Contests25 January 2016

UKSMG Winter Marathon

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The 2015/2016 Winter Marathon ends on 31st January 2016, however you will still have time to upload your log after the Marathon ends. If you've not already visited the Marathon Rules page click here and go there now, upload your log and join in the fun, you never know you may win 12 monts free UKSMG Internet Membership.
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DX News25 January 2016

VP8STI SOUTH SANDWICH ISLAND DXPEDITION NEWS (Update)

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Past night two tents and most of the yagis were destroyed by high winds. Both of their main tents collapsed partially and the team worked very hard through the night to save them. The Braveheart recorded winds of 70 mph (112 Kph). They are running only on 40 meters due antenna damage. Once they can assess damage they can determine whether they can proceed to South Georgia or not. Right now they are doing last QSO as VP8STI due they have asked the Braveheart to extract them when it´s possible. They regret that they have fallen short of their plans, however the team and crew safety is most important. 
 
EA5RM - VP8STI/VP8SGI Chief Pilot
 
 
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DX News17 March 2015

Dominica, J7

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Goran, SM5AWU is actually active from Dominica as J79AWU on 20-6m RTTY and Digital modes. QSL J79AWU via SM5AWU, bureau or direct.
 
 
 
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DX News08 March 2015

9H on 70MHz

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I would like to announce that as from 13th February 2015 we were assigned the allocation of 70 - 70.5 MHz as as secondary allocation for amateur use.

73s Ivan 9H1PI. M.A.R.L. Secretary.

Tnx OZ6OM
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DX News04 March 2015

St. Eustatius, PJ5

Posted by Chris, W3CMP


We wanted to let you know that Terry, K4RX, Dick K5AND, and I are planning a trip to St. Eustatius, PJ5. Dates are 25th – 6th July. The 25th and the 6th are travel days, with no operation planned. Group thinking is that it is best to be on island two full weekends to improve chances for more contacts. Focus will be mostly six metres, no big surprise, and HF to fill in the time between six metre openings. Call, beacon frequency and modes information will be nailed down in next week or so. We are aware PJ5 is the same as PJ6 for DXCC purposes, so this is not a new one. Group thinking is that are some folks who may not have worked PJ6D in 2011 and the HF crowd always seem interested in this kind of stuff.
 
That’s it for now.73,Chris W3CMP
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Beacon News19 February 2015

WG2XPN 70 MHz Beacon update

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Brian WA1ZMS, licensee of the 3 kW ERP 70.005 MHz WG2XPN beacon, reports the license has been renewed until May 1, 2017 

The Experimental License for WG2XPN with one-way only beacon operations on 70.005 MHz with 3 kW ERPd from here in the US (QTH: FM07fm) has been renewed until May 1, 2017.

As such, it gives the only 4m North American beacon a chance to be heard via TA in the Europe for another 2 years. That's a good thing in my mind. Thanks again goes to the FCC & the Society of Broadcast Engineers here in the US for their continued support; after all this portion of spectrum is still reserved for TV service only and no US 4m ham band appears possible in the future. 

I am always hoping for a repeat of the 7000+km Eskip DX reports that took place in 2013. To all EU stations on 4m: Remember to point your beams West during Eskip season and give a long listen on 70.005MHz. You might just hear something!

Thanks UK Beacons Yahoo Group https://groups.yahoo.com/group/UK_Beacons
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Silent Keys17 February 2015

Frank Brooker, 9Y4VU - Silent Key

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From the Trinidad and Tobago Amateur Radio Society Inc Facebook page: "It is with regret, that we announce the passing of one of our stalwarts. Frank Brooker/9y4vu, who contributed much to TTARS and by extension the amateur radio hobby in Trinidad and Tobago.Deepest condolences are extended to his wife, and family on behalf of the Trinidad and Tobago Amateur Radio Society, and may his soul rest in peace, and rise again in glory."
 
 
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Silent Keys26 January 2015

Cedric Rourke, CT3FT (GI3IVJ), - Silent Key

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CT3FT (GI3IVJ), Cedric J. Rourke, has died. GI4OCK, Stewart, says he was "A lovely man, well into his 80s, but was still seeking out the two or three remaining entities he needed. He maintained regular skeds with his friends back home in GI." Cedric began SWLing as a schoolboy in 1949 in Be fast, Ireland. He studied for the ham test and passed in 1952. His father got the GI3JIM call at about the same time and they set up a station together. Cedric became a high school physics teacher in 1955. With several QTH moves, he ended up with a rural hilltop QTH in County Down, with an 80-foot tower and 5-band quad. Then working DX became easy. With early retirement, he moved to Madeira and started DXing all over again with his CT3FT call and CS3T during contests. He liked CW in the mornings on 160, 80, 40 and 30, especially at dawn, then SSB later in the day on higher HF bands.
 
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