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Mon Jun 11, 2018

IOTA News from the OPDX....

11 June, 2018

Island activities:

EU-129. Members of the club station "des OV Konigs Wusterhausen" (DL0KWH) will be active as DL0KWH/p from Usedom Island (0-13 for the German Islands Award) during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 28-29th) as a Multi-Op/Two-TX/High-Power entry. Operators mentioned are Ronny/DG2RON, Rainer/DL2RVL, Bert/DL2RNS, Heiko/DL1RTL, Ron/DG2RON, Georg/DL4SVA and Olaf/DL7JOM. QSL via
DL0KWH (direct, by the Bureau) or ClubLog's OQRS.

EU-178. Toivo, ES2DJ, will be active from Ruhnu Island during the
RSGB IOTA Contest (July 28-29th). QSL via the Bureau.

NA-121. Operators Fred/VE1FA and XYL Helen/VA1YL will be active as
VE1FA/KH7 and VA1YL/KH7 from Round Island, AK, between July 5-10th. Activity will be on 40/20 meters (around 7150 and 14260 kHz +/- QRM) on SSB with 100 watts. They will announce when they are active on DX Summit. Antennas will have a clear ocean shot to south and east, but will be blocked to west. Round Island, AK, is 58.6 degs N.Lat., 160 degs W.Long. QSL to VE1FA. No electronic QSLs, please.

NA-126. Operators Richard/VA1CHP, Lowell/VY2OX, Mark/VA2MM, Helen/VA1YL, Fred/VE1FA, Alphonse/VO1NO, Wayne/VE1BAB, Bob/VE1RSM and Sheldon/VE1GPY will be active as VB1M from Bon Portage (Outer) Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 28-29th) as a Multi-Op/Single-TX/Mixed-Mode/24-Hrs/Island-Expedition entry. QSL
via VA1YL.

PLEASE NOTE: Since the Webmasters of the new have decided NOT to post or dedicate a Web page to announce upcoming IOTA operations, PLEASE send your IOTA operations information the OPDX and we will post it here in an upcoming bulletin......

Check-out the latest IOTA News from the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club

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[RAC-Bulletin] Update on RAC 25th Anniversary Challenge Coin Program

Update on RAC 25th Anniversary Challenge Coin Program
Congratulations to Patrick Speer, VE7PJS

​To commemorate our 25th Anniversary, Radio Amateurs of Canada launched the special RAC 25th Anniversary Challenge Coin program in May. Under the program, individuals who pledge donations to RAC of $100 or more receive a special serialized coin commemorating RACís 25th anniversary.

Through the RAC Challenge Coin program, we hope to raise sufficient funds to make RAC stronger and enable it to deliver more services and benefits to our members and to Amateur Radio in Canada and internationally during our next 25 years.

As part of a special promotion from May 21 to June 3, the individual who made the largest donation to RAC was eligible to receive the very first RAC Challenge Coin #001. We are pleased to announce that Patrick Speer, VE7PJS, has claimed that honour with his donation of $575. On behalf of Radio Amateurs of Canada, I would like to congratulate Patrick and thank him for his significant contribution.

I would also like to thank all of the donors who have contributed so far and also all of the future donors in the coming months.

For more information on the RAC 25th Anniversary Challenge Coin program and on how to order your coin please visit:

Glenn MacDonell, VE3XRA
RAC President and Chair

Posted by: VY2WRV - Richard on 11-06-18 | [0] comments (15 views) | 

Sun Jun 10, 2018

The great FT8 debate....

In his blog Dominic Smith M0BLF gives his take on the great FT8 debate

Since its introduction a year ago FT8 has transformed amateur radio, enabling amateurs living in high-noise environments to make contacts that would have been impossible using traditional modes.

Dominic notes "The other fantastic thing about FT8 is that it brings, for the first time, objective signal reports to the hobby. We all know that '59' is a nonsense, but in the more 'manual' modes, we don't have anything better. Using actual, genuine, signal-to-noise measurements for signal reports allows more meaningful comparisons of equipment, antenna performance and propagation research."

Read the M0BLF blog post at:

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Sat Jun 09, 2018

Mars approaches Earth, outshines Sirius....

Mars approaches Earth, outshines Sirius....

Mars is approaching Earth for an almost once-in-a-generation close encounter in late July. This week, the brightness of Mars surpassed that of Sirius, making the Red Planet brighter than any star in the sky.

If you wake up before dawn, you can't help noticing Mars burning through the morning twilight with a distinctive orange glow - and the show is about to get much better, indeed.

Visit today's edition of for the full story:

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