Paper QSL-cards received

I received the first batch of paper QSL-cards from Tony / LZ1JZ today. That means I will start issuing replies to paper QSL’s received, so far, next week.

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Lunchbreak session…

Went out to the QTH during an “extended” lunchbreak, and found interesting activity on the moon also today. Around 10:15 UTC, ZL2LN Barry in RE68 square, came in calling CQ with several excellent -18 dB traces. Tried to call him a few times, but his moon was only 2 degrees until moonset, and with my QRP station I need more time to complete. I also need degr. better than 3.5 to be able to finish such a QSO. An hour later or so, VK4RF Rick in QG62 was decoded with some nice -24 to -22 traces, calling CQ. Same situation there; he was very close to moonset and there wasn’t enough time to complete.

Worked initial QSO’s with YU7XL Boban in JN95 and DL8II Jürgen in JN49. Some QSB during the QSO with Boban, but very smooth and easy exchange with Jürgen.

Will be off the band for a week or so now, due to summer vacation with my kids.

63 EME QSO’s in 6 days…

Seems that things work pretty good here. Well, yesterday wasn’t a big hit and only two QSO’s today (G4DML in JO02 and IK6CAK in JN72), but all in all I’m very pleased with the results so far! I will be away for a couple of days now, but will be back on the moon again when propagation improves!

 

A few hours of EME-excitement…

Today I managed to get off work as early as right
after 10:00 UTC, and went down to theEME_25072017 QTH in KQ50KG, a 20 minutes car drive from “downtown” Vardø. Found propagation to be pretty good, and worked 10 stations between 11:00-11:59 UTC. After that propagation went less than favourable, but all in all the result today was 14 QSO’s – all EU-stations, except RK9JR in MP80 square. Strongest station received was SM5CUI in JO89, with a huge -14dB signal. Really nice indeed!

If I get time, I will try to be QRV also tomorrow, after 13:00 UTC.

Yet an interesting day!

Started early today, as I had arranged a sked with
Yuu JHØBBE around 04:00 UTC. Found ANT_KQ50KGconditions to be pretty good via the moon, with decoded traces from a number of JA-stations. In addition to JHØBBE, I also managed to work JR3REX, JE1TNL and JP3EXR. However, this sunday did offer more interesting DX during the late morning hours, as VK5APN, ZS5LEE and ZS6OB answered my CQ calls. Complete QSO’s were made with the VK and both ZS-stations.

No less than 24 QSO’s was completed until conditions went “down the drain” around noon local time. “Lady A” was again present and no traces at all was received for long periods during the afternoon. All in all, this was a very good day and I’m very pleased with the results so far!

“Lady A” present but still 14 QSO’s!

Some good conditions for periods on the moon today, mixed with periods with no traces at all. “Lady A” was present today, but still managed to complete 14 EME-QSO’s.

Today’s log:

HB9Q, JN47
RX1AS, KO59
UX5UL, KO50
UT6UG, KO50
ES3RF, KO29
PA2CHR, JO32
UA3PTW, KO93
DK3BU, JO33
DK5SO, JN58
RX3A, KO95
DL9DBJ, JO31
G4SWX, JO02
LZ2FO, KN13
IK1UWL, JN33

Will be QRV again tomorrow from around 04:00 UTC.

First QSO’s!

Today’s “test drive” of the antenna system went better than any expectations. After announcing on the NØUK 144 MHz EME-chat that I was up and running, I started to call CQ on 144.127. That resulted in 9 QSO’s with the following stations:

EA2AGZ, IN91
DF2ZC, JO30
PA0JMV, JO21
S52LM, JN65
I2FAK, JN45
I3MEK, JN55
W5ADD, EM40
EA8BDM, IL18
K9MRI, EN70

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Outdoor work done!

Yep. Now we’re getting somewhere! The small EME array is assembled and calibrated into Azimuth North and zero degrees elevation. Remains to get everything “indoors” to work, which will de done tomorrow and on friday.

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Satellite antennas are up!

sat-antWe’re getting there! Today, all antennas has been assembled. The 2 x 2.4wl DK7ZB yagis are still on the ground, but will be fitted to the horizontal boom tomorrow. The 2m and 70cm X-Quads for Satellite communications went up and was calibrated today.

There’s still plenty to do, but I beleive that I’ll be ready for the first real tests on friday the 21st.

Hopefully my portable internet connection (hotspot) will be upp and running this upcoming friday as well!