3Y0J Bouvet 2023 Cancelled

To the global DX community.
 
We regret to inform you of the following news.
 
The global pandemic has impacted the expedition charter vessel business very hard; this includes the venerable RV Braveheart which has provided outstanding safety and service to many DXpeditions. As you know, we had signed a contract with Braveheart for 3Y0J.
 
Today, we were informed that Braveheart will be sold. As a result, Nigel Jolly will no longer be associated with the ship, our contract with the ship has been cancelled and our deposit will be refunded. This is a very disappointing development to all involved.
 
At this time, we are cancelling the 3Y0J Dxpedition. We have ceased accepting donations and we will begin refunding 100% of the donations using the same method they were received, i.e., PayPal, cash or check. This process will take several weeks to sort out, so please be patient.
We wish to thank our team for putting their trust in us. We wish to thank all of the donors and sponsors that gave generously to this project. We will continue to research other ships and possibly find another suitable vessel for a future project.
 
73,
Paul Ewing, N6PSE
Kenneth Opskar LA7GIA

9N1DX Nepal – First Log received!

 
With many thanks to Teja 9N1DX in Kathmandu, Nepal, I have just received & uploaded her first log to M0OXO OQRS.
 
OQRS is now open for 9N1DX however, QSL Cards have to be designed and printed before I can issue any cards so please be patient.
 
Please also remember to use M0OXO OQRS ‘Missing Call’ service if you don’t find your QSO in the log. This system was introduces as it is the fastest way to get your missing/busted all enquiry resolved and it also saves on a huge email list in my inbox that may take a lot longer to reply to.
 
Please find her log here;

HK3X Colombia

 
I have just uploaded a log from Pedro, HK3X in Bogota, Colombia to M0OXO OQRS.
 
You can obtain a Paper QSL Card from M0OXO for contacts with this station. Please remember I am not the Manager for his DXpeditions but purely for HK3X and HK3JJH.
 
Qsl Cards are being printed and will be available in a few weeks time although OQRS is now open.
 

XT2AW Burkina Faso 2021

 

Harald (DF2WO) will again be qrv from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso from the 13th June 2021. He will remain there or 3 weeks where as well as Radio, he will be helping local Children with their studies.
 
Harald will be operation CW, FT8 and also SAT modes. He said SSB will be used but only when conditions allow propagation.
 
Please QSL via M0OXO OQRS or Direct Post Mail. Bureau QSL Cards are not required and any sent to me via the Bureau will not arrive here.
 

NL0H Alaska

Henry NL0H is now very active again from St. Lawrence Island / Sivuqaq (IOTA NA-040 ITU Zone 1/CQ Zone 1).His recent antenna upgrades have given him quite a boost on the air and his signals are now being received Worldwide. Henry uses a 2014 Honda Rancher 420 mobile power supply, Yaesu FT-891, and portable super antenna. Usually only on 20, 30 & 40 meters. Also now using a end-fed for radio in the village with decent results thanks to finding a somewhat quiet location although still electrical noise bothering receive.

Henry’s mode of choice is SSB but sadly under current conditions, his 70/100 watts on SSB doesn’t always do the job and he finds himself dropping onto FT8 just to get his rare IOTA and Zone out to the many Chasers who need it.

His antenna modifications have now seen him log VK, ZL, ZS, 3W and many stations in EU including the UK.

Please support Henry by giving him a call when you hear him but again, please be patient, weather conditions in Alaska can be very hard work in the cold weather he is trying is best to accommodate everyone around his busy work schedules.

You can find his Log available to search and request QSL Cards on M0OXO OQRS (Click Logo on the right side of this screen).

Solar Storm Forecast 02/05/2021

Goodbye Trio of Sunspots Hello Fast Solar Wind.
 
This week multiple bright regions rotate into view that have been launching solar storms. Question is, will they launch something Earth-directed?
 
It looks like the fast solar wind we expected has fizzled to a great degree. We’ve had some aurora at high latitudes, but at mid-latitudes, aurora has been rather fleeting. Luckily, amateur radio has seen a boost, despite the low solar fluxes. I have gotten reports of increased activity on 10 meters, which is welcome news indeed. On top of that, we continue to have new regions rotate into Earth-view. These regions are continuing to launch solar storms (including one more non-Earth-directed launch today) so we may have more activity waiting to reach out to us, just over the horizon.
 
Dr. Tamitha Skov SpaceWeatherWoman@gmail.com
 

MDXC – Indonesian Islands Hunting Marathon – IIHGS

In association with the Mediterranean DX Club we are pleased to announce the Indonesian Islands Hunting Marathon.

Indonesian Islands Hunting Marathon is designed to promote IOTA activity, both Indonesia and World in specific time periods.  Indonesian Islands Hunting Marathon is a 4 months activity, beginning at 0000 UTC June 1 and ending at 2359 UTC September 30.

Rules

https://mdxc—iihgs-indonesian-islands-hunting-marathon.webnode.it/chi-sono/

3Y0J Bouvet Island – Press Release 2

Press Release #2 from the Intrepid-DX Group
3Y0J Dxpedition to Bouvet Island, January/February 2023
 
Bouvet is like the Mount Everest of DXCC entities. It is among the most challenging entities to activate due to significant transportation costs and personal sacrifices required by the team to make the 42 day round trip. Fortunately, Bouvet is not our first mountain. We are well prepared for this challenge.
 
All plans are going well. We are researching polar quality tents and equipment. We are discussing antenna specifications with various manufacturers. We will make careful choices to help us meet the demand for Bouvet contacts.
We are delighted to add a second Physician to our team. Dr. Mike Crownover-AB5EB and Dr. Bill Straw-KO7SS are both seasoned Emergency Physicians and will help the team immensely with their expertise. 
 

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VE1VCI Merle Taylor, Canada – SK

VE1VCI Merle Taylor, August 2, 1923 – 22 April, 2021, (She was 98).
 
Merle had just turned sixteen when war was declared in September 1939.
 
In 1942, when Merle was 19, she saw an opportunity to apply to be a Wireless Operator in the Royal Canadian Air Force, Women’s Division. She was hired and her main responsibility was Morse Code.
After her training, Merle was sent to Number 1 Wireless School in Montreal. There she learned how to use Morse Code, how to signal using lights and flags, as well as other theoretical classes such as the components of a radio. She taught the code to pilots through the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan.
On her twentieth birthday August 2, 1943, she married Fred Taylor.
 
In 1986 Merle passed the exams necessary to become a ham radio operator – receiving a mark of 100 percent on the Morse Code test. She set up her radio system in her basement and communicated with people around the world, both through voice and Morse Code. During the 1980s, she even won the provincial annual amateur radio competition.
 
The image below shows Fred and Merle on their wedding day, which was also Merle’s twentieth birthday. You can see their matching red shoulder badges with rays of electricity, showing that they were both in Communications.
 
More about this remarkable woman’s life, with pictures, on the sites listed below:
Credits ; Heather Holland – Thanks….