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Team arrives at club house

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All team members arrived safely at the club house yesterday and immeditely set up the first antenna a 1/4 wave ground40m_qw_vertical_2 mounted vertical with 60 radials. The 40m station was opened and about 300 contacts were logged to 56 countries including 30 RTTY QSOs.

ant_mw0jrz__tim_m0urx_setup_80m_qw_verticalThursday 23rd October - The wind was howling and the rain was pouring, just the sort of weather your dread for setting up antennas for CQWW. The wind was gusing to 60 - 70 mph all day but we still managed to get the 1/4 wave vertical for 80m set up and all 60 radials laid down. Villiam and Oliver set up the 160m inverted L but the weather was just too severe so we dropped this to the ground for safety and to prevent damage to the fishing pole.Tomorrow we aim to set up the other masts and build the beams.

This evening the team worked on the stations inside the club house setting up the radios, amplifiers and computers.

Despite suffering from the really bad weather here in Wales, morale is high and we are really having a great time. Againbending_well_in_the_50mph_gales this evening we are getting on the air on 80M as well as 40M.

Tim
M0URX

Congratulations

Chris Colclough
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We have to say congratulations to our IT engineer Oliver. He has just passed his advance licence and has gone from oliMW3SDO to his new call of MW0JRX.

We are now down at the clubhouse and sharing in his celebrations with a few drinks and on air using MC0SHL.

Thanks for calling to those who have worked us already, we will be on more bands as we get the antennas erected tomorrow.

RSGB IOTA and HF Convention 2008 - 11th and 12th October

Chris Colclough
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What a top weekend.

A group of us went to this event for the 3rd year running - hopefully next year all of us will be there - and boy what a weekend!

Group members who were there were Tim M0URX, Charles M0OXO, Oliver MW3SDO and Chris G1VDP. Along with these guys were some close friends and future guest operators Mac M0CUS and Nigel

The weekend Started with Oli driving from his home on Friday night arriving at my house around 21:30. A bity of a natter and then we got settled down ready to be up and on road for 06:15 next morning. As it was the 3rd year it was my turn to drive, so we set off to pick Tim and Mac up. Arriving at the venue about 08:00.

 

It was then sign in and plan the day. Plenty of talks on Dxpeditions to attend, meet old friends, make new ones and have fun.

 

The first talk we attended was about the ARRL LOTW (Logbook Of The World) and how to get the best use out of it. bill_moore__lotwWe then all checked the programme and went into the ones we fancied. I decided to have a mingle and chat with the CDXC guys, Martin Lynch and the guys from Icom UK. I also handed in my QSL cards for DXCC checking and managed to have a chat with a few people over cups of coffee and tea. Oli during the afternoon sat his intermediate exam, with the Advanced exam to be taken on Sunday, so by the time we go to CQWW this year Oli will be a M0*** at last. He passed the intermediate I am happy to report so time for us all to relax and enjoy the day.

 

Saturday went quickly and it was then time for the meal and drinks. Showered and meet in the bar, a couple of cold ones, a chat and then in for the meal. It was during the evenings proceedings that we had a huge surprise. Colin the RSGB president stood up to do the usual Presidential address, and his first task was to tim_m0urx_and_g5rp_trophyannounce that years winner of the RSGB G5RP plate for greatest progress in the DX field made by an RSGB member resident in the UK during the year.  Which is where the surprise came in. Tim M0URX was the winner. No one had told him, or any of us in our team. So Tim went up to cheers and applause to collect his silver platter. Congratulations Tim on this fantastic achievement.

More trophies and it was then time to retire to the bar for a few more beers with friends old and new. Thankfully the bar at Wyboston lakes closes at 12:00 so we are then forced to go to bed. But while it was open the beer flowed, the socialising went on, tips were swapped, legs pulled and stories told. DXers are very much like fishermen where they both have stories of the ones that got away. Thanks to all the guys who were in the bar, for your excellent company, for the hints on how we can beat you all in the contests, and most of all thanks for the drinks! My head was pounding Sunday morning when I got up.

When we got up on Sunday morning both Tim and I had hangovers, Mac and Oli were pretty clear headed. Tim stayed in his tim_m0urx_mac_m0cus_and_jerry_la8hkroom a little longer than the rest of us who went and had a good hearty breakfast. Oli then went and sat his advanced exam, Mac sat chatting to some more new friends, Jerry LA0HK, and Charles and the boys from the night before. I went to get Tim for the lectures, where a simple but common mistake was made. I knocked on Tims door, and walked next door to my room, Tim came out of his door forgetting that it would shut and lock behind him! OOOPPSSS. A walk down to reception by me to get him the spare key and we got him back in there. A good job you were dressed Tim. I then went into my room and got the camera and ready for the lectures I wanted to visit that day.

Oli came out of his exam, but no results. It is now a await for the marking to take place and then for him to get his advanced licence. We are all confident he has passed, but as everyone else Oli is unsure within himself. More chat over tea and coffeee then in to the lectures and the closing ceremony and raffle draw, before heading home.

The venue where all this takes place is Wyboston Lakes, Next to the A1 at St Neots. Easily accessible from all over the country. We will all be there next year, so do say hello if you are too and make yourself known - best way is in the bar and just say "Chris, what you drinking?"

Chris Colcloughtim_roger_and_phil__at_the_bar
G1VDP

CQWW RTTY

Chris Colclough
Chris Colclough
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What a cracking weekend. I have just calculated my scores and though not on par with all the others I have seen on the UK Contets reflector I am happy with my achievments.

I missed out by changing to all band on Sunday morning, but this was to test my HF Beam antenna. I have been having problems with it going out of tune but that seems to have been cured. I think my next move is to put my Mosely 5 band antenna up in the air and get shot of the MA5B. But then I am also contemplating either a 5 band quad or a 2 ele SteppIR. I have measured up and I should just get either  one of these in to my small back yard.

Back to the scores. Finished with 715 contacts for 245,686pts. I think I was a mult for alot of EU stations on 40 and 80M as I seem to have been plagued with them even when they were asked to stand by. Score band breakdown is:

80M   163 Q   314 pts   30 DXCC   6 Zones
40M   404Q   877 pts   48 DXCC   16Zones    4 Sec
20M   127Q   297pts    29 DXCC   14 Zones   2 Sec
15M   15Q     29pts      4  DXCC     3 Zones
10M    6Q      9pts         3 DXCC      2 Zones
Total  715Q  1526pts 114DXCC   41 Zones   6 sec  = 245,686 claimed

Not bad for a part time effort. I did concentrate more on 40M as this was the band I was origionally going to do, and I enjoy contesting on there.

Have fun and see you all in the next one.

Chris
M9W (G1VDP)

CQWW RTTY 2008

Chris Colclough
Chris Colclough
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Having managed to get my HF beam to work I have decided to have a go at all band, not just 40M. So look out for me on 15 and 10M some time today. And I will be on 80M this evening to the finish.

Have fun.

Chris
G1VDP

CQWW RTTY

Chris Colclough
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CQWW RTTY 2008

As I am having a few problems with my HF beam I decided to try working in the single op 40M high power section. Not a serious entry, more a bit of fun and give away some points, but really to give the club call an airing. img_0035

I started at the first second after midnight and gave a cQ call, I had been on 7.042 for 2 hours prior to the contest using my home call. Straight away there was a US station calling CQ dead beat with me - do they not listen before calling? I know he could hear me as I worked him about 10 mins before contest started. Just a bad operator I guess!

I went to bed at 03:30 and came down again at 08:00. I have worked more US and EU stations now, solowly building up the contact numbers. All logs will be on ARRL LOTW as soon as the contest ends. Have fun and see you in the pile ups.

Inverted L Antenna for CQ WW

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Topband with its wavelenght 160m is not very easy band. Dimensons of antennas are extensive. For MW9W contest crew I have prepared simple but effective antenna for 160m – the Inverted L antenna. It’s based on the material DK5WL „Invisible“ DX Antenna for the Low Bands.

The Inverted L antenna is simple quaterwave antenna with a shape of inverted L letter. Most transmitted energy is vertically polarized. That’s an advantage for DX contacts.

Jirka OK5IM is selling fibreglass poles with total height 12,5m. I bought two and prove the antenna in the IARU HF Championship with impressive result. Try it too!

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New Strumble Logo!

Tim Beaumont
Tim Beaumont
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Today Oliver designed a new logo for the Strumble Head DX & Contest Group! Well done Oliver great inspiration!
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SH DX & Contest Group Website goes Live!

Tim Beaumont
Tim Beaumont
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Over the past few years a group of friends have got together to form the Strumble Head DX & Contest Group! DXing and Contesting and generally just having a great time on the bands when we meet up every few months.
So that we can share our experiences with you we have set up this website, please feel freee to browse the site and we all look forward to working you on the bands! 73 de Tim M0URX

   
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