UBARoyal Belgian Amateur Radio Union

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Old "DX News" messages

50MHz band
Submitted by: ON4IQ
Dankzij 2x Es hop en de TEP was het mogelijk om vandaag met o.a 3B8DB FR4NT te werken. Via de dubbele Es hop A92IO JY4NE 4X J28AA ST2AR.
50MHz band
Submitted by: ON4IQ
Opnieuw een avondopening (19:30 UTC) (TEP+Es link) richting PY. Ook ZD7VC was actief en werd in Europa gewerkt.
New Beacon
Submitted by: ON4AVJ

Thanks to the cooperation from Italian and Hungarian OM and the helpfulness of Pieter V51PJ, we have now 2 new beacons on air from Namibia for TEP observations.
They are 24h a day QRV from JG82IE.

Callsign V51VHF.

70.005 CW - 35 Watt - 6el. DK7ZB beam N.
144.430 CW - ? Watt - 10el. DK7ZB beam N.

We all hope to receive them soon.

Best 73's Alex IV3KKW
7P8EME DXpedition
Submitted by: ON4AVJ
A lot of planning, accumulation of equipment and antenna development and cost has gone into the project over the last number of years. The total antenna systems has been re-developed and re-built by Pine, ZS6OB, since the last expedition to Namibia - that expedition was voted the 3rd best expedition world wide out of 69 expeditions for that year - no mean feat for a small group of ZS Radio Amateurs.

This will be a record setting International DXpedition for EME, as far as infrastructure, equipment, band coverage and antenna systems are concerned, which has ever visited another country - all with mobile equipment. The group will be covering all the VHF/UHF frequencies from 50 to 1 296 MHz [excluding 4 metres] on EME.

The venue will be at Ramabanta Trading Post. The Grid locator is KG30vi. The team will operate under the call sign 7P8EME.

There will also be limited HF mostly CW and 144 and 50 MHz - tropo and Meteor scatter operation to provide participation for local operators with smaller VHF and UHF stations.

The dates of the DXpedition are 14 to 26 September 2011. And the team is Pine, ZS6OB, (7P8EME); Wynand, ZS6ARF, (7P8QRO); Dick, ZS6BUN, (7P8BUN); Pieter, ZS6PA, (7P8PA); Dan, HB9CRQ, (7P8RQ) and Hermann, DL2NUD, (7P8HP).
Erika Pienaar and Lana Coats will be looking after the kitchen and feeding the team.

To support this DXpedition the South African Radio League has launched a fundraising initiative. You can assist by making a financial contribution.
Deposit your financial contribution in the SARL bank account, ABSA Account
4071 588 849. The branch code is 632 005.

When making an electronic transfer use 7P8 and your call sign as the payment reference and send an email to artoday [at] sarl [dot] org [dot] za ">artoday [at] sarl [dot] org [dot] za with details of your donation, your call sign and email address. You will receive an email acknowledgement and your call sign will be added to the list of supporters.

Your donation to the project will be appreciated and acknowledged. For more information, visit www.amateurradio.org.za/7P8.htm.
Es to 4X...
Submitted by: ON4AVJ
On July 1st Michel, ON7EH, had the opportunity to work Andy 4Z5LY. This cover a distance of 3202 Km. Both stations where received with 59 signals.
Station details:
  • 4Z5LY:
    • KM72MS
    • 600W
    • 8el DK7ZB
  • ON7EH:
    • JO20FV
    • 250W
    • 12el M2
EME Conference Cambridge 2012
Submitted by: ON4AVJ
Hello Folks
Today it is exactly one year from the start of the 15th International EME conference which will be held next year in Cambridge England.
The conference will start on Thursday 16th August with a tour to Bletchley Park the WW2 code breaking establishment and home of a replica of the worlds first electronic computer. The main conference takes place on Friday 17th and Saturday 18th. A comprehensive partners program is being developed. The venue is Churchill College Cambridge.
Accommodation will be available from the evening of Wednesday 15th through to the morning of Sunday 19th. To provide best value the organising committee are arranging inclusive packages to minimise those hidden extras. The details will be published and the booking web site opened by January 2012.

In the mean time more information will be posted on the conference web site at http://www.eme2012.com.
Anyone with products of interest to the EME community, who would like to promote them at the conference or by taking advertising in the conference proceedings please contact me by direct email. I'm on the list or google G4NNS.
Thank you for allowing me to take this bandwidth on behalf of the organising committee.

CU at Cambridge in 2012
Vy 73 Brian G4NNS
Submitted by: ON4AVJ
We are sending you our greetings from Greece and the Aegean Sea.
The Aegean DX Group with great joy, informs you that in 2 & 3 of July 2011 the 10th AEGEAN UHF/VHF & 6m Contest will take place.
Many station with special callsigns will operate from all over Greece (J4x, SXx, SZ, SV 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7), as well as from all the Greek Islands (J4x, SXx, SZ, SV 5, 8, 9) and from all Greek Locators and of course in every mode CW, SSB, FM, RTTY, SSTV, PSK etc...
It will be a great opportunity for every radioamateur to get QSL cards from Greek stations on VHF for their VHF Awards or to simply to confirm Greece on VHF & 6m.
The Contest will be held according to the IARU Band Plan of Region-1 on 50, 144, 432 ΜΗΖ. There will be not any QSOs in FM modulation on 50 ΜΗΖ because it is restricted by the Greek authorities.
For any information please send email to SV2DCD Leonida Fiska, contest manager: sv2dcd [at] yahoo [dot] com or a letter to the following address:
P.O. ΒΟΧ 4
Samos Isl GR83100

Further information and contest rules at http://www.5-9report.gr/aegean.htm.
New 50 MHz Contest
Submitted by: ON4AVJ
This new contest is created by www.rasedx.com and the rules are very easy: only 4 hours of transmission in three sundays this spring and summer.
This is a world wide contest on 50 MHz and if the propagation is good it good be great fun on 50MHz.
For the contest rules please see 
First QSO CU8-ON
Submitted by: ON4AVJ
I'm proud and happy to report a (actually 2) QSO on May 16th with CU8AO (HM49KL) on 144MHz via (mostly) sea tropo.
  • 21:53 CU8AO 51 51 HM49KL
  • 22:02 CU8AO 52 52 HM49KL
  • CU8DUB/B up to 549 as from 21:00

This makes a distance of 2986km and a first ON-CU on that band.

Click here to hear a recording of the CU8DUB/B beacon (144.420) and CU8AO calling CQ.

Submitted by: ON4AVJ
ARISSat-1 is scheduled for deployment from the ISS next Wednesday Feb 16th.
It has a composite VHF downlink that will easily fit into the FUNcube Dongle receive spectrum. The telemetry is 1 kbit BPSK and can, of course, also be received with a normal SSB 2 metre receiver.

The expected signal levels from ARISSat should be similar to those we expect from FUNcube itself (and also eventually from UKube) and the team are keen to discover what will be the minimum and best type of antennas for schools to use with a FCD. Therefore user experience with the ARISSat signals will be very valuable in making this determination.

To encourage everyone to receive ARISSat signals we are offering a FUN reward for listeners!

There are a number of categories for this challenge –they include:
  1. The first FCD user, from each continent, who can post a spectrum recording of the received signal together with evidence of decoding the data using the ARISSat software and of sending it to the ARISSat data warehouse.
  2. The first non-FCD user, from each continent, who can provide evidence of having decoded the signals and of sending it to the ARISSat data warehouse.
  3. The listener, using a FCD or not, who can demonstrate satisfactory reception of the telemetry in the same ways as described above, using the "smallest" possible receive antenna. The actual closing date for this part of the challenge will be announced later.
All other entrants who can demonstrate that they have been having FUN!
Please submit your "entries", including your location, station details (including FCD serial number where applicable), postal address and reports to g0auk [at] amsat [dot] org.

Good luck,