SW5CC Cards mailed out today

Rhodes IslandQsl cards for SW5CC have been mailed today.

All Cards received via post mail or OQRS have been mailed. Buro cards will follow this week.

Rich (M5RIC) was be qrv between 23rd and 31st October as SW5CC from Rhodes Island, Greece IOTA EU-001.

If you still require a card then the fastest way to receive any Qsl Card I manage is to request them via M0OXO OQRS.

What Happened to Comet ISON?

comet ison messAstronomers have long known that some comets like it hot.  Several of the greatest comets in history have flown close to the sun, puffing themselves up with solar heat, before they became naked-eye wonders in the night sky.

Some comets like it hot, but Comet ISON was not one of them.

The much-anticipated flyby of the sun by Comet ISON on Boxing Day 2013 is over, and instead of becoming a Great Comet….

"Comet ISON fell apart," reports Karl Battams of NASA's Comet ISON Observing Campaign. “The fading remains are now invisible to the human eye.”

At first glance this might seem like a negative result, but Battams says “rather than mourn what we have lost, we should perhaps rejoice in what we have gained—some of the finest data in the history of cometary astronomy.”

Click image for You Tube story

ZD8UW - Ascension Island

green mountainFrom Cambridge University Wireless Society;

From Monday 2nd – Friday 6th December 2013, G3VFC, G3ZAY, M0BLF, M0VFC and M1BXF will be operating as ZD8UW from Green Mountain, Ascension Island.

We’ll be active on 40m-10m, mainly SSB and CW. (Being equatorial, there’s little point in taking the extra weight for 80m, I’m afraid.) There may also be some WSPR operation overnight. The best time for the path to the UK is likely to be in the mid-mornings on 17m and 15m, or the mid-afternoons on 12m and 15m. We’ll be operating with Elecraft K3s.

We won’t have internet access at the QTH, but logs should be uploaded roughly daily to Clublog. The logs will also go on LoTW once we’re back, but we can’t apply for the LoTW certificate in advance as we won’t be collecting the radio licence until we get to Ascension.

QSL will be via M0OXO. This is the same Callsigfn used in previous trips by CUWS but new Qsl Cards to be printed for 2013 Dxpedition.

Once Qsl Cards are printed, the fastest way to receive any Qsl Card I manage is to request them via M0OXO OQRS.

See also: Ascension Island (ZD8): 2009


ZM90DX Qsl Card preview....

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From the Kiwi DX Group;

''Here's a sneak peak at our QSL card and the first ones should be on their way to operators all over the ham world in a couple of weeks.''

See more info by visiting the special website at http://zm90dx.com/news/zm90dx-qsl-card-preview.html

Once Qsl Cards are printed, the fastest way to receive any Qsl Card I manage is to request them via M0OXO OQRS.



VK2013TDF qrv from today

IMGP4325Special event station VK2013TDF is on air today until the 31st December 2013.

The event that takes place each year is organised around ''Kari's Tour Of Freedom'' Bike ride which aims to raise money for charity.

The Amateur Radio side of the event is run by the South Pacific Contest Club to raise awareness of the ride and the charity work surrounding it. More information can be found on this link www.tdf1000.org

Once Qsl Cards are printed, the fastest way to receive any Qsl Card I manage is to request them via M0OXO OQRS.


M0OXO email address hacked


Please be aware that my email address was hacked this afternoon.

 I have not been injured or robbed in Manilla, The Philippines.

The email was malicious so if you received it please ignore it. Thanks to all the email and telephone calls I have received offering support, my apologies for the inconvenience caused.

By the way, I have lost ALL my email address book so if you don't hear from me in a while, send me an email so I can retrieve your email addresses!

73 de Charles


ISS - 15 years old !

iss 15The International Space Station celebrated its 15th birthday yesterday, marking the day in 1998 when a Russian rocket lifted the first piece of what is now the largest manmade structure ever built in space. The station was built by the combined effort of five space agencies and is divided into two: the Russian Orbital Segment and the United States Orbital Segment, which is used by many countries. The station is used as a research laboratory conducting experiments in fields such as biology, physics and meteorology.

The launch of the module named Zarya ("Sunrise" in Russian) kicked off an unprecedented international undertaking to build the astronaut outpost one piece at a time. Five different space agencies representing 15 countries contributed to the project, and by 2000, rotating crews of spaceflyers were — and still are — living on the $100 billion International Space Station.

Today, the space station is about the size of a football field with roughly the same amount of livable space as a six-bedroom house. It ranks second only to the moon among bright objects in the night sky.

The module that started it all, Zarya, also known as the Functional Cargo Block (FGB), is mostly used for storage now. But initially it was intended to serve as a central node of orientation control, communications and electrical power as other parts of the space station were added, according to NASA.

The Photo shows the International Space Station backdropped by the blackness of space and Earth's horizon as seen from Space Shuttle Discovery in March 2009.

Click here to take see a video of the history to date of the International Space Station.


Explosion Rips Open a Canyon of Fire on the Sun


Canyon of fireThe sun really has been acting up lately. In October, solar activity jumped to its highest level in two years, with a large uptick in the number of sunspots and a concomitant rise in flares and giant eruptions of plasma from the sun’s surface.

A filament of plasma 25 times bigger than the Earth exploded from the sun recently, leaving behind this temporary burning gash in the solar corona.

The image above shows the immediate aftermath of one such eruption. Captured by the Solar Dynamics Observatory satellite, or SDO, it shows what NASA describes as a “canyon of fire” left behind after a 200,000 mile long filament exploded outward through the sun’s atmosphere (Corona).

The red images shown in the movies below help highlight plasma at temperatures of 90,000° F and are good for observing filaments as they form and erupt. The yellow images, showing temperatures at 1,000,000° F, are useful for observing material coursing along the sun’s magnetic field lines, seen in the movie as an arcade of loops across the area of the eruption. The browner images at the beginning of the movie show material at temperatures of 1,800,000° F, and it is here where the canyon of fire imagery is most obvious. Click green link below to see the You Tube movies -

Read more: Explosion Rips Open a Canyon of Fire on the Sun

T33A vs K9W - Why are sigs so different?

K800 pac

Well its not enough to say ''they are all in the same are so why are K9W and T33A signals so different''

This interesting post on Michaels (G7VJR) blog shows a big difference.


Click here to read the Post on Michael's blog.

Comet Ison - Naked Eye Object this week?

comet ison1Observers around the world are reporting that Comet ISON brightened sharply last night and is now at the threshold of naked-eye visibility. By some reports, ISON surged in brightness by approximately 2 magnitudes over last 24 hours and is now brighter than comet Lovejoy.

If this trend continues, it will be a faint but easy naked-eye object by the end of the week, SpaceWeather reports.

The sudden uptick in brightness could be caused by a fresh vein of ice opening up in the comet's nucleus. Rapid vaporization of ice by solar heat is a sure way to boost a comet's visibility. 

ISON's brush with the Sun on November 28th is very near and many more of these brightening events might happen but all three scenarios for ISON are still open. The first possible scenario is fizzle - ISON evaporates under intense tidal forces and solar radiation. The second scenario is break-up - ISON breaks into smaller chunks.

The third scenario is what everybody hopes will happen - sizzle - ISON survives its brush with the Sun and emerges so bright it becomes visible on Earth in daylight.

The Big Picture....

BigPix....about DX operating.

You may find this video interesting. It was made by Rick K6VVA ''The Locust'' and enlightens us how we should operate and what we should strive to do with our operating to make it as effiencient as possible.

It also highlights how DXpeditions should operate and how their operators can make life a lot easier for themselves by adopting minor changes to their operating practices.

Clich the video to see the presentation. Thanks Rick !





Worldwide Iron Ham Contest 2013

adxcThe WORLD WIDE IRON HAM CONTEST is a unique world-wide contest intended to promote the multi-mode skill of the ham contest community in one single 24-hour period competition.

The GADX Araucaria Dx Group together with the majority of the Brazilian Contest and DX Clubs, based upon the success of the IRON MAN and some other multi-sports competitions, are sponsoring a different contest alternative where the competitors must use several alternatives to test their skills in different ham radio modes on all bands around the clock for 24 hours.

Click the logo top left to see the rules about this years event.


DX Code of Conduct ethics


dccAre you aware of the DX Code of Conduct?


This DXpeditioners’ Code is to help maximize the fun for all participants. As the DX operator, you play a critical role in pileups: you are "in charge”. Dealing with an unruly pileup of discourteous operators who have forgotten about ethical behavior is NOT fun. So it makes sense to plan and train ahead of time on how best to deal with the situation


Good operators at the DX end and courteous behavior at the other end of the QSO can greatly increase the total number of QSOs logged. It has been demonstrated that pileups can be kept reasonably under control if the DX operator follows certain ‘rules’. Luckily, some top operators have given us the benefit of their experience. Please peruse these suggestions on this link and bear it in mind when calling the many Dxpeditions that are currently active.




A few days away again....

SHARKIts November again and having a couple of days down at the Club in GW Land.

Listen out for MC0SHL on the air but in all likelyhood I don't expect to be on air much at all as I have other things planned but you never know!

Also have a browse around the Club website when you have a few minutes.

You can find the website by clicking on the log top left of this message or from the left sidebar of the webpage.


V31MA Qsl Cards mailed today

K800 qsl test v31ma final 2Qsl Cards have now arrived from Gennady UX5UO for the V31MA callsign.

Qsl Cards have been processed and Direct requests are in the mail later today. Bureau cards also processed and will go with next shipment (see http://www.m0oxo.com/bureau-posting-news.html and details will appear here when next shipping takes place).

Your Qsl Cards are not required so where possible, please do not send through the bureau and use OQRS.

The fastest way to receive any Qsl Card I manage is to request them via M0OXO OQRS.


K800 CM2ESP-frontQsl Cards for  Raydel CM2ESP are now at the Print shop.

The CM2ESP Qsl Cards are currently being printed and I expect arrival within 2 to 3 weeks latest. Listen out for Raydel ( a keen Cave explorer) who runs old East German military surplus equipment which covers 160m, 80m, 75m, 40m and 30m, with a top PEP of 20 watts.

Your Qsl Cards are not required (unless you wish to send them). The fastest way to receive any Qsl Card I manage is to request them via M0OXO OQRS.




VK9NI (OC-005)

K800 VK9NIA  new batch of Qsl Cards for the VK9NI (OC-005) 2009 operation arrived yesterday.

Cards waiting have already been processed and will be mailed this weekend. Anyone still requiring cards for this DXpedition should now apply via M0OXO.

Your Qsl Cards are not required (unless you wish to send them). The fastest way to receive any Qsl Card I manage is to request them via M0OXO OQRS.


SW5CC EU-001

Rhodes IslandListen out for Rich (M5RIC) this week as he operates as SW5CC.

Rich will be qrv between 23rd and 31st October as SW5CC from Rhodes Island, Greece IOTA EU-001. He will also participate in CQWW SSB.

Your Qsl Cards are not required (unless you wish to send them). The fastest way to receive any Qsl Card I manage is to request them via M0OXO OQRS.







Extended stay at MC0SHL

M0OXO MC0SHL1Well the band conditions have been so good that we have decided to stay at the Clubhouse
in GW for a few more days, intending to travel home maybe Monday.

Conditions on 12 and 10m here having been unreal. Tim M0URX and I have logged well over 1000 q's
in the sporadic operating over the last few days and probably 900 of those have been into NA. WP 20131019 011

We almost worked all States on each band but missed out on HI and the two Alaskan stations we worked turned out to be in a different area than the Callsign showed ;-( When 12m actually did close around 2030utc we took time out for a few beers with Stuie VK8NSB joining in the fun on SKYPE.

Ah well, there is always today....and tomorrow.....

Logs are already uploaded to LOTW (thanks Chris G1VDP) so the many people that thanked us for the new slot on 12 & 10 should already have it confirmed.

****had another good run on 40m this afternoon/evening and log for this latest visit now ended with 1740 qso's logged. Thanks to all that worked us this weekend.... I will be back as MC0SHL in a few weeks!


Typhoon Francisco targets Japan next week

franciscoTyphoon Francisco continues to become better organized in Northwestern Pacific waters as it spins southwest of Guam.

The system barely missed the island of Guam twice on its southwestern track before it changed direction to the northeast. Francisco has developed in a similar area to where former Typhoon Wipha formed last week. Francisco is now located southwest of the island and is moving northwest with maximum sustained winds of 96 mph.

The Joint Typhoon Warning Center forecast has the storm moving north-northwest towards Japan over the next week.




Comet ISON expected to survive close Sun encounter

IsonNew studies released at the American Astronomical Society’s 45th Annual Division for Planetary Sciences meeting in Denver, Colorado suggests that Comet ISON could make it through its close perihelion passage near the Sun.

The first criterion for ISON to survive perihelion is its nucleus size. Comet nuclei smaller than 200 meters in diameter, with an average density or lower typically do not survive a close passage to the Sun. Observations from the Hubble Space Telescope, as well as smaller telescopes, suggest that ISON is between 1 and 4 kilometers across..

ISON may be just big and dense enough not to be vaporized and to survive its close encounter with the Sun. So it looks like ISON appears likely to survive the combination of mass loss due to sublimation and tidal disruption for most plausible scenarios.

ISON will pass inside the Roche limit of the Sun, which is a distance of 2.4 million kilometers with temperatures approaching 5,000 degrees Fahrenheit on closest approach. Comet ISON is expected to be the most active and put on its best showing post-perihelion - if it survives.


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