C5X - This week

radio c5xJust a reminder that G3VMW, Steve; G3XAQ, Alan; Don G3XTT; and M0PCB, Iain; will be in The Gambia" as C5X from January 15-26, 2015.  This will also include "some activity in the CQWW 160m Contest". 

Plans include two complete stations (Elecraft K3s and KPA500s) using Spiderbeams for the HF bands, verticals on an 18 meter high Spiderpole for 160 and 80 meters and dipoles/verticals on 40 and 30 meters.  Activity will be on 1.8 through 28 MHz on CW, SSB, RTTY and some PSK.

With the K1N Navassa operation likely around the same time, C5X will try to steer clear of those pileups.

Logs are expected to be uploaded daily to both Club Log and LoTW.  QSL via M0OXO (OQRS Preferred). Please DO NOT send your cards via the Bureau as they are NOT required and the team may not receive them.


'E' Callsign error by OFCOM

rsgb100 logo colourMany UK Amateurs complaining and worried today when they received letters suggesting that OFCOM intended to change their Licence prefix to include the letter 'E' (GE, ME etc). This was indeed an error and here is the response from the RSGB;

''Dear Colleague,

As you will be aware, Ofcom are required to give all licenced radio amateurs notice that they intend to vary licences in line with their decisions following last year’s consultation. That process has nowbegun and letters are being sent out.

It has been brought to our attention that some amateurs have received a letter suggesting that their callsign now includes the RSL “E”. Ofcom have confirmed that this is an error and not a change in policy. I am advised that Ofcom intend to publish an explanation on their website (which we will replicate on ours) but, until that appears, I would be grateful if you could reassure any enquirers accordingly.

Many thanks

Graham Coomber, G0NBI

*General Manager*

Radio Society of Great Britain ''

Happy New Year 2015


A few days before the Year ends and i'll be glad to see the back of 2014!

Thanks to everyone who supported me this Year and I wish all of you a pleasant and peaceful 2015.

Happy New Year!

VK9/G7VJR - Norfolk Island

Norfolk-VK9-G7VJR-DXNewsMichael G7VJR will be in Australia over the Christmas period.

Whilst there, he has arranged a short stop over on Norfolk Island IOTA OC-005. Michael will use the Callsign VK9/G7VJR.

Qsl will be via M0OXO (OQRS preferred). Your Qsl Cards are NOT required so please do not send them via the bureau.


G3TXQ Hexbeam- New site launched

7band-hexbeamAnthony MW0JZE has now launched his new website.

It is now possible to purchase Hexbeam antennas and spare parts direct from the shop using PayPal or debit/credit cards. Some of the new products featured in the shop include:

Fiberglass spreaders/tubing kits
Rolls of wire to make your own wire elements (Jan 2015)
Baseplate kits saving you the hassle of finding all the parts for your homebrew antenna
Wire element clips
Stainless Hose clips and much more.

There will be some new products and projects that will be launched early in 2015 including the new 7 Band wide spaced Hexbeam  6 to 40m and a Hexbeam Kit for you homebrew addicts. LOGO-10

Click on the image or here to go to the new Hexbeam Website!

Voyager Buffeted by Interstellar 'Tsunami Waves'


Since 2012, NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft has experienced three 'tsunami waves' in interstellar space.  The most recent, which reached the spacecraft earlier this year, is still propagating outward according to new data. It is the longest-lasting shock wave that researchers have seen in interstellar space.

A "tsunami wave" occurs when the sun emits a coronal mass ejection, throwing out a magnetic cloud of plasma from its surface. This generates a wave of pressure. When the wave runs into the interstellar plasma -- the charged particles found in the space between the stars -- a shock wave results that perturbs the plasma.



VP8 Publicity Video

intrepid-dx LogoClick the image to see the latest publicity video from the Intrepid DX Group relating to their Dxpedition to the South Sandwich Islands.








VK2014TDF Cards mailed..

VK2014Qsl Cards for the 2014 Kari's Tour of Freedom Ride have now been mailed.

Qsl Cards for VK2014TDF arrived today and all have been processed. Direct cards will be mailed tomorrow and bureau cards will all go in the next Bureau mailing in January 2015.

If you need a Qsl Card for this trip then please use the link here at M0OXO OQRS. Your card is NOT required so please DO NOT SEND one, it is unnecessary!




D44TWO qrv from AF-005

D44TWOAfter a successful trip to Burkina Faso last week, Harald DF2WO is now en-route to Cape Verdi.

Harald will arrive on San Tiago Island (IOTA AF-005) this Friday and he hopes to be qrv as D44TWO from either Saturday/Sunday 13/14th December. Look out for him on HF CW and SSB.

If you need a Qsl Card for this trip then please use the link here at M0OXO OQRS. Your card is NOT required so please DO NOT SEND one, it is unnecessary!




RI0X - IOTA AS-064

AS-064  QSL Card for the RI0X Expedition arrived today.

The RIØX Team activated Karaginsky Island, IOTA As-064, one of the Bering Sea Islands back in August this year.

Great Qsl turnaround time from Vic UA3AKO.







2SZ, GB2NZ, ZL4AA Qsl Cards mailed

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All Direct requests for Qsl Cards for these special events have now been mailed.

Bureau Cards will follow in January 2015 when my next bureau mailing is ready.


Aurora Flyover

K1024 aurora borealisThe video (click on image to the left) was compiled from time-lapse videos recorded from the International Space Station, courtesy of the Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit, NASA Johnson Space Centre.


Click image to view movie.






TI9A - Cocos Island

cocos islandDom 3Z9DX, Jorge TI2HMJ and Jon K7CO plan to activate Cocos Island early next year. Activation dates are February 16-23, 2015.

Cocos Island is DXCC most wanted #26.

More information on their website at http://www.nielsen.net/ti9a/






More IOTA confirmations...

YB8RW-P OC-213Also received today;

YB8RW/P (OC-213, Batudaka Island, Togean Islands) and YB8RW/P (OC-236, Siladen Island).

Thanks to Din for securing these cards and providing the OQRS faciilty to request them. Cards were received just over a week after request through OQRS, excellent service again! Thanks Din!

YB8RW-P OC-236


IOTA's confirmed

YB4IR OC-076Received in todays mail, the following confirmations;

YB4IR/8 (Obi Island IOTA OC-222) and also YB4IR (Taliabu Island OC-076). Thanks to Imam for the activations and of course for allowing an OQRS service, the best way to receive cards.

YB4IR OC-222



XT2AW - Harald now QRV

Harald, DF2WO is now active as XT2AW from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
He will be active 'holiday-style' until 2nd December, 2014 being QRV on CW & SSB.


QSL via M0OXO OQRS preferred. Please DO NOT send your cards via the bureau, they are not required and may not arrive here.

Please use OQRS for ALL bureau requests where possible.


UA4WHX - IOTA's confirmed

001BThanks to Vlad UA4WHX for the latest Qsl confirmations I received this morning.

I received via Direct Mail confirmations for CE7/UA4WHX/P (IOTA SA-043), CE7/UA4WHX/A (IOTA SA-064), PY0F/UA4WHX (IOTA SA-003), HC8ART (IOTA SA-004) & CP4WHX.

If you need confirmations from UA4WHX then just use his PayPal address, it is 100% secure and works every single time!




IOTA Qsl'in via Kadek YB8BU


This message just received from the IOTA Manager;

IOTA Management has received a number of complaints that QSL card requests sent to Kadek, YB9BU in accordance with his QSLing instructions on QRZ.com have not received a reply and similarly that email enquiries are not being answered. Emails from the IOTA Manager and mutual friends have also gone unanswered.

In the circumstances it can only be assumed that there is an interruption in the QSL manager service for all the many operations for which YB9BU acts as QSL manager and people would be well advised not to send further cards. We would also advise YB island operators for whom YB9BU acts or normally acts as manager to make other arrangements to ensure satisfactory QSLing.

Acceptance by IOTA Management of further IOTA operations by YB9BU must be regarded as on hold until and unless the matter is resolved.


BO0D AS-113 confirmed

001Another very fast turn around of Qsl confirmation after the activation of Dong-Yin Island on the 15th September 2014.

BO0D IOTA AS-113 arrived in the mail today after a Direct request via ClubLog OQRS. I wish more teams would use a Manager or at least a qsl route that offers the OQRS facility!

Many thanks to Sin and the team.





FT4TA - Final update

TAAF 028 TROMELIN-754871''We kindly ask those having already a lot of QSO with us or with past operations to give a chance to others. This is HAM SPIRIT !''

This report received courtesy of Bernie W3UR at the Daily DX;


UPDATE – We are now on the final lane of our operation. We will start to dismantle most of the antennas on Sunday because all equipment must be packed and stored in big plastic cases for transportation. The boxes will be transported from Tromelin to France in the coming months. We plan to keep all stations running but not on all bands for the last night. Estimated QRT time is around 0100z Monday.

For the coming 3 days, we want to focus on stations looking for Tromelin for an All Time New One (ATNO). Even if we made our best to give opportunities to everyone, there’s still a lot of work to do and we’ll try to do it as well as possible.

We kindly ask those having already a lot of QSO with us or with past operations to give a chance to others. This is HAM SPIRIT !

Read more: FT4TA - Final update

3D2YA - OC-121

3D2YA 0013D2YA QSL Card arrived this morning foir the operation from Mana Island, Mamanuca, Fiji IOTA OC-121.

Qsl Card was received just 4 weeks after the operation, excellent service from Aki JA1NLX.

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