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It has been fun operating with the special event call over the last couple of days. I have made a couple of videos of me operating on April 30, 2011, you can see that there was certainly a lot of interest in this call. We are allowed to use it off until May 9, I'm not sure whether I will keep using it for that long, but it is quite fun generating such huge pileups, it's not very often a "G" station can manage this.

Hey, maybe you will even hear yourself working me if you watch these videos

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Etgv8F-Z35Y

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iEqHCHjurXY

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I was a little unsure whether or not I was going to actually go online with this special call today, however I thought "what the hell" I might as well give it a bash and see what happens. I did two sessions of operating today, a couple of hours late this afternoon, and then just less than an hour this evening. As soon as I put the callout this afternoon it was absolute bedlam, you could hardly make out anyone's callsign because there are so many people coming back to me, it was fantastic. Most people were 59+ + so unfortunately for any of the weaker stations come they really didn't have much chance of working may, I just happened to catch a few of the weaker stations in between people calling, a nice surprise was weather station in Japan return my call, wasn't expecting that.

Anyway, this afternoon I worked 168 contacts within a two hour period, this evening I did 102 contacts on 20 m. The majority of stations were calling within Europe, they were definitely the strongest and any stations outside of Europe would have really struggled to grab my attention. I think tomorrow I will definitely look a little further afield and see if we can work a few stations outside of Europe.

It's been good fun, I can now get a good idea of what it's like for some of these big DX stations when they start calling the whole of Europe goes back to them all at once.

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Unless you have been living under a rock for the past few months you will know that this coming Friday, April 29, Prince William will be marrying Kate Middleton. All UK amateurs have been given a chance to apply for a special call sign to coincide with this Royal event. I have applied and I've been successful in obtaining permission to use this special call sign. On Friday, 29 April I will be operating as GR0VQY. I'm not sure what bands I'll be using, I haven't designated a particular band to use, I would probably use various bands during the day if they are open. We can operate up until May 9, 2011, however I haven't decided on the period of time I will be operating.

Now I know some people may want a QSL card to confirm this contact. I have thought long and hard about whether to get some cards specially made and I eventually decided that it really wasn't something I wanted to get into, I have enough to do with my regular callsign. However, I have set up an eQSL account especially for this occasion and designed a nice card that will commemorate and confirm both the Royal Wedding and our contact. Even if you haven't got an account with eQSL, it's very easy to set one up and it won't cost you a penny, this way you will at least be able to receive a card from me because I will not be sending any cards in any other form apart from electronically.

Please do not send a QSL to me directly or via the bureau because you will not receive one back

GR0VQY QSL CARD

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