Monday, 21 May 2012


The prefered QSL route for MQ0BGR is via eQSL, so please use that if possible. I have tried to activate the log book on, but as their software does not currently support callsign variants I can't use this route. I am sorry, I do not use LoTW.

If you really want a paper QSL card then do let me know as these will only be sent on request. Don't forget, you can either print cards yourself from eQSL or order paper cards from them which will be sent to you by post.

QSL cards for any data mode QSOs will be sent via eQSL immediately and automatically at the end of the QSO. I am a bit behind with the 'cards' for other modes, but will catch up soon.

MQ0BGR ends on 10th June, so I hope to work you before then.



Thursday, 10 May 2012

I was on the air again last night as MQ0BGR on 30m CW. Nice run of European stations, not a pile up but kept me busy for a while. Then propagation took a turn for the worse, with signals weakening, noise increasing and QSB (fading) making life difficult. Apologies to those stations I could not work, particularly I1ULJ who vanished into the QSB. I did copy enough to put you in the log, but I hate not being able to complete a contact.

After closing on CW I left my station running on 30m WSPR ( ) - propagation overnight was very poor indeed, with very few stations heard.  I checked to solar web sites this morning and I see there was a major disturbance on the sun yesterday from sunspot 1476, which may have upset propagation last night.

Sunday, 6 May 2012

MQ0BGR is Now Active

My Special Event call sign, MQ0BGR is now active. I was on the air last night  straight after the new call sign came into effect. My first QSO was with OG2O (thanks Eikka) on CW. The most interesting QSO was with EA5HWP on 20m CW this morning. Luis was running only 700 mW QRP and we managed to exchange a lot more than just RST which makes QSOs like this very satisfying, so thanks Luis.

Interest in the special call sign was not as high as I expected and I had to call 'CQ' quite a lot to get a response.  I was only spotted once, by RM8W (thanks Andrey).

The solar conditions today remained grim, with an SFI only 107, so I worked mostly 30m, with occasional trips to 40m and 20m on CW or PSK. If conditions improve, then I will try the higher bands and might even be tempted to use SSB.

All QSOs to the end of today (5 May) are now on eQSL.

And, if you were wondering, here is a picture of my shack!