First 144mhz EME Activation from FJ
03/21/202 – 1718z
All FJ/WW2DX logs have been uploaded to LOTW. QSL cards will be next over the coming weeks.
1755z 2M EME QRT
02/21/20 1900z – 98 total QS’s made, would have been nice to hit 100 but 98 is better than 97 🙂 Considering that being in FJ during the peak of poor condx I will take it. I had a T/R relay fail in the amp, did a field repair which seems to have worked. I will be rethinking relays and TX/RX feeds for the next portable design. I would really like to go with 2 X 10 XPOL with SDR RXer. I have a lot of work to do to scale down and maximize a very potent yet lightweight portable EME station for CY0 in October.
Thanks to those who “hung out” with me in the Slack channel, that helped pass the time and of course those who worked me. Maybe before CY0 I can sneak in something like HH if all the planets align.
02/21/20 0938z Dgrd -3.8 Last moon pass.
02/20/20 0841z -4.6 Dgrd – MR. Traces much stronger today and considerably less QRN.
PA0JMV -21 DXCC #223
02/19/20 0739z – Dgrd -8.1 – Very frustrating! Only a few light traces at MR then almost nothing so far. Possible disturbance from AU activity in the last 24 hours. I have swapped radio’s, bypassed amp, etc. Even listened for GRAVES with no success. After testing multiple radio’s swapping coax I hooked everything back up originally to the 9700 and decoded first station UT5ZN -22! I can only assume that by now the moon was at 22 deg elevation which may have been high enough to get away from local noise issues. Added ~6hrs later – Comparing noise levels from MR to peak elevation is ~15db noise on the horizon.
From PA0JMV and Spaceweather.com
“GEOMAGNETIC STORM: A G1-class geomagnetic storm is underway on Feb 19th as Earth enters a minor stream of solar wind. Even before the solar wind arrived, Earth’s magnetic field was humming with energy because of a crackthat opened for more than 8 hours on Feb. 18th. Solar wind poured in, setting the stage for today’s storm.”
QRT 1241z – Max EL with Array and up against balcony railing. Will be back once AZ clears the railing. Stay tuned here and #slack channel.
02/18/20 1420z – Dgrd -11.5 – Back to try the MS. CONDX still very poor. See you at the next MR.
2/18/20 0641z – MR, Still running 1 radio, the repair seems to be holding. Dgrd -11.9.
QRT 0835z VERY POOR CONDX. Will be back for MS to the PAC.
2/17/20 1404z – PAC MS -9.9 Deg
QRT 1625z lose the last 10deg from mountain to the west.
Heard but not worked on this pass: AA5C -23
2/17/20 0601z – HB9Q logged after the repair!
DF2ZC -21 DXCC #220!
S56P – 21
QRT 1030z until 13:30z for PAC MR and sleep.
Heard but not worked on this pass: OK2DE -24, DL1KDA -26 and ON4AOI -23
2/16/20 2028z – Found the RX problem!
I have made a field repair of the relay. Initial testing looks good. I really won’t know until MR. If I find the repair is not fully successful I have a backup plan of using two radio’s, one for RX the other for TX. If you see my signal disappear shortly after MR this will most likely be the reason, I am converting the station to two Radio’s. If you want instant updates on the DXP you can join my #Slack channel!
2/16/20 1324z – Swapped out coax run, lets see if things are better today. QRV 144.144 2nd.
2/16/20 0400z– On the AIR!!
CONDX very poor and with no decodes and being extremely tired I am going to call it a night and get some sleep for the MS. Will try again on the next MR.
73 Lee FJ/WW2DX
2/14/20 – 17:13z – Packing is 95% complete! Plan is to depart around 9am EST Sat morning the 15th.
Looking forward to a winter break and heading down to beautiful island of Saint Barthelemy. Myself, FJ/N2IEN, FJ/W2RE, FJ/KB2HZI and FJ/WW1X will be enjoying the warm sun and endless pileups from the Caribbean mid February.
Goal is to operate all the HF bands 6-160 if room at the QTH allows for 160. Other attempt will be to bring the 2M EME gear and see if we can active the rare FJ on 2M. The downside is I will be in FJ during the worst moon conditions. With that said, I was in V26 with the worst moon conditions last year and still made close to 100 contacts.
- K3 and FT-991 for HF operation
- KPA500 and Expert amp
- IC-9700 for 2M EME operation
- Italialabs 1KW 2M SSPA
- A pair of 12 element DUAL Yagi’s
- Possibly a FT-847 for Satellite work
- OCF 6-80m
- 160 vertical
For FJ/WW2DX, FJ/N2IEN and FJ/W2RE QSL’s with SASE’s to:
Pawling, NY 12564