Most of you already know all about MRD (Marine Radio Day) and our team plans for 2014. For those that don’t, have a look at the attachment below, Marine Radio Day 2014 01. You can view the results for last year’s MRD here: http://www.radioofficers.com/roars/roars-home/mrd-2013/
One area we could improve on for 2014 is operating procedure. There are two operating methods.
1. Hunt and Peck. Start at one end of the band and tune through slowly. Each time you hear a relevant CQ call, you respond and get the QSO. This method is the slower of the two, but perfectly sound and will still result in a useful number of contacts.
2. Broadcast. Stay on one frequency and put your call out, such as “CQ CQ CQ MRD de MX0ROA k”. If you don’t get a reply immediately (within a second) repeat the call, and keep on doing so until you get one. If you leave a long gap between calls, someone else will “steal” your frequency! This method will obtain a lot more QSOs, and probably some pile-ups as well.
Of course, you can switch between the two methods as required when things are slow.
I have already started the allocation of 2-hour slots for those wishing to participate. If you want a slot, please get in touch as these will be on a first-come-first-served basis. If the list is significantly over-subscribed, we can make some of the slots into 1-hour jobs.
Last year the overnight slots were a disappointment, and the hardy chaps who manned them didn’t get many QSOs. So, if you decide to go for one of those, we won’t expect too much from you.
All bands, including WARC, are allowed. However, the best band may be 40m from experience of past MRDs. If you want DX, take the higher bands and try initially for the USA, where a fair number of R/Os will be participating.
Logging: a sample log can be downloaded from the link given just after paragraph 1 above. Using this won’t be as good as PC logging with a logging program, but should be ok. If you’re going to log using this within Word on the fly, remember to copy and paste plenty of extra pages below the first, or you’ll run out of new pages in the middle of a session. If you’re going to do manual logging with this log, remember to print several extra pages before you start for the same reason.
Best wishes and 73s,
M0ROA and G4AJY.