Friday, 31 July 2015

IOTA 2015 MD4K MULTI-OP HP

IOTA 2015 MD4K MULTI-OP HP
Call: MD4K
Operator(s): M0BEW
Station: MD4K
Class: Multi-Op HP
QTH: IOM, EU116
Operating Time (hrs): 24

Summary:
 Band      Qs    Mults  
------------------------
   80:     0       0     
   40:     0       0    
   20:     0       0   
   15:     0       0    
   10:     0       0      
------------------------
Total:  2811     480     Total Score = 10548000

Comments:





Conditions really dreadful. 10m unproductive till Sunday morning.
Even short stuff on 40m was hard going.
Great contest with plenty of activity despite poor propagation.
Brilliant weekend with a solid team effort.

Thanks for everyone for the QSO's.

Tim M0BEW.

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

IARU 2015 M0BEW SOABLP CW

IARU 2015 M0BEW SOABLP CW

Contest         : IARU HF Championship
Callsign        : M0BEW
Mode            : CW
Category        : Single operator
Overlay         : ---
Band(s)         : ALL BANDS
Class           : Low
Exchange        : 27
Operating time  : 06h 05m

 BAND  CW SSB HQ  Z POINTS  AVG
-------------------------------
  160   5   0  0  3     17 3.40
   80   0   0  0  0      0 0.00
   40   0   0  0  0      0 0.00
   20 154   0  9 15    528 3.43
   15 162   0 12 13    530 3.27
   10  11   0  6  3     21 1.91
-------------------------------
TOTAL 332   0 27 34   1096 3.30
===============================
      FINAL SCORE: 66 856


Operators       : M0BEW
Soapbox         : 


Usual battery powered field day setup.
Limited time operating during the Saturday afternoon.
Conditions really felt hard. Despite good RBN spots from 10m impossible to create any kind of run.

Tim M0BEW.

Monday, 22 June 2015

DXLOG CONTEST LOGGING SOFTWARE

DXLOG CONTEST LOGGING SOFTWARE.

I have used a number of different logging software over the years. I began with CT in the late 90's and moved over to Writelog in 2000. I used this exclusively for home operating till 2006. At this point I took a long break from contesting until returning to radio in 2013. 
When coming back I looked at everything new that was now available and ended up going with Wintest. It seemed stable, lots of operators were happy with it, and  had all the 1R and 2R options I needed. I tried it, liked the feel, and kept with it.
Recently I thought I'd take a look at DXLog. See screenshots for my setup.


I setup with a simple, basic, almost old school CT feel, but with everything needed visible. With a couple of shortcuts setup you can bring up cluster window and needed mult information.
Show mult window;

Show cluster window;

For a RTTY data seup it looks like this. (GRITTY is also supported.)

A nice, clean, no frills layout.

The few problems I had with Wintest, DXLog deals with fine.
Despite what I read about others experiences of Wintest performing solid I always had trouble getting Winkey to work reliably.
Unless I followed a specific sequence when loading up Wintest, Winkey would never initialize.
I would need to do the following, execute Wintest > Open the log > Type SETUP hit enter = Winkey detected. If I did anything to the log, e.g enter a qso, or dupe check etc before starting the setup Winkey would NEVER get detected, or more awkwardly if I had to change any thing mid contest with the comports it would break the cw, the whole process would have to be started again. Not ideal.
With DXLog once it had synced up, it just works, no matter when you re-initialize the comports. As it should. Very good.

Another issue Wintest had was with the DX cluser when connected to a busy node, such as RBN.  The system would become sluggish and unresponsive, CW was erratic with pauses in messages etc. Completely unacceptable, only option was to switch the cluster off.
DXLog in this case runs smooth despite the bombardment of spots coming though.

Things you'll need to get running if your using the recorder.
MP3 codec.
Download libmp3lame.dll and copy it into DXLog.net installation folder.
File libmp3lame.dll can be downloaded from here - http://www.rarewares.org/mp3-lame-libraries.php

So, on the whole I'm very impressed, I'm converted.
This will be my go-to software for logging for the future.

73
Tim M0BEW.

Sunday, 21 June 2015

VHF Contesting Optimize Your Station Experience! by Joel Harrison W5ZN

VHF Contesting Optimize Your Station Experience! by Joel Harrison W5ZN.


VHF contesting is an exciting part of amateur radio and the contest scene. It presents some differences and challenges from HF contesting but is just as rewarding in achievement. Whether you're looking for a top 10 score, increasing your VUCC or WAS level or want to enjoy a weekend with a new amateur radio experience this information will be of benefit to you.


Thanks to the wealth of material supplied from WWROF.

Tim M0BEW.

Friday, 19 June 2015

RBN DATA RSGB 80M CLUB CHAMPS JUNE CW

RBN DATA RSGB 80M CLUB CHAMPS JUNE CW.

Below is the data I pulled off from last June's RSGB 80m Club Champs CW Contest.
I was interested to see how the my signal from a relatively simple system worked compared to previous 80m CC entrants that seem to do well.
For comparison I simply lifted the calls from the top ten entrants of the last session.
The system is 100w, 1/2w res dipole @ 30ft with ends at 10ft. Pictures speak a thousand words they say. See below.



DK0TE.


DL9GTB


EA5WU


F5RRS


G0KTN


HA1VHF


HB9DCO


IK3STG


OE6TZE


ON5KQ


S50ARX


SE0X


SM6FMB


ZL2HAM


This is not perfect data, however it does show the signal put into the main areas of interest. Unfortunately there weren't many UK RBN active on 80m that evening to get a good spread of UK reference.

Results.
It's amazing to see the vast difference of signal between stations throughout the session. Geography will certainly play a role in this.
As to be expected, I'm not topping the charts all over, however its still quite pleasing to see how such a simple system performs.
Just for fun I have included some spots from the ZL RBN, showing who was spotted from there at our sunset.
I will try to continue to do these reports through future sessions. It'll be interesting to see the differences through the year with different darkness hours.

73. Tim M0BEW.

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

DRCG WW RTTY 2015 M0BEW SOABLP

DRCG WW RTTY 2015 M0BEW SOABLP

Contest         : DRCG World Wide RTTY
Callsign        : M0BEW
Mode            : RTTY
Category        : Single operator
Overlay         : ---
Band(s)         : 20
Class           : Low
Exchange        : 14
Operating time  : 00h 33m

 BAND QSO  C P DUP POINTS  AVG
------------------------------
   80   0  0 0   0      0 0.00
   40   0  0 0   0      0 0.00
   20  20 14 0   0     61 3.05
   15   0  0 0   0      0 0.00
   10   0  0 0   0      0 0.00
------------------------------
TOTAL  20 14 0   0     61 3.05
==============================
       FINAL SCORE:  854


Operators       : M0BEW
Soapbox         :
A little tester of DXLog using RTTY. 

Only caught last hour but the software seems solid. Very good.

Tim M0BEW

WWSA CW 2015 M0BEW SOABLP

WWSA CW 2015 M0BEW SOABLP

Contest         : WWSA CW
Callsign        : M0BEW
Mode            : CW
Category        : Single operator
Overlay         : ---
Band(s)         : ALL BANDS
Class           : Low
Grid square     : IO82VL
Operating time  : 01h 32m

 BAND QSO  Z  C DUP POINTS  AVG
-------------------------------
   80   0  0  0   0      0 0.00
   40   0  0  0   0      0 0.00
   20  38  6 21   0     44 1.16
   15  18  6 13   0     20 1.11
   10   7  3  6   0     13 1.86
-------------------------------
TOTAL  63 15 40   0     77 1.22
===============================
       FINAL SCORE: 4 235


Operators       : M0BEW
Soapbox         :
Oped from the usual field location.

Only a short session.
Activity didn't appear too high on in the last hours Sunday. Might have been higher on the Saturday, who knows.
Tested DXLog for the first time. Very impressed. Seemed solid.

Tim M0BEW.

Friday, 12 June 2015

RSGB 80M CLUB CHAMPS 2015 JUN CW M0BEW

RSGB 80M CLUB CHAMPS 2015 JUN CW M0BEW

Contest         : RSGB 80 meter Club Competition
Callsign        : M0BEW
Mode            : CW
Category        : Single Operator (SO)
Overlay         : ---
Band(s)         : Single band (SB) 80 m
Class           : Low Power (LP)
Zone/State/...  : DX
Locator         : IO82VL
Operating time  : 1h29

 BAND   QSO DUP  POINTS   AVG
------------------------------
   80   134   1     134  1.00
------------------------------
TOTAL   134   1     134  1.00
==============================
       TOTAL SCORE : 134

Dupes are not included in QSO counts neither avg calculations

Operators       : M0BEW
Soapbox         :
Operated from the field at IO82VL.
Fun little session. Tested a relatively low dipole. SE/NW. Feed point @ 30ft and ends @ 10ft.
My idea was to put a signal on the band for 90 minutes using a typical G system and see how it fared, checking the RBN data against the 80m CC regulars.
Interesting data.

Tim M0BEW.

Friday, 5 June 2015

CQ WPX CW 2015 MW6V(M0BEW) SOABLP

CQ WPX CW 2015 MW6V(M0BEW) SOABLP

Contest         : CQ World Wide WPX Contest
Callsign        : MW6V
Mode            : CW
Category        : Single Operator (SO)
Overlay         : ---
Band(s)         : All bands (AB)
Class           : Low Power (LP)
Zone/State/...  :
Locator         : IO72PC

Operating time  : 16h27

 BAND   QSO DUP  PFX  POINTS   AVG
-----------------------------------
  160     0   0    0       0  0.00
   80     0   0    0       0  0.00
   40     0   0    0       0  0.00
   20   877   1  517    1534  1.78
   15    30   0   14      60  2.00
   10     0   0    0       0  0.00
-----------------------------------
TOTAL   907   1  531    1594  1.78
===================================
       TOTAL SCORE : 846 414


Dupes are not included in QSO counts neither avg calculations

Operators       : M0BEW
Soapbox         : 

WPX coincided with a holiday this year so I operated from the holiday cottage in Gwbert Ceredigion.
Tremendous QTH with the house being located right on the coastline overlooking the sea. Nothing serious, a casual affair. 
Ran with Wintest, a TS480 and a simple linked dipole. 

Sunset @ MW6V.
Operating position.
Living area.














My activity was on and off throughout the Sunday only as we traveled out on the Saturday.
Being at an unfamiliar location its sometimes hard to gauge the conditions, and with how well this location played towards the west made things even more confusing. However, things did feel pretty good.

Upon setting up the station it was clear there was a local noise. 
A wide band qrm destroyed the upper HF bands. Very disappointing, in any case it wasn't 24/7 and even went quiet for a sporadic hour or two so things were fine. 

It was great to part of WPX 2015 and a pleasure to operate from such an idyllic location, and give away the MW6V mult.

Thanks for the qsos.
Tim M0BEW.

Monday, 18 May 2015

KING OF SPAIN 2015 CW M0BEW SOABLP

KING OF SPAIN 2015 CW M0BEW SOABLP

Contest         : King of Spain Contest
Callsign        : M0BEW
Mode            : CW
Category        : Single Operator (SO)
Overlay         : ---
Band(s)         : All bands (AB)
Class           : Low Power (LP)
Zone/State/..   : DX
Locator         : IO82VL
Operating time  : 4h56

 BAND   QSO DUP DXC PRO  POINTS   AVG
--------------------------------------
  160     0   0   0   0       0  0.00
   80     0   0   0   0       0  0.00
   40    95   2  25  10     119  1.25
   20    86   1  27   6      97  1.13
   15   116   1  28   6     130  1.12
   10    20   0  13   0      22  1.10
--------------------------------------
TOTAL   317   4  93  22     368  1.16
======================================
         TOTAL SCORE : 42 320


Comments:
Operated from temp rural QTH. 
Limited operating time, 5hrs.
Fun contest. Activity seemed good.
A little light on EA's on the higher bands.
Spent too much time trying to make 10m work!

Tim - M0BEW.

Sunday, 10 May 2015

CQ-M INTERNATIONAL DX 2015 CW M0BEW SOABLP

CQ-M INTERNATIONAL DX 2015 CW M0BEW SOABLP

Contest         : CQ-M International DX Contest
Callsign        : M0BEW
Mode            : CW
Category        : Single Operator (SO)
Overlay         : ---
Band(s)         : All bands (AB)
Class           : Low Power (LP)
Zone/State/...  :
Locator         : IO82VL
Operating time  : 7h14

 BAND   QSO DUP P150  POINTS   AVG
-----------------------------------
  160     0   0    0       0  0.00
   80     0   0    0       0  0.00
   40    43   1   15      86  2.00
   20   201   3   36     426  2.12
   15   172   3   31     426  2.48
   10     0   0    0       0  0.00
-----------------------------------
TOTAL   416   7   82     938  2.25
===================================
       TOTAL SCORE : 76 916


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Comments:
Operated from temp rural QTH.
QRV on and off between 12:30 till around 19:30.
Had a call from these guys during the late afternoon, looks like they were having fun.
http://www.amateurradio.com/kearsarge-mountain-trip/ 

Great sessions.
 

Tim - M0BEW.

Sunday, 3 May 2015

ARI INTERNATIONAL DX 2015 CW M0BEW SOABLP

ARI INTERNATIONAL DX 2015 CW M0BEW SOABLP

Contest         : ARI International DX Contest
Callsign        : M0BEW
Mode            : CW
Category        : Single Operator (SO)
Overlay         : ---
Band(s)         : All bands (AB)
Class           : Low Power (LP)
Zone/State/...  : DX
Locator         : IO82VL
Operating time  : 4h03

 BAND   QSO DUP DXC PRO  POINTS   AVG
--------------------------------------
  160     0   0   0   0       0  0.00
   80     0   0   0   0       0  0.00
   40     0   0   0   0       0  0.00
   20   124   2  23  18     345  2.78
   15    62   1  14   5     150  2.42
   10     0   0   0   0       0  0.00
--------------------------------------
TOTAL   186   3  37  23     495  2.66
======================================
         TOTAL SCORE : 29 700


Comments:
Operated from temp rural QTH. 
Conditions really didn't feel too good.
Gave TR4W a little try out on a new laptop instead of the usual Wintest.

Tim M0BEW.

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Planning Your Contest Station by Craig Thompson K9CT

Planning Your Contest Station by Craig Thompson K9CT.



Craig Thompson, K9CT "Planning Your Contest Station." Craig will reveal lessons learned from building the K9CT contest station. He takes us through the thought process of finding land, selecting the antennas, and the shack layout.A must for anyone looking to build a contest station or improve their existing station.

Planning Your Contest Station by Craig Thompson K9CT Full

Many thanks to wealth of material supplied from WWROF.
Tim M0BEW.

 

Monday, 13 April 2015

WRTC 2014 Documentary

WRTC 2014 Documentary.



The World Radiosport Team Championship (WRTC) is a competition between two-person teams of amateur radio operators testing their skills to make contacts with other Amateur Radio operators around the world over a 24 hour period. All teams use identical antennas from the same geographic region, eliminating all variables except operating ability.
WRTC2014 included 59 competing teams from 29 qualifying regions around the world. Competitors represented 38 different countries.
This video was edited and produced by James Brooks, 9V1YC, and runs approximately 59 minutes. James took advantage of 9 roving video teams to capture high definition footage of action at headquarters and out in the field, artfully telling the WRTC2014 story using the participants’ own words.

WRTC 2014 Documentary Full

Many thanks to James 9V1YC for making this material available.

73
Tim M0BEW. 

Saturday, 11 April 2015

BS7H Scarborough Reef DXpedition

BS7H Scarborough Reef DXpedition.



Located in the South China Sea just west of the Philippines, Scarborough Reef is without a doubt the rarest and most controversial entity on the DXCC list. Few places are harder to access, and fewer still create such intense debate.
Because of diplomatic disputes between its two feuding masters, China and the Philippines, the reef has seen just three brief expeditions in the past, keeping it at the top of the DXCC list for over a decade.
This film takes a close look at the Scarborough controversy, and follows the 2007 DXpedition team as they activate one of the rarest DXCC entities on Earth.

BS7H Scarborough Reef DXpedition Full

Many thanks to James 9V1YC for making this material available.

73
Tim M0BEW.

Friday, 10 April 2015

VP8ORK South Orkney Islands DXpedition

VP8ORK South Orkney Islands DXpedition.


Located just below 60 degrees south, the South Orkney Islands are one of only four DXCC entities within the UN Antarctic Treaty Zone. Both Britain and Argentina have scientific bases on the islands, but neither nation holds a recognized sovereign claim.
But even without national bureaucracy, staging a major DXpedition to a stateless, international piece of land is still challenging and expensive. Icebergs, rugged cliffs, and strict environmental regulations are just a few of the reasons why these islands are so difficult to activate.
Against the backdrop of stunning Antarctic scenery this film documents the 2011 MicroLite Penguins DXpedition to another one of the DX world's most wanted entities.

VP8ORK South Orkney Islands DXpedition Full

Many thanks to James 9V1YC for making this material available.

73
Tim M0BEW. 

Thursday, 9 April 2015

K4M Midway Island DXpedition

K4M Midway Island DXpedition.



Well known as a World War II battleground, a military base and a trans-oceanic fuel stop, today Midway has an entirely new purpose. Managed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service this ancient volcanic atoll is now a national wildlife refuge and gateway to the remote Northwest Hawaiian Islands.
Thousands of people once worked on Midway, but today only a handful of dedicated staff and volunteers remain. Their ongoing mission is to bring the atoll back to its natural state and maintain a precious national monument.
Working closely with Midway's new caretakers and mindful of the sensitive environmental issues, this 2009 DXpedition demonstrated how Amateur Radio is now a welcome activity inside one of America’s most protected wildlife reserves.

K4M Midway Island DXpedition Full

Many thanks to James 9V1YC for making this material available.

73
Tim M0BEW. 

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

ZL8R Kermadec Islands DXpedition

ZL8R Kermadec Islands DXpedition.



Separated from New Zealand by over 1000 km, and located at the junction of two opposing continental plates, the Kermadec chain of islands is one of the most seismically active regions of the world. Raoul Island, located at its northern end, is home to a large volcano which violently erupted without warning on March 17, 2006.
Six months later, under the close supervision of the New Zealand Department of Conservation, the Microlite Penguins DXpedition team was offered a rare opportunity to explore Raoul Island, and activate yet another of the DX world's most wanted.

ZL8R Kermadec Islands DXpedition Full

Many thanks to James 9V1YC for making this material available.

73
Tim M0BEW. 

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

VP8GEO South Georgia Island DXpedition

VP8GEO South Georgia Island DXpedition.



In Part 2 of the 2002 "Micro-Lite" DXpedition, the team fires up the stations once again, this time from the beautiful Antarctic paradise of South Georgia.
From the adventurous James Cook, to the unstoppable Earnest Shackelton, discover why South Georgia has been the Antarctic's most famous - and most exploited island for over 200 years. Then go behind the scenes with the operators to learn all the secrets behind "Micro-Lite" DXpeditioning, and why this time the team decided to leave the heavy stuff at home.

VP8GEO South Georgia Island DXpedition Full

Many thanks to James 9V1YC for making this material available.

73
Tim M0BEW.

Monday, 6 April 2015

VP8THU South Sandwich Islands DXpedition

VP8THU South Sandwich Islands DXpedition.



Described by Captain James Cook as the most horrible place on Earth, the South Sandwich Islands are also one of the most logistically difficult places for a DXpedition. Using only 100 watts and verticals, this experienced team took on the South Atlantic's tough environmental challenge by heading to Southern Thule - the planet's most southerly piece of land outside the Antarctic Treaty Zone.
Operating within the remains of an old Argentine base, (and amongst 100,000 penguins!) this video documents the 2002 Microlite DXpedition to the South Sandwich Islands, and shows how a team set out to bring back the fun of old-time DXing.

VP8THU South Sandwich Islands DXpedition Full

Many thanks to James 9V1YC for making this material available.

73
Tim M0BEW.


Sunday, 5 April 2015

A52A Bhutan DXpedition

A52A Bhutan DXpedition.


Tucked away, far up in the Eastern Himalayas is the tiny Kingdom of Bhutan - one of the most isolated and unknown nations on Earth - and one of the most wanted DXCC entities of all time. This film goes behind the scenes at the 2000 A52A DXpedition to Bhutan, with some of the best operators ever assembled.

 A52A Bhutan DXpedition Full

Many thanks to James 9V1YC for making this material available.

73
Tim M0BEW.

Saturday, 4 April 2015

VK0IR Heard Island - Outpost at The Edge

VK0IR Heard Island - Outpost at The Edge.


Heard Island is a pristine and isolated natural wilderness, and one of the few places on the planet completely free from any human introduced species. Its remote, inhospitable, and almost as far from civilization as possible. This might explain why it has been twice occupied and twice abandoned.
Originally released for viewing to the general public on broadcast television, this 1998 documentary traces the early nineteenth century American sealing history through the Australian occupation in the 1950's, and finally to the famous 1997 DXpedition.
Many thanks to James 9V1YC for making this material available.

73
Tim M0BEW. 

Friday, 3 April 2015

FO0AAA Clipperton Island DXpedition

FO0AAA Clipperton Island DXpedition.


Located in the lonely Northeast Pacific Ocean, Clipperton is one of the world's most mysterious and unknown islands. For almost 300 years it's legendary, and sometimes brutal curse has made this island notorious with sailors for bad luck.
This film documents the FO0AAA DXpedition of March 2000, and then presents one of Clipperton's most complete historical records ever made on video. From the numerous DXpeditions over the years, to the chilling history of murder, shipwreck and piracy, join this team of adventurers as they re-activate one of Amateur Radio's most infamous destinations.

FO0AAA Clipperton Island DXpedition Full

Many thanks to James 9V1YC for making this material available.

73
Tim M0BEW. 

Thursday, 2 April 2015

ZL9CI Campbell Island DXpedition

ZL9CI Campbell Island DXpedition


Located within the Southern Ocean's "furious fifties", Campbell Island is New Zealand's coldest, and most remote Sub-Antarctic outpost. Originally home to a weather station, the island is now uninhabited and designated by New Zealand as a protected nature reserve.
This video details the famous 1999 DXpedition, the Island's amazing collection of wildlife, and her fascinating history of occupation and abandonment.

ZL9CI Campbell Island DXpedition Full

Many thanks to James 9V1YC for making this material available. 

73
Tim M0BEW.

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

WRTC 2002 Finland

WRTC 2002 Finland.


This film documents the 2002 World Radiosport Team Championship (WRTC) held in Finland. Continuing an idea that began in Seattle in 1990 with the first WRTC, this "contest within a contest" was designed to determine the world's best operators under near identical QTH, propagation and station conditions.

WRTC 2002 Finland Full

Many thanks to James 9V1YC for making this material available.

73
Tim M0BEW.

Monday, 9 March 2015

Grayline Propagation, or Florida to Cocos Keeling on 80m by Ed Callaway N4II

Grayline Propagation, or Florida to Cocos Keeling on 80m by Ed Callaway N4II



The 2013 VK9CZ DXpedition to the Cocos (Keeling) Islands made 51 QSOs with US Zone 5 on 80m. 21 of these QSOs - more than 40 percent - were with stations in Florida. This presentation discusses several possible propagation mechanisms for this grayline event, and concludes that propagation through the dark ionosphere, rather than along the grayline itself, was the responsible mechanism.

Grayline Propagation, or Florida to Cocos Keeling on 80m by Ed Callaway N4II Full

Thanks to the wealth of material supplied from WWROF.
Tim M0BEW.