5T5OK

5T5OKDavid, OK6DJ inform dxnews.com that members of CDXP Amateur Radio Group will be active from Mauritania 18 – 26 September 2017 as 5T5OK.
Team – OK1BOA, OK1CRM, OK6DJ, OK1FCJ, OK1GK, OK2ZA, OK2ZI plus local operator 5T2AI.


They will operate on 160 – 6m CW, SSB, RTTY.

QSL via OK6DJ, ClubLog OQRS, LOTW, MDXC QSL SERVICE

 

 

 

Mail to Venezuela suspended

YV VenzuelaStart date: 4 July 2017  End date: Ongoing

The local situation in YV has disrupted mail flows into Venezuela and our supplier has had to stop delivering mail in to Venezuela. As a result, we can no longer accept any mail for Venezuela, any mail on hand will be returned to sender.

We don't know when the situation will change, but we will look for alternative ways of getting mail in to Venezuela.
Our mail to the YV QSL Bureau will also be suspended until we can get the mail to Venezuela.

 

 

FT8 Mode

FT8It’s still in beta testing, but FT8 — the latest digital bauble to capture the imagination of the Amateur Radio community — has been luring away many of those already using the popular JT65 “weak-signal” mode. FT8 is included in a beta release of WSJT-X, version 1.8.0-rc1. Among its biggest advantages is a shorter transmit-receive cycle, meaning quicker contacts. The notes for the “candidate” release say that FT8 offers “sensitivity down to –20 dB on the AWGN channel,” as opposed to –30 dB for JT65. Contacts are four times faster than with JT65 or JT9, however. An entire FT8 contact can take place in about 1 minute.

The new mode is named after its developers, Steven Franke, K9AN, and Joe Taylor, K1JT. The numeral designates the mode’s 8-frequency shift keying format. Tones are spaced at 6.25 Hz, and an FT8 signal occupies just 50 Hz. Unlike JT65 or JT9, transmit and receive cycles in FT8 each last about 15 seconds. Like JT65, FT8 requires accurate time synchronization. An auto-sequencing feature offers the option to respond automatically to the first decoded reply to your CQ.

“FT8 is an excellent mode for HF DXing and for situations like multi-hop Es on 6 meters, where deep QSB may make fast and reliable completion of QSOs desirable,” Taylor’s release notes assert.

The beta release came out just days before the July CQ VHF Contest and proved to be a boon to many operators who took advantage of FT8 on 6 meters. In a limited outing for the CQ VHF, Frank Donovan, W3LPL, made 22 FT8 contacts on 6 meters, “during which the FT8 software reported SNRs from my receiver below –10 dB (measured in a 2,500-Hz bandwidth). Some of the 22 QSOs may have been difficult to complete on 

Operational documentation for FT8 has not yet been finalized. “We know that the advent of new mode FT8 means that new material is needed for the User Guide,” Taylor told the Yahoo Meteor Scatter and Weak Signal Group this week. “We will be working on that in the near future.”

A new Facebook group has been established for FT8 experimenters. Source QRZ.Com.

 

Why is Saturn partly blue?

saturnbluegoldWhy is Saturn partly blue? The picture of Saturn approximates what a human would see if hovering close to the giant ringed world. The image was taken in 2006 March by the robot Cassini spacecraft.

Here Saturn's majestic rings appear directly only as a thin vertical line. The rings show their complex structure in the dark shadows they create on the image left. Saturn's fountain moon Enceladus, only about 500 kilometers across, is seen as the bump in the plane of the rings.

The northern hemisphere of Saturn can appear partly blue for the same reason that Earth's skies can appear blue -- molecules in the cloudless portions of both planet's atmospheres are better at scattering blue light than red. When looking deep into Saturn's clouds, however, the natural gold hue of Saturn's clouds becomes dominant.

 

 

 

E6AG - 15 days to go!

E6AGSo, the final packing is now underway. One final case to obtain this week and we will be set. There were some niggling questions remaining about how much coax to take etc that still needed answers. So while Googling the net I happened to stumble across Lance W7GJ’s website detailing his EME exploits on 2012 from Kaliki Lodge! Fantastic I thought, I can finally see photos of the back yard and confirm how everything could fit together. Now I am truly excited. The house looks to give me 100ft elevation overlooking the Pacific to the west north west so paths to EU and Japan should be excellent.

Saturday 26th August saw us test fire the 40m folded monopole antenna with the SGC-230 ATU on 80m. Local contacts out to 300km were made about an hour before sunset so it appears to radiate at least. Modelling in 4NEC2 shows that the pattern will be fairly low angle as well, although the efficiency will be down. At least it gives me something to try (considering 80m wasnt a band I was going to rely upon as this is only a one man show). So, 80m will be something to watch for from E6AG – at least on JT65

I am still planning some tests at night (possibly this coming weekend) to see how reports come in domestically across Australia to see if it has any hope of something more from Niue.

 

XT2AW return

xt2aw2Harald DF2WO will operate at XT2AW September 29-October 30.

Returning again to XT2, he plans to be on 60 meters almost every night, and with
conditions what they are may be on JT65 and FT8 more than CW or SSB.

 


Qsl via M0OXO OQRS or Direct Post Mail

 

 

 

PJ4/MW0JZE SA-006

PJ4-Ant, MW0JZE will be QRV from Bonaire, IOTA SA-006 in September.

He will be QRV on HF bands between 15th & 30th September using FT8, SSB & RTTY. Participation in CQWW RTTY contest as PJ4/MW0JZE.

Qsl via M0OXO OQRS or Direct Post Mail

 

 

 

 

 

 

Qsl Manager service

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The service I offer will help to cut down as what it is seen as the chore of the hobby. This should aid DXpedition Teams, Holiday Stations or IOTA Stations and Rare DXCC.....

 

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V6J OC-226

K1024 img096Qsl Card received from Japan re the recent activity from Mokil Atoll, (Mwoakilloa), IOTA OC - 226

Tosy JA3FGJ, Sanny JJ3SIG and Mami JP3AYQ were qrv 24 - 29 June 2017 as V6J.

Thanks Qsl Card Mami 73/88

 

 

 

 

 

 

KH1 - Baker Island

BakerThe Dateline DX Association is very pleased to announce significant progress in our planning to operate in 2018 from KH1, Baker Island National Wildlife Refuge, the 4th most wanted entity in the DXCC program.

We have executed a charter agreement with a ship, the Nai'a out of Fiji with an anticipated arrival at the refuge during the 3rd week of June, 2018.   We intend to be at the refuge a total of 12 days with 10 days of operations.   This ship and dates were chosen in consultation with the US Fish and Wildlife service based on availability of their resource monitor, avoidance of the cyclone season, and Nai'a availability.  

Propagation forecasts look favorable for HF to Western Europe (a large target audience for us) during this time as well.As with any DXpedition to the really rare ones, this will be another financially demanding operation.   The 11 operator team will contribute over 50% of the expected budget of $400,000.  You can help make this DXpedition happen by visiting our new website, http://www.baker2018.net/ and contributing today


We wish to thank the US Fish and Wildlife Service for their trust in our group to safely and responsibly activate this rare location.Don Greenbaum, N1DG, Tom Harrell, N4XP, and Kevin Rowett, K6TD co leaders

 

ZS9V AF-064..delayed..

ZS9V 2****UPDATE - Due to a series of unexpected complications, the 2017 ZS9V Robben Island expedition has been moved to International Lighthouse weekend over 19/20 August. We will be running two SSB stations.*****

The team are ready in South Africa for their second activation of Robben Island, IOTA AF-064.

ZS9V will be qrv from 9 - 13 August 2017 as ZS9V operating on 80, 40, 20, 15, 10m SSB, CW & Digital Modes.


''We have a bigger team this year consisting of Jan ZS1VDV, Paul ZS1V, Andre ZS1AN, Johan ZS1A, Pierre ZS6A and Oleg ZS1ANF so the operation will be longer and allows us to use CW for the first time. We hope to see you in our logs!''

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VK9XI & VK9CI

VK9CI VK9XIThe website is now live for the upcoming Christmas/Cocos Islands Dxpedition.

http://christmascocos2017.vkdxg.com/index.php/category/news/

Thanks to the AREG guys for their help and support.
Over the next couple of weeks we will fine tune it.

 Qsl via M0OXO OQRS or Direct Post Mail

 

 

 

 

Saturn's Moon Iapetus

LapetusThe Cassini mission has revealed the beauty of Saturn, its rings and moons, inspiring our sense of wonder and enriching our sense of place in the cosmos. Saturn's two-toned moon Iapetus is pictured here.

See more: https://go.nasa.gov/2uWXYpi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VK9AR OC-216

VK5CE-9VK5CE :There have been some important changes to the [originally announced] OC-216 DXpedition.

Ashmore Reef is needed by 97% of IOTA chasers and is the 5th most wanted IOTA in the world.

The callsign has been changed from VK5CE/9 to VK9AR and it will occur on November 7 to 10, 2017.

Craig VK5CE will now be joined by Mike AB5EB and Mike AD5A to form a three-man team.

Full details are at the updated website https://ashmorereef.wordpress.com/

 

 

 

NASA's Cassini Mission to Saturn

sATMOONOn this day in 2005, we caught this close-up of Saturn’s icy moon Mimas against a backdrop of rings.

More information can be found here;

https://go.nasa.gov/2v0Fg00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shantar Islands AS-044


Mem
Shantar Islandsbers of the recent RI0C IOTA Dxpedition to Iony Island IOTA AS-069 are now qrv from the Shantar Islands IOTA AS-044 located off the northwestern shore of the Sea of Okhotsk.

They will be active again as R24RRC.

QSL via R7AL & Clublog OQRS

 

 

 

 

 

EJ3HB & EJ5GM EU-121

EJ5GMJeremy, EI5GM and Col, MM0NDX will be active from Bere Island IOTA EU-121.
 
They will be qrv as EJ3HB (Col) & EJ5GM (Jer) during the IOTA contest (July 29-30, 2017)
 EJ3HB

SM5CKV/P EU-177

SM5CKV-POlof G0CKV will again be active from Harstena Island IOTA EU-177 as SM5CKV/P during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 29-30, 2017).

Qsl via M0OXO OQRS or Direct Post Mail

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BG5UDN AS-138

BG5UDNMembers of the Fuzhou Amateur Radio Club will again be active as BG5UDN from Pingtan Island AS-138 during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 29-30, 2017).

Qsl via M0OXO OQRS or Direct Post Mail

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GB2HCC 'Downton Abbey'

front 2GB2HCC is a special event station supporting Lupus UK Charity.

The event will be on air from the location of the TV Series 'Downton Abbey', Highclere Castle in Royal Berkshire.

Listen for GB2HCC in the coming weeks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5L3BI AF-111NEW

5L3BI logoPRESS RELEASE #2 — JULY 11, 2017

Whilst currently working in Germany, team member Dickson EL2DT, will be taking time out to attend ‘HAM RADIO’ in Friedrichshafen this coming weekend. In fact, he is giving a short presentation on the much awaited 1st IOTA activation to Baiyah Island, AF-111NEW. To catch up with the latest planning and preparations so far, be sure to visit the IOTA Forum this Saturday July 15th between 10:00 and 11:45 hours in Halle A2 Raum 1.

Since our first Press Release (https://af111new.com/news/) we have incurred additional costs which have been fully met by the team. We feel these recce trips are essential to identify the variables on this otherwise unknown piece of rock! To get there, we have decided to hire a 4×4 and to drive the 400 kilometer dirt track to where we will meet the boat that will take us to the island.

A further recce trip will be made by both Richmond EL2BG and Dickson EL2DT likely at the end of August – this time to land on the island and to find suitable position(s) to set up our stations and antennas. It’s very important to maintain our relationship with the local elders and villagers who are giving us the necessary access to land on Baiyah.

Jeremy EI5GM, Dave EI9FBB and Col MM0NDX have now booked their flights to Monrovia. All going well and following our intended itinerary, we hope to be QRV from October 31st (slightly earlier than initially announced). We aim to have 3 stations active simultaneously from the island – no mean feat considering the island is not very inviting and landing areas are few. Our operation will be short (3 days) but very intense! Please respect our wishes as we will try to give out this new IOTA reference to as many uniques as possible.

The ever efficient Charles M0OXO will be our QSL manager. Expect the usual high standard from him. https://af111new.com/logs/

A further news update will be issued once the final recce trip has been completed. In the meantime, we sincerely thank those clubs, organisations and individual donors who have donated to the 5L3BI project so far.

Please see https://af111new.com/support/ for full listings and on how you too can donate.

Vy 73 de 5L3BI team.

 

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