SEPTEMBER 16 – 26, 2011 http://www.4w6a.com


The 4W6A team welcomes Bernd Länger, VK2IA, as the seventh and final member of the DXpedition. Bernd has joined the DXpedition in order to help balance the requirement for CW operation. He brings a wealth of DXpedition and contesting experience from Europe and the Asia-Pacific area.

Also joining the team, although not in Timor-Leste itself, are Col McGowan, MM0NDX, and Kev Haworth, M0TNX. Col, who is the founder and editor of the DX World website [http://dx-world.net], has been appointed as pilot while Kev will be the assistant QSL manager to Tim, M0URX. Col will be responsible for providing feedback to the team on Atauro Island. He may be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CDXC (Chiltern DX Club – the UK DX Foundation), the RSGB DXpedition Fund, the German DX Foundation, the Northern California DX Foundation, the European DX Foundation, the Nippon DX Association and the Northern Illinois DX Association are the latest DX clubs and foundations that are kindly providing financial support for the DXpedition. The team is very grateful to all DX groups, companies and individuals who have offered sponsorship. All are listed with thanks on the 4W6A website at http://www.4w6a.com/sponsors.html  If you or your DX club also wish to help, there is a "Donations" page on the 4W6A website. Payments may be made by credit or debit card and you do not need to have a PayPal account yourself in order to make a donation.

4W6A will be QRV from Atauro Island (IOTA OC-232), Timor-Leste (East Timor), from 16 to 26 September 2011. Activity will be on all bands 10 to 160 metres, using CW, SSB and RTTY. The QSL manager is M0URX, direct (SAE plus 1 IRC / $2), via the bureau, or LoTW. The entire log will be uploaded to LoTW as quickly as possible after the end of the operation or, if possible, even during the DXpedition. QSLs may also be requested using the QSL request form on the website.

Written by 9M6DXX, Steve Telenius-Lowe.

QSL Designs

Work has been ongoing here at the QSL managers office collecting the images and the text for the QSL cards from the recent IOTA DXpeditions from June. Thanks to Max ON5UR for designing the QSL cards for us once again.
Direct QSL cards will be posted in July

MS0INT/P EU-111 Monach Isles.
2,100 QSO's were made from Eilean Hesgeir. Invoker Team.


MS0INT EU-059 St Kilda Archipelago. 9,300
QSO's were made from Hirta. Invoker Team.


MS0RSD EU-008 Isle of Skye.
2,700 QSO's were made by Dudley & District Amateur Radio Society.

MC0SHL EU-124 Ramsey Island.
6,000 QSO's were made by Strumble Head DX & Contest Group.


“QSL-TÜV” for outstanding QSL-Service to the DX-community

I received the news today from DX-World,net that it was announced at Friedrichshafen, Germany during the Ham Radio fair that i had been voted joint 3rd place by CQ-DL Magazine readers for Outstanding QSL-Service to the DX-community. DL2VFR Ric explains:

"During this forum the annual “QSL-TÜV” for outstanding QSL-Service to the DX-community (determined by readers of CQ-DL-Magazine) was awarded to –

800px-DARC_logo_svg1st place GDXF-QSL-Service (DK8UH),
2nd place to DL7AFS and G3TXF,
3rd place W3HNK and MØURX."

Thanks to those readers that voted for M0URX, i can tell you that when I decided to go into QSL managing, I wanted to do it differently to other QSL managers, provide a faster more efficient service and give the DX'ers what they want from a QSL Service / Bureau.

It is a team effort without that team the service is NIL. Firstly there are the guys that i am QSL manager for, they are the DXpeditioners. they provide me with accurate logs and regular updates.

Then there is Oliver the IT guy, he has played a huge role in the team by modernising my IT capabilities, this work is ongoing as we have a new OQRS system to install and Oliver is again working on this one.

Then there is ON5UR, Max the printer, who works on the design for the QSL cards and printing.
MW0JZE, Anthony our Ink dealer. Without his Ink at a good price I cant print the labels.
G4VPD, Mike the office business supplier who supplies me with labels and envelopes and all things for the office.

Also not forgetting all the volunteer Bureau workers around the globe that sort to get the cards to you.
So as you see, when M0URX is mentioned, it is the whole team that provide you with this outstanding service!

MS0INT 2011 - The Story

I wold like to thank Col MM0NDX for writing this report on the recent Expeditions to Monach Islands and St Kilda Archipelago. Thanks also to the team for allowing us to use your photographs.

By Col, MM0NDX
When a DXpedition ends, the question is often asked "Where do we go next?". With MS0INT 2011, the question could easily be "Where do we start"?!
A starting Point
BUSIn writing this piece, I knew well in advance that it would be long and needed a starting point; so let's begin on June 13, 2011. That morning I arrived in Benbecula, Outer Hebrides three full days in advance of MS0INT beginning activities. Lots of things needed done before the team assembled, namely collecting a mountain of gear stored at the local community hall in Berneray isle, filling petrol containers, getting familiar with the roads (and passing places) all over the Uists. Speaking of roads, to say the 16 seat hire bus we had was antiquated is an understatement, although in fairness, it did get us to all intented destinations - with gear stored at the back end of the bus, we did look like a group of New Age travellers!

Team arrive in Benbecula
By June 14th, Vincent F4BKV arrived in Benbecula, fresh from his mini GM-IOTA tour (EU012, EU009, EU123) which would coincide with joining team MS0INT. Immediately upon arrival, he and I set off to South Uist island (EU-010) and activated from a superb spot with the sea almost under us. 200+ QSO's were quickly made from here before heading to North Uist and finally ending the days activity as MM0NDX/P & MM/F4BKV from our base on Berneray isle.

CQ from EU-010
HostelVincent briefly activated Isle of Benbecula on Wednesday June 15th as we waited on the plane arriving with the rest of the team. Simon IZ7ATN and his XYL Monica were to arrive later that day, so after meeting and greeting, EA3NT, EA3OR, EA5KA, EI6DX, F4BKV and MM0NDX all set off to Baleshare, EU010 where various MM/ home callsigns were used. Although part of the vast EU-010 group, Baleshare as a seperate island, has not been activated often. The CW pileup especially reflected this. Later that day, we returned to the airport and collected Simon & Monica. Next stop was the supermarket where we'd individually stock up on groceries for the upcoming EU111 and EU059 activations. MM/IZ7ATN and MM/EI6DX were both active that evening from the hostel on Berneray isle, our base before departing for Monachs the following day.

Lady Anne
The vessel to Monachs EU111 was Lady Anne, a converted fishing boat. Nick, the skipper, was the man to take us to EU111. This particular voyage was rough as we fought against a spring tide, 5m swell and exposed sandbanks. In talking to Nick, he confirmed that was one of the worst passages he had ever done. Sick bags testified to that! After 90 mins at sea, the Monachs, and the Old Schoolhouse there, came into view. Thankfully, the bay where we landed was sheltered from a roaring Atlantic.

Sinking Tender
Sinking_TenderUnloading all our equipment, food and personal items was time consuming. Indeed, one of the two tenders used to ferry our gear to the beach started to capsize with Ramon EA3OR in it, primarily due to the skipper over-loading and the crewman's inexperience in rowing ashore. A near disaster with the generator and radios was averted as the tender slowly sunk. Four of us rushed out knee deep to retrieve these important items before the sea swallowed them! Once everything was transported to the beach, and with the weather being glorious, we decided to quickly erect an HF antenna and get on air. Simon IZ7ATN started on 10m as MS0INT/P, then onto 20m. Pileups were good and steady. The plan was to base ourselves at the same QTH as GS3PYE/P had done one year prior. This we did, but no way would we sleep in the old schoolhouse such was the utterly ridiculous state it had been left in by passing fishermen. Tents outside, stations inside. We operated 20 and 40m from EU111. Generator issues caused huge problems for the team and, in hindsight, we did extremely well to make over 2000 QSO's from here in under 18 hours. One of the sponsored IC7000's also had a display problem, fortunately back up rigs were taken. We were scheduled to leave Monachs at 0900 local next day. 

MonachOn Friday, June 17th, Seaumas Morrison of Sea Harris boat charters collected us on the Enchanted Isle, a 42ft Interceptor vessel. Let's be charitable and say the difference between landing Monachs to leaving was like night and day, such was the smoothness of Seumas' operation. Hundreds of curious seals watched our every movement as we departed the scene - wonderful moments captured by the offical team photographer, Monica.

From EU111 to EU059 takes just under three hours at a steady 18kts. The weather was fantastic to St Kilda, but changed rapidly as we approached the magnificent sea stacs and the towering Boreray (3km north of Hirta, the main island in the chain). Squally showers pounded the sea as we landed in a south easterly wind; the "worst kind" of wind direction for a Hirta landing we were told. Nevertheless, we landed quickly, in heavy rain, with all gear intact and on the pier ready for transportation some 250m above. It is at this point, I can't thank enough the people involved in permitting us to 1) operate at height from Hirta, 2) assist in transporting all kit to the top - you know who you are! 

Flying Tent over Village BayArriving_St_Kilda
At 250m above Village Bay, the view is spectacular, but only on a good, clear day. We all gathered together in a howling wind and rain, probably all thinking the same: "Why do we do these IOTA"? Team morale comes to the fore in these situations, and it was high. Pitching tents, to keep items dry, was a challenge. Hats off (literally) to Raul EA5KA and Ramon EA3OR in quickly erecting the first tent, weighted down by luggage just to keep it in place. The large tunnel tent, to be used as the operating shack, with room for eight people, proved extremely difficult to erect on the plateau of Mullach Sgar. Initially, we attempted to pitch it on a field deemed suitable by NTS, but this was an accident waiting to happen. Had we not decided to move the tent behind the outbuilding of the now seemingly disused Ministry of Defence second radar base, I firmly believe it would have flown. Indeed, my own tent, when pitching, did just this! Thankfully, Simon and Monica brought a spare tent!

CQ from EU-059 St Kilda Archilpelago
Once the shack tent was finally erected and secured, we got to work in setting up stations, antennas and our own sleeping tents. In a move to surprise IOTA chasers, we decided to open proceedings on 30m CW, and not the usual 14260 IOTA freq. Christain EA3NT started up from EU-059. Axel, DL6KVA was first in the log. After a few CQ's, it was apparent MS0INT appeared on the Dx cluster and the fun then commenced. Soon 17, 20 and 30m were all on air. It should be pointed out that although the tent appeared to be sheltered a little, it was still very much "bouncing" in the cold south easterly gale - it was difficult operating conditions in more ways than one. Working throughout the night, +1000 QSO's were quickly attained. [

, June 18th was a truly beautiful day. Sunny, warm, clear. We were informed by island staff to be on the look-out for blue whales in the ocean below. Operations continued with very many contacts being logged. JA were being easily worked on 17 & 20m. Outwith Rockall EU-189, we knew Japanese IOTA chasers needed St Kilda next on their most wanted list. It was very pleasing to see so many calls enter the logs. Additionally, NA/SA chasers were being worked with great aplomb - if heard, you were worked. The 40 and 80m vertical was installed in the afternoon, same with the 6m yagi. On 50Mhz, mainly south EU was logged - conditions never good enough to contact more from this rare counter. An excellent run to NA/SA ensued on 20m that evening. Reference must be made to the fact our main generator, similar to on Monachs, stopped working. Thankfully, our back-up generator performed admirably.
Windy Day
Suddenly, and with no warning, the weather changed rapidly - again the wind picked up, like a carbon copy of the previous night. It was a relentless bombardment, captured on video for posterity! How the shack tent survived, we'll never know. A few snapped poles inside confirmed the wind was more than strong. The 30m vertical was downed - large rocks used in tying antenna ropes were being tossed to one side, and this was a summer gale! I can only imagine the severe winter storms battering St Kilda. Despite the often adverse weather, we continued at a good rate working the world. EU-059 was becoming less wanted for many - the real reason behind this IOTA expedition. During the peak of operations three HF stations and 6m were on air.

The scenery and wildlife on Hirta, St Kilda confirms why the archipelago is only one of 25 UNESCO listed locations around the world for natural beauty and heritage. Lord Howe island, including Balls Pyramid, to put in context, is one of the other listed locations. Monica took some memorable photos for sure. The QSL card depicts her work.

EI6DX_in_shackSunday, June 19th. With thousands of QSO's already in the log, we continue hard to work all stations calling us. Propagation was mixed; not poor, not great is one way of describing it. However, this was the one day the wind didn't arrive - and very grateful we were too! 40 & 80m was prime focus during the evening, with 20 & 17 also going well. PSK31, like the previous day, was also in use by Vincent F4BKV. We had plans to tear down the station gradually during Sunday as we had to leave the island by 0900 latest next morning. However, it was decided to keep going right through until daybreak Monday, to maximise the chances of all who called to enter our logbook.

At 0351z, Monday June 20th, the last station, UY7QF, was worked by Stan EI6DX (Pictured left) on EU-059. In 75 hours of operating time as MS0INT/P & MS0INT, we managed to make 11496 QSO's.

Although the end of transmissions had ceased, we were not without drama as we packed up and descended the steep road back to Village Bay. We had taken two bikes with us. Unfortunately, Ramon EA3OR fell off onTeam_Photoe of the bikes on the way down and sustained an injury. It wasn't until the expedition was over, it transpired he had broken his hand. With also nearly capsizing in the tender at Monachs, you could say Ramon had an eventful journey!

There is only one logical target for MS0INT next year subject to substantial fund raising, and weather/sea conditions permitting. It's a little further west than St Kilda. I'm sure you can guess where our thoughts have turned to!

With many thanks to all sponsors listed on our website in making this expedition happen. Special mention to Andrew Ross on Berneray - you're a star! Thanks too to our webmaster and twitter updater, Niko DD1MAT.

QSL cards for MS0INT and MS0INT/P go via M0URX.

MS0INT - EU-059 - St Kilda Expedition from F4BKV Vincent on Vimeo.

YJ8A Vanuatu

P29CS Andy will be in Vanuatu, Efate Island, OC-035 until 17th July, Andy will be QRV as YJ8A QSL Via M0URX

The CQ DX Challenge 2010 Result


Well done once again to Bob Locher, W9KNI overall winner of the 2010 CQ DX Marathon. Bob worked 285 of the 291 countries available in the 2010 Challenge and with 40 CQ Zones was top with a score of 325. I have to say that I read his book "A Year of DX" last year and was myself inspired to take part in the 2010 Marathon. It was tough, very tough and to my surprise I came 2nd in the World in the SSB Mode category.

SSB Mode
        Call Sign  Countries Zones Score

1st     N3CDA   246          40      286 Certificate Winner
2nd    M0URX  243          40      283  (73rd overall)
3rd     PY2ADR 234          40      274 

For me this is a massive achievement, as I only have a 2up, 2 down terraced plot of land. The only antenna I have is a G3TXQ-Broadband Hexbeam (built by MW0JZE) which is mounted on a 12m Tennamast type mast at the back of the house. Only 6m through to 20m and no LF antennas here. (Waiting till I retire hahah to venture down there) 

So it goes to show that you do not need to have an array of towers with Yagi's at varying heights to compete with some of the top DX'ers in the World. Being a postman I am quite often told I am lucky to have the afternoons to myself which last year enabled me to be on air and work some pretty nice DX while many where probably still at the office watching the cluster from work... (Yes I mean you Neil hehe sorry) 

However this may sound very familiar to some of you. I did notice that the Challenge becomes extremely addictive, so much so that you end up towards the end of the week planning your weekend NOT by the social events, or the family but "what is on the bands, who, what and where" Just how sad is that?

Deciding you can't go to the wedding of your colleague from work because T32AJ is on air and the long path opening at tea time when the wedding reception starts is your only chance of picking that DXCC up this year! Yes, I can see you sniggering over there, because you know it's true! 

This year I will be out of the running, the QSL work has kept me busy and has reduced my band tuning down to being a cluster tart. Take part in the CQ Marathon Challenge, it really is great fun.
2010 Results.

MS0INT St Kilda EU-059

MS0INT St Kilda EU-059
June 17-20: St Kilda Archipelago, EU-059 activity until latest 0800UTC on June 20th. Callsign: MS0INT.
Three HF stations CW/SSB + 50Mhz. Sponsored by ICOM UK. 

St Kilda Is an isolated archipelago 64 kilometres (40 mi) west-northwest of North Uist in the North Atlantic Ocean. It contains the westernmost islands of the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. The largest island is Hirta, whose sea cliffs are the highest in the United Kingdom. St Kilda was awarded Dual World Heritage Status in 2005 making it one of only a few places in the world in recognition of its natural and cultural significance. Getting to St Kilda is not easy.

Col MM0NDX confirmed to me that the exact QTH is Mullach Sgar the 2nd lowest radar station and is WAB area NF09

Please be aware that MS0INT EU-059 & MS0INT/P EU-111 will be TWO separate QSL cards check QSL INFO before posting. Insufficient postal costs will be sent Via Bureau.
LoTW & online log search will be uploaded when the logs arrive here.
The team report at 1800z on the 19th that 8,500 QSO's logged so far.

MS0INT/P Monach Isles EU-111

MS0INT/P Monach Isles EU-111 IOTA

Again led by MM0NDX Col, the 2011 IOTA team includes EA3NT Christian, EA3OR Ramon, EA5KA Raul, EI6DX Stan, F4BKV Vincent and IZ7ATN Simon.

June 16: Depart Grimsay for Monach Isles, EU-111. Spend approx 24 hours on Monachs. Callsign: MS0INT/P.

Monach Isles are a small group of five low-lying Scottish islands lying about 4miles (6km) to the west of North Uist. They lie wild and exposed to the full force of the North Atlantic and experience gale-force winds on around 160 days of the year. The highest point of the islands is only 19 metres above sea level. This beautiful and remote location is home to a very special nature spectacle - 9000 Atlantic grey seal pups are born here every year. Completed and now on St Kilda.

The WAB area for the Monach Isles activation is corrected to NF66

MC0SHL - Ramsey Island 2Ø11; Trials & Tribulations

Written by Charles Wilmott M0OXO.
The Strumble Head team met at the Club House on Tuesday giving us time to test, prepare and pack the items needed for this year. As before, we always try to be more efficient and to take only the essential items to the island but also with consideration that we may have to stay longer than anticipated should the weather turn poor.

10062011055Sea and weather conditions were forecast to be very poor for the crossing on the Thursday morning but what a surprise to awake at 04:45 to see a beautiful morning on the Pembrokeshire Coast. The vehicles were loaded and we arrived at the Lifeboat Slipway around 07:30 where shortly afterwards the ‘Thousand Island Boat Charters’ arrived and we were on the Island by 08:00, amazing.

After heaving all the gear to the top of the ‘harbour’ we then had the massive climb to the top of the Island where we bunk in a Barn (complete with broody Chickens!). Carrying 2 x Acom 1000 Amplifiers, 2 x FT1000MPs and worst of all the Kenwood TL922 to the accommodation is always a huge challenge. Fortunately the RSPB Warden and his wife (Greg & Lisa) are very accommodating and helped us up the hill with the Quad and trailer for which we are always very grateful.

DSC_1619We got off to a good start and as always, no one sets their stations up until all antennas are fully up and we work together to achieve this. The 2 x G3TXQ Hexbeams (built by Ant MW0JZE) were the first up and then we worked on the Windom for 40 and 80M. Everything ran as a well oiled machine and shortly after lunch, all three antennas were up and we moved inside to set up the stations.

Around 15:30 local we had all three stations on air and were qrv from ‘IOTA EU-124 Ramsey Island’. Chris G1VDP started the Digi station on the Windom working 30M, Ant MW0JZE started up on 20 SSB and Tim M0URX worked 15m SSB. Pile ups were pretty fast, the World Flora Fauna reference helping to boost them as well ;-) .
Almost immediately the station used by Chris suffered a major problem when lights on the FT1000MP flashed and the dedicated PSU and TL922 also shutting down. Then worse to come was that dreaded smell – something was on fire. A subsequent check showed a hole on a transistor within the PSU and sadly totally  unrepairable for now at least. We were now down to two stations.

DSC_1845We worked very well and most stations had solid pile ups until late in the evening. Conditions weren’t brilliant and most of the traffic was from EU with Yuri A65CA from Asia and a few stations from North America. Tim had a good run into NA and also the Caribbean but again, conditions definitely down. We had over  1000 in the log and with the two stations we were happy at that.

The next morning we all woke early after a terrible storm kept most of us awake during the night and we got started. We worked early on 40M SSB and then 20M SSB using both Acoms and running 300/400 watts. Rob MW0RLJ and Charles M0OXO decided to take a boat to the mainland to take the faulty equipment back and to collect a spare rig to replace it. The guys continued to work well and on their return the qso count was 2500.

It became very obvious that conditions were giving us some Sporadic E propagation so they started pushing the higher bands (17, 12, 10 & 6) to give the Island IOTA to as many that required it. We had an amazing time, many stations commenting on how pleased they were to get EU-124 onto the new bands and in particular many ‘G’s that needed it as a new DXCC Band slot. Ant had been slogging away on 6M for a long time with a huge pile up and handed the Mic to Charles to continue. 6M continued to be very good and in total we finished with well over 396 qso's & 29 Countries on one run on 6m, the better one maybe CN in Morrocco? Before we left we set ourselves  a target of 4000q’s for the whole trip and by midnight we closed on 4035 q’s, amazing and very pleased but that was to be short lived.

Charles got up the following11062011078 morning (Day3) to find a problem. We had Voltage issues and it seemed the current was poor and not enough Amperage to run even the radio. We traced the problem to not just one but both our generators had gone down, who would believe that? The black cloud descended over us and we spiralled into depression. We worked several theories for several hours and eventually decided to run the spare ‘Robin’ generator only and to run 100w only. We never gave up the fight and tried many theories were explored over a pot of Porridge (thanks Jane!) and we came up with a plan! Greg (RSPB Warden) kindly offered to allow us yet another Generator which could give us 6Kva so the mood lightened and again, we weighed up our options over a chat until 0930………

Time moved on and by 1130 we were on air again. Conditions were ok and by 1.00pm we were running well as we approached 1300 and the beginning of the World Flora Fauna’ GreenDay’ event, We used all bands from 40m thro 10m and as we were using 12 & 17m, we were not in a ‘contest’ but just an ‘event’! All continued OK with runs predominantly into EU but with the odd DX station thrown in the mix. When 1500 came the bands just died with barely a trace of anyone on 20 thro 10m. In a few hours this eased and we pushed on on 20m, 17 and 40M. 40M was running very well with Chris on the Mic running 100w from the FT890 but only 20 and 17 really had any decent propagation to EU. As the evening moved along we had another good run with many JA stations on 20M and a few down into OC with VK. We closed at 0030, filled the generator and after a few hours stargazing we slept………but not well!

10062011042We were kept awake most of the night with the predicted ‘bad weather’. Sadly it was worse than expected. Torrential rain was hammering at the windows of the barn and roof and the wind was tremendous. First light at 04:00 saw 2 x Hexbeams both leaning to the side and getting buffeted by the very strong wind. There was little we could do, they were unusable in that state so after a chat (again over a bowl of porridge) we decided they needed to be taken down to prevent damage. We all donned our wet weather gear and got stuck in. Taking them down took 15 minutes for each Hexbeam with us all working on the same antenna at the same time before moving on to the other. It initially appeared that the fault was either the rotators not being up to the strain of the wind or the strain on the stub mast and clamps were too weak. Another thought for another day but they were all down and we left the Windom in place.

We spent the remainder of the morning inside the barn, we dismantled all the equipment and packed it away just leaving the Elekraft K3 and the Windom to use later in the afternoon with a view to making the few required qso’s which would give us 6000 log entries.

The afternoon was poor, but we worked through trying our best but pretty soon we ran out of time. We had the (now traditional) 'Party' looming with invited guests joining us for supper and a few drinks. By the time 7pm came we had 11 people for supper including Greg & Lisa, Nia, Mike & Nicola. We must not forget the now famous Border Collie 'Dewi', now a celebrity after his debut on the BBC's 'Countryfile'! After a lovely meal provided by Jane, we all had a few drinks (some more than others!) and spirits ;-) were high. Some of us were in a bit of a tacking by 0030, and with an empty bottle of Famous Grouse, one of Romiel and several bottles of red wine, we turned in for the night. At that point it seemed extremely unlikely that we would wake in 6 hours feeling well but Charles did and fired up the generator for a quick blast. Another 60 stations were logged on 40m which brought us to a final total of 6024 q's and the end of the 2011 trip. We got the gear down to the slip and from that point it took us 50 minutes to load the boat, do the crossing, unload at the Lifeboat Slip, carry the gear up to St. Justinians and to load the Van for the trip back to the farm.

DSC_1820It just leaves me with a few thoughts and thanks for the help we received this Year. Greg & Lisa Morgan (RSPB Wardens) were once again invaluable in help, planning, advice and in allowing us on the Island, two people who's performance, committment and drive is outstanding and a major asset to the RSPB. 'Thousand Island Expeditions' once more gave their personal service to us and were extremely kind, a service recommended by us. Mike Chant and his crew aboard the 'Gower Ranger' also pulled out the stops with their prompt and personal service. Good luck to Nia Stephens (Assistant RSPB Warden) in her future career and not forgetting Mike and Nicola who give their time as RSPB volunteers.

Finally a big thanks to all of you that worked us whilst on Ramsey Island. We were very pleased to give so many of you the new Band Slots, IOTA and WFF areas. I guess almost all stations on 6 meters would have been very pleased to get IO71hu in their logs so a good job all round. Some stations worked us on 7 band slots and many more with 6 contacts which was remarkable. Of course we wouldn't be without the odd negative comments either. Some made good points and others were well, just pathetic but all in all, a great trip to Ramsey in 2011.

Thanks to everyone from the Strumblehead DX Group; Rob MW0RLJ, Charles M0OXO, Tim M0URX, Chris G1VDP, Ant MW0JZE and of course Jane (our Support Staff ;-) ) who kept us fed with over 120 meals, doing this with 2 small gas rings on a Baby Belling stove and little facilities was a great & welcomed achievement!

73 de Charles Wilmott M0OXO

IOTA DXpeditions June 2011

During the month of June the United Radio QSL Bureau will have teams QRV from Scotland and Wales IOTA groups. Here are the details. Please follow my QSL information page VERY carefully please!

Please also be aware that for several weeks now high wind and gales have affected the Wales and Scotland coastline  and this could affect the IOTA operations below. Please check the website links for updated information.
For each of the IOTA's below will be a seperate QSL card, without the correct postal costs your QSL may be sent Via Bureau so please read my QSL information.

MS0RSD Isle of Skye EU-008
First off is the Dudley & District Amateur Radio Society IOTA week on the Isle of Skye EU-008 and QRV as MS0RSD, Simon M0VKY, Brian G0JKY, Drew G7DMO and Graham 2E0VPT will be activating the isle of skye in June 2011, 4th june to 11th June for 6 days.
Simon reports "we will be QRV on the HF bands mainly SSB and PSK31. Bands will be 80, 40, 20, 17, 15, 12 and 10 mtrs. we are also planning 2mtr SSB on the tuesday evening in the UKAC contest" Completed with 2,700 Q's

MC0SHL Ramsey Island EU-124
GW/IOTA EU-124 - The Strumblehead DX and Contest Group once again have the necessary permission to activate Ramsey Island (EU-124), off the West Wales coast, from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds who own the island. This year will be a little earlier and will not be in the IOTA contest.

The team will be active using the club call MC0SHL 9th - 13th June. All bands from 80M through to 10M SSB will be used and again some RTTY is planned by G1VDP and M0OXO if the other guys allow them using MC0SHL.

Once more the operation will be using generators as power, although there may be mains power if the project is complete by the RSPB. Again radios used will consist of 2 Elekraft K3's and a Yaesu FT2000 with Acom 1000 amplifiers. Antennas will consist of 2 x G3TXQ Hexbeams by ANT MW0JZE, 40M Vertical and 80M Vertical.

The activation is for the IOTA award and WFF award schemes. The team will be on from the farm for a few days before and after using  MC0SHL for the World Flora and Fauna award (see http://www.wff44.com for award details). We have a special QSL card printed for both the HQ at the farm and for Ramsey Island - QSL via M0URX - and will be uploading the logs to ARRL Logbook of the World when we get back on the mainland.

World Flora and Fauna Reference for Ramsey Island is GWFF-072 and for the Club house on the Pembrokeshire Coast (Farm) is GFF-015. Completed with 6,024 Q's

MS0INT/P Monach Isles EU-111
Again led by MM0NDX Col, the 2011 IOTA team includes EA3NT Christian, EA3OR Ramon, EA5KA Raul, EI6DX Stan, F4BKV Vincent and IZ7ATN Simon.

June 16: Depart Grimsay for Monach Isles, EU-111. Spend approx 24 hours on Monachs. Callsign: MS0INT/P.

Monach Isles are a small group of five low-lying Scottish islands lying about 4miles (6km) to the west of North Uist. They lie wild and exposed to the full force of the North Atlantic and experience gale-force winds on around 160 days of the year. The highest point of the islands is only 19 metres above sea level. This beautiful and remote location is home to a very special nature spectacle - 9000 Atlantic grey seal pups are born here every year. In progress "On Air Live".

MS0INT St Kilda EU-059
June 17-20: St Kilda Archipelago, EU-059 activity until latest 0800UTC on June 20th. Callsign: MS0INT.
Three HF stations CW/SSB + 50Mhz (50MHz Trophy Contest included)

St Kilda Is an isolated archipelago 64 kilometres (40 mi) west-northwest of North Uist in the North Atlantic Ocean. It contains the westernmost islands of the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. The largest island is Hirta, whose sea cliffs are the highest in the United Kingdom. St Kilda was awarded Dual World Heritage Status in 2005 making it one of only a few places in the world in recognition of its natural and cultural significance. Getting to St Kilda is not easy.

OJ0UR Market Reef August 2011

Market-feb-07140The United Radio DX Team will be QRV from Market Reef from 13th - 20th August 2011.
Team Leader, Max ON5UR will be joined by PA5R Jelmer, PD9DX Dervin & ON8AK Mark.
The team met together for the first meeting last week, the team discussed their travel plans, Max explains,

"Extra kilograms are often a big problem on airplanes. So we decide that Dervin and Jelmer will transport our equipment via land. A trip through Belgium (ON), The Netherlands (PA), Germany (DL), Denmark (OZ), Sweden (SM) and Aland Islands (OH0).

Mark and Max will fly from Brussels Belgium (ON) to Helsinki Finland (OH). Later that day we fly from Helsinki Finland (OH) to Mariehamn - Aland Islands (OH0).

The day after (Saturday 13 August) a small private boat will take us and our equipment to Market Reef. We cross our fingers for good weather, so that the boat trip is possible and that we have a safe landing at Market Reef. If the weather permits, the boat will pick us up again Saturday 20 August."

20.05.2011: Good news from Helsinki, Licence, Market Reef received.
The postman made my day. We received our official licence from the Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority. Our requested call sign OJ0UR is approved.
Special thanks to Saija Lehtonen, Technical Secretary, for the help with our application.
24.05.2011: LoTW certificate has now been received. The log will be uploaded to LoTW as soon as I receive the log from the team.

The website is now live, for more information go to OJ0UR
Image above: Market Reef in February by Pekka Väisänen.


QSL-GR1VDPGR1VDP QSL card is now at the print shop and will be ready to post soon.
This is a special prefix issued by the UK licensing authority OFCOM to celebrate the wedding of Prince William Windsor, second in line to the throne in the UK monarchy, to his long time girlfriend Catherine Middleton on the 29th April 2011. The call sign was only on the air during the time period 29th April 2011 and 9th May 2011.

QSL designed by Max ON5UR

4W6A Timor-Leste DXpedition. Press Release 3



Everything is on schedule for the 4W6A DXpedition. All the team members have now booked and paid for their air tickets from the UK, Malaysia and Australia to Dili, East Timor. A boat has been chartered to take the team and their equipment from Dili to Atauro Island, the site of the DXpedition, and back again. The accommodation on the island has been booked and the team members are now also booking their overnight transit stops in Bali, Darwin and Dili.

The DXpedition will be operating from generators which will be hired and picked up in Dili the day before the start of the operation. The generators have been booked and arrangements have been put in place for sufficient fuel to be transported to the island for our use whenever necessary.

It is hoped to be able to use an Internet connection on the island and, if this proves to be reliable, logs will be uploaded to Club Log and  Logbook of The World on a daily basis.

The team is very grateful to the LA DX Group, CDXC (Chiltern DX Club)- The UK DX Foundation, the Oceania Amateur Radio DX Group, and the Northern Ohio DX Association, who are the first four DX associations to have offered sponsorship to the 4W6A DXpedition. Thanks too go to Tony Burt, VK3TZ, of Rippletech Electronics , who is kindly loaning three monoband vertical antennas for use on the DXpedition. We are also very grateful to a growing number of individuals who have also made donations towards the cost of shipping equipment to East Timor, the boat charter, the hire of the generators and the cost of fuel. All sponsors are listed, with thanks, on the 4W6A website at http://www.4w6a.com/sponsors.html. If you or your DX club also wish to help, there is a "Donations" page on the 4W6A website. Payments may be made by credit or debit card and you do not need to have a PayPal account yourself in order to make a donation.

4W6A will be QRV from Atauro Island (IOTA OC-232), Timor-Leste (East Timor), from 16 to 26 September 2011. Activity will be on all bands 10 to 160 metres, using CW, SSB and RTTY. The QSL manager is M0URX, direct (SAE plus 1 IRC / $2), via the bureau, or LoTW. The entire log will be uploaded to LoTW as soon as possible after the end of the operation or, if possible, even during the DXpedition. QSLs may also be requested using the QSL request form on the website.


IOTA_DirectoryEdited by Roger Balister, G3KMA and Steve Telenius-Lowe, 9M6DXX

Order your copy now!

The newly updated IOTA Directory is the essential guide to participating in the Islands on the Air (IOTA) award programme. This edition contains all the recent rule changes and island updates of this dynamic and exciting programme

The IOTA Directory is the complete, official listing of IOTA islands but is much more than just a simple list. A colour section contains fascinating reports of several IOTA operations from "Ulituqisalik Island" in the Arctic, through to the romantically named "Flint Island" in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Contesters will find the report and results of the 2010 IOTA Contest and details of the contest in 2011. There is much more besides with details of the latest IOTA Honour roll, Golden List, etc. The IOTA Directory provides everything you need to participate in IOTA, from lists of islands, grouped by continent, and indexed by prefix through to application forms and masses of information and advice for island hunters, award applicants and DXpeditioners alike.

If the simple act of collecting QSL cards from around the world hasn't appealed before. The multitude of islands and the fascinating IOTA programme laid out in this book will change your mind. The IOTA Directory is a must have if you are already involved or simply just interested.


QSL-VK8DXThe new QSL card for VK8DX, Oliver Bross,  from the Northern Territory of Australia is now currently being designed. I am sorry for the delay in printing this QSL. Oliver has not long moved to NT, and Oliver is just settling into a new job, and managed to take some time out to do some photography recently for the new QSL card. I hope to have the QSL cards out in the post by mid May.
Oliver is one of the team members of the forthcoming 4W6A DXpedition to Atauro Island, East Timor in September 2011.

V85/9M6XRO QRV May

QSL-V85-9M6XROJohn 9M6XRO will again be QRV from Brunei Darussalam from the 4th - 9th of May.
Listen for John on CW mainly, but may also be active on RTTY or SSB.
John says that V85 does not have allocation for 6m band as they still have low band TV.
QSL cards are available Via M0URX. Please follow the correct route on my Direct & Bureau Instructions page.
LoTW will be uploaded after the activity, when i receive the log from John.
OQRS is available for Direct & Bureau QSL with PayPal facility too.

Bureau Cards Posting

I am starting to send out the Bureau QSL cards to the World Bureaus. The first dispatch will be posted on Thursday.

21/04/2011  Gross Weight       Total QSL
Germany       5.074 kg               1190
Japan            4.721 kg               1105
Russia          3.589 kg                 834 
Italy              1,616 kg                 404
Ukraine         1.560 kg                 372
Finland           .924 kg                 210
Spain            1.379 kg                328
France            .584 kg                132
Poland          1.190 kg                281
Sweden          .769 kg                178
Netherlands    .613 kg                140
Czech Rep     .827 kg                 206

A further 5 kg, 1,204 QSL cards posted to all other World Bureaus 23/04/2011

TOTAL        28 kg               6,584 QSL cards     Cost £183.46 GB£

My compliments to the Hungarian QSL Bureau. Excellent service as always. On 05/05/2011 i received the following email just 12 days after i sent the Bureau cards.
I received T88ZM QSL card via bureau. Bureau card three months after the QSO is ...hm.... very very fast!
Thank you for my new DXCC challenge point. Best regards, Alex, HA7UW

QSL's In The Post

I am pleased to report that 521 letters containing 1,665 QSL cards from the recent activities, 9M6XRO/8, 9M8Z/P, 9M8Z, KH0/G3ZEM, T88ZM, V85/9M8Z and V85/9M6XRO along with other QSL cards were posted today, 13th April. Some letters contained up to 11 different QSL card requests.

Bureau cards will be mailed out to World Bureaus in about 10 days time. I am still working through a box of 3,500 Bureau cards received recently. As soon as this is cleared all Bureau cards will be posted.

The UK government has slapped a 20% VAT charge on all letters to the European Union making QSL costs just that more expensive. This will not effect the $2 or 1 x IRC that i charge but will reduce the amount of money that I have available in which to sponsor DXpedition QSL cards in future.

No stamps are accepted as QSL postage, any received will be returned Via Bureau.

I would like to thank those who also contributed to the QSL printing costs, your kindness is very much appreciated by myself and the operators that I manage QSL cards for.

73 Tim M0URX

OQRS & Paypal

Due to the complexities of QSL managing 70+ call signs and many of you wishing to request multiple QSL cards it has been difficult to incorporate this with Paypal. Online QSL Request Form is for Bureau AND Direct QSL request.

For Direct: Then go to the Paypal Transfers and pay for the total amount of QSL cards that you have requested. I have tried to make this as simple as possible.

No Stamps!
Unfortunately I am still getting British stamps for QSL postage. I DO NOT accept stamps! Your QSL cards will be returned Via Bureau! I DO NOT USE stamps to post my mail! These stamps are useless to me.

4W6A Press Release


The September 2011 Timor-Leste DXpedition has now received its callsign - 4W6A - from ARCOM, the licensing authority in Dili. The team is very grateful to ARCOM for issuing this special one-letter callsign for use on the DXpedition.

The DXpedition has a website, at www.4w6a.com, which includes profilesof the team members,  propagation predictions and lots of information about Timor-Leste and Atauro Island, the location of the DXpedition.

Unfortunately, Franck, VK8FNCY, has had to withdraw from the DXpedition due to health reasons. His place has been taken by Tim, M0URX, and Ant, MW0JZE. Oliver, MW0JRX, is now resident in Darwin and has recently received his Australian callsign, VK8DX. The other team members remain Stuart, VK8NSB; Steve, 9M6DXX, and John, 9M6XRO. As the team now comprises six operators, we have increased the number of stations from three to four.

The group is requesting donations from DX clubs and individuals who wish to help, in order to cover the high cost of generator hire, fuel for the generators and the boat charter to and from the island. There is a "Donations" page on the 4W6A website. Payments may be made by credit or debit card (you do not need to have a PayPal account yourself in order to make a donation).

4W6A will be QRV from Atauro Island (IOTA OC-232), Timor-Leste (East Timor), from 16 to 26 September 2011. Activity will be on all bands 10 to 160 metres, using CW, SSB and RTTY.

The QSL manager is M0URX, direct (SAE plus 1 IRC / $2), via the bureau, or LoTW. The entire log will be uploaded to LoTW as soon as possible after the end of the operation or, if possible, even during the DXpedition. QSLs may also be requested using the QSL request form on the website.

73, Steve, 9M6DXX (4W6A Team Member)

Weekend in Brunei By V85/9M6XRO

HF6V_View_3The XYL and I got back to KK yesterday evening just before dark. The actual distance by road is not that great but we have to go through 8 immigration checkpoints plus one river ferry crossing in EACH direction! That's 16 chops in your passport!

The band conditions were in and out but I was getting on for 2000 Q's in total including over 1200 on RTTY which was the mode I had targeted, as CW and SSB are pretty well catered for in Brunei. I only found very brief openings on 10m but 12m produced a bit more and on one night 20m surprisingly stayed open until after 3am local time with mostly North America coming through. Operating that late curtailed my early morning sessions though. I did not operate on 80m this time but made one QSO on Top Band with my friend Go, 9M6YBG, who needed Brunei on 160m. I did a bit of unplanned SSB in the CQ WPX Contest (65 Q's) but my call sign V85/9M6XRO did not exactly roll off the tongue and I took a long time getting it across on almost every contact, even when signals were S9! Still the stations I worked were glad of the multiplier once they did figure out where I was :-)

My XYL really enjoyed the trip and says she will be happy to go back before my visitor's license expires in May so "watch this space"...

I have attached a photo I took from atop the watertanks on the hotel roof so you can see that the HF6V had a great take-off in all directions. I was running my IC-7000 (I get to like this rig more and more each time I use it) into the IC-2KL Linear and a Daiwa CNW-419 ATU when required. 73 for now - John - 9M6XRO


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