Z2LA...all ready to go....

z2la

It won't be long now before the Norweigen Team set off to operate as Z2LA from Zimbabwe. The team will be active from 160m through 10m band on SSB and CW.

The operation will be in holiday style from 2 - 11 march 2018.            
The crew is LA7THA Rune, LA7WCA Arne and LA9VPA Thor.

The equipment:
1 SUNSDR PRO II
1 Elecraft KX3
1 Icom 706 MK2G as spare radio
2 x Juma 1000 amplifiers

TX Antenna:
Inv L antenna for 160 and 80m
Slooping dipole antennas for 30/40m
20 to 10m band inc varc Hexbeam from SP7IDX Technology

RX antenna:
1 SAL 30
2 x reversible BEV antenna from remoteqth.com
1 BOG from K1FZ

If you want to support us you can do it by Paypal to Z2LA

 

YJ0AG -Website

vk5 websitePlans are also moving along fast for our friend Grant VK5GR and for his next IOTA adventure which this time will take him and his family to Efate in Vanuatu.

Grant has just got the information sorted and on his website which is worth a browse if you haven't been there before.

It has information on his previous trips and much more radio related items mainly focused aroud IOTA (Islands On The Air) Programme.

Please take a look at his website and the Plans for his trip in April. I am sure if you have any constructive commensts Grant will be more than happy to hear them!

http://vk5gr-iota.net/

 

5T5OK - The Story

5T5OKThe idea about the expedition to Mauritania started shortly after we returned from Comoros islands. When we looked for location for year 2017, we decided that we have to choose spot closer to Europe and North America, as result of propagation and a low solar activity. It was clear, that the choice will be somewhere in the upper half of Africa continent. Where to? Most countries we can divide into two categories – dangerous (health risks, political or safety reasons) and others which are relatively safe, but from a view of radio amateurs not so interesting. DX community desires activation of “rare” countries.

After long and passionate discussions compromise solution was selected – Mauritania. Directions to EU and NA are excellent, distance is acceptable. In this country has been two active amateurs – Jean 5T0JL (ON8RA, active CW) and Ahmad 5T2AI (9K2AI, active SSB). We contacted Jean and explained our intention. He promised to arrange permission to operation. He kept his promise. After intensive emails exchange and visit to the ARE (local telecommunication office) we have been granted permission to operate from Mauritania under callsign 5T5OK. Ahmad was acquainted with our plan so nothing hindered to choose suitable QTH.

We wanted to be the closest to the sea, ideally directly on the coast and concurrently near the airport. After searching, we decided for Sabbah hotel – same hotel in which were successful expedition of Polish operators 5T0SP in 2012. Hotel is on the edge of Nouakchott (capital of Mauritania). Unfortunately, it hasn’t got own website, phone number and emails don’t work more or less and the owner doesn’t speak English. We were reliance for personal visits of Jean and his mediated information. Jean knew this hotel (he was member of 5T0SP), he checked the current status, he found of price range and everything seemed to be on the right way.

Read more: 5T5OK - The Story

Bureau Mailing February 2018

Feb Bureau 2018

QSL cards have been posted 86 World Bureaus - Saturday 10th February 2018

This mailing is a joint mailing between M0OXO Charles, M0URX Tim & M0SDV Jamie.

I would very much appreciate feedback from you when the QSL cards start arriving at World Bureaus or received by hams around the world? This feedback will be added to our data below.

This mailing features cards from major Dxpeditions as near as 2017 (including 9G5X, 9N7EI, A25UK, D44TWO and many more) so we will be pleased that you get your cards more than 2-3 years faster than traditional Bureau to Bureau Services offered by National Societies..

**Of course we must thanks all of you that have sent EXPIRED IRC's to us. These have been used and have paid for the M0OXO mailing in its entireity so my appreciation to everyone on the list of Donors that can be seen by clicking here. If you have any EXPIRED IRC's please continue donating them to me to help cover the costs of this exceptional bureau service.

 

Total amount of QSL cards 20,274

Via M0OXO 12,499

Via M0URX 4,403
Via M0SDV 2,537
Via MD0CCE 61
Via G0RPA 463
Via G4IRN 52
Via YO6DDF 259

Total Weight 77.747g (gross weight includes packaging)

Total Cost £379.85 £4.86 per kg (Net weight excludes packaging)
Average postage cost 1.9 p per QSL card.

If anyone wishes to make a donation to the costs of bureau shipments, you can do when you request a QSL and use the donation facility on OQRS.

How many cards did we send to your Bureau? Click Here https://www.m0oxo.com/bureau-posting-news.html.

Read more: Bureau Mailing February 2018

VP6D Ducie Island Press Release

VP6D DucieFor Immediate Release
Press Release #2
Feb 8, 2018

VP6D Ducie Island 2018 DX-pedition
(OC-182)

Joining the team is Vadym UT6UD. An active DX-peditioner, he has operated as H44UD, A35UD, S21XV, FO/UT6UD from Austral and Marquesas Islands, FG/UT6UD. He was a member of the 2016 VK0EK DX-pedition to Heard Island. Many will recognize Vadym from his 160 activity.

We’re happy to announce that 6 meter EME was added to the project. With planning support from Lance W7GJ, and the 6 meter community, we hope to make the first ever 6m EME QSOs from Ducie Island.

We’re working with several amateur radio equipment manufacturers and suppliers who indicated interest in supporting VP6D. Onboard already are Arlan Communications for RadioSport headsets, DX-Engineering for antenna and other supplies and GM0OBX Custom Cables offered their support.  We’re in the process of formalizing agreements with other manufacturers.

The logistics plan is coming together. Our equipment will be consolidated in Fremont, California for testing, packaging and shipment to the Braveheart in New Zealand. .  The team has a group reservation for our flight transportation from Papeete to Mangareva and back. Braveheart will pick us up in Mangareva and return us there at the end of the expedition

Detailed antenna plans are coming together nicely with 2-element vertical dipole arrays on the high bands backed up by a couple of horizontal beams, 4-squares on 30 / 40 meters and verticals on 80 / 160 meters. The 160 receiving antenna plans are under development.

With the cost of DX-peditions to remote islands increasing each year, we kicked off our fundraising campaign with a generous grant from the Northern California DX Foundation, quickly followed by other DX clubs and foundations. We appreciate the individuals who are supporting the project with their donations. A current list of all donors is available at: vp6d.com

VP6/D continues to be ranked in the top 25 Most Wanted, now at #21.

73,
Team Ducie – 2018

DX8TT & DX8MAP - Licences granted for rare IOTA

DU1UD8 OC-119Dindo DU1UD has informed me that he now has the Licences issued allowing him to operate from both Tawi-Tawi and Cagayan De Sulu Island in the Philippines.

 

The Licences allow him to operate from either Island at any time during 2018 and he will use the Callsign DX8TT for OC-174 and DX8MAP for OC-105, Callsigns specially issued for this DXpedition.

 

 

Due to Dindo's work comitments, the activations usually take place at very short notice, usually only a few days so please keep an eye on this Blog and/or Facebook for further information of when these exciting activations will take place.

 

He is also considering the use of a Portable Hexbeam by Ant MW0JZE (http://www.g3txq-hexbeam.com/index.php/shop/106/10/g3txq-broadband-hexbeam/ultra-lightweight-d-hexpedition-portable-hexbeam-detail.html) which will give him far more options when decided operating positions on the Islands.

 

Tawi Tawi

Mapun Island

 

Republic of Kosovo - New DXCC

K1600 Z60K-Kosovo-MarttiREPUBLIC OF KOSOVO ACTIVE TODAY -- Z60A TEAM ALREADY ON THE GROUND

Kosovo’s IARU Society SHARK, and its president Vjollca Caka, Z61VB are hosting a tenth anniversary activation celebrating Kosovo’s independence, February, 2008.

The activation has already started, with Z60A being found on several bands.
Adding to their HQ location is a semi-permanent low-band site. Both sites have beam antennas plus four K3s and SPE 1.3KW amps. Olli, OH0XX has been testing the propagation over the past two days with good -- but narrow -- U.S openings.

An international team has been invited to Kosovo and is partially on the ground at this time. The team consists of DL3DXX, OH0XX, OH1MA, OH2BH, OH3JR, OZ1IKY, S50A and S51F, along with locals Z61DX, Z61FF, Z61VB, Z62FB and Z63DBB. Additional locals are behind this activity as well, and a new 2nd week team will be announced soon.

Jim, K9JF, ARRL Hon. Vice-President and Hans, PB2T, IARU R1 secretary will add to the party.

The ARRL Rocky Mountain Division director, Dwayne Allen, WY7FD has informed the team that the LoTW and the other ARRL structures are being put into place to receive this new DXCC country contacts. Already, “Republic of Kosovo” is listed in the DXCC Challenge pages.

ClubLog will be used for this activation, while QSLs will go via OH2BH.

 The start date for Kosovo DXCC credit is January 21, 2018. Your old QSL cards will not count.

3B7A St Brandon 2018

An updated most wanted list has been published on Clublog. It now shows Saint Brandon as the 27th most wanted entity worldwide (#19 NA, #17 SA, #33 AS, #28 OC, #34 AF, #48 EU). This statistic clearly confirms the relevance of our DXpedition. We knew the demand to be high more than 10 years after 3B7C.

3B7A-logo-512x512Same as with our previous projects, we know a flawless preparation is the key of the success. We are now working carefully on propagation forecast. Of course our experience of this area is a big advantage, we know some specific tips, possible openings, etc. These forecasts will drive our operations from the first to the very last day, giving priority to the areas with the shortest and most difficult conditions.

We would like to thanks our pilot team: Bjorn ON9CFG, Paul N6PSE, Javi LU5FF, Joe JJ3PRT, and our "chief pilot" Michel F6AGM (ex-FM5CD). Please share your experience and all interesting information with your local pilot during the expedition. We will be in touch with them on a daily basis thanks to our satellite phone.

The pilots will NOT have access to the logs! Questions related to your QSOs should be submitted to our QSL manager through the online form on our website. Do not expect answer until we are back in France.

We would like to take advantage of this communication to wish good luck to our 3Y0Z friends on the way to Bouvet.

Please keep on supporting our project on our website http://www.saintbrandondx.com/en/how-to-help-us/ and follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SaintBrandonDX/ and Twitter @SaintBrandonDX

 

Jupiter Our Largest Planet

JupOur solar system’s largest inhabitant – Jupiter – is so colossal that 11 Earths could fit across its clouded disk.

Here's the planet’s striking south polar region, viewed by our Juno spacecraft as it performed its 10th close flyby on Dec. 16, 2017:

http://go.nasa.gov/2Dy2qC1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7Q7EI Malawi update

7Q7EIThe 7Q7EI Website has been updated with new information regarding their trip in a few weeks time.

Radio Amateurs members of EIDX Group will be active as 7Q7EI from Malawi 21 March - 3 April 2018.
They will operate on 160 - 10m CW, SSB, RTTY including activity in CQ WW WPX SSB Contest.

Qsl via M0OXO OQRS or Direct Post Mail

 

 

 

 

 

 

E31A QRT

E31AThe E31A Team are now qrt from Eritrea.

Zorro will not now activate IOTA AF-038 on this trip but they may be able to do it in one of their future operations.


Zorro did intend to use E39DI as a Callsign from Dahlak Island but this is now cancelled for the time being.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VY0ERC NA-008 (2018)

VY0ERC 9VE1RUS anticipates arriving at the VY0ERC station in Eureka, Nunavut (NA-008) on February 3rd. A few weeks later VE3KTB will arrive.

Expect activity on 40 and 20 Meters on SSB, Digital (FT8) and some very slow CW in their spare time through April 1st

The Club is located in the environs of the Eureka Weather Station which is itself located at 79 degrees 59 minutes N, 85 degrees 56 minutes W on Ellesmere Island (IOTA NA-008), Nunavut. VY0ERC is currently operating out of the Polar Environment Atmospheric Research Laboratory (PEARL) Ridge Laboratory (RidgeLab) located approximately 11 km as the crow flies from the weather station (http://www.candac.ca). The RidgeLab is set on top of the hill at 80 degrees 3 minutes N and 86 degrees 25 minutes W at 600 m.a.s.l. The separation is significant as Eureka is in grid square EQ79 and the RidgeLab is in grid square ER60, and as the RidgeLab is above 80 degrees N, it is in ITU zone 75 rather than ITU zone 4. Both are located in CQ zone 2.

We are opening membership in the Club to all interested amateurs.

There are no dues associated with becoming a member, although donations would be gratefully accepted, whether they are monetary or equipment. QSL via M0OXO.

https://www.m0oxo.com/oqrs/logsearch.php

6O6O QRT

6O6A 66O6O Somalia (Doctors Without Borders Fundraising)

Full log received and all busted call enquiries have been resolved one way or another. The full log is now on M0OXO Logsearch & OQRS. The amended Clublog and LOTW files will be uploaded later so please don't email me asking for Clublog updates they will be done in due course.

Thanks to Kenneth Opskar & Adrian Ciuperca fior a fanteastic job.

Please also remember all donations for this trip will go to the Doctors Without Borders Charity (DWOB). Ken will uodate his website with the amounts raised in due course so please be generous ;-)

https://www.m0oxo.com/oqrs/logsearch.php

 

G3NUG SK

NEVIVery sad this morning to hear of the passing of Neville Cheadle G3NUG.

An all round fantastic and inspiring gentleman who will be sadly missed. There will be fond memories Worldwide of Neville from his time in CDXC and indeed the FSDXA Dxpeditions.

Thoughts with Trish his wife and all his family today

 

 

 

 

Baker Island Press Release

Dated January 16, 2018 For Immediate Release:

The Dateline DX Association is pleased to announce major equipment support from Elecraft, DX Engineering, and SteppIR Communications Systems for its KH1/KH7Z Baker Island 2018 DXpedition.

BakerFor the KH1/KH7Z operation, Elecraft will supply the highly reliable K3S transceivers and their matching KPA500 amplifiers. These radios are veterans of several highly successful major DXpeditions and will greatly aid our goal of many ATNO contacts.

Our use permit for access to the Baker National Wildlife Refuge restricts the type and height of antennas we can use for KH1/KH7Z. SteppIR Communications Systems is working with team member George Wallner, AA7JV, with antennas that are acceptable to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Every operation of this size needs a large number of critical equipment items suitable for island operation. DX Engineering has stepped up to offer those items on an as needed basis. DX Engineering continues to support major DXpeditions, and is a quality supplier of everything needed for the Amateur Radio community.

KH1 is the 4th most wanted entity. Our plans are to bring the KH1 entity to as many operators, and countries as we can. Support from these equipment vendors is appreciated and helps us meet our QSO goals. As with any DXpedition to the really rare ones, this will be another large budget operation. The operator team will contribute over 50% of the expected budget of $400,000. You can help make this DXpedition happen by visiting our website, and contributing today.

http://www.baker2018.net/pages/donate.html

Thank you in advance for your support. The Baker Island 2018 Team

 

IOTA 2018 Updates

IOTAIOTA enthusiasts are reminded that the last date for mailing applications or score updates to checkpoints for inclusion in the 2018 Honour Roll and other performance tables is 31 January 2018.

If postmarked after that date, they will be processed in the normal way but the scores will be held over to the following year's listing. It is important that participants who have not updated since the 2013 annual listings and wish to remain listed should make a submission on or before 31 January 2018.

Of interest this year is that in addition to the 2017 IOTA Contest logs a much larger number of logs of IOTA operations on Club Log have recently been made available for QSO matching. Experience to date shows the increased opportunity this offers for building a larger score.

G3KMA, 20 December 2017

 

A70X (2018) QSL Cards

A70X 2018Qsl Cards for the 2018 operation from Al-Safliyah Island by the Qatar Amateur Radio Society (QARS) are now at the print Shop and will arrive here and be dispatched in around two weeks time.

QSL Cards for the 2017 previous activation are also still available. OQRS is open for both activations.

https://www.m0oxo.com/oqrs/logsearch.php

A70X 2018 ob

 

3B9FR AF-017 FT8

3B9FR2Robert can be foundon FT8 mode from today.

He is a learner on this the newest of the Digital Modes so if you see any mistakes or maybe dupes in the logs, please remember your first time on the mode may have been equally as scary!

Think before you post comments on the DX Clusters!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

'YJ0AG'' Vanuatu

YJ0AGFrom Grant VK5GR;

''"I am planning another holiday style DXPedition for 2018" says VK5GR (E6AG), Grant. Plans are to stay with his family on Efate (OC-035) from April 17 to 29 operating intermittently as YJ0AG.

Grant is awaiting for a copy of his license. He'll be mostly on digital modes running QRO on 80 through 10 Meters. Those modes include RTTY, FT8, PSK Olivia as well as SSB and some SSTV. He could also do some CW, depending on his "CW training". Grant says, "I am looking to particularly work unique stations and will be where possible targetting Europe Short Path where YJ is high on the ClubLog most wanted list". Equipment will include a K3 and KPA500 transmitting into a "G3TXQ UltraLight HexBeam" on 20-10 Meters and a multi-band vertical for 80-10 Meters. While there, Grant hopes to get in the SPDX RTTY Contest.

M0OXO, Charles, will be handling the QSLing duties and prefers requests go through his OQRS for both direct and bureau QSL cards. For DX stations from OC, AF and SA he will "accept calls" at"any time".

 

A70X Al-Safliyah Island

as088 BESTA70X are now qrt from Al-Safliyah Island in Qatar.

Thanks to the Team from Qatar Amateur Radio Society (QARS) who, for the second year running have provided many with the new IOTA (AS-088) and/or needed Band slots with A7.

The full log has now been uploaded both to Clublog and to M0OXO Logsearch where OQRS is now open.

https://secure.clublog.org/charts/?c=A70X

http://www.m0oxo.com/oqrs/logsearch.php

Qsl Cards are being designed for this years event and will be out in due course.

 

XT2AW - Harald returning to Ouagadougou

xt2aw 3Harald (DF2WO) will be returning to Burkina Faso next week.

He reports that he now has his Visa and will be qrv from XT2 between the 8th and 22nd January 2018.

As usual he will be using a Hexbeam and Dipole Antennas running CW, SSB and FT8 Modes mainly on 80, 60 , 40 and 30 Meters.

 He also hopes to replace the Hexbeam of local Ham Ibrahim XT2AGI who's antenna was lost in a big storm over 12 months ago. Ibrahim has been off air ever since.

Qsl via M0OXO OQRS or Direct Post Mail

 

 

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