More Buro cards completed.....

K800_Qsl_Mont.jpgHot on the heels of the last batch (see blog previous to one), these cards also sent to the RSGB Bureau today:-

GB1TAN - 90, MØOXO - 140,
GBØANT - 445, GB1HI - 430,
GB4IPY - 370........

....Substantially more than anticipated and still pending are the GR2HQ Cards.

That brings the total amount of labels printed in the last 14/21 days to just over 4000. Hopefully they will move very swiftly through the system.

WFF new activation - 'GFF-113'

StourSaturday 18th September 2010 will see the Stour Estuary 'GFF-113' being activated for the first time. The operators will be Sonia (MØTUL) and Adam (MØGWS) and they will be operating from Wrabness from around 9.30 - 10.00am on 20 and maybe 15m SSB. The Operators will both be using their home callsigns as above.

The Stour Estuary is a nature reserve in Essex, England, east of Colchester on the estuary of the Rive Stour, managed by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, (RSPB). The estuary is important as a breeding, roosting and wintering site for many waterfowl and other birds, including woodpeckers, Nightingale, Blackcap, Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, Shelduck,  Pintail, Teal, Grey Plover, Redshank, Curlew and Black-tailed Godwit.

Please give Sonia and Adam a call and we wish them well with their first WFF activation!

2.6K Qsl Cards to RSGB Bureau

K800_Qsl_Mont.jpgLatest Qsl Cards to go to the bureau this week are as follows:-

GB1TAN - 320, MØSCC - 70,
MØOXO - 290,
GBØANT - 470,
GBØWFF - 175, GB1HI - 410,
MØBZH - 45, GB4IPY - 560,
2EØKYI - 130, MW0JZE - 120.

Pending are approx 250 GBØANT & 200 GB4IPY
which will be processed in the coming days and also
270 Direct & Bureau cards for GR2HQ when they
arrive from the printer any day now.

G4OBK Logs now on EW4DX LogSearch

Helm_Crag_210510A big thanks to Phil G4OBK for his recent contact re-WFF.

Many of you will be starting to see new areas appearing in your results on the EW4DX LogSearch. Phil has kindly supplied the logs from his SOTA and his WOTA activities to us for the WFF programme.

So far we have sent several logs to the LogSearch from areas such as GFF-020 (Yorkshire Dales National Park), GFF-008 (Lake District National Park) & GFF-012 (North Yorkshire Moors National Park [new activation!]).

Please note that there are no Qsl Cards available for these trips, just the verifications on the WFF LogSearch. On your behalf, I extend our gratitude to Phil for his support of the WFF programme!

(Photo above shows Phil G4OBK on Helm Crag in the Lake District National Park GFF-008).

ONFF Awards now issued

K800_M0OXO_ONFFA-10ONFF announced a few weeks ago that their WFF Awards were now completed and were ready for issue.

I am pleased to say that my first ONFF Award arrived yesterday courtesy of the ONFF Co-ordinator Gino ON3SSB. There are several Awards available (website click here) and he tells us:-

Rules to apply for the "ONFF Award" are simple :

- The award is free, and free only, and will be send to you by mail (electronic format), JPEG file.

- There are 3 different classes :

Class 3/Bronze : 10 QSO's have to be made with 10 different ONFF references.

Class 2/Silver : 25 QSO's have to be made with 25 different ONFF references.

Class 1/Gold : 50 QSO's have to be made with 50 different ONFF references.

All bands, all modes are welcome and all contacts must be verified by the EW4DX Log search.

GL to Gino and the ONFF team, we wish them every success!

Another 'win' for Strictly!

CQWW_RTTY_2009'M2X' hit the mark again this week with a nice new Contest Certificate.

This time was for the CQWW RTTY DX Contest in 2009 when John (G4RCG) managed Country Winner in the High Power Single Operator Class (20M).

Well done John!

3WØC paper confirmation arrives

'3WØC' Qsl Card confirmation arrived a few days ago for their activity from Con-Co Island, Vietnam (IOTA AS-185). This folded card (becoming the norm now for major Dxpeditions) fills a hole in the Asian section of my IOTA collection.
Côn Có was previously a top secret Vietnamese military base and so any ham-radio activity was unimaginable. And while tourists are today permitted to visit the island, it is not readily accessible, being several hours away by boat – and so rare QSOs with 3W6C were highly valued.

The team have responded to all those who sent their QSLs direct. QSL Manager Leo, HB9DWL, mailed more than 1000 letters around the world. Letters received with insufficient return postage or expired IRCs were QSL'd via the bureau (some people just never learn!).


Sunspot Tytonidae continues to amaze...

Rogerio-Marcon-AR_1093_Owl_1281697651...but not by good HF propagation!

Sunspot 1093 continues to amaze onlookers.

Earlier this week, it divided like a giant amoeba undergoing mitosis.
And "today it looks like an owl (family Tytonidae)," reports Rogerio Marcon of Campinas, Brasil. "What a beautiful configuration!"

Well it's different I'll give them that!

'VYØX' NA-208 bagged - wanted by 89% of IOTA chasers!

16698756Cezar (VE3LYC) is back on the air again, this time from another very rare island group in Nunavut (Kitikmeot Region), Canada.

The East IOTA Group, NA-208 (CQ Zone 2) has only been on the air once, 15 years ago, and is on the Most Wanted List, in demand by 89% of IOTA chasers.

'VYØX' had very good signals on 20 & 30M yesterday and of course this came with huge pile-ups, callers desperate to get this rare one in their log. Kitikmeot Region is an administrative region of Nunavut Canada. It consists of the southern and eastern parts of Victoria Island with the adjacent part of the mainland as far as the Boothia Peninsula, together with King William Island and the southern portion of Prince of Wales Island. The regional seat is Cambridge Bay (population 1,477).

Kitikmeot is the location of the coldest recorded wind chill in Canada of −78 °C (−108.4 °F)

13/08/2010 1230, first contact on 20M CW

14/08/2010 0527, second contact on 30M CW!

PY2MTV / PX2C Qsl Cards now being issued

PY2MTVNew Qsl Cards arrived this week and I have begun sending them out on behalf of Andre PY2MTV. As you can see the cards also hold his Contest Callsign PX2C on.

Anyone requiring a card please go through the normal proceedure and request via the 'On-line Qsl Request System (OQRS)' for the fastest and most efficient dispatch.

Calm before the Storm on 17m

jh7vhzAs we wait for the Storm to arrive (see previous post) I decided to have an hour on 17M just to see what was about. Things seemed poor but started on 10 and 12M with the odd EU contact and not much else.

Having qsy'd onto 17M I put a few calls out on RTTY and worked several Russian stations with reasonable signals when I heard the first JA calling.

One of the first in the log was Ume - JH7VHZ (see image left) from Towada, Aomori, Japan. It was a really strong signal (599 +10) and after a short qso with Ume, hopes were high of a few more from the Far East.

During the next 90 minutes I managed to log 27 JA stations in all. Interesting was that there were no other Countries in the log whatsoever other than the JA. With only one DX Cluster spot from JA, it seemed strange that no other DXCC was apparent. Nevertheless it was a great afternoon with most of the stations being new JCC/JCG areas for me - Happy Days! -  Syonara Ume!

Complex eruption of the Sun - CME on it's way

eruptingfilament_stripOn August 1st, the entire Earth-facing side of the sun erupted in a tumult of activity.

There was a C3-class solar flare, a solar tsunami, multiple filaments of magnetism lifting off the stellar surface, large-scale shaking of the solar corona, radio bursts, a coronal mass ejection and more.

The movie recorded by extreme UV cameras onboard the Solar Dynamics Observatory shows an enormous magnetic filament breaking away from the sun.

Some of the breakaway material is now en route to Earth in the form of a coronal mass ejection (CME)

Nuccio I0YKN - SK

retro-2-copiaI was very saddened today to hear of Nuccio Meoli's passing. Many of you would have worked him very regularly.

He was a keen activator of programs such as Italian Castle Awards, World Antarctic program and many others.

Our condolences from the UK to his family and many many friends in the Ham Radio community.

VYØV & news of another 'new one' from Cezar VE3LYC

Great to receive confirmation of East Pen Island (IOTA NA-231) this week with another beautiful Qsl card from our friend Cezar VE3LYC. (...bringing me up to #485 IOTA claimed.). The images give you real examples of the pretty frozen, icy environment in which he lived for a few days activating this very rare IOTA. (see previous Blog entries for more information on his past activities).

With the card came news of his next trip to another new one, Pelly Bay Islands (NA-208). He has just been issued with the callsign VYØX, this operation intending to last for 5 days, August 11 thro 15th. Cezar tells me :-
''It will be the northernmost point that I have ever travelled to, overtaking Lulea in Sweden. Weather and propagation conditions are of concern''. He also has to bear in mind the unpredictability of the locals in these areas ''who's minds can also change like the northern weather hi''. Seriously though its a tough one!!
Anyone that would like to assist Cezar with funding for his trip is asked to make donations to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. via Paypal.

Full details of the planned trip can also be found on using the call VYØX....................all the best & safe journey Cezar, we'll be listening for you!!

'GR2HQ' hits the air this weekend!

gr2hq1The UK Headquarters team will again be active in the IARU Championships this weekend. This is the 8th year that the team has taken part in the contest ‘nationwide’ using several calls over those years such as GB5HQ, GB7HQ and new for this year ‘’GR2HQ’’ (website), a new and unique prefix.

This year the team has expanded to include more than 60 experienced contest operators, operating simultaneously from 16 locations around the UK. The main 20M stations are in Northern Ireland and Orkney Islands. Other stations are on the Isle of Man, the Midlands, East Anglia, Wales and Somerset etc.

Please try to work the team on as many of the possible 12 band slots that are available (only dual-mode Contest [SSB & CW]). Sometimes it is difficult to work within the UK on the higher bands but with ‘Sporadic E’ in full swing anything is possible. On 10M for example, the GR2HQ station will be operating from several different locations during the 24 hours of the contest.

There are several Awards available again this year. This award is available to any licensed radio amateur who makes contacts with GR2HQ during the IARU HF World Championship contest on 10-11 July 2010 on a minimum number of bands/modes (maximum is 12 : i.e. 6 on CW and 6 on SSB)

Bronze award: GR2HQ on three band/modes
Silver award: GR2HQ on six band/modes
Gold award: GR2HQ on nine band/modes
Platinum award: GR2HQ on all twelve band/modes

All UK Stations are encouraged to work other HQ stations and other IARU stations in addition to working the UK HQ station. The full rules of the IARU HF Championships can be found at

Have fun, support 'your team' and most of all, enjoy the event!!!

Ramsey Island (GWFF-072) team back again!

ramseyislandaerialphotoOnce again the members of the Strumble Head DX and Contest Group (SHDXCG) are heading over the water to activate the rare Ramsey Island (DXCC - Wales, IOTA EU-124, WFF GWFF-072). Activity will take place between July 22nd and July 26th or 27th (all dependent on tides) using the club callsign MC0SHL.

This trip also takes place during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 24-25th) where they  will be on the air using the club contest callsign MW9W over the weekend. They will again try to make as many contacts both before and during the contest.

They will have3 stations using the following equipment: two Elecraft K3 Transceivers, one Yaesu FT2000, two G3TXQ Hexbeams, 80m Dipole, 40m Vertical and three Acom 1000.
The team will be using MC0SHL on 17 and 12 meters during the contest to try to give as many contacts on these bands. They will be on the air mostly on SSB, but with some RTTY and CW thrown in.

Full details on last years trip can be found here and also in the Gallery.

G3WLV back Qrv with Optibeam OB6-3M

G3WLVWith assistance from Malc MØBZH and myself I am please to say that eventually last night Jack G3WLV was back on the air!
His previous install suffered a serious headache when a fallen tree crushed it so the new Optibeam OB6-3M replaced it as of yesterday.

The OB6-3M is a german designed high performance multi band 20/15/10m Yagi with patented efficient feed system. It is a computer optimized and field tested yagi without traps and with full size elements on all bands. It has 2 elements on 20 (moxon), 2 on 15, and 2 on 10 meters all on a 10 foot boom.

Most of the work had been prep'd by Jack prior to our arrival but as always, getting beam antennas in the air in confined areas is always a challenge. Good luck Jack, hope to hear you on the air again soon (groundwave hi)!

EPC WW DX Contest 'Country Winner'!

Pleased to receive this Award a few days ago for the EPC WW DX Contest 2009. Lets hope the 2010 results are favourable too when they eventually get published!


MCØSHL Qrv from GFF-015

K1024_DSC_0861Members of the Strumble Head Contest & DX Group were again qrv during the last week as MCØSHL. Whilst down in Wales for the marriage of two good friends (and members of the group), several periods of activity became available.

The Club house for the guys is located in the Pembrokeshire National Park (GFF-015) and using the G3TXQ Hexbeam (available from MW0JZE) and the FT2000, just short of 800 qso's were made during the time in Wales.

Logs have now been uploaded to the EW4DX Logsearch for anyone eagerly awaiting a contact with this very active area. Qsl Cards are via Tim M0URX. Congrats to Rob and Jane!

Green Day Award available now!

Dont forget that this Saturday is World 'Green Day'.

I shall be active from the reference number 'GFF-111' (new!) which is located on the eastern tip of the UK near the Humber estuary. I will be operating on 40 and 80m SSB only, using Yaesu FT897D running barefoot into dipoles with feedpoint at 12M above ground. Callsign will be 'MØOXO'.
As well as GFF-111, there are also three Lighthouses that can be claimed from out location. All details will be on the Qsl cards but all reference numbers for the activity can be found here for those requiring them.

The new 'Green Day Award' is also now available so have a look at the rules before the weekend and hope you may be able to achieve it. The Award can be claimed now for 2009 and then 2010 claims can be made after the event this coming weekend.
Good luck to all the teams for their activities for 'Green Day', we hope to meet you on the bands!

Qsl Card influx imminent!

dr1aBrace yourselves guys!

DARC (German Qsl Bureau) have just announced they intend to start playing 'catch-up' with the Qsl cards they have to send for their contest station 'DR1A'.

They report ''"But now, the time has finally come to send out those cards for the 100,000 QSO's we made over the last years".

Its happy days for all those Qsl Managers out there!

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