15 new bands and 6 new modes in one week

15 new bands and 6 new modes in one week

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VK0EK (Heard Island) and FT4JA (Juan de nova Island) were the 2 big events last 10 days.
And the nice feature from Holland was that the direction of the antenne for both expedition is nearly the same: 144 degrees. So no swinging necessary. And with memory scanning also easy to hop between the two.

I’m always a bit anxious that an expedition has to move back off the Island before I can work them (it happens) but joining the pile-up the first days is very frustrating so waiting a few days is better. But there were no security-issues this time and pile-ups are calming down now.
But I did miss the only opening on 10M to VK0EK, the first full day they were operating. I heard them only at ESP-level last week. or NIL. The aurora last week destroyed the necessary conditions.

So 2 new DXCC worked and some 15 new challenges.
No 160M this year although on the beverages (use them for 80M) I could hear all big dx-expeditions on 160M.
But with the Aurora all the time conditions were bad over-all.

During last week I was using my new TS-590SG output for the first time.
It connects to my TS-2000, and via microkeyer-II-soundcard and skimmer I can monitor the pile-up 3 kHz wide.
3 kHz is not much sometimes the pile-up in cw was over 15 kHz wide, but I managed to find the split a few times (going up en down on the TS-2000) and it gave me good insight on the way the operator was moving.

This summer I will experiment with the cheap well known DVB-T-converter with up-converter, then the view can be 10 kHz or more using skimmer.

The expedition VK0EK is really high-tech with on-line logging via satellite. But it took them 48 hours after landing to get things going. Nice feature: by paying $5 you will receive a card and LOTW-confirmations were sent within 10 minutes.

Next week PJ4/PA3C. Holiday-style.

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