- Created on Wednesday, 04 July 2012 11:24
The IARU HF Championship takes place between 1200UTC on Saturday 14th July 2012 until 1200UTC on Sunday 15th July 2012. The RSGB HQ flagship station will these year use GO2HQ which replaces their previous one of GR2HQ.
There are two parallel GO2HQ awards schemes for this event;
1. UK HQ Club Challenge Award
2. Award Certificates for working GO2HQ
You can find details about the Awards here at http://www.gr2hq.com/awards1.htm
You will find full information about the IARU HF Championship contest at http://www.arrl.org/iaru-hf-championship
Qsl is via MØOXO OQRS click here
- Created on Wednesday, 04 July 2012 10:59
Participants in CQ magazine'sWPX award program may now use the American Radio Relay League's Logbook of the World (LoTW) system to apply for the WPX award and its endorsements.
Amateurs will be able to use LoTW logs to generate lists of confirmed contacts to be submitted for WPX credit. Standard LoTW credit fees and CQ award fees will apply.
LoTW support for the WPX award went "live" on July 2.
- Created on Monday, 02 July 2012 14:30
Ant MW0JZE has just launched his new website for the G3TXQ Hexbeam that he builds and sells commercially. The website has much more information than before including the specs of the Hex, You Tube footage of how to build and also recordings when it is tested against another antenna, plus much much more. A small extract from his site here;
''The Hexbeam is an antenna design that has been around for quite a number of years, first produced commercially by Mike Traffie from www.hexbeam.com this is what many refer to as the "Classic Hexbeam" This has a turning radius of approx 9' 6" or 2.9m and covers 20, 17, 15, 12 and 10m............''
Have a look at the site NOW (Click image left) and learn more about this much talked about antenna!
- Created on Monday, 02 July 2012 07:52
Auroras are dancing around the poles in response to a high-speed solar wind stream buffeting Earth's magnetic field. Stefan Christmann sends this picture from icy Atka Bay in Antarctica.
"On July 1st we enjoyed a beautiful display of aurora australis over the German Antarctic Research Station Neumayer III" says Stefan. "The air temperature was -30°C with 10 knots of wind. Even so, this was one of the most beautiful expierences so far."
NOAA forecasters estimate a 35% chance of continued geomagnetic activity as the solar wind continues to blow.
- Created on Sunday, 01 July 2012 07:27
A massive power failure in Northern Virginia, associated with violent summer storms, caused the Amazon Cloud to hiccup, throwing thousands of systems offline for an extended period. Hundreds of systems were affected, including QRZ.
This from Fred Lloyd (Qrz.com publisher) - This outage did not affect our servers but did cause a complete database failure. After waiting all night for Amazon to restore our data, we took the bold step this morning to restore from an automated backup. At this point in time we're not sure what data was lost, if any, but there is a possibility that some material may have been dropped.
To the best of our knowledge, the our callsign database did not lose any data. Candidates for data loss include parts of our Forums, however this has not been confirmed.
We appreciate your patience as this has been a nerve wracking 12 hours, and a sleepless night here at QRZ HQ.
- Created on Friday, 29 June 2012 13:19
An international team of astronomers using data from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has made an unparalleled observation, detecting significant changes in the atmosphere of a planet located beyond our solar system.
The scientists conclude the atmospheric variations occurred in response to a powerful eruption on the planet's host star, an event observed by NASA's Swift satellite. The stellar flare, which hit the planet like 3 million X-flares from our own sun, blasted material from the planet's atmosphere at a rate of at least 1,000 tons per second.
The exoplanet HD 189733b lies so near its star that it completes an orbit every 2.2 days. In late 2011, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope found that the planet's upper atmosphere was streaming away at speeds exceeding 300,000 mph. e.
HD 189733b is a gas giant similar to Jupiter, but about 14 percent larger and more massive. The planet circles its star at a distance of only 3 million miles, or about 30 times closer than Earth's distance from the sun, and completes an orbit every 2.2 days. Its star, named HD 189733A, is about 80 percent the size and mass of our sun.
- Created on Friday, 29 June 2012 07:01
- Created on Thursday, 28 June 2012 13:58
Thanks to Sarla VU2SWS for the receipt of my Qsl card for the AS-175 operation. (MØOXO IOTA 529 W 460 C).
Bet Shankhodhar a.k.a Bet Dwarka Island is located at the mouth of the Gulf of Kutch and archaeological evidence suggests that it played a significant role in maritime activities in the past. The island of Bet Dwarka is situated in Okhamandal sub-division of Jamnagar district of the state of Gujarat. It is 3 kms. away from the mainland and the nearest port is Okha. It is 13 kms long (NW-SE) and 4 kms wide. The southeastern part of the island consists of high cliffs and clayey beaches, while to the northwest is a low lying area with fine sandy beaches. The vegetation includes shrubs, cactus and a few neem trees.
Thanks Sarla ..
- Created on Wednesday, 27 June 2012 08:36
Chris G1VDP (StrumbleHead DX Group Member) will be QRV this Saturday (30th June) as GB6ØQE (GB6Ø Queen Elizabeth) from the Radio Room aboard HMS Belfast.
HMS Belfast is a museum ship, originally a Royal Navy light cruiser, permanently moored in London on the River Thames and operated by the Imperial War Museum.
Construction of Belfast, the first Royal Navy ship to be named after the capital city of Northern Ireland and one of ten Town-class cruisers, began in December 1936. She was launched on St Patrick's Day, 17 March 1938.
She saw a high level of service for her Country from then and in December 1943 played an important role in the Battle of North Cape, assisting in the destruction of the German warship Scharnhorst. In June 1944 Belfast took part in Operation Overlord supporting the Normandy landings. In June 1945 Belfast was redeployed to the Far East to join the British Pacific Fleet, arriving shortly before the end of the Second World War. Belfast saw further combat action in 1950–52 during the Korean War and underwent an extensive modernisation between 1956 and 1959. A number of further overseas commissions followed before Belfast entered reserve in 1
In 1967, efforts were initiated to avert Belfast's expected scrapping and preserve her as a museum ship. Opened to the public in October 1971, Belfast became a branch of the Imperial War Museum in 1978. A popular tourist attraction, Belfast receives around a quarter of a million visitors per year.
Please listen for GB2RN and give Chris your support!
- Created on Saturday, 23 June 2012 11:39
The departure of active sunspot AR1504 has left the Earth-facing side of the sun quiet and nearly blank.
Only one small emerging sunspot interrupts the empty expanse photographed this morning by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory.
With no significant active regions facing Earth, NOAA forecasters estimate a mere 1% chance of strong M- or X-class solar flares.
Solar activity should remain low for at least the next 24 hours.
- Created on Saturday, 23 June 2012 11:30
GB60HRH Qsl cards arrived from the printer at UX5UO Qsl print this morning.
All cards processed and in the mail by lunchtime!
Qsl cards via M0OXO
- Created on Saturday, 23 June 2012 08:18
The European Space Agency (ESA) has formally approved an international collaboration of about 1 x 105 scientists from research institutes across Europe, along with some Americans, to design and build the satellite Euclid. Expected to be launched later this decade, Euclid will map approximately 2 x 109 galaxies and the dark matter around them. The Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (IAC) is involved in developing one of the two instruments for the Euclid space telescope. Using a telescope with a 1.2 m aperture, the Euclid mission will map a radius of about 1 x 1010 light years from earth; this is equivalent to mapping the evolution of the Universe over about three quarters of its history. This equates to 40% of the entire sky.
The deep-field mission will cover a patch of sky equivalent to 100 times the size of the full moon, or 1.5 x 104 times the angular area covered by the Hubble Space Telescope's "Ultra Deep Field" exposure. The combination of depth and sky coverage might allow Euclid to detect the first galaxies that formed at the beginning of the Universe.
- Created on Friday, 22 June 2012 08:49
June 2012 newsletter from Randy W6SJ;
I am pleased to give you all a progress report. We should all be pleased at our efforts. ARRL made an announcement recently that the LOtW user total had reached 50,000. I think that is a fair measure of the size of the DX community and compares reasonably well with the number of unique call signs worked by the big DXpeditions.
In our case, our flag counter says we have had 53,000 unique visitors. Interestingly, our survey said that a number of people are repeat visitors. I'd like to provide unique content to keep them coming back but am running out of ideas. Thoughts are welcome. So I think that while I am not sure we have saturated the minds of every DXer, I think they all know of us and what we stand for.
It is also interesting to note that many DXpeditions are putting up our Code and/or our logo and a link to our website, many doing without it being brought to their attention. That said, there are some who are oblivious or just forgot. So we try to enlist them. I have only had one group that misunderstood our goals and responded that they "were all experienced and didn't need any help." BTW, that DXpedition got "poor grades" for operating skills from many who got or tried to get a QSO.
I think that I continue to be frustrated at understanding human behavior. I think I don't know any more about that than I did 50 years ago. We really do not have a Ham Rule Book. Most sports have adopted strict rules. Consider The Rules of Golf. Every golfer knows them. All follow them in tournaments, and the great majority follows them in weekly games. Importantly, no one will place even a "friendly bet" with the guys who cheat.
Our hobby is different from golf because we don't go out with a foursome of buddies who know what we do. It's a solitary activity and by and large no one who knows you can hear you, whether you are operating well or acting like a jerk, which I think of as cheating. You operate according to your character and usually only you know what you will do if you get frustrated and it triggers a thoughtless act.
I think our mission now is to raise the consciousness level of every DXer so as to spread the word. We don't want them to "know about the Code." We want them to believe it and abide by it. The more we bore into the consciousness of every DXer, the better those pileups will be. The more that the DXpedition leaders really train their operators, the better those pileups will be managed.
We know that there will be operators who employ poor practices just as a minister looks out upon his congregation on Sunday morning and he KNOWS that a few of those smiling faces belong to people who will in the next week engage in the very sins about which he is admonishing them.
That thought inspires me to re-double our efforts. We should not forget that many of us will be "replaced" in coming years by a new generation of "old fogies." How will they learn to operate? Will they learn and be inspired to abide by the Code? Or will they learn from the jerks?
With that thought in mind I close with this quote from Cory Booker, the mayor of Newark, N.J.
"We have to fight the dangerous streams in culture, the consumerism and narcissism and me-ism that erode the borders of our moral culture," he said. "We can't put shallow celebrity before core decency. We have to have a deeper faith in the human spirit. As they say, he who has the heart to help has the right to complain."
He wasn't talking about amateur radio operators, but he might as well have. Those who read this do believe and do have a right to complain about those jerks because we all sincerely have the heart to help and are doing so.
Finally, lean on your national society to support the Code publicly and put it at their website. For U.S. hams, I continue to be embarrassed that the ARRL is still just ignoring our existence. Take a minute to write or e-mail to your Section and Division Leaders and to management at Newington.
I thank you for your help and for your positive words of encouragement. And please forward this newletter to your pals and members of your local ARC.
- Created on Thursday, 21 June 2012 13:32
China's space program took another leap forward this week when Chinese astronauts onboard the Shenzhou 9 spacecraft successfully docked with the Tiangong 1 space station.
Not long after the docking, which occured on Monday, June 18th, the joined spacecraft passed directly in front of the sun over Xinzhou, China, where amateur astronomer Su Shaojie recorded the split-second transit.
- Created on Thursday, 21 June 2012 13:27
The LOTW account for Frank CM5FZ was finally uploaded today and 400 confirmations made immediately. Apologies for the delay in sorting this one, we were waiting for his new Radio licence being issued before we proceeded,
Paper 'traditional' Qsl cardS available via MØOXO OQRS
- Created on Wednesday, 20 June 2012 07:03
A large asteroid that scientists initially thought could pose a threat to Earth in the year 2040 will actually whizz safely by our planet and leave our world unscathed.
The new prediction is based on new research of the asteroid 2011 AG5, which was discovered in January 2011. The space rock measures approximately 460 feet (140 meters) wide, and was spotted during the Catalina Sky Survey, which is operated by the University of Arizona in Tucson. Several observatories monitored 2011 AG5 for nine months before it was too far and faint to be detected.
What was known about 2011 AG5's orbital path, however, showed there was a small possibility that the space rock could collide with Earth in 28 years. But, at a recent workshop at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., scientists presented new findings, and said they are confident that in the next four years, ground- and space-based observations will indicate that the chance of 2011 AG5 missing Earth will be greater than 99 percent.
When the asteroid is approximately 1.1 million miles (1.8 million km) away from Earth in 2023, astronomers will have an even clearer picture of the degree of hazard posed by 2011 AG5.
- Created on Wednesday, 20 June 2012 06:46
Despite no new GFF representative being appointed as yet, Green Day 2012 Awards are still available from MØOXO.
Several stations have so far claimed their Awards for the green Day event that was held earlier this month. All details can be found on this link.
GFF Awards will continue to be available whilstever there is the need for them and/or supplies run out. Email me with any questions here.
- Created on Tuesday, 19 June 2012 07:09
For all those waiting for the cards from Michael (G7VJR) for his recent operation as GQ7VJR, I can report that cards arrived yesterday morning and were processed in the evening.
All cards, both Direct and OQRS will be mailed today (Direct) and next week (Bureau). Qsl is of course via M0OXO
- Created on Monday, 18 June 2012 08:25
Not long to go now to the yearly jaunt of the StrumbleHead Team to Ramsey Island, of the South West Coast of Wales.
MC0SHL will be QRV from 12th thro 16th July 2012 on all HF Bands using SSB and Digimodes. Listen for us as well on 6m, the band was in good shape last year so remember to keep a look out for MC0SHL.
Ramsey is named after Saint David (Dewi Sant) and is the Patron Saint of Wales. It was also the home of his Confessor Saint Justinian. The Island is less than 2 miles long and its highest point is 136M (446ft) above sea level. It is renowned mainly for its Seabird Colonies as well as its steep Cliffs and other wonderful scenery. It also has the most important Grey Seal Colony in Southern britain today. Photo above is taken from Ramsey island and looking across the water to mainland Wales.
- Created on Monday, 18 June 2012 08:15
Don't forget to check out the monthly update of our group on the website of the StrumbleHead Amateur Radio Klub ;-)
The site has recently undergone a software upgrade and new things are posted there regularly by Chris G1VDP or other members of the group.
This months highlights include a resume of Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee celebrations and the second operation from HMS Belfast (GB2RN) by one of our members!
- Created on Monday, 18 June 2012 07:39
From RSGB IOTA;
Following the decision by the ARRL to delete Malyy Vysotskiy Island (MVI) from the current DXCC list as of 17 February 2012 the IOTA Committee has considered action to be taken with regard to the future of EU-117.
The presence of MVI in the IOTA list as a separate group was originally justified by its separate DXCC Entity status under Rule E.5.5, so the island's deletion now calls for action from IOTA. The programme does not maintain a Deleted Groups List to record contacts by participants with deleted IOTA groups in a form similar to the DXCC Deleted Entities List. Faced with the prospect of a straight deletion of EU-117 and incorporation of the island into the EU-133 list, the Committee formulated an alternative course of action involving the transfer of a section of the EU-133 ‘box’ to EU-117, so avoiding deletion.
It put the alternatives to an enlarged IOTA management group involving for the first time the 22 checkpoints. The consultation produced a clear majority in favour of splitting EU-133 to form two groups within the Gulf of Finland, North and South. The dividing line has been set at 60 degrees, 15 minutes north. The islands now constituting the two groups can be seen via the Search facility on this page. This change, which has an effective date backdated to 17 February 2012, means that past credits for MVI will continue to stand and new opportunities are created for contacting EU-117.
Record-holders need take no action regarding existing credits as they will not be deleted as a consequence of this change, nor in the case of EU-133 credits need they be transferred unless requested. The Committee believes this to be an imaginative solution in the best interests of the programme.