- 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)
- Created on Sunday, 16 August 2015 06:07
- Created on Saturday, 15 August 2015 02:13
A recent photo from Marc showing the Panoramic Antenna view at V31MA.
160M: 36 m vertical with 3 elevated radials 50 m each at 3m height.
80M: half wavelength wire to tower top, end fed from ground.
40M: three quarter wavelength wire @27 m end fed from ground.
30M: three quarter wavelength wire @18 m end fed from ground.
20M-15M-10M Dipole @20 m
17M-12M Dipole @15 m
- Created on Friday, 14 August 2015 08:36
Qsl Card received today from Budi from his recent operation from IOTA OC-186.
Budi was qrv from Nyamuk Island in May 2015 and Qsl Card for this trip was received today via his Manager.
Thanks Budi (and N2OO Qsl Manager).
- Created on Wednesday, 05 August 2015 06:15
Cezar VE3LYC is now qrv from Melville Island IOTA NA-248.
Melville Is. is an uninhabited island with an area of over 42,000 km2. It is divided by the 110th meridian west, with the eastern half belonging to Nunavut and the western half to Northwest Territories. While the eastern part is characterized by plains, the western part includes some of the largest mountains in the western Canadian Arctic, with heights reaching 1,000 m.
The island is named for Robert Dundas, 2nd Viscount Melville who was First Sea Lord when Sir William Parry was the first European to reach the island in 1819. Freezing-up of the sea forced the British explorer to spend the winter at what is now called "Winter Harbour", just west of the 110th meridian west, until August 1, 1820. In the search for Franklin's lost expedition, its east coast was explored as far as Bradford Point (see Boat Reach on the map attached) by Dr. Abraham Bradford in 1851, while its north and west coasts were surveyed by Francis Leopold McClintock, Richard Vesey Hamilton and George Henry Richards in 1853. In 1930, a large sandstone rock marking Parry's 1819 wintering site at Winter Harbour, approximately 5.5 m long and 3 m high, was designated a National Historic Site of Canada.
- Created on Sunday, 02 August 2015 16:28
November 15th to 23rd will see Christian EA3NT, Dave EI9FBB, Col MM0NDX, Ronald PA3EWP, Jacek SP5APW & Craig VK5CE come together for the first ever activation of Coetivy Island AF-119NEW.
Situated 300km south of Mahe – Seychelles, Coetivty Island is home to an active prison for low security prisoners and a rehabilitation center for drug abusers. Visitation is strictly controlled and access is only possible by private airplane charter, using the short 550 meter airstrip.
The cost of staying for just one night on the island is extortionate – we are staying for six nights! We have no choice but to pay these staggering costs if we are to activate this Brand New IOTA for the 1st time.
Using the callsign S79C, the experienced team (with over 160 DXpeditions between them) will be QRV from 40m through 10m CW, SSB & RTTY and if special permission can be granted, 6m too!
We are calling on all DX clubs, Foundations & the IOTA / DX community to kindly consider donating to our ‘Support’ page on www.af119new.com where full information can also be found.
- Created on Friday, 31 July 2015 12:02
QSL Card arrived today confirming IOTA AS-073.
Redang Island was activated back in April 2015 by Victor as 9M2/R6AF/P and paper card arrived today after only a few weeks.
Thanks for the speedy dispatch Victor!
- Created on Friday, 31 July 2015 04:48
Both these cards arrived from the Printer, Gennady UX5UO this week.
All incoming Direct qsl Card requests will hit the mail tomorrow and Bureau cards will be in my next bureau delivery. They will be at all the IARU Bureau before the end of August 2015.
- Created on Wednesday, 29 July 2015 07:43
This year’s IOTA Contest took place from 12:00 UTC Saturday 25th July to 12:00 UTC Sunday 26th July 2015.
This year gave me the opportunity to work at least 16 new IOTA groups – several hundred are normally active. A full list of the schedules operations is given on NG3K's web page at www.ng3k.com/Misc/iota2015.html
Conditions were however abysmal at best and propagation certainly from my QTH was very poor and only hearing a handful of the stations I needed with little DX breaking through. I did manage to work VY0BRR on NA-156 despite signal strength of S1....and with QSB, thanks Mike!
Thanks to all that took spent time, money and effort in getting to these islands for our pleasure, it was appreciated and I hope despite the conditions that you enjoyed the event.