- Created on Thursday, 09 May 2013 10:53
Roger G3SXW and Nigel G3TXF will be operating the FOC Club Callsign GH4FOC from Jersey (GJ) for three days from Friday 10 May to Sunday 12 May 2013.
This GH4FOC operation is part of the month-long 75th anniversary celebration activity being organised by the FOC First Class CW Operators' Club.
During the weekend there may also be some operation as GJ3SXW and GJ3TXF. QSL routes for these two calls are G3SXW and G3TXF respectively.
All logs will be up-loaded to both Club Log and LoTW. (Thanks Nigel G3TXF)
QSL via G3SWH
- Created on Wednesday, 08 May 2013 13:16
- Created on Sunday, 05 May 2013 07:12
To commemorate our 75th anniversary in May FOC is holding a month-long on-air event featuring more than 50 special FOC-suffix calls. These will include GB75FOC, a special anniversary call for our club station. (GC4FOC will be used when operating from Wales, GH4FOC from Jersey, GN4FOC from Northern Ireland, GP4FOC from Guernsey, GS4FOC from Scotland, and GT4FOC from Isle of Man).A list of who is on the key of each special UK call each day can be found here. There will be many other FOC calls on the air all month from outside the UK, including some exotic locations such as 4X, 5B, 5T, 7Q, A6, HZ, KH6, V3 and VQ9.
Stations will gain points for contacting any FOC member and a beautiful certificate will be presented to stations who reach certain point levels.
15 points = Bronze, 30 points = Silver, 50 points = Gold.
QSO with an FOC member = 1 point
QSO with an FOC member lasting 10 minutes or longer = 3 points
QSO with an FOC suffix station (or M0RSE) = 5 points
QSO with GB75FOC, GC4FOC, GH4FOC, GN4FOC, GP4FOC, GS4FOC or GT4FOC = 10 points
One QSO is allowed per station per band. All bands are allowed but QSOs must be CW, of course.
Listen for FOC members calling “CQ FOC 75.” A list of current members can be found on this web site in the “About FOC” section.
Tnx info FOC website http://www.g4foc.org/
- Created on Saturday, 04 May 2013 05:19
Worldwide — First Class CW Operators Club Special Event stations on air throughout May featuring an FOC suffix call including G75FOC from the UK.
A QSO party will also be held throughout the month. Stations will gain points for contacting any FOC members and a certificate will be awarded to stations that reach certain point levels.
QSLs for working G75FOC should be submitted to G3SWH, <http://www.g3swh.org.uk>.
- Created on Saturday, 27 April 2013 04:50
Another batch of cards arrived 25th April and processed for the RSGB Buro yesterday. Sadly contents from all 5 packages appeared to be missing so undoubtedly a good amount of cards lost and not arriving here***;
GB0ANT 76, GBØHI 34, GB1HI 73, GB2HI 66, GBØWSD 23, GB6ØHRH 27, GB2WHL 28, GB75UW 17,
There were also cards for many other GB stations but in the main these were typically less than 10 in number. If you require a card please use M0OXO OQRS and remember, please DO NOT request the card more than once, save the planet ;-)
DX8DX - Update;
Qsl Cards designed and at print shop. I expect delivery within next 14 days and hope to dispatch within 1 month of the operation having finished (before end of May I hope!). Currently processed ;DX8DX OC-174 - 287 Qsl requests, DX8DX OC-225 - 366 Qsl requests.
Re, G1ØØC. GD1ØØC, GJ1ØØC, GM1ØØC & GW1ØØC, cards are being prepared for this year-long RSGB Centenery event. Cards in the process of design by G100C team. I should have them with printer very shortly. Sri delay on these, I have no control over these cards.
***Lost cards. The only cards that will have been lost will be 'GB - Special Event cards', nothing else at all.
Any questions about any callsign I am manager for please just drop me an email, keep an eye on this blog for updates.
- Created on Friday, 26 April 2013 07:23
Oh boy, K index at 5 this morning.
Just a few days of good conditions would be a real bonus!
Space Weather Message Code: ALTK05
Serial Number: 713
Issue Time: 2013 Apr 26 0601 UTC
ALERT: Geomagnetic K-index of 5
Threshold Reached: 2013 Apr 26 0559 UTC
Synoptic Period: 0300-0600 UTC
Active Warning: Yes
NOAA Scale: G1 - Minor
Potential Impacts: Area of impact primarily poleward of 60 degrees Geomagnetic Latitude. Induced Currents - Weak power grid fluctuations can occur. Spacecraft - Minor impact on satellite operations possible.
- Created on Thursday, 25 April 2013 08:02
Later this year, Comet ISON is expected to become a naked-eye object when it skims through the atmosphere of the sun. The Hubble Space Telescope has just obtained a sneak preview.
Hubble photographed ISON on the 10th April. At the time, the comet was 386 million miles from the sun (394 million miles from Earth), just inside the orbit of Jupiter. Even at that great distance the comet is already active as sunlight warms the surface and causes frozen gases to vaporize. A detailed analysis of the image reveals a strong jet blasting dust particles off the sunward-facing side of the comet’s nucleus.
Preliminary measurements suggest that the ISON's nucleus is no larger than three or four miles (~5 to 6 km) across and the comet’s dusty atmosphere, or "coma", is approximately 3,100 miles across, or 1.2 times the width of Australia. A dust tail extends more than 57,000 miles, far beyond Hubble’s field of view.
- Created on Sunday, 21 April 2013 06:35
Harald DF2WO will be qrv from the Cape Verde Islands soon.
D44TWO will be on air from IOTA AF-005 (Leeward islands Group) between the 03rd and 20th June (approx) 2013.
QSL via MØOXO OQRS
- Created on Sunday, 21 April 2013 06:26
Jupiter’s moon Io is the most volcanically active world in the Solar System. It has hundreds of volcanoes and volcanic activity 25 times that of Earth. However, according to NASA and European Space Agency researchers, the concentrations of volcanic activity are significantly displaced from where they are expected to be based on models that predict how the moon’s interior is heated.
Observations made by NASA’s New Horizon project in 2007 had the vantage point of capturing the giant plume from Io’s Tvashtar volcano. The debris were ejected to 330 km (250 miles) above the surface of the moon.
Masubi and Zal erupted alongside Tvashtar, ejecting three plumes high above. Loki, a virtual lake of lava and Boosaule Mons, which at 18 km (11 miles) is the highest mountain on Io and one of the highest mountains in the solar system can all be seen together in the five images captured by LORRI (Long Range Reconnaissance Imager) on the New Horizons spacecraft.
- Created on Tuesday, 16 April 2013 05:41
Spoke with Dindo DX8DX (DV1UD) this morning after a successful trip to OC-174 and OC-225.
Logs are now received and Qsl requests being processed. Log check requests here please http://www.m0oxo.com/contact-m0oxo.html
Photographs were also received this morning so design of Qsl cards now taking place and I hope to have them withing 3-4 weeks of hitting the print process. Some images can be seen here
Dindo thanks all of the stations who called him, whether in the log or not. It was an amazing experience and the pile ups enormous. Well done Dindo on your first DX pile ups, incredible job!
- Created on Sunday, 14 April 2013 12:31
This month communication between Mars and Earth may be disrupted due to a planetary arrangement called Mars solar conjunction, where Mars will be passing almost directly behind the sun from Earth’s perspective. Mars solar conjunction happens once about every 26 months, and not every conjunction is the same. They vary because of the changing sun’s activity and also in terms of how close to directly behind the sun Mars gets.
In period from April 9 to 26th April, 2013 transmissions from Earth to the orbiters will be suspended while Mars and the sun are two degrees or less apart in the sky. This year the sun is in its more active period and the apparent angle between Mars and sun will slim to 0.4 degree on 17th April, 2013.
This is the sixth conjunction for NASA’s Mars Odyssey, so mission managers have plenty of useful experience dealing with them, though each conjunction is a little different. This time, Curiosity is also at Mars surface. Torsten Zorn of JPL, conjunction planning leader for Curiosity’s engineering operations team, said that they plan to maintain visibility of rover status - Curiosity will be sending daily beeps directly to Earth, and their second line of visibility is in the Odyssey relays.
- Created on Saturday, 13 April 2013 05:49
Dindo DX8DX began tx'in from Taganak Island (Turtle Island Group) IOTA OC-225 yesterday afternoon (12th).
There were some postings suggesting a Pirate operation at one point but as we have no contact with Dindo, we cannot confirm this until logs are received. I will post on the below web page when the logs is received.
This is the rarest of the two groups and demand high. I expect activity 12th & 13th, after that we are not sure.
Good luck to all !!
- Created on Wednesday, 10 April 2013 07:35
Dindo DX8DX began tx'in from Bongao Island (Tawi-Tawi Group) IOTA OC-174 around 1415 UTC yesterday.
He was working well on the 30M but sadly no propagation to East Coast NA, hope to address that later. 15m worked well late afternoon with good propagation to EU and NA.
Good luck to all !!
- Created on Wednesday, 10 April 2013 07:29
Images show an updated image of a pair of Sunspots forming in the southeast quadrant.
The magnetic image confirms that they are two independent regions.
These spots are forming near the remnants of old Sunspot 1703 from the previous rotation (tnx Solardata.com)
- Created on Tuesday, 09 April 2013 14:08
- Created on Tuesday, 09 April 2013 06:27
HOWLAND ISLAND, central Pacific Ocean; 8th April , 2013 — The ham community is relieved today to hear of the safe arrival home of silent DXpedition KH1DX to Baker Howland, but disappointed no contacts were made. "We're all just fine… great, in fact. I feel wonderful!" cited DXpedition leader Orson Menton.
The Baker and Howland Islands remains near the top of the "most wanted" DXCC entities after the DXpedition failed to net any contacts. The Boxley Valley DX Club, of south Connecticut, lead by Menton, along with fellow members Sam Watts, Roger O’mally and Georg Milli set out over a fortnight ago on the long multi-part voyage to Baker Howland. The original goal was to land on the Baker Island side of two islands, set up their gear, and operate from 10-13 days depending on weather conditions.
The KH1DX QRZ.com profile said the Boxley Valley DX Club would maintain a website of operating frequencies, stations worked, and news via a satellite uplink. The last update was a whimsical shot of the DXpedition team on the boat, just two hours after they left harbor from northeast Australia some 15 days ago, but then the site went without updates for days.
The online ham community feared the worst. Many were concerned their boat had capsized in rough seas reported in the area. An anonymous message circulating on reflectors and message boards claimed that the Baker Howland Islands, famed as an intended landing stop for aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart, had claimed more beloved adventurers. As it turns out, the rumors couldn’t have been further from the truth. Click green banner to read more...
- Created on Saturday, 06 April 2013 06:40
A moderate solar flare measuring M2.2 erupted on 5th April. The event peaked at 17:48 UTC.
The source of this solar flare appears to be old Region 1695 located near the northeast limb. This region is just coming into Earth view. Earth side of the Sun was relatively calm for the last couple of days. The largest solar event yesterday was a C1 flare observed at 09:57 UTC from Region 1713.
NOAA SWPC forecasters estimated 10% chance for M-class event and 01% chance for an X-class event today.
(Image shows Solar Loop).
- Created on Thursday, 04 April 2013 12:48
How many of you know about the DX Code of Conduct?
Have a look at the topics below click to read more on the selected topic and look at this link too http://www.m0oxo.com/dxcode-of-conduct.html, its definately worth a read. After all, its about your hobby!
I will listen, and listen, and then listen again before calling.
I will only call if I can copy the DX station properly.
I will not trust the DX cluster and will be sure of the DX station's call sign before calling.
I will not interfere with the DX station nor anyone calling and will never tune up on the DX frequency or in the QSX slot.
I will wait for the DX station to end a contact before I call.
I will always send my full call sign.
I will call and then listen for a reasonable interval. I will not call continuously.
I will not transmit when the DX operator calls another call sign, not mine.
I will not transmit when the DX operator queries a call sign not like mine.
I will not transmit when the DX station requests geographic areas other than mine.
When the DX operator calls me, I will not repeat my call sign unless I think he has copied it incorrectly.
I will be thankful if and when I do make a contact.
I will respect my fellow hams and conduct myself so as to earn their respect.
- Created on Thursday, 04 April 2013 12:37
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- Created on Wednesday, 03 April 2013 06:55
Blog and Qrz.com (DX8DX) updated with Qsl information.
Dindo will visit Bongao Island (OC-174), Tawi-Tawi Island (OC-174) and Taganak Island (OC-225) starting around 3rd week in April 2013.
See here for new and updated information as it is available http://www.m0oxo.com/dx8dx.html
Qsl via M0OXO OQRS
Your Qsl cards are NOT required so please use M0OXO OQRS only !!
Please DO NOT send cards via the Bureau.
- Created on Tuesday, 02 April 2013 10:07
What's 'up' in April?
Jupiter’s moon Io crosses Jupiter’s face on 3rd April followed by its tiny black shadow. Comet PanSTARRS will pass 2° west (lower right) of the Andromeda Galaxy, M31 on 4th April. They may appear about equally dim low in the northwest just as twilight is ending, for observers at fairly high northern latitudes.
Saturn’s north pole is now tilted towards Earth, giving us the best view of the rings since 2006. By 20th April, Saturn will be directly opposite the sun in the sky. It will sit on the boundary between the constellations Virgo and Libra, just to the east of the bright star Spica. It’ going to be visible all night, rising in the east as the sun sets in the west, and setting in the west as the sun rises in the east.
Partial lunar eclipse will occur on 25th April. The moon will pass through the outer parts of the moon’s shadow for observers over much of the Eastern Hemisphere.