Ramblings from a G4 by Antony Turnbull G4CUS March 2009

The bands continue to be very lively, especially the LF ones. Judging by the ‘spots’ coming from the DX cluster 160mtrs has been really excellent. Unfortunately having no Aerial for this band I could only watch the reports coming in. I have been saying for some time that I would put up a half-wave dipole or vertical but so far the thoughts have not actually produced anything! However I have been active on 40 and 80mtrs and there has been plenty of DX activity on SSB, RTTY and PSK.

20mtrs has again been my main source of DX, bringing in such countries as New Zealand and the Falklands. The YL group of DXers who are activating The Falklands as I write this have done a marvellous job and are patiently battling their way through the idiots who persist in calling during every QSO. I have managed to work two of them, VP8YLB and VP8YLG, both on 20mtr SSB. I am hoping to catch them on RTTY before they leave VP8 land but am not sure if they are active on the mode.

As usual BSARS members took part in the RSGB AFS CW and SSB contests during January. We decided to operate the SSB part using the club station at Brede for the first time in a contest. Tony (G4KLF) and I operated under the M0NUC club call and managed approximately 170 contacts. Jakey (G3JKY) also took part from home. Normally we all would have operated from our home locations to maximise the scores but we really wanted to see how we got on as a contest team. As far as I was concerned it worked well.

The Christmas lunch went (down) very well and the hotel produced lovely food as usual. The atmosphere was very convivial and there was much talk, not all of it about radio. However I managed to pick a few brains about such things as 160mtr aerials. I came away with an idea or two. I may have to call upon Peter’s cross bow though!

This month I have not listed many contests, only the more popular ones, which of course includes the BIG one, namely the CQWW WPX SSB contest. Many more can be found at www.sk3bg.se/contest

DX countries worked during January include:-

Maquarie Island, Lebanon, Virgin Islands, Guadeloupe, Iran, Guinea-Bissau, Palestine, Chad, Qatar, The Congo, India, Ascension Island, Senegal, New Zealand, Hong Kong, The Gambia, Djibouti, The Maldives, The Falklands, Senegal, Madagascar, Costa Rica, USA, Asiatic Russia, Canada, Dominican Republic, Iraq, Israel and Australia.

DX to look out for at the end of February and during March include:-

12.02.2009 26.02.2009 KP5                       Desecheo Island (NA-095)
21.02.2009 03.03.2009 ZP ZP6/SP9MRO Witek/SP9MRO and Danuta/SP9SX.
06.03.2009 11.03.2009 ZL7 ZL7T QSL via ZL2AL.Links:http://www.zl7t.com
01.02.2009 28.02.2009 VP8 VP8DIF South Georgia (AN-007)  QSL via DJ9ZB.                         Links: http://www.lars-boehme.de/vp8dif/index.html
14.03.2009 27.03.2009 VK9C VK9AA. QSL via DL8YR.
19.01.2009 05.03.2009 V3 V31YN V31GWGerd, DJ4KW  and Gisela,                           DK9GG
10.03.2009 19.03.2009 V2 V25WY V25OP Bob/W4OWY and Mark/W9OP. 22.02.2009 06.03.2009 S7 S79JF Praslin Island (AF-024) by Jan, DL7JAN. 24.03.2009 07.10.2009 PJ4 PJ2/PA1FJ Island of Curacao (SA-006)
17.01.2009 01.04.2009 J7 J79XBI Dominica (NA-101) by Seth, SM0XBI. 01.03.2009 11.03.2009 J6 J6/W5JON John, W5JON.
12.03.2009 26.03.2009 J3 J38CW J38/M3VCQ  All QSLs via G3VCQ.
28.02.2009 08.03.2009 HC HC1MD  Links: http://webpages.charter.net/ne8z
20.02.2009 27.02.2009 HC HC1MD/HC4
28.01.2009 28.02.2009 FW FW5RE  Wallis Island.
04.03.2009 09.03.2009 FP FP/KV1J
Links: http://www.kv1j.com/fp/March09.html
26.02.2009 05.03.2009 FH FH/G3SWH
19.03.2009 25.03.2009 4K 4K0CW Axel, DL6KVA.

Contests taking place during March include:-

07-08   0000-2400      ARRL International DX contest     SSB
14-15   1000-1000      RSGB Commonwealth contest       CW
21-23   0200-0200      BARTG HF RTTY contest             RTTY
28-29   0000-2359      CQWW WPX contest                     SSB

Good Hunting and plenty of DX.

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

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