Clusters and Sysops

Over recent weeks I have noticed a growing phenomenon of people deliberately pirating other call signs on the clusters causing great offence and upset to many hams around the World. It is time now to take action! It is now time to ask for solutions to this problem, in my mind the problem is allowed to happen by irresponsible "Sysops" that serve the Amateur Radio population.
My solution is to ask ALL Cluster Systems Operators to install registration details from all users with User Name (Callsign) and Passwords for ALL users. By being able to identify the offending User it would be much easier to police and less common for the pirating to happen. I also believe that Deliberate QRM would also lessen.
I use GB7MBC Spider Cluster http://www.gb7mbc.net and i would like to say thank you to Ian and Linda for taking action and being responsible in this matter. Ian is also Sysop for HB9DRV-9 the HRD Cluster which also operates a registration system for users. I would ask each and every one of you out there to register with the Cluster and Systems Operators and try and eliminate the abuse that I see on a daily basis on the clusters!
I am happy to list here your Clusters that operate such a registration for users so that we can only use Systems that operate in a professional manner.
Thank you!

CP8XA Ivan in Bolivia CQ 17m

CP8XAOn Monday evening I had a QSO with CP8XA Ivan Davison in Beni BOLIVIA on 17m. I was unsure if the QSL card would get through, so I sent a courtesy email to his  address. Within minutes i had a reply from his son which i thought i would share with you.

"I am glad that you managed to contact my father and if you do so again please tell him that his son said hi. 

QSL cards....the mail system in Bolivia is poor and due to my fathers remote location, sending QSL cards regularly is not viable, indeed, some times he doesn't even receive some cards. 
Anyway, when I next get a rare call from my father I will mention this email amongst the other which I have for him, and I thank you on his behalf for the contact. When he visits the capital sporadically, he usually endeavours to send out QSL cards but this may not be for months.  Many thanks, and I enclose a picture, Son of CP8XA"

 

VK6JB John Bearsby SK

vk6jb_1131677707I learned today that John Bearsby VK6JB sadly passed away last Wednesday night in his sleep.
I only knew John for a short while when he asked me to look after his QSL management for him.
Through my blog i would like to pass on my sincere condolences to his partner Mila, family and friends. R.I.P John.

TL0A QSL Arrives In Post

TL0ANumber 269 Confirmed arrived in the post this morning TL0A Christian operating from Central African Republic

Christian continues to be very active from TL from whichever band is producing results from 20m - 10m.


QSL is Via TL0A address in France

Christian Saint Arroman
Chemin de Mouteguy
64990 Urcuit,
FRANCE


Please do not send QSL requests to me! This is a BLOG!
JD1BIE



Saturday 16th May 2009.
As the first sunspot group for some time gives us a welcome boost of optimism, propagation lifts just enough to be able to work JD1BIE Shigeaki
Miyamae on 18.123 MHz today, a new band slot for me. Shige is operating from. Ogasawara Island (Group) OC-030 Volcano Islands. QSL is Via his call on QRZ.com.
Pictured on the right is JD1BIE Shigeaki Miyamae.

QSL Request Form

A new feature on the site is our QSL Request Form, it is currently under construction, if you wish to Request a single Bureau QSL please use this form.
If you are requesting multiple QSL cards please copy and paste the information from your log into the "Contact M0URX" page until the Request form can handle multiple Qs.
Statistics from data here is that 1,000 Bureau email requests have been received since the website went live in September, & 14,000 QSOs have been confirmed by Direct & Bureau QSL here from all the calls i manage in 2008.
Please check the online log search first!! If you are not on the logsearch email me so that I can do a manual log search.

FK/G4JVG & G4JVG/VK4 Activity

Steve, 9M6DXX (G4JVG), will operate as FK/G4JVG from Noumea (OC-032) from 22 May until 3 June, and as G4JVG/VK4 from North Stradbroke Island (OC-137) from 7 to 9 June. Both operations will be 'holiday style' while celebrating his 25th wedding anniversary with Eva, 9M6EVA. Activity will be SSB only, using 100 watts to 'fishing rod'

verticals on 40, 20, 17 and perhaps 15m. QSL Via Tim, M0URX, Direct, Via Bureau or LoTW.

On beahlf of all, may I congratulate Steve & Eva on their 25th Wedding Anniversary. Tim M0URX
FK1

Log update from Steve 9M6DXX

9M6DXX

This morning I received a log update from Steve 9M6DXX, LoTW and my online log search have both been updated. Steve comments:

"I found a good opening to JA on 10m yesterday and worked a few. I discovered it as I heard a big pile-up in Japanese on 28495, on an otherwise apparently dead band, and this turned out to be Masa, JD1BMM, working the JAs. I tried calling him for about 10 mins as I hadn't worked Minami Torishima on 10m before, but I couldn't get through the JA wall. When his signal started going down in QSB I gave up, went down 15kHz and called CQ only to get a JA pile-up myself, with a couple of BYs and HLs for good measure, then a solitary VK8 off the back of the beam. I had a bit of a chat with the VK8 and then Masa called me! it seems he's working for DXCC and hasn't worked 9M6 on 10m before."wlop

9M6DXX QSL Via M0URX






Steve is the author of the 'World Licensing and Operating Directory', a guide to getting on the air from over 200 countries and territories around the world, which is published by the RSGB - please see

http://www.rsgbshop.org/acatalog/Online_Catalogue_Operating___DX_13.html


The World Licensing and Operating Directory is lavishly illustrated throughout with over 230 photographs and maps. There is information on how to obtain an amateur radio licence in almost every country in the world - but this is only part of the story. There is information on organising a DXpedition and "All you wanted to know about licensing (but were afraid to ask)". There is also a major section of the book that provides full details of how to rent more than 75 amateur radio stations around the globe - from Europe to the Pacific and from the Arctic to the Equator! There is a 32-page full-colour section with spectacular photographs of rental stations, including some of the most impressive antenna set-ups in the world.

GS3PYE/P Harris Island EU-010

harris1This week we see Camb-Hams DXpedition to Harris Island EU-010 signing as GS3PYE/P. Formed in early 2006 as the social and public-facing side of the Cambridge Repeater Group. You can find their excellent website at: http://www.camb-hams.com/home 
I have so far worked GS3PYE/P on 40m and 80m and I have been very impressed with their operating skills, it really is a pleasure to tune in and listen to the operators working the bands. But there is more.... look at their website and click on "Harris Logbook" and they have a live running logbook, this really is impressive IT work.
Cambs 



Follow their progress on the website using "The Harris Diary" which gives you a daily blog of the expedition, and find them "On Air" to put them in your log!
Well done to the guys for this excellent activity. I hope conditions allow you to work some DX too! "Ham Radio done the Cambridge way"
QSL Via G4HUN Neil

OY4TN Log Update
Tonight I have received a log update from Trygvi. This has now been uploaded onto LoTW and the online log seach.

M0XXT UK Scout Contest Team

UK Scout Contest Team 
Dorridge Scout Group, Radio DX Headquarters 
QTH: 10 miles SE Birmingham, Central England. 

Callum M0MCX will be firing up the station at the "Scout Hut" this evening "(Saturday) squirting some RF" as he puts it to all  exotic places in the world. You will be able to contact M0XXT on 40m SSB. Here is a photo of the young scouts operating just the other week.
UK Scout Contest Team  

Senior Operators: Callum (M0MCX), James (M3YOM), Tim (M0URX), Terry (G4MKP) and Lee (G0MTN). 

Junior operators: Dan, Chris and Aidan (M6TTT) (please be patient with our junior operators). 



Thank you to M0MCX  Callum McCormick  for the Photograph.


QSL Via M0URX





Another member of our team Terry G4MKP will be operating CW under his own call around 14.015 MHz CW

Club Photo Album:
http://www.m0mcx.co.uk/gallery/index.php?/category/21 

Working conditions:  570 feet (174 meters) horizontal delta loop at 20 – 25 meters (60-85 feet), FT1000MP and Acom 2000.

Regards, Callum (M0MCX) Group Scout Leader

Log search facility now live!

Thanks to the help of a good friend of mine MW0JRX Oliver Bross we now have a log search facility built into the website for all callsigns that I manage. Many hours of work have gone into providing this facility from both Oliver and myself. This afternoon I uploaded most of the logs, and the database now contains 281,450 QSO's.
You can find the HF log search at the bottom of the Main Menu on the left side of this page, just enter your callsign in the search field and click "Enter". 
Logsearch2Left is an example of the result card shown from the search.

The result card will list QSOs  from all logs in the database under band and mode status SSB, CW or DIG. At this stage only HF Qs can be searched, while of course some of the logs contain VHF Qs from 6m, 2m and 70cm but this may be added later.
The logsearch fully complies with current requirements which state that no other details except those that we provide in the search facility, DX callsign, Callsign of the station worked, Band worked, Mode worked, no other information is stored on the database.

Many, many thanks Oliver for your hours of work, really appreciated by us all.

Waiting for America & Getting China Instead

G3IQFA little humour in the mailbox today, a QSL from G3IQF.
Titled: Waiting for America and Getting China Instead

Thanks for the card Bob

6W1WR Confirmed 40m

6w1wrQSL arrived today from F6BEE confirming 6W1RW Senegal on 40m. Thanks Jaques for the very quick QSL.

Also arrived and confirming a new DXCC was HK0B/HK3JJH San Andres Serrana Bank NA-133. Thanks also to Pedro HK3JJH.

Once again this year I have a goal to work as many DXCC in the year as I can. So far in 2009 I have worked 137 DXCC on SSB.

Italy Earthquake

italia.jpgIt is with deep sadness that i heard on the BBC News today of the terrible earthquake in L'Aquila Italy. My thoughts at this time are with those lives lost and the families caught up in this tragedy.

H44MS Worked on 17m

h44msDXCC Number 275 Worked for me today. H44MS Bernhard on Solomon Islands. 18.127 MHz and the band was quite quiet and not so many in the pile up and with the propagation just giving me the edge over other callers.
Solomon Islands has been "one that got away" so many times so pleased to get Bernhard in the log.

Review of Club Log

Introduction - What is Club Log? Club Logg7vjr is a web-based application which uses a database to analyse amateur radio log files, which are uploaded in the common ADIF format. Using the logs, it is possible to build band-mode league tables of amateurs' QSOs, provide efficient log search tools and create most wanted lists for DXCC entities (both over all time and in recent history, or by mode for example). Also, Club Log can give back to its users the ability to find "wanted" DX spots, and other analysis of their logs which might be hard to do with normal logging software.

Club Log is an experiment in providing these features in a club or society context, ie. competitive but within a circle of members rather than just world-wide (although Club Log can also do that). The original idea was to automate DXCC league tables for the Cambridge University Wireless Society.

Club Log is also not some things! It isn't an award scheme, it isn't valid for ARRL DXCC (since it's not validated) and it doesn't provide QSO confirmations. For all those things, please check out Logbook Of The World.


Pictured above is Michael G7VJR. You can find out more here: http://www.clublog.org/

uploadI have been using Club Log for some time now, it is a great tool and very versatile, let me explain. Registration just couldn't be easier, anyone can register and are welcome to join in. Uploading logs is simple to do just click on Upload in the tool bar for the upload window, once you have browsed your hard drive for the ADIF just Send and add to your callsign.

settings
Be sure that if you are uploading DX'pedition logs that you tick "no" for "show in leagues". DX'pedition logs are important to get as much data as possible into the database. But are not required for the tables which should be used for operator calls only. dxcc-leages















As you can see above, the DXCC League tables can be filtered for Mode selection, Worked or Confirmed and by Date filter for 2009, Last 12 months or 36 months. Click on generate tables and then you get the league as seen below. league-1




















lf-challengeClub Log is great for club events such as the Chiltern DX Club's "LF Challenge" which takes place every March as you can see here the database can be used to filter bands and dates to make it fun to view the table as the challenge developes over the weeks.

A brilliant tool that is under ongoing development by its author Michael G7VJR. This all adds a great new dimension to statistics. Thank you Michael and good luck for the future of this exciting project.

A Quiet Week In The Office

A quiet week this week after the hectic CQ-WPX SSB contest last weekend. 9M8Z and 9M6XRO logs were uploaded onto LoTW on Monday and all QSL cards received so far have been replied to. A mailing of 150 letters was posted out on Tuesday.
I was happy this morning to receive the QSL from HK0B/HK3JJH Pedro from his activity from San Andreas Island. A new one for me and number 268 DXCC Confirmed!

9M8Z 21st to 29th March 2009

qsl-9m8zSteve, 9M6DXX, will operate as 9M8Z from Sarawak, East Malaysia IOTA OC-088 from 21 to 29 March 2009, including a Single-Operator Unassisted All-Band High-Power entry in the CQ WPX SSB contest on 28 / 29 March. Outside the contest, look for Steve on 40m SSB, Steve will be using a 3-element Yagi.

QSL via M0URX, Direct, Bureau or LoTW.

LoTW uploaded up to 30/03/09
Update 30th March: Well, the contest is over for another year. 2375 QSOs after dupes and 6.4 Million points, but that's nearly 1000 QSOs down on last year, and nearly 2 million points less. Conditions were not good this year on 15m, which explains the lower score.

Update 24th March"I am currently in Sarawak, 9M8, and operating 'holiday style' using an Optibeam OB-17-4 at 75ft. This antenna has 3 elements on 40m (coil loaded), 4 full size monoband elements on 20m, 4 on 15, and 6 on 10m, and by all accounts I have a big signal in Europe. 10m opened up as far west as Cyprus on Sunday though I doubt I'll be working into the UK on that band.

I was on 20m last evening and it was good to work a number of CDXC members, plus a few UK calls I did not recognise.

I had planned to be more active from here on 40m but had not taken into account the fact that sunset is now around 1800z in UK - that's 2.00am here, and for various reasons it has not been possible to be on yet at times when the band is likely to be open to Western Europe.

I will try to be on 40m tonight (Tuesday), Wednesday and Thursday, from about 1630z onwards. My preferred freqs are 7088 or 7078, but I may have to go elsewhere if those are busy of course.

I should be on 20m before 1630 but will QSY to 40m at 1630."

Update 19th March Steve writes:
I was planning to travel to Sarawak for the CQ WPX SSB contest next weekend, but there has been a slight change of plan. I have been asked to give a presentation on DXpeditioning at an 'Amateur Radio Roadshow'

being held by MCMC, the Malaysian licensing authority, this Saturday, so I will be travelling early on Saturday morning instead. I'll probably give a short talk and show an excerpt from the 3B7C DVD.

I should therefore be active on the bands as 9M8Z most evenings (afternoons, GMT) and I look forward to working you all from Sarawak.

Look for me on 20m SSB early afternoons, then 40m SSB later on.

VP8KF John talks to the world!

VP8KF John in Port StanleyI feel that I must comment on a really interesting evening on 20m tonight, I started listeing to John VP8KF (CDXC member) in the Falkland Islands at about 6pm. Excellent operating by John managing to keep the pile up from Europe under excellent control and passing some good conversation along the way. By 9pm when i decided to call in, the pile up from G was getting quite large. One thing that I did notice was how many UK stations were all commenting saying that they had erected a Hex Beam just recently and were testing out the performance. One of those was MW0JRX Oliver my dear friend and IT Technician. Well done Oliver on the 4 new ones in 2 days! Thanks John for some good entertainment on 20m tonight!
VP8KF QSL Via G3VPW

CQ WPX SSB Contest

mw9w_cq_contestMembers of the Strumble Head DX and Contest Group will be on the air from their headquarters at the Farm in Wales for a period before during and after the CQ WPX SSB contest. They will be using the club calls MC0SHL before the contest, with some activity on 30M RTTY around 10148.0. During the contest we will be using both MW9W and MC0SHL - depending on the number of operators there may be more calls on air. Please QSL via the clubs manager M0URX. All details and photographs will be on the clubs website http://www.mc0shl.com and we may even have a live webcam for the contest too.

Chris Colclough G1VDP http://www.g1vdp.com

More informationon the Strumblehead DX & Contest Group at:
http://www.mc0shl.com

MW0JRX QSL Card

qsl-mw0jrxFor me, a QSL card is more than just a confirmation of a 2 way radio communication. It can tell someone a lot about you and your station and your interests in the hobby.

So what do you put on your QSL card? Think about the design you want, it will be only as good as your imagination allows. How about a photo of you in the radio shack, or at the helm of the newly furbished club station or a photo of you in pursuit of another hobby? Or a photo of that tower and the SteppIR at the top of your garden!

Remember that your QSL card may be used by others to claim awards so you should always remember to put on all relevant information. For IOTA claimants the IOTA number and the Island qsl-mw0jrx-backname MUST be printed on the QSL card. NOT hand written. I may live in land locked Central England but we are IOTA Reference EU-005 Great Britain Mainland and this MUST be on my QSL card to be valid for an award claim. Your IARU Locator number, WAB square, Longitude and Latitude, CQ Zone, ITU Zone, Station Equipment are all as useful and as important as the QSO report panel box, your callsign and name on the QSL card.

On the left is the new QSL design for Oliver Bross MWØJRX, Oliver is a keen photographer and with the help of Max ON5UR, Oliver has one of the most excellent QSL cards i have seen.

QSL Via MWØJRX

 If you need any help with design and printing your QSL card please drop either myself or ON5UR Max an email and we will gladly help you.

IRC's for sale UK only

irc-2006_frontIf you are in the UK I have about 250 International Reply Coupons for sale at 60p each + P&P depending on quantity please email me for more information using "Contact M0URX" in menu.

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