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GS3PYE/P on the Isle of Mull 2015

May 8, 2015 Comments off

GrasspointI’ll be travelling to the Scottish Isles with Camb-Hams again this year.

We will be returning to Grasspoint IO76EJ on the Isle of Mull (EU-008) and operating as GS3PYE/P from 15-21 May 2015.

Camb-Hams have been activating the Scottish Isles each year since 2008 and we will be travelling to the Isle of Mull again in 2015. Eleven operators will be active with multiple stations on HF on 3.5-28MHz SSB, CW, RTTY and PSK with dipoles and verticals and up to 400W if necessary.

VHF activity will be on 50MHz, 70MHz and 144MHz, all bands QRO with sizeable antennas.

VHF activity will be mainly JT6m or ISCAT on 50MHz, FSK441 on 70MHz and FSK441 and JT65b (for EME) on 144MHz, but SSB and CW is also possible, especially in any sporadic E propagation openings. Other modes by agreement. If internet connectivity allows, the VHF operators will monitor ON4KST Chat for terrestrial activity and N0UK JT65 chat for EME. You can submit your VHF sked requests online here: http://tiny.cc/gs3pyesked

Satellite operations on 2m & 70cm will use an Icom IC-910 and X-Quad antennas mounted on a fully automatic AZ/EL tracking system. We will likely be heard on JAS-2 (FO-29), OSCAR 7 (AO-7), SAUDISAT 1C (SO-50) and FUNcube-1 (AO-73).

The team will be active in the 80m CW CC event on the 21st May and in the 144MHz contest on the 16th and 17th. We may do very short side trips to Iona (EU-008) and the Treshnish Isles (EU-108), and probably some SOTA activations too. We’ll announce these nearer the time on the website.

Please QSL only via OQRS on ClubLog for direct or bureau cards.
Do not send any cards direct or via the bureau.

Most importantly, we are a group of good friends doing what we enjoy, so please give us a call and enjoy the trip with us. We will be active on the major social networks before, during and after the trip. You can check on progress and interact with the operators via our blog at dx.camb-hams.com or through TwitterFacebook and YouTube.

Update : We had an excellent DXpedition to Mull, making a total of 10299 QSO’s on bands from 80m to 70cm. Photographs are available in my GS3PYE/P Mull 2015 gallery.

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GS3PYE/P on the Isle of Lewis 2014

March 18, 2014 Comments off

LewisI’ll be travelling to the Scottish Isles with Camb-Hams again this year.

We will be operating GS3PYE/P from the Isle of Lewis (IOTA EU-010) on 26 April – 3 May 2014.

Camb-Hams have been activating the Scottish Isles each year since 2008 and will be travelling to the Isle of Lewis in the Scottish Outer Hebrides in 2014. Thirteen operators will be active on all bands and many modes from 4m to 80m, 2m & 70cm for Satellites and 2m & 23cm for EME.

The HF bands will be covered by five simultaneous stations, while the 6m & 4m stations will have a great take-off towards the UK and Europe from the island’s northern tip in IO68 square. All stations will be able to run at the full UK power limit.

EME operations will use 150W to 55 elements on 23cm and 400W to 17 elements on 2m. Primarily on JT65 but also available for CW skeds – if your station is big enough.

Satellite operations on 2m & 70cm will use X-Quad antennas and a fully automatic Az/El tracking system. Activity is planned on AO-7 (mode B), VO-52, FO-29, SO-50 & AO-73.

Contest operations will take place in the RSGB 70MHz UKAC on 29 April.

A number of the group hope to make an extra trip to operate as GS6PYE/P from the Shiant Isles (IOTA EU-112). They are aiming for afternoon/early evening operations on 28 April, but may switch to 30 April if the weather is bad.

The group will be active on HF mobile and APRS as they travel, starting on 25 April.
All the up-to-date plans and progress will be on dx.camb-hams.com

Most importantly, we are a group of good friends doing what we enjoy, so please give us a call and enjoy the trip with us. We will be active on the major social networks before, during and after the trip. You can check on progress and interact with the operators via our blog at dx.camb-hams.com or through Twitter, Facebook and YouTube .

Please email skeds-2014@camb-hams.com to arrange skeds on the more challenging bands and modes. VHF and EME skeds will also be made via ON4KST, HB9Q (1296) and N0UK’s EME Chat (144). All links are available via dx.camb-hams.com

Update : We had an excellent DXpedition to Lewis and the Shiant Isles.
Photographs are available in my GS3PYE/P Lewis 2014 and GS3PYE/P Shiants 2014 galleries and a  video of us operating GS6PYE/P from the Shepherds Hut on the Shiant Isles is available on YouTube. You might also enjoying watching our boat ride back form the Shiants after the weather changed a bit.

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GS3PYE/P on the Isle of Mull 2013

March 16, 2013 Comments off

GS3PYE-P Mull 2013I’ll be travelling to the Scottish Isles with Camb-Hams again this year.

We will be operating GS3PYE/P from the Isle of Mull (IOTA EU-008) on 10-16 May 2013.

Camb-Hams have been activating the Scottish Isles each year since 2008 and we will be retuning to the Isle of Mull in 2013. Thirteen operators will be active on all bands and many modes from 2m to 160m. We will also be active on 472KHz for the first time.

The HF bands will be covered by five simultaneous stations, while the 6m, 4m and 2m stations will have a great take-off towards the UK and Europe from the island’s south-east coast in IO76 square. We will have an antenna elevation system for 2m EME activity and will also be on many of the VHF/UHF satellite passes. WSPR beacons will be operating on most of the inactive bands to help find the best propagation.

Contest operations will take place in 70MHz CW on 12 May and 432MHz UKAC on 14 May.

We will be active on the major social networks before, during and after the trip. You can check on progress or interact with the operators via their blog at dx.camb-hams.com or through Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. Previous trips have generated some great audio and video recordings of the GS3PYE/P signal from around the world. Check the previous blogs and the YouTube channel and see if you can post a better recording.

Please email skeds-2013@camb-hams.com to arrange skeds on the more challenging bands and modes. VHF and EME skeds will also be made via ON4KST and N0UK’s EME Chat. All links are available via dx.camb-hams.com

Update : We had an excellent DXpedition to Mull, making a total of 16226 QSO’s on bands from 600m to 625nm. Photographs are available in my GS3PYE/P Mull 2013 gallery.

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Why Write a Blog ?

June 28, 2011 Comments off

I spent some time recently experimenting with the options in WordPress and adding RSS feeds for RSGB News, RSGB IOTA Activations and the WA7BNM Contest Calendar because I find those sources of information interesting and useful. I also noticed from the WordPress Site Stats that I hadn’t posted anything for a while. This observation turned into a gentle pressure to post something, but … should I post something regularly or just post something if/when I’ve got something to say?

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Dayton from a Distance

May 27, 2011 2 comments

With a few weeks to go, it looked like I might be working in the United States just a few days before Dayton Hamvention 2011, so surely I’d be able to attend this year. No, didn’t happen. My travel plans changed and I missed it again. Maybe next year?

Not attending Dayton used to mean that you had to get the news from people who had attended, or read the next issue of your favourite radio magazine to find out what you’d missed at the Hamvention. But not attending Dayton isn’t quite the same today as it used to be.

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