RSGB IOTA Contest 2018

IOTARSGB IOTA Contest 2018

One of the most popular Contests of the year is on the horizon and takes place between 12:00 - 12:00 UTC 28th - 29th July 2018.

The full rules for the Contest can be found here;

https://www.rsgbcc.org/hf/rules/2018/riota.shtml

and a list of stations participating can be seen gathering pace here;

https://www.ng3k.com/Misc/iota2018.html

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Fafarad Island NA-207

faradBruce, KD6WW & Mike, K9AJ plan to activate this rare IOTA counter.  The last operation from NA-207 was 18 years ago.

We hope to be on Fafarad Island on the evening (local time) of July 19.  We plan to be QRV until the morning of July 23.

We will have two stations QRV on 40m thru 17m.  CW will be our primary mode, but we plan some SSB and FT8 is a possibility.

Calllsigns will be KD6WW/VY0 and K9AJ/VY0.

QSLs are via the home call & we will use OQRS, direct w/ SASE and bureau.

Fafarad Island is grid EO92.

We anticipate support from IREF, otherwise this operation is self-funded. We welcome any additional support from the IOTA community.

 

JI3DST/5 AS-200

JI3DSTTake, JI3DST will be active from Shodo (小豆島) Island, IOTA AS-200, 16 - 18 June 2018, as JI3DST/5.


He will operate on 40 - 6m CW, SSB.

QSL via home call buro preferred, ClubLog OQRS.

 

 

 

 

Mail finally gets to Venezuela

YV4BCDIt has been very difficult to get mail in and out of Venezuela over the last year due to the politcal and financial climate in the country. Several attempts to get our bureau packages to the YV QSL Bureau failed with mail being returned as "Route suspended" however thanks to the help of the YV Bureau team we were able to route the mail via USA and this was picked up by the YV team.


The photo from YV4BCD, Juan shows that the cards from Tim M0URX and myself, Charles M0OXO finally got through to the Venezuela hams.

Thank you to all who helped!

 

 

VI70MI Australia

VI70MIVI70MI is a Special Callsign issued to Commemorate 70 years of ANARE (Australian National Antarctic Research Expeditions) for Macquarie Island, which since 1947 have served Australia in the south polar regions.

The first ANARE Expedition to Macquarie Island was in March 1947.

The Special Event Callsign will be active from June12th until August 31st 2018. (Winter Season)

All HF bands 160m-10m, SSB, CW, RTTY and possibly digital modes also.

VI70MIwill be joining the WAP World Antarctic Program and we are awaiting a WAP allocation.

https://www.m0oxo.com/oqrs/logsearch.php

 

 

 

 

RA/VK3FY

a718fifa-qatarRA/VK3FY Russia

Chris Dimitrijevic VK3FY currently qrv from UA4M Contest Station whilst visiting Russia for the World Cup.

Qsl via M0OXO OQRS

RA-VK3FY

 

EI0DXG EIDX Group (Ireland)

EIDXGThe first log for the EI DX Groups operations has now been received and is available on M0OXO OQRS. This particular log refers to EU-115, the Irish Main Island.

OQRS is open for requests but QSL Cards for this event won't be sent until after the final activation at DX Feile on the Aran Islands (EU-006) in September. .

Listen out for the other stations qrv over the next few weeks from all of the Irish IOTA Groups.

 

The next activation will be Little Saltee island EU-103 on the 15, 16, 17 & 18th june 2018. Please familiarise yourself with the award available for working all the irish IOTA's by checking their website on the link below.

https://www.m0oxo.com/oqrs/logsearch.php'

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9X2AW Rwanda 2018

9X2AWHarald (DF2WO) will be qrv from  Kigali, Rwanda later today.

He will be using various antennas and he hopes this new location will giove him less noise and a far better take off than he has had in previous visits.

Listen for Harald on CW (slow), SSB and Digital Modes (FT8 etc).

Qsl via M0OXO OQRS

 

 

 

 

Friedrichshafen 01 - 03 June 2018- M0OXO

ham 2018

Just a reminder that emails and busted call enquiries will be delayed this week.

I am attending the Ham Radio Fair in Friedrichshafen and will be travelling between 0300 Thursday the 31st May and not returning home until Tuesday the 5th of June.

All Busted Calls and Direct QSL requests have been completed and cards sent up to 0700 today so please be patient if you submit an enquiry during this period as it may not be answered as fast as usual.

Thanks for your patience, 73 de Charles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RI0B Arctic Legends Tour 2018

sibiHi pals!

Many of you can rememer the RI0B callsign sounding back in 2001 from Ushakova Island. Our team has decided to give this callsign a second breath. Moreover, one of our current team members (Andy Moiseev UA0BA) was the member of the old “Lost Islands” expedition too.

 

And so after his suggestion and blessing we’ve taken the same callsign RI0B for our new expedition again.
Our new expedition 'Arctic legends 2018' will take place in September this year.

 

 

 

The route is as follows:
Dudinka - Dickson – Firnley Islands (AS- 054), Tyrtova Island (AS-121 ) – Nansena Island ( AS- 104 ),
Skott-Gansena Island ( AS - 068 ), Arkticheskogo Instituta Islands( AS- 087 ) - Sibiryakova Island, ( AS- 005 ) - Dudinka

 Team:
The crew of "Bristol" vessel under the leadership of Captain A.V. Patyukov

Igor Znamensky UA9KDF
Victor KuzYAKIN RW0BG
Andy Moiseev UA0BA
Andy Korobeynikov UA9LDD
Mike Kutyumov UA1QV
Igor Kuznetsov – camera man, designer and painter
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Two sets of equipment: TS-590 , Expert 1,3K - FA , microham CW keyer , computer, antennas DXer 206, Inv-v 30-40 ( CW-SSB 40-10 м )
One DIGI set: IC-706MK2G, microham DIGI KEYER 2 , TNS pator Dragon 7400, iMac , SteppIR BigIR DX ( FT-8, PSK-63, CW 40-10 м )
Band filters - 3 pcs
Yamaha generators EF 2800I - 2 pcs
"Bristol" vessel – 1 pcs

Financial support : https://www.paypal.me/RT9K

 

IOTA Shop now on-line

directoryThe IOTA Shop is now on-line and can be found on the IOTA Website.

''This 18th edition contains the complete listing of IOTA islands as well as everything you need to know to participate in IOTA. Included in the colour section are fascinating reports on several rare IOTA operations from Ashmore Reef, an Australian external territory in a highly sensitive area of the Timor Sea, Bhola Island and St Martin’s Island, two Bangladeshi islands in different IOTA groups, Pukapuka Atoll in the North Cooks,  Busuanga Island in the Philippines and Mokil Island in the Federated States of Micronesia.

The rules have seen a major and once only restructuring to make them easier to follow. The list of Most Wanted IOTAs has been recast to show the listing in three ways: based on contacts credited all-time, credited to those who updated in the last 10 years and to those who did so in the last 5 years. Regular features such as the Honour Roll and other performance listings, award winners and advice on making a first application are also included. This Directory will probably be the last paper edition to be printed.”

Edited by Roger Balister, G3KMA and Steve Telenius-Lowe, PJ4DX, published by Islands On The Air (IOTA) Ltd in 2018, 128 pages.

Enquire about price for quantity.''

https://www.iota-world.org/iota-shop.html

 

Friedrichshafen 01-03 June 2018 MDXC

MDXC 213 newFor those of you attending Ham Radio Event in Messe Friedrichshafen next week, don't forget to call in at the Mediterranean DX Club (MDXC) Booth where you will be welcomed by the team on site.

There will be beer, Wine, 'New Gadgets' and some Special Sausage available on the stand plus a wide range of MDXC bits and bobs.

There will be also be the facility to make yourself a member of MDXC and all of the benefits that go with it. You will also be able to meet Team Members from the upcoming Z23MD Dxpedition to Zimbabwe.

Lets see you there, have fun and safe travels to all de MDXC !

More information can be found on this website;
http://www.hamradio-friedrichshafen.de/ham-en/

''HAM RADIO serves as a platform where radio enthusiasts can get together and exchange information and experience. As one of the largest amateur radio exhibitions in the world, alongside the Hamvention Dayton/Ohio, USA and the Ham Fair in Tokyo/Japan, HAM RADIO attracts exhibitors and visitors from more than 32 countries all round the world to Friedrichshafen. A special feature of HAM is the combination of commercial exhibitors, worldwide networked associations and Europe’s largest radio flea market with some 280 participants from 16 countries.

Our ideal partner is DARC (German Amateur Radio Club). DARC e. V. represents the interests of radio amateurs in Germany, in particular backing their 38,000 members in dealings with associations, organizations, authorities and ministries – also beyond the national borders.''

EIDXG Irish islands Tour 2018

Irish islands Tour LogoBeginning June 1st 2018, the EIDX Group will activate ALL Irish IOTA Groups. 
Using the 'Echo Juliet' prefix, EJ0DXG will be QRV from IOTA EU-006, EU-007, EU-103 and EU-121 this summer.
 
Starting off with 'Little Saltee Island' EU-103 on June 15/16/17/18th....the groups will be QRV on HF and 6m bands using CW, SSB and Digital modes. 
 
Please follow their Facebook page for information/dates for all other activations....https://www.facebook.com/groups/185038478993063/
 
Supported by dxwanted.net a beautiful plaque will be available for whoever works them on 4 different IOTA Groups. So, as a 'Bonus' or 'Joker' station, EI0DXG will also be QRV from Mainland Ireland (EU-115) throughout and until September 30th 2018.
 
As with all EIDXG activities, please QSL via M0OXO.
 
vy 73 de Dave EI9FBB

7Q7EI Cards mailed...

7Q7EI 1

 

Qsl Cards for the 7Q7EI Trip to Malawi all completed.

They were all mailed this morning as expected so hope you receive them pretty soon.

https://www.m0oxo.com/oqrs/logsearch.php

7Q7EI 2 3

Z23MD - Zimbabwe

z23mdNew Adventure from the MDXC.

For 2018 the MDXC team will be engaged in ZIMBABWE, with call Z23MD. As always, we will be active with 5 stations ( 2xSSB – 2xCW-1xRTTY)

http://www.mdxc.org/z23md/

 

Please check out our new Facebook Page for our planned operation in Zimbabwe

https://www.facebook.com/Z23MD/

 

 

 

 

NASA Solar Probe

SPACESUNLaunching this summer, our Parker #SolarProbe will swoop within 4 million miles of the Sun's surface, facing heat and radiation like no spacecraft before it.

Learn more about this and another mission that will explore the inner workings of our nearest star: https://go.nasa.gov/2k2GVNZ.

 

 

 

 

 

YJ0AG QSL Preview

YJ0AG 1Qsl Cards are now printing for the recent trip to Vanuatu by Grant VK5GR.

A double (Folded) Qsl card will be available for all Direct requests and a two sided (single) Card will be for all bureau requests.

https://www.m0oxo.com/oqrs/logsearch.php

yj0ag 2

yj0ag 2 and 3

 

Sunspots vanishing faster than expected

no spotsSunspots are becoming scarce.

Very scarce. So far in 2018 the sun has been blank almost 60% of the time, with whole weeks going by without sunspots. Today's sun, shown here in an image from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, is typical of the featureless solar disk:

The fact that sunspots are vanishing comes as no surprise. Forecasters have been saying for years that this would happen as the current solar cycle ("solar cycle 24") comes to an end.

The surprise is how fast!

See Spaceweather.com for the full report;

http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?view=1&day=02&month=05&year=2018

 

 

DF2WO African Dates...

9X2AW 2Just a reminder that Harald DF2WO will be qrv again later this year from his regular African haunts using CW, SSB, FT8 and also RTTY on the HF Bands (with 6m) from the following places;

9X2AW Rwanda - He will operate again from Kigali but this time using a Spiderbeam antenna between the 5th and 24th June 2018.

XT2AW Burkina Faso - Harald will operate from Ouagadougou on HF using various antennas in November 2018 (dates TBC) and on this trip he will make a focused attempt on the 160M Band.

Questions and information requests to M0OXO please, do not trouble Harald directly with information and sked requests.;-)

https://www.m0oxo.com/oqrs/logsearch.php

 

GB4FOC

gb4foc-englandJohn Muzyka, G4RCG will be active as GB4FOC from Wakefield, England, for 80 year anniversary of FOC Club.He will operate on HF Bands.

 https://www.qrz.com/db/GB4FOC

QSL via G3SWH

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IREF

IREF FLYER

Island Radio Dxpedition Foundation

IREF needs your Support !

https://irefradio.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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