NAC-1296, January-2019

Summary:

16 QSO, 11 grids, 4 fields, 5 DXCC (ES, LY, OH, SM, UA.
ODX 583 km (SM7LCB). Poor tropo, mainly aircraft scatter QSOs.

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NAC-432

My first in a 2019 participation in NAC. Propagation is moderate. 19th QSO, most with a Aircraft Scatter helping.
Best ODX 615 km (R1NW).
15 grid squares
4 fields

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Year 2018 activity statistic

Total  (HF + VHF) – 1058 QSO.
Activity on all bands (HF + VHF) by modes ( percentage):
CW – 34.7%, Digital – 60.75%, Phone – 4.49%.
Below is shown my 2018 year activity, relatively to 2017 and 2016 years:


More detailed statistic on VUSHF bands (50, 144, 432, 1296 MHz)
Total QSO: 520. Including:
EME: 351 QSO. (Initials: 2M – 138, 70 CM – 20),
Tropo: 129 QSO,
Meteor Scatter: 38 QSO.
Surprisingly, but not one Aurora’s QSO in passed year.  Although we had several strong openings. No interest? Have not been in the shack? Hard to explain even to yourself….

This year, Estonia celebrated its 100th anniversary. Estonian HAMs were active in the air with 15th different callsigns from 1st of February untill 31st of March. More info is here. All together we made 162395 QSO on different bands and different modes.
I took part in the team ES100F. And my personal contribution in this amount is 1637 QSO. Only CW.
Thus, my summary activity in 2018 is 2695 QSO.

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NAC 23 cm

The regular 23 cm NAC.  Worked only CW about 2 hours (of 4 possible), just for fun.
14th QSO, 11 grids, 4 fields, 5DXCC. Maximum QRB 520 km (SM3BEI).
Antenna 2×55 el. F9FT, AGL 6 meter.

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Tropo on November 6, 2018

144 MHz.
41 QSO, 30 Grid squares, 3 Grid fields, 11 countries.
Best ODX – UT8AL

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YL100 – Latvia 100 years

On 18 November 2018 Latvia will celebrate its centenary.
Radio amateurs in Latvia from November 1st to 18th, 2018 will activate special callsigns with prefix YL100 to commemorate this event.
5 different callsigns are used with YL100 prefix – one from each of 4 Latvia’s historical regions and one from the capital city – Riga: YL100K, YL100L, YL100R, YL100V, YL100Z.
3 kind of  Awards are possible for QSOs with a special callsigns during these 18 days.
Here is my first one, the simplest, 3rd class Award. Second one – 2nd class

         

Last target – 1st class Award,  for contacting each of the 5 different YL100 callsigns at least on 4 different bands. More or less it is real on 160. 80 and 40 meter bands. Hard, but possible on 30 meter band. Because we are too  close in distance to Latvia, so so called “death zone” make nearly impossible for QSO on 40 and above HF bands.
But!  hope it will be possible on VHF bands, including EME.
And it was possible! During NAC-144 (06.11.18), all 5 calls were presented. Award rules are here.
Let’s see….
14th of November. Final target is achieved: “Latvia 100 award 1st class” is completed!
Not easy, because bands, higher, than 30 meter band, are in the “death zone”. So, VHF bands are helped me very much! Look at the matrix below.

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New DXCC: TR8CA (Gabon)

In the end of August I found in EME chat a new callsign – TR8CA, whom I worked in year 2001 via satellite AO-10, and later on many HF bands on CW, RTTY and SSB. Sure. it was surprise for me! But at these days Alain started his EME tests to late for me: the moon was already below horizon. But 29th of August I saw his trace for the first time! He started every morning from 05:00 utc during approximately 1 hour. I called him many-many times without success. And his signal was up to -22 db, so I could not understand, why he did not hear me? Alain answered to others, not often, but answered to some “Big Guns”, like I2FAK, UA3PTW, RX1AS ….. With my power over 1KW at the splitter and 21 db antenna gain… I was completely frustrated…. Let say, I spend around 5 hours on next 4 days to call TR8CA! But today, the 1st of September this dramatic story was finished: we completed  our first EME QSO! 
I was so glad, that instead of taking a screenshot, I accidentally deleted the interface itself!
Thanks to Alain: he was nice and sent me his  screenshot.

Thus I’ve got DXCC # 177 and grid square #1018!
Thank you, Alain!
This QSO confirmed by QSL card and via LOtW.

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The ARRL WAS Award2 Meters

I am proud to announce the receipt of the diploma “The ARRL WAS Award 2 Meters” (Worked All States Award)  #211. All necessary QSO have been confirmed in LOtW, so the application was issued within a few minutes.

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1000 Grids On 144 MHz!

Today there was a remarkable event for me: I work grid number 1000 on 144 MHz band! The station was N4EME. They are the EMERovers Amateur Radio Club and currently operated from FM25fh near Cape Hatteras North Carolina.
Team has a nice setup: 4×12 el. LFA antenna and a good power.

The QSO was easy: just called and got answer. No pile-up.
They reported -23 db for me.
More info and pictures about EMERovers are here and here.

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Mozambique in the air. C8T 2-15 May, 2018

The Belgian Lions DX-Team (OT8T) are announced for a DXpedition to Mozambique during 2-15 May 2018. All HF-band and 144 MHz EME with 2X11 el. H-pol antenna and 1,2 Kw SSPA.
I am not so much interesting in HF. Just will look and if hear on some bands, than will try to call. Mozabique is confirmed on 40, 20, 15 and 10 M bands. So, just interest…
   Another deal on 144 MHz. It’s a new DXCC for me. And I tried…
6th of May. QSO was not easy. It lasts for 16 minutes! I think, the reason was in a very special conditions on the Earf-Moon-Earth trace between Estonia and Mozambique on these days.
The spatial offset and Faraday rotation did their “black work” very amicably
. Look on the table. There we can see, that the spatial offset was changed to the opposite just during our QSO.
After 0244 utc I have seen C8T only in vertical polarization.
Another reason, should be, why Marc hear us so bad – big QRM from HF station, which antennas situated on a few meters from Marc’s 2×11 elements stack.

QSO complete. Marc informed me via N0UK chat, that my best signal level was -22 db… Such a situation often arises when QSO with southern Africa.
Any way, I am happy to get DXCC # 176 and grid # 999.
Thanks for the patience, Marc!

7th of May. Polarity offset -04 deg, Degradation -4.1 (-4.5 yesterday). First call (as ES1RF) to C8T and immediately answer. Just 3 minutes for QSO! So different conditions…
C8T was heard up to -16 on this morning.

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