M5A is the contest call of the Three A's Contest Group G0AAA. The group was originally founded by G3TXF, G3SXW and G3WVG who got together to operate in RSGB Field Days
back in the 80s.
The call MW5A was first operated [Single-Op All-Band] during CQWW CW 2002 by Ian G3WVG from my station located in Newport, Wales.
In CQWW CW 2002 Ian G3WVG made over 4,100 QSOs as MW5A [final score of 4.6m points] and in 2003 4,151 QSOs were made with a claimed score of 5.1m points, MW5A was also
operated by G3WVG from here in CQWW CW [SOAB] in 2004 and 2005.
The most recent MW5A operation was in the 2012 ARRL 10m contest, prior to that the CQ-WPX-SSB in March 2011, single band 40 metres.
Contest audio is available here
so if you made a QSO with MW5A
search against your call and hear how your signal sounded here in Wales.
In fact audio from just about all contests made in the last ten years under my own call (GW4BLE), MW5A or GW7X (contest call for Contest Cambria) is available
Do a search against your own, or any other call, see the opening page for instructions. Random photographs of the GW4BLE station are generated each time the web site is
accessed; there are over 100 in total, featuring the guest ops, station visitors, equipment etc... a kind of time line of the last thirty years at this QTH.
The station here is setup for SO2R with 2 x FTDX5000MPs, Alpha 78 and Drake L7 amp, with
controller. Outside there’s a TH11 stacked with a 402-CD
plus an 80m dipole high up in a neighbouring tree. There's also a Butternut HF9V vertical (handy to 'fill-in' when SO2R).
QSLs for MW5A can be sent to the RSGB QSL Bureau. Direct QSLs for MW5A can be mailed to Nigel G3TXF. The most recent QSLing statistics can be found
The call GW7X is also aired from the GW4BLE station, most recently in the ARRL 10m contest with G8DX, GWØARK, GWØRYT and GW4BLE. Conditions were excellent throughout
the contest, although at times the echoes on some EU signals made them difficult to copy. GWØRYT had a great NA run on Saturday.