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 firstname.lastname@example.org
“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.
Steve, 9M6DXX John, 9M6XRO James, 9V1YC Pete, SM5GMZ Jay, W5SL.”
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.
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
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. 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
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 GroupWell 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
Another really difficult “New one” for me, VK9DWX Willis Island was worked on 20m this morning. I am pleased to say that it was the sponsored young gun on the microphone ZS6DXB Rhyn, for his first major DXpedition he was doing an excellent job with the European pile up sounding very proffesional.
For more news on VK9DWX go to: http://www.vk9dwx.de/index.php
I am pleased to report this week that the 1,750 Bureau QSL cards that I received have now all been replied to and the box of cards is now being sent back to the RSGB Bureau tomorrow.
The following is a list of log entries confirmed this week:
9M6XRO 1,134 log entries
A25OOK 484 log entries
XU7XRO 201 log entries
XU7DXX 138 log entries
9M4SEB 41 log entries
The rest amounted to about 300 log entries for all other calls managed here. Around 50 direct cards also received this week, all up to date.
I will be away from next Wednesday 22nd October until Tuesday 28th October in Wales preparing for CQWW under the call of MW9W and outside contest I will be active with the Stumble Head Club call sign of MC0SHL. I am hoping to update the club website while we are away with photographs as the weekend approaches. http://www.mc0shl.com I do hope you work you while we are away.
I note from the DX bulletins that Steve 9M6DXX will be active as 9M8Z during CQWW, good luck Steve I hope this time the conditions have improved enough to enjoy the contest.
This weekend I will be with Dorridge Scout Group for the JOTA weekend, we have about 100 scouts on Sunday afternoon scheduled for the event and I will be in control of Radio Operations for the day. Listen out for me as GB1DSG.
That’s all for now, no luck here with VK9DWX, but I am hoping for a chance on Monday or Tuesday morning. Enjoy the weekend, cheers!