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Old "DX News" messages

First VK-ON on 3cm..
Submitted by: ON4AVJ

On November 5th Eric ON5TA managed to have a QSO with Charlie VK3NX.
They had both problems with the automatic moon tracking system, but the could finish the QSO. 

A few senteces from the mail received from Charlie:
Firstly  TU TU !!
What a wonderful signal you have.  For me it was “speaker” copy  (no need for tin cans)
I find it very hard to believe you only have 2.3m dish and 30 W.  It is a credit to your “attention to detail”. Your signal was “huge”!
I have only worked 14 initials on 10 GHz  but your’s was easier to copy than some “bigger stations”
I could only just hear my echoes today  but I heard you every period.  A few times I stopped hearing you in the middle of a sequence,  I guess wind at your end?...  or perhaps you do what I do and need to re-align on moon noise in the middle of a sked?
Thank you for trying again and I am very happy that we have had such good success (now  that I was looking on the right freq...Hi..Hi..)
Unfortunately halfway through the sked for the 1st time ever I “blew up” the regulator on my Azimuth control!...I had to operate the Az  movement in “Slow mode”  so it took a lot of effort to  keep on the moon......and also Murphy tried hard to stop me because TWTA Helix current kept “tripping” the alarm circuit  because of moisture in the air.......
....but none of this matters,  because of the wonderful success.  It  is a “ majic” achievement for me each time I work a new station. 
Many tnx  and hpe to cuagn on 10 GHz  and perhaps another band?
73  and GL

F/ON6MG in JN04
Submitted by: ON4AVJ
Alain ON6MG will be QRV in the Marconi contest on 07/11 and 08/11 from JN04 on 144 Mhz cw. He will use the call F/ON6MG/P département 46.
Rig 100watt and 9 el yagi antenna.
Vecchiacchi memorial day
Submitted by: ON4AVJ
The ARI of ARI Lucca is organizing on 1th and 2th december the "Vecchiacchi memorial day".
On 5th in 2m; On 6th in 70cm 23cm 10Ghz and up.
If want more information, see www.arilucca.it.
3 cm QSOs between ON - VE
Submitted by: ON4AVJ
A lttle 3 cm TWT amplifier was installed yesterday on the back of my 2.3 m offset dish.
I also replaced the coax relay with a waveguide switch + W/G preamp.
Have now 1.3 dB moon noise and abt 13.4 dB sun noise/cs, which is much better than before.
Contacted this morning: F2TU, OK1KIR, F5JWF (#), IQ4DF, W5LUA (#), VE4MA (#) and ES5PC (#).
These could be the first 3 cm QSOs between ON - VE and ON - ES.
Thanks to all for a very enjoyable morning !
73 de Eric
Meteor Scatter Sprint Contest 12 august 2009
Submitted by: ON4AVJ
The VHF-DX-Portal MMMonVHF in cooperation with the magazines DUBUS and Funk-Telegramm (by Joachim, DL8HCZ) invited you to take part in our new 144 MHz Meteorscatter Sprint Contest,
which took place for the first time in the 2008 Perseid shower.
The 144 MHz Meteorscatter Sprint Contest will take place each year on the day of the from IMO (International Meteor Organization) announced maximum of the Perseid shower.
Feel free to download the rules in English or German
Submitted by: ON4AVJ

Translation needed

La balise ON0VHF a produit quelques perturbations dans le segment DX en VHF. Ce problème a été corrigé grâce à Pierre ON7PC et ON0VHF dispose d'un nouvel émetteur. Les rapports peuvent être envoyés à vhf [at] uba [dot] be
World Moon Bounce Day - June 27th 2009
Submitted by: ON4AVJ
On Saturday, June 27th, many of the world’s large parabolic antennas (sometimes called dishes) will stop their normal space work and swing around to track the moon when it rises. EOA volunteers will then use the EME or Moon Bounce transmissions to link up with other dishes worldwide via the moon. Signals are literally being bounced off the moon’s surface and back to other stations on earth where they are received some 2.5 seconds later.

There has never been so many dishes pointed at the moon since the lunar landings and possibly this will even break that record.

More info:
ON7ARQ/MM is activating squares
Submitted by: ON4AVJ

Patrick, ON7ARQ/MM will be QRV /MM on the Costa Europa between May 28th and June 8th with a Yaesu FT817 (5W max) on 50-144-432Mhz.
  • 28/05 Savona (JN44) Italy,
  • 29/05 Barcelona (JN11).
  • Passing Balearic Islands,
  • 31/05 Casablanca (IM63),
  • 01/06 Agadir,
  • 02/06 Arrecife (IL28), Lanzarote
  • 03/06 Santa Cruz (IL18), Teneriffe,
  • 04/06Funchal (IM12) Madeira,
  • 06/06 Malaga (IM76) (UBA-contest 6m + EA-contest).
  • Passing Balearic Islands
  • 08/06 Savona - Italy.
Hope for good 6m-conditions, and participation of EA-contest June 6-7th.
Note: June 2008 on the Island of Elba (IA5) was very poor on VHF-bands.
QSL via home call.
70 MHz open in OM
Submitted by: ON4AVJ
Since May 1st, 2009 we have an access to 70 MHz band:
  • Segment 70,250 - 70,350 MHz
  • Max. 10 W ERP
  • Extra class only
  • Each station must apply for a special permission for 70 MHz 
I hope there will be a good activity from Slovakia on 4m. 
Roman Kudlac, OM3EI 
President of SARA
IARU Region 1 50 MHz Contest
Submitted by: ON4AVJ
Dear OM's,
On behalf of the IARU Region 1 we would like to invite you and your fellow radio amateurs to participate in the 50 MHz Region 1 IARU Contest. We have pleasure of informing you that this year PZK (Polski Zwiazek Krotkofalowcow- Polish Amateur Radio Union) is adjudicating 50 MHz Region 1 IARU Contest.
Please find all information in attached documents:
VHF Manager of PZK                              Vice President of PZK
Piotr Szolkowski, SP5QAT                       Bogdan Machowiak, SP3IQ