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  • 26 Apr 2010 14:46 | Tim Beaumont

    Owing to a number of drop outs from the Mozambique DXpedition there are places available for anyone interested. We plan to visit the Indian Ocean resort of Bilene which is 150km north of Maputu. We will be flying out to Johannesburg on 13th October and travelling up to the Mozambique border by minibus on 14th October where we will stay overnight before crossing. After negotiating the border on the morning of 15th we will drive up to Bilene. That weekend is Jamboree on the Air weekend and we plan to run a station for local scouts for JOTA. After JOTA we will operate through until the weekend of 30th/31st October when we will enter a station in CQWW SSB. We return to Johannesburg on 3rd November. Daniel Hubbard ZS6JR of CQ-DX African Safaris is responsible for arranging accomodation and operation in Mozambique and will arrange individual C91 licences. He also provides antennas and equipment for the DXpedition. Click here for more information CQ-DX African Safaris web pages 


    David GI4FUM / 3DA0DJ

  • 24 Apr 2010 22:16 | Tim Beaumont

    Spare a thought, and look out on the TV, for Kerry G8VR (ex G0LCS) Sunday 25th April, when he runs the London marathon!


    It's not too late to sponsor his "good cause", Macmillan Cancer Support, with just a few clicks of your mouse:-


    Good Luck Kerry!  


    73 Fred G4BWP & from all at CDXC HQ


  • 24 Apr 2010 06:40 | Charles Wilmott (Administrator)

    Don’t forget that the big CDXC event of the year is coming up soon. The AGM and Summer Social will be on Saturday 17 July at our President’s QTH in Herefordshire. The cost is just £ 10 (pay on the day) and will get you a super BBQ meal which is served buffet style. We'd like to openly welcome members to bring partners and friends as it’s a great opportunity to meet both new friends and catch up with a lot of old ones too. Don't worry if you live a fair distance away, maybe you could also consider car sharing? Its a popular way to get to the event and of course cuts down any cost you may have as well as making your journey more pleasant. Our President's QTH is a very welcoming and informal setting and I am sure you will have a great time!

  • 23 Apr 2010 16:15 | Tim Beaumont

    Within the Chiltern DX Club there is a great enthusiasm for everything DX. DX'peditions require different skills covering all aspects of Amateur Radio to exterminate the successful DXpedition, one strength of the CDXC club is the wealth of knowledge and experience of its members.


    Col, MM0NDX a keen IOTA enthusiast, has revealed his plans to be QRV from The Flannan Isles EU-118, along with his team members Oscar Luis EA1DR, George EA2TA, Christian EA3NT, F4BKV Vincent and Bjorn SM0MDG. The team will use the call sign MS0INT. You can follow their journey at the MS0INT Website.


    Only ever activated in 1989, 1995 and 2002, The Flannan Isles EU-118 are certainly a much needed IOTA. Extremely difficult to access due to North Atlantic weather systems constantly eroding the available landing site, a determined international group of IOTA & DX enthusiasts intend to activate Flannans in early / mid-June, 2010.


    The biggest threat / danger to any DX'pedition to the Flannan Isles is the Atlantic weather that can produce violent winds that can sweep through this North West Outer Hebrides area located approximately 32km west of the Island of Lewis. The sea swells that can surge across the 3,000 miles of North Atlantic Ocean hitting land at the Flanan Isles can make this a hazardous exercise.  A study of Ocean charts and weather maps determine if and when this difficult IOTA can take place.

    QSL will be available Via M0URX.


    More information coming soon.



    There is a great story about The Flannan Isles "Click Here" called The Mystery of Flannan Isles, from an incident where 3 men dissapered in December 1900.

  • 23 Apr 2010 16:11 | Charles Wilmott (Administrator)
    Well they are off again! Planning now well underway for the trip to the South Orkney Islands by the Microlite Penguins. The Dxpedition to the South Orkney's (DXCC VP8/O, IOTA AN-008) is scheduled from January 27 to February 8, 2011. This will be the team's fourth time activating an entity in the Antarctic region and fifth DXpedition overall. On previous excursions the team has been self-funded but this time, due to the location and heavy cost of transport, they are seeking financial assistance from the Ham Radio community. More details of the operation can be found on the groups website at (click image/logo above) and there you will also find information on how to make a donation.
  • 23 Apr 2010 15:53 | Charles Wilmott (Administrator)
    There was a get-together of CDXCers at Visalia West Coast DX convention last weekend. Members included:
    Gordon (G3USR), Arnie (N6HC), John (N7CQQ), Eric (K3NA), Bob (N6OX) and Bob (N5ET) who represented CDXC in first class fashion. I gather they had a great time so watch out for a detailed report by Gordon G3USR in the next CDXC 'Digest'!
    With Dayton just around the corner too, any member attending would be welcomed to compile a report on behalf of the CDXC again for the 'Digest'!
  • 02 Apr 2010 13:26 | Michael Wells (Administrator)
    The new CDXC web site has launched today!

    The old pages will now disappear completely, and the new site will be accessible directly as "". 

    This update is part of a larger project which has been ongoing for about 12 months. Many improvements have been made behind the scenes, notably by the use of a single database of membership records (known as "CMIS" - the CDXC Membership Information System). There are also many other improvements that have been introduced at the same time, for example the new Expedition Sponsorship form, and perhaps even more notably, the News service (this page) which is now maintained by Tim M0URX and Charles M0OXO.

    Altogether, the new systems will support CDXC better as the membership continues to grow, and provide better online services to everyone in the Club. 

    All members should now login using their email address, rather than callsign. If you have any problems accessing the new site, please check these instructions for further details:

    A very Happy Easter to everyone!

    vy 73,
    Michael G7VJR
  • 01 Apr 2010 18:47 | Tim Beaumont

    G4LDL Tony informs the CDXC News Team today that It looks very much as if a group of us will be going to Mozambique for a couple of weeks in October this year to cover the weekends of JOTA (15/16th?) and CQWW SSB with general operation in between . The "organiser" is David, GI4FUM and I will advise of other participants as they are confirmed. Tony G4LDL

  • 28 Mar 2010 20:00 | Tim Beaumont

    CDXC have received the following update from Cezar VE3LYC. Many CDXC members will be chasing this rare IOTA Expedition.


    Latest from Cezar...March 26th - 31st 2010

    The team were reported active on CW & SSB on 20m at 1600z  29th March


    UPDATE - Mar 28, 20 UTC: Still in the village, everything is very fluid right now [Ken/G3OCA, I know you understand this well]. After a lot of work and serious testing, the true skidoo's problem was not nailed. Tommy has very hardly succeeded to make his brother Timothy accept - against some form of compensation! - to trade his skidoo (which has an air cooling system) with him for a little while. Meanwhile, Jason bailed out - again. Unfortunately, Tommy needs to return back to the village tomorrow, so I needed another person to come along. Polar bear females are around, soon to take their cubs to the sea, Tommy cannot leave me alone out there. After discussions with at least half a dozen people, he finally got Andrew to agree to come tomorrow and replace him. Tommy brought in the new skidoo as I type this. We want to leave but it won't happen before 21 UTC. Sunset is at 24 UTC, so it will be a very long trip in the ... dark, through bushes but also fields of mostly sparce, but sometimes dense fields and woods of mostly amorack trees. I have the coordinates of the island, so we will go by the GPS and ... Tommy's instincts. I have no idea when we'll arrive on East Pen. but if we'll get there I will try to get on the air as soon as possible.


    UPDATE - Mar 28, 15 UTC: Had a pretty good night sleep but both Tommy and I are sore. Last night diagnosed the problems with the snowmobile and got parts and work to install them this morning. This time we will leave with two snowmobiles, as Jason, the second guide, will come along. At least one of them must make it to East Pen with the sled! Last night, due to a misunderstanding, a search party (Chris and Donny) went for us, only to find the 'abandonned' sled. Since they didn't have a SAT phone, however, we couldn't communicate with them. They realized that we must have returned to the village and decided to bring the sled back with them, entering the village around midnight local time. We must have almost crossed roads at one point with those guys, and still didn't see them. It will take us now twice longer to get to 'km 44'! We should have everything ready and hit the road after 17 UTC. Expected arrival to East Pen around 24 UTC. Keep your fingers crossed, we need all the luck and more!


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    Mar 28, 01 UTC: Problems! No operation tonight, we're back in the village. We left Ft. Severn after 1 pm local time (17 UTC) with one snowmobile pulling a 6m long sled with everything, including myself. Temp was -17C, but no wind, so the weather was excellent. As such, we hoped to make it to East Pen in about 6 hours. The first hour went well, we made 23 km (tracks are much better on the outskirts of the village). Shortly after that though, the engine started to overheat. We stopped, checked, tried again, and so on. Over the next 3.5 hours we made another ... 21 km. Using the SAT phone Tommy tried to get help from his brother back home, but it was pretty clear that the thermostat died on us as it won't start the pump to circulate the coolant.


    In the meantime we managed to boil the coolant to the point that we had to leave the vapors out, and in the process lost most of the water. We didn't have that much anti-freeze for the trip, so the prospect to make it all the way looked pretty bleak. It was so cold by then that the butan lamp wouldn't start, so it was the time to use the wood stove we took with us! We finally made some water, but by then we were 5.5 hours from the startup and had enough of all this. As such, we decided to return to the village for the night. We left everything in the middle of nowhere, 44 km from the village, about 1/3 of the way to the island.


    We only took with us the cameras and the chargers, nothing else. It took Tommy only 1 hour and 20 min to drive us back, pushing at times up to 60 km/h. I must confess though that we almost lost it a couple of times, and we are so tired, can hardly wait a good night sleep. We'll work to fix the snowmobile tonight and tomorrow morning. I am a little worried to have left the rig in the cold, it is supposed to be -28C tomorrow morning. Well, if it will run after that, I think that ICOM will be delighted with the ad they will get out of it! We will try again tomorrow, keep fingers crossed! For whatever is worth it, there will be no competition from WPX SSB, hihi!




  • 22 Mar 2010 20:15 | Tim Beaumont

    Hi this is G0VJG and I am looking for an extra team member for our IOTA DX'pedition 2010 to St Marys Island, Isles of Scilly EU-011.


    The dates are 20th July and return on 26th July.


    Our call for contest will be M8C.  We are short of a contest standard CW operator this year. We are entering 100 watt DX'pedition section.


    The team has won UK High Power section 4 years out of 5 so trying something different this time.

    If you are interested contact Nobby also seeG0VJG Website   73 look forward to hearing from you. Nobby G0VJG


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