- Created on Wednesday, 19 November 2014 16:14
THE 2014 ACTIVATION OF SAONA ISLAND IOTA NA-122 - NOV 19-23, 2014
HI2DX will take place at the end of 2014 by a team of operators leaded by HOTEL INDIA DX CLUB, INC. in a join effort with top DX operators from LOMA DEL TORO DX CONTEST CLUB, RADIO CLUB DOMINICANO, UNION DOMINICANA DE RADIOFICIONADOS UDRA and RADIO CLUB DE SANTIAGO among guest operators from FLORIDA CONTEXT GROUP, and other guest operators joining the team from the US.
To provide the possibility for every amateur radio station in the world - even those running QRP or very simple antennas - to make at least one contact with Saona Island.
To enable all level users and to DXers to put HI2DX in their logs on as many bands and modes as possible.
Besides the Dxpedition we will conduct a MEDICAL OPERATIVE PROGRAM to bring basic medical assistance and donate medications to residents of the island.
SAONA ISLAND is located in the southeastern part of the Dominican Republic
(Lat: 18° 7' 47.0814" /Long: -68° 40' 5.9376")
Surface area of 110 squared Km.
CQ ZONE 8
ITU ZONE 11
QSL INFORMATION: QSL Via M0URX
- Created on Sunday, 16 November 2014 08:05
I quite frequently get emails asking me "Why hasn't my QSL package arrived?" Well you can be sure that we take your QSL requests very seriously indeed!
Sometimes delays in mail transportation can be the result of many International Incidents and may not always be obvious or specific to your region but may be the cause of a delay in the routing of your International Mail.
Incidents such as flooding, earthquake, fire, strike, flight delays, damage to aircraft ILS, war and government restrictions. I have seen all the above incidents causing delays in my time as QSL manager and one way to see if there is an event that could be the cause of your delay look on the "International Incidents Update" page at Royal Mail which gives quite a comprehensive list to incidents around the globe.
- Created on Monday, 10 November 2014 11:59
Here is the QSL card preview of 4W/G3ZEM. All direct QSL cards are scheduled to be posted at the end of November.
- Created on Sunday, 09 November 2014 19:07
The QSL for MX0LDG Isles of Scilly DXpedition is now ready to be printed.
- Created on Saturday, 01 November 2014 16:11
- Created on Wednesday, 22 October 2014 13:30
Here in the UK we have the best facilities to provide your DXpediton with the very best in QSL management.
We have a team of QSL managers ready to work for you and the deserving.
We have dedicated OQRS systems.
We have our own Outgoing QSL Bureau for the fastest Bureau shipments.
We have an Online Business Account for all our International mailings so your DXpedition gets the most competitive postal rates.
We have high quality QSL designers ready to put their mark on your QSL card.
For more information contact Tim Beaumont, M0URX, or Charles Wilmott, M0OXO attention to the finest detail is important to us.
- Created on Wednesday, 22 October 2014 07:23
MX0LDG EU-011 QRT many thanks to all that called in.
Left to right John M5JON, Rob MW0RLJ, Pete M0ILT & Ant MWØJZE.
- Created on Saturday, 18 October 2014 16:38
Each year United Radio QSL Bureau dispatches bureau cards to all World IARU Bureaus every three months, the recent dispatch this week was our third one in 2014 so it is time to give you our report for the year.
In 2014 I have once again worked with Charles, M0OXO in our bureau posting, this helps us both keep down our outgoing expenses. 31,260 bureau QSL cards have been dispatched this year. All our packages are sent using online business account with Royal Mail, we use several products on the account to best suit the size and weight of the item. All of the packages are sent by Business Mail Priority so that we can be sure that they reach their destination as fast as possible and at a cost that is the most competitve in the industry.
It is very important to remember that bureau cards are NOT free, it actually costs us a considerable amount of money every year which has to be financed by the work that we do here, that is why direct cards cost $2, that is why i do not accept stamps.
The RSGB are in the process of doing a "Bureau Review" in which we have been asked to pay more for the incoming bureau service that we have from the RSGB Bureau. At this stage we are still waiting to hear from the RSGB as to how much this is going to cost. So this is a good time to remind you that for ALL DXpeditions you should NOT send incoming bureau cards to us as they are not required, they cost us money to receive them. You must always use OQRS to request your DXpediton IOTA & DXCC bureau cards. This will save us a considerable amount of money and time, and you will get your bureau cards very quickly.
Thank you to all the bureau staff at the IARU bureaus, we value your work very much. There are some that are giving outstanding service, notably the Venezuealan bureau where members informed us that cards had arrived in just 24 days after we had posted them. Thank you.
Using OQRS for direct QSL cards is the fastest and best way to request your QSL cards and this will help us fund our outgoing bureau for the future. Any donations are most welcome of course... Thank you.
- Created on Thursday, 16 October 2014 14:05
The 7 band Hexbeam includes a 40m dipole element. The team will be using this antenna on 40m so please listen for them and work them from wherever you are in the World, Anthony would very much appreciate genuine signal reports on this band.
You can read more about the MW0JZE 7 Band Hexbeam 40m - 6m by clicking on the link.
The team very much look forward to working you all on Isles of Scilly, St Mary's Island.
The team have no internet so logs will be uploaded after the DXpediton.
QSL Via M0URX Direct & (Bureau OQRS only). Please do not send us any bureau cards for this activity.
- Created on Wednesday, 15 October 2014 10:51
MX0LDG will be QRV from the Isles of Scilly EU-011. We will be operating from the main island of St Mary's.
Dates: 15th October 2014 to 22nd October 2014
Operators: John M5JON Pete M0ILT Ant MW0JZE and Rob MW0RLJ
We plan to have 3 stations on air. In the main it will be SSB.
x1 Elecraft K3 With KPA500 Amp
x1 Kenwood TS570 With Expert 1K FA Amp
X1 rig (TBC) With Expert 1K FA Amp
X1 Kenwood TS480 (200w) for CW and Digi Ops
All antennas are once agian supplied by Ant MW0JZE
x2 G3TXQ Hex Beams x1 40m vertial x1 Windom 80m
QSL Via M0URX - For Bureau Requests please ONLY use OQRS to request your Bureau QSL.
Please do NOT send any incoming Bureau cards they will not be collected.
- Created on Wednesday, 15 October 2014 07:48
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- Created on Sunday, 12 October 2014 23:07
- Created on Thursday, 09 October 2014 18:07
- Created on Thursday, 09 October 2014 14:51
It may be helpful to alert DX'ers that Ukraine has suspended post to Crimea and the City of Sevastopol post codes 95000 - 99999 are affected. Mail is being returned endorsed "UPU IB Circular No 71" The UPU explanation for this is below.
The world’s postal administrations have been advised that they should no longer dispatch international mail addressed to the Crimea region via Ukrainian Post.
The Universal Postal Union passed on a message from the national postal service of the Ukraine last week confirming that it has difficulties delivering postal items to locations in the Crimea and the city of Sevastopol.
The guidance comes following the annexation of the territory by Russia in the wake of a local referendum described by the United Nations as “invalid”.
The UPU confirmed that it passed on the message to all its members, the postal administrations of 192 countries, stating that they should suspend dispatch of international postal items addressed to the Ukrainian postal codes 95000-99999.
The UPU said Ukrainian Post would inform global postal operators about the resumption of deliveries “as soon as the situation changes”.
According to the UPU, Ukraine received about 20m letters and more than 2.5m parcels from abroad in 2012.
Commenting on the situation, UPU director general Bishar A Hussein said he hoped the parties involved would soon find an operational solution.
- Created on Wednesday, 08 October 2014 13:17
As you likely know my antenna elected not to travel with me due to some "machine problem" in Doha. Travelling independently it arrived Singapore last night and will be shipped to Dili on tomorrow's flight.
Fortunately I have fallen on my feet here. My Australian hosts and their Timorese staff are amazing. Having received VIP treatment at the airport I was taken shopping for wire and coax to facilitate jury rigging a temporary antenna. Dili is no place to shop for this kind of stuff but despite this within less than an hour of arrival I had managed to purchase 100m of PVC covered antenna wire and a 20m length of 50R coax. However the cost however was enough to make my e yes water. When only one place in town has what you need they can take your money through your nose While I was shopping for wire my host located a 10m bamboo and had it delivered to site. What service. My team of Timorese pole erectters and antenna riggers did fantastic work once I had figured out the required wire lengths.
The antennas for 17/30m were rigged just as it got dark last night but the 30m anchor fell prey to the night tide. Repair work will be underway shortly when the tide falls back. The location is amazing with my bamboo antenna support only around 1m from the sea when the tide is in and around 10m when it's out.
Signals on 17m early evening Timor time were amazing. Pleased to already have a bunch of Gs and CDXC members in the log. I plan to flip between 17/30m until the HF9V arrive s as re-rigging the bamboo pole could cause me to use all my expensive wire in a hurry. I am here until 21 Oct so plenty of time to get on the other bands.
Although the HF9V works pretty well on 80m an inverted L on the bamboo pole may give some advantage. An option for later.
Thanks for the Qs so far. Hope to see you on multiple bands. Bob 4W/G3ZEM
- Created on Monday, 06 October 2014 14:21
Bob 5B4AGN plans to be QRV from Timor-Leste as 4W/G3ZEM between 8 - 20 October.
This will be a man in a tent style expedition, so not exactly 5 star. Location will be on the north shores of Timor-Leste, running a Elecraft K3 & KPA 500 combo with an HF9V for HF and an 18m Spider pole for 160/80m. With luck I will be QRV all 9 bands but with emphasis towards LF if conditions allow. Operation will be primarily CW.
QSL Direct via M0URX.
For Bureau please use OQRS.(No incoming cards are needed)
73 Bob, 5B4AGN
- Created on Sunday, 21 September 2014 10:45
- Created on Monday, 15 September 2014 12:12
Anthony says: ''Over the past 9 months I have been planning, designing and developing the new Hexbeam concept. I have done much research on the 40m full size Hexbeam but came to the conclusion it was just too big to erect in an average size garden. The wind load would be so high that any strong gales could cause destruction to the fiberglass arms limiting its life span. The compromise I came to was to design a non-trapped Di-pole antenna with as little loss as possible while maintaining a modest turning radius.''
Read more on this 6M thro 40M antenna by visiting Ant's site by clicking the image above... Good luck Ant !
Story credited to Charles M0OXO.
- Created on Monday, 15 September 2014 11:35
- Created on Wednesday, 10 September 2014 19:52
Some big signals on the bands tonight from two stations that I am QSL manager for, Steve PJ4DX on 21.295 MHz and Olavur OY1OF on 21.242 MHz this evening. Olavur was on a very skewed path at 270 degrees.
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