Archive - November 2015

S79C AF-119 Final Press Release

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All 6 operators have now returned safely to their homes after many hours of travelling. We achieved what we set out to do – and this was to put Coetivy Island on the air for the 1st time. Coetivy Island is one of the new 11 IOTA groups that was added in July 2014 at the 50th IOTA convention in Windsor, UK.

Coetivy Island is an active open prison and a rehabilitation centre for Drug abusers. It is 180 miles from anywhere and is only accessible via the IDC (Islands Development Committee) who have full control of the island. We were limited to a maximum of 6 persons and had to use the IDC private airplane charter. The last 180 miles of our project cost over $20,000!

Early on in our planning stages we began a vast sponsoring program. We needed the help of the IOTA/DX community to help to offset these high costs. Many DX Clubs and foundations gave assistance for which we are most grateful. Without the help of all individuals, this project would not have happened.  We had a clear vision of what our goals were, we always intended to maximise the number of Uniques to give this New IOTA to as many as possible. 9,808 Unique callsigns were logged!!! We also realised that regular S7 was most wanted on the US West Coast where we maximised our antenna farm to empathise into this area during limited openings. In total, we worked 6,660 North American stations netting 31% of all QSOs. Special thanks to the Western Washington DX Club who was the only North American Club to help fund our project.

On Tuesday 17/Nov/15 at 18:00 UTC all 6 stations began CQing altogether. Clive 3B8CW was the 1st into the log on 17m SSB. Our stations were planned to enable us to be QRV with 2 stations per band. S79C went QRT at 02:19 on 22/Nov/15 on 30m CW with AA4BQ being the last in the log. Altogether a total of 21,541 QSOs in 146 DXCCs were worked. The team noted excellent pile-up behaviour from all Continents and maximised  our QSO count on all open bands. We encountered daily electricity outages and often had to QRT to interact with prisioners and inmates.

All supporting documentation has already been submitted, so therefore, special thanks to Roger G3KMA and the IOTA committee who have already approved and validated this operation. Our logs are now uploaded to CLUB LOG and our OQRS facility is already buzzing with requests. We hope to begin the initial QSL mailing in early – mid January, just in time for the IOTA Honour Roll update. Logs will be uploaded to LoTW in the coming days once the inevitable few log errors are corrected.

Sincere thanks to all our sponsors, to the DX Clubs and Foundations listed below and to our corporate sponsors. Your help is what made our success – Tnx!

Although S79C is now QRT, our work still continues with publications & presentations and also, for our QSL manager Charles M0OXO, whose work is now just beginning!  Tnx Charles.

All information is available at

On behalf of EA3NT, MM0NDX, PA3EWP, SP5APW & VK5CE, vy 73. We could not have asked for a better team!

As with all DXpeditioners, plans are already underway for yet another new one! Stay Tuned!

de Dave EI9FBB (S79C Team Leader)



S79C – QRV

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S79C from Coetivy Island, Seychelles are now qrv.

They hope to have up to 6 stations qrv for the next few days depending how things go.

This is the first time this Island has been activated as it was a new IOTA which was announced at the RSGB IOTA Conference in 2014.

Logsearch and OQRS will be available via Clublog AFTER the Dxpedition ends as there is no Wifi on the Island.

Click here for Logsearch – OQRS – QSL information


S79C Team arrive in Mahe


S79C Team have arrived in Mahe and are relaxing before tomorrow’s pile-ups when they reach their final destination of Coetivy Island IOTA AF-119New.

Several members (Chris EA3NT, Jacek SP5APW & Craig VK5CE) seen here having a beer and relaxing before tomorrow’s pile-ups






S79C QSL’s are available via Club Log OQRS (See below)




If you don’t have PayPal please send $2.00USD and return envelope by Direct Mail to:


Charles Wilmott M0OXO
60 Church Hill
Royston, BARNSLEY,
South Yorkshire

Since there is no internet access on the island, logs will be uploaded upon returning to Mahe.

You may contact M0OXO, if you believe your QSO to be missing or call is busted.


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EG1CWO – CWOps Club

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From January 1 to 10, 2016, the CW Operators’ Club will celebrate its 6th anniversary. The club has the main purpose of the promotion of the use of telegraphy and it is the only one that counts, among many other projects, with a CW Academy and a HF “On The Air” AdvisorsProg ram, both, having much international success.

For that reason, several EA CWops members will be qrv using the Callsign EG1CWO to commemorate the anniversary. More info can be found at: http//

QSL VIA: M0OXO Online QSL Request Service (OQRS) Your Qsl Cards are NOT required so please do not send any cards via the bureau as they will not be receved.


DS2GOO/2 AS-090


Several operators from South Korea are currently active from Taeijak Island.

DS2GOO/2 was qrv yesterday from IOTA AS-090 and will remain there until tomorrow the 12th November.

Keep your eye on the DX News outlets for any changes in the dates.






Los Roques SA-035 confirmed

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Qsl received yesterday for the YW5RYL operation from Los Roques Island, IOTA SA-035.

Thanks for the beautiful 6-sided card!

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Atol das Rocas – IOTA SA-038


Between the 15th & 22nd November, PY0R/PY7RP & PU0R/PU0FDN will be qrv from Atol das Rocas – IOTA SA-038.

The Rocas Atoll is the only atoll in the South Atlantic Ocean, belonging to the Brazilian State of Rio Grande do Norte.

It is located approximately 260 km northeast of Natal and 145 km west of the Fernando de Noronha archipelago.

This is a very rare IOTA, last being activated around 1992.




OQRS Clublog Talk

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Ripon & District ARC posted this information on their website yesterday;

”If you were at the convention, you might have seen me making video and audio recordings.  All together I did 3 video recordings with a separate audio track and another 3 audio recordings, ie 6 in all.  The first was of Michael’s Clublog talk.  There are other talks coming along and I will advise when they are ready, including Peter’s fascinating talk on receivers. I am particularly pleased to do this for the folks who must of necessity miss 80% of the talks and I am hoping we will get some more volunteers for next year so that all talks will be available”

Click on the image for a link to the ClubLog presentation.