Archive - January 2012

Pitcairn Island – DXCC #308 IOTA #519


Well finally got the elusive Pitcairn Island VP6T in the log but with great difficulty!
That brings me to DXCC #308 and IOTA #519.

So, in the last week thats 3 all time new ones logged, VP6T, HK0NA and VK0TH. C21HA Nauru still eludes me but will keep persevering it may be worth it i guess for the last of the all time new ones that are currently Qrv!

Thanks to Nigel G3TXF for pulling me out of the noise in the Pitcairn pile up 😉

DP0GVN/P – Perennial Acoustic Observatory postponed…..


These details announced late on Sunday night ;

”I am very sorry to say that due to unforesesable circumstances, DL1LLL is not available for the field trip today, so our operation from PALAOA Observatory has to be postponed. It is definitely not cancelled, and I will announce the new date as soon as possible.

Please accept our apologies. We’re still working on making it happen!”

Good luck next time guys…

HK0NA making good progress…..


HK0NA doing well and being audible on most bands albeit there is a big difference with signals between the South and the North of the UK. Recent Solar Flares and general propagation not helping the smaller stations up here in the North.

Malpelo Island (Spanish: Isla de Malpelo) is an island located 235 miles (378 km) from Colombia’s Pacific coast, and approximately 225 miles (362 km) from Panama’s coast. It has a land area of 0.35 square kilometres (86 acres). It is uninhabited except for a small military post manned by the Colombian Army, which was established in 1986. Visitors need a written permit from the Colombian Ministry of Ecology. The island is part of Cauca Department.

The island consists of a sheer and barren rock with three high peaks, the highest being Cerro de la Mona with a height of 300 metres (980 ft). The island is surrounded by a number of offshore rocks. Off the northeast corner are the Tres Mosqueteros. Off the southwest corner are Salomon, Saul, La Gringa, and Escuba. Malpelo Nature Reserve, a plant and wildlife sanctuary, is defined as a circular area of radius 9.656 kilometres (6.000 miles).

Special callsigns for amateur radio stations during 2012….Qsl Cards by UX5UO…


The Radio Society of Great Britain and Ofcom have reached agreement on the optional use of special callsigns for two significant events during 2012.

For the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, all UK amateur stations will have the option of applying for a variation to their licence if they wish, to use a special prefix for a five week period. This will add or substitute the letter “Q” in the place of the Regional identifier in the callsign (MQ0OXO, GQ4RCG etc).

For the period of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, a similar facility will exist for a seven week period, using the letter “O” (MO0OXO, GO4RCG etc)

Furthermore, calls in the series GB2012aaa will be available for Special Event Stations relating to the Olympics and licences will be issued for four “flagship” stations using the prefix 2O12a where “O” is the letter O, and a is a single letter relating to the location of the station.

If you are considering Qsl Cards for thois event for personal, special event or club activities, Qsl Cards for these events are already being made to UX5UO Qsl Print. Details of special costs, batch sizes and style of cards can be found on the UX5UO Website or email me (M0OXO) to discuss.

Closest Flyby of Dione yet!!!


Flying past Saturn’s moon Dione, Cassini captured this view which includes two smaller moons, Epimetheus and Prometheus, near the planet’s rings.

The image was taken in visible light with Cassini‘s narrow-angle camera during the spacecraft’s flyby of Dione on 12th December, 2011. This encounter was the spacecraft’s closest pass of the moon’s surface, but, because this flyby was intended primarily for other Cassini instruments, it did not yield Cassini’s best images of the moon. 

Dione (698 miles, or 1,123 kilometers across) is closest to Cassini here and is on the left of the image. Potato-shaped Prometheus (53 miles, or 86 kilometers across) appears above the rings near the center top of the image. Epimetheus (70 miles, or 113 kilometers across) is on the right.

This view looks toward the northern, sunlit side of the rings from less than one degree above the ring plane. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 67,000 miles (108,000 kilometers) from Dione. Image scale is 2,122 feet (647 meters) per pixel on Dione.

Incoming CME…..


Active sunspot 1401 erupted yesterday, 19th January around 16:30 UTC, producing an M3-class solar flare and a full-halo coronal mass ejection (CME). The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory recorded the cloud expanding almost directly toward Earth

Analysts at the Goddard Space Weather Lab say strong geomagnetic storms are possible when the cloud arrives this weekend. Their animated forecast track predicts an impact on 21st Jan. at 22:30 UT (+/- 7 hrs).

The cloud is also heading for Mars, due to hit the Red Planet on Jan. 24th. NASA’s Curiosity rover, en route to Mars now, is equipped to study solar storms and might be able to detect a change in the energetic particle environment when the CME passes by.

CQWW WPX result for MW0X…


It was a nice suprise to receive this Certificate through the door yesterday!

1st place in Wales CQWW WPX last year for Single Op. 10M SSB category.

I entered the Contest using my Contest Call MW0X (M0X when in ‘G’) from the Club Station of the StrumbleHead Contest & DX Group in

Congrats also to Chris G1VDP who took the 15M Band 1st place and also Anthony MW0JZE who took 1st place whilst on the Island of Jersey as MJ0JZE.

Overall a good Contest for the StrumbleHead guys!

T32C Qsl’in now in progress….


Well along with 10 other Qsl Managers I am pleased to say that my part in the T32C qsl’in process is well under way.

Around 950 letters have been sent out to day which equates to almost 5000 of the 203,000 qso’s I have managed to confirm. The 9 other managers are also processing a similar amount.

You should find your card sitting on your doormat in the near future!

Qsl is via G3NUG

VK0TH – Bad operating blames for Qrt?


Trevor VK0TH reports today that future activities whilst he is on Macquarie Island are in doubt after very bad operating was apparent thisd morning. Trevore reports;

Operator behaviour has become a problem. JA and EU stations constantly calling over other stations, don’t hear or jam and have turned a fun hobby into a stressful environment. I worked over 200 JA stations today (13/14 January) and when sending “NO JA” in the call it all got very ugly.

I will be QRT for the next few days while I re-evaulate how much radio I will continue doing while on Macquarie Island and how it is done. My apologies to those that wanted VK0/M. I can’t see this behaviour changing and I’m not willing to spend my free time doing something that is no longer fun. My apologies, Trevor.

You shouldn’t be the one who has to apologise Trevor!