Amateur radio are struggling this weekend for transatlantic bilateral contacts
Taken from Facebook from IZ7FLS Nico
Hi everybody.. News from the South of the World.. As some of you surely remember, Pieter v51pj created a work group on Whatsapp some months ago; the target of the group was to organize a challenge for the first terrestrial 2 way trans oceanic QSO on 144mhz. Pieter v51pj is now ready to attempt with the first of his new arrays; the group on Whatsapp is growing and many OMs are now supporting Pieter. One of them, Carlos py1mhz built a long rope yagi in order to make the first attempts.. According to William Hepburn http://www.dxinfocentre.com/tropo_sat.html model, Tropo conditions over the middle and South Atlantic sectors could be interesting during the next weekend. Tropo ducts could appear supported by large High Pressure areas and good meteo conditions. Pieter and Carlos will officially start this exciting challenge the next weekend. We really hope to get good news after the encouraging experience of the d4c beacon, received by pj4vhf a few monts ago http://d4c.cc/vhf-maps-of-the-2m-beacon-reception/ Guys from ZS and PY lands will be monitoring this trial session.
I post this info from V51PJ Pieter Jacob.
This weekend Marcos PY1MHz will be next to the sea and try transatlantic VHF QSO Brasil- Africa as conditions might be good.
Marcos is using a 19el DK7ZB yagi antenna
Lets team up and spread the word for enough or more participants both sides of the ocean and burn some rf across the atlantic ocean
I have published some statistics using the SH5 program and would like to summarize below the activity with some tables and pictures.
I operate approximatively 21.5 hours in 3 days, collecting 2080 QSO, so achieving an average rate of 100/ hr and a max of 190/hr and max 4 QSO/min. I am quite happy with it considering not being in contest.
Hourly QSO numbers
I am considering returning in the country for further activity also in new modes and bands as I want to support the HAM community in EX .
Thank you for those contacted me and the QSL policy is ruled on my qrz.com page. Any comment is appreciated.
The second leg of my activity on HF bands led to have logged 640 QSO in 6.5hrs of activity, for a total of almost 2100 QSO as per attached picture.
Conditions have been poorer compared to the previous weekend. This time I have logged 4 US stations, the rest is most EU, UA, and JA. No activity on 80m and 160m.
Lotw after 10th of January
I am not sure if I will be qrv again as the 9th I am going to fly back home and till then I am rather busy with family commitments.
More updates on EX ham radio in general later on, after a meeting with local OM tomorrow.
Today, I am in the process of reaching my host and in a couple of hours I will be runnimg some SSB contacts on HF bands.
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