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Sixitalia Weekly Info Page; May 17-23, 2011
Daily Report (Opening reported in Italy, and some interesting reports from EU and North Africa)
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May 16 - Afternoon/Evening - ES: SV, 5B4, 4X, TA, EA, EA8, CT, CU.
May 17 - Morning ESmh: (Sout Italy) A9, A6. ES: 4X, 5B, TA. Afternoon - ES: (spotty) UT, SV, 5B4, 4X, TA, EA. Evening - ESmh: A9, EA8, 9Y, 8P9. ES: SV, 4X, 5B.
May 18 - Mornining - Afternoon/Evening - ES: (weak) CT, EA, D4/b.
May 19 - Afternoon/Evening - ESmh: A92. ES: 4X, 5B, SV,SN, CN, CU/b.
May 20 - Afternoon - ES::G, F, EA, CT, ZB, C3, 7X. Evening - ESmh:C5YK, KP4EIT. ES: DL, SM LA,, OZ, OH.
May 21 - All day: Strong Intereuropean ES.Morning - ES: 5B4, TA. Afternoon/Evening - ES: HB0, C3, OY, I-I.
May 22 - All day: Strong Intereuropean ES. Rare country on band: HB0, C3, 5B4, TA, UA. Morning - ESmh: VR (N.Europe). Afternoon - ESmh: K (I5 area).
DX News about: FP, FS, HB0, K, PJ4, SV T8, V3, VE, VP2M, VP9.
FP - St. Pierre Miquelon - 5.20.11
Paul, K9OT and Peg, KB9LIE will once again be active as FP/K9OT from Miquelon Island (IOTA NA-032, DIFO FP-002, WLOTA 1417, WW Loc. GN17TC) between 21st July and 4th August 2011. QRV on 80-10 metre CW and SSB. QSL via LOTW, bureau, or direct to K9OT (return postage required for direct). Website: www.hamradio.pnpfarms.com/
[source: NG3K via ICPO bullettin]
FS - Saint Martin - 5.20.11
John, K9EL, will be operating as FS/K9EL from the island of Saint Martin (IOTA NA-105, DIFO FA-001, WLOTA 0383, Grid Loc. FK88) from 7-19th June 2011. QRV on CW, SSB and some RTTY, using an IC7000 and verticals for 80-10m and a 3 element yagi for 6m. John might also do some 6m operation from PJ7. QSL via home call. Logs will be uploaded to LoTW upon his return.
[SOURCE: K9EL via ICPO]
HB0 – Liechtenstein - 5.17.11
Alessandro, IK5PWB wrote: "I will be active as HB0/IK5PWB during my holiday trip to Liechtenstein from 24 to 28 May. I plan to operate on HF bands with 7 band vertical antenna and 6m with J-pole. QSL ok via buro or LOTW".
K - U.S.A. 5.18.11
Hello to all....here is our "latest and greatest" announcement from K5N.
A NEW ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE K5N GROUP:
The K5N Activation group wishes to make the following announcement. Please feel free to forward this to anyone that you think might be interested. Thanks....the K5N Activation Group.
ACTIVATING EL58 in 2011
As you may know, the Mississippi River is currently undergoing "The Great Flood of 2011". River heights are at record levels. The peak of the flood will fall during the time that we had planned to be at EL58--or very close. The team does not believe that traveling the river will be safe. In addition, the island where we must setup may quite possibly be under water. Burwood Island was only about 2 ft above the Gulf of Mexico when we were there in 2009. Current river heights are running 3 ft above normal and rising. None of us are prepared for a Scarborough Reef type expedition.
Hence, we are moving our DXpedition dates. Here is the latest plan:
June 29th Team arrives in Venice, LA
June 30th Load the boats and leave for EL58. We should be operational by 1PM or so
July 1-3 Operate from EL58
July 4th Operate until 9AM. Then the team will pack out and leave the island.
For all the details, please check out our new EL58 web page which may be accessed from the Grid Bandits home page (http://www.kcvhfgridbandits.com/) by clicking the DXpeditions button at the lower right. Or, just go to http://kcvhfgridbandits.com/kc_vhf_grid_bandits_044.htm. Also, please note the addition of Russ-KB8U of CM79 fame.
All email concerning this event should be addressed to
, NOT to our personal email addresses.
Team K5N wishes to apologize for having to change our plans again, but we believe that fighting the Mississippi River is probably a seriously losing proposition. We believe that the water will be down to manageable levels by June 30th.
We hope to work everyone possible, so listen up for us. Thank you.
73 de N5OMG, KE5KDM, WN2E, N5YA, K5QE, KB8U, K5YG, W5TFW and N0IRS - A Grid Bandits DXpedition
END OF ANNOUNCEMENT
Please understand that none of us wanted this change. It was forced upon us by Mother Nature. Getting agreement on these dates for all these people is hard enough--vacations have to be juggled, etc. We are doing the best that we can....
73 Marshall K5QE
[SOURCE: N8OFS (in pnwvhfs reflector)]
K - U.S.A. - 5.19.11
N5TIT wrote: "Our objective is to activate nine maidenhead grid squares across the states of Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, North Carolina and Georgia during the 2011 ARRL June VHF QSO Party. Our theory of operation will be on the "Run and Gun" aspect in the Limited Rover category with a effort on using CW and JT65a during times when the bands are not open. We will be stopping at several very high spots to try and work stations direct. We will also be beaconing AD5OW-12 on APRS via the Droid APRS Software so look for us there as well. We will be Calling CQ a lot on the published frequencies below and periodically on the calling frequencies. For JT65a (Tropo) and FSK441 (Meteor Scatter), we will be calling CQ on the standard 50.260 and 144.140 MHz and listening DOWN 6khz for replies.
Route Stops: (A detailed route map can be found on our website. The URL is below.)
Gadsden, AL (EM64xa), Lookout Mtn, GA (EM74hu), McCamy Lake, TN (EM75qd), Hayesville, NC (EM85ba), Brasstown Bald, GA (EM84cu), Mt. Cheaha, AL (EM73cl)
Band, CW, SSB, Digital
(A) 50 MHz 50.096 50.133 50.260 CQD6 FSK441 & JT65a
(B) 144 MHz 144.196 144.206 144.140 CQD6 FSK441 & JT65a
(C) 222 MHz 222.096 222.106
(D) 432 MHz 432.096 432.106
Band, Radio, Amplifier, Output, Antenna
50 MHz, Icom IC-746, None, 100W, KB6KQ Loop with 3 dbd (Omissis)
Please check out our AD5OW/R VHF/UHF Rover web page at
http://www.ad5ow.us/Rover.html for the latest information.
73's de Jim, AD5OW and Jeffrey, N5TIT - The AD5OW/R Rover Team
[SOURCE: N8OFS (in hfcontesting reflector)]
K - U.S.A. - 5.20.11
Hello All, this is a preliminary announcement for the grid trip Dennis K7BV and I will be making to CM93. Dates are June 8th to June 15th and possibly longer weather permitting.
This trip will be focusing on 6 meters and possibly some 2 meters if there is room on the vessel. We will be on the vessel for the whole operation.
More details will be coming shortly with frequencies etc. Regards
[SOURCE: Barry KS7DX via WSJT group reflector in MMMonVHF]
K - U.S.A. 5.22.11
For the past 2 days I have been helping Pat-WX7M get his 6M
KW Rover ready to roll.
Brand new Dodge Ram with a 50 ft telescoping mil surplus tower mounted in the bed that's raised using a 12V winch.
Also mounted in the bed on a wooden deck are a 4KW 220V AC Generator and a IC-PW1 KW amplifier/IC706mkIIg body in a custom made aluminum transit case with 6 muffin fans to keep it cool.
The M2 5 ele 6M yagi rides down the road as one piece on a aluminum cradle mounted on the Passenger side of the vehicle.
When stopped its a simple matter to stand on the wooden deck mounted above the roof and install the yagi atop the safety wired Create RC-5 rotor.
While mobile it will be possible to operate on 80-10M HF using one of the monoband hamsticks that ride in a tube mounted on the ladder rack. 6M Mobile operation will utilize one of KB6KQ's latest style 6M loops.
The radio and amplifier are used via remotely mounted control heads in the cab of the truck.
Over a 5 day period the route will take me from Fallon NV to the AZ/CA border and then up thru central UT to NE NV and finally back home to Fallon NV.
Grids traversed in sequence are... DM09, DM08, DM18, DM07, DM17, DM16, DM26, DM25, DM24, DM23, DM35, DM36, DM37, DM38, DM39, DM29, DN20, DN21, DN11, DN10, DN00, and back to home to DM09.
Planned stops (KW W/5ele yagi at 25') are only in the following grids... DM17,DM25, DM23, DM36, DM38, DM39, DM29, & DN20. The rest will be worked while mobile in route with the KQ loop.
Modes will be CW, SSB, & either 441A or JT65B (when stopped).
When you hear me please post that info so others can get into the log as well.
Day 1 - Stops in DM17 - Mobile only in 08, 18, 16, & 26.
Day 2 - Stops in DM25 & 23 - Mobile only in 24, 26.
Day 3 - Stops in DM36 & 38 - Mobile only 26, 37.
Day 4 - Stops in DM39 & 29 - Mobile only in 28, 29.
Day 5 - Stops in DN20 & 00 - Mobile only in DN21, 11, 10, & DM09.
Minor details left to finish up then on the road we go.
Departure possibly as early Weds May 25th 2011. Look to the
various reflectors for updates...
73s de Tim - K7XC - DM09nm... sk
Update #1 - 6M KW Mobile Almost done - On the road Possibly Weds 5/25/11
This Grid DXpedition is a 6M Only affair and only to the route as published.
As of now (Sat 5/21) I'll be headed out early Weds 5/25/11 for DM17
and points south. Pat - WX7M should be on the 50 Mhz Region 2 chat
page to periodically inform all of you as to my status.
Pics of the 6M KW Rover can be seen @ the FFMA Yahoo Group Webpage
73s de Tim - K7XC - DM09nm... sk
[SOURCE: 50mhz reflector]
PJ4 - Bonaire - 5.21.11
Ed W0SD wished to announce with the UKSMG audience the following: "PJ4E Bonaire will be on six meters from approximately June 4th to June 19th. We will be operating in the attended beacon mode. The frequency will be 50.103 since we will be there ahead of the other PJ Caribbean DX-Peditions. There will be some HF operation, mainly RTTY but six meters will always be on the air. Operators will be W0SD Ed, W0OE Edith and PJ4NX Peter. The QSL manager will be W0SD. Unfortunately Arliss W7XU and Holly N0QJM will not be on the trip this year due to work conflicts. A later announcement will be made in regards to on line logs. The operation will be from a rented house and will be our normal six meter set up with a good antenna and power." 73 and see you on six Ed W0SD.
[SOURCE: G0JHC via UKSMG announcement page].
SV - Greece - 5.21.11
Operators SV2AEL, SV2CLJ, SV2FPU, SV2HXV, IK0EFR, SV2YC and SW2HXR will be active as J48O from Othonoi islet, EU-052 between June 17 to 25, 2011. They will live and operate in the island lighthouse of Kastri.
Look for them on 80-6m, focus on 6m during peak season. CW, SSB, Digi.
QSL via SV2FPU.
T8 - Palau - 5.20.11
Taka JA0BJR, Toshi JP1IOF and Toshi JE1SYN plan to be active from Koror Island, Republic of Palau (IOTA OC-009, WW Loc. PJ77FI), as T88ZA, T80T and T8YN respectively on 24-27th June 2011. Look for them to run two stations on 80-6 metre SSB, CW, FM, RTTY and PSK31 (5 element yagi on 6m). QSL via home calls.
V3 - Belize - 5.20.11
Mike, VE2XB, will be active as V31XB from Caye Caulker Island (NA-073) starting May 19th, for several weeks. Activity will be on all HF bands except 6m, using CW and SSB. Mike states that he will be looking especially for JA stations to work this IOTA (as well as everyone else). QSL via VE2XB (see QRZ.com). ADDED NOTE: Mike will be heading to J79-land in July for several weeks.
[SOURCE: Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin #1011 via MMMonVHF]
VE - Canada - 5.18.11
VUCC grid hunters who need Canadian grid EO40 may want to listen for WB8BZK/VE3 who will activate EO40ud from Seseganaga Lake in Ontario between May 28 and June 3.
Band: 50 MHz SSB & CW.
Frequencies: 50.135 MHz (starting on the calling freq, 50.125 MHz and moving up to 50.135 during an opening).
Equipment: FT100D with 100W into a 3 element yagi up 30 feet, Battery powered.
Activity times: I will check for activity each morning at 1230Z and then again between 2230Z and 2300 each evening. I will also give it a try if the WX is too nasty to go out fishing.
Looking forward to a few band openings or maybe some aurora action. I am willing to make a few 1230Z SSB Meteor Scatter Sequence skeds.
I will QSL to all who need the grid. Send SASE to WB8BZK address on QRZ.com
73 Mike WB8BZK/VE3
[SOURCE: N8OFS (in vhf contesting reflector)]
VP2M - Monserrat - 5.19.11
John, KB4CRT will be active as VP2MRT from Montserrat (NA-103) between June 8 – 18, 2011.
He plans to operate CW, SSB and maybe PSK on 40-2m. Participation also expected in the June VHF contest.
QSL via H/c and LoTW.
VP9 - Bermuda - 5.19.11
Doug, KF4VTT will be visiting Bermuda from June 10 – 17, 2011 and staying at the QTH of VP9GE.
Although this is not a true DXpedition, Doug will utilize 160M-6M on SSB, CW, RTTY and possibly PSK31 when time permits. His XYL and son will be accompanying him, so Doug will need to be fair about the amount of time spent on the air.
As a personal goal, he hopes to finish DXCC and VUCC from VP9. Any help with this endeavour would be appreciated. Doug also hopes to be active on 6 Meters during the ARRL June VHF QSO Party on June 11-13.
QSL via KF4VTT by Bureau, direct or LoTW.