5th Day in MJ…. May 9, 2017

A bit later the daily update for May 9th. . No internet access makes it hard to update the website unfortunately.

Today we could concentrate on the radio. May 9 is a public holiday in Jersey. Liberation Day, celebrating the end of worldwar 2 for Jersey means no shopping or other inconvenience keeping us from the radio  🙂

Alex PA1AW again started on 2m MS but around midday no power from the amplifier. As we had problems before the initial checks were doen but soon it was clear that there was no high voltage so the problem needed further attention. After a close look the verdict was clear: the amp was silent key. The running qso with SM6CEN was succesfully completed with only 100W but took a bit longer….. 🙁

On the other bands the interference between the station was the only issue we had. Choosing the right antenna combinations to maximize results and minimize interference becomes part of the daily routine. Unfortunately not all bands can get the attention they might need because of this issue but we try hard to work around it.

The 6m antenna netted 6 qso’s with no propagation at all. Unfortunately but we knew we were early in the season this time. We at least gave a few neighbouring F stations new mode qso’s on 6m  🙂

In the evening special attention was given to 60 and 160m upon request. We think this special attention payed of and the pile-ups we serious by times. Same on 20 and 40 were the band opened very well to North America. Many stations made it in the logs.

Now the qso numbers are:

MJ/PA1AW 1,956
MJ/PA3EWP 2,973
MJ/PA9JO 3,817
MJ/PB5X 4,599
Total 13,345

More statistisc will follow shortly.

Some pictures to tell the day in:

4th Day in MJ…. May 8th, 2017

After a relatively short night we started off at 8AM with a nice breakfast in the hotel. It looked like a beautiful day but the wind (always present) made it feel a lot colder as we thought from the inside. On our way to the station another stop at the supermarket to ensure we would have lunch and dinner for the next two days. Tomorrow the shops are closed due to Liberation Day. Although it was not that easy we managed to obtain al we needed for the next few days 🙂

At the station Alex PA1AW had a close lo0ok whether he could repair the 6m yagi so we could as 6m to the operating bands. It was not easy but thanks to a heavry soldering iron a new cable was connected to the antenna and after a few hours the first CQ could go out on a closed band. Day 1 on 6 meters brought 7 qso’s with 3 F-station just on the mainland. A good start I hope.

 

The other operaters started of on the bands and they were in reasonable shape today. Despite the weekend was over the runs were still there and made Q’s made it in the log.

In teh afternoon some of the oprators took a little break for sightseeing the neigherhood. As you can see on the pictures, Jersey has very nice nature and beaches to offer too  🙂

At the end of day approx. 8000 Qso’s are in the log. More details will follow.

 

  • The 6m yagi ready for action
    The 6m yagi ready for action
    The 6m yagi ready for action
  • Nice spots in the cluster to boost our ego's
    Nice spots in the cluster to boost our ego's
    Nice spots in the cluster to boost our ego's
  • PA9JO @ beach
    PA9JO @ beach
    PA9JO @ beach
  • The main antenna at the station - Optibeam 11-5
    The main antenna at the station - Optibeam 11-5
    The main antenna at the station - Optibeam 11-5
  • Jersey Roads
    Jersey Roads
    Jersey Roads
  • Jersey Beach
    Jersey Beach
    Jersey Beach

3rd Day in MJ…. May 7th, 2017

This day we had 24 hour service to you all. Ronald PA3EWP and Alex PA1AW stayed at the station and operated overnight on the low bands and 144 mhz in the contest. The latter was disappointing but the fun on especially 60 and 160 meters was great and made it worth the missed sleep.

Ronald activated mainly 60m on CW, SSB and JT65 giving many of you a new band slot. Alex spent time on 160m and all requests received before the expedition were made. Very nice bandconditions to South America on both 160 and 80 meters. Also Alex was active in both CW and SSB.

The team met each other over “breakfast”in the hotel where Jo and Roberto took off to the station and Ronald and Alex went for a few hours sleep.

In the afternoon the team completed at the station and had lunch and took time to wrap up the situation. It was decided that we would put up the 40m vertical to complete the station. Unfortunately the planned 40m 4 sq was no option because of available space 🙁   After this was completed (an hour work) the official pictures were taken in teamware and it was back to the radio’s.

The QSO nummber increased a lot today despite the work and bad propagation on the higher bands. Alex also spent a lot of time operation 2m Meteorscatter providing many station with a new DXCC on 2m band.

MJ/PA1AW operating position

MJ/PA1AW operating position