D44TWO Qsl Cards at Print Shop

D44TWOThe Qsl Cards for the D44TWO trip are now at the Print Shop.

Cards for the latest trip by Harald DF2WO have been designed and were sent to Print Shop yesterday. I expect the cards will be here in 3 to 4 weeks.

I will Post on this Blog when they arrive and when they are mailed.

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!

 

 

'V' Qsl Cards now being printed...

GV3XXXQsl Cards are currently being printed for the 'V' range of callsigns by UX5UO Qsl Print.

The RSGB has announced that any UK radio amateur can now apply for a special commemorative prefix.

The special prefix will be valid from July 5, at 0001 BST until July 31 at 2359 BST.

You can apply online to get a Notice of Variation (NoV) of your UK licence by clicking

the link below;

RSGB Special Callsign applications

 

DU9/JA1PBV OC-175

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Listen out for Sadao JA1PBV will be active this coming weekend as DU9/JA1PBV (or DU9/WK1S) from Sarangani Island IOTA OC-175.

Sarangani is a province of the Philippines located in the SOCCSKSARGEN region. Its capital is Alabel. With a 230 kilometres (140 mi) coastline along the Sarangani Bay and Celebes Sea, the province is at the southernmost tip of Mindanao Island, and borders South Cotabato to the north and Davao del Sur to the east.

He may also activate Tawi-Tawi (OC-174) but details not confirmed as yet.

 

YBØEEX Qsl Cards printing

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Qsl Cards are currently being printed for Rudi YBØEEX.

I expect cards to arrive within 2 to 3 weeks and all requests will then be answered and mailed on completion.

Request YBØEEX Qsl Cards via MØOXO OQRS (click here).

Buro again......pile getting less ;-)

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Latest bureau cards processed;

GO7VJR 32, GQ7VJR 74, VK4NM 27, VK4NM/p (OC-142) 63, PW2D 97, GB1HI (EU-120) 78, GB2HI (EU-120) 93....more to follow.

All these cards have been prepared for bureau and will be mailed in the coming weeks.

World's biggest drops in at Manchester....

K800 Ant225 1The Antonov 225 Mriya landed at Manchester Airports carrying a cargo consignment and departed again at 12.00 Wednesday 26th to Kazakhstan. The planet biggest airplane landed in Manchester Airport on Monday the 24, 2013 in the afternoon.

The Mriya – whose name means ‘dream’ in Ukrainian – was the heaviest aircraft ever to fly when it took to the skies for the first time in December 1988.

Photo credit goes to Mark Murdock at http://www.flickr.com/photos/mmaviationimages/

 

More to the buro.....

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Latest bureau cards processed;

DX8DX (IOTA OC-174 & OC-225) 59, V55A 43, DV1UD (OC-142) 33, MØOXO 177....more to follow.

All these cards have been prepared for bureau and will be mailed in the coming weeks.

Latest Buro Cards processed....

MQ0KYI

Latest bureau cards processed;

M0BZH 133, M0KYI 30, 2Q0IJK 30, MR0IAA 50, M0IAA 50, MQ0IAA 30, GB60HRH 47 & JY9ET 63....more to follow.

All these cards have been prepared for bureau and will be mailed in the coming weeks.

 

 

 

 

 

II0GMC - Guglielmo Marconi SES

 

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Listen out for the special callsign II0GMC for Guglielmo Marconi Memorial which starts today.

The station will be operational from 26 June to 31 December 2013 from 80 to 6 m (WARC included) SSB and digital modes.

***Your Qsl Cards are NOT required so PLEASE DO NOT SEND them and request by OQRS to save time, money and the Planet !!

QSL via MØOXO OQRS

 

 

 

Chinese Space Station transits the Sun...

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Earlier this week in the sunny skies above the south of France, China's experimental Tiangong-1 space station flew directly in front of the sun. Using a filtered 6-inch telescope, astrophotographer Thierry Legault recorded the station's silhouette alongside big sunspot AR1775.

Most people are familiar with the 450-ton International Space Station. Fewer, perhaps, know about China's 8.5-ton Tiangong-1 (Heavenly Palace-1). It was launched in Sept. 2011 to establish a foothold in Earth orbit for China's fledgling space program. Tiangong-1 was briefly boarded by taikonauts (Chinese astronauts) in June 2012, and a second group is onboard now. Three Taikonauts arrived on June 13, 2013, on a 15-day mission to practice rendevous and docking maneuvers and to gain experience living in space. Their expedition is attracting little attention in Western press, but it is being widely followed in China. Earlier this week, more than 60 million students and teachers at 80,000 Chinese schools watched a live lecture by the crew of the Tiangong-1.

See the Tiangong-1 before it goes! Spaceweather's Simple Flybys app turns your smartphone into a field-tested space station tracker. It works for both the ISS and the Tiangong-1.

Most spectacular Moon of 2013 - tomorrow....

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On June 23, 2013 we will experience a truly super supermoon. The full moon that falls on June 23, 2013 at 11:32 UTC, will not only be the closest to Earth for the year, but it will also appear the biggest full moon for 2013. It will also be about 30 percent brighter than an average full moon. Last supermoon was on May 24, 2013. And in 2011, we witnessed the moon's closest approach in 19 years.

Moon`s elliptical orbit is the main reason for the increase in its apparent size. About 50,000 km is the difference between the Moon`s apogee (it`s furthest point to Earth) and it`s perigee (it`s closest point to Earth).

The supermoon of June 2013 will be extra special, as the full moon coincides with it`s closest approach to our planet for 2013, at a distance of 356,991 km. Next time this event will occur is August 2014. It is also worth mentioning that between June 22 and June 25, 2013 the occurrence of "King tides" is expected

D44TWO Logs received....

d44two!! NOW QRT  !!

Over the last few days I have received the logs (2013 operation) from Harald in D44TWO.

All of the qso's up to the 20th June are now available should you require a log check.  However, all of the logs are on Paper (Excel format) so there is no electronic log search at this stage and all log requests will have to be done manually.

Please request your log searches at this address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and please supply ALL necessary information to make the job as easy as possible for me. Please include your Callsign, Date, Time, Band and Mode of the Qso or I will be unable to verify it for you.

New Qsl cards (not the image above) will be printed after Harald returns home so please be patient, I aim to have them mailed in 3-4 weeks after the operation has ended.

Qsl route is via MØOXO OQRS, Your Qsl Cards are not required so please do not send them (unless requesting by Direct Post Mail ! ).

 

GM100C this weekend....

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Listen out from this weekend (15th - 16th June) for more special event stations on air celebrating the RSGB Centenery.

Clive GM3POI will be QRV this weekend as GM100C from Deerness in the Orkney Islands (IOTA EU-009).

You can keep an eye on who is operating and from where by clicking here.

Please keep an eye on this blog and I will post more information when I have it along with the website which will hold all information for these events.

Next weekend (22/23rd June) Neil G6MC (Club Station) will be QRV as G100C from Harrogate in North Yorkshire.

In both cases, 'realtime' logging will be active for much of the weekend.

For more info, please check GM100C and G100C on QRZ.COM

Qsl route (cards expected to be available from July 2013) is via MØOXO OQRS (Your Qsl Cards are not required so please do not send them !). GL !!

 

ANZAC Day Cards in the mail

K800 IMG 0001I am pleased to say that the cards for this event arrived today and will be mailed tomorrow.

The Australian Communications and Media Authority allows radio amateurs to substitute their normal VK callsign prefix with the letters AX every ANZAC Day April 25. To help commemorate ANZAC Day, the use of CW and AM is used to keep alive those modes used during World War 1 and 11, the Korean, Malaysian and even in early Vietnam conflicts

The now annual event involves ex-military sites and related museums. It was started by Mike "Banjo" Patterson VK4MIK and includes the AM Narly Net is on 3.600 MHz at 0630 local and then the same mode appears at 7.115 MHz at 4pm local.

Paul VK5PAS was qrv as AX5PAS for the event. Qsl Cards now available via M0OXO OQRS.

Bureau cards being processed....

MQ0OXOA busy time at the moment after quite a decent drop of cards from various RSGB Sub-Managers.

The first batch of around 900 cards was completed yesterday and consisted of the following;

GQ4RCG 84, G4RCG 222, GR4RCG 177, GO4RCG 43, MQØOXO 179, MOØOXO 39 and MRØOXO 146
cards.

All these cards have been prepared for bureau and will be mailed in the coming weeks.

 Also received this email ;

Dear Charlie M0OXO

Today, I received many QSLs via JARL QSL bureau which were requested through your OQRS system.
Almost of them were requested on 2012/Oct/08 by me. It is very quick to receive it.
I am pleased very much. I will give you a lot of THANKS.
The cards are: MQ0OXO, M2G, VK4HAM, VK4NM, DV1UD and PX2C.

I wish to meet you again on the bands. FB DX 73
2013/06/04
de JA7COI Ichiro

Band conditions improving......

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.....or was I just lucky?

Heard the beacons on 17m this morning and conditions seemed a lot better than of late.

I started on 17m RTTY around 0645 (UTC) and first call was JA. I persevered a little longer and then they started to get a little stronger.

Not quite beaming his way but a pleasure all the same when Atsu 5W1SA popped up in the window. It was a new slot for me so very happy to have him in the log (tnx Atsu san!).

Conditions continued good and I moved to 15m RTTY around 0730 (UTC) and again, straight into JA and the Far East. The brief session netted me 33 Japan, 5 South Korea, 5W1SA Samoa and several others from Russia, Kazakhstan and Europe....

....a good start to a Sunday morning ;-)

0913 (UTC) email just received....

''Hi Charles,

thanks for the QSO. Your RTTY signal was very clear and stable that time. TS950SDX (150W) + 8mH Inv. Vee. Hope the condition becoming better. Not much contact today, keep CQing on 60m now.

I will upload my LoTW shortly.

73
Atsu
5W1SA''

M5.9 (yet another!) Flare

2013-06-08 070356Photo here is an updated image of the visible solar disk on Friday morning.

Solar activity is currently at low levels. A minor C3.0 flare was detected at 11:51 UTC and was centered around Sunspot 1762 now rotating onto the southwest limb.

All other regions, including Sunspot 1765 which is now in a perfect geoeffective position remain stable.

A moderately strong solar flare reaching M5.9 was observed Friday evening around Sunspot 1762 off the southwest limb. 2013-06-08 070555

 

 

 

Because of the location near the limb, any associated CME would be directed mostly away from Earth.

G100C this weekend.....

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Listen out from this weekend (8th - 9th June) for more special event stations on air celebrating the RSGB Centenery.

Simon M0VKY will be QRV this weekend as G100C from Dudley near Birmingham, mostly on SSB.

You can keep an eye on who is operating and from where by clicking here.

Please keep an eye on this blog and I will post more information when I have it along with the website which will hold all information for these events.

Next weekend (15/16th June) Clive GM3POI will be QRV as GM100C from Deerness in Orkney, mostly on CW.

In both cases, 'realtime' logging will be active for much of the weekend.

For more info, please check G100C and GM100C on QRZ.COM

Qsl route is via MØOXO OQRS (Your Qsl Cards are not required so please do not send them !). GL !!

GB5NCQ Qrv this weekend....

D7C 1250 cs6 kinglutherandthegirls This is a special event for the Nuneaton Carnival.

 This includes processions and a elected Carnival    Queen. Full details can be found on the website.

 The special event station is activated by the  Hinckley Amateur Radio and Electronics Society.

 
 Details are;
 IOTA EU-005 UK Mainland
 WAB - SP39
 Loc- IO92gm
 Lat - 52 30' 48" N (52.5134)
 Long - 1 27' 40" W (-1.4612)
 

A full colour special QSL card will be available after the event to be held over the weekend of June 8th and 9th 2013. Any enquiries to Chris G1VDP (Event organiser).

Qsl via M0OXO OQRS

D44TWO now qrv from IOTA AF-005

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Harald DF2WO is now qrv from the Cape Verde Islands.

D44TWO will be on air from Santiago Island, Cape Verde, IOTA AF-005 (Leeward islands Group) until 20th June (approx) 2013.

QSL via MØOXO OQRS

MØOXO Qsl Service Policy

qslmanagersWith the imminent changes in the UK regarding the use of International Reply Coupons and the growth of the OQRS facility I have added a new item to the Qsl Information side bar.

Increasingly the Bureau system as a whole seems to becoming grid-locked with unnecessary and 'indescriminate Qsl Card requests. Many of you ask for a multitude of cards when you see they are 'free' when in fact you don't really need them. This and the fact that others send Qsl Card requests for every single qso they make (even when an exact duplicate band and Mode Qso) is just simply slowing the Qsl system down resulting in some cases to a 4 year turnaround for bureau requests!

Along with other Qsl managers in the UK I thought it about time that I gave a little more information that may help you in the process of requesting Qsl Cards via MØOXO OQRS option.

Please check out ''My Qsl Policy'' and if you have any comments of interest then please share them by contacting me.

Despite having input from other experienced and respected Qsl managers, this advice only relates to M0OXO Qsl Service and no-one else.

 

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