28 Jan 2014

M0XII/P first UKAC 6 Meters (50MHz) contest of 2014

Really enjoyed entering the UKAC 6 Meters contest out portable tonight under M0XII/P. 
Weather conditions were very cold and wet up at IO91MP but I setup camp inside the car so I could stay somewhat dry. I finished up the contest with a claimed score of 89 QSO's and 13 Square multipliers giving me a total of 122,070 at about 106 points per QSO.

It was difficult going especially towards the North, when trying to work stations up in Scotland (GM/MM) from IO91MP Square, I could barely work/hear them, very deep QSB and generally flat conditions on the band I was quiet surprised to hear the results through the Yaesu FT847 with a 100 watts into a 5 Element could actually achieve with regards to ground wave propagation on 6 Meters. My best DX during the contest was Richard GD8EXI in the Isle of Man at a distance of 371km. Again thank you to all who gave away points during the contest and I do look forward to working you again in the next UKAC contest.

Here's a Map off the contacts made during the UKAC 6 Meter January Contest.

The rig I used was a Yaesu FT847 using a 100 watts on peak.

The antenna was a 5 Element homebrew antenna.

Look forward to catching you on the air next time and best 73's.


19 Jan 2014

EI13CLAN report

With the year of The Gathering now over, the final totals for the call are as follows;

30,340 QSO in the log. 173 Countries worked.
Breakdown of QSO: CW 53%, SSB 35%, Digital 12%

Over 74,000 visits were made to the EI13CLAN page on QRZ.com, many of whom will have followed the link to the IRTS website. To date 281 Direct QSL requests have been processed and many Clan Certificates issued. Over 1,500 qsl cards already arrived through the buro and return cards processed.

Seven Clubs took part in the EI13CLAN Challenge.
Congratulations must go to the Dundalk Amateur Radio Society who emerged as the winner. They will be picking up an Icom 756PRO at the IRTS AGM in Galway later this year. They were the first to enter the challenge and their score was chased hard but never beaten. A big thanks to all those who took part, it gave the call great exposure.

Thanks also, to the many individual operators who worked the call during the year across all bands and modes.


73's DE EI5IX / M0XII - Pat

15 Jan 2014

First Amateur Radio App for Google Glass!

Is this the first Amateur Radio Application for Google Glass!!??

14 Jan 2014

January 432MHz UKAC Contest M0XII/P

Arrived at Locator IO91MP slightly later than usual which meant I missed the beginning of the Contest at 20:00 UTC. Weather conditions out portable was absolutely dreadful, rain pouring down and wind blowing us all over the place, we finally managed to get the 19 Element Tonna up in the air and the Yaesu FT847 setup and running at 20:20 UTC where we used my call-sign portable "M0XII/P". I was going to use the 100W amplifier but during the setup of the station I realised that I forgot to bring the patch lead from the Amplifier to the Radio so that idea was out the window and had to revert to plan B of running 50W from the rig, better than no watts at all in my opinion.  

Activity was down on the 70cm band compared to recent months and conditions were very very poor with deep QSB in our location, I managed to obtain in the Log 51 contacts and 12 multipliers from 20:20 UTC > 22:30 UTC. It was really nice to see a few new stations pop up on the 70cm band, I look forward to working them again in the future hopefully when band conditions are a lot better.

Thanks to all for the points and I hope to see you in the next UKAC Contest.



A map view of my Contest QSO's

1 Jan 2014


Happy New Year to one and all, hope it's a great one for you.
Enjoy the Party :)

Best 73's DE EI5IX / M0XII - Pat