MrTim wrote:I have to confess I'm still completely confused by what all this is exactly. What is being broadcast, and to whom? Is it peer to peer or and can anyone with a radio listen in?
Hi it is "peer to peer" but anyone with a "short wave" radio that has SSB (Single Sideband) Capability (some have a BFO control for this) can listen in.
Normal bands are 3.5-3.8Mhz (80m) 7.0-7.2Mhz (40m) 14.0-14.35Mhz (20m) and so on normally upto 144Mhz (2m) and 433Mhz(70cm) as well, do a search for 'RSGB Band plan' and that should give you a list of frequencies we can use, we hope to update the QRZ.com page and Twitter with at least the Band but hopefully a frequency too.
Certain stations are sought after for their "rare call" status, often this means stations in countries where there are not many amatuers, but this also applies to Special Event Calls, because they are on for a limited time there is often what we call a "pile up" (lots of stations callng at the same time) trying to work the call so they can get the special QSL card. We have been using GB0VUL over the last few years and that has been very popular, but because it is VERY rare to be allowed more than one number in the call, (OFCOM Rules etc), GB60VUL will be even more sought after.
We expect to 'work' (talk to via the radio) about 3000 stations located all over the world, probably located in more than 50 countires, judging by previous results.
We will be bringing XH558 to a truely global audience, and having some fun along the way. In previous years we have talked to stations all over the world, including North and South America, Austrialia and New Zealand, Japan, China, and other countries in Asia, as well as most of Europe, including lots of countries that were part of Russia and beyond, and quite a lot of Africa as well.
I hope this gives you more of an insight into what a special event station gets upto.
If you have more questions please feel free to ask.