Archive - February 2014

GS0NWM Isle Of Arran EU-123 Update

Both Glen (G0SBN) & Bob (M0KLO) spent Saturday afternoon doing a dry run of putting up the 8m mast with the newly acquired Hexbeam from Ant (MW0JZE). It was more than a bit windy so it was a quick up and down in the paddock to check on guy lengths. The second Hex is going up on a 12m Clark mast so hopefully that will be a bit more straight forward.

We used the Hex in 2012 for GB5DX and it was a good performer which encouraged Glen to make the plunge. The latest Hex from Ant is a lot lighter and has evolved a great deal and we are looking forward to giving it a good run out.

This week will see the testing of the 40m, 80m verticals and also the beverage RX antenna. We hope to be QRV on 160m which will most likely be an inverted ‘L’. The following week is a dry run of the shack and networking on Wintest which should leave us enough time to minimise ‘murphy!’

The three stations are going to be Kenwood 590s with bandpass filters fitted and running 400w from two of them and barefoot on the third. There will also be a Kenwood TS480SAT which will be configured for data mode operations.

Lots of lessons are being learnt during preparation and we can see why many operations opt for a waterside location and verticals. Its no easy feat wheeling around a Clark mast but hopefully it will be worth the effort!

We’ve recruited two extra recruits – Max and Jed who are Bob’s Border Collies. They came with us on GB5DX in 2012 and people seemed more interested in knowing what they were doing than about the station so they’re back on the team.

Cheers, Bob, M0KLO

GS0NWM will be the call sign of the Tynemouth Amateur Radio Club’s IOTA activation of Isle of Arran, EU-123, from March 26th – April 2nd 2014.
The team will enter the CQ WPX Contest (29th & 30th March) as GM5NMulti Op.

V73MW QSL Via M0URX Re-scheduled

map of marshall-islands

N6MW Bill has now confirmed that his forthcoming DXPedition to the Republic of the Marshall Islands, February 25th to March 4th as V73MW will be QSL Via M0URX. OQRS preferred.

Focus on Club Log’s most needed bands/modes – 160/80/30 CW and 20 for RTTY (not in contest), maybe some SSB and 17, while accepting the unfortunate 24 hours/day limitation.

Equipment – K3/KPA500/KAT500/ Laptop. Antennas – Inv L/T/Vert for 160/80 with elevated radials using a Spiderbeam 18m fiberglass pole plus a 20m VDA and 30 m VD on a second fiberglass pole. Nightly efforts on 160/80. Freq 1820.5 for 160, UP. Always UP! 20m RTTY for some low brain needed time, with a focus on EU.

Bill will be operating from Majuro Atoll, IOTA Reference: OC-029

You can find more information on Bill’s webpage N6MW

Thank you to DX-World for your assistance in this partnership.

GS0NWM Isle of Arran EU-123


will be the call sign of the Tynemouth Amateur Radio Club’s IOTA activation of Isle of Arran, EU-123, from March 26th – April 2nd 2014.

The team will enter the CQ WPX Contest (29th & 30th March) as GM5N Multi Op.

Three members, G0SBN, Glenn, G8YFA, Tony and M0KLO, Bob will be QRV on SSB CW & RTTY.
Locator: IO75in

Equipment will consist of 3 x Kenwood 590, 2 x Kenwood 480 Transceivers with an Elecraft KX3 for QRP skeds.
Acom Amplifiers.
Spiderbeampoles at 18m & 12m.
2 x G3TXQ Hexbeams at 12m.
40m & 80m Verticals.

QSL Via M0URX OQRS Preferred.
No incoming cards required through the Bureau. Please use OQRS. Thank you.

MS0OXE – TIREE EU-008 – MARCH 2014 #2


9th February saw us test build the shack, everything except the antennas and amps. Pc’s, rigs, networking and log programme all tested.

We will have one station on at any one time and two stations at higher rate times.

Scotland GM is not the most sought after DXCC by a long way but looking at clublog there are one or two bands/mode that are low on the worked percentages. These are, 160 and WARC on RTTY. So we will put some effort into these slots.

With other dxped’s QRV at the same time, no QRG’s announced, search the bands or keep an eye on the cluster for MS0OXE.

During the CQWW WPX SSB weekend (29/30 March) we will be QRV on WARC and 160 RTTY.

The team will arrive on Tiree Tuesday 25th, via ferry and air. Notwithstanding, Murphy, we should be QRV on 30m/40m by dusk.

On Wednesday 26th/Thursday 27th and Friday 28th cw will take priority as NO cw or very little over the weekend 29th/30th.

Keep an eye on our twitter feed for the latest upto date news, @bcdxcg_m0oxe .

See you all in the pile ups. 73 de MS0OXE.

World Bureau Posting 03/02/2014

QSL cards have been posted to all World Bureaus today, Monday February 3rd 2014.

This mailing is a joint mailing between M0OXO Charles and M0URX Tim
I would very much appreciate feedback from you when the QSL cards start arriving at World Bureaus.

Total amount of QSL cards 7,586
Total Weight 34,715g

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Mellish Reef 2014 Press Release 6

January 26, 2014

Mellish Reef DX-pedition is scheduled for March 28, 2014 to April 9, 2014.

We are on schedule and will soon be on autopilot. Team members booked their travel to Mackay, Australia, local contacts in Mackay are established, as well as suppliers to assist with logistics. Generators were ordered and will ship later in February from Sydney, Australia. One of the biggest logisticalchallenges will be purchasing 1,400 liters of petrol. The skipper of Evohe, Steve Kafka, agreed to handle the sourcing and take delivery of the petrol removing from the team this task.

Antennas from SteppIR, coax / accessories from DX-Engineering and folding hex beams from will be air shipped to Australia in early February from the USA. Another shipment from Hungary is also scheduled for February, some equipment will be hand carried. Joining the antennalineup is a 4 Square provided by Norbert DJ7JC.

Update to the QSL Policy:
We are happy to announce that any individual donating $50(USD) or more to VK9MT will automatically receive their QSL for all QSOs, free of charge. These donors will not need to request QSL cards or take any action to redeem the QSL. Our QSL manager, Tim Beaumont M0URX, will post the cards to all $50+ donors as soon as the cards are ready, thank you Tim for this wonderful service.

Global Pilot Team:
The pilot team will manage all DX community communication between the island team and DXers. Prior to sailing we’ll update the web site with process details and e-mail addresses. While on the island we will not be checking personal e-mail accounts. Please direct operational suggestions to the pilot designated for your region.

Fund Raising:
Like all DX-peditions to rare and semi-rare DXCC entities, donations are welcomed through vk9mt.complease use the Donate Button on the web site to insure your name is automatically added to the donor list,or by check / money order in US dollars to:

Mellish Reef 2014 DX-pedition
Gene Spinelli, Treasurer
PO Box 189
Divide, CO
USA 80814

For our friends outside the USA please use PayPal or e-mail for wire transfer

We appreciate the generosity of the foundations, clubs and individuals who have already made a donation or a commitment. At the completion of the DX-pedition a financial summary will be sent to all club / foundation donors.

For additional information please e-mail:

And, of course, good luck to the FT5ZM team that is now QRV.

73, Team Mellish 2014