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Sunday 21 December 2014

A different view when you get a "not in log"

I just couldn't stop laughing....

The german probably is not what the subtitles say but it is funny all the same.

Monday 15 December 2014

M6 and QSLing

This topic was being thrown about in discussions in local club as a new M6 friend of one was confused by all the options and wanted some advise...

Suggested maybe post this to the blog  in case anyone else wants the info...

So here goes... (Applies to UK only!)

Some definite do's...

Read this:

If you are not an RSGB member join or else you will not get bureau cards and remember to send a number of C5 envelopes with 2nd class LARGE stamps to whomever is the qsl manager for M6. Postage goes up every March/April so if you expect to qsl lots you can save quite a bit to buy some in advance.
(I buy 4 or 5 books of 50 2nd class stamps, if postage goes up 10p I can save £20 not heaps but every bit helps). Sadly they don't do books of EU or DX stamps any more just value stamps.

The QSL Sub-manager for M6 series RIGHT NOW is Mr R Taylor, M0RRV
Please send stamped, addressed C5-sized envelopes for your cards to the following address;
2 Chadwick Road
South Yorkshire
With each copy of RadCom you get keep the plastic wrapper with the address and current membership details on it, you will need it to send cards to the buro. No confirmation and they will not process the cards.... BE AWARE!

Assuming this is for static (i.e. the home station listed on the licence).
You should always include YOUR callsign, address and locator. I found adding the WAB square, WAZ and ITU can be useful as many ask for them anyway.
Make sure you include THEIR CALLSIGN (maybe a VIA), the RST exchange (received and sent), the time in UTC, the date, frequency (or band) and mode. Add a "73 tnx qsl" or "73 pse qsl" so that you can confirm you have a card from the other station or are requesting they confirm the qsl.

You do not have to but many include what the rig, antenna and power they are using is.

Some include a remark section for comments.

Some include their name some do not.

The RSGB buro notes say "Print the station worked callsign clearly in the top right-hand corner of the card or label, using clear bold print with a minimum size of 12 point to make for easy reading". I don't know anyone that does that!

Some definite do nots...

Do not hand write the IOTA reference EU005 or island name which is UK if this will be from mainland UK on the card any IOTA adjudicators will not accept them. You create a nice QSL card but right now they will not allow them for awards and you might find the RX station wants you to redo them (total pain believe me!) IOTA rules say you have to print them on the cards!

Do not include your email or telephone number on the card. Some do include email but be aware don't use a temporary email address as some cards take ages to get through the system. Especially students using an email that is not valid next year/term!

You do not need to have glossy cards, pictures or prints on both sides of the cards and most stations you send one to will not be concerned about this, unless you are running either a special station, location or have a particular artistic flare. The early QSL cards (i.e. Vintage) were monotone and had printing and writing only on one side.

If you are operating portable as well as from home then the easiest option might be to add a small check box that you put a tick/cross in if it applies. Watch out if the locator changes too if it is different to home, e.g Snowdon is not JO02, yes I have one qsl card that says it is!

Most of the places that will print QSL cards (I have suggested UX5UO and FDS before) that produce cards already know the correct size, paper and fonts to use and you can view examples, I'd look at what they are suggesting especially those from other M6 stations.

Also think if you are now an M6, unless you will want to remain an M6 or operate a lot and manage 100's of qso you will probably want to carry onto being an intermediate or advanced licensee if yes then do you really want a 1000 M6 cards probably not ?

Do not forget LoTW or ClubLog either as loads just use them these days.

Some others also suggested a few things (names omitted as not asked permission yet to reproduce):

No one writes the destination callsign on both sides, but do make sure your callsign is on both sides, in a clear, legible font. When the person you're sending a card to gets it, they want to very quickly be able to see what your callsign is, no matter which way up the card is :-). You'd also be surprised how many cards use supposedly artistic fonts which make the callsign almost impossible to decipher!

Obvious perhaps to older licencees but maybe not to new licencees... cards sent via the bureau take a long time to get back to you - two years is normal, three not at all uncommon, and five or more isn't unheard of.(I became M1KTA in 2003, last month I RX a QSL card for an M3KTA qso that was 11 years before!)

For special contacts, perhaps the first time you work a new country, it's normally much faster to send the card directly to the station you worked, including a return envelope with your address written on it, and funds to cover return postage. Obviously UK stamps don't work abroad for the return postage, so the normal custom is to include a couple of $1USD notes. Many stations will list their QSL requirements on their entry on

Sunday 14 December 2014

Operators should wear dinner suits shouldn't they?

As is usual at these gatherings we talk about possible wish list trips etc.

I happened to spot behind where I was sitting there was a globe so time to look at trip planning and pointing out those hard to work/get to places.

Yes that is be me in a dinner suit, jacket over chair (I'm ex-Cambridge uni so it is circa 1993 as seemed to wear one far too often and the trousers didn't fit so there was a last minute panic to find a pair that did). I'm reliably informed that  radio operators used to always wear one before going on air in times gone by. Anyway was given a bottle of pink bubbly along with another Gavin M1BXF who turned up in full Scottish garb for being the best dressed there :-)

Rob also posted about it

I'm not on Twitter!

Saturday 13 December 2014

HF Band pass filters

You only need these IF you will have another TX operating nearby either in contest, field day, some multi-op station or SO2R.

I was asked about these and the ones I use in the shack that I built into some small metal boxes were based on K4VX design here:

They cover 160, 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10m

I do not have filters to cover WARC bands but I might make up some based on the W3NGN ones.


at some point.

I have to finish a K2 build first.