The results of the second period of the SWARL 365 day contest are now updated on the website at:

http://digilander.libero.it/paoloalw/swarl_365_day_contest_2009.htm

have a look at it.

 

73, the contest manager Stefano IZ3NVR IE3-802SWL

Here is the DXCC ranking list for August.

I'll await your log updates for September.

 

73 Stefano IZ3NVR IE3-802SWL

Here is the list with the DXCC scores of the SWLs updated to June. In the list you can also  find some of the QSLs received from the operators and some DX news.

 

73 Stefano IZ3NVR / IE3-802SWL

What is this? This is a directive antenna developed by Les Moxon G6XN. This kind of antenna is less than a common monobander and it is also less heavy. It can be installed on a simple push-up mast and rotated by hand or with an inexpensive light duty rotor. And the most important thing...it is easy to build !!!

Lots of more information can be found at:

http://www.moxonantennaproject.com/

How to build it? It is very simple...first of all you have to design your own Moxon for the band you need. To design the project you can download the programme MoxGen and fill the blank places with the frequency and the kind of wire you will use.

The Straight Key Century Club (SKCC) has added a SWL category to its monthly CW contest. The next "sprint" occurs this weekend starting at 0000 UTC on July 12th (Saturday evening 2000 EDT US). It lasts 24 hours.

What about some ham radio population statistics? I have put together the lists I have been able to find

090612-sun-lowest-peak-activity_170After a perplexing quiet spell, the sun appears to be stirring-but astrophysicists remain divided about what our star is going to do next. The sun was expected to hit a low in 2008 as part of its normal 11-year cycle of activity.
But it stayed quiet until very recently, confounding scientists and sparking speculation of a sun-triggered "little ice age."
Solar physicists have denied that potential, saying that today's greenhouse gases have much more influence on global temperatures than the sun. (Watch video about how greenhouse gases are affecting Earth.)
Now the sun appears to be waking up, and the latest prediction from a panel convened by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says that the sun is simply a year late.
Solar activity will peak in 2013, the experts say, with 90 sunspots predicted that year.
Still, this would be the lowest peak recorded since the 1920s, and the experts are cautious about their own predictions.
"Go ahead and mark your calendar for [a peak in] May 2013," panel member Dean Pesnell of the Goddard Space Flight Center said in a press statement.
"But use a pencil."
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sm6011swlIf you don't have bureau service available or you really want that QSL card from the DX location far far away, or you are interested in fast QSL delivery, and are not looking forward to waiting for a year or two for one QSL card then this article is for you. QSL bureau services take too long because of multiple sorting locations that bureau goes through, and many DX stations don't even have a bureau close by. The most reliable way to get your QSL is direct postage. But direct postage takes some money to send, and in most cases you would also need to provide finances for the HAM operator to send his QSL back to you. If you live in an European country with reliable postal service, you can look at minimum of 3 US dollars for each QSL to be delivered and replied to.

Even you go to all that trouble and send your QSL and money to the operator's address that you found on qrz.com there is no guarantee that you get a desirable reply. You won't believe how many things can go wrong. Only a few of the major ones are:

425dxlogHello Friends:
The latest issue (May 2009) of the 425 ARI DX Magazine is now available for free download in .pdf format at www.425dxn.org monthly - the official web site of 425 Dx News.

This is an absolutely fabulous publication, 15 pages packed with the latest DX news, Good to know-items,  QSL routes and addresses. The colour pictures in this bulletin for serious DXers add to its attraction. It is highly recommended.
73 from
Ullmar, SM5-1252

 

Many SWL's find it interesting to send reception reports and to receive QSL's from radio amateurs. But it is far from easy to have success. I think many SWL's should consider some basic facts to improve the quality of their reports. It all depends on the time and effort you are ready to spend on your hobby, but of course success gives more satisfaction!

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