9M2/R6AF/P AS-073

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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!







C6ATS & 9H5G

C6ATS 2015Both 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.




IOTA Contest 2015

iota xxxThis 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.


TI9/RA3USU - NA-012

TI9Last few days now to catch Dima RA3USU from the rare Cocos islands as TI9/RA3USU (IOTA NA-012)

Dima has been there with Jorge TI2HMJ for the last week or so. Both are helping island staff update/renew vital communications/equipment so activity has depended on any spare time they have had.

 He has been qrv quite a lot on 30M CW and also on SSB early morning and later in the evenings. Qsl is via UA3DX.



Pluto enhanced image

New Horizons scientists use enhanced color images to detect differences in the composition and texture of Pluto’s surface. When close-up images are combined with color data from the Ralph instrument, it paints a new and surprising portrait of the dwarf planet. The “heart of the heart,” Sputnik Planum, is suggestive of a source region of ices. The two bluish-white “lobes” that extend to the southwest and northeast of the “heart” may represent exotic ices being transported away from Sputnik Planum.

Four images from New Horizons’ Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) were combined with color data from the Ralph instrument to create this enhanced color global view. The images, taken when the spacecraft was 280,000 miles (450,000 kilometers) away, show features as small as 1.4 miles (2.2 kilometers).

Click here to see a larger image.....

Read more: Pluto enhanced image

Brusneva Island, AS-082

rrc dxThe Russian Robinson Clubs’ members are on the way to the RARE ones again !

Brusneva Island (IOTA AS-082) in the Saha Yakutia region of Arctic Russia (RRA: RR-08-11, WLOTA: LH-0281 (NEW ONE) and should be on the island any hour now.

It has only previously been claimed by: 9,7% of IOTA participants, last activation took place over 20 years ago.

From the RRC Website ; ''Reserve these days for your best friend – TX! Rotate your antennas to PQ 41NP! Warm up your linears (duplicate your tubes!) Donate your “winter saved PayPal reserves” ;)''.

Good luck to the RRC, hope to hear them during IOTA 2015 this weekend!


Pluto - Close up images

MountainsThis image shows a new close-up view of a region near Pluto's equator reveal a giant surprise: a range of youthful mountains rising as high as 11,000 feet (3,500 meters) above the surface of the icy body.

The mountains likely formed no more than 100 million years ago -- mere youngsters relative to the 4.56-billion-year age of the solar system -- and may still be in the process of building. That suggests the close-up region, which covers less than one percent of Pluto's surface, may still be geologically active today.

The youthful age estimate is based on the lack of craters in this scene. Like the rest of Pluto, this region would presumably have been pummeled by space debris for billions of years and would have once been heavily cratered -- unless recent activity had given the region a facelift, erasing those pockmarks.

Click here to read more and to see larger image

Read more: Pluto - Close up images

3B9FR LOTW....uploads started

3B9FRDue to many repeated requests, I have started to confirm contacts with 3B9FR on LOTW (Logbook of the World) for the first time.

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 and '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. Request your 3B9FR QSL Card via OQRS Direct by clicking here.

Please be patient.....thank you.


IOTA confirmations received...

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    Images of three new IOTA confirmations   received from YB8RW earlier this week.






Mountain on Asteroid Ceres

new mountainWhat created this large mountain on asteroid Ceres?

No one is yet sure. As if in anticipation of today being Asteroid Day on Earth, the robotic spacecraft Dawn in orbit around Ceres took the best yet image of an unusually tall mountain on the Asteroid Belt's largest asteroid. Visible at the top of the image, the exceptional mountain rises about five kilometers up from an area that otherwise appears pretty level.

The image was taken about two weeks ago from about 4,400 kilometers away





Biak Island OC-147 confirmed...

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YB4IR/9 Biak Island OC-147. Thanks for the new ones Imam, great service as always!

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IOTA EU-103 confirmed...

K1024 img012Thanks to dave EI9FBB for the fast dispatch of cards from his latest trip.

I was pleased to receive this new one today from EJ9FBB activation of Little Saltee Island, Ireland IOTA EU-103.

Thanks Dave for the new one!






9H5G, C6ATS Qsl route change


9h5gPlease note that from immediate effect the Qsl route for C6ATS, 9H5G & KK4OYJ has changed from Buzz NI5DX to Charles M0OXO.

9H5G is the usual Callsign for John when at home in Malta but C6ATS is frequently used on IOTA activations of NA-001, NA-048, NA-054 & NA-113 when John is in the Bahamas.

M0OXO OQRS is now open for the above callsigns but please note, Direct routes via Post Mail & OQRS are welcome however, Bureau cards must ONLY be requested via OQRS, incoming bureau cards are not required and will not be received


PX8I SA-060 confirmation

K1024 img010PX8I confirmation Qsl Card arrived today for a qso back in July 2014.

Location was Itarana Island, Brazil, IOTA SA-060 (Para State East Group).


Thanks to the team.....






m0oxoI was pleased to receive this Certificate today.

Its been a while since I ventured into the Contest mode but happy to be back ;-)










DV1UD/P OC-093 / P40FY SA-036

DV1UDDV1UD/P (OC-093) and P40FY/P40FN (SA-036) Qsl Card will hit the mail Friday 3rd July 2015.

Thanks,  Charles



Arching Eruption

eruptNasa's Solar Dynamics Observatory caught this vision of an arching eruption on the side of the sun on the 18th June 2015.

The imagery is shown in the wavelength of extreme ultraviolet light which highlights material in the low parts of the sun's atmosphere and is typically colorised in red.

This clip covers about four hours of the event. Click the image to see the movie.



Latest IOTA confirmations...

Gratefuly received this week were these Qsl cards from recent IOTA activations.

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Thanks for the new ones Imam, great service as always!





MC0SHL Blog update....


MC0SHL Blog updated by Chris G1VDP.

Follow this link to read the information..... MC0SHL click here or on image above.

Thanks Chris...












XT2AW QRT early

xt2aw2Message from Harald XT2AW (D44TWO, DF2WO) regarding his hasty departure from XT2 land;

''Dear Ham-Radio-Fellows,

knowing very well, that many of you are disappointed, not have been able to work Burkina Faso during my stay, please let me try to explain why this happened.

First of all, my equipment got lost on the flight and came several days later.

In Ougadougo I had to overcome many obstacles: The main power failed very often, there was a very strong qrn, the conditions towards Asia VK, ZL and JA were extremly poor and last but not least, the computer very often refused to work, so the planned JT65-traffic couldn't take place. And finally, I had to leave Ougadougu two weeks earlier than planned at first.
But all is not lost. For coming November, there will be another trip to Bukina Faso.
 I'm looking forward, to meet you all on frequency during this coming stay in XT-country.
So for now, please accept my excuses for this more or less failed expedition and let's look ahaed to November.
With best regards and 73s,

Harald,  DF2WO/XT2AW''


Mission to Jupiter Moon Europa


jupiterwwwwBeyond Earth, Jupiter's moon Europa is considered one of the most promising places in the solar system to search for signs of present-day life, and a new NASA mission to explore this potential is moving forward from concept review to development.

NASA's mission concept -- to conduct a detailed survey of Europa and investigate its habitability -- has successfully completed its first major review by the agency and now is entering the development phase known as formulation.

"Today we're taking an exciting step from concept to mission, in our quest to find signs of life beyond Earth," said John Grunsfeld, associate administrator for NASA's Science Mission Directorate in Washington. "Observations of Europa have provided us with tantalizing clues over the last two decades, and the time has come to seek answers to one of humanity's most profound questions."

NASA's Galileo Mission to Jupiter in the late 1990s produced strong evidence that Europa, about the size of Earth's moon, has an ocean beneath its frozen crust. If proven to exist, this global ocean could hold more than twice as much water as Earth. With abundant salt water, a rocky sea floor, and the energy and chemistry provided by tidal heating, Europa may have the ingredients needed to support simple organisms.

The mission plan calls for a spacecraft to be launched to Jupiter in the 2020s, arriving in the distant planet's orbit after a journey of several years. The spacecraft would orbit the giant planet about every two weeks, providing many opportunities for close flybys of Europa. The mission plan includes 45 flybys, during which the spacecraft would image the moon's icy surface at high resolution and investigate its composition and the structure of its interior and icy shell.

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