Archive - August 2010

United Radio News

25 August 2010 – 3,500 QSL cards Via M0URX arrived from the RSGB Bureau. All QSL cards have now been processed, there are a total of 4,500 cards that will be sent to World Bureaus.
90 direct letters also posted Wednesday 1st September.

ZC4VJ Andy ends transmissions from ZC4
ZC4VJ – Andy reports that his duties in Sovereign Base of Cyprus have now come to an end. Andy has sent me his last log update which takes the total amount of Qs in the ZC4VJ log to 66,000. Andy will soon return back to the United Kingdom.

9M6DXX/P & 9M6XRO/P OC-295 & OC-133 – Also 9M6/G3USR


Following their operation from Sebatik Island (OC-295) from 24 to 27 September (see below), John, 9M6XRO; Steve, 9M6DXX, and Gordon, G3USR, will operate as 9M6XRO/P, 9M6DXX/P and 9M6/G3USR respectively, from Labuan Island OC-133, from 5 to 8 October inclusive (and possibly approx 0000-0200GMT on 9 October). Activity will be on SSB, CW and RTTY with two stations using amplifiers to a Hexbeam, verticals and a 160m inverted-L very close to the ocean. All bands from 10 to 160 metres will be used. QSL 9M6XRO/P and 9M6DXX/P via M0URX, and 9M6/G3USR via home call.
73, Steve, 9M6DXX

9M6XRO, 9M6DXX, 9W6AMC, 9W6LEE and G3USR plan to activate the rare IOTA island of Pulau Sebatik, OC-295, from 24 to 27 September inclusive. The operation will be on 10 – 80m with the emphasis on 15 – 40m. Two stations will be used with amplifiers to a HexBeam and verticals located directly above the sea water. Callsigns will be 9M6XRO/P on CW and 9M6DXX/P on SSB and it is hoped to have both stations on the air during all the major openings to Europe and North America. OC-295 has only been claimed by 14.2% of IOTA participants, having been activated just once before, in July 2006. QSL both callsigns via M0URX, direct, bureau, or LoTW. See Sebatik Island  for further details and for a link to M0URX’s on-line QSL request form for both direct and bureau cards.

The operators of the 2010 OC-295 Sebatik Island DXpedition would like to thank IREF.Inc CDXC Chiltern DX Club & GMDX for their generous sponsorship of this DXpedition.

P29CS Update


A number of “Not in log” QSL cards have recently been returned to sender for reasons that I would like to bring to the attention of readers. There was a pirate operating at some point and also when Andy gets persistent callers there has been the case where band police interfere saying “xxxx you are 59!

I was talking to Andy this week and discussed this with him and Andy told me that he is strict with logging, a correct signal report exchange MUST be confirmed both ways for you to be logged. After all this IS the correct way that a 2 way QSO should be conducted.

Andy WILL NOT reward any bad operating; persistent callers who do not stand by will not be logged. LISTEN carefully and before you send me your QSL card check my online log search.

Interference to the Amateur Radio Spectrum

Once again this morning I have had to report to Ofcom an interference problem that has caused major problems to my Amateur Radio Station. After the initial investigations back in March 2010,  two deivces were found to be faulty,  a plasma TV and also a mast head TV pre amp. Both of the previous matters were resolved by Ofcom who i have to say dealt with my complaints very well. So now I have S9 plasma TV type noise again and I have to start the whole complaint off again. I will keep you informed of progress.
Ofcom field engineer will be here to investigate this week.

QSL’s in post

130 direct QSL cards were sent in the post on Thursday 12th August.

Amateur Radio In Ethiopia (“ARIE”)


United Radio QSL Management Bureau are pleased to support and promote the following appeal.
I ask all readers of my Blog please read the press release below and consider a donation to this fund. A very worthy cause…

Press Release [in full] by GD6TWF: 

The following appeal was made on DX World. Net Assistance Required 

Hi! I am Abel (ex-9E2ABL). What I want to ask about is that I have passed the RSGB exam[1] and am now properly licensed.. but when I apply for the license here I am required to have a radio & I may pay for the custom duty here but for the radio that I cannot afford … so if there is a way like an organization to support or anything…that I can get a radio it will be so helpful. I hope I will get a positive response.

Thank you, 73 Abel 

Following this appeal Sid May ET3SID a British National Resident in Ethiopia for decades contacted DX World.Net to say he had coached four young Ethiopians – all members of the Ethiopian Amateur Radio Society (“EARS”) through the examination including Abel – and stated that all four were in the same position; they had the qualification to get a license but could not afford the cost of buying, shipping and importing equipment. 

As a result of this request several amateurs made offer of help and it was decided to form a simple appeal to raise funds and accept donations of equipment so that these four young amateurs could get on the air. 

The appeal is called Amateur Radio In Ethiopia (“ARIE”) and a webpage has been launched at which gives all the information and details on how to donate.

We have already had offers of equipment and cash donations from UK, Germany, New Zealand, UK, USA and Isle of Man. 

The appeal has been designed so anyone can donate according to means. That old rig gathering dust on the shelf would change someone’s life. A small donation would allow us to buy PL259’s or a few metres of coax. A big donation would allow us to ship a donated rig out.

We welcome donations from individuals, clubs, societies, associations, dx-groups any where in the world. If your business is interested in being involved please contact us to see how we can work together. 

We passionately believe that this organisation will have a lifelong impact on the recipients, help people enjoy their hobby who, without your help, would not be able to do so. Contributed towards equipping Ethiopian hams who will be making contacts and giving many other hams a new DXCC country while at the same time developing their own valuable technical skills and career prospects. 

[1] Radio Society of Great Britain (‘RSGB”) International Examination. The cost of which was met by the RSGB.

The Logo may be used in publications or online provided it is attributed. The logo is available in a variety of formats and file sizes from Chris Wood GD6TWF@IOM.COM  please specify your requirements.

For any questions please look at our website or contact Chris Wood


Club Log 2010 SSB League

As many of you know I upload my log to Club Log and have some friendly rivalry between friends in the SSB 2010 League to see who can be No 1 SSB DX’er for the year. When MM0SJH Steve emailed me today saying with a snigger “I think you better look at Club Log!” I knew straight away that he had taken the Number One spot. Luckily my latest upload keeps me top on band slot difference. Over the last few weeks I have taken my eye off the ball with all the QSL work just lately, and being away in Wales where i can’t add to my score of course.
So here is the table as we stand today August 2nd with just under 5 months to go!

Club Log 2010 SSB DXCC League


Rank Callsign 160 80 60 40 30 20 17 15 12 10 6 4 2 70 Total Slots
1 M0URX 0 0 0 0 0 183 106 135 89 98 41 0 0 0 224 652
2 MM0SJH 25 8 0 27 0 221 7 11 20 12 0 0 0 0 224 331
3 IZ8OGR 0 46 0 121 0 167 80 118 64 76 17 0 5 0 218 694
4 MW0JZE 0 32 0 31 0 174 95 118 31 28 2 0 0 0 210 511
5 MW0CRI 17 9 0 78 1 153 94 105 61 55 25 0 0 0 208 598

6th All Borneo Amateur Radio Festival in Brunei


John Plenderleith 9M6XRO reports this week, John says:
“We had a great time at the 6th All Borneo Amateur Radio Festival in Brunei over July 23-25th hosted by BDARA whose members could not do enough for us. I kept the BARC banner flying high by winning the CW and General Knowledge Competitions!

As it so happened the 25th was the Sultan of Brunei, Hassanal Bolkiah’s 64th birthday and all Bruneians turn out for it. Everyone at the Hamfest was also invited. BDARA was allotted booth number 64 at the Padang and after the welcoming ceremony the Sultan makes the rounds of all the booths most of which are for local people from the outlying villages. At the BDARA booth the Sultan was presented with a gold-plated morse key and up to that point I was not aware of the Sultan’s interest in ham radio but it seems he has the call V85HB and the booth had on display images from the past of the Sultan operating on 2m and working YB on HF!

VIBROPLEX_3I have attached photos of the gold-plated key, and one of yours truly with the talented young musicians from Kampong Bebuloh who were adjacent to our booth and performing traditional music on their gongs. I am sure some of the youngest members were no more than 5 or 6 years old and were barely visible behind the larger gongs but they never missed a beat!

Clubhouse Repairs
On Thursday I went out to Langkah Syabas resort with 9M6GY and set up the station for a JA visitor, JE9MBV. I spent Friday at the BARC clubhouse repairing the low band inverted vee. A barrel connector and two PL-259 plugs were cremated so once again I suspect a lightning
strike close by as the culprit. I have been busy but not on the air!

9M6XRO’s Noisy Electricity Pole Gets a Visit!
One other thing. I had a call from the MCMC last Thursday and was told that the SESB (Electricity Board) were sending engineers out to inspect the noisy pole I’d been complaining about. I quickly headed out there clutching my MFJ noise meter and let them listen to the problem. The result is that it is now on their work list so one of these days it should get done. I just hope it is the last one and the problem doesn’t jump to the next dodgy pole along the line!”

5B/G4MKP Cyprus 30 July – 11 August 2010


Terry G4MKP will be operating from Paphos, Cyprus QRV as 5B/G4MKP, for around 10 days. Located in the lower part of Tsada village with my K3 and fan dipole. Conditions are greatly improved on HF since my last 5B4 dxpedition in 2009 so maybe a little easier into the UK and W Europe this year. If you hear me please call. I’ll QRV cw on 40-10m around 010 each band and ssb wherever I can get a clear slot but usually the top end of the band. Times will be in the 0600-1200 and 1600-2400 region.
Terry reports “In the first hour I worked JA, LU, PY, UA, OH, IT, 9A EA, G and most of EU already.” At 1900z Sunday 1st, Terry says 400 Qs in the log already, it sounds like Terry is enjoying his holiday!
More info on Terry’s Blog at: 5B/G4MKP

Photo courtesy of Terry G4MKP

Log uploaded to online log search and LoTW.