Archive - November 2018
The sun lies at the heart of the solar system, where it is by far the largest object. It holds 99.8 percent of the solar system’s mass and is roughly 109 times the diameter of the Earth — about one million Earths could fit inside the sun.
The visible part of the sun is about 10,000 degrees Fahrenheit (5,500 degrees Celsius), while temperatures in the core reach more than 27 million F (15 million C), driven by nuclear reactions. One would need to explode 100 billion tons of dynamite every second to match the energy produced by the sun, according to NASA.
The sun is one of more than 100 billion stars in the Milky Way. It orbits some 25,000 light-years from the galactic core, completing a revolution once every 250 million years or so. The sun is relatively young, part of a generation of stars known as Population I, which are relatively rich in elements heavier than helium. An older generation of stars is called Population II, and an earlier generation of Population III may have existed, although no members of this generation are known yet.
A35AG Team will be active from Tonga in September/October 2019.
The Team will include VK5GR, VK3BDX, VK5XDX. They will operate on 160 – 10m, including activity in CQ WW DX RTTY and Oceania DX SSB Contest.
From VK5GR ” After three successful IOTA activations so far, I have definitely got itchy feet to do another. My current project is to visit Tonga in October 2019.
This time I hope to take a team of amateur operators with me so that we can mix more on air time with more holiday time for the family. It is very early days at this point so no firm commitments. I expect things to firm up after Christmas 2018 when further details will be announced. Loose plans are in place for at least the OCDX SSB Contest and possibly CQ WW RTTY and / or OCDX CW as well.
See you on the air once again from the South Pacific!”
A35AG call is not confirmed at this stage.
Haralds Log updates from his current trip to Ouagadougou are now available on M0OXO Logsearch & OQRS
Please use the ‘Missing Call” facility on OQRS to report any problems, thanks you.
Harald’s Log update is now available on M0OXO Logsearch & OQRS
Posted on IOTA Ltd website today:
IOTA Contest 2018 logs are online.
We are waiting for further information from 9M2SDX, B4/BY1AA, B4/BY1OK, BD4SDX, BD7PCA, BG5BAA, BG5BRT, BH4BQI, BY7KP, HS5NMF, J49A and YB9QP before these activations can be accepted.
Please do not contact us on these activations, you can try again at any time.
NASA InSight’s new home, captured by one of the twin #MarCO CubeSats that flew along with the mission and relayed data and images from today’s #MarsLanding.
Learn how these briefcase-sized, experimental spacecraft worked:
Please contact to our pilot stations if we will have problems with our ears or if we don’t work on bands/modes at the right time:
Victor, UA3AKO (Europe, Russia, ex USSR)
Cezar, VE3LYC (East Coast NA)
Taka, JA8COE (Far East, Oceania)
Will, WC6DX (West Coast NA)
The propogation to NA can be difficult. A few comments from Cezar, VE3LYC in as far as the East Coast NA is concerned (Short Path only):
20m – the time for W3/VE3/W8/W9 will likely be somewhere between 14 to 15 UTC
30m – two windows: the first will be between 13 and 15 UTC. A second and perhaps less reliable time window on 30 m will be between 18 and 20 UTC. If the K index is high, this second time window may be unusable for the East Coast.
40m – The opportunity appears between 20:30 and 22:30 UTC, following once again the grey line, which moves from W1 to W2 and W4, then W3, and finally W8 and W9.
Yesterday we made another antenna – VDA on 30m. As the practice of previous expeditions has shown, this antenna works very well on the coast.
More will depend on the level of QRM/QRN in our QTH in the island as well as QRM from mutual interference of several radios operating simultaneously.
Hope to will get many IOTA hunters in our log! We will upload it every evening in Clublog. Check it please before colling twice!
Thank you for your support and see you soon on the air!
73! Vasily, RA1ZZ
EP6RRC – IOTA: AS-189
Qsl Cards for Peter Dernikos have now been prepared and sent to the Print Shop.
As well as being a Team Member of many Dxpeditions, Peter is also the holder of VK3FN and a Member of the VK3HF South Pacific Contest Club.