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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3 Responses

  1. Wow, heb FT4JA amper kunnen horen nu. VK0EK kan ik nog helemaal niet horen. Vanavond 80, 40 en 30 beluisterd. Hoor enorme pile-ups maar kan VK0EK niet waarnemen. Heel bijzonder. Zie op DXA3.org de ene na de andere Nederlander hem werken. Echter hier hoor ik niks? Toch moet het mogelijk zijn gezien jouw resultaten. 73, Bas

    • Hoor ze nu net even doorkomen. Hebben mij gelogd als GE4BAS op 40m helaas. Maar denk dat ik dat wel kan laten corrigeren als het er op aan komt. Misschien lukt het nog voor het einde op een ander band. 73, Bas

      • Bas, 15 meter gaat het beste, in de ochtend.
        Ze blijven nog 3 dagen.
        Correcties worden snel doorgevoerd, klik op çontact us’ op dxa3

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