Archive - June 2013

‘V’ Qsl Cards now being printed…


Qsl Cards are currently being printed for the ‘V’ range of callsigns by UX5UO Qsl Print.

The RSGB has announced that any UK radio amateur can now apply for a special commemorative prefix.

The special prefix will be valid from July 5, at 0001 BST until July 31 at 2359 BST.

You can apply online to get a Notice of Variation (NoV) of your UK licence by clicking

the link below;

RSGB Special Callsign applications



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Listen out for Sadao JA1PBV will be active this coming weekend as DU9/JA1PBV (or DU9/WK1S) from Sarangani Island IOTA OC-175.

Sarangani is a province of the Philippines located in the SOCCSKSARGEN region. Its capital is Alabel. With a 230 kilometres (140 mi) coastline along the Sarangani Bay and Celebes Sea, the province is at the southernmost tip of Mindanao Island, and borders South Cotabato to the north and Davao del Sur to the east.

He may also activate Tawi-Tawi (OC-174) but details not confirmed as yet.


YBØEEX Qsl Cards printing


Qsl Cards are currently being printed for Rudi YBØEEX.

I expect cards to arrive within 2 to 3 weeks and all requests will then be answered and mailed on completion.

Request YBØEEX Qsl Cards via MØOXO OQRS (click here).

Buro again……pile getting less ;-)


Latest bureau cards processed;

GO7VJR 32, GQ7VJR 74, VK4NM 27, VK4NM/p (OC-142) 63, PW2D 97, GB1HI (EU-120) 78, GB2HI (EU-120) 93….more to follow.

All these cards have been prepared for bureau and will be mailed in the coming weeks.

World’s biggest drops in at Manchester….

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The Antonov 225 Mriya landed at Manchester Airports carrying a cargo consignment and departed again at 12.00 Wednesday 26th to Kazakhstan. The planet biggest airplane landed in Manchester Airport on Monday the 24, 2013 in the afternoon.

The Mriya – whose name means ‘dream’ in Ukrainian – was the heaviest aircraft ever to fly when it took to the skies for the first time in December 1988.

Photo credit goes to Mark Murdock at


More to the buro…..


Latest bureau cards processed;

DX8DX (IOTA OC-174 & OC-225) 59, V55A 43, DV1UD (OC-142) 33, MØOXO 177….more to follow.

All these cards have been prepared for bureau and will be mailed in the coming weeks.

Latest Buro Cards processed….


Latest bureau cards processed;

M0BZH 133, M0KYI 30, 2Q0IJK 30, MR0IAA 50, M0IAA 50, MQ0IAA 30, GB60HRH 47 & JY9ET 63….more to follow.

All these cards have been prepared for bureau and will be mailed in the coming weeks.






II0GMC – Guglielmo Marconi SES




Listen out for the special callsign II0GMC for Guglielmo Marconi Memorial which starts today.

The station will be operational from 26 June to 31 December 2013 from 80 to 6 m (WARC included) SSB and digital modes.

***Your Qsl Cards are NOT required so PLEASE DO NOT SEND them and request by OQRS to save time, money and the Planet !!





Chinese Space Station transits the Sun…


Earlier this week in the sunny skies above the south of France, China’s experimental Tiangong-1 space station flew directly in front of the sun. Using a filtered 6-inch telescope, astrophotographer Thierry Legault recorded the station’s silhouette alongside big sunspot AR1775.

Most people are familiar with the 450-ton International Space Station. Fewer, perhaps, know about China’s 8.5-ton Tiangong-1 (Heavenly Palace-1). It was launched in Sept. 2011 to establish a foothold in Earth orbit for China’s fledgling space program. Tiangong-1 was briefly boarded by taikonauts (Chinese astronauts) in June 2012, and a second group is onboard now. Three Taikonauts arrived on June 13, 2013, on a 15-day mission to practice rendevous and docking maneuvers and to gain experience living in space. Their expedition is attracting little attention in Western press, but it is being widely followed in China. Earlier this week, more than 60 million students and teachers at 80,000 Chinese schools watched a live lecture by the crew of the Tiangong-1.

See the Tiangong-1 before it goes! Spaceweather’s Simple Flybys app turns your smartphone into a field-tested space station tracker. It works for both the ISS and the Tiangong-1.

Most spectacular Moon of 2013 – tomorrow….


On June 23, 2013 we will experience a truly super supermoon. The full moon that falls on June 23, 2013 at 11:32 UTC, will not only be the closest to Earth for the year, but it will also appear the biggest full moon for 2013. It will also be about 30 percent brighter than an average full moon. Last supermoon was on May 24, 2013. And in 2011, we witnessed the moon’s closest approach in 19 years.

Moon`s elliptical orbit is the main reason for the increase in its apparent size. About 50,000 km is the difference between the Moon`s apogee (it`s furthest point to Earth) and it`s perigee (it`s closest point to Earth).

The supermoon of June 2013 will be extra special, as the full moon coincides with it`s closest approach to our planet for 2013, at a distance of 356,991 km. Next time this event will occur is August 2014. It is also worth mentioning that between June 22 and June 25, 2013 the occurrence of “King tides” is expected