Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Looking Forward to 13 Colonies Operations

Publishing an email by Ken Villone KU2US congratulating all for a great 2015 event despite poor conditions

WE KILLED LAST YEAR BY +17,438 QSO'S!         TOTAL QSO'S FOR 2015 IS 126,296!

GREAT job By all! Here is a state by state breakdown and the award winners:

STATE CHAMPS:   K2L/South Carolina 15651
HF HIGH POWER: AB1OC K2K/NH   6873  Fred Kemmerer
HF LOW POWER: N4YDU K2J/NC     5402  Nate Moreschi
HF LOW POWER:  KD4MR K2L/SC  4140   Doug Ricafrente
QRP (.05-10W):   W4QO K2G/GA  1034   Jim Stafford
CLUB UNLIMITED: K3MJW K2M/PA  6213    Skyview Radio Society
K2A/NY  7456 (+2410)  
K2B/VA  9514 (+2798)     
K2C/RI   8154 (+1262) 
K2D/CT  9688 (+1185)              
K2E/DE  8273 (+719)                       
K2F/MD  9952 (+1286)
K2G/GA  9160 (+795)                        
K2H/MA  7880 (+799)                     
K2I/NJ    8593 (+2399)
K2J/NC 12002 (+1910)                       State #1-K2L/SC
K2K/NH 10292 (+1271)                               #2-K2J/NC
K2L/SC  15651 (-1488)                               #3-K2K/NH
K2M/PA   9681 (+2082)                               #4-K2F/MD
GB13COL:  No Data yet!

Great job by everyone! I was SO suprised, I treated my self to McDonalds!
Who would ever guess that we did so well based on the conditions and solar flares!
Next year (2016) We will add another award for Just CW/Unlimited because there was a lot
of CW activity. My keyer broke and had to run with an old military straight Key-Terrible!

Please be patient for the awards, It take time to order and ship.

Best 73' and congratulations to all! Every year we get Bigger!

ken Villone
Event Manager

The slate of operators for SC K2L for 2016 are somewhat up in the air because we lost 3 operators - one due to a stroke.  We have to backfill theses spots.  The other states are gunning for us - NY has 12 ops now 

NN4F - Paul - Leader 
K4DMR - Doug SSB (2 days only)
KG4IGC - Frank SSB
KI4LXH - Brian SSB
NY4G - Ariel CW
N4IQ - Bill CW

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Bas Levering with his QRP DXCC Challenge Certificate

Bas Levering completed his QRP Challenge and he is here posing with his certificate.  Nice job Bas.   I hope to meet you in person someday- perhaps in Dayton or the biggest amateur radio festival in Europe - Friedrichshafen.  Again thanks for being a part of the QRP Challenge.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Congratulations Tom N0TR

Tom - remarkable achievement - congratulations 

#292 The Chase is On for 300 - 9M0Z Spratly Islands

I have wanted to have Spratly Islands in the log ever since 2015 when DX0P first tried to make world wide contact from Pagasa Island.   I failed then, propagation was not there and the ops did not seem know what to do with propagation when it was there.  However, this time, from Layang Layang Island,  with 9V1YC James Brooks, an experienced DXpeditioner, and his team mate from ZS would hopefully know what to do.  30m and 20m appear to be the only bands that make it to NA and only 30m grey line appear to make it to the east coast.  Every morning I listen for them.  Well I finally made it into the log of 9M0Z

KU4XO and WM4AA have set the high water marks above 300 so I am in the chase now.  With any luck I might make it by the end of the year.  Back to 9M0Z, they have only 203 QSOs to North America  - based on the latest Clublog upload versus 3848 to EU and 3168 to JA and Asia.   So I consider myself one of the lucky few.  As for 300 by the end of a year it is a long shot as I not only have to make every ATNO scheduled DXpedition and then some unscheduled ones as well.  In order to get remotely close to 300 I must be able to confirm:

CY9C Saint Paul - August 2016
VP6AH Pitcairn - September 2016
H44GC Solomon Islands  - September 2016
4U1UN United Nations HQ - October 2016
XU7MDC Cambodia - November 2016

which only adds up to 297 which means I still have to get lucky with  somebody activating Jan Mayen, Nepal, Franz Josef Land, Myanmar, or maybe 5A1AL in Libya.  So it is still a long shot but it is possible.

Baker and Howland and Central Kiribati is now in the planning stages for some time in 2017.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Clipperton L is now online for the run up to 300 DXCC

With the help of KF4BY,  the Clipperton L has now been added to the arsenal of linear amplifiers.  I realize I can only run one rig and one amplifier at a time.  The whole point is about redundancy and backup, and backup to the backup.

I tested it for function on 160m which is what I needed it for.  The L4B only does 80m and KPA500 is limited to 500W and 160m is where I need the extra muscle.

Into a dummy load 1.825 MHz

10w in - 100w out
15w in - 180w out
20w in - 240w out
30w in - 400w out
40w in - 500w out
50w in -  600w out
60w in - 700w out
70w in - 800w out
80w in - 900w out
90w in - 950w out
100w in - 1000w out

WM4AA Reaches 311 DXCC

Friend Matt has now reached 311 DXCC with the approval of all operations from Libyan Station 5A1AL.  There has been a lot of confusion as to what has been approved or not.   The definitive article stating unequivocal approval  has been hard to find on the internet.  Note also that there has been a pirate station identifying himself as 5A1A.  Some recordings of this pirate QSOs are here:


Make sure you work the legit station of Abubaker Alzway in Tripoli, Libya

Friday, May 6, 2016

KU4XO Reaches 300 DXCC

Friend Matt Holley KU4XO just reached the all important 300 milestone - the last centennial prior to Honor Roll.  He has been an inspiration to me.  It has taken him 8 years, the fastest of my contemporaries.  Thank you Matt for sharing with us your journey and congratulations.

Friday, April 22, 2016

EP2A - New country from my station

I worked EP6T from the station of K4SV after I got desperate.   Having earned that contact took the pressure off and now EP2A is that much more "enjoyable".  The pileups on 30m were difficult.  I was using my 30m vertical loop.  The pileups on 20m during the latter days of the DXpedition were a bit easier - though not much more.    I made contact on 20m on 2059 UTC on CW on 4/22/16 on the Hexbeam.  I made another contact on the 30m vertical loop on 4/25/16 at 21:48 UTC

Thursday, April 14, 2016

The inspiration behind the 100 Day QRP DX Challenge

I have to admit that the inspiration for this challenge came from Chapter 16 of Don Keith's book "Riding the "Shortwaves".  It is about the fictional challenge between veteran DXer Clark W4OOU and Grace Wade KB4JJO - a newly licensed no code General Class amateur.  Grace wagered that she could work 100 countries in 100 days.  Now Clark was a crusty and opinionated DXer with over 300 countries confirmed and he was also convinced that with the poor propagation, and Grace's inexperience that she could not possibly do this.    Grace was a working mom with 2 children.   All that Grace had to work with was 100 watts, some wires and a wire beam.  Clark often belittled newcomers to the scene.  Grace did manage to work 99 DXCC with one day left.  She was desperate and realized she had not logged a US contact.  She logged W4OOU on 2 meter simplex for her final contact.  This was both an entertaining and memorable chapter.  From this chapter was born the DXCC QRP Challenge of 100 DXCC in 100 days.  Grace proved it was possible with 100 watts in a fictional account.  8 people have now proven it is possible with QRP power levels

N4MM 8 days - multiple yagis - CW and SSB
K4SV 23 days - 4 element yagi - all modes
N3CZ 33 days - 3 element yagi and GP - all modes
W2HTI 35 days - 3 element yagi and GP - CW
W4NL 44 days - 3 element yagi - all modes
NY4G 51 days - wire beam and wires - CW
W4KA 69 days - wires - CW and SSB - 
PE4BAS 79 days - 84m horizontal loop and home made HB9CV - all modes 

It is notable as well that the feat can be accomplished using a multi-band horizontal loop just 7m above the ground proven by Bas Levering PE4BAS.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Edisto Island

Made a few QSOs from the ocean - VE2PID and 8P6DR were the DX on 20m.  W0W was a special event station in MS.  N9ZXL gave a nice ragchew.   EA4BB came in loud but disappeared after a while. Propagation has not been very good the last few days.


Wednesday, April 6, 2016

DXpeditioning Basics

I am a recent member to INDEXA - International DX Association.  While navigating their site - I happened to come across this great article written by Wayne Mills N7NG.  The URL is as follows:

DXpeditioning Basics by Wayne Mills N7NG

Another article worth reading is by Martti Lane OH2BH

It Takes Two to Tango - by OH2BH

Another really good book which should be required reading is the Complete DXer by Bob Locher W9KNI.  It is a 30 year old book but is still a gem and very readable and funny to boot.  It can be ordered from the ARRL at the following link

The Complete DXer - ARRL

DX University is also a very good resource for those who are either chasing DX or intend to become the DX


Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Hexbeam Now Camouflaged

Can hardly tell there is an antenna there.  Camo brown mast with camo green spreaders.  The centerpost is also camo green.  Just worked FT4JA on the delta loop - vertically polarized..

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Juan de Nova FT4JA in the log #291 DXCC

Some antenna maintenance work today - painted the. Mast camo brown to match the trees.  Painted the spreaders camo green and installed brand new center post from NA4RR.  I probably should have painted that green but ran out of paint.

I installed a 4:1 balance to the 30m delta loop and changed the feed point to the corner.

I decided to work FT4JA between chores and was able to get them on 17m 18087 CW after listening for a bit at 1913 UTC   There was a great op on the other end and was working the pile well.  I have just confirmed the contact through the Clublog on-line log.

Monday, March 28, 2016

QRP Challenge - PE4BAS Reaches 100 DXCC in 79 Days, W4KA in 69 Days

Latest News:

Dave W4KA just completed his Challenge on his day 69 and is the 7th finisher.  Dave's beam had a burnt balun and he had to make do with wire antennas.

Bas PE4BAS made a yeoman's effort at the CQ WPX SSB and managed to get 23 additional DXCC using SSB 5 watts on his FT817.  This is truly a remarkable effort.  At the end of the contest he was at 99 DXCC in 77 days.  He just got his 100th DXCC on 3/29 with his contact to San Marino T77C.