MAVEN reaches Mars

MarsNASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft successfully entered Mars’ orbit at 18:24 p.m. yesterday, where it now will prepare to study the Red Planet’s upper atmosphere as never done before.

MAVEN is the first spacecraft dedicated to exploring the tenuous upper atmosphere of Mars.

Following orbit insertion, MAVEN will begin a six-week commissioning phase that includes maneuvering into its final science orbit and testing the instruments and science-mapping commands. MAVEN then will begin its one Earth-year primary mission, taking measurements of the composition, structure and escape of gases in Mars’ upper atmosphere and its interaction with the sun and solar wind.

Click image to see You Tube movie.

 

 

E30FB - Eritrea

zorro2Operations began yesterday by Zorro JH1AJT in Eritrea. he was using the Callsign E30FB.

Zorro is in Eritrea on business and this information published by the Eritrean Ministry Of Communication;

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed yesterday between Eritrea and Japan regarding Sports Collaboration at Asmara Palace Hotel here in the capital. The Memorandum pertains to regular exchange of sports delegation, exchange of information, coordinating seminars and preparing mutual programs and projects focusing on Olympic and Paralympics participation of Eritrean athletes during the period 2014-2020.

Up to this morning Zorro had logged over 1400 qso's, many of them ATNO's. Expect to hear Zorro sporadically for the next few days.

 

 

 

 

YW5RYL IOTA SA-035

LOGO1 2014YW5RYL are now qrv from Las Roques Island, IOTA SA-035.

The archipelago of Los Roques is a group of islands and cays in the Lesser Antilles belonging to Venezuela which have an estimated 40.61 square kilometers and are located between the Archipelago Las Aves (west) and the island of La Orchila surface (the east).

It has an area of ​​approximately 221,120 hectares between sea and land areas, and is considered the largest marine park in Latin America.

 

M0UKI/p Farnes Islands Gallery

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A few images from the recent activation of Longstone Island IOTA EU-109 (Farne Islands Group) can be seen on this link for anyone who is interested.

Click the image to view. Tnx Paul 2E1AYS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OC-122 & OC-215 confirmations

YF1AR 122 001Thanks to Budi YF1AR and his manager Bob N2OO for receipt of the latest Qsl confirmations.


IOTA OC-122 Sipora Island and YF1AR/5 IOTA OC-122 Tambelan Besar Island were both activated earlier this year and traditional Paper Qsl confirmations arrived today.

YF1AR 215 001

 

DX8DX IOTA OC-119 & OC-188

K800 OC-119  OC-188Dindo (DV1UD) will be qrv as DX8DX next week from Pangutaran Island IOTA OC-188 (Pangutaran Group) and Tongkil (Tongquil) Island IOTA OC-119 (Jolo Group)

Details are not exact at this stage but it is believed these activations will be around Thursday 25th and Friday 26th September 2014. Dindo has upgraded equipment this time around and will use Icom 706MKIIG (100w) and also K3 and KPA500 into Vertical antennas (SteppIR BigIR etc). CW is his predominant and preferred mode but there is a chance there may be a second operator with him who, if possible, will be able to operate a second station on SSB however this is not confirmed at this stage.
 See Blog updates as I get them by clicking the image above.
 QSL Cards are via M0OXO

 

M0UKI/p EU-109 Qsl Preview

M0UKIQsl Cards for M0UKI/p, Farne Islands, IOTA EU-109 were ordered today.

I'll keep the blog updated on the progress but I expect them in around 3 weeks time from Gennady UX5UO.

M0UKI ob

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MW0JZE 7 Band Hexbeam announced

7band-hexbeamGreat news today for the users of the Hexbeam as Anthony MW0JZE has announced his new version of the antenna and it includes 40M !

''Over the past 9 months I have been planning, designing and developing the new Hexbeam concept. I have done much research on the 40m full size Hexbeam but came to the conclusion it was just too big to erect in an average size garden. The wind load would be so high that any strong gales could cause destruction to the fiberglass arms limiting its life span. The compromise I came to was to design a non-trapped Di-pole antenna with as little loss as possible while maintaining a modest turning radius.''

 

Read more on this 6M thro 40M antenna by visiting Ant's site by clicking the image above... Good luck Ant !

 

Kind comments.....

It's not that often that people take the time to comment on the Qsl services that Tim M0URX and I offer so I make no apologies for dropping this one on my Blog ;-)

''Hello Charles,
Many, many thanks for your QSL cards : 3B9FR, D44TWO, G7VJR, MJ0UOO, GM100C and ZM90DX.

I 'v got all of this very nice QSL cards on August 20. 2014. via E7 QSL Bureau in Sarajevo.
I was use your very, very quality OQRS. I wish you very good success in your QSL management.


73 from Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Samir E73KW'' ..........Thanks Samir !

 

Buyukada Island IOTA AS-201

AS-200 001Thanks Bodo DF8DX for the confirmation on the new IOTA AS-201 that arrived this week.

Buyukada Island was a brand new IOTA that was announced at the IOTA conference in July
at the IOTA convention in London.

Great activation Bodo, many thanks for the fast turnaround as always.

 

 

 

M0UKI/p EU-109 - Reminder ;-)

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

Callsign will 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 QRZ.com 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. Your Qsl Cards are NOT required so please use OQRS where possible.

You can find more information by clicking the image.

 

Bureau Postage Costs

 

payment-logoThere are many users of my OQRS Bureau facility, some of whom request multiples of 5-20 Qsl Cards at any one time. May I remind you that no bureau system or bureau requested card is 'free', it actually costs me a LOT of money. There is the cost of printing the QSL cards and also, as I mail Direct to World RSGB Bureau's (not via the RSGB Bureau) for a far faster and efficent service, these costs come directly from my pocket.

Please therefore consider donating via PayPal towards these Qsl expenses. Donations of any amount (drop-down selection) can be made using the PayPal ''Donate'' button in the Menu to the left of this message.  Thank you !

 

Huge Earth Crack

crackA one-kilometer long earth crack opened up on 15th of August 2014, in Sonora, Mexico. The crack severed Highway 26 between the city of Hermosillo and the coast. At some points it is 5 meters wide and 8 meters deep.

According to El Imparcial newspaper, it is still unknown what caused the crack but Municipal Civil Protection believes that it was triggered by an underground water stream. Some speculate that an earthquake at the San Andreas Fault last Sunday may have been the cause.

Geological investigations are underway. Another crack was reported to have opened near Highway 4 in the same area.

Click the image to see footage was recorded by aerial drone.

Electronic IOTA Credits

iota creditAs many that read this blog are IOTA enthusuasts, it will be old news to all of you that electronic submission and credit is still not available and more than likely will not be for many years.

This recent presentation from our friend Rick (The Locust) K6VVA gives a new take on the subject and a way which he believes this could actually occur.

Click the image to view the 20 minute You Tube video of Rick's ideas.

 

GB1PC cards mailed

 GB1PC 001The latest batch of the GB1PC special event cards have been mailed today.

Bureau cards for this event have also been prepared ready for the next mailing.

 If you require a card please use M0OXO OQRS. Thank you.

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VK5CE/8 - IOTA OC-173

bathCraig VK5CE is now qrv from IOTA OC-173.

VK5CE/8 has arrived and started his Dxpedition from Bathurst Island, Northern Territory, Australia. Known as 'the islands of smiles', the Tiwi Islands, are located 100 kilometres north of Darwin, where the Arafura Sea joins the Timor Sea.

The Tiwi Islands comprise Bathurst and Melville Island, and nine smaller uninhabited islands: Buchanan, Harris, Seagull, Karslake, Irritutu, Clift, Turiturina, Matingalia and Nodlaw. Melville Island is Australia's second largest island after Tasmania.

Almost 90% of the people living in the Tiwi Islands are of Aboriginal descent. They have occupied the Tiwi Islands for around 7,000 years.

Check out Craig's website at http://oc173.blogspot.co.uk/

 

'New Horizons' reaches Neptune

NeptuneNASA's Pluto-bound New Horizons spacecraft has traversed the orbit of Neptune. This is its last major crossing en route to becoming the first probe to make a close encounter with distant Pluto on July 14, 2015.

The sophisticated piano-sized spacecraft, which launched in January 2006, reached Neptune's orbit -- nearly 2.75 billion miles (4.4. billion kilometers) from Earth -- in a record eight years and eight months. New Horizons' milestone matches precisely the 25th anniversary of the historic encounter of NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft with Neptune on 25th of August 1989.

M-Class eruption

flarewA visually beautiful solar flare erupted from the east limb of the sun yesterday.

Extreme UV radiation briefly ionized the upper layers of Earth's atmosphere; otherwise, our planet was not in the line of fire. 

The responsible sunspot will turn toward Earth in the days ahead, boosting chances for geoeffective solar activity as the week unfolds.

Solar-terrestrial indices for 25th August are - Solar flux 141 and estimated planetary A-index 4. The estimated planetary K-index at 0300 UTC on the 25th August was 0.

 

 

 

Truly a 'Monster' Antenna

MONSTER7J4AAL in Japan is now the largest Yagi for 160m meters.

A "full size", 3 elements, a monster on top of a 200 feet (60mts) rotating tower.

 

Solar Activity picking up?

regions aug21Solar activity has been low for weeks. A new sunspot turning toward Earth could change that.

AR2149 announced itself on the 21st of August with a M3-class solar flare that sent waves of ionization coursing through Earth's upper atmosphere. 

The active region appears capable of more eruptions in the days ahead.

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.

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