more efficient and to take only the essential items to the island but also with consideration that we may have to stay longer than anticipated should the weather turn poor.
Sea and weather conditions were forecast to be very poor for the crossing on the Thursday morning but what a surprise to awake at 04:45 to see a beautiful morning on the Pembrokeshire Coast. The vehicles were loaded and we arrived at the Lifeboat Slipway around 07:30 where shortly afterwards the ‘Thousand Island Boat Charters’ arrived and we were on the Island by 08:00, amazing. (Click here for You Tube video of the boat crossing).
After heaving all the gear to the top of the ‘harbour’ we then had the massive climb to the top of the Island where we bunk in a Barn (complete with broody Chickens!). Carrying 2 x Acom 1000 Amplifiers, 2 x FT1000MPs and worst of all the Kenwood TL922 to the accommodation is always a huge challenge. Fortunately the RSPB Warden and his wife (Greg & Lisa) are very accommodating and helped us up the hill with the Quad and trailer for which we are always very grateful.

We got off to a good start and as always, no one sets their stations up until all antennas are fully up and we work together to achieve this. K1024_DSC_1625The 2 x G3TXQ Hexbeams (built by Ant MW0JZE) were the first up and then we worked on the Windom for 40 and 80M. Everything ran as a well oiled machine and shortly after lunch, all three antennas were up and we moved inside to set up the stations.

Around 15:30 local we had all three stations on air and were qrv from ‘IOTA EU-124 Ramsey Island’. Chris G1VDP started the Digi station on the Windom working 30M, Ant MW0JZE started up on 20 SSB and Tim M0URX worked 15m SSB. Pile ups were pretty fast, the World Flora Fauna reference helping to boost them as well ;-) .
Almost immediately the station used by Chris suffered a major problem when lights on the FT1000MP flashed and the dedicated PSU and TL922 also shutting down. K1024_SNV34697Then worse to come was that dreaded smell – something was on fire. A subsequent check showed a hole on a transistor within the PSU and sadly totally  n-repairable for here at least. We were now down to two stations.

We worked very well and most stations had solid pile ups until late in the evening. Conditions weren’t brilliant and most of the traffic was from EU with Yuri A65CA from Asia and a few stations from North America. Tim had a good run into SA and also the Caribbean but again, conditions definitely down. We had over  1000 in the log and with the two stations we were happy at that.

The next morning we all woke early after a terrible storm kept most of us awake during the night and we got started. We worked early on 40M SSB and then 20M SSB using both Acoms and running 300/400 watts. Rob MW0RLJ and Charles M0OXO decided to take a boat to the mainland to take the faulty equipment back and to collect a spare rig to replace it. The guys continued to work well and on their return the qso count was 2500.

K1024_SNV34730It became very obvious that conditions were giving us some Sporadic E propagation so they started pushing the higher bands (17, 12, 10 & 6) to give the Island IOTA to as many that required it. We had an amazing time, many stations commenting on how pleased they were to get EU-124 onto the new bands and in particular many ‘G’s that needed it as a new DXCC Band slot. Ant had been slogging away on 6M for a long time with a huge pile up and handed the Mic to Charles to continue. 6M continued to be very good and in total we finished with well over 396 qso's & 29 Countries on one run on 6m, the better one maybe CN in Morrocco? Before we left we set ourselves  a target of 4000q’s for the whole trip and by midnight we closed on 4035 q’s, amazing and very pleased but that was to be short lived.

Charles got up the following morning (Day3) to find a problem. We had Voltage issues and it seemed the current was poor and not enough Ampage to run even the radio. We traced the problem to not  just one but both our generators had gone down, who would believe that? K1024_SNV34712The black cloud descended over us and we spiralled into depression. We worked several theories for several hours and eventually decided to run the spare ‘Robin’ generator only and to run 100w only. We never gave up the fight and tried many theories were explored over a pot of Porridge (thanks Jane!) and we came up with a plan! Greg (RSPB Warden) kindly offered to allow us yet another Generator which could give us 6Kva so the mood lightened and again, we weighed up our options over a chat until 0930………

Time moved on and by 1130 we were on air again. Conditions were ok and by 1.00pm we were running well as we approached 1300 and the beginning of the World Flora Fauna’ GreenDay’ event, We used all bands from 40m thro 10m and as we were using 12 & 17m, we were not in a ‘contest’ but just an ‘event’! All continued OK with runs predominantly into EU but with the odd DX station thrown in the mix. When 1500 came the bands just died with barely a trace of anyone on 20 thro 10m. In a few hours this eased and we pushed on on 20m, 17 and 40M. 40M was running very well with Chris on the Mic running 100w from the FT890 but only 20 and 17 really had any decent propagation to EU. As the evening moved along we had another good run with many JA stations on 20M and a few down into OC with VK. We closed at 0030, filled the generator and after a few hours stargazing we slept………but not well!

K1024_SNV34817We were kept awake most of the night with the predicted ‘bad weather’. Sadly it was worse than expected. Torrential rain was hammering at the windows of the barn and roof and the wind was tremendous. First light at 0400 saw 2 x Hexbeams both leaning to the side and getting buffeted by the very strong wind. There was little we could do, they were unusable in that state so after a chat (again over a bowl of porridge) we decided they needed to be taken down to prevent damage. We all donned out wet weather gear and got stuck in. Taking them down took 15 minutes for each Hexbeam with us all working on the same antenna at the same time before moving on to the other. It initially appeared that the fault was either the rotators not being up to the strain of the wind or the strain on the stub mast and clamps were too weak. Another thought for another day but they were all down and we left the Windom in place. K1024_SNV34823We spent the remainder of the morning inside the barn, we dismantled all the equipment and packed it away just leaving the Elekraft K3 and the Windom to use later in the afternoon with a view to making the few required qso’s which would give us 6000 contacts.

The afternoon was poor but we worked through trying our best but pretty soon we ran out of time. We had the now (now traditional) 'Party' looming with invited guests joining us for supper and a few drinks. By the time 7pm came we had 11 people for supper including Greg & Lisa, Nia,Mike & Nicola. We must not forget the now famous Border Collie 'Dewi', now a celebrity after his debut on the BBC's 'Countryfile'! After a lovely meal provided by Jane, we all had a few drinks (some more than others!) and spirits ;-) were high. Some of us were in a bit of a tacking by 0030, and with an empty bottle of Famous Grouse, one of Romiel and several bottles of red wine, we turned in for the night. At that point it seemed extremely unlikely that we would wake in 6 hours feeling well but Charles did and fired up the generator for a quick blast. Another 60 stations were logged on 40m which brought us to a final total of 6024 q's and the end of the 2011 trip. K1024_DSC_1846We got the gear down to the slip and from that point it took us 50 minutes to load the boat, do the crossing, unload at the Lifeboat Slip, carry the gear up to St. Justinians and to load the Van for the trip back to the farm.

CLICK HERE to take a You Tube tour around Ramsey Island

(Stats of this years trip can be found if you scroll down below this entry)

It just leaves me with a few thoughts and thanks for the help we received this Year. Greg & Lisa Morgan (RSPB Wardens) were once again invaluable in help, planning, advice and in allowing us on the Island, two people who's performance, committment and drive is outstanding and a major asset to the RSPB. 'Thousand Island Expeditions' once more gave their personal service to us and were extremely kind, a service recommended by us. Mike Chant and his crew aboard the 'Gower Ranger' also pulled out the stops with their prompt and personal service. Good luck to Nia Stephens (Assistant RSPB Warden) in her future career and not forgetting Mike and Nicola who give their time as RSPB volunteers. Finally a big thanks to all of you that worked us whilst on Ramsey Island. We were very pleased to give so many of you the new Band Slots, IOTA and WFF areas. I guess almost all stations on 6 meters would have been very pleased to get IO71hu in their logs so a good job all round. Some stations worked us on 7 band slots and many more with 6 contacts which was remarkable. Of course we wouldn't be without the odd negative comments either. Some made good points and others were well, just pathetic but all in all, a great trip to Ramsey in 2011.

Thanks to everyone from the Strumblehead DX Group; Rob MW0RLJ, Charles M0OXO, Tim M0URX, Chris G1VDP, Ant MW0JZE and of course Jane (our Support Staff ;-) ) who kept us fed with over 120 meals, doing this with 2 small gas rings on a Baby Belling stove and little facilities was a great & welcomed achievement!

Photos of the 2011 trip to be added to Gallery in next few days

**One thing we did learn was that ''two Acoms are better than one''....(well to fry breakfast on at least!!!)


73 de Charles.

STATS for this event....................

QSO's per Band

6m - 396

10m - 534

12m - 322

15m - 540

17m -1058

20m - 2441

30m - 1

40m - 749

TOTAL 6040 Qso's

DXCC's per Band

6m - 29

10m - 38

12m - 39

15m - 46

17m - 64

20m - 87

30m - 1

40m - 48


MC0SHL Run 'Rates'

2011-06-09 1419 - 1438Z,   14260 kHz, 49 Qs, 155.4/hr MC0SHL

2011-06-09 1507 - 1511Z,   14260 kHz, 11 Qs, 163.6/hr MC0SHL

2011-06-09 1550 - 1553Z,   14260 kHz, 11 Qs, 173.7/hr MC0SHL

2011-06-09 1843 - 1901Z,   14260 kHz, 31 Qs, 101.2/hr MC0SHL

2011-06-09 2146 - 2159Z,   14260 kHz, 14 Qs, 60.4/hr MC0SHL

2011-06-09 2218 - 0516Z,   14260 kHz, 99 Qs, 14.2/hr MC0SHL

2011-06-10 0527 - 0602Z,   14260 kHz, 33 Qs, 56.8/hr MC0SHL

2011-06-10 0621 - 0627Z,   14260 kHz, 11 Qs, 109.4/hr MC0SHL

2011-06-10 0631 - 0756Z,   14260 kHz, 160 Qs, 114.0/hr MC0SHL

2011-06-10 0815 - 0819Z,   18144 kHz, 13 Qs, 167.7/hr MC0SHL

2011-06-10 0949 - 0953Z,   18144 kHz, 14 Qs, 201.6/hr MC0SHL

2011-06-10 1013 - 1042Z,   24944 kHz, 59 Qs, 122.3/hr MC0SHL

2011-06-10 1108 - 1111Z,   28520 kHz, 13 Qs, 201.7/hr MC0SHL

2011-06-10 1123 - 1128Z,   28520 kHz, 16 Qs, 177.8/hr MC0SHL

2011-06-10 1305 - 1317Z,   50132 kHz, 24 Qs, 121.5/hr MC0SHL

2011-06-10 1328 - 1335Z,   21244 kHz, 17 Qs, 147.8/hr MC0SHL

2011-06-10 1338 - 1344Z,   18155 kHz, 13 Qs, 146.7/hr MC0SHL

2011-06-10 1435 - 1501Z,   14260 kHz, 51 Qs, 121.1/hr MC0SHL

2011-06-10 1518 - 1547Z,   14260 kHz, 67 Qs, 137.7/hr MC0SHL

2011-06-10 1642 - 1652Z,   21270 kHz, 22 Qs, 128.2/hr MC0SHL

2011-06-10 1719 - 1723Z,   24944 kHz, 11 Qs, 176.0/hr MC0SHL

2011-06-10 1741 - 1750Z,   24950 kHz, 12 Qs, 87.6/hr MC0SHL

2011-06-10 1756 - 1801Z,   50131 kHz, 15 Qs, 173.6/hr MC0SHL

2011-06-10 1859 - 1904Z,   50131 kHz, 14 Qs, 175.0/hr MC0SHL

2011-06-10 2040 - 2045Z,   14260 kHz, 11 Qs, 127.3/hr MC0SHL

2011-06-10 2143 - 2150Z,    7144 kHz, 13 Qs, 113.3/hr MC0SHL

2011-06-10 2222 - 2303Z,   14247 kHz, 40 Qs, 58.0/hr MC0SHL

2011-06-11 1017 - 1030Z,   28448 kHz, 27 Qs, 117.0/hr MC0SHL

2011-06-11 1131 - 1135Z,   18148 kHz, 11 Qs, 160.3/hr MC0SHL

2011-06-11 1415 - 1437Z,    7176 kHz, 16 Qs, 44.0/hr MC0SHL

2011-06-11 1711 - 1717Z,   14287 kHz, 16 Qs, 153.6/hr MC0SHL

2011-06-11 1718 - 1723Z,   14287 kHz, 11 Qs, 138.0/hr MC0SHL

2011-06-11 1814 - 1822Z,   14287 kHz, 11 Qs, 86.3/hr MC0SHL

2011-06-11 2033 - 2046Z,   18151 kHz, 11 Qs, 52.0/hr MC0SHL

2011-06-11 2101 - 2136Z,    7178 kHz, 47 Qs, 80.2/hr MC0SHL

2011-06-12 1438 - 1447Z,   14248 kHz, 17 Qs, 123.1/hr MC0SHL

2011-06-12 1503 - 1551Z,    7185 kHz, 50 Qs, 63.0/hr MC0SHL

2011-06-12 1606 - 1651Z,    7148 kHz, 49 Qs, 66.0/hr MC0SHL

2011-06-12 1709 - 1732Z,    7144 kHz, 23 Qs, 60.6/hr MC0SHL

2011-06-12 1753 - 1812Z,   14240 kHz, 34 Qs, 104.8/hr MC0SHL

2011-06-13 0552Z - 06:20,    7175 kHz, 33 Qs, 71.0/hr

MØOXO...closed until 14th June.........see below...

140._The_teamQsl Managing at MØOXO is now on hold for several days as I will be away at Ramsey Island, Wales with the Strumble Head DX & Contest Group.

The trip will take place from 07th June until 13th June 2011. We will also take part in the WFF GreenDay event from GWFF-072 (also IOTA EU-124).

Please continue to send Qsl Cards as normal and they will be dealt with within 24hours of my return.

If you have any questions. I will have internet access and should be ok to reply but it will be sporadic as Sheep Sheering on the Island are a priority for the Generators this month ;-)

RAMSEY - Update;

Almost 24 hours in and we have 2500 q's logged using two stations. The third Station (FT1K) which should have run 30/40/80M Digimode has had to be removed as the dedicated Yaesu Power Supply failed. A large hole blew in the side of a transistor. It is hoped we will have a third station running again later today although it will most likely be a 100w station with no Digimode facility. May apologies to the Digi chasers and the EPSK Club who would have liked the rare area :-(
Weather has been OK although a massive hail storm pushed through last night and was pretty terrifying. For the first time I really got the idea of how it must be to be in a Tornado. Everything survived the storm so we were extremely lucky (or not as the case maybe!). More updates later......

ZS8M Marion Island cards arrive....

Thanks to Pierre ZS8M for the latest confirmations that arrived in the mail this weekend.

I was pleased to see that all contacts were confirmed despite a few months of worry!

For a long while after he went QRT from Marion Island, the on-line log failed to shown my 10M qso. I am pleased to say that all is now rectified - Phew!

VP8ORK - Qsl Cards received....

Qsl Cards dropped through the mail yesterday for several of the stations I manage (MWØRLJ, MØBZH & MØOXO) from the VP8ORK team

who activated South Shetland Islands back in January.

It was a nice and much appreciated new one bring MØOXO to 303 DXCC (SSB) and 214 DXCC (CW).

Planets align in May....

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) 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 -

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

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


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

..... 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

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

'MWØX' Qsl cards issued....

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).......


Qsl cards processed and ready for Bureau:

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

Also -
2.4Kg Parcel direct to JARL
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:


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

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......

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.

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).


Qsl Cards to RSGB Bureau......

Qsl cards processed and ready for Bureau:

RA3CQ - 120
(also 67 Direct)

- 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:

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 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

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