National Hamfest ''Bigger & Better''

20110927-133632This year the National Hamfest Team are really working hard to make it even bigger and more enjoyable this year.

Rob Mannion G3XFD, Practical Wireless Editor starts the lecture program at 1100 on Friday with his talk titled:- “Rob’s PW Club Visits & Other Editor’s Adventures – Including the Admiral who ‘encouraged’ G3XFD to join the magazine!

For the first time Elecraft are coming at the invitation of Waters & Stanton and are providing their new K3 line to be used for the National Hamfest Special Event Station GB13NH. (You will be allowed to operate GB13NH if you bring your own licence to the event.)

You can receive the latest updates by following the National Hamfest on Twitter @N_Hamfest and we are even on Facebook

See more info as the dates approach on their website click here.

''All Quiet Alert''

dataWith the Sun's disk almost completely devoid of sunspots, solar flare activity has come to a halt. Measurements by NOAA's GOES 15 satellite show that the sun's global x-ray emission, a key metric of solar activity, has flatlined.


The quiet is unlikely to break this weekend. NOAA forecasters estimate a scant 1% chance of M- or X-class solar flares during the next 24-48 hours.

The quiet spell is a bit strange because 2013 is supposed to be a year of solar maximum, with lots of flares and sunspots. Supporting this view are data from NASA-supported observatories which show that the sun's magnetic field is poised to flip--a long-held sign that Solar Max has arrived. Nevertheless, solar activity is low.

One possible explanation is that Solar Max is double-peaked and we are in the valley between peaks. If so, solar activity could surge again in late 2013-2014. No one can say for sure, though. Researchers have been studying sunspots for more than 400 years, and we still cannot predict the behavior of the solar cycle. Continued quiet or stormy space weather? Both are possible in the weeks and months ahead.


DX Lite updated

vjrNews from Michael G7VJR that his popular DX Cluster program DX Lite has been upgraded.

He says ''dxlite is a popular little tool I wrote about 5 years ago, designed to provide lightweight HTML access to the latest DX Cluster spots. The number of pages served by DXLite is sometimes thousands an hour, mainly from mobile phone clients but also from PCs and Macs. DXLite has some minimal searching filters which are explained in the docs, so if you’ve never come across it before and wonder what the big deal is then you can start here.''

Read more on his blog at

HP0INT/9... penultimate Island


Hp0 logoThe HP0INT Team are now Qrv from the penultimate Island as their Panamanian Island tour continues.

I managed to work them this afternoon on 15m which leaves just the last Island to log later this week when they arrive at Colon (Bocas Del Torro) NA-088 in a few days time (all being well).

Signals today from Iguana Island NA-203 were a lot better than the previous activation of NA-202 when they were hampered by high terrain towards EU making signals very weak for me at least.

More information can be found on their website at


JA6TBE/6 AS-036

as-036Toshi JA6TBE is currently qrv from Tsushima Island IOTA AS-036.

Tsushima Island is an Island of the Japanese archipelago situated in the north of the Tsushima Strait, between the Japanese mainland and the Korean Peninsula. The island group measures about 45 miles (72 km) by 10 miles (16 km) and has a population of about 34,000 as of 2013.

Thanks for the new IOTA Toshi san, good to hear you this afternoon!







G100C cards printing

rsgb centeneryAt last I can report that the Qsl Cards for G_100C are now at the print shop (not the image on the left of this page).

This has been a long wait since the event started in January and I offer my apologies to all who have already requested a card by one of the several routes available for the RSGB Special centenery Event.

The delay has been out of my control unfortunately but I would like to thank Rob G4LMW for his work over the last week which will result in the fast processing of the cards when they arrive.

Please keep an eye on this Blog and I will post up to date information over the next few weeks on the progress of the cards. I expect them in three weeks time and they will be processed immediately on receipt.

Again please let me offer my apologies for what has really been an unacceptable delay.


WFF pages now removed

Logo WWFF 9xa1 2a

Since the introduction of the new WWFF program and to avoid confusion with the old WFF program, I have now removed the WFF pages from this website.


If you wish to find information regarding WWFF then please contact Andrew M6ADB at or visit the new WWFF site at

73 de Charles



V31 belize-flag-1Toffy DJ6ZM plans be QRV in Belize during the last week of October this year as V31ZM.

He is a member of the FOC fraternity so expect some good CW operating during his stay.

Qsl via M0OXO OQRS.








new-zealand-flagListen out for both the New Zealand Team who will be activating the special event callsign of ZM9ØDX & the UK team as GB2NZ in the coming weeks.

Both stations will commemorate early Radio exploration that took place in New Zealand as far back as the 1920's.

To commemorate the 90th anniversary of the record breaking activities of these early pioneers of Amateur Radio, ZM90DX will be on the air between 1st October 2013 and 31st October 2014 on all bands 1.8 MHz to 1.2 GHz (and beyond) in all modes and GB2NZ 5th - 25th October 2013.90yrs Kiwi dx

Activated by the Kiwi DX Group and several UK operators, an informal group of DXers and contest enthusiasts, ZM90DX will be used around New Zealand. Not only will ZM90DX be active at expected times and on expected bands, but in the spirit of those early pioneers the ZM90DX operators will also be calling CQ on bands and in directions one may not necessarily expect with the intention of exploring the boundaries of radio propagation. See the websites of the New Zealand and the UK special event stations here

Special commemorative Qsl's will be available via MØOXO OQRS


HP0INT QRV from Panama Islands

Hp0 logoThe HP0INT Team are now Qrv from the Panamanian IOTA Tour.

They are now already on way to their third island of the trip so having good signals in the UK on all the bands they have been working on gives you a good chance to bag these rare ones.

More information can be found on their website at



Out of Office

K800 SNV34547Please note that I will not be available between Sunday 2nd September 2013 and Sunday 8th September 2013.

I will respond to emails and Qsl queries as and when i have time.

Last mailing before this period is will be today (Friday 30th August 2013) and next mailing after today will be Friday 13th September.


Apologies for any inconvenience between these periods.

73 de Charles




VK5CE home safe and well...


Craig VK5CE reports on his blog that he is back home safe and sound from his recent and succesfull activation of Flinders Island OC-261.

Read Craig's account of the trip on his Blog at





V31MA now Qrv from Belize


Marc is now QRV as V31MA from San Ignacio in the Cayo District of Belize.

This is not a major Dxpedition just a 'holiday-style' operation so the Callsign will be on air as and when Marcs other duties allow it. Main mode of operation will be SSB but also possibility of CW and DATA.

Logs will be uploaded to Clublog during his stay and traditional Qsl Cards will be available via M0OXO OQRS once printing has taken place after the operation ends. LOTW will follow as and when possible.

Your Qsl Cards are NOT REQUIRED. Please do not send Qsl cards via the bureau, please use M0OXO OQRS for ALL BUREAU requests.



New Qsl Cards required?

2013-01-03 131018If you are a radio amateur but don't have a QSL card, maybe you are not satisfied with your current cards or just that you have run out of QSLs then here is an easy solution from myself & from Gennady Treus UX5UO.

UX5UO Qsl print offer a fast, cheap and efficient service to produce the card you desire. There is also the option to pay via Paypal, Cheque, Postal Order or Bank Transfer using their agent in the UK, me !! No more having to go into your Bank and do time wasting foreign bank transfers, this is easy.

Check out these links and see if we can help you at all, it cost nothing to ask!


VK5CWL Qrv Kangaroo Island OC-139

capoVK5CWL commenced operations from Kangaroo island (IOTA OC-139) this morning as part of the International Lighthouse & Lightship weekend (ILLW).

The main activation isCape Willoughby lighthouse on Kangaroo Island, but the IOTA is also in high demand by IOTA chasers too (including me!).

The call sign was issued in 2013, and this year's ILLW event ( 2013) will be the first time that this call has been utilised.

VK5CWL will be on air from Friday 16th August 2013 - Monday 19th August, 2013 inclusive and you can read more about their event at

Flinders Island, Australia OC-261

headerThe trip to Flinders Island had a successful first day on air yesterday and continuing today with S9 signals (LP) on 20M SSB.

Flinders Island is an island off the coast of South Australia. It was named by Matthew Flinders after his younger brother Samuel Flinders, a midshipman on HMS Investigator in 1801. It is part of the Investigator Group and an important Bird Area

The island has been subject to diamond exploration following the discovery of a wide range of kimberlite indicator minerals there. These minerals include chromite, pyrope, diopside, picroilmenite, forsterite, orthopyroxene, as well as small diamonds.

Read more about the trip on Craig's blog at


IRC's (International Reply Coupons)

K800 SAM 0370May I just remind you that I no longer accept IRC's.

Soon IRC's will no longer be able to be cashed in the UK and due to that, prior to the 31st May this year I posted a message on the web page ''How to Qsl'' that I would no longer be able to accept them as a method of payment for sending out Direct Qsl requests.

I am still receiving IRC's at an alarming rate so clearly no-one is taking notice of the information.

Please note that forthwith, I will destroy any IRC's received as payment for postage costs and the requested Qsl cards  WILL BE RETURNED VIA THE BUREAU.




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How many DXers are there in the World?

clublog uniques3You may find this article of interest, written by Clublog Author Michael G7VJR?


''A question that comes up in the context of DXpeditions is just how many uniques are there out there? We’re aware that there are at least 50,000 (a record set by T32C in 2011) but can we estimate the full size of the population?

I ran a short database analysis against Club Log’s records for QSOs made after 1 January 2012. How many unique callsigns are worked in each continent?.....''

Read the full article by visiting Michaels website (click here).


Solar wind stream buffeting Earth's magnetic field

CaptureDuring last 24 hours solar wind stream buffeted Earth's magnetic field causing geomagnetic storms around the poles. Geomagnetic conditions were short lived reaching G1 - Minor geomagnetic storm levels (Kp=5). At those levels weak power grid fluctuations can occur, minor impact on satellite operations is possible, migratory animals are affected at this and higher levels and aurora is commonly visible at high latitudes.

At about 05:13 UTC on August 4, Phi angle became positive (away) and total field, temperature and wind speed began to rise. Wind speed rose from 350 km/s to a maximum of 586 km/s at 23:00 UTC.​

The Bz component turned mostly southward for several hours and reached -13 nT by 20:25 UTC. This sequence of events brought unsettled levels of activity and a single period of minor storm conditions between 15-18 UTC.

During the same period, major storm levels were observed at high latitudes.

Geomagnetic field activity is expected to be at mostly quiet levels in the absence of any transient solar wind features. Recurrent coronal hole high speed streams are expected to bring unsettled to active conditions on August 5, 6 and 8, August 18-19, 21-23 and 31.

There is a slight chance for minor storm conditions on August 5 and again on August 31.

Saturn, Titan, Rings and Haze

titanbusy cassini 960This is not a solar eclipse. Pictured above is a busy vista of moons and rings taken at Saturn.

The large circular object in the center of the image is Titan, the largest moon of Saturn and one of the most intriguing objects in the entire Solar System. The dark spot in the center is the main solid part of the moon.

The bright surrounding ring is atmospheric haze above Titan, gas that is scattering sunlight to a camera operating onboard the robotic Cassini spacecraft.

Cutting horizontally across the image are the rings of Saturn, seen nearly edge on. At the lower right of Titan is Enceladus, a small moon of Saturn. Since the image was taken pointing nearly at the Sun, the surfaces of Titan and Enceladus appear in silhouette, and the rings of Saturn appear similar to a photographic negative. Now if you look really really closely at Enceladus, you can see a hint of icy jets shooting out toward the bottom of the image. It is these jets that inspired future proposals to land on Enceladus, burrow into the ice, and search for signs of extraterrestrial life. To view larger image click here.

Read more: Saturn, Titan, Rings and Haze

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