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CQWW DX Phone Contest 2009 - Guest Operators

Chris Colclough
Chris Colclough

We would like to announce this years Guest operators at the SHDXCG CQWW Phone contest activation.

Tony_G4LDL_and_wifeIan McCarthy G3YBY
Tony Bettley G4LDLNew_friends_being_made

Above; Tony and his wife at the CDXC dinner 2009

Right; Ian in the corner at the CDXC dinner 2009

Both have become good friends of Chris (G1VDP) and Tim (M0URX) through their connection with CDXC. Both live in the Swindon area and are members of Swindon club. Ian spends some of the year at his home in France and holds a French call, and has been part of the French HQ team in the IARU contest. Tony has been a member of the Swindon Clubs Contest team for many years and has plenty of experience to bring with him to assist the boys in being a winning team.

All the guys in the SHDXCG welcome them along and are looking forward to getting stuck in to the contest in October.

CQWPX 2009 Phone and Updates on Activity

Chris Colclough
Chris Colclough
Well we seem to have had a busy couple of weeks since the CDXC dinner. 

It all started with a trip down to the farm to take part in  the CQ WPX Phone contest. Chris did a single band high powerwpx_friday_2009entry on 80M, using the club call MC0SHL, and Oli entered on 40M using the club call MW9W. And what a weekend it was. Not only did we enter the contest but Chris also made, with help from Ant MW0JZE who joined us for the Thursday to set up the 80M antenna, a 30M 1/4 wave vertical - ground mounted with 4 radials - which worked pretty well. We managed to make 379 QSO's on 30M RTTY between the 26 March and the 30th March, not bad to say the boys were in the contest for most of the operating time. We also managed a few contacts on other bands using the 40M and 80M verticals tuned through the Palstar AT2K ATU, ending the full weekend with over 500 RTTY qso's.

Best DX on 30M was probably into Japan, but we also managed to work a number of US stations also. The next time I am down there I will also bbe setting up the antenna and radio again just to have some fun working this mode on this band. Chris is also on 30M RTTY working from home most days, although he doesn't have the room for the vertical he can get a inverted V dipole in and now has that up and running.

We were lucky with the weather too. Though it did rain as Chris was driving down. He set off from home at 04:00 and drove all the way down to the England/Wales border with clear skies, as soon as he got into Wales it started raining. And the Rough_seas_1_This_cliff_is_about_50ft_highrain lasted all the way down to Rob's. But after a welcome cup of tea and a catch up with Ant and Rob the rain stopped and we were able to work on the antenas in relatively warm conditions, all be it slightly windy - or should that be blowing a hooley?The skies had cleared and we had a clear day to erect the antennas and the sunset on this evening was stunning, and the photo's do not do it justice. 

The following week Chris was on holiday from work and managed to clean up his shack a little. And he entered the EA DX RTTY contest too. This was over the weekend of the 4th and 5th of April. Again only having the antennas for low bands I set out my stall on 40M and had lots of fun. Probably my best DX this time round was again out in to Asia, with a lot of US stations. Most contacts were with Europe, and I thank every one who called me for the contacts and points.

There then followed the 80M Club Championships organised by the RSGB. These allow all club members to get on the air from their home stations and pool their scores. These run from January through to July and are of short duration, only 90 minutes on alternating evenings through the month, and comprise of a CW, SSB and Data legs. Charles and ChrisMW0JRX_on_40M_SSB_Before_contest have been entering these events since January, and Ant and other team members are now joining in as they get their 80M antennas up in the air. Sadly Charles has been commited to another club for the past few years, but it does put a little friendly rivalry in to the contests - especially after each event we compare how we have done. As a club we are slightly behind Charles other club, but as there has only been a couple of us entering we feel we have done well. Maybe in next years club champs we will be top 10 all the way.

Then this Easter weekend Chris entered the UBA Spring contest. This is a slightly different type of contest and he only entered for some fun. You have to make contact with Belgian stations only on 80M SSB, and Chris' score - looking at previous years - will hopefully put him in the top 5 foreign stations.

Happy Easter to you all. And don't forget to look out for the club members on the air - especially on Wednesday evening 15th April as it is the SSB leg of the 80M Club Champs, see http://www.vhfcc.org/hfcc/rules/2009/r80mcc.shtml for full rules and information.


CQWPX Weekend brief report

Chris Colclough
Chris Colclough

Thats it for another year. CQWPX Phone weekend is over.

This morning we took down the 80M vertical - which was a lot quicker than erecting it - without incidence. All the bits have been put away in to storage until we come down again in July for the IOTA weekend and CQWW in October.

We have left the 40M and 30M verticals up as Chris is staying on another day and wants to have some more fun on the bands. A full report and photographs will appear on here before the end of the week, and all logs will be uploaded to LOTW as soon as Chris gets home.

Many thanks to all who worked either MC0SHL before, during, and after the contest. And a big thank you to all who called or worked Oli - MW9W - on 40M during the contest assisting him to (hopefully) have a top 10 World score for Single Op 40M activation.

See you all at the next one, and remember to leave a comment in the guest book if you enjoyed the site.

GW4OH CQ WPX Events & Lessons Learnt The Hard Way!

Anthony David
Anthony David

Hi guys and fellow hams/surfers!

Well after a trip to Rob’s farm to help Rob and Chris erect the 80 and 30m verticals I returned home to give a solo effort from home a bash.

Plan was to use a ¼ vertical with 2 tuned raised radials and a Windom antenna to get the best of DX and inter G and EU. This did work to some extent but I had not used the Windom for quite some time and should have tested it better! The antenna caused quite a bit of RF to the PC which in turn caused problems to the radio! After crawling around on my knees under the desk in the early hours of the morning I managed to fit some RF chokes to cure this in a fashion, I could only run 250 watts but this was not a problem just something I had not counted on. I had a PSU fail on the pc which also needed replacing a day before the contest so it was not a good week for PC’s and me!!

High energy drinks for the long weekend

The Vertical was working well on DX but was causing TVI problems with the 400 watts so I also had to reduce power on the vertical to around 200 watts during the day, the vertical was in use mainly at night so this was not much of a problem although it was handy to switch between the two antennas to compare signals and reduce the noise level on times.

My conclusion of this weekends events.
Spend more time sorting my station out during the 2 weeks prior to the contest to cure these problems instead of losing my temper and my frequency. Because of these problems I lost interest and concentration and did not enjoy the event as much as I should.

457 Q's
332 WPX
Claimed Score 402,052

73’s Ant MW0JZE – GW4OH

CQ WPX Weekend

Chris Colclough
Chris Colclough

We arrived at the farm yesterday (Thursday 26th March) and managed to get the 80M and 30M antennas in the air, not without incident.

wpx_friday_2009_2The 80M antenna had been made from 5ft swaged poles, but we found it to be about 1M short so we inserted one into the poles and sadly it was a little too heavy for them and one bent! We are just glad this happened now and not at the end of October when we come down for CQ WW!

We have now built the 80M out of stronger aluminium poles and we have managed to get the full quarter wave up now. This coupled with the radials is making a good antenna. We also built a 30M ground mounted vertical, and we made a number of contacts on 30M RTTY last night. And again this morning w got on 30M RTTY and made a few QSO's before tuning the vertical for 20M and working a number on there also.

This morning we erected the 40M antenna and Oli has spent time this afternoon on 40M and had a nice pile up. Mostly with Europe, and I think he will be on later this afternoon again before the contest having fun. Th weather is being kind and the sun is shining brightly. Looks like we are going to have a classic SHDXG sunnset tonight, we will be out there withSunset_on_first_day camera andglass of wine relaxing before the off.

We will also be on 80M phone and 30M RTTY later, look for us around 10148 listening 10146 to 10147.

CDXC Dinner

Chris Colclough
Chris Colclough

The weekend of the 21st and 22nd March saw the Chiltern DX Club (CDXC) get together for their annual dinner and social evening at Wyboston Lakes, on the Cambridgeshire/Bedfordshire border. This was attended by Tim (M0URX) and myself Chris (G1VDP) - both very active members of this DX group and well worth visiting their website at http://www.cdxc.org.uk (see links pages). It was an evening of good food, good wine, and good company. Many of the UK's top dxers are among a_collection_of_dxersthe ranks of the members, along with some famous - or infamous in some cases - DXpeditioners and contesters.

Folowing a pleasant and uneventful drive from our home in the Midlands we were welcomed at the bar by Geoff G4FKA and Ian G3YBY, 2 friends from many of these dos. Tim's comment was "It looks as if it is going to be a good one again!" and he was not wrong.

Activities started with Nigel (G3TXF) giving a demonstartion of ARRL LOTW to all comers, and I think we all left with some new information somewhere along the line. I know there were one or two who had never used LOTW and was surprised how easy it is to upload your logs for confirmations. A few drinks in the bar followed before getting ready for the evening meal and the talk.

This years guest speaker was Bob MD0CCE, who gave a facsinating insight to his life and how he started on Manhattan island and now resides on the Isle of Man. Following the talk Neville (G3NUG) presented Bob with a CDXC Mug - now a rare commodity as no more will ever be produced! We then all retired to the bar for a drink or 2 before retiring for the night.

Breakfast was then another chance to talk DX and contesting with the boys, and catch up with who was going where next on their travels.

80M SSB Club Contest 19th March 2009

Anthony David
Anthony David

19th March 2009 80M CC

Chris G1VDP has been pestering me for a few months to join him in the 80m Club Championship contest SSB leg, last night I made the effort!

The contest lasts for one and a half hours with a Signal report and serial number exchange. The first 45 minutes went so fast that I was on serial number 90 giving me a 2 Q a minute rate, not bad for a small contest such as this. The TX antenna was an inverted L with 62 random length radials buried under ground at about 1CM and I used a Carolina Windom for RX from time to time due to high local noise. Power is restricted to 100w and the transceiver was the K3 by Elecraft.


Total Q’s was 150, not bad for my first bash at this small but seemingly very popular event. I will work more on my rx for the next leg and hopefully hit the 200 mark!

TNX and C U in Contest or on the air!

73’s Ant MWØJZE

GW4OH 40m SO High power CQWPX 2009

Anthony David
Anthony David

Hi guys

Unfortunately I am not able to join some of the members for this years WPX due to some family commitments that I could not change!

I will however be entering as a single operator, single band non assisted on 40M with high power.

The antenna to be used is a ¼ vertical with two elevated tuned ¼ radials at 48 inches above ground. I would like four but I am unable to fit these in my garden.

A report will be given after the contest; my call for this contest will be GW4OH.

73’s C U in contest

Anthony MW0JZE



Hi guys

Unfortunately I am not able to join some f the members for this years WPX due to some family commitments that I could not change!

I will however be entering as a single operator, single band non assisted on 40M with high power.

The antenna to be used is a ¼ vertical with two elevated tuned ¼ radials at 48 inches above ground. I would like four but I am unable to fit these in my garden. A report will be given after the contest; my call for this contest will be GW4OH.

73’s C U in contest

Anthony MW0JZE


Chris Colclough
Chris Colclough

It is just over a week before we head down to the farm for some on air fun in the CQ WPX SSB contest. Not all team members can make it for the weekend so we will be putting on single band entries in the contest, using the club calls MW9W and MC0SHL (Oli MW0JRX and Chris G1VDP) possibly on 40 and 80M. If any other members arrive we will then look at other bands and again do single band entries with alternative call signs.

chris_g1vdp_3Not only will we be taking part in the contest but we are going to have a station dedicated to 30M digital modes before and after - and maybe during if any member who is free wants to have a go. Chris G1VDP is going to put Wales on the air on 30M RTTY and PSK63/125. As you all know Chris enjoys his digi modes and has looked at the activity from Wales on the 30M band, and he sees that it is still a quite wanted DXCC on this band.

He plans to be active on the Thursday night on RTTY, look aroung 10148 for him calling CQ. If the pile up gets too big he will operate split listening 1 - 2KHz down. If there is enough demand he will also try PSK63, and PSK125. Again these 2 modes are under utilised from Wales.

If you want to arrange a sked please e-mail Chris G1VDP at the address in the contacts page.

Good luck and we hope to see you on the screen.

Chris G1VDP operating on RTTY at


Chris Colclough
Chris Colclough

Well the weekend of the CQWPX RTTY contest has now passed us by and I enterd from home using the club call M9W. But as usual my plans for just operating as a single band entry went out the window. I was going to enter on 80M only and operate through Friday night, sleep Saturday and then operate Saturday night, grab a couple of hours sleep on theimg_0007Sunday, and then go to the end on the Sunday evening.

Never happened. I started well on the Friday evening with a good small run to the USA and Caribbean area. This then dried up so I thought I would have a go on 40M, and again worked USA, Europe and Asia. It was around 4.30 and I was strting to feel sleepy so went to bed.

I then received a phone call from a friend needing some help with a small job, so off I went to their house to help. I returned and thought get on 20M for a couple of hours, and then tried 15M with only 2 contacts. So on 20M I worked Asia, throughEuropwe to the USA. And by when 5pm came round I again had to leave the radio. I had forgotten there was a Northern Soul event at a local venue (see my website http://www.g1vdp.com) and I had promised my friends I would be there. So it was off out for a few drinks and a dance.

img_0001When I returned I had a quick tune and call on 40 and 80M with more USA and Caribbean worked. Sunday I spent again on 20M with a quick check on 15M. Ending the day on 40M with a final spurt on 80M.The final results were;

432 QSO's
1408 Points
253 WPX
Claimed score of 356,224

This is only a part time score due to the constant interuptions and the antennas were only dipoles - 80M, 40M and 30M tuned for 20M and 15M through my Palstar AT2K.

Don't forget we will be on from the farm in a few weeks in the CQ WPX SSB contest. Not sure how we are going to operate as yet, but it is looking like a 2 single band activation using MW9W and MC0SHL. Hope to work you in the contest.

CQ WPX Contest - M9W hits the air.

Chris Colclough
Chris Colclough
This weekend sees the CQ WPX RTTY contest, so it gives me the opportunity to have a play on one of the low bands and to use the club call M9W. 

Last weekend I played in the XE RTTY contest and just did a short time on the air, this weekend I intend to be on the air longer, and from the start. So look out for me on 40M Friday and Saturday night. I will also be on all day Sunday. 

I may try some of the other bands, but with not having a beam for the higher HF bands, and my wires not being resonant I am a little restricted.

But Hey! I am only entering for the fun and to see what is out there and to see what I can work with my wires!

IOTA Activation

Chris Colclough
Chris Colclough

At last we have the go ahead to announce our IOTA contest activation. It has taken a lot of negotiating by Rob but finally we have the go ahead to tell the world.iota-co

During the weekend of 23rd to 27th July 2009 the SHDXCG will be on the air from Ramsey Island (EU-124) for the RSGB IOTA contest. This is understood to be the first official activation, with the blessing of the RSPB and the Pembrokeshire Coastal Council.

Full details are on the Club House pages and there are Links to the sponsors of this event on our Links pages.

We must thank Rob -MW0RLJ- and Greg -the Warden on Ramsey Island - for getting this to happen. Don't forget to keep watching on here and in the news sheets for any updates.

We know it is not quite Desechio or Willis but all the same it may be a new island, though not IOTA Group, for IOTA hunters. 


80M CC Results

Chris Colclough
Chris Colclough

After a struggle in the data section of the Club Champs from my home shack it was nice to find out that the results of the first CW leg which can be found at http://www.vhfcc.org/hfcc/results/2009/80mcc2009.shtml and it is also nice to see that the SHDXCG are not in last position.

We are looking forward to next months contests and increasing the groups scores.

Plans are well under way for the CQ WPX RTTY contest in February where I will be on the air as M9W, only on 40M as a single op. We will also be on from the farm in the CQ WPX phone contest at the end of March.

Hope to work you all on the bands.