A Farewell Image of Mars

Farewell Mars 1NASA InSight's new home, captured by one of the twin #MarCO CubeSats that flew along with the mission and relayed data and images from today's #MarsLanding.

Learn how these briefcase-sized, experimental spacecraft worked:






EP6RRC Shif Isld AS-189

The team EP6RRC is ready for trip to AS-189.

Expedition start on 14 of November but on air we plan to appear not earler than late evening 16 of November (UTC).
We plan to make 2 working positions with PA on 160-10 m on CW/SSB + 1 position on FT-8 in Dxpedition mode.
Band plan for FT-8 please see on our website https://dxpedition.wixsite.com/ep6rrc

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K3BV1Qsl Cards for Peter Dernikos have now been prepared and sent to the Print Shop.

As well as being a Team Member of many Dxpeditions, Peter is also the holder of VK3FN and a Member of the VK3HF South Pacific Contest Club.








WW2SUB - USS Batfish

Batfish2018GroupThe USS Batfish is a Balao-class submarine and  is named for the fish that is found off the coast of Peru. During WW2, the Batfish sunk three Japanese Navy submarines in a 76-hour time-frame. As a tribute to the 52 submarines and 3,505 US sailors that were lost during the war, Albert Kelly and a group of submarine veterans worked to bring the Batfish to the Muskogee War Memorial Park, at the port of Muskogee, OK in the early 1970’s.

On October 12th through the 14th of 2018, some of the YLs (Young Ladies) from Kansas, Texas, and Oklahoma were guests of the USS Batfish Radio Club and participated in honoring the memory of 75th anniversary of the lost 52 submarines event. Four of the YLs were from the South Canadian Amateur Radio Society (SCARS).....read more below....

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VK5GR Australia

vk5grLogs from Grant Willis (VK5GR) have been uploaded to M0OXO Logsearch and QSL request facilities are open.

'AX5GR' Logs, used for Australia Day, ANZAC Day & World ITU Day are also available at the same location.

Qsl Cards are being printed by Gennady UX5UO and will be available in a few weeks.




9X2AW Rwanda 2019


9X2AWHarald will be QRV from Kigali, Rwanda from 18.01.2019 to 14.02.2019

He is currently preparing his 160m antenna and will build a Hexbeam with Bamboo Sticks for working the Bands
20,17,15,12 and 10 meters.

He will be running CW, SSB, RTTY and the FT8

Qsl via M0OXO OQRS






Z6 2Jeremy EI5GM will be qrv as Z6/EI5GM from the Republic Of Kosovo between October 30th to November 6th 2018.

He (and Dave ZS/EI9FBB) will be using Cushcraft X7 and Wire antennas whilst operating from a QTH high in the Mountains above Kosovo.

QSL for Z6/EI5GM only is via M0OXO OQRS (Z6/EI9FBB via EI9FBB).


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V73MT- Marshall Islands OC-029

majuroMasa JA0RQV will be qrv between 26-29th October 2018 from a small seaside bungalow on Majuro Atoll, OC-029 as V73MT.
He does have approval but picks up the license when he arrives. Masa plans to be on 80-10 CW and SSB with an IC-7000 to a vertical. 



KP4 EI9FBB LOOFor Immediate release....**NEW IOTA NA-249P**

From 24th - 28th October 2018, Dave EI9FBB will be QRV from Vieques Island, Puerto Rico, NA-249P. He has located a great QTH right on the north side of the island with great sea views in most directions! QRV on 40m,30m,20m and 17m bands, he will concentrate on SSB for the first 2 days and CW during the CQWW SSB contest, to focus on giving out this NEW IOTA group to as many unique chasers as possible.

This is the first activity from one of the 6 new IOTA groups announced at the RSGB convention earlier this month.

QSL Manager is Charles M0OXO **via Clublog or Direct Post Mail**





Yuri Zaruba UA9OBA

Tua9oba-16yearshe Russian Robinson Club (RRC) pays tribute to its President on his 55th Birthday.... (Photo's show Yuri at 16 and 55 Years)

''Our colleague, President of the Russian Robinson International Amateur Travel Club, Yury Vitalievich Zarube UA9OBA, is 55 years old!

Not long ago, Yura, the boy, was listening to the timid signals of distant stations, enthusiastically imagining from which distant ends of the earth they reach him, who are these people, what sky and stars above them? And today, it is a world famous traveler and expeditionary. To the expert opinion of which the organizers of the expeditions and worldly resonant journeys appeal!

There is not a single continent on earth, not a single part of the world where the optimistic and energetic foot of our eminent fellow radio traveler Yuri Vitalyevich would not go!

Check out a list of some of our friend's expeditions, which, despite the causal regalia and status for all its nua9oba-55yearsumerous radio expeditions, is still the same easy, friendly, positive and life-affirming Friend and tirelessly interesting Interlocutor! If our club still did not exist, the title and brand of Russian Robinson (of our time!) Would be an honor to be presented to Yuri!

4K4/EK0AK AS-071, 4K/EK0AQ AS-070, 4K4/EK250RA AS-092, 4K4/EK250RA AS-061, EK0AC AS-044, EK0AC AS-069, EK0AKA AS-038, EK0AKR AS-061, EK0AKW AS-027, EK0KA AS-027, R3CA/0 AS-163, R3CA/0 AS-005, R3CA/0 AS-164, R3CA/0 AS-070, R3CA/0 AS-042, R3CA/0 AS-038, RI0B AS-156, RS0B AS-042, RS0B/P AS-068, RU0B AS-057, RU0B AS-121, RU0B/A AS-005, RU0B/P AS-050, RU0B/P AS-087, RV0F/UZ9OWM AS-025, RW0F/UZ9OWM AS-062, RW0K/UA9OPA AS-071, RW0L/UZ9OWM AS-066, RW9OWM/0 AS-066, RW9OWM/0 AS-114, RZ0F/UZ9OWM AS-025, UA0C/UZ9OWM AS-044, UA0X/EK250RA AS-091, UA0X/UZ9OWM AS-064, UA0Z/EK250RA AS-095, UA0Z/UA9OBA AS-039, UZ9OWM/0 AS-062, UZ9OWM/UA0Z AS-039, RI1F EU-190 ... and many others!

We are sincerely glad that with us such a wonderful person, Friend and Organizer, who is always in touch, will give good advice and at any time will give his vigorous and life-affirming voice, positive, new travel directions, the joy of life!

Congratulations to Yuri Vitalievich with an intermediate Jubilee! A person who is already being given "presents" from other time periods, once left for us, his descendants, during his many unique expeditions ...ua9oba-hof-rrc

We are pleased that Yuri a few weeks ago (at the Russian Robinson 25th Anniversary celebrations) was given a place of honor in the RRC Hall of Fame. This is that small gratitude for all his numerous trips and tremendous organizational work for the Club, all of us and radio amateurs of the whole world!

Happy birthday, dear Yuri!

Long live the RRC # 1! URA-URA-URAAAAA !!!! ''




(Tnx Russian Robinson Club (RRC)
Google translate for the translation (may not be perfect).


Announcement of New IOTA Groups

IOTAIOTA Management announced on 31 August 2018 on the IOTA website the five yearly review of the Directory list of IOTA groups. It had the intention of releasing a small number of additions at this year’s RSGB Convention in Milton Keynes with a second tranche at Ham Radio Friedrichshafen in July 2019. IOTA Management is grateful to proposers of some 28 candidate groups received by the 1 October deadline. On Sunday 14 October IOTA General Manager Roger Balister, G3KMA announced the first tranche of 6 new groups at the RSGB Convention. They covered a Swedish/Finnish joint sovereignty island and groups in North America, Asia and Oceania. All new groups have provisional numbers. This means that they will need to be confirmed by an operation taking place after 14 October 2018 that meets the 1000 QSO and other normal validation requirements. Only after confirmation of the number will credit for past operations be considered.

The following 6 groups are added to the IOTA list as a first tranche of New Ones. A second tranche will be announced at Ham Radio Friedrichshafen 2019.

1. EU-192P SM/OH Kataja Island, Finland/Sweden (=Kataja) 65 41–65 43N 24 07–24 11E New ‘split sovereignty island’, located in the very north of the Gulf of Bothnia. Since the signing of a bilateral agreement in 1809 ground rise has caused the Swedish island Kataja and the smaller Finnish island Inakari to merge forming a larger island 2 km long. The border between Sweden and Finland now crosses the island, similar to Market Reef. No known previous amateur radio activity.

2. OC-297P FO Morane Atoll, Tuamotu Islands, French Polynesia (=Morane) 23 05S–23 15S 137 05–137 11W New ‘remote island’ group. This island, previously an outlier of the OC-113 Actaeon group, lies a distance of at least 153 km from Maria Est Island, the nearest island in the rest of the Tuamotus. No known previous amateur radio activity.

3. NA-249P KP3, 4 Puerto Rico’s Coastal Islands, Puerto Rico (=Caja de Muertos, Culebra, Culebrita, Mona, Monito, Vieques) 17 48–18 40N 065 09–068 00W New ‘coastal islands’ group. Justified on the grounds that Puerto Rico is of a similar size to Corsica which has a coastal islands sub-group. Some 5 previous operations, 3 from Vieques, and 1 each from Culebra and Mona.

4. NA-250P KL Yakutat County Group, Coastal Groups, United States (Alaska) (=Fitzgerald, Gregson, Khantaak, Knight, Kriwoi, Krutoi, Otmeloi) 58 48–60 00N 137 56–141 00W New ‘coastal islands’ group, created by splitting the current NA-161 Skagway–Yakutat County group. It can be justified on the grounds that the qualifying islands in both groups are separated by at least 250 km and the two administrative counties can be easily split. No known previous amateur radio activity.

5. AS-205P R0X Bering Sea Coast East group, Koryanskiy Avtonomnyy Okrug, Russian Federation – Asia (=Yoanna Bogoslova, Vasiliya Islands) 57 20–61 49N 168 00–174 30E New ‘coastal islands’ group, created by splitting the current AS-064 Bering Sea Coast group. Bogoslova Island lies 460 km away in a straight line from Verkhoturova Island, and 485 km away from Karaginskiy Island, the only two island counters of this group. The Vasiliya Islands are further away. This distance spread in a group is quite exceptional. We allowed AS-091 in a neighbouring area to be split in July 2014, the separation being 500 km or more. No known previous amateur radio activity.

6. AS-204P R0F Kuril’skiye Islands North, Sakhalinskaya Oblast’, Russian Federation – Asia (=Atlasov, Shumshu, Paramushir, Antsiferova, Makanrushi, Onekotan, Kharimkotan, Chirinkotan, Ekarma, Shiashkotan, Raikoke, Matua, Rasshua, Ushishir, Ketoy, Simushir) 46 40–51 00N 151 30–156 38E A new group, created by splitting AS-025 Kuril’skiye Islands into 2. The islands extend over a distance of more than 1200 km. Adverse comparisons are made with the Aleutian Island Chain and the Hawaiian Island Chain where there are many separate IOTA Groups. Some information sources specify North and South Kurils as sub-groups. Most activity has been from the South Group.

Roger Balister, G3KMA
IOTA General Manager
14 October 2018

K6VVA/KL7 NA-004

kl7k6vva-endicottRick, K6VVA will be active as KL7/K6VVA from Endicott Island, IOTA NA - 004, 8 - 11 November 2018.
He will operate on 40, 30, 20m CW with some SSB.
Recent DX Spots KL7/K6VVARecent DX Spots K6VVA/KL7
No QSLs. IOTA credit only via iota-world.org.
Information from Rick:

Scheduled QRV is from 8 Nov 2018 (2200utc) until 11 Nov 2018 (1800utc).

Operation will be primarily CW mode on 20m, 30m & 40m (some SSB), w/TS-480HX (200w) and Vertical w/16 sloping radials, plus backup radio, power supply, computer and antenna parts.

With current low Solar SFI condx at 70+ Degrees North Latitude, band openings to many IOTA Chaser Geo-Areas will be very limited. I would prefer to see at least SFI= 120 like during my successful IOTA NA-050 Expedition in 2013, but this would require a QRX for several more years ;-(

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Qsl Cards for my recent trip to Russia are niow being sent via the buro.

Thanks to all that managed to work me. I had very high noise, S9 mainly whilst operating so any of the weaker signals such as JA just didn't get through. My apologies for that.

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CO4XT NA-054


New log received from Orelmis on Isla de la Juventud NA-054, Cuba. Log is available on M0OXO Logsearch & OQRS.

Qsl Cards now being issued..







VY0ERC NA-008 Fundraising

VY0ERC2VY0ERC will be QRV from October 17 until November 10, 2018 from Eureka,
NU (NA-008).

Expect activity on 40, 20 Meters and hopefully 80m in SSB, Digital and
CW when time and weather permitting.
Participation in CQ WW SSB and other major contests within indicated
time period is planned.


Activity via FM satellites from ER60, EQ79 and close grids is also

Read more: VY0ERC NA-008 Fundraising

FR/DL9HAL La Reunion

FR-DL9HALBetween October 9th - 27th 2018 Stephan (DL9HAL) will stay on the island of 'La Reunion'.
He tells me it is not a dxpedition, only holiday style. He has no schedule but QSL cards will be printed afterwards.
''If you need a Qsl Card PSE send the card only via my manager (M0OXO). NO other (qsl- bureau} cards will never reach me so to be sure of a QSL 100%, then please use M0OXO's OQRS system''.

Z66X QSL Card

z66x frImages just released for the Z66X Kosovo Qsl Card for the recent trip by Members of the EI DX Group and Martti Laine OH2BH.

It was the first time FT8 had been used in Kosovo and it also included a good period on the 6m Band.

The Operators representing the EIDXG were Enda EI2II and Declan EI9HQ.

Qsl is via OH2BH ONLY !


ep6rrc-shifEP6RRC will be active from Shif Island, IOTA AS - 189, Iran, 17 - 23 November 2018.


DX Pedition pilots:

Victor, UA3AKO Europe/Russia.





RA/M0OXO Moscow

RA-M0OXOThe log for the recent trip to Moscow has now been uploaded to M0OXO OQRS. There is no need to request a Qsl Card, I will confirm all QSO's via LOTW and the Bureau once cards are printed.

I would like to take the opportunity to thank my hosts whilst in Moscow. Thanks to Igor Ustimenko, Elena Kolobova and the beautiful Marya

They are the perfect family with a beautiful home and I thank them so much for their help, accommodation and friendship. The love and friendship of any Family is Life's Blessing, Thank you x X x

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TT8KO Chad

tt8koKen, LA7GIA will be active as TT8KO from

Chad, 9 - 21 October 2018.




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M0OXO QSL Manager Service

K800 M0OXO Logo 2016Please be aware that I will be away from the Officer for the next week +/-.

Emails will be answered as and when I have service but Missing/Busted Call checks, Log Enquiries, Log uploads and QSL Card processing will most likely NOT be done until I return as Internet access will have its limitations.

Thanks you for your understanding,

73 de Charles





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