Ramblings from a G4 by Antony Turnbull G4CUS Jan 2009

I had a very pleasant 20mtr QSO with ZL2BJ who lives in Stoke, New Zealand. It turns out that he knows our very own Brian (ex G4BCO) and Carol. Apparently Brian is now president of the local club and keeps all the members on their toes. Sound familiar I think!
Following on from October’s CQ WW DX SSB contest there was the CW version during the last weekend of November.

I was only able to operate for approximately one hour unfortunately but managed some juicy DX. The bands were very crowded of course and the CW signals were spreading well up each band. In fact they were swamping the PSK (14.070+-) frequency on 20mtrs and I heard a chorus of complaints. This sounds familiar because it is usually the CW fraternity complaining about other modes during contests. Everyone to their own I say.

One must make allowances during big contests such as these as there are so many stations taking part World-wide. I know that much has been written in the RSGB magazine concerning contests taking place on most weekends and ‘wrecking’ the bands for others. Perhaps it is about time that all contest rules should prohibit operation on certain portions of each band and anyone heard contravening these should be heavily penalised. Policing this might be a bit of a problem though.

RAYNET has now completed all of their bonfire duties for the year but as you are probably aware Hastings is holding a full marathon this month to commemorate the one held a hundred years ago. As the route is just over twenty-six miles long it is going to require a lot of operators to cover the distance. Luckily Hastings and Rother RAYNET are being assisted by Eastbourne and West Kent RAYNET. This will be a good test of cross border co-operation.

DX countries worked during November include:-
Qatar, Lakshadweep Island, Kuwait, New Zealand, Cape Verde, Curacao, Singapore, Aruba, Palau, Nicaragua, India, Israel, Cayman Islands, Brazil, Andaman & Nicobar islands, USA, Kazakhstan, Saint Martin, Suriname, Canada, Virgin Islands, Japan, Anguilla, Barbados, Antigua, Asiatic Russia, Indonesia, Turks & Caicos, Argentina, Trinidad, Hong Kong, East Malaysia, St.Kitts & Nevis, and Mauritius.

DX to look out for at the end of December and during January include:-
31.12.2008    09.01.2009    ZD8UW   Ascension Island. (AF-003) by members         of the Cambridge University Wireless Society         to activate. QSL via G7VJR.
12.01.2009    27.01.2009    ZD8N    Ascension Island. Steve, G3ZVW.
01.01.2009    26.01.2009    TR8CR    Gabon. Roland, F8EN. QSL via F6AJA.
15.12.2008    31.12.2008    TR50R     Gabon. Roland, F8EN. QSL via F6AJA.
03.01.2009    17.01.2009    P40CG    Aruba. Marty, W2CG.

11.01.2009    27.01.2009    8Q7AK     Maldives. Kaafu Atoll (AS-013) by             Andy, G7COD
21.12.2008    03.01.2009    CN89NY    Morocco. Andre, HB9HLM/CN2DX.             QSL via EA7FTR.
28.01.2009    04.02.2009    XR5L    Chile. Santa Maria Island’s (SA-070,             DICE ICE-502)
28.12.2008    02.01.2009   JD1BMH   Ogasawara. (AS-031). QSL via J15RPT

Contests taking place during January include:-
1          Thu 0000 – 2400              ARRL Straight Key Night – CW
1           Thu 0800 – 1100              SARTG New Year Contest – RTTY
1           Thu 0900 – 1200              AGCW Happy New Year Contest – CW
1           Thu 1800 – 2200              10 meter NAC – CW/SSB/FM/DIGI
3- 4        Sat 1800 – Sun 2400      ARRL RTTY Roundup – Digi
3           Sat 2000 – 2300              EUCW 160 m Contest (1) – CW
4           Sun 0400 – 0700              EUCW 160 m Contest (2) – CW
6           Tue 0200 – 0400              ARS Spartan Sprint – CW
10-11      Sat 0000 – Sun 2400      Hunting LIONS in the Air – CW/SSB
10           Sat 1400 – 2000              Midwinter Contest – CW
11          Sun 0000 – 2359              SKCC Weekend Sprintathon – CW
11          Sun 0630 – 0830              NRAU-Baltic Contest – CW
11          Sun 0800 – 1400              Midwinter Contest – SSB
11          Sun 0900 – 1059              DARC 10m-Contest – CW/SSB
11          Sun 0900 – 1100              NRAU-Baltic Contest – SSB
17           Sat 0000 – 0600              LZ Open Contest – CW
17           Sat 0600 – 1400              CQ UT Contest – CW/SSB
17-18      Sat 1200 – Sun 1159      Hungarian DX Contest – CW/SSB
17-18      Sat 1200 – Sun 1200       UK DX RTTY Contest – RTTY
24-25      Sat 0000 – Sun 2359      CQ World-Wide 160-Meter DX Contest – CW
24-25      Sat 0600 – Sun 1800      REF Contest – CW
24           Sat 0700 – 1100              SARL Youth for Amateur Radio – Phone
24-25      Sat 1200 – Sun 1200      BARTG RTTY Sprint Contest – RTTY
24-25      Sat 1300 – Sun 1300      UBA DX Contest – SSB

All that remains is for me to wish you all a very happy Christmas and New Year and let’s hope that the sunspots are a little more helpful to us in 2009.

Good Hunting and plenty of DX.

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

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