Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Alpha Charlie (Air Cadets) again

Last chance for dutch stations to work these rare blue ham exercise air cadet station. Is it legal? That's a question that has been asked due to the posts and my activity on 60m. Yes, in the Netherlands at least it is legal to work these stations as the transmissions were directed to radioamateurs. Both militairy as radioamateurs are allowed to transmit and make contacts on the 60m band.

So, this weekend was the CQWW contest and in between I wanted to try to work some more and shoot some video from this rare event. Unfortenately I only heard a few MRE stations and they were weaker as last weekend. However, I managed to work some of them and shoot the video I wanted. It shows the difference in calling. This video is certainly a lot better compared the my previous one.

I didn't qualify for a certificate unfortenately. Only a few have made more as 25 contacts needed. Wish they send a certificate for at least 5 contacts made, it's difficult enough!

My results from their site:

Contacts for PE4BAS = 6
MRE71(5.395), MRE31(5.403), MRE41(5.395), MRE65(5.404), MRE31(5.395), MRE65(5.398),
Contacts for PE3BAS = 1

MRE21 logged me wrong, it doesn't matter. I can imagine you make a mistake if you're not used to listen to SSB signals. And MRE21 certainly was a young cadet and not a experienced HAM radio operator.

A map of their contacts from their site:


  1. Hallo Bas, leuk dat je ze dit weekend ook heb kunnen werken. Het zijn toch geen allerdaagse QSO's.
    Ik hoop dat het de volgende keer ook weer lukt met de 15Khz en 15W die we vanaf 1 april mogen gebruiken op 60m. 73 Hans, PE1BVQ

    1. Gaat niet lukken denk ik Hans, ik heb geen activiteit van deze stations gehoord op dat bandsegment. Ze gebruiken eigenlijk alleen het kanalen raster. Maar wie weet? Ik heb het gevoel dat het niet weer gaat lukken. 73, Bas


Thanks for your comment. Bedankt voor je reactie. 73, Bas