Expect to be C6AKT in BERU 2018 unless the world ends and UCRA have
given the call to someone else before processing the $35 fee.

After all the discussions about short calls and the too and fro going
through options my own was staring me in the face “M1KTA” so I just
transposed the letters.

Should be short enough on CW.

No idea if mains reliable on site so will think about some kind of PA
for contest.







Remote operation question

Roger, VE3ZI posed this question on the UK conntest reflector and I have posted it here together with replies, comments.

Subject: [UKHF-CONT] Remote Operation

I spent part of this last weekend operating in Sweepstakes which is quite good fun for NA stations. One of the stations active was VY!AAA in the Yukon. This is remotely operated from various places, non of which are in the Yukon.

RSGB contests (specifically BERU) allow remote operation from within the same section only. I personally think this is an excellent rule although others may disagree.

My question is:

If VY1AAA were to be active in BERU it would obviously not be eligible to enter the contest. Fine. What is the situation for those who work that station in the contest? Would the contact be allowed for points? What about a remote station that was not widely known to be remotely operated?

73 Roger


Hi Roger,

This is an interesting question which I haven’t considered. It would be interesting to hear the opinions of some of the subscribers to this group.

The rules that have been added for remote operation in 2018 have been based on those adopted by other adjudication bodies, such as CQWW, but with adjustments to make them appropriate to each of our RSGB contests. These allow remote operation in RSGB contests under particular circumstances and in Beru, they restrict remote operation to that within a particular Commonwealth Call Area – or remote operation of the operator’s home station from another country.

Roger’s question is looking at remote operation from a slightly different angle. He is interested in how contacts with non-entrant remote stations should be adjudicated in RSGB contests. For example, should a QSO with VY1AAA in Beru be accepted for Commonwealth Call Area and QSO points, where VY1AAA is operated remotely and not taking part in Beru, but the other party to the QSO who is an entrant is, (dare I say, tongue in cheek), an innocent party to the remote operation of their QSO partner.

Should the benefit of the doubt be with the entrant in this case?

Kind Regards,

Nick Totterdell G4FAL,

RSGB HF Contest Committee Chair

It shouldnt really matter that VY1AAA was operated remotely. The
entry from THAT station would be as a Canadian Country in the province
where the station is located. It shouldnt matter where else in Canada
the operator is sitting, or if a Canadian Licencee was using that
station perhaps even from a different country. Does the Canadian
Licensing System allow foreigners to use Canadian stations remotely?…………
And from EI5DI
I’d suggest that contacts by hands-on operators should not be judged
by the status of other operators concerned. Contacts logged with
VY1AA should count as normal, regardless of how that station is
controlled or operated. …….

2018 C6?

Hi all,

Next March is a way off yet but looking at possible locations for BERU

I have renewed licence for E5 and whilst E5/N looks ideal and I left
antennas out there not sure about the logistics so time to look at other

The BERU traveler pool isn't huge but spoken a few of the usual subjects
and not aware of anyone else that might be going so shouldn't clash. So
my target will be C6. Yes I know Rob, Steve and John went to C6 last
year almost the same dates but were not in BERU. Waiting on URCA for a call.

I'm unlikely to ever build a huge score but happy to add a DXCC noone
else will be in for those chasing LF QSO. Looking at QTH on the UK side
of Eleuthera (the one with the 3 mile pink sand beach) which is one of
the outer islands with space for 80m and 40m 4SQ and no neighbours for >
mile. Expect will be qrp in the contest and after on CW unless the god
of mains power provides an input anyway from there I suspect VE, Carrib
and UK should all be possible. FT8 seems to need a KW these days 




John, ZL1AH SK

With regret we announce that ZL1AH John Wightman (FOC 1314) became Silent Key on July 1st.
John was one of two FOC Honoured Members, and was 97 years old.
He was a teacher and moved to New Zealand in the 50’s.
He was a member of the RSGB for 83 years.

Joe 7Q7BP SK

QSPing this sad email that was received by GM3YTS:


With great sadness I have to inform you that Joe passed away today at 1400 hrs at St Annes hospital Malawi. He had not been well with a very heavy cold/chest infection for the past week, Janet his XYL is also hospitalised with a similar condition and on a drip, we await further news.
Would you please pass on the sad news to FOC family.

Many thanks

73, Barrie G4AHK/7Q7BJ


Joe was a long time BERU entrant who could be relied upon for many QSOs and valuable bonuses.

Many thanks Joe.

73 Bob G3PJT


RSGB awards Calcutta Key to Bob G3PJT

At the RSGB AGM on the 22nd April I was presented with one of the RSGB’s most prestigious awards, the Calcutta Key. In making this award the RSGB said, ‘This award recognises work associated with the promotion of international friendship through amateur radio and in your case your work in supporting the Commonwealth Contest into its 80th year, a milestone which was recognised by our Patron the Duke of Edinburgh.’.

So many thanks to all who have helped to support and grow participation in the Commonwealth Contest over the last 25 years or so!

73 Bob G3PJT/ 8P9IF/J34G/E51PJT/J68PJ/ZF1JT/9H3JT etc etc.