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M1KTA will be QRV as C6AKT from 8th March 2018


E51KTA March 2017

QSL via M1KTA request QSL via ClubLog OQRS https://secure.clublog.org/logsearch/E51KTA or LoTW.


Please note that pre 2013 qso are likely to be on LoTW rather than Club Log. (All KH8 qso definately are).

Since about 2011 I have NOT sent physical QSL card to 100% of all QSO made on trips but have chosen to wait for QSL requests after having had many 3B8 cards from 2008 returned.

Clublog OQRS means that I will get quite a few requests for QSL cards, that might not have been sent before.

IOTA chasers note that qso many were from islands that were not the whole DXCC there was also a mainland that counts and these club log might not match just yet. I am compiling a list for them but it takes time.

Otherwise LOTW... grrr hate it.

I cannot understand why they cannot make it simple like clublog, you go somewhere and have to organize certificate this and cert that and then sign logs and upload and the damned thing then rejects a file so you have to start over and then upload and for what? And then 5 months later someone moans as they have not got a qso confirmed so you investigate and see you might have uploaded something incorrectly, (logged wrong), so to fix you create a single qso upload, do all the sign this sign that crap (hopefully before a certificate expires), but you cannot delete a wrong qso once entered... what a load of tosh. I am a DBA and of course you can fix this.

And then just to add to it all you get a real QSL card request anyway from the buro as it was for an IOTA QSO and the IOTA program checker insists on a real card!

I tend to use wintest and even enter manually logs after the fact even if I paper logged. I upload the ADI files to club log, so the OQRS works but I feel like I just ignore LoTW now.


SCC M1K has been renewed and I have also obtained the NoV for K for Kernow (aka Cornwall) as I have moved my OfCom record to home in Cornwall (where I grew up), I had added both adddresses as I operated from both locations but seems in the licence shake up the two reduced to one... ho hum...

I'll not be using the MK1KTA or MK1K on air much I expect during 2016 as both MUST only be used whilst in Cornwall (or the Isles of Scilly) but I expect you might see me qrv for short periods especially during contests where it might matter.

All qso using M1K will be electronic only or if you insist on a card will be a label on M1KTA QSL card, IOTA validations are electronic now.

I should remind everyone that whilst qrz is a great source of info for where you might think an amateur might be it is NOT validated with the licencing authorities and just because a calldoes not appear listed in it does not mean they are a pirate...


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Will be on IOTA Flakskär EU138 July 23-26 with special short call SD7B

Request QSL through clublog.


C5/M1KTA QSL cards have been posted and are available. Request through clublog.

SOME qso uploaded to club log but not all AF-060 qsl.

If qso listed for AF-060 on m1kta-qrp.blogspot.com then relax qso is good if not there, different issue :-) I am too busy to pull out logs right now and not transferred all qso to ADIF, doing that for the paper ones takes ages, will happen just not quickly.


Note AF-060 was 15th March 15m SSB ONLY.



Yes I will be in C5 for BERU 12th to 17th March.

Can confirm that C5 call will be C5/M1KTA didn't get the short call (they only had 4 months to sort it out needed longer!). And NO CN licence so will not be qrv from Casablanca beach. See everyone on the air.

Locator IK13oj

CW (yes I will be the slow one!), if in contest which is 14/15 likely to ignore non BERU on these bands 80/40/20/15 &10

I wiill also be on 30, 17 and 12m and those other bands outside BERU.

Expect some SSB /P from the beach and some digital, especially at night (UK hours).

C5/M1KTA likely although applied for a short call too (if get it will update here).


Yes I will TRY to activate AF-060 on this trip, please LISTEN, do not trust the cluster I may be on the mainland.

.......... BERU COMMENTS...........

Yes I have applied for a short call if I get it I'll update here.


Well it seems I am in the BERU Team Africa (reserve again op running 400W vs qrp not a difficult choice if it is a contest) ...  anyway please help me help you add a rare or ATNO.

Some comments from me for those that might try a contact.... PLEASE SLOW DOWN ALL EXCHANGES.

If you are only in it for the qsl as you want C5 then perhaps try after BERU (BERU countries only during the contest please I will likely ignore you otherwise) Yes I know it is a contest and exchanges need to be rapid but if you want the C5 then please slow down or I might not get the whole exchange correct. The reason is very simple....I may just delete the qso. In 2014 I got fed up being sent a serial number and tu at 30wpm (probably from some macro) and never getting it and I'll not put in 001 entry as I will get penalised, you will get a NIL and will loose points. But if you are from a BERU country AND just want the ATNO DXCC please say on air 'ATNO' (see below). But just BERU countries during contest. I'll not record or require /qrp it is not official anyway and it will probably take you too long to send it all anyway so please don't send it.

I will almost certainly confirm BOTH your serial and mine and I'll not give you my serial number until I have yours.

Please please make sure you think I have BOTH numbers correctly. Very happy to be told I got it wrong and corrected.

So you know what I expect (and I have been practicing these) the example exchanges I will be using are:

If I am operating search and pounce... (I'll probably contact the 'big guns' and calls I know myself in the first few hours and I'll have listened loads so I will probably know what serial number to expect, and will probably be a lot faster than 16wpm!)

abc: cq G3ABC test

kta: C5/M1KTA

abc: C5/M1KTA 5nn  nr

kta: sri nr agn

abc: C5/M1KTA 5nn  nr or just 5nn cfm nr on the repeat

kta: r 199 nr

abc: tu G3ABC


If brave enough to send a CQ (probably into the night and in the morning) I will be sending slower, please do not send faster than I send (obvious?):

kta: CQ C5/M1KTA BERU test

abc: G3ABC

kta: G3ABC 199 nr

abc: 599 nr

kta: nr ?

abc: 599 nr ....  repeat until OK

kta: tu  C5/M1KTA BERU

If trying for C5 ATNO, then just for you....

kta: CQ C5/M1KTA BERU test
abc: G3ABC
kta: G3ABC 599 nr
abc: 599 ATNO                          
kta: nr ?
abc: 599 ATNO                            
....  please repeat until I cfm it
kta: cfm G3ABC tu C5/M1KTA BERU


I will log the qso and write in 001 for your serial number so if you are taking part in BERU please don't use ATNO. If you hear me in qso with another and try to tail end then please be patient as I try and see if I got your call esp if you sent it quickly. Oh yes I'll be the slow one in contest (expect sub 16wpm).

Please no partials, esp if obvious not in a BERU country I'll not complete the QSO and will move on. Sri NIL...Please try again AFTER BERU.

Note I KNOW these stations should be in BERU from Africa:

5V/G3TXF, 5Z4LS, ZS1EL, ZS1C and 7Q7BP

NOTE if I am QRV in BERU almost definitely NOT on AF-060

Be aware many AF stations might not be in BERU and will be operating in SARL contest some may be from other countries that are in commonwealth but dare I suggest listen on air.

Africa DX contest is on too so I expect might get interesting as I expect I will be cq'ing and will get hassled by the odd stn.




Yes I expect to be on RTTY 30m in C5 probably near 10.142


Hi everyone, if you are looking me up because we worked on the air, thanks for the QSO.


  • Elecraft K2, couple KX3 and playing with a Hardrock-50 power amp for DX trips.
  • Several softrok and RTL USB SDR dongle things
  • I killed my Yaesu FT-817ND
  • UHFSDR (almost complete)


  • Homebrew G7FEK 40M/80m @ ~20'
  • Hustler 6BTV multiband vertical (I added homwbrew 30, 17 and 12)
  • Numerous wire dipoles maybe teporary put up, usually sloping to wards the DX
  • No rig connected to a 70cm/2M/6m Diamond vertical

Back from SM7 ... lots of fun and loads in the log both inside and outside RSGB IOTA contest.

Check out OQRS to request a qsl card (although I prefer BURO).

https://secure.clublog.org/logsearch/M1KTA and change the callsign to the one you want like SM7/M1KTA/P or C5/M1KTA etc...

If not there (look in LoTW as well) then might be I have messed up... please email me details of the QSO you expect and I'll check the logs. In KH8 I had loads tail end over the others confirmation from same DXCC so I logged the wrong call sometimes. Oops. I tend to have audioso I'll listen to it to confirm if was a mistake.

C5 (Gambia)

Yes I did abandon BERU 2014 contest. Some cw ops were way too fast and would not QRS for the whole of the qso, it stopped being fun and I did not want to send in log that would read like an UBN report rather than a contest log. I am a slow cw op so why after a couple of exchanges to get callsigns right then send me a serial number once and TU at 30 wpm and evaporate! Ho hum... even though I was the DX that  is the difference between contest and DX chasing.

I note plenty of G and non-G stations 'found' me outside BERU on WARC bands

Apologies to those that tried there were some idiots on the bands causing QRM.

In 2012 I tried to activate AF-060 Bijol Islands.... no luck... this time I managed it... only for 90 mins though between tides all qso were 15m SSB, already had qsl saying was great to manage me but was a cw qso on 17m sri I was not on AF-060 please LISTEN.

qsl via LoTW DONE and club log DONE

For a real card OQRS or card QSL VIA M1KTA



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