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Solar Info

Solar Activity Forecast: Solar activity will be very low. There is a slight chance for a C-class flare from Region 1010.
Geophysical Activity Forecast: The geomagnetic field will be predominately quiet for today through Thursday.
Here is the latest 3-day Solar-Geophysical Forecast:
Perhaps the most useful propagation page for Amateur Radio Operators can be found at The sunspot number for January 11, 2009 was 20.


Submitted by : Randy [WX5L] |Thibodaux | LA | 1/13/2009 4:18:59 AM

VU2BGS Active on 160

VU2BGS - INDIA - Kumar is said to be sure to be on 160M from 2130-0200 Fridays and Saturdays.


Submitted by : Randy [WX5L] |Thibodaux | LA | 1/13/2009 4:16:30 AM



12 January, 2009

Island activities:

EU-038. During the annual Dutch PACC Contest, members of the PA3FKN PACC Team will activate the Island of Ameland, one of the West Frisian Islands off the north coast of the Netherlands.
It consists mostly of sand dunes.

"This is a good opportunity for island chasers to contact
EU-038 on all bands, propagation permitting", according to Gerben, PG5M.

The PA3FKN PACC Team members are: Bote PA0BVD, Aloys PA3DAT, Wietse PA3DDJ, Berend PA3FAL, Eric PA3FKN, Douwe PD0RXP, Laurens PD3LHS, Andries PE1PIX, Peter PE1PIX, Joeri PE5JW, Gialt PE1OLM and Gerben PG5M.

As this is not a permanent contest location, all equipment
has to be transported to the island and installed and setup
just before the contest. The list of equipment is extensive,
including 8 transceivers, 13 antenna configurations, masts,
more than 2 km of coax cable, etc. which altogether is more
than 2500 KG. For the low bands they will use: 160m - 2 phased verticals, 80m - 4 square dipoles and 40m - 4 square verticals.

Time and dates: 1200z, Saturday, February 14th, to 1200z,
Sunday, February 15th.

For more information on the PACC Contest, visit the official PACC Web site at:
Also, watch the following Web page for updates (especially
during the contest) at:

NA-122. Operators Josep/EA3BT and his XYL Nuria/EA3WL will operate as HI9/EA3BT and/or HI9/EA3WL from Cayo Levantado Island in the Dominican Republic's Coastal Islands Group, January 21-27th.

Nuria will operates SSB while Josep handles the CW. Activity
will be mainly SSB and the Digital modes, on 80-10 meters.
They will use a Yaesu FT-900, w/Ameritron ALS-600 amp into a Cushcraft MA5B antenna for 20-10 meters, and a Butternut HF2V for 80/40 meters. QSL via EA3BT.

NA-223. Members of the Russian Robinson Club will be active as KL7RRC from Ogliuga Island, Alaska, between July 21st and August 3rd.

Activity will be on 160-6 meters including an entry in the
RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th). Operators mentioned are: N3QQ, RA3NAN, RU4SU and UA9OBA.

Watch for updates on: (Click on NA-233 Plans).

Compiled by OPDX

RSGB IOTA website


Submitted by : Sarath Babu Rayaprolu [VU3RSB] |Hyderabad | TELANGANA | 1/12/2009 5:25:06 PM

Namibian VHF DXpedition logs 89 EME contacts

Namibian VHF DXpedition logs 89 EME contacts on first night

The DXpedition is operating with the call of V5/KT6Q and the first contact was made in the early evening on 8 January at around 18:15 local time by the KT6Q license holder Dan, HB9CRQ, with his large EME station back home, HB9Q.

Operation continued through the night until 4 in the morning when the moon finally sank into the Atlantic.

When the activities of the day were totaled there were 89 contacts in the log which included Glenn, ZS2GK, near Umtata. With no access to previous statistics this is a remarkable feat of EME operation from a relatively small portable station. Although most stations contacted were in Europe and Asiatic Russia, they were scattered among 27 DXCC entities which also included Japan, Canada and the U.S.A.

The Diaz Point location can only be described as perfect but not everything was a great start. The first priority was the 144 MHz station and the four Yagi antenna array mounted on the trailer. At the same time the 144 MHz station was being assembled and tested but when the time came for a "Smoke Test" they got just that, smoke, as the weary FT-736R of ZS6WB produced clouds of it.

After a bit of equipment chopping and changing the IC-910, that had been destined for 432 MHz, was pressed into service and the 144 MHz station was ready to be put into operation just after moonrise, late Thursday afternoon.

Them team was assured that reliable power was available at Diaz Point but this turned out to be completely untrue and it was necessary to rent a generator capable of handling their power requirements. This of course has added an additional burden to the budget that is already stretched well past the breaking point.

Visit for the full story.


Submitted by : Sarath Babu Rayaprolu [VU3RSB] |Hyderabad | TELANGANA | 1/12/2009 2:42:47 AM

Foundation for Amateur Radio invites scholarship

Foundation for Amateur Radio invites scholarship applications

The non-profit Foundation for Amateur Radio (FAR) is now accepting applications for 48 scholarships for the academic year 2009-2010 to assist radio amateurs pursuing higher education.

FAR fully funds two of the scholarships and administers 46 others without cost on behalf of various club and individual donors.

Amateur Radio licensees pursuing a full-time course of study beyond high school and accepted by or enrolled in an accredited university, college or technical school are eligible to apply.

Scholarship grants range from $500 to $5000, and preference in some cases goes to applicants living in
particular geographical areas or pursuing certain studies. Non-US residents are eligible to apply for some of the scholarships.

FAR encourages clubs -- especially those in California, Delaware, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin -- to announce these scholarship opportunities at meetings, in newsletters, during training classes, on nets and on their Web sites.

More information and an application form may be requested by letter via e-mail or by sending a QSL card postmarked prior to March 30, 2009, to FAR Scholarships, PO Box 831, Riverdale, MD 20738. The application deadline is May 1, 2009.

Headquartered in Washington, DC, FAR consists of more than 75 area Amateur Radio Clubs. FAR is devoted to promoting the interests of Amateur Radio and those scientific, literary and educational pursuits that advance the purposes of the Amateur Radio Service.

Source: The American Radio Relay League


Submitted by : Sarath Babu Rayaprolu [VU3RSB] |Hyderabad | TELANGANA | 1/12/2009 2:40:16 AM


All are invited for the Great Eyeball meet at Mahabalipuram in this year 2009


EXACT VENUE:  Hotel Veeras near Mahabalipuram Bus Stand
TIME: From 08;59 hrs  on 14th February 2009  2nd Saturday)
FREQUENCY:      144.900Mc/s - Simplex Mode.

M.A.HA.M  was started by OM Vittal/Vu2VIT in 2003,in a small scale with the support of INAR/VU 2INA,APPAN/VU 2MPK and Anna /VU 2KBX,in order encourage poor HAMS & School Students to meet other HAMs of our Motherland,without spending much money.MAHAM is organized every year on 2nd Sturday & February.

Mahabalipuram (also known as Mamallapuram) is a 7th Century Port city of South Indian dynasty of the Plaavas,around 60km south from the city of chennai in Tamilnadu.It is believed to have been named after the pallava King Maamalla. It has various historic monuments built largely between the 7TH and the 9th Century, and has been classified as a UNESCO world heritage site.For more info: URL:http;//


1. Admission is FREE to all Amateurs & Shortwave Listeners.

2. Seniors,Prominent & successful HAMs are attending this Meet. Their Invaluable experience,Infectious Enthsiasm and Exemplary Skills will be useful to the participants.

3.At Mahabalipuram there are many Hotels serving delicious cuisines ranging from indian,Orient,Continental dishes.Hence,the organizers are NOT organizing any Food arrangements for the participants.Participants are encouraged to get together with their friends to decide on the food of their choice.

4. Participants are encouraged to bring their HAM materials for SALE or Exchange. A Small fee of Rs 100( one hundred only)  will be collected from each seller for  organizing appropriate Displays.

5. Those who are going to sell Brand New Products have to contribute Rs 1000 (one thousand only)

6. Om Lalith Diwakar/VU2LB from Bhavnagar is attending this year meet and brings lot of interesting HAM Materials for participants. He is available on Mobile 09427181973 please contact him of your requirement to bring to the meet.

7.Om Appan VU3MPK is intending to sell excellant RF Probes for Rs 100 oonly. These probes shall be useful for any Home Brewer His ll No  044-65254988

8. Om Sunder VU2VSD is selling High Quality (PIC) frequency counters and Band pass filters to avoid TVI.

9. Vu2ARA om Arasu coming with SMPS Power supply 13.8v / 10A Mobile : 094429 07669

10. VU3STJ om Radha wants to sell Valve Linear consisting EL84, 807 2 Nos, VR150 -3Nos suitable for RM96 XCVR assembled by VU2SV Mobile no. 097910 34652

11. Room accomodation for night stay Please contact OM INAR VU2INA 09440 83804

12. For further information please contact OM Vittal  VU2VIT 044-22240820 & Om Radha VU3STJ  - 097910 34652

Those who wants to sell /Buy any Material please send to OM Anna vu2KBX by 31 st January 2009

It Is a great oppertunity  for Chennai Hams to meet their Ham  friends  as it is very near to them.

Let us all wish the Great success  for this event year after year


Submitted by : Sarath Babu Rayaprolu [VU3RSB] |Hyderabad | TELANGANA | 1/11/2009 2:18:26 AM


6th International DX Convention 2009

6th International DX Convention 2009 April 18th & 19th - Paestum (SA) Italy Strange Radio Team Organization
The venerable archeological and tourist site of Paestum, south of Salerno in Italy will receive all ham radio operator, and we are expecting, as usual for this annual meeting, outstanding guests of international renown, and some very important DXers and other highly competent ham radio personalities. The meeting will be a convivial and a first-ever social affair, with great care having been taken to choose the finest venues and hotels, with a Gala Evening with some fine music and dancing. The backdrop will be the golden sands and shady pine groves of Paestum, perfect for optimal radio connections, a few minutes from the splendid Cilento and Diano Valley National Park, the second largest in Italy an ideal place for a few days of relaxation and gastronomical delights such as the typical Mediterranean specialties of the famous water-buffalo mozzerella and nationally renowned local species of artichokes. The events will take place at the fine 4-star Best Western Hotel Esplanade located barely 150 meters from the sea, with private beach and within short distance of the archeological site with its National Archeological Museum. With its big subtropical garden and swimming, it's a true oasis of peace. The hotel is also ideally located for excursions to the Isle of Capri, Pompei, Padula, the Pertosa Grotto and the Cilento Park. PLANNING Saturday April 18th : 14.00 Arrival and registration of the participants; 14.30 Opening work session with welcome speech by Oreste D'Anzilio, IZ8EDJ; Welcome speech by Giancarlo Sanna, IS0ISJ ARI PRESIDENT 15.00 D-STAR Panoramic analisyis by Antonio Esposito, IW2OAZ; 15.30 The IOTA of the future by Mauro Pregliasco, I1JQJ; 16.00 ARI AWARDS by Mario Ambrosi, I2MQP; 16.30 DXCC & ARRL AWARDS by Norman Fusaro, W3IZ; 17.00 E44M PALESTINE DXpedition 2009 by Simone Bizzarri, IZ0BTV & Giorgio Minguzzi, IZ4AKS; 17.45 Photos with OM Group; 18.00 Coffee Break; 18.30 VK9DWX Willis Island DXpedition 2008 by William Josh Fisher, W4WJF; 19.15 KP5 Desecheo Island DXpedition 2009 by Mike Mraz, N6MZ; 20.00 International Polar Year by Nuccio Meoli, I0YKN; 20.15 Recap and history of 6 great SRT years, its successes and experiences by Oreste D'Anzilio, IZ8EDJ; 20.30 Closing work session. 21.00 Gala dinner. Sunday April 19th: 09.30 US license examination session will be carried out by Norman Fusaro, W3IZ - Mike Mraz, N6MZ & John P Kennon N7CQQ; 11.30 Practical examples of D-STAR by Antonio Esposito, IW2OAZ; 12.00 Prize-giving: VP6DX Ducie Island - Leszek Fabianski, SP3DOI (The Winner of W.W.DX T.) by Francesco Giacoia, IZ7AUH; International Polar Year by Nuccio Meoli, I0YKN; 5th Strange Radio Event by Marco De Carlo, IZ7DOK; Alessio Ortona 50MHz Memorial Day by Maurizio Gentile, IZ1GJK; SRT HF CONTEST SSB by Francesco Fazio, IK8WEJ; 13.00 LUNCHEON. During the event the following will be present : Norman Fusaro W3IZ, Mauro Pregliasco I1JQJ and Mario Ambrosi I2MQP for all those who wish information on, or would like to request the following awards: DXCC, WAC, WAS, WAZ, CQ DX, CQ DX FIELD, IIA. The participation fee of 125,00 euros for person includes: The Gala Dinner on Saturday evening 50,00 euros; Sunday luncheon on the 19th 40,00 euros; Hotel accomodations at 35,00 euros a night and eventually the supplementary fee of 20,00 euros for a single room. For reservations contact within: 2009 March 31. e-mail phone: +39 340 9444705 WEB SITE GPS: lat 40.423535 - long 14.983891



Submitted by : Sarath Babu Rayaprolu [VU3RSB] |Hyderabad | TELANGANA | 1/10/2009 3:57:54 PM

KP5 team prepares for Europe!

The KP1-5 Project is very aware of the need for KP5 (Desecheo) in Europe.

Previous DXpeditions contended with an obstructed path to Europe making working this #3 most needed country, difficult at best.

During the recent reconnaissance trip to KP5, agreement was reached that will allow antennas to be placed on a ridgeline above the helipad that will give a clear path to Europe! The team wants to provide as many EU radio hams with a QSO as possible

The KP1-5 Project will appreciate the support from each and every European ham as we prepare to activate KP5!

Please visit our website, to support this DXpedition


Submitted by : Sarath Babu Rayaprolu [VU3RSB] |Hyderabad | TELANGANA | 1/10/2009 1:55:51 PM

VU SDR transceiver software ready for launch

Dear Friends,
I gives me immense pleasure to announce the development of VU version of the famous SDR software PowerSDR.

I coming days this would be available for download to all Wonderradio, SDR1000 and similar radio users.

Here is screen shot of the same running at my end.

Enjoy & 73 Rahul VU3WJM


Submitted by : Sarath Babu Rayaprolu [VU3RSB] |Hyderabad | TELANGANA | 1/10/2009 1:23:21 PM

From radio amateur to satellite company chairman

From radio amateur to satellite company chairman

by Hans van de Groenendaal

In this monthly feature Hans van de Groenendaal ZS6AKV, executive chairman of the South African Amateur Radio Development Trust (SAARDT) looks at various technologies and activities that drive amateur radio. SAARDT is dedicated to the development of amateur radio in South Africa with a special interest in the youth. The organisation is funded from donations and supports the South African Radio League and SA AMSAT.

This article illustrates the notion that early involvement in technology, such as amateur radio, can lead to a successful career in the field of electronics and communication.

We start with a 14 year old Martin Sweeting, joining the signals section of the cadets at his school. At the time cadets were part of the ACF/CCF in the UK, similar to school cadets in South Africa at that time.

"I was always interested in communications but getting involved with real communications as a cadet turned my interest to amateur radio", said Sweeting. "Although I visualised a career in communications, the idea of becoming involved in space activities only came to me when I was 18 in 1969, watching the Apollo moon landings and the film "2001: A Space Adyssey" which combined a passion for communications with the excitement of
outer space."

As an undergraduate in electronics at the University of Surrey in Guildford, Sweeting heard of the Amateur Radio Satellite Corporation, a group of amateur radio enthusiasts in the USA who were connected with the space industry and building amateur radio satellites. "I became involved in tracking OSCAR 6 (the 6th Orbiting Satellite Carrying Amateur Radio). The satellite kept switching itself on and off and required frequent resetting. It is then that AMSAT in the USA asked me to take on the role as a European-based ground control station. I was soon hooked on satellites and began tracking the Russian weather satellites and downloading their pictures. Equipment was primitive - we used tape recorders to record the signals and very basic computers to decode the signals and make paper copies of the pictures."

Sweeting's studies remained focused on electronics and radio. His doctoral thesis was on high frequency antennas. "Playing with satellites was a form of light relief from my studies, which in hindsight most probably took up time that I should have spent working on my PHD!" he said.

He was truly hooked on space communications which over the years earned him a professorship, an Order of the British Empire in 1996, and in 2002 Sweeting was knighted by Queen Elizabeth as Knight Bachelor. While carrying a string of titles: "Professor Sir Martin Sweeting FRS FREng", he is still Martin Sweeting G3YJO and is dedicated to space communications, developing amateur radio satellites and amateur radio as a catalyst for careers in this field.

"Towards the end of my Phd studies, around 1979, I started building UoSAT-1 (University of Surrey Satellite). It was a fun project. The university was very supportive but told me to find some funding, which I did, and I was hired as a research assistant. After the successful launch in 1981 we built UoSAT-2, in just six months, which was then launched in 1984. Whilst great fun, it was then time for me to get a proper job. I decided to stay in small satellites: now they are fashionable, but back then it was considered a mild form of lunacy! We could no longer scrounge bits for satellites, so we formed Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL).

"In 1982 we started running a masters degree course in satellite communications and satellite engineering. I developed the first course in satellite engineering and lectured for six years. This programme is continuing with some 50 PhD students and 10 staff at what is now called the Surrey Space Centre."

"The next satellite was designed to carry experiments from various (paying) space agencies and interest groups. Problems occurred with the launch but fortunately opportunities arose on the Ariane Structure for Auxiliary Payloads. The problem was that each payload was limited to 50 kg but the UoSAT-3 satellite we had designed weighed close to double that. We had to "break-up" the original design into two satellites, hence UoSAT-3 and 4."

By now it was 1989. Several developing countries showed an interest in space but could not afford a big traditional (and expensive) programme. "We had developed a niche market and started getting contracts for building and launching small satellites. These projects were unique as they involved students from these countries coming to Surrey to do their masters degree in satellite engineering whilst, with the assistance of our staff, also building their countries’ first satellites. Through this programme, many countries developed their own expertise in satellite building and the nucleus of their fledgling space agencies. As part of the deal they were given a licence to the SSTL designs and applications. Fourteen countries have benefitted from this programme thus far and many more will in the future.

Today SSTL employs a staff of 300, supporting a £50-million satellite business. It is a medium-sized company which no longer fits into the university model, so this year it was decided to sell the university’s shareholding to the European Aeronautic Defence and Space company. "It is however business as usual. We will continue teaching space science at the Surrey Space Centre and building satellites at SSTL with the same approach that has proved so successful over 27 satellite missions with a 92% success record."

Martin spends 40% of his time at the Surrey Space Centre and 60% in SSTL. He is still very involved in amateur radio and is chairman of AMSAT UK and chair of the Radio Communications Foundation. Annually AMSAT UK hosts a Space Colloquium at the university, drawing delegates from many parts of the world, creating opportunities to interact with staff at SSTL and the Surrey Space
Centre researchers.


Submitted by : Sarath Babu Rayaprolu [VU3RSB] |Hyderabad | TELANGANA | 1/9/2009 3:40:23 PM

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