With limited time left before my DXpedition to Bonaire for RDXC and WPX SSB I wanted to write a short update, and summaries all of my previous posts into one paragraph. So here goes…
DK6SP and I will be on Bonaire from 16/03/18 to 01/04/18, We will also visit one other DXCC in the caribbean (Stay tuned). We will enter RDXC with PJ4/call and CQ WPX as PJ4V. Our WPX team is DK6SP, M0SDV, PJ4DX, PJ4KY and PJ4NX. Out side of the contest QRV as PJ4/Calls on 160-6m CW, SSB and maybe FT8. During our non contest activity we will be running Live logs Via Clublog and Wintest. Live logs will appear on this website (See below). We will focus on CW and 30m in particular to give you all a new slot. Thanks to MW0JZE for letting us use his hex beam, DXcommander and Steve PJ4DX. QSL Via Home calls and PJ4V Via M0URX
Almost didn’t make it.. 5 days 10 Hours, 28 minutes now! Can’t wait! See you all in the pile up
This weekend saw me making another visit to the biggest contest station in England. We had planned to do a Multi 2 entry, but due to severe Weather here in the UK and the “Beast from the East” storm some of our ops couldn’t make it. In the end we had to do Multi Single with 3 ops. Our Team was Myself M0SDV, Dave G4BUO and Kieron M0HKB.
We started out our contest on 40m. For this band we have at our disposal a 3 element full sized Yagi at 65ft high. Again, due to extreme weather we were unable to get the tower to 100ft and conditions were not in our favor. At the beginning there was a reasonable rate of around 1 Q a minute. Whilst this isn’t bad, it isn’t as high as we’d have liked for a good low band score. After a band change to 80m things started to pick up a bit. but as the night progressed on it unexpectedly slowed down. And come mid morning the bands had died. Time for a break.
During the morning quiet spell the weather was calm. This gave us chance to crank up the 40m beam to full height, and add a T vertical for 160m. Then 20m began to open.
It started slow for the first hour or two, as expected as the band started to open. But come 13:00z we had rates of 143 QSO’s per hour. The grew through the afternoon to 188 QSO per hour. And this didn’t slow until after dark when the band died out.
Another night on the low bands was very slow, however 80m held a nice size run of W’s at between 01:00z and 02:00z. But it was very slow for the rest of the night. The second day wasn’t much better either. However 15m did open for a little while bringing over 160 QSO’s. and 20m gave us some nice pile ups of up to 150 QSO’s per hour.
The multupliers (Mults) in this contest are US States and Canadian Provinces.
As shown in Worked mults to the left and the Summary below, the most Mults were on 20m. We worked 61 States/Provinces. Which is all of them except for Yukon and Northern Territory. The worst band was 160m with only 16 mults. This is expected considering the conditions.
Over all we made 3120 QSO’s with 189 Mults and a score of 1.76 Million. We found that with 3 ops Multi Single is quite enjoyable. Each person gets plenty of chair time (but not too much) and more importantly each operator gets plenty of sleep and is always ready o tale over on the radio should someone require it.
Thanks to our small Team for a good weekend, Those who stopped by to offer relief for an hour or two and a Huge Thanks to Brenda and Vernon at M6T for taking good care of us. Roll on the next contest!
Are you requesting multiple QSL cards? Part of a DX group seeking confirmations or do you and your friends want to save some money and request QSL cards together?
I would like to remind everyone of my Multi-QSL offer. This is available for all Call signs that I am QSL Manager for. Recently I have been receiving QSL requests from the same people for different stations that I manage. Sending all of these in separate envelopes is costly and wasteful. So I often send packages out to those who have requested. But there is a cheaper way for you to request multiple QSL cards
I offer a Multi-QSL service that allows you to request all the QSL cards you want/Need in one big package, and here’s how it works with simple step by step instructions.
To get this offer, I ask that all funds sent to me Via Pay pal, in the Multi-QSL offer are in GBP. This offer is only available on the basis of Email requests and Pay pal transfers. If you are sending your request Via Postal mail please Email me for the Multi-QSL Cost in USD. Please NO IRC’s If you request with IRC’s then your QSL will be sent Via the Bureau.
With the December YOTA Month QSL cards almost done it is time to start looking forward to this years YOTA camp in South Africa. As This years camp is being held in the Southern Hemisphere it will actually be YOTA Winter camp despite being in the middle of July.
Work for this event started in November 2017 by a small working team of young people in South Africa in association with SARL and IARU Region 1. As QSL Manager for the IARU R1 YOTA program I am happy to see the progress of this event growing as time goes on.
I wish the organizing team and participants all the best for the event, and I hope it is as successful if a bigger success than past YOTA camps.
Today it has been confirmed that I will be QSL manager for the DX-World.net teams Inaugural DXpedition. So far it has been confirmed that I will be managing TA0/MM0NDX and TA0/ON9CFG is also interested in using my service.
The team will be travelling to AS-201, Buyukada Island in Turkey from 7th – 11th May 2018. They will be QRV on 80 – 2m Holiday style, with the aim of having fun and working as many DX-World readers as possible.
If you are interested in using me as your QSL manager, for upcoming DXpeditions, Holiday style activations or if you live in a rare DXCC entity please click here or email Jamie@M0SDV.com
Our 2018 CQ WPX SSB Call sign has today been confirmed as PJ4V. We have 5 operators that will be with us during the WPX SSB contest in March of 2018. The category we will be entering is Multi 2 High Power.
Operators are:DK6SP, M0SDV, PJ4DX, PJ4KY and PJ4NX
QSL cards for this Call sign are Via M0URX OQRS and LoTW. Your QSL cards are not required!
Thanks to MW0JZE for allowing us use of his antenna on Bonaire
During our visit to Bonaire DK6SP and I intend to run a live log. This will upload QSO’s to Club log within about 30 seconds of them happening. The way we will do this is by using Wintest partnered with “WTClublog” by G4CLA.
WTClublog, networks with Wintest which then takes each QSO as it’s made and upload’s it to club log within a given time slot. It looks like this:
We Will be utilizing this software to ensure we maximize QSO’s and avoid Duplicated QSO’s which could stop someone getting a band slot they require. However LoTW will still be uploaded manually once daily.
Check out if you are in the log by clicking Here to see the Live log!
With December YOTA month now well behind us, focus turns to the QSL requirements for so many stations and such a big activation. Working as a sole QSL Manager within United Radio means that I am responsible for handling all YOTA QSL requests. This includes Bureau, Direct and SWL reports.
I hope to send these QSL cards to all world IARU Bureaux on the second first weekend of February, which leaves little time between requests slowing down to getting the cards sent out. And with 3-5000 QSL cards for up to 40 call signs to process is a difficult task, but a task that instills faith that Young Operators are still progressing through this hobby. With that said, please Consider donating to help fund the bureau. No bureau operates free of charge and there are many costs involved in getting your QSL card from A to B. So any donations are gratefully received (Link at the bottom of this post).
Moving on into the future now, With the recent announcement of YOTA summer camp 2018 being held in South Africa (ZS) I am really excited to begin work with a new group of youngsters to give the best, one of a kind QSL design for their activity week. I will work closely with the team to ensure that logs are uploaded online at regular intervals throughout the week and that all QSO’s are safely stored for the world to collect their confirmations.
Many Amateur’s from around the world are now preparing for the 3Y0Z DXpedition to Bouvet Island. Bouvet (or Bouvetøya in Norweigen) is a sub-antarctic land that belongs to Norway. it is located in the South Atlantic Ocean. Bouvet is Located around 2600 km south west of South Africa, and is known as the most remote island on Earth.
Bouvet is also #2 on the DXCC most wanted list. This means that amateurs and shortwave Listeners alike will be gearing up to face the pile ups that are inevitable.
Top 5 most wanted taken from Clublog.org
So what have I done to prepare? From working previous DXpeditions I have a pre-made 2 element Delta loop for 17m. This is currently beaming South East after the recent DXpedition 6O6O to Somalia. I intend now to add a 3rd element to this Delta loop array and point due south for Bouvet. I have also constructed a phased vertical array for 40m. This will give me much needed gain on the low band to bust the pile up and work the band slot. It also gives me a backup option should 17m be un-workable. (I will write a more in depth article about the phased array another time)
I am by no means a big gun station, However, I have done everything in my power to maximize my chances of working the team on Bouvet. If you are unsure of which band to be on, check out the propagation prediction on the 3Y0Z website! dx-prediction-3y0z
Best of luck to the team heading for Bouvet Island! And I hope to work you at 3G9A/MM on the MV Betanzos! By the way. You can track their progress here.