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GB6CRA

Locator: IO90ST / WAB: TQ00 / WACRAL membership number 1662

The World Association of Christian Radio Amateurs & Listeners (WACRAL) celebrates its sixtieth anniversary during 2017. Members who hold a full licence can apply to host the special callsign GB6CRA (Christian Radio Amateurs) for a period of up to one month.

I am honoured and pleased to announce that my second application was succesful.  (I have operated GB6CRA once this year already!)

I will be on air from my home station, from Wednesday 8 November to Tuesday 5 December inclusive.

I will be QRV in the evenings after work on 80, 60, and 40m SSB. At weekends I will take advantage of all and any HF bands that are open! I will also appear periodically on 2m (all modes) for local contacts along the West Sussex coastal strip.

I will operate close to WACRAL centres of activity +/- QRM, so 3.747, 5.363 (which falls in the UK and the European WARC-15 allocations), 7.147, 14.347, 18.147, 21.347, 24.947, 28.747, and 50.247MHz.  

I plan to run a WSPR beacon on a mixture of 20m and 30m throughout, and will transmit APRS on 144.800MHz to the local i-Gate / digipeater whenever I'm on the air.

I am not going to attempt to repeat my goals from earlier this year; i.e. to make at least one QSO every day and to have a QSO on every band between 160m - 70cms.

This time round my goal is simply to make as many contacts as possible.

QSL via Steve G0JFM.

Please visit the WACRAL website for further details, and this page for information about the special award available to mark WACRAL's diamond anniversary.

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I started SWL-ing when I was a teenager in the 1990s, but it wasn't until 2009 that I took the exam and became licensed. My foundation licence callsign was M6MDO. I obtained my intermediate callsign of 2E0MDO the following year. I sat the full licence on 2 March 2013, and I have been M0MNG since 7 March. This level of licence allows me to operate abroad and to obtain a Notice of Varation to operate on the 5MHz band - the two major reasons that I wanted the full licence! Thanks to M0REG The Worthing Radio Events Group for making this possible.

I am reasonably active on VHF and UHF for local contacts, both simplex and via repeaters. When conditions are good, I appear sometimes on 144MHz using a small beam.  Best tropo DX with this setup is Spain and Sweden with 25 Watts.  I have bought a 3 element beam for 50MHz and I hope to make good use of it during the 2017 summer Sporadic E season.

If I am going on HF, I tend to use 40 meters SSB for which I have a resonant inverted V dipole.  It seems to work very well for UK contacts and nearby Europe... possibly because the apex is well below 1/4 of a wavelength above the ground on 40 meters, so perhaps I benefit from NVIS a bit. Being very close to the sea (English Channel) probably helps too.  I normally run 20 Watts and it is rarely necessary to use more; virtually everybody I hear can also hear me. 

I have homebrewed an inverted V fan dipole for 18MHz and 24MHz, and sometimes I use a Hy End Fed vertical antenna for 7, 14 and 28MHz.

Later in 2017 when the days get longer and the WX warmer, I intend operating /P from Highdown Hill.  My front door to the top of Highdown is 2.5 miles by foot, and I intend to lose a bit of weight by walking it off.

I own a Yaesu FT-817ND and have bought a SOTABeams 20m-30m-40m Band Hopper antenna and a SOTA pole.  I expect to be active mainly on Saturdays for a few hours during the day, weather permitting. 

40m will probably be my band of choice for UK / nearby European contacts.  I will also be QRV on 2 meters FM and will probably run APRS.

There is information about Highdown Hill on Wikipedia.  It is not tall enough to count as a SOTA summit, it’s not part of WWFF, and as far as I know it does not quality for any award programme.  It’s just portable operation for the fun of it!

I am also experimenting with a couple of different homebrew vertical antennas for the upper HF bands.  Sometimes I run slightly higher power through these, but rarely up to the 100 Watts which is the maximum I can produce with any of my current rigs. My best DX so far is the USA, Costa Rica and Jamaica, using 50 Watts on the 20 meter band.  This was using the trapped vertical antenna which appears in the photo immediately below.  It was designed by Rod G3YHM and contains parts salvaged from an old HF yagi.

 

 

I am interested in operating mobile when parked up in high locations. I bought my first ever sealed lead-acid battery in February 2013, and so far I have operated on 2 meters SSB / FM running 25 Watts from a Trio TS 9130.

Below is an image of my first ever bespoke QSL card.  The photograph was taken by Andre Ravary (M0RAV) during the 2012 SSB Field Day, at the location where the Worthing & District Amateur Radio Club (WADARC) were operating.  While GX3WOR was taking part in the contest, 2E0MDO was operating on 2 meters from his car through the local repeaters and having very enjoyable ragchews with stations in Sussex and Surrey!  The radio was my late Wouxon KG-UV1D and the antenna was a 145MHz 7/8ths wavelength on a magmount.

 

English is my first language, French is my second (fluent), Spanish is my third (sometimes) and German is my fourth (on a good day!) I am happy to try a QSO in any of these.  I am currently learning a new language - CW - and I'm getting there very slowly.  I plan to perfect my CW during 2017.

I like working foundation and intermediate stations and offering them encouragement. It's nice to talk to people who are running lower power, and who are perhaps a bit newer to the hobby (like I am!)

I do not like contests at all, but I absolutely LOVE Special Event Stations!  I enjoy being one of the operators on the many SES organised by my local club.

In 2012 I operated from a lighthouse, two windmills, a museum, three scout / girl guide events, the GX4WAB "Follow the torch" station, the 2O12L Olympic station in London, a lifeboat station, and a church! The church station was GB6SMD and you see can see some photos on the website of my good friend and station organiser Colin G6JVT.

I took part in the SOS Radio Week for the first time in January 2015, and managed to work 88 stations on 40m SSB in 12 countries.  10 of those QSOs were with people located at lifeboat stations.  I plan to take part in this event each year.

My favourite SES weekend of all is the International Lighthouse & Lightship Weekend.  2017 sees the twentieth anniversary of this event in its current form, so to celebrate I plan to camp out for the entire weekend at Shoreham Lighthouse GB8SL.

My next ambitions are, in no particular order: Master CW, operate through the FM satellites, explore 60, 30 and 4 meters, play with digital modes (I transmit WSPR occasionally already), operate /P on HF from the top of my local hill, and transmit some SSTV. 

I enjoy collecting QSL cards, and I am set up for sending and receiving cards via the bureau.  Now that I have a full licence callsign that will be mine for life, I have had some QSL cards printed professionally.

I have some radio-related videos on YouTube, where my user name is "Edmund Spicer" or search for "M0MNG". I am particularly proud of my QRP QSO with IW9FRA, a video of which appears on YouTube.

My WAB square is TQ00 and my locator is IO90ST. I am a member of WACRAL and my membership number is 1662. I am a member of WAB with book number 19652, although I am not active at all. I am also a member of the RSGB.

73 and enjoy the hobby!

Edmund M0MNG (ex 2E0MDO & M6MDO)

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