A nice suprise in the mail this morning as you can see! 9th place overall and 1st place (Country Winner) for the UK.
I think it’s my second only Contest ‘win’ for Digital Modes so very happy to receive the Award.
Congratulations to all who took part, hope to meet you again next year on screen.
73 de Charles
Stations who have requested Qsl cards (Direct or Online System) for VP8DMN please be patient for a few days longer. I am awaiting delivery of Cards from Michael (G7VJR) for his trip to the Falkland Islands and expect should be with me in a few days time.
As soon as the cards are received I will have them dispatched within 24 hours, sri for any inconvenience caused by the Qsl Manager change.
73 de Charles
John Dunnington G3LZQ, arrived on Rodrigues Island (IOTA AF-017) on the 5th March where he will remain until the second of April. No coincidence of course that the trip coincides with the RSGB Commonwealth Contest this weekend.
John has suffered delays with equipment which arrived late but all are now on the Island. He spent most of yesterday building antennas and at sundown still had a little work to do. All things being equal we should expect him to be qrv from today upon completion of the antenna build.
John is a CW only Op. and he will be concentrating on low band activity where possible using the callsign 3B9WR. Qsl Cards (left) will be available on his return via G3LZQ.
Good luck John!
….and over the last few weeks we have been busy running the special event station for Antarctic Activity Week.
Operating times and modes varied but all in all it was a good event and was well attended as regards contacts. This Year we worked 2602 q’s which was one of the better years we have had bringing our total qso’s to 12654 for GB0ANT. For me the highlight was last week on 15M.
It was early for 15M but I started call on SSB at around 0740utc. It started very quiet for a few minutes and then there was a rash of activity from Asia with Ukraine, Asiatic Russia and Kazakhstan stations flying in very strong. I was very surprised to hear a VU calling but he wasn’t too strong and therefore didn’t make the grade to gain a place in my log. Shortly after than I was called by JR1NHD (Foto Right) from Kanagawa prefecture in Japan. We had a brief exchange and then all hell broke loose, what a pile up of JA! Its several Years since i have worked into JA and received such a fearsome response.
One after another then got into the log and they just kept coming. Strange as it was, there were none of the ‘usual suspects’ in the mix either, many of them new entries in the logbook.
At 0834 I logged the last two stations JR4CEB and JA2LHG from Japan which brought a total of 71 JA stations in the brief window, what a run! (Extract of Logbook shown below for those who may not quite believe it!)
Lets pray that things continue as they are now for a long time whether we are climbing out of the Solar Minimum or whether we are not. Its certainly a big boost to anyone’s enthusiasm when DX such as that can be worked on the higher band for a change.
Thanks to all the guys that worked and the team that operated during the week, it was a good event this Year and lets hope that we have many more in the Years to comes as AAW (Antarctic Activity Week) grows stronger, bigger and better.
Thanks (to Japan!) and 73 to all….de Charles….
Sri for the short notice on this one!
Charles MØOXO & Ian MØIAA will be Qrv as GBØWFF on Tuesday 2nd March 2010 from the Derbyshire Dales Nature Reserve (GFF-091 [new]) and on Wednesday 3rd March 2010 from the Lower Derwent Valley (GFF-010 [new]).
Antennas will be Dipoles at 10M and running barefoot from the Yaesu FT-897D. All being well and pending any disasters on the day we should be qrv around or just before 12.00 UTC.
**Areas may be subject to change on the day due to Snow and other WX issues.
Qsl as always will be via M3ZYZ / MØOXO and bureau cards can be requested via the On-Line Qsl Request Form (OQRF).
All other Qsl options such as paying via Paypal for Direct Cards can be found by clicking here. Photo’s of the trip will also be found in the World Flora Fauna section of this website in the coming days.
73 & 44 de Charles