CUWS in FP ’11

Between September 23rd 2011 and October September 30th 2011 five hams from Cambridge, England will be active on Miquelon (prefix FP) part of The Territorial Collectivity of Saint-Pierre and Miquelon.

The trip has been organised by the Cambridge University Wireless Society (CUWS) which have the club call G6UW, however as we can not use this callsign in Miquelon we need to use FP/<homecall>, so listen out for:


A keen IOTA activator and chaser, Martin is also President of CUWS. His past activations include VP8, ZD7, ZD8, YS, OY and many others. He is also a volunteer guide at Bletchley Park.


I have been a radio ham for almost 40 years. I enjoy morse code and wish I was better at it! Now my family is grown up I have more time for radio – Miquelon is my second DX’pedition and I hope to do many more. In my day job I am Director of Technology at the Centre for Risk Studies in the Judge Business School in Cambridge University and I also run a small software company.


I am a 29 year old technical author in Cambridge, UK. I am an enthusiastic radio amateur and am interested in web development. I hold a PhD in the discourse of Hugo Chávez.

Licensed 4 years ago aged 16. About to enter the third year of my undergraduate (electronic) engineering degree. Other interests include all things railway related.


First licensed in 1996 age 11, I now enjoy a wide variety of radio-related activities, from DX’peditions and other portable operations to RAYNET (voluntary emergency communications) and contesting, both on HF and VHF. When not playing radio, I’m a software developer, and occasionally the two hobbies get mixed up. For something completely different, I also fly power kites and occasionally dabble a little in photography.


First licensed in 1997 aged 17, now 31, and my main interest lies in constructing, VHF and DX’Peditions (/P operation).  I am also very active within the HF and VHF contest scene in the UK and serve as the technical coordinator for the Cambridgeshire Repeater Group.  I work in cellular approvals as a consultant on mobile device testing a conformance which takes me all over the world. More about me on my homepage.

QSL Information

This is important if you want a QSL card.

For QSL cards we ask you do not send us cards via the bureau, instead please request a return bureau card using the email address registered on the operator’s home callsign QRZ entry.

If you work more than one operator and would like a direct QSL card from each then please send all cards direct to Martin, G3ZAY.  Martin will then organise the correct cards to be sent back in one envelope.

What equipment are we using?

A few people have asked us what equipment we’re using here in FP, so here’s a quick run-down… We’ve got up to four stations on the air at a time, so starting at the radio end of things: Elecraft K3 Icom IC-7000 Icom IC-706 Yaesu FT-450 The K3 and FT-450 are connected to linear amplifiers …
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How things sound from our side…

A quick clip of some of the (smalller) pile-ups as heard from our side!

CUWS in FP Update

It’s now nearly four days into the DX’pedition, and so far it’s been fantastic. Here’s a quick run-down of the story so far… For G3ZAY, G4EAG, M0VFC and M1BXF, the trip started at London Heathrow Airport on Thursday morning. We nervously left the SpiderBeam fibreglass poles at check-in, hoping that they’d survive the trip intact, …
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5 Responses

  • Bob Purves GM4IKT says:

    Thanks guys and good luck. worked you on 15 & 20 metres will be looking on others. 73s Bob

  • joff miles says:

    many thanks for contact 18.140 2e0jof any chance of a eqsl for the contact on 29/9/11 , i beat 5 other guys in our club all with big power to bag a new one cheers guys joff 2e0jof

  • Bob VE3MPG says:

    Regarding the constant asking for your callsigns -> I tried to work your group from Ottawa for 2 days. Your signal was very very strong here but the ops were just talking much too fast. I am an old timer with hearing difficulties and spent time trying to decipher exchanges and operator call at your end. I used a DX cluster to find what call was being used but in the end I never did work you as I never would have deciphered the exchange as it was much too fast. Even during lulls in the pile-ups the ops were repeating their calls too fast so maybe look at that for your next dxpedition. Clear diction and slowing down would have been a big help to many operators wanting the FP call.

    • M0VFC says:

      Hi Bob,

      Thanks for the comments – as usual, it’s a balancing act. Reviewing some of the recordings we took, I reckon about 30% of my TX time was spent saying my own callsign (such is life with a long reciprocal call!). In the vast majority of cases, it was phonetic; sometimes dropping to non-phonetic for alternate QSOs during the busiest pile-ups.

      I’ve worked DX in the past where there’s been one ident every ten minutes if you were lucky, and we were very conscious not to let this be the case for us as we’re aware how infuriating it can be.

      However, the reverse is that if we had a huge pile of stations waiting to work us, we wanted to give as many as possible the opportunity to do so – and since the vast majority did manage to copy the call, I hope we got things about right.

      Sorry if it was a little quick for you; I have no problems at all slowing down for someone if they need me too, but in at least a lot of cases, it came accross more like it was people discovering a pile-up and rushing to work it without stopping to listen, or appreciate that others were waiting to work us as well.

      Definitely noted on the speed during the quieter times, though – we’ll bear that in mind.

      Rob, M0VFC

  • Vlad says:

    Dear Gavin!
    It was the sure contact of September 29 on 20 meters at 18.07 GMT by SSB, but I do not find it in a log for some reason.
    73! Vlad/UA3ECJ

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