Monthly Archive for March, 2013

FOC QSO Party – 23rd March 2013

I was encouraged to take part in this event by Derek G3NKS, an active contester and friend from the Cheltenham Amateur Radio Association.

The QSO party isn’t a contest and it runs for the full 24 hours. This particular one was in March, though there is another later in the year.  I got on the air by lunchtime as I had a number of errands to run in the morning.

Ultimately as I am not an FOC member although I can work anyone only QSOs with FOC members score ‘points’. The exchange to send is signal report and name, with members sending their membership number.

It was a thoroughly enjoyable few hours spent on 80/40/20/15m working all who called me. A total of 119 QSOs were made and I am looking forward to the next one.

 

70MHz Cumulative #2 – 10th March 2013

This event began the moment that the Commonwealth contest finished. As such I was a little late getting started as I needed to grab another mug of tea and stretch my legs from the previous 4 hours in the chair! As I recall this is the first time I have rolled from one contest straight into another on the same day.

As it was Mother’s Day 70MHz was very quiet, though I did hear what sounded like BPSK31 towards the lower end of the band.

Just 5 QSOs in all, but a new callsign or two, best DX was G3TCU over in IO91. I did spend a fair bit of time CQing, both SSB and CW, but after an hour and a half I needed a break from radio so broke for an early lunch. I am working on a plan to get out /P on 70MHz but it’s only very slowly moving forward with balancing against all the other commitments.

Here’s the map:


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Hopefully there will be a bit more activity next time.

RSGB Commonwealth Contest 2013

For me this is the highlight of the year. While the rates don’t match those found in the world-wide events this contest has another appeal. It’s one 24 hour period per year where there are some interesting DX stations active who are looking solely for other Commonwealth Countries, which in practical terms is G and VE for the large areas of activity.

Looking back on last year I made 103 QSOs, which put me in a much better place overall than any previous scores. This time I put a lot more time in the chair and a lot more effort on all the bands.

It’s difficult to pull out particular highlights, other than working 9X0NH on two new bands and the many other new band slots filled. On Saturday evening I did set myself a goal of 200, which I didn’t quite meet, but there is always next year. I only had a few callers from EU and NA, in fact the NA caller did get a 5NN from me and a chuckle as I wondered if he knew what BERU was all about. 😉

Statistics for the Commonwealth Contest 2013

Statistics for the Commonwealth Contest 2013

This is a list of the distinct callsigns worked, there are 97 stations, only two of whom I worked on all 5 bands. There are plenty of gaps that I have worked in previous years, for example I only heard a single ZS1 this time, no other ZS call areas. Still a brilliant contest and one which will I hope will continue for many years to come.

9H3ET 5 80 CW - 40 CW - 20 CW - 15 CW - 10 CW
VO1RAC 5 80 CW - 40 CW - 20 CW - 15 CW - 10 CW
C4I 4 80 CW - 40 CW - 20 CW - 10 CW
C4Z 4 80 CW - 20 CW - 15 CW - 10 CW
CF3A 4 80 CW - 40 CW - 20 CW - 15 CW
VE3EJ 4 80 CW - 40 CW - 20 CW - 15 CW
VE3JM 4 80 CW - 40 CW - 20 CW - 15 CW
VE9AA 4 80 CW - 40 CW - 20 CW - 15 CW
VE9ML 4 80 CW - 40 CW - 20 CW - 15 CW
VO2AAA 4 80 CW - 40 CW - 20 CW - 15 CW
ZF2XF 4 80 CW - 40 CW - 20 CW - 10 CW
5H3EE 3 40 CW - 20 CW - 15 CW
6Y6T 3 40 CW - 20 CW - 15 CW
GB5CC 3 40 CW - 20 CW - 15 CW
J34G 3 40 CW - 20 CW - 10 CW
J88DR 3 40 CW - 15 CW - 10 CW
VA3DX 3 40 CW - 20 CW - 15 CW
VA3RAC 3 40 CW - 20 CW - 15 CW
VE3CX 3 40 CW - 20 CW - 15 CW
VE3KI 3 40 CW - 20 CW - 15 CW
VE3MM 3 40 CW - 20 CW - 15 CW
VE3OI 3 40 CW - 20 CW - 15 CW
VE3RZ 3 40 CW - 20 CW - 15 CW
VE9HF 3 40 CW - 20 CW - 15 CW
VK4CT 3 40 CW - 20 CW - 15 CW
VP9/G4CWH 3 40 CW - 20 CW - 15 CW
VU2PTT 3 20 CW - 15 CW - 10 CW
VY2SS 3 40 CW - 20 CW - 15 CW
7Q7BP 2 15 CW - 10 CW
9J2BO 2 20 CW - 10 CW
9X0NH 2 15 CW - 10 CW
VA3EC 2 40 CW - 15 CW
VE1DX 2 20 CW - 15 CW
VE1OP 2 40 CW - 20 CW
VE1RAC 2 40 CW - 20 CW
VE1RSM 2 40 CW - 15 CW
VE1ZJ 2 20 CW - 15 CW
VE2AEJ 2 20 CW - 15 CW
VE3CES 2 20 CW - 15 CW
VE3CRG 2 20 CW - 15 CW
VE3FH 2 20 CW - 15 CW
VE3KZ 2 40 CW - 15 CW
VE3TA 2 20 CW - 15 CW
VE3TG 2 20 CW - 15 CW
VE3USP 2 40 CW - 20 CW
VE3VA 2 20 CW - 15 CW
VE7JH 2 20 CW - 15 CW
VE7RAC 2 20 CW - 15 CW
VK2BJ 2 40 CW - 20 CW
VK2IM 2 20 CW - 15 CW
VK4BUI 2 20 CW - 15 CW
VK6LW 2 40 CW - 10 CW
VO1GO 2 20 CW - 15 CW
VP2EC 2 20 CW - 15 CW
ZB2EO 2 20 CW - 15 CW
ZS1EL 2 15 CW - 10 CW
5B4AHJ 1 15 CW
5N7M 1 20 CW
5X1XA 1 15 CW
9H1XT 1 20 CW
C4SIG 1 10 CW
G0HDB 1 15 CW
G3UJE 1 15 CW
G3XSV 1 20 CW
G4GZG 1 15 CW
VA2WA 1 15 CW
VA3DDX 1 15 CW
VA3GUY 1 20 CW
VA7ST 1 20 CW
VE1AL 1 20 CW
VE1JBC 1 20 CW
VE2AWR 1 20 CW
VE2FK 1 15 CW
VE3IAE 1 20 CW
VE3IGJ 1 20 CW
VE3KKZ 1 20 CW
VE3NE 1 40 CW
VE3OSZ 1 20 CW
VE3XN 1 20 CW
VE5SF 1 20 CW
VE6BF 1 20 CW
VE6LB 1 20 CW
VE6WQ 1 20 CW
VE7CC 1 40 CW
VE7IO 1 20 CW
VK3IO 1 20 CW
VK4SN 1 15 CW
VK4XY 1 20 CW
VK6VZ 1 20 CW
VK7BO 1 20 CW
VK7GN 1 20 CW
VO1TA 1 10 CW
VU2BGS 1 20 CW
ZB2CW 1 15 CW
ZF2LC 1 20 CW
ZL2YL 1 15 CW
ZL6HQ 1 20 CW

144MHz UKAC – 5th March 2013

This was quite a successful evening in reality. Not my best QSO count, but had to take time out of the contest to speak to the folks. Always an inconvenient time 😉

Was very pleased to work GI4SNA for a new DXCC and a new square (IO64), GD8EXI was a very good signal from IO74. Best DX was MM0GPZ/P in IO85, and even worked G3MEH over to the East – certainly my worst direction from this QTH.

25 QSOs in total, 4 DXCCs and 9 grids squares for 23031 points according to Minos Logger.

Obligatory map follows:


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Hopefully do it again next month.