GM4JJJ Silent Key

Via de EME nieuwsgroep bereikte mij het droeve bericht dat David, GM4JJJ is overleden.

David was een bekende VHF-DX-er die ook vaak tijdens aurora openingen te werken was.

Hieronder het orginele bericht afkomstig van GM3SEK:

I’m sorry to have to tell you that David GM4JJJ died this morning, peacefully under hospice care. He had been fighting spinal cancer though many years of remission and relapse, which often made it difficult to come on the radio.

However, it was entirely typical that David did everything he could to remain active, and was always making positive plans for the future. Here’s an example. Known around the world for his MoonSked software, he used his programming skills to combat the disabling effects of his condition. At times when he could move around, he configured the house wiring and the shack for convenient control from his iPad so he wouldn’t need to climb the stairs to operate. The next step forward was to do the same from anywhere else – so even when confined to a hospital chair for treatment, GM4JJJ was still making QSOs. All of that, while severely ill and in pain.

That kind of spirit and determination leaves a big hole in other people’s lives when it is no longer with us.

We send deepest sympathies to David’s wife Pat and family. Funeral details will be announced when available.

73 from Ian GM3SEK

ISS schoolcontact met Spanje op dinsdag 5 maart om 9:50 UTC

Op dinsdag 5 maart vindt er om 9:50 UTC weer een schoolcontact plaats tussen het ruimtestation ISS en een school in Spanje. De astronaut David St-Jacques, KG5FYI , beantwoordt dan vragen die door  kinderen vande school Ceip Nuestra Senora Del Carmen in Torre De La Reina in Spanje worden gesteld. De verbinding wordt dit keer rechtstreeks vanuit de school met ISS gemaakt. Het grondstation op de school werkt dan onder de roepletters EG7NSC. De engelse taal wordt de voertaal tijdens dit contact dat voor een deel ook in ons land hoorbaar zal zijn op de gebruikelijke downlink frequentie van ISS, 145,800 MHz in FM.

Hieronder volgt de beschrijving van de school en de lijst met vragen die gesteld gaan worden.





School Information:

Torre de la Reina is located south of the main population center of Guillena (Sevilla) about 2 kilometers from it and is about 19 meters above sea level.

It is also just 17 kilometers from Seville capital if you take the direction to the south on the A-431 road, also enjoying a strategic location rivileged to be located very close to the A-66 (Autovía de la Plata) that connects Sevilla capital with Extremadura.

Our school is located in the town of Torre de la Reina, (Seville, Spain), with 215 students, including children and primary school. It has two buildings, one of the infantile stage (recent construction) and another one of primary (something older). The staff consists of 15 teachers. We are a small center, but with a young staff, willing to invest in experiences of all kinds that enrich our students.

There are many activities that we carry out within different projects, with the aim not only of fulfilling
the educational curriculum, but also of developing competences to train integral people.

Also one of our hallmarks of identity is to form values and an emotional education, because we consider that it is fundamental in the education of today’s society.

The heart and the vocation to educate is our engine every day. The resources we have are not many, but the human side compensates for any technical and material aspect.

Students First Names & Questions:

1. Celia: What did you think when you saw Earth from space?
2. Joaquin: What are you currently investigating on the ISS?
3. Pablo: When did you decide to become an astronaut?
4. Adrian: How do you live in such a small place?
5. Asuncion: How long do you need to recover after finishing your missions?
6. Francisco: If an astronaut floats away from the ISS, what do you have to do?
7. Elsa: Which values and skills should an astronaut have?
8. Sergio: Can you eat whatever you want?
9. Carmen: What´s the most common problem inside the ISS?
10. Aliu: Could you go to Mars with this ISS?
11. Paola: Can you have a shower or bath there?
12. Maria: Where do you throw your rubbish?
13. Andrea: How long can you stay at the ISS?
14. Angela: Is there a doctor in the ISS?
15. Irene: How many hours do you sleep every day?
16. Jaime: How do you keep fit?
17. Margarita: What´s your favourite food and drink there?
18. Pablo: Do you listen to music at work?
19. Lucia: Can you see our country from the ISS?
20. Jose: When will you come back to Earth?

About ARISS:

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is a cooperative venture of international amateur radio societies and the space agencies that support the International Space Station: NASA, Russian Space Agency, ESA, JAXA, and CSA. The US Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) provide ARISS special support.

ARISS offers an opportunity for students to experience the excitement of Amateur Radio by talking directly with crewmembers on board the International Space Station. Teachers, parents and communities see, first hand, how Amateur Radio and crewmembers on ISS can energize youngsters’ interest in science, technology, and learning.

The primary goal of ARISS is to promote exploration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) topics by organizing scheduled contacts via amateur radio between crew members aboard the ISS and students in classrooms or informal education venues.  With the help of experienced amateur radio volunteers, ISS crews speak directly with large audiences in a variety of public forums.  Before and during these radio contacts, students, teachers, parents, and communities learn about space, space technologies, and amateur radio.  For more information, see and

Uitnodiging contest seizoen 2019

Hierbij de uitnodiging voor iedereen om mee te doen met de VHF en hoger radio wedstrijden seizoen 2019. De eerste contest begint zaterdag 2 maart 2019 om 14:00u UTC en wordt gedurende 24 uur gehouden op de banden 2m, 70cm, 23cm, 13cm, 9cm, 6cm, 3cm, 1.5cm etc. Dit zal dan ook de eerste wedstrijd zijn in de VERON competitie. Weer een mooie gelegenheid om je spullen uit te proberen want er zal dan weer veel activiteit zijn.
Er geldt voor 2019 een nieuw wedstrijd reglement dat hier kan worden gedownload: Reglement VERON Contest VHF-en-hoger V2019

Het reglement is ten opzichte van 2018 op twee punten aangepast:
– Deelname van de contest kan als het log in electronisch wordt aanleverd via de contestrobot. Het log dient in VHFREG1 EDI bestandsformaat voor de uiterlijke inleverdatum te zijn aangeleverd bij de contestrobot.
– Doorsturen van de logs naar de IARU contesten zal door de contestmanager worden gedaan. Deelnemers hoeven dit niet meer zelf te doen.

Voor de rest is het reglement hetzelfde als vorig jaar.


Veel contestplezier gewenst en tot werkens,

73 Rob Hardenberg, PE1ITR

VERON VHF contestmanager