martedì 30 settembre 2014

Radio Martí on MFSK16

Hello friends,

Starting tonight, Radio Martí will transmit a minute of MFSK16 centered on 2500 Hz, daily, according to the following schedule:

0558:40 UTC               1180  6030  7405 kHz

0758:40 UTC               1180  5980  6030 kHz

0858:40 UTC               1180  5980  6030 kHz

Each transmission is 57 seconds.  

The 1180 kHz is medium wave, from the Florida Keys. The shortwave frequencies (5980, 6030, and 7405 kHz) are all via North Carolina.

You will probably hear noise on the frequency.

Recordings of your reception would be appreciated.

The email address for reception reports is included in the text transmission, but if you are not able to decode it, just send the report to radiogram@voanews.com.


Kim Andrew Elliott
Producer and Presenter
VOA Radiogram

'73 de IK1XPK, Claudio.

sabato 27 settembre 2014

TY1AA una operazione finita bene !

Si è appena conclusa l'attività dal Benin TY1AA del gruppo capitanato da Silvano (I2YSB) e Soci che come al solito hanno fatto felici molti Radioamatori permettendo di collegare questo country africano dai 160 ai 6 Mt.

C'è da rimarcare, non per colpa del Team ma della propagazione, la scarsa possibilità di effettuare QSO sulle bande basse causa QRM locale ma il plauso va ai Colleghi per l'attività svolta sulle altre bande. I 6 Mt,in particolare sono sempre oggetto di molta attenzione del Team procurando gioe ai cultori della Magic Band.

Ancora una volta lo score  oltre 81.0000 qso del Team è di tutti rispetto a riprova, ve ne fosse la necessità delle esperienza e capacità messe in capo non solo da chi opera sul posto ma da chi li supporta.

Grazie ancora una volta a tutta la squadra dell'Italian DXpedition Team !!

TY1AA Benin + LoTW DXpedition - Date of the last QSO imported is September 26, 2014 10:16:16 UTC
ALL SSB CW RTTY CALL 160m 80m 40m 30m 20m 17m 15m 12m 10m 6m
81220 44624 34209 2387 26190 442 871 3541 3425 15270 12866 15030 12788 14563 2424  

Il mio score:

IK1XPK Icom 756 pro verticale 6-40 Mt 100 W

Number of QSO found: 12  

IK1XPK/qrp  verticale 6-40 Mt only 5 W !!!

Number of QSO found: 5

Per le QSL rimando al precedente post.

Per i Membri del Mediterraneo DX Club ricordo il QSL-Service

'73 de IK1XPK, Claudio.

lunedì 22 settembre 2014

IA/IZ3SUS Antartica - Concordia Research Station

Dear Friends,
From February 2014 to November 2014 I'll be operating from Concordia research station, in Antarctica, where I'll overwinter. 

From Wikipedia:
Concordia Research Station, which opened in 2005, is a research facility that was built 3233m above sea level at a location called Dome C on the Antarctic Plateau, Antarctica. It is located 1,100km inland from the French research station at Dumont D'Urville, 1100km inland from Australia's Casey Station and 1200km inland from the Italian Zucchelli Station at Terra Nova Bay. Russia's Vostok Station is 560km away. The Geographic South Pole is 1670km away.
Concordia Station is the third permanent, all-year research station on the Antarctic Plateau besides Vostok Station (Russian) and the Amundsen-Scott Station (USA) at the Geographic South Pole. It is jointly operated by scientists from France and Italy.

The call sign I'll use is: IA/IZ3SUS

Some data about the station:
Local time: UTC+8
WAP reference: MNB-03 (Multi National Base)

I'll operate every Friday between 17:00 and 18:00 UTC, working at 14333 kHz (no split unless specified, check the cluster).

Gianni I1HYW will be my QSL manager during my stay in Antarctica.

73 de Paride IA/IZ3SUS

Concordia Research Station Dome C
An aerial view of the station (image courtesy of Guillaume Dargaud)

Cari Amici,

Dal febbraio 2014 al novembre 2014 sarò operativo dalla stazione di ricerca Concordia, in Antartide, dove sarò svernano. 

Da Wikipedia:

La stazione di ricerca Concordia, inaugurata nel 2005, è una struttura di ricerca che è stata costruita a 3233 mt sul livello del mare in un luogo chiamato Dome C sul Plateau Antartico, Antartide.
Si trova a 1.100 chilometri nell'entroterra dalla stazione di ricerca francese Dumont D'Urville, 1100 km nell'entroterra dalla stazione Casey Australia e 1.200 chilometri nell'entroterra dalla stazione Zucchelli italiana a Baia Terra Nova. Stazione Vostok della Russia è 560 km di distanza. Il Polo Sud geografico è 1670 km di distanza.

Stazione Concordia è la terza stazione di ricerca permanente, tutto l'anno sul Plateau Antartico oltre Stazione Vostok (Russia) e la stazione Amundsen-Scott (USA) presso il Polo Sud geografico. Essa è gestita congiuntamente da scienziati provenienti da Francia e Italia.

Il nominativo di chiamata che userò è: IA/IZ3SUS
Alcuni dati relativi alla stazione:

Ora locale: UTC + 8
Riferimento WAP: MNB-03 (Base Nazionale Multi)

Io opero ogni Venerdì 17:00-18:00 UTC, lavorando a 14333 kHz (senza split, controllate gli spot il cluster).

Gianni I1HYW è il mio QSL-Manager durante il mio soggiorno in Antartide.

73 de Paride IA/IZ3SUS

Paride Legovini  IA/IZ3SUS


Inside the HF shelter there's the transceiver (R&S XK2100L, RF power: 150W).

The HF antenna

Altre info dal continente bianco su: http://www.waponline.it/

'73 de IK1XPK Claudio

sabato 20 settembre 2014

Moon-Bound Ham Radio Payload Will Transmit Your Message from Space — But Hurry!

The Amateur Radio payload on the lunar-orbiting 4M-LXS spacecraft will carry up to 2500, 13-character digital messages into space for retransmission via JT65B mode on 145.990 MHz. But wannabes will have to act fast. The message collection site will close Wednesday, September 17 at 12:00 Central European Time (1100 UTC) the 4M website announced today. China recently announced plans to launch the orbiter carrying the 14 kg battery-powered payload, developed by LUXspace in Luxembourg. The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) is a partner in the experiment. Getting a message into space requires registering and uploading one via the 4M website. A “73 de W1AW” message already has been uploaded.

“Give us your 13 characters long message, and we will send it ‘from the moon,’” an announcement on the 4M Manfred Memorial Moon Mission website invites. Signals from the Amateur Radio payload can be decoded using the free WJST software by Joe Taylor, K1JT. The Manfred Memorial Moon Mission memorializes Manfred Fuchs, the late founder and chairman of LUXspace parent company OHB of Bremen. He died in April. The 4M mission is expected to launch after 1800 UTC on October 23.
According to LUXspace, the 4M spacecraft will transmit continuously on 145.980 MHz (± 2.9 kHz) at 1.5 W into a simple quarter-wave monopole antenna. “This will give S/N comparable to EME signals at Earth’s surface,” LUXspace said. “The transmission is based on a 1-minute sequence and a 5-minute cycle. The transmission will start 4670 seconds (77.8 minutes) after launch.”
The 4M mission was detailed during a presentation the EME 2014 conference held recently in France. A paper, “4M Mission: A Lunar Flyby Experiment” also is available. During the lunar flyby, the spacecraft will be about nearly 248,000 miles from Earth and between 7440 and 14,480 miles from the Moon. The spacecraft will be part of the last stage of the lunar mission. The planned trajectory calls for a lunar flyby and return to Earth, with a 90 percent chance that the spacecraft will re-enter Earth’s atmosphere. LUXspace has provided a tracking tool on its website.
The mission is scheduled to run slightly longer than 8 days, with lunar flyby occurring about halfway through the mission. The distance to the moon will be between 7440 and 14,480 miles, depending on the final orbital injection vector, LUXspace said.
LUXspace’s motive in encouraging radio amateurs to upload messages is to guarantee a built-in team of listeners who will monitor the transmissions and report back to LUXspace. “There will be a number of experiments and contests with prizes to the winners in each experiment and category,” LUXspace said.
The orbiter is one of the test models for Beijing’s new lunar probe Chang’e-5, which will land on the moon, collect samples, and return to Earth. The launch is aimed at testing technologies vital to that spacecraft’s success. The orbiter will be launched into Lunar Transfer Orbit and then perform a lunar flyby before re-entering Earth’s atmosphere.

The orbiter, which arrived by air in Xichang, Sichuan, on August 10, has been transported to the Xichang Satellite Launch Center. — 

Thanks to LUXspace, AMSAT-UK

'73 de IK1XPK, Claudio

giovedì 11 settembre 2014

TY1AA last news

The Benin DXpedition TY1AA, announced for November, is anticipated for the period 11-26 September because of work commitments of some Team members.
For info, check log, sked, suggestions please contact only the pilot station IK7JWY

Online service for direct QSL request
(your QSL not required)

DIRECT:via I2YSB only     (Postal rates in Italy)
 2 US$ for Europe + SAE
 3 US$ outside of Europe + SAE
 4 US$ VK-ZL Pacific Area + SAE

 Important: 1 DXpedition ONLY per envelope, NO IRCs, NO stamps

 Address: Silvano Borsa
               Viale Capettini 1
               27036 Mortara (PV)

BUREAU:via IK2CIO (NO e-mail request).
TU2T, 6OØCW 2012, TT8TT, XT2TT, TO2TT, 9J2T

LOTW:uploaded  for: 
5M2TT, 5V7TT, 6OØCW 2012, 9G5TT, 9L1X, TT8TT, TU2T, XT2TT, TO2TT, 9J2T
All other DXpeditions: direct QSL only

Please note: QSLs will be mailed typically within 2 to 8 weeks,
depending on workload and mail service.
Please do not solicit them.

The best Team !!

I2YSB Silvano
In the past Silvano operated from:
IK2CIO Vinicio
In the past Vinicio operated from:
IK2CKR  Angelo
In the past Angelo operated from:
IK2DIA Marcello
In the past Marcello operated from:
IK2HKT Stefano
In the past Stefano operated from:
JA3USA Mac (confirmed one week only)
In the past Mac operated from:
XV4VT-A52A-VP2E Multi Op team-
IH9P SSB Multi Op team-XT2TT-TO2TT-9J2T
IK2RZP Gino (confirmed one week only)In the past Gino operated from:

TY1AA Band Plan


by IK1XPK, Claudio

Radio Free Asia Releases 18th Anniversary QSL

Radio Free Asia (RFA) announces the release of our 18thAnniversary QSL card. RFA’s first broadcast was in Mandarin on September 29, 1996 at 2100 UTC. RFA is a private, nonprofit corporation broadcasting news and information to listeners in Asian countries where full, accurate, and timely news reports are unavailable. Acting as a substitute for indigenous free media, RFA concentrates coverage on events occurring in and/or affecting Burma, Cambodia, Laos, North Korea, the People’s Republic of China, and Vietnam.  RFA does not express editorial opinions but provides news, analysis, commentary, and cultural programming in the languages of the country of broadcast. This is RFA’s 55th QSL design and will be used to confirm all valid RFA reception reports from September 1-December 31, 2014.

Created by Congress in 1994 and incorporated in 1996, RFA broadcasts in Burmese, Cantonese, Khmer, Korean to North Korea, Lao, Mandarin (including the Wu dialect), Vietnamese, Tibetan (Uke, Amdo, and Kham), and Uyghur. RFA strives for accuracy, balance, and fairness in its editorial content. As a ‘surrogate’ broadcaster, RFA provides news and commentary specific to each of its target countries, acting as the free press these countries lack. RFA broadcasts only in local languages and dialects, and most of its broadcasts comprise news of specific local interest.  More information about Radio Free Asia, including our current broadcast frequency schedule, is available at www.rfa.org.

RFA encourages listeners to submit reception reports.  Reception reports are valuable to RFA as they help us evaluate the signal strength and quality of our transmissions. RFA confirms all accurate reception reports by mailing a QSL card to the listener.  RFA welcomes all reception report submissions at http://techweb.rfa.org (follow the QSL REPORTS link) not only from DX’ers, but also from its general listening audience. 

Reception reports are also accepted by email at qsl@rfa.org and by mail to:

            Reception Reports
            Radio Free Asia
            2025 M. Street NW, Suite 300
            Washington DC 20036
            United States of America. 
            (A.J Janitscheck/RFA) 

'73 de IK1XPK, Claudio

martedì 9 settembre 2014

Radio Free Asia - QSL News

Dear friends, We are changing the way we send QSL card information by email for our friends and listeners; we believe this will improve our handling of QSL information and reception reports.  This week we will distribute the press release for our new QSL card design which will be used for all confirmed reception reports from Sep 1 - Dec 31.  

There may be some bumps as we start the new method but we hope you will be patient with us.  As always, please let us know if you want to be removed from our email list. 

Thank you for continued interest in RFA, our programming, and especially for your interest in our QSL cards.   

AJ -- Andrew "A.J." JanitschekDirectorProgram & Operations SupportRadio Free Asia 
2025 M. Street NWWashington DC 20036
United States of America +1 202 530 4999

Visit us at www.rfa.org or at http://techweb.rfa.org

by IK1XPK, Claudio

The Radio Free Asia - Olivia 32-2000

Hello friends,
The Radio Free Asia Cantonese Service is transmitting Olivia 32-2000, centered on 1500 Hz, according to the schedule below.

This table corrects the frequencies at 1458-1500 UTC sent in my previous email:

​UTC Dates​                 1458-1500 UTC​       2258-2300 UTC

​Tuesday, 9 Sept           13595 kHz​               15270 kHz
​Wednesday, 10 Sept    13585​                      15280
​Thursday, 11 Sept       13595​                       15290
​Friday, 12 Sept            13585​                       15300
​Saturday, 13 Sept        13635​                       15380
​Sunday, 14 Sept          13700​                       15390
​Monday, 15 Sept         13585                       ​15260

 All frequencies are via Tinian, Northern Mariana Islands. Today’s transmission at 1458 UTC on 13595 kHz was successfully decoded in Japan, the Philippines, Finland, Greece, and California – and probably other places I haven’t hear from yet.


By IK1XPK, Claudio