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EP6T Iran – Kish Island DXpedition

The Rockall DX Group has been very busy the past few weeks and by the looks of it you have been too!

Thanks in advance to all the clubs and especially to the Northern

California DX Foundation for your confidence in the EP6T project!

The individual donor list is growing longer each day, that made us decide

to send a direct QSL card for contacts made with EP6T to all individual

contributors without any cost.

Meanwhile, Dr. Azim Fard, General Director of Radio Frequency Planning

and Licensing of the C.R.A in the Islamic Republic of Iran has given this

project a real boost. Sixty students have already passed their ham radio

exams with flying colors and will be able to receive an EP call in the

near future. 160m and 30m are not allocated to amateur radio service in

Iran, but Dr. Fard allowed us to use these bands during the EP6T Dxpedition. Unfortunately 6m shall not be used. This band is allocated to fixed, mobile and broadcasting services.

It’s fantastic to see such a high level of interest towards this project,

but on the other hand we are concerned by the small time frame in which we can work NA. Propagation predictions made for us by K6TU, tells us that the path from Iran to North America is very difficult. In contrast to other continents, the NA openings are of short duration and the signals on various frequencies are extremely weak. On low bands it might be possible that signals from W6, 7 are arriving over the long path.

Stu’s predictions will be the guiding principle for our beam direction,

but this will not be enough to get a fair continental balance.

We will keep this in mind in order to prepare a plan and to share this

with the DX community so everyone knows in advance what the appropriate time is to contact us. By doing so, YOU will hopefully give us the opportunity to work with other continents during “their opening”.

We will do our best by all means to revert your feedback to our pilots

to fit our plan the best way possible.

QRX, more info available soon on http://www.Rockall.be.

The Rockall DX Group

via EP6T Iran – Kish Island DXpedition | Southgate Amateur Radio News.


Thanks to the support of the Northern California DX Foundation and Dr. Azim Fard, General Director of Radio Frequency Planning in the Islamic Republic of Iran, the EP6T DXpedition to Kish Island is on schedule. Dr. Fard says 60 students have passed their licensing exams and are ready to operate the Kish Island amateur radio station with their own EP call signs.  Propagation to the United States could be difficult, but it’s worth a try to snag this fairly rare country on the amateur radio bands.  Good luck to everyone!

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Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).


Cook Islands special 1×1 callsign | Southgate Amateur Radio News

Page last updated on: Wednesday, December 10, 2014



Cook Islands special 1×1 callsign

Andy, E51AND, says: “Cook Island’s RESIDENT hams will be allowed a special 1×1 callsign in the form E50x for use during the 50th anniversary of Self Governance in 2015.

Visitors to the island will be issued a callsign in accordance with current practice in the form E51xxx. The special call is available for use at the operator’s discretion ONLY during the period January 1st, 2015 to December 31st, 2015.”

Andy adds, “There are only 7 resident licensed hams in the entire country – 15 TINY islands in 2.25 MILLION square kilometres of the Pacific!”

Look for the following callsign to be active [no licenses issued yet, but they have verbal confirmation and expect the licenses next week]:

In the North Cooks Islands:

E50W – Warwick Latham, E51WL, on Penrhyn Atoll AKA Tongareva Atoll

(OC-082). Warwich is manly active on 6 and 10m and 10m WSPR.

In the South Cooks Islands:

E50A – Andy Duncan, E51AND, on Rarotonga Island (OC-013). He has

160-10 meters capability and operates on SSB and QRS CW.

Andy is hoping to make at least one portable operation during the year either to Palmerston Atoll (OC-124) or Pukapuka Atoll (OC-098). Both are difficult and expensive to reach (esp Puka) with VERY uncertain in/out transportation . . . . RSGB IOTA will be notified if it comes together.

E50B – Bob Walker, E51BQ, on Rarotonga Island (OC-013); SSB.

E50D – Desmond Clarke, E51DD, on Aitutaki Island (OC-083). Des’

antennas were recently destroyed in a Category 5 Cyclone, but he hopes to be on the air in the New Year with a Butternut vertical mainly on the low bands.

E50J – Jim Ditchburn, E51JD, on Rarotonga Island (OC-013); SSB.

E50K – Kat Cheval, E51CK/E51KC, the only resident YL on Rarotonga

Island (OC-013); SSB. Kat is rarely on due to the “instant on” and overwhelming pile-ups she routinely experiences — multiplied exponentially when a YL gets on the air. Kat is also the XYL of Andy, E51AND.

E50V – Victor Rivera, E51CG, on Rarotonga Island (OC-013). Activity will be on SSB; he does have 6 meters capability.

ADDED NOTES: Andy, E51AND, states [edited], “NONE of the residents are DXers/Contesters, but rather more ‘rag chewers’ LOL — and none of us (except possibly E50W) have digital mode capability — so be patient with us!!! LOL… It is noteworthy that the islands are VERY isolated, internet bandwidth is VERY limited and very expensive, and tech support unheard of . . . . so, at the moment, none of us use LoTW or eQSL — though I (Andy) am working on getting DX Lab up and running and connecting to LoTW — sure could use an Elmer though!!!! LOL — IF I can make it work, E50A and E50K will have LoTW and eQSL capability at some time in the New Year.”


via Cook Islands special 1×1 callsign | Southgate Amateur Radio News.


This could be an exciting radio adventure for both the seven licensed hams on these tiny islands and the thousands of worldwide hams trying to reach them.  As the article points out, none of the amateur radio operators in the Cook Islands is a contester or has access to high speed internet. So, each contact must be done the old fashioned way–listen, listen, listen, and then call.  The temporary call signs will be used between 01 January-31 December 2015, commemorating the 50th anniversary of self-governance.  Good luck!

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Aloha es73 de Russ (KH6JRM).

The January Issue of Digital QST is Now Available

The January Issue of Digital QST is Now Available

TAGS: amateur radio, centennial, Enjoy Content, issue, new technology, Print Edition…, qst, video overview




QST celebrates the first month of its centennial year with an issue devoted to DIY—Do It Yourself – featuring four fascinating projects:

• Build a five-way remote antenna switch

• Try a hybrid HF transmitter that mixes old and new technology

• Build a 1.25 kW solid-state amplifier for 160 through 2 meters

• Discover the magic of WSPR with an innovative 30-meter transmitter

Enjoy Content You Won’t Find in the Print Edition…

• A video overview of the Beko-Elektronik HLV-1100 70-centimeter amplifier

• A video overview of the MFJ-223 vector impedance antenna analyzer

Every issue of QST is filled with the news and features you need to keep active in Amateur Radio. Enjoy this issue!


via The January Issue of Digital QST is Now Available.


The January 2015 digital edition of “QST” focuses on four do-it-yourself (DIY) projects:

A remote antenna switch; a HF hybrid transmitter; A 1.25 KW solid state amplifier covering 160 through 2 meters; and a 30 meter WSPR transmitter.

The digital edition also contains videos and extended articles not found in the print edition of “QST.”  ARRL members can subscribe to the digital edition by visiting http://www.arrl.org.

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Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).

New URL for KH6JRM’s Amateur Radio Blog.

This blog has a new URL  address, effective 07 December 2014:




Because this blog was hacked, I’ve been unable to restore many administrative functions, including deletion of the old URL (http://kh6jrm.com).  So, I’ve moved as much of my data as possible to the new URL address.  You can still search this site for old posts and antenna articles.  Thanks for your patience and understanding.


Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).

Web blog update. Post #4745, dated 05 December 2014.

Over the past few months, this blog has experienced considerable difficulty in publishing posts.  I was informed in late November that “the author” had deleted this blog.  I never deleted this blog.  Apparently, my website was “hacked”, eliminating much of my ability to post updates or retrieve archived files.

Until I get the situation resolved, I’m using my Amateur Radio Antenna Topics site (http://kh6jrm.blogspot.com) to carry my Amateur Radio and antenna news.

Most of the features carried by this blog will be found in link form on my antenna blog.

You can continue to view Amateur Radio news and events by checking on the blog sidebars.

You can still use the site search function for past news and antenna articles.

So, for now, you can find me at–http://kh6jrm.blogspot.com.

I’m working to restore this site as soon as possible.

‘Never a dull moment.

Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).





Blog transfer.

I’m in the process of consolidating some of my news and technology blogs. Effective Saturday, 29 November 2014, this blog (KH6JRM’s Amateur Radio Blog–http://kh6jrm.com) will be transferred to my Amateur Radio Antenna Topics blog (KH6JRM’s Amateur Radio Antenna Topics–http://kh6jrm.blogspot.com).

The new address is: http://kh6jrm.blogspot.com.  That blog will contain all of the news features of this present blog.  Thanks for your understanding.  I’m looking forward to meeting you again on my antenna site.

Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).

A century of memories : News : UpperMichigansSource.com

A century of memories

by Nick Brennan

Posted: 11.25.2014 at 4:52 PM

Nick Brennan

Weekend Anchor/Reporter


MARQUETTE — As of Tuesday, Brookridge Heights Senior Living in Marquette has two centenarians.

Marquette native John Akkala, class of ’34 at Marquette Senior High School, turned 100 years old, and his family and friends threw a party to remember for him at Brookridge Heights. Akkala said he had many happy memories he had accumulated in a century, but one of his fondest was his very long career in amateur radio.

“Amateur radio; I’ve been an amateur for 83 years, starting when I was in grade school,” said Akkala.

Akkala was also an organ player, and had donated his own organ to Brookridge Heights years ago. As a tribute to him, his guests played his organ and sang a few songs for him.

via A century of memories : News : UpperMichigansSource.com.


Nice, positive article about the Amateur Radio experiences of John Akkala, who celebrated his 100th birthday on Tuesday, 25 November 2014.  John has been an active ham for 83 years–he must have some good stories to tell.  Happy belated birthday!

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Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).

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