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

Support CE4A IOTA DXpedition

Here is the list of the donors (upd 16 nov 2011). Don't forget to support the DXpedition !

Rudy, DJ3XG
Lutz, DK8UH
Mike, DL5MX
Tony, EA8AKN
Patrick, F-59706
Alain, F6BFH
Victor, G0APV
Roger, G3KMA
Derek, G4SOZ
Daniele, I1-12387
Aldo, I1WAL
Joe, I2YDX
Nino, IK8DDN
Icko, JA1BPA
Eietsu, JA7DOT
Mom, JA8MS
Hiro, JE7JIS
Kazu, JH1QVW
Toshi, JM1PXG
Rick, K6VVA
Doc, K7SO
Mike, K9AJ
Jim, K9PPY
Bob, KD1CT
Fred, N6AWD
Ray, N6VR
Dick, N7RO
Gustav, OE3SGA
Willy, OE3WWB
Michael, OE6IMD
Theo, ON4ATW
Alain, ON4BAV
Ghis, ON4CD
Lucien, ON4XL
Johan, PA3EXX
Eugene, UA9YJO
Pavel, UA0YAY
Luke, VK3HJ
Ken, W1NG
Dave, W5BXX
Charles, W5VFO
Gordon, WB9EEE


XR45EI 45° Aniversario Diario La Estrella de Iquique

45 ANIVERSARIO DIARIO LA ESTRELLA DE IQUIQUE, Special QSL, all bands activities, from 25-nov-2011 to 30-nov-2011, QSL via CE1SZZ, P.O.Box 700, IQUIQUE CHILE

COLEGAS ZONA CE, deberán enviar Tarjeta confirmando contacto y agregando la frase "45 Aniversario Diario La Estrella de Iquique", SE ACEPTARAN SOLO TARJETAS QSL, VIA BURO O VIA DIRECTA, NOT EQSL, NOT LOTW

Organizan y activan:
Radio Club Cavancha de Iquique - CE1RKV
Radio Club Provincial Iquique- CE1IQQ
CE1SZZ - Caupolican Marquez, Director Diario La Estrella de Iquique

Georgia, they need your help! Missing Balloon.

On Sunday, November 6th at 11:54 AM EST, a high altitude weather balloon lifted off from Carrollton, Georgia. At about 1:10 PM, we lost communication with the balloon. The last coordinates showed it at 63,498 feet and 5.4 miles northwest of Union City.

I have created this map to show the balloon’s path, a trajectory prediction for that day, two predicted landing sites, as well as the travel routes of two vehicles that were searching for it.

We would appreciate anyone in and around the area who would be willing to help search for our payload, as well as anyone with suggestions about where to look. If you find it, or have any questions, you can contact Thank you. WEB

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The Perfect "Beginners Receiver"!

  • Tunable over 2 MHz bandwidth anywhere in the 4 to 20 MHz Shortwave Band
  • Clean superheterodyne design with automatic gain control
  • Extremely sensitive front end!

Here's a complete shortwave radio guaranteed to inspire awe in any listener. Imagine tuning in the BBC, Radio Moscow, Radio Baghdad and other services with just a few feet of antenna. This very sensitive (about a microvolt!) receiver is a true superhet design with AGC and plenty of speaker volume. Smooth varactor diode tuning allows you to tune any 2 MHz portion of the 4 to 20 MHz frequency range, and the kit conveniently runs on a 9 volt battery (not included). Add our matching custom case and knob set to give your radio a finished, polished look. Amaze yourself and others - see how you can listen to the world on a receiver you built in an evening. Drives any speaker or earphone. Included case measures 5"W x 1 1/2"H x 5 1/4"D.

VE3FRST Special Event Call Sign

VE3FRST will operate 1 November - 30 November, 2011. 
QSL info: Direct with a # 10 SAE, "greenstamps" or new stamped IRC (no "touching fingers" !).
(U.S. operators: United States stamps on an enclosed SAE # 10 envelope will not be accepted by Canada Post. If you wish to use postage stamps instead of "greenstamps" place them loose in the envelope.
I can use them for my own SASE for U.S. contacts. Thanks!)
Direct: Michael Bell, 221A Richmond St, (Sandhurst) RR 1, Bath, ON K0H 1G0, CANADA
USA: 1 greenstamp / IRC; ALL other international: two (2) greenstamps / one (1) IRC
Bureau (via manager: VE3NOO) - E-QSL : VE3FRST is registered (AG).


425 toolbar: new widgets

Here are the new widgets for the 425 toolbar.

toolbars have been installed so far !
Powered by Conduit

QSL via the cloud

Welcome to "myQSL Service".
This system will allow you to download the "myQSL Card Creator" program (see the link above) and let you create Pdf versions of your QSL cards. It then lets you send those cards to the receiving ham via "The Cloud", where they can be picked up for FREE.
If the receiving ham has registered (for FREE) on The Cloud, the system will send them an email notification telling them that they have a Qsl card waiting for them to download to their computer. There is never a charge for the receiver to download a card. They can then later print it out on their own color printer and use it as any other card that you might have mailed to them. The only charge for the service is a small $4.95 annual fee to renew the license for the "myQSL Card Creator" program. The system is "SECURE" as you can see by the "S" after the http url address above. That means that no one can tamper with the card between the time it leaves the local computer where it was created and when it finally arrives at the destination computer.
Enjoy exchanging secure Qsl cards with other hams, ... almost for FREE.
Les W4SCO, SCO, Inc. Software, Copyright 2011 SCO Inc.

NOTE from the author: my QSL has been created with "myQSL card creator" program as PDF file, ready to be sent to the station I QSOed with.

My free online magazines status

  TITLE                  VIEWS
Antarctic news          57
HUBBLE weekly           11
iM@gazine               13
g@me$ daily              6
Earthquakes daily       11
Monitoring news         64
SATs news               17
Pacific Islands weekly   7
NASA summary             5
ShortWave digest        28

You can read them all here


"I will be back in Zimbabwe for two weeks or so as from mid November. I will be active in as many bands and modes as possible, but I would like to put a special effort this year on the Magic Band, so listen for Zimbabwe on 6m and I will do my best to hear you. Drop me a line if you have any special request. I can't promise anything, but I will certainly try within my possibilities. 73 to all, and CU on the air! Antonio, Z24EA (DL4EA, EA4KT)"

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

NASA is accepting applications for future astronauts!

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.

Iridium Extreme Satellite Phone

Iridium has now launched its latest Satellite Phone the Iridium Extreme and this handset offers a selection of new features that will be vital for certain satellite phone users. The extreme has a rubberized casing and has been designed to fit perfectly in your hand with a tapered grip. The extreme looks like a phone that could handle being dropped numerous times without any impact on the aesthetics or performance. Read more HERE

ETON Satellite 750 review

ETON Satellite 750 AM/FM-Stereo/Shortwave/Aircraft Band Radio with SSB (Single Side Band), Black Review

"I finally took the plunge and had to find out for myself about this nice looking radio. People complained about SSB reception and the Filters. I was glad I made the decision to purchase this radio as my radio has none of these issues with a serial number in the 1400's! A QSO was going on this morning on 3872.00. I turned on my Yaesu HF rig to verify the this was exactly 3872.00 LSB..." continue here

Monday, November 14, 2011


On the occasion of the 16th World Amateur Radio Direction Finding (ARDF) Championship, which is to be held in the Republic of Serbia in 2012, the Serbian Administration authorizes a number of Serbian amateur stations to use the special call signs YT16ARDF, YU16ARDF, YT16IARU, YU16IARU from 1 September 2011 to 20 September 2012.

source: ITU Operational Bulletin

3B8GY & 3B9GY

It seems Slavo SP2JMB will be active again from 3B8 and 3B9 using the callsigns 3B8GY and 3B9GY. The QSL card is from his 2008 activity in Mauritius is.

ZX50CRASC special call

ZX50CRASC is a special call for celebrating the 50th birthday of São Carlos Amateur Radio Club - CRASC
Normal callsign is PY2CA.

ZX50CRASC é um indicativo especial para celebrar o 50. aniversário do Clube dos Radioamadores de São Carlos - CRASC, da cidade de São Carlos (SP)
O indicativo do CRASC é PY2CA

DR950RZ Special Call

Special Call Sign from 01.01.2012 to 31.12.2012 to celebrate 950 years anniversary of Ratzeburg. Anno domini 1062 - 2012. QSL via DARC DOK E39. Direct QSL write to: DL5HAQ, Harald Ewert, Silberberg 9, 23911 Salem, GERMANY


DroidRTTY is an application to decode and encode Ham Radio RTTY with the build in microphone/speaker or wired to your radio. A waterfall shows the frequency spectrum of 100Hz to 2000Hz. Just slide the waterfall slide on a RTTY carrier frequency and DroidRTTY will decode the signal. In transmitting mode characters can be entered trough the keyboard. 9 Macros are also available to store standard texts like “name and qth” and “station info” DroidRTTY also now includes a logbook. Callsign, Name RST etc can be easily tranfered into the lookbook from the receiving screen. The logbook also includes ADIF export and import to transfer your logbook data to a PC based logging software. LINK

Friday, November 11, 2011

ICOM IC-PCR1500 receiver for sale

"Looking to get active on HF so I need to sell my receiver so I can get a tranceiver. I have an Icom ic-pcr1500 receiver, it's in as new condition from a non smoking shack. I've listened in on all HF bands recently with a 150' long wire and the receiver sounds great. It replaced a pcr-1000 that I had before I was licensed but now that I am it's time to talk. I have the original USB cable and power supply, the firmware has been upgraded to the latest version and I have a CD copy of the latest software as well as the original disc, manual and box. The only thing I don't have is the original telescopic antenna, it's around here somewhere I just never used it so if I find it it's yours, if not I'll send along a BNC connector. I paid $850 for it new, looking to get $600. Paypal is my preffered method, however I'm open to others.
I would consider a trade deal if you have any of these rigs or something very similar: TS-2000SAT, FT-847, IC-746pro, IC-7200, IC-7000, IC-706mkIIG. VE7MHW"


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