Confirmed IOTA Groups

YE3B Gunung SelayarThanks to Adhi YB3MM for the latest incoming cards for my IOTA chasing!

Received today were YE3B (Noko Selayar Island) IOTA OC-197, YE3B (Gunung Selayar Island) IOTA OC-197 and also YC8UTI (Karakelong Island) OC-209. YE3B Noko Selayar

All these cards had been requested by OQRS, the safest and fastest way to receive Qsl Cards nowadays in my opinion of course.

Thanks Bimbo!

 

VK2015TDF...now on Clublog

VK2014TDFVK2015TDF Log has now been uploaded to Clublog Logsearch.

the Callsign is qrv until the 1st November 2015 and Qsl Cards are already available via M0OXO.

Please DO NOT send cards via the Bureau, they will NOT be received. Please use Direct Mail or M0OXO OQRS for all requests. Thank you.

 

 

 

 

 

VK2SSI OC-194 confirmed

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Very pleased to get this card in the collection yesterday. VK2SSI IOTA OC-194, the very rare South Solitary Island was activated earlier this year by the group of 6 operators from VK.

South Solitary Island, an island within the Solitary Islands Marine Park, about 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) northeast of Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia.

The lighthouse is located at the summit of the island. It is considered the most isolated lighthouse on the New South Wales coast. It was first in New South Wales to use kerosene over colza oil, and the last to do so before converting to electric power.

 

''Why be a Ham today?''....

hackSeveral of the authors you read on Hackaday are ham radio operators and we’ve often kicked around having a Hacker Chat about “Why be a ham today?” After all, you can talk to anyone in the world over the Internet or via phone, right? What’s the draw?

The Radio Society of Great Britain had the same thought, apparently, and produced a great video to answer the question. They mention the usual things: learning about technology, learning about people in other parts of the world, disaster communications, and radiosport (which seems to be more popular outside the United States; people compete to find hidden transmitters).

In addition, they talked a lot about how hams get involved with space communications, ranging from talking via satellites, to talking to people on the space station, to actually building small satellites. As the narrator says, there are “hundreds of ways to have techie fun” with ham radio......read more of this story courtesy of the hackaday team by clicking this link.....

 

Read more: ''Why be a Ham today?''....

Enormous Coronal Hole

holeAs reported in Spaceweather.com ; A gigantic hole in the sun's atmosphere has opened up and a broad stream of solar wind is flowing out of it. This is called a "coronal hole." It is the deep blue-colored region in this extreme UV image from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory.

Coronal holes are places in the sun's atmosphere where the magnetic field unfurls and allows solar wind to escape. In the image above, the sun's magnetic field is traced by white curving lines. Outside the coronal hole, those magnetic fields curve back on themselves, trapping solar wind inside their loops. Inside the coronal hole, no such trapping occurs. Solar wind plasma is free to fly away as indicated by the white arrows.

For much of the next week, Earth's environment in space will be dominated by winds flowing from this broad hole. This should activate some beautiful Arctic auroras. NOAA forecasters estimate a 65% of polar geomagnetic storms today as Earth moves deeper into the solar wind stream.

 

The Future Of IOTA

K1024 IOTA 50th logoThis press release from G3KMA IOTA Manager;

Dear Checkpoints and IOTA Team members
 
I am pleased to be able to draw your attention to the following two notices that have been posted this afternoon to the RSGB IOTA website.
1.      “The following was published on the RSGB website on 10 October 2015: "The RSGB Islands on the Air (IOTA) programme celebrated its 50th anniversary as a premier DX programme in July 2014. The last fifty years have seen the programme grow to 2,500 active island chasers and approximately 15,000 more casual participants. It is perhaps second in scale and scope to the DXCC award; indeed, many would argue it is even more challenging than that programme. Last year the Board identified a number of challenges that the programme faced, not least of which was the need to provide an IT system that would allow online island credit submission akin to Logbook of the World (LoTW). Since that time, a small group of IOTA enthusiasts has been working with the Society to ensure that the IOTA programme continues to grow and play the prominent role that it has done in Amateur Radio DXing and contest activity for the last fifty years. That work has now come to fruition and we are pleased to announce that a new organisation will be formed, to be called the IOTA Foundation. It will be run by IOTA enthusiasts and will manage the IOTA programme in partnership with the Society. One major task for the new organisation will be to develop a new online credit system that is due to be completed in 2017. Roger Balister, G3KMA, Bob Barden, MD0CCE, Cezar Trifu, VE3LYC and Johan Willemsen, PA3EXX, are the team who will implement the IT changes and form the IOTA Foundation, with representation from radio amateurs at home and abroad. G0NBI, RSGB General Manager”

Read more: The Future Of IOTA

R3RRC/0 AS-082 confirmed

K1024 img049Also received today was the card from the Russian Robinson Club for their recent activation of AS-082 also during the IOTA Contest 2015.

The team of 6 RRC Members activated Brusneva Island in the high Artic as R3RRC/0 for a very rare one indeed.

Brusneva Island, is a small island in the Laptev Sea. It is located off the eastern side of the Lena delta in the Tiksi Bay, only 5 km ENE of Tiksi. Its length is 2.3 km and its maximum breadth less than 1 km.

Thanks to Eugene RZ3EC for the fast dispatch of the beautiful 4 sided card.

 

 

EC7AKV/1 EU-142 confirmed

K1024 img048Qsl Card arrived today for the recent activation of EU-142.

Mouro Island was activated by the ED1M Team as EC7AKV/1 during the 2015 IOTA Contest and was one of the last few remaining EU IOTA's i needed.

Needless to say I was very pleased to receive the Qsl Card today.

Thanks to the team!

 

 

 

 

S79C - 3rd Press Release

S79CDuring early July, plans started to firm up for a DXpedition to Coetivy Island AF-119NEW. Such was the interest in this project, our experienced team was in place within moments of invitations going out to join this exciting island activation.

In a little over 6 weeks from now, the S79C team will be on air from the South Indian Ocean looking to work as many uniques as possible. Planning and logistics are now complete and we’re confident of giving out this new IOTA group to many.

We are deeply encouraged by the level of support, both individually and through organisations who realise this IOTA activity is not a holiday style operation, but rather to a remote destination hundreds of miles from anywhere. Our aim is to work all corners of the globe using a combination of verticals and hexbeams placed near the waters edge. This November timeframe was chosen to maximise propagation paths to all geographical areas. We want your QSO!

Our most difficult path from this brand New IOTA group is to West Coast North America. Special attention will be given to this area as we realise that even regular S7 is still much needed – # 53 most wanted DXCC infact! We are puzzled, however, that to date, all groups and organisations contacted from this area have refused our funding requests. Nonetheless, we will focus on this tricky path during peak propagation times. Let’s remember the ‘forgotten West Coast’ .

Such is the extreme expense of activating this brand new IOTA, we appreciate every single donation being made. We urge those considering to donate to please do so before, during or after our DXpedition. Remember, advance donors will be rewarded with a free QSL (see http://af119new.com/donate) S79C banner

Just before we leave our homes in mid-November we will issue a last minute update. In addition, twitter @af119 will be in use as we journey to Coetivy island. Please see http://af119new.com for latest information.

Thank you,
Team S79C

 

6Y5/JA0RQV - Jamaica NA-097

JA0RQVMasa JA0JQV will be qrv from Jamaica as 6Y5/JA0RQV between the 24th October & 9th December 2015.

He will be on a business trip and his primary location will be a Hotel in the Capital Kingston. Masa may also move locations for the CQWW SSB Contest between the 24th & 25th October and use the Callsign 6Y5WJ from St. Elizabeth although he does tell me ''not a full time serious effort though!''. 

Qsl is via M0OXO Direct or OQRS. Bureau Cards are NOT required so please use OQRS for ALL bureau requests.

 

 

 

IOTA Database 'attacked'

 

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From the IOTA website;

At 04:48 UTC on Sunday morning, an automatic bot gained access to the IOTA website database and was able to exploit a bug in the IOTA code in order to reset the password for every user on the site. This is why you might not have been able to log into the site. There is no sign in the system logs that any data was read or that personal data was compromised. Once the IT team was aware of the issue, they immediately took the database offline for analysis, restored a backup, and corrected the bug. We have now been able to re-enable access to the site.

M0BLF, 27 Sep 2015

 

FT4TA - Tromelin Video

FRTDuring the last months we have been very glad to present our DX expedition on Tromelin Island, FT4TA in a large number of countries. We have shared with many of you this amazing adventure during DX conventions, meetings and hamfest. Each time, our team has been warmly welcomed, thanks.

In addition to our book (available online since a few months), we are very proud to announce the publication of the video “FT4TA Tromelin 2014″ on You Tube. You will (re)discover the beautiful landscapes of this extraordinary island.

The Tromelin chapter is now history and we focus 200% on Juan de Nova 2016. You can trust in our team to make this project a new success.

Click image to view Video. Thanks DX World, Daily DX.

 

SV5/MW0JZE - Kos

K1024 img041Listen for Ant MW0JZE as he operates holiday style from the Island of Kos.

Ant will be qrv from Kos from this weekend 19th September for around two weeks. He will be SV5/MW0JZE and his operation will be primarily RTTY on whichever bands are open.

K1024 img040Kos is a Greek island, part of the Dodecanese Island Group (IOTA EU-001) in the southeastern Aegean Sea, off the Anatolian coast of Turkey.

The island measures 40 by 8 kilometres (25 by 5 miles), and is 4 km (2 miles) from the coast of Bodrum, Turkey, (the ancient Halicarnassus) and the ancient region of Caria. It has a population of around 35,000.

Qsl Cards are already printed and are available via M0OXO OQRS or Direct Mail to M0OXO home address.

 

VK4AAC/5 OC-139 confirmation

K1024 img038VK4AAC/5 QSL arrived today.

This card confirmed the activation of Kangaroo Island, South Australia, IOTA OC-139 from the recent activation during the IOTA Contest 2015.

I have been looking to confirm this one for some time after a previous contact failed to get confirmed so really pleased to receive the card today.

 

 

 

 

 

Great antennas, great price!

 

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MW0JZE - G3TXQ Broadband 6 band Hexbeam 6 bands: 20m - 6m 2 Elements on each band No traps or coils Ideal for portable or fixed station.

The Ultra Lightweight D-HEXpedition Portable Hexbeam 6-KG 30 min set-up time No tools needed Packs away to 100 x 20 x 20 CM.

Unlike some manufactures his antennas are plug and play, no assembling spreaders or cutting wires, DX right out of the box!!

No hidden Paypal charges, what you see is what you pay. For more information click the image (left) to be directed to his website.

 

OC-241 & OC-247 confirmed

K1024 img0342 new IOTA confirmations received today.

Confirmations were from Adhi YB3MM for his activations earlier in the Year.

They were YB3MM/8 from Sailus Batar IOTA OC-247 and YB3MM/9 from Rote Island IOTA OC-241.

All were confirmed by Direct Post mail from Manager Ant IZ8CCW (Thanks!)

 

 

 

 

S79C - Press release (2)

press release 2The S79C Team have just made another Press release for their upcoming activity to Coetivy Island IOTA AF-119NEW.

Please click the image to view the document.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RT9K/0 AS-203NEW QRV

rtAfter several days of traveliing, RT9K/0 are now on Dobrzhanskogo Island.

IOTA AS-203NEW is a first time ever activation and the team were qrv from yesterday evening from this rare and remote island.

 

Qsl via RX9KM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BA7CK AS-143

K1024 img033Qsl Card recieved today.

This was from Chen's recent activation of Yongxing Dao (Woody Island) IOTA AS-143 baqck in July of this year.

Thanks Chen for the fast despatch!

 

 

 

 

 

 

3W3MD - MDXC

3w3mdAs already announced Da Nang city-Vietnam will be the next destination of the Mediterraneo International Dx ClubTeam and so it will be soon on air any mode/any band. With the call-sign: 3W3MD

Antonio, IZ8CCW the leader and the co-leader Gabriele, I2VGW will share this new adventure with 24 dxoperators coming from 9 Countries
Save the dates because from October 31 to November 10 , they will be on air from the beach of Da Nang.
 
According to the evaluations that they have done, they are confident to give to a lot of dxers the possibility to work this Country in the Low bands, Warc and especially in the Digis modes. Any donation will be very very appreciated by the team.

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RT9K/0 AS-203NEW

PlaqueThe expedition team continue their way to IOTA AS-203NEW. 

Follow their track here. Upon arriving Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky the team will wait for a ship (0-7 days) and then leave for AS-203. This 1500 km voyage should take 1-2 weeks. So expected QRV is the beginning of September. Team plans to stay on AS-203 for about a week.. activation of Kambalny (Toporkov) Island (AS-142) is very much possible on their way back.

The image above shows the plaque to be affixed one the island once AS-203 is activated (courtesy DX World.net)

 

 

 

 

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