Archive - April 2014



Michael G7VJR will be visiting Australia in May 2014.

He will be qrv occasionally as VK2/G7VJR. Qsl Cards have been ordered and will arrive in due course. They will be available via M0OXO.

Your Qsl Cards are NOT required so please do not send them via the Bureau.

The fastest way to receive any Qsl Card I manage is to request them via M0OXO OQRS

Earth-size Planet found in the ‘Habitable Zone’


Kepler-186f orbits its parent M dwarf star once every 130-days and receives one-third the energy that Earth gets from the sun, placing it nearer the outer edge of the habitable zone. On the surface of Kepler-186f, the brightness of its star at high noon is only as bright as our sun appears to us about an hour before sunset.

However, “being in the habitable zone does not mean we know this planet is habitable,” cautions Thomas Barclay, a research scientist at the Bay Area Environmental Research Institute at Ames, and co-author of the paper. “The temperature on the planet is strongly dependent on what kind of atmosphere the planet has. Kepler-186f can be thought of as an Earth-cousin rather than an Earth-twin. It has many properties that resemble Earth.”

Kepler-186f resides in the Kepler-186 system, about 500 light-years from Earth in the constellation Cygnus. The system is also home to four companion planets: Kepler-186b, Kepler-186c, Kepler-186d, and Kepler-186e, whiz around their sun every four, seven, 13, and 22 days, respectively, making them too hot for life as we know it. These four inner planets all measure less than 1.5 times the size of Earth

The diagram compares the planets of our inner solar system to Kepler-186, a five-planet star system about 500 light-years from Earth in the constellation Cygnus. splash4

 Although the size of Kepler-186f is known, its mass and composition are not. Previous research, however, suggests that a planet the size of Kepler-186f is likely to be rocky.

“The discovery of Kepler-186f is a significant step toward finding worlds like our planet Earth,” said Paul Hertz, NASA’s Astrophysics Division director at the agency’s headquarters in Washington.

The next steps in the search for distant life include looking for true Earth-twins — Earth-size planets orbiting within the habitable zone of a sun-like star — and measuring the their chemical compositions. The Kepler Space Telescope, which simultaneously and continuously measured the brightness of more than 150,000 stars, is NASA’s first mission capable of detecting Earth-size planets around stars like our sun.

Looking ahead, Hertz said, “future NASA missions, like the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite and the James Webb Space Telescope, will discover the nearest rocky exoplanets and determine their composition and atmospheric conditions, continuing humankind’s quest to find truly Earth-like worlds.”

Production editor: Dr. Tony Phillips | Credit: Science@NASA>


3B9FR Cards mailed….


I am pleased to say that 320 3B9FR Qsl Cards went in the mail a few days ago in response to those of you that requested them via M0OXO OQRS.

Yesterday I received a box of Direct Qsl requests that had been forewarded to Berti HB9SLO (previous Qsl manager).

All of those requests (approx 120) are currently being processed and will hit the mail on Friday 18th April using my Priority Air Mail Service, For the people that sent mail via HB9SLO I would like to offer my thanks for your patience. The handing over process from HB9SLO to M0OXO took around two weeks to complete but now ALL qsl requests received for Robert 3B9FR have all been completed with none left pending. If you havent received your Direct card in the next 7 to 10 days then please email me and I will check the log and records here.

I also now have full Logs for 3B9FR up to and including 15th April 2014 so Log checks are welcome via my email address (click here).

Nice feedback


I am used to the odd complaint, thankfully few and far between but less often people now and again take time to thanks me for the Qsl service which is really pleasing to hear. Here is one such message ;


Today I received the QSL card confirming my contact with ZM90DX 22 Mar 14.  I was amazed at how quickly it came.

I just want to tell you that I am most impressed with the quality of the correspondence and the speed with which you handled the transaction.

Thank you and continued good luck with the QSL-managing business. Whoever has you as their manager are lucky indeed.

Best 73.John D  VE3CSJ

The Colonies”

Thanks for the flowers John, 73…….