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Mull DX’Pedition ‘15 – Diary

That’s all, folks!

That’s all, folks!

And we’re on the way home. 10,299 QSOs in the log after a final session on 40m last night. After breakfast on the ferry, the now-traditional awarding of a stuffed sheep this year went to Linda, G0TPX, for her fantastic patience in making over 500 QSOs this year. The animal in question got an upgrade this …
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Nearly QRT…

Nearly QRT…

It’s nearly the end of the week for us, and almost everything is now packed away – just leaving a single station on 40m for this evening. We hit the magic 10,000 QSO mark earlier this afternoon after a bit of a race between myself (M0VFC) and Martin G3ZAY on 20m and 17m CW, matching …
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Replacing the magic blue smoke

Replacing the magic blue smoke

A little excitement earlier today when the indoor shack (i.e. the thing we’ve turned the dining room into!) started smelling of expired components. After investigation, it turned out to be from G1SAA’s Elecraft KPA500 amplifier, and after disassembly we spotted the source – a surface-mount capacitor on the input to the low pass filter board. Thankfully …
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Verticals by the sea do work…

Verticals by the sea do work…

We’ve now been on air for about three days, and the QSO count stands at a satisfying 5,500. Everything up to 2015-05-18 1629 UTC has been uploaded to Club Log and LoTW, and we’ll continue with regular uploads throughout the week. We now have the full compliment of HF bands available to us thanks to a …
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Day 2 – lots of weather, more antennas, and more QSOs

Day 2 – lots of weather, more antennas, and more QSOs

Another quick update – weather continues to be changeable, proving the Scottish motto of “if you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes and it’ll change”! At times the rain static on the VHF antennas causes a lot of noise, and similarly on HF We’ve put up some more antennas, including 10m and 15m rotary dipoles …
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GS3PYE/P 2015 – 24 hours in

GS3PYE/P 2015 – 24 hours in

We’ve now been on Mull for nearly 24 hours, and the stations are starting to come together, with over 700 QSOs in the log so far, including 67 on VHF thanks to some Es last night. Poor weather means antenna work is happening between heavy rain showers, and high winds mean that when we say we’re …
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Some changes to QSLing

Some changes to QSLing

This year, we’re making some changes to the way we handle QSL cards. If you requested a direct card in 2014, you may have found it took longer than normal to get a reply – entirely my (M0VFC’s) fault, after a year of trying to do too much in not enough time! Hopefully you will have …
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DXpedition Tea Sponsorship

DXpedition Tea Sponsorship

We are extremely grateful to Freshpac Ltd in Halesworth for sponsoring our DXpedition again this year. They have very generously supplied us with a huge ‘sack’ of high quality tea, to compliment the excellent coffee they gave us last year. Camb-Hams consume an enormous amount of tea and coffee during our DXpeditions, so this is a very important sponsorship …
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