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1 Amateur Radio Journal of the Austrian Test Transmitter Association 01 / Volume OE 6 reports on 63 new radio amateurs who were trained in the Styrian regional association between 2008 and 2009 11 Conditions of participation for the Austrian UHF microwave activity day Valid from 2010 The aim is to use the existing amateur radio long distance report via a radio link on 76.032 and 122.250 GHz between OE 3 and OE 5, OE3WOG / P and OE5VRL / 5 19

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3 Editorial Imprint The ÖVSV in 2010 If you hold these lines in your hands, the New Year 2010 has already begun. The turn of the year is always the time of good resolutions and changes. The new club year begins with innovations. After many years in A5 format, the QSP has now been fundamentally modernized in appearance and brought to almost A4 format in full color. This not only enables contemporary reporting with color photos and graphics for your building instructions, but also inexpensive production and finishing. This also makes the magazine more attractive for advertisers at home and abroad. At the same time, 2010 also brings a new team of speakers to the umbrella organization. Both the press department, the microwave department and the EMC department could be filled and I am also expecting some initiatives from the new treasurer to streamline the organization. I hope that the individual members of yours will initiate the training of the next generation and help with emergency radio exercises and balloon launches. The most important thing, however, will remain the same: the aim of the ÖVSV umbrella organization to act as a lobbyist for the concerns of radio amateurs and the amateur radio service with all their might. We have proven this in the past in the PLC case as well as in the redesign of the amateur radio ordinance in Austria. For 2010 we have decided to amend the Amateur Radio Act and will also be directly involved in the presentation of amateur radio in the European Parliament in Brussels. I wish us that the number of sunspots rises sharply and I wish us all a happy and successful New Year! vy 73 de Mike OE3MZC President Imprint QSP Official and non-party organ of the Austrian Association of Experimental Broadcasters. Media owner, editor and publisher: Austrian Association of Experiments, ZVR-Nr, Eisvogelgasse 4/1, 1060 Vienna, Tel. +43 (0), Fax +43 / 0), GZ 02Z S, DVR Chief editor: Michael Seitz OE1SSS. Manufacturer: Druckerei Seitz Gesellschaft m.b.h., Industriestraße 9, 2201 Gerasdorf / Vienna. Graphic concept: Karin Rosner-Joppich Implementation: Christine Kinsperger Frequency of publication: sent monthly free of charge to the members of the Austrian Association of Experimental Broadcasters. Cover picture: Antenna system of the contest station OE3I (Photo: OE8KDK) QSP 01/10 3

4 Contents ÖVSV Contents ÖVSV reports in year OE 1 ... 6 OE 2 reports ... 6 Salzburg school starts with new club radio station OE 3 reports ... 8 OE 4 reports ... 10 OE 5 reports ... 10 OE 6 reports ... 11 Amateur radio courses in Styria ... 11 OE 8 reports ... 13 OE 9 reports ... 11 Report on the ALL AUSTRIAN 160 METER CW-KONTEST Silent key ... 15 VHF corner ... 15 Invitation to the VHF meeting 2010 and microwave meeting microwave news ... 16 Conditions of participation for the Austrian UHF microwave activity day Valid from the invitation to the microwave regular table microwave ticker Report on a long-distance radio connection on 76.032 and 122.250 GHz between OE3 and OE DX-Splatters. ..22 HF corner ... 30 Satellite radio ... 32 News on the ISS, operation via SO MFCA amateur radio activities ... 33 HF propagation conditions Book review APRS with the Apple iphone multibandbake OE3XAC 2nd attempt Call for Papers 26. IPRT The transistor tester ... 40 The joint handicraft project of the OV-Steyr ... 40 C AST Rescuers capable of action even in the event of a disaster HAM-Börse ... 15, 32, 43 Austrian Association of Experimental Transmitters Umbrella Association A-1060 Vienna, Eisvogelgasse 4/1 Telephone: +43 (0), Fax: +43 (0) The Austrian Association of Experimental Transmitters (ÖVSV) is a member the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) and umbrella organization of the Austrian Amateur Radio Service. The ÖVSV aims to maintain and promote amateur radio in the broadest sense, such as: setting up and operating radio systems, researching the propagation conditions, maintaining contact and friendship between radio amateurs from all countries and territories, and providing assistance in disaster and emergency situations. In order to achieve the association's goals, the ÖVSV performs the following activities in particular: issuing information (qsp), representing members at the competent Austrian authorities, working with amateur radio associations in other countries, arranging QSL cards for regular members. Supporting membership for members abroad 35 ,. Full members of the Vienna Regional Association (OE 1) 1060 Vienna, Eisvogelgasse 4/3 Regional Head: Fritz Wendl, OE1FWU, Tel. 01 /, Regional Association Salzburg (OE 2) 5202 Neumarkt, Sighartsteinerstraße 33 Regional Head: Ludwig Vogl, OE2VLN, Tel. 0664 /, Regional Association of Lower Austria (OE 3) 3004 Weinzierl, Gartenstrasse 11 Regional Manager: Ing.Gerhard Scholz, OE3GSU Tel. 0664 /, Regional Association Burgenland (OE 4) 7000 Eisenstadt, Bründlfeldweg 68/1 Regional Manager: Dipl.-Ing. Stefan Wagner, OE4SWA, Tel. 0699 /, Regional Association Upper Austria (OE 5) 4941 Mehrnbach, Am Sternweg 12 Regional Manager: Dipl.-Ing. Dieter Zechleitner, OE5DZL Tel / 88 672, Landesverband Steiermark (OE 6) 8111 Judendorf, Murfeldsiedlung 39 Country Manager: Ing.Claus Stehlik, OE6CLD Tel. 0676 /, Regional Association Tyrol (OE 7) 6020 Innsbruck, Gärberbach 34 Country Manager: Gustav Benesch, OE7GB , Tel. 0512 /, Regional Association Carinthia (OE 8) 9800 Spittal an der Drau, Aich 4 Country Manager: Richard Kritzer, OE8RZS, Tel. 0664 /, Regional Association Vorarlberg (OE 9) 6845 Hohenems, Beethovenstraße 20a Country Manager: Norbert Amann, OE9NAI, Tel / 746 08, Armed Forces Section, AMRS 1100 Vienna, Starhemberg barracks, Gußriegelstr. 45 Country Manager: Robert Graf, OE4RGC, Tel. 0676 /, 4 QSP 01/10

5 ÖVSV employees of the ÖVSV umbrella association President Ing. Michael Zwingl, OE3MZC Tel. 01 /, HF contest Contact IARU Dipl.-Ing. Dieter Kritzer, OE8KDK Tel. 01 /, Press Department Gaby Maringer, Vice President Norbert Amann, OE9NAI Microwave Wolfgang Hoeth, OE3WOG Homepage Ernst Jenner, OE3EJB Vice President H.-Gerhard Seitz, OE1HSS Digital Communication EDV Ing.Robert Kiendl, OE6RKE Tel. 0664 /, EDV Clubheim Andreas Filzmair, OE3FAW Honorary President Dr. Ronald Eisenwagner, OE3REB APRS Karl Lichtenecker, OE3KLU EDV Member Database Ing.Barbara Langwieser, OE1YLB Treasurer Herbert Dietmann, OE3HDA Tel / 2201/17, Contact OFMB Ing.Gerhard Scholz, OE3GSU EMV DI (FH) Ernst Wimmer, OE3BEW 2nd Treasurer Mag. (FH) Michael Heritsch, Msc OE3HDA, EchoLink Ing.Manfred Belak, OE3BMA Legal advice Dr. Anton Ullmann, OE5UAL Editor qsp Michael Seitz, OE1SSS Emergency and Disaster Radio Michael Maringer, OE1MMU DXCC Field Checker Andreas Schmid-Zartner, OE1AZS QSL Manager Abroad Karl Bugner, OE1BKW Tel. 01 /, Bandwacht Alexander Wagner, OE3DMA Auditor Hellmuth Hödl, OE3DHS QSL Manager Domestic Karl Bernhard, OE1BKA Amateurfunkpeilen Ing. Harald Gosch, OE6GC Tel. 0676 /, Auditor Michael Steiner, OE1MSB VHF Department Peter Maireder, OE5MPL Tel. 0664 /, Satellite Radio Dr. Viktor Kudielka, OE1VKW Tel. 01 /, Newcomerreferat Mike Wedl, OE2WAO UKW-Contest Franz Koci, OE3FKS Tel. 0664 /, Diploma Fritz Rothmüller, OE1FQS Tel. 0664 /, CW-Referat Herbert Lafer, OE6FYG HF-Referat Ing.Claus Stehlik , OE6CLD Tel. 0676 /, ATV Ing.Max Meisriemler, OE5MLL Club Service Karin Seitz QSP 01/10 5

6 OE 1 reports OE 2 reports OE 1 reports Landesverband Wien: 1060 Vienna, Eisvogelgasse 4/3, Tel. 01 / Construction progress in the club house LV1 The renovation work in Eisvogelgasse is progressing. The early replacement of windows has been completed. The fine plastering of the window niches and the assembly of the window sills should already have been carried out by the time this QSP is published, and the flooring should also be laid in the new laboratory and workshop rooms. After completing this work, the flooring in the new classroom has to be renewed. We hope that this will be done by the Annual General Meeting in February. The club stations have moved to the new locations and are provisionally set up for the time being, but can be fully used. Installation work is still required for permanent commissioning and ergonomic construction. The planned work on the top floor and the associated work on the antennas will, however, have a number of adverse effects over the next year. the teaching and course participants are given organizational preference. General meeting The next general meeting of LV1 will take place on Saturday, February 6th, 2010 at 9 am in the house of the amateur radio in the new training room. The agenda and further information on the AGM were sent to our members in a letter sent at the end of November with the payment slip for the 2010 membership fee. Due to the early repayment of the mortgage loan, the membership fee for full membership could be reduced by 20! We would like to thank all members who have already transferred the contribution and ask those who have not yet found the time to pay the contribution soon. On the part of the board of LV1, extensive investments are planned for 2010, which will be submitted to the general meeting for resolution. Despite the restrictions in our club life caused by the renovation, the course in preparation for the exam dates in spring 2010 is fully up and running! However, we ask our members for their understanding that in this sense, the board of directors asks for numerous appearances at the AGM. The board of the LV1 OE 2 reports Landesverband Salzburg (AFVS): 5202 Neumarkt, Sighartsteinerstraße 33, Tel. 0664 // Salzburg School starts with a new club radio station The Werkschulheim Felbertal, a private high school / boarding school, which offers vocational training in addition to the AHS area (Apprenticeship in mechatronics, mechanical engineering or carpentry technology), is about to start operating his own amateur radio club station. Although there have been smaller activities during the past few years through the initiative of the almost entirely licensed teachers in the electronics / mechatronics branch, the project did not really get off the ground, not least because of the very limited budget. The fact that there was permanent progress in the construction of the system during this phase is especially thanks to an exceptionally committed student. Meanwhile graduated from high school and already an active and successful KW and VHF / UHF contester, Christian OE5CWO is always drawn back to the place of his former work and is therefore still part of the rapidly growing crowd of enthusiasts. 6 QSP 01/10

7 OE 2 reports Since a substantial injection of money from the parents' association last year, however, things have gone in rapid succession. Now the temporarily installed antenna system could be expanded to the stand that we had envisioned for the start-up phase. This means that for VHF / UHF 2 structurally identical, differently polarized logarithmic-periodic Yagis and a Diamond V2000 vertical antenna, and for KW / 50MHz a Butternut HF9-V vertical are available. In a QSO with Mike OE2WAO not long ago I mentioned our activities and received the offer to apply for a club license via LV OE2 and to borrow a club's own HF / VHF / UHF device for the start-up phase. We immediately took up this offer and the application for OE2XWL is already with the telecommunications authority. Since then, the first question from our potential newcomers every morning has been whether the callsign has already been assigned in order to test the functionality of the installation for the first time. With that, a strong TNX to the newcomer presentation of the ÖVSV, without which we would not have gotten back on our feet so quickly. Christian OE5CWO and SWL Lucas at the new TS2000 from the newcomer division's own APRS weather station. I have even already noticed an interest in the CW operating mode and will specifically support this mode in particular. Our spacious school area 20 km east of the city of Salzburg with its surrounding hills also invites you to organize smaller fox hunts or to carry out portable operations. Several students in our 6th grade dare to take the license test at the earliest possible date. We wish you all the best. It will be you who will help vigorously to bring our fascinating hobby closer to all other interested school colleagues and to use this club station as a springboard for setting up your own facility. We like to make our own contribution. Antenna installation at the boarding school building Much is already planned: It starts with DX-QSOs on KW with participation in contests (as possible in our framework), goes through satellite operation in the VHF / UHF range to experimenting with digital operating modes and a brief summary of some data: Name of the school: Werkschulheim Felbertal Website: Location: Ebenau near Salzburg JN67OS 700 m asl Requested call sign: OE2XWL Responsible radio amateur: Kurt Ullmann OE2UKL vy 73 de Kurt OE2UKL QSP 01/10 7

8 OE 3 reports OE 3 reports Landesverband Niederösterreich: 3004 Weinzierl, Gartenstrasse 11, Tel. 0664 / Information from LV3 Last amateur radio exams 2009 LL-NÖ Ing.Gerhard Scholz, OE3GSU reports: On November 23, 2009 took place in the telecommunications office for Vienna, Lower Austria and Burgenland the last amateur radio exams of 2009 took place. Started: 10 Passed: 8 From Vienna: 2 From Lower Austria: 8 Upgrade from 4 to 1: 1 (Lukas Bachschwell, the son of our broadcast speaker Wolfgang, OE1WBS) Class 3: 4 Rest: Class 1 The two women also passed with flying colors. Lukas shone in his technique despite his Latin homework that took place immediately after the exam. We sincerely congratulate you! Please notify the calls as soon as the license has arrived to: Beste 73 de Gerhard, OE3GSU PS: You can find the next exam dates on our homepage under the heading Newcomer or via the button How do I become a radio amateur? Emergency round every 1st Wednesday of the month this time on a public holiday, namely January 6, 2010, therefore NO emergency round in January The calendar for the 1st half of 2010 can already be found on our homepage under Dates / Emergency round LV3. Homepage Please visit our homepage regularly. You will always find the latest news there. Also look under Dates. Please inform us of events that are not yet listed there, using the contact form. Thanks to OpenCMS, the appointment calendar is permanently linked to the homepages of the umbrella organization and the regional associations OE3, OE5, OE6 and OE7. The LV8 should follow shortly! The respective webmasters can make their own entries there. Broadcasts Another source of information are our broadcasts. The broadcast schedule for the first half of 2010 can be found in the December issue of qsp on page 49 and under Dates. QRG's broadcast moderator is Wolfgang, OE1WBS. LV3 Club Evenings The monthly LV3 club evenings take place every fourth Friday of the month. The dates can be found on our homepage in the main folder About the LV3. Our next club evening will therefore take place on Friday, January 22nd, 2010 at. LL-NÖ Gerhard, OE3GSU is looking forward to numerous visitors. We meet in the winter quarters in the Landgasthaus Böhm, Zum Goldenen Hufeisen, Dorfstraße 4, 3004 Weinzierl Auf you can download and listen to the last four to six broadcasts in mp3 format under Downloads. Our archive goes back to 2003! The LV3 contribution to the OE broadcast is published on Winlink under the heading AUT_NEWS and in Packet Radio under OEVSV. Thanks to Gert, OE3ZK (Winlink) and Josef, OE3OLC (pr-boxing). Fred, OE3BMA, Section Information Webadmin LV3 8 QSP 01/10

9 OE 3 reports from our local offices ADL302-Wiener Neustadt New homepage The district manager Markus, OE3HWC reports proudly: Our new homepage has been online since December 1st. Webmaster Christoph, OE3BCB provided it with an appealing graphic in record time of one day and also filled it with the first information. We are the eighth district in LV3, whose homepage runs under the OpenCMS of the ÖVSV. Have a look at We thank Sys-Admin Robert, OE6RKE for the quick setup! With the best 73 BL Markus, OE3HWC ADL305-Tulln Club evening with a presentation BL Reg.Rat Herwig Strauss, OE3HAU, invites on behalf of ADL305-Tulln: On Thursday, March 4th, 2010 the ADL305-Tulln is waiting for another club evening on the occasion of its club evening Presentation of the President of the ÖVSV to Ing.Michael Mike Zwingl, OE3MZC will report on Robust-Packet-Radio (RPR). RPR is a new digital operating mode or a new PR method that was specially developed for use on KW. The lecture begins at o'clock, the club evening at o'clock. Guests are welcome as always! Our club restaurant, the Gasthof Albrechtsstuben, awaits you with excellent cuisine. BL Herwig, OE3HAU and Michael, OE3MZC are looking forward to numerous visitors. Our club restaurant: Gasthof Albrechtsstuben, Albrechtsgasse 24, 3430 Tulln ADL322-Schwechat Club evening with a lecture The BL of ADL322-Schwechat, Ernst OE3EJB, invites you to a club evening with a lecture by Hans, OE1SMC WSPR. The DI Hans Mayer, OE1SMC, already known to you from interesting lectures, will speak about WSPR Weak Signal Propagation Reporter (pronounced Whisper). WSPR is a worldwide beacon project that gets by with very little performance. Excerpt from the homepage of Hans: wspr stands for Weak Signal Propagation Reporter and makes it possible to read out or actively import beacon information from a database with small and very small power and with the help of the computer on various shortwave bands, in order to be able to infer, among other things, on propagation conditions. In the lecture I will briefly introduce the WSPR software of the same name, how it works and what you can do with it, by means of a presentation on a notebook. The functions of the internet website are also briefly presented. The club evening begins at 6 p.m., the lecture at 6 p.m. BL Ernst, OE3EJB and Hans, OE1SMC are looking forward to numerous visitors. Venue: Rannersdorfer Stuben, Hähergasse 33, 2320 Schwechat-Rannersdorf, Telephone:, Fax: QSP 01/10 9

10 OE 3 reports OE 4 reports OE 5 reports ADL325 outskirts club evenings BL Günther, OE3GCU reports: Our club evenings will also take place every first Tuesday of the month in 2010 at Gasthaus s`zwickl in Vienna 21, Siemensstrasse 76. Visitors are very welcome. Dates for the 2010 Club Meetings: January 12, February 2, March 2, April 6, May 4, June 1, July 6, August 3, September 7, October 5, November 2, December 7th We will hold our traditional fieldday in Münichsthal again in summer 2010. The exact date will be announced at a later date. Administratively, there has been a change in ADL 325: On the club evening on December 1st, a new deputy district manager was appointed. Günter Pelan, OE1GQA, was no longer able to perform his function due to time constraints. We welcome Werner Deutenhauser, OE1DWC, as our new deputy and wish him every success in his new position. We would like to thank Günter, OE1GQA, for his commitment in the past. Vy 73 de Günther, OE3GCU, District Manager OE 4 reports Landesverband Burgenland BARC: 7000 Eisenstadt, Bründlfeldweg 68/1, Tel. 0699 / Advance notice: Invitation to the radio flea market in Aschau In memory of our radio friend, Alfred OE1AKB, who unfortunately died much too early, I would like to Continue to run the radio flea market founded by Alfred. Date: March 6, 2010 planned. Location: Aschau, Gasthaus Kupferkandl, in the winter garden. More detailed information in the February QSP. I, too, would be happy if you participated. vy 73, de Ernst, OE4ENB OE 5 reports Landesverband Oberösterreich OAFV: 4941 Mehrnbach, Am Sternweg 12, Tel / 88672 Local group Linz Rotes Kreuz ADL 505 Invitation to the annual general meeting Date: Thursday, January 14, 2010 Time: clock Location: ASKÖ Neue Heimat Lokal Sports buffet Elisabeth Flötzerweg Linz 5. Report of the advisory boards 6. Report of the auditor and discharge of the board 7. Any (suggestions / suggestions and ideas, activities of our members, for the new year) Agenda: 1. Opening of the annual general meeting (determination of the quorum) 2 Approval of the minutes of the last AGM 3. Report of the chairman 4. Report of the treasurer With the request for your participation, we look forward to your visit! For the local group ADL 505 OE 5 DHN chairman and OE 3 YBC secretary 10 QSP 01/10

11 OE 6 reports OE 6 reports Landesverband Steiermark: 8111 Judendorf, Murfeldsiedlung 39, Tel 0676 / Amateur radio courses in Styria After many years without courses in OE6 and despite the repeated observation by some officials that in the age of cell phones and the Internet, such course activities are not available anyway Make sense, everything would have already been tried and my efforts would also fail, if I had made it into my head to put the test to the test! I was fortunate that at the beginning of 2008, when I cautiously asked, some vintage cars agreed to participate as a speaker and Prof. Koudelka from Graz University of Technology made a large seminar room in his institute on the IKS available for this project. After applying for the course with a fixed start date (no announcement!) And exclusively for examination category 1 by means of 1. to all OVL and officials of the LV-OE6, 2. to all those interested in ARDF, 3. in the TU Graz mailing list, 4 . to the Telecommunications Office Graz, 5th telephone acquisition at every opportunity, 6th activation on the ÖVSV homepage (tnx 6RKE, 3BMA, 3EJB), full house for the lectures. 7th poster campaign at various institutes of the Graz University of Technology, 8th poster campaigns at highly frequented sales companies, 34 interested parties registered. In fact, 27 people, including two YLs, took the course and mostly successfully took the exam in category 1. This was followed in September 2008 by a second, again very specific, course offer from our proven team. Apparently the market was not yet saturated. We had 34 participants, this time with 8 YLs, many of whom again successfully took the exam in category 1. After this course and during 2009, we had ongoing inquiries from interested parties, now without a particularly intensive application, so the AFU course was already a sure-fire success and therefore also in demand. OE6LCF in the practical part We decided to hold another course from October 3rd. This time we had 31 participants who went to school in the seminar room of Graz University of Technology on 7 Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. On the 2nd, 3rd and then the exams were all again in Category 1 a matter of honor, only a withdrawal to Category 3. Of the 27 who took part, 23 course participants made it, some with really well-founded knowledge, which they had mostly only acquired in the course. QSP 01/10 11

12 OE 6 reports In the three courses in 2008 and 2009 we trained 92 course participants for the amateur radio exam. Of these, 71 have already taken the exam (77% of the course participants). Of the participants so far, 63 were successful (that's 89% of those who took part!). In order to gain structural information about the courses, the course participants filled out questionnaires on the first day of the course. The evaluation of the questionnaires showed: The youngest course participant was 17 years old, the oldest 67 years, the average age was approx. 35 years. Only half of the participants come from technical professions, a third were students, although these did not only come from technical fields of study. The interest in amateur radio relates primarily to communication and radio technology, but also to self-construction and use by sailors. Many made their first acquaintance with amateur radio very, very many years ago. Some course participants have waited many years for a course after the specific decision to become a radio amateur, despite the demand! The vast majority of course participants became aware of amateur radio through radio amateurs. All other sources of information, including the Internet, are far behind. From this knowledge and our experience with the three courses, we deduce that: Amateur radio is still interesting for many. It is the individual radio amateur who can and must pass on the idea of ​​amateur radio. It is not enough to announce courses and wait, courses have to be fixed in time and then advertised. The risk is very low, but the chances of success are very high! Back to course 2009 The regular speakers OE6MY, OE6ZH, OE6BWG, OE6KSG and I, OE6GC have waived a fee, as with the previous courses. As in the course, it was our endeavor again this year to promote the newcomers directly with the course contributions and therefore among those participants who passed the exam, a modern HF transceiver, a VHF / UHF handheld radio and an SDR Receiver kit to be raffled off. Mr. Univ. Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Thank you very much Otto KOUDELKA, Head of the Institute for Communication Networks and Satellite Communication at the Graz University of Technology, for making the course room available. I would like to thank the regular speakers OE6MY, OE6ZH, OE6BWG, OE6KSG very much for their extraordinary commitment as speakers. But I would also like to thank the young colleagues OE6ERE and OE6LCF who are giving presentations in some areas for their great work on the AFU course, Harald, OE6GC for the Win course team, OE6BWG John, OE6KSG Klaus, OE6MY Peter, OE6ZH Harald, OE6GC 12 QSP 01 / 10

13 OE 8 reports OE 9 reports OE 8 reports Regional Association Carinthia: 9800 Spittal an der Drau, Aich 4, Tel. 0664 / Club Evenings Due to the late announcement of the company holiday at Gasthof Müller, the regional club evening planned for January 1st, 2010 in this restaurant could not be held occur. The restaurant will also be closed in February for the same reason. Therefore, the regional club evening on February 5, 2010 will probably be relocated to GASTHOF PIRKER Waltendorferstrasse 129, 9020 Klagenfurt. After the extended board meeting held on on, the board is now composed as follows. Country Manager: OE8RZS Richard Kritzer Deputy: OE8RPK Roland Pobatschnig Secretary: *) OE8GBK Gottfried Berger Treasurer: OE8AAK Anton Augustin Deputy: OE8EBK Ing.Eduard Bidovec QSL Manager: *) OE8YMQ Margot Vrisk Deputy: *) Confirmation Vrisk is not yet available, however. From Friday, March 5th, 2010 we will meet again as usual at Gasthof Müller. The board and the speakers of the LV-Kärnten wish all members and their families a healthy and successful year OE 9 reports Landesverband Vorarlberg: 6845 Hohenems, Beethovenstraße 20a, Tel / 74608 Report on the ALL AUSTRIAN 160 METER CW-KONTEST for this year's ALL AUSTRIAN 160 METER CW-KONTEST found a small group consisting of OE9AMJ Arno, OE9BBH Bernhard and OE9GWI Gerhard and decided to activate both the radio vehicle OE9XGV and the contest call OE9Y. Punctually with the arrival of the mobile shack at the contest location in Ried, some helpers arrived spontaneously without whose active support our action would not have been possible in this short time. Antennas were diligently measured, the radio station set up and configured, and power supply cables laid to the generators. OE9XGV the mobile club station. In a pleasantly heated shack, the following equipment was available to us in the evening: Yaesu FT 2000 with power amplifier, 4Sq antenna, notebook with UCX software, Winkey 2 and of course a button. So the contest could begin. The first two hours went relatively quickly and we were in good spirits. But then what had to happen, the Winkey 2 failed on the notebook. So quickly plug it in and continue with the QSP 01/10 13

14 OE 9 reports Around midnight a certain Mr. Murphy must have somehow noticed that there were two contest newcomers in the team and played his little game with us by also skipping the second keyer. So again, paddle on and continue by hand. In the early morning the conditions became much worse for us and we couldn't hear very much. With 23 DXCC countries and a connection to the USA as the culmination in the LOG, we finished our first contest satisfied after 9 hours. OE9AMJ Arno in contest mode. Bencher by hand. A visit from Harald OE9HLH and Holger OE9GHV saved our situation after Holger was able to replace and reconfigure the CW keyer without further ado. We then used this break to feed the Hondas and take care of our own well-being. Then we were able to work with an intact station again. OE9GWI and OE9AMJ during operation. We would like to take this opportunity to thank our helpers OE9WSJ Wilfried, OE9MHV Mario, OE9FWV Werner, OE9HLH Harald and OE9GHV Holger and look forward to OE9GWI Gerhard in the contest. The contest team: Arno OE9AMJ, Bernhard OE9BBH and Gerhard OE9GWI Photos: OE9HLH, OE9GHV, OE9BBH, OE9GWI Gerhard OE9GWI

15 Silent key VHF corner HAM stock exchange Silent key Tom Frass OE8TF The Carinthia regional association and the Völkermarkt branch mourn the loss of Tom Frass OE8TF, who died at the age of 90. Tom was born in Hohenlauten near Unterdrauburg, attended a technical school in Marburg and moved with his parents to Carinthia after graduating. For many years he worked as an assembly manager at KELAG. He became interested in radio technology very early on. After the Amateur Radio Ordinance was enacted on, OE8TF successfully passed the amateur radio examination on and has been very active since then. Tom was always ready to pass on his knowledge to younger radio operators. Personally, I will never forget how, under Tom's guidance, I soldered my first circuit board for a packet radio modem. He was also available at all events of the local office and was available for advice and action. The Carinthian radio operators will have fond memories of Tom. Dieter Kritzer, OE8KDK VHF Corner VHF Unit: Michael Maringer, OE1MMU, VHF Contest: Franz Koci, OE3FKS, invitation to the VHF meeting 2010 and microwave meeting The VHF meeting with the awarding of prizes for the Austrian VHF championship 2010 will take place on Saturday, on January 30, 2010 at the Gasthaus Fehringer. The official part begins at 6:00 p.m., the awarding of the prizes at around 6:00 p.m. There is enough time both before and afterwards to enjoy the excellent dishes in this house. From about o'clock there is the possibility to find out more about the microwave activity, more information about it in the microwave department at Wolfgang, OE3WOG. The address is: 3354 Wolfsbach, Meilersdorf 55 Tel. For room reservations: This guest house can be reached from the Haag motorway exit in the direction of Steyr, then left in the direction of Wolfsbach. More information can be found on the ÖVSV homepage. Among other things, the new evaluation for the Austrian FM championship, a report on extraordinary contest connections and a presentation of the new features in the Saiga contest are planned. I look forward to seeing you there and a successful event. 73, Franz Koci, OE3FKS HAMBörse Free sale, purchase or exchange requests (only for ÖVSV members) Acceptance only with membership no. by post to QSP, 1060 Vienna, Eisvogelgasse 4/1 or Fax 01 / or OE5CFM Fritz Zarbl,,, SOLD: HY-Gain LP1010AN 14-El.Log. Per.Beam 10-30MHz 2 years dbd, Icom2725E FM Duob. 50 / 35W with HM133, Icom 706 MKIIg, with 500 and 250 Hz filter, Kenwood TH79E, 3-battery, HM2 headset, 1k2 / 9k6 conn., TSU-8, FT 290 R, integrated. VV, orig. Loader, car holder, magnetic, and orig. 50 W power amplifier Yaesu FL-2050, IC 260 E, everything original, ok., With VV-Burdewick. One TH21 and TH41 each, with some battery cases, batteries defective, additional 2 x 12 V adapters for cigarette lighter plugs, and orig. Charger, orig. Kenwood battery case for 6 mono cells. QSP 01/10 15

16 Microwave News Microwave News Processed by: Wolfgang Hoeth, OE3WOG Conditions of Participation for the Austrian UHF Microwave Activity Day Valid from 2010 Preamble: The aim is to further expand and increase the existing amateur radio activity in the UHF and microwave frequency ranges. All licensed radio amateurs in the federal states and abroad are cordially invited to take part and document their activity with a log. The transmitted boxes are evaluated by the organizer, the results are calculated from the number of radio connections and their attributes and accumulated monthly. The result will be published in the QSP and on the Internet. On the basis of the year-end result, the three first-placed winners in each of the two performance classes will receive plaques (place in the UHF and in the microwave segment), from 4th place onwards, diplomas will be awarded to the participants in both segments. The plaques and certificates will be handed over together with the award ceremony of the OE-VHF championship in January of the following year. Time and place are published. All licensed radio amateurs from Germany and abroad are eligible to participate; membership in the ÖVSV is not required. All frequency bands and segments listed below can be used. A separate log must be created for each band. Multi-operation under one callsign is permitted. There are then two classes: a) the UHF class from 70 cm to 13 cm and b) a microwave class from 5.6 GHz to light. Participation in both segments is possible, the choice of the working frequency (s) is up to the participant.The activity period will be extended to 15:00 UTC in order to be able to use portable operation, rain scatter & tropo conditions or to create a broader activity base by merging with other competitions. Validity: from January 2010 Dates: every 3rd Sunday of the month, with the exception of March, May, June, July and October. During these months, the 3rd Sunday rule does not apply and the activity day falls on Sundays on which the IARU Region 1 contests also take place. Including these dates, a total of 13 competitions (2 of them in June) are available for the UHF microwave activity day (see 1). Operation: Stationary, portable (see 2) Operating time: from 07:00 UTC to 15:00 UTC Performance classes: from A to D (see 3) Frequencies: Band ID multiplier (see 6) UHF 70 cm UHF 1.3 GHz 1.3 3 UHF 2.3 GHz 2.3 5 MW 5.6 GHz 5.6 5 MW 10 GHz MW 24 GHz MW 47 GHz MW 76 GHz MW 122 GHz MW 134 GHz MW 241 GHz Laser antenna gain: none Restriction (see 4) Modulation: all narrowband modulation types (CW, SSB, AM, FM) Operating mode: Simplex (see 5) Data exchange: callsign, RS (T) reports, serial number starting with 001 and the 6-digit locator assistance : the use of PR-DX clusters and DX chats, such as ON4KST is permissible. Evaluation: Overall evaluation of all boxes sent in per month across all frequency bands worked. The scoring system is as follows: 16 QSP 01/10

17 microwave messages for each QSO + 1 point in another federal state + 3 points abroad + 5 points + band multiplier (see 6) Log / Logfile: An electronic log in EDI format must be created for each band. The log must contain: date, time in UTC, callsign of the opposite station, given report with consecutive number, received report with consecutive number, the own QTH locator and the locator of the opposite station (see 7) Multipliers: The kilometers reached are recorded for each band upgraded to a frequency band-dependent multiplier. The multipliers increase with the frequency (see 6) Publication: The monthly results are accumulated in the QSP and published on the ÖVSV website Comments / annexes are used: 1) The following dates differ from the monthly repetition grid: 1.1 First subregional contest on March 7th Second subregional contest on May 2nd Microwave contest on June 6th Alps-Adriatic contest on June 20th Third subregional contest on May 4th July IARU R1 UHF Contest on October 3rd) Change of location is possible, but a counter station may only be worked once per band during the day of activity. This allows participation in the UHF segment in the morning from the home QTH and portable operation in the microwave segment in the afternoon. Mobile operation is not permitted 3) Club stations must participate under their call sign, each participant must comply with the requirements of their license class 4) The maximum radiated power (ERP or EIRP) must comply with the regulations applicable in OE 5) Repeater and crossband operation are not permitted 6) The multipliers are calculated by the organizer or generated on the ÖVSV server. Examples for scoring: QSO: OE1ABC with OE3RST in the 70 cm band = = 4 points QSO: OE1ABC with OM3XYZ in the 3 cm band = = 60 points QSO : OE5FGH with DL3ABC on 2.3 GHz = = 60 points QSO: OE2ABG with OE2LNA on 24 GHz = 1 20 = 20 points, etc. 7) In order to enable further processing and evaluation in a simple and transparent way, the participant should send an electronic Log management and evaluation are used, e.g. Saiga contest by OE5KRN. This program can be downloaded from the Internet at Further information about the use of Saiga Contest can be found on the ÖVSV website> Funkbetrieb> Contest-UKW. Comments: 7.1. As a result, the EDI files (per tape) should be loaded directly onto the ÖVSV server by the participant via the Internet. There the further evaluation and verification takes place (the date for this variant will be announced) 7.2. As an interim solution for 2010, the boxes will be sent to the microwave manager. EDI files as attachments to: or by post to: Wolfgang Hoeth, Feldgasse 11, A-2333, Leopoldsdorf near Vienna The box must reach the organizer electronically or by post by the end of the contest month at the latest. Information / information / suggestions, please to: Wolfgang Hoeth, OE3WOG, Head of the Microwave Unit ÖVSV Parallel activity: Hello Wolfgang, our activity day (provozní active) is every third Sunday of the month 08:00 11:00 UT, 144 MHz 76 GHz, message VOLNY. cz, 73, Pavel OK1AIY Bem: We are still working on the participation or introduction of parallel activities from neighboring countries. QSP 01/10 17

18 Microwave news Invitation to the microwave regulars' table On the occasion of the award ceremony of the OE-UKW championship on Saturday, January 30th, 2010 in the Gasthaus Fehringer, A-3354, Wolfsbach, Haagerstraße 21 (see invitation from Franz, OE3FKS), a microwave regulars table will also be held . We would like to invite newcomers as well as old hands from all federal states. Guests from neighboring countries are expected. Agenda: Lectures about rain scatters on 3 cm and DX on the microwave bands Measuring station from VHF to 76 GHz Equipment exhibition Exchange of experiences and information Flea market Start: from o'clock (at o'clock the award ceremony by OE3FKS begins) End: about o'clock When your VHF-, UHF- or want to measure microwave transverters etc., then the microwave regular table in Wolfsbach is the right place to be. Wolfsbach is about 8 km south of the A1, motorway exits are: Stadt Haag or Oed see also: The guest house is outside the village of Wolfsbach on the road to Meilersdorf. The OE Microwave Cluster vy 73, Wolfgang, OE3WOG OEVSV Microwave Unit --- microwave ticker --- created by: Wolfgang Hoeth, OE3WOG (The Frequency Authority in the UK, (OFCM) is once again looking forward to your visit The use of amateur radio transmitters in aircraft (e.g. balloon, sport and commercial aircraft) is prohibited. This not only affects the areo-mobile hams but also the use of APRS beacons in aircraft and unnamed balloons The FAA (National Aviation Authority of the USA) stipulates the unconditional use of APRS for unmanned amateur radio balloon projects, as it allows real-time observation of such flying objects by the sector flight controler on the Internet the use of the 9 cm band (3,400 MHz) was determined and it was established that, based on the Google evaluation, this frequency band is only rarely used and is therefore sold off could be. As a countermeasure, amateur radio operators around the world are requested to use the term 9 cm or MHz as often as possible on Internet sites and in their traffic in order to increase the number of hits in further Internet queries. Unfortunately, the 9 cm band only has a secondary assignment mhz.htm In order to bypass the somewhat unreliable ion spies, an attempt was made in 1961 with the West Ford project to build an artificial ionosphere to enable wireless communication around the globe. OE3WOG Wolfgang Hoeth The project was carried out by the Lincoln Laboratory of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on behalf of the US armed forces in 1961 and 1963. They wanted to create an orbital belt of 480 million copper dipole antennas that would enable global radio communication without interruption. The West-Ford dipoles consisted of 1.78 cm long and 25.4 μm in the first experiment and 17.8 μm thick in the second experiment. The length of the needles corresponded to half the wavelength of the transmission frequency of 8 GHz used. The total of 480 million wire dipoles were held together by a gel and had a total weight of 18 QSP 01/10

19 microwave messages weighing only 20 kg. In the vacuum the gel sublimed and released the needles. The West Ford Dipoles spread out in the orbit of the mother satellite. In the two tests, these were polar orbits between and km orbit altitudes with inclinations of 96 and 87, respectively. The dipoles were distributed to a belt about 15 km wide and about 30 km radial extension along the orbit. The average distance between the dipoles was about 400 m, and over a period of about 40 days the dipole needles spread out to form an earth-spanning belt. The transmission technology was in this system in the ground stations. The electromagnetic waves emitted by the transmitting station were reflected by the dipoles and received by the opposite station. Communication experiments on the not yet fully distributed dipole clouds achieved data transfer rates of up to fps shortly after the start. After four months, however, when the dipoles were more evenly distributed, only 100 fps were possible. This rapid loss of transmission capacity, along with advances in the construction of active communications satellites, was one of the reasons why no further experiments of this type were carried out. The last transmissions took place in 1965 and most of the dipoles had re-entered the earth's atmosphere by the late 1960s. Already during the planning phase, the project encountered considerable resistance from areas of astronomy, which feared that astronomical observations in the areas of optical astronomy and radio astronomy would be hindered. Another point of criticism was the endangerment of other spacecraft by the large number of particles released in Project West-Ford. With 480 million objects released each, the West Ford experiments were one of the main sources of space debris at intermediate levels. In 2006 there were still numerous needle clusters in orbit, even if the number steadily decreased due to the re-entrances. West-Ford-Animation Editor's note: With the resources that are available to us today on the 3 cm tape, it would certainly be interesting to carry out propagation experiments over such a reflection belt. Further information can be found at: earths-artificial-ring-project-west-ford, West_Ford, the picture shows an animation of this passive reflector. Sources: WA5VJB, wikipedia, damninteresting report on a long distance radio link on 76.032 and 122.250 GHz between OE3 and OE5 Date: Start: 09:30 UTC End: 13:40 UTC Stations: OE3WOG / P and OE5VRL / 5 Operating mode: CW and SSB After a few field tests on shorter distances and the subsequent reworking and adjustments to the equipment, we decided to go on a DX record hunt, surpass the existing record of 31 km and crack the 50 km mark. To carry out such undertakings you not only need a nice weather day (after all, you are portable) but the air should also contain as little water vapor as possible so that the additional atmospheric attenuation by H 2 O molecules has as little impact as possible. For Friday, QSP 01/10 19

20 Microwave Messages After we had no experience with 122 GHz over distances of more than 20 km, we decided to approach the matter in two stages. Both stations have placed the transverter in the focus of the parabolic mirror; by exchanging the transverter, work can be carried out on a different frequency band immediately. OE3WOG Nachsetzer and OCXO s, a fine weather day without precipitation with maximum daily temperatures of +15 C, low fog formation, or an early breakdown of ground fog was predicted. To align the antennas, we used our tried and tested and more powerful 76 GHz equipment, with which we have already made connections of 130 km. OE3WOG with 70 cm cross connection, 122 GHz transverter, Strengberg motorway service station, JN78HC A first connection on Friday morning was tested over a distance of 44.02 km from the Strengberg motorway service station to Kirchschlag near Linz. Location OE3WOG / P: Raststelle Strengberg,, 9 /, 9 / JN78HC97rp, ASL 440 m Location OE5VRL / 5: north-east side of Breitenstein, / / ​​JN78DK40bs, ASL 870 m OE5VRL / 5 76 GHz with Horn The connection was very good at 76 GHz can be produced quickly. OE5VRL / 5 sent a 10 mw cw signal on 76 GHz. A conical round horn with a gain of approx. 27 db was used as the antenna. The signal could be received at OE3WOG / P at a distance of 44 km after correct antenna alignment with more than +30 db S / N. After reversing the direction of transmission, OE5VRL / 5 was able to precisely align its parabolic mirror to the 76 GHz signal sent by OE3WOG / P. Reports on 122.250 GHz: OE5VRL / 5 TX approx. 1 mw in CW >> RX Report from OE3WOG / P: 519 at approx. +4 to +8 db S / N, sometimes the signal disappeared completely in the noise. OE3WOG / P TX approx. 50 μw in CW and SSB >> RX report from O5VRL / 5: 519 in CW, 51 in SSB. At times the signal disappeared completely in the noise, but could be recorded perfectly at the maximum (also in SSB) Frequency: 122.250.317 GHz Time: 10:17 UTC Weather conditions: Fog slowly dissolving in the morning, outside temperature at the beginning +6 C, rising to +15 C, air pressure 1000 mbar constant, hardly any wind. After the goal of surpassing the 31 km was achieved for the first time, a few signal reserves were available, the weather was friendly, we decided to go to the observation tower on the Buchenberg and raise the bar further. With this second radio link, which was carried out on Friday afternoon at 122.250 GHz, a radio link of 55.22 km from Buchenberg to Kirchschlag could be bridged. Location OE3WOG / P: Buchenberg observation tower, / / ​​JN77HX87mg ASL 740 m Location OE5VRL / 5: north-east side of Breitenstein, / / ​​JN78DK40bs, ASL 870 m 20 QSP 01/10

21 microwave messages OE3WRA in 76 GHz QSO with OE5VRL, Buchenberg, JN77HX, equipment from OE3WOG The antennas were aligned again to 76 GHz and was quickly accomplished. The 76 GHz signal was received at OE3WOG / P at a distance of 55 km with approximately the same signal strength as at the previous location. Reports on 122.250 GHz: OE5VRL / 5 TX approx. 1 mw in CW >> RX report from OE3WOG / P: 519 with signal strength fluctuations from +2 to +10 db S / N over a time interval of approx. 15 minutes, the signal disappeared in places but also completely in the noise. Frequency: 122,250,300 GHz OE3WOG / P TX approx. 50 μw in CW and SSB >> RX report from O5VRL / 5: 519 in CW, 51 in SSB. Overall, the fading was greater on this route, but the maximum signal was even stronger than on the previous connection, which was 11 km shorter. Frequency: 122,250,205 GHz Time: 12:43 UTC Weather conditions: Afternoon slow cooling and emerging haze, light wind, outside temperature +14 C, air pressure 955 mbar constant. Equipment information: OE5VRL / 5: tripod for portable use, 12 V battery homemade parabolic antenna with 47 cm diameter, gain approx. 47 dbi 76 GHZ-CW transmitter with conical horn, Pout 12 mw 76 GHz transverter arranged in the antenna focus, Pout approx. 800 μw, NF approx. 15 db 122 GHz transverter arranged in the antenna focus, Pout approx. 50 μw, NF approx. 25dB 2 m follow-up device FT290 OE3WOG / P: tripod for portable operation, 12 V battery 70 cm Parabolic antenna with a diameter of 70 cm, gain approx. 51 dbi 76 GHz CW transmitter arranged in the antenna focus, Pout approx. 7 mw, NF approx. 12 db 76 GHz transverter arranged in the antenna focus, Pout approx. 600 μw, NF approx. 15 db 122 GHZ transverter arranged in the antenna focus, Pout approx. 50 μw, NF approx. 25 db 70 cm follow-up FT790RII set track record. An entry on the IARU-R1 website is sought. Contributors & visitors: OE3WOG was accompanied by Richard, OE3WRA and actively participated in the trials and QSOs. OE5VRL / 5 was visited in the afternoon by Hubert, OE5MKM. Debriefing in Hellmonsödt: Peter, OE5MPL Hubert, OE5MKM Rudi, OE5VRL Richard, OE3WRA Wolfgang, OE3WOG Reception recordings can be heard on youtube: watch? V = cynx4vd2n6q watch? V = bsa720ziagw watch? V = OE5WRL Hoeth5, text and editing: Wolfgang with mini morse key when entering CW on 122 GHz Comment: With the 122 GHz 2way QSO described above, a new IARU region was created after a successful DX record is good laugh! QSP 01/10 21

22 DX-Splatters DX-Splatters Person in charge: Ing.Claus Stehlik, OE6CLD Antarctica: On the occasion of the bicentenary of the Republic of Chile, members of the Concepción Radio Club will be from the Arturo Prat base on Greenwich Island from 10th to 25th January 2010 under the call sign XR9JA active in the South Shetland Islands (IOTA AN-010) in SSB, CW, PSK31 and via AO-51. The following frequencies are mainly used: The activities are mainly planned on Sundays from 00:00 UTC on khz in SSB, khz in PSK31 and khz in CW. Bill also has his own homepage. QSL via K1IED. SSB: 3780, 7078, 14200, 18145, 21295, 24995, 28475, khz CW: 1834, 3504, 7004, 14024, 18074, 21024, 24894, khz Further information about this activity is available at php and QSL via CE5JA (see also QSL info), either directly or via the office. Karel ON5TN is active from the Belgian Antarctic station Princess Elisabeth (see picture) under the callsign OR4TN until the end of January 2010, mostly working at 30 and 40 m in CW. It can often be found between 21:00 and 23:00 UTC on 3507, 7007 in CW and 7077 in SSB. QSL via homecall. Bill K7MT is active from November 15th to February 20th 2010 under the callsign KC4USV from McMurdo Station. From November 15, 2009 to March 2011, the new Indian team will be at the Maitri station. Bhagwati VU3BPZ will be active as a team member both under his own callsign and under the special callsign AT10BP. QSL via VU3BPZ (see QSL info). Dr. Dipak Kumar Biswar VU2DMT is the doctor on the ward for this period and is expected to be active as well.Felix DL5XL is active under the call sign DP1POL from the German research station Neumayer III in the Antarctic mostly at 40 and 20 m in CW, where he will be stationed until February 2010. Felix reports that there are some very good openings at 20 and 17 m to Europe. This new base was officially opened on February 20, 2009. A website can be found at. QSL via DL1ZBO (see QSL info). Alex RV1ZC (ex UA1ZCK) spends the winter on the Russian Antarctic station Vostok (IOTA AN-016, WABA U-10, WAP RUS-13, WFF RFF-168), where he works under the callsign R1ANC on the HF bands in CW , SSB and digital operating modes want to be active. QSL via RN1ON (ex UA1PAC), either directly or via the office (see also QSL-Ino). Sang Hoon Lee DS4NMJ is active from December 5, 2009 to January 31, 2011 under the callsign DT8A from the Korean Antarctic base King Sejong on King George Island in the South Shetland Islands (IOTA AN-010). He plans to be active on all HF bands, mainly in CW, with a little SSB and RTTY. QSL via HL2FDW. Nicolas F4EGX is active on the French base Dumont d Urville on Petrel Island (IOTA AN-017) and regularly between 07:00 08:30 UTC between and khz and from 15:00 17:00 UTC around khz. Nicolas has hung up a 20 m-delta-loop and works with an FT-857 and 100 W. QSL via F4EGX. George is a new operator at the LU2ZD club station on the Ejercito Primavera base in Antarctica. The club station is equipped with a rhombic 22 QSP 01/10

23 DX splatters and a power amplifier. George can often be found between 22:00 and 23:00 UTC around khz and possibly also at 40 m. QSL via LU4DXU. 5X Uganda: Nick G3RWF is active again from January 21st to March 21st under the callsign 5X1NH from Fort Portal. QSL via homecall. 6W Senegal: Tom GM4FDM and Ronald PA3EWP will be active from January 26th to February 9th, 2010 under 6W / Homecalls, focusing on the lower bands and RTTY with a focus on North America and Japan. QSL 6W / GM4FDM via homecall, QSL 6W / PA3EWP via PA7FM. Tom will import his log into the LotW after his return. Peter HA3AUI is active from January 15th to March 31st under the callsign 6W2SC. However, after he is very close to the border with Guinea-Bissau and there are very beautiful beaches, he will also work from there under the callsign J5UAP. Peter will be active with an Elecraft K3 with 500 W and a 5-band spiderbeam as well as vertical antennas and will be active on all bands of m, mainly in digital operating modes (but in other operating modes on request). QSL directly via HA3AUI. 8Q Maldives: Thomas OE2ATN is from May 23rd to April 4th under the callsign 8Q7AT from Velidhu Island (IOTA AS-013) mainly in SSB at 80, 40 and 20 m with a Yaesu FT-897D with LDG auto tuner and one G5RV active. QSL via homecall (cards are sent via 9X Rwanda: Geoffrey H. Gasasira is a newly licensed amateur with the callsign 9X5GG, reports Franz DJ9ZB. He is currently trying to organize equipment for Geoffrey and will also act as his QSL manager as soon as he can be active. A6 United Arab Emirates: In recent years, the UAE have increasingly issued licenses to visitors from abroad. The breakthrough came at a meeting of the Emirates Amateur Radio Society EARS in November. Gerry VE6LB got a license with the help of A65BM and members of the EARS and will join his daughter's QTH in Dubai from January 8th to February 8th under the callsign A6 / VE6LB 100 W and wire antennas are mainly active in CW. It may also be possible to work with high power from the new EARS club station in Sharjah in SSB and RTTY. QSL directly via homecall or via LotW. CE0Y Easter Island: Roberto YV5I- AK is from January 8th to 11th 2010 under the callsign CE0 / YV5IAL from Easter Island (IOTA SA-001) in QRP with PSK31 activities on 14070.15 khz from 22:00 to UTC and occasionally active at 40, 30 and 15 m. QSL via homecall. CE0Z Juan Fernandez Island: CE6TBN and JA8BMK are active from January 19th to February 2nd under the callsigns CE0Z / CE6TBN and CE0Z / JA8BMK from Juan Fernandez Island, with CE6TBN only being there for the first 5 days. Activities are planned on all bands of the m, with a focus on 160, 80 and 40 m, in SSB, CW and digital modes. The station is operated on a Yagi and vertical antennas with power amplifier. QSL only directly via homecall (see also QSL info). FO French Polynesia: From February 9th to 25th there will be a low-band DX pedition to French Polynesia. The team consists of Phil FO5RZ (F5PHW), Jacques F6BEE, Nigel G3TXF and Gilles VE2TZT. Activities are planned on all bands of m, but the focus should be on 160 and 80 m. Participation in the CQWW-PX-RTTY-Contest and the ARRL-CW-DX-Contest is also planned. The plan is to work with two stations at the same time. For 160 m an Inverted-L should be used in the ocean or on the beach, for 80 m two quarter-wave vertical antennas, QSP 01/10 23

24 DX splatters as well as vertical antennas for 40, 30, 17 and 12 m as well as a 5 band spiderbeam. The final callsigns have not yet been determined, more information is available at on the Internet. QSL cards go via G3TXF. FG Guadeloupe: Serge F6AUS is still active from Guadeloupe until March 2010 under the callsign FG / F6AUS. Over the winter he will try to be active at 160 m and 6 m as well. During the larger contests (such as CQWW CW) he is active under the special callsign TO4D. QSL via homecall. FO0A Austral Islands: Wulf DK1AWI, Peter DL3APC and Mat DL5XU plan to use the callsigns FO / DL1AWI, FO / DL3A-PO and FO / DL5XU from Raivavae Island (IOTA OC-114) from January 18 to February 4, 2010 Austral Islands to become active on all HF bands with a focus on low bands (1.8 to 10 MHz). Vertical antennas are used on the lower bands and loop antennas are used on the upper bands. The logs are regularly updated on logsearch.php. QSL either directly or via the office using the appropriate homecall. H40 Temoto: Siegfried DK9FN will be active again from February 6th to 19th under the callsign H40FN from Reef Island (IOTA OC-065) and the Temotu group. He will only work in CW and mainly on 160 and 80 m. Bernhard DL2GAC will be active under H40MS and work in SSB while Hans-Peter DG1FK under H40FK will be mainly active in PSK31. Further information is available at QSL H40FN via HA8FW and H40MS as well as H40FK via homecall. JD1 Ogasawara: Kirk JF3MYU and three other amateurs will be mainly active at 30, 17 and 12 meters under the club callsign JD1BNN from March 28th to March 31st, 2010. QSL via office (JD1BNN) or directly via JF3MYU (see QSL info). OX Greenland: Fred Anderson KB4DMQ is currently working at the United States Aor Force base in Thule, where he will be with one year. In his spare time he is active under the callsign OX3QM, but only has an FT-7 and a wire antenna. Fred hopes to be active soon with a better antenna at 40 m and can be found on 7005 in CW and 7195 khz in SSB. Fred doesn't have any QSL cards at the moment. V3 Belize: Gerd DJ4KW / V31YN and YL Gisela DK9GG / V31GW are active from January 21st to February 28th from Belize, with participation in the CQWW-160 m-cw-contest in January. From February 2nd to 7th, Gerd will be active under V31YN / p from the Blue Marine Lodge (IOTA NA-180). On 13./14. February he would like to participate in the CQWW-RTTY-WPX-Contest, on 20./21. Take part in the ARRL-DX-CW-Contest in February and a week later in the CQ-160 m-ssb-contest. QSL via homecall. VK9W Willis Island: David Burton VK9WBM is working on the weather station on Willis Island (IOTA OC-007) for the next 6 months. In his free time he would like to be active on all HF bands and 6 m. QSL via VK4DMC. VP2M Montserrat: Mike W1USN is primarily active in SSB and PSK31 under the callsign VP2MPR from Montserrat (IOTA NA-103) from February 28th to March 13th. Bob AA1M is mostly active in CW from March 6th to 11th under VP2MPL. QSL via homecall. VP6 Pitcairn: ZL1UFB Al McDonald has been back to Pitcairn since the beginning of September, from where he will be active under VP6AL until March 2010. It was heard on khz around 02:00 UTC. Direct QSL cards will be answered after his return to New Zealand next year, office cards remain unanswered (see also QSL info). XU Cambodia: Peter XU7ACY (NO2R) is now active for Cambodia for at least another year. At the moment he is mainly active on 40 m in CW. It usually transmits at approx khz and listens around 7070 khz (including strong interference from the Chinese OTH radar). From the beginning of October he will possibly be active on 160 and 80 m and participation in the CQWW-CW-DX contest is also planned. QSL via W2EN. YA Afghanistan: LTC Jack Parker W4JJ is in the context of Operation Enduring Freedom until the end of February under the callsign T6LC from Afghanistan 24 QSP 01/10