Tuesday, June 21, 2016

XX9TGM #294 In the Log

XX9TGM Macao On 06/21/2016 on 10110 kC 30m Band CW at 1318 UTC.  This has now been confirmed in the DXpedition log in Clublog

Up next:

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

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Ten New Countries QRP

#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

Friday, June 17, 2016

KAT100 for the K2 is complete

So surprised this went off without a hitch.  It took a few days to build.  Really nice integration with the K2/100.   Tunes quite fast without a lot of fuss.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

The Quest for #300 Continues - Libya 5A1AL in the Log for #293

Spratly 9M0Z recently confirmed in LOTW for #292

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.

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

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:

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.

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.