- Created on Friday, 30 October 2015 13:49
Thanks 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.
All these cards had been requested by OQRS, the safest and fastest way to receive Qsl Cards nowadays in my opinion of course.
- Created on Saturday, 24 October 2015 06:09
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.
- Created on Saturday, 24 October 2015 05:11
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.
- Created on Saturday, 24 October 2015 04:58
Several 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.....
- Created on Thursday, 15 October 2015 12:56
As 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.
- Created on Thursday, 15 October 2015 06:21
This press release from G3KMA IOTA Manager;
- Created on Tuesday, 06 October 2015 13:14
Also 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.
- Created on Tuesday, 06 October 2015 09:56
Qsl 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!
- Created on Friday, 02 October 2015 02:26
During 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)
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.
- Created on Monday, 28 September 2015 13:27
Masa 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!''.
- Created on Monday, 28 September 2015 12:47
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
- Created on Monday, 28 September 2015 08:16
During 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.
- Created on Tuesday, 15 September 2015 09:17
Listen 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.
Kos 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.
- Created on Saturday, 12 September 2015 14:29
VK4AAC/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.
- Created on Saturday, 05 September 2015 07:37
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.
- Created on Friday, 04 September 2015 14:47
2 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!)
- Created on Friday, 04 September 2015 12:56
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- Created on Wednesday, 02 September 2015 05:30
After 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
- Created on Thursday, 27 August 2015 06:18
Qsl 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!
- Created on Friday, 21 August 2015 17:59
As 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
- Created on Friday, 21 August 2015 17:50
The 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)