October 2011 DXpedition to Miquelon  

Ops - Eric KV1J
           Jack KV1E

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

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13 November All FP/KV1J logs now processed by LoTW.  FP/KV1E logs are still in the queue.

12 November All FP/KV1J cards have been answered and will go out in Monday's mail.  LoTW still an issue.  The CQWW log loaded ok.  Still waiting for the FP/KV1J general log to appear in the system.  If you sent FP/KV1E cards to KV1J, they will be forwarded to Jack in Iowa every couple weeks. 

3 November Back in the USA.  FP/KV1J SSB and RTTY logs loaded in LotW and eQSL.  LoTW has delay in showing the QSOs 
                           (as of 6 Nov, still not showing up).
                           Will load Satellite QSOs after LoTW backlog clears.  Paper QSLs will start going out next week.  
                           FP/KV1E QSLs will go out when Jack gets them from the printer.

1 November Antennas taken down and back in Saint Pierre.

31 October Contest was fun. Thanks for the QSOs! Still very high winds today so no satellite until the wind calms down.

25 October On air from Miquelon. Heavy winds and rain now so no 160 antenna or satellite until the weather improves.

24 October Arrived in St. Pierre. On AO-51 satellite for one pass. Take boat to Miquelon in the morning.


Schedule 2011

Time Zone is GMT minus 2 hours (during daylight savings time.  Note: FP uses the USA switchover dates)
Current weather

Monday 24 October Arrive St. Pierre,  may get on the air from Saint Pierre in evening with limited antenna.

Tuesday  25 October   Take morning boat to Miquelon. Setup antennas

Through  early Tuesday 1 November On the air SSB, CW, RTTY, PSK31 - 160M - 6M
                                                                          Primarily SSB, CW and RTTY
                                                                          Generally on the highest frequency band open.  We hope the 10M and 12M conditions continue to be good
                                                                          May be on other new modes for us at FP including Feld Hell
                                                                           Will try 6M if indications of openings
                                                                          (no permission for 60M)
                                                                          Also AO-51 Satellite (and other FM sats) weather permitting.*

29 - 30 October - CQWW SSB

     FP/KV1J 160 -10  Single-Op - All Band - High Power (500 Watts)

     FP/KV1E will be on CW and WARC bands but may also be on for some CQWW QSOs

Tuesday 1 November  Take down and return to Saint Pierre

Wednesday 2 November Fly to Halifax, drive back to Boston

* Note on satellite operations:  I am setup for AO-51, AO-27, and SO-50.  All FM mode, V/U.
I will try to catch as many passes as I can when I take breaks from the low bands.
I will be outside and the weather sometimes can cause problems.



Elecraft K3

ICOM IC-7000

Yaesu FT-817  (for satellites)

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

laptop with N1MM logger, MMTTY, Fldigi

Tigertronics SignaLink USB

WiFi internet access

N6BV Propagation Predictions from Radioware



N1IW Off-Centered Fed Dipole 80M - 10M,  height = 6m
                                                       W1STT Custom 1+KW Balun - Thanks Richie!!

SteppIR Vertical  (Thanks Roger G3SXW and Nigel G3TXF  ) 40M through 10M 

Inverted-L's for 160M  and 80M  (help from Kurt W6PH)

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)

For FP/KV1E send direct  to KV1E (as above, SASE etc) or Buro to KV1E.  Will load to LoTW.   QSL cards will be ordered after 
the trip so there may be a delay.



 KV1J and KV1E are on QRZ.COM


Previous  FP/KV1J trips





Saint Pierre & Miquelon tourism web site

Saint Pierre & Miquelon information web  

Motel de Miquelon

Cheznoo.net includes webcams

NE1RD 100 Pound DXpeditions

KV1J VHF contesting from FN44


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 - 16 October 2011 - KV1J       kv1j (at) arrl (dot) net