Hi Bob, Still got to have final confirmation from UCRA but looks like C6AKT will be the call I'll use in BERU 2018 which should be suitably short and it is a reorder of the UK call 72 Dom M1KTA
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 🙂
Steve G3UFY, my xyl and myself travelled to the Pafos forest location of Norman 5B4AIE at 900m asl this year to run C4I as a multi-op station. With a 3 ele SteppIR and verticals all looked good. However the Cyprus weather turned very nasty with big thunderstorms before and during the whole contest..S9+ static and high winds at the start. Apologies to those who were asked for many repeats but the static was bad. Sunday morning saw another storm and lightning and we closed down for a while. The station runs on solar batteries, big ones, and a top up generator. Unfortunately that generator wouldn’t go and we spent a while fixing it on saturday evening, jumping the solar inverters with cables and finding a pesky fuse with only one metal end.We had to run low power in the night as a result, then a huge storm swept the mountain depositing 2 inches of hail , lightning, and knocking down the 80m vertical in 3 pieces! This is all good expedition training and makes the end result and pub lunch well worth it. Conditions were poor, 1 qso on 10m, no Caribean, VE’s in the noise in the static, but great to hear the BERU regulars and travelers.The total of 600+ QSOs was slightly disappointing but good considering the band conditions and challenges.Thanks to Norman for all his help and great to meet the local 5B4’s before for a meal.Where to next year? 73 Mike G3VYI
Canadian amateurs are allowed to use special prefixes during 2017 to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. Amateurs whose call sign begins with VA are allowed to use CF instead, CG may be used instead of VE, CH instead of VO and CI instead of VY. So, for example, VE3KI may use CG3KI as his call sign during 2017.
To put this another way, call signs starting with CF3, CG3, VA3 and VE3 are all from the VE3 call area, CH1 and VO1 are from the VO1 call area, and CI2 and VY2 are from the VY2 call area – and so on.
VA2RAC RAC HQ will be on air for 2017 Beru operated by Claude VE2FK.
73, Claude VE2FK
Mike, 2E0YYY, Andrew, VK1AD and Ed, DD5LP are planning another long path propagation SOTA Summit to Summit event for 11 March starting at 0630 UTC.
Activity will be SSB or CW on 20 metres and going by the last action in October 2016, over 30 summits are expected to be active concurrently over Europe, Australia, New Zealand and possibly Japan.
Check reflector.sota.org.uk for details.
Just a quick note to say thanks for all your efforts in arranging the Commonwealth Medal to be presented to Phil Holliday at the CDXC event.
He got quite a shock when he was called up and it really made his day.
-- Member ZL3X The Quake Contesters