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Sixitalia Weekly Info Page; Oct. 11-17, 2011
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Daily Report (Opening reported in Italy, and some interesting reports from EU and North Africa)
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Oct. 10 - Afternoon - TEP: 5N7M, ST2NH, ST2AR, TJ3AY, V51KC, ZS6, Z2/b. Evening - TEP: ZD7/b, 9Q/b, ZS6, V51KC, 5N7M, LU, PY.
Oct. 11 - Afternoon - TEP: 5N7M, Z2/b.
Oct. 12 - Afternoon - TEP: 5N7M.
Oct. 13 - Afternoon - TEP: 5N7M. Evening - TEP: LU (it9 area).
Oct. 14 - Afternoon - TEP: 5N7M, ST2AR, TJ3AY, ZS6, Z2/b. Evening - TEP: 9J2BO, C5YK, ZS6 Z2/b, 9Q/b, ZS6 + LU, PY (south Italy). Night . TEP: LU, PY (south Italy).
Oct. 15 - Afternoon - TEP: 5N7M, TJ3AY, ZS6, Z2/b, FR/b, C5YK. Evening - TEP: 9J2BO, C5YK, Z2/b, 9Q/b, ZS6, LU, PY, ZP.
Oct. 16 - Afternoon - TEP: 5N7M, TJ3AY, TR8CA, ST2AR, 9J2BO, V51KC, D4/b, ZS3,5,6, Z2/b, FR/b. Evening - TEP: V51KC, 9J2BO, ZS3,5,6, Z2/b, 9Q/b, S9/b, LU, PY.
DX News about: 3X, 6V, FY, K, PY, S9, TX, XE, ZA.
3X - Rep. of Guinea - 10.14.11
Operators Georg DK7LX, Wolf DL4WK, Sigi DL7DF, Frank DL7UFR, Jan SP3CYY and Leszek SP3DOI will be active as 3XY1D from Guinea, West Africa, between 18th October and 1st November 2011. Plans are to have several stations on 160-6m using CW and SSB. One station will be exclusively dedicated to RTTY, PSK31 and SSTV. Pilot for this DXpedition is Bernd, DF3CB. The equipment consists of 5 transceivers (4 x K2, 1 x IC7000), 4 x kW linears, 2 x 18m Lowband Vertical, a 2 element vertical for 40m, a 2 element vertical for 30m, a vertical R7 for 40/30/20/17/15/12/10m, 2 Spiderbeams for 20/17/15/12/10m, a 5 element yagi for 6m, some Beverage antennas as well as some laptop computers.
QSL via DL7DF either direct or via the German QSL bureau DARC to DL7DF. Full info and online log search can be found at: www.dl7df.com/3xy1d/index.php
[SOURCE: DL7DF via ICPO]
6V - Senegal - 10.14.11
Seb, F8IJV will be active once again as 6V7Q from Senegal from 22 October to 11 November, including an entry in the CQ WW DX SSB Contest. He will operate mainly SSB, possibly with some CW and digital modes, on 160-6 metres. QSL via F8IJV, direct or bureau,and LoTW.
[SOURCE: NG3K via 425dxn]
FY - French Guiana - 10.14.11
Herve, F5HRY nd Marc, F1HAR, will be active from the Radio Amateurs de Kourou Club station (FY5KE - www.fy5ke.org/), Kourou, French Guiana, during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (29-30 October), as a Single-Op/Single-Band (10m) entry in CQ Zone 9.
QSL via home call.
[SOURCE: NG3K via ICPO]
Note add by Sixitalia: we don't know if they will be active outside the contest also on 6m but the FY club station have 6m antenna and rig.
K - U.S.A. - 10.15.11
Hello to everyone interested in Grids and grid chasing on 6M. Below is our group's plans for the coming year. We wanted to make this announcement now in order to allow everyone to be ready for us in June.
We emphasize again that things might change, but we hope that will not happen. I just got back from a physical reconnaissance of the area down there. I spent about 4 days and drove about 1800 miles--looking at and evaluating various places in the Big Bend area. It was a long trip......
Hopefully, we will be able to get to DL88 and the other location all OK. We want to "clean up" a lot of the grids down in that area. We are planning all 4 Wheel Drive vehicles, good antennas, and QRO power(only part time in DL88). Please look for us this summer in these highly sought after grids. Thanks...
Member of the K5N Group
THE K5N GRID ACTIVATION GROUP PLANS FOR 2012
Hello everyone interested in FFMA or Grid chasing. The K5N Grid Activation Group(aka the K5N Group) is working on our plans for 2012.
After getting wiped out in 2011, we are planning again. We want to mount DXpeditions that will benefit as many stations as possible.
We want to let everyone to know what grids we intend to activate and when we intend to do that. We are looking at June 19th through June 26th--that is a few days before Field Day and includes the FD weekend.
We are planning a DXpedition divided into two groups. These two groups will be in the field at the same time, located in different grids, using different frequencies, and different calls. Here is the basic plan. Please understand that these plans are subject to change.
Each group will consist of 4 operators, an antenna vehicle, and a support vehicle. Here is a possible timetable:
June 19 Drive to the Big Bend area
June 20 Drive to final location and begin setup. If setup goes well, we might operate some this night.
June 21 Operate
JUne 22 Operate
June 23 Operate--Field Day(1/2 day)
June 24 Operate--Field Day(1/2 day)
June 25 Tear down and begin the drive out
June 26 Finish drive home
GROUP 1--DL88. Obviously, this is the really hard one. In a fit of stupidity, we are going to try this one again. We will be using a big 4 x 4 pickup truck with a short tower mounted on a rack. The total height of the antenna will be approximately 20ft above the ground (remember that Talley2 is about another 15ft above the surrounding terrain). The antenna will be 2 x 6M5X mounted side by side as H-pol with full AZ and EL. We will operate Es whenever we can, most probably using 100W of power. We will operate some MS at favorable times, but it is unlikely that we will run all night long. Our call in DL88 will be K5N.
When EME conditions are favorable, we will operate EME with 1000W out.
This is going to be difficult, because the Park will not allow a generator in DL88. That means that we will have to run QRO off batteries. We will be doing a lot of battery charging. My plan is to use one set of very large batteries for EME while we are charging another set of batteries for normal operations.
The EME operation is to help those that are located just outside the normal single hop limit, but too close for double hop. By posting our plans now, it also enables anyone that wants this extremely rare grid to get their 6M EME station in order. You know what we will have, so it will behoove you to make sure that you have enough on your end to make
the trip....i.e. more goo and more aluminum.
GROUP 2--Activate a Second Location. We want to choose this Second Location to maximize the value to the FFMA community. Listed in order of preference, our choices appear to be:
A)The Grid Line DL79-DL89. I have found a possible place to set up on the DL79-DL89 grid line. There is a nice location right on the DL79-DL89 line in the Big Bend Ranch State Park.
B)DL79 only. There are several places that we can set up in DL79. All are along US67 north of Presidio, TX.
NOTE: As soon as the Second Location is finalized, we will let everyone know. Group 2 CAN have a generator, so they will be running QRO at all times. This will make things a lot easier. We may run an 8877 for 6m or one of M2's KW solid state amps. The antenna will be a 6M5X. The call used by Group 2 will be N5K.
Again this year, Joey-W5KFT has consented to be our QSL Manager. Please send ALL QSL cards to him with an SASE, not to the traveling members.
The traveling members will not have blank cards to send out. NO SASE to Joey means NO QSL card.
We are willing to listen to "Intelligent" suggestions concerning our plans. The K5N Group will decide what suggestions are "Intelligent" and which ones will go to the bit bucket. Please send any suggestions to me directly--k5qe (at) sabinenet.com.
The K5N Grid Activation Group is hoping for a great year in 2012. Not only for ourselves, but for all the other groups that are planning on activating the various grids around the country. GL to us all!!!
73 de the K5N Grid Activation Group
A Grid Bandits DXpedition
[SOURCE: K5N via N8OFS]
PY - Brazil - 10.13.11
PY2ZX wrote: "Hello, On the next October 22 - 23 we will have the AVHFC (Araucaria VHF Contest) in 50 MHz and 144 MHz.
We hoping enjoy the same opportunities of F2 openings on 6 meters and very strong TEP on 2 meters as observed on the latest days.
NP2X recently made QSOs with PY3 - PP5 - PY5 with single Yagi horizontal polarization and 100 Watts at 144 MHz. Similar for YV, FM and WP4 stations working LUs and CXs.
For more informations about AVHC, check http://www.avhfc.com
For South American VHF activity, visit http://www.vhfdx.org
[SOURCE: news direct to Sixitalia]
S9 – Sao Tome & Principe - 10.11.11
Matt K0KKO and Ed K0GUV plan to be active from Ilheu das Rolas, Sao Tome & Principe using the callsigns of S92DX, S9CW and S9SX on HF and 6m. They will have two 6m stations.
Activity scheduled between October 21-27 this year is now delayed until 16-23 March 2012.
Website : http://www.k0kko.net/pb/wp_5bd6e10c/wp_5bd6e10c.html
TX - Marquesas Is. - 10.14.11
An International Team consisting of Leader Oleg R3FA, Co-leader Alex UT5UY, Michel FO5QB, Sergey UX0HX, Max UZ1HZ, Alex US0KW, Andy UU4JMG, Alex UX0LL, Andy RK7A, Leo UA7A and Andy RA6LBS will be active on all bands, all modes as: TX7M - 19 October to 1 November 2011 from Hatiheu, Nuku Hiva (IOTA OC-027, DIFO FO-023, WFF FFF-019, WLOTA 2030), Marquesas Islands; TX5A - 29 to 30 October 2011 from Hatiheu, Nuku Hiva, Marquesas Islands (for CQWW DX SSB Contest); TX3T - 16 to 19 October and 1 to 4 November 2011 from Papeete, Tahiti (IOTA OC-046, DIFO FO-002, WLOTA 0885). QSL via RZ3EC direct, request bureau QSL on OQRS. Logs will be uploaded to LoTW after the expedition is over.
[SOURCE: RZ3EM via ICPO]
XE - Mexico - 10.17.11
Members of the Club de Radio Experimentadores de Occidente (XE1TD) and in conjunction with the Federación Mexicana de Radio Experimentadores (FMRE) will activate special event station 4C1JPG between now and October 30th. Activity is to celebrate the 2011 and XVI Pan American Games in Guadalajara. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY, PSK and the Satellites. QSL via LoTW, by the Bureau or direct to XE1GZU: Luis Zepeda Hernandez, P.O. Box 5-273, Guadalajara, Jalisco 45042, Mexico.
ZA – Albania - 10.13.11
A team consisting HA0DU Steve, HA0MK Imi, HA0LC Joe, ZA1G Fatos and HA0NAR Laci will operate from Vlore (Albania) on October 25 to November 1, 2011 as ZA20QA (ZA twenty QA) in CW, SSB, RTTY on 160-2M.
Participation in CQ WW SSB contest.
QSL via HA0NAR.