23 Jul 2014

M0XII/P - UKAC 50Mhz Contest - July

The July UKAC 50Mhz Contest on the 22nd from locator square IO91MP was excellent with regards to propagation some unexpected sproadic E's towards the end of the contest into Sweden and Finland made the band go wild. Activity in this contest was well up on previous months and it was great to hear a few extra multipliers on the band. I still struggle to get GM/MM stations from 91 Square but just about managed to get Andy GM4JR, unfortunately this month didn't hear any EI or GD.

This month I finished the contest with a claimed score of 117 QSO's and 16 UK Multiplier squares and a total of 350,976 points with 8 DXCC entities worked. It was really nice to work Timo OH1TM on the band in KP01VJ Square as my furthest ODX of 1752Km,  Once again a big Thank you to all stations for the points and multipliers this month it was very much appreciated.

My working conditions was an FT847 Transceiver with 100 watts into a 5 Element F9FT Yagi up about 3m from ground.

Here's a map of the QSO's made during the contest:

11 Jul 2014

The IARU HF Championship

The IARU HF Championship takes place from 12:00 Saturday
12th to 11:59 UTC Sunday 13th July. There are CW-only,
SSB-only and mixed-mode classes on the 6 contest bands
from 160-10m, with HP, LP (150w) and QRP (5w) sections.

Rules at

Work everyone. Exchange ITU Zone (or Society
initials from IARU Society HQ stations). 
The Zone for UK and Ireland is 27.

This year, 2014, the contest coincides with WRTC,
the World Radio Team Championship, being held in
New England. Look out for the 59 teams using
1×1 call signs starting with W, K, or N (for
example W1D). There are awards for working all
59 teams.

There is a real-time scoreboard showing the scores
for each pair of operators, but not the actual
three- character calls in use, at

Mults are Zones by band, but not separately by mode,
and HQ stations by band. In effect, HQ stations are
country mults.

Good luck to all Teams involved and enjoy the conditions on the bands.


“Brendan Quest” Team’s 2 Meter Signal Copied in the UK

A group of Amateur Radio operators from Atlantic Canada is operating from Pouch Cove, Newfoundland, until July 12 in a bid to complete a 2 meter transatlantic contact and claim the Brendan trophy. The "Brendan Quest" team is on the air as VC1T from grid GN37os on 144.155 MHz. The group activated on July 4, and a couple of days later, on July 6 at 1341 UTC, G4SWX was able to completely decode an FSK441 transmission from VC1T.

“They attempted to complete the QSO for 4 hours, but were not successful,” the team reported. “However, this reception should qualify for the Brendan Plate.” The team said a station in Ireland was able to copy parts of three transmissions. Because of the initial success, the group now will use FSK441 exclusively in its Brendan bid.

VC1T had been concentrating its efforts on JT65B, but it has CW and SSB capability, which the team will try if it is able to achieve an FSK441 two-way. Part of the WSJT software package developed by Joe Taylor, K1JT, FSK441 was primarily designed to detect very brief “pings” from meteor trails. VC1T is running 750 W into a rope-supported 43 element, 100 foot long Yagi directed at Europe. It has a gain of more than 23 dBd. When driven with 750 W, the effective radiated power (ERP) in the center of the major lobe should be about 150 kW, the group estimated.

Members of the expedition include Fred Archibald, VE1FA; Roger Sturtevant, VE1SKY; Helen Archibald, VA1YL; Rich Pieniaszek, VA1CHP, and Al Penney, VO1NO. The Brendan Trophy is a series of awards offered by the Irish Radio Transmitters Society (IRTS) to the first Amateur Radio operators to complete a 2 meter transatlantic contact. According to the IRTS, the Brendan Trophy is awarded for the first “traditional mode” two-way contact — ie, SSB or CW capable of being copied without machine assistance. The Brendan Shield is awared for the first “nontraditional mode” two-way contact, ie, digital modes and high-speed CW. The Brendan Plate is given for the first verified reception of a transatlantic signal in any mode.

The goals of the Brendan Quest team are to complete at least one contact on 2 meters using “terrestrial propagation modes” or on both CW and SSB and “non-traditional” modes, such as JT65B. The group plans to operate continuously for the entire period, transmitting on even minutes, and receiving on odd minutes. The Pouch Cove site is 3040 km from the Irish coast and just 23 km from the Cabot Tower site in St Johns, Newfoundland, where Marconi copied the first transatlantic signal in 1901..

The group has a Facebook page, where it is posting updates. — Thanks to AMSAT News Service, Brendan Quest 2 Meter Transatlantic Attempt

73's DE EI5IX / M0XII - Pat

10 Jul 2014

50MHz UKAC June Results 2014

The number of entries dropped slightly to 169 as we enter the summer holiday season. Thirty one squares were active which is the highest of the year. (A total of 33 squares have been activated during 2014). This sounds like a repeat of May as the Sporadic-E was dying as the contest started! There were 47 Es QSOs into CT, F, EA, EA6 and EA9. Eighty percent of these were in the first 30 minutes and the final one was at 20:12. Many stations commented that they no Sporadic-e at all. With the high number of active squares, multiplier totals were high with M1MHZ (IO92) working 22 squares, G8XVJ/P (IO93) 21 squares and GI4SNA (IO64) and G3PYE/P (JO02) 18 squares. The best Sporadic-Es contact was between G4LKD (IO93) and EA9PY at 2010 kms and the best tropo contact was between G4RRA (IO80) and GM4ZUK/P (IO86) at 692kms. Adjudication disallowed 5.2% of QSOs with callsigns causing the most difficulty this month.
Roger - G4BVY

I have moved up into 3rd Place so far out of 200 entrants within the restricted section, I am looking forward to the next contest July 50MHz UKAC at 2000 local time on Tuesday 22nd July 2014.

8 Jul 2014

RSGB VHF National Field Day 2014

The weekend of Saturday & Sunday 5th /6th of July 2014, I ventured out and about with the Middlesex DX group in the VHF National Field Day.

We were operational on 6m, 4m, 2m & 70cm from Locator Square "JO00EW" under the call-sign "M0MDG/P".
We arrived on site on the Friday at 15:00BST and began to set up our portable stations, weather conditions were amazing on the Friday with the sun beaming down on us as we constructed the stations for the contest starting the Saturday at 14:00UTC. Once the stations were put together and tested on the Friday evening Jason M1PRO fired up the BBQ and a tasty meal washed down with a few beers was enjoyed by all.
Saturday Morning everyone was up bright and early in contest mode and once breakfast was had by all and the final tweak's made to the stations it was suddenly 14:00UTC... CQ Contest!!!

I had the pleasure of operating with Carl 2E1IDC on 50 MHz. Simon MW0TBI along with Steve G1OFW operated on 144MHz and John G0KLX with Jason M1PRO operated on 432MHz.

Once 50MHz had finished at 22:00UTC we had to dismantle the station and build the 70MHz setup for the next morning at 08:00UTC. The Guys continued to operate on 144MHz and 432MHz late into the night but as we had very heavy rain and wind in the South East of England over the Saturday night we decided to close down the 144MHz & 432MHz stations as activity almost disappeared. The weather made sleeping in Tents not very pleasant however we struggled on through and managed to get some much needed sleep for the next morning. Everyone was up bright and early and we even got to work the early morning DX into Europe with was greeted with smiles all around once w e Put the finishing touches to the 70MHz station and before we knew it 08:00UT was upon us. 6 hours past and the contest was over at 14:00UT on Sunday afternoon, very weary and tired contest operators then began to disassemble the stations and packed up for our 3 hour journey back home to London.
We finished up the contest with a claimed score and an entry into the Restricted section with the following:

50Mhz (6m):
110 QSO's - 34'294 Total Points with an ODX of 2386Km with SZ8LSV

70Mhz (4m):
63 QSO's - 13'245 Total points with an ODX of 694Km with GM4ZUK/P

144MHz (2m):
230 QSO's - 69'396 Total points with an ODX of 814Km with DK2CF

432MHz (70cms):
85 QSO's - 19'090 Total points with an ODX of 739Km with EI9JA

50MHz (6m) Setup

70MHz (4m) Setup

144MHz (2m) Setup

432MHz (70cms) Setup

I have got to thank the Middlesex DX group (G0KLX, MW0TBI, M1PRO, G1OFW & 2E1IDC) for inviting me along to contest with them for the VHF NFD contest I really enjoyed the weekend it was great craic and certainly looking forward to the next one.

73's DE EI5IX / M0XII - Pat

1 Jul 2014

RSGB - VHF National Field Day 2014

This weekend from 1400 UTC Saturday 5th July 2014 until 1400 UTC Sunday 6th July 2014, I will be active with the Middlesex DX group in the VHF National Field Day. 

We will be operational on 6m, 4m, 2m & 70cm from Locator Square "JO00EW" under the call-sign "M0MDG/P".

M0MDG/P - Operators on the Bands:

John G0KLX - 70cm

Jason M1PRO - 70cm

Simon MW0TBI - 2M

Steve G1OFW - 2M

Carl 2E1IDC - 4M & 6M

Pat M0XII - 4M & 6M

Looking forward to this contest hope band conditions and the weather holds up but it should be a great laugh with the lads over the weekend. :-) Hope to work you in the contest. 73's