II0GMC SES Guglielmo Marconi

imagesListen out for the special callsign II0GMC for Guglielmo Marconi Memorial.

The station will be operational from 26 June to 31 December 2013 from 80 to 6 m (WARC included) SSB and digital modes.


***Your Qsl Cards are NOT required so PLEASE DO NOT SEND them and request by OQRS to save time, money and the Planet !!

QSL via MØOXO OQRS

 

 

 

 

 

 

Imminent Solar condtions

he ACE Spacecraft is detecting a sudden increase in solar wind speed to near 600 km/s. This is the expected interplanetary shock passing the spacecraft. An impact to Earth's geomagnetic field should be observed within the next hour. 

WARNING: Geomagnetic Sudden Impulse expected

Valid From: 2013 May 24 1750 UTC

Valid To: 2013 May 24 1850 UTC

IP Shock Passage Observed: 2013 May 24 1735 UTC 

YC9MLL IOTA OC-151 Cards mailed

YC9MLL 2YC9MLL Qsl cards arrived yesterday.

This morning all cards were processed (both Direct and Bureau).

Direct Cards will be in the mail tomorrow (Friday 24th May 2013).

 

73 de Charles

 

 

 

 

 

**Strictly NO IRC's **

OQRS requestSoon it will be no longer possible to cash IRC's in the UK. Therefore from the 1st May 2013 I will no longer be accepting IRC's.


OQRS is by far the most efficient and fastest way for you to receive your card. Please make OQRS your first choice when deciding how to claim your paper qsl card. Many of the DX stations I manage DO NOT NEED your card so simply request your card via OQRS. You can choose OQRS Direct (and pay postage only by Paypal) or OQRS Bureau (and receive your card via your own bureau without having to send a card yourself). How much simpler can it be?

If you still wish to send Card requests Direct by Postmail then thats fine but please only send Bank Notes of either US Dollars or Euro's. Coins and Postage Stamps are of no use to me whatsoever as I use a Royal mail On-line contract which has no facility for coins or Postage Stamps from ANY Country.

Please accept my apologies but this is beyond my control. Any IRC's sent after this date will be disposed of and cards returned via the bureau.

If you have any doubt about how to claim yoiur Qsl Card then please check out this link and all will be explained.

 

Bright Explosion on the Moon

2013-05-17 064732On 17th March 17, 2013, an object about the size of a small boulder hit the lunar surface in Mare Imbrium, It exploded in a flash nearly 10 times as bright as anything seen before. Anyone looking at the Moon at the moment of impact could have seen the explosion--no telescope required.  For about one second, the impact site was glowing like a 4th magnitude star.

The 40 kg meteoroid measuring 0.3 to 0.4 meters wide hit the Moon traveling 56,000 mph.  The resulting explosion1 packed as much punch as 5 tons of TNT.

NASA and University of Western Ontario all-sky cameras picked up an unusual number of deep-penetrating meteors right here on Earth. These fireballs were traveling along nearly identical orbits between Earth and the asteroid belt.

This means Earth and the Moon were pelted by meteoroids at about the same time.

NASA's lunar monitoring program has detected hundreds of meteoroid impacts. The brightest on 17h March 2013, in Mare Imbrium, is marked by the red square on the image above.

 

FOC 75th Anniversary Award received..

FOC 75 AwardTo 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.

 

Strongest Flare of the Year

K640 xflare animA major solar flare reaching X1.7 peaked at 02:15 UTC this morning. The flare was centered around an active region off the east.

SUMMARY: 10cm Radio Burst
Begin Time: 2013 May 13 0208 UTC
Maximum Time: 2013 May 13 0219 UTC
End Time: 2013 May 13 0222 UTC
Duration: 14 minutes
Peak Flux: 320 sfu
Latest Penticton Noon Flux: 147 sfu
Description: A 10cm radio burst indicates that the electromagnetic burst associated with a solar flare at the 10cm wavelength was double or greater than the initial 10cm radio background. This can be indicative of significant radio noise in association with a solar flare. This noise is generally short-lived but can cause interference for sensitive receivers including radar, GPS, and satellite communications.

...''the strongest solar flare of the year so far''

 

 

 

DX8DX Qsl Cards arrived....

DX8DX 2DX8DX Qsl Cards arrived from the Printer this morning.

I am currently processing 351 requests for Bongao Island (Tawi-Tawi Group) IOTA OC-174 and a further 452 requests for Taganak Island (Turtle island group) IOTA OC-225. DX8DX 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Qsl Cards will be mailed this week.

Qsl via MØOXO OQRS

 

GH4FOC 10th-12th May (IOTA EU-013)

GH4FOC QSL frontRoger 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

YC9MLL IOTA OC-151

YC9MLL 2Listen out for Leo YC9MLL on the bands.
 
Leo has been resident on Flores Island, Indonesia (IOTA OC-151) since 2004 and although active, until recently the fact that he resides on this Island and its relevance to IOTA has not been common knowledge to the Ham community. I am now in possession of logs from 2004 and Qsl Cards have now been printed.
 
Leo also holds the Callsigns of DU1OXL, DW1OXL & DY1OXL from his time in The Philippines.
DW1OXL contacts between 9th April 2001 and 22nd March 2002 were from Cebu Island
(OC-129) but all contacts other than those specific dates mentioned were from Luzon Island (OC-042).
 
Qsl via M0OXO OQRS
 

FOC 75th Anniversary Award

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).2013-05-05 080714A 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.

Electronic logs for the FOC 75th Anniversary Award should be submitted to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . (Members need only send claimed point totals).

QSLs for GB75FOC, GC4FOC, GH4FOC, GN4FOC, GP4FOC, GS4FOC, GT4FOC and M0RSE should be sent to G3SWH: www.g3swh.org.uk.  Check www.qrz.com pages for QSL information about other "FOC" calls.

Tnx info FOC website http://www.g4foc.org/

 

FOC event in May

3675750164 0a49874978Worldwide — 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.

Stations are urged to listen for FOC members calling “CQ FOC 75.” Electronic logs should be submitted to <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. >.

QSLs for working G75FOC should be submitted to G3SWH, <http://www.g3swh.org.uk>.

 

Latest batch to RSGB Bureau

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***;

K800 SAM 0077

Cards issued;

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.

'G*1ØØC' event;

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.

 

Come on Sun, give us a break...

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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.

 

 

Comet Ison seen by Hubble

 

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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.

 

D44TWO qrv in June

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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

The most volcanically active world in the Solar System

Jupiiters Moon IO

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.

Click here to see You Tube clips of eruption.

DX8DX - All logs received...

K800 462Spoke 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

http://www.m0oxo.com/dx8dx/oc-174.html

http://www.m0oxo.com/dx8dx/oc-225.html

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!

Qsl via M0OXO OQRS click here

 

Earth-Mars communications affected by solar conjunction

 

2013-04-14 132829This 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.

 

DX8DX Qrv OC-225

Taganak Island OC-225

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.

http://www.m0oxo.com/dx8dx.html

Good luck to all !!

DX8DX Qrv OC-174

K800 Bongao Island OC-174

Dindo DX8DX began tx'in from Bongao Island (Tawi-Tawi Group) IOTA OC-174 around 1415 UTC yesterday.

Photos received click green banner to view

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.

http://www.m0oxo.com/dx8dx.html

Good luck to all !!

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