MC0SHL EU-124 - now qrv....

QSL-MC0SHL-2We would like to announce that we are currently in the final planning stages of our regular trip to Ramsey Island - IOTA EU-124. This year we are going to try to have 3 stations on air full time as we are only there for 3 nights.

Arrive on island Friday 19th June
Depart island Monday 22nd June

We will be using 3 of the new "Hexpedition" hexbeams built by Ant, one will be directed to the West to allow us to work as many stations in the USA as possible as we seem to be lacking contacts from there each year. There may be some digi mode operating and again we will be looking on 6m to work as many as possible on there too.

The full team this year are; Rob MW0RLJ, Ant MW0JZE, Tim M0URX, Charles M0OXO, Tony G4LDL, Chris G1VDP, Vinny M0TAV, Laura MW6INK, Glenys G8KWD.

There may be some operating the days from Monday 15th, before and after the Island visit from the farm as we all assemble and get ready to travel. Please also twitter

We look forward to meeting you on the air and again we ask to listen to who we call and just act in a true Ham Spirit and allow us to complete the QSO's. Please also follow us on Twitter. Click the image to the right.....>>>>>


VK7FG - OC-195 (re-activation)

fliPaul VK2HV and Tim VK7NSE will again be qrv from Flinders Island IOTA OC-195 and again will use the Callsign VK7FG.
Paul and Tim will be working on getting the 40m beam up for this second activation. They are hopeful to work all bands 160-10m and maybe some 6m if there is any propagation.
Dates are from the 19 June onwards for around two weeks, no date for the end of the operation has been decided as yet. We wish them both all the best.
**New Qsl Cards will be designed for this operation -  Qsl via M0OXO

Cables & Accessories - GM0OBX

GM0OBX-Logo REV photosHow often do we look for retailers when we need new cables?

If it's patch leads, interface cables, Digi-mode software that you are looking for then why not try Billy GM0OBX. No job is too small for Billy and he has a pretty fast turnaround too!

Check his sales page but if you don't see what you need then drop him an email, I am sure he will accomodate or at least advise you on your requirements.

Click the logo above to visit his sales page or see the link in the left sidebar.


DV1UD/p qrv de IOTA OC-093

DV1UDDindo DV1UD/p is now qrv from Batan Island IOTA OC-093 (Batan Islands Group).

The Province of Batanes is an island province in the region of Cagayan Valley, Philippines. It is the northernmost province of the Philippines and is also the smallest province, both in terms of population and land area. The provincial capital is Basco on Batan Island.


The island group is located about 162 kilometres (101 mi) north of Luzon and about 190 kilometres (120 mi) south of Taiwan, separated from the Babuyan Islands of Cagayan Province, Luzon, by the Balintang Channel and from Taiwan by the Bashi Channel.

Dindo is scheduled on the Island until the 6th June 2015. Qsl via M0OXO



3B9FRDue to many repeated requests, I am almost ready to confirm contacts with 3B9FR on LOTW (Logbook of the World) for the first time. This is not as simple as you may think.

Robert 3B9FR still uses paper logs and I have to input this data into the PC log when he sends them. He can work between 50 and 500 qso's a day so this task takes a lot of time. I currently have many paper logs and in the PC I have around 70,000 qso's. My intention is to upload the 70,000 to LOTW and this will pacify many of you. All future logs will be uploaded as a matter of course.

The problem lies with historic qso's. I simply cannot accept email enquiries at this stage as there will be hundreds and the only solution is to upload historic qso's (pre 2014) as and when Direct Qsl Cards are requested. This can be done by Direct Post mail or using OQRS. OQRS Bureau requests can be made but I must stress of course that OQRS Direct & Post Mail Direct requests will have to take precidence. These will be uploaded to LOTW as soon as the request is processed. I am not chasing dollars here guys, searching through paper logs takes a huge amount of time and for each request with more than a few contacts, this can take 15 minutes or longer per request. I simply do not at this stage have the time to answer Log checks enquiries by email so please be patient.

I am sure this will change with the passing of time but please DO NOT send me emails as they may go unanswered.


Mars - The effects of Wind

Mars queryHere on Earth, we are used to the wind shaping our environment over time, forming smooth, sculpted rocks and rippling dunes. In this way, Mars is more similar to Earth than you might expect.

On the Red Planet, strong winds whip dust and sand from the surface into a frenzy, moving it across the planet at high speeds. These winds can hit 100 km/h, enough to create giant dust storms that settle across huge swathes of Mars, lasting for many days or even weeks.

As these winds travel they carve their surroundings, eroding and smoothing and gradually wearing away the planet’s surface features over millions of years.           Click here to read more....

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XT2AW - QRV in Burkina Faso

xt2aw2Harald DF2WO, made it to Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso and is now qrv as XT2AW.

Harald originally lost two of his bags, which included his radio equipment, were lost but he has since had them delivered and he has managed to get on air.

He is using his Yaesu FT-450 and also a Hexbeam.  He's currently scheduled to be in XT until the end of June.

Qsl via M0OXO




Batanes 4

Dindo DV1UD apologises for the short notice but advises me he will be qrv from Batan Island IOTA OC-093 (Batan Islands Group) between the 3rd and 6th June 2015. Plane tickets have already been bought for the trip.

As always Dindo is on work assignment but this time he says the balance will be in favour of radio rather than work.

 He will be operating from the Paga Asa Radar Station, which is 300m above Sea Level, near Basco Airport.
Callsign this time will be DV1UD/p and Qsl via M0OXO.

NASA to test supersonic spacecraft

DiscoveryNASA announced today that its second Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) test will launch next Tuesday, 2nd June, from the the U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility in Hawaii.

The LDSD mission is part of the agency's preparation for sending humankind to Mars. Mission commanders aim to test new technology designed to land a spacecraft with a large payload on the surface of the Red Planet.

NASA is investigating the use of atmospheric drag as a method to safely land the large spacecraft on Mars; the spacecraft will only need to access its limited supply of fuel during final landing procedures. According to NASA, three different supersonic vehicles are under development.


K800 MT0IXDMS0IXD-FRONTThe Qsl card for the DX Interceptor's is now complete and being printed.

MT0IXD was the Callsign used on their recent trip to the Isle Of Man IOTA EU-116.

Qsl Cards will be available soon for MT0IXD EU-116 or their Club Station Call of MS0IXD. OQRS is already open and you can request your card by clicking here.

You can also view their website by clicking the image above.




M0OXO QSL Service


Here is a full list of the Stations that I am currently (as of 1st May 2015) Qsl Manager for.



You can request Qsl Cards for any of these stations using my OQRS system and you can find a link for this in the sidebar or at the bottom of this page.

If you are requesting multiple Qsl Cards via the bureau, please consider donating a few Dollars by PayPal. Cards sent via the bureau still have to be designed, bought and mailed and for bureau cards this is done at my expense. If you are requesting 5 - 20+ Qsl Cards at a time (and many of you do!), don't be tight and just ask for them because they are 'free' as this is clearly not the case. Please consider a small donation towards the costs of running this Qsl Card service. There is a PayPal Donation box to the left of this message - Thank you.

2E0AVF England **Qsl cards NOT required
2E0DJB England **Qsl Cards required
2E0KYI England **Qsl Cards required
2O0IJK England London 2012 Olympic Games **Qsl Cards required
2Q0IJK England HM Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee **Qsl Cards required
2R0KYI England Royal Wedding UK 2011 **Qsl Cards required
2SZ England **Qsl Cards required
2V0IJK England RSGB Centenery celebrations **Qsl Cards required
3B9FR AF-017 Rodriguez Island **Qsl Cards not required
3B9WR AF-017 Rodriguez Island by G3LZQ (SK) **QSL Cards NOT required

(Click here to see a full list of the Callsigns I manage).

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YB4IR/8 OC-249

K1024 YBIR 001

QSL Card received today from Imam YB4IR for his operation from Wamar Island IOTA OC-249 back in April.


Fast service via OQRS, thanks Imam.







SWL's Callsign database

swlDespite what many people say, SWL (Short Wave Listening) is as popular as ever.

Many people think that there aren't that many SWL's active in hobby nowadays and that it is a dying pastime but they couldn't be further from the truth. I receive several requests every week for confirmations of contacts from Short Wave listeners and it is a pleasure to confirm their reception reports.

One thing I would ask though is that SWL's please add their contact details to the Callsign Databases such as Quite often I have the need to contact them for a query with the card they request or the Qso they have heard and it is very frustrating not to have an email address, Skype or other way of contacting them other than the traditional Post Mail.

My plea is that SWL's add their details to our databases to make this easier. It is possible to add your SWL Call just as easy as any Ham Call. Take a look at the example set by Patrick F59706 and add your SWL Call today!


Little Saltee Island EU-103


May 23rd to 25th EJ9FBB & EJ5GM will be QRV from Little Saltee Island EU-103.

QRV on 40m through 6m SSB & CW only.

QSL via homecalls, EI9FBB & EI5GM respectively.



F/DL8JJ/P EU-081 Saint Marcouf Island

dj8ppMW0JZE Hexbeams are very excited to announce that Emil DL8JJ has chosen the Ultra-Lightweight Portable Hexbeam to activate EU-081, one of Europe’s Most Wanted IOTA Saint Marcouf island. Emil will be signing F/DL8JJ/P and the activation will take place from the 5th - 10th July 2015

This is a solo trip but by no means is a lightweight expedition, Emil is taking this very seriously. His equipment list is quite impressive for a solo operation!

•    Flex-6300 (main RIG)
•    Kenwood TS-480SAT (standby)
•    Elecraft KX3 with 60Ah  (standby)
•    Acom 1011
•    Arlan Radiosport RS60CF headset with M350-ADJ Electret Mic (for SSB) against the loud noise of the choral seagulls
•    Bose QuierComfort  25 (for CW) Noise Cancelling headphones against the loud noise of the choral seagulls
•    LowBand Dipol 2x27m with Palstar BT-1500A
•    G3TXQ Ultra lightweight portable Hexbeam
•    12 mtrs portable tower
•    Genartor Einchell 2500
•    Honda EX7 (standby)
•    150 Ltr. petrol
•    3 Notebooks
•    N1MM Plus Software
•    FLDigi
•    K1EL keyer
•    Scheunemann single DX-pedition light paddle
•    Technical tools
•    Provisions to survive one week on the island

We wish Emil the greatest of success and a safe trip both on and off the island and a big thanks for choosing the all new Ultra-lightweight D-Hexpedition Hexbeam.

More info can be found on Emils site:


H42NT, H44NT, VK7FG in the mail this week..

QSL VK7FG FRONTJust back home from a small vacation and was pleased to see that the H42NT, H44NT and VK7FG Qsl Cards were sat waiting from the Printer Gennady UX5UO (Thanks G !.).

Qsl Cards are being processed and will be mailed Friday 23rd/Saturday 24th May. Sorry for the slight delay with these cards, I hope you will find the delay worth it ;-)








The First Martian Marathon

marathonOn Earth, a fast runner takes a few hours to complete a marathon. On Mars, it takes about 11 years.

NASA's Opportunity rover crossed the finish line of the first "Martian Marathon" in 2015

See more of this incredible story on you tube by clicking the image above.





'Three Amigo's' Tour of P40


The following Callsigns wil be qrv from Aruba (SA-036) between 19th - 26th May 2015;
Peter (VK3FN) as P40FN, Chris (VK3FY) as P40FY and David (K3LP) as P40DC will operate from
from the late Carl Cook (AI6V - SK) P49V QTH on the Island.

They will be qrv on the HF bands.





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Here is the AX8AA QSL Card design.

The station was one of many comemorating the 100 years of the ANZAC activities. AX8AA was operated by David VK2CZ.

Qsl via M0OXO OQRS






Messenger to crash on Mercury

planet mercury by messengerThe Messenger Spacecraft which has orbited Mercury since March 2011 is running out of fuel.

It is going to crash into the planet sometime this spring - possibly around the end of April.

The Messenger team keep tweaking the orbit by using methods such as creating additional thrust by squirting cold pressurised Helium through the thrusters to raise the orbit. However this will only delay the inevitable crash whose exact time remains uncertain.


Click the image to read more about 'Messenger'.







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