Extended stay at MC0SHL

M0OXO MC0SHL1Well the band conditions have been so good that we have decided to stay at the Clubhouse
in GW for a few more days, intending to travel home maybe Monday.

Conditions on 12 and 10m here having been unreal. Tim M0URX and I have logged well over 1000 q's
in the sporadic operating over the last few days and probably 900 of those have been into NA. WP 20131019 011


We almost worked all States on each band but missed out on HI and the two Alaskan stations we worked turned out to be in a different area than the Callsign showed ;-( When 12m actually did close around 2030utc we took time out for a few beers with Stuie VK8NSB joining in the fun on SKYPE.

Ah well, there is always today....and tomorrow.....

Logs are already uploaded to LOTW (thanks Chris G1VDP) so the many people that thanked us for the new slot on 12 & 10 should already have it confirmed.

****had another good run on 40m this afternoon/evening and log for this latest visit now ended with 1740 qso's logged. Thanks to all that worked us this weekend.... I will be back as MC0SHL in a few weeks!

 

Typhoon Francisco targets Japan next week

franciscoTyphoon Francisco continues to become better organized in Northwestern Pacific waters as it spins southwest of Guam.

The system barely missed the island of Guam twice on its southwestern track before it changed direction to the northeast. Francisco has developed in a similar area to where former Typhoon Wipha formed last week. Francisco is now located southwest of the island and is moving northwest with maximum sustained winds of 96 mph.

The Joint Typhoon Warning Center forecast has the storm moving north-northwest towards Japan over the next week.

 

 

 

Comet ISON expected to survive close Sun encounter

IsonNew studies released at the American Astronomical Society’s 45th Annual Division for Planetary Sciences meeting in Denver, Colorado suggests that Comet ISON could make it through its close perihelion passage near the Sun.

The first criterion for ISON to survive perihelion is its nucleus size. Comet nuclei smaller than 200 meters in diameter, with an average density or lower typically do not survive a close passage to the Sun. Observations from the Hubble Space Telescope, as well as smaller telescopes, suggest that ISON is between 1 and 4 kilometers across..

ISON may be just big and dense enough not to be vaporized and to survive its close encounter with the Sun. So it looks like ISON appears likely to survive the combination of mass loss due to sublimation and tidal disruption for most plausible scenarios.

ISON will pass inside the Roche limit of the Sun, which is a distance of 2.4 million kilometers with temperatures approaching 5,000 degrees Fahrenheit on closest approach. Comet ISON is expected to be the most active and put on its best showing post-perihelion - if it survives.

 

MC0SHL on air this weekend

 

ampThis weekend, Thursday 17th through to Monday 21st October 2013, MC0SHL will be on the air from the club HQ on the Pembrokeshire coast. This is not a special IOTA but mainland Great Britain (EU-005).

Please do call in and say hello. Tim has taken his radio and amp down so there could be 2 stations active on different bands at any one time.

 

 

 

 

ZM90DX...first logs received....

ZLThe first batch of Logs arrived yesterday for the ZM90DX event.

The ZM90DX Logrsearch is available via Clublog but any log enquiries are welcome. Please email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for any searches or queries you may require. Qsl cards will be printed in the coming weeks.

Your Qsl Cards are not required (unless you wish to send them). The fastest way to receive any Qsl Card I manage is to request them via M0OXO OQRS.

 

 

 

 

V3A - Special Callsign issued

v3aPlease listen for Marc (V31MA) in CQWW SSB this year as V3A from Belize.

The special callsign was issued by the Director Of Telecommunications yesterday and will be used in CQWW at the end of this month for the very first time.

Your Qsl Cards are not required so where possible, please do not send through the bureau and use OQRS.

The fastest way to receive any Qsl Card I manage is to request them via M0OXO OQRS.

 

 

G100C cards sent

GX100CI am pleased to say that the G100C Qsl Cards were mailed yesterday.

Again I apologise for the severe delay in getting these cards out whiuch was unfortunately beyond my control. Please see this link for further information http://www.qrz.com/db/G100C

234 cards were mailed Direct by First Class mail yesterday and approx 1800-2000 cards will be sent Direct to World Bureaus in the next week or so. Bureau cards are sent at my expense direct to World bureau as the Bureau to Bureau system is far too slow and I aim to have these cards with you within 6 months dependant on how fast your bureau is of course.

The fastest way to receive any Qsl Card I manage is to request them via M0OXO OQRS.

 

Bangladesh 2013

image2Great  news from the Mediterraneo Dx Club International Team. The leader Antonio, IZ8CCW and co-leader Gabriele, I2VGW are happy to announce to the DX community that after many months of hard work and with the great help of a local friend, Manjur, they were able to obtain a wonderful set of twin call signs that  will accompany the team during their new DXpedition to Bangladesh:  S21ZBC AND S21ZBB.

As a matter of fact, they are going to use the first one ( S21ZBC) with the DXpedition starting November 16th and ending November 22nd. Then they’ll shift to the other call (S21ZBB) that they’ll begin using November 23rd for the CQ WW CW CONTEST  week-end and for those remaining days until they pack up and leave the country.

For any further news and updates please visit the official website of the Bangladesh 2013 adventure: http://www.mdxc.org/bangladesh2013/


Iceland - 1000 Earthquakes in 6 days

iceland earthquake swarm oct 1 2013An intense earthquake swarm has been going on offshore North Iceland, 10 km NW of Gjögurtá, since September 25, 2013. This morning, 2 earthquakes reaching magnitude 3 and 3.2 occurred at 06:14 and 07:41 UTC. Roughly 1 000 earthquakes have been recorded by Icelandic Meteorological Office in last 6 days.

The depths of the quakes vary from about 15 km depth (crust-mantle boundary) to near surface. The area is located on an active fault line related to rifting, and a possible cause of the earthquake swarm could be a magmatic intrusion at Tjörnes Fracture Zone volcano.

Eruption of Jebel Zubair volcano

 

jebel zubair eruption sep 28 2013 lrgA new submarine eruption started on September 28, 2013 NW of the island Jebel Zubair in the Red Sea. The ongoing eruption is SW of the 2011-12 eruption which created a new volcanic island there.

Satellite image from January 7, 2012, suggested that the eruption has risen nearly completely above water. A plume of steam, other volcanic gases, and ash spewed from a distinct cone. The land surrounding the vent has grown, and was about 530 by 710 meters (1 700 by 2 300 feet) across. Once above water, past eruptions in the Zubair Islands were primarily effusive, with relatively runny lava forming thin lava flows. In contrast to the fragmented rock that forms when lava interacts directly with water, lava that solidifies on land is tough, so this new island is likely to stick around.

 

The 5-km-long Jebel Zubair Island is the largest of a group of 10 small islands and submerged shoals that rise from a shallow platform in the Red Sea rift.

This latest phase of activity occurred on the morphologically youngest islands of Zubair, Centre Peak, Saba, and Haycock. Historical explosive activity was reported from Saddle Island in the 19th century. Spatter cones and pyroclastic cones were erupted along fissures that form the low spine of Zubair Island.

ZM9ØDX celebrating 90 years of Kiwi DX

goyder and pow1923 and 1924 marked the zenith of long distance communication records culminating on the 18th of October 1924. Between 0615 to 0730 UTC on 80 meters with the First Trans-World contact between Frank Bell (A sheep farmer) Z4AA (ZL4AA) in Shag Valley NZ and Cecil Goyder (A 18 yr. Student) at Mill Hill School using the callsign G2SZ in London.

New Zealand Dxers are proud of the many ZL DXing milestones over the years. The Kiwi DX Group an informal group of ZL Dxers and contesters are commemorating this event and many other ZL firsts, which occurred during this period.

Join us in celebrating 90 years of DX in ZL. The Special Callsign ZM90DX will be in use between October 1, 2013 to October 31, 2014.

http://zm90dx.com/
http://gb2nz.com/     .....for more information

XZ1Z confirmed LOTW

XZ1Z 201308QSLfsThanks to Zorro for the latest confirmations on LOTW.


The recent XZ1Z operation from the Union Of Myanmar (Burma) was confirmed yesterday after my latest upload to LOTW.

This now brings me to 314 DXCC (W) and 290 DXCC (C) on LOTW.

XT2AW - Burkina Faso 2014

DF2WOHarald (DF2WO, D44TWO) will be QRV next Year from Burkina Faso.

He will be active on SSB and CW during the last week of January and the end of February 2014 from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

Ouagadougou is the capital of Burkina Faso and the administrative, communications, cultural and economic centre of the nation. It is also the country's largest city, with a population of 1,475,223. The city's name is often shortened to Ouaga.

The fastest way to receive any Qsl Card I manage is to request them via M0OXO OQRS.

SV5/MW0JZE EU-001

K800 2013-09-17 115239Ant MW0JZE will be QRV later this week from Kos (IOTA EU-001).


Ant's Callsign will be SV5/MW0JZE and he will be operating 'holiday-style' whilst taking a family break on the Greek Island of Kos. Listen for him between 19th & 25th September 2013.

He will be running 100 watts from an Elecraft K3 into a vertical antenna. Bands will depend upon propagation and conditions but it will be restricted to HF operation only.

QSL is via M0OXO OQRS (preferred) Direct or Bureau.

Your Qsl Cards are NOT required

National Hamfest ''Bigger & Better''

20110927-133632This year the National Hamfest Team are really working hard to make it even bigger and more enjoyable this year.

Rob Mannion G3XFD, Practical Wireless Editor starts the lecture program at 1100 on Friday with his talk titled:- “Rob’s PW Club Visits & Other Editor’s Adventures – Including the Admiral who ‘encouraged’ G3XFD to join the magazine!

For the first time Elecraft are coming at the invitation of Waters & Stanton and are providing their new K3 line to be used for the National Hamfest Special Event Station GB13NH. (You will be allowed to operate GB13NH if you bring your own licence to the event.)

You can receive the latest updates by following the National Hamfest on Twitter @N_Hamfest and we are even on Facebook

See more info as the dates approach on their website click here.

''All Quiet Alert''

dataWith the Sun's disk almost completely devoid of sunspots, solar flare activity has come to a halt. Measurements by NOAA's GOES 15 satellite show that the sun's global x-ray emission, a key metric of solar activity, has flatlined.

 

The quiet is unlikely to break this weekend. NOAA forecasters estimate a scant 1% chance of M- or X-class solar flares during the next 24-48 hours.

The quiet spell is a bit strange because 2013 is supposed to be a year of solar maximum, with lots of flares and sunspots. Supporting this view are data from NASA-supported observatories which show that the sun's magnetic field is poised to flip--a long-held sign that Solar Max has arrived. Nevertheless, solar activity is low.

One possible explanation is that Solar Max is double-peaked and we are in the valley between peaks. If so, solar activity could surge again in late 2013-2014. No one can say for sure, though. Researchers have been studying sunspots for more than 400 years, and we still cannot predict the behavior of the solar cycle. Continued quiet or stormy space weather? Both are possible in the weeks and months ahead.

(tnx SpaceWeather.com)

DX Lite updated

vjrNews from Michael G7VJR that his popular DX Cluster program DX Lite has been upgraded.


He says ''dxlite is a popular little tool I wrote about 5 years ago, designed to provide lightweight HTML access to the latest DX Cluster spots. The number of pages served by DXLite is sometimes thousands an hour, mainly from mobile phone clients but also from PCs and Macs. DXLite has some minimal searching filters which are explained in the docs, so if you’ve never come across it before and wonder what the big deal is then you can start here.''

Read more on his blog at http://g7vjr.org/2013/09/dxlite-implemented-as-a-zero-message-queue-json/

HP0INT/9... penultimate Island

 

Hp0 logoThe HP0INT Team are now Qrv from the penultimate Island as their Panamanian Island tour continues.

I managed to work them this afternoon on 15m which leaves just the last Island to log later this week when they arrive at Colon (Bocas Del Torro) NA-088 in a few days time (all being well).

Signals today from Iguana Island NA-203 were a lot better than the previous activation of NA-202 when they were hampered by high terrain towards EU making signals very weak for me at least.

More information can be found on their website at http://www.invokerteam.com/hp0int/

 

JA6TBE/6 AS-036

as-036Toshi JA6TBE is currently qrv from Tsushima Island IOTA AS-036.

Tsushima Island is an Island of the Japanese archipelago situated in the north of the Tsushima Strait, between the Japanese mainland and the Korean Peninsula. The island group measures about 45 miles (72 km) by 10 miles (16 km) and has a population of about 34,000 as of 2013.

Thanks for the new IOTA Toshi san, good to hear you this afternoon!

 

 

 

 

 

 

G100C cards printing

rsgb centeneryAt last I can report that the Qsl Cards for G_100C are now at the print shop (not the image on the left of this page).

This has been a long wait since the event started in January and I offer my apologies to all who have already requested a card by one of the several routes available for the RSGB Special centenery Event.

The delay has been out of my control unfortunately but I would like to thank Rob G4LMW for his work over the last week which will result in the fast processing of the cards when they arrive.

Please keep an eye on this Blog and I will post up to date information over the next few weeks on the progress of the cards. I expect them in three weeks time and they will be processed immediately on receipt.

Again please let me offer my apologies for what has really been an unacceptable delay.

 

WFF pages now removed

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Since the introduction of the new WWFF program and to avoid confusion with the old WFF program, I have now removed the WFF pages from this website.

 

If you wish to find information regarding WWFF then please contact Andrew M6ADB at http://m6adb.me.uk or visit the new WWFF site at http://www.wwff.co/

73 de Charles

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