A25UK 2017 DXpedition

 25th April ~ 5th May

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A25UK – 2017 Team

The 2017 DXpedition consists of 10 team members .

Below you will find a brief bio on each member and what modes they will be operating on this expedition.

2017
  • SSB

    SSB

  • CW

    CW

  • DATA

    DATA

G4FAL – Nick

Nick G4FAL has been licensed since he was at school in 1974, but really got back into amateur radio when his own children were teenagers. He is very keen on CW contesting and also chasing illusive DX stations. He has operated from 7Q, VP2M, V4 and T32. Nick lives in the second highest house in the City of Sheffield, in South Yorkshire, and spends his time repairing aerials that are regularly damaged by high winds.

Nick was also a member on the 2016 A25UK team.

2017
  • SSB

    SSB

  • CW

    CW

G4BUO – Dave

Dave Lawley, G4BUO has a wealth of contest operating experience dating back to 1973. He was influenced by top contester G6BQ, who taught him Morse, and later G3FXB. For twenty years he had a top contest station in the Kent countryside, but following a couple of house moves his main contest efforts recently have been at the M6T station, built by his friend G4BAH now sadly SK. He was on the UK team in the first ever WRTC in Seattle in 1990, and competed again in Slovenia in 2000, and Moscow in 2010. As a member of the Cray Valley RS he was one of the leaders who organised the M2000A station for the Millennium, followed by GB50, then GB200T, and culminating in the London Olympics station 2O12L. Recently his pileup experience was enhanced by holiday operations from 6Y, 9M6, YJ, A35 and 5W but this will actually be his first true Dxpedition and he’s looking forward to getting into the pileups, and also looking forward to enjoying the game experience in Botswana.

2017
  • SSB

    SSB

  • DATA

    DATA

G0VJG – Nobby

Noby likes ssb dxing, dxperditions, iota, contesting and experimenting with home brew antennas . He also enjoy sea fishing. Nobby is 50 years old and married to Maxine who is very radio tolerant.  Nobby also operated from T32C record breaking station 10 world records . Nobby has also activated 3a/g0vjg hi3/g0vjg s79vjg 8q7cq vp2mad ta/g0vjg  j6/g0vjg v25v.  Nobby is also part of the Cray Valley Radio Society and a member of the M6T contest team. 

2017
  • SSB

    SSB

  • DATA

    DATA

M0TGV – Giles

I passed my foundation licence in 2012, Intermediate in 2013 and finally my full licence in 2014. I was introduced to Amateur radio in the 80’s by my next door neighbour G8PO (Commander Ted Ironmonger).  But being young and the thought of learning CW put me off. I later found out that CW wasn’t a requirement to gain access to the HF bands and decided to look in to the hobby.  That was it as soon as I passed my M6 i was hooked. Since then I have help out with the 2o12L Olympic station and many other special event stations.  I have since started takeing part in  DXpeditions to places such as St Kilda, Les Minquiers reef and last year to Botswana. I am also a member of the Cray Valley Radio Society, CDXC, and a member of M6T contest team. Im am also co owner with my XYL Tracie of Prismembroidery ( DX Covers ) . 73 Giles 

 

2017
  • SSB

    SSB

  • CW

    CW

G4LDL – Tony

Tony, G4LDL/G4L – main interest is contesting and whilst not an out and out cw op can manage cw (keyboard) for contesting and DXing when needed, otherwise it’s SSB. Was one of the power (mains) gurus at T32C and has done previous radio trips to Swaziland (3DA0TB) & Mozambique (C91WW).

Tony was also a member of the 2016 A25Uk team.

2017
  • SSB

    SSB

  • CW

    CW

G4FNL – Graham

I am now in my late 50s and during 2017, I will have held my Amateur Radio licence for 40 years. I had a small break from the hobby from roughly 1995 – 2005 to help raise my two children, who are now in their mid-20s and hence in recent years I have had a bit more time for radio. I like all aspects of the hobby – but particularly enjoy operating with CW and contesting on the HF bands. I am currently employed as a project manager in the water industry. I’ll be looking forward to hearing what propagation and noise levels are like from A25-land and will be keen to work as many familiar calls as possible. Other interests including walking, travelling and sampling the food and drink from around the World……..

2017
  • SSB

    SSB

  • DATA

    DATA

G0UKN – Guy

I am 48 years old and have held an Amateur license since 1984.  I got into the hobby by way of an interest in all things electronic from an early age.  Main interests in the hobby are vintage and valve equipment. I have a collection of equipment by KW of Dartford as well as vintage equipment by Eddystone and Yaesu and more recently Drake. I also enjoy construction and repair of equipment and have a reasonably well-equipped workshop.  Operating wise I enjoy VHF contesting and running pile ups during special events but I also enjoy rag chewing on 40m as well as the vintage lineups the main station is an IC756 Proiii + IC2KL. Professionally, I have been in telecoms for over 25 years working, previously to that I worked for a couple of years in the broadcast industry. I am married with two grown up children. Wife and children are all licenced as is the mother in law!

2017
  • SSB

    SSB

  • DATA

    DATA

M0TBS – Toby

I’m Toby, in my 40s and I have been licenced as M6TBY since May 2011 and 2E0TBO since May 2012 and now M0TBS which I passed in May 2014. My radio interests started at a young age making crystal radio sets and listening to pirate radio stations on MW. In 1980 I started to use CB radio on AM and a lot more on FM after legalisation. Radio took a back seat after my teens and I only took the hobby up again in 2010 after I returned from working abroad. My main interests are working DX on most bands, my favorite band is 10m. In 2012 I was privileged to be included in the team that organised the 2O12L special event station for the London Olympic and Paralympic games, as the IT Manager.

 

2017
SSB

SSB

G8KWD – Glenys

I got my licence in the 1970s but over the years have had very little opportunity to use it. During a period when we were very much involved with Scouting and Guiding I would use it to assist Raynet for various events.  Usually the reason for not doing much was because I was doing so much else. Two children, a demanding job and then with Guiding, running a guide unit then being a commissioner.  I have supported Tony on various events. I went to Ramsay Island with MC0SHL in 2015. I also went to Mozambique in 2010 as C91KW, when I was another pair of ears picking calls out of the pile ups. Looking forward to operating from Botswana.

2017
  • SSB

    SSB

  • DATA

    DATA

M0MDR – Martin

I got licensed in the 1980s as DL3RDR. Interest is DX and contesting, mainly in SSB but also digital. Living in the centre of a big city (small vertical on the balcony) I really enjoy every opportunity to operate from a ‘decent’ station. I am looking forward to A25UK which will be my first proper DXpedition.

73, Martin M0MDR

Proposed operating frequencies for 2017

As we are nearly at the bottom of the solar cycle, we have decided to publish some proposed operating frequencies. These are however subject to change pending local QRM.

 Or if you like you can down load the table by clicking here

 

BANDCWSSBRTTY
160M
1,833 up1,846 up
80M3,526 up3,776 up 3,586 up
40M7,026 up7,096 up7,046 up
30M10,106 up 10,136 up
20M14,026 up14,196 up14,086 up
17M18,086 up18,146 up18,096 up
15M21,026 up21,276 up21,086 up
12M24,896 up24,956 up24,916 up
10M28,026 up28,466 up28,086up

Where are we?

We shall be staying in the  Stephensford game reserve  which is located in the south west of Botswana in the Tuli Block.  The game reserve is approximately 3500 hectares in size.

Please click on our GPS coordinates to open google maps centred on our location.

-22.8476821, 27.9785509

DX Code of Conduct

  • I will listen, and listen, and then listen again before calling.
  • I will only call if I can copy the DX station properly.
  • I will not trust the DX cluster and will be sure of the DX station’s call sign before calling.
  • I will not interfere with the DX station nor anyone calling and will never tune up on the DX frequency or in the QSX slot.
  • I will wait for the DX station to end a contact before I call.
  • I will always send my full call sign.
  • I will call and then listen for a reasonable interval. I will not call continuously.
  • I will not transmit when the DX operator calls another call sign, not mine.
  • I will not transmit when the DX operator queries a call sign not like mine.
  • I will not transmit when the DX station requests geographic areas other than mine.
  • When the DX operator calls me, I will not repeat my call sign unless I think he has copied it incorrectly.
  • I will be thankful if and when I do make a contact.
  • I will respect my fellow hams and conduct myself so as to earn their respect.
A25UK 2017 PHOTOS