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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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