Mittwoch, 18. Juli 2018

Cape Kolka KO17HR

Cape Kolka


Towers, but not for us...

Usi-Camping 6m-Shack

4m+2m on the left

KO19SF the stormy end of Estonia


KO19SF

Only one shack for the microwave NAC and 6m, we slept in the cars and in my little caravan
Stormy place no 10GHz from the tower
But tests from the open hut


Hiiumaa pictures from KO19GA

Another day, another QTH, DG0LFF mounting antennas again

I like such pictures...

Isnt it a nice shack?

A foggy morning, time to heat the shack with the PA

DH1DM testing 10GHz

Our trailer at Randmae Puhketalu, enough comfort for a few hours of sleep

Pictures Kihnu KO18XD

As promised a few pics now from every QTH plus some comments, starting with Kihnu-Island
We'd a lot of space @ Linaküla camp and a surprising visit from English cyclists (G7UUP+XYL)

SW and 6m-shack


The 4m/2m trailer

6m in action



All that stuff and more to put in one trailer...

Done as promised with DL7APV

Sonntag, 24. Juni 2018

Back at home, short info from KO17, Logsearch available

Hi again,

yesterday we came back from our 2018 tour through the Baltic area. At least we'd a stay at Cape Kolka from the 20th to the 21st of June. There we operated as YL/homecall and had around 200 QSOs, mostly on the VHF-bands. Interest, especially on 4mtrs, was even high. After we left Kolka we visited the town of Ventspils for a few hours before we went to Liepaja again. There we'd heavy rain and could not do any sightseeing. So we went to the harbour and left Latvia at the morning of the 22nd. At least we came back safe with only a few damages and trouble with the equipment.
All the ES0UG-logs are now published on clublog. OQRS is not opened yet, we'll decide this later- at 1st we've to design and print the QSLs for the approximately 3500 QSOs. If you find any bugs in the logs or you can't find your QSO, pse drop me a mail.
What can you expect next? If I can find the time and all pictures are collected, you'll find a few fotografs from the 4 QTHs and the trip here. All infornations concerning QSLing will be published here too. So stay tuned, 73 de Uwe DL3BQA

Dienstag, 19. Juni 2018

ES0UG from EU-034 finished, now ES0UG/3

Hello,

this morning we finished our operation from Hiiumaa-Isl.. By dismantling the 2m-antenna group we saw a faulty dipol at one antenna, so sri for all 2m callers we could not work, especially via EME.
Next disappointment were the missing 6m condition over all the days there including the IARU-6m-contest. DH8BQA would say "Mr. No Six" -  we made a lot lot of contacts via MSK144 + FT8 on 6+4m. FT8 is very helpfull under such poor conditions. We tried FT8 also on SW, very divided opinions here. But I don't want to take part at this discussion atm.
Hope to upload the missing logs today, should have been aroud 1000 QSOs from EU-034.
We left the rainy island at 1430 local time, took another short break in Haapsalu and then went to the end of the world- yes we really did. It's the Cape Põõsaspea a stormy, but nice place. Not the best place to erect antennas, but for one evening during the NAC-microwave contest it will work. Only water between us and Sweden plus Finland, let's see whats going on. No SW from here, only a bit 6m together with 23+3cmtrs. It's really a place for the soul to feel unrestrained nature. Thas what I'm just doing beside writing this post. Probably I'll not make any QSO today, only play with the logs and looking over the roaring waves. But ES0UG/3 is on the air now.
Tomorrow we'll start early for a long trip to Cape Kolka. There we'll stay for one night to activate KO17, as we could not do so in 2016 (from ES0). May be I'll post a few news tomorrow if time allows. If not, I'll find the time on the ferry from Friday to Saturday.
73s de Uwe DL3BQA/ES0UG

Freitag, 15. Juni 2018

ES0UG/8 finished on the way to Hiiumaa-Isl. EU-034 as ES0UG

Hi out there,

we're just sitting on the ferry to the next island. We'll arrive on Hiiumaa this evening and antennas should be erected as soon as possible.
Nice results on Kihnu, not all logs uploaded to clublog yet but around 2000 QSOs made on SW, 6m, 4m, 2m and 70cm. Highlights were the EME-QSOs on 70cm (DL7APV) and on 2m with 4 big guns.
Not really conds on 6m, so 70 QSOs with MSK144 and FT8 plus about  3 dozens of QSOs after hard work and station improvement on 4mtrs. Some MS-QSOs on 2m also, but only a few via tropo. Good activity in the 70cm NAC with 30 QSOs.
On SW main activity was on 20+40m SSB, with some FT8+CW on other bands too. Was really shocked to see that we got more response after spotting a WFF-number than after spotting the IOTA reference only. Bad to see that some people called several times after every WFF spot... But that's another discussion, to open after the end of this expedition.
For all, now we're going to EU-034, Hiiumaa-Isl. with ESFF-045 and WLOTA 2017 for the next 4 nights. Main activity will be on 6/4/2m with some microwave and 70cm too if needed. We'll take part in the IARU-6m+4m Contest as Multi-OP under ES0UG. Let's pray for some ES-clouds
Pictures will follow and the last logs for ES0UG/8 will be uploaded soon. More to follow, 73s for now, 73s de Uwe DL3BQA

Mittwoch, 6. Juni 2018

Frequencies/Modes, how to reach us

Well,

just 2 days before we go to the ferry. So it's time to send out a few additional informations.

Frequencies:

SW around the usual IOTA-QRGs
6m MSK144 50280/283, FT8 on 50313, if the band really opens we switch to 50183 +/- qrm
4m 70154 FT8, MSK144 70175 , if the band really opens we switch to 70165/70200
2m MSK144 144370/373, FT8 144174, CW/SSB on request or if tropo/ES is available, EME TBA
70cm and 3cm on request/TBA

MSK144/FT8 always 1st to avoid QRM between our stations. 

How to reach us:

1. Look out out for ES0UG or OP-calls in the ON4KST-chat
2. Try sh/user in DB0SUE-7 and use the talk function if you see one of us
3. Send SMS to +49/1637978993 or +4971781357599 -no Whatsapp, no Facebook!

If you've any further questions, pse drop me a mail.

73s de Uwe DL3BQA


Freitag, 18. Mai 2018

Expedition schedule/Informations

Tnx DH5FS for the map. As the QTH in KO17 is also confirmed now, our plans becoming more concrete.


09.06. - 10.06. Travel by ferry from Travemünde to Liepaja (no permission to operate-sri)
11.06. - 15.06. Kihnu-Island EU-178, WLOTA-0775, ESFF-079, KO18XD as ES0UG/8
15.06. - 19.06. Hiiumaa-Island, EU-034, WLOTA-2017, ESFF-045, KO19GA as ES0UG
19.06. - 20.06. Mainland ES3, KO19SF with microwave NAC, travel to YL, call(s) TBA
20.06. - 21.06. YLFF-0004, KO17HR nr Kap Kolka for one night with CEPT-calls , travel to the ferry
22.06  - 23.06. Ferry from Liepaja to Travemünde

There's no opportunity to leave comments here, if you've any questions, pse drop me a mail. No sked requests in front of the expedition pse. We'll post a few more opportunities to reach us before we get started-stay tuned.

See you in Friedrichshafen, 73s de Uwe DL3BQA/ES0UG




Freitag, 13. April 2018

Schedule 1st draft and some informations in advance



09.06. - 10.06. Travel by ferry from Travemünde to Liepaja (no permission to operate-sri)
11.06. - 15.06. Kihnu-Island EU-178, WLOTA-0775, ESFF-079, KO18XD as ES0UG/8
15.06. - 19.06. Hiiumaa-Island, EU-034, WLOTA-2017, ESFF-045, KO19GA as ES0UG
19.06. - 20.06. Mainland ES3, KO19 with microwave NAC , maybe another WFF, travel to YL
20.06. - 21.06. YLFF-0004, KO17 nr Kap Kolka for a few hours , travel to the ferry
22.06  - 23.06. Ferry from Liepaja to Travemünde

I'm very sad, that we could not get a permisssion from Stena-Lines to operate from the ferry and to activate the wet squares JO85+95 and even JO74 and KO05 and KO06 on board. We used the same ship 2003 under the scandlines-flag and had a lot of fun with amateurradio. So times are changing and I have no idea how to convince the shipping company nowadays. We even asked DFDS on their route from Kiel to Klaipeda, as in 2013 we could operate ham-radio from Saßnitz to Klaipeda  - no chance  either :-(((.  So no wet squares on 6/4+2mtrs.

The booked QTHs on Kihnu and Hiiumaa were more open minded, so permission to operate was granted on both islands. We found QTHs with usefull take-offs towards the main directions, so you can expect the following activities:
SW/6m/4m/2m plus 70+3cm on request and during the NACs at the 12th and 19th of June, main emphasis on VHF-openings from KO19GA (also in the IARU-6m-Contest) and SW from Kihnu-Island.

Please do not expect full time operation. When we're qrv, you'll find us in the ON4KST-chat and/or in the cluster DB0SUE-7. In  addition to the activities as ES0UG and ES0UG/8 also CEPT operation could happen. From YL only CEPT.

We'll keep you informed here, if you've any questions drop me a mail.

73s de Uwe DL3BQA/ES0UG/LY2AAM







Montag, 9. April 2018

We'll do it again

Hello,

from the 9th to the 23rd of June we're on a journey in the Baltic Sea region.

So, we'd like to introduce ourselves. The team consists of the following operators:

DG0LFF, Henrik
DH1DM, Steffen(Steve)
DH5FS, Fred 
DL3BQA, Uwe

You can expect ham-radio activities from the islands of Kihnu and Hiiumaa, from the mainland of Estonia and from Latvia. Some squares and WFFs will be activated as ES0UG/8, ES0UG/3, ES0UG and with CEPT-calls.

Informations about the expedition in June 2016 as ES0UG and LY2AAM can be found here .

Within the next days I'll publish the 1st draft of our schedule here, so stay tuned!

73s de Uwe DL3BQA/ES0UG/LY2AAM