John goes to Cambodia

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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 from 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 tim@m0urx.com

March 2009 Spratly Postponed

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“MARCH 2009 SPRATLY DXPEDITION POSTPONED”

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

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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!

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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

Out of Office for CQWW

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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)”

73 de Tim

VK9DWX Worked on 15m

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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

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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.

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