Ramblings from a G4 by Antony Turnbull G4CUS December 2009

I am writing this month’s article during the first few days of November with a heavy heart. As you will have read in the October Ramblings the CQWW contest took place as usual during the last full weekend of the month. Thanks to many amateurs going off on DXpeditions to far flung destinations, this is a marvellous opportunity for everyone to work DX from unusual locations. One of the teams involved included well know amateurs Pete W2GJ, Ed K3IXD, Randy K4QO and Dallas W3PP who have operated from the Bahamas with the call C6APR on a number of occasions in the past.

This time it wasn’t to be. On the Wednesday before the contest the four friends assembled at Summerville airport in Jedburg to start the first leg of their journey to Crooked Island. They took off at approximately 06.20 in a twin engined Piper PA-23 piloted by Pete, who was also the owner with 40 years flying experience, but within a few seconds the plane had crashed . All on board were killed on impact and the aircraft was engulfed in fire. I expect this sad story will be in the amateur radio press in the next few weeks. RIP Pete, Ed, Randy and Dallas.

On a happier note, the band conditions in October appeared to have been consistently good throughout the month with DX coming in from all directions and on all bands. The CQWW contest provided us with very busy bands throughout the 48 hours. As usual I had a go for a couple of hours here and there and managed to ‘crack’ most of the pile-ups eventually and work some exotic calls. I find that if one cannot get through after five or six calls, it’s worth carrying on with the contest and coming back to the elusive ones every now and then to check if the signals are better and if the pile-ups have subsided. Towards the end of the contest these stations are usually begging for contacts!

The Brede Steam Amateur Radio Society, BSARS was active during the Jamboree on the air weekend in October with the GB1FBS callsign. On the Saturday we had around 17 scouts from Hastings and Brede going for their communicator badges, all of whom passed. We were active on Echolink as well as the short-wave bands and worked scouts in many countries including Australia and South Africa.

On Sunday the Brede scouts, some of them licensed had the station to themselves and managed a good number of QSOs throughout the day.

DX countries worked during October include:-

Sudan, Glorioso Island, Conway Reef, Fiji, Belize, Galapagos Island, St.Maarten, Montserrat, Brunei, Cambodia, Brazil, Guam, Thailand, Iran, Cape Verde, Chile, Puerto Rico, Vietnam, Aruba, Benin, Iraq, British Virgin Islands, Bermuda, Qatar, Lebanon, Japan, China, Tanzania, French Guiana, Argentina, Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Senegal, Turks & Caicos, Barbados, Costa Rica, Martinique, Kuwait, Cayman Islands, Virgin Islands, Guatemala, East Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Trinidad, Curacao, Jordan, Australia, Philippines,

Dominica, Indonesia, Amsterdam & St.Paul Island, Austral Island,
The Marianas Islands, St.Kitts & Nevis, St.Martin Island, South Africa,
Hong Kong, United Arab Emirates and Minami Torishima.

Contests taking place during December include:-
ARRL 160-Meter Contest      2200Z, Dec 4 to 1600Z, Dec 6
TARA RTTY Melee                0000Z – 2400Z, Dec 5
TOPS Activity Contest           1800Z, Dec 5 to 1800Z, Dec 6
ARRL 10-Meter Contest         0000Z, Dec 12 to 2359Z, Dec 13
OK DX RTTY Contest            0000Z – 2400Z, Dec 19
RAC Winter Contest               0000Z – 2359Z, Dec 19
Croatian CW Contest             1400Z, Dec 19 to 1400Z, Dec 20
DARC Christmas Contest       0830Z – 1059Z, Dec 26

DX to look out for during December include:-
Dec 3-8, 2009        DXCC: Cambodia                Callsign: XU7UFT
QSL: F6AXX         Sihanoukville; HF; CW; QSL via REF Buro or CBA

Dec 4-16, 2009       DXCC: Br Virgin Is               Callsign: VP2V
QSL: W3HQ          Virgin Gorda I (NA-023);     mainly 160 + 10m on weekends and WARC

Dec 6-12, 2009       DXCC: Bermuda                   Callsign: VP9
QSL: AA1AC        By AA1AC as VP9/AA1AC  Hamilton Parish;
QSL via Buro or direct

Dec 6-13, 2009       DXCC: South Cook Is           Callsign: E51PMR                                              focus on low bands + WARC for EU; RTTY; dates tentative.

Dec 28, 2009-Jan 3, 2010 DXCC: Madagascar      Callsign: 5R8HX
QSL: G4OHX Direct   By G4OHX AF-013 (WLOTA L2455); mainly CW

Good hunting and plenty of DX.

Antony Turnbull –  G4CUS. From the Vital Spark, December 2009.

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