DXER ham radio news 08/27/18
Southgate ARC — The Irish Radio Transmitters Society hhave announced that the next Amateur Station Licence Examination will be held on Thursday 15th November 2018 in the ComReg offices in Dublin and at other centres if warranted by the numbers
Southgate ARC — For most of 2018, the solar disk has bbeen blank without a trace of even the smallest sunspot. This weekend something different is happening
Southgate ARC — The SARL Council at its meeting on Tueesday evening 21 August, appointed Glynn Chamberlain, ZS6GLN as the new SARL Hamnet National Director
Southgate ARC — Frank Brickle, AB2KT, took a professioonal path to music composition at Princeton. He combined his musical composition skills with his technical knowledge of computer programming and background in amateur radio to develop the first software defined radio (SDR) software used first by the US government and later by private industry
Southgate ARC — Surprising forecasters, a strong and uunexpected G3-class geomagnetic storm is underway during the early hours of today, August 26th
Southgate ARC — The W9DXCC DX Convention and Banquet iin suburban Chicago is just a few weeks away — Sept. 14–15th â€€“ but thereâ€™s still time to register and secure discounted hotel rates to enjoy the program and win a shot at a prize kitty thatâ€™s grown to more than 12,000 USDs thanks to our generous donors
Southgate ARC — â€œYou are the future of Amateurr Radioâ€, YOTA 2018 Patron, Gary Immelman, ZS6YI told YOTA 2018 delegates in his address on the last evening of the event that is now heralded worldwide as the best ever
Southgate ARC — Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP, reports that tthe solar activity is expected to remain at low levels
W5JON will be active again from Saint Kitts Island, IOTA NA-104, 10 October — 6 November 2018, as V47JA.
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Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin №1378
The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin №1378
August 27, 2018
Editor Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW
Provided by BARF80.ORG (Cleveland, Ohio)
Written/Sent from Strongsville, Ohio
Thanks to the Northern Ohio Amateur Radio Society, Northern Ohio DX
Association, Ohio/Penn PacketCluster Network, AB5K & the AR TelNet Clusters
Network, NJ1Q & W1AW, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The Daily DX, K4ZW, WA4DAN,
W5JON, N7NG, K8GI, K8YSE, KT8D, W8GEX & 60m DX News, N0TG, CO3JK, DL1SBF,
DL7UXG & The DX News Letter, DxCoffee.com, DXNews.com, DX-World.Net, ES1CW,
F5NQL, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, I2MQP & DX
Italia News, JE1SCJ, M0URX, OK6RA, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, Sixitalia Weekly
and VA3RJ & ICPO for the following DX information.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the
week of Sunday, 19th/August, through Sunday, 26th/August there were 213
countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 3X,
4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4U1U, 4W, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5R, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7X,
8P, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9Q, 9V, 9X, 9Y, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9,
AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C9, CE, CE0Y, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, DL,
DU, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, F,
FG, FK, FM, FO, FO/a, FR, FS, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0,
HC, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J6, J7, J8, JA, JW,
JX, JY, K, KH0, KH2, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE,
OH, OH0, OJ0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PJ7, PY, PY0F, S0,
S5, S7, SM, SP, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T2, T32, T5, T7, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK,
TL, TR, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VP2E,
VP2M, VP5, VP8, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XT, XU, XW, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YL, YN,
YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, Z6, ZA, ZB, ZD7, ZF, ZL, ZP, ZS
* PLEASE NOTE: The report â€œcouldâ€ contain â€œPirate/SLIMâ€ operations or
more likely a â€œBUSTED CALLSIGNâ€. As always, you never know — â€œWork
First Worry Laterâ€.
3Y0I BOUVET ISLAND DXPEDITION NEWS. The following was posted August 24th,
on the 3Y0I Web page <https://bouvetoya.org/>: Kohjinshaâ€™s antennas and
3Y0I — Weâ€™re pleased to announce our new partnership. The Japanese
company Kohjinsha becomes our supporter and a sponsor of our antennas we
take down to Bouvet Island and many more our expeditions in the future.
The company is known for its compact and robust setups and thatâ€™s what
we exactly need at the island. Read more about their competitive con-
structions and other ham radio equipment:
4U, UNITED NATIONS HQ. On August 22nd, Adrian, KO8SCA, was able to finish
with the antenna installation (SteppIR BigIR) on top of the UN building,
and became active from the UN building on 20 meters SSB for about 30
minutes. Operations testing were conducted from the 41st floor of the
UN building. According to â€œThe Daily DXâ€, â€œIn the future he (KO8SCA)
hopes to be able to get the amplifier online and remote the station
down to the third floor. This new location will make it easier for
guest operators to activate the 4U1UN station.â€ QSL Manager is HB9BOU.
CE0Y, EASTER ISLANDS (Reminder). Jose, NP4G, will be active as CE0Y/NP4G
from Rapa Nui, Easter Island (SA-001), between August 26–29th. Activity
will be holiday style on 40–10 meters using CW and FT8. Suggested FT8
frequencies are: 7056, 10131, 14090, 18095, 21091, 24911 and 28091 kHz.
QSL via LoTW or NP4G.
CO0, CUBA (Special Event). If you work CO0CW on August 24th, this was
a special event station by the Group CW of Cuba (GCWC) to celebrate â€œthe
first telegraphic message of the worldâ€. Suggested frequencies were to
be on/near 7030 and 7115 kHz. QSL via CO3JK.
CY9, ST. PAUL ISLAND (Press Release, date August 19th)[edited]. The same
team that operated as CY9C from St. Paul Island in 2016 will return as
CY9C in August 2019. Transportation arrangements have already been made
with Paul Fitzgerald providing the boat transportation and Pat Dolan,
N2IEN, providing helicopter support.
Our 2019 team will again utilize the Northeast Island and Atlantic
Cove as the two operational sites. The team will consist of 12 operators
and will be primarily the same ops as were there in 2016. This will be
an all band/all mode operation, including EME by WW2DX.
The DXpedition website is up and running at: http://www.cy9c.com
Updates will be on the website as well other pertinent information.
73, Randy, N0TG, Team Co-leader
Murray, WA4DAN, Team Co-leader
ADDED NOTES (From their Web page): Activity will be on 160–2 meters
using CW, SSB, RTTY and lots of EME, SAT and FT8 as well. Their suggested
CW — 1826.5, 3523, 5400, 7023, 10108, 14023, 18079, 210223, 24894 and 28023
SSB — 3785, 5400, 7082, 14185, 18130, 21285, 24955 and 228485
RTTY — 3580, 7045, 10142, 14080, 18099, 21080, 24912 andd 28080
FT8–1835, 3570, 5357, 7071, 10133, 14067, 18095, 210677, 24912 and 28067
6m — 50316/FT8
2m — 144.144 MHz (EME)
Team members mentioned are:
Alantic Cove Team — Murray/WA4DAN, Randy/N0TG, John/N8AAA, Bill/K5DHY,
San/K5YY and Dan/W4DKS
Northeast Point Site Team — Jay/K4ZLE, Lou/N2TU, Lee/WWW2DX, Pat/N2IEN,
Will/AA4NC and Phil/VA3QR
QSL via WA4DAN direct, ClubLog or LoTW. Look for more details to be
provided on their Web page.
CY0, SABLE ISLAND (Delayed). Randy, N0TG, informs OPDX that the team
which was going to Sable Island in 2019, has now planned/delayed the
operation for 2020 and will go to St. Paul Island (CY9) instead in 2019
(see CY9 above).
FG, GUADELOUPE. Laci, HA0NAR, will be active as FG/HG0R from Guadeloupe
(NA-102) between August 27th and September 7th. Activity will be on 160–6
meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via his home callsign or ClubLogâ€™s
FG, GUADELOUPE. Roger, SM7RYR, will be active as FG/SM7RYR from Deshaies,
Guadeloupe (NA-102), between October 27th and November 11th. Activity
will be holiday style mainly on 20 meters CW and possibly 17/12m (depending
on conditions). Equipment is a KX2 with a KXPA100 into a GP on beach. QSL
FO, FRENCH POLYNESIA. Operators Rich/KE1B and YL Anna/W6NN will be active
as FO/KE1B from Bora Bora Island (OC-067) and Moorea Island (OC-046)
between April 21st and May 3rd, 2019. Activity will be mainly on 20
meters using FT8 with a KX2 and 10 watts. QSL via KE1B direct or LoTW.
FR5, REUNION ISLAND. Patrick, FR5FC, is now active from Saint Leu, Reunion
Island (AF-016). Length of stay is unknown. Activity is mainly on 40–15
meters using SSB and FT8. QSL via EA7FTR or LoTW.
GB250, ENGLAND (Special Event). Members of the Pontefract and District
Amateur Radio Society (PDARS) are now active (as of August 23rd) GB250CC
for 28 days (September 28th) to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Captain
Cookâ€™s first voyage of discovery to the Pacific, spanning the years
1768–1771. Captain Cook sailed out of Plymouth on August 25th, 1768, on
the ship called the â€œEndeavorâ€. Other activations may be possible over
the next 3 years to coincide with â€œkey momentsâ€ of the voyage. For more
details, see <https://www.qrz.com/db/gb250cc>. QSL via G0BPK direct, by
the Bureau to GB250CC, LoTW or eQSL.
HB0, LIECHTENSTEIN. Members of the NB-DX Team report that they will be
â€œon the road againâ€ as HB0/ON4ANN from Triesenberg between September
24–28th. Operators are Willy/ON2BDJ, Erik/ON4ANN, Erik/ON4CCV, Cedric/
ON4CKM, Paul/ON5PDV, Rudi/ON6MI and Etienne. The operators may also do
some WWFF activity as HB0/ON4CCV/P and HB0/ON4CKM/P. Activity will be on
various HF bands (usually) with special attention on 160/80/40/30
meters using CW, SSB the Digital modes. Antennas: Spiderbeams, Verticals,
Inverted-L for 160m and RX antennas. QSL via M0URX or OQRS. Watch QRZ.com
for a link to their Facebook page and a link for pictures (during their
AF-018. Operators Vaclav/OK6RA and Milan/OK1VWK will be active as
IH9/OK6RA and IH9/OL9R, respectively, from Pantelleria Island
during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24–25th). Vaclav will
be a Single-Op/Single-Band (40m)/Low-Power entry. Milan will
be a Single-Op/Single-Band (20m)/Low-Power entry. QSL via
their home callsigns. Also, look for them before the contest
on another bands.
AS-120. (Reminder/Change) Members of DX World team (Emil/DL8JJ, Paul/
G4PVM, Col/MM0NDX) will be teaming up again, this time with
Norman/5B4AIF and were expected to activate the Island of
Ayios Yeoryios in the Cyprusâ€™s Coastal Islands Group between
August 25–26th. However, due to high seas around Ayios Yeoryios
Island, the team decided to activate Manijin Island instead.
This too counts for AS-120. Their callsign will still be C4II.
Activity will be on 80–10 meters, possibly 6m, using CW, SSB
and FT8. QSL via LoTW. QSL via M0SDV or LoTW.
PLEASE NOTE: Since the Webmasters of the new <www.iota-world.org> have
decided NOT to post or dedicate a Web page to announce upcoming IOTA
operations, PLEASE send your IOTA operations information to the OPDX,
and we will post it here in an upcoming bulletin…â€€¦
JW, Svalbard (On the Birds). Raffaello, JW/OH8FKS/p, will be back on
Svalbard between August 27–30th, and plans to operate FM and FO-29 satel-
lites after 1900 UTC each day. He has worked many EU stations last week
and a few in NA on FO-29! QSL via LoTW using JW/OH8FKS/p.
KH2, GUAM (Press Release dated August 22nd, OCEANIA ZONE 27 — — AH3D/KH2
SOON QRV — Tuesday, 28 August to Monday, 03 September, 2018)[eedited].
Martti, OH2BH, and Leena, OH2BE, along with the WRTC 2018 winners,
Gedas, LY9A, and Mindis, LY4L, will attend the Japan (JARL) Ham Fair 2018
in Tokyo this coming weekend. You can find them at the Yaesu booth for
most of Saturday and Sunday.
During their travel they will do some â€œtest drivesâ€ with a new FTDX101D
and discuss its characteristics with Yaesu R&D engineers prior the com-
mercial release of the radio.
Martti will be presenting the Kosovo Project, Z60A at the Japan Inter-
national DX Meeting (JIDXM 2018). He will also introduce the WRTC winners.
On the following Monday, he will be heading to Guam for a week long holiday
stint. This will include participation in the All Asian DX Contest, with
another slick (TBA) contest call.
The Governor of Guam has declared the island in a state of emergency
as a low-pressure keeps hanging above Guam with lots of rain. Erecting
the Stepper beam is jointly in the hands of Ed, KH2L, and Mother Nature.
Just follow the WX development or come by the Stepper booth (Nr B-21) at
Ham Fair in Tokyo to hear the latest.
QSL via OH2BH.
PJ7, SINT MAARTEN. Randy, K5SL, will once again be active as PJ7/K5SL
from Sint Maarten (NA-105) between September 8–15th. Activity will be
holiday style on 40/30/20/17 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via his home
PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (August 27th-September 2nd)…â€€¦.
Aug/27th AN Aug/30th AN Sep/01st AN
Aug/28th AN Aug/31st AN Sep/02nd HN
SOLAR REFERENCE KEYS/INDEXES AND GEOMAGNETIC REFERENCE
NORMALITY GEOMAG K Values Alpha
— — — — — –&nb€”â€”â€“ — — bsp; — — — — sp; â€” —
AN — Above Normal &nnbsp; Quiet K=0–1 0–7
HN — High Normal &nbbsp; Unsettled K=2 8–15
LN — Low Normal &nbssp; Active K=3 16–29
BN — Below Normal &nnbsp; Minor Storm K=4 30–49
DIS — Disturbed &nbssp; Major Storm K=5 50–99
VRY DIS — Very Disturbed Severe Storm K=6–9&nbssp; 100–400
REALTIME BAND CONDITIONS WEB SITE <http://www.bandconditions.com>:
The purpose of this experimental Web site is to provide 24–7–365 actual
(REALTIME) band condition information to CW QRPp, QRPe and CW/SSB for
Contesters interested in increasing their scores. It can also be of
benefit to other Radio Amateurs to determine band conditions for Nets
and casual QSOâ€™s. This information is NOT based on any software pre-
dictions or any kind of satellite based readings. It is based on a
new Ionospheric sounding method called â€œHF Ionospheric Interferometryâ€
which operates very similarly to the PolSAR system used by NASA.
Also, check out the VOACAP predication Web page at:
A daily HF radio wave propagation forecast can be found at:
Also on Twitter: https://twitter.com/@GiellaW4hm
QSL INFO AND NEWS……………â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦.
QSL-INFO from DB0SDX by Lothar, DL1SBF <www.qslinfo.eu> [August 26th]
— — — — — — — ”â€”â€”â€”â€” — — — — — — — — â€”â€”â€”â€”â€”â€” — — — — — — — â€€”â€”â€”â€”â€”-
3E1FD via HP1RCP EG5VCE via EB5AG (d/L) OE23HABC via OE3PFS (B)
5B/UT5SI via UT5SI EM25URD via UR7UT & (e) OH11WCA via OH11WCA (O)
9A/DL9RNV via DL9RNV EO27U via UR8US OI1AY via OH1AJ
9A/S51R via S51R GB250CC via G0BPK PI4ECC via PA0MBD & (L)
9H3KC via EI8GVB GB2HLH via G3XYZ R1530IG via UA3VLO
A41NN via A61BK (O/L) GB8WOW via GB8WOW (L) RA/DD7QJ via DD7QJ
C4II via M0SDV HB9/N4QX via N4QX (L) RT65KI via UA3AKO
C91CCY via K3IRV IA5/IK5WOB via IK5WOB SN0BPS via SP1PNW
CV7S via CX7SS IK2SGL/OA9 via IK2SGL (L) SP85NISKO via SQ7FPD & (L)
D90HE via DS2GOO JW/OH8FKS/P via OH8FKS & (L) T2AT via N7SMI & (L)
DA0CCC via DK7MS K0A via K5CM TM100LGG via F4GRW
DA0TOR/p via DL9WJM K0K via KG0J TM2LW via F4ELJ
DG8SBX/AM via DG8SBX (d) K0Y via KD7QAS UN9GD via DL8KAC
DM125FS via DL8UER LZ/SV2RUJ/P via SV2RUJ V47FWX via M0URX (O)
DR18WRD via M0SDV (O/L) LZ35PAR via LZ1ZF YU/4O4A via LX1NO (L/C/d)
EA3/PD9Z via PD9Z (d/L) N0R via N5NA YU/9A1AA/P via 9A1AA & (L)
EA6/EA3ERT via EA3ERT OE/DL7UZO/P via DL7UZO
EG3MDV via EG3MDV (L/e) OE18BALLON via OE3RNS
(e) eQSL only (d) direct only (B) Bureau only (*-B) DXâ€™s- Bureau
(O) OQRS only © ClubLog only (L) LoTW only (N) No QSL needed
(I) No IRC (P) PayPal
LOGS ONLINE AT CLUBLOG.ORG THIS WEEK……
QSLS RECEIVED VIA LoTW: 3C0W, 9A7RA, 9H1TT, DK8ZZ, EA1VM, EA5KV, EA5KV,
EA5NI, EU1KY, F6ARC, GJ3RCV, HA6FQ, HC2AO, HG0HQ, HK1MW, KD6WW/VY0,
KL7SB/VP9, LZ380PM, OS0S, RA4SAT, S55G, TM5EE, TX5T (OC-114), VE9IU,
YV5DRN and Z66X
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 4B4B, VK5CE/6 (OC-140, OC-170, OC-193) and Z68M
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: 3B8HD, 4L9MH, 4S7DLG, 4S7KKG, 5B/DL6JF,
5Q4X, 5Q4X (EU-125), 5R8UP, 5X2B, 5Z4/DL2MC, 7P8WO, 8J1ME, 8N1T, 8N4HQ,
9M2CNC, 9V1XX, A25NPD, A73A, AH2EA (OC-026), C21MA, C21VE, CT9/DF7ZS,
D73G (AS-060), DA0HQ, DM1517L, DQ2018KTMS, DR18WRD, DS3CHK, DS4AOW,
DS4GKF, DS5OYE, DU1/OE1SGU, DX7EME, EI100T, EI11WAW, EI150ITU, EI33WAW,
EJ3Z, ET3AA, FH/DJ9RR, H40GC, H42NT (OC-127), H44MS, HB0/EI1E,
HB0/OE9HRV/P, HK1MW, HL0WOP, HL16RI, HL1AVS, HL2CFY, HL3EFM, HS0ZV,
IC8/DJ5AA (EU-031), IM0/OE5FSM (EU-024), JD1BON (AS-031), K1N, K5D,
MD0CCE, OA6Q, OY1OF, PJ4/DL5LYM, PJ4Y, PZ5XX, S79AC, SV5/DL3DRN,
SV8/OE2LCM/P, SW9AA, T41G (NA-093), TJ3PD, UN7L, VK0IR, VK9/G7VJR,
VP2MDL, VP2MKG, YF1AR/0 (OC-177), YF1AR/4 (OC-204), YF1AR/5 (OC-215),
YF1AR/6 (OC-270), YF1AR/7 (OC-166), YF1AR/8 (OC-272), Z6/DF8AN and
TT8, CHAD. Kenneth, LA7GIA, has announced his next DXpedition to take
place from a hotel in Nâ€™Djamena between October 9–21st. His callsign
will be TT8KO. Activity will be on 160–10 meters using mainly CW and
possibly SSB. There is no Digital modes planned. Look for more details
to be forthcoming. Also, watch his Web page at:
V4, ST. KITTS. John, W5JON, will once again be active as V47JA from his
Calypso Bay, St. Kitts, West Indies vacation home, between October 10th
and November 6th. Activity will be on 160–6 meters (incl. 60m) using SSB
and FT8. Equipment is a Yaesu FT1000MP, FT857D and an Elecraft KPA500
Amplifier. John states his antennas are a 33’, 40–10m Verticall, 35’, 80m
Top Loaded Vertical, a base loaded 160m Vertical and on 6m a 5 element
Yagi. ALL QSLs go to W5JON direct or via LoTW. NO Bureau QSLs. Also,
visiting and operating from Johnâ€™s QTH will be Clive, GM3POI, between
October 23–30th, as V4/GM3POI, on CW, SSB and FT8. Clive will also be in
the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 27–28th) signing as V47X, and as a
Single-Op/Single-Band (20m) entry. QSL V47X via M0URX.
VP2E, ANGUILLA. Operators Rich/KE1B and YL Anna/W6NN will once again be
active as VP2EAQ and VP2EAR, respectively, from Songbird Villa, Rendezvous
Bay, between November 19–28th. Activity will be â€œholiday-styleâ€ using a
single station (an Elecraft K3S) with 100w and a Buddipole antenna system
directly adjacent to the sea. Operations will be on all bands 40–10 meters
(including 30/17/12m), and all modes (CW/SSB/RTTY/FT8). Look for VP2EAQ
to be active in CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24–25th). They expect to have
Internet access, and plan to upload logs to ClubLog daily. You can check
your QSO status and request a QSL card via the Online QSL Request System
(OQRS). Direct QSLs are via their home callsign (see QRZ.com for details).
Also, QSL via LoTW or eQSL. Bureau cards should be sent via KE1B.
VP2M, MONTSERRAT. Operator Lee/K7NM, Steve/WM7Z, Richard/NS7K and Glenn/
AC7ZN will be active as VP2MLB, VP2MSA, VP2MSK and VP2MZN, respectively,
from Gingerbread Hill, St. Peters, Montserrat (NA-103), sometime late
November and early December. Activity will be on 160–6 meters using CW,
SSB, PSK and FT8. They will also be in the ARRL 160m CW Contest (November
30th-December 2nd) signing as VP2MSK and as a Multi-Op entry. QSL VP2MSK
via NS7K, ClubLog or LoTW. QSL VP2MLB via K7NM. QSL VP2MSA via WM7Z or
LoTW. QSL VP2MZN via AC7ZN.
WWV & WWVH MAY GO SILENT!! WWV and WWVH are planned to be shut down due
to major proposed budget cuts. Read about it on the ARRL Web and Letter
â€œThe National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will dis-
continue the dissemination of the U.S. time and frequency via the NIST
radio stations in Hawaii and Ft. Collins, CO. These radio stations transmit
signals that are used to synchronize consumer electronic products like wall
clocks, clock radios, and wristwatches, and may be used in other applications
like appliances, cameras, and irrigation controllers.â€
There is a petition to requests continued funding of these stations be
maintained into the 21st century and beyond to ensure future operations.
100,000 signatures are needed by Sept. 15th.
XR208, CHILE (Special Event). To commemorate the â€œFirst National Board
of Governmentâ€, members of the DÃscolo DX Group will activate XR208A,
XR208B, XR208C and XR208D between September 1–30th. Activity will be on
various HF bands using SSB, PSK31 and FT8. Operators mentioned are Carlos/
CA6CGX, Carlos/CE6UFF, Alejandro/CE6SAX, Juan/CE5PRD, Erich/XQ6OA, Roland/
XQ3MCC, Claudio/CE5AUC, Marco/CE3LI, Oscar/CE5CSV and Mario/CE6TK. QSL
will be sent out in November via the Bureau. A diploma is available for
making four QSOs. The request for this diploma should be made to:
Upon confirmation it will be available for download (in PDF format) on
the DÃscolo DX Group Web site. For more details, see:
YASME PRESS RELEASE (dated August 21st). THE YASME FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES
ELECTION OF A NEW DIRECTOR — The Board of Directors of The Yassme Foundation
is pleased to announce that it has elected Marty Woll, N6VI, as the newest
Yasme Foundation Director. Marty brings a wealth of experience in ham
radio including nine years of service as Vice-Director for the ARRL South-
western Division and Life Member of ARRL, past president of the Southern
California DX Club, past president of the Los Angeles Area Council of Radio
Clubs, past chair of the ARRLâ€™s Contest Advisory Committee, and founding
member of the Southern California Contest Club.
Marty is also active in public service as Training Officer for the Los
Angeles Fire Departmentâ€™s Auxiliary Communications Service. He authored
a chapter of the ARRLâ€™s Introduction to Emergency Communications course
and is a popular speaker at clubs and conventions.
* * * * *
The Yasme Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation organized to support
scientific and educational projects related to amateur radio, including
DXing (long distance communication) and the introduction and promotion of
amateur radio in developing countries. For additional information about
The Yasme Foundation, visit our website at <www.yasme.org>.
Ward Silver, N0AX, President
The Yasme Foundation
Board of Directors:
Ward Silver, N0AX, President and Director
Ken Claerbout, K4ZW, Vice President, Director, Interim Secretary
Rusty Epps, W6OAT, Director and Treasurer
Fred Laun, K3ZO, Director
Hans Blondeel Timmerman, PB2T, Director
Martti Laine, OH2BH, Director
Bob Vallio, W6RGG, Director
ZL7, CHATHAM ISLAND. Operators Shige/JH1GNU, Kaz/JH1HRJ and Tack/JE1SCJ
will be active as ZL7X from Chatham Islands (OC-038) between October
16–22nd. Activity will be on 160–10 meters using CW, SSB and FT8. The
focus will be on the low bands CW and all bands FT8. Suggested frequencies
CW — 1822.5, 3504, 7004, 10115, 14010, 18080, 210010, 24895 and 28010
SSB — 3785, 7080, 14210, 18140, 21305, 24970 and 28510<
FT8–1840*, 3563, 7060, 10140, 14095, 18105, 21095, 244920 and 28095 kHz
* FT8: DXpedition mode except 160m
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As an avid amateur astronomer, solar observation has been quite boring during 2018. As a shortwave radio enthusiast, the lack of solar activity has impacted that hobby as well.
Well, the catchword of the day is â€œsurpriseâ€!
I was alerted yesterday evening by Spaceweather.com that a larger sunspot had emerged and developed into a group — wiith the two main sunspotsâ€™ diameter about as large as the earth.
Credit: Spaceweather.com — Sunspot group AR2720, photographed by Thierry Legault on Auug. 25th from the Saint-VÃ©ran/Astroqueyras observatory in the French Alps. An image of Earth has been inserted for scale (Link).
Another overnight email notification from Spaceweather.com stated a â€œsurpriseâ€ G-3 Class Geomagnetic storm is underway (now!) caused by a coronal mass ejection.
Credit: Spaceweather.com â€“ According to a NOAA computer model, almost 80 billion watts of power surged through Earthâ€™s auroral oval during todayâ€™s geomagnetic storm (This image/forecast is updated every 30-minutes at this link).
Has this â€œsurpriseâ€ impacted your radio weekend? I know it has impacted my astronomy weekend … Iâ€™ll be out thhere, soon, setting up my solar telescope to view todayâ€™s show in hydrogen-alpha!
Go to spaceweather.com to follow the developments.
Guest Post by Troy Riedel
Manfred, DL5FAB will be active as FY/DL5FAB, from French Guiana, 5–18 September 2018.
WA7BNM Contest Calendar — 1800Z, Sep 2 to 0300Z, Sep 33
WA7BNM Contest Calendar — 1000Z-1400Z, Sep 2
QSX Unveiling and Kit Building
Today was one of the most rewarding days of the week. It was the grand revealing and build of Hans Summersâ€™ new QSX kit, which is an amazing radio.
We started off the day with an introduction into the radio and its specifications, which can be found at the following link : https://ift.tt/2LveFin
The introduction was very impressive and of course it was brilliant to see Hans deliver his presentation so passionately, being a fellow Brit. After the presentation, Hans opened the floor to any questions and I donâ€™t think he expected so many! Everyone had a question to ask about the QSX kit, its current functionality and its final functionality, both of which were outstanding.
Now we were given the option to build one of three kits:
- Clock Kit (beginner project)
- Ultimate 3S Kit (intermediate project)
- QSX Kit (Advanced project)
I call the above kits â€˜projectsâ€™ since the journey didnâ€™t end with the completion of the kit. Many add-ons are available to all the kits, which improve the functionality, so itâ€™s up to you how you use your kit!
Despite the warning that the majority who selected the QSX kit wouldnâ€™t finish the kit that day, most went for it anyway! I must say, my experience of the kit was very pleasant and I really enjoyed building it that day, and no, I didnâ€™t get it finished, but our team leader Peter and team member Ben both got it finished that day. So yes, I did let the team down, but I will continue building it at home. Mike was busy studying for his HAREC examination when we were building our kits, but he got his own QSX to bring home to build.
To give us a break from all the intense kit building, we all attended a DMR workshop, where we were taught about DMR and how it works. The advantages (and disadvantages) were outlined in this presentation, which we all found very interesting. There were many questions afterwards about this new â€˜branchâ€™ of amateur radio, which were answered very well and I know everyone in the room learned a lot about DMR.
Train the Trainer
We spent most of the day building our various kits, but at the very end of the day, we had another Train the Trainer talk, where we discussed new ideas to get youngsters into the hobby and how each country is going to try to get youngsters into the hobby. We were then asked to prepare a short presentation for the following day.
Team UK: YOTA 2018
Peter MÃ˜SWN, Mike 2EÃ˜MLJ, Ben MÃ˜NBA and Nathan MIÃ˜NPR
Category: YOTA 2018
Read the full article at http://rsgb.org/main/blog/yota-2018/2018/08/25/yota-2018-day-4/. STRAY SIGNALS does not claim ownership of the article.
AO73/FUNcube-1 has been in space for almost five years and the original Sun Synchronous Orbit has now changed slightly such that the spacecraft will no longer be in eclipse for 35 mins every orbit.
The eclipse period has already reduced and will again become zero on September 8, 2018. This means that our usual autonomous switching between transponder on in eclipse and high-power telemetry when in sunlight will no longer be effective!
This schedule was originally planned to provide a very strong telemetry signal for schools to use during daylight hours and for amateur operation at night (and also at weekends and over holidays).
We have already experienced a short period of full sunlight but this time it looks like the spacecraft will be in this situation for more than eight months until sometime in April next year.
In addition to the additional thermal effect that will occur during this period, we also expect that the spin rate will increase. The reason for this effect is not yet fully understood but may be related to the amount of current flowing from the solar panels to the spacecraft bus being sufficient to cause a torque effect with the earthâ€™s magnetic field.
We have therefore decided to have AO73/FUNcube-1 initially operate for alternate periods of one week in either safe or educational modes. This should enable us to evaluate whether the currents do affect the spin rate. Safe mode provides low power telemetry and education mode the usual high power telemetry. It will also enable an analysis to see whether the satellite becomes hotter or cooler in each mode.
This schedule may be changed in light of experience and we will update everyone on such changes via the AMSAT-BB in the usual way https://ift.tt/2BQD3LU
The new schedule will be put into effect on Friday, August 31, 2018.
This will be a new experience for the spacecraft so the capture of the largest possible amount of telemetry remains an important tool for the team to have. We are very grateful to everyone who continues to upload the telemetry they have received to the Data Warehouse. It is invaluable.
In addition to AO73/FUNcube-1, the FUNcube-2 transponder on UKube-1 remains operational and EO88/Nayif-1 continues to operate autonomously with the transponder on when in eclipse and high- power telemetry in sunlight.
Read the full article at https://amsat-uk.org/2018/08/26/ao73-entering-full-sunlight-period/. STRAY SIGNALS does not claim ownership of the article.
NEWS UPDATE — A5A will be active again between Sep 4–114, 2018. Zorro, JH1AJT will travel to Bhutan with Champ, E21EIC. Main purpose to meet with the foreign ministry to continue discussions on the outcome and progress about the collaborative project for youth development program SEISA works for BOC. Meet the official of the ministry of […]]
JH1AJT, E21EIC will be active again as A5A, from Bhutan, 4 â€“ 14 September 2018.
Southgate ARC — Weekly IOTA News — compiled by by Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW, editor of the Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin
Southgate ARC — Weekly IOTA News — compiled by by Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW, editor of the Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin
Southgate ARC — Weekly IOTA News — compiled by by Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW, editor of the Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin
Southgate ARC — The event center is the Hotel Ibis in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan. The host of the championship is KFRR, Kazakhstan federation of radiosport and radio amateurs
Southgate ARC — AO73/FUNcube-1 has been in space for aalmost five years and the original Sun Synchronous Orbit has now changed slightly such that the spacecraft will no longer be in eclipse for 35 mins every orbit
Southgate ARC — The following was posted on the 3Y0I BBouvet Island DXpedition web page. Weâ€™re pleased to announce our new partnership. The Japanese company Kohjinsha becomes our supporter and a sponsor of the antennas we take down to Bouvet Island and many more of our expeditions in the future
Southgate ARC — The Herald Times reports on the installlation of amateur radio equipment to provide public service communications for events in North-West Colorado
Southgate ARC — According to the Amateur Radio Clusterr Network for the week of Sunday, 19th August, through Sunday, 26th August there were 213 countries active
Southgate ARC — To help get you started in Network Raddios radio amateur Joey Stanford NV0N has released an introduction video
Southgate ARC — After engaging several sources, it apppears ISS packet is currently working again at 145.825 MHz
Southgate ARC — On August 22nd, Adrian, KO8SCA, was abble to finish with the antenna installation (SteppIR BigIR) on top of the UN building, and became active from the UN building on 20 meters SSB for about 30 minutes