MS0EPC from Great Cumbrae Island on 4th June, 2011
Ernie GMØEZP, John GMØWRR, and Jurij MMØDFV have worked on BPSK63 as MSØEPC (EPC # 1700) from Great Cumbrae Island on 4th June, 2011. The island is located in the lower Firth of Clyde in western Scotland. As we have planned our station was setup just beside the Glaid Stone (127 m, top point of the island). The most important location references of this activation are - WAB Square (Alba Award): NS15; Grid Locator: IO75NS; IOTA: EU-123; EU Area: UK.SC.NA (North Ayrshire); DXDA-1447. All QSOs will be confirmed automatically via the QSL-bureau, please avoid sending QSLs direct since there is no time for direct QSLing.
The weather wasn't great that day. Quite strong wind was blowing all the day especially on the top of the island. We have not really planned any super-duper activity, just an easy-going activation with plenty of resting time, photographs, and some nice food like a shashlyk. The station setup was pretty simple – Icom IC-706MKIIG (at 20W output power), SGC SG-237 HF-VHF Smartuner, 9 m Vertical Wire Antenna, Radioarena UD02IC Portable Data Mode Interface, Laptop and Car Battery. There are 150 QSOs in the log. All of us enjoyed that day out. Thanks for contacting our station; all contacts are valid for WPA, EPCAA-5, ECSA and other EPC awards. There is a photo report listed below. All the very best and 73 from our team!
Last Updated (Monday, 13 June 2011 21:49)
I Lost A Good DX QSO Because Of It...
As a result of numerous interesting comments I offer the following in the best HAM spirit as help to those that obviously need it. The follwing two paragraphs I gratefull acknowledge the text from Andy G3SVD an excellent explanation of ALC and SPLATTER:-
That's all there is to it and you will have a clean signal with NO splatter with excessive sidebands which cause qrm and spoil the mode for others. I hope this will help you to set up correctly and you enjoy the mode as much as I.
Last Updated (Tuesday, 17 May 2011 16:40)
What are you doing in June 2011? Please join us!
June 2011 is the five years anniversary of the European PSK Club (EPC). Throughout June, EPC members will celebrate the occasion by being on air using a wide range of special call signs, each appropriate to their own particular Country but also sharing in the joint theme of the EPC event. The Stations will be easily recognisable and prominent on the bands having the suffix «EPC»!
Stations will be on air as much as possible during the month and will be using various PSK modes of transmission. Of course different bands will also be targeted and whilst we are in the thick of the «Sporadic E Season», it will be a great opportunity for us to work each other on the higher bands as well. The intention of the event from members is not only to highlight the EPC programme but also to encourage other operators onto the air and maybe even to aid them into becoming members of the Biggest Digital Ham Radio Club in the World!
The «EPC Celebration 2011» will also have its own series of Awards. Not only will the stations have the special call signs and QSL cards, they will also have new EPC numbers allocated which again make them eligible for the current award series, as well as the existing EPC numbers of the operators of the stations too.
It would appear that so far we have in excess of 30 DXCC countries who have announced their intentions to be on air with the special EPC call signs and it would be so good if we could have more! The list of the announced EPC Club & Special Event Stations which will be operating in honour of the 5th Anniversary of the European PSK Club from 1st to 30th June, 2011 will be available shortly. Please contact us ASAP if your EPC club or special event station intends to take part in the event, so that we can add your station to the list on timely basis.