EG1CWO - CWOps Club

 

CW Ops largeFrom January 1 to 10, 2016, the CW Operators' Club will celebrate its 6th anniversary. The club has the main purpose of the promotion of the use of telegraphy and it is the only one that counts, among many other projects, with a CW Academy and a HF “On The Air” AdvisorsProg ram, both, having much international success.

For that reason, several EA CWops members will be qrv using the Callsign EG1CWO to commemorate the anniversary. More info can be found at: http//eacwops.es

QSL VIA: M0OXO Online QSL Request Service (OQRS) Your Qsl Cards are NOT required so please do not send any cards via the bureau as they will not be receved.

 

DS2GOO/2 AS-090

taeSeveral operators from South Korea are currently active from Taeijak Island.

DS2GOO/2 was qrv yesterday from IOTA AS-090 and will remain there until tomorrow the 12th November.

Keep your eye on the DX News outlets for any changes in the dates.

 

 

 

 

 

Los Roques SA-035 confirmed

K1024 img059Qsl received yesterday for the YW5RYL operation from Los Roques Island, IOTA SA-035.

Thanks for the beautiful 6-sided card!

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Atol das Rocas – IOTA SA-038

RocosBetween the 15th & 22nd November, PY0R/PY7RP & PU0R/PU0FDN will be qrv from Atol das Rocas – IOTA SA-038.

The Rocas Atoll is the only atoll in the South Atlantic Ocean, belonging to the Brazilian State of Rio Grande do Norte.

It is located approximately 260 km northeast of Natal and 145 km west of the Fernando de Noronha archipelago.

This is a very rare IOTA, last being activated around 1992.

 

 

 

OQRS Clublog Talk

cl 1Ripon & District ARC posted this information on their website yesterday;

''If you were at the convention, you might have seen me making video and audio recordings.  All together I did 3 video recordings with a separate audio track and another 3 audio recordings, ie 6 in all.  The first was of Michael's Clublog talk.  There are other talks coming along and I will advise when they are ready, including Peter's fascinating talk on receivers. I am particularly pleased to do this for the folks who must of necessity miss 80% of the talks and I am hoping we will get some more volunteers for next year so that all talks will be available''

Click on the image for a link to the ClubLog presentation. http://www.ripon.org.uk/

 

C6ATS - Bahamas

CLN5tdPWcAAuNRiJohn C6ATS will again be on the air, this time starting a few days and until March 2016.

Several IOTA's (NA-001, NA-048, NA-054, NA-080, NA-113, NA-219) will be activated and he hopes to go to a few new island groups on this trip.

He has a desired bands and modes survey on this site:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PLVGNRR.

His setup is likely to be his TS-480HX or a K3, to vertical dipoles, operating on 20-10 running on a deep cycle battery. 

QSL via M0OXO Direct Mail or OQRS.

 

 

XT2AW Photo's

XT2AW 2I had a message from Harald XT2AW yesterday.

Harald explained that current temperatures were very high in Ouagadougou around 33C. He had managed to get his homebrew G3TXQ Hexbeam in the air with the help of his local friends. He said the antenna had been erected several meters higher (see photo's) and this was giving him a better signal which was reported as being 2 S points higher in NA. He also received a report on 10M from an operator in Cincinnati, OH, USA of a true 599.

Listen out for Harald on most modes over the next few weeks. See previous Blog entries for details.

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XT2AW QRV this week...

DF2WOHarald (DF2WO, D44TWO) will be QRV in a few days from Burkina Faso.

He will be active on SSB, CW, PSK, JT65 & RTTY (40 thro 6m) using a Hexbeam from around the 07th of November until the 27th of November 2015 from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

Ouagadougou is the capital of Burkina Faso and the administrative, communications, cultural and economic centre of the nation. It is also the country's largest city, with a population of 1,475,223. The city's name is often shortened to Ouaga.

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

 

 

 

 

 

RUS-WW-DIGI Contest Award

K1024 M0OXO1New Contest Certificate received this morning from the RUS-WW-DIGI Contest back in September 2015.

Thanks to the RDRC Club for the Contest and the nice Award for 1st Place UK.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Melville Island, NA-248

K1024 img055It was nice to receive another beautiful Qsl Card this morning from Cezar VE3LYC.

The card was for his latest trip to Melville Island, Nunavut, Canada (IOTA NA-248) whilst operating as VY0M.

I also enjoyed a great and interesting account about this adventure from Cezar whilst at the RSGB Convention back in October at the RSGB Convention in Milton Keynes, London.

Cezar is currently planning his next Dxpedition (details not pubic as yet) but I have no doubt it will be as rare if not more than this one and surely needed by many on the IOTA community.

If you are able please support Cezar for his trips. Not only are they expensive for a solo Dxpeditioner but they can be pretty dangerous as well.

Thanks Cezar, great job as always !

 

B7/BA4TB AS-094 confirmed

K1024 img054Qsl card confirmation received today for AS-094.

Thanks to Dale BA4TB for the Qsl Card that was received today for his recent activation of Hainan Island IOTA-094 (Hainan Province Group) during the 2015 IOTA Contest period.

Hainan is an Island Province of China and the nation's most southernmost point. It is known for its tropical cimate, beach resorts and forested, mountainous interior.

Thanks for the new one Dale!

 

 

S79C - Press Release 4

S79CThe much anticipated Coetivy Island AF-119NEW DXpedition is soon to begin. After 5 months of intense preparations, the S79C team would like to remind you that in less than 2 weeks time, Christian EA3NT, Dave EI9FBB, Col MM0NDX, Ronald PA3EWP, Jacek SP5APW and Craig VK5CE will transit through their national airports en-route to Mahe, Seychelles.

We are pleased to confirm that our requested S79C callsign has now been officially issued and all paperwork is in hand. In addition, planning and logistics are now complete.

All six operators, and in excess of 300Kg of equipment, need to fly the final 300Km to Coetivy island and land on the short 500m airstrip. This final flight is by private airplane charter and actually doubles the overall budget. Without doubt, this is a hugely expensive IOTA DXpedition and we are indebted to each and every donor / sponsor. However, we do seek additional funding support. Until November 6th, we still offer a ‘Free QSL’ for advance donors of €5 or more. Your generous contribution is most welcome and helps offset our enormous costs.

If you would like to support this unique activation, please visit: http://www.af119new.com/donate

Furthermore, the team is delighted to inform that 50Mhz will be used – a dedicated station will run 24/7 during our stay on Coetivy. Our suggested beacon frequency is 50.103.5Mhz. It should be noted that S7 is very rare on the ‘magic band’ and we are thrilled to have got this special permission!

This is our final Press Release. Next official dialogue will be whilst our team is en-route and only via our Twitter feed @af119new. Follow us for the very latest updates. (Note: some team members may also update their individual Facebook page as they journey to AF-119).

We wish all very good luck in the pile-ups and look forward to seeing you in our log!

Vy 73 de S79C team. S79C banner

 

 

Confirmed IOTA Groups

YE3B Gunung SelayarThanks to Adhi YB3MM for the latest incoming cards for my IOTA chasing!

Received today were YE3B (Noko Selayar Island) IOTA OC-197, YE3B (Gunung Selayar Island) IOTA OC-197 and also YC8UTI (Karakelong Island) OC-209. YE3B Noko Selayar

All these cards had been requested by OQRS, the safest and fastest way to receive Qsl Cards nowadays in my opinion of course.

Thanks Bimbo!

 

VK2015TDF...now on Clublog

VK2014TDFVK2015TDF Log has now been uploaded to Clublog Logsearch.

the Callsign is qrv until the 1st November 2015 and Qsl Cards are already available via M0OXO.

Please DO NOT send cards via the Bureau, they will NOT be received. Please use Direct Mail or M0OXO OQRS for all requests. Thank you.

 

 

 

 

 

VK2SSI OC-194 confirmed

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Very pleased to get this card in the collection yesterday. VK2SSI IOTA OC-194, the very rare South Solitary Island was activated earlier this year by the group of 6 operators from VK.

South Solitary Island, an island within the Solitary Islands Marine Park, about 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) northeast of Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia.

The lighthouse is located at the summit of the island. It is considered the most isolated lighthouse on the New South Wales coast. It was first in New South Wales to use kerosene over colza oil, and the last to do so before converting to electric power.

 

''Why be a Ham today?''....

hackSeveral of the authors you read on Hackaday are ham radio operators and we’ve often kicked around having a Hacker Chat about “Why be a ham today?” After all, you can talk to anyone in the world over the Internet or via phone, right? What’s the draw?

The Radio Society of Great Britain had the same thought, apparently, and produced a great video to answer the question. They mention the usual things: learning about technology, learning about people in other parts of the world, disaster communications, and radiosport (which seems to be more popular outside the United States; people compete to find hidden transmitters).

In addition, they talked a lot about how hams get involved with space communications, ranging from talking via satellites, to talking to people on the space station, to actually building small satellites. As the narrator says, there are “hundreds of ways to have techie fun” with ham radio......read more of this story courtesy of the hackaday team by clicking this link.....

 

Read more: ''Why be a Ham today?''....

Enormous Coronal Hole

holeAs reported in Spaceweather.com ; A gigantic hole in the sun's atmosphere has opened up and a broad stream of solar wind is flowing out of it. This is called a "coronal hole." It is the deep blue-colored region in this extreme UV image from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory.

Coronal holes are places in the sun's atmosphere where the magnetic field unfurls and allows solar wind to escape. In the image above, the sun's magnetic field is traced by white curving lines. Outside the coronal hole, those magnetic fields curve back on themselves, trapping solar wind inside their loops. Inside the coronal hole, no such trapping occurs. Solar wind plasma is free to fly away as indicated by the white arrows.

For much of the next week, Earth's environment in space will be dominated by winds flowing from this broad hole. This should activate some beautiful Arctic auroras. NOAA forecasters estimate a 65% of polar geomagnetic storms today as Earth moves deeper into the solar wind stream.

 

The Future Of IOTA

K1024 IOTA 50th logoThis press release from G3KMA IOTA Manager;

Dear Checkpoints and IOTA Team members
 
I am pleased to be able to draw your attention to the following two notices that have been posted this afternoon to the RSGB IOTA website.
1.      “The following was published on the RSGB website on 10 October 2015: "The RSGB Islands on the Air (IOTA) programme celebrated its 50th anniversary as a premier DX programme in July 2014. The last fifty years have seen the programme grow to 2,500 active island chasers and approximately 15,000 more casual participants. It is perhaps second in scale and scope to the DXCC award; indeed, many would argue it is even more challenging than that programme. Last year the Board identified a number of challenges that the programme faced, not least of which was the need to provide an IT system that would allow online island credit submission akin to Logbook of the World (LoTW). Since that time, a small group of IOTA enthusiasts has been working with the Society to ensure that the IOTA programme continues to grow and play the prominent role that it has done in Amateur Radio DXing and contest activity for the last fifty years. That work has now come to fruition and we are pleased to announce that a new organisation will be formed, to be called the IOTA Foundation. It will be run by IOTA enthusiasts and will manage the IOTA programme in partnership with the Society. One major task for the new organisation will be to develop a new online credit system that is due to be completed in 2017. Roger Balister, G3KMA, Bob Barden, MD0CCE, Cezar Trifu, VE3LYC and Johan Willemsen, PA3EXX, are the team who will implement the IT changes and form the IOTA Foundation, with representation from radio amateurs at home and abroad. G0NBI, RSGB General Manager”

Read more: The Future Of IOTA

R3RRC/0 AS-082 confirmed

K1024 img049Also received today was the card from the Russian Robinson Club for their recent activation of AS-082 also during the IOTA Contest 2015.

The team of 6 RRC Members activated Brusneva Island in the high Artic as R3RRC/0 for a very rare one indeed.

Brusneva Island, is a small island in the Laptev Sea. It is located off the eastern side of the Lena delta in the Tiksi Bay, only 5 km ENE of Tiksi. Its length is 2.3 km and its maximum breadth less than 1 km.

Thanks to Eugene RZ3EC for the fast dispatch of the beautiful 4 sided card.

 

 

EC7AKV/1 EU-142 confirmed

K1024 img048Qsl Card arrived today for the recent activation of EU-142.

Mouro Island was activated by the ED1M Team as EC7AKV/1 during the 2015 IOTA Contest and was one of the last few remaining EU IOTA's i needed.

Needless to say I was very pleased to receive the Qsl Card today.

Thanks to the team!

 

 

 

 

S79C - 3rd Press Release

S79CDuring 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) S79C banner

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.

Thank you,
Team S79C

 

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