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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.

New Digi Modes Changing Complexion of Bands & Perhaps of Ham Radio

Chris Colclough
Chris Colclough
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Written by Charles M0OXO and taken from his webpage.

DigiInteresting read courtesy of the ARRL;

The wave of software-based digital modes over the past several years has altered the atmosphere of the HF bands. Some suggest the popularity of modes that make it possible to contact stations neither operator can even hear has resulted in fewer CW and SSB signals on bands like 6 meters and 160 meters. Traditional modes require far more interaction and effort on the part of the operator; the newer digital modes not so much. The recent advent of the still-beta “quick” FT8 mode, developed by Steve Franke, K9AN, and Joe Taylor, K1JT — the “F” and the “T” in the mode’s moniker — has brought this to a head. Some now wonder if FT8 marks the end of an era and the start of a new, more minimalist age.

“We’ve been as surprised as anyone about the rapid uptake of FT8 for making QSOs on the HF bands,” Taylor told ARRL this week. Rather than viewing FT8 as a total game-changer, he sees a dividing line between such digital modes and more traditional modes.

“SSB and CW are general-purpose modes,” Taylor asserted. “They are good for ragchewing, DXing, contesting, emergency communications, or whatever. FT8 and the other modes in WSJT-X are special-purpose modes. They are designed for making reliable, error-free contacts using very weak signals — in particular, signals that may be too weak for the more traditional modes to be usable, or even too weak to hear.”

Taylor notes that the information exchanged in most FT8, JT65, and other digital-mode contacts “is little more than the bare minimum for what’s considered to be a valid contact.” In addition to call signs and signal reports, stations may exchange grid squares and acknowledgments.

Radio amateurs recently commented in response to a Top Band Reflector post, in which Steve Ireland, VK6VZ, averred that because of FT8, “160-meter DXing has changed, perhaps forever” in recent weeks. Ireland said he downloaded FT8 but just couldn’t bring himself to use it on the air. “My heart isn’t in it,” he wrote. “My computer will be talking to someone else’s computer, and there will be no sense of either a particular person’s way of sending CW or the tone of their voice. The human in radio has somehow been lost.”

In his blog, Steve McDonald, VE7SL, compiled not only Ireland’s posts, but some responses to it, although not identified by name or call sign. One commenter suggested that the game-changing aspect of FT8 is that those who typically operate CW or SSB will gravitate to FT8. “The amount of activity on the FT8 frequency of any band is phenomenal,” the commenter observed. A few complained that no skill is involved in making contacts using computer-based digital modes.

Another suggested that FT8 is already falling victim to its own success, with too many stations crowding around the designated FT8 frequencies. Others were more philosophical, with remarks along the lines of this one: “It is allowing people who have smaller stations the opportunity to get on and use their radios and a computer to make contacts they never would have been able to make. This is great for ham radio!”

Taylor would agree. As he sees it, FT8 won’t replace modes such as CW or SSB. “Nevertheless, it’s clear that — at least in the short term — many hams enjoy making rapid-fire minimal QSOs with other hams, all over the world, using modest ham equipment,” he said. “For this purpose, FT8 shines.”

In a related “lightning talk” at the 2017 ARRL-TAPR Digital Communications Conference (DCC) earlier this year, ARRL Contributing Editor Ward Silver, N0AX, challenged his savvy audience to develop a keyboard-to-keyboard mode “between FT8 and PSK31” that would support casual and competitive operating, be more interference and noise tolerant, and be usable by those with “compromised” stations and antennas. He also challenged his listeners to develop a “smart” spectrum display that would identify signals by mode, so Amateur Radio could move away from the practice of setting aside specific frequencies for digital modes.

UX5UO Print - World of Qsl's

Chris Colclough
Chris Colclough
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Taken from Charles (M0OXO) page.

Created on Friday, 20 October 2017 01:30

UX5UOGennady Treus (UX5UO) has been on the air since 1967, ex op. UK5UBB, ex UB5UKO, RT5UO and KE4EKT. Contest call US1U. His #1 hobby is DXing & QSL-cards printing is his #2 hobby as well as being a small personal business.

Almost any type of QSL cards and various HAM extras products are available from "UX5UO print".

For ordering your new QSLs from UX5UO print, you can use an Online ORDER FORM and/or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Please use this e-mail as well to send graphics files to be used in creating your QSL design.

We accept almost all graphics formats like .tif, .jpg, .cdr, .eps, .psd, .bmp, .gif, .png, .ppt. Preferable ones are .tif, .pdf or .jpg high quality files (300dpi resolution at 9x14cm size, or 1650x1050 pixels or better). If you are going to design the QSL by yourself, one warning: Please do not put any lettering or logos closer than 6mm (1/4") to borders (edges) of QSL card.

If you do not have internet access, please send your paper samples (photos, rough design, text data etc) to Make the payment to your regional representative or UX5UO by post:

Gennady V. Treus
P.Box 83, Kiev, 03113
Ukraine

Make the payment to your regional representative.

As of October 2017 18702 unique callsigns from 318 DXCC countries have already been printed by "UX5UO print".

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DX Feile - EIDX Group

Chris Colclough
Chris Colclough
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Written by: Charles M0OXO

This event is the first of its kind in EI. Please check out the Programme schedule and maybe you can make the trip to EI.

EIDXFIt will be a great weekend with top class speakers from around the World. Cezar VE3LYC, Kenneth LA7GIA and Nigel G3TXF are just a few of the ones attending and who will give you an amazing insight into their solo Dxpeditions and stories.

Come along, you won't be disappointed!!

https://www.dxfeile.ie/programme

The EIDX Group was formed in early 2016 with an aim of bringing Ireland's DXers together to form an Irish DXpedition team and to promote DX activity in Ireland.

Earlier this year, we brought you 9N7EI, operating from high above in the Himalayas and netting over 30,000 QSOs! Plans are already in place for our next adventure in 2018 and will be announced soon.

'Féile', is a word taken from the Irish language (Gaelic) and translates into English as 'Festival'. So basically, we are holding a 'DX Festival' this coming October.

The chosen venue for this 'festival' is quite exciting as it is actually on Inis Mór, Aran Islands (EU-006). To mark this occasion, 2 x stations will be QRV for the weekend where attendees will be able to operate the EJ1D callsign for as much or as little as they like.
 
We have chosen an amazing line up of DX Related talks presented by some of the World's finest DXpeditioners. (see the 'Programme' page for full line-up). Add this with the friendly Irish atmosphere and Céad Míle Fáilte (One hundred million welcomes) will make for a great DX filled weekend for sure.

Accommodation is scarce on the island and therefore numbers are limited. We expect this to sell out real fast. See bookings page for full info.

Read more here...... https://www.dxfeile.ie/

Closed Bands and End of Activity

Chris Colclough
Chris Colclough
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WOW. So many reports of the bands being dead. Today Chris got on the air from the farm and called CQ on 10M, supposedly a dead band with no propagation, almost an hour later and 20 + QSO's he closed to have a break and a drink. Stations from around central and southern Europe worked and logged.

A Move later to 17M, another band that was closed, and another 50 QSO's and 2 hour later he closed due to the weather deteriorating - or rather the wind building and the need to drop the tower before it got too strong. The logs are now uploaded to both LOTW and Clublog, and Tim (M0URX) will have them uploaded on to his logsearch some time this afternoon.

Remember we don't need your QSL card but are happy to send you a confirmation via the OQRS system on Tim's website - all you have to do is request the card via the bureau and we send it direct to the national bureau to didstribute within your country, again we do not need your card at any point. This makes it quicker for you to get the card and saves on paper clogging the bureau system.

15M Band is Open

Chris Colclough
Chris Colclough
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Today we had a forray on to 15M, just to see what was happening. The band sounded to be closed, but a few CQ calls and we soon had a steady stream of callers from around central and southern Europe - with one caller from Argentina. This just shows that what looks like a dead band is not always so, a CQ call or tune around to listen for callers often brings something unexpected.

Thanks to all who called, and remember to use the OQRS system for any QSL requests.

6M Fun on the Air

Chris Colclough
Chris Colclough
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Today, 18 July 2017, the club station was active on 6 Meters for a couple of short spells. Chris is down at the club HQ on a short break from work and to recharge his batteries after working at the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) 2017 airshow that took place at RAF Fairford.

This activation was from the farm HQ on the mainland (EU-005). The logs will be posted on to Club Log and LOTW some time tomorrow. Usual QSL route via M0URX for all operations. Please do not send your card via bureau but use the OQRS system on Tim's homepages - www.m0urx.com

Seasons Greetings 2016

Chris Colclough
Chris Colclough
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As the 2016 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 2017 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 2017.
 
And remember we will be on the air sometime over the holiday period from the farm to celebrate the new year.
 
We will also be announcing the dates for the next Ramsey Island activation, and other activities for the group through 2017.

On Air From the Farm

Chris Colclough
Chris Colclough
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Today the boys are going to be on the air from the club HQ.Please remember to use your full calls and listen to the IMG 1981operator - if he asks for a partial call and it does not have any letters from your call then be quiet and LISTEN.

All logs will be uploaded to LOTW and QSL requests via our manager M0URX and his OQRS page

REMEMBER WE DO NOT NEED YOUR CARD SO PLEASE DO NOT SEND AS IT IS FAR QUICKER TO USE THE OQRS SYSTEM.

MC0SHL On The Air November 2016

Chris Colclough
Chris Colclough
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Over the weekend of 11th to the 15th November some team members are going to be at the club HQ of the farm in Pembrokeshire. Listen out for the guys on the air having some fun as usual. QSL via our manager Tim M0URX OQRS system, but please DO NOT SEND your card if you request one via bureau on OQRS - it ony blocks up the bureau system.

MS0UKI - Isle Of Lunga EU-108

Chris Colclough
Chris Colclough
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Written by - Charles (M0OXO)

 

MS0UKI LogoThe MS0UKI Team (EI5GM, EI6FR, EI9FBB, G0VJG, MM0LID & MM0NDX) are delighted to announce their upcoming adventure to Lunga island, the largest of the Treshnish Isles EU-108, is now underway!

The team will arrive on the island this evening around 1700 UTC September 3rd, and will remain on the Island until the 7th subject to weather / sea conditions. They will have four stations QRV on 40m through 6m. More info on their website.

Note: With the activation of EU-085 earlier this year, and according to Annex H part 2 of the 2016 IOTA Directory, the Treshnish Isles EU-108 is now the second most wanted island group in Europe behind Rockall EU-189.

https://eu108.wordpress.com/


QSL is via Clublog OQRS or M0OXO Direct Mail.

CQ WPX RTTY 2016 wins for group

Charles Wilmott
Charles Wilmott
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A nice couple of results from our session earlier this year whilst at the Farm in Pembrokeshire.

GW4OH WPX RTTY 2016 small

MC0SHL WPX RTTY 2016 small

Strumble Team Member Achieves DXCC Honour Roll

Chris Colclough
Chris Colclough
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As regular readers know we like to shout out about our team members achievements, and this is one we are more than pleased to "brag" about.

Within the last week there has been some log uploads to the ARRL's Logbook of the World (LOTW) website that puts Charles (M0OXO) on the DXCC Honour Roll with more than 330 DXCC confirmed. Well done Charles and may the remaining few to get No 1 honour roll come quickly.

A big well done from all at S.H.A.R.K.

   
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