MM0DGR/p – An insight into GMFF.

    At the beginning of 2010, Jurij MM0DFV, and John GM0WRR, together with one or two other friends, began dedicating their spare time to the GMFF programme. Mostly every weekend since January 2010, a new GMFF reference number has been activated, with the now familiar callsign of MM0DGR/p at the forefront of these activations. GMFF Team (MM0DGR) promotes the National Heritage of Scotland.

    With DX editing/publishing from Scotland, and GMFF being run from Scotland too, in a neat collaboration, we’d like to showcase some of the most recent and interesting ventures which MM0DGR/p has undertaken. Below is the latest movie. You can find all MM0DGR/p movies by clicking here.

    Jurij informs that impressive changes, with new awards and references added to GMFF are just around the corner. Special plaques will also be presented. Jurij explains:

    “Before we run our new and comprehensive national award programme dedicated to Scotland’s Natural Heritage, we try to be active as much as possible visiting various nature reserves of Scotland, and working from there on the air representing our national natural heritage to the worldwide amateur radio community. We would like to play this way first attracting people to our country and new “nature move” started at the beginning of this year. To make sure that our expeditions are interersting, we publish comprehensive photo and video reports on our website after each trip, we immediately design and print full-colour QSL-cards for every DX-pedition, and automatically confirm all the QSOs we made from the nature reserves via the QSL-bureau. As soon as we have a few GMFF nature reserves activated – enough to get the first level of GMFF award for hunters – we will introduce our new GMFF award programme. This will be a very unique move in HAM radio practice since all of our awards will be available as full-colour metal-plated wooden plaques. No one club or group does that for all their awards. GMFF list will be increased with new protected places in Scotland, such as nature reserves of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Scottish Wildlife Trust, Forestry Commission, and so on. Various plaques will be introduced accordingly. Many of these places are located on really “difficult to achieve” Scottish islands. It’s not the case when you sit in a comfortable hotel somewhere on Mauritius or Fiji, and call yourself a DX-pedition… Severe uninhabited Scottish islands require well equiped and trained teams with a lot of effort to achieve the target! We will try do do our best to make sure that you hunt GMFF expeditions the same way as any rare DXs from Africa, Oceania and so on. Even at this stage of our activations most of you know very well our huge pile-ups with QSO rates up to 250 contacts per hour. And you already know that most of times we had to work split because of a wall of calling stations. We are really glad that we do something that is interesting and thrilling for you. Thanks to all of you who calls and spots us.”

    With this collaboration, DX, at every opportunity, will promote the GMFF programme in the hope many more interested operators are tempted to join this exciting scheme.