FP/KV1J
July 2018 DXpedition to Miquelon  

Op - Eric KV1J

Grid GN17       CQ Zone 5         ITU Zone 9
IOTA NA-032
    DIFO FP-002
   WLOTA 1417

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Updates

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25 Feb - This is just a preliminary schedule.  New QTH this year so not sure antenna capabilities.  Hopefully can do 160M Inverted-L.

5 July - Arrived all ok 3 July. Antennas now all up except 160. Will setup 160 later today. New QTH nice. 10 meters from the water. Shack looks out at the boats in the harbor. Bands quiet so mostly FT8 so far. WX good. Will do Sats once finished antenna work.

12 July - First week was mostly 6 meters. Excellent openings to Europe. Last Saturday the EU opening lasted 7 hours. So did not do much in the DL-DX contest since 6 M opening was more unique. Have high power line noise on 160 thru 40M. Been spending a lot of time on FT8 with good activity there. Today was hit directly by Tropical Storm Chris. Lowered beam this morning and just used the wire dipole. Lost power for a while but back now. Did a few Satellite passes yesterday.

17 July - Closing down today and packing up. IARU/WRTC-2018 contest was fun but band conditions were tough and was never able to get a run going. So all S&P. Did work all 63 WRTC stations on 20M CW by mid day Saturday so that was my goal. Heading back to Saint Pierre tonight then fly to Halifax tomorrow. Will load Satellite logs when I get home next week. Thanks for all the Q's!!

Schedule 2018 

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

Sunday 1 July Drive to Halifax, NS. May be on satellites during trip

Monday 2 July Fly to St. Pierre late afternoon.  May operate with limited antenna on 30M after dinner (Grid GN16)

Tuesday 3 July    Take morning boat to Miquelon.  Setup antennas, station.

3 July Through 17 July    On the air SSB, CW, RTTY, FT8 - 80M - 6M
                                                                              Primarily SSB, RTTY, and FT8
                                                                              Generally on the highest frequency band open favoring 12M and 10M.
                                                                              Will be checking 6M for indications of openings

                                                                              Some 160 depending on antenna layout
                                                                              Some FT8 will be in DXPedition mode.  Probably following the Baker Is. bandplan (after they are done)
 

  I will also be on the SSB Satellites - FO-29, XW-2x, AO-7 (also possibly the FM birds) when the WX is good enough to operate from outside. 

7 - 8 July - DL-DX RTTY Contest

14 - 15 July    IARU HF Contest (WRTC 2018)

Tuesday 17 July  Take down and take evening boat to Saint Pierre

Wednesday 18 July   Fly to Halifax then drive to Maine

 

Equipment

Elecraft K3

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

Two FT-817s for satellites

laptop with N1MM logger, TinyFSK/2Tone

Tigertronics SignaLink USB

WiFi internet access

N6BV Propagation Prediction

 

Antennas  

N1IW Off-Centered Fed Dipole 80M - 10M,  height = 4m

SpiderBeam HD - 5 band - Wire Yagi Beam 20M-10M  up 4 meters.

160M Inverted-L (W4TWW 1/4 wave Broad Banded Coaxial Inv-L)

Arrow 2M/70cm yagi for satellites

6 Meter 3 element yagi up 4.5 meters

 

QSL Information

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

Buro to home call - KV1J

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

QSL Printer - Mr. QSL

KV1J
ERIC WILLIAMS
763 PLEASANT ST
MARLBORO MA 01752
USA

 KV1J is ok on QRZ.COM

Links

Cheznoo.net includes webcams

 

Thank you to all that have helped me prepare for this trip, especially Jean-Pierre FP5CJ

 

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Last page update - 12 July 2018 - KV1J       kv1j (at) arrl (dot) net