Archive - January 2011

Forecast vs. current Sunspot level: the gap is still wide.


Just a look to the last NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) progression chart… really a not encouraging news:

Sunspot count is still lower or forecast levels are still higher?

Thanks to Max IK8LOV for the information

WFF – Herne Island Team injured in crash….


News received from Fred IK7JWX of an car accident the team had on their way to the Dxpedition over the weekend:

”Inform our dear friends, colleagues radio amateurs, sponsors, supporters, individual contributors that 27 february at 15:30 the team heading for 5C2 was traveling in Morocco to reach Dakhla and Herne Island. On the way we broke a wheel of the Jeep and were turned upside down. The impact has been only hurt our good friend Leo I8LWL (5C2L), the rest of the team is good with minor injuries from the impact.

Leo suffered a fractured shoulder and a slight head injury is now recovering in the hospital of Marrakech which has received the first treatment mediche. Non just improve his condition will return to Italy.
Congratulations to Leo lends a healing and a return home soon. The new dxpedition to AF068 will be in september 2011.”

Lets hope Leo and the team have a speedy recovery…..

VP8ORK – All going well, ready to be Qrv in hours!


The ‘Microlite Penguins’ posted this press release yesterday, giving us hope that some good activity will be heard from Antarctica in the coming days – yippee!! ”VP8ORK” team promise us some good conditions in the UK (we’ll see!).

25 January 2011

The 2001 ‘South Orkney‘ DXpedition is anchored at Signy Island and has begun assembling the camp. We estimate two days will be required to secure our safety and set up stations. Our announced data of 27 January for operations remains intact at this point

The Microlite Penguin Team
The 2011 Microlite Penguins’ South Orkney DXpedition

The South Orkney Islands are a group of islands in the Southern Ocean, about 604 kilometres (375 mi) north-east of the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula.They have a total area of about 620 square kilometres (240 sq mi).The islands have been part of the British Antarctic Territory since 1962 (previously they were a Falkland Islands Dependency), and the British Antarctic Survey operates a base on Signy Island. The islands are also claimed by Argentina as part of the province of Tierra del Fuego, and the Argentine Navy has maintained a permanent base on Laurie Island since 1904. Apart from base personnel, there are no inhabitants.

WFF – Do we comply with the DX Code of Conduct?


Last week one of our most active activators found it necessary to cut short his activation in the UK due poor operating by some chasers.  Here you will read his account of events and please feel free to add your comments to the discussion at the end of the article:

” Hi all,

Last weekend I was in England to activate 2 nature reserves.  Stodmarsh was on the programme for Saturday morning.  Very nice nature reserve, well looked after and worth a visit. So far for the good news.

I was very disappointed by the behaviour of the chasers today. It was so bad the I decided to close down after just under  1 hour in which I managed to complete almost 100 contacts. But the patience of some chasers was non existant. Having to work by numbers because of the big pile-up and even then some people did not agree that they had to wait.

When I asked stations with “5” in the callsign and a 9A5 came back someone told him that his call was not valid. Another station worked me from a clubstation with”0” in the call when I called that number. He then asked me for a contact with his home call. Again heavy protest. The protest lasted 30 sec. the QSO 5 sec.  So, the moaner prevented me from making 5 further QSO with other stations. It is this kind of behaviour that puts activators off going to WFF’s.

It went from bad to worse with people wanting their number to be called. Then I decided to stop the activation. I still have not sent in the log from this activation and don’t know if I will. This not fun anymore. Therefore I did not do the Sunday activation either.

The chasers should realise that a lot of preparing and money goes into an activation abroad. In my case: ferry crossing, hotel, fuel expenses, mails in which you have to ask permission to activate a WFF.  Personally I don’t know if I will continue with WFF, I’ll have to sleep on it. I have now done 50 WFF’s and have seen it deteriorate to very bad behaviour. It is still a hobby and meant to be fun.

In the last year I was fortunate to visit some beautiful reserves  and combine this with ham radio; ideal combination,  but at the moment I am not completely convinced anymore.

73, Peter ”

Click here to see the DX Code of Conduct

…….See and add your own comments below……

Qsl cards to Bureau (or Direct)…….


Qsl cards to the Bureau this week include:

GB0ANT – 360
GB4IPY – 330
GB1TAN – 130
GB1HI – 160
MW0JZE – 75
MØOXO/p (Green Day) – 70

260 Cards processing for various calls, will be mailed 18/01/2011

Nobody loves us :-(


Well I have been wondering for the last 10 days or so why no-one wants to come back to my CQ calls? Yes, it may be my poor cw but now i think I have found the real reason!

According to the ARRL out of 338 DXCC entities, England is the 5th from the bottom of the most needed. It just makes me want to cry Cry

(ARRL Least/Most Wanted click Flag to the above to see England basking in 334th place of the most-wanted!)

‘GreenDay’ Cards issued….


Qsl Cards for the WFF ‘GreenDay’ event 2010 have now been issued.

There has been a big delay with printing these cards since the event that Keith 2E0KYI and I operated from back in June 2010.

We were active as part of the WFF ‘GreenDay’ Contest/event that occurs each Year from Spurn Point, East Yorkshire (GFF-111).


Photograph on front shows the Cheetah. Cheetahs can be found primarily on the African Plains. They once roamed throughout Asia and Africa. Today only about 150 remain in Iran, and about 12,000 cheetahs live in sub-Saharan African grasslands. They are endangered because of decline in prey, loss of habitat, poaching, and being shot as a livestock predator.

Thanks – Gennady UX5UO

MØOXO Operating Mode analysis – 2010

The tables below show my activity over the last twelve months (2010). The other two tables show the same information over 2009 and 2008. If there was ever any doubt as to my operating modes there certainly isn’t now! SSB is gradually getting less as CW increases (although big surprise to see CW has declined since last Year, didnt expect that).

Year DXCCs QSOs QSOs as Percent
2010 205 6474 CW: 8.56%
SSB: 18.78%
Data: 72.66%

2009 203 5020 CW: 11.67%
SSB: 28.82%
Data: 59.50%

2008 162 4522 CW: 1.04%
SSB: 70.85%
Data: 28.11%