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.