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New Manual For DX'ers

Chris Colclough
Chris Colclough
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We have been informed through the DX Code Of Conduct website about a new  manual for DX'ers. Aimed primarily at new starters in the hobby, although some old hands will also learn from it, it has tips, hints and ideas on getting started in this part of the hobby. It can be found at;

http://dx-code.org/newdxer.pdf

Go and have a read and a look at the DX Code, as on our site below;

http://dx-code.org

All the guys in the group follow the code and we believe that all GOOD operators should also follow it.

See also our Links page for these 2 sites.

Ramsey 2010

Chris Colclough
Chris Colclough
Details A number of the photos taken from Ramsey Island 2010 are now on the Gallery. Please view and leave any comments in the guest book.

Group update

Chris Colclough
Chris Colclough
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Hello all,

Well a little update on what is happening within the group.

As some of you know Charles (M0OXO) and Chris (G1VDP) operated from the Farm over the past weekend (23rd to 29th March 2011) during the CQWPX weekend. Sadly none of the other guys could make it down so it was just Charles and Chris - with Rob (MW0RLJ) in attendance but he was very busy on the farm sowing the years crops. The 2 guys started in the contest but for some reason neither of them did a serious entry although Chris using MW9W did a bit more on 15M for some fun and a new prefix to the deserving, Charles was on 10M using MW0X and also gave the deserving a new prefix. DSC_1416The other reason the guys were there was to test out a new mast Rob has purchased for portable working, and to make and build the new 80M vertical for the groups trips and expeditions. Luckily the guys had good weather and some excellent sunsets were to be seen. Full report to follow.

Ant (MW0JZE) went on a seperate trip with some friends to the Island of Jersey where he operated as MJ0JZE for most of the weekend, but as it was also a stag do he did enjoy some of the local brew.

Tim (M0URX) was sadly unable to get the time off work, although as it happened he ended up being unable to get to work due to his car breaking down! So he operated from home in the contest and worked some new band slots and prefixes for himself.

Now onto OLi (MW0JRX). Oli has now flown from these shores and will only be joining the group from his new home in Australia, where he now holds the call VK8DX. Oli was active over the weekend and was worked by all of us over here in the UK. We wish Oli all the best and do miss him already.

Tony (G4LDL) was also unable to get down to the farm and was on from home, although he too was busy over the weekend and only managed a few contacts.

Villiam was active from Slovakia as OM0A and also had a good weekend on the air, and was worked by most of the boys for points in the contest.

The group are now planning the next Ramsey Island (EU-124) expedition, which this year will be a little earlier and will not be during the IOTA contest weekend - more details to follow. We also have members planning a trip to Timor Leste for September and a special IOTA activation with some friends from Australia and West Malaysia - again more info to follow.

There may also be a small activation from the farm at some point when the boys go to help Rob with his new mast and antenna building and installing.

We are also planning a big activation for October 2012, this is something we all will be involved with and are all looking forward to announcing as soon as we have more details.

An exciting year ahead for the group and they are certainly looking forward to getting on the air and working you all...

Seasons greetings

Chris Colclough
Chris Colclough
Details Well it is that time of year again, and we would like to send our anual greeting to all our radio friends.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddn Newydd

Buon Natale e Felice Anno Nuovo
Joyeux Noel et Bonne Annèe
Felices Pascuas y Feliz Año Nuevo
Vasel Koleda
Froehliche Weihnachten undein gluckliches Nues Jahr
Kala Christougenna Kieftihismenos O Kenowios Chronos
Boldoy Karácsonyt
Wesolych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia
Cestitamo Bozia
Boas Fiestas e um feliz Ano Novo
Nollaig Shona Dhuit
From all at the Strumble Head DX and Contest Group.

May we meet on the air sometime in 2011.

And remember we may be on the air sometime over the holiday period from the farm to celebrate the new year.

CQWW 2010 and Rob MW0RLJ

Chris Colclough
Chris Colclough
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Hello all,

Only a couple of us come down to the farm this year, Oli and Chris. Oli is doing a 20M entry using his own call MW0JRX, and Chris is going on either 10M or 40M with the MW9W call.

The weekend has not started too good though. Chris has had to take Rob to hospital as he was in agony with kidney stones. He has been kept in over night and will be having some treatment today. I am sure all our friends out in radio land wish him a speedy recovery as do we at the SHDXCG.

Chris has also had to go QRT today due to bad operating and stations calling when he has asked for another call - not even the letters in the callers call sign. This is just poor operating and until people start to listen and realise that they will get a contact quicker this will never stop. If you do hear people keep calling then do tell them how to operate correctly.

Many thanks and see you in the pile ups.

Ramsey Island EU-124 - Over for anothr year

Chris Colclough
Chris Colclough
Details Due to us not being able to get a strong signal and slow speeds on the mobile dongle this year, we have been unable to upload a daily blog whilst on the island. But we are now back at the farm.

Anthony and Oliver have returned home. Tim, Tony and Chris are spending an extra night at the farm before their long journey home. Rob and Jane have again provided fantastic company and hospitality once more - and all the boys cannot thank them enough.

A full write up and report will be on here, along with a galery of photos soon. All logs will be uploaded to LOTW this evening, and any QSL requests will be dealt with when Tim returns home.

DX Code of conduct

Chris Colclough
Chris Colclough
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This was recently printed in the GMDX group's digest. And as I have seen this in other publications I thought they would not mind if we borrowed it, certainly as this is what we all here at SHDXCG follow and believe in.


DX CODE OF CONDUCT


1. I WILL LISTEN, AND LISTEN, AND THEN LISTEN SOME MORE!!!


2. I WILL ONLY CALL IF I CAN COPY THE DX STATION PROPERLY.


3. I WILL NOT TRUST THE CLUSTER AND WILL BE SURE OF THE DX STATION'S
CALL SIGN BEFORE CALLING.


4. I WILL NOT INTERFERE WITH THE DX STATION NOR ANYONE CALLING HIM AND WILL NEVER TUNE UP ON THE DX FREQUENCY OR IN THE QSX SLOT.


5. I WILL WAIT FOR THE DX STATION TO END A CONTACT BEFORE CALLING
HIM.


6. I WILL ALWAYS SEND MY FULL CALL SIGN - MOST IMPORTANT. PLEASE STICK TO THIS ONE!


7. I WILL CALL AND THEN LISTEN FOR A REASONABLE INTERVAL. I WILL NOT
CALL CONTINUOUSLY.


8. I WILL NOT TRANSMIT WHEN THE DX OPERATOR CALLS ANOTHER CALL
SIGN, NOT MINE.


9. I WILL NOT TRANSMIT WHEN THE DX OPERATOR QUERIES A CALL SIGN NOT
LIKE MINE.


10. I WILL NOT TRANSMIT WHEN THE DX STATION CALLS OTHER
GEOGRAPHIC AREAS THAN MINE.


11. WHEN THE DX OPERATOR CALLS ME, I WILL NOT REPEAT MY CALL SIGN
UNLESS I THINK HE HAS COPIED IT INCORRECTLY.


12. I WILL BE THANKFUL IF AND WHEN I DO MAKE A CONTACT.


13. I WILL RESPECT MY FELLOW HAMS AND CONDUCT MYSELF SO AS TO EARN
THEIR RESPECT.

If everyone who calls us follows these then we will make alot more contacts and we will work you alot quicker.


Please only use your FULL call when calling in.

Many thanks and see you in the pile up next week.

 

Ramsey Island EU-124

Chris Colclough
Chris Colclough
Details GW - Ramsey Island EU-124 - Once again the Strumble Head DX and Contest Group are heading over the water to activate this rare Welsh coastal island. They will be on the air from 22nd July through to 26th or 27th July (all dependant on tides) using the club call MC0SHL. This trip also takes in the RSGB IOTA contest where they will be on the air using the club contest call MW9W over the weekend 24th and 25th July. Last year they tried to work as many Asian and Pacific stations as this is #18 most wanted on the IOTA listings for that area and they will again try to make as many contacts both before and during the contest. They will have 3 stations using the following equipment;

2 X Elecraft K3 Transceivers
1 X Yaesu FT2000
2 X G3TXQ Hexbeams (built by Ant MW0JZE)
80M Dipole
40M Vertical
3 X Acom 1000

The team will try to use MC0SHL on 17 and 12M during the contest to try to give as many contacts on these bands also. They will be on the air mostly in SSB, but with some RTTY and CW thrown in. This year the team will be Rob (MW0RLJ), Jane (Robs wife), Ant (MW0JZE), Oli (MW0JRX), Tim (M0URX), Chris (G1VDP) and Tony (G4LDL). Sadly Charles (M0OXO) is not joining them but will be acting as a pilot station and will be in contact with the team throughout the trip as they are taking mobile internet so they can get on skype and their website with updates. Full details and photographs of last years operation are on the groups website http://www.mc0shl.com where there may be live access to the station via webcam if they can get this up and running. All QSL requests should go via the teams manager M0URX (see http://www.m0urx.com) where there is on line request and details on how to get the QSL quicker. All logs will be uploaded to the ARRL Logbook of the World (LOTW) and Clublog upon getting back to the farm HQ on their return.

Royal Wedding 2

Chris Colclough
Chris Colclough
Details What a fantastic weekend.

The weekend started when Tim and I arrived on Thursday evening with the four of us - Tim (M0URX), Rob (MW0RLJ), Jane, and Chris (G1VDP) - all going for a meal at The Sloop pub, in the village of Porthgain, where we were joined by Jane's friend Carrie and her 2 children Rhianon and Gwynne.

A thouroughly enjoyable evening and top food.

The Friday saw us working and getting things prepared. Tim was running Jane around with food and drinks for the reception after the church service, and Chris being Rob's gofer around the farm.

In between the running around and getting things ready we did manage to get on the air. Friday evening saw Ant (MW0JZE), his wife Laura, and daughter Eleri arrive. Sadly Jane left us for th night to stay at her sisters as tradition says the bride and groom should not see each other on the day of the wedding until they arrive in church. So we had a few beers, fish and chips and relaxed. Oli (MW0JRX) and Lucia arrived late Friday. So the team were there to celebrate in style.

Saturday saw us setting up a small marquee, which nearly was a disaster as the roof was not in the box as it should have been. But again Rob came to the rescue and a tarpaulin was substituting the roof. The rest of the day was then spent just finishing off.

The time eventually came to go to the church and the wedding. What a fantastic service and reception.

The Saturday night was even better. The number of people who walked to the back of Rob's and saw the view where it took there breath away. The usual drinks and celebrations went on well in to the night, and it was around 4.30am before Chris and Ant decided to call it a night.

Sunday was clear up, nurse a hangover and suffer England crashing out of the Football World Cup (soccer to our American brothers) to Germany, congratulations gents and we will win the next one! HiHi.

Thanks to Rob and Jane for putting up with us again, and congratulations to you both from all the boys and girls of the Strumble Head DX and Contest Group.

A gallery with Photo's will be on here soon.

Royal Wedding

Chris Colclough
Chris Colclough
Details This is it folks.

The weekend has arrived.

Rob (Mw0RLJ) and Jane are getting married.139._our_host_rob_and_his_partner_jane

Almost all the team are heading down to the Farm for this wonderous occasion. Tim and Chris will be there this evening and enjoying the hospitality of the wonderful couple. Ant and his family arriving tomorrow, Oli and Lucy will also be there tomorrow. Villiam will be absent as it is his busy period at work.

And sadly Charles and his wife Debbie have had to cancel for a family emergency. All the groups thoughts are with them through this difficult time and we just hope all goes well on Friday.

The new boys will also be absent this time round, but Tony (G4LDL) will be with us for the Ramsey trip in a few weeks.

We are hoping to get on the air some time this weekend with the club call MC0SHL from the farm so do please listen for us and call in. We will be pleased to hear you over this special weekend.

Club activity update

Chris Colclough
Chris Colclough
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Hello all.

Things have been a little quiet for the guys from SHDXCG, but we have all been on the air at various times through out the past few months.

The big thing we have all been involved in is the planning for the Ramsey Island activation in July, and almost everything is now in place. Rob has made contact with the people who's boat we will be using to ship the team members and equipment over with, Oli has the laptops ready and working, Tim has got hold of the rotators we are going to be using (and negotiated a good deal with ML&S the suppliers), Ant is busy finishing the Hexbeams, Chris has sorted out the vehicle for the logistics and making the 80M dipole we will use this year, and sadly we will be without Charles on this trip - but in his place we will have Tony, G4LDL, who we have welcomed to the group and look forward to introducing to the island. Charles has kindly volunteered to act as a pilot for the group and will be our eyes and ears from the mainland.

But before this event we have a bigger celebration. At the end of June we have a wedding.

Rob
and Jane are getting married and we will all be attending to celebrate with them. There will be no radio operation - unless we get a spare 30 mins to put the 40M vertical up - this time around but we will be sharing the day with all our friends on here when we get home. We will have a new gallery with the photos and I guess a report (if any of us can remember the day! hihi).

So even though we are not on as a group, we are still active and planning.

See you all on the air.

CQ WPX Phone 2010

Chris Colclough
Chris Colclough
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Once agin in 2010 some of the team are heading down to the farm to have some fun and maybe enter the CQ WPX Phone contest. The boys will be there from 25th March through to the 30th March 2010.

DSC_0010This year they will be testing the G3TXQ Hexbeam built by Ant, MW0JZE, that will be available for use by DXpeditions - see Ants web page http://www.g3txq-hexbeam.com for details - and the usual vertical for 40M and maybe 80M will be erected so a couple of bands may be used.

Chris, G1VDP, will be trying his hand at RTTY and may take his 30M vertical for some fun on that band. All contacts are valid for the WAB, WFF and IOTA awards and we have a club QSL card available if requested. Chris will be looking for Japan and Asia on 17M RTTY - this is a most wanted on this band - but he will be taking calls from all callers. The only thing he asks is that the pile up behaves and does as he says or he will go QRT and no one will work him.

Logs will be uploaded to LOTW each evening and QSL requests via the groups QSL manager Tim, M0URX - see QSL page for details.

CQ WPX SSB Contest Results

Chris Colclough
Chris Colclough
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As in a previous posting Oliver and I were down at the farm at the end of March 2009 taking part in the CQ WPX Phone Contest. We both did a single band entry and the results have recently been published. We both did better than we thought and it looks like we have some more certificates to adorn the club shack walls.

MW9W (MW0JRX)world 3rd & Europe 3rd: single-op assisted, high power, 7MHz
MC0SHL (G1VDP); world 3rd & Europe 3rd: single-op assisted high-power 3.7MHz

Well done both.

This year again there will be single band entries in the CQ WPX, using both calls if there are enough operators there. Hope to work you on air some time.

New Years Shenanigans

Chris Colclough
Chris Colclough
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Lets start with wishing all readers a Happy New Year, and I hope you had as much fun as what we all did down in Wales.

December 31st 2009
Yes the weather held off and we made it to my friend Rob's place without incident. In fact we made it in record time, 4 hours for 240 miles, and there are alot of lanes at the Welsh end where you have to be careful as a bus/tractor/other vehicle could be coming the oposite way.

Rob_4When I arrived at Rob's he was the only person there, his wonderful partner Jane was at work and Ant and his family had not arrived. So a quick brew and a catch up with Rob before the fun and games. The weather was also being kind with glorious sunshine and but with a cold wind. Rob had just started his lambing season off and had 5 new arrivals up to new years eve.

Not long after Jane arrived and again it was a brew and a catch up (for those who don't know what a brew is it is a mug of tea - the drink to have socially anywhere). The plans were discussed as to what was happening that night and we got on preparing the meal and food for the rest of the guests to arrive.

Ant (MW0JZE), his wife Laura and Eleri, their daughter, arrived and again giving us even more to chat about and catch up on. This was all the team members now on scene and we sat chatting whilst the food was cooking. Rob and Jane had also invited 2 of their friends along for the meal, Rob's mate Phil and Janes friend Kath both arrived just in time for the food to be dished up. Again Jane had excelled herself with another The_gangdelicious meal.

The wine flowed freely as did the conversation, but as we were preparing to have dessert there was a phone call from Janes elderly father that their dog had escaped and could not be found. Jane and Kath went round there to see if they could help out and were soon back, the dog was in the fields adjoining the house and came back wagging its tail as if nothing was wrong. Crisis over we set about the Sherry Trifle - again all home made and absolutely delicious - especially the sherry bit!

That was just the start of the evening's fun. We had planned to go up into Fishguard and see Jane's son Peter and his friend - collectively known as Neon - play in the town square where the main celebrations for new year were taking place. Ant and Family, myself, Jane and Rob all jumped into Rob's Landrover for the short trip to the town, where I must admit it is not the comfiest of rides. But it was worth it, the town square was full Neon_4of revellers all ready to celebrate the New Year. Neon were on stage when we got there and they played a fantastic set, getting every one dancing and enjoying the event.

From what was said Fishguard's new year celebrations are in the top 5 places to celebrate within the UK, and from my experience I can see why. Everyone was friendly and there were no silly iddiots pushing and shoving being drunken louts. Just people having fun, dancing and singing along to the band. Revelers_in_the_square_1







We decided to leave before midnight and return to the farm. A good move as this meant we could all have a drink and celebrate the midnight hour in our own way. The warmth of the farmhouse was most welcoming, and we soon got settled in for the night.


Firework_9Rob let off some fireworks in the field and we then sat and chatted. The girls and Rob went off to bed leaving Ant and I chatting about the plans for Ramsey Island in the summer, and maybe CQWW from the farm in October. The next thing we knew Rob was getting up for a cup of tea at 4am - his farmers clock where he wakes early - and we were still sat there chatting. Ant went to bed and soon after I followed to my room.

January 1st 2010
When I got up I was expecting to be the last as it was late morning, but it turned out I was the first one up, apart from Rob who still had to tend to his sheep and animals on the farm. The good news was that one of his sheep had had her lamb overnight and both were doing well. The weather was glorious, bright sunshine and quite warm. We sat on the small patio area at the rear of the farm house to have a cuppa and it was quite pleasant, but this was to change.Sunset_1

Mid afternoon and it started to snow, and boy did it come down. By 4pm it was about 50cm thick, and this is unusual for down in this part of the UK. As night fell it carried on snowing and the conditions got worse and worse. We had our evening meal and watched TV, with one eye on the weather.

January 2nd 2010
The next morning it was again bright sunshine and this started to melt some of the snow. Ant looked on the internet to check the roads and driving conditions. The main roads were clear of the snow and looked Ok to drive on, butthe lanes would be bad.

As I needed to get back on the Saturday for another new years do we decided to chance it. Loaded the cars and away we went, leaving Rob and Jane once more. I followed Ant out to the main roads, and the lanes were bad. A few times I had the rear end of the BMW stepping out - rear wheel drive - but managed to control it and keep the car the correct side up!

By the time we got to Llanelli the snow had virtually gone, and by Swansea on the M4 not a thing. But in the hills and valleys it looked like a Christmas card. Lots of snow and very picturesque. All the way back to the midlands it was sunny and warm, then when I got to Birmingham it rained, which does go to show that Jasper carrot was right all those years ago when he said "Where it always rains!"

So that was my new year. Lots of fun and great company. I would like to thank Rob and Jane for putting us all up and once more to Jane for her fantastic cooking and meals. To Ant, Laura and Eleri for their wonderful company. And to all of them for the fantastic New Year fun. Lots of laughs had bya all. And just as a warning Rob, I am planning to come down again next year (If that's OK?)....Rob_and_Jane

   
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