Jos, PA3FYC a Chris, PA2CHR poslali finální zprávu z jejich EME expedice 144 – 432 – 1296 MHz. Více najdete i pod značkou expedice VP2EMB na webu QRZ.com TNX info Chris!!!
VP2EMB Final story and results.
After a nine hours flight from Amsterdam we arrived in St. Maarten (PJ7) on 10th of April. We stayed for one night on St. Maarten to be sure all our luggage did arrive. If something was missing, like last year in Guatemala, we had the possibility to pick this up the next day before leaving to Anguilla. This time we were lucky nothing was missing, a good start of course.
On the 11th the ferry took us in 30 minutes to beautiful Anguilla Island.
The ferry is too small for cars so we had to take all our luggage: 7 suitcases and 2 golf bags on and off the ferry by hand. At Anguilla we arranged a taxi and went to the government to pick up the radio licence and to a supermarket to get food etc. for coming days. After that the taxi brought us to our location in the North-east part of the island. As soon as we arrived at the location we started to assemble one antenna for 2mtr. and used this with a portable SSB receiver to find out if there was any QRM around. Some QRM was heard from the neighbour’s house but we found a good location for our antennas. After a few hours of work the antenna system for 2mtr. was completed and we only need to connect the transceivers and other equipment inside our temporary shack in the living room. At home we prepared our power supplies for the PA's and transceivers to run on 110 Volts AC and all worked fine.
First signals on 2mtr. where heard on the 12th at 00:37 UTC. and until moonset we worked about 15 stations from US and JA.
Because of a small hill and some trees our moonrise was at about 12 degrees on the 12th and the European pile up started at 16:45 UTC. During this moonpass we made 85 QSO's.
During daylight on the 12th we assembled the 67el. yagi for 23cm. and mounted this in the middle between the 2 mtr. antennas. The and the party on 23cm. started on the 13th with very nice speaker copy signals up to –15dB in JT65c from HB9Q.
Within 3 hours we made 30 QSO's on 23cm. The SSPA was placed next to the antenna tripod and running about 120 Watt into the dipole.
Also 2 mtr. had a nice start but after some hours we noticed some noise-flares. Conditions were not very good on 2mtr. probably because of solar activity.
Because of the noise we decided to move our antenna system to a position with more distance from the neighbour’s house. Without success, we had even more QRM, up to 8 to 10dB. during the night and the next day we found out, with our portable receiver, the noise was coming ‚out off the walls of the house‘. Maybe PLC internet?
The last possibility was moving the complete antenna to the front of the house for the last few moonpasses, almost on the main road. We had to use all our spare coax to do this, about 30 mtr. but had much better moonrise now, good to be able to work the smaller stations in Europe. But as soon as it became dark the noise was again increasing up to 10dB. But now it was easy to see the source: 2 security camera's with infrared led’s were looking direct into our antenna!
Fortunately the owner of the house, living on the first floor, was so kind to switch of these camera's. So the last moonpasses our reception was very good and we were able to work small stations on 2mtr. like RV3IG and OK1TEH both with 1 yagi. We ended up with a total of 262 QSO's on 2mtr. after being QRV for 7 moonpasses. On 70 cm. we made 39 QSO's with our new homemade 27el. Hor./ 23el. Vert. X-pol. antenna and 300 Watt at the feed. The smallest was PA5Y who is using a single 23el. on 23 cm. we made 58 QSO's, again more than expected. Smallest station as far as we know was PE1LWT with a 3 mtr. dish and 180Watt. On 70 and 23cm. we noticed no QRM at all.
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Thanks for the QSO's and hope to see all of you again from another DXCC.
Some pictures and all QSO's can be found on VP2EMB QRZ page.
Best 73's, Jos, PA3FYC and Chris, PA2CHR
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