FP/KV1J

 

October 2010 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

7 November Logs loaded to LoTW and eQSL.  Will start answering paper QSL's this week.  It will take a couple weeks to catch up with the mail.

4 November Back home in USA.  Thanks for all the contacts!!  Had a great trip.

2 November Was on PSK-31 for a bit this morning in between packing up. In Saint Pierre tonight and then fly to Halifax tomorrow.

1 November Contest was fun.  Spent a lot of time CQing on each band but I was probably lost in the crowded bands.  Once I was spotted then a good pile-up and could get a run going.  In between, I S&P'd to give out the multiplier. Was geared up for JA but the path was not very good to get a run.

The phased 20m verticals worked great.  Could select EU and USA from the station with them.  Also set them up for the JA/AF direction.

Stormy today and will probably be on RTTY or CW since my voice is tired from the contest!  Will take down the station tomorrow.  No satellite operations today unless the weather improves.

29 October Ready for CQWW.  Operated yesterday through early this morning including 2 more AO-51 passes.  Weather has improved and good now.  Expect wind and rain through the contest weekend.  Not much luck on 160m so far.  Did work Zone 16 but conditions were not good.
12 M has had good openings.

27 October Good weather today but raining tonight and the weather may be bad for a few days.  Finished antennas but 160 seems quiet tonight.  On for one AO-51 satellite pass today at 2100 UTC.  AO-51 sounded very good.  Will try again when rain stops. On 12M, 30M and 75M today.

26 October Arrived by boat at Miquelon this morning.  Rainy cold and windy today and SteppIR and Off-Centered dipole are up.  Will try to put up 160 tomorrow if the wind is better.  Was on for a few hours yesterday from Saint Pierre.  Too rainy today for Sats.  Setting up station now.

22 October Informed that the Monday evening plane from Saint Pierre to Miquelon has been cancelled.  Will now take a boat on Tuesday Morning.

 

 

Schedule

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

Monday 25 October Arrive St. Pierre,  Miquelon plane cancelled, may get on the air from Saint Pierre in evening with limited antenna.

Tuesday  26 October   Take morning boat to Miquelon. Setup antennas

Through  early Tuesday 2 November On the air SSB, CW, RTTY, PSK31 - 160M - 10M
                                                                          Primarily SSB and RTTY
                                                                          Generally on the highest frequency band open
                                                                          Will try 6M if indications of openings
                                                                          (no permission for 60M)
                                                                          Also AO-51 Satellite (and other FM sats) weather permitting and if 2M/70cm mode*

30 - 31 October - CQWW SSB

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

Tuesday 2 November Take down and return to Saint Pierre

Wednesday 3 November Fly to Halifax, drive back to Boston

* Note on satellite operations:  I am setup for AO-51, AO-27, SO-50, SO-67, and HO-68.  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 recording the QSOs.
I will be outside and the weather sometimes can cause problems.

 

Equipment

Icom IC-7000

Yaesu FT-817  (for satellites)

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

laptop with N1MM logger, MMTTY

Tigertronics SignaLink USB

WiFi internet access

N6BV Propagation Predictions from Radioware

 

Antennas

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.

Arrow 146/437-10  (for sats)

 

QSL Information

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)

QSL Printer - QSL WORKS

KV1J
ERIC WILLIAMS
763 PLEASANT ST
MARLBORO MA 01752
USA

 KV1J ok on QRZ.COM

Links

Previous  FP/KV1J trips

FP/K9OT and FP/KB9LIE

FP/VE7SV

FP/G3SXW and FP/G3TXF  

Saint Pierre & Miquelon tourism web site

Saint Pierre & Miquelon information web  

Motel de Miquelon (Maxotel)

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  

Thanks Bruce W1CSM and Paul K1XM for donating the spare amplifier tubes

 

Martin RF Supply

 

Last page update - 7 Nov 2010 - KV1J       kv1j (at) arrl (dot) net