Archive - May 2014

TO4C & VK2/G7VJR cards mailed…


Qsl Cards for VK2/G7VJR (OC-001) and TO4C (NA-007) arrived this morning and all have been processed. Direct cards will be mailed this week and bureau cards first week in June with my next batch.

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


ZM90DX – 50K Qso’s


ZM90DX is a special event station celebrating 90 years of DX in ZL.

Great news from the team in that they have now passed the 50,000 qso mark and still have around 6 months of the event still to run.

”1923 and 1924 marked the zenith of long distance communication records and which culminated on the 18th of October 1924 with the First Trans-Global radio contact. Between 0615 and 0730 UTC Frank Bell (a sheep farmer) Z4AA (ZL4AA) in Shag Valley Otago New Zealand and Cecil Goyder (an 18 year old student) at Mill Hill School in London using the school callsign G2SZ communicated on the 90 metre band”.

Thanks to all that have supported and worked the station so far.

A beautiful Award is available for contacts wmade with ZM90DX and the special Callsign will run until October 31, 2014, See their website for more information

Jupiter’s Red Spot gets smaller



Jupiter’s trademark Great Red Spot – a swirling anti-cyclonic storm larger than Earth — has shrunk to its smallest size ever measured.

Recent NASA Hubble Space Telescope observations confirm the Great Red Spot now is approximately 10,250 miles across, less than half the size of some historical measurements. Astronomers have followed this downsizing since the 1930s.

Historic observations as far back as the late 1800s gauged the storm to be as large as 25,500 miles on its long axis.  NASA Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 flybys of Jupiter in 1979 measured it to be 14,500 miles across. In 1995, a Hubble photo showed the long axis of the spot at an estimated 13,020 miles across. And in a 2009 photo, it was measured at 11,130 miles across.

NASA’s Juno spacecraft is hurtling toward Jupiter now, due to reach the giant planet in July 2016.  Point-blank examination by Juno’s instruments will undoubtedly help unravel the mystery.



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Thanks to Yoshi JJ8DEN for 3 IOTA confirmations received yesterday.

FO/KH0PR IOTA Tour in 2013 gave me PukaPuka Atoll (OC-062), Napuka Atoll (OC-094) and Reao Atoll (OC-238), all 3 party of the islands that make up the Tuamotu Islands in French Polynesia.

Thanks Yoshi-San!

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DXCC Milestone (LOTW)



A new milestone achieved this morning when I did my latest upload to Logbook of the World (LOTW).

I now have 300 DXCC (Mixed) confirmed with 318 DXCC (Mixed) worked. Mode breakdowns are;

DXCC Mixed (All time) 321 (W) 303 (C)

DXCC Mixed (Current) 318 (W) 300 (C)

DXCC SSB (Current) 318 (W) 295 (C)

DXCC CW (Current)  293 (W) 253 (C)

DXCC RTTY (Current) 186 (W) 156 (C)

All the above are Statistics for LOTW only.

New Sunspots


Huge Solar Plasma eruption in progress right now! Here it is shown with Earth to scale.

The sunspot number is increasing this week as a crowd of dark cores emerges over the sun’s eastern limb.

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MDXC Qsl Service

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Thanks to the Mediterranean DX Club (MDXC) for their great Qsl Service.

Today I received confirmations from T33A (Banaba), S21ZBB/S21ZBC (Bangladesh), W8A (American Samoa) and also XR0ZR (Juan Fernandez).

These four cards alone confirmed 26 Band Slots and one all time new DXCC.

Check out the MDXC on this link