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I am pleased to report that after a long journey home from Australia, I am now home and working through the thousands of QSL requests and emails.
Please be patient, if your request requires an email reply then I, and my team will get back to you soon.
Thank you for your understanding.

Away until 30th September

After 12 months of planning, team members of 4W6A are beginning their journeys today. One of those journeys is being taken be me, so as from today the United Radio QSL Bureau will be closed until my return on 30th September. Of course you can still request your QSL cards by all routes as normal. My post will be collected from the PO Box daily. Your OQRS requests will be stored electronically on the server and the Bureau cards are being held back at the RSGB until i return home. If you have any questions, please be patient! I will reply as and when i can while I am away.

I have scheduled the posting of the OJ0UR Market Reef QSL cards for the week after my return home. So please keep your QSL requests coming!

I continue to find ways to improve your experience of the QSL exchange, many of you tell me frequently how you find my QSL services, hopefully with the introduction of the new OQRS (Online QSL Request System) by Bernd DF3CB your experience of the website should be enhanced. If there is any aspect of the United Radio QSL Bureau that you think could be enhanced please let me know, I welcome your ideas.

So what route will I be taking to get to Timor-Leste? After a two hour coach trip to London, Heathrow Airport, there is a seventeen hour flight to Darwin, NT, Australia Via Singapore. I will be traveling with Ant, MW0JZE. In Darwin we will meet up with VK8NSB, Stuie, (Team leader) VK8DX, Oliver & VK2IA Bernd, The following day we fly to Dili, Timor-Leste where we have some work to do gathering supplies, generators need to be picked up and checked, fuel, food, water all needs to be bought and then the day after on Friday 16th September the rest of the team arrive, 9M6XRO, John and 9M6DXX, Steve, fly in from their pre DXpedition warm up in Bali, Indonesia.

You can find out more about 4W6A on our website: Click here!

4W6A TIMOR-LESTE DXPEDITION SEPTEMBER 16 – 26, 2011

PRESS RELEASE NUMBER 6: September 9, 2011

This is the sixth and final press release before the 4W6A DXpedition. The bulk of the equipment, including the linear amplifiers, the Titanex V160E vertical, Hexbeam and other antennas, left Darwin, Australia, on 6 September. It has all arrived safely in Dili, Timor-Leste, and is now awaiting the arrival of the team next week.

9M6DXX and 9M6XRO leave Malaysia on 12 September for a transit stop in Bali, from where they plan to be active 'holiday style' as YB9/G4JVG and YB9/GM3OOK respectively. Unfortunately, due to a late change of airline timetable, they will not now arrive in Dili before the afternoon of Friday 16 September. The chartered boat taking the team and the equipment to Atauro Island has therefore been rescheduled to later that afternoon.


It is likely that only one or two stations will be on the air that day as the team will run out of daylight before all the antennas can be erected. The remainder of the antenna work will commence at first light the following morning (approximately 2115UTC on 16 September) and 4W6A should be fully operational by the morning (UTC) of 17 September.

4W6A will be QRV on all bands 10 to 160 metres, using CW, SSB and RTTY with up to four stations simultaneously. It is hoped that log search will be available, thanks to the Clublog facility (go to www.4w6a.com/qsl-information/log-search), but this is dependent on a reliable Internet connection being available on the island. Col, MM0NDX, is the pilot for 4W6A and is responsible for providing feedback to the team. He may be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  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, also during the DXpedition. Direct or bureau QSLs may also be requested using the M0URX Online QSL Request Service (OQRS) at http://m0urx.com/oqrs (there is also a link from the 4W6A website at www.4w6a.com/qsl-information).

We look forward to having fun in the pile-ups and we hope you have fun
chasing 4W6A. 73, The 4W6A Team.

YB9/GM3OOK & YB9/G4JVG from Bali (OC-022)

John, 9M6XRO, and Steve, 9M6DXX, will be operating 'holiday style' as YB9/GM3OOK and YB9/G4JVG from Bali (OC-022) from 12 to 15 September on a stopover while on their way to Timor-Leste for the 4W6A DXpedition.

Activity will be part time but on all bands 6 to 80m using CW and RTTY (YB9/GM3OOK) and SSB (YB9/G4JVG) using 100W to beam antennas.

QSL both YB9/GM3OOK and YB9/G4JVG via M0URX, direct, bureau, LoTW and OQRS.

Bureau cards posted (Click here for full list)

4,872 QSL cards have been posted to the following world Bureaus:
20.5 kg

Germany 629 QSL cards
Japan      550 QSL cards
Poland    394 QSL cards
France    342 QSL cards
Other        40 QSL cards

The M0URX OQRS (Online QSL Request System) is the easiest and fastest way for you to request your DIRECT and your BUREAU QSL cards. I post to all Bureaus here at least every 3 months.
Remember - You can log into the OQRS with your call sign and email address, you can check on when your request has been processed.
Remember - It does not matter if you worked 1 or 20 bands slots with one station, that counts as one QSL card.

Read more: Bureau cards posted (Click here for full list)

4W6A TIMOR-LESTE DXPEDITION SEPTEMBER 16 – 26, 2011

PRESS RELEASE NUMBER 5 – August 22, 2011 WWW.4W6A.COM

The 4W6A DXpedition is now less than one month away. Low-band operators will be pleased to hear that the team now has a Titanex V160E 87ft / 26.5m-high vertical antenna for use on 160m at 4W6A. The antenna was shipped from the manufacturers in Germany and has arrived in Darwin, Australia, from where it will be trans-shipped to Dili, Timor-Leste, later this month.

The team had previously planned to use an 18m Spiderbeam pole as the support for a 160m inverted-L. With the arrival of the Titanex vertical, the 18m Spiderbeam pole will now be used for a full-size 80m quarter-wave folded monopole vertical instead.

Other antennas include monoband quarter-wave verticals for 40, 30 and 17m kindly sponsored by Tony Burt, VK3TZ, of Rippletech Electronics in Australia, a 2-element phased array for 40m, an Australian-made Com-an-tena vertical for 10, 15 and 20m, a Butternut HF6V, a 15m vertical dipole, and a G3TXQ Hexbeam made by team member Ant David, MW0JZE. All the antennas will be located on the beach within a few metres of the ocean.

Thanks to the generous sponsorship received from many DX foundations, clubs and individual DXers, it has become possible to ship much of the heavier equipment to Dili, Timor-Leste, in advance of the expedition.
The team is very grateful to all DX groups, companies and individuals that have sponsored the expedition. All are listed with thanks on the 4W6A website at www.4w6a.com/sponsors

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 with up to four stations simultaneously. 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, also during the DXpedition. Direct or bureau QSLs may also be requested using the M0URX Online QSL Request Service (OQRS) at http://m0urx.com/oqrs (there is also a link from the 4W6A website at www.4w6a.com/qsl-information).

73,
Steve, 9M6DXX
4W6A Team Member

New OQRS goes live!

I am pleased to announce that the new OQRS (Online QSL Request System) has gone live!

I would like to thank Bernd, DF3CB on behalf of us all for allowing to use this superb new system that he developed for DXpeditions and other users. Thank you Bernd for your collaboration.
Thanks also to Oliver, VK8DX for your involvement in getting this live!

Status of your Request
- The new OQRS will not require me to email confirmation of every OQRS received, this will save a huge amount of time. Instead the DXer can log into the OQRS with their callsign and email address to see that the OQRS has been "Processed" or will be status "Open" . Just how good is that!

If you do encounter any teething problems of the new OQRS please report them to me using the "Contact M0URX" page in the Menu.

Sending Direct or using OQRS & Paypal, here are the costs

  QSL Direct
      1 QSL only by post     =    US $2 or 1 x IRC          or Paypal 2 Euros.    OQRS

Multi QSL Direct - If you need to request more QSL cards take advantage of my Multi QSL offer.
As some of you DX and QSL as a group or friends, to reduce costs this may help you.

     2 to 4 QSL's by post    =    US $3 or 2 x IRC           or Paypal 3 Euros.   OQRS
   5 to 10 QSL's by post    =    US $5 or 3 x IRC           or Paypal 5 Euros.   OQRS
 11 to 20 QSL's by post    =    US $7 or 5 x IRC           or Paypal 7 Euros.   OQRS
 21 to 30 QSL's by post    =    US $12 or 10 x IRC        or Paypal 10 Euros. OQRS

Remember - It does not matter if you worked 1 or 20 bands slots with one station, that counts as one QSL card.

For Example: 5 QSOs with MS0INT and 5 QSOs with OJ0UR = 2 x QSL cards.

Tim Beaumont, M0URX.

OJ0UR Latest Market Reef EU-053

OJ0UR Update:
LoTW and Club Log uploaded  18,210 Qs.

Log Search:
Log can be searched at Club Log.
LoTW users are reporting to me that some QSO matches have not appeared. This is beyond my control. LoTW seems to be taking from a few minutes to several days to match QSO's and some are just not appearing. Please be patient. If a match has not appeared in a few days please contact me then, or contact LoTW and report the problem. Thank you.

The team report very slow internet connection. I will upload LoTW and Club Log as often as the team can send me the ADIF.
REMEMBER the log is NOT live! It is updated as and when the internet line can transfer the data.

OJ0UR Market Reef

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.


"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."

YJ8A QSL

The design for the YJ8A, Efate Island, OC-035, Vanuatu QSL has now been completed.
The YJ8A QSL will be posted in Early September
. QSL Via M0URX
QSL-YJ8A

Bad Cluster Behaviour

I was extremely disturbed this afternoon by some hate messages sent on the cluster and demanding that P29CS goes split. The messages were nasty and very upsetting! The poster of the massages was hiding behind a fake call sign, not even man enough to own up to his actions. A coward! This once again shows how ignorant people can be.

P29CS is NOT a DXpedition, is NOT wanting a pile up but purely making a few QSO's while he has time by the transceiver and wants to have a QSO with the station that he works. If he wants to work SIMPLEX that is HIS choice. Making stupid demands and sending hate messages must STOP NOW!
Your messages will be tracked and we WILL find the person responsible!

QSL Posting

MC0SHL EU-124, MS0INT EU-059, MS0INT/P EU-111 & MS0RSD EU-008 QSL cards arrived from the printer and all QSL cards are now up to date.

387 letters posted Worldwide. Plus 109 letters posted 02/08/2011.

Bureau
1978 QSL cards posted to the following World Bureaus direct.
Germany 546 cards.
Italy        145 cards.
Spain      285 cards.
Japan      100 cards.
Ukraine   397 cards.
USA       100 cards.
Russia    405 cards.
All above posted 23/07/2011.

YJ8A QRV Vanuatu

I have received a postcard from Andy Martin (P29CS) posted from Efate Island OC-035, Vanuatu. Andy has now been QRV as YJ8A for a few days now and a QSL card will be designed on his return home.
Andy is now on his way home Via VK3.
YJ8A-1YJ8A-2

Vanuatu

4W6A TIMOR-LESTE (EAST TIMOR) DXPEDITION

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

PRESS RELEASE NUMBER 4 – July 5, 2011

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.
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MS0INT EU-059 St Kilda Archipelago. 9,300
QSO's were made from Hirta. Invoker Team.
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MS0RSD EU-008 Isle of Skye.
2,700 QSO's were made by Dudley & District Amateur Radio Society.
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MC0SHL EU-124 Ramsey Island.
6,000 QSO's were made by Strumble Head DX & Contest Group.
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“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. [

View_from_AboveSaturday
, 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

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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
IOTA
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

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