Monday, March 21, 2016

A new toy has arrived here at the radio ranch!

Will this is an interesting new day here on the radio ranch in western NC. My new Uniden BCD436HP has arrived and I've given it a brief tour before I start digging in. Got the Sentinel software installed, firmware and database updated, and the basic settings updated.
 
Now it is time to dig into what is being loaded from RadioRef (I can see that needs a lot of work as usual) and set up some other local stuff. Will spend some extra time learning the insides for sure as this beauty does a lot.
 
Thinking about swapping the 4gb for a 32gb, might as well give it max smoke. Also needs to see if I can knock down some of the stuff in that RRR db that I will never use here in the east (i.e. no Canada, west coast etc).
 
Many thanks to Fred and the gang at Universal Radio for their usual fast, prompt and courteous service. Everything arrival well packed and safe. If you are looking for a great American company to purchase your radio equipment from, do what we do, buy from the pros from Universal.
 
So blog reader, hope you will follow me on this new adventure scanner adventure. I will be posting lots freqs as I go along and you may find a few here that you can use.
 
More soon. El Jefe (aka The Chief)
 
 
 

Saturday, February 13, 2016

FAA to Begin Decommissioning VORs This Year

 
As part of the NextGen initiative to adopt a Performance Based Navigation (PBN) airway structure supported by GPS, the FAA is moving forward with plans to decommission approximately 30% of currently operating domestic VORs over the next 10 years.
 
The VORs left behind will constitute a minimum operational networkintended to support conventional navigation in the event of a GPS outage, while not tying up resources maintaining unnecessary and underused VORs.
 
The decommission process will take place in two phases, with the first phase lasting from 2016 to 2020, and the second phase lasting from 2021 to 2025.
 
Although the FAA has not released specific dates for when each VOR will be decommissioned, they have provided a list of the first 35 VORs that have been approved for decommissioning, and in what phase of the project each will be removed.
That list is available in pdf format here 
 
For instance, our local HRS VORTAC in Young Harris is slated to be decommissioned in Phase 2. That particular VORTAC surprises me.
 
The removal of these VORs will have a large effect on the domestic airway structure and instrument procedures at many airports.
 
And if I may be allowed a bit of editorial license, staking our entire aero nav structure on a space based system given the current international environment we live in is just plain, well -- stupid.
 
Both China and the Russia have and are working on anti-satellite weapons aka satellite killers. While we may have a lot of GPS sats in orbit, start taking them out and the GPS system will be degraded. At what point would DoD turn off the civilian side and leave all those users out in a lurch. In today's environment I would not be comfortable with that thought.
 
 

Thursday, January 21, 2016

2016 Teak Air Show Guide Now Available

Every year, from March through November, millions of people hit the road to watch the excitement and thrills as military and civilian flight demonstration teams put their high performance aircraft through the paces to entertain the crowds and perform at air shows all over the world. Anyone who has attended one of these events will tell you it is thrilling to watch the close quarter flying of the Blue Angels delta formation or the hair-splitting maneuvers of the Thunderbird opposing solos.
 
While attending the show and enjoying the sights and sounds is an exciting experience that is only half the fun. You can add another whole dimension to that visual experience by monitoring the performing teams’ radio communications.
 
With a radio scanner in hand you will experience a whole new perspective of the show that few of the attendees will ever experience – pilot audio from the aircraft cockpit. While everyone else at the air show is just watching and listening to the public address system narrator, you’ll be able to hear what’s happening inside the cockpit, up in the tower and on the ground with the hundreds of players that keep these screaming, state of-the-art air machines thundering through the skies.
 
But you can’t tell the players without a program, and to indulge in the craft of monitoring the air show experience you need a current and well researched list of frequencies that the various performers may use during their performances.
 
In our new expanded 2016 Teak Air Show Guide e-Book, former Monitoring Times Editor and Milcom columnist Larry Van Horn - N5FPW, delivers the hundreds of frequencies you’ll need to monitor the action if you’re within receiving distance of any air show in 2016.
 
From the Blue Angels and Thunderbirds, military parachute and search and rescue demonstration teams, to a wide variety of other military and civilian demonstration teams from the U.S. and abroad, Larry has updated the list of frequencies each unit has used. Now you can bring the excitement you see at the show to your ears. Listening to the nonstop action at the air show on dozens of radio frequencies is part of the real fun of being there.
 
But wait, there’s more! Larry also tells you which scanners work best at the air shows, what features you’ll need and which models can cover the military as well as civilian frequencies used at these events. There is also a chapter on tips for enjoying a great day at the air show.
 
You will also get frequency lists for other possible frequencies that may be used at the air show including GMRS, Family Radio Service (FRS), DoD Intra-Squad Radio frequencies, and even Civil Air Patrol VHF/UHF frequencies and updated call signs. We also include in this eBook an up-to-date air show Internet resource guide and new frequencies/ listings for overseas military and civilian aeronautical demonstrations teams.
 
Finally you will get the latest air show schedules for the Navy Blue Angels, Air Force Thunderbirds, Canadian Forces Snowbirds, and the Army Golden Knight Parachute Teams. We include with each show location, the Internet link for each show, and the latest aero frequencies for each facility hosting a show, when known. This schedule information only covers the United States and Canada.
 
This is the 17th edition of this popular frequency monitoring guide published by the author. The first fourteen editions appeared annually each March in the pages of the former Monitoring Times magazine and were one of the most popular features carried in the magazine. This edition of the Teak Air Show Guide is now weighs-in at 197 pages and it is the most comprehensive collection of air show information and frequencies ever published for the radio listening hobbyist.
 
The 2016 Teak Air Show Guide is now available for purchase worldwide from Amazon.com at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01AVLCGU4. The price for this third e-Book edition is still only US$3.99. Since this book is being released internationally, Amazon customers in the United Kingdom, Germany, France Spain, Italy, Japan, India, Canada, Brazil, Mexico and Australia can order this e-Book from Amazon websites directly servicing these countries. All other countries can use the regular Amazon.com website.
 
When the T-Birds, Blue Angels, and all the other precision flight teams are in the air, Larry has all the frequencies you need to hear them on the air in this new e-Book from Teak Publishing!
 
Here are a couple of the 5-Star Amazon reviews on the 2015 Teak Air Show Guide.
 
Totally thrilled to prep with the latest edition By Edward Sikora
Whether you're new to this hobby (as I was 2 years ago) or experienced you need reliable resources of information and frequencies. When I started, I was sure I could find my answers on the internet. I didn't think a book would be very useful or up to date. Five air shows later, I'm totally sold on this book. I'm delighted and excited to have the latest copy to prep for upcoming shows. It's a highly detailed road map to where the good stuff is. I haven't found any other resource that even comes close. What a masterpiece of organization and reliable information. This book provides so many answers where the rest of the internet gives you too little, too late. This book is totally awesome! - KB2OB Ed NJ
 
Air Show scanner GO TO GUIDE By Kevin Burke
Larry has been THE go to guy when it comes to air show frequencies for years, but you need more than just a bunch of numbers to enter into a scanner. No problem if you have this book, Larry tells you what your scanner has to be capable of, in order to open your ears to all there is to hear at an air show
 
Frequency updates, correction and late additions between editions of this e-Book will be posted on his Milcom Monitoring Post blog at http://mt-milcom.blogspot.com/.
 
For a complete list of all the authors books, go to his Amazon authors page at http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00G1QMO4C.
 
You do not even need to own a Kindle reader to read Amazon e-book publications. You can read any Kindle book with Amazon’s free reading apps. There are free Kindle reading apps for the Kindle Cloud Reader, Smartphones (iPhone, iTouch, Android, Windows Phone and Blackberry); computer platforms (Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8 and Mac); Tablets (iPad, Android and Windows 8), and, of course, all of the Kindle family of readers including the Kindle Fire series. A Kindle e-book allows you to buy your book once and read it anywhere. You can find additional details on these apps by checking out this link to the Amazon website at http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&docId=1000493771.
 
For additional information on this and other Teak Publishing radio hobby books, monitor the company sponsored Internet blogs – the Milcom Monitoring Post blog(http://mt-milcom.blogspot.com/), the Btown Monitor Post blog (http://monitor-post.blogspot.com/), and the Shortwave Central blog (http://mt-shortwave.blogspot.com/) for availability of additional e-books that are currently in production.
 
You can learn more about the author by going to his author page on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00G1QMO4C.
 

 

Saturday, December 19, 2015

425 DX News Calendar No. 1285

19 December 2015                                         A.R.I. DX Bulletin

                                   No 1285
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                         Direttore  Responsabile I2VGW

PERIOD           CALL                                                   REF
till  19/12      TO2EE: St. Barthelemy (NA-146)                        1283
till  19/12      TZ9A: Mali                                            1284
till  20/12      CQ790IARU: special callsign (Portugal)                1285
till  20/12      HR9/N9EAW: Roatan Island (NA-057)                     1284
till  20/12      VK100ANZAC: special callsign                          1247
till  20/12      VY0JCW: Baffin Island (NA-047)                        1283
till  22/12      P490IARU: special callsign                            1278
till  23/12      CQ890IARU: special callsign (Azores)                  1285
till  23/12      CQ90IARU: special callsign (Madeira)                  1283
till  23/12      VK2IAY/9: Lord Howe Island (OC-004)                   1284
till  28/12      OF9X: special callsign                                1284
till  28/12      V5/DL3DXX: Namibia                                    1284
till  29/12      V5/DD0VR: Namibia                                     1283
till  30/12      ZY70FEB: special callsign                             1282
till  31/12      4U20B: special callsign (Italy)                       1266
till  31/12      4U70VIC: Vienna International ARC                     1275
till  31/12      9A88AA: special callsign                              1266
till  31/12      9H90IARU: special callsign                            1279
till  31/12      9J2JOCV: special callsign (Zambia)                    1268
till  31/12      AT150ITU: special callsign                            1248
till  31/12      AU90IARU: special callsign                            1281
till  31/12      DJ90IARU: special callsign                            1235
till  31/12      DK65DARC and DL65DARC: special callsigns              1235
till  31/12      DL25UNION: special callsign                           1276
till  31/12      E50A, E50B, E50J, E50K, E50V: South Cooks (OC-013)    1232
till  31/12      E50D: Aitutaki (OC-083), South Cooks                  1232
till  31/12      E50W: Penrhyn (OC-082), North Cooks                   1232
till  31/12      EI150ITU: special callsign                            1239
till  31/12      EI90IARU: special callsign                            1246
till  31/12      EV90IARU: special callsign                            1278
till  31/12      GB5OMU: special callsign (Northern Ireland)           1284
till  31/12      HA45KHW: special callsign                             1254
till  31/12      HB90IARU: special callsign                            1248
till  31/12      HH90IARU: special callsign (Haiti)                    1279
till  31/12      II0IYL, II1IYL, II3IYL, II8IYL: special stations      1285
till  31/12      II90IARU: special callsign                            1267
till  31/12      IY7LE and IY7LE/p: special stations                   1273
till  31/12      JV150ITU: special event station                       1255
till  31/12      LY90IARU: special callsign                            1280
till  31/12      LZ362MT: special callsign                             1235
till  31/12      OH90IARU: special callsign                            1279
till  31/12      ON90IARU: special callsign                            1285
till  31/12      OR90VL: special station                               1256
till  31/12      OU0POLIO: special callsign                            1237
till  31/12      OU25AEI: special callsign                             1238
till  31/12      OZ90IARU: special callsign                            1238
till  31/12      R2015LY: special callsign                             1261
till  31/12      S61 and 9V50: special prefixes (Singapore)            1239
till  31/12      SX90IARU: special callsign                            1283
till  31/12      SX90IARU: special callsign                            1283
till  31/12      UP90IARU: special callsign                            1279
till  31/12      YB90IARU: special callsign                            1280
till  31/12      YO90IARU, YP90IARU, YQ90IARU, YR90IARU: special calls 1238
till  31/12      YOTA (Youngsters On The Air) Month                    1282
till  31/12      YT45 and YU45: special prefixes                       1244
till  04/01 2016 E51WET: Aitutaki (OC-083), South Cook Islands         1284
till  04/01 2016 S508PMC: special callsign                             1284
till  08/01 2016 FR/F5UOW: Reunion Island (AF-016)                     1279
till  09/01 2016 TS4NP: special callsign (Tunisia)                     1285
till  10/01 2016 EA8/IK1PMR and EA8/PA3LEO: Canary Islands (AF-004)    1283
till  13/01 2016 9M2MRS: Penang Island (AS-015)                        1267
till  30/01 2016 J79WTA: Dominica (NA-101)                             1285
till  31/01 2016 XR400AA: special callsign                             1285
till  16/02 2016 H44TM and H44MK: Guadalcanal (OC-047), Solomon Isl    1284
till  29/02 2016 DL1965WH: special event station                       1242
till  05/03 2016 PZ5LP: Suriname                                       1285
till  20/11 2016 II0IEM: special callsign                              1282
till  30/11 2016 FW1JG: Wallis Island (OC-054)                         1247
till  15/12 2016 8T2BH: Antarctic station Bharati                      1282
19/12            VK6NAX/p and VK6AG/p: Garden Island (OC-164)          1285
19/12-20/12      TO90R: Reunion Island (AF-016)                        1260
19/12-21/12      5T0WP: Mauritania                                     1283
19/12-03/01 2016 J68HZ: St. Lucia (NA-108)                             1285
19/12-09/01 2016 E51TLA: Rarotonga (OC-013), South Cook Islands        1285
19/12-11/01 2016 DF8HS: Fehmarn Island (EU-128)                        1285
20/12-20/01 2016 3D2AG/p: Rotuma Island (OC-060)                       1283
22/12-29/12      T88RY: Koror (OC-009), Palau                          1279
22/12-30/12      A25GR: Botswana                                       1283
23/12-02/01 2016 DL1WH/p: Norderney Island (EU-047)                    1285
23/12-10/01 2016 V25LK: Antigua (NA-100)                               1285
24/12-07/01 2016 T8CW: Koror (OC-009), Palau                           1285
25/12-26/12      4X4WFF: Avdat National Park                           1285
25/12-27/12      9M2SI: Indah Island (AS-074)                          1285
26/12            TO90R: Reunion Island (AF-016)                        1260
26/12-28/12      DS2GOO/2: Taeijak Island (AS-090)                     1285
26/12-04/01 2016 JS6RRR, 8N5KCJ/6, JI3DST/6: Miyako Islands (AS-079)   1285
26/12-12/01 2016 6W1/WA3DX, 6W7/WA3DX, 6W6/WA3DX: Senegal              1285
27/12-13/01 2016 YJ4AO: Efate (OC-035), Vanuatu                        1273
29/12-01/01 2016 VK2IAY/3: Phillip Island (OC-136)                     1284
31/12-05/01 2016 ZF2LL: Cayman Islands (NA-016)                        1285
December         6Y90IARU: special callsign                            1283
December         9M90IARU: special callsign                            1283
December         C5WP: The Gambia                                      1283
December         C6ATS: Bahamas tour                                   1278
December         CO90IARU: special callsign                            1285
December         CY0/VA1AXC: Sable Island (NA-063)                     1283
December         DP0GVN: Antarctic station Neumayer III                1275
December         EK90IARU: special callsign                            1283
December         FT4XU: Kerguelen Islands (AF-048)                     1273
December         HB0IARU: special callsign                             1283
December         HD90IARU: special callsign                            1283
December         HP90IARU: special callsign                            1283
December         HS90IARU: special callsign                            1283
December         OD90IARU: special callsign                            1285
December         OH9SCL: Santa Claus Land                              1282
December         OP0LE: Antarctic station Princess Elisabeth           1284
December         SU90IARU: special callsign                            1280
December         TF90IARU: special callsign                            1285
December         TX90IARU: special callsign                            1283
December         V890IARU: special callsign                            1283
December         VK6BP/p: Koolan Island (OC-071)                       1284
December         YL90IARU: special callsign                            1283
December         YW90IARU: special callsign                            1283
December         ZL90IARU: special callsign                            1283
01/01-31/12 2016 GK, MK, 2K: special prefixes (Cornwall)               1285
02/01-10/01 2016 YJ0AFU: Efate (OC-035), Vanuatu                       1285
03/01-08/01 2016 4S7JTO and 4S7NTS: Sri Lanka (AS-003 and AS-171)      1283
04/01-07/01 2016 7P8VR: Lesotho                                        1283
04/01-09/01 2016 E51WET: Rarotonga (OC-013), South Cook Islands        1284
05/01-31/01 2016 6W7SK: Senegal                                        1281
07/01-11/01 2016 ZL9A: Antipodes Islands (OC-286, new one for IOTA)    1284
09/01-16/01 2016 8T5GSM: Sagar Island (AS-153)                         1283
10/01-17/01 2016 VK2IAY/6: possibly Dirk Hartog Island (OC-206)        1284
11/01-26/01 2016 K5P: Palmyra Atoll (OC-085)                           1284
17/01-27/01 2016 VP8STI: South Sandwich Islands (AN-009)               1281
19/01-26/01 2016 PY0F/PP1CZ: Fernando de Noronha (SA-003)              1281
January          C6ATS: Bahamas tour                                   1278
January          CY0/VA1AXC: Sable Island (NA-063)                     1283
January          FT4XU: Kerguelen Islands (AF-048)                     1273
January     2016 OP0LE: Antarctic station Princess Elisabeth           1284
January     2016 VK6BP/p: Koolan Island (OC-071)                       1284
01/02-11/02 2016 VP8SGI: South Georgia Island (AN-007)                 1281
14/02-20/02 2016 VP8IDX: Falkland Islands (SA-002)                     1281
18/02-04/03 2016 3XY1T: Los Islands (AF-051), Guinea                   1278
February         C6ATS: Bahamas tour                                   1278
February    2016 OP0LE: Antarctic station Princess Elisabeth           1284
05/03-21/03      3W2BR: Con Son Island (AS-130)                        1285
16/03-08/04 2016 VK0EK: Heard Island (AN-003)                          1269
31/03-14/04 2016 FT4JA: Juan de Nova (AF-012)                          1277
March       2016 VK5MAV/6 and VK5CE/6: Breaksea Island (OC-243)        1285
dates TBA   2016 Myanmar: AS-182, AS-183, AS-184 (IOTA new ones)       1275

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425 DX Bulletin No. 1285

19 December 2015                                          A.R.I. DX Bulletin
                                   No 1285
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                          Edited by  I1JQJ & IK1ADH
                        Direttore Responsabile  I2VGW

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                    * WARMEST THOUGHTS  AND BEST WISHES *
                    *     FOR  A  WONDERFUL HOLIDAY     *
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3V     - Special callsign TS4NP is being used by the Association  Tunisienne
         des Radio Amateurs (3V8HQ) until 9 January to celebrate  the  Nobel
         Peace Prize 2015, awarded to the  National  Dialoque  Quartet  "for
         its  decisive  contribution  to  the  building  of  a   pluralistic
         democracy in Tunisia in the  wake  of  the  Jasmine  Revolution  of
         2011". QSL via the bureau.
3W     - Bert, DK2BR will be active holiday style  as  3W2BR  from  Con  Son
         Island (AS-130) between 5 and 21 March 2016. He will run  60  watts
         into vertical antennas, and will operate SSB, RTTY and maybe  PSK31
         on 40-10 metres. QSL via DK2BR, direct only. [TNX DK2BR]
4X     - The Holy Land DX Group (4X1VF, 4X4DZ, 4X6HP, 4Z4BS,  4Z4KX,  4Z5FI,
         4Z5IW and 4Z5LA) will be active as 4X4WFF from around 7 UTC  on  25
         December until noon on the 26th. They will operate SSB and CW  with
         two stations from Israel National Park (4XFF-004) and UNESCO  World
         Heritage Site of Avdat. QSL via IK2DUW. [TNX IK2DUW]
5T     - 5T2AI is the callsign issued to Ahmad, 9K2AI,  who  is  working  in
         Mauritania for the next three  years  [425DXN  1269].  The  licence
         expires on 18 August 2018. Ahmad is a 99%  SSB  operator.  QSL  via
         NI5DX. [TNX 5T0JL]
6W     - Earl, WA3DX will be touring Senegal  between  26  December  and  12
         January and will be active holiday style as 6W1/WA3DX  from  Dakar,
         as 6W7/WA3DX from Mbao, as 6W6/WA3DX from Kaolack  and  the  Saloum
         Islands (not IOTA). He will operate mainly  SSB  on  40-10  metres.
         QSL direct to WA3DX. [TNX DX World]
9M2    - A large group from the Kuala Lumpur  DX  Team  will  be  active  as
         9M2SI from Indah Island (AS-074), West Malaysia on 25-27  December.
         They will operate SSB and CW on 40-10 metres. QSL direct to 9M2OOO.
CE     - Special callsign XR400AA will be in use until the  end  of  January
         to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the discovery of Cape  Horn
         (29 January 1616). QSL via XQ4CW. [TNX DX Newsletter]
DL     - Stefan, DF8HS will be active from his second QTH on Fehmarn  Island
         (EU-128) from 19 December to 11 January. QSL via the  bureau.  [TNX
         rsgbiota.org]
DL     - Volker,  DL1WH  will  be  active  holiday  style  as  DL1WH/p  from
         Norderney Island (EU-047) from 23 December to 2  January.  He  will
         operate CW and some SSB on 80-10 metres. QSL via home call,  bureau
         preferred. [TNX The Daily DX]
E5_sc  - Henrik,  OZ6TL  will  be  active  holiday  style  as  E51TLA   from
         Rarotonga (OC-013), South  Cook  Islands  from  19  December  to  9
         January. He will operate CW and  RTTY.  QSL  via  OZ6TL.  [TNX  The
         Daily DX]
G      - From 1 January to 31 December 2016 the  prefixes  GK,  MK,  and  2K
         will indicate a station operating from Cornwall and  the  Isles  of
         Scilly. The Regional Secondary Locator "K" stands for Kernow,  i.e.
         Cornwall in Cornish language, and has been  made  available  for  a
         period of up to  one  year  on  a  temporary  and  optional  basis.
         Information on "The Kernow Award", offered by  the  Poldhu  Amateur
         Radio Club, at http://gb2gm.org/index.php/the-kernow-award.
HL     - Han, DS2GOO will be active again as  DS2GOO/2  from  Taeijak Island
         (AS-090) on 26-28 December. He will operate  CW,  SSB  and  digital
         modes on 80-10 metres. QSL via home call. [TNX HL1VAU]
I      - Promoting the International Year of Light, special  station  II1IYL
         will be active from the Astronomical Observatory of Torino for  the
         last time on 20  Dicember.  All  of  the  QSOs  will  be  confirmed
         automatically via the bureau. Updated information  on  the  IYL2015
         Award programme for working  the  four  special  stations  (II0IYL,
         II1IYL, II3IYL and II8IYL) can be  found at  www.qrz.com/db/II1IYL.
         [TNX IW1FGZ]
J6     - Bill, K9HZ  will be  active again  as J68HZ from St. Lucia (NA-108)
         from 19 December to 3 January. He will operate CW, SSB  and RTTY on
         160-2 metres. QSL via home  call  (direct  only),  LoTW  and  eQSL;
         logsearch on Club Log. [TNX rsgbiota.org]
J7     - Walter, HB9MFM has  been  active  again  as  J79WTA  from  Dominica
         (NA-101) since 28 November, and will remain there until 30  January
         2016. He operates SSB and digital modes on  all  bands,  60  metres
         included. QSL via home call, direct or bureau, and LoTW;  logsearch
         on Club Log.
JA     - Take, JI3DST will be active as from  the  Miyako  Islands  (AS-079)
         from 26 December to 4 January. Callsigns to  be  used  are  JS6RRR,
         8N5KCJ/6 (special callsign to mark  the  40th  anniversary  of  the
         Keymen's Club of Japan) and maybe also  JI3DST/6.  QSL  JS6RRR  and
         JI3DST/6 via  home  call  (bureaau  preferred),  QSL  8N5KCJ/6  via
         bureau, or direct to JO3OMA. [TNX JI3DST]
PZ     - Peter,  PA1LP  is  active  again  as  PZ5LP  from  Nieuw  Nickerie,
         Suriname until 5 March 2016. Activity will be on 80-10  metres  SSB
         and digital modes. QSL direct to PZ5LP at his Suriname address,  or
         (preferred)  through  Pay  Pal   (email    pz5lp[@]amsat.org    for
         information).
T8     - Ryosei, JH0IXE will be active again as T8CW  from  Koror  (OC-009),
         Palau from 24 December to 7 January. He will operate mainly CW  and
         digital modes. QSL via JA0FOX (bureau) or JH0IXE (direct), LoTW  or
         eQSL. [TNX The Daily DX]
V2     - Laci, OM3AG will be active as V25LK from Antigua (NA-100)  from  23
         December to 10 January. He will operate mainly CW on  20,  17,  15,
         12 and 10 metres. QSL via home call,  direct  or  bureau.  [TNX  DX
         World]
VK     - Pavel, VK6NAX will be active again as VK6NAX/p from  Garden  Island
         (OC-164) on 19 December, between 2 and 10 UTC. He will  operate  CW
         on 20 and 15 metres. QSL direct (QSLling instructions on  qrz.com).
         Pavel will be joined by John, VK6AG (QSL direct  or  bureau).  [TNX
         rsgbiota.org]
VK     - Andy, VK5MAV and Craig VK5CE will be active  from  Breaksea  Island
         (OC-243) for 4-6 days in early March 2016.  They  will  be  QRV  as
         VK5MAV/6 (CW) and VK5CE/6 (SSB), and hopefully they  will  be  able
         to run two stations. Donations are gratefully accepted through  Pay
         Pal - see  http://qrz.com/db/VK5MAV/6, where  more  information  is
         expected to be posted in January. This  IOTA  group  was  activated
         only once (by VK6BSI back in January 2001).
VU     - Dani, EA4ATI is now stationed in India for the next two years,  and
         expects to be soon QRV as VU3WDN. QSL via EA4CWN. [TNX EA4CWN]
YJ     - Daniel, VK4AFU will be active as YJ0AFU from  Port  Vila  (OC-035),
         Vanuatu on 2-10 January. He will operate digital modes (JT65,  JT9,
         RTTY and some WSPR), CW and SSB on 160-6 metres. QSL via  NA5U  and
         LoTW. Updates will be posted to qrz.com. [TNX NG3K]
ZF     - Fred, WW4LL will be  active  holiday  style  as  ZF2LL  from  Grand
         Cayman Island (NA-016) from 31  December  to  5  January.  He  will
         operate SSB and RTTY on the HF bands,  with  main  activity  during
         the ARRL RTTY Roundup (2-3 January). QSL via LOTW. [TNX NG3K]

IARU 90 ---> Joining the  celebrations  for  the  90th  anniversary  of  the
International  Amateur Radio Union  are  CO90IARU from Cuba (QSL via W3HNK),
CQ790IARU  from  Portugal  (14-20  December, QSL  via bureau  or  direct  to
CT1REP), CQ890IARU from the Azores (17-23 December, QSL via bureau or direct
to CT1REP), OD90IARU  from Lebanon,  ON90IARU from Belgium  (11-31 December,
QSL  via  bureau  or  direct  to  ON7TK) and  TF90IARU  from   Iceland.  See
http://iaru90.hamlogs.net for free of charge certificates for contacts  made
with jubilee stations from 10 different IARU member countries.

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                         ****  GOOD TO KNOW ... ****
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                          Edited by  I1JQJ & IK1ADH
                        Direttore Responsabile  I2VGW

425 DX NEWS MAGAZINE ---> The November  2015  issue  is  now  available  for
download at www.425dxn.org/monthly/index.html. [TNX IZ3EBA]

CQ WW DX CONTEST PARTICIPANT SURVEY ---> On 2-29  September  the  CQ  WW  DX Contest Committee conducted a survey to gather feedback  from  participants, and 5,117 responses were received from contest operators around  the  world. The first results are now available at http://cqww.com/blog/.

HAMS WITH HEARTS ---> The International DX  Association  has  announced  the
formation  of  a  new  fund  within  INDEXA   that    specifically  supports
humanitarian projects carried  out  by  DXpeditions.  The  generous  initial
contribution  by  Zorro  Miazawa  (JH1AJT)  will  enable  INDEXA   to  begin
humanitarian support grants beginning mid-January of 2016. The tag line  for
this fund is  "Hams  with  Hearts".  To  qualify  for  humanitarian  grants,
DXpeditions must  present  a  clear  plan  for  a  humanitarian  project  to
coincide with their DXpedition. The project must  provide  direct,  physical
benefit to the local population. See www.indexa.org/hamswithaheart.html  for
further information. [TNX W3OA]

IOTA BASH 2016 ---> The  12th  annual  IOTA  Bash  will  be  held  on  26-27
February in Boerne, Texas. The agenda includes presentations  by  Mike  K9AJ
(VP8STI and VP8SGI), David EI9FBB (S79C and  PJ7PK)  and  Mike  AB5EB  (N5M, NA-120). For further  information,  please  contact  Mike  Crownover,  AB5EB
(ab5ebdxer[@]gmail.com).

NPOTA --->  Celebrating  the  100th  anniversary  of  the  creation  of  the
National Park Service, the ARRL National Parks  on  the  Air  (NPOTA)  event
will run from 00.00 UTC on 1 January through 23.59 UTC on 31 December  2016,
with activity promoted and  encouraged  from  each  of  the  more  than  430
official NPS administrative units and affiliated areas across  the  US.  The
program will have two participation  tracks  (Chasers  and  Activators)  and
will  be  administered  entirely  through  LoTW.  Complete  details  on  the
National Parks on the Air event are available on http://www.arrl.org/NPOTA.

QSL YB9AY ---> Cards for YB9AY/7 (Temajo Island, OC-252),  as  well  as  for
Made's home callsigns (YC9AY and YB9AY), can be sent directly to  him:  Made
Sudarsana, Jl. Danau Tamblingan No.126, Sanur,  Denpasar  80228,  Indonesia.
[TNX YB3MM]

RI1FJ  --->  Eugene,  UA4RX  has  been  stationed  at  the    Ernst  Krenkel
Observatory on Heiss Island, Franz Josef Land  since  early  August  [425DXN
1263]. The licence  for  RI1FJ  has  been  duly  renewe  and  expires  on  1
September 2017, but Eugene has not been active  so  far.  All  that  Victor,
UA2FM (RI1FJ's QSL manager) has been able to understand is that  Eugene  "is
alive and well,  he  carries  out  his  duties,  but  he  has  no  technical
possibilities to be QRV". He is expected  to  remain  on  the  island  until
August 2016. [TNX DX World]

TX3X LOTW & QSL CARD STATUS ---> The following update  was provided  by Gene Spinelli, K5GS on 12 December:
- Not in Log and busted call inquires have been researched and answered.  If
  you did not receive a reply to an inquiry  please send  only one e-mail to
  k5gs[@]pdxg.net with the details of the missing QSOs.
- Several "Not in Log" call signs were reported to be  found in the logs  of
  other DXpeditions or a Cuban Special Event station that were active at the
  same time as TX3X.
- The complete log will be uploaded to LoTW in May 2016.
- Individuals  that  donated  to the  project  at any  time - your LoTW  was
  uploaded.
- OQRS  PayPal  requests are  processed daily, please  allow 24-48 hours for
  LoTW upload.
- If you made  a donation  or processed an OQRS using PayPal and are missing
  an LoTW send an e-mail to k5gs[@]pdxg.net. All others, please wait for the
  complete log to be uploaded.
- Direct  cards should  be mailed to Chesterfield Expedition, P.O. Box 1100,
  Kenilworth, CV8 2YT, United Kingdom.  Those who  send direct  cards - your
  LoTW will be  uploaded  when  we enter  the contact  information into  the
  system. QSL requests received with insufficient funds will be sent via the
  bureau.
- We are finalizing the QSL card design and will  send to the printer  by 18
  December. Cards will be mailed from the UK in January.

YF1AR/8 ---> The direct links to Club Log's logsearch and OQRS  for  YF1AR's
recent "Moluccas IOTA Tour" are now up and running  on  www.qrz.com/db/YF1AR
and www.yf1ar.com.

+ SILENT KEY +  Isidro  Gabino  "Gabi"  San  Martin  Hernandez  died  on  11
December in a 9-hour shootout in Afghanistan. He was 48 and  the  father  of
four. Gabi was part of a police contingent guarding the Spanish  Embassy  in
Kabul when a car bomb exploded at the Embassy Guest House gate. The  bombers
then entered the compound, and a gun battle erupted. At least seven  members
of the diplomatic staff were killed. [TNX ARRL]

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QSLs  received  direct  or  through  managers:  3DA0TM,   4U70UN,   6K2CEW/2
(AS-090), A35JP/P (OC-064),  B7/BA4TB  (AS-094),B7/BD7IHN  (AS-129),  BG9QM,
BG9XD, C31CT, C5YK, D8A (AN-016), E41WT,  E51MQT  (OC-014),  EK4IJ,  EM140Y,
EX8VZ, FW5JJ,  GB75BB,  HC8/G8OFQ,  JW2US  (EU-063),  KG4AW,  KG4WV,  KL7NWR
(NA-070), OJ0V, OM2015TITANIC,  OX1B,  P40BC,  PJ6/K4UEE,  R7AL/0  (AS-172),
S79SP, SI9AM, SV5/MW0JZE, SV5/SM8C, T2GC, T41C (NA-093), T46BC,  TI9/RA9USU,
TM73IE (EU-064), TO4GU,  TT8AMO,  UA0ZC/p  (AS-203),  V44KAI,  V47NT,  V6WW,
V73A, VE7ACN/7 (NA-075), VE7DP/7 (NA-181),  VO1/DJ8QP  (NA-198),  VY0/VE1RUS
(NA-008),  XR3MIN,  XR8MIN,  YB4IR/3  (OC-237),  YB4IR/5  (OC-075),  YB4IR/p
(OC-262),  YB8RW  (OC-146),  YB8RW/3  (OC-237,  OC-250),  YB8RW/5  (OC-106),
YB8RW/8 (OC-222), YB8RW/p (OC-208, OC-209, OC-210, OC-236, OC-271,  OC-272),
YB9/KF4EYY (OC-022), YE3IOTA (OC-237), YP0H (EU-191),  Z21MG,  Z38CE,  Z60A,
ZA/YT7DQ, ZD7VC,ZY8P (SA-072).

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      edited by Mauro Pregliasco, I1JQJ and Valeria Pregliasco, IK1ADH

            Its contents may be used, reproduced and distributed
                        in part or full provided that
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          Contributors are invited to send their DX information to
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                      The deadline is 12 UTC on Fridays

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                            Gabriele Villa, I2VGW
               Giornalista Professionista - Tessera n. 071675
                      Ordine Nazionale dei Giornalisti
                                Roma, Italia

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Traditional SAQ Transmission On Christmas Eve


It is now 10 years since our first Christmas Eve transmissions started.
There will be, as earlier, a transmission with the Alexanderson alternator on VLF 17.2 kHz CW from Grimeton Radio/SAQ in the very early morning on Christmas Eve, Thursday, December 24th 2015.
A message will be transmitted at 08:00 UTC. The transmitter will be tuned up from around 07:30 UTC.
There will be no activity on amateur radio frequencies with the call SK6SAQ this time because the radio room is redecorated and cannot be used.

QSL-reports on SAQ transmission are kindly received:
- E-mail to: info@alexander.n.se
- or via: SM bureau
- or direct by mail to: Alexander - Grimeton Veteranradios Vaenner,
  Radiostationen Grimeton 72                      
  SE-432 98 GRIMETON
  S    W    E    D    E    N

Also read our web site: www.alexander.n.se
The radiostation will be open to visitors.

WELCOME!

Yours
SM6NM/Lars

Friday, December 18, 2015

ARLD050 DX news

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ZCZC AE50
QST de W1AW 
DX Bulletin 50  ARLD050
From ARRL Headquarters 
Newington CT  December 17, 2015
To all radio amateurs  

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ARLD050 DX news

This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by QRZ DX, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, The Daily DX, DXNL, Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites. Thanks to all.

ROTUMA ISLAND, 3D2.  Antoine, 3D2AG will be QRV as 3D2AG/p from December 20 to January 20, 2016, using solar power.  Look for him on 80 to 6 meters on CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK31.  QSL via 3D2AG, direct.

ISRAEL, 4X.  Bodo, DF8DX will be active from December 22 to 27 as 4X/DF8DX.  QSL via home call, direct or via bureau.  Also, members of the Holy Land DX Group will activate the call sign 4X4WFF from Avdat, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Negev Desert in southern Israel on December 25 and 26.  Ops include Shalom, 4Z4BS, Mark, 4Z4KX, Ruben, 4Z5FI, Yulik, 4X6HP, Ros, 4Z5LA, Vlad, 4Z5IW, Art, 4X4DZ and Jan, 4X1VF.  The group will have two stations running using CW and SSB.  QSL only via IK2DUW.

BOTSWANA, A2.  Gopan, M0XUU/VU3HPF will be on the air from December 22 to 30, operating holiday style as A25GR on 40, 30, 20, and 17 meters using CW and SSB.  QSL via M0XUU, direct or via the bureau.
    
CHILE, CE.  XR400AA celebrates the 400th anniversary of the discovery of Cape Horn.  Ops Claudio, XQ1FM, Carlos, XQ1CR, Boris, CE1AT, Sergio, CE3WW, Rodrigo, CE4KCA, Danilo, XQ4CW, and Juan, CE1URJ will operate until the end of January, 2016 using CW, SSB, and digital modes.  QSL via XQ4CW.

SOUTH COOK ISLANDS, E5.  Henrik, OZ6TL plans to operate holiday style as E51TLA from December 19 to January 9, 2016.  QSL via OZ6TL, direct or via the bureau.  Hardy, DL7LL will be QRV from December 20 to 28 as E51LLA.  QSL via DL7LL.  Magnus, SM6WET will be active as E51WET until January 9, 2016.  Operations will be on 160 to 6 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and JT65.  QSL via his home call sign.

REUNION ISLAND, FR.  Mario, FR4QT will be active on December 19 and 20 and December 26 with the call TO90R celebrating the 90th anniversary of the REF.  QSL via FR4QT, direct.

SOLOMON ISLANDS, H4.  Tom, WL7HP and his wife Margret, H44MK will be active from Guadalcanal Island (OC-047) until February 16 as H44TM and H44MK, respectively on 40, 20, 17, and 15 meters, using mostly SSB.  They plan to activate other islands as well.  QSL H44TM via WL7HP, direct and H44MK via qrz.com.

DOMINICA, J7.  Walter, HB9MFM is active as J79WTA until January 30, 2016, on HF with a focus on 60 meters.  QSL via HB9MFM, direct or via bureau.  Also, Dave, WJ2O will be active as J7/WJ2O from February 17 to 23, 2016.  Activity will be on 160 to 6 meters, but with a concentration on CW only on 30, 17 and 12 meters.  QSL via N2ZN.

POLAND, SP.  HF2016HNY rings in the new year on the air between December 18 and January 10, 2016.  QSL via bureau, SQ2JK, direct or LoTW.

NAMIBIA, V5.  Dietmar, DL3DXX will be active until December 28 as 5/DL3DXX, mostly on CW and the low bands.  QSL via home call, direct or via bureau.

MAURITIUS, 3B8.  Eric, OE4AAC will be QRV as 3B8HD during February of next year.  He'll be QRV mostly on CW on 40 and 30 meters.  QSL to home call either via the bureau or direct.

FIJI, 3D2.  Udo, DL9HCU is QRV as 3D2HC for the next few weeks.  He usually runs QRP on 30 to 15 meters using CW.  QSL to home call, via the bureau or direct.

PALAU, T8.  Ryosei, JH0IXE will be active as T8CW from December 24 to January 7, 2016.  Activity will be on 160 to 6 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY, JT65 and PSK31.  QSL via JA0FOX by the bureau, JH0IXE direct, LoTW or eQSL.  Also, six JA ops will be QRV from January 7 to 14, 2016.  They are Mike, JA6EGL (T88SM), Hirotaka, JA6KYU (T88HS), Yas, JA6UBY (T88RR), YL Miyoko, JO3LVG (T88MK), Ichy, JH7IPR (T88UW) and Tsuneaki, JI6BFF (T88TK).  Activity will be
holiday style on 160 to 6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY.  QSL via operators' instructions.

ST. KITTS AND NEVIS, V4.  David, K1KA will be active as V47KA from February 2 to 25, 2016.  Activity will be holiday style on the HF bands and 6 meters using CW, SSB, PSK and JT65.  QSL via home call, direct or LoTW.

VANUATU, YJ.  Robert, DL7VOA will be active as YJ4AO from December 27 and January 13, 2016.  Activity will be holiday style mainly on CW during his evening and night hours, maybe some SSB but no digital.  QSL via home call sign, direct or by the bureau.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO.  The Feld Hell Sprint, OK DX RTTY Contest, RAC Winter Contest, Croatian CW Contest and the ARRL Rookie Roundup, CW are all on tap for this weekend.  The Russian 160 Meter Contest and the AGB-Party Contest are on December 18.  The Run for the Bacon QRP Contest is on December 21.  Please see December QST, page 69 and the ARRL and WA7BNM contest web sites for details.
NNNN
/EX

ISS SSTV activity planned for late Dec. 2015

 
The ARISS Russia team is making plans to support a couple of Slow Scan TV (SSTV) events in the next few months on 145.800 MHz FM.
 
The first session is being targeted for Dec 26-27 (subject to change) to celebrate 15 years of ARISS school contacts with the ISS crew.
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The down link mode will be PD120 which should allow for the opportunity to receive more images in a single pass. Watch for updates and additional information as it becomes available.
 
The ISS puts out a strong signal on 145.800 MHz FM and a 2m handheld with a 1/4 wave antenna will be enough to receive it. The FM transmission uses 5 kHz deviation which is standard in much of the world. In IARU Region 1 (British Isles, Europe, Africa) FM equipment is usually set by default to the narrower 2.5 kHz deviation.
Many FM rigs can be switched been wide and narrow deviation FM filters. For best results you should select the filter for wider deviation FM. Handhelds all seem to have a single wide filter fitted as standard.
 
ISS Slow Scan TV hints and links http://amsat-uk.org/beginners/iss-sstv/
 
 
Source: AMSAT-UK
 

Thursday, December 10, 2015

New Winter 2015-2016 International Shortwave Broadcast Guide Now Available


What is shortwave radio and why should you listen to it?

Shortwave listening, or SWLing, is the hobby of listening to shortwave radio broadcasts transmitting on frequencies between 1700 kHz and 30 MHz. These transmissions can propagate thousands of miles and can reach audiences worldwide. For instance, if you live in the United States you can easily hear shortwave broadcast stations from countries like Australia, Canada, China, Cuba, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Iran, Japan, New Zealand, North/South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Vietnam, and many other counties if you have a good shortwave radio receiver, and you know when and where to listen!

Quite simply shortwave radio provides the listener with a window to the world that no other communications medium can provide. The listener will be entertained with unique perspectives to events from around the world that you cannot get from most national media outlets.

Throughout the world, shortwave radio remains the most readily available and affordable means of global communication and information. You'll learn about the lives and concerns of people from all walks of life in over 300 different languages and dialects. Shortwave radio also provides nearly instantaneous coverage of news and events from around the world.

There are even transmissions from the dark side of shortwave radio from broadcasters known as clandestine or clanny stations. Clandestine broadcasters are deceptive and they usually exist to bring about political changes or actions to a particular target country. Programming is essentially propaganda, and may largely be half-truths or sometimes outright lies.

If you want to get into the action then the International Shortwave Broadcast Guide is a must purchase to let you know when and where to listen for broadcast radio stations in the shortwave broadcast spectrum.

The Winter 2015-2016 International Shortwave Broadcast Guide, by Amazon bestselling author Gayle Van Horn, W4GVH, is that all important information resource you need to tap into the worldwide shortwave broadcast radio spectrum.

It is a 24-hour station/frequency guide to “all” the known stations currently broadcasting on shortwave radio at time of publication. This unique shortwave resource is the “only” publication in the world that offers by-hour schedules that includes all language services, frequencies and world target areas for each broadcast station.

New In this edition, there is a feature on listening to Asia’s broadcast giant – China, updated information on the state of tropical band broadcasting, and a special feature on Who’s Who in the shortwave radio spectrum outside the regular broadcast bands. Frequency and station coverage has also increased in this edition to include Longwave frequency broadcasters, and international standard time and frequency stations worldwide.

The International Shortwave Broadcast Guide (Winter 2015-2016 edition) is now available for purchase worldwide from Amazon.com at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0196UYDTI. The price for this latest edition is US$5.99. Since this book is being released internationally, Amazon customers in the United Kingdom, Germany, France Spain, Italy, Japan, India, Canada, Brazil, Mexico and Australia can order this electronic book (e-Book) from Amazon websites directly servicing these countries. All other countries can use the regular Amazon.com website.

This new e-publication edition is an expanded version of the English shortwave broadcast guide that was formerly printed in the pages of Monitoring Times magazine for over 20 years. This one of a kind electronic e-book is published twice a year to correspond with station seasonal time and frequency changes.

If you enjoy listening or monitoring HF shortwave stations, and you miss the monthly English frequency listings formerly published in the late Monitoring Times magazine, and multilingual station listing in the old MTXpress electronic magazine, this valuable tool will now be your new guide to listening to the world.

Frequency updates between editions will be posted on her Shortwave Central blog at: http://mt-shortwave.blogspot.com/.

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For additional information on this and other Teak Publishing radio hobby books, monitor the company sponsored Internet blogs – The Military Monitoring Post (http://mt-milcom.blogspot.com/), The Btown Monitor Post (http://monitor-post.blogspot.com/) and The Shortwave Central (http://mt-shortwave.blogspot.com/) for availability of additional e-books that are currently in production.

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The International Shortwave Broadcast Guide will have wide appeal to shortwave radio hobbyists, amateur radio operators, educators, foreign language students, news agencies, news buffs, and many more interested in listening to a global view of news and events as they happen. 

If you are an amateur radio operator or shortwave radio enthusiasts, and want to hear what is happening outside the ham bands on that transceiver or portable shortwave radio in your radio shack, then this new e-book from Teak Publishing is a must in your radio reference library.
Here are a few of the public comments from radio hobbyists who purchased the first four editions of this Amazon e-book.