And I expect to be on as ZF2CA again, if it’s not on the website already? 73 Colin G4CWH
So far Team Far East will comprise Mike 9M6/G3VYI and Nigel 3B8XF ( G3TXF), maybe more later….James 9V1YC has now joined as well…looking forward to BERU again!
I have the date in my diary OK. I will be operating as GI6XX as the GI HQ station and look forward to all the QSOs.
73 Richard GI4DOH
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
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