‘Green Day’ 2010 announced

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WFF GreenDay 2010 – A «Green» Day of activity in Biological Diversity Year.

Within the framework of the annual worldwide nature protection action, the Day of Activity, ‘WFF GreenDay 2010‘ is being organized.

Radio amateurs of the whole world are invited to join us by having QSOs with radio-stations working from territories within National Parks and Nature Reserves of the World for a 24hour period on the 12th June 2010. ‘Especially Protected Nature Territories’ (EPNT) – are now included into the WFF Directory (see WFF Directory: http://www.wff44.com/en/list/).

Keep an eye out on my blog for details of the GFF Area (new!) that I will activate on Green Day 2010.

SteppIR 30/40M Kit fitted

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Well, I finally got around to fitting the new SteppIR 30/40M Kit to my original 2 element SteppIR.

The 30/40M Dipole is simply a driven element which functions as a Dipole from 6.8Mhz to 13.8Mhz and it also acts as the driven element for the main Yagi between 13.8Mhz tand 54.0Mhz.

A normal Dipole for 40M would be approx. 64 feet long whereas this element is 39 feet long, created by looping the element tip back towards the boom. On 30M since the copper tape barely turns the corner back towards the boom, essentially it performs like a full size dipole would.

More information on the SteppIR range of antennas can be found on the website of Vine Antennas. Further reading and images on how I constructed  this & other SteppIR products can be found in the Gallery and also under the Radio Projects page on this website (in the coming days.) Thanks to Ron Stone GW3YDX (Vine Antennas) and John Muzyka G4RCG for their help and advice with the 30/40 Kit.

150,000 Brits still stranded due to Aircraft restrictions

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The UK’s emergency committee Cobra has met to discuss the ash cloud chaos and HMS Ark Royal & HMS Ocean of the Royal Navy are on their way to help ferry stranded Britons back home from EU. Travel agents’ association Abta says its “rough estimate” is that 150,000 Britons are currently stranded abroad due to the chaos caused by the eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull Volcano. UK flight restrictions have been extended until at least 1900 utc today.

Previous eruptions in the area have caused flooding due to the melting of glacial ice but the current eruption is in an area covered by winter snow, not permanent ice. Although some past eruptions of Eyjafjallajökull were followed by larger, explosive eruptions at nearby Katla Volcano, there is currently no sign of activity at Katla.

This image made available by NEODASS/University of Dundee shows the volcanic ash plume from Iceland, top left, to the north of Britain at received by NASA’s Terra Satellite (11.39 GMT Thursday April 15, 2010).


DX Summit – Changes welcomed

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After months and in some cases years of waiting, SYOPS of DX Clusters now seem to be tightening up their Security. One of the first to take this step is the most popular site ”DX Summit”.
To cut down on the unwanted traffic such as foul language, DX Summit has taken the stance of now becoming password protected.

To post any ‘spot’ on the cluster via DX Summit, you first have to register and obtain a password which you must enter for each and every spot you send. It is hoped this will tighten up the appalling behaviour by allowing the offenders IP address and email addresses to be more easily found and where necessary, to be reported to authorities

– well done!

Volcano Eyjafjallajokull erupts – UK Airspace closed

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Hundreds of flights have been cancelled around the UK and Europe and all UK airports have now closed as a result of a volcano eruption in Iceland. Airports that were open  earlier this morning have now closed having suffered major disruption.

The developments came after the Eyjafjallajokull volcano in Iceland yesterday erupted for the second time in a month, spewing massive clouds of ash thousands of feet into the sky. Scientists said the eruption, under a glacier, was 10 to 20 times more powerful than the one last month.  The volcano erupted on March 20 after almost 200 years of silence.

The ash in the atmosphere closed Scottish airspace this morning and forced Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Newcastle airports to close. Hundreds of flights have been cancelled at other airports.

Liverpool, Manchester, Stansted, Birmingham, East Midlands, Bristol, Luton, Gatwick and Heathrow are all affected.. It cannot be seen from the ground as it is blowing across Britain around three miles in the sky. Ash can disrupt the engines of an aircraft and reduce visibility as well as affecting landing and navigation gear.

This morning a Heathrow Airport spokesman said 150 flights, both arrivals and departures, had been cancelled – at the busiest time of the day – and more flights were expected to be affected as the cloud of ash moved south. volcanoAt Gatwick, 108 flights have been cancelled, while at least 17 flights are grounded at Stansted.

Birmingham airport has seen 70 flights cancelled, while Bristol has halted around 20 flights. Rivers rose by up to ten feet (three metres) as the ferocious temperatures melted the glacier, turning it to water, which gushed down the mountainside.

Iceland’s main coastal ring road was closed near the volcano, and workers smashed three holes in the highway in a bid to to give the rushing water a clear route to the coast and prevent bridges from being swept away.

Scientists said the eruption under the ice cap was 10 to 20 times more powerful than the one last month, and carried a much greater risk of widespread flooding.


3W6C – News just in….temporarily QRT!

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3W6C is temporarily QRT
Due to security political reasons on the island, the 3W6C team is temporarily QRT from Con Co Island, Vietnam. The team hopes for a soon and good solution.

Team leader HB9BXE hopes being QRV again on April 14, 1200 UTC, probably with reduced equipment and thanks for your understanding.

See News Boards on our web site and Twitter later on for the news.

A380 ‘Super-Jumbo’ – Manchester dates released

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Emirates have announced that they plan to fly the Double Decker Super Jumbo, the Emirates A380 to Manchester from 1 September 2010, the A380 replacing the existing Boeing 777 that operates flight numbers EK017 & EK018, and will be a daily service.


The Emirates A380 that will operate this Dubai to Manchester Route is expected to be a 517 seat long three class configured aircraft with Emirates Award winning First Class, Business Class and economy class cabin and seats.



Flight Number

Route

Depart

Arrive

EK017

Dubai Manchester

0755hrs

1225hrs

EK018

Manchester Dubai

1410hrs

0015hrs +1 day

Flying directly over my QTH, the daily carriers from the Far East are an awesome sight as they drop down very low for the runway approach at Manchester and the A380 will just be an amzing addition to the viewing (for all the sad people like me!).

Busy Qsl’in…

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..Yes been a busy few weeks getting Qsl cards sorted. I received two rather large deliveries from the ‘Special Events’ Sub-Manager and also from the ‘Short Contest Calls’ Sub-Manager.

I have to say I have enjoyed getting up to date with cards for Michael G7VJR and his trips too. Quite a lot of intrest especially for VP8DMN and requests for all managed stations via the on-line system get more popular each day.

Anyway for any interested parties, here is a brief run down on the cards sent out last 14 days (only the larger, more active callsigns shown) :-
VP8DMN 95 (D) 32 (B), GBØANT 810 (B), GB4IPY 557 (B) MW0JZE 220 (D) 450 (B), MW0RLJ 373 (B), G4RCG 12 (D) 220 (B), MØOXO (plus variations) 17 (D) 275 (B).

It is however worth pointing out that the normally accepted Bureau times is about 2 Years, thats from the time you send to the time you receive back. Therefore, if 2 years hasn’t elapsed since the time you requested a bureau card, please be patient and don’t request another until at least 2 years have passed.

Sadly most of the GB1HI cards I mention above were only received in the last 15 – 20days and most are from 2007/2008 which means a turn around time of 4 years – not good is it? For the system to work well both parties have to be on the ball in processing their cards which I guess can be the major cause?

WFF – GFF / GWFF Directory update

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Finally and with the grateful assistance of Steve GW4BKG, I can report that the area in the WFF Directory relating to ‘GFF’ and ‘GWFF’ have been updated.

When WFF first launched, ‘GFF’ was all one entity. However, when the decision was made to split into ‘G’, ‘GM’ & ‘GW’, ‘GFF-015’ in particular had already been activated several times and therefore couldn’t be moved into the ‘GW’ list (as thousands of Qsl Cards had ‘GFF-015’ on them and several logs had also appeared on the ew4dx logsearch system). As well as those, several others appeared in the original list that were now covered by the GMFF team and therefore again, they were not eligible to appear in the ‘GFF’ lists.

The updated entries have been forewarded to WFF HQ and I hope in the near future they will appear on the WFF website for download. Meanwhile you can access the new listings by clicking on the links here – 

How to activate GFF areas

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”LET’S SAVE THE GREEN PLANET EARTH”



Are you interested in activating areas in the UK, maybe ‘holiday style’ or just fancy a day out ‘playing radio’?
Its very easy to get involved so just read on and see if it intrests you. Each WFF Country will have their own
interpretations of the guidelines to abide by dependant upon different circumstances. The list below is how to
proceed should you wish to activate GFF & GWFF.

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1) Check out the list of areas that are valid for WFF in the DXCC entity ‘G’


2) Try to give prior notice of the activation to me in order that I can publise your event on the various reflectors
and to gain maximum support & intrest that your trip will attract from WFF chasers.

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3) It will be necessary for you to submit a log of your contacts with valdation by photograph, video or any
other means to legitimise that the operation was authentic. The usual and most appropriate way is to have
photograph taken standing by a sign or other feature that validates you to the area you are activating.

Do not worry if it is not possible to use a computer on your activation, a paper log will suffice in the
first instance. Once the operation has ended, send your log (either paper or electronic) to MØOXO
and I will send it to the relevant WFF checkpoint where it will be added to EW4DX LogSearch.
***Please DO NOT send it directly to EW4DX LogSearch,
it must come via me (for reasons I can explain if you wish!)

(If your log happens to be on paper, I will convert it to electronic format using a fast log entry program.)

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4) Special Qsl Card Printing is not necessary. Many of the WFF chasers however do find it desireable to
produce qsl cards for the events. If stations you have worked do ask for a qsl card and you are happy
to send one, then again it is necessary to have the reference number of the GFF area and the
licensed Callsign used, clearly visible on the card either by label or other format thereby avoiding
any attempt to tamper with the details shown.

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5) Do not let the thought of issuing Qsl Cards put you off from activating the area and enjoying your trip to the
National Park or Nature Reserve. I can and I will either help you to sort out the qsl’s or i will provide the
qsl management for you at no cost, I am happy to do that, just ask. I support LOTW, Bureau and Direct
Qsl methods.

There are plenty of Qsl printers out there who will happily print and provide the cards for
you but please also check out UX5UO Print too, he is very cost effective and I am his UK agent
so no hassle whatsoever to deal with him and basic 2 colour cards cost from
£34.00GBP for 1000 delivered – no extra cost just £34.00GBP!
Full Colour (Front) cards from £49.00GBP for 1000 delivered – no extra cost just £49.00GBP!

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”LET’S SAVE THE GREEN PLANET EARTH”