An Ulsterman on the air in Chile

 

Though I now live in Chile I was born and grew up in Northern Ireland.  What follows is how an Ulsterman comes to be living K800_DSCN0061in Chile and operating as CE2WZ (Photo left of home QTH & TET antenna).

My interest in radio began in the 1960’s when I discovered the switch on my parents’ Murphy radio which changed the band from MW to SW and heard Radio Switzerland with the news in English.  Shortly afterwards I acquired a communications receiver and began to DX broadcast stations.  I built up a collection of QSL cards which I still have from such exotic locations as Iraq, Indonesia and Vietnam.  I listened avidly to such programmes as the Happy Station on Radio Nederland (see image directlt below).  Each week I purchased the Irish Press for its weekly DX column and scanned the pages of Practical Wireless for its shortwave DX tips.  I was never much of a radio constructor but when Iwas about 16 my parents bought me a Phillips electronics kit from which it was possible to make small radios, amplifiers and other electronic gadgets using the components which were held on the board by spring clips.  My experiences with the soldering iron have not been so successful. In 1969 on completing my degree Scan0003at Cardiff I went out on a three year tour to Zambia.  I was posted to a bush school 100 miles from the nearest tarred road.  Here the radio became essential as a means of keeping in touch with Britain and the world.  I bought an Eddystone radio in Lusaka and listened to the BBC World Service as well as Radio RSA, the Rhodesian Broadcasting Corporation and of course LM Radio – the Radio Luxemburg of Southern Africa.  In 1973 I moved to Northern Nigeria and spent the next six years working in education in Sokoto State.  That’s where I fell through a roof rigging a television aerial so that we could receive television from North Africa when the local Scan0004television transmitter went off the air.  A month in hospital with a broken pelvis taught me to avoid going up on roofs to erect antennas. So far I had only been a radio listener.  However in 1980 I changed continents and went off to Santiago to head up the language department in a British school in the Chilean capital.  Here was a new world of radio with Bolivian, Peruvian and Colombian stations on the tropical bands.  I also picked up QSL cards from them.  Soon after my arrival in Chile I got married to Linda, a Chilean girl (Photo below left), and persuaded her that she would enjoy becoming a radio amateur.  Love is a wonderful thing and together we went off to the Radio Club de Chile where we attended the courses and both passed our novice and general class licences.  I became CE3EYN and she was CE3EYO.....

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Sunspots (or lack of!) ...& DX

Whats unusual about the current Sunspot Cycle is that we have now seen more than 750 days where there have been no Sunspots at all. Some suggested this lack of Sunspots could even go to someway in explaining Global Warming. Solar_FlareThey also suggested that the strength in the Magnetic Field of the Sunspots was decreasing with time and that they may even completely vanish by 2015! The research into the gathered data and experiments made the scientists ask what was different between this Solar Cycle and previous ones. The results and information gathered is truly fascinating and for detailed account of this, check out this article featured in ‘EOS’. It will either please you – or not as the case may be!

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As you are aware like many others out there, I am very active on HF and most days I am qrv in one mode or another. I like to dabble on SSB, CW and RTTY. Conditions are generally poor but despite all the stories you hear, equinoxprom_eitthe DX is still out there, you just need patience to find it. DX Cluster is a good tool in seeing how busy the Bands are but lack of activity on there does not necessarily mean that the bands are closed. Conditions can also be strange and which part of the UK you are in can also play a big factor in what you can hear and/or work.

Take today for example. 17M sounded very busy on SSB and because of that i decided to try RTTY and put a call out on 17M ‘’CQ JA & Far East’’ (my favourite beam heading!). After working one guy in Italy and one hour later, that was it not a cracker. Not being deterred I switched to 20M and again chose RTTY as my mode of operation.......

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Welcome to my new Site!


Hi to all and thanks for viewing my new and improved website. It’s taken a lot of work to prepare this and having been nagged over the last few years to produce a 'proper website' then I hope this meets your requirements! I must say a big thanks to the guys for the help: Oliver MW0JRX, Tim M0URX and Anthony MW0JZE who have worked tirelessly to make this event a reality.m0oxo_2009

For those of you visiting my site for the first time, please check out the Menu to the left and also the sub-menu's within the main categories for loads of stuff mainly Amateur Radio orientated but not always! About me personally - well i am approaching the 'big 50' pretty soon and i am already retired, somewhat earlier than anticipated. I served 22 years as a South Yorkshire Police Officer before finishing through a serious back injury. I spend my time at home now enjoying this hobby to the max (and more according to my Wife!) and loving every minute. Within the hobby I am very active on the HF Bands and within my intrests are various programmes i enjoy. I am a representative for WFF World Flora Fauna and the founder member of the 'UK & Ireland Flora Fauna' Group. K800_wfflogoThis is very interesting to me and allows me to become portable now and again from Nature Reserves and National Parks within the UK as an 'activator'. I also enjoy the 'chase' too and seem to be doing OK with several of the Awards available claimed, the UK & Ireland Flora Fauna (GFF) Award being the latest.I also enjoy the activities of the DCI (Italian Castles Award), Lighthouse chasing and also IOTA which is my main passion. I enjoy the odd Contest too working under various groups such as the SCC (Strictly Contest Club), SRT (Strange Radio Team), the OCC (OXO Contest Club) and of course as M0OXO_2mentioned above MC0SHL (Strumble Head Contest & DX Group). I find that being a Member of several teams allows diversity and when one group doesn't offer the interests of one particular goal then another more than likely will! A lot more information about these items can be find if you have a browse through the new site which i hope you find of interest.

Also keeping me busy at home these days is being the UK (anywhere really!) representative for Gennady at 'UX5UO Qsl Card Printing'. Again this is another topic that you will find on the sidebar Menu of the new website. If you are looking for competitive Qsl Card prices feel free to contact me for samples without any obligation whatsoever.

This new site will offer many of the old pages in a newer format plus a lot of new stuff such as a 'Log Search' facility (for any of the Call signs I have used) and also a 'QSL Request Form' which should simplify matters rather than receiving an odd email usually without all relevant details. Also included will the DXpedition pages showing my Island activities around the UK with Ramsey Island, Wales being the most recent trip undertakenK800_OXO_Sign

The ‘Log Search’ facility that I touched on earlier will also be an added bonus on this site. Eventually I will have a full list of the call signs I use (or have used in the past) from various events and activities and all will be uploaded to Log Search. Once a call sign is entered it will search each and every Log within the system and give an immediate readout of all the stations you have worked with all the relevant band and mode data, a very useful tool for you for sure. It will also include logs for all the stations I manage too. This however will only be as up to date as the frequency that the logs have been sent to me by the managed stations.

Anyway there we go, nothing more to be said except again a big thanks to the lads at MC0SHL for their efforts and of course you, for taking the time to call in and view the new site. Many of the features listed may not immediately show much as it will take several months to get up to date so please be patient and allow a bit extra time for me to work on the site.

I hope everything will meet your approval so please don’t be shy and remember, sign the Guestbook, your comments are very much appreciated and welcome!

Thanks and kindest regards,

Charles MØOXO

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