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!

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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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Two DX-pedition in the air at the same time

Great event: the lunatics are happy! Z66EME and 3B8MB ( Rep. of Kosovo and Mauritius Island) in the air. I made a one time screen shot from my MAP65 software.
Both station are loud today. And both stations have  had a problems from the beginning of operation/ But seems all is solved now.
Z66EME was a new DXCC and new grid square for me. And Mauritius I worked before (in 2011). This expedition was situated in a new grid LH80TA and it was a new for me.

It was not a problem to complete QSO with both stations. I the pile-up very important to find clear place on the band around central frequency. Just look at the MAP65 and take attention regarding to doppler shift. If all is done correct, then you have much more chance to be heard by the DX station.

Thus, my DXCC score on 144 MHz was increased to 175 countries and grid square score to 998. Two more grids – and I will celebrate 1000 grids on 2 M band. Hope it will happens soon.

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My DXCC # 172: TD9FYC (Guatemala)

PA2CHR-Chris and PA3FYC-Jos, are activated via EME rare country – Guatemala. They intended to activate 3 bands: 144, 432 and 1296 MHz. The call signs are: TD9CHR and TD9FYC. Details are here.

On 24th of February our common window with TD9FYC was opened at 19:08 UTC. I was disappointed by the huge local noise level (over 20db!) from the azimuth of 210 degrees. Which, however, happens almost daily. Around 22:02 this noise suddenly disappears and I started to see( and hear!) TD9FYC on 144.137 MHz. Theirs trace was 19/-22 in QSO with IK2UWL and next CQ. Using MAP 65 I found a clear QRG and called them. From the first call I’ve got an answer! Can not say, it was easy QSO, because I waited for possibility around 3 hours. But we are, “lunatics”, have a lot of patience….
during our QSO TD9FYC was -23 db. on my screen. I received in H-pol. So DXCC # 172 and grid square # 989.
Next try on 70 cm will be on 3-4th of Mach. Team has a schedule, which we can see here

No easy, but complete QSO on 70 cm too. On 4th of March, 05:17 utc.His -23, mine -22 db.
Spatial offset on 3-4 of March was -84 to-88 degrees. I have only H-pol antenna on 70 cm, so impossible to see even faint trace. But Chris install his 30 el antenna in a way, that could manually change H/V pol. And he worked successfully with European stations exactly on V-pol.

Expedition’s log and some pictures are here.

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144 MHz: 171 DXCC worked, 171 DXCC confirmed

N0w all worked 171 country by DXCC Award on 144 MHz are confirmed.
Waiting for a SUPER RARE 3Y0Z (Bouvet Island) expedition. The expedition team currently on the way to the island by “Betazone” ship. Easy to follow them.

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4x2M18XXX accident

A strong gust of wind last night broke the anchorage of the antenna actuator. The antenna array under the wind pressure turned almost 110 degrees. But one of the arrows (Vertical 2M18XXX) was caught on the guy. This saved the entire antenna from further damage. Once again I was convinced that the antennas of  M2 Antenna System Inc. are very strong.

The 10 mm steel lever was bent and broken through the bolt hole. So, impossible to repair and I made a new one.
Terrible weather on this winter!!

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Year 2017 statistic

Total (HF+VHF)1941 QSO.
Activity on all bands (HF and VHF) in in percentages: CW – 66.67%, digital modes – 28.5%, Phone -4.84%. Below is shown 2017 year activity, relatively to 2016 and 2015:

On VUSHF bands (50, 144, 432, 1296 MHz).
Total QSO: 740, including:
EME: 394. (Initials: 2M – 148, 70cm – 22);
Tropo – 122, E_Spor. – 133, Aurora – 33, MeteorScatter – 58.


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Four new DXCC countries on 2M band

Have no time to update my blog during last two months. But time was very productive!
Four new countries on 2 m band:
October 11, 20:17 utc: T8EM (Palau)
November 02, 19:21 utc: DX7EME (Panglao Isl.)
November 03, 20:49 utc: 9M2/JG3TTO (West Malaysia),
November 28, 23:27 utc: V31EME (Belize).

Also i started to work on 60 m band. My setup for that band:
FT-2000 with open 60M band + dipole. ERP abt. 15W. But, anyway, during these 2 month I’ve got 39 DXCC. Including very good DX: 9K,9X, VE, TF, OY, OJ, KH6, EY. Full list below.

4O (Montenegro) 1 1 4O7CC 22/11/2017 22:04
4X, 4Z (Israel) 1 1 4Z4DX 20/11/2017 22:51
9A (Croatia) 1 0 9A2AA 22/12/2017 22:17
9H (Malta) 1 0 9H1CG 20/11/2017 22:48
9K (Kuwait) 1 0 9K2YM 22/11/2017 21:34
9X (Rwanda) 1 0 9X2AW 21/11/2017 21:38
DA-DL (Fed. Rep. of Germa) 33 10 DK3IR 09/10/2017 16:14
EA-EH (Spain) 4 2 EA4KT 21/11/2017 19:11
EA6-EH6 (Balearic Is.) 1 0 EA6SX 14/10/2017 18:51
EA8-EH8 (Canary Is.) 3 2 EA8JT 23/10/2017 20:33
EI-EJ (Ireland) 1 0 EI3KF 22/12/2017 21:07
ES (Estonia) 1 0 ES5QA 10/10/2017 07:02
EY (Tajikistan) 1 1 EY8MM 22/11/2017 22:20
G, GX (England) 7 1 M0NPT 09/10/2017 18:35
GD, GT (Isle of Man) 1 0 GD3YUM 22/11/2017 22:00
GI, GN (Northern Ireland) 4 2 GI0HWO 10/10/2017 19:38
GM, GS (Scotland) 2 2 MM0HVU 10/10/2017 20:00
GW, GC (Wales) 1 0 MW0CSO 16/10/2017 18:28
HB (Switzerland) 5 1 HB9DQV 23/11/2017 21:26
KH6 (Hawaii) 1 0 DL4FA 14/10/2017 17:58
LA-LN (Norway) 2 0 LB6BG 21/11/2017 15:32
LX (Luxembourg) 2 1 LX1TI 09/10/2017 18:22
LZ (Bulgaria) 2 1 LZ2DF 10/10/2017 19:36
OF-OI (Finland) 3 0 OI5PRM 10/10/2017 08:23
OJ0 (Market Reef) 1 1 OJ0JR 09/10/2017 16:09
OM (Slovak Republic) 2 0 OM3EY 10/10/2017 20:06
ON-OT (Belgium) 6 2 ON4APU 10/10/2017 18:22
OY (Faroe Is.) 1 0 OY3SR 21/11/2017 21:31
OZ (Denmark) 7 4 OZ1TMK 09/10/2017 18:24
PA-PI (Netherlands) 9 2 PE1NPS 09/10/2017 18:29
SA-SM (Sweden) 1 0 SM7MBH 14/10/2017 18:41
SN-SR (Poland) 9 4 SP9CTW 09/10/2017 16:35
SV-SZ (Greece) 1 0 SV1JFL 22/12/2017 22:24
TA-TC (Turkey) 1 0 TA9J 22/12/2017 22:28
TF (Iceland) 2 1 TF3ARI 09/10/2017 19:05
UN-UQ (Kazakhstan) 3 0 UN3G 21/12/2017 17:22
UR-UZ, EM-EO (Ukraine) 1 0 UT5IS 10/10/2017 18:15
VE, VO, VY (Canada) 1 0 VE1VOX 22/12/2017 21:20
YL (Latvia) 2 2 YL2GP 08/10/2017 15:54
39 127 41      

Mainly digital, FT8 mode and, CW.
Very interesting band!


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