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Future Activities

Chris Colclough
Chris Colclough
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Over the past couple of days while Tim & Chris were down at the farm with Rob they had a quick chat and bandied around a coupe of ideas for the next club activity.

We still need to chat with the rest of the guys but there maybe something happening next year. We just need to get together and put some plans together.

Watch this space and we will keep you informed.

Activity Ended

Chris Colclough
Chris Colclough
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Sadly we have had to cut our activity short. The weather has forced us to lower the mast with the hexbeam due to high winds hitting the UK. This left us with the Windom and active on 40m, we tried to make as many contacts as possible but again the weather caused high static noise. We have also had a minor failure with the amp so this is going to be taken in for repair tomorrow. 

We will be back on again soon. Don't for get to use the OQRS sytem for any card requests, and please DO NOT send us QSL cards via the bureau.

Thanks once again for the contacts, Chris and Tim.

MC0SHL Up and Running

Chris Colclough
Chris Colclough
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Tim (M0URX) has fired up the radio and has had an hour on the air making roughly 90 QSO's on 20M. We have taken a break for dinner - 17:00 on 16th September - and will be back on some time around 19:00.

Don't forget we are on the mainland (EU-005). QSL via Tim's OQRS service on his website.

WE DO NOT NEED YOUR CARD SO PLEASE DO NOT SEND TO US VIA THE BUREAU, JUST REQUEST VIA OQRS

On Air From The Farm HQ

Chris Colclough
Chris Colclough
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Chris (G1VDP) and Tim (M0URX) are planning a trip to the farm HQ from Sunday 15 September 2018 for a few days. They plan on being on the air and activating the MC0SHL call on various bands. Chris is hoping to try out some FT8 if he can, first time for him using this mode, and maybe some RTTY. This will count for WFF GFF15 and IOTA EU-005 Mainland Great Britain. 

QSL using the OQRS on Tim's website (follow this link).

PLEASE DO NOT SEND CARDS VIA BUREAU AS WE DO NOT NEED YOUR CARD WE ARE HAPPY TO SEND OURS TO YOU VIA BUREAU FOR FREE

Plane Crashes on Local Beach

Chris Colclough
Chris Colclough
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Some local news from the Pembrokeshire area. This has happened close to both Ramsey Island and a little further down the coast from our club HQ. We are saddened to hear that the pilot is injured, but hoopefully not too bad. Follow the below link for full details.

http://pembrokeshire-herald.com/47440/whitesands-pilot-injured-after-light-aircraft-crashes-into-water/

PDXG OQRS v4.61 update

Chris Colclough
Chris Colclough
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Taken from Tim (M0URX) and Charles (M0OXO) websites.

oqrs cosmetic

The new version of the PDXG OQRS is now on line and there are quite a lot of changes. Many are cosmetic, adding a bit of colour and others are more practical. I will post a longer description later but two of the main changes;

1) OQRS now allows ''live logging'' by Dxpeditions providing they have a stable Internet connection and are using N1MM.

2) After a log search you will see that we will no longer accept email and social media requests for Missing Call requests. This is a practical change and indeed a safer way to ensure all busted calls are traceable and more important, that none are missed by being sent on many different social media platforms.
Social Media requests need to be discouraged.

By using the Log Check Request Form for missing Q's this also helps me identify any serious log issues that i need to report to the DX team.

Thanks, hope you enjoy the new version which you will catch on both M0URX and M0OXO OQRS sites.

Ramsey Island Blog

Chris Colclough
Chris Colclough
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Hello all,

Not much happening within the group at the minute. No expeditions planned, no on air activity, or trips to our HQ - well not until September. But we like to keep up to date with what's happening down in the local area, especially the news on the RSPB Reserve we visit Ramsey Island.

The wardens, Greg and Lisa, along with their team of volunteers keep a blog and are always updating with news and pictures. Well worth supporting and bookmarking just to keep up with the island news.

https://ww2.rspb.org.uk/community/placestovisit/ramseyisland/default.aspx

Not only the RSPB blog, but Thousand Island Boat Trips also run a blog on their website and Facebok pages showing photo's of the wildlife around the islands.

So while there are no sun spots there is still plenty to keep our interest in the area while off the air.

Z68UR Kosovo September

Chris Colclough
Chris Colclough
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Taken from Tim (M0URX) website.

Another friend of the group activating a new DXCC.

K800 Z68UR

 

Max  ON5UR will be operating from Kosovo between 20th - 30th September 2018. Max has received the licence from ARKEP and will be QRV as Z68UR 


QSL Via M0URX OQRS 

Fafarad Island NA-207

Chris Colclough
Chris Colclough
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Taken from Charles (M0OXO) website

Good News for IOTA hunters.

faradBruce, KD6WW & Mike, K9AJ plan to activate this rare IOTA counter.  The last operation from NA-207 was 18 years ago.

We hope to be on Fafarad Island on the evening (local time) of July 19.  We plan to be QRV until the morning of July 23.

We will have two stations QRV on 40m thru 17m.  CW will be our primary mode, but we plan some SSB and FT8 is a possibility.

Calllsigns will be KD6WW/VY0 and K9AJ/VY0.

QSLs are via the home call & we will use OQRS, direct w/ SASE and bureau.

Fafarad Island is grid EO92.

We anticipate support from IREF, otherwise this operation is self-funded. We welcome any additional support from the IOTA community.

Mail finally gets to Venezuela

Chris Colclough
Chris Colclough
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Written by Charles M0OXO and taken from his web page.

YV4BCDIt has been very difficult to get mail in and out of Venezuela over the last year due to the politcal and financial climate in the country. Several attempts to get our bureau packages to the YV QSL Bureau failed with mail being returned as "Route suspended" however thanks to the help of the YV Bureau team we were able to route the mail via USA and this was picked up by the YV team.


The photo from YV4BCD, Juan shows that the cards from Tim M0URX and myself, Charles M0OXO finally got through to the Venezuela hams.

Thank you to all who helped!

Update on Activity and Klub Members

Chris Colclough
Chris Colclough
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Well the past two years have been a little difficult for us all to find time to get together for any of our activations. We all have work and families to put before the Klub. We are still all friends and regularly meet up on Skype or speak over the phone. But we are hoping this is going to change going forward.

We no longer hold the contest call MW9W, and we have put this on the biography on QRZ.com. We wish Ian, (GW0KRL) the new holder of the caall, all the best and maybe see the call once again in the contest results as the #1 station in Wales - well OK #2 after MC0SHL in the contest we enter hihi. The dates we held the call to and from (this includes M9W) are 29 March 2008 through to 15 December 2013, any QSO's outside these dates are not with the S.H.A.R.K. boys.

We will be on the air some time between the 16th and 20th July 2018 from the farm. It is hoped that there will be a couple of operators in attendance. There will also be updates and new images in the gallery afterwards. A trip around Ramsy Island is planned to get some photographs of the flora, fauna, and wildlife around the island and the farm. 

So listen out for us, and please do listen to what the operator says - if they ask for outside EU then please stand by and we will get around to working you, just don't keep calling and calling if you can't hear anything as you will not go in the log - and only call with your full call sign. 


OQRS Some Helpful Hints

Chris Colclough
Chris Colclough
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Written by Tim (M0URX) and taken from his website. We urge all our friends to use OQRS via his website, especially if requesting a bureau card.

Log Search
For many of you requesting QSL cards using OQRS is still a bit of a mystery. So today i will try to take you through some stages of the OQRS to help and guide you through.

1) Log search page. - Firstly you will see in red bold text the "Last QSO in the Log" date and time. If your QSO is after that time you must wait for the next log update.

If your QSO is before that time but does not appear in the log, then click on the blue box that says "Not in log?" This will take you to our Not in log page where you can enter the QSO details and this will be sent to my work desk for checking. Please do NOT send me emails as the only way we can respond is if you use our system correctly.To request the QSOs with the geen ticks, click on the blue box "Request QSL(OQRS)"

Request QSL
2) QSL Request Page - On the right hand side of the check boxes you will see the status of the QSL request written in green. Here you can see that the LoTW upload has been completed and that a Direct QSL has been sent.

If you have previously been sent a Bureau QSL for that QSO we will NOT send another.
Please only request ONCE for Bureau. If you lost the QSL or you failed to collect from the Bureau then please use Direct QSL route.
To request your QSO just tick the check box and enter the date and time and proceed to Step 2.

OQRS- 2

3) QSL Step 2. 
Enter and confirm your email address so that i can email you if there is any problem.

"Your QSL Manager (If any)" This box should remain empty if you DO NOT HAVE a QSL manager.

Please do NOT write anything else in this Box.
DO not write any email in this box.
This box is to route your QSL to your QSL manager if you have one. If you are member of DARC you can enter your DOK number here.

Please remember you can ALWAYS check back on the Log Search page to see the status of your QSL request. Which will either be "In Queue" or "Sent" or blank if not requested.

When you have requested your QSL on OQRS, it is very important that YOU DO NOT send a paper Bureau QSL. You should always mark your log accordingly as QSL requested so that when your QSL arrives you do not send out another QSL request. It is very important to use the Bureau responsibly. Bureau is NOT free it does cost an enormous amount of money so your help in using OQRS correctly is a big step to reducing bureau costs. Thank you.

Seasons greetings 2017

Chris Colclough
Chris Colclough
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2017 has been a quiet year for the group. Many of us have had changes within our personal lives and have just not had the time to get together as much as we would like. There have been a couple of occasions and we have managed to get on the air from the farm, but sadly no Ramsey Island trip. Maybe 2018 will be a different story and we will be active a little more.

So as the 2017 year end draws ever closer, we like to wish all our friends around the world seasons greetings in their home language, and we do appologise if we miss yours off the list.

Lets hope that 2018 brings us all good conditions on the radio and we hope to contact you all at some point.


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd dda

Buon Natale e Felice Anno Nuovo

Joyeux Noel et Bonne Annèe
 
Feliz Navidad y Feliz Año Nuevo
 
Vasel Koleda
 
Froehliche Weihnachten undein gluckliches Nues Jahr
 
Kala Christougenna Ki eftihismenos o Kenourgios Chronos
 
Boldoy Karácsonyt
 
Wesolych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia
 
Cestitamo Bozia
 
Boas Fiestas e um feliz Ano Novo
 
Nollaig Shona Dhuit
 
From all at the Strumble Head Amateur Radio Klub enjoy the holidays and good DX.
 
May we meet on the air sometime in 2018.
 
And remember we may be on the air sometime over the holiday period from the farm to celebrate the new year.
 
Remember to keep an eye on here and our Fabebook group for any news on what is happening.

9M6XRO John - SK

Chris Colclough
Chris Colclough
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It is with great sadness we put this on our website. John was a friend of us all and we all have many QSO's with hi, RIP John and may you now be at peace.

Written by Tim M0URX and taken from his website.

K800 QSL-9M6XRO-SebPortableIt is with much sadness to report that John Plenderleith, 9M6XRO, passed away yesterday 4th December, John was first licensed in 1960 as GM3OOK in Ayrshire, Scotland. He operated from Singapore for about 10 years as 9V1RS, then moved to the Isle of Man as GD3OOK, then to Norfolk as G3OOK, including several years /MM. John retired to Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, in 2005 and after one year as 9M6/G3OOK became 9M6XRO.

John logged over 250 thousand QSOs with his personal call signs often travelling on DXpeditons as a team member, adding many more thousands of contacts from many rare locations. John’s favourite mode was CW, but was comfortable on any mode, recently trying his hand with FT8 which he gave many all over the world an ATNO, John’s CW was exceptional, he was so accurate that over the last 10 years I rarely had any busted call enquiries. I first met John in 2011 when we operated together as team members on 4W6A, John was one of the CW ops and was extremely dedicated to his CW seat and was happy sitting for many, many hours and only wanted to stop when it was time for a beer.

A keen contester John was active on most weekend contests, also chased DXCC and had Mixed 326 DXCC confirmed. CW 309, Phone 270, Digital 244.

His previous calls included: 3DA0OK, Op at 4W6A, Op at 5W8A (2013), 7P8OK, Op at 9M4SLL (Spratly), 9V1RS, A25OOK, C91XO, CU2/G3OOK/P, EL0A, G3OOK, GD3OOK, GM3OOK, Op at N8A (2013 from American Samoa KH8), V8FRO, V85/9M6XRO, Op at W8A (2013 from American Samoa KH8), XU7XRO, YB9/GM3OOK, ZL/GD3OOK (OC-201), Op at ZL9HR and ZS6/GM3OOK.

9M6XRO member of CDXC, GMDX, ISWL 9M6-6982, RNARS 0437

A true gentleman, great CW operator and friend. RIP John.

   
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