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.

Station worked from JO45ID (Ballum Sluse)

 

Beaming to UK

 

Take-off direction UK

 

A cold operator, and take-off direction N->NE

 

 

Is it possible to work 3 cm NAC contest from a boot ?

We know that the antennas for microwave can be very small, but small enougth for a boot ?

Yes, if the boot is big enougth.

I found the big boot about 1 km from my home, it was build in 2017 in connection with the Danish Scouts Jamboree (37.000 scouts).

A cold Marts evening I went out to the boot, with my small 48 cm setup, with only 1 W.

With only 2 degrees, you wont stay for long time, so only worked 5 qso’s (not much activity).

ODX PA0T 283 km, ok with 1 W on flat conditions…

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

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1.8m Dish and Egis rotator

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Now the system is ready for EME

 

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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

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We only had time to be qrv Sunday from 6Z until our moonset at 11Z.

Here the log :

DATE TIME CALLSIGN LOCATOR TX RX MODE PRO. REMARKS QRB
25/09/2016 07:26 HB9Q JN47CG -14 -19 JT4F EME 865
25/09/2016 07:42 UA4HTS LO43MO -12 -15 JT4F EME 2507
25/09/2016 08:42 OZ1LPR JO44UW -12 -17 JT4F EME 17

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.

 

June 23 and 24 we got some nice clouds 300-400 Km from here.

Heard PE9GHZ for the first time.

Some sound files  OZ7Z at DD7PC, OZ7Z at DL3IAE, DL3IAE at oz7z and DL3IAS at oz7z

Worked Marco DD7PC, for the first time, his first oz, here my cq recorded by Marco

OZ7Z recorde by DL3IAE

DL3IAE recorded by oz7z

DL3IAS recorded by oz7z

Marco also send me a picture of my signal, where you can see my cq + oz7z :

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Weather map during qso with DD7PC.

Complete log June 23-24

QSO worked by OZ7Z on 10 GHz
Type of propagation: All Mode: All mode
From 23/06/2016 to 24/06/2016 Distance over: 0 Km.


DATE TIME CALLSIGN LOCATOR TX RX MODE PRO. REMARKS QRB
23/06/2016 17:10 DL7QY JN59BD 57s 57s CW RS 644
23/06/2016 17:13 DL3IAE JN49DG 59s 59s CW RS 638
23/06/2016 17:28 DL3IAS JN49EJ 55s 55s CW RS 624
24/06/2016 12:47 DL6NAA JO5ØVF 55s 57s CW RS 540
24/06/2016 13:02 DL7QY JN59BD 59s 59s CW RS 644
24/06/2016 13:05 DD7PC JN49AX 57s 57s CW RS 564
24/06/2016 13:07 DD7PC JN49AX 55s 55s SSB RS 564
24/06/2016 13:22 DF9ZT JO4ØJN 55s 55s CW RS 491
24/06/2016 14:04 DG5CST JO6ØDS 57s 57s CW RS 493
24/06/2016 17:02 DL6NAA JO5ØVF 59s 59s CW RS 540
24/06/2016 17:45 OZ9PP JO47VA 57s 57s CW RS 232
24/06/2016 19:00 OZ3ZW JO54RS 55s 53s CW RS 108

Number of QSO listed: 12

Beacon heard OZ5SHF, OZ7IGY, OZ1UHF, OZ9GHZ, DB0VC, DB0GHZ, DB0MVPDB0HRODB0XY, DM0UB, DB0FGB, PI7ALK, PE9GHZSK6MHI and SK6YH

Yesterday the rainscatter season started here in OZ.
Asked Daniel, DL3IAE for a sked, there were some small clouds in JO42, so a little optimistic. But we managed to make our first RS qso, Daniel were weak here, but soon the signals improved, and I managed to work also DL7QY, DL3IAS, DL6NAA. and OZ3ZW. Also heard DM0UB(JO62), DB0XY(JO51), DB0HRO(JO64), OZ9GHZ(JO65)  and the locals beacons via RS, Here my rs signal at dl3iae

Weather map :

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The weekend is over, so what did I work on my small system (90cm 15W more info here).

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QSO worked by OZ7Z on all bands
Type of propagation: All Mode: All mode
From 05/05/2016 to 08/05/2016 Distance over: 0 Km.


DATE TIME CALLSIGN LOCATOR TX RX BAND MODE PRO. REMARKS QRB
06/05/2016 13:17 OZ1LPR JO44UW -20 -15 10 GHz JT4F EME Best -13 5
07/05/2016 13:35 OZ1LPR JO44UW -14 -15 10 GHz JT4F EME 5
08/05/2016 09:15 OK1KIR JN79DW -16 -18 10 GHz JT4F EME Best -14 634
08/05/2016 09:50 G3WDG IO92RG -17 -17 10 GHz JT4F EME Best -15 742

Number of QSO listed: 4

4 Qso’s, hoped to make a few more, but ok with the small system. I also heard/saw CW traces on if SP6LJW, LA8LF, DB6NT, OZ1LPR &, OK1KIR, Also tried to work HB9Q on JT4, heard him but no qso.

What’s next ?

Will try to make some better setup, with a bigger dish and more power, so see you soon via the moon.

 

Today I made my first EME qso on 3cm, tried to listen before on my small 48cm dish.

Started yesterday to build the system in the garden, today I tried to hear OZ1LPR on my 48cm, heard him fine with -16.

My rig is 15W and 1.8 dB NF.

Then I borrowed a 90cm Procom dish from Peter, here the setup in the garden :

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Now it was time to try a qso, and we did

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First EME qso on 3cm :-).

Equipment at OZ1LPR : 2.4m Offset dish, NF = 0.8dB and 250W.

Here a small video, recorded during the qso, the left signal is the EME and the right is tropo(10km).