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7 Band Hexbeam debuts this evening

Charles Wilmott
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As mentioned in the previous blog by Chris, MX0LDG IOTA DXpedition to Isles of Scilly EU-011 are now qrv using the new 7 Band Broadband Hexbeam by MW0JZE Anthony. 

The 7 band Hexbeam includes a 40m element. The team will be using this antenna on 40m so please listen for them and work them from wherever you are in the World, Anthony would very much appreciate genuine signal reports on this band.

You can read more about the MW0JZE 7 Band Hexbeam 40m - 6m by clicking on the link.

The team very much look forward to working you all on Isles of Scilly, St Mary's Island.

The team have no internet so logs will be uploaded after the DXpediton. 

QSL Via M0URX Direct & (Bureau OQRS only). Please do not send us any bureau cards for this activity.

EU-011 - Scilly Isles

Chris Colclough
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Some of the boys are off on a little trip to the Isles of Scilly (EU-011) on the 14th October through to the 21st October. Using the call MX0LDG/P they will be on all HF bands from 80 to 10m.

Then when they return some of the boys will be down at the farm HQ for a couple of days using MC0SHL, 23rd to 26th October. They may show up in the CQWW contest on one of the bands So listen out for them giving points away.

MW0JZE - 7 Band hexbeam announced

Charles Wilmott
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7band-hexbeamGreat news today for the users of the Hexbeam as Anthony MW0JZE has announced his new version of the antenna and it includes 40M !

''Over the past 9 months I have been planning, designing and developing the new Hexbeam concept. I have done much research on the 40m full size Hexbeam but came to the conclusion it was just too big to erect in an average size garden. The wind load would be so high that any strong gales could cause destruction to the fiberglass arms limiting its life span. The compromise I came to was to design a non-trapped Di-pole antenna with as little loss as possible while maintaining a modest turning radius.''

Read more on this 6M thro 40M antenna by visiting Ant's site by clicking the image above... Good luck Ant !

M0UKI/p EU-109 Expedition

Chris Colclough
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Written by; Charles M0OXO

M0UKI/p EU-109

K1024 Longstone Lighthouse 2Just a reminder that myself Charles M0OXO, Nobby G0VJG, Dave EI9FBB, Richard G7GLW & will be qrv from EU-109 (Farne Islands) on the 6th and 7th September 2014.

Callsign will be M0UKI/p.

This short operation may also include participation in the SSB Field Day contest. The team are aiming for Longstone Island, dependant on weather, (keep an eye on QRZ.com links for updates). They will be using multi-band Dipoles & vertical antennas and hope to give this IOTA to as many chasers as possible in the short time frame.

Qsl will be via M0OXO OQRS Direct/Bureau. Your Qsl Cards are NOT required so please use OQRS where possible.

New Logo and Club Rebranding

Chris Colclough
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SHARKFor the past 12 months or so we have been looking at changing the name of our group and having a new Logo designed by Rhian, the daughter of one of Rob & Janes friend (Caroline). And we have now decided on the final design.

We will still be te closed club that we always have been, and we will still be carrying out the same activations and having just as much fun as we always have. We will just have a different logo on our clothing and apparel. So here is what we are going for, and the new club name.....

Thius will be incorporated into the banner shortly. The call will still be the same and we will be on the air sometime between now and Christmas from the farm for a couple of days.

Russian Robinson (RRC) anniversary

Chris Colclough
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Taken from Charles (M0OXO) webpage.

Written By Charles M0OXO:

rrcRussian Robinson Club (RRC) is celebrating 20 years since its foundation.

Check the excellent video presentation, which was first presented at the 50th Anniversary IOTA Convention in Windsor, London, UK (4-6, July, 2014).

Click the image to see this amazing presentation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Congratulations guys and thanks for all the activations. We look forward to sharing some more drinks and stories with you at the next RSGB or IOTA convention - All the S.H.A.R.K. Boys.

 

Bureau and QSL Manager Update

Chris Colclough
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Hello all,

Firstly we would like to send our appologies to any of you who have sent for a QSL card via the bureau by sending one of your cards for any of our activations previous to this last year (2014). The RSGB bureau is refusing to send cards to Tim if they are for MC0SHL as the club is not affiliated to them - in other words we have not paid for a club membership even though every member of the team are RSGB members. We have also found out that these cards are being returned to the senders with this information on them. To us as a group we find this a silly situation, simply because it is showing us in a bad light. We have offered to pay for a bureau only posting service as we are not wanting or in need of the full RSGB membership for the group and this is being looked into. In fact it is 6 months since Tim or Charles received any cards from the RSGB bureau for any of the call signs they look after - and that includes all the SHARK members - so none of us are getting the cards through the system.

If you have sent a card via the bureau and would like one returning that way then please use the OQRS system on Tim's website - just follow this link OQRS BUREAU REQUEST and Tim will get the card out to you. If you want to request a direct card remember we do ask for contributions towards the postal cost, etc. Bureau cards are free and do not incur a direct cost to you, but we have noticed recently how the cost for posting to the bureaus has increased with more people requesting cards this way.

Which brings me on to the next bit of news. Tim has had to renew his computer system and close his QSL request service and operations for a few days to get all the logs and other information over to the new machine. This is because his old one, 8 years old and a very busy machine, is just about to give up on him. So give him a day or two more to catch up and he will be able to sort the cards immediately.

Even though we all think that a bureau card is free there are costs involved, and the following is taken from Tim's website:

Bureau Expenses                                          Created on Monday, 18 August 2014 06:56

With many Bureau users requesting many cards at a time, I would like to remind you that no bureau system is free, it actually costs us a LOT of money. There is the cost of printing the QSL cards and the cost of posting to all World Bureaus to pay.

Please consider donating via PayPal towards expenses This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Thank you.

Please support the DX Code Of Conduct

Charles Wilmott
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Operating standards have been declining.

That is no news to any DXer. Even the IARU took notice and published a resolution encouraging operators to "operate to the highest levels of proficiency, with proper consideration for others using the amateur radio bands."  Read the Full Resolution here.

The publication of DX Etiquette in the March 2010 issue of QST sparked a new world-wide effort to get all hams to operate in a manner consistent with that Resolution. To that end an international group of DXers have developed a DX Code of Conduct.  Since introducing it, hams from all continents have joined in this effort. You can play an important role in spreading the word. This is one project of which it can truthfully be said, "We are all in this together, and we can all benefit."

Learn more about the DX Code Of Conduct by clicking here.

Bureau cards - What a waste

Chris Colclough
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Written by: Charles - M0OXO

I hope this is a wake up call for many!

WP 20140803 002The volume of incoming bureau cards that as a Qsl Manager I have to deal with is amazing. Sadly, a massive amount of these are not required and just end up being recycled. I don't even have time to look at the beautiful photos that appear on many of them

The Photos in this item show the amount of unwanted cards that I discarded yesterday. There were 46 Kilo, around 17-18,000 Qsl cards and most of these would have been shown in my Qsl information as ''Qsl Cards NOT required''.

OQRS is so important. Why send unwanted cards through the bureau when they are not required? If you use OQRS you can request your card just the same.  The only difference is that with OQRS you will get the card probably 2 years earlier than if you send via the Bureau and, it saves you money as you areWP 20140803 003 not wasting your cards!

Before you request a bureau card from me, please check out this page. http://www.m0oxo.com/qsl-manager/callsigns-i-manage.html  This will tell you whether or not the station does or does not require your card. Please cut down on bureau wasteage, you will save your time and my time as well as saving yourself money.

Footnote:

As a club we get sent cards through the bureau system for every activation we do. BUT we have one big problem. Because the club is not affiliated to the RSGB we cannot collect the cards from the sub bureau. This means that every card sent to us through this way just gets thrown away or into the recycling system and we never see them. This is not only for MC0SHL but Tim (M0URX) also has problems with some of the calls he manages. So if you need a card use Tim's OQRS system to request the bureau card, and you will receive it completely FREE of charge and probably within a couple of months as opposed to a couple of years. 

It's all quiet on the Sun!

Charles Wilmott
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sunLess than two weeks ago, the sun was peppered with large active regions. Now, the face of the sun is almost completely blank.

Suddenly, the sunspot number and the sun's x-ray output have dropped to their lowest levels in years. Is Solar Maximum finished? Probably not, but the ongoing quiet spell is remarkable.

Maybe you remember 2008 and 2009, years of spotlessness when the sun plunged into the deepest solar minimum in a century.

The resemblance, however, is only superficial. Deep inside the sun, the solar dynamo is still churning out knots of magnetism that should soon bob to the surface to make new sunspots. Solar Max is not finished, it’s just miniature.

IOTA 50th Anniversary Convention

Charles Wilmott
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WP 20140705 005As a final end to the trip by VK8NSB to the UK (see below blog entries). Tim M0URX, Charles M0OXO & VK8NSB attended the 50th Anniversary of the IOTA Programme in London last weekend.

It was great weekend located in Windsor, London.

We were priviliged to meet Hams from many Countries including Yuri Zaruba UA9OBA & Eugene Shelkanovtsev RZ3EC from the Russian Robinson Club, seasoned IOTA activator's Cezar-Ioan Trifu VE3LYC, Daniel Gerth DL5YWM and Bodo Fritsche DL3OCH (DF8DX). Also present were two of our JA colleagues Take Funaki JI3DST & Yoshitake Izumi JJ8DEN (KH0PR) (see photo).

You can find many photo's from the event thanks to Nigel G3TXF on this link (click here)

Thanks to all named above, it was a very memorable weekend and a fitting end to Stuie's visit to England and Wales.

Update from Last Week

Chris Colclough
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Hello all,

Just a brief update on last weeks activities.

The boys made just over 1000 contacts in the 24 hour period on Ramsey Island using MC0SHL, not bad for a part time effort and only 100w output to a Carolina Windom. The activation was more of a visit for Stuie, VK8NSB to see where we have been and operated from - and also to show him this beautiful part of the world.

They then moved on to the farm where most of the contacts made were by Stuie using MW/VK8NSB along with a few using MC0SHL - though this number was less than 100.

It is now just over a week before we all gather down at the farm once more to celebrate the centenial of Rob's family owning and working the farm. We will be on air part time from Wednesday 16th July and hope you will join us in the celebrations by making a QSO.

SWL Comments on Cluster

Chris Colclough
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WOW. We have never had a comment like this before.

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If you look at the top comment a coward posing as a SWL has posted the comment "$$$$$$ Hunter". If this is because of our comments about no bureau cards then how wrong could they be.

We are not interested in your dollars, we do not want any payments from any of you for what we do. BUT if you want a card direct then we will send direct if you pay for the cost of the postage etc. If you want a card via the bureau then go on to the OQRS we use and click on the request card via bureau. This is completely free to you and costs us to send the cards DIRECT to the international bureaus.

S.H.A.R.K. ARE NOT AFFILIATED TO THE RSGB AND WE CANNOT USE THEIR BUREAU SERVICE FOR INCOMING OR OUTGOING CARDS - EVEN THOUGH ALL MEMBERS OF S.H.A.R.K. ARE MEMBERS OF THE RSGB. This is the reason we do not accept cards via the bureau.

So if the cowardly SWL would like to receive a card then please write to me via our contact page with the details of what QSO's you heard - must be at least 2 contacts that you listened to and not just use a cluster spot - with your details then I personally will ensure that Tim sends it to you direct at my own expense.

Ramsey on The Air

Chris Colclough
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photo 1The boys arrived on the island today at 12:30 (local), and set up the station. They have been enjoying pile ups all day, and have been showing the resident wardens and the other volunteers what amateur radio is all about.

Stuie (VK8NSB) did not know he was going over to the island until they arrived at the boat slipway, then the team told him what the plans were. He has been operating and as can be seen from the photo's looks to be enjoying himself.photo 2

All logs will be uploaded to LOTW when the boys get back to the mainland. And don't for get the QSL route is via Tim M0URX.

BUT PLEASE REMEMBER BUREAU QSL REQUESTS VIA OQRS ONLY

   
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