24 Apr 2014

2013 CQWW CW Result

So jumping in and out on the HF bands back at the end of November in 2013 with only a very minimal setup (FT920 & a Carolina Windom) I managed somehow to finish up in 7th place on Morse Code in the 
CQ WW CW Contest. I had a lot of fun doing this contest I hope to have a better setup for the bands by the end of this year and I hope to plan to be on the bands for a lot longer also.

22 Apr 2014

M0XII/P - UKAC 50Mhz Contest - April

April's UKAC 50Mhz Contest from locator square IO91MP had great activity on the band with most of the conditions going to the North and the West but unfortunately was poor towards the South and East from my location. Weather conditions were Dry with temperatures at 8-9 degrees Celsius and was really nice to see a taste of Spring in the air.

Activity this month especially up towards the North and West of the country was again fantastic especially from locator's IO80, IO81, IO82, IO83, IO92, IO93 squares, band conditions this month were again only average and was difficult at times pulling out some of the weak ones in the noise but a big thank you to all who persisted with great patience. I'm sorry that I missed a few stations on the air but hopefully I will get them in Months to come.

This month I finished the contest with a claimed score of 93 QSO's and 13 Multiplier squares and a total of 149,773 points with a total of 5 DXCC entities worked, it was really nice to catch Gerry EI9JU over in Lisfannan, Burt, Lifford, County Donegal in Ireland in IO65GA Square as my furthest DX of 572Km it was a fantastic surprise. Once again Thanks to all stations for the points and multipliers this month it was very much appreciated.

My working conditions again was the same as last month an FT847 Transceiver with 100 watts into a 5 Element Home brew Yagi up only about 18 foot from ground.

Here's a map of the QSO's in the Contest:

Looking forward to working you all again in the next UKAC contest.


10 Apr 2014

UK Amateurs Losing Access to Part of 2.3 GHz and 3.4 GHz Bands

Spotted this earlier on the ARRL News Website, Sad to hear that we are losing privileges and not having a licence fee as a Radio Amateur leaves us without a leg to sand on in my opinion, anyway here's what has been mentioned:

UK telecommunications regulator Ofcom has announced that it’s ending Amateur Radio access to significant portions of the 2.3 and 3.4 GHz bands. The action, announced on April 7, came in the wake of a year-long “consultation” — a rule making proceeding — that involved the release by the Ministry of Defence of 40 MHz of spectrum at 2.3 GHz and 150 MHz of spectrum at 3.4 GHz. Amateur Radio is secondary on the bands.

Amateur Radio will lose privileges on frequencies in the two bands that overlap with spectrum that Ofcom plans to award for “new civil uses” — 2350 to 2390 MHz and 3410 to 3475 MHz. The announcement gives radio amateurs at least 12 months’ notice, but radio amateurs must comply immediately with procedures to avoid interfering with other users; ham radio occupants of 2310 to 2350 MHz will have to register their use and provide details to Ofcom.

Amateur Radio will retain access to the adjacent bands, but Ofcom has put procedures in place to remove even those frequencies from Amateur Radio access, if necessary in the future. Ofcom said earlier this year that with military and other government use of the 2.3 and 3.4 GHz spectrum ending, “we believe an award of the spectrum for high power use is likely to deliver greater benefit to UK consumers and citizens than continued amateur use.” Ofcom was required by the Ministry of Defence to adequately protect its systems from Amateur Radio interference in both the released spectrum and in adjacent bands.

“The MoD’s plans are part of a government commitment to release 500 MHz of spectrum by 2020,” Ofcom explained in its order. “This commitment to opening up spectrum for new civil uses is based on growing demand from UK consumers for spectrum-hungry devices such as smartphones and tablets.” Ofcom said that use of mobile data devices more than doubled in the 18 months leading up to January 2012. “Indeed, the 2.3 and 3.4 GHz bands are identified in Ofcom’s ‘mobile data strategy’ as having the potential to support even better mobile data services for citizens and consumers in the coming years,” the regulator said.

Ofcom said it was making 2300 to 2302 MHz available for amateur use, but licensees first must obtain a Notice of Variation to their licenses. Hams in the US have secondary access to 2300 to 2310 MHz, 2390 to 2450 MHz, and 3300 to 3500 MHz. — Thanks to RSGB, Ofcom

7 Apr 2014

50MHz UKAC March 2014 Results

The following is from Roger - G4BVY

This was another record month with 192 entries and a total of 5359 QSOs. There were 303 active stations in 23 UK squares and 5 non-UK squares. Again many entrants commented that conditions were poor and many were plagued with high noise levels. Interestingly, given the increased level of activity, multiplier totals are well down on previous events. This month G3PYE/P (JO02) and G3WIR/A (IO91) worked 15 squares, M1MHZ (IO92) worked 14 squares and G4NOK (IO93) and M0GVG/P (IO83) worked 13 squares. The best tropo contact was between M0MDY (IO93) and OT6V at 449kms. In total there were only 7 tropo QSOs greater than 400kms. The adjudication saw 5.9% of QSOs disallowed with callsign errors and RS(T) errors by far the highest this month.

So looking at the table for the last three month I've managed to maintain 4th position in the restricted section out of so far 163 entries, hopefully band conditions will improve for the next contest the April 50MHz UKAC which is at 2000 local time on Tuesday 22nd April 2014.

Look forward to working you on the air in the next contest ;)


5 Apr 2014

March 144/432 MHz 2014 Results

The following is from 
Roger Dixon, G4BVY

After the superb conditions in 2013, this year saw a return to "normal" conditions. In fact conditions were generally referred to as poor to dismal on both bands. Activity levels were low and in particular the poor activity level within the UK was commented on by many. While the weather was generally benign for this time of year, the wind caused problems for some and an extreme weather front arriving from the south west at the end of the event caused an extremely unpleasant take down for some portable entrants. Overall entry levels were around 10% down on 2013.

On 144MHz 72 squares were worked. There were 5 QSOs greater than 800kms and a further 33 QSOs between 700 and 800kms. The best contact was between G4G and DL0BA at 865kms.

On 432MHz 43 squares were active. There were 6 contacts over 700kms and a further 33 between 600 and 700kms. The best contact was between G4TSW and DF2VJ at 768kms.

Congratulations go to:
  • The Five Bells Group, G5B, who won the open section;
  • Roger, G3MEH, who won the single operator fixed section for the second year running;
  • Kevin, G7KXZ/P, for winning the single operator others section;
  • The Northern Fells CG, G4G, who won the six-hour open section;
  • Richard, GD8EXI, who won the six-hour single operator fixed section;

The Middlesex DX group finished up in 2nd place over all which was a fantastic achievement and 2nd place in the Open section on 144Mhz and also 2nd place in the Open section on the 432Mhz band.

It was a great pleasure to do this contest with the Middlesex DX group and a big thanks to John G0KLX, Jason M1PRO, Simon MW0TBI, Carl 2E1IDC, Steve G1OFW and Kevin G1KAW for putting in a huge effort this year in getting two powerful stations up and running for the 24 hours of the contest.
Thanks to all for the QSO's and the Points I'm looking forward to the next event where hopefully propagation and activity improves in future contests.


2 Apr 2014

UK & Ireland Contest Club

The formation of the United Kingdom and Ireland Contest Club (UKEICC) has just been announced.
Visit www.ukeicc.com to see the clubs Aims and Intentions. Membership is open to anyone worldwide who is interested in HF contesting. Online Membership registration, which is free, will start in late April 2014.

73's DE EI5IX / M0XII - Pat

Canadian 2m Brendan Quest

A record-setting transatlantic 2m QSO will be attempted continuously for one week from Pouch Cove, Newfoundland, Canada this summer.

Marconi successfully transmitted across the Atlantic in 1901. No one has ever done this on the 2 meter band (144Mhz). For more information and photos on the Canadian Brendan Quest team see:

73's DE EI5IX / M0XII - Pat