DXCC Country/Entity Report | Southgate Amateur Radio News

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DXCC Country/Entity Report

According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 22nd February, through Sunday, 1st March there were 228 countries active.

Countries available:

3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5R, 5T, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9X, 9Y,

A2, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C2, C3, C5, C6, C9, CE, CE0Y, CE0Z, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, DL, DU, E4, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EP, ER, ES, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FS, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J6, J7, JA, JT, JW, JX, JY,

K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KH8, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PJ5, PJ7, PY, PY0F, PZ, S2, S5, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T2, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TI9, TJ, TK, TR, TT, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR,

V2, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9L, VP2E, VP5, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XW, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, Z8, ZA, ZB, ZD7, ZD8, ZF, ZL, ZP, ZS

PLEASE NOTE: The report “could” contain “Pirate/SLIM” operations or more likely a “BUSTED CALLSIGN”. As always, you never know – “Work First Worry Later” (WFWL).

OPDX

via DXCC Country/Entity Report | Southgate Amateur Radio News.

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Here’s the latest compilation of countries/entities covered by the current DXCC Report.  During the period of 22 February 2015 and 01 March 2015, there were 228 active countries/entities that could be used for the DXCC Award.  Happy hunting!

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IOTA news from OPDX | Southgate Amateur Radio News

Page last updated on: Monday, March 2, 2015

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IOTA News from OPDX

2 March, 2015

Island activities:

AF-072. Paolo, C91PM, is now active as C91PM/p from Bazaruto Island until March 3rd. Activity will be on the HF bands. QSL via LoTW or eQSL.

AS-118. Members of the Kuwait Amateur Radio Society will once again

be active as 9K2F from Failaka Island between March 11-16th.

Activity will be on the HF bands. QSL via 9K2HN, direct, by the Bureau, LoTW or ClubLogs OQRS.

EU-038. Marcel, PD5MVH, will be active as PD38EU from Ameland Island

between now and March 14th. Activity will include the ARRL International DX SSB Contest (March 7-8th). QSL via PD5MVH, direct or by the Bureau.

EU-081. Emil, DL8JJ, will be active as F/DL8JJ/P from Saint Marcouf

Island between June 5-11th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via LZ1JZ. For more details and updates, visit:

http://www.dl8jj.darc.de

NA-079. Mike, WA0SPG, who will be on his first DXpedition, will be

active as WA0SPG/4 from the Dry Tortugas between May 4-6th.

Activity will be on the HF bands using CW and SSB. Equipment will be a KX3 and a FT-817 into a buddipole vertical dipole near saltwater, Alpha vertical and Loop antenna. Mike will also be on the satellite using 2x FT-817’s for SO-50 and FO-29 (CW/SSB) with both arrow and elk antennas. All power will be by Goal Zero batteries being charged by Solar PV panels. QSL via his home callsign.

NA-079. Arturo, KG4DRP, will be active from the Dry Tortugas (EL84np)

between May 9-10th. Activity will be on QRP with a FT-817ND on 20 meters SSB. QSL via address on QRZ.com.

NA-212. Dan, HR2DMR, is expected to be active from Farallones de

Cosiguina sometime during mid/late July (possibly between 23-28th) and also to include the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th). Activity depends on the Honduran and Nicaraguan Navy officers. He is requesting a special H7 prefix or use the YN9W callsign. Look for more details to be forthcoming.

OC-252. Imam, YB4IR, will be active as YB4IR/7 from Temajo Island

between March 14-18th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters using CW, SSB, and RTTY. Antennas will be a Tribander for the High Bands and a Vertical for Low Bands. QSL via LoTW, ClubLog’s OQRS or via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.

RSGB IOTA website

Check-out the latest IOTA News from the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club

 

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Here’s the latest Islands On The Air (IOTA) report from OPDX and the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club.  There are some excellent DX choices here, ranging from Bazaruto Island (C91PM/p) to the Dry Torgugas (WA0SPG).  Be aware that some of these DXpeditions will end in March, while others are set for the May 2015 time frame.  Good luck!

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History This Week | Southgate Amateur Radio News

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History This Week

A look back at events that made history this week –

compiled by the Summerland Amateur Radio Club of Lismore, NSW

Monday, 2 March, 2015

1223 BC The oldest recorded eclipse occurred on a date on a clay tablet from the ancient city of Ugarit, Syria.

1618 Johannes Kepler formulated his Third Law of Planetary Motion.

1661 The Royal Society, London, England, elected Sir Robert Moray as their first president.

1876 Alexander Graham Bell patented an “Improvement in Telegraphy” (No.174,465) the Telephone.

1891 London-Paris telephone connection opens.

1899 SS “R F Matthews” collided with the lightship; which radioed the lighthouse ashore to get assistance. This was the first time ever a distress call was transmitted by radio from a ship at sea! Sent ‘HELP’ etc.

1977 The first Freon-cooled Cray-1 supercomputer, costing $19,000,000, was shipped to Los Alamos Laboratories.

• Read last week’s ‘History This Week’

• Visit the Summerland Amateur Radio Club’s website

Our thanks to John Alcorn, VK2JWA of the Summerland Amateur Radio Club for this weekly feature.

Visit John’s website

 

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Thanks to John Alcorn (VK2JWA) and the Summerland Amateur Radio Club for this look back into radio-related history.  Always a good and intriguing feature.

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CQ-DATV 21 available for download | Southgate Amateur Radio News

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CQ-DATV 21 available for download

CQ-DATV magazine issue 21 is now available for download from

http://cq-datv.mobi/21.php

DATV News

Editorial

Version 2 DATV DVB-S

Norbreck Rally details

DATV-Express Project – January update report

Phased Antenna Array Design

Omni-directional Antenna a TX 10 GHz, Vertical polarization

ISS SSTV operational

HiDes models comparison update

Write for the CQ-DATV Magazine

Micro Controlled Video Sweeper

Manufacturing a tri-band Dish feed, addendum

Moving on with film making, part 3

http://cq-datv.mobi/21.php

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A truly outstanding publication for Amateur Radio operators investigating Digital Amateur Radio Television (DATV).  I find the antenna articles most intriguing.  This issue also contains a good article on Slow-Scan Television (SSTV) from the International Space Station (ISS).

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The Wanganui Award | Southgate Amateur Radio News

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The Wanganui Award

Wanganui (NZ) has just celebrated the 100th birthday of the Dublin Street Bridge so, it seems fitting to have a promotion of the Wanganui Award which depicts the Old Town Bridge which was replaced in 1970 and is situated only a few kilometres downstream from the Dublin Street Bridge.

The sketch on the Award is by the late Gerald Weeks, a well admired artist and sculptor from Wanganui.

The award measures 220mm x 190mm and is printed in full gloss.

Qualification is very easy, only 8 points required and the Club Call Sign of ZL2JA counts as two points, as does contact with any Wanganui YL.

Contact with ZL2JA is not compulsory. Any mode or any band including repeaters and the National System, with contacts dating from 1st January 1982 from permanent residents of Wanganui. (May be portable)

Branch 48 will be monitoring the Awards net on 3.677MHz for two weeks commencing Tuesday 3rd March 2015.

Several Wanganui stations are active on the Old Timers Club net on 3.870MHz on Monday evenings at 8.30pm.

Anyone is welcome to announce themselves and join in and make contacts with Wanganui stations after the net.

Applications for the Wanganui Award can be made by submitting Log evidence to Ivan Horn. Award Custodian, P.O. Box 7250, Wanganui.

A fee of $5.00 is applicable .

 

Ivan Horn ZL2ATU

Award Custodian

NZART

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Thanks to Ivan Horn (ZL2ATU) and the Southgate Amateur Radio Club for this story.  If you want an unusual and attractive Amateur Radio award from New Zealand, try The Wanganui Award.  The award commemorates the historic Old Town Bridge which was replaced in 1970.  The award sketch was designed by the late Gerald Weeks, a well-known artist and sculptor from Wanganui.  This certificate would look good on the wall of your shack.

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Propagation Report from Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP | Southgate Amateur Radio News

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Propagation Report from

Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP

1 March, 2015

Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP, reports that the expected solar activity will be at very low levels.

None of the visible sunspots is producing strong flares.

If you want to do your own frequency predictions, the expected effective sunspot number for the week will be around 67.

The 20 to 10 m bands will provide lots of DX fun

Please visit the website http://spaceweather.sansa.org.za for further information

South African Radio League

• All propagation reports can be found at:

http://www.southgatearc.org/propagation

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If you need a quick overview of HF propagation, I recommend the propagation report of Hannes Coetzee (ZS6BZP).  While not as detailed as the K7RA report from Tad Cook, Hannes’s report covers the basics.  He also provides a link to the propagation data compiled by the Southgate Amateur Radio Club.

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QSO Today EP 31 Kevin Custer W3KKC | Southgate Amateur Radio News

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QSO Today EP 31 Kevin Custer W3KKC

Beginning at the age of five, when his father could get him inside a Gates broadcast transmitter to change out the bypass capacitors in the final amplifier, to a childhood of radio and audio repair, Kevin Custer, W3KKC, has gone on to make radio his life’s work.

Kevin’s Repeater Builder website has become the go to Internet resource for information on surplus land mobile radios, equipment, and test gear for building and maintaining amateur radio repeaters.

Kevin joins Eric, 4Z1UG, in his QSO Today.

Show Notes: http://www.qsotoday.com/podcasts/w3kcc

Podcast Link: http://goo.gl/VrkU1X

iTunes Store: http://goo.gl/CvLNmV

Stitcher: http://goo.gl/uhf1XZ

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Fascinating “QSO Today” Program (Episode 31) with repeater guru Kevin Custer (W3KKC) and moderator Eric Guth (4Z1UG). Kevin is well-known in the Amateur Radio Community for  his pioneering work in repeaters.  Kevin, who helped his dad repair old tube transmitters, was first licensed at age 6.  Interesting fellow!

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There’s a Place for You in the ARRL International DX Phone Contest, March 7-8

There’s a Place for You in the ARRL International DX Phone Contest, March 7-8

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02/27/2015

Set aside your CW key, and shake those dits and dahs out of your ears. It’s time to get your voice in trim or to program your digital voice keyer. The SSB weekend of the ARRL International DX Contest is Saturday and Sunday, March 7-8 (UTC), and in this major event on the radiosport calendar, the DX will be looking for stations in the US and Canada. There are entry categories for single ops and for multioperator teams as well as a choice of power levels in each category, from QRP to full legal limit. In other words, there’s a place for Big Guns, Little Pistols, and everyone in between. Excitement and enthusiasm levels will be high, and it’s a terrific opportunity to boost DXCC totals too.

Not only that, but the ARRL International DX Contest events offer great opportunities to expand your knowledge of MF and HF propagation and to tweak your contesting skills. The basic objective is simple: W/VE amateurs work as many DX stations in as many DXCC entities as possible on the 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, and 10 meter bands. Participating DX stations work as many stations as possible on the 48 contiguous US states and Canadian provinces. US and Canadian stations send a signal report and their state or province abbreviation. DX stations send a signal report and their output power.

The action gets under way March 8 at 0000 UTC (Friday, March 7, in US time zones) and continues for the next 48 hours until March 9 at 2359 UTC. By the way, if you’re planning to do this one without any digital voice assistance, keep those lozenges and maybe some hot tea and honey handy. A couple of 2014 participants complained afterward of hoarse throats.

Complete rules and forms are on the ARRL website. E-mail electronic logs (Cabrillo format). Mail paper logs to ARRL DX CW Contest, 225 Main St, Newington, CT 06111. Logs must be received or postmarked no later than 2359 UTC on Tuesday, April 8, 2015.

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Here’s the chance for Canadian and U.S. hams to be on the other side of the DX curtain.  Be sure to participate in teh ARRL International DX Phone Contest, 0000 UTC, 08 March 2015 to 2359 UTC, 09 March 2015.  DX stations will be looking for Amateur Radio stations in the United States and Canada.  This would be a good way to boost your DXCC count and have fun at the same time.  Good luck!

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CW Geek’s Guide now available in print – KB6NU’s Ham Radio Blog

CW Geek’s Guide now available in print

February 27, 2015 by Dan KB6NU.

The paperback version of the CW Geek’s Guide to Having Fun with Morse Code is now available on Amazon and CreateSpace. For some strange reason, my royalty is a bit higher if you buy the book from CreateSpace, even though CreateSpace is an Amazon company.

Creating the book was an interesting exercise, and it turned out to be simpler than I thought. As a result, a print version of my Tech study guide will be available shortly, and when I publish the updated General Class study guide, it will also be available in paperback. Same goes for the Extra Class study guide, which I’ll be updating next year. All of them will have updated covers, designed by Jeff, K1NSS.

The cost of the paperback version is $7.99.

Take a look at these related posts:

Why CW?

CW Geek’s Guide to Having Fun With Morse Code: Getting…

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Dan Romanchik’s (KB6NU) book, “CW Geeks Guide to Having Fun with Morse Code” is now available in print from Amazon and its sister company, CreateSpace. Those familiar with Dan’s “no nonsense” writing style will surely be pleased with his view on Morse Code.  Although Morse Code is no longer required to get an Amateur Radio License in the United States, the popularity of CW is growing and more newly licensed hams are finding out just how fun the mode is once you train your mind to speaking the code’s language.  And, for those pursuing DXCC or other awards, you’ll find much of the rare DX hangs out in the bottom 25 kHz of the HF ham radio bands.  Besides, CW is a lot of fun, whether you’re having a “conversation” with a key or pursuing the high speed code experts with a bug or a computer driven CW program.

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W2LJ’s Blog – QRP – Do More With Less.: Leonard Nimoy – RIP

Friday, February 27, 2015

Leonard Nimoy – RIP

Live long and prosper, Mr. Spock.

Posted by Larry Makoski at 10:12 PM

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A nice, simple statement remembering the late Leonard Nimoy, who portrayed the logical Mr. Spock on the popular “Star Trek” television series and through several films.  As George Takei (Mr. Sulu on Star Trek) told the Associated Press, “We return you now to the stars, Leonard.  You taught us to ‘Live Long and Prosper,’ and you indeed did, friend.”

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