RSGB Hf Convention report by G1VDP Chris

Tim M0URX is awarded the "G5RP Trophy"......
Hf Convention report by G1VDP Chris (Thanks Chris for writing this report! I am so busy with QSL cards today)

A group of us went to this event for the 3rd year running - hopefully next year all of us will be there - and boy what a weekend! 

Group members who were there were Tim M0URX, Charles M0OXO, Oliver MW3SDO and Chris G1VDP. Along with these guys were some close friends and future guest operators Mack M0CUS and Nigel.

The weekend Started with Oli driving from his home on Friday night arriving at my house around 21:30. A bity of a natter and then we got settled down ready to be up and on road for 06:15 next morning. As it was the 3rd year it was my turn to drive, so we set off to pick Tim and Mack up. Arriving at the venue about 08:00.

It was then sign in and plan the day. Plenty of talks on Dxpeditions to attend, meet old friends, make new ones and have fun. 

The first talk we attended was about the ARRL LOTW (Logbook Of The World) and how to get the best use out of it.
bill_moore__lotw We then all checked the programme and went into the ones we fancied. I decided to have a mingle and chat with the CDXC guys, Martin Lynch and the guys from Icom UK. I also handed in my QSL cards for DXCC checking and managed to have a chat with a few people over cups of coffee and tea. Oli during the afternoon sat his intermediate exam, with the Advanced exam to be taken on Sunday, so by the time we go to CQWW this year Oli will be a M0*** at last. He passed the intermediate I am happy to report so time for us all to relax and enjoy the day.

 

Saturday went quickly and it was then time for the  meal and drinks. Showered and meet in the bar, a couple of cold ones, a chat and then in for the meal. It was during the evenings proceedings that we had a huge surprise. Colin the RSGB president stood up to do the usual Presidential address, and his first task was to announce that years winner of the RSGB G5RP plate for greatest progress in the DX field made by an RSGB member resident in the UK during the year. tim_m0urx_and_g5rp_trophy Which is where the surprise came in. Tim M0URX was the winner. No one had told him, or any of us in our team. So Tim went up to cheers and applause to collect his silver platter. Congratulations Tim on this fantastic achievement. 

More trophies and it was then time to retire to the bar for a few more beers with friends old and new. Thankfully the bar at Wyboston lakes closes at 12:00 so we are then forced to go to bed. But while it was open the beer flowed, the socialising went on, tips were swapped, legs pulled and stories told. DXers are very much like fishermen where they both have stories of the ones that got away. Thanks to all the guys who were in the bar, for your excellent company, for the hints on how we can beat you all in the contests, and most of all thanks for the drinks! My head was pounding Sunday morning when I got up. 

When we got up on Sunday morning both Tim and I had hangovers, Mac and Oli were pretty clear headed. Tim stayed in his room a little longer than the rest of us who went and had a good hearty breakfast. Oli then went and sat his advanced exam, Mack sat chatting to some more new friends, Jerry LA0HK,tim_m0urx_mac_m0cus_and_jerry_la8hk and Charles and the boys from the night before. I went to get Tim for the lectures, where a simple but common mistake was made. I knocked on Tims door, and walked next door to my room, Tim came out of his door forgetting that it would shut and lock behind him! OOOPPSSS. A walk down to reception by me to get him the spare key and we got him back in there. A good job you were dressed Tim. I then went into my room and got the camera and ready for the lectures I wanted to visit that day.  

Oli came out of his exam, but no results. It is now a await for the marking to take place and then for him to get his advanced licence. We are all confident he has passed, but as everyone else Oli is unsure within himself. More chat over tea and coffeee then in to the lectures and the closing ceremony and raffle draw, before heading home.

The venue where all this takes place is Wyboston Lakes, Next to the A1 at St Neots. Easily accessible from all over the country. We will all be there next year, so do say hello if you are too and make yourself known - best way is in the bar and just say "Chris, what you drinking?"

Chris Colclough G1VDP

CY2ZT/2 QSL Design

Max has the first draft of the CY2ZT/2 QSL Design. I hope you like it?
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United Radio Bureau will manage the QSL cards for the SES station CY2ZT/2 150th Anniversary of British Columbia.Steve Toupin, VE2TKH will be active throughout October & November.

RSGB HF Convention this weekend!

It is the RSGB HF Convention this weekend! 11th & 12th of October. With an excellent programme scheduled such as:

VP6DX Ducie Island Expedition, Eric Scace K3NA
Jan Mayen by Sail, Michael Wells G7VJR
V8 Brunei Darussalam, Ron Stuy PA3EWP

and so much more. I will be heading to Wyboston Lakes Conference Centre for the whole weekend arriving early on Saturday morning with a few car loads of Amateurs, so we are sure of a great social weekend. I will have my CDXC Badge on with my callsign M0URX, if you see me say hello!
I have been in touch with the RSGB Bureau and i am due to be picking up at the HFC, a parcel of QSL cards for M3SDE, M0URX and Via M5AAV as well as Bureau cards for teh G4D's and G4R's that I am Sub Bureau Manager for. More news on that early next week when i report back.
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I will not be able to reply to emails this weekend so please be patient I will reply to QSL requests and enquiries on my return.

CX2CC Uruguay on 15m & UR DX Team Activity

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Great to see 15m open this evening (Sunday) after a busy day i finally turned the radio on at 18:00z. Tuning through 15m i found CX2CC Christian calling CQ on 21.270 MHz one call and in the log. Thanks Christian a new band slot for me on 15m woohoooo....
 
This weekend was the RSGB 21 & 28 MHz contest, complete washout here, conditions very bad.

9M6XRO John was acive in contest but reports a power failure problem with his Yaesu FT-1000, John goes on to say "Even with the low output it is enough to drive the Quadra to around 250-300 watts. All the functions are otherwise OK, just a loss of output power. I will open the rig up during the coming week. I also worked Chris G1VDP, as well as some other UK stations on 40m SSB in the contest.

There has been no activity from Trygvi OY4TN for a couple of weeks now as he has been working in Chile and promises to be back home in the Faroe Islands soon.

As I type today's report i hear CY2ZT/2 from Quebec City on 14.197. Thanks for the QSO Steve, nice to meet you on the air for the first time.

I hope you find my website helpful? You are welcome to drop me an email using the Contact M0URX page in the Main Menu. Any comments good or bad appreciated.

A25/DL7DF Botswana worked on 12m

A25/DL7DF Botswana worked on 12m
Frustrating isn't it when you see on the cluster "5/9+ worked first call"?
Well believe me this one was a tough one to work for me, small yagi minibeam and 200w. The team were in and out of my noise floor for about 2 hours today. So thank you guys for a new band slot on 12m!  
For more information on this expedition: http://www.dl7df.com/index.html 
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CY2ZT/2 150th Anniversary of British Columbia.

United Radio Bureau will manage the QSL cards for the SES station CY2ZT/2 150th Anniversary of British Columbia.Steve Toupin, VE2TKH will be active throughout October & November.

I will let Steve tell you more about it....

 

"2008 marks a very special anniversary in British Columbia: 150 years of cultural diversity, community strength and widespread achievement since the founding of the Crown Colony of British Columbia in 1858.  logo_bc150

On November 19, 1858, the new colony’s governor, Sir James Douglas, read the official proclamation that cemented one of the most significant events in B.C.’s history. Arguably, if it hadn’t been for that moment, Canada may not have extended from coast to coast and B.C. might not be the strong, vibrant, united province that it is today. ca-bc

There are many things to celebrate. From the contributions of Aboriginal peoples, to the stories of the pioneers who followed the gold rush and set down roots here, this is a time to honour the diversity and widespread achievements of the people who built this province, while also setting our sights on all of the opportunities that the future holds. As a proud Canadian ham and with great souvenirs from my trip to BC back in 2001, I decided to join the celebrations with that unique S.E.S. callsign. 73 de Steve."

9M6DXX Steve

9M6DXX Steve "On Air"
After some very poor conditions Steve was workable from the UK this afternoon but only a 5/3 signal from my small antenna! Good to hear the signal coming through Steve!
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Online DIRECT QSL Request Via Paypal:

Online DIRECT QSL Request Via Paypal: I have been asked if i accept this method of QSLing!
Yes i can do this too! Fill out the form on "Contact M0URX" with QSO details and i will email you my Paypal account to transfer the $2.5
QSL= US$3 or Euro's 2
Please remember i have to pay for envelopes and ink in the printer! Also you have no postage costs sending to me!
So i think this is a good way.

Strumble Head DX & Contest Group Website goes live!

Strumble Head DX & Contest Group Website goes live!
After a hard day's work by Oliver MW3SDO, G1VDP Chris and M0URX Tim, the Strumble Head DX & Contest Group website has gone live today. Take a tour at http://www.mc0shl.com

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ZS6DXB is awarded trip to Willis Island

ZS6DXB is awarded trip to Willis Island!        zs6dxb_1162861111
Congratulations to ZS6DXB, Rhynhardt Louw has been invited as one of two young hams to go on DX'pedition to Willis Island  with the team of VK9DWX.
To help Rhynhardt pay his expenses travelling to Cairns Australia the United Radio QSL Bureau have been in touch with Rhyn and we are donating £50 towards costs.
Enjoy the experience of DX'peditioning Ryhn!   

 

CQ CQ 20m

The SFI may be rooted at 66 but despite this, 20m was quite lively this weekend. Several stations worked from Western Canada VE6AO, VE6FI, VE7CC and Mid West USA. S21RC came up from nowhere for a very quick QSO to Bangladesh and great to hear Andy 3DA0TM in Swaziland.
TU/DB1DT worked on 14.337, trying to get through the DL call book was a hard job!

Logbook of The World

Logbook of The World
The UR QSL Bureau support LoTW wherever possible. Logs for M0URX, MU3SDE, OY4TN & ZK1SDE N/S have all been uploaded and i hope in the near future to extent to more logs soon.

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IRCs and US Dollars for Sale

IRCs and US Dollars for Sale 
Like many other QSL managers if you need to buy IRC's or US Dollars you can buy from me. Just drop me an email using the Main Menu "Contact M0URX" and your telephone contact number so that i call you and make the arrangemnts for the sale.

More info here: http://www.m0urx.com/ircs-for-sale.html

Bureau QSL Request

Dealing with thousands of Bureau QSLs each year can become quite hard work when a large shoe box arrives every couple of months. So i much prefer to receive Email QSL Bureau Requests, this way i can process 10  - 20 emails much easier without disrupting my normal daily routine. I have tried several methods so far and have finally adopted a dedicated email address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   to deal with this job and i use Zimbra email application which seems to cope with the unusual email addresses without spamming them to filters.

Or just click on Contact M0URX in the Menu and you will see a email message board to send the request to me.

In future I (well Oliver my IT engineer ;-)  will be setting up a Bureau QSL request form on this site to do away with the sender sending me unnecessary QSL cards that are not required for DXpeditions. This will not only speed up your Bureau cards but also cut my Bureau costs by half.

QSL cards hit your letter box

Thanks for those of you that contacted me to let me know that the QSL cards I posted have already hit your letter box. For those of you outside Europe the cards should arrive tomorrow.
I plan to send the Bureau cards this weekend.
Band conditions here in Coventry are pretty dire this afternoon. A usually easy path to Ascension Island is hard going for ZD8LP this afternoon. I have been trying to listen for Bob on 12m but nothing at all here. So far i have logged Bob on 15m, 17m & 20m so far.
ZS6DXB Rhynhardt has been coming through strong on 20m the last couple of evenings.

I have a new email address for Bureau QSL requesting... it is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. I am using Zimbra for my email application and it should be more reliable and not send half the emails to spam like the BT spam filter does.

RSGB HF Convention 2008

The 2008 RSGB HF Convention is to be held once again at the Wyboston Lakes Conference Cetnre on the 10 - 12 October 2008.
This is one event that i do try to attend every year. The lecture streams are excellent with talks on DX'peditions, contesting and more technical subjects like Transceiver performance and antenna projects.

For more information go to: http://www.rsgb.org/hfc/ 
If you do go... you are sure to see me at the bar at some point. Join me for a chat!
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HF Field Day (Click for full story)

Last weekend was the RSGB HF Field Day, I joined some friends at the Double X-Ray Pile Up Club i will let Callum M0MCX tell you all about it.......

"M0XXT/P had our second outing to SSB Field Day, running in the open section again with an A3S at 10 meters and a fan dipole for 40/80m at 60 feet with a delta loop for spotting. This year, we used our new 1000 foot ASL Cotswolds
QTH. At the controls we had myself (M0MCX), Lee (G0MTN), James (M3YOM) Tim M0URX) and Terry (G4MKP)."......

Read more: HF Field Day (Click for full story)

Africa QSL cards go out and OY4TN active on 20m

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Africa QSL cards go out and OY4TN active on 20m
 

On the 8th September all 3DA0OK, C91XO ZS6/GM3OOK and 9M6DXX/P direct QSL cards were posted out by priority Air Mail. Bureau cards will be sent very soon.  

Thank you to Oliver MW0JRX for helping me get this site "Live" today. We have a lot of work to do on construction of various aspects of the site so please visit regularly and see how the site develops as time goes by. 

Great to hear Trygvi tonight on 14.224 MHz OY4TN is one of the stations that i manage QSL cards for. Trygvi will email me his log later tonight and i will update the log onto LoTW.
Trygvi has been very active just lately especially on 2m EME where he has recently made the first ever OY - JA and ZS QSOs Via EME. 

 If you are looking for a nice site for DX news and gossip i have to say that "DX World of Ham Radio" 

http://www.dx-world.net/ is a site worth adding to your favourites. Edited by Col McGowan MM0NDX with the rich pickings of DX News.



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