Another rare grid

LB6GG Hans will run portable EME on 144 MHz from two locations in KQ50
square, during late summer and autumn of 2017. He intent to start around July 20-22 and will be QRV until November 20 – depending on weather conditions. 
This will be a “QRP” expedition.
PWR around 450W into 2 x 2.4wl DK7ZB. Rx: LNA NF=0.5 dB

Hans was started, as expected, 21st of July. Conditions were poor enough after strong Aurora last night, but he completed his firsts EME QSO from KQ50kg square. His signal on my screen was very variable: from -23 to -27 db (rarely) to -30/31 db the most time.
I was unlucky at his first day.
Next day (22nd of July) was more successful for me: after his trace become solid on my screen, I called him and got immediate answer! 

This QSO gave me grid # 968 0n 2 M band.

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Vacation in Lithuania

Good to make some holidays even if you retired. On this year my wife and me decided to improve our health in Lithuania. On this year we booked room in sanatorium “Belarus” for two weeks. Room is in the 10th floor with a balcony. Ideal for HAM!
This time I took with me FT-847 with a automatic tuning antenna system ATAS-100 with a new universal support. Now I can mount this antenna very firmly to a round balcony railing.

My callsign was LY/ES3RF. WW-locator: KO14XA. I made around 70 QSO on HF and 6M band. Maimly CW mode.

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Good E-sporadic opening

Practically, whole day 6M band was open. I have not much time to spend in the shack, but, anyway 39 initial callsigns on 6M and 3 on 4M band. Mostly CW and a few JT65A.

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4O3EME – EME expedition to Montenegro

The group of Slovenian HAMs (S50P, S57C, S53RM, S57VW, S55OO) made a short 2m EME dxpedition. 144 MHz only, but in very interesting way: they will TX i.e. 144.105 horizontally and 144.145 vertically 1st period. Only one polarization QSO will be made.
I tried to listen on both QRG, but can hear 4O3EME only on 144.143 and H-pol.
Good signal and easy QSO. It was not new DXCC ornew grid for me. Just a new EME initial from rare country.


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My DXCC # 164: D44TU – Cape Verde

The well known “X-Team” ( DF2ZC, Bernd and DH7FB, Frank) made another great EME DX-pedition to a Republic of Cape Verde. They are planned to be active for 4 days (since 30th of April till 3rd of May). Mainly on 144 MHz EME.
I was lucky to work themes on the first day. Easy QSO as they are great operators!
Thus I’ve got DXCC # 164 on 144 MHz.
But team has intention to activate 70 cm also with a small setup. Let’s see…

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Small “jubilee”

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: 59 initials.

Average, 135 initials in the year.
I wonder if I can continue at this rate further?

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Yet another EME QSO with Malta.

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!


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DXCC #163 (Madeira Island) confirmed

OH2BC had finished his one-week EME-pedition to Madeira Island.
Thank you, Kari!!


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W1AW’s QSL-cards collection

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.

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VK2APN’s Small DX_pedition to rare grid

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!!


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