Future Operation: April - May 2017:
I shall be in 8Q7 [Vilamendhoo Island Resort] at the end of April. I hope to be on the air from about 24th April to 7th May, holiday style operation using 100W to a vertical antenna.
Bands will be limited due to antenna restrictions. 14MHz with possibly 18MHz and 10MHz. Modes: CW mostly with some PSK, RTTY and SSB
Note: that on the previous visit to this island my operation was wiped out by RFI on all bands up to and including 21MHz, so I cannot be sure that any DX will be possible.
Bureau QSL Cards:
I am not collecting QSL cards for 8Q7EJ. I have achieved DXCC via LoTW and do not need paper cards. Please do not send me a card via the Bureau. If you require a QSL card for 8Q7EJ please only use the OQRS Service of Clublog
If your QSO does not show in the online log at Clublog then contact me with the QSO details and I will determine why the QSO is missing.
This week, I have, written and posted all cards received via the Bureau. They have been sent out as follows:
JA cards - 700gm direct to JARL Bureau
Rest of World - 650gm via RSGB bureau
This has been possible through the label printing facility within Clublog. Thanks to Michael and the team for this excellent piece of software.
Future trips to 8Q7
After the noise problems on the last trip, I was less enthusiatic about another radio trip to 8Q7. I hope to operate from Vilamendhoo again at the end of April 2017. 10m and 12m saved the day in 2014, but that is unlkely to happen again, I shall try 17m, 20m and if the antenna will permit it, 30m
QSL Policy - Updated Info
Contact me if you do not receive your direct card in a reasonable time. Allowing for Bureau delays, you can also expect bureau cards to be sent (see below).
LOTW: My preferred method of confirmation is, and always has been LOTW, but that is mainly useful for DXCC awards.
Direct Cards: by post and by OQRS - the intention is that these are written and posted once each week.
Bureau Cards: Please do not send cards via the Bureau. I do not need them. Use OQRS as above. New requests by OQRS and any remaining cards received through the incoming bureau will be printed and posted to the outgoing RSGB bureau every six months. Incoming cards are received only every three months.
Bureau Cards already received: I have now printed labels for all QSOs with any station from which I have received a bureau card. I have now cleared the backlog of bureau cards up to 2017-01-14 (my last delivery).
Subject to bureau delay, you should receive a bureau card for any valid QSO where you have sent me a card or an OQRS request.
"Not In Log"
If I receive a card for a contact that is not in my log, I shall attempt to email you with information if available. For most of the operations, I have audio recordings and can check why you think we had a contact. I have received some cards claiming a QSO for a date when I was not in 8Q7. Usually they are ignored; in exceptional circumstances I shall email you.
Other On-Line Logs
I shall not upload the 8Q7EJ logs to any logging services other than LOTW and ClubLog. In the near future, ClubLog will be used to validate IOTA so even less reason to have paper cards.
Pictures from Vilamendhoo March 2014
Our "garden shed on stilts" which acts as "the shack" is the fourth one from the left and is about 300m out to sea from the high tide mark. The rig screen shows the continuous noise level on 14MHz with the Pre-Amp OFF!
Pictures of the May 2013 set up on Kommandoo - MJ65RL
20m VDA antenna on the deck of our Water Villa looking East to the sunrise. We are about 150m out to sea.
Pictures of the October 2011 set up on Vilamendhoo - MJ63LP
The antenna, right on the sea wall on the north shore.
Pictures of the October 2009 set up on Vilamendhoo - MJ63LP
The antenna, in a small tree about 25m from the tide line on the north shore.