3B8XF - Commonwealth Contest 2018 : Mauritius
Nigel G3TXF operated the 2018 Commonwealth Contest (BERU) as 3B8XF from Mauritius. This was the twelthth DX-trip made specifically to take part in the RSGB's Commonweath Contest.

Previous BERU operations by G3TXF were 3B8/G3TXF (2017), J79XF (2016), V5/G3TXF (2015), ZF2XF (2014), ZF2XF (2013), ZD7XF (2012), VP2MXF (2011), 6Y8XF (2009), VQ5XF (2008), V25XF (2007) and VP2EN (2003). Here is a multi-year BERU score summary.

Also operated in the Russian-DX-Contest (RDXC). In total 3B8XF made 14,000 CW QSOs (including over 2,000 QSOs on 80m).
The 80m vertical antenna at 3B8XF stands right in the sea. This is where all vertical antennas ideally should be! Nigel G3TXF operating the 2018 Commonwealth Contest (BERU) as 3B8XF. Also operated in the Russian-DX-Contest (RDXC).
Ideal for a BERU visit to Mauritius: an aircraft with the registration VQ-MAA - one of the first aircraft registrations in VQ8, perhaps? With the base right over the salt water, this multi-band trap vertical (Hustler 6-BTV) unsurprisingly worked very well indeed.
Attendees at the Mauritius Amateur Radio Society (MARS) March 2018 meeting : Jacky 3B8CF (MARS Secretary), Patrice 3B8FA, Patrick 3B8GF, Dr Dokhony, Jean-Marc 3B8DU, David Bastien, Johnny Nemo, Gérard 3B8FV, François 3B8BAN, Gérard 3B8DX,
Yusuf 3B8FO, Michel Sinnott, Clive 3B8CW, Jacques 3B8GC, François 3B8GZ and Ashwin 3B8GL.
Trap-vertical was used on 40m, 20m, 15m and 10m with radials running into the sea. Collecting licence receipts from the ICTA for Vincent F4BKV and the 3B7A operators. For 80m a folded quarter-wave vertical right by the sea provided over 2,000 QSOs.
The island QTH at 3B8XF provides an excellent all round sea take-off. Hiro JR1TPJ who was holidaying briefly in Mauritius, visits the 3B8XF shack and is able to hear a big JA pile-up on 15m.
Clive 3B8CW at his well equipped station in Trou-aux-Biches, which is also the home of the 3B8CW RBN Skimmer. "Is there anyone up there?" Jean-Marc 3B8DU demonstrates accessing a passing satellite with Gérard 3B8DX looking on.
Hex-Beam at 3B8CW. The 3B8CW RBN skimmer switches automatically between day-time and night-time modes. 3B8XF : All the antennas are right at the water's edge, including this 40m vertical with the radials running into the sea.
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