The Italian Job E44M in Palestine

c31ct_at_e44mA frustrating few days for me, the desk cleared of all incoming QSL cards and some time over last weekend to work a “new one” Palestine E44M, but despite hours of tactical calling, firing up and down the split frequencies to find where they were taking most calls and trying to find a clear window in which to be heard from my small station in Middle England. It just wasn’t to be, the pile ups were huge. I have to say I think it was quite a brave decision to go to Palestine at a time when Israel are at war in the Gaza Strip. I guess for this reason the wire antennas that are being used seem rather low which would account for the low signals that I was hearing. One main problem for me was that Italy are a very good hop away from E4 and were always going to be a 5/9 both ways for our Italian Amateurs, it was going to be a game of patience, in fact on two occasions both on 20m and 17m after waiting for the “E44M listening up 5 to 10” again I replied… “Mike Zero Uniform Romeo X-ray” I heard “URX again” so I gave my call but on both occasions my calls weren’t heard and an Italian had called over me to get that elusive log entry.

Despondent but NOT beaten I realised that my chance was gone as I had a busy weeke44m_ant at work coming up and I knew by the time I got home the band conditions would be dropping out.

Tuesday 14:44z: Home from work and my luck changed, E44M, weak but workable on 14.250 MHz, and few people were calling I called but they can’t hear me, I scan the split, where are they listening?… yes, here on 14.259 and they finally heard me. That magical reply “M0URX 5/9” Phew at last I made it, at least on one band! DXCC No 272 worked.

See their website for latest news, logs and forums: http://www.dxcoffee.com/e44m/

XU7XRO New QSL Card

Happy New Year to everyone and may 2009 bring lots of happiness and lots of DX for us all. The last two weeks have been very busy in the Bureau office, between the family get togethers there has been a large amount of QSL work in progress. 3,000 QSL cards are now boxed up ready for posting to the RSGB QSL Bureau.
Max ON5UR has designed the new XU7XRO QSL card which will be ready for you by the end of the month.
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RSGB QSL Bureau

As many of you know I am a Sub Manager for the RSGB QSL Bureau, for the G4Dxx and G4Rxx.

One problem that all Sub managers have is being able to communicate with all the Radio Amateurs under their wing so I have decided to write a general blog that is not just for the Amateurs that I manage, but for all licenced Radio Amateurs wherever you are.qsl1

It is very important to know WHO your Sub Manager is if you are a UK Ham you can go to the RSGB Website http://www.rsgb.org

Members can enter the “Members Area” to view the up to date list of Sub managers. If you are not a member of the RSGB.. (why not?) but you are a UK Ham then you can email me and I can find out who is your sub manager.

Make sure that your Sub manager has correctly stamped and addressed envelopes so that they can keep posting you your cards as they come through. Remember even NON members can receive cards.

“I’m not interested in QSL’ing” is one comment I hear all too often, well tell your sub manager that you do not wish to receive QSL cards so that the RSGB can deal with them appropriately. Remember YOU might not want the QSL cards but SOMEONE wants yours that is why the cards are waiting for you. QSL’ing is part of the hobby and many people enjoy chasing awards so if you don’t want QSL cards may I suggest you write on your QRZ.com profile a line saying “I do not collect QSL cards but if you require a QSL card please email me and I will send one Via the Bureau”

This leads onto QRZ.com, I can’t stress how important it is to KEEP your profile updated, I often need to email Amateurs only to find out that they have not updated their email address or their postal address and quite often I see in the RSGB yearbook “details withheld” so when I do need to get hold of a radio amateur to let them know about cards waiting I am not able to do so.

I have 1,000 cards held for G4Dxx and G4Rxx, and I am just one of 80 UK Sub managers that could mean 80,000 QSL cards that Sub managers can’t get to the owners. So please if you are reading this and you are a UK Radio Amateur, please keep your RSGB Sub Manager updated with envelopes, stamps and instructions to your QSL routing. It may not be important to you but it will help all the Sub Managers keep the workload down and to keep the Amateurs for their section happy.

Bureau Cards Received

4,100 QSL cards have been received this week from the RSGB QSL Bureau.

1,100 QSL cards for the G4D's, sent out 27/12/08
1,100 QSL cards for the G4R's will be sent out 29/12/08
1,900 QSL cards received for the stations managed by M0URX. These will be replied to shortly.

XU7XRO Photos

Over Christmas I have received some photographs from John 9M6XRO from his trip to Cambodia as XU7XRO here are two of the images. I will be printing the new QSL card in January and using the old stock for Bureau cards.
John reports that band conditions were great but he had also to do some work on the station in XU7 but did manage to work on 80m and 160m. 
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My Christmas Blog

Do you remember when you were just 12 years of age? And your mum & dad gave you your first crystal set for Christmas? No? Well I don’t either but it sets the scene for my Blog entry today.

Earlier this year I replaced my second (reserve) radio with a new one. (I won a Yaesu FT-897, thanks to Yaesu and Chiltern DX Club) The FT-100 had been a great radio for me and was given to me by a radio amateur in Japan as a gift on a visit in 2003 so I was not going to sell the radio but instead I decided it would be a great idea to give this HF / VHF / UHF Transceiver to a young radio operator coming into the hobby that showed great potential and passion for the hobby.

We all know how expensive this hobby can be, and when you first get licensed there is so much equipment you need and want to get your hands on. But when you are just 12 years old money can be a bit of a problem. United Radio QSL Management Bureau have decided to “elmer” a young radio ham called Aidan from Birmingham England to encourage, help and advise this young chap through his introductory time into Amateur Radio. He loves contesting and DX’ing and has just passed the UK’s Foundation Exam.

Aidan has been a Scout at the Dorridge Scout Group and when Scout Leader Callum M0MCX introduced the scouts to Amateur Radio Aidan was always there to help out with the contests and showed huge enthusiasm for this wonderful hobby of Amateur Radio. Over the coming months I will Blog Aidan’s progress in the hobby.

On passing the Foundation Exam I presented Aidan with a Christmas present for him to open…. Wow what a great surprise that was to Aidan:
Yaesu FT-100 Transceiver
Yaesu FC-20 Auto ATU
Comet H-422 Dipole Antenna

So my message to you for Christmas is think about the future of our hobby, try to "Elmer" / mentor a new ham and  help and guide them into the hobby. The future is in your hands.
Merry Christmas to you all and thanks for all your emails and comments received this year. 73 de Tim M0URX

JD1BMM Minami Torishima

I was delighted to receive the QSL card today from JD1BMM. Number 266 Confirmed!
JA6GXK will be active again as JD1BMM from Minami-Torishima
(OC-073) from 23 December to 6 January. He will operate in his spare time on all bands and modes with 500 watts and a focus on the low bands. QSL via JD1BMM, direct (Masafumi Ishihara, 2-305 Loran, 2-5-35 Miyazaki, Chuo-ku, Chiba, 260-0806 Japan) or through the JARL Bureau. Info from 425 DX News. 

Mount Athos writes

I received an interesting letter along with my QSL card from Monk Apollo SV2ASP/A Mount Athos.
Dear friends,sv2asp

I would like to ask for your help in a problem that I confront. Recently, in the new regulations made by the Greek Ministry of Communications gave the SY prefix to Special call to anyone who wants it. Sadly the men at the Ministry do not understand the importance of the DXCC – Entity Mount Athos to the World of Amateur Radio.

Monk Apollo invites you to send an email to the Ministry This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   and ask them to reserve the prefix SY solely for the use of Mount Athos to eliminate any confusion of the DXCC Entity Mount Athos.

Thanks in advance for your assistance, from Mount Athos, the “Garden of Virgin Mary” I send you my best wishes. God Bless you – Monk Apollo.

(Ed - But will Monk Apollo ALLOW a DXpedition from an outside team?)

XU7XRO now active

John 9M6XRO is now active until the 18th December 2008 as XU7XRO all QSL requests will be sent when John returns home and sends me the log update. Email Bureau requests will also receive a reply email when i got the log. As soon as i have more information i will let you all know on this blog.
I will be designing a new XU7XRO QSL card on John's return home from his latest Cambodian expedition.
May i take this opportunity to wish you all a verry Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2009. 73 de Tim M0URX
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CY2ZT/2 draws to a close

Last week saw the Special Event Station CY2ZT/2 by Steve VE2TKH draw to a close, Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of British Columbia. In an email from Steve he says "I had plenty of fun with that call despite some heavy QSB and often poor RX conditions on my multibands dipole, but 5974 Qs is very good" Well done Steve! You operated professionally and it was a great pleasure to work with you on this operation.
All QSL cards have been replied to, some are here waiting for my next posting before Christmas. All Bureau cards will shortly be heading off to the Bureau too! Thank you to everyone for your participation.
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Talk night 3B7C

3b7c20new20logoDUDLEY AND DISTRICT ARS have organised a presentation on the DXpedition 
3B7C, St Brandon, by Don Beattie G3BJ, who was a crew member on the DXpedition.
Don says, the presentation should last about 1hr 45mins, power point presentation with video clips.
WEDNESDAY 29th APRIL 2009, doors open 19:00 for a 19:45 start.
The venue is: Trysull Village Hall,
FEISHALL LANE, TRYSULL,
WOLVERHAMPTON,
WEST MIDLANDS. 
More information on the Dudley & District Amateur Radio Society can be found at: http://www.kadars.org.uk/
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   is the email address for anyone wishing to contact me about the presentation. Visitors welcome 73 de Simon M0VKY
 

John goes to Cambodia

John 9M6XRO has only been back home from the SEANET convention for one week and is already packing his travel bags and setting off on another DX adventure...

I plan to be QRV from Kompong Som, Cambodia fromxu7xro_1180461961 December 10th-18th as
XU7XRO on 10-160m using CW/SSB/RTTY.

QSL info for XU7XRO is only via Tim, M0URX. Bureau, direct or email
requests to M0URX for bureau cards are accepted.

I will be in Scotland over Christmas and New Year so I will hopefully
give GM3OOK an airing from Irvine.
73 - John - 9M6XRO - ISWL 9M6-6982

Rockall EU-189

United Radio QSL Management are proud to support the 2009 Rockall EU-189 Expedition. For the teams involved we will provide QSL Management services. Col MM0NDX explains:

Having been in daily contact with Island Man/Andy Strangeway, I fully appreciate just how much time and energy has gone in to arrive at this particular point of the Rockall 2009 expedition. Below is a press release issued on Island Man’s Rockall website.  
Col, MM0NDX http://dx-hamspirit.com/ 

Isle of Rockall, EU-189

Press Release http://islandmanrockallexpedition2009.com/

I appreciate it would appear that there has been little news in the last few weeks but I can assure everyone that things have certainly been moving. I expect before Christmas that news of transportation to Rockall being secured will be announced.

Working in tandem with my friend Col, MM0NDX I am acutely aware of the interest shown in EU-189. With this in mind I would like to invite radio hams, be they individuals or clubs, to contact me with their proposals to be part of this exciting expedition. I require the following information to be included in the proposal.

The maximum and minimum number of berths that would be required.       
A CV of previous radio activations of those that would be involved.
Any information of additional skills that would strengthen the depth of the expedition, for example any crewing of yacht/boat, tender experience or climbing ability.
The countries who have so far shown the greatest interest in the expedition are Belguim, France, Japan, Norway, UK and USA. I would especially like to hear from Japanese radio hams as not one operator from Japan has ever contacted Rockall. EU-189 is the most wanted IOTA in Japan.

Once the transport has been secured, the team for the expedition will be selected and dates announced. A website can be built especially for the radio hams and a QSL manager is already secured should you require these extras.

For all proposals in the first instance, please contact Andy at info@island-man within the next seven days. http://www.island-man.co.uk/

OC-133 Labuan Island November 24th - 28th

This weeks log update from John 9M6XRO includes the following information:
"We are going to Labuan OC-133 on Nov 24th and will operate from the 24th to the 28th November. We will use 9M6DXX/P and 9M6XRO/P using mainly SSB and CW hopefully on all bands 160-10m running 400w. We have not put this on any bulletins as yet. A few other ops are going from the SEANET group so there may be other calls in use as well. We are taking 2 rigs but as we have no bandpass filters we will only be able to run two stations if we can get enough separation between the antennas.
QSL Via M0URX direct or email bureau request to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

March 2009 Spratly Postponed

"MARCH 2009 SPRATLY DXPEDITION POSTPONED"
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Due to a combination of personal and logistical reasons unfortunately it has been necessary to postpone the proposed March 2009 Spratly Island DXpedition. It is hoped that the DXpedition will go ahead at a later date.
Donations will be returned to those sponsors who kindly made contributions to the proposed DXpedition.

73,
Steve, 9M6DXX  John, 9M6XRO James, 9V1YC Pete, SM5GMZ  Jay, W5SL."

MC0SHL & MW9W QSL cards at printers

I am pleased to report that the MC0SHL / MW9W QSL design is now at the printing stage. I had delayed the printing of this card for a while as Oliver was awaiting his advanced exam results.
The QSL cards will be printed and ready for dispatch to you in about 2 weeks.




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Back Home!

I am now back home after being away in Wales for a week taking part in CQWW contest. It was excellent, great friendships, excellent banter, brilliant contesters and just a really good time. Thanks to our host Rob Johns MW0RLJ for putting up with the crew this week. You can read the full story on our blog page at: http://www.mc0shl.com/blog.html
My entry was 40m High Power Single op and i managed to do 950 QSOs 98 DXCC, 23 Zones, Total Points 159,478, which is an all time record for the category in Wales and also beats other UK scores for 40m HP Assisted.
A big well done to Oliver Bross, he announced that he had passed his advanced amateur radio exam that he had taken the week before at the HFC and was now MW0JRX yeeehaaarrrr.
Since arriving home all emails have been responded to and all mail has been processed and is all up to date.
Back to work tomorrow!

      Photo courtesy of Oliver Bross MW0JRX - MW9W Antenna Farm
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Out of Office for CQWW

Hello Blog readers from Tim M0URX,
As CQWW Phone Contest is almost upon us, I will be driving over to Wales today along with G1VDP Chris and a van load of gear to set up our contest station MW9W on a friends farm right on the coast of Pembrokeshire, as the week goes by you can see more info and hopefully photos on our website
http://www.mc0shl.com If you hear us please call us!
I will be unable to answer emails or post until i return home on Tuesday 28th October as the UR QSL Bureau will be closed over CQWW.
See you next week when i get home.
Just before I packed up the radio this morning I stumbled across a huge Russian pile up on 14.180.4 MHz, it sounded like a rare station, so I listened for a while, all Russian speaking but a couple of calls and i was in, it was Alex RX0LYP in Zone 19 near Vladivostok Alex's comment was "Blimey England!" we both laughed and I let him carry on with the pile up!
Finally a big thank you to Dave EI9FBB for the bottle of Jameson Irish Whiskey, thanks also to the team of EU-121 IOTA activity. So this weekend it will be "Mike Whiskey (Hic) Nine Whiskey (Hic)"

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73 de Tim

VK9DWX Worked on 15m

VK9DWX Worked on 15m. After a couple of hours of listening, VK9 finally lifted above the noise floor on 15m to be workable for some hours this morning. With conditions being very kind today i was hearing the Willis Island DXpedition on 20m 17m and 15m but just not workable for me on 12m.
For more information go to: http://www.vk9dwx.de/index.php
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Time for some RR&R Radio Rest and Relaxation

What a great start to my holiday this week,  after working  VK9DWX on 17m SSB this morning quite easily which makes a change i was alerted by Max M0GHQ that JD1BMM on Minami Torishima was on 14.186 MHz incredible no one was calling, one call and in the log for a big new one No 270 worked now! Two new ones in 2 days things are looking up.
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JOTA at Dorridge Scout Group

JOTA at Dorridge Scout Group
Well I really enjoyed JOTA today, we had about 100 scouts and beavers through the JOTA station this afternoon. Callum M0MCX had spent the last few days on a project antenna for some fun, using computer modelling he has made a 168m corner fed loop in a triangle formation between trees at a height of 27m above ground using sling fishing rods to get the lines to the top of the trees. I arrived to see the wire antenna in a perfect triangle above the field next to the scout hut. It looked really impressive the 550 feet of copper wire between 3 huge trees.

Callum had a video introducing amateur radio to the beavers, cubs & scouts, then Terry G4MKP did an introduction to Morse code with a lesson in sending and receiving CW. Followed by an explanation about QSL cards and writing a message that the kids would then transmit over the amateur radio.

I was operator to generate some pile ups so that I could pick off a few strong stations that would help us with the passing of messages to the scouts. The wire loop was working well, a quick test put GB1DSG in the log of VK9DWX Willis Island, then a QSY up the band to generate a nice pile up to the USA working North & South Dakota Oregon and up to Saskatchewan, Canada. I put out a CQ call for a strong station to help with the transmission of the scouts messages and nearly jumped out the chair as V8BDS Rahamen in Brunei called with a huge signal, he was kind and patient enough to help with about 15 cubs that were only 9, 10 and 11 years old and they were quite amazed that they were talking to someone so far away. Although there was some guy on frequency taking the mickey trying to disrupt the station but I ignored this and after about 5 minutes he stopped.
Excellent afternoon! All credit to Callum M0MCX for organising it so well.  73 de Tim M0URX

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