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Happy New Year

Chris Colclough
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Just a brief note to wish all our friends throughout the world a Happy New Year and we hope to meet you all on the air, and maybe at one of the conventions in the UK, some time in 2013.


MC0SHL will be on the air over the year from the farm and Ramsey Island.

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Happy Christmas to Hexbeam'ers

Charles Wilmott
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Created on Tuesday, 18 December 2012

phoca thumb l m0oxo-3This message from Anthony MW0JZE;

Hi Hexbeamer's

I hope all is well and the DX has been good to you all in 2012.

Well lots happening here at G3TXQ-Hexbeam.com with many alterations to the design in 2012

1. Anodized base plate.
2. Lighter weight flanges dropping the Hexbeam weight to 9.5KG.
3. Air coaxial centre-post design.
4. Teflon insulators for spacer cords, this applies to high power modes such as DATA & CW, this is still in development and can be added to new and old versions on request.
5. Ice support cords, this is an optional extra on the new versions.
6. 40m add-on kit. Have had many emails regarding this add-on but as yet I have not had time to build or test it for myself. Marc PC4U designed this add-on and has lots of info on his QRZ page. Marc is currently working on a 30m version, hopefully we will be able to give you more news on this in 2013, thanks Marc.
7. New website, hopefully you find this page better than the old version :-)

Always looking for ways to develop the Hexbeam, open to any suggestions that you may have.

Read reviews & more by clicking the green banner

 

Eham Reviews.

Eham is a fantastic source of honest and helpful information when buying Amateur radio equipment. If you have not already left a review would you be able to spare me 5 minutes of your time. Just a few lines is enough, it all helps. If you have already left me a review, many thanks for your time and comments.

To follow the Eham review please click the link below.

http://www.eham.net/reviews/detail/8786

Many thanks to you all for your purchase of my version of the Hexbeam, I hope you get many more years of chasing DXing with it.

If you have any issues in the future please do not hesitate to contact me.

Have a Merry Christmas and a Healthy & Prosperous New Year

73's Ant MWØJZE

Qsl requests help Air Ambulance

Charles Wilmott
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K800 BBC pictures 062I would like to give a big thanks to all who requested Qsl Cards over the last 6 months from www.m0oxo.com or www.m0urx.com.

All of the used Postage Stamps on your incoming letters are saved. After several processes and some hard work by other colleagues, the money raised from the 'sale' of these stamps are given to a local Charity.

The Charity here is the Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA). As a rapid response air emergency service the Charity serves a population of approximately 5 million people across 4 million acres. Our two air ambulances operate from Leeds Bradford International Airport and RAF Topcliffe near Thirsk, and together both air ambulances cover the whole of the Yorkshire region. This service costs £7200 per day to keep these aircraft running and saving lives.

A £50.00 (GBP) cheque was handed to the YAA this week so thanks for all your help. Its not a huge amount in the big scheme of things but every penny raised is a huge help towards running this invaluable service - Thanks for YOUR help!

Read more about the Yorkshire Air Ambulance by clicking this link. (Photo copyright & with kind permission of YAA).

IIØXMAS now Qrv

Charles Wilmott
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K800 animatedFor the first time this year, Antonello IZ0VHY has organised this special callsign IIØXMAS to celebrate Merry Christmas and to wish everyone a pleasant New Year in 2013.

The station will be operational from 07/12/2012 to 01/01/2013 on 80 - 10M Bands using SSB and Digital Modes.

A special QSL will be printed to celebrate the event which is available via MØOXO OQRS (Direct or Bureau) or if you prefer EQSL then this is available only via IZ0VHY EQSL account.
 
The log will be uploaded on real time on Ham Radio Deluxe HRD and uploads will also be made to excellent clublogClublog Program (click Logo)

Doomsday - The End Of The World, Special Event

Charles Wilmott
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N0D QSL CardThat’s right! The end is finally near!

According to one of the three Mayan Calendars, the end of the world will occur on Dec 21, 2012. To celebrate this literally once in a lifetime event, Special Event Station N0D (Now Zero Days) will be activated for three days. December 20; is a celebration of the end of the world. December 21; the day of destruction, they will be on the air as long as possible. December 22nd, that is a little iffy right now!

More information is available on the Official N0D website, www.nowzerodays.com . You can also e-mail the N0D team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions or suggestions about Doomsday.

Seasons Greetings 2012

Chris Colclough
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As the 2012 year end draws ever closer, we like to wish all our friends around the world seasons greetings in their home language, and we do appologise if we miss yours off the list. Lets hope that 2013 brings us all good conditions on the radio and we hope to contact you all at some point.


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddn Newydd

Buon Natale e Felice Anno Nuovo

Joyeux Noel et Bonne Annèe
 
Felices Pascuas y Feliz Año Nuevo
 
Vasel Koleda
 
Froehliche Weihnachten undein gluckliches Nues Jahr
 
Kala Christougenna Kieftihismenos O Kenowios Chronos
 
Boldoy Karácsonyt
 
Wesolych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia
 
Cestitamo Bozia
 
Boas Fiestas e um feliz Ano Novo
 
Nollaig Shona Dhuit
 
From all at the Strumble Head DX and Contest Group.

May we meet on the air sometime in 2013.

And remember, as usual we may be on the air sometime over the holiday period from the farm to celebrate the new year.

Also watch this space for a announcement about a special dxpedition we are currently planning along with our yearly trip over to Ramsey Island.

 

ISS Transits the Sun.

Chris Colclough
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Taken from Spaceweather.com website.

With sunspot AR1618 in decay, solar activity was very low on Nov. 24th. The only break in the monotony was provided by a 500 ton winged spacecraft:

The International Space Station passed directly in front of the sun over Entre Rios, Argentina, where Leonardo Julio photographed the split-second flyby. "I traveled 250 km to be in the path of the transit," he says. "It occurred just as predicted by CalSky."

The sunspot near the bottom of Julio's picture is AR1618. Although the sunspot is in decay, its magnetic field still harbors energy for strong eruptions. NOAA forecasters estimate a 30% chance of M-class flares and a 5% chance of X-flares during the next 24 hours.

LATEST NEWS; The NOAA have now downgraded the geomagnetic storm expected on November 25th as the CME that was expected to hit earth is taking longer than expected to arrive. Hopefully the higher bands will be open for most of the day with some juicy DX to be worked on them in the CQWW CW contest.

V26B Station Destroyed by Fire

Chris Colclough
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Taken from Charles M0OXO website.

v26bTeam Antigua is saddened to announce that the V26B contest station was totally destroyed by fire on Sunday, November 18, 2012. 

Luckily, no one was seriously hurt.  The station Owner, Roy V21N, received minor injuries due to smoke inhalation but is OK now.

This station was used by John G4RCG and Bruce KI7VR back in 2006 (V26G). As of now, the future of the station is uncertain.  It may be possible to rebuild it, as the antennas and towers were  not damaged.  However the interior and all equipment, tools and spare parts were totally destroyed.

Click here for pictures of the fire.

Tnx to Brian N3OC & good luck to all Team V26B attempting to resurrect the Station in the months to come

Information from FRC members Sam WT3Q and Dale N3BNA who just operated at the station on behalf of the club during the recent CQ WW SSB ,is that the station location, all the radio equipment and the various award plaques from previous contest wins are all destroyed . The antennas remained intact.

Those involved with the station have vowed to rebuild.

Bud, AA3B was to operate from there, signing V26K, during CQ WW CW contest. he was contacted him to ask what was happening and this is his response:

 Hi Bob,

I'm in Antigua. The shack was destroyed but we're going to try and put something together. We'll see,

Bud AA3B

15Kw HF Amplifier

Charles Wilmott
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15kwHomemade HF Amplifier 15KW (4CX10000D)......

Nice !!!!

MX0LDG team airlifted from Lundy

Charles Wilmott
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Created on Friday, 19 October 2012

K1024 121Well the guys on Lundy Island last weekend did a fabulous job and due to an unexpected deterioration with the weather, their stay was extended a little and which ultimately ended with them being airlifted by Helicopter back to the mainland (Photo above).

The team consisting of John, M5JON, Peter, M0ILT, Ant, MW0JZE (pictured above center) used a Elecraft K3 with a KPA500 amp, a Kenwood TS590s with a Expert 1K amp (400W) and a IC706 as a backup radio/3rd station. The antennas were 2 x G3TXQ Hexbeams (supplied and built by Ant, MW0JZE, the main sponsor of the activation) and a 1/4 wave vertical for 40m.

The guys logged 5100 Qso's in just over 4 days operating. Well done to all, great job and fb operation. (Qsl via MØURX OQRS).

Mission to the Edge of Space

Charles Wilmott
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Created on Monday, 15 October 2012

felixFelix Baumgartner, the man who tried to break the world's freefall record by jumping from 23 miles above the earth, breaking the sound barrier, has jumped from space.

Felix Baumgartner, a 43-year-old former military parachutist, floated for two hours in a purpose-built capsule towed by an enormous helium balloon before leaping into the record books from 128,000ft – almost four times the height of a cruising passenger airline. Baumgartner reached an estimated speed of 1,342.8 km/h (Mach 1.24) jumping from the stratosphere, which when certified will make him the first man to break the speed of sound in freefall and set several other records* while delivering valuable data for future space exploration.

He broke the current freefall record of 19.5 miles held by Joe Kittinger. Mr Kittinger, who set his record in 1960, was the only person allowed to communicate with Mr Baumgartner while he was inside the capsule which carried him into space. Click here (or the image) to see the jump

Lundy on the Air

Chris Colclough
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Written By Chris G1VDP

The boys are now on the air from Lundy Island, EU-120, with a very strong signal in the UK. I have taken a couple of video's and they can be seen here at my You Tube channel.

On one of the video's you can hear Charles (M0OXO) in the pile up.

Lundy Island (EU120)

Chris Colclough
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Don't forget guys the following IOTA activation takes place this week.
 
Lundy Island (EU-120) - A small group will be activating Lundy Island (EU-120) from 11th to 16th October using the call MX0LDG. They will have 2 stations on the air from 06:00 to 00:00 each day - the islands power closes down at midnight each day - on SSB and possibly some DIGI modes. The equipment will consist of a Elekraft K3 and KPA500 amp, a Icom IC706 and Expert 1KW amp, and a back up radio. Antennas will be 2 G3XTQ Hexbeams built by MW0JZE (see http://www.g3txq-hexbeam.com) and a Vertical for 40M.
 
Team members are;

John - M5JON - Team Leader
Pete - M0ILT
Ant - MW0JZE

A QSL card will be available through the teams manager Tim, M0URX, and all logs will be uploaded to LOTW and Clublog. Please use the OQRS on Tim's website (http://m0urx.com/oqrs/), DO NOT SEND CARDS FOR THIS ACTIVATION VIA THE BUREAU PLEASE USE OQRS.
 
The team also support the DX Code of conduct (http://dx-code.org/) so please read and understand how to operate before calling.

Vulcan XH558 Fly Past at Coventry

Chris Colclough
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Written by Chris G1VDP


What a sight, this plane never ceases to amaze me. The people of Coventry turned out in their thousands at Coventry Airport to watch this awesome aircraft pay homage to the people and the companies that manufactured parts that went in to the building of these magnificent aircraft.

Coventry played its part with the 2 factories of Dunlop (Now Meggitt) and Rolls Royce. The Dunlop factory in the Holbrookes area would have supplied some of the parts for the braking system, wheels and possibly the anti icing system fitted to most aircraft. The Rolls Royce factory with their engine manufacturing plant just outside Coventry supplying the DSC 4200engines in this bomber.

Strangely when the aircraft flew through the engine noise was a lot quieter than I remember, and certainly a lot quieter than when it took off and landed at Doncaster a couple of weeks ago. But then all aircraft now are made to fly quieter for the anti noise pollution laws.

As I said the crowds were in the thousands, with every vantage point along the airport perimeter road taken and the car park of a local retail area being full along with the laybys at the side of the A45 and A46 also being full. I also had a comment from a friend who was working and driving his articulated lorry on the A42 saying "I almost put my lorry up the grass banking when it flew over my head, the noise and the sight frit (a local word for frightened) me to death!" Obviously he had not been warned that the old girl was coming over!!!!DSC 4203

I would like to thank the volunteers and the charity that keep this awesome aircraft flying. It is not owned by the Government, the RAF or a big corporation and is only able to fly and keep going on donations from shows and fund raising events. Full details are on the Vulcan to the Sky website, and just to show how much it costs to keep the plane in the air the fuel for the flight today cost £15,000.00 (GBP) or $24,250.00 (US) - so not a cheap thing to keep airborne and all donations welcomed.

   
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