Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Il gruppo delle South-West islands si estende a 600 km sud di Koror e 160 km nord dell'Indonesia. Le sei isole sono Sonsorol e Fana (sotto l'unico nome di Sonsorol), Pulo Anna, Merir, Tobi e Helen Reef. Ognuna delle isole si estende per una superficie inferiore ai 2,5 km quadrati.
E' sufficiente il passaporto in regola
Temperatura oltre i 30 gradi per tutto l'anno con punte a maggio e novembre. Giugno e luglio i mesi più piovosi. Il tasso di umidità è sempre oltre il 70%
+ 8 ore rispetto all'Italia
La moneta corrente è il dollaro americano
La Bank of Hawaii e la Bank of Guam a Koror dispongono entrambi di uno sportello automatico di prelievo 24 ore al giorno e l'orario d'ufficio va dalle 9 alle 15 dal lunedì al giovedì, sino alle 17 il venerdì.
La lingua ufficiale a Koror è l'inglese ed il palauano. A Sonsorol il sonsorolese ma l'inglese è insegnato già dalle scuole elementari
Dato il clima decisamente afoso si consiglia abbigliamento leggero, pantaloni lunghi per l'ingresso nelle chiese e scarpe da mare o calzari da sub per camminare sui coralli e nelle strade interne, giacca e pantaloni impermeabili per la traversata in barca.
Da Milano o Roma tramite la Singapore Airlines si raggiunge Manila e poi con la Continental Airlines si arriva a Koror. Da Koror è necessario noleggiare una imbarcazione privata o il passaggio della nave Governativa che fa il giro delle isole a scadenza comunque non ancora regolari. E' possibile anche arrivare da Guam tramite volo da San Francisco.
Monday, December 15, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
"Here we go!": con questo grido il capitano dell'Eclipse è stato il primo a scorgere nelle ultime tenebre notturne la sagoma di un'isola che nessun turista europeo era riuscito a raggiungere prima: Sonsorol. Quella mattina l'8 febbraio, dopo una traversata di 36 ore, partiti da Koror, eravamo in preda all'estasi dell'avventura, affascinati da quel lembo di terra dalla folta vegetazione che si avvicinava e spaventati all'idea di cosa e chi avremmo potuto trovare nonostante sia noi che loro, gli abitanti, fossimo pronti all'incontro. Erano passati sei mesi dall'idea di andare nel gruppo delle South-West islands di Palau, Micronesia; c'era uno scopo ben preciso per quella destinazione: nessun radioamatore al mondo aveva mai trasmesso da quelle isole. Tutto ciò può sembrare pazzesco al profano: affrontare un simile viaggio per portare sull'isola generatori di corrente, radio, cavi, antenne e tutto l'occorrente per trasmettere invece di fare la classica vita del turista coccolato e vezzeggiato dagli animatori dei villaggi, e con l'unica finalità di offrire, a migliaia di altrettanti appassionati radioamatori sparsi in tutto il mondo, l'opportunità di collegare un'isola fino ad allora quasi del tutto sconosciuta. Scegliere un'isola a tale scopo non è impresa facile: molte sono inflazionate, vuoi per la presenza di locali o per il forte turismo, altre sono off-limits per motivi ambientalisti o militari, altre ancora sono raggiungibili a costi troppo proibitivi o addirittura a rischio per l'incolumità personale. Ci sembrava strano che nessuno si fosse accorto delle South-West islands, Palau è una destinazione famosissima per il turismo giapponese ed americano, meta ambita dai subacquei di tutto il mondo per i fondali mozzafiato eppure nessuno l’aveva ancora presa in considerazione, infatti esculsa Rock Islands è tutto terreno inesplorato. Per meritarsi questo Paradiso però occorre organizzarsi “in proprio il viaggio” tramite Internet. La mia attenzione si è subito concentrata su Sonsorol essendo l'isola più vicina alla capitale, quindi la più facilmente raggiungibile con una barca a noleggio, purtroppo però le notizie in rete erano scarsissime e tutto quello che avevamo a disposizione erano un paio di fotografie datate anni settanta. Un colpo di fortuna insperato ci ha fatto contattare Laura Ierago, Governatrice di Sonsorol che, affascinata dall'idea di poter ospitare turisti europei con quella curiosa finalità, si è prodigata oltre ogni più rosea aspettativa perché potessimo farcela. Sono state necessarie settimane per definire i dettagli: trovare un'imbarcazione in grado di affrontare il viaggio, inoltrare le richieste di permessi e autorizzazioni e per preparare tutta la documentazione necessaria al trasporto, allo sdoganamento e all’ uso delle nostre apparecchiature, per finire con la prenotazione dei voli e dell’albergo a Manila. Il viaggio infatti ha avuto Roma come partenza, scalo a Singapore e arrivo della prima tappa a Manila, tutto con la Singapore Airlines e dopo una notte nella capitale delle Filippine l'ultimo volo con la Continental Airlines per Koror. All'aeroporto ci attende una delegazione ufficiale con il classico rito delle collane e corone di fiori poi, via di corsa al porto, per stivare tutte le nostre nella barca che finalmente vediamo dal vero e nel tardo pomeriggio salpiamo per la nostra meta . (continua)
Friday, December 05, 2008
Ciao Maurizio, sono Paolo IV3UHL da San Daniele. Seguo attentamente il tuo sito cosi' come seguivo la tua rubrica su RR,in quanto anche io ho cominciato l'attivita' come SWL o meglio per necessita' di imparare una nuova lingua , come BCL. Ti scrivo anche a nome di Mario IV3VBM e di molti altri che come noi sono tati presi un po' per il naso dal signor Vlad UA4WHX. Scrivo a te in quanto su una pagina del tuo sito ho letto delle gesta di questo buon uomo e di quanto hai recensito sulle sue attivita'. Una cosa mi lascia perplesso,ci lascia perplessi. Se l'invio di posta in Russia non e' sicuro(e non lo e') perche' ostinarsi ad avere un indirizzo proprio li'. Con tutti i manager che ci sono.. Sicuramente mi dirai che Vlad vuole gestire da solo il traffico qsl. Purtroppo questa e' una situazione che e' gia successa (mr Romeo docet) Non siamo arrabiati per le conferme mancate,ci mancherebbe..e nemmeno per il cospicuo invio di IRC. In 16 mesi abbiamo gia' confermato tutti i qso con le spedizioni che si sono succedute... Quello che ci lascia un po' perplessi e' la mancanza di coerenza ed onesta' e la credibilita' della persona. Leggo che oramai tutte le richieste sono state evase.Tutti hanno collegato Vlad ma se tu chiedi sul PCL chi ha ricevuto la conferma vedrai che ben pochi OM confermano.(zuccherino al cavallo per non dire..) Se come riportato anche su QRZ.COM ci dovrebbe essere un plebiscito,invece non lo e'... Vengo a concludere chiedendoti non di intercedere per avere le conferme... (qui a Udine nessuno ha ricevuto qsl) ma che con coerenza pubblichi sul tuo sito quello che ti ho appena comunicato. Non solo lodi ma un pizzico di dubbi su colui che tanto ha fatto senza poi concretizzare. Sono qrv su skype come IV3UHL per dibattito hi. Ciao Maurizio e sempre complimenti per il tuo sito.
Caro Paolo, io personalmente da Vlad ho ricevuto ciò che mi serviva, le QSL per le IOTA mancanti. Giusto ieri vedevo degli ANN passare sul cluster a proposito delle QSL di Vlad e c'è chi le ha ricevute tutte, chi ancora le attende. Il fatto che chieda IRC al suo indirizzo russo mi fa pensare che non voglia affatto lucrare, altrimenti sì che avrebbe preso un manager per ricevere fior di green stamps. Recentemente gli ho scritto per sapere della sua prossima destinazione e mi ha risposto che non si mette in viaggio fin quando non ha completato tutto l'invio delle QSL. Io stesso sto ancora attendendo l'ultima da C9. Non ho motivo di dubitare sull'operato di Vlad ma capisco i vostri dubbi. Posso solo dirvi di pazientare ed attendere che nella buca delle lettere arrivi la sospirata busta. Ho pubblicato il tuo scritto e ben vengano i commenti di altri lettori.
Thursday, December 04, 2008
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
7.000-7.025 CW, contest preferred (existing prime DX-chasing segment worldwide)
7.025-7.040 CW QRP, Center of Activity 7030
7.040-7.047 Narrow band digital (PSK31, etc)
7.047-7.050 Narrow band digital, auto allowed
7.050-7.053 All digital, auto allowed
7.053-7.060 All digital
7.060-7.100 All modes, 7070 digital voice, 7090 SSB QRP
7.100-7.130 All modes, Region 1 Center of Activity 7110
7.130-7.200 All modes, SSB contest preferred, SSTV 7165
7.175-7.200 All modes, priority for intercontinental
PS: tnx per la precisazione
Monday, December 01, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
India Andhra Pradesh South State Group
According G3GMA ==> AS-199
Dates: 2008, December 05. - 07. (72 h)
Modes/Bands: SSB/CW on 80/40/20/17/15/12/10 - unfortunately NO 30m operation possible (special permit needed) due to Indian HAM laws
Stations/Equipment: 2 Stations (probably occasionally 3rd) Elecraft k2/100, Elecraft K3/100, ICOM IC7000 Yagis,dipoles/verticals
Operators: VU3RSB, VU3FRK (DL4KQ), 2 more Indian Hams
QSL Route: Buro/Direct W3HNK (Both Americas) Buro/Direct DL4KQ (Rest)
Activation requires long voyage through/to Indian boondocks - start/end of operation may slightly vary
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Few news (see below) from Nicolas F4EGX who is FT5YI (Terre Adelie). You can see some photo on his web site as: http://f4egx.homelinux.net
Best wishes, Jean-Michel F6AJA
I will try to do few hours at the station during this night between Saturday and Sunday.
I hope to have some contact with Europe this afternoon.
I cannot do that every day due to the workload, very busy 7 days per week!
I will be this saturday on 14267 +/- QRM between 13z to 17z.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
URLs to change
Latest 25 DX spots page
Old URL: http://oh2aq.kolumbus.com/dxs/dx25.html
New URL: http://www.dxsummit.fi/text/dx25.html
Latest 1000 DX spots page
Old URL: http://oh2aq.kolumbus.com/dxs/dx1000.html
New URL: http://www.dxsummit.fi/text/dx1000.html
Latest 10000 DX spots page
Old URL: http://oh2aq.kolumbus.com/dxs/dx10000.html
New URL: http://www.dxsummit.fi/text/dx10000.html
Software authors who wish to implement data exchange with the new DX Summit should visit http://www.dxsummit.fi/technical.aspx for information on data formats and URLs. If your software does not work with the new DX Summit, we encourage you to forward this information to the author of the software you are using. We hope all software relying on the DX Summit can be successfully updated to work with the new DX Summit. We look forward to providing you with this valuable DX resource for many years to come!
73, OH8X Team
Sunday, November 09, 2008
Saturday, November 08, 2008
Thursday, November 06, 2008
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Incredibile ! Che si metta in piazza (sul sito dell'Associazione!!!) le faccende private è semplicemente vergognoso. Ma già molti mesi fa su questo stesso blog scrissi a proposito del WebMaster di allora che censurò un mio messaggio sul Forum e la questione mi portò al rifiuto di pagare la quota associativa per il 2008.
Oggi per quello che vedo sul sito una sola esortazione: basta !
PS: questo argomento è stato discusso anche su ARIFidenza ma tutti i post sono stati cancellati. Quando si dice libertà di parola sui Forum.
Tornando questa sera sul sito ARI trovo una pagina arrangiata in modo abbastanza frettoloso con un sottofondo musicale che si potrebbe tranquillamente evitare ed i soliti pulsanti animati che si usavano diversi anni fa nei siti amatoriali. D'altronde chi è stato designato come nuovo WebMaster ha nel suo portfolio siti di questo genere. Un po' di eleganza in più non guasterebbe. Meno lampeggi, meno animated gif e più semplicità. Qui si è usato un po' di java e flash con l'applicativo trendyflash se non vado errato. Nell'andare a vedere più in profondità i framesets il server risponde:
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Se la macchina ha già raggiunto i limiti di banda per qualche visitatore di troppo allora è meglio pensare ad un ridimensionamento del server ! Forza che pian piano ce la facciamo, è un diesel, bisogna scaldarlo prima di partire come si deve.
PS: degne di attenzione le keywords usate (ari, radioamatori, iaru, itu, ente morale, contest, dx, cluster, club, swl, bcl). Bene, insistiamo su questo Ente Morale che in questi ultimi tempi ha lasciato un po' a desiderare.
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
Monday, November 03, 2008
Sunday, November 02, 2008
Friday, October 31, 2008
by Cezar Trifu, VE3LYC
For quite some time I wanted to be for once at the other end of the pile-up, not only for the thrill and experience, but also as my own contribution to the hobby, for the many wonderful and unforgettable moments I enjoyed over the years. However, when someone has over 900 IOTAs confirmed, the one he will put on the air will obviously be rare and therefore not an easy task.
Early this year Ken (G3OCA) and I decided to head out to the Central and Northern Labrador IOTA groups NA-194 and 205. First, these groups had only been activated once, 14 and 13 years earlier, and were sitting on the Most Wanted IOTA List. Second, I always wished to visit Labrador one day and experience on my own some of its rugged landscape and austere beauty. Third, this location was close enough to largely populated areas in Europe and North America, allowing good radio traffic even at the very bottom of solar cycle.
Our base had to be in Nain, the northernmost community in Labrador. With the help of Fran and Brian Williams who reside there I got in touch with Paul Fenton, a professional guide with Labrador Wild North Expeditions (LWNE). From the beginning Paul appeared both enthusiastic and very determined. Central and Northern Labrador islands raise various logistical problems due to the potential presence of wildlife, primarily polar and black bears. Following a careful evaluation, we decided that Finger Hill Is. and Paul Is., checked and pre-approved by the IOTA Manager, would be our destinations for NA-194 and 205, respectively. They will also be all-time new ones for the Canadian Island Award (NF-73 and 74).
We travelled to Nain very lightly, carrying only Ken’s TS50 and my IC-7000 with two vertical wire antennae, sleeping bags, limited clothing and toiletry. At Paul’s request, no aerosol-based insect repellant was packed to avoid affecting the smell of Snook and Eiger, the two dogs he would bring along in this trip. Since Finger Hill Is. is situated at 160 km N-NE of Nain, we decided to reach it from Nain by helicopter rather than using a large vessel, because of its reliable availability and fast deployment, avoiding thus long navigation and potential hazardous landing on its rocky shores. Travel to Paul Is. was far less demanding, since the island lied just a few kilometers from Nain.
Ken and I met in Halifax on July 28 and next morning flew to Goose Bay where we anguished for five long days waiting a lift to Nain. Despite the generally nice weather in Goose Bay, low ceiling along the northern coast led to all flights up north being cancelled day after day. Finally, at noon on August 4 we boarded a twin Otter that was scheduled to take us to Nain after making short stops at no less than five settlements on the way. Nain is home to about 1,200 people and part of Nunatsiavut, the Inuit territory of Labrador. We arrived around 3 pm and were welcomed by Paul, who told us that we will fly out to Finger Hill Is. in a couple of hours. After lingering for almost an entire week, we were moving fast in high gear!
Paul began setting up the tents and anti-bear fence while Ken and I started to work on raising the antennae and getting the rigs ready. We had two operation tents 30-40 m apart with Paul’s tent in between. Unfortunately, the tests showed that the TS-50 was affected by radio interference and we will not be able to operate two stations simultaneously as initially planned. We decided that I would operate 30 m CW while Ken will rest and be ready for 20 m SSB in the morning.
With only one station on the air, the pressure mounted. It only took a few calls to be faced with a large pile-up, which continued all night long. The most rewarding moment on 30 m was when the VK and ZL stations came in around the very short expected time window. In early morning I switched to 20 m CW to give the stations from JA and far-east Asia a chance. A few EU operators ignored at first my directional calls, but after the JAs picked up they cooperated and QRXed.
VO2A tent on Paul Is at sunset
Next day was our last on Finger Hill Is. The weather changed suddenly with heavy grey clouds pilling up. Mosquitoes were completely merciless. The helicopter was called in and we began taking everything down. Despite relatively lower ceiling on the way back, the scenery was breathtaking. Landing in Nain was very smooth, but once outside of the helicopter we realized how cold and windy it was, probably only a few degrees above the freezing point with the windshield effect.
Ken has the first QSO from Paul Is on 20m SSB
We were quite worried that Ken’s return to England could be seriously hampered if the weather changed abruptly and thus decided to not take any chances. The plan was to have Ken off Paul Is. the next morning in hope that he can catch a flight out of Nain right away. Thus, we decided to have only one operation tent, located about 20 m from the rocky shore.
Once this tent and the antenna were up, we were ready to go and Ken launched the first CQ on 20 m SSB. After a short contact, he noticed that his rig’s power dropped to 5 W and we both question whether the battery was well charged, replacing it in the end. With new battery in he made another QSO after which his TS-50 went silent. It was fast obvious that there was nothing we could do to revive it, and so had it replaced with my IC-7000. Ken got used right away with the foot paddle that my friend George Kennedy (VE3GHK) built for me to free hands for writing and tuning, and began working the pile-up.
We took turns at the microphone and the log increased steadily. At night fall I moved to 30 m CW and later to 40 m CW, where I logged a couple of ZL stations. After a good run the bands went silent and following many unanswered CQs I decided to take a rest. Early morning would bring the first VK station logged on 20 m CW, followed by the usual series of JA and far-east Asian stations. EU stations cooperated promptly, thus preventing the loss of time.
Ken’s departure was emotional for me. We had been through so many ups and downs together and I felt that he hated leaving me out there, but it was the responsible thing to do and we both knew it. We stood together for a photo then he jumped in the boat and was driven away by Chris, Henry’s son. Not long after that I could hear the twin Otter flying in and out of Nain.
Cezar working JA/AS stations on 20m CW
Chris was the boatman who came to pick Paul and me up and take us to Nain. Unlike during our stay on Finger Hill Is., mosquitoes were not the worst nuisances here but the black flies. In the morning of the third day I woke up with an inflated cheek just below the left eye, which in less than one hour increased to the point of partly covering my view. Back on the mainland Fran and Brian convinced me that this reaction would subside in a few days. Next morning, however, a similar bump occurred below the right eye too as a result of more black fly bites!
My flight out of Nain wasn’t followed by a straight connection to Halifax. Instead, I had to overnight again in Goose Bay. To my surprise, I couldn’t find that night any hotel or bed and breakfast accommodation. This is when Rick (VO2KDS), who knew of our passing through Goose Bay from Brian’s blog and offered his help if in need, came to my rescue. My gratitude to Carl Sonnichsen (VO2KDS) and his wife Laura (VO2YFA) for sharing with me a very enjoyable evening, chatting about VO2A and ham radio in general, and hosting me that night.
We would like to acknowledge the financial support received from IREF, GDXF, ICOM Canada, Chiltern DX Club, GM DX Club, Mediterranean DX Club and Clipperton DX Club, for which we are truly grateful. We also wish to express our appreciation to Paul Fenton and LWNE for their services and contribution towards the success of this expedition.
We would like to thank our top individual donors: JE1DXC, VE3JV, VE7QCR, JF4VXT, JA8MS, and JA1QXY. Also, we are grateful to the following stations for their generous support: EA8AKN, G3RTE, G3SWH, G4AYO, G4VMX, G4VXT, M0ADG, HE9JAT, I4MKN, IK8CNT, 7K3EOP, JA1EY, JA1BPA, JA1SKE, JA1MCU, JM1PXG, JA9IFF, W3AWU, WA3HIC, KB5GL, N5UR, N6JV, N6PYN, WA6GFE, W7AUM, K9AJ, VE3LDT, VE3UW, VE3ZZ, VE7SMP, VE9MY and VE9GLF. Finally, we would like to acknowledge the donations received from CT1BXX, DJ3XG, DJ5AI, G3DQS, G3OAG, G4PTJ, GJ3LFJ, I4EAT, I4GAD, IK4WMA, IT9DAA, IT9YRE, JQ2VVH, JA5IU, JA7DOT, JH8JYV, LA2PA, ON4IZ, ON4XL, PT7WA, S55SL, SM6CVX, W1-7897, AA1ON, KH2AR, WB2YQH, KC3RT, N4AH, W4ABW, W4MOT, W4PGC, W5GAI, KB5RHD, W5RQ, W5ZPA, AB6QM, W6RLL, N6VS, N7RO, K8CW, K9RR, K9YNF and VE1WT.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
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Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Hi Maury, In the lagoon here we are surrounded by high hills and its difficult to send emails so apologies for not sending daily updates. We leave here Saturday morning local time for the Hermits. Its about a 60 hour voyage. Here we are located up on the side of a hill and using the school buildings. We are QRV all bands but last night with first attempt on 160m the violent storm here prevented any QSOs.
QSLs for OC-181 should go to SM6CVX and OC-041 should go to G3KHZ.
4W6R Timor – Leste (2008 Operation)
EP3BN – Iran (2008 Operation)
9N7BN – Nepal (2007 Operation)
TN5SN – Republic Of The Congo
(Current Operation commenting October 2008)
TN5MM – Republic Of The Congo
(Current Operation commencing October 2008)
73 es DX! Bill Moore NC1L, DXCC Manager
The Azores telecommunications agency (ANACOM) released the CU2X callsign to be used in the 2008 CQWW SSB Contest, single op - all bands, by Toni Linden, OH2UA. CU2X follows as another X indicator to the mother station, OH8X, in Northern Finland operated by Marko Holmavuo, OH4JFN in the same category and the second sister station, TC4X, by Pertti Simovaara, OH2PM on 20M. QSL CU2X via OH2BH
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Saturday, October 18, 2008
We have a little modification work to do on the HF multi-band antennas and hope to do that en route before reaching Garove".
73 de Derek, G3KHZ
Friday, October 17, 2008
4 of us have arrived.Unfortunately Luis had a problem with his passport and has returned home.We are very sad about that. Now P29NI will be the call used on both islands.
All the EME equipment has arrived but we are still chasing down the 160m Titanex which we believe is in Kokopo. Hopefully that will be located tomorrow (Sat) morning.
We are staying at the xxxxxxx Resort tonight in Kokopo and still hope to set out on the boat journey at midday local time Saturday.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
7K3EOP; 9A2EU; DF2PY; DJ0QN; I4AVG; I4EAT; I4EWH; IK4GME; IK4WMA; IZ1CRR; IZ4BEZ; EI7BA; G3KMA; G4DJZ; G4IGO; JA (Anonymous); JA1BPA; JA1EY; JA1KEB; JA1SKE; JA3BKP; JA3UCO; JA4UQY; JA7BZU; JA7DHJ/1; JA8MS; JA9GPG; JA9IFF/1; JE2QYZ; JE2VFX; JE3GUG; JE7JIS; JF1SEK; JG1OWV; JG1UKW; JH2IEE; JK1TCV; JL3CRS; JN6RZM; JN7VUJ; JO3AXC; JR0DLU; K5AB; K5PP; K7HC; KV5V; LY2IJ; N0AT; N4BH; N6AJR; N6PYN; N6VR; OK7GU; SM6CMU; SM6CVX; SM7BIC; SP5DRH; SP5XVY; SV1DKR; UA3AB; UA4CC; W1JJ; W1JR; W5FKX; W5IZ; W5OZI; W6OAT; W6OSP; ZL3IX
This marks the team's latest frantic effort to boost the signal from the worst propagation region in the world. You can visit them at http://www.radioarkala.com/
While OH8X will be operated by Marko, OH4JFN, their sister stations CU2A (Azores Islands) and TC4X (Asian Turkey) will be operated by Toni, OH2UA and Pertti, OH2PM respectively while OH0E (Aland Islands) will be manned by Ville, OH2MM and CN2B (Morocco) by Martti, OH2BH.
Their strategies and categories still remain to some extent on the drawing boards.
A series of full-color QSL cards can be obtained as follows:
OH8X via OH2UA
CU2A via OH2BH
TC4X via OH2BH
OH0E via OH2MM
CN2B via OH2BH
The team wish the world's contesters every success in their efforts to contact Arcala Extremes.
Friday, October 10, 2008
Willis Island operation and for most of the time
VU4MY and VU7SJ will be active
We will therefore use frequencies near to the
recommended IOTA calling frequencies:
CW 28.040, 24.920, 21.040, 18.098, 14.040, 10.115 and 3.530MHz.
SSB 28.560, 24.950, 21.260, 18.128, 7.055 and 3.755MHz
Our transmit frequencies will be 1823.5 and 1824.5
(down 2-3 for JA, up 2-3 for others).
Thursday, October 09, 2008
National Institute of Amateur Radio was established with its headquarters in Hyderabad in the year 1983 with the objective of promoting amateur radio activity in the country. Commemorating 25 glorious years of public service to the nation, we would like to celebrate with fellow hams and our members in India and abroad with activities on the band as well as at Hyderabad.
Over the last 25 years, NIAR has been successful in conducting several awareness activities at schools and colleges; organsing Dxpeditions to Andaman and Nicobar Islands & Lakshadweep Islands; training programs for ASOC examination; providing Emergency Communications; operating QSL bureau and liaison with the government of India for implementing policies and programs for development of amateur radio in the country.
The population of radio amateurs since NIAR existence has risen from over 1800 in the year 1983 to over 15000 in this period. Numerous awards and appreciation received by us from several government and non-government agencies in India and abroad speak about the commitment of members in achieving the objectives of the organisation.
The success of Hamfest 2007 and Dxpedition VU7RG/VU7MY held during January 2007 in Lakshadweep Islands was amongst the most challenging events organized ever by NIAR with support of several agencies of Government of India and Lakshadweep Islands administration which added a new dimension of HAM TOURISM to India. Over 1,19,000 contacts made during a short period, proves the skills of amateur radio operators in making successful two-way communication from any remote part of the world even under extreme propagation conditions.
We would like to extend an invitation to you to join us with family and friends for Silver Jubilee celebrations at Hyderabad during 18-20 October, 2008 and also enjoy amateur radio activity from many Indian locations after the event until to November 3, 2008. NIAR will assist its guests in regard of reciprocal licenses or operation permits for VU4 or VU7 activations.
Kindly register your name at the earliest and sign-in your intent at the website http://www.niar.org/sj/form.html where you will find more details about license requirements.
As it requires processing the application forms for each of the interested amateur radio operator for a specific location, we request the interested Hams to submit all the necessary documentation by POST MAIL on or before 15 January 2008 to the address mentioned below.
NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF AMATEUR RADIO
RAJ BHAVAN ROAD
HYDERABAD – 500 082.
We would like you to join us for the silver jubilee celebrations and enjoy your stay in India.
With warm regards,
(S. Suri, VU2MY)
Chairman & CEO, NIAR
My QSL Policy: While in California, I send cards to all contacts and would appreciate a card in return. If you wish a SASE or a green stamp, let me know. I always send at least a SAE to DX locations.
While on the trips listed above, I will print special cards listing the Grid locator and the IOTA and US isl numbers for each island that I am on (or a picture of the ship for MM contacts). Please send a SASE if you are in range of the USPS First Class mail, or a SAE and a green stamp for DX locations. Cards will be mailed out in late October after I return from Hawaii. I will also respond to cards sent via the Bureau"
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
The next SOB flight, SOB VI is scheduled for this Saturday, Oct 11, 2008.
Launch will take place at KV4AC's QTH again at approximately 7AM.
The mission profile is designed to be similar to SOB V but we're using a new, larger balloon and are hoping for a little longer flight and to achieve at least 100,000 ft altitude.
The following SOB VI payload upgrades are in progress:
- a new digital camera taking photos every 30 seconds
- experiments to record temperatures both inside and outside the payload container
- a sensor to detect the 0 G point just after the balloon bursts
- better insulation around the backup radio (last time it froze and stopped working during the flight)
- backup radio battery upgrade (so we can have a "balloon repeater net" to take check-ins during the flight)
Mission Designator - SOB VI
Callsign - VHF - APRS W4SPA-11, UHF CW - W4SPA BEACON
Scheduled Launch Date/Time: Oct 11, 2008 7:00AM
Mission Profile: flight to burst altitude, descend on parachute
Payload: 2 styrofoam boxes; Primary and Backup
Payload (Primary) - GPS, TNC, VHF Radio (APRS every 30 seconds, telemetry every 60 seconds), Digital camera
Payload (Backup) - UHF Radio - CW-ID/RDF signal every 60 seconds, simplex repeater
Frequencies: VHF (APRS) - 144.990 MHz - Note to monitoring stations - PLEASE TURN OFF DIGI'S! - PLEASE DON'T TRANSMIT!
UHF (simplex repeater) - 446.375 141.3 PL tone - wait for net control to call for check-ins
Ground stations comm: 146.84 (-) repeater
Tactical callsigns: Launch site (launch team) LAUNCH
If you're interested in participating in any way, we'd like to hear from you. Please reply to this message and let me know. We need as much help as we can get listening for and tracking the balloon's signals. SOB V went exteremly well in large part because there were so many folks listening in. If the APRS system fails for any reason, this could turn into a very challenging fox-hunt.
We're looking for as many check-ins as we can get via the simplex repeater. We'll start out with local checks while the balloon is ascending. As the radio's footprint increases in size, we'll be concentrating on longer distance stations. Please check-in only after net control calls for check-ins. I will have some "special" QSL cards printed to commerate the event and will QSL all check-ins.
Information for monitoring stations:
We'd really like to maximize the number of stations listening to and tracking (logging) the APRS data on 144.990. Bobby, N4AU is going to configure one of the area digipeaters to relay the balloon's data onto the standard APRS frequency of 144.390 MHz and onto the internet where it will be accessible from FINDU.COM. If you have an APRS station and want to monitor the data on 144.990 (the balloon's frequency) please disable your station's digipeater functions. During the SOB V flight, there were some other stations digipeating our data and as a result sometimes collissions occured resultsing in lost data from the balloon. Also, if you're going to monitor on 144.990 (the balloon's frequency) please don't transmit any APRS packets of your position or APRS messages. My objective is to monitor and log all the APRS and telemetry data directly from the balloon on 144.990 MHz. This data is nesessary in order to evaluate the performance of the flight hardware, the balloon's flight path and is required by many of the national balloon websites as evidence of our flight. There are several web sites that keep track of flight records. Thanks in advance for your cooperation in keeping the frequency open exculsively for the balloon.
Simplex Repeater Operation (sequence of events):
After launch, the launch team and chase teams will verify proper operation of the VHF (APRS and telemetry data) and of the UHF beacon. After a few minutes of ascent, if all is well with the flight hardware, a member of the launch team will make a test call via the UHF simplex repeater to the net controller. Net controller will respond, and once 2-way communication through the repeater is verified, the launch team member will check-in and turn control of the simplex repeater over to the net control station. The SOB VI net control station will be Jim,
N4CIO. Since the simplex repeater will ID every 60 seconds, please keep transmission through it short (20 seconds or less). The net controller will explain repeater operation.
On behalf on the entire SOB Team, I'd like to thank everyone for your assistance and continued support. A special thanks to everyone that provided financial support through bake sale purchases or donations of money or equipment.
Scott Poole, W4SPA
Pic from SOB V mission
l' EX Direttore di Radio Rivista, Prof. Nicola Sanna I0SNY per motivi del tutto sconosciuti, ha ritenuto di non pubblicare il Regolamento dello Strange Radio Event su RR 10/2008. Stupiti da simile comportamento, in quanto lo Strange Radio Event è tra i Diplomi più seguiti del radioantismo italiano basta osservare le classifiche ed i partecipanti ad ogni manifestazione sul nostro sito http://www.strangeradioteam.com , comunichiamo che per evitare una poca partecipazione dovuta alla non visibilità sull'organo ufficiale dell ARI, nei giorni 17 - 18 - 19 Ottobre 2008 saranno on air esclusivamente i call speciali SRT.
Quindi tutti i partecipanti dovranno rispettare il seguente regolamento:
1- Data: 06.00 GMT del 17 Ottobre alle 22.00 GMT del 19 Ottobre 2008.
2- Per ottenere lo Strange Radio Event Certificate è importante collegare 5 differenti S.R.T. Special Calls.
3- Mode: SSB .
4- Premi: 1st European OM; 1st station Outside Europe, 1st S.R.T. Special Call and 1st SWL.
Essi verranno consegnati durante il 6th International DX Convention 2009, che si terrà il prossimo 18 e 19 Aprile a Paestum ( Salerno ),
5- La lista dei nominativi speciali è la seguente:
7S0SRT via SM0IMJ
DZ1SRT via DU1IVT
EG3SRT via EA3GHZ
GB0SRT via M0KCM
PD05SRT via PD5CW
W1SRT via W3IZ
V55SRT via IZ8EDJ
YU05SRT via YT3W
II0SRT via IS0LFZ
IU0SRE via I0YKN
IR1SRT via IZ1GJK
II2SRT via I2JJR
IR3SRT via I5JKI
IU3SRT via IZ3DBA
II5SRT via IZ5BTC
IO5SRT via IK5ZTT
IR6SRT via IZ6GSQ
IU7SRE via IZ7CRW
II8SRE via IZ8GNH
IU8SRE via IK8WEJ
IQ8OM via IZ8EDJ
6- La richiesta del diploma con il relativo log dovrà essere richiesto entro il 30 Novembre 2008 all' Event Manager: Marco De Carlo, IZ7DOK Via degli Orefici 6, 73100 Lecce, Italy. Il costo e' di 10 Euro or 15 $ che dovranno essere inviate all' Event Manager.
7- Per maggiori informazioni: http://www.strangeradioteam.com , email firstname.lastname@example.org
Preghiamo, infine, di diffondere la notizia attraverso siti WEB ed e-mail e scusandoci per l'inconveniente non certo creato da noi porgiamo
Oreste D'Anzilio, IZ8EDJ
Marco De Carlo, IZ7DOK
Vice Presidente SRT & Event Manager
Francesco Giacoia, IZ7AUH
Vice Presidente SRT
Francesco Fazio, IK8WEJ
Vice Presidente SRT