#146 UA2F Kaliningrad on 20m CW 5/28/16 11:48
#147 MJ5Z Jersey on 20m CW 5/28/16 16:52
#148 XR0YS Easter Island on 5/30/16 20m CW 02:07
#149 VP2V/K6TOP British Virgin Islands on 30m CW on 6/6/16 11:03
#150 R85WTA Asiatic Russia on 20m CW on 6/9/16 at 23:38
#151 A93JA Bahrain 20m CW on 6/9/2016 at 02:37
#152 JW/M0UNN Svalbard on 20m CW on 6/11/2016 01:18
#153 9K2HN Kuwait on 20m CW on 6/18/2016 at 22:43
#154 7Z1SJ Saudi Arabia on 20m CW on 6/19/2016 at 01:45
#155 UN9L Kazakhstan on 20m CW on 6/19 at 01:50
Wow - propagation was booming on June 19 during the All Asia Contest. Below is a video recording the exchange with 7Z1SJ - Saudi Arabian Station
Then came Libyan station 5A1AL operated by Abubaker Assid. I saw him spotted on 6/10/16 at around 0230 UTC working a bunch of North American but was very weak. I don't know how much power the others were running - but speed necessitated my use of the instant on amp and it was maxed out at 500W. Abubaker gave me a 559 signal report and I am now awaiting his QSL for #293
JA0JHQ Nobu will be in Nepl as 9N7NH from June 16 to June 20 taking a TS480HX running 100 watts tosmall vertical on the low bands and a delta loop or yagi for the high bands and plans to be on 40m, 30m, 20, 17, 15, and 6m
XX9TGM from Macau will be June 20-27 by PG5M. He says it is difficult to find a good QTH. Some previous expeditions have had trouble, with locations surrounded by mountains except toward the south, and heavy local QRM. To hopefully avoid those issues, XX9TGM will be from the more expensive Grand Coloane Resort, which is likely a better radio QTH. Antenna installation options won't be known until arrival, but it will probably be a vertical wire with 1:4:9 balun. The radio will be a K3, 40-10 meters, and the plan is to operate the WARC-79 bands, CW only, though he may also try 80 meters. QSL to his home QTH direct or through the OQRS system. There will be online log search on the Club Log site: http://dx.to/dxp
The following expeditions are still scheduled for 2016 so with any luck 300 DXCC is still doable.
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)
K2F/MD 9952 (+1286)
K2H/MA 7880 (+799)
WM3PEN BONUS STATION: 5541
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!
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
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.
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:
XX9TGM Macau June 2016
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 298 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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.