July 2012 DXpedition to Miquelon  

Op - Eric KV1J

Grid GN17       CQ Zone 5         ITU Zone 9
    DIFO FP-002
   WLOTA 1417

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9 July Arrived in Saint Pierre ok. Weather is very good! Take morning ferry to Miquelon and will be setting up most of the day tomorrow.

10 July Completed setup in Miquelon. On the air. Listening for beacons on 6M but nothing yet.

12 July Working on QTH and antenna repairs. 12M 10M 6M very quiet. Some very short openings on 6M. Was on SO-50 Satellite last night but tough in the dark and the bird was busy. May try again tonight and then the WX will not be good for the next day or two.

16 July Contest was fun but bands died at the end. Tough prop conditions now. I know 6M has been good elsewhere but hearing very little up here. Will check for one last SO-50 satellite tonight, had a good pass before the contest. Will pack up mid day tomorrow and go to Saint Pierre in the evening. Finished all the QTH projects as planned.

17 July evening Now QRT and back in Saint Pierre. Thanks for all the QSOs! QSB and conditions were rough the past few days. Thanks for all your patience. Good AO-27 satellite pass today. Will not be back home until after the weekend and then will start on the direct QSLs. It usually takes a few weeks to catch up. Will load LoTW and eQSL next week when I am back.

22 July  Back home (side trip in Maine). Logs are up on LoTW.



Schedule 2012

Time Zone is GMT minus 2 hours (during daylight savings time)
Current weather

Monday 9 July Arrive St. Pierre,  may get on the air from Saint Pierre in evening with limited antenna.

Tuesday  10 July   Take morning boat to Miquelon. Setup antennas, Setup new QTH.

Through  early Tuesday 17 July On the air SSB, CW, RTTY, PSK31 - 160M - 6M
                                                                          Primarily SSB, CW and
                                                                          Generally on the highest frequency band open.
                                                                          Will try 6M if indications of openings
                                                                          May also operate SO-50 and AO-27 Satellites in good WX and daylight
                                                                          Also working on other projects while on the island.

14 - 15 July - IARU HF

     FP/KV1J 160 -10  Single-Op - Mixed  Mode - High Power (500 Watts)

Tuesday 17 July  Take down and return to Saint Pierre

Wednesday 18 July Fly to Halifax, drive back to Boston



Elecraft K3

Yaesu FT-817  (for satellites)

Heathkit SB-200 Amplifier (modified) (80 -10M)

laptop with N1MM logger, MMTTY

Tigertronics SignaLink USB

WiFi internet access (not sure if it will be available yet)

N6BV Propagation Predictions from Radioware



(New location on island)

N1IW Off-Centered Fed Dipole 80M - 10M,  height = 6m  (will use extensions for 160M)
                                                       W1STT Custom 1+KW Balun - Thanks Richie!!

SteppIR Vertical  (Thanks Roger G3SXW and Nigel G3TXF  ) 40M through 10M 
     (will be working on the repair of the antenna, have temporary verticals to use during  repair)

Phased verticals for 20 meters.

6 Meter Moxon.

Arrow 146/437-10  (for sats)


QSL Information

FP/KV1J - 

Direct to KV1J.  Please include self addressed envelope with return postage, or US$1, or new style IRC*
                                                                                            *Please only new Nairobi style IRCs, Thanks.

Buro to home call - KV1J

Logbook of the World, eQSL  (will load LoTW and eQSL about one week after I return)



 KV1J is ok on QRZ.COM


Previous  FP/KV1J trips





Saint Pierre & Miquelon tourism web site

Saint Pierre & Miquelon information web  

Cheznoo.net includes webcams


Thank you to all that have helped us prepare for this trip, especially;

Paul K9OT and Peg KB9LIE

Jean-Pierre FP5CJ  

Al  W6HGF for the  replacement SteppIR mast


Martin RF Supply


Last page update - 23 July 2012 - KV1J       kv1j (at) arrl (dot) net