Great news for all of those eagerly awaiting a QSL card from our recent Tiree expedition. The cards arrived today so the first batch (those with SAE’s) will be in the post in the morning (29/11). All other direct cards should be out this week although it may nearer the weekend as I need to get to the post office with the IRC’s.
Unlike previous years, and due the the high number of QSO’s in the log, we will only QSL those who send cards direct or via the Bureau. We will return 100% but will not be blanket QSLing all contacts due to the high cost involved. If you wish to get a card from our expedition then please QSL via myself (G0MTD) or drop a card in the bureau. To speed things up for bureau cards I will send them out before receipt if you drop me an email.
This is the final proof of the QSL card for our Tiree expedition which has now gone to the printers, hope you like it.
73 Steve (G0MTD)
Couldn’t resist posting this great picture taken by Mark, you can’t see a great deal of the antenna detail but the view is just fantastic.
This shows the 4 element phased vertical array for 15m in front of the house and just a few feet away from the beach. The array is end fed with each vertical 90 deg out of phase which gives an end fire pattern with just over 10dBi gain. The big winner with this antenna though, and all of our verticals, is the very low angle of radiation generated over the sea path.
Kev (G6FKE) did some calculations on the field strength generated from this array with 400w input and let’s just say I wouldn’t recommend standing too close to the front of it when on the air
Like all of our antennas this is home made so if you worked us on 15m, over 2500 of you did, then this is the antenna that generated those lovely signals.
73 Steve (G0MTD)
Big thank you to all who have already sent cards direct to myself. In fact cards had started to arrive just a couple of days following our arrival on Tiree. By the time I got home about 50 cards were already waiting.
Paul’s done a bit of housekeeping on the logs which were finalised at 12,491 QSO’s which is a tremendous effort and no doubt going to keep me busy for a while dealing with all the cards. Now waiting for a proof from the printers and then hopefully just a couple of weeks before I get the first cards out. This evening I’ve just worked through the pile and have the labels printed just waiting to go.
Have about 4 SWL cards as well which are always a pleasure to receive. One very keen chap from the Far East actually sent me 4 IRC’s with one card !!! He’s either very keen or didn’t realise he’d picked up more than one.
QSL Card Preview – Paul took this picture of our location on Tiree which we will probably use on the front of our card, hope you like it. The picture was actually taken on the last day as the only antennas still in position are the phased verticals for 40m in the foreground and if you zoom right in you can just make out the 4 element phased vertical for 15m on the little hill behind the edge. All the other antennas had by this time been packed away ready for the journey home.
Will post an update once the cards arrive, 73 Steve (G0MTD)
Sorry Glyn, couldn’t resist posting this. Clearly the Whisky and waffle had got the better of you……
Just in case any of you are wondering what the faces behind the voices or dah’s and dit’s look like here are some of them. If I get hold of pictures of Ian, the Martin’s and Hughie (or is that Hugo) I’ll add them here later.
73 Paul M1PAF
Well we are back at home now and hopefully Brendan EI6IZ has made it back safely. The logs have now been updated to include all the QSO’s made on Saturday and except for a few potential call sign corrections that should be the complete list. Our final numbers were 12491 QSO’s with 11787 unique entries, a massive total for us and well beyond our target of 10000.
It’s a shame we didn’t manage to work T32C but propagation between them and us just wasn’t good enough.
73 Paul M1PAF
Hello everyone the logs have just been uploaded for QSO’s up to 0915 UTC 7th October 2011 (today).
We have smashed our target of 10000 QSO’s with 11500 QSO’s and contacts with over 10600 individual stations as of the time that the logs were uploaded.
We will work a few more today before we break the stations down this afternoon and pack ready to depart tomorrow morning.
A massive thanks to everyone who has worked us!
73 Paul M1PAF
Hello everyone. I took the opportunity of a break in the rain to snap these for anyone interested in our antennas.
The first photo shows the 40m phased array, the 30m vertical and the 17m vertical. The second photo shows the 15m 4 element array and the third photo shows our takeoff looking east.
It’s been very windy today and we had to substitute the vertical Moxon with a single vertical to save the fibreglass mast from damage.
73 Paul M1PAF
The Tiree DXpedition is now the 8th dxpedition in what is rapidly becoming a tradition for the Workington and District Amateur Radio Club with our partner in crime from the Sands Contest Group.
Now that all the preparation work is complete and the teams are ready for the off I’m sure that we wish the DXpedition best DX and hopefully we’ll be able to all get some QSO’s with you across the bands.
It seems that you’re leaving Cumbrian with bright sunshine and I hope the weather holds out for the week. So good luck to Steve G0MTD, Paul M1PAF, Mark M0WCR, Glyn M0XUH, Martin 2E0GTF (Workington Radio Club); Ian G0VGS, Kev G6FKE, Andrew G0LWU, Martin M0ZIF, Hughie G4UME (Sands Contest Group) & Brendan EI6IZ.