The last few weeks of fall weather have been beautiful here in NJ, with many warm sunny days, but the nights are cooling down and the trees are changing color and losing their leaves. Great to be outside playing with antennas, which I’ve been doing a lot of recently, optimizing the antenna setup for TX5RV. Time for playing with antennas is over, now, though. With less than a week to departure everything is packed up and nearly ready to go to French Polynesia. The radios, amp, tuner, bandpass filters, antenna parts, etc, etc are all packed into two Pelican-style cases.
Each weighs in at just below 50 lbs. Have to do an unpack/repack later in the week, just to make sure nothing is missing.
While Don, VE7DS, and I are preparing for our visit to Raivavae, TX5D have just finished their DXpedition with over 18k QSOs in their two weeks on the island. Hopefully there are a few stations left for us who still need FO/A… judging from the emails we’ve received, it sounds like there are some. The requests have fallen into three categories:
– Work lots of EU
– Work lots of SSB
– Get on 80 and 160.
We have a pretty good idea when the bands should be open to EU (see the propagation page which is recently updated). We will work some SSB and maybe RTTY, but as previously announced, this operation will be primarily CW-focused. Originally we had not planned to operate 160 at all, but after several requests last week, I wound a base loading coil for the 80 m ant and tried it out on 160, and it seemed to work ok. So, if there’s not too much local noise, I may spend some time on 160 as well as 80 (the TX5D crew from the same location had real problems with local noise on the low bands for most of the duration of their stay, so no guarantees we’ll be on 160 or 80).
We will try to upload to ClubLog occasionally – please check there before making an “insurance” contact.
Finally, a reminder that Tim, M0URX, will be handling QSLs for TX5RV. You can request direct or bureau cards via his OQRS system. LOTW will uploaded quickly upon our return.