Friday, December 23, 2011

ARRL Diamond DXCC Challenge

2012 is the 75th anniversary of the ARRL’s DXCC Award. The world’s preeminent DXing award continues to be DXCC, so reaching the “Diamond milestone” is an event that we all want to celebrate.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

FW0R Wallis and Futuna Islands

"Hi, exactly one month from now, the FW0R team will start its journey to Wallis and Futuna Islands, with the first stop in Los Angeles for 2 days before taking an airplane to Nadi (Fiji), the closest international airport to Wallis. From there, we will fly to Wallis and expect to start TX around 25th of January 2012. We would like to remind You that the entire trip and stay on the island is paid in full by each of the operators and that any contribution/support will help us to reduce the high logistical costs. We would like to thank all individuals and especially the Foundations and Clubs as well as equipment suppliers that already support us. Our PayPal account is:
Additionally, we plan to be active from Futuna island (IOTA OC-118) with callsign TW0FQSL for both FW0R and TW0F via Laci HA0NARMore info is available on the website 
Vy 73 Season Greetings de Laci HA0NAR"

Unique stamp sheetlet and collection of space postcards

To mark ESA astronaut André Kuipers' PromISSe mission, PostNL composed a unique collection of space postcards and stamp sheetlet in cooperation with the European Space Agency.

Credit: ESA

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

YQ0ANT for the Antarctica Activity Week

YQ0ANT is a Special Event Station to celebrate yearly the Antarctica Activity Week. This station will be operated by YO2LIW from Timisoara/Romania.
2012 A.A.W. will be on 20.02-26.02.2012
World Antarctic Program W.A.P. ( intends to awake the HAM interest about the most spectacular wilderness area on Earth - Antarctica. Visit this site and learn more about this beautiful area- the Blue Continent.
YQ0ANT WAP reference is 223.
QSL info: via YO2LIW

TM0CCAE European Collins Collector Association

The European Collins Collector Association ( C.C.A.E ) is on the air with our new special event call  TM0CCAE on all HF bands and all modes ( SSB, CW, RTTY and Digital Modes ) with four Collins Stations
Operators will be Gerard F6FMT,Andre F4DIA, Henri F6GTC, Jean-Luc F6HOY. Take a look and join us on: or

TC1ACAT special event station

TC1ACAT will be QRV between 24-25 / 12 / 2011

IRESC Turkiye / International Radio Emergency Support Coalition will be hosting a seminar and symposium at Fatih University on December 24 and 25.The first day between 11.30 and 14.00. The subject of the seminars is 'Practical Training in Emergency Communications."

1. On day one of the symposium, between 11.30 and 14.00, there will be practical training over emergency communications.
2. Emergency support communications exercises and processes training course, specifically over nuclear and chemical emergency situtations.
3. A 48 hour communication exercise under the TC1ACAT callsign. There will be a special course for the EMCOMM
This event, organized by Fatih University of Istanbuland ACAT / Association of Emergency and Disaster Medicineis supported and sponsored by the following groups and organizations:
Ministry of Health of the Turkish Republic, IRESC Turkey, UN WHO, University of Gumushane and the Association of Paramedics and TUBITAK.
For more information:

Friday, December 16, 2011

Arcep consults on new rules for amateur radio, satellite

French telecom regulator Arcep is launching a public consultation until 20 January 2012 on on planned changes to the regulatory framework governing the terms of use for frequencies by amateur radio service stations and by the amateur satellite service. LINK

New use for old radio technology in Afghanistan

Soldiers of the Virginia Army National Guard’s 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team are deploying technology in a revolutionary way in Afghanistan using a short wave radio transmitter that can reach almost every radio in Zabul province. LINK

Thursday, December 15, 2011

ESA app for iPhone and iPad

ESA has updated its application for iPhone and iPad. With the launch of the ESA App V2, users can see ESA’s latest satellite imagery from Envisat in near-real time, complementing the latest news and discoveries in space exploration and Earth observation. Making full use of the iPhone and iPad touch features, ESA App V2 puts videos, images, facts and figures, ESA’s Twitter feeds, YouTube links and other information in a convenient mobile package.

FRG 7000 & Winrad


Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Follow astronaut André's mission

ESA astronaut André Kuipers is scheduled for launch to the International Space Station on 21 December. He will stay in touch with the ground not only via Twitter, but also via his own blog, ESA YouTube and Flickr channels.
Everything but the routine directly from space.

Update your bookmarks now:

Twitter: @astro_andre
PromISSe mission blog:
Blog (in Dutch):
ESA’s YouTube channel:
ESA’s Flickr account:

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Youkits HB-1B 4 band QRP CW transceiver

Assembed unit, tested and ready to use.
4 amateur band in one rig, no module needed.
TX covering: 3.5-4MHz, 7.0-7.3MHz, 10.1-10.15MHz, 14.0-14.35MHz
RX covering: 3.2-16Mhz
Step: 10Hz,100Hz,1KHz,100KHz
Output: 12V 4-5W, 13.8V 6-7W
Sidetone: 700Hz
Display: Frequency,mode,voltage,S meter,RIT
IF filter 400Hz - 3KHz

Radio Australia: ways to listen

Find out more about the many ways of listening to our service, on your radio, computer, phone or portable music player.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Third Rock Radio - America’s Space Station!

Welcome to something brand new! It’s THIRD ROCK RADIO, and it’s all about exploration.

On THIRD ROCK, you’ll hear New Rock of all kinds, including a whole galaxy full of new music that seems to go largely unexplored by ordinary radio. Just like a healthy scientific curiosity leads to great discoveries in technology, a good musical curiosity is constantly leading us to great New Rock, which we will immediately share with you!

You will also hear some things that you recognize, of course, but we’re excited about the opportunity to really roll up our sleeves and share great music with you. You can also “like” us on Facebook, and “follow” us on Twitter by clicking the links on the home page.

We have a lot of exciting things to share with you in the coming days, but for now, you’ve landed on the home of great new music and information about NASA itself! This is AMERICA’S SPACE STATION–THIRD ROCK! Welcome!

H2O Water Power Radio

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Radio Stations in the UK - new 23rd edition

A brand new 23nd edition of BDXC's ever popular publication Radio Stations in the United Kingdom has just been published and is now available direct from the club.

This 76-page booklet follows the successful format of previous editions with its comprehensive frequency-by-frequency guide to domestic mediumwave and FM stations in the UK. It covers all BBC, commercial and community radio stations as well as the low power AM and FM stations operating with long-term restricted service licences. For the first time it also includes Digital Radio (DAB) programme services.

Features include:

  • All stations listed by frequency as well as station name
  • Frequencies cross-referenced to show parallel channels
  • Transmitter sites, powers and transmitter polarisation
  • full postal addresses, web address and phone numbers
  • Comprehensive listing of long-term Low Power AM and FM stations at colleges, hospitals, schools, sports venues, prisons and army garrisons
  • Full details of the many new Community Radio stations
  • New Digital Radio multiplex listings
  • Separate section covers RTE and independent stations in Ireland

Radio Stations in the UK aims to be the most accurate and comprehensive guide to British domestic AM and FM radio for the DXer and UK radio enthusiast. Since the last edition two years ago there have been many changes and dozens of new community stations have come on the air.

Anyone planning a holiday or business trip in the UK, or visiting the country would find the guide invaluable in helping to identify the numerous radio stations now on the air. Why not order a second copy to keep in your car?


Saturday, December 10, 2011

Meteor counter for iPhone, iPad

When you go out to watch a meteor shower, bring your iPhone with you. With Meteor Counter, you can easily capture meteor observations with an innovative "piano key" interface. As you tap the keys, Meteor Counter records critical data for each meteor: time, magnitude, latitude, and longitude, along with optional verbal annotations. Afterward, these data are automatically uploaded to NASA researchers for analysis.
Meteor Counter also provides a news feed and event calendar, which are updated by professional scientists to keep you informed of the latest meteor happenings and upcoming showers. It's everything a meteor hound needs to get informed and get involved!

Friday, December 09, 2011

Monday, December 05, 2011

Inside the ISS: Pilot episode 1

Pilot episode 1. Astronaut Mike Massimino speaks with Ron Garan and Mike Fossum aboard the International Space Station, confirming that even though the space shuttle has retired, NASA and the U.S. space program are alive and well.

Friday, December 02, 2011

PB11XMAS Special Event Station

X-MAS QSL: 2009 
"This is a S.E.S. celebrating CHRISTMAS 2011. I will be active from 14-12-2011 till 01-01-2012. The last years i was mainly active on 20mtr. This year i want to try to be active from 10mtr till 40mtr (incl WARC) as well. My last S.E.S. .X-MAS calls were PD09XMAS & PB10XMAS. For a QSL card you can send one to my homecall PB5X direct or by the buro. INFO

I want to wish everybody and their families a MERRY X-MAS & HAPPY AND HEALTHY 2012.
73 PB11XMAS Roberto"

QSL INFO: Roberto zip:4800DD Breda - The Netherlands

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

36th Annual Tampa Bay Hamfest

December 3rd & 4th, 2011, Manatee Civic Center - Palmetto, Florida. The Tampa Bay Hamfest is the largest amateur radio trade show on Florida's west coast. The Manatee Civic Center has numerous amenities including premium meeting facility space, a large exhibit hall, and paved parking. The Manatee Civic Center is in Palmetto, which in located in the south Tampa Bay Area - about halfway between downtown St. Petersburg and downtown Sarasota. INFO HERE

UP20CAD «The 20th Anniversary of Kazakhstan Independence»

Kazakhstan Federation of Radiosports and Radioamateur (KFRR) invites amateur radio operators from all over the world to participate in «The Kazakhstan Activity Days» celebrating the 20th anniversary of The Republic of Kazakhstan Independence and for the purpose of achieving rules of the award «The 20th Anniversary of Kazakhstan Independence».
Activity Days last till December 31st, 2011 and start at 18:00 UTC on November, 30th, 2011.
Two-way contacts are submitted on all amateur bands and all modes. During that period it is possible to achieve rules of the award «The 20th Anniversary of Kazakhstan Independence».
Award rules HERE


A640 UAE National Day

Special Callsing For 40 Years Of UAE. QSL direct only to EA5ZD
(info to be verified)

Would you buy a one-way ticket to Mars ?

Eminent physicist Paul Davies has a proposal for you: a one-way ticket to the Red Planet. Very interesting article on Wired magazine but at the end he says: "I’m very happy with my life here on Earth." READ HERE

NASA jobs

NASA, the world's leader in space and aeronautics is always seeking outstanding scientists, engineers, and other talented professionals to carry forward the great discovery process that its mission demands. Creativity. Ambition. Teamwork. A sense of daring. And a probing mind. That's what it takes to join NASA, one of the best places to work in the Federal Government.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has a need for Astronaut Candidates to support the International Space Station (ISS) Program and future deep space exploration activities.

Active duty military personnel are eligible to apply for this position. In addition to applying through USAJobs, active duty military personnel must also submit their application through their respective military service.

7Z7AA video

Starting with the first QSO's from the Jabal Al Lith island the operator are HZ1MD, 7Z1SJ, 7Z1CQ and HZ1BW are showing

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Send holiday greetings to the ISS crew

Seasons Tweetings! Send holiday greetings to the International Space Station crew:

Hand-drawn SETI-ficate

The SETI Institute presents:
the new, unique, hand-drawn SETI-ficate!

Have your year-end dollars do double duty this holiday season. Make a contribution to science AND send a unique and impactful gift. Help us raise $50,000 by the end of the year to help SETI Institute scientists continue the search! When you make a donation to help us reach our goal, you will receive a uniquely numbered copy of this 2011 limited edition "SETI-ficate" customized to give, keep, or pay tribute to someone special.

Holbox Island NA-045

Three hours northwest of the frenetic haze of Cancun's Hotel Strip floats a tiny island that is a sanctuary to Whale Sharks and pink flamingos. Lost in the quiet, tropical bliss of the Caribbean Sea, Holbox Island has been a natural refuge for both animals and humans for centuries.... READ MORE

Isla Holbox in June, 2008 credit Dr Marin Wikipedia

CE4A: a quick overview

"In the following I would like to give you a quick overview of the CE4A operation from Pupuya Is., SA-095. The delay in providing this info was due to the time necessary to recover the fatigue, to undertake a thorough cleaning of the equipment and clothing, to get up to speed on my business activities, return back home, and overcome the loss of my father-in-law last Friday – which obviously affects the entire family, but especially my wife...." READ MORE

Monday, November 28, 2011

Eton Scorpion AM/FM/NOAA (crank)

Digital AM/FM radio
NOAA weather band
Built-in LED flashlight
Large solar panel
Crank powered
USB cell phone charger (compatible with iPhone® 4)
Audio line input (AUX)
Aluminum carabiner
Digital clock
IPX-4 splash proof from all angles
Rugged exterior skin
Battery charge indicator
Bottle opener
No batteries required
DC power (6V)


Ten-Tec Universal BFO Kit

Got an old (or very new) AM only shortwave radio with no CW-SSB capability? If you want to enjoy casual CW-SSB reception, this varactor-tuned 455 kHz oscillator may be built into larger receivers or else mounted in its own case and placed near your portable SWL radio. The on board tuning control compensates for alignment variations from one receiver to another in addition to permitting fine-tuning of SSB/CW signals. Operates on 6 to 15 VDC. link

NASA Spinoffs Benefit All of Us (Including Santa!)

Elf 6409EF from Sony Pictures new film, "Arthur Christmas," cites how spinoffs of NASA-developed space technologies are making our lives better here on Earth.

Friday, November 25, 2011


JA9APS will be QRV from Palau from 17 Feb. to 21 Feb. 2012.

ESA Bulletin 148 (November 2011)

A fully assembled and operational International Space Station is waiting for ESA astronaut André Kuipers this Christmas. Read about his PromISSe mission, and other stories, in the Bulletin.

Credits: ESA

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Hypnotize them to put up your mast

Amateur radio enthusiast Michael Butler, of Green Meadow, Cefn Cribwr, (GW0MNP) applied to the council’s planning department to put up a 6.5m mast in his garden with a three-pronged, 8m (26ft) aerial on top.

He already has three existing masts in the garden behind his property.

But the radio ham’s latest bid sent shock waves through Cefn Cribwr, with neighbours claiming the fourth mast would be an eyesore and could distract and endanger drivers on a busy, nearby main road....

TM100SP 100th anniversary of AMUNDSEN's journey

TM100SP (like South Pole) is a Special Event Station to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Roald AMUNDSEN journey to become the 1st explorer to reach the South Pole. It was December 14, 1911.

Activity will be during December 2011, mostly in phone from Qth of Mâcon in the east part of France.
Special commemorative QSL is OK via F8DVD either via buro or direct with SEA + 2 USD or 1 IRC. 

20th Anniversary of the Ukrainian Amateur Radio League

These stations will be active in honor of the 20th anniversary of the UARL (1-30 December 2011.)


UARL website

EM1000USK "Sophia of Kiev-1000 years"

Hagia Sophia (St. Sophia Cathedral) was built in the XI century in the city center on the order of Yaroslav the Wise. At the turn of the XVII-XVIII centuries was apparently rebuilt in the Ukrainian Baroque style. Inside the cathedral, numerous ancient frescoes and mosaics, including the famous mosaic of the Virgin Orans.

Saint Sophia Cathedral was the first entered in the UNESCO World Heritage Site, an architectural monument in Ukraine.
In honor of St. Sophia The Millennium of 20 November 2011 to January 31, 2012 in broadcast radio will work EM1000USK.
The work will be conducted on all shortwave bands SSB, CW and DIGI.
Held for communication with EM1000USK will be issued a commemorative award electronic
"Sophia of Kiev-1000 years."
To get enough to send a request to the email address of the award in any form with information about the radio.
All correspondents will be sent to radio communications conducted by a special QSL card via bureau.
Graduation and QSL Manager memorial stations - UT8UF Vitali

Shortwave Radio Index

Be sure to also check out their Beginner’s guide to shortwave radio listening

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

V31WU & V31DV

Travis and Kjerstin are planning a trip to Belize in summer 2012. Direct or bureau QSLs go via home call: AF6WU. For direct via postcard, US stations send one US stamp; international send $1 USD or 1 IRC. For direct via envelope, US stations send $1; international send $2 USD or 1 IRC. Don't send him an envelope. The card is large, 4" x 5.25", so it won't fit in a standard envelope.

Talk about the code breakers of World War II

CODE breaking, an army of secret listeners and agents working behind enemy lines all formed part of a talk given to members of Epworth Men’s Society at their November meeting. READ MORE

Radio Days Are Back

The newest trend in American communication isn't another smartphone from Apple or Google but one of the elder statesmen of communication: Ham radio licenses are at an all time high, with over 700,000 licenses in the United States, according to the Federal Communications Commission.

AN2VGC Special call

This special event call will be used in 2012 to celebrate the city of Vitoria-Gasteiz to have been appointed  European Green Capital 2012

Friday, November 18, 2011

CE4A news

November 18, 2011
I am flying tonight from Kingston (Nov 19 at 0:56 UTC), arriving in Santiago tomorrow lunch time (15 UTC). I will be meeting with the CE team at the Radioclub de Chile. After the equipment, camping gear and food provisions will be checked one more time, everything will be loaded into the rented pickup truck and we'll drive south-west, towards the shore, where we will stay for the night. Landing on Pupuya will be attempted on Sunday morning, and I will be joined in this attempt by Christian.
Please note the following:
- There will be no SAT phone or email communication between the island and mainland. We will use VHF radios in case of emergency.
- Refrain from posting band/mode requests on the DX cluster, since I will not have access to them.
- In case of significant developments, updates will be posted on this website.

Cezar, VE3LYC

Thursday, November 17, 2011

My SETI@home

Hi-Res Global Topographic Map of Moon

The science team that oversees the imaging system on board NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has released the highest resolution near-global topographic map of the moon ever created. Read more HERE

Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center/DLR/ASU

Steve Wozniak and ham radios

"Wozniak told the crowd of over 200 about his first intrigue with simple ham radios as a young boy back in what he called “the days of tubes,” all the way up until using small, budget micro-processors that would become the first Apple I computer." Read more here