The Team have been busy working from Mainland Ireland (EU-115) over the last week with some 6m operations.
The next Island on our list is Great Blasket Island EU-007 which is scheduled for July 20, 21 & 22.
As we near our departure date, please keep checking this or our dedicated Facebook Page ;
”Irish islands iota tour 2018”
for any up to date information regarding operating schedules.
See you on the Air !
Jamie Jeffries KF7WIS (CEO QRZ.Com) writes;
Here at QRZ.com we are incredibly excited to celebrate our 25th year of providing a reliable amateur radio database to the world-wide Ham community. Since our founding in 1993, we’ve seen a lot change in the world and in the hobby. Just to give you some context: If the internet were a family, we’d be Amazon (1994) and Yahoo’s (1995) big brother, Google’s (1996) cool older cousin and Wikipedia (2001) and Facebook’s (2003) grandpa!
Over the years we’ve prided ourselves on bringing you new and innovative features like XML data, the QRZ logbook, and QRZ operating awards. And we have no plans to stop any time soon! We appreciate each and every one of our users and subscribers and we want to thank you for your loyalty and for the trust you’ve placed in us over the years.
To celebrate, we are offering two 25th Anniversary designs of our “Good on QRZ” sticker. The sticker of your choice is FREE to anyone who sends a business sized, self addressed, stamped envelope to us here at QRZ.
If you would like us to send additional stickers we’d be happy to do so for $1 per additional sticker. The stickers are 3.5×4 inches in size. Most business envelopes are OK. We prefer the self-sealing kind
Please address to:
24 W. Camelback Rd. #A488
Phoenix, AZ 85013
Please note the sticker type you prefer to receive: black or USA (or the classic blue)
If no selection is made we’ll assume “dealer’s choice” and pick one for you.
Keep an eye out for more upcoming announcements of our 25th anniversary celebration, including a special 25th Anniversary QRZ Operating award!
Thanks again from the whole team here at QRZ!
UK radio amateur John Hey G3TDZ (SK) designed the special low frequency radio equipment, the Heyphone, used in the recent cave rescue in Thailand
On Facebook Phil Karn KA9Q posted:
Naturally I got interested in the technical aspects of the cave rescue in Thailand, particularly communications.
They used the “Heyphone”, a voice radio designed by a UK radio ham, John Hey, G3TDZ, as open-source hardware specifically for cave rescues.
It uses upper (single) sideband voice on 87 kilohertz in the VLF (very low frequency) band. (That’s what it says — 87 kHz is actually LF).
The “antenna” consists of two stakes driven into the ground about 20m apart. Enough of the current between them fringes outward to couple to another antenna up to a few hundred meters away (or down).
John Hey passed away in 2016 so he didn’t get to see his work used here. But ham radio should get some of the credit.
Phil Karn KA9Q
John Hey G3TDZ Heyphone Cave Rescue Communication System http://bcra.org.uk/creg/heyphone/
Al Williams WD5GNR has written an article on Hackaday about the cave equipment
Renner, PY7RP will be active as PY0F/PY7RP from Fernando de Noronha Island,
IOTA SA – 003, 13 – 16 July 2018.
He will operate on 160 – 6m, indluding activity in IARU HF Contest.
QSL via his home call direct, OQRS.
The Team will be operating once again as ZS9V from Robben Island (IOTA group AF-064) from the evening of 17 August until sometime on Monday 20 August.
This is the weekend of ILLW. (NOT the IOTA Contest weekend).
Same as last year (SSB on 10/15/20 and SSB on 40/80). New this year will be our CW station.
Further information on the operation will be published on zs9v.org.za and M0OXO.com as it becomes available.
M0OXO will have contact with the team should any areas be experiencing difficulties (such as VK) so please contact him if you need ‘special attention’.
RSGB IOTA Contest 2018
One of the most popular Contests of the year is on the horizon and takes place between 12:00 – 12:00 UTC 28th – 29th July 2018.
The full rules for the Contest can be found here;
Bruce, KD6WW & Mike, K9AJ plan to activate this rare IOTA counter. The last operation from NA-207 was 18 years ago.
We hope to be on Fafarad Island on the evening (local time) of July 19. We plan to be QRV until the morning of July 23.
We will have two stations QRV on 40m thru 17m. CW will be our primary mode, but we plan some SSB and FT8 is a possibility.
Calllsigns will be KD6WW/VY0 and K9AJ/VY0.
QSLs are via the home call & we will use OQRS, direct w/ SASE and bureau.
Fafarad Island is grid EO92.
We anticipate support from IREF, otherwise this operation is self-funded. We welcome any additional support from the IOTA community.