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Mexborough and District Amateur Radio Society new webpage

Chris Colclough
Chris Colclough

We all, and I don't just mean S.H.A.R.K members, have an affinity and close alliance with a radio club somewhere around the world. And I (Chris, G1VDP), am no exception to this. When I first started out in this wonderful hobby I joined Mexborough And District Amateur Radio Society (MADARS), and subsequently went through their training course for the RAE, taught at that time by Eric Rogers, and gained my Class B licence.

Since then the club has moved on and now caters for the 3 licence classes, hold numerous functions, and special event stations throughout the year. They have also just recently built a new website with full details of the club and it's activities. To view the website click on MADARS and this will take you to the website, which is still having bits and pieces added and updated on a regular basis.

Comet Ison - Naked Eye Object this week?

Charles Wilmott
Charles Wilmott

comet ison1Observers around the world are reporting that Comet ISON brightened sharply last night and is now at the threshold of naked-eye visibility. By some reports, ISON surged in brightness by approximately 2 magnitudes over last 24 hours and is now brighter than comet Lovejoy.

If this trend continues, it will be a faint but easy naked-eye object by the end of the week, SpaceWeather reports.

The sudden uptick in brightness could be caused by a fresh vein of ice opening up in the comet's nucleus. Rapid vaporization of ice by solar heat is a sure way to boost a comet's visibility. 

ISON's brush with the Sun on November 28th is very near and many more of these brightening events might happen but all three scenarios for ISON are still open. The first possible scenario is fizzle - ISON evaporates under intense tidal forces and solar radiation. The second scenario is break-up - ISON breaks into smaller chunks.

The third scenario is what everybody hopes will happen - sizzle - ISON survives its brush with the Sun and emerges so bright it becomes visible on Earth in daylight.

A few days at MC0SHL again...

Charles Wilmott
Charles Wilmott

SHARKIts November again and having a couple of days down at the Club in GW Land.

Listen out for MC0SHL on the air but in all likelyhood I don't expect to be on air much at all as I have other things planned but you never know!

Also have a browse around the Club website when you have a few minutes.

You can find the website by clicking on the log top left of this message or from the left sidebar of the webpage.







On Air October 2013

Chris Colclough
Chris Colclough

Tim has sent me a couple of photo's of Charles (M0OXO) on the air from MC0SHL head quarters.



MC0SHL On Air This Weekend

Chris Colclough
Chris Colclough

This weekend, Thursday 17th through to Monday 21st October 2013, MC0SHL will be on the air from the club HQ on the Pembrokeshire coast. This is not a special IOTA but mainland Great Britain (EU-005).

Please do call in and say hello. Tim has taken his radio and amp down so there could be 2 stations active on different bands at any one time.

I have set up the station at MC0SHL 123 in log mostly north America. Having fun with RF. Tim as you can see its wine oclock

'Field Postal Service' at CDXC event

Charles Wilmott
Charles Wilmott

K1600 M0OXO-Field-Postal-Collection-ServiceSeveral MCØSHL members attended an impromtu mailing session over the weekend took place chez G3NUG!

Whilst attending the CDXC (Chiltern DX Club) Summer Social/AGM in Leominster I took the opportunity to get rid of a few Qsl cards to various people attending including Michael G7VJR (left) and Tim M0URX (right).

 These events really are a good way of exchanging Qsl Cards at 'no cost' and certainly avoids the hassle of Postage.

As well as Tim M0URX and myself, MC0SHL member Tony G3LDL was also in attendance with his wife Glynis and what a great event, great weather, great food and great company. It was also nice to meet Les VK4BUI in person too. Lets hope next year's 50th IOTA anniversary dinner also attracts some overseas members (Stuie VK8NSB is certainly one confirmation for the event).

Thanks to Nigel G3TXF for the Photo. There are several more on Nigel's website if you would like to see them click here. Check out the link if you would like know more about the CDXC group and membership information.

GB5NCQ - Nuneaton Carnival Queen

Chris Colclough
Chris Colclough

Today (Sunday 9th June) Chris is assisting with the organising and running of the 80th Nuneaton Carnival and has asked D7C 1250 cs6 kinglutherandthegirlsthe Hinckley Amateur Radio & Electronics Society - HARES - to set up a special event station at the carnival field.

They have the special call GB5NCQ - GB5 Nuneaton Carnival Queen - and will be on air from mid morning through to early evening. All QSL requests to go through Charles, M0OXO, and please do not send cards via bureau for this activation but use Charles' OQRS system on his website.



Location details for the site are: The Playing Fields, Avenue Road, Nuneaton.

WAB Area; SP39

Locator; IO92gm

Latitude; 52 30' 48" N (52.5134)

Longditude; 1 27' 40" W (-1.4612)

We hope to hear you on the air through the day.

Ramsey Island - a Different View.

Chris Colclough
Chris Colclough

Today Chris (G1VDP), his mum, Rob (MW0RLJ) and Jane went on a boat trip around Ramsey Island.DSC 0186 cs6

This allowed them to see many of the birds and seals that reside on the cliffs and beaches of this beautiful island. They also visited St Davids and the St Davids lifeboat station. The photos will be uploaded into the gallery over the coming days.DSC 0295 cs6





We must also stress that at NO point has the MC0SHL call been on air from the island this week, and the reports on the cluster on Thursday were wrong. We are operating from the farm on Mainland Great Britain EU-005. We will try and get on for an hour or two again this evening if band conditions improve.

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"CQ CQ from MC0SHL"

Chris Colclough
Chris Colclough

Today MC0SHL managed to get on the air for a little while.

Chris (G1VDP) arrived at the farm and got on 15m and worked some USA and European stations. At the same time he was working the USA Tim (M0URX) was monitoring the frequency and hearing the same stations. The hope is for Tim and the guys to work Chris or Rob (MW0RLJ) on the bands this weekend.

MC0SHL on air in May

Chris Colclough
Chris Colclough

As can be seen in the diary/forthcoming events page, the team have no plans for any group activity this year. This does not mean that the group will not be on the air just that we are having a year off - for now - to spend some family time and have a break. We are also finding it problematic to co-ordinate our holidays from work this year and are putting together a diary for next years events.DSC 0860 cs6

The call MC0SHL may suddenly appear on air at varying times through 2013 as any of the team go and visit Rob & Jane at the farm, and this information will be posted on here and in any DX bulletins. In saying this Chris (G1VDP) is taking his mum for a break to visit Rob and Jane at the end of May and will try and get on the air at some point over the weekend he is there. So listen out for MC0SHL over the period 23rd to 29th May 2013. Say hello and if you need the QSL then plaes follow the instructions on QRZ.com or our QSL managers,Tim (M0URX), website - and if possible please use the Online QSL Request Service (OQRS) offered by him.

A Group Effort

Chris Colclough
Chris Colclough

P1000214On Sunday 7th April 2013 some of the boys gathered at Tim's (M0URX) house to assist him with processing the many thousand requests he had received as QSL manager of the recent 9U4U expedition to Burundi.

Charles (M0OXO) travelled from his home in Barnsley down to Nuneaton to pick up Chris (G1VDP) where they both then went the short distance to Tim's residence arriving at 07:00 (local). Following the obligatory cup of tea the boys set to work on processing the direct card requests. These were in the boxes stacked high in Tim's kitchen.

Charles started processing the envelopes for Japan, Chris on the Italians and other EU countries and Tim set about the Rest of The World (ROW). Tim had spent the previous few days attaching the labels to the cards and sortingP1000217 them in to the correct alpha/numeric order, this helped the boys when they picked out one of the envelopes and looked at the callsign as it was just a matter of looking through the cards and finding the coresponding call.

As the day progressed each country/region were soon processed, and the Danish cards being sent to the Denmark DX Group for distribution as per their sponsorship rules - unless the Danish radio station had sent a request or requested cards via the OQRS system.

The only cards not sent out with this batch are the ones that had multiple requests for other expeditions Tim manages where Tim is awaiting cards P1000224from the printers, this time the 9M4SLL cards for the recent activation from Spratly Island.

More photos can be seen in the Gallery and Tim will be adding the number of envelopes processed to his website, along with more info onP1000230 Charles' blog here.

At the end of the day Tim has a stack of boxes just awaiting to be posted, so if you are awaiting this card please keep an eye on your post box over the next week or two for these beautiful cards coming through. 

Old IRC's and What To Do With Them

Chris Colclough
Chris Colclough

Written by: Tim Beaumont (M0URX)

IRC OldThe search is on to find unwanted, expired OLD IRC's. Do you have any of the old yellow style or even the really old blues, or how about any out of date CN01 style IRC's? 

Please have a look in your drawers or hidden away in the radio shack.
Although I CANNOT accept them as part of return postage, I would like to collect them here and send them to the UPU. All money cashed in will be used to pay for the printing of QSL cards for forthcoming DXpeditons and also used to pay for the Bureau postage costs sending all our QSL cards to the World Bureaus.
If you would like to donate any of your out of date IRC's please post them to:
Mr Tim Beaumont 
P.O. Box 17 Kenilworth 
Warwickshire CV8 1SF 
Thank you very much in advance for any donations of OLD IRCs.

HMS Belfast RNARS Activity Week

Chris Colclough
Chris Colclough

This week sees the "Easter Activity Week" of the HMS Belfast Royal Naval Amateur Radio HMS BelfastSociety. The group are on air daily from this magnificent floating museum moored in the pool of London, under the shadow of Tower Bridge.

This year also sees the 75th anniversary of the ships launch and OFCOM (the UK radio regulatory authority) have allowed the use of a special call just for this event, so listen out for GB75HMSB being on air from the Bridge Wireless office.

Each day members of the group meet and air the call on all modes, and Chris (G1VDP) will be amongst the on air team on Friday 8th April. This is also the day of the groups AGM so there will be a good few members to log. Full details can beBWO found on the GB2RN website.

HMS Belfast was launched in March 1938, at a time when navies were competing to build powerful cruisers to protect shipping routes. Belfast was designed to be fast, well armoured, and able to smother an enemy ship with an overwhelming barrage of 6-inch shells.

On her first wartime patrol Belfast captured a German liner. Soon after, however, she struck a mine that broke her keel; repairs took more than two years. While under repair Belfast was fitted with thicker armour, new anti-aircraft guns, and advanced radars. She returned to the Royal Navy’s Home Fleet in November 1942 a modern and powerful warship.

DSC 3524 cs6At North Cape in December 1943 Belfast was escorting a convoy to Russia when it was attacked by German battlecruiser Scharnhorst. Belfast played a key role in sinking Scharnhorst, using her radar to track the enemy despite a snowstorm, and illuminating her at close range with flares.

In 1944 Belfast saw further action on D-Day, where her guns supported the advance of British troops. From 1950 to 1952 Belfast served in the Korean War. Decommissioned in 1963 Belfast might have ended her days as scrap metal, but for the work of a private trust which succeeded in preserving her for posterity. She opened to the public in 1971 and became a branch of the Imperial War Museum in 1978.

HMS Belfast is a unique ship. She is the Royal Navy’s last surviving cruiser, the largest preserved warship in Europe, and the only surviving cruiser built in the 1930s. (thanks to IWM website for the information)