Archive - December 2012



On December 21, 2012 Mayan Culture will celebrate the beginning of a new cycle in your calendar, an event that occurs every 5125 years.

For that reason members of the Radio Club Cancun, A.C. will be transmitting from the Piste Yucatan, a Maya community place where the archaeological site of Chichen Itza, is located. They will also be active from the Riviera Maya, at the archaeological site of Tulum, Mexico with special call 4A0MAYA.

The event runs from the 19th to 23rd December 2012 on 80 thro 6m Bands using SSB, PSK-31 and RTTY Modes

The special Award for working 4AØMAYA on 3 or more bands can be seen in the image above. (Click para ver el diploma)


Why the World didn’t end yesterday

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Carlson is a hard-nosed scientist–a radio astronomer who earned his degree studying distant galaxies.  He became interested in the 2012 phenomenon in the early 70s  when he attended a meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and learned about the lost civilization of the Maya.

Where the rain forests of Mesoamerica now stand, a great civilization once flourished. The people of Maya society built vast cities, ornate temples, and towering pyramids. At its peak around 800 A.D., the population numbered more than 2,000 people per square mile in the cities — comparable to modern Los Angeles County.  The Maya mastered astronomy, developed an elaborate written language, and left behind exquisite artifacts.

Most compelling to Carlson was the Maya’s expansive sense of time. “The times Mayas used dwarf any time scales currently used by modern astronomers,” he explains. “According to our science, the Big Bang occurred 13.7 billion years ago.

There are dates and time references in Mayan ruins that stretch back a billion billion times farther than that.”

The Maya Long Count Calendar was designed to keep track of such long intervals. “It is the most complex calendar system ever developed by people anywhere.”

Written using modern typography, the Long Count Calendar resembles the odometer in a car.  It’s a modified base-20 system in which rotating digits represent powers of 20 days. Because the digits rotate, the calendar can “roll over” and repeat itself; this repetition is key to the 2012 phenomenon.

What caused the fall of the Maya? Using NASA data, one archeologist believes he has found the answer.

According to Maya theology, the world was created 5125 years ago, on a date modern people would write “August 11, 3114  BC.”  At the time, the Maya calendar looked like this:

On Dec. 21, 2012, it is exactly the same:

In the language of Maya scholars, 13 Bak’tuns or 13 times 144,000 days elapsed between the two dates.   This was a significant interval in Maya theology, but, stresses Carlson, not a destructive one.  None of the thousands of ruins, tablets, and standing stones that archeologists have examined foretell an end of the world.

Modern science agrees. NASA experts recently gathered in a Google hangout to review their own findings with the public.

Don Yeomans, head of NASA’s Near-Earth Object Program, stated that no known asteroids or comets are on a collision course with Earth.

Neither is a rogue planet coming to destroy us. “If there were anything out there like a planet headed for Earth,” said NASA astrobiologist David Morrison, “it would already be [one of the] brightest objects in the sky. Everybody on Earth could see it. You don’t need to ask the government, just go out and look.  It’s not there.”

Lika Guhathakurta, head of NASA’s Living with a Star Program, says the sun is not a threat, either. “The sun has been flaring for billions of years–long before the Maya even existed–and it has never once destroyed the world.”)

“Right now the sun is approaching the maximum of its 11-year activity cycle,” she added, “but this is the wimpiest solar cycle of the past 50 years. Reports to the contrary are exaggerated.”

What would an ancient Maya think about all this hoopla?  Carlson believes he knows the answer.

“If we could time warp a Maya to the present day, they would say that Dec. 21, 2012, is a very important date.  Many Maya believed that their gods who created the world 5125 years ago would return.  One of them in particular, an enigmatic deity named Bolon Yokte’ K’uh, would conduct old rites of passage, to set space and time in order, and to regenerate the cosmos.”  The world would be refreshed, not destroyed.

“I have been waiting to experience this day for more than 30 years,” he says.

For him, “experiencing Dec. 21, 2012” means visiting the Maya homeland in the Yucatan, and thinking back to the height of Maya civilization, when ancient humans contemplated expanses of time orders of magnitude beyond modern horizons.

And, of course, appreciating the fact that The World Didn’t End Yesterday.

XRØYG – Easter Island


Between 20-27 March 2013, a team of British hams will be active from Easter Island on all bands 160m to 10m, mainly CW. We will run the HF bands but we also plan to work challenging paths on the low bands, emphasis on Europe.

We are using Elecraft K3s, small PAs and vertical antennas. Depending on the space available we will use a beverage or flag for RX on the low bands.

Club Log uploads and LoTW uploads will occur daily and OQRS will be available.

Team Members are – Michael G7VJR, Nigel G3TXF, John G4IRN, Martin G3ZAY

Log search here    clublog





GB1WH is Qrv from today.

This is a special event station operated by Ian MØIAA in aid of Charity on behalf of Wakefield Hospice.

”Wakefield Hospice is a charity which provides high quality care to patients with progressive and life-threatening illnesses as well as continued support to their families and carers.
This charity costs in excess of £3 million per annum, which has to be raised by voluntary contributions. To help them to continue their valuable work, and to support this cause, please consider making a donation via his page.

New EPC PSK Awards


Thanks to the NA stations that have assisted me in achieving the NASPA Award.

The Certificate was one of several Awards earned in my recent upload to the EPC Members Centre and of course all are gratefully received. All Awards will be available for viewing in the Gallery on my website once I have ironed some bugs out of the current system 😉

Check out the European PSK Clubs website by clicking the image above. Whether you are interested in Data modes or not, there is some interesting stuff on their website and its definitely worth a browse.


EPC announce – UK DX Contest


News from the EPC …

”The European PSK Club has the honour to invite the radio amateurs all over the world to participate in the UK DX BPSK63 Contest 2013. The objective of the contest is to establish as many BPSK63 contacts as possible between radio amateurs around the world and radio amateurs of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland including all the British Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies.

Everybody can work everybody for QSO and multiplier credit. Since this year this contest is handled completely by the European PSK Club. We would like to invite you to take part in the contest, the rules and other information can be found at website.

It is strictly a BPSK63 contest now, no other modes are allowed so please check the rules as there are other important changes.

Please mark your diaries! The new-style contest starts at 12:00 UTC on Saturday 12th January, 2013 and ends at 11:59 UTC on Sunday 13th January, 2013. All the very best to all of you and see you in the UK DX BPSK63 Contest 2013! – EPC Committee.”



IIØXMAS card preview


Good news that the Qsl Card for IIØXMAS special event (see Blog entry here) has now been provided by Antonello IZ0VHY.

It will be several weeks before the Qsl Cards arrive so please be patient and keep an eye on this Blog for further updates on this and other stations I manage.

Qsl cards for IIØXMAS and all other stations managed by MØ can be requested via this address .





IIØXMAS also now Qrv

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For the first time this year, Antonello IZ0VHY has organised this special callsign IIØXMAS to celebrate Merry Christmas and to wish everyone a pleasant New Year in 2013.

The station will be operational from 07/12/2012 to 01/01/2013 on 80 – 10M Bands using SSB and Digital Modes.

A special QSL will be printed to celebrate the event which is available via MØOXO OQRS (Direct or Bureau) or if you prefer EQSL then this is available only via IZ0VHY EQSL account.
The log will be uploaded on real time on Ham Radio Deluxe HRD and uploads will also be made to excellent clublogClublog Program (click Logo)




Santa Claus OF9X

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Santa lives at the freezing North Pole, leading a harsh but exciting life under the Northern Lights (Aurora Oval). But no one has actually thought about Santa’s specific location – there is no such DXCC entity as North Pole in the world – at least not yet.

Now much to everyone’s delight, Santa’s location is clearly marked on all maps. Santa lives in the Santa Claus region of Finland. That is Lapland, OH9 district, situated north of the Arctic Circle, only a stone’s throw away from the Radio Arcala operating site amid the barren tundra where reindeer run wild. In December, the locals do not see daylight – it is dark all day. As compensation Mother Nature has created a distinctive polar path on 20 meters to North America.

Click the image above to read more about this event.

ZL9HR almost over

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Latest information suggests that ZL9HR will QRT late Saturday and leave the island on Sunday 9th December, 8am local time.

Campbell Island is a remnant of a dissected volcanic dome. It is 16km by 16km in size, with an area 11 268 ha. Steep cliffs dominate the western shores, while the east coast is broken by several large inlets. Terrain is hilly, with deep gullies and numerous streams.

So time is running out for your chance to secure a contact with ZL9 Campbell Island, New Zealand, the Number 15 on the current DXCC most wanted list.

The ZL9HR log can be found on line courtesy of Click image to be directed to the on-line Log search facility.

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