How about a trip to Red Square?

Would you like to work KP70?

If so check out VUSHF DX-peditions to know when and where etc.

Still want to work KP70? Or other squares or DXCCs? Then make sure you are on the KP70 144 MHz list or/and KP70 432 MHz list too otherwise how should we know? So send your input. No input = No interest! Input/update own need squares is 100% easier to do than make DX-expeditions to Most Wanted Squares. I know, I have made both.

When the DX-pedition goes on check out Shouts.

Alex, RV1AC Alexander, RU1AS Anton, RX1AX Bo, OZ2M Janne, OH5LID Sergey, RV1AA Victor, RV2FW
HF VHF VHF VHF VHF VHF HF
Persona non grata Persona non grata

Pre trip - travelling together with Mr. Murphy

Spider trip made to KP70, really 27 hours, 1200 km and not any QSO... Light setup was too light, pc didn't keyed radio and linear, so TX not at all ..., without soldering iron and multimeter better not go even small expedition, so we had nothing to do after setup, just set down... But we found good QTH to central Europe direction, just UA side is back hill.

LID, Persona Non Grata

Sasha, RU1AS, and antenna.

9 elements 144 MHz antenna.

The real deal

Friday morning - rise and shine, we are going on another DXpedition - what more could you ask for? Janne, OH5LID, was just as excited as when he was 5 years old the night before Christmas, so he could not sleep and instead he decided to leave home at 1 UTC and take a nap in the car before arriving in Saint Petersburg to pick up Sasha, RV1AC, the generators, HF stuff for the IARU Region 1 Field Day and to go shopping. At 0530 UTC in another part of Saint Petersburg Anton, RX1AX, Bo, OZ2M, and Sergey, RV1AA, met with Sasha, RU1AS, who had already been waiting 30 min with the van of Valery, RN1AP.

When Sasha, RU1AS, drove the van through the gates to Anton's, RX1AX, work there was a small spot of fresh oil spill where the van had been parked. Hmm, is this from the van we all thought? Better check the oil level before we go. Geeee! The oil level was way below the minimum indicator, in fact it was just visible at the tip of the oil gauge. Oh no! Leaking engine and we are going into the middle of nowhere. This is not going to work. Besides it is an almost new van only 6000 km. What to do now? Fortunately one of Anton's, RX1AX, employees arrived who happened to know how to repair cars. So the van was cranked up and the engine was investigated. Nothing abnormal except a generic fault for the make and model. Oil hose not tightened enough at both ends. So after some tightening and refilling oil the engine was back in operation and without leaking oil. Until then it was a Go/No go for the van and we could not start to load it.

In hindsight it was a fortune that Sasha, RU1AS, had been waiting for 30 min so the oil spot could build. Otherwise we would have left Saint Petersburg with an engine that would have run out of oil most likely in the Russian country side with a catastrophic result - engine crash.

At 0730 UTC we could start to load the van. Hmm, ex. army crank up tower is to long to stay inside the was and to heavy, 2,8 m and 95 kg, to be loaded on the roof rack. So it had to stick out of he backdoor. But how much of the other stuff would fall out? Well it will have to do despite the bumpy Russian roads. Finally, ready to mount and go. 9 UTC and before the Saint Petersburg Friday rush hour starts. We had only been driving for 15 min before we got stopped by the police due to "that thing sticking out of the back door" they told Sasha, RU1AS. So Anton, RX1AX, had to step out of the van and tell them who he is. "OK, you can go" the police said. It is nice to have a good network.

Wow - these roads are bumpier than expected, and this the high way to Murmansk. Wonder how the country roads will be? They are even worse it would show later. After almost six hours of driving with two highly needed breaks we finally arrived at the site. The last 8 km were on an official road but with a rubble surface. Last petrol station along the way was 30 km ago but only for 92 octane. We were by all means far out!

What to do first? Grab a beer! Cheers mates!

Antenna mounting. Top Sasha, RU1AS, From left: Bo, OZ2M, Janne, OH5LID, Anton, RX1AX, and Sergey, RV1AA.

Next thing was to put up the antennas for HF and 144 MHz. While Sasha, RV1AC, and Victor, RV2FW, prepared the HF with a 2 elements for 28 MHz, 21 MHz and 14 MHz plus dipoles for 7 MHz and 3,5 MHz, Anton, RX1AX, Sasha, RU1AS and Sergey, RV1AA, began the work with the 4 x 13 elements for 144 MHz. Assembling and aligning the antennas took longer than expected. Finally at around 2230 UTC everything was ready for 144 MHz operation and the show could begin. First station worked 2255 UTC and the MS pileup was tremendous despite the distances. Even RA2 is 1000 km away. When we arrived it was warm and sunny but now it was cold. Temperature was -1,5 C and we were sitting in an open mosquito net like tent. After a handful of QSOs we were all so tired and cold that we decided to go to bed at 0142 UTC.

4 x 13 elements for 144 MHz.

Saturday morning back on the air and first station logged at 6 UTC. Conditions were excellent and many more stations were heard than during night hours even stations exceeding 2000 km were worked in a few minutes. Station after station now filled the log. 

Wind kept increasing and even if the tent was supported by additional guy wires the poles collapsed. In stead we had to move the 144 MHz station into the back of the van which interrupted the operation for about one hour.

Even before the HF contest started the first incident happened. When connecting the electric kettle the PA went QRT for some odd reason. Sasha, RV1AC, who made the PA himself tried to find the fault but without success. Anyway Victor, RV2FW, joyfully engaged in the contest but found out quite fast that it was more fun to run high power. Perhaps that was why he managed to peel potatoes with his left hand while working contest with his right hand operating the PC and keyer. Cool style contesting.

4 x 13 elements for 144 MHz and HF antenna.

On 144 MHz many stations were worked with a rather big offset as key CQ direction was about 210 in order to scatter the signal over Russia and Central Europe at the same time which proved to be a successful strategy. Reflections are what matters not QTF. In the late evening the pace of MS QSOs dropped so it was time to work some tropo QSOs to ES, OH and RA. After that more MS CQing but very few responded so to kill time during the endless CQs we logged on to the ON4KST chat. Until then only Shouts had been used with great success. Even though we had already written that in the beginning of the DXpedition we would not take skeds people on the chat immediately started asking for skeds and "please beam to me." This in itself reduced the through put. It might actually be that in order to work as many stations as possible DXpeditions ought not be connected to the chat but should remain on Shouts only. But when no one answers your CQ for hours it is nice to kill time.

Janne, OH5LID, and Sergey, RV1AA, on 144 MHz MS.

In the evening the temperature dropped again and a bit past midnight the temperature was -3 C. None of us were equipped for these kind of temperatures in June. If we would have gone in January everybody would have brought proper clothes for this but not now. We had expected to wear shorts at least during day time.

We had planned to be active on 432 MHz already Saturday but did not managed to get the antenna up before Sunday afternoon. However, as we did not managed to work any stations we could have saved the work and let the antenna stay at home.

Late Sunday afternoon we also decided to take skeds on MS - one at a time. By doing so we managed to log some more stations but the QSO rate was now at its lowest. It was also decided that we had to return to Saint Petersburg Monday and that we had to go QRT Monday morning. As the night arrived things became more hectic on the air and time was running out. On the other hand at 0 UTC Monday we had to ask people on the chat for skeds! OK - good indication that we have done a good job. At 1 UTC there were no more stations that could be worked or stirred up so time for operator change. From then on it took another four hours before the next station was worked despite endless CQs.

Monday morning the rain started a couple of hours before we had planned to take down the station. Great! Now we will be soaking wet too. Anyway at 0705 UTC we went QRT dismantled the station and left the site at around noon local time and drove back to Saint Peterburg after a nice extended week-end in the Russian country side and Red Square in one go.

After an extended week-end in the Russian countryside it is time for some Megapussi.

Bo, OZ2M, Persona Non Grata

Shouts

Blog Log
2008-06-09 07:05 QRT
2008-06-09 06:52 Special wishes to 9A4EW, DH8BQA, DL1EAP, ON7UC, S51AT, SP2IQW and SP7OGP. We are very sorry for not making a QSO with you all as we heard you or made sked. Thanks for wanting KP70. Helps in planning.
2008-06-09 06:49 Thanks to everybody.
2008-06-09 06:49 Ongoing QSO is last one.
2008-06-09 06:48 now random until final QRT
2008-06-09 06:25 Close station 07 UTC
2008-06-09 05:37 Operation will close very soon now = any minute
2008-06-09 00:49 Operator change. No Shouts until next OP change again.
2008-06-08 20:18 QRT for now on 70 cm
2008-06-08 19:57 FAQ: Q: Will it help if I say 'please beam to me' to you? A: No.
2008-06-08 19:55 QRV on 432200 now beaming west
2008-06-08 19:00 We take skeds. But only one at a time
2008-06-08 18:44 70 cm station now up
2008-06-08 13:41 Back on the air again
2008-06-08 13:20 Temp QRT
2008-06-08 13:09 Condx poor now. Trying with some skeds.
2008-06-08 12:17 Now it is raining :-( It least it is not freezing :-)
2008-06-08 11:34 Trip to KO79 cancelled
2008-06-08 11:30 Expected QRT time is Monday morning ~8 UTC, might be before mighe be later
2008-06-08 10:12 Please stop asking about 'QTF to me' what is important is reflections.
2008-06-08 10:08 QTF now again 'central Europa'
2008-06-08 09:54 Now CQing south east = RA
2008-06-08 08:02 Back to MS
2008-06-08 08:02*EME now 144.130 jt65b
2008-06-08 00:11 Hmm, no callers. Going to bed. Next operation around 04 UTC. GN
2008-06-07 22:12 Car windows frozen. Another cold night - brrrrrrrr
2008-06-07 19:58 No 70 cm tonight will be tomorrow Sunday
2008-06-07 16:18*Stations below 500 km please do not call in FSK441. Call us on SSB or CW. Waste of time to use MS.
2008-06-07 13:45 Working on 70 cm setup. Wil be QRV later tonight for sure.
2008-06-07 13:09*Here is a map of squares with stations wanting to work KP70
2008-06-07 11:40 now CQ dir RA3/4
2008-06-07 10:38*Tomorrow 05 UTC QTF RA4 + RA9
2008-06-07 09:54 Back on the air. CQ on 388 again
2008-06-07 08:51 QRT form 30 min after current ongoing QSO. Tent broken. So we have to rebuld setup. BAck around 0930
2008-06-07 08:45 Good thng bout the heavy vind is hat there are no mosquitoes
2008-06-07 08:40 -1,5 deg last night Brrrrr
2008-06-07 07:23 Very windy here. Quite cold during night time and to sit directly in the wind :-(
2008-06-06 23:51 Legend: TO = Time out. Try again later
2008-06-06 22:24 Ready to start now. All systems green on 2 m MS
2008-06-06 22:23 Ready to work now on 388. Start calling us.
2008-06-06 20:49*Arrived at site. Setup about to be cmpleted. Expect to be QRV in 30 min or so
2008-06-05 16:33 OZ2M's imigration card delaying departure from Saint Petersburg until Fridag afternoon. Traveltime 4-5 hours. Then comes station setup.
2008-05-31 17:00 Make update for KP70. No info = no interest!
2008-05-29 11:03 No operation today.
2008-05-29 06:57 Minimal operation today possible. Much more next week.
2008-06-09 07:05 HA0HO C
2008-06-09 06:46 OH6KTL NC
2008-06-09 06:36 UA4AQL NC
2008-06-09 06:21 SM7GVF C
2008-06-09 06:14 RV3IG TROPO
2008-06-09 06:10 PA2KW C
2008-06-09 05:38 YU1IO C DUPE
2008-06-09 00:31 DF5NK C
2008-06-08 23:30 YU7AA C
2008-06-08 23:15 PE1GNP C
2008-06-08 20:51 OZ1BNN C
2008-06-08 19:18 OZ8ZS C
2008-06-08 18:44*RW9FT C
2008-06-08 15:42 LA4YGA C
2008-06-08 15:31 LA4XGA C
2008-06-08 15:20 PA2CHR C
2008-06-08 14:44 OK2PMS C
2008-06-08 14:06 OH7HXH TROPO
2008-06-08 14:03 PA3CEE C
2008-06-08 13:05 PA3BGM NC
2008-06-08 12:52 OZ8ZS NC TO
2008-06-08 12:15 OH1ND TROPO
2008-06-08 12:13*PE9DX C
2008-06-08 11:44 OK2VSO C
2008-06-08 11:10 OK2VSO NC INVALID INFO EXCHANGED
2008-06-08 10:57 DK1CO C
2008-06-08 10:20 UX5UL C
2008-06-08 09:54*RU4HU NC NO
2008-06-08 08:48 SM2CEW C
2008-06-08 08:47*RA1QA TROPO
2008-06-08 08:02*DL8BDU C
2008-06-08 08:02*SP2IQW NC
2008-06-08 06:40 YT3I C
2008-06-08 06:26 DJ9MG C
2008-06-08 06:19 OZ1LPR C
2008-06-08 06:13 OK5TK C
2008-06-08 06:10*OK1UGA C
2008-06-08 06:10*UA1ALD C
2008-06-08 06:10*OZ6ABA C
2008-06-08 06:10*PA3BIY C
2008-06-08 06:10*UA9SL C
2008-06-08 06:10*RV6YY C
2008-06-07 23:46 SP2MKO C
2008-06-07 23:02 YU1IO C
2008-06-07 22:28 PA3COB C
2008-06-07 22:23 DD3SP C
2008-06-07 22:09 OH6UW TROPO
2008-06-07 22:03 DL6ZAU C
2008-06-07 21:35 DL5ROB NC TO
2008-06-07 21:06 OK1KT C
2008-06-07 20:55 DL5WG C
2008-06-07 20:35 PE1OPK C
2008-06-07 20:23 OK1UGA C
2008-06-07 19:59 DJ4TJ C
2008-06-07 19:53 PA1GYS C
2008-06-07 18:11 OH3KLJ TROPO
2008-06-07 18:07 DK3BU C
2008-06-07 17:42 MH3KLJ TROPO
2008-06-07 17:42 OH6MAZ TROPO
2008-06-07 17:42 OH5ND TROPO
2008-06-07 16:27 OZ1FDH C
2008-06-07 16:18 DF7FF NC TO
2008-06-07 15:28 SP2JYR C
2008-06-07 15:15 SP6GZZ C
2008-06-07 15:07 SP6HED C
2008-06-07 13:54 HA6NQ C
2008-06-07 13:43 DK3WG C
2008-06-07 13:10 SP2IQW NC, TO TRY LATER
2008-06-07 12:20 UT5ER C
2008-06-07 11:46 RA3WDK C
2008-06-07 11:40 DF7KF C
2008-06-07 11:32 UT6UG C
2008-06-07 10:39 PA3DOL C
2008-06-07 08:58 OH4LA C
2008-06-07 08:37 PA0JMV C
2008-06-07 08:29 DK6AS C
2008-06-07 08:23 PA3FPQ C
2008-06-07 08:20 ES6RQ TROPO
2008-06-07 08:18*SP2IQW NC
2008-06-07 08:02 PA3ECU C
2008-06-07 07:55 DH3YAK C
2008-06-07 07:51 PA4PS C
2008-06-07 07:43*DL4DWA C
2008-06-07 07:43*DL1RNW C
2008-06-07 07:20 PE1AHX C
2008-06-07 07:19*PA5DD C
2008-06-07 07:19*DL9MS C
2008-06-07 07:19*DF2ZC C
2008-06-07 07:19*OZ5AGJ C
2008-06-07 07:19*SM7FMX C
2008-06-07 07:19*DJ8MS C
2008-06-07 07:19*DJ7OF C
2008-06-07 07:19*ES3RF TROPO
2008-06-07 07:19*DD0VF C
2008-06-07 07:19*PA5KM NC
2008-06-07 07:19*DG6JF C
2008-06-07 07:19*DL2ARD C
2008-06-06 23:51 DK5OX NC TO
2008-06-06 23:26 DJ9YE C
2008-06-06 23:15 SM5CUI C
2008-06-06 23:02 OZ1IEP C
2008-06-06 22:54 DK1KO C

*: offline when writing the message.

Post script

In total we could have been "on air" for 57 hours and only had eight hours down time where we were not active. This proves that this DXpedition was more rugged and an over all successful one. Secondly logging 47 Most Wanted Contest points is the best achievement ever made in a single operation.

9A4EW DD0VF DD3SP DF2ZC DF5NK DF6NA DF6YL DF7KF DG1VL DG5CST DG9YIH DH8BQA DJ4TC DJ8MS DJ9MG DJ9YE DK0OG DK1KO DK3WG DK4TG DK5DQ DK7BY DL0UL DL1EAP DL1RNW DL1SUN DL1SUZ DL2ARD DL3YEE DL4DWA DL5GAC DL5WG DL6ZAU DL8BDU DL8GP DL9MCC DL9MS ES1RF ES3RF HA6NQ HA6NY LA0BY LA4XGA LA5KO OE3FVU OE3MWS OE6IWG OH4EA OH4LA OH5IY OH5LID OH6HFX OK1KT OK1MZM OK1UAK OK5TK ON4IMM ON4KHG ON7UC OZ1ANA OZ1DJJ OZ1FDH OZ1IEP OZ1LPR OZ2M OZ5AGJ OZ6ABA OZ8ZS PA0JMV PA0V PA1GYS PA2CHR PA3BIY PA3CEE PA3COB PA3ECU PA3FPQ PA4EME PA4PS PA5DD PE1AHX PE1GNP PE1OPK RA1QA RA3AQ RA3WDK RK3AF RU3ACE S51AT S54T S55AW S57TW SK6HD SM2CEW SM6CMU SP2IQW SP2JYR SP7OGP YU7KB YU7MS YU7PS

Did we miss the opportunity to go to R1MV? Yes! No doubt about that. A tremendous effort was carried out by the organisers Victor, RV2FW, and Sasha, RU1AS. Thanks for doing the job that unfortunately turned out to be unfruitful. But the trip to KP70 was an excellent substitute and good opportunity to experience some of the Russian country side.

Thanks to Valery, RN1AP, for lending us his van. Due to work load he could not participate. We missed you on the trip!

Log

6 June 2008

UTC  Call     Sent  Recv.   Locator   km      Prop.   MWC  Comments
2255 DK1KO     28     26    JO53CT    1628    MS       X
2300 OZ1IEP    27     26    JO55XU    1412    MS       X
2315 SM5CUI    26     26    JO89WW     933    MS
2324 DJ9YE     26     26    JO43HV    1708    MS       X
2350 DK5OX     27     26                      MS           NC

7 June 2008

UTC  Call     Sent  Recv.   Locator   km      Prop.   MWC  Comments
0034 DL2ARD    27     26    JO60AR    1752    MS       X
0045 DG6JF     27     26    JO31MM    1952    MS
0142 PA5KM     27     26                      MS           NC said by PA5KM
0600 DD0VF     26     27    JO61WB    1635    MS       X
0610 ES3RF     51     55    KO29IF     566   Tropo     X
0615 DJ7OF     26     27    JO51HQ    1751    MS
0625 DJ8MS     26     37    JO53CT    1520    MS       X
0634 SM7FMX    26     26    JO65KN    1378    MS
0640 OZ5AGJ    26     26    JO56DF    1485    MS       X
0651 DF2ZC     26     26    JO30RN    2000    MS
0700 DL9MS     26     26    JO54WC    1519    MS       X
0710 PA5DD     26     37    JO22IC    2046    MS       X
0719 PE1AHX    27     27    JO21OS    2034    MS       X
0730 DL1RNW    27     26    JO62GH    1607    MS       X
0741 DL4DWA    27     27    JO61QH    1640    MS       X
0751 PA4PS     27     26    JO33GH    1859    MS       X
0754 DH3YAK    26     27    JO31RS    1913    MS
0802 PA3ECU    26     27    JO32CF    1948    MS       X
0818 SP2IQW    26     26                      MS           NC
0819 ES6RQ     55     57    KO28WA     549   Tropo
0822 PA3FPQ    26     26    JO21UX    1992    MS
0829 DK6AS     38     26    JO52JJ    1692    MS
0836 PA0JMV    27     27    JO21PM    2047    MS       X
0857 OH4LA     59     26    KP20LG     537 MS/Tropo    X
0949 OH7PI     55     57    KP32MM     493   Tropo         SSB
1038 PA3DOL    26     26    JO22MM    1992    MS
1125 UT6UG     28     26    KO50EI    1109    MS
1139 DF7KF     27     26    JO30GU    2027    MS       X
1145 RA3WDK    28     26    KO81BR     928    MS       X
1219 UT5ER     26     27    KN78ER    1257    MS
1310 SP2IQW    26                             MS           NC time out
1342 DK3WG     27     27    JO72GI    1502    MS       X
1352 HA6NQ     26     27    JN98WA    1641    MS       X
1506 SP6HED    26     26    JO80IL    1549    MS
1514 SP6GZZ    26     27    JO81HI    1479    MS
1526 SP2JYR    26     27    JO92GP    1245    MS
1540 RZ1AUM    26     27                      MS           NC
1617 DL7FF     27     27                      MS           NC time out
1626 OZ1FDH    26     26    JO65CE    1403    MS
1733 OH5ND     559    599                    Tropo         CW
1736 OH6MAZ    529    599   KP21IG     560   Tropo     X   CW
1740 MH3KLJ    559    579                    Tropo         CW
1806 DK3BU     28     26    JO33NO    1808    MS
1810 OH3KLJ    55     57    KP21PI     531   Tropo         SSB
1849 RX1AS     55     59    KO59FX     233   Tropo         SSB
1851 RU1AC     59     59    KP50EJ     239   Tropo         SSB
1857 RU1AA     599    599   KP40XD     260   Tropo         CW
1858 RX1AS     599    599   KO59FX     233   Tropo         CW
1952 PA1GYS    26     26    JO22WW    1919    MS
1959 DJ4TC     26     27    JO63PN    1479    MS
2022 OK1UGA    26     26    JO80CF    1593    MS       X
2034 PE1OPK    26     26    JO23UE    1912    MS       X
2054 DL5WG     26     26    JO52VK    1636    MS       X
2105 OK1KT     26     26    JO70WE    1612    MS       X
2135 DL5ROB    38     26                      MS           NC time out
2201 DL6ZAU    57     26    JO40JF    1956    MS
2207 OH6UW     549    569   KP22WH     535   Tropo
2222 DD3SP     27     27    JO72EN    1495    MS       X
2227 PA3COB    26     26    JO32MF    1903    MS       X
2301 YU1IO     28     27    KN04IQ    1943    MS
2345 SP2MKO    26     26    JO93CB    1267    MS

8 June 2008

UTC  Call     Sent  Recv.   Locator   km      Prop.   MWC  Comments
0321 RV6YY     26     26    LN04AO    1753    MS
0412 UA9SL     26     26    LO71NS    1567    MS
0512 PA3BIY    26     27    JO22EB    2059    MS       X   See note below
0519 OZ6ABA    26     26    JO57DJ    1432    MS       X
0540 UA1ALD    26     26    KO59CU     248    MS
0555 OK1UGA    26     26    JO80CF    1593    MS           Dupe!
0612 OK5TK     26     27    JO70MB    1661    MS
0615 OZ1LPR    26     27    JO44WX    1575    MS       X   See note below
0623 DJ9MG     26     26    JO52TC    1669    MS       X
0639 YT3I      26     26    KN05HP    1849    MS
0645 SP2IQW    26     27                      MS           NC
0709 DL8BDU    26     27    JO43AA    1796    MS       X
0824 RA1QA     51     55    KO99WF     309   Tropo     X
0845 SM2CEW    29     29    KP15CR     894    MS       X
0934 RU4HU     26     26                      MS           NC time out
1019 UX5UL     26     27    KO50FL    1094    MS
1057 DK1CO     26     26    JO63SX    1438    MS
1109 OK2VSO    26     26                      MS           NC not enough info exchanged
1144 OK2VSO    26     26    JN99AJ    1585    MS
1210 PE9DX     26     26    JO33MD    1842    MS
1214 OH1ND     539    559   KP00XL     702   Tropo
1250 OZ8ZS     26     27                      MS           NC time out
1304 PA3BGM    27     27    JO33CE    1885    MS
1402 PA3CEE    26     27    JO33JI    1842    MS       X
1405 OH7HXH    59     59    KP53HG     420   Tropo
1442 OK2PMS    26     27    JN89WW    1544    MS
1520 PA2CHR    26     27    JO22XA    1976    MS       X
1530 LA4XGA    26     26    JP33VC    1455    MS
1542 LA4YGA    26     26    JO48AE    1526    MS
1803 RW9FT     26     27    LO89TD    1297    MS
1934 OZ8ZS     27     27    JO55RT    1442    MS
2052 OZ1BNN    26     26    JO55PM    1467    MS
2140 OH6KTL    26                             MS           NC time out
2312 PE1GNP    26     26    PE1GNP    1938    MS       X
2329 YU7AA     26     26    JN95KU    1889    MS

9 June 2008

UTC  Call     Sent  Recv.   Locator   km      Prop.   MWC  Comments
0030 DF5NK     27     26    JN59PM    1886    MS       X
0107 YU1IO     26     27    KN04IQ    1943    MS           Dupe!
0609 PA2KW     26     26    JO22UD    1981    MS
0612 RV3IG     559    559   KO87OT     287   Tropo     X
0620 SM7GVF    27     28    JO77GA    1212    MS
0635 UA4AQL    27     26                      MS           NC AQL problems
0644 OH6KTL    26                             MS           NC KTL stopped
0704 HA0HO     28     26    KN07SU    1597    MS

Strange about OZ1LPR and PA3BIY as DL8EBW wrote on 16/7/07: "So - thats my last Mail / Call to you for ever! You also will NOT get any call anymore in any case where ever you are. All your incomming stuff is directly going un-read into the TRASH here.... By the way - the same will happens at all MMM members, because they are also got blamed. So they all will NOT call you anymore in your trips where ever you go..." See email at http://www.elisanet.fi/oh5lid/mmm.htm

Therefore one of the below situations must have happened:

1) DL8EBW would have released the ban.

2) OZ1LPR and PA3BIY are no longer MMM members.

If 1) then the information would have to be given. If so DL8EBW would then have to break his own statement " thats my last Mail / Call to you for ever! ..." - This has not happened.

If 2) then OZ1LPR and PA3BIY would have not to be members of the MMM. - This has not happened.

So this means that OZ1LPR and PA3BIY violated DL8EBW decision. Wonder what consequences this will have?

MS

ODX:

  1. PA3BIY, see note above, 2059 km
  2. PA0JMV, 2047 km
  3. PA5DD, 2046 km
  4. PE1AHX, 2034 km
  5. DF7KF, 2027 km

Average: 1612 km

Tropo

ODX:

  1. OH1ND, 702 km
  2. ES3RF, 566 km
  3. OH6MAZ, 560 km

Average: 441 km

QSL

QSL via OZ2M.

If you send direct QSL make sure you include enough postage. 1 USD does not even cover Danish domestic postage! In case of inadequate postage the RZ1AWO/P QSL will be send to you via bureau.

Direct QSLs cards received before 2008-08-24 was sent 2008-09-02.

LAQ - LID Answers Questions

Question Will it help if I write in the chat or DX-cluster "please beam to me"?
Answer No it will not.
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Question Even if you only operate random is it possible for me only to have a sked?
Answer No, unless you are a Russian station.
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Question When I have called you for hours will you stop an ongoing QSO to work me instead?
Answer No.
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Question Do you have any priority for calling stations?
Answer Yes stations that help in DXpedition location planning have first priority. They help us so we help them.
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Question When you take skeds why do you do it randomly?
Answer This is in order to give everybody a fair chance. It is impossible to tell who deserves to be first.
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Question Is it OK to call you during a QSO with another station?
Answer During a good shower it is better to call only when we send RRR because it is not easy to try find the correct burst when 5-10 station call and every period we receive several "nonsense" burst with information that doesn't add value to the ongoing QSO. Stations who start to call only during our RRR period tell that they hear our signal well and it is good information about the possibility to make a complete QSO. Stations who call hour after hour are maybe not QRV at all and if we answer we can't be sure that it is possible to make a complete QSO.
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Question I see you operate with a time out (TO) period how long is this period?
Answer Yes a time out period is used. Time out occurs if nothing is heard from the other station for a given period. It is hard to say how long this is but during good conditions and heavy traffic the period is short e.g. 20 min but it might also extend up to one hour in low traffic/reflection periods. The operator decides exclusively.

Terrain data

Elevation chart 10 km. Courtesy Radio Mobile and Uffe, PA5DD.

Elevation chart 100 km. Courtesy Radio Mobile and Uffe, PA5DD.

Visual horizon elevation chart. Very important for long distance QSOs. Courtesy Radio Mobile and Uffe, PA5DD.

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