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Just a reminder that the 2015 International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) HF World Championship is next weekend between July 11th at 1200 UTC and July 12th 1200 UTC.
The object of the contest is to contact other amateurs around the world, especially IARU officials and member-society HQ stations in as many ITU zones as possible.
Look for activity on 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, and 10 meters using CW and SSB.
You will find detailed information at: http://www.arrl.org/iaru-hf-championship
A list of HQ multipliers has been posted on the Web at:
6 July, 2015
1595 Johannes Kepler inscribes geometric solid construction of universe
1854 George Eastman Waterville NY, who invented Kodak camera, was born.
1856 Charles E. Barnes patents a crank operated machine gun.
1866 Indelible pencil patented by Edson P Clark, Northampton, Mass
1928 John Logie Baird demonstrated stereoscopic 3-D television.
1962 First transatlantic TV transmission via satellite (Telstar I)
1978 Pioneer - Venus 2 Multi-probe launched to Venus
1981 First solar-powered aircraft, Solar Challenger, crosses English Channel
1999 KPH San Francisco, last US commercial Morse mesage http://www.radiomarine.org/
Our thanks to John Alcorn, VK2JWA of the Summerland Amateur Radio Club for this weekly feature.
Bob Crane W8SX, interviewed the presenters at the amateur radio 'Four Days in May' QRP event in Dayton
Through Bob's interviews we hear from:
- George Dobbs, G3RJV. George puts the "L" back in solder and is asked to comment on his recent (richly deserved) awards.
- G4GXL talks of his new duties as President of QRP ARCI.
- K8IKE Talked about looking at the amateur radio station as a system.
- KC3BRA talks about coming to ham radio from the Hacker/Maker world.
- KW5GP talks about his new book on Arduinos in ham radio.
- W1RFI talks about the work of the ARRL lab.
- M0XPD talks about new trends in ham radio involving microcontrollers. Paul also talks about Pete Juliano N6QW. Pete had asked Paul to accept on his behalf the QRP Hall of Fame induction plaque. Well done Paul.
You can listen to or download the podcast here:
Soldersmoke blog: http://soldersmoke.blogspot.co.uk/
Thanks to the Northern Ohio Amateur Radio Society, Northern Ohio DX
Association, Ohio/Penn PacketCluster Network, AB5K & the AR TelNet Clusters
Network, K1XN & GoList, NJ1Q & W1AW, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The Daily DX,
N4AA & QRZ DX, K8GG, K8GI, K8YSE, NE8Z/HC1MD, W8GEX & 60m News, W9ILY,
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, JA1TRC, JA1XGI, OK1DWC, OZ0J, OZ6OM & 50 MHz
DX News, RSGB IOTA Web Site, Sixitalia Weekly, VA3RJ & ICPO, and
VHF-DX-Portal (MMMonVHF) for the following DX information.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the
week of Sunday, 28th/June, through Sunday, 5th/July there were 205 countries
active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3DA, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S,
4U1I, 4W, 4X, 5B, 5R, 5T, 5W, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9H, 9J, 9K,
9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C9, CE, CE9, CM,
CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D4, DL, DU, E4, E5/s, E6, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9,
EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FS,
FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP,
HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J6, J7, JA, JT, JW, 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, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PJ5, PY, PZ, R1FJ, S2, S5, SM, SP, SU,
SV, SV/a, SV5, SV9, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TN, TR, TY, UA, UA2,
UA9, UK, UN, UR, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VP2V, VP8, VP9, VR, VU, XE,
XU, XX9, YA, YB, YJ, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZD7, ZF, ZL, ZP,
* PLEASE NOTE: The report "could" contain "Pirate/SLIM" operations or
more likely a "BUSTED CALLSIGN". As always, you never know - "Work
First Worry Later".
2015 IARU CONTEST. Just a reminder that the 2015 International Amateur
Radio Union (IARU) HF World Championship is next weekend between July
11th at 1200 UTC and July 12th 1200 UTC. The object of the contest is
to contact other amateurs around the world, especially IARU officials
and member-society HQ stations in as many ITU zones as possible. Look
for activity on 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, and 10 meters using CW and SSB.
You will find detailed information at:
ADDED NOTE: A list of HQ multipliers has been posted on the Web at:
3B8, MAURITIUS. Jean-Paul, HB9ARY, will once again be active from Mauritius
(AF-049), but this time as 3B8HC between July 9-25th. Activity will be
on all HF bands, 80-6 meters, using mainly SSB, but with some slow CW.
He has added a new antenna this time to the operation. Jean-Paul will
use an Elevated Delta-Loop for 80-30 meters along with his folded HexBeam
for 20/17/15/12/10/6 meters. QSL via NI5DX direct.
5B, CYPRUS. Tony, RT9T, is once again active as 5B4ALB until July 15th.
QSL 5B4ALB only direct via RT9T.
5Z4, KENYA. Giuseppe, IK2YDJ, is now active as 5Z4/IK2YDJ from Rongo
until July 20th. Activity will be on 40-6 meters. He was spotted early
this past week on 15 meters SSB. QSL via his home callsign.
A35, TONGA (Cancelled). Tom, KC0W, was expected to be active from the
Island of Tonga between January 15th and February 15th, 2016. However,
activity was cancelled -- no reason given.
C5, THE GAMBIA. Pedro, ON7WP, will once again be active as C5WP from The
Gambia between August 15th and September 1st. Activity will be limited
to his spare time on the HF bands. QSL via his home callsign direct.
CT8, AZORES. Operators Chris/KL9A and Dan/N6MJ will be active as CT8/-
homecall from the Island of São Miguel between July 8-14th. QSL via their
home callsign. Both operators will be part of the CU2ARA team from the
Associação de Radioamadores dos Açores club station during the IARU HF
World Championship (July 11-12th). QSL via the Bureau.
CY9, ST. PAUL ISLAND (Update). The St. Paul Island DXpedition scheduled
for July 2016 has added a new member/operator to the team -- John, N8AA.
The team now consists of Murray/WA4DAN (Co-Leader), Randy/N0TG (Co-Leader),
Aaron/VA1AXC, Will/AA4NC, Jay/K4ZLE, Wayne/K8LEE and John/N8AA. The CY9
St. Paul Island are granted only during July and August (2016). Exact
dates yet to be determined. Operation is planned for 6-160m CW, SSB.
Perhaps some RTTY. Although a challenge given the time of the year,
160m will be attempted. QUESTIONS/COMMENTS: E-mail N0TG (address okay
on QRZ.COM). The Web page now has a "Need Survey" page at:
E5, SOUTH COOK ISLANDS (Update). Milan, OK1DWC, is now active as E51DWC
from the Rarotonga Islands (OC-013, WAZ - 32) since June 11th for the
next few weeks to celebrate his birthday. His activity will be holiday
style (family holiday) on 160-10 meters, including the 30/17/12 meter
bands, using CW, SSB and RTTY. His equipment includes a TS-590S, small
amp (which he was expected to receive this past week), a 5 band Spider-
beam at 10 meters, Invereted Vee and dipoles for 160, 80, 40 and 30 meters
at a height of 20 meters. Milan really did not state how long he will be
there, but mentioned, "I plan to return once I will miss skating and
skiing." QSL via his home callsign. For updates, watch:
E5, SOUTH COOK ISLANDS. Andy, E51AND, will be active with the special
callsign E50A from Rarotonga Island (OC-013) during the RSGB IOTA Contest
(July 25-26th) as a Single-Op/Unassisted/12-Hrs entry. During 2015, Andy
has operated with the callsign E50A to celebrate the 50th anniversary of
Self Governance in the Cook Islands. Only the 7 RESIDENT hams may use
the E50x format, visitors and expeditions use the E51xxx format. QSL via
direct only to E50A/E51AND.
E5, SOUTH COOK ISLANDS (Update). Jacek, SP5EAQ, will be active as E51EAQ
from Rarotonga (OC-013, WLOTA 0971) starting October 19th for two weeks.
Activity will be on 80-10 meters SSB. He will also be in the CQWW DX SSB
Contest (October 24-25th). QSL via SP7DQR, by the Bureau, direct or an
OQRS on the following Web page. Logs will be uploaded to LoTW. For more
details and updates, see: http://e5.sp5drh.com/index.html
E5, SOUTH COOK ISLANDS (Update). Haru, JA1XGI, informs OPDX that he will
be active as E51XGI from Rarotonga Islands (OC-013, WAZ - 32) between
December 3-10th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY
and PSK. Equipment is a ICOM IC7000 into a Trap Vertical (7/10/14/21/28
MHz) only 6.8m long and a VDA(Vertical Dipole Array) (18/24Mhz). QSL via
JA1XGI, direct, by the Bureau (about a year wait!) or the OQRS (ClubLog).
For more details and updates, watch his Web page at:
FS, ST. MARTIN. Greg, W6IZT, will be active as FS/W6IZT from St. Martin
between now and July 11th. Activity will be on 40-6 meters using CW and
some SSB/RTTY. QSL via N7XG. Logs will be uploaded to LoTW on his return
HC8, GALAPAGOS ISLANDS. Alfredo, HC1HC, will once again be operating from
the Galapagos Islands (SA-004), but as HC1HC/HC8/QRP between July 6-8th.
Activity will be on 30/17/6 meters using QRP CW 5 watts with a Elecraft
KX3 into a Buddipole. Suggested frequencies are: 14003, 18073 and 50110.6
kHz. QSL via NE8Z direct only (QSLs are already printed). NO LoTW. This
activity counts towards the "HC8/HD8 DX Diploma" and the "The Republic of
Ecuador HC/HD DX Award". View the colorful awards at:
AS-066. Vladimir, UA0LCZ, will be active as RI0NZ from Popov Island
between July 18-29th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using
CW. He also plans to participate in the RSGB IOTA Contest
(July 25-26th). QSL via his home callsign, by the Bureau or
EU-025. Joe, IT9RZU, will be active from Sicily Island during the
RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/
CW-Mode/Low-Power entry. QSL via his home callsign, by the
Bureau or LoTW.
EU-049. Richard, PA2RIC, will be active from the Lesvos Island (GIOTA
NAS-014, MIA MG-064, WLOTA 0165) between July 10-28th. Activity
will be holiday style on the HF bands running a QRP station.
QSL via PA2RIC, direct or by the Bureau.
EU-087. Adde, SM0SHG, will be active as SB3X from Klosan Island between
now and July 31st. Activity will be holiday style on the HF
bands. Equipment used will be an Elecraft KX3, Expert 1K-FA
(running about 4-500w) and vertical from Lannabo Radio (5-band).
Adde states, "If you want a QSL from EU-087, please use Clublog's
Online QSL Request Service. Direct QSLs are 2.00 USDs and will
be sent as soon as possible. QSLs via the Bureau are free and
will be sent out when time permits.
EU-136. Operators Brani/OM2FY and Radovan/OM2ZZ will be active as
9A/OM2FY from Rab Island, Croatia, during the RSGB IOTA Contest
(July 25-26th) as a Multi-Op/Island-DXpedition/Low-Power entry.
QSL via OM2FY, direct, by the Bureau or PayPal (see QRZ.com).
EU-172. Immo, DL8MF, will once again be active as OZ/DL8MF from Samso
Island (DIA JY-008, WLOTA 0726) during the RSGB IOTA Contest
(July 25-26th) as a Single-Op/QRP/24-Hrs entry. He will be on
the between July 23-26th. QSL via DL8MF, direct or by the Bureau.
OC-019. Eric, WH6EEY, is now active from the rare Kaho`olawe Island
in the Hawaiian Island group until July 31st. Activity will
be limited to his free time because Eric is there with a group
to clean-up UXO (Unexploded Ordinance) as a Technician and
Blaster. He uses a KX3 and AlexLoop and operates mostly on
20m and 15m using PSK-31 and JT-65. QSL via his home callsign,
direct or LoTW.
NA-029. Operator Ken, K6LA, will once again operate from Prince Edward
Island in eastern Canada using the VY2TT superstation (Grid
Square FN76vs, CISA PE-001) during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July
25-26th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Mixed-Mode/High-Power entry.
QSL via K6LA direct.
OC-237. More than 10 operators will activate the special callsign
YE3IOTA on the air from Sempu Island between July 24-26th.
This will include the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th). They
plan to have 3 stations on the air using mainly SSB and some
CW. Please kindly be patient with the operators as they are
beginners for an IOTA-pedition, DX-QSOs and Contesting. QSL
via the Bureau, direct or via YB3MM. Also, ClubLog's OQRS.
SA-042. (Update) Members of the PARA DX Group
be active as PX8K from Caviana de Fora Island (DIB PA-16)
between July 22-29th. Activity will include the RSGB IOTA
Contest (July 25-26th). Operators mentioned are Ronaldo/
PS8RV and Ren/PY8WW. QSL via PY8WW or the OQRS. For more
details, check QRZ.com.
INDEXA PRESS RELEASE. d*** Williams, W3OA, Secretary-Treasurer of the
International DX Association (INDEXA) reported on June 29th:
TO: All DXers worldwide.
The INDEXA Officers and Board of Directors are pleased to announce
their intent to encourage DXpeditions to provide humanitarian aid and
services benefiting individuals and communities they visit on DXpedi-
tions. Additional funding is available when a DXpedition submits a plan
to provide humanitarian aid, the plan is approved by INDEXA, and the
plan is successfully completed and documented. This incentive can be
as much as an additional 15% added to the financial support offered
Quoting from the INDEXA website
INDEXA believes that many of the DXpeditions we support have a unique
opportunity to perform humanitarian activities which will improve the
lives of those indigenous people and communities they encounter on a
DXpedition. Humanitarian activities come in a variety of forms including
education, medical and dental assistance, infrastructure improvements,
and physical donations of goods and other services. Obviously, there
are many additional ways a DXpedition team or individual team members
can positively impact the lives of the people of the community or
country the DXpedition team is visiting. INDEXA is prepared to offer
additional financial support to DXpeditions as an incentive to conduct
humanitarian activities and to offset some or all of the additional
costs that may be involved.
The process to follow is clearly outlined on the INDEXA website.
INDEXA is proud to be an important factor in the funding of DXpeditions.
Our motto is and has been for over 30 years "Helping Make DX Happen".
We feel that INDEXA's approval as a 501(c)(3) organization and the
consequent likelihood that donations by U.S. taxpayers are tax deductible
means we are well positioned to have a larger impact on the DX community.
This announcement of the Humanitarian Aid initiative is an example of our
JD1, OGASAWARA. Yoshihisa, JO1LVZ, will once again be active from Chichijima
Island (AS-031), but as JO1LVZ/JD1 between August 6-9th. Activity will be
on 160-6 meters using CW and the Digital modes. QSL via his home callsign
KH0, MARIANA ISLANDS. Zorro, JH1AJT will be active as KH0/KH8Z between
July 6-10th during his business trip to Saipan Island (OC-086, USI NI-002S,
WLOTA 1333). Activity will be mainly on 10, 15 and 20 meters using SSB,
and holiday style operation. QSL via JH1AJT.
OY, FAROE ISLANDS. Operators YL Lori/KB2HZI, Pat/N2IEN, Ray/W2RE, Rockwell/
WW1X and Lee/WW2DX will be active as OY/homecall from Faroe Islands (EU-018)
between July 8-15th. Activity will be on the HF Bands. QSL via NR6M.
PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (June 29th-July 4th)....
Jul/06th HN Jul/09th AN Jul/11th HN
Jul/07th HN Jul/10th AN Jul/12th HN
SOLAR REFERENCE KEYS/INDEXES AND GEOMAGNETIC REFERENCE
NORMALITY GEOMAG K Values Alpha
----------------- ------ -------- ------
AN - Above Normal Quiet K=0-1 0-7
HN - High Normal Unsettled K=2 8-15
LN - Low Normal Active K=3 16-29
BN - Below Normal Minor Storm K=4 30-49
DIS - Disturbed Major Storm K=5 50-99
VRY DIS - Very Disturbed Severe Storm K=6-9 100-400
REALTIME BAND CONDITIONS WEB SITE
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 QSO'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 "HF Ionospheric Interferometry"
which operates very similarly to the PolSAR system used by NASA.
PV70, BRAZIL (Special Event). Rony, PS7AB, will activate special event
station PV70FEB between July 1-30th. Activity is to celebrate the 70th
anniversary of World War II and to remember the importance of PEACE. The
special callsign is also in honor to all who participated in the war,
especially the Brazilian Expeditionary Force - FEB, on the battlefields
in Italy. Operations will be on 40/20/17/15/10 meters using SSB and CW/
Digital. QSL via PS7AB, direct (2 USDs), by the Bureau, eQSL or LoTW. A
special certificate will be sent in 2016 via E-mail to stations who made
contacts with at least 10 Special Event Stations by mode (SSB, CW or
Digital), or mixed (3 modes). Each month in 2015, Ronaldo will activate
a different callsign and also send 12 different QSLs. PV70FEB is the
seventh special event station to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the
end of World War II in 2015. For more details, visit the following Web
pages at: http://www.radioamador.org.br/certificate_70th_world_war.htm
QSL INFO AND NEWS.....................
QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (July 5th)
4W/JI1AVY via JI1AVY (L) K2D via N1DN PA50DRAA via PE2AE
5Z/IK2YDJ via IK2YDJ K2E via NY3C R2015C via R7NK
5Z/SV0GV via LX1QF K2F via KB3IFH R2015EP via R8LAH
9A/DL2AMT via DL2AMT K2I via KA2FIR R2015KI via UA3RA
CR5CMD via CT-Bureau K2J via N4YZ R2015LY via RT9L
DL/EA8BFH via EA8BFH K2K via AB1OC R2015SM via RQ7L
DL/G1INK/P via G1INK K2L via KG4RUL R2015TA via RX4HJ
DP7BVBG via DF7AA K2M via K3MJW SM/5P0O/P via OZ1GDI
EA6UN via EC6TK (*) KH2/JH1DLD via JH1DLD SO7O via SP9OHP
EA8/IX1CKF via IX1CKF LX/DJ1AA/M via DJ1AA SV5/DL8NCG via DL8NCG
GB13COL via G0VLF LZ429PS via LZ1KCP SV5/SV2BBC via SV2BBC (d/L)
HF3PAPCIO via SP3SBY OH0/DL1SVA/P via DL1SVA TA0/RM0F via RM0F
HG3M via HA3MY OH0CO via SM6CCO (d) TK15FF via F5SSN
HQ4W via KD4POJ OH8/IK3GES via IK3GES V47JA via W5JON (d/L)
JW/DK2AJ via DK2AJ OZ/DL1EKO/P via DL1EKO V63GG via JR2GAG
JW/DL2GLA via DL2GLA PA2015BEACH via PI4HAL YT90NS via YU7BPQ
(e) eQSL only (d) direct only (B) Bureau only (*-B) DX's- Bureau
(O) OQRS only (C) ClubLog only (L) LoTW only
(*) direct only & SP4AOQ Bureau
QSL RECEIVED VIA LoTW: 9N7FD, C21EU, CM2IR, JA1NVF, UN7AM, V63MJ,
VP9/WA4PGM, YB8RW/P (OC-076), YB8RW/P (OC-213), YB8RW/P (OC-222),
YB8RW/P (OC-246), YB8RW/P (OC-271), YB8RW/P (OC-272), YB8RW/P (OC-273)
and YB8RW/P (OC-274)
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 9N7WE, PW0F, TI9/3Z9D and VR2XMT
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: 4L1FP, 5H3CJ, 7S400K, 7S6A, 8S0DX, 8S500BQ,
J79XBI, LZ05WFF, LZ230MB, LZ1164SIM, LZ137LO, LZ2013IPA, P29VCX, SB0A,
SE2T, SE5E and TA0/LZ3ND
S7, SEYCHELLES (Update/Change). Giovanni "John", IZ2DPX, will be active
as S79DPX from the Seychelles (AF-024) between August 9-23rd. Activity
will be holiday style on 40-10 meters using SSB only. Equipment is a IC-706
into a vertical multi-band antenna. QSL via his home callsign. For more
details and update, see: http://iz2dpx.jimdo.com
S7, SEYCHELLES. A group of Polish operators (Polish DXpedition) will be
active as S79SP from Mahe Island (AF-024)between October 3-18th. Operators
mentioned are Wlodek/SP6EQZ, Jan/SP2EBP, YL Gala/SP2GKS, Jan/SP3CYY,
Ryszard/SP6FXY, Kris/SP6JIU and Roman/SP9FOW. Activity will be on 160-6
meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via SP6FXY, ClubLog's OQRS, eQSL or
LoTW. For more details and updates, watch (still under construction):
T31, CENTRAL KIRIBATI ISLANDS. Reports from the Friedrichshafen HAM Radio
event in Germany indicate a team of experienced DXpeditioners are in a
preliminary planning stages to put T31 on the air. Currently, T31 is
ranked 30th on The DX Magazine's 2014 Most Wanted Survey. Activity may
take place in late 2016 or early 2017. This all depends on the licensing
and landing permit formalities. One sources reports, "A boat is reserved
for this project and the core team named." This will be an expensive
DXpedition project because of Central Kiribati location, and they will be
looking for the international DX community to help offset the cost. Look
for more details later in the year.
VK9C, COCOS-KEELING ISLAND. Nobuaki, JA0JHQ, will be active as JA0JHQ/VK9C
from "The Bird's Nest" on West Island, Cocos Keeling Islands (OC003)
between September 19-25th. Activity will be on 80-6 meters using CW and
SSB. Suggested operating times (local time): Mornings will be 30/12/10
meters, Noon 6 meters, Afternoons 17 and 15 meters, Evenings 30/40/80
meters and Midnights 20 meters. Equipment is a HS-480HX (HF 200w/6m 100w)
into a Single-Loop (20/17/15/12/10m) and End-Feed (80/40/6m) antennas.
QSL via the Bureau (recommended) or direct to:
Nobuaki Hosokawa, 1458-25 Okagami, Asao-ku, Kawasaki, Kanagawa 215-0027,
JAPAN. Also via LoTW. For more details and updates, watch his Web page
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