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Rig: K2 (100W) and G5RV dipoles. CW software = SD. Data software = MixW. Located on south coast (Rockley). Latest activity ended April 10 2014. LOTW now has all QSOs. All direct cards and bureau requests up to 15 May have been answered.

Blog:

I am back at home in UK now. My first job is to repair the logs - I have two faulty hard disks to recover log data from and then I have to type more (<1000) from paper logs. THEN I will go through all the QSLs and QSL requests received (in case log data needs correcting). All emails received will get a reply. Then I will upload to LOTW - I hope this will be before mid-May. I made about 4800 QSO's.

Sequence is:
1. Type paper logs into electronic format� -� DONE
2. Repair electronic logs - disk recovered
3. Combine cw and RTTY logs for master electronic log (they are in different software) - DONE
4. Make master log on paper - in progress
5. Reply to mail and email requests (sometimes broken callsigns are found and corrected here)
6. upload to LOTW (assuming no LOTW certificate to fix)

17 April: all paper logs have been typed in. I am still trying to recover data from one faulty hard disk; data is lost for 26 March between 0340-2230 utc (some cw and some RTTY QSOs). All other log entries are ok.

21 April: Some clever friends have tried to recover data without success. I'll have to get profes$$ional help; probably about 100 UK pounds (US$150).

22 April: disks sent for repair / data recovery

25 April: 1000utc Disk problem is something called 'stiction' (the heads are pressing on both sides of the disk media). Repair needs new heads and full recovery not absolutely guaranteed. Cost will be about 400 UK Pounds (say US $600). I need four files, three for cw and one for RTTY. Cross fingers and pray.
1345utc: looks like files are ok; I have to wait for courier to return data to me (hopefully monday). Cost almost 500 UK Pounds ($750). If you worked me on 26 March between 0340-2230 utc please note I have spent this money so YOU can get the QSO confirmed. Extra donations would be appreciated - thanks to those people who sent extra stamps and dollars.

29 April; All 107 missing QSOs recovered (recovery cost works out to about US$6 per recovered QSO); next task to type in 77 'missing' cw QSOs (30 extra RTTY QSOs don't need this). Then carry on from sequence #3 above. I should complete #3 and start #4 today.�� #4 will take several days.

6 May: I am about two thirds through the writing; I have some health issues which are slowing me down. When its all written comes the writing / mailing of cards direct and to the bureau; this will happen before end of May. I suggest anyone wanting a bureau card (who hasn't already asked) email me soon because the next mailing to the bureau could be after another two or three months.

9 May: I have finished the writing :)) - I'll do bureau requests first (I also have 150+ bureau cards to answer). Probably sunday I'll start direct cards (to mail on monday). Will announce progress here, probably late monday.

14 May: all bureau and direct cards have been answered (mailed today). Will start LOTW tomorrow.

15 May: LOTW uploaded successfully.

end of 2014 blog

I need a new laptop for next year, this will probably be an Acer Aspire V5-122.

I accept e-mail requests for bureau QSLs; please do not send a card if you do this. In one day I often make over 200 QSO's, so please help me to find your QSO in my log; I sometimes get requests without info! 'Log extracts' are fine, that is: Date (UTC), time (UTC), band, mode, and your callsign. I do not QSL from QRZ Logbook. I do not use EQSL. I do not read QRZ messages.

For direct QSL's please send an addressed envelope plus one IRC or US$2 for all of the world via G3RWL only. I do not accept IRCs with 2013 expiry. If you do not send envelope or correct postage I will return my QSL to you via the bureau. All QSO's up to April 2013 have been entered on LOTW. I DO NOT ACCEPT EURO NOTES and COINS or 2013 expiry IRCs.

This rig and antennas are the same as I used at FH/G3SWH from 26 February 2009 to 4 March 2009 (QSL via G3SWH). I was also an operator at T32C (QSL via G3NUG).

I last uploaded to LOTW in 2013, Almost 5000 QSOs that trip, probably <4000 QSOs this time.

Please DO NOT work me more than once per band; this wastes my time and takes QSOs that someone else could have had. I HATE duplicates.

For all other operator info, see G3RWL. When I am on a DX trip I do not reply to email until I go home to G3RWL.

I mostly make my QSOs in contest style: XX1XX 599, TU (next pse), YY2YY 599, TU etc etc. Someone asked me if I like to be so fast. Yes but I will always answer questions and I chat sometimes. Why do I like it ? because, although 8P6 is not high on the world's 'wanted' list, it is not a 'common' country - there aren't so many cw operators there - and I enjoy to give many people a new country. If I stop to chat to everyone then there is less time for many people to get the new country. My pleasure is to give this 'new one' to people.

QRP stations: I NEVER log /QRP, please don't send it to me. Likewise I will NEVER put /QRP on QSL cards.

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