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.