Ham-Astronauts Engaging in Series of Spacewalks; Two Heading Home Soon

International Space Station (ISS) Expedition 50 Commander Shane Kimbrough, KE5HOD, will take one more spacewalk on March 30 before he heads back to Earth in a Soyuz MS-02 vehicle on April 10, joined by crewmates Sergey Ryzhikov and Andrey Borisenko. The spacewalks are aimed at preparing the station for the future arrival of US commercial crew spacecraft and upgrading station hardware.

On March 2...

28-Mar-2017, 20:03:00 (www.arrl.org)

AMSAT Reschedules Fox Series Launches

AMSAT has announced that the launches of its Fox-1Cliff and Fox-1D CubeSats have been rebooked from a single launch to separate launches. Both satellites initially were set to go into space on the Spaceflight Formosat-5/Sherpa mission aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 (Sherpa is launched as a rideshare program for small, low-budget satellites). Fox-1Cliff will launch on Spaceflight’s SSO-A dedicated rid...

28-Mar-2017, 19:50:00 (www.arrl.org)

V51/HB9JAB – Namibia

Stefan, HB9JAB will be active (holiday-style) from Namibia as V51/HB9JAB between April 18 to May 8, 2017. QRV /Mobile from campervan. QSL via eQSL, LoTW.
28-Mar-2017, 16:18:28 (dx-world.net)

PJ4/G3USR – Bonaire

Gordon, G3USR will be active holiday-style from Bonaire as PJ4/G3USR during mid-April 2017. QRV on HF bands. QSL via H/c (direct).
28-Mar-2017, 15:24:26 (dx-world.net)

VP2MKX – Montserrat

Steve, JS6TMW (AI6KX) will be active from Montserrat as VP2MKX between April 2-7, 2017. QRV on 20, 17 & 15m CW QRP. QSL only via eQSL.
28-Mar-2017, 12:15:15 (dx-world.net)

[UPDATE] Ops wanted – Central Kiribati

NEWS UPDATE by KK7L — Hey gang, I wanted to provide an update and answer some questions which have come via e-mail. The cruise departs Nadi, Fiji on June 24, 2017 — returning to Nadi on July 12th with one-day stops at Rotuma and Futuna on the way out and back. The ship will be […]
28-Mar-2017, 05:37:32 (dx-world.net)

4W/YB3MM and 4W/YB3LZ – Timor Leste

Adhi, YB3MM and Hen, YB3LZ will be active (holiday style) from Dili, Timor Leste during April 3-5, 2017. QRV mainly on JT65, and some other modes. QSL via YB3MM, IZ8CCW or OQRS Club Log. No Buro.
28-Mar-2017, 05:35:50 (dx-world.net)

Moderate (G2) Geomagnetic Storm In Progress, G2 Warning Extended

NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) reports a moderate (G2) level geomagnetic storm is in progress. The G2 threshold was reached on March 27 at 1948 UTC.

SWPC forecasters have extended the G2 Geomagnetic Storm Warning until March 28 at 0300 UTC, as coronal hole high-speed stream effects continue to influence Earth. A large, Earth-facing canyon-shaped hole in the Sun's atmosphere is spe...

28-Mar-2017, 03:00:00 (www.arrl.org)

T2AQ & T2QR – Tuvalu

MARCH 28, 2017 – Yesterday an 80m vertical with a top hat and two elevated radials replaced our 40m stuff. With some matching efforts the SWR of 1.0 was achieved. In the local morning 40 CW QSOs on 3.505 (listening up 1) made by T2QR. Signals were tiny, distorted, and difficult to resolve. Please be […]
28-Mar-2017, 00:09:09 (dx-world.net)