Archive - January 2020

MC0SHL Weekend Statistics

Despite conditions being very challenging during the weekend activity at MC0SHL both Chris and I were very pleased with the effort that we made on air.

805 QSOs logged in total with the following statistics

FT8 was good to USA with 31 USA states worked.
61 DXCC worked over the weekend as MC0SHL. 55 DXCC on 40m & 39 on 20m
38 DXCC on SSB with 27 each on 40m & 20m, and 1 QSO with HB9 on 10m.
50 DXCC on FT8  – 40 DXCC on 40m and 32 on 20m.
For those of you that were monitoring our live OQRS you were able to see straight away that the call was logged. I am pleased to say that this works flawlessly and is available to all stations that I manage if they request it.
Equipment used: Kenwood TS590 transceiver, Acom 1000 at 400W, Hexbeam at 10m and a Carolina Windom for 40m.

South Orkney Islands DXpedition VP8PJ

Press Release #9 Jan 2, 2020
South Orkney Islands DXpedition VP8PJ
We are pleased to announce the call sign for the Perseverance DX Group’s expedition South Orkney 2020 will be changed to VP8PJ. In past years it was relatively easy to get a preferred VP8 call sign for the British Antarctic Territory. After a licensing administrative change, we were unable to obtain a VP8 call sign for operation from South Orkney and were advised to use /VP8. 
Alan, VK6CQ, a recent addition to the team, holds the call sign VP8PJ that was issued to him for operation from the British Antarctic Territory. After submission of a copy of Alan’s license, ARRL has issued us a new LoTW certificate for the use of this call from South Orkney for the duration of our expedition.
73, Team VP8PJ
Please direct your questions to:

MC0SHL Club Station Wales

Chris G1VDP, and myself Tim M0URX, will be operating from “The Farm” also known as our Club House at Strumblehead Amateur Radio Klub on the Pembrokeshire coast of Wales as MC0SHL from Friday 3rd January to Sunday 5th January 2020.
N 51°59’413” W 5°04’537” IARU Grid Locator: IO71LX 265 ft ASL  Worked All Britain WAB: SM83 – WFF: GFF-015

We will be testing out the Band Activity and Real Time Log search as you see below. Please join us for the testing, you can read more about this facility on our “OQRS Hints & Tips” page on the top menu.
In the DX Station Box enter MC0SHL, this should then bring the screen up as in the image. When the operators are active this will show you the frequency (move mouse over green dot on mode) and will also show any split frequency. 

You will also be able to check your QSO is valid and has been logged by entering your call and it will show the band and mode that you have worked them. OQRS will be open to request the QSL card. Band Activity and Real Time Log Search is available to roll it out to any DXpeditions and call signs that we manage.