Ramblings from a G4 by Antony Turnbull G4CUS June 2008

Towards the end of each month I am faced with a blank word document in readiness for the next article. I look out of the window trying to summon up some inspiration, studying the aerials as they sway in the wind. Today is bank holiday Monday and the weather is doing its usual bank holiday ‘thing’ and I wonder how all those organised events are fairing. On Saturday at least we were lucky with the weather in Bexhill for the massed pipe band event. Linda and I were helping with our RAYNET hats (and tabards) on. It was windy along the sea front and especially so up to Galley Hill where our control station was situated but the sun was shining and it was really warm. Unfortunately the promised two to four hundred pipers were whittled down to well under a hundred. Those that did come certainly made up for the missing and what a splendid sound they created! We certainly enjoyed the day despite the fact that we were on our feet for about five hours. The salute was taken by Major General Moore-Bick CBE DL who is deputy Lord Lieutenant of Sussex.

Towards the end of April Linda and I had a week in Paris which was very enjoyable, especially as the weather was sunny and hot, up to 26 centigrade at times. I am one who looks out for amateur radio aerials when going to foreign parts (very sad I know), and even managed to spot a three element beam whilst on Euro Star just after coming out of the tunnel in France. A few dipoles we also spotted in Paris and no I did not take any radio equipment with me. The train ride is so smooth that you don’t realise the speed you are travelling at, I even checked this by switching on my portable sat nav which put the speed at 185 MPH.
I had always thought that it was the British who were king of the queues, but we have nothing on the French when it comes to their national treasures. We didn’t even bother with the Eiffel tower as all three queues were at least two hours long! I had been up at the age of five with my parents which was quite a long time ago now. It was Linda’s first time in Paris so it would have been nice to get up to the top, maybe next time. Paris is certainly a beautiful city and has much to offer the tourist.

The short-wave bands have been fairly active this past month with DX coming in from all directions again. Considering that we are still at or near the bottom of the sun spot cycle conditions have kept up remarkably well. Japanese stations have really been thundering in to this QTH both on SSB and RTTY, even a few on PSK31. As I pointed out last month my operating will now be curtailed somewhat during the summer months by the pleasures of the garden!

DX countries worked during May include:-

Japan, West Malaysia, Mongolia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Tunisia, Morocco, USA, Kazakhstan, Asiatic Russia, Guam, Turkey, South Korea, Canada, Israel, Cyprus, Faeroe Islands and the US Virgin Islands.

DX to look out for from mid June include:-

5X1NH     (Uganda)                                                                     25/6 – 15/8
BT1OB (China)  Beijing Olympic games.5 colours of flag. BLUE   18/5 – 17/9
BT1OJ       …………………… DITTO  …………………  BLACK 18/5 – 17/9
BT1OH      …………………… DITTO  …………………  RED      18/5 – 17/9
BT1OY      …………………… DITTO  ……………….YELLOW 18/5 – 17/9
BT1ON      …………………… DITTO  ………………… GREEN  18/5 – 17/9
FP/KV1J       (Miquelon Island)   IOTA NA032                                   9/7 – 14/7
FP/W1MAT  …………………  DITTO  …………………                 9/7 – 14/7
6M0W/4      (Paegya Island)       IOTA AS060                                       6/6 – 8/8
VO2/NF6J  (Battle Island)           IOTA NA044                                 25/6 – 30/6
VK9XWW (Christmas Island)                                                   8/7 – 20/7
VK9XHZ    ……………………..  DITTO ………………
VK9XOR    …………………….. DITTO ………………
VK9XME    …………………….. DITTO ………………
VP5/WB2REM (Turks & Caicos islands)                                            2/7 – 12/7
FH/DK7LX (Mayotte island)                                                              11/6 – 23/6
CY0X          (Sable Island)                                                                    25/6 – 7/7

HF Contests from mid June include:-
14-15/6  0000 –  2359   ANARTS WW RTTY         RST+SN+UTC+CQ ZONE
19/6       1900 – 2030   RSGB Club Championship 80m    SSB  RST+SN
21-22/6 0000 – 2359   All Asia                                           CW  RST+OPS AGE
28-29/6 1200 – 1200   His Majesty,King of Spain              SSB  RST+SN
28-29/6 1400 – 1400   Marconi Memorial                           CW  RST+SN

Good hunting and happy DXing!

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

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