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9100 QSO’s in the GS3PYE/P log

May 8th, 2011 | Posted by M1ACB in General - (2 Comments)

We finished this morning with exactly 9100 QSO’s in the GS3PYE/P log.

A huge thank you to all the stations who contacted us.

M0VFC achieves 1000 QSO’s

May 7th, 2011 | Posted by M1ACB in General - (0 Comments)

Rob M0VFC just made his 1000th QSO as GS3PYE/P from Arran with G8IDL.

Rob M0VFC achieves 1000 QSO's from GS3PYE

GS3PYE/P makes 9000 QSO’s

May 7th, 2011 | Posted by M1ACB in General - (0 Comments)

We’ve just passed 9000 QSO’s at GS3PYE/P !
Mark M0MJH made the 9000th contact with F5TYZ on 20m.

M0MJH makes the 9000th QSO from GS3PYE/P

G3ZAY achieves 1000 QSO’s

May 7th, 2011 | Posted by M1ACB in General - (0 Comments)

Martin G3ZAY just made his 1000th GS3PYE/P contact from Arran with DJ3GE

G3ZAY achieves 1000 QSO's with GS3PYE/P

Last evening team shot

May 7th, 2011 | Posted by M1ACB in General - (0 Comments)

 

GS3PYE/P Team on their last evening on the Isle of Arran, EU-123

G4ERO achieves 1000 QSO’s

May 7th, 2011 | Posted by M1ACB in General - (0 Comments)

Colin G4ERO is heading towards 1000 QSO’s from Arran.
He’s calling CQ on 7.091 …

 

G4ERO calling CQ from Arran EU-123

Update : Colin made his 1000th GS3PYE/P QSO at 20:03 UTC with G7OPM

Another “Why does it work so well?” photo

May 7th, 2011 | Posted by M1ACB in General - (1 Comments)

Here is another photo in the series “why does it work so well from GS3PYE/P” which I took from the beach today. You can really see why we have a fantastic take off towards to west.

GS3PYE/P as seen from the beach

Early morning incident at GS3PYE/P

May 6th, 2011 | Posted by M1ACB in General - (0 Comments)

We had a potentially serious incident at GS3PYE/P early this morning.

The station was very busy with Colin G4ERO on 20m and Mark M0MJH on 40m at around 3:30am. The rest of the team were asleep, getting ready for another busy day. Bob G1SAA was woken by the sound of strong winds outside and decided to take a look at the antennas. What he saw was pretty frightening.

The 40ft pump up mast, with the Spider Beam on it, was leaning over at almost 45 deg, being held up by a combination of the support legs and the guys, with the 80m dipole tangled in the spider beam.  The mast is extremely heavy and definitely not the sort of thing you want to come crashing down.

Bob dashed indoors to shout for help … and to put some trousers on! Gavin M1BXF and Steve M1ACB heard the calls from their respective beds, quickly got dressed and joined the others outside in the wind and driving rain.

It looked like some air had leaked out of the mast, causing it to lower and allowing the guys to go slack. The wind pushed the mast over and it was putting enormous and growing pressure on the legs and guy ropes. There was very little time to think and act. Gavin and Bob took the guy ropes and put them under tension while Colin, Mark and Steve worked on the base of the mast to try to stabilise it and bring it down under control as quickly as possible. The 80m dipole had become entangled, so Mark had to attend to that before we could fully retract the mast. We did get the the mast down, probably only just in time. I’ve never seen a heavy mast like that as such at angle and really didn’t expect the result to be a good one.

We then turned our attention to the 6m and 4m beams on the crank-up trailer mast at the front of the house. This was waving around very dangerously. Gavin rotated the beams parallel to the house and we brought the mast down very quickly to avoid damage to the house and the antennas. We also dropped the 20m vertical which was in danger of breaking, but the 40m and 80m verticals were more heavily guyed and it was safer to leave them up rather than risk damage and injury trying to take them down. Everything was tied and guyed and we retired inside to dry off, warm up and grab a coffee.

Never being ones to miss an opportunity, Mark M0MJH and Steve M1ACB jumped onto 40m and 80m respectively and took the group through 6000 QSO’s at around 4:30am. 80m was so good that I stayed up for a couple of hours and worked some DX from the vertical.

When we checked for damage this morning, the Spider Beam did suffer some damage during the rapid decent, but that’s been fixed now and we’re back at full strength on all of the bands.

It was all very exciting and makes a good story, but we were lucky that everyone moved so quickly to bring the situation under control.

 

 

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The 6m (top) and 4m beams got knocked about a bit and are now out of alignment but nothing damaged…

GS3PYE/P in the News

May 6th, 2011 | Posted by M1ACB in General - (0 Comments)

Camb-Hams GS3PYE/P has featured in Southgate News this morning, after we passed 6,000 QSO’s during the night.

http://www.southgatearc.org/news/may2011/camb_hams_on_arran.htm

Mark (Jimmy) MM0MJH also appeared in Southgate News after working VK from EU-123 using his pedestrian mobile setup.

http://www.southgatearc.org/news/may2011/mm0mjh_works_vk7.htm

Thanks to Southgate News for a great service.

Over 6,000 QSO’s in the log !

May 6th, 2011 | Posted by M1ACB in General - (0 Comments)

We went over 6,000 QSO’s in the log at around 4:30am on Friday morning. A huge thank you to everyone who has contacted and there’s still time to catch us on different bands.