CubeSat deployed by ISS

cubesatA team of Russian cosmonauts has deployed the Peruvian Chasqui-1 Amateur Radio CubeSat into orbit during a spacewalk from the International Space Station (ISS).

Expedition 40 Flight Engineers Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev released the tiny, 1 kg spacecraft at 1423 UTC on August 18. Chasqui-1 is a project of the Peruvian National University of Engineering (Universidad Nacional de Ingenieria or UNI), in collaboration with the Southwestern State University in Kursk, Russia. According to AMSAT-UK, the CubeSat’s batteries were charged last week.

It was launched in February 2014 on board a Progress cargo craft.

Matthew Island, IOTA OC-218

MatthewCezar (VE3LYC) and Bob (KD1CT) will attempt to operate from Matthew Is. (OC-218) for 4 days between Sep 1 and 9, 2014. They will maintain one station on the air around the clock, operating on all bands from 10 to 40 m, CW and SSB

Matthew Is. is located approximately 500 km east of Noumea, the capital city of New Caledonia. The island is a stratovolcano, with steep edges, quasi-circular in shape, and a radius of about 400 m. It actually includes two conical shaped islands linked by a rocky isthmus about 200 m long. This isthmus is submerged at strong tide and high ocean swell. Heavy rain floods its southern part forming a wetland.

Check out their website by clicking the image for more updates and information about the activation of this rare Island.


Russian Robinson (RRC) anniversary

rrcRussian Robinson Club (RRC) is celebrating 20 years since its foundation.

Check the excellent video presentation, which was first presented at the 50th Anniversary IOTA Convention in Windsor, London, UK (4-6, July, 2014).

Click the image to see this amazing presentation.



K1024 KievRichard, M0UOO will be qrv from Ukraine from September the 4th 2014.

He will use the Callsign UR3/M0UOO/P and will be QRV in the Koval region of the Ukraine on 40, 20, 17, 15 and 12m SSB.

Qsl via M0OXO OQRS


K1024 Longstone Lighthouse 2Nobby G0VJG, Dave EI9FBB, Richard G7GLW & Charles M0OXO will be qrv from EU-109 (Farne Islands) on the 6th and 7th September 2014.

Callsign issue awaited but probably be M0UKI/p.

This short operation may also include participation in the SSB Field Day contest. The team are aiming for Longstone Island, dependant on weather, (keep an eye on links for updates). They will be using multi-band Dipoles & vertical antennas and hope to give this IOTA to as many chasers as possible in the short time frame.

Qsl will be via M0OXO OQRS Direct/Bureau. Bureau cards MUST be requested via OQRS only. Do not send via the RSGB Bureau, we may not receive them.

You can find more information by clicking the image.

Karaginsky Island AS-064

kaminFrom 21 to 28 August, a group of radio Amateurs is planning to make an expedition to the Karaginsky island, Kamchatka, IOTA AS-064 (RRC-12-03).

This island has not being presented on the air for more than 15 years!

Minimal financial support is being sought.

English version of their website can be found by clicking the image to the left.





Comet rendezvous - Today!

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The European Space Agency's Rosetta probe has reached 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko and is maneuvering to go into orbit around the comet's core.

This is an historic event. After Rosetta goes into orbit, it will follow the comet around the sun, observing its activity from point-blank range for more than a year.

Moreover, in November, Rosetta will drop a lander onto the comet's strange surface.

Today's events are being streamed live by the ESA.




Please support the 'DX Code Of Conduct'

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Operating standards have been declining.

That is no news to any DXer. Even the IARU took notice and published a resolution encouraging operators to "operate to the highest levels of proficiency, with proper consideration for others using the amateur radio bands."  Read the Full Resolution here.

The publication of DX Etiquette in the March 2010 issue of QST sparked a new world-wide effort to get all hams to operate in a manner consistent with that Resolution. To that end an international group of DXers have developed a DX Code of Conduct.  Since introducing it, hams from all continents have joined in this effort. You can play an important role in spreading the word. This is one project of which it can truthfully be said, "We are all in this together, and we can all benefit."

Learn more about the DX Code Of Conduct by clicking here.


Solar 5 Day forecast - New!

forecastThe new Solar forecast video is now available. See how long aurora conditions will last and how the Sun affects you this week.

Click the image to see the Video.







Bureau - What a waste

WP 20140803 003I hope this is a wake up call for many!

The volume of incoming bureau cards that as a Qsl Manager I have to deal with is amazing. Sadly, a massive amount of these are not required and just end up being recycled. I don't even have time to look at the beautiful photos that appear on many of them

The Photos in this item show the amount of unwanted cards that I discarded yesterday. There were 46 Kilo, around 17-18,000 Qsl cards and most of these would have been shown in my Qsl information as ''Qsl Cards NOT required''.

OQRS is so important. Why send unwanted cards through the bureau when they are not required? If you use OQRS you can request your card just the same. WP 20140803 002 The only difference is that with OQRS you will get the card probably 2 years earlier than if you send via the Bureau and, it saves you money as you are not wasting your cards!

Before you request a bureau card from me, please check out this page.  This will tell you whether or not the station does or does not require your card. Please cut down on bureau wasteage, you will save your time and my time as well as saving yourself money.

IOTA confirmations - YB4IR

OC-107 001Thanks to Imam YB4IR for my latest confirmations from his IOTA trips of OC-107 (Singkep Island), OC-109 (Midai Island) and OC-204 (Enggano Island).

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Latest QSL confirmations...

V650 001Happy to report the FT5ZM cards arrived for several stations I manage over the last few weeks.

I also received two nice cards from Haru JA1XGI for his T30XG (West Kiribati OC-017) trip and also his anniversary card V650XG (Phonpei Island, Micronesia OC-010) celebrating his 50 years in Ham Radio - Tnx Haru-san!

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TX Factor - Episode 4 now available

K1024 tx factorTX Factor, they very popular Ham Radio Programme is now available.

Check out the latest Ham Radio News with their trip to the Ham Radio Exhibition at Friedrichshafen.

Click on the image for a direct link to the Player.





GB1418WARListen out for GB1418WAR throughout August 2014.

This Callsign will be active for the whole months on 1.8 to 28MHZ Bands, predomenantly SSB but with the occasional CW. There will be no DATA operation.

The Callsign is a tribute to all those who suffered and lost their lives in the War.

The QSL Card is of special importance to the Operator as it shows his great uncle who himself ldied whilst serving his Country in the First World War.

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

2SZ - Special Callsign issued

indexOn 18th October 1924, the first radio communication contact between the UK and New Zealand took place between (G)2SZ at Mill Hill School, the station operated by Cecil Goyder, and (Z)4AA in Shag Valley, South Island, New Zealand, operated by Frank Bell.

The Radio Society of Great Britain, in partnership with groups of UK Amateurs in the UK and New Zealand, invites participation in celebration of the 90th anniversary of this event in October 2014 by recreating that original contact between the UK and New Zealand on the 80m band. The special call GB2NZ will be active to stimulate the interest in celebrating the event from 20th September to 18th October 2014.

It is suggested that those with suitably equipped stations might like to join in the celebrations in October 2014 on 80m. Others are encouraged to make contacts with New Zealand amateurs on the HF bands.

In addition to the GB2NZ station, the unique callsign 2SZ (the call initially used by Cecil Goyder) will be active from 11th to 18th October from Mill Hill School.

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

It's very very quiet on the Sun!


sunLess than two weeks ago, the sun was peppered with large active regions. Now, the face of the sun is almost completely blank.

Suddenly, the sunspot number and the sun's x-ray output have dropped to their lowest levels in years. Is Solar Maximum finished? Probably not, but the ongoing quiet spell is remarkable.

Maybe you remember 2008 and 2009, years of spotlessness when the sun plunged into the deepest solar minimum in a century.

The resemblance, however, is only superficial. Deep inside the sun, the solar dynamo is still churning out knots of magnetism that should soon bob to the surface to make new sunspots. Solar Max is not finished, it’s just miniature.



IOTA issue 11 'new ones'

At the IOTA Convention, Roger Ballister announced 11 new reference numbers that would be added to the programme with immediate effect.

1) AF-118 CN Los Farallones and Jaegerschmidt, Morocco
2) NA-247 PJ7 Stiota Maarten’s Coastal Islands
3) AF-119 S7 Coetivy Island, Seychelles
4) EU-190 RI1 Viktoriya isl, Franz Josef Land
5) OC-296 Tobi and Helen, T8 Palau
6) AS-200 JA5 Shikoku Coastal Islands
7) AS-201 Sea of Marmara isl, TA Turkey
8) AS-202 A9 Hawar isl, Bahrain
9) AS-203 UA0X Sea of Okhotsk Coast Group
10) EU-191 YO Fericirii island, Romania/Ukraine
11) NA-248 VY0 Nunavut (Devon) Island

AS-201 is currently being activated by Bodo as TA0/DF8DX


50th Anniversary IOTA Convention

WP 20140705 005As a final end to the trip by VK8NSB to the UK (see below blog entries). Tim M0URX and I attended the 50th Anniversary of the IOTA Programme in London last weekend.

It was great weekend located in Windsor, London (directly under Heathrow T5 Departures ;-) ) IOTA 50LWe were priviliged to meet Hams from many Countries including Yuri Zaruba UA9OBA & Eugene Shelkanovtsev RZ3EC from the Russian Robinson Club, seasoned IOTA activator's Cezar-Ioan Trifu VE3LYC, Daniel Gerth DL5YWM and Bodo Fritsche DL3OCH (DF8DX). Also present were two of our JA colleagues Take Funaki JI3DST & Yoshitake Izumi JJ8DEN (KH0PR) (see photo).

You can find many photo's from the event thanks to Nigel G3TXF on this link (click here)

Thanks to all mentioned above for a very memorable weekend !

DW1OXL/7 OC-129

leoLeo DW1OXL (formerly YC9MLL) is now on Cebu Island IOTA OC-129.

Leo has a new job at this location and is expected to be on air during his posting there. He will be using the Callsign DW1OXL/7 whilst on Cebu.

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


Ramsey Island QRV

 By Chris Colclough

photo 1The boys arrived on the island today at 12:30 (local), and set up the station. They have been enjoying pile ups all day, and have been showing the resident wardens and the other volunteers what amateur radio is all about.

Stuie (VK8NSB) did not know he was going over to the island until they arrived at the boat slipway, then the team told him what the plans were. He has been operating and as can be seen from the photo's looks to be enjoying 2

All logs will be uploaded to LOTW when the boys get back to the mainland. And don't for get the QSL route is via Tim M0URX.

14 hours and over 1000 qso's logged 'holiday style', the next leg of the trip starts today as we move to our Clubhouse in Pembrokeshire for a few days before travelling to the IOTA conference in London at the weekend.



Special News - Ramsey on the Air for 24 Hours Only

by Chris G1VDP..

On Sunday morning we welcomed to the UK a friend of ours from Australia, Stuie (VK8NSB). Currently he is with Tim and Charles at Anthonys home before they head down to the farm Tuesday morning, in fact some of you may have ven worked Stuie on the air using GW/VK8NSB. I also know MC0SHL has been activated from Ants. WP 20140629 002

There is also some other news to share. On Tuesday 1st July 2014 the boys will be landing on Ramsey Island (EU-124) and staying overnight. They hope that there will be time to set up and operate from there. It will be a simple activation using a K3, KPA 500, and Carolina Windom antenna. They will also be operating from the farm from Thursday afternoon before Tim, Charles and Stuie leave to attend the IOTA convention at Windsor.

So PLEASE make sure you log the station from the correct location. We will have the logs set up for both EU-124 and from the farm but please do not be dissappointed if you have logged the wrong details!!! QSL is via Tim, M0URX, and we only accept bureau requests via his OQRS service.


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