RT9K 2020

RT9K PlandsUA9KDF, Igor, reports the RT9K team plan to be active from
Rastorguyeva Island, in the Kara Sea Coast Centre group (AS-068), sometime in March 2020.

This will be an extreme expedition on snowmobiles of 1,400 km in one direction. Another tough one for the masters in the Arctic.





6O7A Somalia

6o7aFrom Ken, LA7GIA ...

“For a long time I have been planning where to go next. This time I decided to return to Somalia which I also activated in 2018. I really look forward to this trip! Planning a trip to Somalia involves many limitations and challenges wrt obtaining permissions, logistics, operation as well safety & security wise. I have obtained the license 6O7O, and LoTW is already received by ARRL.

I have a better QTH than last time. This time also with more space for beverages to NA/EU and Asia. Everything is booked and in place like accommodation, flight etc. I will be operating solo for exactly 14 days on all bands 160-10m using mainly CW. If possible also digi mode. If someone can send me an original Elecraft mic I might do some SSB as well…

I will be using my upgraded Elecraft K3, 1 kW amplifier and various TX/RX antennas.

160m: toploaded vertical

80m/40m: fullsize verticals

30m, 17m, 12m: dipole

20m, 15m, 10m: My favourite 2 el Mosley beam

RX antennas: 200-230m beverage to NA/EU and asia. K9AY loop as backup. RemoteQTH.com equipment and controller

QSL via M0OXO. Log will be uploaded to Club Log.

Donations is very much appreciated to paypal This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Anyone donating upfront will receive direct QSL and express LoTW!”


IOTA Contest 2019 new rule


IOTAMake sure you read the rules (including the new one for 2019 regarding your exchange - see below).

The RSGB IOTA Contest is the most popular contest in the RSGB HF Contests calendar, attracting entries from around the world.

IOTA refers to the RSGB "Islands on the Air" awards. A newcomers' guide to the system of IOTA references and further information on the IOTA Contest can be found at the IOTA Contest Information page and on the IOTA Contest FAQ page. A beginners' guide to operating in the contest is here.


If you have any questions about these rules, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

****New for 2019**** To shorten the exchange, for 2019 the sending of RS(T) will be optional. i.e. you do not have to send a report as part of your exchange.

Full rules on this link; https://www.rsgbcc.org/hf/rules/2019/riota.shtml


Ananth Pai VU2PAI SK

paiAnanth Pai VU2PAI SK (seated right on photo with EI9FBB & M0OXO)..very sad news....

Mangaluru, Jul 14: Ananth Pai, director of Bharath Beedi Works Limited in city, passed away on Sunday, July 14 in Indore, Madhya Pradesh.

Ananth Pai had gone to Indore to take part in a seminar and he breathed his last there due to cardiac arrest.
He is survived by his wife Suma Ananth Pai, daughter Anvitha, younger brother Anand G Pai and two sisters.
He was a grandson of B Manjunath Pai, Founder of Bharath Group.
Ananth Ganapathi Pai was born on April 6, 1973 as the eldest son of our former chairman and managing director Ganapathi Pai and Smt. Geetha Pai.

He started his career in Bharath Group of Companies in 1994. He was presently serving as the Executive Director heading marketing and finance departments of Bharath Group which comprises various group companies like Bharath Beedi Works Pvt. Ltd., Bharath Auto Cars Pvt. Ltd. (Dealers for Maruti Suzuki cars), Alakananda Printers Pvt. Ltd. (Bharath Bookmark chain of bookshops), Bharath Printers and Karkala Investments Pvt. Ltd. He was the Director of Bharath Builders and Cineplex Pvt. Ltd (Bharath Big Cinemas multiplex)............

Read more: Ananth Pai VU2PAI SK

IL7MP Tremiti Islands

il7IL7MP Tremiti Islands, Italy (IOTA EU-050)

Michele (Mike IW7EGQ) will be qrv between the 26th and 28th July 2019 (IOTA Contest) from EU-050 ( Puglia (Foggia) Region group) using the Callsign IL7MP.








ZanteSV8/IW7EGQ Zakynthos Isld, Greece (IOTA EU-052)

Michele (Mike IW7EGQ) will be qrv between the 21st and 27th of August from Zakynthos (Zante) (Ipeiros / Dytiki Ellas Region group) IOTA EU-052 using the Callsign SV8/IW7EGQ.

He may also activate other Islands during this same period.



ZS9V return to AF-064

'ZS9VWe are going to Robben Island again.

Date: 15 to 20 August 2019

Will be operating as ZS9V from Robben Island (IOTA group AF-064) from the evening of 15 August until sometime on Tuesday 20 August. This is the weekend of ILLW. Same as last year (SSB/FT8/CW on 10, 12, 15, 17, 20, 30, 40, 80 and 160). Further information on the operation will be published on zs9v.org.za as it becomes available.

ZS1VDV Jan Van Der Vyver (Team ZS9V)''




3rd Place Dxpeditioner of the Year - EI9FBB

IMG-20190621-WA0003Whilst in Friedrichshafen Ham Fair, germany this last week, it gave me great pleasure to be able to Award one of the recent IREF Trophies for the Dxpeditioner of the Year 2018.

First and second place Plaques had already been awarded to Cezar Trifu VE3LYC and Mike Zavarukhin VE7ACN respectivley at Dayton but the third place trophy had not been awarded.

After successful activations of Djerba Island (AF-083) as 3V8CQ, The Irish Islands IOTA Tour (EU-006, EU-007, EU-103, EU-115 & EU-121) AS EJ0DXG and the first activation of the new IOTA Group which included Vieques Island in Puerto Rico (NA-249N), third place was awarded to Dave Deane EI9FBB.


Almost certainly the UK's most high profile activator of IOTA's, the third place was indeed good recognition of Dave's success.

Please check out the IREF website, DXpeditions to rare Islands need our support!



XV9DF Hon Tre, Vietnam

Hon Tre 2The operation from Hon Tre (IOTA AS-157) has now been uploaded to LOTW.

Qsl Cards are still available on the link below;-








Friedrichshafen 2019

JumaJust back from a great week in Germany.

Many new friends and many more met at the Ham Radio yearly gathering. This year the attendance was 14,500, a little higher than expected.


You can see imaged from the event on my facebook page on the link here.



Photo above ; Saif Alkhayarin A71AM, M0OXO & Juma Al Kuwari A71EM





ZL7DX Chatham Islands - LOTW

ZL7DXFull log now uploaded to LOTW for the first time.










IOTA - New Groups


IOTAFor anyone that missed the announcement from Friedrichshafen last Saturday, here is the list of the new and amended IOTA Groups. If you have any questions relating to this please use the dedicated IOTA Helpline on this email address ;

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Announcement of New IOTA Groups at Ham Radio Friedrichshafen on 22 June 2019. Following the decision to split the 5 yearly review of the IOTA list into two parts, we announced the first tranche of six new IOTA groups at the RSGB Convention, Milton Keynes on 14 October 2018 (see Management News item of the same date). The plan mentioned at the time was to add the second tranche at Ham Radio Friedrichshafen in June 2019. At the event’s IOTA Forum on Saturday, 22 June this took place with the announcement of a further six new groups. The review has now completed its work; the next one is scheduled for 2024.

These new groups have provisional numbers. This means that they will need to be confirmed by an operation taking place after 22 June 2019 that meets the 1000 QSO and other normal validation requirements. Only after confirmation of the group number will credit for past operations be considered.

Read the full list here.The addition of these six groups takes the total of groups that have confirmed or provisional IOTA numbers to 1172. Of these 1131 have seen activity, the remaining 41 have not. The number of unnumbered groups remains at 33. A number of these will be withdrawn in due course to keep within the programme cap of 1200 groups set long ago by the Management Team as a firm policy decision.

Read more: IOTA - New Groups

Requesting Satellite Confirmations

K800 M0OXO Logo 2016Anyone that requires a QSL Card confirmation for any of any customers that use Satellite QSO's please read on.

Most of the 4.5 million QSO's in the OQRS database contain HF information and the QSL Labels have been designed accordingly.

Satellite QSO's need more specific information that the normal label offers so if you request a confirmation for a Satellite QSO, please email as well as making the request. If I receive the email then I can produce the information you require manually on the label in the ''free text'' portion which will fulfill your needs
for any Satellite Awards.

If in doubt please ask...... Thanks...


3G1DX SA-100

3g1dx-pajaros3G1DX Team planning to be active from Pajaros Rocks, IOTA SA - 100, 18 - 20 October 2019, if there will be problem with of swells, 21 - 23 October 2019.

They will operate SSB, CW.




3D2CR Conway Reef

3d2cr-The 3D2CR logs (22,703 QSOs) have been uploaded to Club Log and are now available, as is OQRS at https://clublog.org/logsearch/3D2CR.

Yesterday multiple people, who were sponsors, reported seeing their QSOs confirmed via LoTW.

As the 3D2CR Team are not members of any Society, they will not respond to any Qsl Card Bureau requests whatsoever.


JW/EA3NT Svalbard

JW 1 pngJust a reminder that Christian EA3NT will be qrv (with Col JW/OJ0Y) as JW/EA3NT from Svalbard (IOTA EU-026)

Both Ops are currently on Svalbard operating currently on 20m SSB.

**Please note, I am only QSL Manager for JW/EA3NT Callsign**



XV9DF Vietnam AS-157


arcticIgor Znamenskiy UA9KDF and his team will be QRV from Hon Tre Island, Vietnam (IOTA AS-157 South China Sea Coast Centre group) between the 02nd & 15th June 2019.

The Team include: Igor UA9KDF, Andy Korobeynikov UA9LDD (+son), Vladimir Vassiljev R9LR, and Ruslan Zalata R9LAJ.

They will use Modes: CW, SSB, FT8 Logs on Bands 40-10 + Sat + Moon. If they have stable internet the logs will be uploaded throughout the trip but if no Internet then they will upload after the Dxpedition.

Further information regarding antennas etc will follow in the coming days.

All QSLs for XV9DF go via QSL via M0OXO OQRS or Direct Post Mail.



LX/GM0OBX Luxembourg Trip


LX LOGOJust a reminder that Members of the GMDX group and Stirling District Amateur Radio Society ( Billy GM0OBX, John MM0JZB, Jonathan MM0OKG, Ross MM0OBT and Stevie MM0VPY). will be active from Luxembourg from 25/05/2019 - 01/06/2019.

They hope to be qrv by 1900utc on Saturday 25th and to make an entry in he CQ WPX CW Contest this weekend.

Operating on 40/30/20/17/15/12/10/6 /4/2 on SSB/ CW/FT8/RTTY, they will be using the call sign of LX/GM0OBX.

Station set up:

HF1 - 1 x 7300 - 1kw - hexbeam (20-10)

HF2 - 1 x 7300 - 1kw - 1/4 vertical for 40m - 1/4 vertical for 30m

VHF1 - 1 x 7300 - 5 element beam for 6m -10 element beam for 2m - vertical for 4m

If you feel you can help them with a donation to their Charity then please visit the LX/GM0OBX Qrz.com page for further details.


DU1UD/8 QSL Card

DU1UD 8The QSL Card from the recent trip to Mapun Island, IOTA OC-105 has now been completed and has been sent to the UX5UO Print Shop.

I expect cards to be mailed in 3 weeks time.

You can still request a traditional Paper QSL Card on the link below;





DF2WO African Tour 2019 continues...

d44 mergeHarald has just passed the dates to me for his next tour down in his favorite continent and here they are;

D44TWO Cabo Verde ; (AF-005) 29th Sept. to 13th Oct 2019
9X2AW Kigali, Rwanda ; 4th to 16th Nov 2019
XT2AW Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso ; 02nd to 20th Dec 2019

Current up to date logs are available here;










OH0UDG Aland Islands

OH0Bert DK3BK will be qrv from the Aland Islands (IOTA EU-002) between the 3rd and 17th August 2019.

His Callsign (already issued) is OH0UDG.

Qsl via M0OXO OQRS





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