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Monthly Group Update.

Chris Colclough
Chris Colclough

Hello to all our readers. Just a brief update on what we are all up to and going to be doing over the next month or so.

new to qslinCharles (M0OXO) has been busy on his website with his QSL manager work and writing a new "How to QSL Correct" page. Always well worth book marking his page and visiting regularly (daily for me) as he not only includes information from off the radio but his blog has interesting reading and links to other facinating items. Charles also operated as MQ0OXO making 4050 contacts from home. He also assisted with GB60HRH where he managed to make 1034 contacts in one day.

Tim (M0URX) is also a busy boy with his QSL managing. Like Charles he has a website where you can find information about QSLing and QSL card printing, again bookmark the site and visit regularly for updates. He has also been on the air working the DX that most people say just isn't there.

Ant (MW0JZE) is busy with Hexbeam orders. Not only has he been building for his customers but he is building one for the group expedition to Ramsey Island in July. He is also helping his wife with starting a new business and building123 Over the antennas websites for both the Hexbeam and Laura's venture - watch this space for more news on this.

Rob (MW0RLJ) has as usual been hard at work down on the farm. We are trying to convince him to do a write up on what is happening to keep you guys up to date with a farmers year, and what actually happens down there. But he does find time for the radio having a almost daily chat with Jim E51JD in the Cook Islands. One of Rob's boys also got married recently so he and Jane both attended this event, and all the remaining members of the group wish Tryst and his new wife Tor all the best for the future.

Tony (G4LDL) is just as busy with his work, though he should be retired now but is such a specialist within his industry DSC 3586that he is now having to work almost as hard as before he retired.

Chris (G1VDP) has been out and about. During the Queens Diamond Jubilee event he was on the air as GQ1VDP on digi modes only - mostly RTTY - making a small number of QSO's (796 to be exact) but enjoyed his time on air. Not only this but as can be seen below he visited Englands capital city, London, to join in with the celebrations and visit HMS Belfast where he operated as GB60ER.

So what have the group got planned over the next month? 

Firstly Rob and Jane will be celebrating their 2nd wedding anniversary on the 26th June, and all the boys wish them the very best and may this be one of many. I guess we will have to plan something to celebrate with them when we get to Ramsey Island.DSC 0294

On 30th June listen out for GB2RN on SSB and DATA modes as it could be Chris (G1VDP) on the mic/keyboard. He has been invited to join and visit HMS Belfast group to activate this historic ship. He will be there for the whole day so please do call in and say hello. If you make contact please do follow the QSL instructions on the GB2RN website.

From 12th July through to the 16th July Rob, Ant, Charles, Chris, and Jane will be on Ramsey Island (EU-124) for their annual trip. This year they are doing a light activation but will also have digi mode facilities so Charles and Chris will be using RTTY for some fun on the various bands. We are also thinking of using 40M on the Sunday for inter G contacts, something we have not tried before. So listen out for MC0SHL and again follow the QSLing route on this website. Remember we are big believers in the DX Code of Conduct and ask all who call us to follow this and point others to the document. It is not hard but more a courtesy to fellow hams. What we would also like is for as many first time contacts with us, so if you worked the boys on 20M previously then hold off and work us on a different band giving the ones who have not worked us before the chance for the new cocontact.

Logo EUTim also will be the QSl manager for the CY9M trip to St Paul Island (NA-094) at the end of July. He again requests that you follow the instructions on the webpage for your QSl requests. Please also respect the DX Code of Conduct when calling in to this one. And if you hear bad operating then do point the culprits to the DX Code website!

Ant and Chris are also planning a trip to Lundy Island (EU-120) with John (M5JON) and Peter (M0ILT) in October. This will be a 2 station activation and more details will be announced nearer the time. Keep an eye on the DX New Sheets for full details this next week or so.


One or two other special event stations will be on the air throughout the year where the boys will be involved with their local groups.