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DX Code of conduct

Chris Colclough
Chris Colclough

This was recently printed in the GMDX group's digest. And as I have seen this in other publications I thought they would not mind if we borrowed it, certainly as this is what we all here at SHDXCG follow and believe in.















If everyone who calls us follows these then we will make alot more contacts and we will work you alot quicker.

Please only use your FULL call when calling in.

Many thanks and see you in the pile up next week.


Ramsey Island EU-124

Chris Colclough
Chris Colclough
Details GW - Ramsey Island EU-124 - Once again the Strumble Head DX and Contest Group are heading over the water to activate this rare Welsh coastal island. They will be on the air from 22nd July through to 26th or 27th July (all dependant on tides) using the club call MC0SHL. This trip also takes in the RSGB IOTA contest where they will be on the air using the club contest call MW9W over the weekend 24th and 25th July. Last year they tried to work as many Asian and Pacific stations as this is #18 most wanted on the IOTA listings for that area and they will again try to make as many contacts both before and during the contest. They will have 3 stations using the following equipment;

2 X Elecraft K3 Transceivers
1 X Yaesu FT2000
2 X G3TXQ Hexbeams (built by Ant MW0JZE)
80M Dipole
40M Vertical
3 X Acom 1000

The team will try to use MC0SHL on 17 and 12M during the contest to try to give as many contacts on these bands also. They will be on the air mostly in SSB, but with some RTTY and CW thrown in. This year the team will be Rob (MW0RLJ), Jane (Robs wife), Ant (MW0JZE), Oli (MW0JRX), Tim (M0URX), Chris (G1VDP) and Tony (G4LDL). Sadly Charles (M0OXO) is not joining them but will be acting as a pilot station and will be in contact with the team throughout the trip as they are taking mobile internet so they can get on skype and their website with updates. Full details and photographs of last years operation are on the groups website http://www.mc0shl.com where there may be live access to the station via webcam if they can get this up and running. All QSL requests should go via the teams manager M0URX (see http://www.m0urx.com) where there is on line request and details on how to get the QSL quicker. All logs will be uploaded to the ARRL Logbook of the World (LOTW) and Clublog upon getting back to the farm HQ on their return.

Royal Wedding 2

Chris Colclough
Chris Colclough
Details What a fantastic weekend.

The weekend started when Tim and I arrived on Thursday evening with the four of us - Tim (M0URX), Rob (MW0RLJ), Jane, and Chris (G1VDP) - all going for a meal at The Sloop pub, in the village of Porthgain, where we were joined by Jane's friend Carrie and her 2 children Rhianon and Gwynne.

A thouroughly enjoyable evening and top food.

The Friday saw us working and getting things prepared. Tim was running Jane around with food and drinks for the reception after the church service, and Chris being Rob's gofer around the farm.

In between the running around and getting things ready we did manage to get on the air. Friday evening saw Ant (MW0JZE), his wife Laura, and daughter Eleri arrive. Sadly Jane left us for th night to stay at her sisters as tradition says the bride and groom should not see each other on the day of the wedding until they arrive in church. So we had a few beers, fish and chips and relaxed. Oli (MW0JRX) and Lucia arrived late Friday. So the team were there to celebrate in style.

Saturday saw us setting up a small marquee, which nearly was a disaster as the roof was not in the box as it should have been. But again Rob came to the rescue and a tarpaulin was substituting the roof. The rest of the day was then spent just finishing off.

The time eventually came to go to the church and the wedding. What a fantastic service and reception.

The Saturday night was even better. The number of people who walked to the back of Rob's and saw the view where it took there breath away. The usual drinks and celebrations went on well in to the night, and it was around 4.30am before Chris and Ant decided to call it a night.

Sunday was clear up, nurse a hangover and suffer England crashing out of the Football World Cup (soccer to our American brothers) to Germany, congratulations gents and we will win the next one! HiHi.

Thanks to Rob and Jane for putting up with us again, and congratulations to you both from all the boys and girls of the Strumble Head DX and Contest Group.

A gallery with Photo's will be on here soon.

Royal Wedding

Chris Colclough
Chris Colclough
Details This is it folks.

The weekend has arrived.

Rob (Mw0RLJ) and Jane are getting married.139._our_host_rob_and_his_partner_jane

Almost all the team are heading down to the Farm for this wonderous occasion. Tim and Chris will be there this evening and enjoying the hospitality of the wonderful couple. Ant and his family arriving tomorrow, Oli and Lucy will also be there tomorrow. Villiam will be absent as it is his busy period at work.

And sadly Charles and his wife Debbie have had to cancel for a family emergency. All the groups thoughts are with them through this difficult time and we just hope all goes well on Friday.

The new boys will also be absent this time round, but Tony (G4LDL) will be with us for the Ramsey trip in a few weeks.

We are hoping to get on the air some time this weekend with the club call MC0SHL from the farm so do please listen for us and call in. We will be pleased to hear you over this special weekend.

Club activity update

Chris Colclough
Chris Colclough
Hello all.

Things have been a little quiet for the guys from SHDXCG, but we have all been on the air at various times through out the past few months.

The big thing we have all been involved in is the planning for the Ramsey Island activation in July, and almost everything is now in place. Rob has made contact with the people who's boat we will be using to ship the team members and equipment over with, Oli has the laptops ready and working, Tim has got hold of the rotators we are going to be using (and negotiated a good deal with ML&S the suppliers), Ant is busy finishing the Hexbeams, Chris has sorted out the vehicle for the logistics and making the 80M dipole we will use this year, and sadly we will be without Charles on this trip - but in his place we will have Tony, G4LDL, who we have welcomed to the group and look forward to introducing to the island. Charles has kindly volunteered to act as a pilot for the group and will be our eyes and ears from the mainland.

But before this event we have a bigger celebration. At the end of June we have a wedding.

and Jane are getting married and we will all be attending to celebrate with them. There will be no radio operation - unless we get a spare 30 mins to put the 40M vertical up - this time around but we will be sharing the day with all our friends on here when we get home. We will have a new gallery with the photos and I guess a report (if any of us can remember the day! hihi).

So even though we are not on as a group, we are still active and planning.

See you all on the air.

CQ WPX Phone 2010

Chris Colclough
Chris Colclough

Once agin in 2010 some of the team are heading down to the farm to have some fun and maybe enter the CQ WPX Phone contest. The boys will be there from 25th March through to the 30th March 2010.

DSC_0010This year they will be testing the G3TXQ Hexbeam built by Ant, MW0JZE, that will be available for use by DXpeditions - see Ants web page http://www.g3txq-hexbeam.com for details - and the usual vertical for 40M and maybe 80M will be erected so a couple of bands may be used.

Chris, G1VDP, will be trying his hand at RTTY and may take his 30M vertical for some fun on that band. All contacts are valid for the WAB, WFF and IOTA awards and we have a club QSL card available if requested. Chris will be looking for Japan and Asia on 17M RTTY - this is a most wanted on this band - but he will be taking calls from all callers. The only thing he asks is that the pile up behaves and does as he says or he will go QRT and no one will work him.

Logs will be uploaded to LOTW each evening and QSL requests via the groups QSL manager Tim, M0URX - see QSL page for details.

CQ WPX SSB Contest Results

Chris Colclough
Chris Colclough

As in a previous posting Oliver and I were down at the farm at the end of March 2009 taking part in the CQ WPX Phone Contest. We both did a single band entry and the results have recently been published. We both did better than we thought and it looks like we have some more certificates to adorn the club shack walls.

MW9W (MW0JRX)world 3rd & Europe 3rd: single-op assisted, high power, 7MHz
MC0SHL (G1VDP); world 3rd & Europe 3rd: single-op assisted high-power 3.7MHz

Well done both.

This year again there will be single band entries in the CQ WPX, using both calls if there are enough operators there. Hope to work you on air some time.

New Years Shenanigans

Chris Colclough
Chris Colclough

Lets start with wishing all readers a Happy New Year, and I hope you had as much fun as what we all did down in Wales.

December 31st 2009
Yes the weather held off and we made it to my friend Rob's place without incident. In fact we made it in record time, 4 hours for 240 miles, and there are alot of lanes at the Welsh end where you have to be careful as a bus/tractor/other vehicle could be coming the oposite way.

Rob_4When I arrived at Rob's he was the only person there, his wonderful partner Jane was at work and Ant and his family had not arrived. So a quick brew and a catch up with Rob before the fun and games. The weather was also being kind with glorious sunshine and but with a cold wind. Rob had just started his lambing season off and had 5 new arrivals up to new years eve.

Not long after Jane arrived and again it was a brew and a catch up (for those who don't know what a brew is it is a mug of tea - the drink to have socially anywhere). The plans were discussed as to what was happening that night and we got on preparing the meal and food for the rest of the guests to arrive.

Ant (MW0JZE), his wife Laura and Eleri, their daughter, arrived and again giving us even more to chat about and catch up on. This was all the team members now on scene and we sat chatting whilst the food was cooking. Rob and Jane had also invited 2 of their friends along for the meal, Rob's mate Phil and Janes friend Kath both arrived just in time for the food to be dished up. Again Jane had excelled herself with another The_gangdelicious meal.

The wine flowed freely as did the conversation, but as we were preparing to have dessert there was a phone call from Janes elderly father that their dog had escaped and could not be found. Jane and Kath went round there to see if they could help out and were soon back, the dog was in the fields adjoining the house and came back wagging its tail as if nothing was wrong. Crisis over we set about the Sherry Trifle - again all home made and absolutely delicious - especially the sherry bit!

That was just the start of the evening's fun. We had planned to go up into Fishguard and see Jane's son Peter and his friend - collectively known as Neon - play in the town square where the main celebrations for new year were taking place. Ant and Family, myself, Jane and Rob all jumped into Rob's Landrover for the short trip to the town, where I must admit it is not the comfiest of rides. But it was worth it, the town square was full Neon_4of revellers all ready to celebrate the New Year. Neon were on stage when we got there and they played a fantastic set, getting every one dancing and enjoying the event.

From what was said Fishguard's new year celebrations are in the top 5 places to celebrate within the UK, and from my experience I can see why. Everyone was friendly and there were no silly iddiots pushing and shoving being drunken louts. Just people having fun, dancing and singing along to the band. Revelers_in_the_square_1

We decided to leave before midnight and return to the farm. A good move as this meant we could all have a drink and celebrate the midnight hour in our own way. The warmth of the farmhouse was most welcoming, and we soon got settled in for the night.

Firework_9Rob let off some fireworks in the field and we then sat and chatted. The girls and Rob went off to bed leaving Ant and I chatting about the plans for Ramsey Island in the summer, and maybe CQWW from the farm in October. The next thing we knew Rob was getting up for a cup of tea at 4am - his farmers clock where he wakes early - and we were still sat there chatting. Ant went to bed and soon after I followed to my room.

January 1st 2010
When I got up I was expecting to be the last as it was late morning, but it turned out I was the first one up, apart from Rob who still had to tend to his sheep and animals on the farm. The good news was that one of his sheep had had her lamb overnight and both were doing well. The weather was glorious, bright sunshine and quite warm. We sat on the small patio area at the rear of the farm house to have a cuppa and it was quite pleasant, but this was to change.Sunset_1

Mid afternoon and it started to snow, and boy did it come down. By 4pm it was about 50cm thick, and this is unusual for down in this part of the UK. As night fell it carried on snowing and the conditions got worse and worse. We had our evening meal and watched TV, with one eye on the weather.

January 2nd 2010
The next morning it was again bright sunshine and this started to melt some of the snow. Ant looked on the internet to check the roads and driving conditions. The main roads were clear of the snow and looked Ok to drive on, butthe lanes would be bad.

As I needed to get back on the Saturday for another new years do we decided to chance it. Loaded the cars and away we went, leaving Rob and Jane once more. I followed Ant out to the main roads, and the lanes were bad. A few times I had the rear end of the BMW stepping out - rear wheel drive - but managed to control it and keep the car the correct side up!

By the time we got to Llanelli the snow had virtually gone, and by Swansea on the M4 not a thing. But in the hills and valleys it looked like a Christmas card. Lots of snow and very picturesque. All the way back to the midlands it was sunny and warm, then when I got to Birmingham it rained, which does go to show that Jasper carrot was right all those years ago when he said "Where it always rains!"

So that was my new year. Lots of fun and great company. I would like to thank Rob and Jane for putting us all up and once more to Jane for her fantastic cooking and meals. To Ant, Laura and Eleri for their wonderful company. And to all of them for the fantastic New Year fun. Lots of laughs had bya all. And just as a warning Rob, I am planning to come down again next year (If that's OK?)....Rob_and_Jane

Seasons Greetings

Chris Colclough
Chris Colclough
Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddn Newydd

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Buon Natale e Felice Anno Nuovo
Joeux Noel et Bonne Annèe
Felices Pascuas y Feliz Año Nuevo
Vasel Koleda
Froehliche Weihnachten undein gluckliches Nues Jahr
Kala Christougenna Kieftihismenos O Kenowios 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 DX and Contest Group.

May we meet on the air sometime in 2010.

CQWW DX Phone Contest 2009 - Latest News

Chris Colclough
Chris Colclough

For all those who were looking forward to hearing the team on from the Farm during this years CQWW DX Phone contest we have bad news.

As the farm is a working operation and with the weather being so wet over the past few months we have had to cancel the trip down there. This is on a few counts.

1 - Due to the bad weather all of the jobs that Rob and his brother would usually have finished by now are a few weeks behind and Rob would not be able to join us as he would normally.

2 - Ant is still not 100% fit from his accident on Ramsey island (more to follow on this) and again he would not be able to get around as much and be as helpful as usual. This also goes for another team member who is suffering at the minute and we need them to be 100% fit for the team.

3 - Again due to the weather the ground is so wet that Rob feels that erecting the masts for the beams in the field would be dangerous - the whole teams safety along with potential to damage the mast and antennas is the risk here.

We hope to be on some time in 2010, may be not in the contests but on from the farm for a couple of weekends building and testing antennas for next years exploits.

Please keep reading and return soon as the Ramsey full report and pictures will be on here.

73's, Good DX from all the MC0SHL team.

P.S. Don't forget we will be at the RSGB Convention in a couple of weeks time - so say hello and do please have a chat with us.

CQWW-SSB 2008 Results

Tim Beaumont
Tim Beaumont

Oliver telephoned me this evening to tell me the exciting news that the results for the CQWW-SSB 2008 Contest are out and that we have 5 first place in the Assisted Category on each band and a 2nd place. So well done to all operators and well done to the team for a great effort. Here are the results.


Call sign   Band       Points       Qs      Zones    DXCC's   Positon Operated by

GW1VDP     28 MHz              846         45         3            15       1st Wales     G1VDP Chris
GW4OH       21 MHz        119,196       412       29           100       1st Wales   MW0JZE Anthony
MC0SHL        7 MHz        133,680       885       24            96        1st Wales    M0URX  Tim
MW0X          7 MHz        111,201       823       22            79        2nd Wales    M0OXO Charles
MW0JRX     3.5 MHz        145,420      1001       19            91       1st Wales   MW0JRX Oliver
MW9W       1.8 MHz          34,488       448       12            60       1st Wales   OM0AAO Viliam

Welsh records achieved for 21 MHz, 7 MHz, 3.5 MHz and 1.8 MHz in CQWW-SSB Assisted Category. 

An interesting statistic from the CQ records "Jeff N5TJ is arguably the top phone operator in the world at the moment, working over 10000 stations in 48 hours as a single-operator!" Jeff did that as VP2E Anguilla in 2004.
That is an incredible 208 Qs per hour! How do you do that? Answers on a postcard!

Ramsey Island EU-124 QSL Card

Tim Beaumont
Tim Beaumont

The Ramsey Island MC0SHL / MW9W QSL is currently in the design stage and will be printed shortly. Here is a sneak preview!

The QSL cards will shortly be going to print. Remember to send your direct QSL to M0URX but NO Bureau cards thanks! If you need a QSL Via the Bureau please email Tim M0URX using our Contact Us page and I will send you the Bureau card.

The QSL card features the RSPB who own the Island and the QSL also reflect the Flora & Fauna on Ramsey Island. Not forgetting of course the G3TXQ Broadband Hexagonal Beam made by MW0JZE Anthony that performed so well for us despite no sunspots! You can also see the buildings that we occupied during the activity.QSL-MC0SHL-MW9W_copy


Ramsey - Diaries 3 ''...and finally''

Charles Wilmott
Charles Wilmott

From the time that the word 'Ramsey' was first uttered by Rob MW0RLJ, it ignited a spark in the gut of the the whole Strumble Head Contest & DX Group. It wasn't exotic, it wasn't that rare (only in Asia), but nevertheless to be successful in getting on this Island would be a great achievement for the group who's main roots were in this area of Wales. The postings previous to this entry give some of the details, as will articles in magazines over the next few months so my job here is to fill in a few gaps and add some info about the group as a whole and indeed the Island. Ramsey Island is owned by the RSPB and is currently run under the watchful eye of Head Warden Greg Morgan. Greg quite rightly kept an eye on our antics throughout our stay and was a fantastic source of information and help for the group.

Ramsey is named after Saint David (Dewi Sant) and is the Patron Saint of Wales. It was also the home of his Confessor Saint Justinian. The Island is less than 2 miles long and its highest point is 136M (446ft) above sea level. It is renowned mainly for its Seabird Colonies as well as its steep Cliffs and other wonderful scenery. It also has the most important Grey Seal Colony in Southern britain today.
The Birds using the Island are wideranging and include the Raven, Common Buzzard, Peregrines, Northern Wheatears,  Gulls, Auks, Guillimots, Manx Shearwaters and 8 breeding pairs of the rare Chough. I also saw at least one pair of Oyster Catchers but sadly, no Puffins on Ramsey.

The water between Ramsey Island and the Welsh Coast is squeezed over the sea bed which changes height dramatically. During tide changes this water can race and reach in excess of 13mph. It is further squeezed when it meets the infamous and deadly rocks called 'The Bitches' The Bitches. The condition of the sea at these times is treacherous and has to be given upmost respect. Larger boats avoid the area at all costs but the extreme currents, whirlpools and standing waves are a mecca for the Kayak enthusiasts. many boats and lives have been lost in this area of Ramsey Sound and one culprit is an underwater spire called Horse Rock. It is however an amazing sight to see as the tide rushes in both the ebb and flow of the tides.

Ramsey is surrounded by approx. 19 other smaller Islands and is totally uninhabited apart from the RSPB Warden and his Wife that we mentioned earlier. Livestock on the Island include 200 Ewes, 5 Ponies, Deer  and the latest arrivals are Welsh Black Cattle. Grass and heathland cover most of the rocky island with foxgloves and many ferns amongst the most common plantlife. The range of colours on the island throughout the seasons are said to be breathtaking.

From a radio prospective and with a laid back casual approach to our operating, we worked over 5.5 thousand contacts from Ramsey in the few days we were active. Conditions were poor and a measly 85 DXCC overall reflects that. By Band data is as follows:-
10M - 33 DXCC, 15M - 45 DXCC, 17M - 39 DXCC, 20M - 76 DXCC, 40M - 46 DXCC & 80M - 28 DXCC. Its hard to guage what interest was achieved by WFF Chasers for Ramsey itself. However, in the days prior to the trip, over 1.4 thousand q's were logged by the 5 GWFF activations on the mainland which gave an overall total for the trip of just under 7K, a very happy result all round! Shack

Travelling for the members of the group is wide ranging from different areas in the UK and the total mileage for us all to get to Ramsey and back home was just over 1750 miles. I can't even begin to work out fuel costs! On that note we used just over 100 litres of fuel in the 5 generators we had, for the period we were active on the Island.

Being part of this trip to Ramsey was indeed a privilage. From start to finish we had numerous problems, some resolved immediately, some took time whereas others remained unacheivable and left us disappointed. None of the MC0SHL Team had experienced this sort of thing before so it was indeed a challenge. Not being accustomed to packing equipment for boat transfers and overcoming these sort of issues left us more experienced than when we went for sure.

On behalf of us all i would like to thank the RSPB, National park and all the other Staff that helped us in every way possible, from both the outset right up to the conclusion of our trip. Also, we would like to say a big thanks to all of you for supporting this event and for being patient in the pile-ups! We hope we gave you what you expected of us and certainly we were very pleased with the responses and comments from you. We hope we can learn from our experiences here and move on to bigger and better aims in the future.

Listen out for MC0SHL on the air and give us a call, you will always be welcomed into our Shack!


Thanks and regards,

Charles M0OXO

Ramsey - Diaries 2

Charles Wilmott
Charles Wilmott

Had a good morning, all antennas working very well and as expected. Stations were on air from very early this morning and heavy pile-ups were evident on the 20m station working well into JA and Eastern Europe. Tim M0URX, Charles M0OXO and Anthony MW0JZE had received about 650 contacts during this morning on the 20M Hexbeam and on the second Hexbeam Oliver MW0JRX worked a good amount on the higher bands and in particular Sporadic E on 10M. Chris G1VDP had a good run on 40M which was great and several hundred on 40M were added to the overall total which by lunchtime was just over 2000. K800_Our_Home
Problems with operating systems causing issues and many conflicts with Vista and XP causing concerns. We are unable to network the Computers on N1MM and with the WinTest server down we are up the creek without a paddle! Not all lost but plans changed. We have decided to run with three stations as MW9W and submit the logs only as checklogs. It will give the Island to the many requiring it and still ensure the MW9W call is aired to those expecting it. So for those of you wondering we we are running with more than the one station allowed, there is the answer, just checklogs to be submitted.
The 'Contest' on the whole going well as at 1555, with the stations active currently on 15, 20 and 40M. We have seen good openings in to JA and the East on 20M and on 15M mainly EU. 40M is pretty busy with skip constantly changing between EU and UK.
On a brighter note, weather is still super, very warm, sunshine, blue skies and a nice breeze, could heaven be any better than this, i doubt it!
So, listen out for us on any band, we'll be about and still sticking to the operating schedules which means making full use of the 24 hours operating.
Thanks for your continued support,

73 & regards, Charles M0OXO