After fixing issues with the computer controller for the elevation rotator today we have managed 28 satellite contacts using SO-50, AO-51, HO-68 & VO-52. We will be using more satellites over the next few days.

Some very strange conditions…

May 7th, 2010 | Posted by M0VFC in General - (1 Comments)

It seems 20m has been behaving very strangely today… us barely hearing stations, yet getting 5/9+40 reports back! The majority of stations we’re hearing on 20 are giving us much better reports than we’re giving them, but there’s some who are the same both ways. And a few who nearly knock the end-stop off the meter (S58AL I’m looking at you)!

I’d love to know what’s going on – different radios give the same result, we’ve tried taking the linear and filters out of the system, all fine. We are using a linear, but only 3-400W, and I’m assuming a significant number of those calling us are running quite a bit more. But even if they’re only 100W, that’s only 6dB difference, not 40dB.

Interestingly the QRP stations seem to be getting similar results to the QRO guys :-).

So what’s happening? Hypotheses include some kind of geomagnetic effects, but we just can’t explain it yet… any thoughts very much welcome!

And apologies to anyone who’s tried calling us and who we didn’t hear!

The Reunion

May 7th, 2010 | Posted by Gavin, M1BXF in General - (1 Comments)

Thursday evening the GS3PYE/P and GM3PYE/P teams met up at The Anchorage Restaurant which is located on the pier at the Calmac ferry terminal at Leverburgh.

Lawrence, Terry, Gav, Adam, Geof, Colin, Rob, Mark and Martin


Well done to Gav, Colin, Rob and Martin (left to right in the picture below) on their score of 1664 QSOs.

Just a reminder that they can be followed on their way back to the home base on Harris by checking on http://aprs.fi/?call=gm3pye-10  (hint, click on the Satellite tab as there are no roads).

The home base location is http://aprs.fi/?call=gs3pye-9

EU-111 DX’Pedition Over

May 6th, 2010 | Posted by Gavin, M1BXF in General - (3 Comments)


After working 1664 stations we are now packed and ready for the boat. Thanks to all who worked us. Please feel free to leave a comment.


Taking some time out to work our guys in the Blue Lion Hardwick Cambridge and the other DX’Pedition party on Harris.

GM3PYE/P / EU-111 setup

May 5th, 2010 | Posted by Gavin, M1BXF in General - (7 Comments)



The oparating positions, 40m left and 20m right, and antennas.

EU-111 Delay

May 5th, 2010 | Posted by Gavin, M1BXF in General - (2 Comments)


Due to a leaking diesel filter we are currently drifting off the Monarchs while the captain repairs it! We should be underway again soon.

Filter fixed and now moving again.



Now leaving the harbour – keep an eye on our APRS track from our earlier post.

EU-111 at the ferry terminal

May 5th, 2010 | Posted by Gavin, M1BXF in General - (0 Comments)