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MAY 2017

Date  Event 
May 5 OE3KIDS-European Day of Schools, MAFC (Moenlinger Amateurfunkclub)
May 6

SARL-AGM (South Africa Radio League) 

  6th round of YL 80 contest of the MAFC (Austria
May 13-14 AWA-AM and SSB contest
  CQ's Twentieth Annual Foxhunting weekend (Sat-Sund) 
  Mills on the Air
May 14 Mother's Day 
May 14-15  Portuguese Navy Day Contest Modes:  CW, SSB  Time:  1500-1500UTC 
May 15  International Family Day 
May 18  International Museum Day 
May 19-21  Australia (WIA) AGM 
  Dayton Hamvention, USA (Fri-Sun) 
May 20  RAE 
May 21  ZS3 Sprint  
May  27-29 CQ WW DX WPX CW Contest 
May 28  SARL Digital Contest 


Ruth Willet, KM4LAO - Speaker at 2017 Dayton Hamvention DX Dinner The SouthWest Ohio DX Association has announced that Ruth Willet, KM4LAO, will keynote its 32nd annual DX Dinner, held in conjunction with the 2017 Dayton Hamvention®. Her topic will be "Experiencing the Hobby of a Lifetime." RUTH is a freshman at Kettering University in Michigan, majoring in mechanical engineering and engineering physics. As a member of the 2016 Dave Kalter Memorial Youth DX adventure, she travelled to the island of Saba. The callsign PJ6Ywas on the air from August 2-9, 2016. ( team website is ) There were nine in the group and they lived on the island for about a week. It was a lot of fun, getting the experience of travelling there and operating from the island. They operated on satellites which most had not experienced before, as well as HF. Getting to put Saba on the air was quite the adventure. Ruth is looking forward to sharing her adventures with everyone at the DX dinner on Friday, May 19, at the Dayton Marriott, Amateur Radio Newsline, Neil Rapp, WB9VPG. Report 2055, March 17, 2017

Congratulations to Ruth Willet who will also be a presenter at the Hamvention Youth Forum on Saturday morning in Xenia.

Carole Perry WB2MGP


AM QSO Party 13:00 to 17:00 UTC Saturday 13 May NB: Date changed due to SARL- AGM SSB QSO Party 13:00 to 17:00 UTC Sunday 14 May NB: Date changed due to SARL- AGM Frequencies: 40 metres; 80 metres:Power 100 w Exchange: Call sign, RS, consecutive serial numbers, plus type of radio used, e.g. HT37 TX. Scoring: valve radio 3 points; Hybrid radio 2 points ; Solid State Radio 1 point Send log sheets by 22 May 2017 to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..   Party 13:00 to 17:00 UTC Sunday 14 May NB: Date changed due to SARL- AGM.





Guinea-Bissau - Rubane Island (Bijagos Arch), Dxpedition J5B & J5W AF-020 - Nuria Font Soler (YL station EA3WL) has been on another exotic dxpedition, go to her Facebook page to see some great photographs of Bubaque, Bolama and Rubane island in Bijagos Archipelago and their people. (yl news featured their Dxpedition to São Tomé and Príncipe #39 Oct. 2016) 

After 7 days of operating in the Bijagos Archipelago, 7 to 15 April 2017, J5B (Josep EA3BT) & J5W (Nuria EA3WL - YL) have 19,500 QSO's in the log! The last operation from this reference was in 2010, more than 7 years ago. They are very happy except they no longer have any voices and have returned home to ponder their next dxpedition. Radio Equipment: 2 full stations: Equipments: Icom IC-7300 / Icom IC-7000 Linear Amplifier: Expert 1.3K-FA with ATU / Ameritron AL-600 (600 w) Antennas: 2 EAxbeam (6-20 m) & wire dipole (30 & 40 & 80m) Bands: 6-40, 80 m? Modes: SSB, CW, RTTY

The Bijagós Arquipélago, (11°14’N - 16°02’W) are a group of about 88 islands and islets located in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of the African nation of Guinea-Bissau. The archipelago was formed from an ancient delta. Only some 20 islands are populated year-round. Lack of infrastructure and communication links prevent the development of the islands' unique tourism potential. Bubaque is one of the Bijagós Islands and is also the name of its main town. 13.6 km long and 8 km wide,the island has an airstrip and is linked by ferry to Bissau. The forested island is known for its wildlife. The archipelago was declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1996—Boloma Bijagós Biosphere Reserve, known for animals including marine turtles, and hippopotamus. Guinea-Bissau has named the large Archipel Bolama-Bijagós as its second Ramsar Site. The inter-tidal mudflats host one of the largest populations of migratory shorebirds in the world. The influence of coastal upwelling and estuaries and the large areas of mangrove support large number of fish species. The site hosts the largest colony of green turtles. Sources:, wikipedia, -  GUINEA-BISSAU





Sunspots are dark, irregularly shaped areas which can sometimes be observed on the surface of the sun. They appear dark because they are about 2000° C cooler than the surrounding sun's surface . Sunspots can be seen with the naked eye under favorable conditions and have been observed for thousands of years. Galileo was the first European that we know of to observe the sun using a telescope. He recorded observations of sunspots in the seventeenth century. 

Sunspots often appear in pairs in which one is like the north pole of a magnet and the other like the south pole of a magnet. The two poles (sunspots) are linked by loops of magnetic field which arch through the sun's corona. Their strong magnetic field inhibits convection of heat to the surface. 

Soon after the sunspot cycle was discovered, more than a century ago, a strong relationship was noted between the number of spots on the Sun and the number of auroras that were seen in the northern (and later the southern) skies. A similar relationship was soon established between the number of sunspots and the state of Earth's magnetic field: When the Sun showed more spots, Earth's magnetic field was more frequently disturbed by violent "magnetic storms."  

Sunspot activity goes up (from minimum to maximum) and down (from maximum to minimum) in an eleven year cycle. Communication systems on earth and satellites are affected by sunspot activity. In addition, it has been known for many years that the state of Earth's ionosphere - the ionized layer of the high atmosphere that makes possible long-distance radio communication - is affected very critically by solar activity, in step with the number of sunspots.  

It is not the spots themselves that bring about the terrestrial changes, but other, less frequent and more dynamic events such as solar flares and eruptions in the chromosphere and corona.

Flares are sudden brightenings of limited regions of the chromosphere. By almost every measure they are the Sun's most catastrophic and energetic events. They have special importance to man, for they are known to produce effects that race through millions of kilometers of inter-planetary space to rattle the upper atmosphere and magnetic field of Earth, altering the ionosphere and producing auroras and magnetic storms. Solar flares are now believed to result from the sudden conversion of magnetic energy to the energy of heat, light, and motion. Flares have little effect on the sunspots themselves. Because sunspots are the most easily observed of all solar features, they have traditionally served as the storm warnings of the solar system.   HISTORY

 Astronauts such as IZØUDF Samantha Cristoforetti, are able to see sun-spots better than most of us. I am indebted to the Italian Radio Amateurs Union (U.R.I.) monthly magazine QTC which featured this famous YL. Even if you dont understand Italian, its worth looking at the pictures. Thanks to our Italian Amateur sister IZ0EIK – Erica for sharing QTC a


Samantha Cristoforetti, IZØUDF QTC Anno 2° - N. 6 - Aprile 2017 Pag. 46 -49 (born April 26, 1977 in Milan, Italy) Samantha Cristoforetti is a European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut of Italian nationality. Between November 2014 and June 2015 she spent 199 days on board the International Space Station as a Flight Engineer for Expedition 42 and 43. During ASI's Futura Mission, Samantha conducted experiments in the Station's laboratories. Samantha is a Captain in the Italian Air Force. On 16 July 2015 she was awarded the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic, the highest ranking honour of the Republic. (ANSA) - Bolzano, January 3 - Italy's first female astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti gave birth to a daughter, Kelsey Amal in Cologne, Germany, at the end of November 2016. great site, lots of video clips:   ARTICLE 


Austrian YL Newsletter April 2017 Invitation to the 6th YL round of the MAFC [Mödling Amateurfunkclub] 

The 6th .YL round of the MAFC will take place on 6 May 2017, led by (OE3YTA Tina) with OE3XMC the club-call of the Mödlinger Amateurfunkclub at 17.30 LT, on 3740 Khz + - QRM. All YLs and OMs, also from other ADLs or clubs are also gladly included in the log. After the round, all the listeners are invited to the confirmation. 

With best 73 de OE3YTA, Tina MAFC YL-Operator




Under the MAFC's (Moenlinger Amateurfunkclub) flag on the 5th of May, we are organizing an amateurs' presentation at the 'New Mittelschule Brunn am Gebirge' for the 4th time, and at the same time taking part in the European Day of Schools. We will start with a Power-point introductory presentation for about 100 students and teachers with OE1PYA, Peter. Afterwards, the kids can get in contact with other school stations on- air at a short wave station, managed by OE3YTA, Tina and OE4SLC, Sandra.  

We hope to make many QSOs via Repeaters operated by OE3VET Emil, OE4ENU Ewald and OE4NAU Norbert. 

OE3OPA, Peter will demonstrate Morse-code to the pupils and OE3TDW, Thomas will show the young people emergency radio activities, and of course the kids - as with any presentation - can marvel at the great funkobil of OE3MSU, our Max. 

Special callsign OE3KIDS from 9:00 -13.00 LT HF: 40m: 7175MHz 20m: 14275MHz and 15m: 21275MHz Analogue relay 438.950 MHz Kahlenberg and 439.025 MHz Digital DMR Local 2/9 and 1/9 and 438.3625 MHz C4FM Wienerwaldrelais The Mödling Amateurfunkclub says thanks in anticipation of the QSO partners and school stations at home and abroad. On behalf of the MAFC - 73 de OE3CFC, Chris (OE3YTA, Tina's OM) [Europe Week 5 to 14 May 2017; the 18th European Day of the school stations will take place on Friday, 5 May 2017, 10:00 am to 16:00 UTC ] Austria Time (Central European Standard Time ( CET ) UTC +1 hr; Summer UTC + 2) 



June 2017

Date  Event 
 June 3-4 NZ-WARO will be 55 years old at the Rotoura 2017 Conference 


July 2017

Date  Event 
Jul.18-20  CLARA's 50th Birthday Bash, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada


Later this year 2017


Date  Event 
 Oct 6-8 DX /NA YL Anniversay Contest  1400 UTC-0200 UTC SSB/CW/Digita