Today, 2nd of April, 2017 I made 950th grid square (DO24TC) and 1400th initial (DH9OK) via EME on 2M band. This was achieved during 10 years of my activity on 2M EME and happened at the same day. Statistically it looks, as follows:
- 1999: 1st 2M EME QSO with W5UN (CW) using Satellite setup.
- 1999-2003: no EME activity.
- 2004-2006: 28 initials. Building up station, antennas, masts, PA
- 2007-2008: 56 initials, and lot of other things, including
- 2008-2009: 29 initials, intermediate testings.
- 2009-2010: 261 initials,
- 2010-2011: 152 initials,
- 2011-2012: 142 initials,
- 2012-2013: 106 initials,
- 2013-2014: 138 initials,
- 2014-2015: 178 initials,
- 2015-2016: 135 initials,
- 206-2017: 133 initials,
- 2017 till now: 40 initials.
Average, 135 initials in the year.
I wonder if I can continue at this rate further?
So far I have had only one EME QSO with Malta Island on 2 m band. It was 9H1PA on year 2009. But several days ago one more station become active from 9H-land. This is 9H1TX, David. Today I was lucky to complete QSO with him in JT65B mode. “Not a big deal 9H. Europe is not a DX…” – can say some of HF-people… But it quit rare land for EME chasers. Thanks for initial QSO, David!
OH2BC had finished his one-week EME-pedition to Madeira Island.
Thank you, Kari!!
In 2014, ARRL members celebrated 100 years of “Advancing the Art and Science of Radio.” Founded in 1914, ARRL is the national association for Amateur Radio in the USA and the largest organization of radio amateurs in the world.
The ARRL HQ station W1AW make a portable operation during the 2014 from all USA states and territories. I tried to work EME as many location, as possible. And now I’ve got a number of QSL card, confirmed these QSOs. All QSO are made on 144 and 432 MHz.
Wayne, VK5APN, give us a good possibility to get rare square again. This time, 10th and 11th of February, 2017 he visited PF84 and PF85 squares. Unfortunately, my bad weather conditions and huge local noise on Saturday did not give me a chance to get PF85 square. But PF84 now in my collection (#945).
As before, for portable operation Wayne using 2×9 elements YU7EF antennas, small SSPA, ICOM-706MK2 and 12 volts car’s battery. Look carefully on the picture, especially to the plate number. Real HAM spirit!!
Total QSO in year 2016 – 2248, including:
CW – 66.7%
Digital – 30.6%
Phone – 2.7%
HF bands: 1654
VHF and up bands: – 594
More detailed statistic on VHF bands.
PA2CHR (Chris) and PA3FYC (Jos) made another expedition to rare DXCC country – Palestine – between 15 and 25 of November. Bands 144 and 432 Mhz. Operation on EME and MS/Tropo. They are started, as E44CM on 15-th from EME on 144.136 Mhz, JT65B mode. Bad QRG for me, because have strong noise and “birdies”on low elevation angles from the azimuth between 110 and 135 degrees. It was hard from the beginning, but finally E44CM’s signal become stronger and increased noise and birdies level. We completed QSO at 19:35, when elevation angle was over 13 degrees.
Next task – 432 Mhz. They will work on 70 cm during only one moon pass 19-20 of November. Let’s see…
…..it was easy! On 19th of November I was number seven, whom they answered with report -26 db at 21:22 utc. So, new DXCC on both band. Good deal!
Great job from Chris and Jos. During this expedition they made 336 initial EME QSO’s on 2 mtr. and 40 QSO’s on 70cm. Some pictures and EME log is here.
New expedition of Hermann, DL2NUD, to Burkina Faso, was marred by a serious illness, as a result of which he was in the hospital for several days. Thus, unfortunately, some of planned activity was canceled. Practically, he could only work one moon pass, 23 rd of October on 144 Mhz.
The XT2AFT’s setup was, as follows:
144: 17 el. yagi M2, 350W, peamp
432: 38 el. yagi M2, 450W, preamp
1296: 55 el. yagi, 270W, preamp
2320: 67 el. yagi, 100W, preamp.
After hospital, Hermann worked only on on 144 Mhz during 23rd and partly 24th of October. Totally 77 QSO. I was lucky to complete QSO on 2M on 23rd of Oct. at 0238 utc. With report -25/-26 db.
Thank you, Hermann!