QSL Mailing update

A short update that I’ve been wanting to write for some time now. All QSL cards for YOTA, 7X5KBS, DM500RT, V31PS and other calls are now 100% up to date as of last week. Please expect to receive your QSL cards soon!

Remember, I provide a guarantee with all letters. If you have not received your QSL card, please email me within 2 months of the letter being posted and I will send a replacement free of charge.

Do you need a QSL manager? Well look no further. Click here for everything you need to know!

YOTA Camp 2018 – ZS9YOTA

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.

 

Bureau Posting February 2018

The first Bureau posting of 2018 saw cards posted to 86 world bureaus. This is a joint effort Between Charles M0OXO, Tim M0URX and Jamie M0SDV

This Bureau dispatch includes cards from recent DXpeditions, YOTA Month and GB17YOTA. All of which have been sent as priority mail so you get your cards as quick as possible.

The total amount is QSL cards: 20 274

Via M0SDV 2 537

Via M0URX 4 403

Via M0OXO 12 499

Via Others    835

We are interested in knowing when your cards arrive, so feel free to send me an email when you get yours.

M0SDV teams up with DX-world

 

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

PJ4V Confirmed

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

PJ4 Live log

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!

YOTA QSLing update

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.

 

 




 

 

3Y0Z – Ready for the chase?

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

Youngsters Caribbean Tour 2018

Philipp, DK6SP (20 years), and I, M0SDV, (17 years), will be QRV from Bonaire as PJ4/homecall from 16.03.2018 – 02.04.2018. Operation will take place at the QTH of PJ4DX.

We will try to be QRV from 160m through 6m focusing on WARC bands outside of the contest.

Modes will be mostly CW and SSB but also digital modes like RTTY or FT8 are planned. The activity also includes participation in the upcoming CQ WPX SSB 2018 contest. Operators will be DK6SP, M0SDV, PJ4DX, PJ4KY and PJ4NX. Category and contest call will be announced in time.

During our stay on Bonaire there is also a trip planned to another DXCC in the Caribbean. Please see Twitter for Live updates

QSLs will be via home calls for both operations.

 

We would like to say an enormous Thank you to Steve PJ4DX for loaning us his equipment and helping us along the way! We couldn’t have done it without you!
Also Thank you to DX Commander and G3TXQ Hexbeams for antenna loans!

 

G9Y CQWW CW 2017

where to begin…

About a month or so ago I started to build/fix my station up for CQWW CW. And with the limited time I have around college and work, It was right up to the wire. Pre contest everything was going well. I had all but 1 antenna up. All extra coax runs laid out and I was in high spirits.

However, about 6 hours before the contest, Me and 2 others were lifting up the 80m 1/4 wave, when it slipped beyond saving. This vertical is made from 10m of Scaffolding and a 10m fishing type pole. It’s safe to say the top half is now in close to a million pieces across the garden. Luckily no one was hurt!

Trying to find another way, I came to the conclusion that nothing would get done in the dark on my own, so the first night i spent on 40m alone. Then in the morning between 40 going quiet and 20 getting busy i quickly chucked up a spider pole 1/4 wave for 80.

Anyway, this year on 20,15 and 10 I had 2 antennas running Via a stack match. First time I have done this. And I have to say I was pleased with the results. With a 200-300 Q total increase on 20m compared to other big contests. and a significant number more USA on 15. Not a dickie bird on 10.

40m gave some reasonable runs on the first night, and 20 was good to europe for the whole time. However I seemed to lack a number of NA Q’s on 20m. Not sure weather conditions or something I wasn’t doing but they just weren’t there. The only real Run into the US was 110 Q’s on 15m in around an hour when I got going.

The second night I had 80m too. So off I went. high noise is a problem on 80. Not as high as most but I have S5 noise on that band, whereas on others the S meter doesn’t move at all. So I made about 300 Q’d total on that band.The second day of the contest was much the same. With No real runs to the US and 15 didn’t open as well as the Saturday but was workable for European mults.

In the end my score was as follows:

 

Equipment:

Kenwood TS590SG & Ameritron AL572,

Hexbeam @ 12m & Hexbeam 40m add on @13m

A3s @12m

80m 1/4 Vertical with elevated radials

Array solutions stack match

 

Logged with Wintest

I had to borrow some equipment for this contest. So I’d like to thank all who contributed to my success and personal best contest from home! You know who you are!

Until the Next contest, 73