Youngsters On The Air

During the summer of 2013, a youth radio camp
"Youngsters On The Air" will be held near Tartu,
Estonia from 5-12 August. There will be 10 teams
participating from different European member
associations of IARU R1. The camp is organised by the
Estonian Radio Amateurs Union. During this week teams
of young radio amateurs from 10 different European
countries will be participating in different
activities: presentations, Contests, visiting radio
stations, observatory, etc. Young operators or SWL's
aged between 14-25, are being sought to represent
Ireland, and should contact Ger McNamara, IRTS Youth
Co-ordinator on 087 2532512 or by email to
ei4gxb /at/

As two previous events in Romania and
Belgium/Netherlands have shown, it will be a great
experience for the young hams which they will
never forget.
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Next IRTS Theory Examination

The next Amateur Station Licence Examination is due to be held in April / May 2014.  The exact date and venue(s) will be announced nearer the date

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Latest Update on UA9YAB SK

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An amazing response within the first 24 hours. *DX* has
now set aside a* dedicated page <>* for
donations to be sent to the family of Alex. Listed there is every operator
who has helped so far in these hours of need. It is hoped many other ops
also contribute to help offset body transportation and funeral costs.

Thank you for your kindness.

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Urgent help needed for the family of Alex, UA9YAB

Many will now know the sad news about the recent
passing<> of
Alex, UA9YAB.

Unfortunately, Alex did not take out insurance cover for his time away.
Thus, his family urgently need assistance in raising $30,000 to have his
body returned to Russia from Venezuela.

Yuri Sushkin N3QQ and Yuri Zaruba UA9OBA issue the following:


Our colleague, Alex UA9YAB (50) who you may have worked very recently as
YV7 and YV5/UA9YAB died during expedition. Cause of death is possibly a
bite by poisonous jellyfish. He had no evacuation insurance and his family
(wife Natalia and two young children) kindly ask for your help with body
transportation costs.

Contact information if any questions to Yuri Zaruba *UA9OBA nsi [at]* +0117-(3833)-511-777
or Yuri Sushkin *N3QQ n3qq [at]* +1(206)529-5168

Donations can be made by Paypal to the following link:

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EI Licence Examination

The next Amateur Station Licence Examination will be
held on Thursday 4th October at 2 p.m. in the ComReg
Offices in Dublin.  Full details, including entry procedure,
examination fee and how to pay the fee online are
available by clicking on the Licence Exam button on the
IRTS homepage at  Places for the examination
are limited and will be allocated on a first come first
served basis.  The closing date for applications to sit this
examination is Thursday, 20th September Please note that
it is necessary to download the application form from the
web page and forward the completed form and the appropriate
fee in order to secure a place for the examination. If you pay
the fee on line you must still complete and forward the
application form.

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Robert, KK6EK updates the project scheduled for 2014…..
We are pleased that Jean-Michel Cousteau has agreed to be
the Honorary Expedition Leader.
A major addition to the team is Ken Ehrhart, a world-class
climber, member of the Explorers Club, multi-decade associate
of Cordell Expeditions, and personal friend. Ken has taken
responsibility for the mountain science component, including
the proposed traverse of Big Ben, measurements of the volcano
and glaciers, and geological studies. He has already assembled
a nearly complete world-class team of mountaineers.
A similar position has been accepted by Dr. Steve Smith, a
world-class diver/marine scientist, and also a member of the
Explorers Club, multi-decade participant in Cordell Expeditions,
and 20-year personal friend. Steve has taken responsibility
for the marine science component, including diving to document
subtidal resources, documentation of oceanic plastic
debris, and collection of meiofauna (foraminifera and tardigrades).
These studies will give us information about marine
life, environmental threats, and global climate change.

Finally, Rich Holoch, a professional computer scientist who
is a member of the Advisory Board has taken responsibility for
implementing new capabilities for real-time data collection, processing,
and presentation from the expedition. This component
will enable members of the public to see the activities as they are
happening, and to have limited interaction with the expedition
team. We have also received significant input from Advisor
Dean Straw N6BV on predicted radio propagation and from Dr.
Mary McGann (USGS) on strategies for studying records of climate
change using the meiofauna.
We have not yet come to grips with several aspects of the
project, including fundraising, public relations, and of course the
permit solicited from the AAD. We are, in fact, waiting for the
AAD to complete its revision of the Management Plan before
they can consider our application for the permit. In the next
month we will be accepting additional team members, and these
will be listed on the web page.
Our most critical need at this time is to find two persons to
take responsibility for fundraising and publicity. If you know of
anyone who might be interested and capable, please make them
known. Email to: <>

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Steve, 9M6DXX announces that he and John, 9M6XRO
will use this call from Pulau Layang Layang August 7-13.
Activity will be on all bands from 80 to 10, CW/SSB/RTTY
using two stations with amplifiers to vertical antennas on the
edge of the ocean. Spratly stands at # 29 on The DX Magazine’s
2011 Most Wanted list, up from # 32 last year.
9M6XRO and 9M6DXX would like to thank the Malaysian
Prime Minister’s Department National Security Council for
granting the operating permission from Layang-Layang Island.
They would also like to thank Amid Drajak, 9W6ABD, of the
MCMC licensing office in Kota Kinabalu for issuing the
9M4SLL licence, as well as the President of the Borneo Amateur
Radio Club, Hamid, 9W6MID, and Rahim, 9M6RHM, for
their help in obtaining the licence. Pekka, OH2YY, was of
great help with the initial planning of the trip. Finally, thanks
go to Vicky Lee of the Layang Layang Island Resort for her
help in making this operation possible.
(Note for users of computer logging programs: The 9M4
prefix is issued to special event stations that may be anywhere
on Malaysian territory; this includes the DXCC entities of
West Malaysia, East Malaysia or, as in this case, Malaysian
islands in the Spratly group.)
The QSL manager for 9M4SLL is Tim Beaumont,
MØURX. QSL direct with SAE + $2 or 1 new IRC; use the
on-line OQRS (see or via the RSGB
bureau (all bureau cards MUST be marked “via MØURX”).
Logs will be uploaded to LoTW as soon as possible after the
end of the operation (within a few days), but there will be NO
online log during the DXpedition itself. If you are not certain
of any QSO you are welcome to work us again for an
‘insurance’ contact.

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Sun unleashes X-Flare

Space Weather reports that sunspot AR1520 unleashed an X1.4-class solar flare on July 12 at 1653 UT

They say: Because the sunspot was directly facing Earth at the time of the blast, this is a geoeffective event. Stay tuned for updates about possible CMEs and radio blackouts.

NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) recorded a flash of extreme ultraviolet radiation from the blast site.

The UV and X-ray pulse from the flare will have partially ionized Earth’s upper atmosphere on the dayside of our planet, disturbing the normal propagation of radio signals.

See the SDO video and more Space Weather news at

Realtime Space Weather Gallery

Sunspot Watch

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Three Radio Hams scheduled to head to ISS this weekend

Three Radio Hams scheduled to head to ISS this weekend

NASA will televise the launch and docking of the next mission to the International Space Station ( ISS), scheduled for 8:40 PM (CDT) Saturday, July 14 (0140 UTC, Sunday, July 15)

NASA Flight Engineer Sunita Williams, KD5PLB, along with Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko, RK3DUP, and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Akihiko Hoshide, KE5DNI, are completing preparations as they undergo their final Soyuz spacecraft fit. Live NASA TV coverage of the Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan begins at 8:30 PM CDT on Saturday, July 14 (0130 UTC July 15).

The trio will arrive at the station on July 16, joining NASA Flight Engineer Joe Acaba, KE5DAR, and two Russian cosmonauts: Expedition 32 Commander Gennady Padalka, RN3DT, and Flight Engineer Sergei Revin, RN3BS. Acaba, Padalka and Revin have been aboard the ISS since mid-May. Williams, Malenchenko and Hoshide — who also will be part of the Expedition 33 crew starting in September — will return to Earth in mid-November.

NASA TV’s scheduled coverage is available at,

Akihiko Hoshide KE5DNI, Yuri Malenchenko RK3DUP and Sunita Williams KD5PLB

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