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What Call for a Dxpedition?

Earlier in the year I went to C6 to do some IOTA activations. On application the Bahamian authorities issued a visitors call sign 9H5G/C6A, which, to be honest is a bit of a mouthful and as it turned out, quite a few callers in the sometimes poor band conditions found it hard to copy accurately. The result was that the call rate slowed and it was hard to keep momentum and the tempo of the pileup.

So I thought I’d see if it was possible to have a full Bahamas call instead. The benefits of a shorter call are obvious, especially when it comes to CW and data modes but I’m wondering if it’s ‘less interesting’ to work? Or is it the IOTA that people are after? My feeling is that I’ll go for the more efficient call sign – any other views?

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Summer Activities

I got back from C6 in early May and put the boat ‘to bed’ for the summer. So we’re back in Gozo and the bands have been, in the words of Charlie, M0PZT, ‘meh’ so I’ve not been QRV much.

But I’ve not been idle. I have built a new K3 kit and done some testing. What a delight! The filtering is to die for in comparison to the TS-480. In fact, there are so many great features that getting the most out of the rig will take quite some time. I’m grateful to everyone who has helped with getting me ‘going’. I’ve made the majority of the leads and am now QRV on SSB, RTTY, PSK and even JT modes.

CW has raised its head again in my agenda to become a ‘proper’ amateur operator. Here in 9H-land, we still have to do a test. Yes, it’s only 5 WPM but I do find it challenging. Of course, the real challenge is the discipline in making the time to practice! The test will be held in July so I really need to get my head down!

Qrz Dot Com Page Restored

Well, I wrote to the folks at QRZ and they replied with “Your QRZ page has been restored from a backup copy. Our server recently had a database upgrade and a few bios were not copied properly. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope that everything is OK now.”

In fact, the page had not been restored and it took another email to get it sorted out. I still don’t really understand why a “copy” exercise would fail at the beginning of a URL but the important thing is that the page is restored now and I can get on with editing it.

Thanks again to the back room boys at QRZ.

QRZ dot Com

I used to have a link from my QRZ.com page to this blog as this blog is easily updated on low-bandwidth connections from my iPad. This allows me to use whatever bandwidth might be available to me wherever I might be.

As many of you will know, I travel quite a lot and consequently this facility is important to me. Someone at QRZ?com deleted almost all the content from my page without notice. I only discovered this today. So I apologize to those who used to use the Clublog lookup and the like.

It will take me a little while to get Clublog lookups onto this blog – give me a couple of days and I hope it will be done.

I have to say, I am astonished by the behavior of whoever owns and operates QRZ. It seems that a very crude software too has been used to trawl the site and delete, in my case, any page that includes links outside of QRZ – smacks of commercial interest to me rather than community interest.

I, for one, will be seeking to level the playing field in the future and encouraging software providers to support other amateur radio directories. I would urge you to consider doing the same.