Archive - July 2019

RT9K 2020

RT9K Plands

UA9KDF, Igor, reports the RT9K team plan to be active from
Rastorguyeva Island, in the Kara Sea Coast Centre group (AS-068), sometime in March 2020.

This will be an extreme expedition on snowmobiles of 1,400 km in one direction. Another tough one for the masters in the Arctic.





6O7A Somalia


From Ken, LA7GIA …

“For a long time I have been planning where to go next. This time I decided to return to Somalia which I also activated in 2018. I really look forward to this trip! Planning a trip to Somalia involves many limitations and challenges wrt obtaining permissions, logistics, operation as well safety & security wise. I have obtained the license 6O7O, and LoTW is already received by ARRL.

I have a better QTH than last time. This time also with more space for beverages to NA/EU and Asia. Everything is booked and in place like accommodation, flight etc. I will be operating solo for exactly 14 days on all bands 160-10m using mainly CW. If possible also digi mode. If someone can send me an original Elecraft mic I might do some SSB as well…

I will be using my upgraded Elecraft K3, 1 kW amplifier and various TX/RX antennas.

160m: toploaded vertical

80m/40m: fullsize verticals

30m, 17m, 12m: dipole

20m, 15m, 10m: My favourite 2 el Mosley beam

RX antennas: 200-230m beverage to NA/EU and asia. K9AY loop as backup. equipment and controller

QSL via M0OXO. Log will be uploaded to Club Log.

Donations is very much appreciated to paypal

Anyone donating upfront will receive direct QSL and express LoTW!”


IOTA Contest 2019 new rule



Make sure you read the rules (including the new one for 2019 regarding your exchange – see below).

The RSGB IOTA Contest is the most popular contest in the RSGB HF Contests calendar, attracting entries from around the world.

IOTA refers to the RSGB “Islands on the Air” awards. A newcomers’ guide to the system of IOTA references and further information on the IOTA Contest can be found at the IOTA Contest Information page and on the IOTA Contest FAQ page. A beginners’ guide to operating in the contest is here.


If you have any questions about these rules, please email

****New for 2019**** To shorten the exchange, for 2019 the sending of RS(T) will be optional. i.e. you do not have to send a report as part of your exchange.

Full rules on this link;


Ananth Pai VU2PAI SK


He was an exceptionally gifted financial expert and took keen interest in the stock market. He guided the growth of the group companies with vision and foresight. He was in-charge of Strategic Planning and Diversification of the Group, and also handled the investment portfolio. Bharath Builders was his brainchild and he has the credit of pioneering the first modern shopping mall of Mangalore, namely Bharath Mall at Bejai. It was also one of the first malls to be established in entire South India in 2006.

Ananth Pai was much loved for his soft spoken and gentle personality. He was a good communicator and orator. He had most recently delivered a prestigious presentation during the Oxford Business and Poverty Conference organized by the University of Oxford at the Sheldonian Theatre on May 29, 2019. He spoke on how the prosperity paradox can be used in India as a model to create good jobs for poor rural women.

Ananth Pai had inherited a generous and philanthropic streak and involved himself in charitable, social and cultural spheres. He was a trustee of B Manjunath Pai Cultural Foundation and Manjunath Damodar Pai Charitable Trust among other charity institutions.

RIP OM, another great guy gone……….




SV8/IW7EGQ Zakynthos Isld, Greece (IOTA EU-052)

Michele (Mike IW7EGQ) will be qrv between the 21st and 27th of August from Zakynthos (Zante) (Ipeiros / Dytiki Ellas Region group) IOTA EU-052 using the Callsign SV8/IW7EGQ.

He may also activate other Islands during this same period.



ZS9V return to AF-064


‘We are going to Robben Island again.

Date: 15 to 20 August 2019

Will be operating as ZS9V from Robben Island (IOTA group AF-064) from the evening of 15 August until sometime on Tuesday 20 August. This is the weekend of ILLW. Same as last year (SSB/FT8/CW on 10, 12, 15, 17, 20, 30, 40, 80 and 160). Further information on the operation will be published on as it becomes available.

ZS1VDV Jan Van Der Vyver (Team ZS9V)”