Arran DX’Pedition ‘11

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The Camb-Hams were formed in early 2006 as the social and public-facing side of the Cambridgeshire Repeater Group (CRG). The Camb-Hams are made up of people from many of, but not exclusively, the various Cambridge radio groups including CUWS (Cambridge University Wireless Society), CDARC (Cambridge and District Amateur Radio Club) and Cambridge RAYNET.  More info on the main Camb-Hams site.

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The Camb-Hams are off to the Isle of Arran for the 2011 DX’Pedition. The dates will be from May 1st till May 8th 2011 from a cottage on the west of the island near Balliekine IO75HO. As usual, most HF bands will be activated with SSB, data and some CW (but please be patient!). VHF operations will be on 6m and 4m SSB/data (JT6m), and being a little more south than Harris, we will also activate 2m both SSB/data (FSK441). We may also have time for 2m and 70cm satellites.

Some portable VHF activations will be done around the island with the group’s portable operating shack Flossie. This year the CRG has a new callsign – G6PYE – which we will use alongside the traditional G3PYE. As the activation is in Scotland, the prefix becomes GS for a club station in Scotland, so listen out for both GS3PYE/P and GS6PYE/P.

Check out the other pages of diary entries using the links above the comments section on the page…

Arran 2011 Log Analysis Part1

Arran 2011 Log Analysis Part1

So I’ve done some basic log analysis for the Arran DX’Pedition, more will follow but for now I’m looking mainly at the QSO rates vs time.  You can see the full analysis here in PDF form. To keep things easier to display [in the graphs] the report is based on 30 minute snapshots i.e. 09:00 …
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DX crew at the Magnum radio rally

DX crew at the Magnum radio rally

As you might know on our way back from Arran we popped into the Magnum radio rally where we met a few known callsigns and as Gavin is from these parts as few familiar faces too…  One face was Dick GM4PPT who we regularly work on the 2m RSGB UKAC who took this picture. Left …
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Thanks to our QSL Bureau Sub-manager!

Thanks to our QSL Bureau Sub-manager!

One of the rarely-mentioned heroes of any DX’pedition is the sub-manager at the QSL bureau who has to deal with all the incoming QSL cards! Of course, it’s us that reply to the cards, but at least we get the benefit of having enjoyed a stunning week or two away in the Scottish islands, or …
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More GS3PYE/P Videos

Paul M3JFM has posted some videos of GS3PYE/P contacts, recorded from his home in Oxford, UK. The GS3PYE/P operators include Pete 2E0SQL, Rob M0VFC and Steve M1ACB. Please go to Paul M3JFM’s YouTube Channel to view the videos. Juan YV4BCD also recorded GS3PYE/P on 20m from Venezuela (Operator Colin G4ERO). GS3PYE/P – 20m (from Venezuela)

GS3PYE/P & GS6PYE/P Log Analysis

GS3PYE/P & GS6PYE/P Log Analysis

We have analysed the GS3PYE/P and GS6PYE/P logs using Clublog and are extremely happy to report that we had a total of exactly 9100 QSOs from 108 DXCCs and 7380 distinct callsigns. The number of countries per band was as follows : 160m: 08   80m: 54   40m: 61   30m: 50   20m: 94 …
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Time-lapse operator videos

Time-lapse operator videos

Bob G1SAA was busy recording time-lapse videos of some of the GS3PYE/P operators while we were on Arran. He’s posted them, together with more videos of the shack and antennas, on the Camb-Hams YouTube Channel Here are some direct links to videos of some of the operators in action : Pete  2E0SQL Bob  G1SAA + …
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MW0GSR & MW6BOZ from SRC at the Magnum Rally

MW0GSR & MW6BOZ from SRC at the Magnum Rally

GS3PYE/P team discussing the DXpedition with Simon and Liz from Snowdonia Radio Company at the Magnum Rally. Simon worked us while we were on Arran.

M1BXF talks DXpeditions with GM6NX

M1BXF talks DXpeditions with GM6NX

Gavin talking to members of the GM6NX group at the Magnum Rally today.  

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16 Responses

  • peter finnie says:

    Thanks for the jt65m contact on 6m hope you got me ok we are in ardrossan where you get the ferry to go to arran the antenna was the fred western hf-10 6-160 and the rig is the ic-746 thanks agn 73’s to all the team good luck de mm3yft sk

  • Martin says:

    Dear OMs, thanks for your QSO with me, short only, but heartly. I still thinks, sending you my QSL-csard, is the best final courtesy after a kindly QSO. Congrates on having aterrific singnal here. You were really comming in, like a local station. I wish you and your familys all the best and for you furthermore DX. – QSL-card to QSL-Manager: Robert Chipperfield – VY 73 DO1LMM – Martin

  • ph0z says:

    Nice site, good luck with the expedition.


  • Alexander says:

    good luck in all your X- peditions, and hope to make soon, over 10,000 QSO’s !

    my best 73 !

  • Andy says:

    Please consider setting up an eQSL.cc account. You have over 1000 eQSLs waiting for you.
    Thanks and 73
    K9oem – Andy

    • m0lcm says:

      Hi Andy – we prefer real QSL cards actually, and wouldn’t like to see the practice of sending them diminished by eQSLs. Please consider sending us a QSL card, either direct or bureau via M0VFC – we will reciprocate.

  • Leon says:

    Your commentThanks Colin for number 105 twards my DXCC
    73 and good DX, Leon W6SHR

  • Donn Gallon K7LOP says:

    Rob and company Nice working you from Arran. I hope you finish out the holiday with lots of dx and fun. Look for me in the 7qso party in about 8 hours. 73 from WA state USA

  • Joe VK3XH / G6BUH says:

    Thanks for the QSO even though the copy my side was difficult my end
    From an ex Nth London PYE employee ( London Romeo)

    Joe VK3XH

  • Jan SP9BRP says:

    Thanks for the QSO and very interresing you online log/super/ congrats!

    Jan op.HF45BRP..hi

  • Mark G0VOF says:

    Thanks for the QSO’s over the past few days. It was especially nice to have QSO number 8000 with Steve this morning on 40m. It seemed unlikely then, but that next target of 9000 QSO’s now looks within reach!

    Best of luck to all on Arran & I hope you all have a safe journey home.

    Best 73,

    Mark G(R)0VOF

  • Martin MM0MOB says:

    Well done to you all for exceeding 9000 QSO’s
    hope to catch you on you next DX-peditions.

  • mm0pod says:

    Thanks guys. It was good to meet you all at the Magnum on Sunday. And on the radio looking forward to the next time Ally mm0pod.

  • Hi team,
    It was great meeting the gang yesterday in Scotland. You should be very proud of yourselves for what you have achieved, an inspiration for other groups. The biggest thing that stood out to me was how close friends you appeared to be and that you was having a ball.
    Congratulations again Simon (MW0GSR)

  • Great to see you all at the Magnum Rally. Hope you enjoyed your visit to Scotland. Hope you see you all back at the rally next year;~)))
    Helen MM0HLN
    Magnum Rally Organiser.

  • MILAN OK2BMI says:

    Your comment DR OMS thanks QSO is IOTA EU 008– Nice site, good luck with the expedition.MILAN OK2BMI is RADIOCLUB OK2OLD GOOD LUCL!!!!!!!!!

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