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Ryanair QRO “Small Bag”

Close reading by the XYL of the Ryanair regulations unearthed the fact that you are allowed a small bag not exceeding 35 x 20 x 20 cm in addition to cabin baggage and checked baggage.

It was even better news that it has no weight limit!

Even better news is that my TS-480HX transceiver, control head and power lead and maybe a small dipole can travel for free on Ryanair. Whoop!

Sorry for my exuberance but really, when did you last hear of anyone getting anything for free on Ryanair, let alone a QRO DX rig!

It would be interesting to see how many other rigs can be squeezed into this space – comments welcome!

Have a great IOTA summer with free radio “baggage” 🙂


9H5G/C6A videos

A couple of people were kind enough to make videos (unbeknown to me) of some of the pileups when I was in the Bahamas this year so I thought I should share them here.

This is partially for your entertainment and partially as a record of some of what went on. Most importantly for me, it’s a record of how difficult it was to operate sometimes and hopefully a benchmark from which to measure any improvement in operator skills in time to come…

Working 2E0IJK.

Feb 15, 2014 – Uploaded by 2e0ijk

Having a bit of a meltdown since there was a continual wall of noise from Europe.

Hopefully I’ll be forgiven… please?

A heavy QSB day.

There are a few others that were posted to Facebook and I can’t show them here but thanks to everyone who took the time to record and to share!


DX Karma – The Partial Call

I made a lot of mistakes during my time in C6 land. A few CQs would almost always result in a pileup which were almost always good-natured and fun.

They were not always easy to run – in fact, sometimes they were extremely challenging!

One of the major factors in hearing the stations calling was the ‘persistent partial caller’. You know the one! “Charleeee Eeendeeeaaahh, Charleeee Eeendeeeaaahh”. Often with a strong signal they had no need to call with a partial – in fact, it probably harmed their case. As you know, when the ‘wall’ of sound hits, you can often discern a call from the tail end, something the partial call, because of its brevity, cannot deliver.

Then there was my determination to stick to the DX Code of Conduct by not answering the partial caller, or at least making him wait – usually for as log as I could stand 😉

Sometimes the signal strength of the partial caller made it impossible to ignore him and he was blocking the people who were patient enough to wait and call in turn. But often this is where the partial caller would fall down! In his impatience to log the QSO and move on, they would often fail to give their full call – or they were stepped on by someone equally impatient and would have left the frequency with me wasting more time (and battery power) trying to get a loggable call. So he might have my call in his log – but he isn’t in mine.

There were more of these events than you might imagine – I think they fall into the category of ‘DX Karma’.

Berry Islands QTH Video – NA-054

Now we’re back in the land of cheaper, faster bandwidth here’s a video of the second QTH I used on Little Harbour Cay in the Berry Islands. It was about 10 minutes walk up a slight hill from the beach but had better take-off for Europe. Funnily enough I worked quite a few ZL, VK and JA from here so maybe the height traded-off well for the distance from salt water.