Well I had my first qrv session with the special prefix (MOØ) this weekend. After lots of Shack/Software/Hardware issues I wasn’t sure I would ever get there but by 0720 Friday morning was my first call on 20m SSB as MOØOXO.
Things went OK with good runs into EU and Asia but not much DX initially. I soon moved up to 17m and worked VK and the odd JA but by 0900 I was settled for a good session on 15m. First in the log was WE8A/ KH0 with a real fb signal followed by plenty in RA, UA and a lot of Western Europe. The band opened to JA and a very good number logged with loud sigs plus several HL. I even managed a 10 watts to 10 Watts qso with JR4DFK – 57 reports both ways – amazing!
I tried 40m about midday but it didn’t ‘do it’ for me so pretty quickly moved back to 17m for another JA opening. I wasn’t disappointed and finished at 1330 with 611 q’s, 155 were Japan. Qsl’s are printed and via MØOXO OQRS.
I was born in the 1960’s and have lived all my life in the Coal Mining Town of Barnsley in South Yorkshire, Northern England. My parents were all from this area of Yorkshire and my father worked in the main Industry of the local Collieries as a face worker. I have been married to my wife Debbie for 35+ years and we have two children and two grandchildren.
I have been licensed for around 20 years after my interest was re-kindled when I retired from my role as a Police Officer within South Yorkshire Police Force. The latter few years were spent as Radio Operator in the Force Operations Control Room at Sheffield, before my career ended.
IOTA chasing is (and always has been) my real passion, as climbing the ladder to reach Honour Roll status was always my main aim. The 1000 Islands Trophy is still out of reach but I am heading in the right direction. I am currently a Board Member of IOTA Ltd and IREF.
In my free time I am a keen Photographer of Wildlife, Aviation, (anything really) but the QSL Manager role is my main passion within Ham Radio.