Ramblings from a G4 by Antony Turnbull G4CUS July 2008

There has been very little RF emanating from my aerials this past month. Linda and I have crossed the water courtesy of Flybe to Guernsey for a few days and then on to Sark for a few more days via the ferry from St. Peter Port. Since I last visited Guernsey about ten years ago the road traffic has increased somewhat and the island appears to be a lot more crowded despite the high cost of housing and the limit on buying property. Everyone is still very friendly and only too willing to stop for a chat or to give directions.

The much smaller island of Sark, about two square miles, which has a population of about 600 does not allow cars and the main means of transport are tractors, bicycles and horse drawn carts/carriages. The tractors take the passengers and their luggage up the steep slope from the jetty to their respective hotels in converted trailers. As the island is so small one can walk from one end to the other and back in two or three hours, which we did on more than one occasion. Another way is to take a ride on a horse-drawn carriage and see the island in a more relaxed manner, we did it twice. The views are magnificent and some are quite hair-raising for someone (like me) who does not like heights.

We also took a boat trip around the island run by George who is eighty-two years young, looking about sixty. Amazing, it must be the sea air. He knew every piece of the coast-line and gave a very good commentary all through the three hour trip during which he stood by the tiller. He does two of these trips most days. His stamina is amazing.

The weather was sunny every day and we came back with a nice tan having spent the greater part of each day outside. Despite all the exercise I managed to increase my weight by nearly half a stone because of the large hotel meals. Never mind, the gardening will soon have me back in shape!

No rigs were taken and so I was unable to activate what must be quite a rare IOTA, although it comes under the Guernsey reference of EU114.

Some of the special Olympic stations from China that I mentioned last month have been around the bands and I have managed to work BT1OH and BT1OB so far.
BSARS members are busy building a new ‘shack’ at Brede and so I have been helping with that. I never knew that railway sleepers were so heavy!

DX countries worked during June include:-

Hong Kong, Japan, China, Azerbaijan, Mongolia, Cambodia, Tunisia, India, Canada, Israel, Turkey, Georgia, South Korea, Bangladesh, USA, East & West Malaysia and Asiatic Russia.

DX to look out for from mid July include:-

TK/F8DZY      (Corsica)       QSL via F8DZY                              09.07 – 03.08
FH/F6BFH       (Mayotte)      QSL via F6BFH     IOTA  AF027   09.07 – 09.08
KL7DX           (Chuginadak)  QSL via AC7DX  IOTA  NA234    21.07 – 27.07
8J9HGR           (Hegura)       QSL via JH9UYZ  IOTA  AS117     26.07 – 30.07
ZW6GK           (Tinhare)                                      IOTA  SA030    24.07 – 27.07
W4/DL3YCF  (Santa Rosa)  QSL via DL3YCF  IOTA  NA142   27.07 – 06.08
TO8S               (Les Saintes)                                 IOTA  NA114   04.08 – 17.08
FK/F5NHJ      (Grande Terre)  QSL via F5NHJ  IOTA  OC032    12.08 – 29.08
JD1BLX          (Chichijima)                                  IOTA  AS031    10.08 – 16.08

HF contests from mid July include:-

14/15 1200 – 1200  IARU World Championship     SSB
16/7   1900 – 2030  RSGB Club Championship       SSB     3.5      RS + SN
20/7   0900 – 1600  RSGB Low Power Field Day  CW  3.5/7  RST +SN +PWR
21/22 1200 – 1200  DMC                                         RTTY
24/7   1900 – 2030  RSGB Club Championship       DATA 3.5      RST + SN
26/27 1200 – 1200  RSGB IOTA                 CW/SSB 3.5-28 RST + SN + IOTA
04/08 1200 – 2359  European Championship
05/08 0700 – 0900  RSGB ROPOCO 2
05/08 1300 – 1630  SARL                                        SSB
11/12 0000 – 2359  WAE DX                                  CW

Good Hunting and plenty of DX.

Antony Turnbull –  G4CUS. From the Vital Spark, July 2008.

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