Archive - November 2009

K9AJ Mike McGirr on SA-062



As mentioned to us at his recent presentation at Silcoates School in Wakefield, Mike McGirr (K9AJ) is now Qrv on the dxpedition to Coroa Vermelha Island in South America as PW6C.

The IOTA group SA-062 is composed by two islands: Coroa Vermelha Island and Coroa da Barra Island. These close by islets are situated on the coast of Nova Viçosa, State of Bahia. Coroa Vermelha, the biggest island, is located about 10 nautical miles from the coast.

This island is formed mainly by sand banks which form small beaches in the middle of the atlantic ocean. These sand banks are rounded by coral reefs, and in low tides are formed natural pools with very good places for scuba diving.  The second island is just a small coral reef that only appears above the ocean on certain periods of the year, and is called Coroa da Barra Island or Sebastião Gomes Reefs as known by some natives.

The IOTA SA-062 Group is the actual 6th most wanted IOTA group in South America, and 2nd most wanted in Brazil.

This DXpedition will be qrv until November 17, by a group of 6 operators who will deal with around the clock operations giving the world wide IOTA community the opportunity to confirm this rare IOTA group. 

Good luck to the group and we wish them all well, tnx for the new one Mike (# 461)!

73 de Charles

ONFF soon to be Qrv!!


It was good to hear this week that Belgium now have activators ready to go in the World Flora Fauna programme. The ONFF numbers cover around 18 different National Parks and Nature reserves in Belgium and congratulations to Gino ON3SSB for his appointment as ONFF’s Co-ordinator for the programme.

I don’t believe any of these numbers have yet been activated so along with the GFF team, ONFF have plenty of ‘new ones’ to give away. ONFF_redPlease keep an ear to the radio and an eye on the cluster and when you hear the ONFF team please give them their support.

Winter is fast approaching and all WFF activators need your support and encouragement to get wrapped up on a freezing cold day to activate these areas on our behalf. If anyone reading this blog has any interest in activating new areas (whichever Country you are in) please contact either myself, Gino or any other WFF representative and we can give you all the information you require.

Have a good weekend and batten down the hatches until the storms pass at the end of next week!

73 de Charles

6 new IOTA’s in the log!


Hats off to the P29 Team too (again see previous entries), I don’t think i have ever heard as many PNG stations in such short a time!! On various bands and modes i worked P29VSR (Gordon G3USR) on OC-008, P29VCX OC-116, P29VLR on Green Islands OC-231 & also P21NI (Derek G3KHZ) on Woodlarks Islands OC-205, all three new IOTA references for me so thanks guys, good trip!

It was also nice to hear Steve 9M6DXX/p on the air again from Labuan Island OC-133. Sadly it wasn’t a new one for me but nevertheless a great signal and always a pleasure to hear him on air. (Qsl via MØURX).

TX3A, the Dxpedition to Chesterfield Islands (OC-176) has so far eluded me. This has been far more difficult for me and to be honest i have never even heard them yet. This one i think will have to wait for another day. If nowt else, it looks amazin (Image – Below)! Have a good week whatever the weather, good dx’in,


73 & regards, Charles





WAP – Ø72

EPC # 17595


Antarctic Activity Week

AAW 2012 activity2479 qso’s – Thanks!

Qso’s for 2012 event now on LOTW (28/02/2012)

Thanks for all your support….

next operation…..


TBA in The ??? Antarctic Activity Week (AAW)

Thinking on how to improve  the Worldwide interest around Antarctic Continent and its related matters, WAP (World Antarctic Programme) was born.

What to do to achieve better results? The idea to launch an Antarctica Week Activity began to be celebrated every year on TM8ANTthe last week of February, and in any case the week should incorporate  the 22nd of February, where the Argentines are celebrating the  ‘Dia de la Antartida Argentina’ (Argentine’s Antarctica Day).

This invitation IS open to all Radio Amateurs around the world, to the Clubs and Organizations who would like to join us, and share with us this initiative.

Lets me try to explain further….We are looking for Special Prefixes promoting Antarctica such as for example GB0ANT, IR8ANT, IR2ANT, TM…ANT, DL…ANT, UA2004ANT, ZX…ANT,  KK…ANT, VK….ANT, VX…ANT  and so on. In other words, a kind of Special  Prefix from each Country with the suffix ANT.

Stations from Antarctica can join us and working as many Hams as possible.  Club stations of the Antarctic Institutes, as well as Antarctic Organizations (such as LU2CN Servicio Auxiliar de la Armada who care the

Antarctic matters in Argentina, or IY0A in Italy, or any eventual other of such stations), can join the Antarctica Activity Week. Again our intention is to draw your attention on The Antarctic Continent, to understand what the Nations are doing to protect this corner of the world still non contaminated, to share a message of peace among the World.

Antarctic Activity Week coming soon…….

The 10th AAW is set to arrive pretty soon with dates scheduled for the event between 18th February to 26th February 2013. UE6ANTThe event this Years is set to be as good if not better than previous Years with many more stations advising the team of their intended participation. WAP (World Antarctic Programme) is the main body that coordinates all activity as well as being the focus of attention as regards the Awards program.

The only UK station to participate is ‘GBØANT’ in ‘WAP-Ø72’ and this station will next be qrv during the 2012 Antarctic Activity Week on SSB, CW and Digital Modes.

More information on the initiative can be found on the WAP website at .

**All Qsl requests received, direct, bureau and email have all been completed and none outstanding as of 20/02/2012.

Email me for further information and please, join in the event and apply for the Qsl on line.

(Tnx Max IK1GPG & Gianni I1HYW for info and extract)

Special Callsigns


Many of the Special Events that i am involved in can be found in this category.
The main two events over the last few Years have been with GBØANT and also ‘GB4IPY’.

GB0ANT’ has been running now once per annum as part of the Worldwide Antarctic Program (WAP) and we are currently just passed 10,000 q’s in the log as we starts 2010 event. ‘GB4IPY’ ran for two years (now ended) to help in raising awareness of ‘International Polar Year’ and total qso count for this station was 9,555 q’s.

More information is available on the respective pages which can be found in the main Menu to the left of this page.

Other Special Callsigns include those of short event such as ‘GB1TAN’, the activation of the ‘TanHill Inn’, Britains Highest Pub in Swaledale, Yorkshire Dales National Park GB1TAN_2and ‘GB0WFF’ for the World Flora Fauna programme.

More information on all these items can be found somewhere on the site and photographs can be found in the bank of Gallery Photographs again found via the main menu.

If you have any comments either positive or negative, I would be happy to receive them via the ‘Contact M0OXO’ form or alternatively by an entry in the Guestbook.

Please also check out the Awards that are available for these events. There are numerous Awards for the WFF Programme and also for the Antarctic Activity Week. They can be found by navigating the menu sidebar and for any other enquiries please email me.

73 for now, regards, Charles…

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Page undergoing a facelift!

GFF-130 Barnsfield Pit Kent
GFF-131 Blean Woods Kent
England GFF-132 Cliffe Pools Kent
England GFF-133 Dungeness Kent
England GFF-134 Elmley Marshes Kent
England GFF-135 Hamstreet Woods Kent
England GFF-136 Lydden & Tempell Ewell Downs Kent
England GFF-137 Nor Marsh & Motney Hill Kent
England GFF-138 Northward Hill Kent
England GFF-139 Stodmarsh Kent
England GFF-140 Tudeley Woods Kent

Cushcraft MA5B

Cushcraft MA5B, great antenna for restricted area.