Well, it’s been a busy couple of months at Chez M0TCB.

First up, I had to make a short-notice trip to the United States with Mrs M0TCB as her mother was taken ill. The outlook wasn’t very good, hence the short notice. Thankfully, she’s now recovering and is on the mend.

We were staying in State College PA and, as it’s the first trip abroad since I got my Advanced licence, I took the handheld with me. It’s a Wouxun KG-UVD1P;

IMAG0604I got the local repeaters programmed in before we went (K3CR, W3YA and K3HKK). I shouted out on the repeater as W3/M0TCB/M 3-4 times a day, but never heard anything. Ah well.

In other news, we’ve seen the 6m and 12m bands opening now and again. Yesterday, I had my first 6m contacts under any of my callsigns. These were with;

And the 12m contact was with Colin MU0FAL, who mentioned in the Hamtests chatroom that 12m was open. It’s always nice to work someone on the radio with whom you’ve conversed by other means. I’ll be taking Colin’s QSL card with me when I take part in the Hamtests IOTA event on Guernsey in July. I’ve done the RSGB National Field Day before, but the IOTA event is something I’m really looking forward to. Other than sun and beer, I’ll be interested to see how other people organise their special events and it’ll be a great opportunity to watch how other people operate.

As a side note, I’ve build a solid fuel gassifier stove as a challenge from Louis 2U0FER, which I’ll be taking to Guernsey. The first test show signs of promise. All I need is more fuel and the gap around the top of the inner tin has been sealed with metal repair putty. Below is a photo from the first test;

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The other contacts of note were;

  • Two Euro 2012 stations I worked on 20m SSB, EEO2012KW and EN2012KWA. I’m not interested in football in the slightest, but it’s nice to get such stations in the log.
  • CambsHams had a DXpedition to the Isle of Mull during April and May. I managed to work them on six separate occasions while they were there (GS3PYE/P). Again, it was nice to speak to people I’ve had most contact with online.
  • Finningley Amateur Radio Society were proud to take part in a special event, operating as GB60VUL for a week. Unfortunately, due to the USA trip, I was unable to help out. I did, however work the station operating under that callsign the week before FARS did. It was being operated by Bill M0TDWon 40m SSB.

Any week now, Mrs M0TCB will be getting her foundation practicals done and her Foundation exam booked. Then we can get her contesting. We’ll make a great contesting team! 🙂

Until next time, 73.

Dan M0TCB