- Created on Wednesday, 02 December 2015 13:09
The Netherlands IARU member society VERON has reported that hams there have an opportunity to reclaim their QSL cards salvaged from the wreckage of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17, which was shot down over Ukraine in 2014 — provided they’re willing to cover the cost of having them cleaned. VERON spotted the recovered cards in a YouTube video last year, and the Dutch QSL Bureau confirmed that a shipment of QSL cards had been headed for Indonesia, the flight’s planned destination. The 465 recovered cards now are at Schipol Airport near Amsterdam in the custody of Malaysian Airlines.
VERON has since learned that a hefty “cleaning” charge stands in the way of any hams who might want to reclaim their cards. According to VERON, a Malaysian Airlines attorney has indicated that a safety specialist must first clean the 465 cards before they may be returned to their senders. The quoted cost for the job is more than $27,000 US, exclusive of any taxes.
According to VERON, the cards belong to the radio amateurs who sent them, and neither it nor the Dutch QSL Bureau can make a decision on whether or not the cards should be cleaned. “Given the high cost, it is unlikely that the rightful owners want their cards back,” VERON said. “Nevertheless, the [VERON] central administration offers amateurs the chance to regain their QSL cards.” Any amateurs interested in reclaiming the salvaged cards should contact VERON.
MH17 was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it went down after being struck by a missile, killing all 283 passengers and 15 crew members. — Thanks to Southgate ARC via VERON/Jean-Paul Suijs, PA9X
- Created on Tuesday, 01 December 2015 11:27
Team Antipodes would like to thank all of you who have already joined our project and provided us with invaluable financial support. The list of donors can be viewed on the expedition website.
Since our project was approved by the Department of Conservation of NZ as a partnership, we have been working very hard to prepare all the logistics and build in the necessary contingencies for the very difficult tasks ahead. In the following I would like to share with you briefly some of the aspects involved:
- The team will meet in Invercargill on Jan 2 and spend the evening/night treating all their clothing, boots, sleeping bags, backpacks, etc. with an antibacterial and disinfectant approved by DoC for quarantine.
- A comprehensive quarantine is scheduled on Jan 3, which will additional include a careful spraying and treatment of all equipment (which we must bring and carry in waterproof pelican cases).
- Created on Thursday, 26 November 2015 16:09
Coetivy Island is an active open prison and a rehabilitation centre for Drug abusers. It is 180 miles from anywhere and is only accessible via the IDC (Islands Development Committee) who have full control of the island. We were limited to a maximum of 6 persons and had to use the IDC private airplane charter. The last 180 miles of our project cost over $20,000!
Early on in our planning stages we began a vast sponsoring program. We needed the help of the IOTA/DX community to help to offset these high costs. Many DX Clubs and foundations gave assistance for which we are most grateful. Without the help of all individuals, this project would not have happened. We had a clear vision of what our goals were, we always intended to maximise the number of Uniques to give this New IOTA to as many as possible. 9,808 Unique callsigns were logged!!! We also realised that regular S7 was most wanted on the US West Coast where we maximised our antenna farm to empathise into this area during limited openings. In total, we worked 6,660 North American stations netting 31% of all QSOs. Special thanks to the Western Washington DX Club who was the only North American Club to help fund our project.
On Tuesday 17/Nov/15 at 18:00 UTC all 6 stations began CQing altogether. Clive 3B8CW was the 1st into the log on 17m SSB. Our stations were planned to enable us to be QRV with 2 stations per band. S79C went QRT at 02:19 on 22/Nov/15 on 30m CW with AA4BQ being the last in the log. Altogether a total of 21,541 QSOs in 146 DXCCs were worked. The team noted excellent pile-up behaviour from all Continents and maximised our QSO count on all open bands. We encountered daily electricity outages and often had to QRT to interact with prisioners and inmates.
All supporting documentation has already been submitted, so therefore, special thanks to Roger G3KMA and the IOTA committee who have already approved and validated this operation. Our logs are now uploaded to CLUB LOG and our OQRS facility is already buzzing with requests. We hope to begin the initial QSL mailing in early - mid January, just in time for the IOTA Honour Roll update. Logs will be uploaded to LoTW in the coming days once the inevitable few log errors are corrected.
Sincere thanks to all our sponsors, to the DX Clubs and Foundations listed below and to our corporate sponsors. Your help is what made our success - Tnx!
Although S79C is now QRT, our work still continues with publications & presentations and also, for our QSL manager Charles M0OXO, whose work is now just beginning! Tnx Charles.
All information is available at http://af119new.com.
On behalf of EA3NT, MM0NDX, PA3EWP, SP5APW & VK5CE, vy 73. We could not have asked for a better team!
As with all DXpeditioners, plans are already underway for yet another new one! Stay Tuned!
de Dave EI9FBB (S79C Team Leader)
- Created on Monday, 23 November 2015 14:45
S79C from Coetivy Island, Seychelles are now QRT with 22,000 Qso's in the logbook after around 5 days operating.
- Created on Tuesday, 17 November 2015 04:32
S79C from Coetivy Island, Seychelles are now qrv.
They hope to have up to 6 stations qrv for the next few days depending how things go.
This is the first time this Island has been activated as it was a new IOTA which was announced at the RSGB IOTA Conference in 2014.
Logsearch and OQRS will be available via Clublog AFTER the Dxpedition ends as there is no Wifi on the Island.
- Created on Sunday, 15 November 2015 11:14
S79C Team have arrived in Mahe and are relaxing before tomorrow's pile-ups when they reach their final destination of Coetivy Island IOTA AF-119New.
Several members (Chris EA3NT, Jacek SP5APW & Craig VK5CE) seen here having a beer and relaxing before tomorrow's pile-ups
- Created on Friday, 13 November 2015 04:46
From 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.
- Created on Thursday, 12 November 2015 07:42
Several 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.
- Created on Wednesday, 11 November 2015 06:42
Qsl received yesterday for the YW5RYL operation from Los Roques Island, IOTA SA-035.
Thanks for the beautiful 6-sided card!
- Created on Tuesday, 10 November 2015 08:01
Between 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.
- Created on Tuesday, 10 November 2015 07:50
''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''
- Created on Tuesday, 10 November 2015 07:35
John 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/
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.
- Created on Tuesday, 10 November 2015 07:17
I 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.
- Created on Monday, 09 November 2015 12:05
Harald (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.
- Created on Monday, 09 November 2015 10:20
New 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.
- Created on Wednesday, 04 November 2015 03:37
It 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 !
- Created on Monday, 02 November 2015 19:45
Qsl 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!
- Created on Monday, 02 November 2015 07:00
The 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!
- Created on Friday, 30 October 2015 13:49
Thanks 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.
All these cards had been requested by OQRS, the safest and fastest way to receive Qsl Cards nowadays in my opinion of course.
- Created on Saturday, 24 October 2015 06:09
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.
- Created on Saturday, 24 October 2015 05:11
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.