CQ WPX SSB 2010 Photos
Written by M0YOM   
Wednesday, 31 March 2010 12:02
CQ WPX SSB is over for another year, Thanks to the whole team at M0XXT and to everyone who worked us.
We will be posting a full write up soon, for now though here are some of the photos from this year's M0XXT entry. Head over to the gallery page Here for more higher quality photos
A3S No. 1 on our 50ft Generator Mast
The Big Tower ariving on site
The Tower in place ready for it's antennas
Simon the mobile welder making some emergency repairs to the tower.
Fitting the antenna's
The tower in it's upright position, ready to be extended.
The Tower now fully extended with it's 80m Dipoles, 40m 2 ele beam and 2nd A3S
Another shot of the tower
Close up of the antenna stack
The cable entry in our new shack
Callum M0MCX & Terry G4MKP operating
WPX Build Started
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Written by M0YOM   
Wednesday, 24 March 2010 23:19
The major build is now well and truly in progress for CQ WPX SSB this weekend
The 1st A3S is on the 50ft Generator Tower
Some additional Studs being added to the Versatower rotator cage
Callum M0MCX and Terry G4MKP installing the shack ground system
Lots more happening tomorrow including the big tower going up.
73 James M0YOM
Shack Progress
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Written by M0YOM   
Monday, 22 March 2010 22:25
Just a quick update, lots of things happening at the moment to try and get the station ready in time for CQ WPX this weekend.
The Shack is looking really good, electrics are all in, room is painted, the cat5 needs to be terminated yet though.
The cable entry is finished in the ceiling, cable track is on the wall ready for Coax runs and you can see the wifi gear on the shelf, internet is provided using radio too, this is via a long distance 2.4Ghz link using Andrew 24dbi 2.4Ghz dishes.
Lots of homebrew engineering going on too, this is a nice home made guy point bearing made by Callum M0MCX
Here is some of our HEAVY engineering, more info on what this is soon ;) (Yes that is a scaffolding joint)
Written by M0YOM   
Monday, 22 March 2010 22:08
The UK Scout Contest Team will be entering CQ WPX SSB this weekend in the M/2 category, we have been working very hard over the last few weeks and months to get the station ready in time.
Operators for CQ WPX will be
Callum M0MCX
James M0YOM
Terry G4MKP
Simon M0VKY
David VA7AM
Please listen out for us on the bands
We will be updating our score live during the contest, check out for details.
Station Details for this years CQ WPX SSB Entry are as follows
Station 1 & 2
Elecraft K3
ACOM 2000
Heil Proset Plus
Full Size 40m 2 Element Yagi @ 120ft
80m Dipole NE/SW @ 145ft
80m Dipole NW/SE @ 145ft
160m Dipole @ 90ft
A3S @ 100ft
A3S @ 50ft
Megaloop @ 85ft
All antennas are available to each station
See you in the contest
James M0YOM
Getting Plastered
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Written by M0YOM   
Sunday, 14 March 2010 21:13
Lots of progress this week.
The new shack is now plastered, we should have electrics by next weekend so we can finally start putting things back together ready for WPX SSB.
Lots of development work on new antenna systems this weekend too.
Here's a few pics of the freshly plastered shack.
Antenna Switching
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Written by M0YOM   
Tuesday, 09 March 2010 20:06
I've finally got the antenna switching finished tonight, nice new connectors fitted to the SixPak and the control box. We will finally have full sharing of antenna's between all the stations now.
The new wifi router arrived today too, this is used for our long distance 2.4Ghz broadband link. Previously we have used a PC to share this around the network, a dedicated router is a much better solution. It's a Buffalo WBR-G54.
VHF/UHF/Microwave Mounting
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Monday, 08 March 2010 07:51
Made some progress at the weekend on the mounting brackets for the new VHF/UHF/Microwave stack, these are modified 24" K brackets. Some of the brackets have been cut away to allow them to be mounted side on to the supporting brick post on the roof. Also got the drilling finished for the new connectors on the SixPak we will be using for antenna switching.
New Rotator (Create RC5-1) and rotator control cable arrived last week.
High Power Stub Filters Completed
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Wednesday, 03 March 2010 18:43
Over the last couple of days i've managed to finish off the High Power Stub filter system. Last time we used this it was a bit of a lash up, so i've now completed the Band Pass Filter to HPF Junction Box system.
New connectors fitted to the SixPak's, not sure why they don't fit connectors normally, i suppose it keeps costs down.
Connectors fitted to the junction box.
Wiring of the junction box in progress
The completed junction box wiring
SixPak wiring completed
Testing of the system, you can see one of the BPF filter boxes below the junction box, this drives the SixPak relays.
All in all this should make for a much neater and easier installation of the stub filters.
New Shack Build Update
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Tuesday, 23 February 2010 20:18
It's been a while since i posted an update however things have been progressing nicely. The First fix is now complete on the new shack, it should all be completed in time for CQ WPX SSB. The new shack is just over 6m x 3m in size, should be a pretty good size for our operations.
View looking towards the rear of the new shack
Looking towards the door to the new shack
Entry for the new earth system, the new shack has it's own TT earth system seperate from the rest of the building which is on a PME system.
Cabling ready for the new consumer unit dedicated for the new shack.
Plenty of power available for all the equipment.
Data Cabling ready for the wall mounted comms cabinet, the new shack will have a Gb network.
The other end of the data cabling, just waiting for the plastering so we can terminate these in wall boxes.
The new 3-Phase supply for the building, the new shack has one of these phases dedicated to it.
Thats all for now, i'll post more updates as work progresses, see you in WPX.
James M0YOM
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