Ramblings from a G4 by Antony Turnbull G4CUS October 2009

During August the sun spots stayed away completely but at least the DX didn’t. It was amazing to hear who was about on the bands. Even 15 and 10mtrs were graced with signals, some of which were from far flung corners of the earth. During the last weekend of August there were two contests running simultaneously, one on ssb and the other on rtty. I did not hear one ssb station on 15mtrs but it was another story down on the rtty portion. This area of the band was full of Europeans and even a few from the Far East including Japan and Singapore, the later being a true 599.

Some of you may remember Peter, G4JPI who lived in Clive Vale for many years. Although not a member of HERC he did attend some meetings, mainly the auctions (I nearly called them junk sales). He was not at all active at the time due to aerial restrictions but he remembers many of you. He has moved to the Shetland Islands and I worked him (for the first time) under his GM4JPI guise. He asked to be remembered to everyone.

The main event for some of us in August was the lighthouse weekend on 15/16th. This was run under the ‘umbrella’ of BSARS and we had the use of a room at the Dungeness Lifeboat station as usual. On Friday 14th we set up the station including the aerials which consisted of a windom and a three element beam on our newly acquired trailer tower. This is in fact a Versa tower mounted on a highly modified boat trailer and this was its first outing with us. Almost as soon as we had cranked up the tower we had a visitation from the Police who enquired if we were setting up a Sky system!
On the Saturday we arrived all ready to go, with just the beam and Windom to raise.

We were kept busy for much of the day with stations wanting the two Dungeness lighthouses, the old and the new. On Sunday we put out a single CQ call when we arrived and were kept busy for the rest of the day on 20mtrs. It was amazing to be at the ‘sharp end’ of a pile-up for a change and it was difficult to pick out any full calls most of the time. The majority of stations were from Germany, we appeared to have a ‘pipe-line’ to them with very strong signals indeed, even when we were beaming stateside. A few DX stations managed to crack the EU wall including one from Thailand much to Steve’s (M0SSR) excitement!

This pile-up continued right up to the point where we just had to switch off at 15:30 to pack up the station and hand the room back to the RNLI. The total number of stations worked during the weekend was 311 mostly on ssb with Tony (G4KLF) having a dabble on cw.

DX countries worked during August include:-
Laos, Qatar, Japan, Kuwait, Taiwan, S.Korea, Venezuela, Singapore, Iraq, Guadeloupe, Hong Kong, Thailand, Ethiopia, W.Malaysia, Colombia, Argentina, India, Timor-leste, Puerto Rico, Philippines, China, Costa Rica and United Arab Emirates.

Contests taking place during October include:-

TARA PSK Rumble Contest  0000Z-2400Z, Oct 3
German Telegraphy Contest  0700Z-0959Z, Oct 3
EU Autumn Sprint, SSB  1600Z-1959Z, Oct 3
Marathon  RTTY Contest  0000Z, Oct 10 to 1559Z, Oct 11
10-10 Int. 10-10 Day Sprint  0001Z-2359Z, Oct 10
EU Autumn Sprint, CW  1600Z-1959Z, Oct 10
FISTS Fall Sprint  1700Z-2100Z, Oct 10
North American Sprint, RTTY  0000Z-0400Z, Oct 11
Worked All Germany Contest  1500Z, Oct 17 to 1459Z, Oct 18
Asia-Pacific Fall Sprint, CW  0000Z-0200Z, Oct 18
CQ Worldwide DX Contest, SSB  0000Z, Oct 24 to 2400Z, Oct 25
10-10 Int. Fall Contest, CW0001Z, Oct 24 to 2359Z, Oct 25
The BIG one being CQ WW DX on 24/25.

DX to look out for in October include:-
Oct 1-10, 2009     DXCC: Conway Reef    Callsign: 3D20CR

Oct 1-28, 2009         DXCC: Fiji    Callsign: 3D2MJ
QSL: SP5EAQ  Info: By SP5EAQ  (OC-016); focus on low bands;
verticals, small amps; also SP5DRH using 3D2KJ (QSL via SP5DRH)

Oct 5-30, 2009         DXCC: South Cook Is    Callsign: E51NOU
QSL: N7OU    Info: By N7OU  Ratotonga I; 80-10m; CW; 100w;
vertical; spare time operation

Oct 8-Nov 17, 2009     DXCC: Niue    Callsign: ZK2DL
QSL: DL2FAG    Info: By DL2FAG  Namukulu (OC-040); 80-10m;
mainly RTTY PSK SSB; holiday style operation

Oct 9-19, 2009         DXCC: Midway I    Callsign: K4M
Info: By 19 op international team; 160-6m;    5-6 stns; QRV on 20m 24 hrs/day

Oct 10-27, 2009         DXCC: Benin    Callsign: TY1MS
QSL: PA3AWW   Info: By 5 PA ops as TBD;    QSL OK via PA Buro or direct

Oct 12-25, 2009         DXCC: Maldives    Callsign: 8Q7AK
QSL: G7COD    Info: By G7COD  Embudu, Kaafu Atoll (AS-013);
40-10m; CW SSB; 0730-0830z, 0900-1030z,     1300-1500z and 1730-1800z; QSL OK via Buro or direct

Oct 16-22, 2009         DXCC: Marquesas Is    Callsign: TX5SPM
QSL: SP9PT     Info: By FO5QB SP9PT SP3DOI SP3CYY       Nuku Hiva I
(OC-027); focus on low bands for EU;     CW SSB RTTY, perhaps PSK31

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

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