Tommy Hughes GM3EDZ – silent key

The death has been announced of Tommy Hughes GM3EDZ, a very well known and influential member of the Amateur Radio community in Central Scotland.

Tommy died at the Queen Elizabeth hospital in Glasgow on 23rd December 2015 at the age of 88.

The death has been reported of well known Scottish Radio Amateur Tommy Hughes GM3EDZ

The death has been reported of well known Scottish Radio Amateur Tommy Hughes GM3EDZ

An obituary in The Herald and Evening Times newspapers read:-

HUGHES — THOMAS PATRICK (GM3EDZ) at The Queen Elizabeth University Hospital on 23rd December 2015, peacefully and surrounded by family after 88 wonderful years. Much loved and loving husband, dad, grandpa and great-grandpa. Greatly missed by all 73’s Tom. Reception and vigil at Church of Our Lady and St George, G52 2QE on Wednesday, 6th January 2016 at 6.30pm. Funeral Mass on Thursday, 7th at 9.30am, thereafter Craigton Crematorium at 10.30am. No flowers, thank you.

Les Hamilton GM3ITN commented on the obituary:-

“So sad to here of your passing Tommy seems like yesterday when we first met 70 years ago. I will always remember the happy times together.
Best DX to the land of the big antennas
your old Pal Les Hamilton GM3ITN”

And Graham Knight GM8FFX also commented:-

“I am very sorry to hear of Tommy’s death.
He was a leading light in the Radio and TV trade and a former President of The SRRA ( The electrical retailers Association).
I also knew Tommy as a fellow amateur radio enthusiast and again he played a leading part in organising events and exhibitions in connection with the hobby.
My condolences go to May and all the members of Tommy’s family.
Graham Knight GM8FFX”



British Scientists Award 2016 MX0YHA MX0PHX

During 2016 the Phoenix Amateur Radio Club will be on air at various times to commemorate the work of British Scientists, with Bronze, Silver and Gold awards will be available for contacts.

These events will be of short duration, usually on a date connected with each person (which may be a single day or a week) and possibly from an appropriate location. The aim is to operate on many of the HF bands, but this will depend on the prevailing propagation conditions.

Many of the events will be done under the MX0YHA or MX0PHX callsigns, or both. Some may also be commemorated with a Special Event Callsign.
Clubs can participate

Many of the commemorations can be undertake in associate places by local clubs or by individuals. Contact PARC for more information.

All ‘activators’ are asked to demonstrate a reasonable degree of knowledege of the people they are commemorating. This is not a quasi-contest scheme with “rubber-stamp QSOs”.

20 Commemorations in 2016

There will be around 30 commemorations throughout the year at almost two-week intervals, so it should be possible for a keen follower to obtain an award. There will be three classes of award: Bronze, Silver and Gold. Duplicate contacts on different bands will count towards the awards.

Information about each event will be given at , but QSL cards or EeZee QSL Certificates will not be available for each activity, just the award certificates. These only be available, free of charge, as high resolution digital images.

Free Award Certificates

To obtain an award, applications must be emailed to PARC and should give a list of the event stations that have been contacted and the bands used: no other information is needed. PARC will check the applications and the Award Certificates will be produced as quickly as possible: however, during the summer, this may take several days to complete. Fuller details will follow.

As each commemoration approaches PARC will publish information here and on the M0PHX and YHARG Twitter pages.


Award Structure

Bronze Award

5 confirmed contacts with British Scientist Event Stations

Silver Award

10 confirmed contacts with British Scientist Event Stations

Gold Award

15 confirmed contacts with British Scientist Event Stations

Provisional list of British Scientists who may be commemorated as part of this award programme
  • Stephen Hawking – 8 January (1942) theoretical physics – b. Oxford, England
  • Alfred Russel Wallace – 8 January (1823) anthroloplogy, biology – b. nr Usk, Wales
  • Francis Bacon – 22 January (1561) philosophy of science – b. London, England
  • Robert Boyle – 25 January (1627)chemist, physics – b. Waterford, Ireland
  • James Watt – 30 January (1736) chemisty, engineering – b. Greenock, Scotland
  • Charles Darwin – 12 February (1809) biology – b. Shrewsbury, England
  • Roderick Impey Murchison – 22 February (1792) geology – b. Muir of Ord, Scotland
  • Joseph Priestley – 24 March (1733) chemistry – b. Batley (Yorks.), England
  • Robert Alexander Watson-Watt – 13 April (1892) experimental physics (radar) – b. Brechin, Scotland
  • Thomas Huxley – 4 May (1825) biology – b. Ealing, England
  • David Edward Hughes – 16 May (1831) electronics – b. pos. Corwen, Wales
  • Edward Jenner – 17 May (1749) medical science – b. Berkeley, England
  • Donald Watts Davies – 7 June (1924) computing – b. Treorchy, Wales
  • Francis Crick – 8 June (1916) biogenetics – b. nr Northampton, England
  • Oliver Lodge – 12 June (1851) physics (radio) – b. Stoke-on-Trent, England
  • David Brunt- 17 June (1886) meteorology – b. Staylittle, Wales
  • Alan Turing – 23 June (1912) mathematics (computing) – b. London
  • Robert Le Rossignol – April 27 (1884) chemistry – b. Jersey, Channel Is
  • Robert Hooke – 28 July (1635) mechanics, miccroscopy – b. Isle of Wight
  • Alexander Fleming – 6 August (1881) medical science – b. Darvel, Scotland
  • Charles Hutton – 14 August (1737) geology – b. Newcastle upon Tyne, England
  • Edward Appleton – 6 September (1892) physics – b. Bradford, England
  • John Dalton – 6 September (1766) chemistry, nuclear science – b. nr Cockermouth, England
  • Michael Faraday – 22 September (1791) physics (electricity) – b. London
  • Barnes Wallis – 26 September (1887) aeronautical design – b. Ripley (Derbyshire), England
  • Richard Towneley – 10 October (1629) astronomy – b. Burnley, England
  • James Chadwick – 20 October (1891) nuclear physics – b. Bollington (Cheshire), England
  • Joseph Swan – 31 October (1828) physics, chemistry – b. nr Sunderland, England
  • Edmund Halley – 8 November (1656) astronomy, geophysics, meteorology – b. London
  • Charles Lyell – 14 November (1797) geology – b. nr Dundee, Scotland
  • Ada Lovelace – 10 December (1815) – mathematician – b. London
  • Arthur Charles Clarke – 16 December (1917) science writer – b. Minehead, England
  • Humphry Davy – 17 December (1778) chemistry – b. Penzance, England
  • Joseph Thomson – 18 December (1856) experimental physics – b. Manchester, England
  • Sir Isaac Newton – 25 December (1642) physics, astronomy, mathematics – b. nr Grantham, England

Not all of the people listed are certain to be commemorated, and other may be added at any time. On-air commemorations may take place on the Anniversary dates or at a suitable time close to them.

* Closing date fir all awards – 1 February 2017 (tbc) *

EI DXers meeting – Sat 2nd January 2016

A group of EI DXers will meet on Saturday 2nd January 2016 in the Maldron Hotel, Portlaoise (location map at 12noon with the intention of forming an EI DX Group.

The group’s objectives is to cover everything DX related, from chasing DXCC right through to DXpeditioning with the aim of forming an all EI DXpedition group.

Anyone attending will be made very welcome and expressions of interest to Dave EI9FBB or Pat EI9HX.

Early New Year Contests

IRTS 80m Counties Contest – 1st January

IRTS 80m Counties Contest takes place on New Year’s Day from 1400 UTC until 1700 UTC.

QSOs with EI and GI count for points.

Rules at

ON5ME European 160m CW Party – 2nd & 3rd January

The European 160m CW Party has two parts to it.

The first is on the evening of the 2nd between 2000 and 2300 UTC
The second is in the early hours of the 3rd between 0400 and 0700 UTC.

What you send your QSO partners depends on whether you are a member of a club that’s
affiliated to the European CW Association – a list of affiliated clubs can be found at If you are, send RST + name + club abbreviation + membership number;

Otherwise send RST + name + ‘NM’ for non member.

You can work the same station in each session.

Full information about this contest can be found at

UKEICC 80m SSB – Wed 6th January

The UKEICC 80m series resumes after its month off, with SSB on the 6th.
Exchange the first four characters of your locator (e.g. IO94). Upload
your log within one hour of the contest end and expect provisional
results to be posted within minutes of the entry deadline.

Rules can be found at

144 MHz UKAC – Tue 5th January 20.00-22.30

On the 5th the 144MHz UKAC runs from 2000 to 2230UTC. Using all modes
the exchange is signal report, serial number and locator.

Rules can be found at

SKCC European Sprint – Thursday 7th Jan 19.45 – 22.45 UTC

The monthly European Sprint (SKSE) of the Straight Key Century Club (SKCC) takes place on Thursday 7th January.

The main Sprint runs from 2000 to 2200 UTC and is topped and tailed by additional QRS (Slow Morse) sections from 1945-2000 and 2200-2215.

Rules can be found at and more information about SKCC at

RSGB Affiliated Societies CW 80/40 Sunday 10th 1400 – 1800 UTC

Sunday the 10th the CW AFS takes place from 1400 to 1800 UTC.
Using the 3.5 and 7MHz bands the exchange is signal report and serial

Rules at

UKEICC DX Contest  – CW – 23/24th January 2016

The first CW leg of this new contest takes place over 24 hours from 1200 on 23rd January to 1200 on 24th January.

The rules, in various languages, can be found via links from