2009 DXpedition to
14 March – Logs loaded in LoTW and eQSL. Will work on the large stack of direct QSLs during the next week. (Backlog was taken care of in about 1 week and answering QSLs the same day or next day from when they arrive.) Thanks for all the nice cards and comments! Had a great time!!
Wednesday 11 March – Toured St. Pierre with Jean-Pierre, FP5CJ. Took mid-day plane to Halifax. Boston flight cancelled so flew Thursday afternoon to Boston via Ottawa
Tuesday 10 March –
Taking down station. Operated a little 20M SSB while warming up.
Took evening ferry to Saint Pierre.
Note: was checking 6M every day and no sigs/beacons heard. Did call CQ on the calling freqs.
7 -8 March – Operating in the ARRL DX SSB contest. Opening to southeast US on 15m Sunday afternoon. Nothing heard on 10M. Mornings were tough until mid-afternoon since all I could hear was Europe and very little USA. 160 was good Saturday night. 1185 Qs and 152 Sections.
Friday 6 March – Winds are better so will put up 160M ant. I borrowed a car battery from one of the folks here and have the 500W amp back on line. Have a charging system. Very nice people here and helpful!!
Thursday 5 March – Trying to get the 160M ant up but winds too strong right now. 80M antenna is up. Power supply for amplifier did not survive the trip so may stay at 100W. 5PM - winds still too strong for 160 antenna. Will try tomorrow.
Wednesday 4 March – Arrived in Miquelon today all ok. Setting up now. SteppIR Vert for 40M - 6M is up and working ok. Should get 80M up today and 160 tomorrow morning. Will be on some tonight.
Tuesday 3 March – In Halifax and about to get on the plane to St. Pierre. No ferries from St Pierre to Miquelon today anyway, due to the rough seas. Plan to take the morning ferry and setup during the day Wednesday.
2 March –
In Halifax. Today's flight to St.
Pierre was cancelled. Rescheduled for tomorrow afternoon (3 March).
May not arrive in St Pierre in time for afternoon ferry to Miquelon. Also, the seas are rough and the ferry may get delayed.
Working with FP5CJ on alternatives to get to Miquelon.
Installing radials for the 40-6 M SteppIR Vertical when the wind died down a bit.
The Motel de Miquelon in winter Ten wind turbines providing power for the Amp!!
Time Zone is GMT minus 3 hours (after 7 March = minus 2
Monday 2 March – Arrive St. Pierre from Halifax **** delayed, flight to SPM cancelled
Wednesday 4 March – Ferry to Miquelon **Delayed from Tuesday dues to rough seas. This worked out for me since I was delayed getting to St. Pierre anyway.
Wednesday 4 March through
Monday 9 March – On the air – SSB, CW, RTTY , PSK31 - 160M - 6M
Generally on the highest frequency band open
, PSK31 - 160M - 6M
7 - 8 March - ARRL DX SSB Contest
500 watts, 160 -10 (SOAB High)
Tuesday 10 March –
Take down and return to Saint Pierre
Icom IC-7000 (100 W)
Ameritron ALS-500M Amplifier (~4-500 W)
MFJ 994 Tuner
laptop with N1MM logger, MMTTY
Tigertronics SignaLink USB
WiFi internet access
Off-Centered Fed Dipole 80M - 10M, height = 6m
W1STT Custom 1+KW Balun - Thanks Richie!!
PAR-6 Moxon for 6M up 6m
SteppIR Vertical (Thanks Roger G3SXW and Nigel G3TXF ) – 40M through 10M
Inverted-L for 160M (will put up last)
Direct to home call.
Please include self addressed envelope with return postage, US$1, 1 Euro,
or new style IRC*.
*as of 1 Oct 2009 please only new Nairobi style IRCs, Thanks
Buro to home call.
Logbook of the World ,
QSL Printer - QSL WORKS
763 PLEASANT ST
MARLBORO MA 01752
Next trip - November 2009
July 2008 trip - FP/KV1J and FP/W1MAT
Pierre & Miquelon tourism web site
Pierre & Miquelon information web
Motel de Miquelon (Maxotel)
– includes webcams
– 100 Pound DXpeditions
VHF contesting from FN44
Thank you to all that have
helped us prepare for this trip, especially;
Paul K9OT and Peg KB9LIE
Last page update -16 Oct 2009 - KV1J kv1j (at) arrl (dot) net