June 26 we had a very nice weather here in jo44vw, 27 degrees. Acording to Hepburn tropo index it could look like good tropo to uk from the westcoast, so I decided to go portable with my tripod and 48cm dish and 5w .
When driving to the westcoast wearing shorts, the temperature was dropping fast, from 27 to only 18 degrees when I arrived just after 20 local time.
After the system was operational, I checked the beacons, strange DB0GHZ in JO34WE, was only 559, last time it was 599, but PI7ALK in JO22IP was 579, so conditions were good.
First I worked an OZ and a PA station, with good signals, then I tried to beam to the west and found G4ODA with 59, yes it was the right decition to go /p, later I found out that the other stations inland also did work into UK later on, so maybe I could have done that from home also… I guess so. But still I had fun out in the cold wind, and a temperature dropping to 12 degress at the end of the contest !
Next time I will try to bring some more clothes, here a map of what I did work and some pictures with a cold operator.
After my first EME weekend, my good friend Palle, OZ9DT, asked me if we should make a EME system at his QTH, then both of us could use the system.
I very good idea, Palle got a 2.4m dish, but the dish was not ready for use, so we decided to borrow a 1.8m from Peter, OZ1LPR.
We spend some evenings and some concrete to make the system ready for the ARRL EME contest.
Here Palle at the system
1.8m Dish and Egis rotator
Now the system is ready for EME
At the moment we are using my tropo setup a DB6NT G3 and an Elisra 15W PA. The output at the feed about 12W and a NF about 2.3 dB. Next step is to optimize it, we need to have a waveguide preamp (already bought) direct at the feed and some more power.
System used inside : DB6NT TR144 + Hermes SDR.
Here some pictures from inside during the our Sunday
We only had time to be qrv Sunday from 6Z until our moonset at 11Z.
Here the log :
Number of QSO listed: 3
We did make 3 qso’s HB9Q, UA4HTS and OZ1LPR, we were heard by SQ7D, OZ1FF, PA3DZL & PA7JB all JT4F. Not many stations qrv Sunday on JT, our 12W was to little to work CW.
Please turn your antennas direction North and get a lot of points and a rare square.We are QRV on following bands:
50 MHz: 6 el./1 kW
144 MHz: 8×4, 8×4 and 4×6 el./1 kW
432 MHz: 2x26el./1 kW
1296 MHz: 1,2m dish/250 W
2320 MHz: 1,5m dish/200 W
5760 MHz: 1,5m dish/7 W
10368 MHz: 65cm dish/12 W
24048 MHz: 65cm dish/2 W
47088 MHz: 48cm dish
We will monitor the air traffic and hope to make a lot of AR contacts.
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