Meeting the 3Y0J Team

Today we are going down to the UK’s capital city, London, to meet with the 3Y0J team and a few other radio amateurs for a meal and to wish the Bouvet team a safe journey. 

As the team are having to Transit through the UK on their way to the Falkland Islands on their way to Bouvet they offered a limited number of DXers the chance to meet up with them. And it also gives us chance to meet up with old and new friends for a quiet beer or two. I myself will be travelling from my home in Nuneaton by train, and meeting up with them at the hotel in London. Then later this evening we will be off for the meal in a local restaurant. Images and updates will be uploaded tomorrow when I get home.

The image above shows the first four 3Y0J operators to have arrived in London. (L-R) Pete N0FW, Cezar VE3LYC, Otis NP4G, Adrian KO8SCA.

Shack update

And that’s me calling the shack done at the operating position. Just got the certificates and other images to get on the walls when I have enough frames for them. 

All software is working and IOTA/LOTW updates done for the 2023 honour rolls. Here’s to working the new ones this year.

Shack/Office back up at new QTH

After 2 months I have finally managed to get my desk and shack back up and running. I still need to get some antennas, or at least one, up in the air but this is planned for the next couple of weeks. Hopefully before Bouvet (3Y0J Expedition) starts and Crozet (FT8WW) ends. Both would be New countries for me and would make it 321 in total worked/confirmed in the current DXCC listings – 325 all time. 

Tee new shack comprises 3 screens which could yet be reconfigured as I am not 100% with how I have it set up as yet, or should I say connected to the computer and laptop. But this will be for another day to do.

Off Air

Sadly I am off air and off line for a little while. A house move has forced me to close down, but hopefully next week I will be back on the internet and happily posting news and updates on here. I also need to get my finger out and gallery sorted so that I can get some of my photographs online and share my other passion.

Back soon.


This weekend (29 October to 30 October 2022) sees the CQWW DX SSB contest take place on the HF Bands 160M through to 10M, and this is the busiest and biggest of the year for SSB contacts. It is an opportunity for a modest station to make contact with some of the rarer DX entities as it draws out expeditions and some pf the locals who wouldn’t normally get on the air. It is also a fun contest to choose your strongest band and enter a lesser category to get the winners certificate, if you choose wisely. 

Here is a list of some of the announced expeditions for this years contest:

Bureau Mailing October 2022

The following has been taken from my friend Tim (M0URX) website. Looks like himself and Charles (M0OXO) had a very busy day sorting and getting these out to the UK post office, hopefully they will be with the world bureau’s soon.

QSL cards have been posted to 82 World Bureaus – Monday 24th October 2022
This mailing is a joint mailing between M0OXO Charles & M0URX Tim. (also thanks K3ZO Fred)
I would very much appreciate feedback from you when the QSL cards start arriving at World Bureaus or received by hams around the world? 

This mailing had been delayed due to Covid-19 restrictions. Also due to issues caused by the World Customs Organisation regulations.

The parcels are sent by Priority Business Mail to get to the Bureaus quickly.

Total amount of QSL cards dispatched: 16,607 
Via M0URX 9,476,  Via M0OXO 7,131. 
,Total Weight: 67240g

Total Shipping Cost: £355.59 – £5.29 per kg. (gross weight)

Average postage cost 2.14p per QSL card. Dispatch listed below in grams to each destination.
The below volumes are measured in grams per parcel

UK United Kingdom   1650
Europe Austria  1000
Belgium  2020
Bulgaria  193
Croatia  530
Czech Republic  1190
Denmark  260
Estonia 46
Finland  52
France 11860
Germany  14,000
Greece  330
Hungary  355
Italy 5,544
Ireland  83
Latvia  63
Netherlands   2400
Malta  7
Norway  335
Poland  2,020
Portugal  275
Romania  200
Slovenia   295
Slovakia  375
Spain  2970
Sweden  900

R.O.W Andorra  ROW
Argentina   350
Australia   235
Belarus  62
Bosnia Herzegovina  71
Brazil  156
Canada 530
Chile 23
China  145
Colombia  11
Costa Rica 
Cuba  81
Dominican Republic  10
Ecuador 20
El Salvador
Faroe Islands 
Falkland Islands 
Hong Kong  14
Iceland  7
India  29
Indonesia  50
Israel  50
Japan 14,990
Kazakhstan  11
Kuwait 20
Liechtenstein  7
Lithuania  126
Luxembourg   135
Macedonia 17
Malaysia 14
Mexico  10
Moldova  20
New Caledonia
New Zealand 43
Panama  15
Peru    8
Philippines  17
Russian Fed 2410
Saudi Arabia
Serbia  345
South Africa 26
South Korea  305
Sri Lanka
Switzerland  665
Taiwan  17
Thailand 60
Turkey  250
United Arab Emirates
Ukraine  695
Venezuela  190
Fiji 23

USA W0, W1, W2 W3, W4, WW4 W5, W6, W7, W8, W9 5,550
WP3  26
WL7 24
WH6  46


All quiet on the G1VDP front

Well guys sorry I haven’t posted for a couple of weeks, I came back home from the convention with a stinking cold/flu – tested Covid negative each day – that knocked me off my feet. It was only the early part of this week that I started to feel human. Along with having to attend the Newark Hamfest in my roll for the RSGB as the Beyond Exams co-ordinator it was a long suffering week. But hopefully we have shaken that and can get on with life again.

RSGB 2022 Convention

This weekend here in the UK we have our annual convention, a meeting with a number of talks amateur radio related. This takes place at Kents Hill Park, Milton Keynes and will be attended by delegates from around the world. It used to be called the HF convention many years ago, and it was then amalgamated with the VHF amateur convention and AMSATS convention to what we now have. 

It also gives many of us chance to meet up with old friends and catch up on the news. On the Saturday evening a gala dinner is held where in the past some major expeditions have been announced, especially the Five Star groups, and some interesting speakers sharing their knowledge or presentations to exotic parts of the world. This is my first visit there for a number of years, and I am looking forward to seeing some old friends. I am also giving a talk on the RSGB Beyond Exams Brickworks scheme, this is on Sunday morning and will be well worth attending if you are a member of a club and need ideas for what to do within the clubs calendar. 

RSGB 2022 Convention

Pirate Alert – ZL8AC from central EU

All day today (26/09/2022) there has been a station on 20M FT8 and FT4 claiming to be from a very rare island near New Zealand – ZL8 Kermadec. Turns out it has been a pirate in central Europe pirating the call. Shame as it would have been an all time new country for my DXCC count.

GPDX Monthly IOTA listing.

Once more the GPDX group share their list of upcoming IOTA’s. Some fun ones due. Lets hope we can get on the air and work them.