DXpedition Announcement: Svalbard, July 2015

From 10th-17th July 2015, I will be one of six operators activating the JW5E shack on Svalbard. We’ll be operating on 40m-10m (and maybe some 6m if conditions allow), mainly on SSB and CW, using JW/{homecall}. We won’t arrive in Longyearbyen until late in the evening of Friday 10th, and we depart very early in the morning on…

Response to the RSGB Contest Committee’s whitepaper – May 2014

On 26th May 2014, the RSGB Contest Committee announced a Whitepaper containing proposals and suggestions for various rule changes. [Whitepaper] I really welcome this development. It’s great to see the Contest Committee so engaged and keen to hear feedback, and also I like having a clear timetable for the decision-making process based on this feedback.…

VP9/M0BLF: Log analysis

One of the things I like to do shortly after a DXpedition is to do some fairly detailed statistical analysis on my log. This helps highlight openings or areas of the world I might have missed, and helps me consider improvements for the next trip. It can also help identify where propagation predictions did, and…

Hello from Bermuda

As many of you will be aware, I’m currently on a DXpedition to Bermuda, operating as VP9/M0BLF (other operators on the same trip are VP9/G3ZAY, VP9/M0VFC and VP9/G7VJR). About half-way through the week, we’ve made over 6000 contacts, which is a great result for a part-time holiday-style operation. That is, we’re having time to do…

DXpedition to Ascension Island

I’ll be part of a group of five operators from the Cambridge University Wireless Society (along with M0VFC, G3ZAY, G3VFC and M1BXF), operating from Ascension Island as ZD8UW next week. Here’s the ‘official’ announcement: ASCENSION ISLAND, ZD8. A group of operators will be QRV as ZD8UW from Green Mountain from December 2 to 6. Activity will…

M0VFC and M0BLF in Control

Decision-making for Control stations

In Cambridgeshire Raynet, we recently noticed that one of our failings as a group is that only a small proportion of our membership had any experience in operating as a Control station. This reliability on particular individuals was starting to limit our flexibility and so we have embarked on a training programme in the last…

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Using APRSIS32 for Raynet

It’s probably fair to say that, since the demise of UIView, APRSIS32 is the most advanced APRS software for Windows that’s under current development. Unfortunately, it’s also got a really steep learning curve, partly because of its origins in the Windows CE world, which means it breaks many of the conventions common to Windows desktop…