Already 2 weeks since MJ2017

Today 2 weeks ago we arrived backhome after a nice and, we think,  succesfull DX-trip to Jersey in the British Channel Islands.

The many QSL requests received both with the clublog OQRS system and the standard mail proof that we made a lot of stations happy with a new bandpoint or better. On forehand we had not received many specific requests but our wide spreaded field of interest within the team certainly helped to make it happen. The 60m activity stands-out were we look to the reactions and QSL requests we receive.

NO, we could not all we had hoped for. 6 meter propagation was bad and our antenna for that band was limited. Only a handful of qso’s but all except one with local stations. S51AT was worked on digital during the last day. Looking at the demand a dedecated 6m DXpedition to Jersey might be worthwhile again in the ES season.

Loosing the 2 meter amplfier did not help also. We know that there was some demand to work the MJ country on 2m also and we are glad we could give quite a number of stations a new country. But on Tuesday we lost our amplifier whih silently died making an early stop to our 2m activities. Sorry for the station waiting for us on EME, we simply did not have sufficient power anymore.

As promised all QSO’s have been uploaded to LOTW and QSL cards are expected from the printer in a few weeks time. When you have not received LOTA confirmation of can’t find the qso in our clublog logs, please contact Alex PA1AW. He will help you with any log related issues.

We found some recordings on YouTube we like to share with you:

Back home

We safely returned home and look back to a very pleasant and succesfull week of activity from Jersey EU-013.

Our goal was to provide as many as possible “bandpoints” to those needing the Jersey DXCC on any band or mode. With over 15000 QSO’s in our logs we certainly did where we came for, and apart from that we also had a super week. We like to thank you all for this.

A special THANK YOU for the members of the Jersey Amateur Radio Society who gave us a warm welcome and were there to support us. In that we respect we especially like to name Mat MJ0ASP, Phil GJ4BCQ and Steve MJ0ULE.

When back home the mailman already brought us many QSL requests, and the same happened on the Clublog OQRS. QSL is currently being printed and we expect to start sending out cards in a few weeks.

 

6th Day in MJ…. May 10, 2017

Today was a normal weekday. So after our 8.00AM breakfast we drove to the station with a short stop for shopping on the way in. The idea was to run a few more calls before the 1st stage of the dismantling of the station.

The start was no good. The 20m receiver was blocked with every signal which cam on on any other band. It costs us 2 hours of searching and frustration before we solved the problem. And as we are used to it was a minor issue putting the correct cable at the correct connector….

After we solved the problem Alex PA1AW took down the 6m yagi. Despite we only made 6 qso’s with it it was worthwhile putting it up to be ready for early ES openings on the magic band. Unfortunately there were no openings but probably will be there tomorow now our antenna is down.

After lunch we decided to do antennawork first. Where Jo and Alex went to the roof to take down the 2m yagi, the 60m dipole and the 12m vertical, Roberto and Ronald went to the garden to takedown the 40m vertical and 40 radials. It took us 1,5 hours to finish these task and to get back on the radio.

Just an hour before we had to go to prepare us for diner to meet up with the local contestteam GJ2A and spent the evening with a nice meal and a beer, one of the amplifier died. A strange smell followed by a total black-out does not realy promise good things. When opened no scarfs were noticable and the smell was there, but no marks helping us to find the cause. Another amplifier went Silent Key.

Our first and only night not in the radioshack was a nice one. We met up and talked about radio, antennas etc etc. Before we new it the light was dimmed and we were ask to leave. Around midnight we hit the bed for a 7 hour night of sleep, what a luxury situation.

We will QRT tomorrow around 1200z so expect activity in the morning. After that the wait is anoter few years for us to return there.
73 Alex MJ/PA1AW