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Quadrantids 2010



News about next Meter Shower on

Quadrantids maximum is expected to occur on January 3rd, around 19 UT, although a possible strong, short lived maximum may occur between roughly 12 UT to 16 UT on January 3rd.

The Quadrantids maximum is typically rather sharp; predicted ZHR at peak in 2010 is 120 hr-1.


The Quadrantids Radiant is circumpolar (that means, is above horizon the entire day) for every observer northern of about 41°N latitude during shower activity. At southern latitude in Europe, the radiant will set for few hours in the evening.

For a Central Europe observer (say, in JN59 square and surroundings), radiant elevation is relatively low above horizon in the evening – early night (17- 22 UT). Radiant culminates around 08 UT and remains rather high above horizon in the morning (06-10 UT). Optimal height of radiant above horizon for best radio efficiency can be found between 11 UT and 14 UT, and between 01 UT and 05 UT.

For the Central Europe observer mentioned above, best geometric efficiency direction Vs. Time around Quadrantids maximum can thus be summarized as follows:

Direction of radio path - Time for best efficiency (UT)

N / S : 03 – 04 and 11 – 13

NE / SW : 11 – 15

E / W : 00 - 02 and 13 - 15

NW / SE : 01 - 05




Activation on SSB, CW, PSK31, and Satellite AO-51
Concepción Radio Club, Chile, will activate the Greenwich Island AN 010; WAP - CHI 01, since January 10 to 25,  2010,  from the Arturo Prat Chilean Navy Base (62º 30´ S - 59º 41´W),  in the following band and frequencies:
BAND            SSB                CW
10                   28475            28024
12                   24995            24894
15                   21295            21024
17                   18145            18074
20                   14200            14024
40                   7078               7004
80                   3780               3504
160 (*)                        1834
6 (*)                50115
All depending on the propagation conditions during the Antarctic summer.
 The team  include:  XQ5CIE Luis; CE6UFF Carlos; CE5VKA  Marcos and CE5COX Dago.
QSL Manager would be the Radio Club Concepción, Chile (CE5JA) all QSL received direct please include valid  SASE / IRC or 2 USS $ in a self addressed envelop. Please don´t put any reference out about callsign, etc. just the address.   QSL  received via Bureau will be returning by the same way. All QSL will be 100 % guaranteed.
Request QSL to the following address:
Radio Club de Concepción
P.O. Box  2545
More information about the DXpedition, activity, propagation forecasts, can be found soon at: WWW.CE5JA.CL
Any special request about this DX expedition can be made to:
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VK9W Willis Isl.
David A. Burton, VK9WBM will be working at the weather  station  on Willis Island (OC-007)  for  the  next  six  months.
He  plans  to operate on the HF bands and 6 metres in his  spare  time.  QSL  via VK4DMC.
[SOURCE: 425 Dx News #970]

ET3BN via EME !

At 0637Z on 6 December 2009, I completed with ET3BN in KJ99 on 6m EME on 50.190. His JT65A signals peaked at -25 dB here. This was DXCC #149 for me on 6m (#99 via 6m EME), and appears to be a USA first. For sure it was the first ever 6m EME from ET also. Peter was running a new IC7600 barefoot into a 6M7JHV at 30' during his moonset.
Kp was under 2; Degradation as predicted by WSJT was -1.3 dB. Great to see such exciting activity and such rare stations taking advantage of these superb cndx for 6m EME!!!
GL and VY 73, Lance W7GJ
[SOURCE: W7GJ via MoonNet on Dec 6th 2009]

A35A - Qrv on 6 Meter.
Paul, A35A, informs OPDX on December 2nd, that Dave/W6ZL (A35KL) was leaving Ha'apai on December 3rd. Dave should be in New Zealand by the time you read this. Paul states, "Dave probably won't be QRV again from Tonga until perhaps April 2010. He may be able to get on the air from ZL, when he visits some of his radio buddies down there. I'll let him fill you in if/when that happens." He also mentions, "All antenna work here at A35A is 99% complete. The SteppIR yagi (w/6m add-on) is up and working fine; the 4 element 6m beam has been cleaned up and is working fine; the SteppIR BigIR vertical (w/80M add-on) is up, but I still have some tweaking to do on the elevated radials to get a good impedance match. I intend to be more active from now on, especially on 80m. I want to finish up on 5BDXCC before my QSL manager (W7TSQ) gets tired of waiting! HI... The 6m Es season is fast approaching down here, so that should provide some excitement....especially since both North and South Cook Islands (E51CG and E51WL) are now QRV. Incidentally, our announced move to Vava'u (OC-064) has been postponed indefinitely, and perhaps cancelled altogether. A35A remains QRV from Lifuka Island, Ha'apai (OC-169) until further notice. QSL via W7TSQ or LoTW."
[SOURCE: OPDX Bulletin No. 937]

E51CG Latest News
Bob ZL1RS write us last activity on 6m from South Cook Islands in Rarotonga by Victor E51CG.
Victor can not "live beside his radio", so not a bad result for the time spent. Hearing the beacon from California was a real surprise!
 These are the last achievement down in South Pacific
- KH7Y and KH6HI in Hawaii have been worked via TEP
- two KH6 beacons have been heard several times
- the K6FV/b beacon from California was heard once
- another beacon on 50.065 was heard, but not identified
Bob tell us also this news :
We are going back to Rarotonga next week (mail Dec 7th) for another visit (Barbara and I love the place). During this trip Victor and I will install the 6M beacon supplied from Dave N3DB and "The Worldwide 6M Beacon Project Inc" guys.
Hopefully there will also be some more early openings in the new Es season while we are there, and we can get a few 6M QSOs in!
Further news about the E51USA beacon is available at Bob web pages at

E51WL - North Cook On EME.

Latest News from Bob ZL1RS :
I'll also be taking a 7 element YU7EF 6M yagi that I built for Warwick E51WL on Penrhyn Atoll in the Northern Cook Islands (separate DXCC entity). When we are in "Raro" we will ship the yagi up to Warwick via the "island trader boat" ... so we can expect him to be about on the band this summer as well. Warwick has a short boom 5 element yagi at the moment but the extra few dB of gain from the bigger yagi will make a difference when it counts. I understand he wants to try 6M EME and so is building an amplifier to make that possible.
Further News on

JD_O Ogasawara

Harry, JG7PSJ (JD1BMH) and Makoto, JI5RPT (JD1BLY) will be active from Chichijima (AS-031), Ogasawara from 27 December to 1 January.

They plan to operate CW, SSB and digital modes on 160-6 metres, with a focus on the low bands, and via satellite.
QSL via home calls. Further information, including on-line logs and QSLling instructions, can be found at (for JD1BLY) and (for JD1BMH).

[SOURCE: 425 Dx News #971]

The Hellenic Amateur Radio Association of Australia will be active as VI2BI from Broughton Island (OC-212) on 5-7 February.
The team will include Tommy/VK2IR, Peter/VK2NN, Allan/VK2GR, Raffy/VK2RF, Paul/VK2HV and John/VK3JHA, and they plan to operate CW, SSB and
RTTY on 160-6 metres. QSL direct to VK2CL. They have a web page at
[SOURCE: 425 Dx News #971]

J8 - St. Vincent.

The Midwest 6 Meter DX Group will activate J8W9DR & J8W8IF (FK93JA)
at 6 Meter from Bequia Island
Futher News on Midwest 6 Meter DX Group:

P40C - P40CG

Marty, W2CG will be active as either P40C or P40CG from Aruba (SA-036) on 5-26 January. He plans to operate primarily CW and RTTY on 80-6 metres, usually between 12-14 UTC and 20-24 UTC, other times as schedule permits. QSL via W2CG, direct or bureau (but LoTW preferred).

DN35 - Rare Grid

W7GJ mobil from DN35 Friday night and Saturday afternoon Dec-12
I will be mobile in DN35 in Montana Friday night and Saturday afternoon, in case anybody still needs DN35 and we happen to have some Es ;-)
GL and VY 73, Lance

A9 on Six !!!!

The Daily DX reports that radioamateurs from Bahrain can now operate on 6 metres (50.0-50.5 MHz on a primary and exclusive basis, and 50.05-52 MHz on a secondary basis) and on additional frequencies on 136 KHz, 1.8 MHz, 7 MHz, 430 MHz and higher bands. They can not operate on these newly allocated frequencies until their licenses are amended.
Further News are also on UKSMG Web-Site posted by A92GR :
I would like to announce the good news from Bahrain. Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (TRA) has released 6 meter for amateur radio. This fantastic news is confirmed by the long anticipated press release of the new national band plan. Radio Amateurs in A9 were trying for many years to get access to 6 meter, a dream which finally come true. We got exclusive use of 50.000 MHZ - 50.500 as primary users, and shared use of 50.500 - 52.000 MHz. Other minor changes to band plan include access to new upper part of 40 meters band, and UHF band. Bahrain's national band plan can be seen on TRA website: and PDF file of the plan can be directly accessed on this link: (Page 15-16) shows 6 meter. We would like to thank TRA for their major step forward and their continuing support the to our small group of radio amateurs. Personally, i'm ready to do some DX on 6. I got an Icom ic-7400 and a 3 element yagi... lets pray for some propagation !
73 and hear you soon on 6. Dr Mohamed Ali Albufalasa (A92GR) Secretary, Amateur Radio Association of Bahrain (ARAB)

Also another Great News come from Dave EI3IO that he's now in A9 waiting for his callsign, and he will be in Sar, Northern Region, Kingdom of Bahrain, LL56fe for the next 2 years !
Look on
Hope to have a new DXCC on our score very soon on the next ESp season !
[SOURCE: 425 Dx News #971]

YJ0NA - Vanuatu

Nao, JK1FNL  will be active  as  YJ0NA  from  Port  Vila  (OC-035), Vanuatu from 28 December to 4 January.  He  will  operate  on  40-6 metres with 100 watts and wire antennas. QSL via  home  call.
[SOURCE: 425 Dx News #972]

New sunspot 1035 is growing rapidly and it is now seven times wider than Earth. This makes it an easy target for backyard solar telescopes. Yesterday, Rogerio Marcon of Campinas, Brazil, photographed a maelstrom of hot plasma and magnetic filaments connecting the sunspot's dark cores: Solar activity is picking up," he says. (Look the picture above) The magnetic polarity of the spot identifies it as a member of Solar Cycle 24--the cycle we've been waiting for to end the deepest solar minimum in nearly a century. One spot isn't enough to end the lull, but sunspot 1035 could herald bigger things to come.

INCOMING CME: Today Dec. 16th at 0120 UT, an eruption of magnetic fields around sunspot 1035 produced a long-duration C4-class solar flare and hurled a coronal mass ejection (CME) in the general direction of Earth. Details of the blast will become clear when more data are downloaded from the SOHO and STEREO spacecraft. Meanwhile, high-latitude people should prepare for auroras when the CME arrives on or about Dec. 18th.

Sunspot number: 38

Updated 15 Dec 2009

Spotless Days
Current Stretch: 0 days
2009 total: 259 days (74%)
Since 2004: 770 days
Typical Solar Min: 485 days
ZL in Peru via TEP ?

Finally ! Listening for the ZL video signals finally paid off. Last night at 2349Z Scott, VK4CZ, and I worked on E's/SSSP ?? for a 13000 km+ QSO. CW exchange was 519/529 but for me siganls peaked up to s4. We both were running 8 el yagis and I use 1kW. Also heard partials on ZL3JT and ZL3ADC on ssb. Video signals from VK/ZL were weak but were in for over an hour... Praying for a repeat 73 Jack OA4TT

4A1DXXE - Special Call

Members of the DXXE (Mexican Contest and DX group) will celebrate their 5th anniversary by using the special callsign 4A1DXXE between December 20-31st. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK31. The following operators will be active from different locations: Ismael/XE1AY, Hugo/XE1CQ, Sergio/XE1CT, Alex/XE1EE, Tony/XE1GRR, Pepe/XE1J, Ramon/XE1KK (Co-leader), Masa/XE1MM, Carlos/XE1MW, Joaquin/XE1R (Co-leader & callsign trustee), Miguel/XE1YYD, Benjamin/XE2AU, Bernardo/XE2HWB, Hector/XE2K (Co-leader & schedule and log controls), Marco/XE2S, Jorge/XE2WWW, Zalo/XE3N and Daniel/XE3RR. The QSL Manager is Dick, N7RO. Don't send your QSL cards to the Mexican Bureau since they will not have QSLs to answer. Make sure your Bureau QSL card is clearly marked via N7RO. QSOs with this station are good for the DXXE Award. For more information, visit the DXXE Web page at:
[SOURCE: OPDX DX Bulletin No. 939]

Wake Up Fat Old Sun !
The sun is showing signs of life. There are no fewer than five active regions on the sun's surface, shown here in an extreme ultraviolet photo taken this morning by the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO):
Each circle contains a sunspot or proto-sunspot belonging to new Solar Cycle 24. After two years of record-low sunspot numbers and many month-long stretches of utter quiet, this is a notable outbreak. Whether it heralds a genuine trend or merely marks a temporary, statistical uptick in activity remains to be seen.  [SOURCE:]
Solar observers were treated to the emergence of the largest sunspot group of the past several years (Dec. 14-17, 2009). As seen by SOHO's MDI instrument, the group appeared early on Dec. 14th. Since then it has fired off numerous small flares. The group is about nine Earths wide from one tip to the other. Sunspots are darker, cooler areas of intense magnetic fields and are often the source of solar storms. [SOURCE: SOHO Web-site]
Sunspot number: 42
Updated 21 Dec 2009
Spotless Days
Current Stretch: 0 days
2009 total: 259 days (73%)
Since 2004: 770 days
Typical Solar Min: 485 days

VK9WBM - Update.

Dave, VK9WBM has been on Willis Island for a while and is experiencing unexpected problems. "I am slowly getting on HF", he says, "but I am not there yet. I cannot erect a mast, the soil s coral rubble and sand and will not hold a guy peg. The soil is a bone dry insulator and I have been unable to get any viable earth. The ongwire has worked 2 stations and is to be removed and replaced with a balanced antenna. This will take a bit of work as I have no ATU except the Icom AH4, an unbalanced only auto ATU. On 6m I am unable to mount the beam anywhere useful. It can only point out to the ocean. I have built a 300ohm slim jim and worked about 40 stations, mainly VK2 but with some VK3, 4, 5 and one ZL2. Listen for me in the afternoons on 6m, between 0400z and 0900z. When he is "reliably on HF", he anticipates it "will be 40m and harmonics only"
[SOURCE: 425 DX News #973]

GM4ODA/P - IO99.

GM4ODA/p qrv from IO99 he has 6m to 23cm equipment if conditions.
Keith is on his Christmas holiday, but has radios with him with intention of making IO99 available over the peak of the Quadrantids. His primary activity will be on 2m & 4m, but is carrying equipment for 6m / 70cms & 23 cms if conditions permit. Good Luck
SOURCE: tnx to Bob, G1ZJP/M1MHZ, direct to MMMonVHF


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