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Sat Jun 09, 2018

International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend....

ILLW reaches 200 mark!

It has been a very interesting week in our journey towards this year's International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend (ILLW) event, which is now only two and a half months away.

The 200th entry was received from a YL in Wales who is going to activate the East Usk lighthouse which was built in 1893 on the East side of the river USK.
Margaret's callsign will be GB4EUL.

Also of interest are entries from:-

Punta Maya Lighthouse, CU0005, in Cuba, T45FM,
Faro de Progresso de Castro lighthouse in Mexico using the call 6E3A. This is a new lighthouse for the event with our number MX0010,
Santiao Chiao lighthouse in Taiwan, callsign BV1EJ, ILLW TW0003,
Also new to our event is a rare lighthouse from Maine, USA with the cute title "Ladies Delight". It is new to the event and has yet to be listed as a callsign is not yet known. It's new ILLW number is US0227.
We are on schedule for another great weekend but it would be helpful if you could get your entry in asap rather than leave it to the final couple of weeks.

Happy lighthousing,

Kevin Mulcahy vk2ce

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Fri Jun 08, 2018

DX News from the ARRL....

8 June, 2018

This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by The Daily DX, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, DXNL, Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites. Thanks to all.

VIET NAM, 3W. Nobu, JA0JHQ plans to be QRV as 3W9NH from Hoi An from June 14 to 18. Activity will be on the HF bands, and possibly 6 meters, using CW and FT8. This includes being an entry in the upcoming All Asian DX CW contest. QSL direct to home call.

RWANDA, 9X. Harald, DF2WO is now QRV as 9X2AW from Kigali.
Activity is on various HF bands using slow CW, SSB and various digital modes. QSL via M0OXO.

FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY, DA. Special event station DK6GEO will be QRV during the Geoparks Communication Weekend from Unicorn Cave. QSL via operators' instructions.

IRELAND, EI. Members of the South Eastern Amateur Radio Group will be QRV as EI2GEO from the Copper Coast European Geopark during the Geoparks Communication Weekend. QSL direct to EI3HDB.

ESTONIA, ES. Operators Henrik, DG0LFF, Steffen, DH1DM, Fred, DH5FS and Uwe, DL3BQA will be QRV as ES0/home calls and ES0UG/8 from various islands from June 11 to 15. Their fist stop will be Kihnu Island, IOTA EU-178. Activity will be on the HF bands, including 6 meters, 4 meters, 2 meters, 70 centimeters and 3 centimeters using various modes. QSL via operators' instructions.

FRENCH POLYNESIA, FO. Walter, HB9XBG is QRV as FO/HB9XBG from Bora Bora Island, IOTA OC-067, until June 17. Activity is on 20 meters using SSB. QSL to home call.

ENGLAND, G. Special event station GB6GEO will be QRV on June 9 and 10 from Kent's Cavern, Torbay, as part of the Geoparks Communication Weekend. Activity will be on 80, 40, 20, 15, 10 and 6 meters, in addition to 6 meters using SSB, and 2 meters using FM. QSL via bureau.

AMERICAN SAMOA, KH8. Dave, WJ2O is QRV as KH8/WJ2O until June 10. Activity is on 40 to 15 meters using CW. QSL direct to N2ZN.

MARKET REEF, OJ0. Pasi, OH3WS will be QRV as OJ0W while on work assignment from June 9 to 16. Activity will be in his spare time on 40 to 6 meters using CW and SSB. QSL to home call.

BONAIRE, PJ4. Lauren, W0LD and Jon, N0JK are QRV as PJ4/home calls until June 11. Activity is on the HF bands and 6 meters using CW, SSB and FT8. They plan to be active as PJ4V in the ARRL June VHF contest. QSL both calls via W0LD and PJ4V via M0URX.

SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE, S9. David, EB7DX is QRV as S9ZZ from Sao Tome Island, IOTA AF-023, until June 9. Activity is holiday style on 40 to 6 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8. QSL direct to home call.

GREECE, SV. Special event station J48GEO will be QRV from Lesvos Island, IOTA EU-049, from the Natural History Museum at the Lesvos Petrified Forest during the Geoparks Communication Weekend. QSL via operators' instructions.

DODECANESE, SV5. Marcel, OK2QQ will be QRV as SV5/OK2QQ from Kalymnos and Telendos, IOTA EU-001, from June 12 to 22. Activity will be on 40 to 2 meters using CW, SSB and FM. QSL direct to home call.

COSTA RICA, TI. A group of operators are QRV as TE6DX from Unita Island, IOTA NA-155, until June 11. Activity is on 160 to 6 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8. QSL via TI2CDA.

CORSICA, TK. Arnoud, PE2USA will be QRV as TK/PE2USA near Sari-Solenzara, IOTA EU-014, from June 10 to 15. Activity will be on 40, 20 and 10 meters, and possibly 80 meters, using SSB and RTTY. QSL via operator's instructions.

ASIATIC RUSSIA, UA0. Special event station R30STM is QRV until June 10 from both Tyumenskaya and Kurganskaya Oblasts to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the launching of the Soyuz TM-5 spacecraft. QSL via operators' instructions.

MARSHALL ISLANDS, V7. Will, KW4WZ plans to be QRV as V73/KW4WZ from Kwajalein, IOTA OC-028, until June 18. Activity is in his spare time on the HF bands using some SSB, and JT65 and FT8. QSL via LoTW.

BERMUDA, VP9. Kyle, WA4PGM is QRV as VP9/WA4PGM until June 16. Activity is on 160 to 6 meters using mostly CW. QSL direct to home call.

ROMANIA, YO. Look for special event station YP2GEO to be QRV during the Geopark Communication Weekend from Tara Hateulul. QSL via operators' instructions.

The ARRL June VHF Contest, NCCC RTTY Sprint, Geoparks Communication Weekend, NCCC CW Sprint, DRCG World Wide RTTY Contest, VK Shires Contest, Asia-Pacific SSB Sprint, SKCC Weekend CW Sprintathon, Portugal Day Contest, GACW WWSA CW DX Contest, REF DDFM 6-Meter Contest and Cookie Crumble QRP Contest are all on tap for this weekend.

The 4 States QRP Group Second Sunday Sprint is scheduled for June 11.

The CWops Mini-CWT Test, RSGB 80-Meter Club CW Championship, NAQCC CW Sprint and Phone Fray are scheduled for June 13.

The ARRL International Grid Chase runs during all of 2018.

Please see June QST, page 82, and the ARRL and WA7BNM contest web sites for details

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Thu Jun 07, 2018

Homebrew SSB Transceiver....

Homebrew SSB transceiver.

Al Williams WD5GNR writes on Hackaday about the videos by Charlie Morris ZL2CTM showing the design and construction of an amateur radio SDR SSB transceiver

It used to be homebrew ham gear meant something simple. A couple of active devices that could send CW. Maybe a receiver with a VFO. But only the most advanced builders could tackle a wide range SSB transceiver.

Today, that goal is still not trivial, but it is way easier due to specialty ICs, ready access to high-speed digital signal processing, and advances in software-defined radio techniques. Charlie Morris ZL2CTM decided to build an SSB rig that incorporated these technologies and he shared the whole process from design to operation in a series of nine videos.

Hackaday post

Charlie ZL2CTM's YouTube channel

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Wed Jun 06, 2018

IOTA News from the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club....

6 June, 2018

Island activities:

CW: 28040 24920 21040 18098 14040 10114 7030 3530 kHz
SSB: 28560 28460 24950 21260 18128 14260 7055 3760 kHz

EU-001; SV5, Dodecanese: Marcel/OK2QQ operates as SV5/OK2QQ from Kalymnos and Telendos between June 12 and 22 on 40-2m (CW, SSB, FM). QSL via OK2QQ (d), LoTW, eQSL.

EU-014; TK, Corsica Island: Arnoud/PE2USA will be active from near
Sari-Solenzara (WW Loc. JN41qu) as TK/PE2USA between the 10th and
15th. QRV on 40, 20, and 10m, maybe also on 80m, during the
afternoon hours on SSB and RTTY with 100W and a dipole. QSL via

EU-046; LA, Troms County group: Waldi/SP7IDX activates Vannoya
Island (WW Loc. JQ90uf) as LA/SP7IDX on 40-10m (SSB, digital modes)
between June 7 and 20. QSL via h/c (d/B).

EU-129; DL, Usedom Island: Volker/DL1WH is going to spend his
holiday on Usedom (GIA O-13, DLFF-0075) from the 9th until the 23rd
and will be signing DL1WH/p on HF (CW, some SSB). QSL via DL1WH

EU-178; ES0/8, Parnumaa County/ Saaremaa County group:
Henrik/DG0LFF, Steffen/DH1DM, Fred/DH5FS, and Uwe/DL3BQA will be
activating several islands in the Baltic Sea. Their first stop, between June 11 and 15, is Kihnu Island (WW Loc. KO18xd, ESFF-0079). QRV as ES0UG/8 and ES0/homecalls on HF, 6m, 4m, 2m, 70cm, and 3cm. For more information see:

NA-079; W4, Florida State (Dry Tortugas Islands) group: A team of 6
operators plans to activate the Dry Tortugas between June 8 and 11
for the ARRL International Grid Chase and the ARRL June VHF
Contest. QRV with one rig on 6m, and on HF with a focus on 40 and
20m (SSB, CW, FT8). QSL via LoTW, ClubLog OQRS, K4NHW (d).

NA-155; TI6, Limon Province group: TI2CDA, TI2CC, TI2JCC, KM4HI,
and N3KS will be active from Unita Island between June 7 and 11 as
TE6DX on 160-6m on CW, SSB, RTTY, and FT8. QSL via TI2CDA, LoTW,

OC-077; KH8, Samoa Islands: Dave/WJ2O, while on Oceania trip, plans
to operate as KH8/WJ2O for two days beginning June 8 on 40-15m
(CW). QSL via N2ZN (d), LoTW.

OC-097; 5W, Samoa Islands: Dave/WJ2O then moves over to 5W and will be active from there between June 11 and 13 on 40-15m (CW). His
callsign is not known so far. QSL via N2ZN (d), LoTW.

OC-140; VK6, Western Australia State (N.W. Coast) West group:
Craig/VK5CE activates Direction Island as VK5CE/6 from the 8th until the 11th. QSL via VK5CE (d).

Deutscher Amateur Radio Club

RSGB IOTA website

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