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CQWW SSB 28 29 Oct

October brings the CQWW SSB Contest from Barns Ness Lighthouse. 01:00 28th – 24:00 29th.
The whole weekend begins on Thursday 26th afternoon as that is when we begin to load the vans and towers. The work starts in earnest at first light on Friday 27th and this is when we will begin building the stations.

The contest starts at 1am on Saturday morning and runs for 48 Hours. We require 2 stations at GM2T to me manned at all times.
The station will be dismantled at first light on Monday 30th, transported and all equipment stowed. This is usually completed by 3pm.
What can you do for your club ? Well, you can help with all of the above. It really is a massive effort and the more people that help, the easier it is for all. This really is an excellent opportunity to do and learn so much from antenna building / erection to operating a large world class station. If you are a bit mic shy, this is ideal for getting over that as the contest exchange is very simple.

There will be a core of people there for the entire duration so if people could please come and help us as these core of people will get very little sleep and will be tired. It really doesn’t matter what you come to do, whether it is to build, operate, make tea or just visit. All of these are greatly appreciated. After all this is a club event, come and support it. Please let me (Cambell MM0DXC) know your intentions as it really helps us arrange programmed rest time for the core team.

See you there.

International Lighthouses & Lightships on the air weekend GB2LBN

CPSARC will be taking part in this event over the weekend of the 15th August from Barns Ness Lighthouse to the east of Dunbar.
We will be using the callsign GB2LBN. I want to stress that this is not a contest, its a special event station which is much more relaxed in its operation and we use this event as a wee social event as much as anything else.
We plan to arrive on site at approximately 12:00 on Friday 14th to start building the station. This will comprise of 2 radios, network, 1 x 3 ele triband yagi at 60 feet on the trailer mast and a sloping dipole for 40m. There’s always lots to do when the station is being built so any help is appreciated. We plan to be on the air for a few hours on Friday afternoon into the evening.
Friday evening is always a relaxed affair and traditionally, we have some Pizza from Umbertos in Dunbar and a few Babychams to relax.
Saturday morning and we would like both radios to be busy all day. There is usually a pile up on whichever bands we choose to operate on, 10, 15, 20m and 40m. The pile up is easy to work as it is us that people want to speak to so we can take things at out own pace.
Special events are great for people to operate especially if they are restricted to a conservative station at home, its nice to have a yagi in the sky and a bit of “coal on the fire” when you’re transmitting.
The radios will be available to use from 7am on Saturday morning till we close down at 15:30 local time on the Sunday. It would be great if both stations were manned for the entire time but it doesn’t really matter if they’re not.
Everyone is welcome to visit the station whether it be to help build, operate or just to visit. Anyone with a licence is welcome to operate the station, those who are a bit nervous will be given encouragement and tuition if required. If you are reading this, you are a member of this website group so have an interest in radio, even if you don’t have a licence yet, you’re welcome to visit and see what its all about, we welcome that.

Islands On The Air contest, GM2T

Well, this time next week, we’ll be on Tiree in the Inner Hebrides for the IOTA contest.

Please listen for and work GM2T, EU008 in the contest. Remember every contact we make with mainland UK is worth 15 points to us. Mainland UK Island Reference is EU005

When we’re running (calling CQ), you can call us.

You’ll hear “Golf Mike Two Tango, Contest”
You’ll call “(Your Callsign)”
We’ll say “(Your Callsign), you’re 5/9 (then your serial number) on Echo Uniform Zero Zero Eight”
You’ll say “Golf Mike Two Tango, you’re 5/9 (our serial number starting at zero zero one) on Echo Uniform Zero Zero Five”
We’ll say “Thankyou, QRZ, Golf Mike Two Tango, Contest”

That will give us 15 points


The aim of the contest is to promote contacts between stations in IOTA island groups and the rest of the world, and to encourage expeditions to IOTA islands. The General Rules for RSGB HF Contests do not apply to this event. UK entrants are permitted to use Contest Call Signs (SCC) if they hold a valid NoV from OFCOM.


12:00 UTC Saturday 25th July to 12:00 UTC Sunday 26th July 2015. The contest always takes place over the last FULL weekend of July.


3.5, 7, 14, 21 and 28MHz, CW and SSB. IARU band plans must be observed, with CW contacts being made only in the recognised CW ends of the bands. Contest-preferred segments on 80m and 20m must be observed, so no operation must take place on 3500-3510, 3560 – 3600, 3650 – 3700, 14060 – 14125 and 14300 – 14350kHz.

CQWW SSB Contest

Once again CPSARC will be taking part in the CQWW SSB contest at the end of October from Barns Ness Lighthouse to the East of Dunbar.

We are inviting all members of CPSARC to attend this event and help take part in the contest. This help can manifest itself in many ways.

1, The equipment needs to get to Barns Ness, most of this is already covered but we still need 2 towers to be towed there. We need to be there by 1st light which is realistically 7:30am on Friday 28th October to start building.

2, The station needs to be built. Antennae from 160m to 10m need to be erected, this includes the building of 3 towers, 1 scaffold mast and the running of associated cabling. This needs to be done by 4:30pm at the latest as it starts to get dark and unsafe to work.

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