Tuesday, June 28, 2016

2016 Field Day

Rusty and Dave K4SV have the final say on this but by my reckoning - we are in the neighborhood of 7720 points

941 +169* (CW Q's) = 2220 points
1022 + 8* (PH Q's) = 1030 points
Power Multiplier (less than 150W) is 2 so 3250 * 2 = 6500 points

100% Emergency Power (NC4SC batteries plus K4SV generator) = 100 points
Media Publicity (WU2T getting on the Bobby Mac show) = 100 points
W1AW Field Day Message ! (AG3R) = 100 Points
Natural Power (at least 5 QSOs from the GOTA station had solar) = 100 points
Site Visit By Elected Official (Tim Greaves) = 100 points
GOTA Bonus Points = 260 points (100 points + 160 points for GOTA QSO)
Double GOTA Bonus for having a full time GOTA coach 260 points

If we submit our score  using b4b.net = 100 points
Social Media Bonus - Facebook Page = 100 points

Total Bonus Points = 1220

Total Points = 6500 + 1220 = 7720 points

Our antennas

A trailer mounted tribander and two monoband dipoles for 80 and 40m

A Hexbeam for 20-15-10m and a GOTA (Get On The Air) station running on batteries and a solar panel and a dedicated CrankIR.

George W4BUW and Paul W4FC

Dave Edmonds WN4AFP

Me in the GOTA tent with guest Diana

Cranking up the Tribander

The main operating stations running two K3s

Captain Rusty explaining amateur radio

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