I’m happy to announce the next Q-Team MW DXpedition.
The Q-Team members, HB9DBM Mark and HB9CRQ Dan, will be active from HB0 Liechtenstein (JN47sf). We will be QRV from 27. November until 2. December 2018. We did get a special license to operate on 2320 & 2304 and on 3400 MHz. So we will be QRV from 23 – 3cm. To my knowledge this will be the 1st EME activity 3cm ever. As many of you will know HB0 is in the Alps and surrounded by high mountains. Therefore the moon-window is limited. We have found a QTH which still allows to work VK (very short window, skeds welcome!) and JA on moon-rise and US Westcoast on moon-set. Our call will be HB0/HB9DBM and our QTH is in JN47sf11. We plan to be QRV 1 full moon-path per band. We will have Internet-access. During activity we’ll be stand-by on the HB9Q EME logger. You may send e-mails anytime (firstname.lastname@example.org), we will monitor our in-basket several times a day.
Equipment will be as follows:
1.5m dish 1×2mm mesh homemade automatic Az and El control
1296: 100W at feed, circular, preamp at horn
23×× : 90W at feed, circular, preamp at horn
3400: 80W at feed, circular, preamp at horn
5760: 80W at feed, circular, preamp at horn
10×××: 50W at feed, v-pol, preamp at horn
This is the same equipment we used in 3DA0MB, ZS6EME and EA6/HB9COG DXpeditions.
To help everyone to be QRV for HB0, here our planned activity schedule:
27./28. Nov. 2018
We arrive midafternoon at the QTH and set the station up.
22.30z until 10.00z (28.Nov.) QRV 23××.090 JT65c HB0 1st
MR on 2301.990 (crossband to 2320 or 2304, on request only), will QSY later to 2400.090 (crossband to 2320, on request only), later to 2320.090 and finally to 2304.090 (QSY will be announced on HB9Q 23×× logger)
28./29. Nov. 2018
23.30z until 10.30z (29.Nov.) QRV 3400.090 JT65c HB0 1st
MR on 3398.090 (on request only)
30. Nov. 2018
00.45z until 11.15z QRV 5760.090 QRA64D HB0 1st
01. Dec. 2018
02.00z until 11.45z QRV 10×××.090 QRA64D HB0 1st
MR 10450.090 later 10368.090 (QSY will be announced on HB9Q 10××× logger), for VKs please ask for sked in advance, in this case we would start on 10368 at MR and QSY after QSO to JA-band
02. Dec. 2018
03.15z until 12.00z QRV 1296.090 JT65c HB0 1st
After moon-set dismantle the station, pack-up and load the car. Drive back home.
Now that WSJT-X 1.9.1 is available, we will use it on 23, 13 and 9cm for JT65c with Doppler Control (“Own Echo”, in other words we listen on our own echo). On 6 and 3cm we will use QRA64D (if necessary JT4F) including Doppler Control (“Constant Frequency On Moon” and if necessary “Full Doppler to DX Grid”).
Hopefully more people take advantage of automated Doppler control. Especially on 6 and 3cm it is a MUST for successful QRP operations.
Although it is on the limit, we will work CW on all bands. However only with big-guns and after the pile-up on JT/QRA is worked.
How big needs your station to be to work us? During our last 3 activities the smallest stations worked had the following equipment:
On 23cm 2.35m dish and 150W at the feed
On 13cm 2.4m dish and 150W at feed, with excellent signals both sides!
On 9cm 2.4m solid offset dish and 50W at feed, with excellent signals on both sides!
On 6cm 2.4m dish and 30W at the feed, with excellent signals both sides! That’s less ERP than we have!
On 3cm 1.2m solid dish with 40W at the feed, with excellent signals both sides! That’s less ERP than we have!
QSL policy: QSL only direct including SAE to: HB9Q, P.O.Box 133, CH-5737 Menziken
If you wish to sponsor our activity, you are welcome to do so by using PayPal email@example.com (please mention your call).
Vy 73, Dan for the Q-Team
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