- Created on Friday, 27 September 2013 02:20
Thanks to Zorro for the latest confirmations on LOTW.
The recent XZ1Z operation from the Union Of Myanmar (Burma) was confirmed yesterday after my latest upload to LOTW.
This now brings me to 314 DXCC (W) and 290 DXCC (C) on LOTW.
- Created on Thursday, 26 September 2013 07:26
Harald (DF2WO, D44TWO) will be QRV next Year from Burkina Faso.
He will be active on SSB and CW during the last week of January and the end of February 2014 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 Tuesday, 17 September 2013 10:55
Ant MW0JZE will be QRV later this week from Kos (IOTA EU-001).
Ant's Callsign will be SV5/MW0JZE and he will be operating 'holiday-style' whilst taking a family break on the Greek Island of Kos. Listen for him between 19th & 25th September 2013.
He will be running 100 watts from an Elecraft K3 into a vertical antenna. Bands will depend upon propagation and conditions but it will be restricted to HF operation only.
QSL is via M0OXO OQRS (preferred) Direct or Bureau.
Your Qsl Cards are NOT required
- Created on Monday, 16 September 2013 14:50
This 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.
- Created on Sunday, 15 September 2013 06:30
With 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.
- Created on Saturday, 14 September 2013 19:27
News 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 http://g7vjr.org/2013/09/dxlite-implemented-as-a-zero-message-queue-json/
- Created on Saturday, 14 September 2013 19:15
The 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 http://www.invokerteam.com/hp0int/
- Created on Saturday, 14 September 2013 19:06
Toshi 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!
- Created on Saturday, 14 September 2013 07:08
At 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.
- Created on Thursday, 12 September 2013 13:26
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.
73 de Charles
- Created on Thursday, 12 September 2013 05:57
Toffy 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.
- Created on Wednesday, 11 September 2013 09:34
Listen 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.
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 http://zm90dx.com/ http://gb2nz.com/
Special commemorative Qsl's will be available via MØOXO OQRS
- Created on Monday, 09 September 2013 09:25
The 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 http://www.invokerteam.com/hp0int/
- Created on Friday, 30 August 2013 06:58
Please 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
- Created on Friday, 23 August 2013 12:32
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 http://oc261.blogspot.com.au/
- Created on Friday, 23 August 2013 04:47
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.
- Created on Friday, 23 August 2013 04:43
If 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.
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- Created on Friday, 16 August 2013 08:38
VK5CWL 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 http://vk5cwl.weebly.com/index.html
- Created on Friday, 16 August 2013 08:26
The 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 http://oc261.blogspot.co.uk/
- Created on Tuesday, 13 August 2013 06:09
May 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.
- Created on Friday, 09 August 2013 07:57
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