Activating KO07/08/17/18 squares from Estonia!

Saaremaa Island

IOTA EU-034

 


 

Expedition is over! Had a very enjoyable time here on Saaremaa Island although not too lucky with the weather and very bad (if not to say no) 6 meter propagation. The Magic Band produced just 1 single opening into central Europe resulting in approx. 150 QSOs. There were 5 or 6 openings into the Ukraine (UT5G and UU5SIX beacons being S-meter end-stop) but just a handful of contacts. :-(

 

Two meters was real fun as you will see further down this web page reading our expedition diary. One of the sad things experienced is that there are still a lot of people who do not know MS procedures resulting in bad behaviour like calling CQ on our frequency and QRMing our QSOs. We also got the impression that there are people who are not able to do QSOs without DXcluster assistance. We usually ignored them as we were doing random-only (see our comments at this page’s end aswell).

 

We think that the four activated squares will now be much down in the “Most Wanted Squares” listing but leaving still some potential for future expeditions over here, too. We will put some more information, photographs and map material onto this web page when back home so that others interested in going here and playing VHF amateur radio will get some support.

 


 

Some statistics:

 

WWL

TOTAL QSOs

2M TROPO

2M FSK-MS

70CM TROPO

23CM TROPO

3CM TROPO

KO07XX

26

4

19

-

-

3

KO08XM

155

38

78

5

26

8

KO17AW

60

20

35

-

4

1

KO18AE

56

2

41

6

7

-

TOTAL

297

64

173

11

37

12

 

Information concerning 50 MHz and shortwave QSOs to follow when back home, pse QRX.

 

 

Read our expedition diary (reverse order, last day first):

 


 

50 MHz:

DEAD, DEAD, DEAD – no other words left, what a pity sofar. (23.06.2005)

Wow, it finally opened up after 5 days of absolute silence! ES0/DL3BQA just working strings of Europeans (24.06.2005, 09UTC). Hope for some more good openings during the next few days when activating the other 3 grid squares on the island …

The band has been wide open to the Ukraine this morning (25.06.2005) but no activity at all. After that again zilch with just 3 SSB-MS-QSOs for a few lucky guys to put KO17 into there logbooks.

BTW: Due to the bad condx we decided to call Uwe, DL3BQA, who wanted to run “pileups without ends” on six from now on “MR. NO SIX”. ;-)))

 


 

June 26/27, 2005:

Very rapid weather changes (Impressive!)now sunshine again but still very windy from the sea. Anyway, built up the 6 und 2 m stations again in KO08XM to give out the most rare square in this region to as many people as possible. Started with 2 m tropo and were very astounded to hear “Tnx for new square!” so often from stations not more than 3-500 km away. So nice to give out a new one to those in tropo range aswell. After that back to MS business as usual. Condx were quite favourable between 16 and 17 UTC and then again from 19 to 22 UTC. In between and after that reflections were rather poor and doing QSOs did take a lot of time if completed at all. Not much better in the morning except 05 to 07 UTC. Reflections-wise it’s been the worst night of our trip. :-( So if you take a look at the NC and HRD listings you will see that there is still very much potential for a future expedition. ;-)

We took down everything around mid-day and just (19z) finished packing all equipment, antennas, etc. for our trip back home starting tomorrow morning. Will reach JO73 approx. at Wednesday late evening and then be back from JO73CF for the July V/U/SHF contest next weekend. Hope to work some of you as DFTEC/P then. ;-)

 

ES0/DH8BQA – KO08XM – wkd:

 

26/06/2005 12:10 ES6RQ KO28WA 599 599 2 m. CW TR 236

26/06/2005 12:25 ES7GN KO28TI 539 599 2 m. CW TR 214

26/06/2005 12:30 OH6MW KP2IM 539 599 2 m. CW TR 271

26/06/2005 12:31 OH3JR KP21GA 579 599 2 m. CW TR 313

26/06/2005 12:33 OH6KTL KP2OJ 539 559 2 m. CW TR 433

26/06/2005 12:35 OH6PA KP2PL 529 539 2 m. CW TR 442

26/06/2005 12:37 OH1MDR KP1UJ 559 579 2 m. CW TR 320

26/06/2005 12:46 OH6JKW KP2BN 55 57 2 m. SSB TR 460

26/06/2005 12:47 OH6KTL KP2OJ 57 59 2 m. SSB TR 433

26/06/2005 12:48 OH1OP KP1CM 57 59 2 m. SSB TR 223

26/06/2005 12:48 OH3JR KP21GA 57 59 2 m. SSB TR 313

26/06/2005 12:49 OH6QU KP3SD 53 53 2 m. SSB TR 515

26/06/2005 12:53 ES6DO KO27WX 559 589 2 m. CW TR 237

26/06/2005 13:01 OH2FT KP1XP 549 549 2 m. CW TR 262

26/06/2005 13:04 OH6UW KP22 519 539 2 m. CW TR 475+-

26/06/2005 13:07 OH1NOR KPXL 599 599 2 m. CW TR 218

26/06/2005 13:21 SP2IQW JO94GM 53 55 2 m. SSB TR 491

26/06/2005 13:28 YL3GDF KO26XM 59 59 2 m. SSB TR 326

26/06/2005 13:33 LY2BUU KO15XH 529 599 2 m. CW TR 377

26/06/2005 13:39 OH1XT KP1UK 559 579 2 m. CW TR 325

26/06/2005 13:45 OH6AR KP2QR 529 569 2 m. CW TR 469

26/06/2005 13:46 RX1AS KO59FX 569 599 2 m. CW TR 509

26/06/2005 13:49 RX1AX KO59EW 539 559 2 m. CW TR 503

26/06/2005 13:52 RU1AA KP4XD 559 599 2 m. CW TR 488

26/06/2005 13:53 RU1AC KP5EJ 519 579 2 m. CW TR 519

26/06/2005 13:57 RA1AY KP5EA 529 559 2 m. CW TR 506

26/06/2005 14:01 ES2RJ KO29KM 599 599 2 m. CW TR 200

26/06/2005 14:09 OH5KE KP3NN 559 579 2 m. CW TR 369

26/06/2005 14:13 OH2HEJ KP2ME 53 55 2 m. SSB TR 255

26/06/2005 14:16 OH4HXK KP21UM 53 57 2 m. SSB TR 393

26/06/2005 14:17 OH3HPU KP2XQ 57 57 2 m. SSB TR 329

26/06/2005 14:33 YL3DW KO26CW 529 599 2 m. CW TR 221

26/06/2005 15:02 SM7EOI JO86FP 519 539 2 m. CW TR 388

26/06/2005 16:12 SM2CEW KP15CR R26 27 2 m. FSK4 MS 801

26/06/2005 16:27 DG6JF/P JO33QN R26 26 2 m. FSK4 MS 1057

26/06/2005 16:32 PE1IKX JO22EA R27 26 2 m. FSK4 MS 1321

26/06/2005 16:48 PA1GYS JO22WW R26 27 2 m. FSK4 MS 1178

26/06/2005 16:52 G4DEZ JO3AE R26 26 2 m. FSK4 MS 1482

26/06/2005 16:58 DL2ARD JO6AR R37 26 2 m. FSK4 MS 1073

26/06/2005 17:06 DF6YL JO31WS R26 38 2 m. FSK4 MS 1164

26/06/2005 17:14 PA3DOL JO22MT R26 27 2 m. FSK4 MS 1231

26/06/2005 17:20 PA5KM JO11WL R27 27 2 m. FSK4 MS 1387

26/06/2005 18:50 RA3WDK KO81BR R26 26 2 m. FSK4 MS 1171

26/06/2005 19:36 SP2QBQ JO94FL R38 27 2 m. FSK4 TR 498

26/06/2005 19:46 S54T JN75EW R26 27 2 m. FSK4 MS 1489

26/06/2005 19:58 DH2UAK JO71FU R28 27 2 m. FSK4 MS 880

26/06/2005 20:01 OE6IWG JN77PK R28 27 2 m. FSK4 MS 1309

26/06/2005 20:19 PA3CEE JO33JI R26 27 2 m. FSK4 MS 1102

26/06/2005 21:16 IZ4AIK JN63HV R27 26 2 m. FSK4 MS 1747

26/06/2005 21:32 SP6IWQ JO8HK R26 26 2 m. FSK4 MS 962

26/06/2005 21:45 G8VHI IO92FM 26 R27 2 m. FSK4 MS 1611

26/06/2005 22:40 DH8IAB JO3NO R27 26 2 m. FSK4 MS 1294

26/06/2005 22:43 OK1UAK JO7MV R26 27 2 m. FSK4 MS 956

26/06/2005 23:34 S57EA JN75EW R26 26 2 m. FSK4 MS 1489

27/06/2005 05:00 PA3BIY JO22EB R27 27 2 m. FSK4 MS 1318

27/06/2005 05:26 IW1BCV JN44FS R28 27 2 m. FSK4 MS 1782

27/06/2005 05:33 DG5AAG JO51CT R27 27 2 m. FSK4 MS 1052

27/06/2005 05:35 HA5UK JN97OM R27 28 2 m. FSK4 MS 1236

27/06/2005 06:12 OK1UND JO7VA R27 26 2 m. FSK4 MS 1025

27/06/2005 06:35 YZ7MON KN4AX R26 27 2 m. FSK4 MS 1511

27/06/2005 06:37 YU1EV KN4CN R27 27 2 m. FSK4 MS 1556

27/06/2005 06:46 YU1IO KN4LP R27 27 2 m. FSK4 MS 1544

27/06/2005 06:55 F6HVK JN27LH R27 26 2 m. FSK4 MS 1679

27/06/2005 07:10 DJ2GM JN58SC 27 R27 2 m. FSK4 MS 1345

27/06/2005 07:46 F6EAS IN98LV R38 R26 2 m. FSK4 MS 1838

27/06/2005 08:03 DL1DUR JO7KV R26 27 2 m. FSK4 MS 961

27/06/2005 08:20 DD7PC JN49AX R26 R27 2 m. FSK4 MS 1306

27/06/2005 08:30 PA3BGM JO33CE R27 27 2 m. FSK4 MS 1144

27/06/2005 08:46 LZ2FO KN13KX R26 27 2 m. FSK4 MS 1618

27/06/2005 09:12 OM7CM JN98NR R26 R27 2 m. FSK4 MS 1104

27/06/2005 09:36 UX5UL KO5 26 R26 2 m. FSK4 MS 1063+-

27/06/2005 09:47 DJ9YE JO43HV R38 27 2 m. FSK4 MS 969

 

NC: RA3DHK, DH9GCD, DL5MCG, DL1YMK, G8TIC, OK2AF, DF1SO, SP6HED, SP6MLK, OK2PM

 

HRD: RK3AF, RZ3AED, IK5YJY, DL8ZT, HA5CBA, DJ9FG, RX3DUR, HA8CE, PA1LA

 


 

June 25/26, 2005:

After taking down everything in KO17 we went to KO07XX again just to get into the worst weather we so far experienced here on the island. It’s been “raining cats & dogs” and stormy winds from the Baltic Sea inlands. No chance to erect any antennas except for the 10 GHz station (Heiko’s been a bit faster, hi). But took that one down as well after 40 min getting wet down to skin. :-( So decided to cancel the operation as it also gets dangerous for the caravan in the mud away from the roads. And it’s not really funny with all that portable stuff to erect, taking down, etc. during rain, living & sleeping in wet clothes and sleeping bags, a.s.o. – sorry guys! :-(

BTW: All you Europeans who can’t sleep at night due to the hot weather there let us tell you we just had to start heating in the caravans as outside temperatures are just above 10 deg. C here at the moment. Oh what a bad world … And we’re right now at the point again, where one starts thinking about why doing all this crazy amateur radio square activation stuff a.s.o. (Do you know that?) … Shall we consult the doctor’s? ;-)

 

ES0/DG1BHA – KO07XX – wkd:

 

25/06/2005 14:47 ES2RJ KO29KM 59S 59S 10 GHz SSB TR 240

25/06/2005 14:56 ES2RJ KO29KM 59S 59S 10 GHz CW TR 240

25/06/2005 15:21 SMFZH JO99HI 59S 59S 10 GHz SSB TR 246

 


 

June 24/25, 2005:

Have been building up everything in KO17AW. Unfortunately the 70 cm antenna has been broken, hope to find some time to repair to be QRV again in KO07/08 at least. It’s been quite windy overhere so although sun was shining all day long it’s been feeling rather cold. WX not very good for tropo contacts, even mid-range distance QSOs were plagued by tremendous QSB so CW was once again the mode to go. ;-)

Meteor Scatter condx were excellent around 23-24 UTC but activity was very bad – what a pity, could have given a new one to many more people. Anyway, here’s what we caught:

 

ES0/DG1BHA – KO17AW – wkd:

 

24/06/2005 20:05 SM1HOW JO97GL 519 539 10 GHz CW TR 214

 

ES0/DH8BQA – KO17AW – wkd:

 

24/06/2005 16:37 OH2HEJ KP2ME 52 55 2 m. SSB TR 303

24/06/2005 16:39 ES7GN KO28TI 59 59 2 m. SSB TR 215

24/06/2005 16:40 YL3GDF KO26XM 57 59 2 m. SSB TR 283

24/06/2005 16:45 OH1OP KP1CM 55 59 2 m. SSB TR 287

24/06/2005 16:52 ES7GM KO28TI 579 599 2 m. CW TR 215

24/06/2005 16:53 RX1AS KO59FX 56 57 2 m. SSB TR 533

24/06/2005 16:55 RX1AX KO59EW 53 56 2 m. SSB TR 527

24/06/2005 16:56 ES2RJ KO29KM 59 59 2 m. SSB TR 240

24/06/2005 16:59 ES6DL KO38HC 51 58 2 m. SSB TR 270

24/06/2005 17:02 ES7WH KO28SI 529 599 2 m. CW TR 210

24/06/2005 17:06 ES2RJ KO29KM 559 579 23 cm. CW TR 240

24/06/2005 17:39 RU1AA KP4XD 519 579 2 m. CW TR 515

24/06/2005 17:58 YL2OK KO37AS 599 599 2 m. CW TR 237

24/06/2005 18:10 YL3AG KO26AW 599 599 2 m. CW TR 163

24/06/2005 18:13 YL3AG KO26AW 559 579 23 cm. CW TR 163

24/06/2005 18:20 OH6MW KP2IM 529 559 2 m. CW TR 325

24/06/2005 18:22 OH3UW KP21FA 559 579 2 m. CW TR 369

24/06/2005 18:48 LY2SA KO14LL 559 579 2 m. CW TR 389

24/06/2005 18:52 SP4JCQ KO13NC 51 52 2 m. SSB TR 542

24/06/2005 19:02 SP2MKO JO93CB 419 559 2 m. CW TR 593

24/06/2005 19:20 SP2QBQ JO94FL 519 529 2 m. CW TR 444

24/06/2005 19:22 SM7EOI JO86FP 539 559 2 m. CW TR 365

24/06/2005 19:33 SM7LCB JO86GH 57 55 23 cm. SSB TR 378

24/06/2005 19:39 SM1HOW JO97GL 569 569 23 cm. CW TR 214

24/06/2005 21:26 PE1IKX JO22EA R27 27 2 m. FSK4 MS 1299

24/06/2005 21:37 SP2JYR JO92GP R27 27 2 m. FSK4 MS 628

24/06/2005 21:46 YU7EW KN5HP R27 27 2 m. FSK4 MS 1370

24/06/2005 22:33 OE6IWG JN77PK R38 27 2 m. FSK4 MS 1251

24/06/2005 22:38 SP6IWQ JO8HK R26 26 2 m. FSK4 MS 904

24/06/2005 22:41 DF6YL JO31WS R27 27 2 m. FSK4 MS 1133

24/06/2005 22:52 DG6JF/P JO33QN R27 26 2 m. FSK4 MS 1035

24/06/2005 23:14 YZ7MON KN4AX R26 27 2 m. FSK4 MS 1447

24/06/2005 23:31 PA2KW JO22SB R36 27 2 m. FSK4 MS 1233

24/06/2005 23:40 PA3BIY JO22EB R27 27 2 m. FSK4 MS 1296

25/06/2005 00:14 DK5WL JN49DW 26 R27 2 m. FSK4 MS 1261

25/06/2005 00:23 DF5NK JN59PM R27 27 2 m. FSK4 MS 1170

25/06/2005 00:34 DL8EBW JO31NF R27 27 2 m. FSK4 MS 1212

25/06/2005 00:46 DF5DE JO4CX 27 R27 2 m. FSK4 MS 1178

25/06/2005 00:54 PE1GNP JO31IX R27 26 2 m. FSK4 MS 1177

25/06/2005 04:11 HA8CE KN6EN R27 27 2 m. FSK4 MS 1269

25/06/2005 04:22 HA3UU JN96JJ R27 29 2 m. FSK4 MS 1302

25/06/2005 04:46 OK1UAK JN79WX R27 27 2 m. FSK4 MS 971

25/06/2005 04:49 LZ2FO KN13KX R27 27 2 m. FSK4 MS 1553

25/06/2005 05:03 IW4ARD JN64FD R27 27 2 m. FSK4 MS 1669

25/06/2005 05:05 S54T JN75EW R37 27 2 m. FSK4 MS 1431

25/06/2005 05:18 I6BQI JN72BK R27 26 2 m. FSK4 MS 1810

25/06/2005 05:41 UYUP KO5FJ R27 R27 2 m. FSK4 MS 1000

25/06/2005 06:00 RA3WDK KO81BR R27 26 2 m. FSK4 MS 1132

25/06/2005 06:20 HA5UK JN97OM R27 27 2 m. FSK4 MS 1173

25/06/2005 06:27 SP6GWB JO8JG R27 27 2 m. FSK4 MS 918

25/06/2005 06:32 HA5CW JN97PM R27 27 2 m. FSK4 MS 1172

25/06/2005 06:50 S53J JN75EV R27 27 2 m. FSK4 MS 1436

25/06/2005 07:00 DK5EW R27 27 2 m. FSK4 MS 1251+-

25/06/2005 07:06 DL4DWA JO61QH R27 28 2 m. FSK4 MS 922

25/06/2005 07:54 DL1DUR JO7KV R27 27 2 m. FSK4 MS 909

25/06/2005 08:10 IV3GTH JN65ST R27 27 2 m. FSK4 MS 1466

25/06/2005 08:17 DJ5BV JO3KI R27 26 2 m. FSK4 MS 1293

25/06/2005 08:28 HA5CBA JN97OM R27 27 2 m. FSK4 MS 1173

25/06/2005 08:50 IW1BCV JN44FS R37 27 2 m. FSK4 MS 1734

 

NC: RZ6BU, G4RRA

 


 

June 23/24, 2005:

Last day of MS activity from KO18. Obviously we worked everybody interested as almost nobody replied after long CQs. We closed everything down for 2m & up here and will only do some shortwave from this location (our base camp). Will go to KO17, 07 and 08 with the second caravan starting this afternoon, see future plans section above.

 

ES0/DH8BQA – KO18AE – wkd:

 

23/06/2005 21:03 S54T JN75EW R27 27 2 m. FSK4 MS 1457

23/06/2005 21:38 HA5LV JN97ML R26 26 2 m. FSK4 MS 1207

24/06/2005 06:12 OZ5AGJ JO56DF R27 27 2 m. FSK4 MS 739

24/06/2005 06:21 DL4DWA JO61QH R27 27 2 m. FSK4 MS 944

24/06/2005 07:02 DF6YL JO31WS R27 27 2 m. FSK4 MS 1147

24/06/2005 07:22 OK1FFD JO6CF R27 27 2 m. FSK4 MS 1089

 

NC: IK4DRY

 


 

June 22/23, 2005:

With very bad weather our motivation is quite a bit down. It’s been raining a lot and building up and taking down all the equipment and antennas is not that funny as one might think. ;-) Please remember we’re doing all those things over here in a pure portable setup! So we decided to stay in the base camp until better weather (see future plans above). Anyway did some MS again last night:

 

ES0/DH8BQA – KO18AE – wkd:

 

22/06/2005 20:31 SP6GWB JO8JG 26 R27 2 m. FSK4 MS 943

22/06/2005 21:24 ON6NL JO21UE R37 36 2 m. FSK4 MS 1301

22/06/2005 21:27 PA2M JO21JP R28 27 2 m. FSK4 MS 1315

22/06/2005 21:30 OO7EH JO2FV R28 28 2 m. FSK4 MS 1387

22/06/2005 21:39 OK1UAK JN79WX 27 R26 2 m. FSK4 MS 996

22/06/2005 22:03 DL1DAX JO31RM R27 27 2 m. FSK4 MS 1187

22/06/2005 22:26 YU7EW KN5HP R27 27 2 m. FSK4 MS 1397

22/06/2005 22:49 DF8IK JO3JT R26 R26 2 m. FSK4 MS 1276

22/06/2005 23:30 YZ7MON KN4AX 26 R27 2 m. FSK4 MS 1475

22/06/2005 23:42 UYUP KO5FJ R27 27 2 m. FSK4 MS 1022

23/06/2005 06:31 IW1BCV JN44FS R26 26 2 m. FSK4 MS 1756

23/06/2005 06:37 IV3DXW JN65QQ R27 27 2 m. FSK4 MS 1508

23/06/2005 06:48 DK7BY JO42KH R27 27 2 m. FSK4 MS 1056

23/06/2005 07:22 DL3LST JO61FI R27 27 2 m. FSK4 MS 975

23/06/2005 07:53 HA6NQ JN98WA R27 26 2 m. FSK4 MS 1139

23/06/2005 08:00 DJ9CZ JO31BC R38 28 2 m. FSK4 MS 1286

23/06/2005 08:13 DL5BBF JO42LT 26 R26 2 m. FSK4 MS 1015

23/06/2005 08:33 DL2RMC JN68GI R27 27 2 m. FSK4 MS 1260

23/06/2005 08:38 HA5CW JN97PM R27 27 2 m. FSK4 MS 1200

23/06/2005 08:41 OK1COM JN79HJ R27 27 2 m. FSK4 MS 1090

23/06/2005 09:18 HA5UK JN97OM R27 27 2 m. FSK4 MS 1201

23/06/2005 09:32 DKOG JN68GI R27 27 2 m. FSK4 MS 1260

23/06/2005 09:43 IZ4AIK JN63HV R27 26 2 m. FSK4 MS 1716

 

NC: I6BQI

 


 

June 21/22, 2005:

Went to a top location to participate in the 23 cm NAC tonight. Although all tropo ducting was gone – as usual before a contest starts, hi – we had quite some fun as KO08XM is a very neat location: free takeoff over water from SW over S and W and N to NE – really excellent.

 

We also built up the 10 GHz station of Heiko resulting in some very good 3 cm contacts from overthere.

 

ES0/DG1BHA – KO08XM – wkd:

 

21/06/2005 17:22 OH/OH2LAK/P KO9CX 59+ 59+ 10 GHz SSB TR 190

21/06/2005 17:41 ES2RJ KO29KM 559 579 10 GHz CW TR 200

21/06/2005 17:48 SM7LCB JO86GH 59+ 59+ 10 GHz SSB TR 406

21/06/2005 17:55 SM1HOW JO97GL 59+ 59+ 10 GHz SSB TR 232

21/06/2005 18:01 SM1SBI JO97FK 59+ 59+ 10 GHz SSB TR 239

21/06/2005 18:16 OH2AXH KP2OK 529 529 10 GHz CW TR 281

21/06/2005 18:55 SMFZH JO99HI 59+ 59+ 10 GHz SSB TR 212

21/06/2005 19:20 SMDFP JO89VL 57 56 10 GHz SSB TR 261

 

After the NAC and some more tropo contacts on 2 m and 70 cm (nice to catch DL7APV in Berlin on troposcatter) we did some MS again resulting in the following QSO totals for KO08XM:

 

ES0/DH8BQA – KO08XM – wkd:

 

21/06/2005 16:28 SQ2EEQ JO94JC 519 559 70 cm. CW TR 528

21/06/2005 17:00 OHJFP KPAB 59 59 23 cm. SSB TR 203

21/06/2005 17:14 OH/OH2LAK/P KO9CX 579 579 23 cm. CW TR 190

21/06/2005 17:25 ES2RJ KO29KM 579 599 23 cm. CW TR 200

21/06/2005 17:41 SM7LCB JO86GH 59 59 23 cm. SSB TR 406

21/06/2005 17:49 SM1MUT JO97CJ 57 59 23 cm. SSB TR 254

21/06/2005 17:51 SM1HOW JO97GL 59 59 23 cm. SSB TR 232

21/06/2005 17:56 SKUX JO99BM 53 55 23 cm. SSB TR 246

21/06/2005 18:00 SM1A JO97FK 59 59 23 cm. SSB TR 239

21/06/2005 18:06 OH2AXH KP2OK 559 569 23 cm. CW TR 281

21/06/2005 18:32 SMDFP JO89VL 559 579 23 cm. CW TR 261

21/06/2005 18:37 SM3BEI JP81NG 549 569 23 cm. CW TR 407

21/06/2005 18:42 YL3AG KO26AW 579 579 23 cm. CW TR 215

21/06/2005 18:49 OH2RH KP2ID 55 55 23 cm. SSB TR 239

21/06/2005 18:51 SMFZH JO99HI 59 59 23 cm. SSB TR 212

21/06/2005 18:52 OH2K KP2IF 55 55 23 cm. SSB TR 246

21/06/2005 18:56 OHA JP9XD 57 57 23 cm. SSB TR 213

21/06/2005 19:02 SM3AKW JP92AO 539 559 23 cm. CW TR 502

21/06/2005 19:21 OZ6OL JO65DJ 519 429 23 cm. CW TR 680

21/06/2005 19:26 SK7MW JO65MJ 529 519 23 cm. CW TR 642

21/06/2005 19:48 RW1AW KP5DA 519 559 23 cm. CW TR 501

21/06/2005 20:00 OH5LK KP3ON 539 559 23 cm. CW TR 373

21/06/2005 20:03 OH2ML KP2AG 559 559 23 cm. CW TR 227

21/06/2005 20:05 ES2WX KO29JN 599 599 23 cm. CW TR 199

21/06/2005 20:18 SM3LBN JP8IO 559 559 23 cm. CW TR 375

21/06/2005 20:26 SP2QBQ JO94FL 57 59 23 cm. SSB TR 498

21/06/2005 20:30 SP2QBQ JO94FL 59 59 70 cm. SSB TR 498

21/06/2005 20:47 DL7APV JO62JR 519 419 70 cm. CW TR 862

21/06/2005 20:52 SP2JXN JO94GJ 559 559 70 cm. CW TR 504

21/06/2005 21:22 SP2WHE JO94HI 55 56 2 m. SSB TR 506

21/06/2005 21:24 SP2IQW JO94GM 55 59 2 m. SSB TR 491

21/06/2005 21:27 SP2FAV JO94MA 529 559 2 m. CW TR 532

21/06/2005 21:36 OH3BYZ KP21UA 549 579 2 m. CW TR 348

21/06/2005 22:02 PA5DD JO22IC R27 27 2 m. FSK4 MS 1298

21/06/2005 22:14 PE9DX JO33MD R27 26 2 m. FSK4 MS 1103

21/06/2005 22:20 OK1TEH JO7FD R27 27 2 m. FSK4 MS 1049

21/06/2005 22:33 S54O JN75PS R27 26 2 m. FSK4 MS 1487

21/06/2005 22:48 I4YNO JN54KP 27 R26 2 m. FSK4 MS 1717

21/06/2005 22:51 HA6NQ JN98WA R27 26 2 m. FSK4 MS 1175

21/06/2005 22:55 OO7EH JO2FV R27 27 2 m. FSK4 MS 1401

21/06/2005 22:58 OK1KT JO7WE R28 27 2 m. FSK4 MS 1006

21/06/2005 23:35 IW4EHZ JN54ML R27 39 2 m. FSK4 MS 1729

21/06/2005 23:38 HA6NY JN98WC R27 26 2 m. FSK4 MS 1166

21/06/2005 23:45 HB9DFG JN37SM R27 26 2 m. FSK4 MS 1550

21/06/2005 23:51 DF5NK JN59PM R27 27 2 m. FSK4 MS 1216

22/06/2005 00:19 S51WX JN75OS R26 26 2 m. FSK4 MS 1488

22/06/2005 00:40 PA3COB JO32MF R38 27 2 m. FSK4 MS 1169

22/06/2005 04:18 HA3UU JN96JJ R27 29 2 m. FSK4 MS 1364

22/06/2005 04:26 S53VV JN65UM R27 26 2 m. FSK4 MS 1549

22/06/2005 04:39 IK4PMB JN54MM R27 27 2 m. FSK4 MS 1725

22/06/2005 04:48 DJ8ES JO43SX R27 27 2 m. FSK4 MS 916

22/06/2005 04:52 DL4DWA JO61QH R27 27 2 m. FSK4 MS 969

22/06/2005 04:57 PE1GNP JO31IX R27 27 2 m. FSK4 MS 1205

22/06/2005 05:13 SP2JYR JO92GP R27 27 2 m. FSK4 MS 687

22/06/2005 05:16 DK3BU JO33NO R27 26 2 m. FSK4 MS 1067

22/06/2005 05:41 S51AT JN75GW R27 26 2 m. FSK4 MS 1485

22/06/2005 05:47 HA5UK JN97OM R27 27 2 m. FSK4 MS 1236

22/06/2005 05:52 PE1AHX JO21OS R37 28 2 m. FSK4 MS 1296

22/06/2005 06:08 G4RRA IO8BS R27 27 2 m. FSK4 MS 1855

22/06/2005 06:13 YU7EW KN5HP R27 26 2 m. FSK4 MS 1434

22/06/2005 06:58 G8VYK JO1FO R27 27 2 m. FSK4 MS 1560

22/06/2005 07:23 DJ9CZ JO31BC R27 27 2 m. FSK4 MS 1301

22/06/2005 07:28 DC9YC JO31PJ R27 27 2 m. FSK4 MS 1222

22/06/2005 07:36 DF8IK JO3JT R27 26 2 m. FSK4 MS 1293

22/06/2005 07:40 DK3WG JO72GI R27 27 2 m. FSK4 MS 829

22/06/2005 07:55 ON6NL JO21UE R26 R26 2 m. FSK4 MS 1315

22/06/2005 08:04 DL6ZAU JO4JF R27 26 2 m. FSK4 MS 1251

22/06/2005 08:14 SP6GWB JO8JG R27 27 2 m. FSK4 MS 975

22/06/2005 08:34 ON4IMM JO11UB R27 26 2 m. FSK4 MS 1426

22/06/2005 08:54 F6HVK JN27LH 27 R26 2 m. FSK4 MS 1679

22/06/2005 09:04 DK7BY JO42KH R27 27 2 m. FSK4 MS 1073

22/06/2005 09:10 DL6BF JO32QI R38 27 2 m. FSK4 MS 1143

22/06/2005 09:42 DL1DAX JO31RM R27 R27 2 m. FSK4 MS 1204

 

NC: ON4CHP, F5VHX

 


 

June 20/21, 2005:

After taking the equipment down in KO07 we finally went to the booked base QTH in KO18AE. After setting down the caravans we went through the island to look for a good location in KO08 for Tuesday evening to do tropo on 2/70/23 and of course some MS again to give out this extremely rare one to you.

While driving we got bombarded with SMS “Where are you?” as there was a good tropo duct over the Baltic sea – our fellows at home could hear the ES0SHF beacon located on the north side of Saaremaa on 23 cm with strong signals. So we did hurry to come back to the base camp and build up all the V/U/SHF stuff and caught some nice contacts due to the ducting although the QTH in KO18AE is rather bad for tropo. After that we started MS again resulting in the following QSO total:

 

ES0/DH8BQA – KO18AE – wkd:

 

20/06/2005 21:08 OH5LK KP3ON 519 559 23 cm. CW TR 394

20/06/2005 21:11 DL3BUA JO73DB 519 599 23 cm. CW TR 748

20/06/2005 21:14 SM1HOW JO97GL 59 59 23 cm. SSB TR 222

20/06/2005 21:17 DL3BUA JO73DB 53 53 23 cm. SSB TR 748

20/06/2005 21:18 SM7LCB JO86GH 59 59 23 cm. SSB TR 391

20/06/2005 21:23 ES2RJ KO29KM 55 57 23 cm. SSB TR 220

20/06/2005 21:38 OZ6OL JO65DJ 57 56 70 cm. SSB TR 669

20/06/2005 21:56 DL3BUA JO73DB 559 559 70 cm. CW TR 748

20/06/2005 22:00 DL3BUA JO73DB 52 53 70 cm. SSB TR 748

20/06/2005 22:06 SP2MKO JO93CB 559 559 70 cm. CW TR 618

20/06/2005 22:15 SM7FMX JO65KN 57 55 70 cm. SSB TR 628

20/06/2005 22:36 SM7FMX JO65KN 52 55 23 cm. SSB TR 628

20/06/2005 22:45 SP2MKO JO93CB 549 559 2 m. CW TR 618

20/06/2005 23:10 DF5NK JN59PM R27 27 2 m. FSK4 MS 1191

20/06/2005 23:55 S51AT JN75GW R26 26 2 m. FSK4 MS 1453

21/06/2005 00:10 PA3BIY JO22EB R27 27 2 m. FSK4 MS 1307

21/06/2005 00:27 PDHCV JO31FW R27 27 2 m. FSK4 MS 1207

21/06/2005 00:43 PA3COB JO32MF R26 27 2 m. FSK4 MS 1155

21/06/2005 08:18 SP2JYR JO92GP 27 R26 2 m. FSK4 MS 654

21/06/2005 08:22 PE1GNP JO31IX R26 27 2 m. FSK4 MS 1191

21/06/2005 08:34 DF2ZC JO3RN 27 R27 2 m. FSK4 MS 1264

21/06/2005 08:40 DK3WG JO72GI 27 R27 2 m. FSK4 MS 803

21/06/2005 09:18 OK1TEH JO7FD R27 27 2 m. FSK4 MS 1020

21/06/2005 09:28 PE1AHX JO21OS R27 26 2 m. FSK4 MS 1284

21/06/2005 09:32 DJ9CZ JO31BC R27 37 2 m. FSK4 MS 1286

 

NC: DB8AT, ON4CHP, DL1DAX

 


 

June 19/20, 2005:

We were much earlier than announced on the island as the "Via Baltica" route through Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia was really good to drive (no comparison to the very bad roads in Eastern Poland). So we decided to go to KO07XX immediately to check the location and do some Meteor Scatter.

There is a very nice place directly at the coastline next to a lighthouse with perfect takeoff – just water, hi – from S over W to N. Although we announced our activity start for the next day only there’s been good activity already so we could do quite some MS-QSOs + a few on tropo that night and Monday morning.

 

ES0/DH8BQA – KO07XX – wkd:

 

19/06/2005 23:22 DF5NK JN59PM R27 27 2 m. FSK4 MS 1170

19/06/2005 23:37 G8VHI IO92FM R26 26 2 m. FSK4 MS 1598

20/06/2005 00:05 S57EA JN75EW R27 26 2 m. FSK4 MS 1434

20/06/2005 00:14 HB9DFG JN37SM R26 26 2 m. FSK4 MS 1508

20/06/2005 00:25 PA3COB JO32MF R26 27 2 m. FSK4 MS 1140

20/06/2005 08:27 F6HVK JN27LH R27 26 2 m. FSK4 MS 1640

20/06/2005 08:35 PE1GNP JO31IX R27 27 2 m. FSK4 MS 1175

20/06/2005 08:40 GW8IZR IO73TI R26 26 2 m. FSK4 MS 1716

20/06/2005 08:43 PA3DZL JO21HM R27 27 2 m. FSK4 MS 1318

20/06/2005 08:50 PE1AHX JO21OS R27 27 2 m. FSK4 MS 1269

20/06/2005 08:55 OZ1LPR JO44UW R27 27 2 m. FSK4 MS 823

20/06/2005 09:01 DK3WG JO72GI R28 27 2 m. FSK4 MS 782

20/06/2005 09:12 G4RRA IO8BS 26 R27 2 m. FSK4 MS 1839

20/06/2005 09:16 DJ9CZ JO31BC 28 R27 2 m. FSK4 MS 1270

20/06/2005 09:21 PA3FSA JO23RF R27 27 2 m. FSK4 MS 1159

20/06/2005 09:35 PDORT JO23RE R27 27 2 m. FSK4 MS 1161

20/06/2005 09:46 SP3VSC JO92DF 27 R27 2 m. FSK4 MS 680

20/06/2005 10:00 ON6NL JO21UE R26 37 2 m. FSK4 MS 1285

20/06/2005 10:19 LA4XGA JP33VC R26 27 2 m. FSK4 MS 958

20/06/2005 10:23 OH5LK KP3ON 57 58 2 m. SSB TR 414

20/06/2005 10:34 SM1SBI JO97FK 59 59 2 m. SSB TR 216

20/06/2005 10:35 OZ9AEG JO57GJ 52 51 2 m. SSB TR 681

20/06/2005 10:36 SM3LBN JP8IO 55 55 2 m. SSB TR 417

 

NC: YU7EW

 


 

Here on Saaremaa Island we’re using the following equipment:

 

HF: TS-450S, 100W, GPA-30 groundplane and FD-4 Windom

50 MHz: IC-706, 100W, 4 ele Yagi

144 MHz: IC-910H + PA, 350W, MGF1302, 9 ele F9FT Yagi

432 MHz: IC-910H, 70 W, MGF1302, 10 ele DK7ZB Yagi

1296 MHz: IC-910H, 10W, (no preamp) 23 ele F9FT Yagi

10368 MHz: FT-790R/II + DB6NT transverter, 1W, 60 cm dish

 


 

Some general comments (we made during our expedition and published earlier on this web page already):

 

We announced to be active on Meteor Scatter on 144.383 MHz and did so for the first few days. After that we got quite some complaints as this frequency is covered by SAT-RX and TV QRM all over half of Europe. As we want you to work us and get a new grid square we finally decided to change our operating frequency to 144.386 MHz FSK441A after discussing this alternative with some of the guys who were plagued by the QRM.

Guess what happened after that? Again complaints that 386 is no good and so on! Well, we won’t change frequency again as we cannot make it right to everyone, sorry. Usually bursts are strong enough to overcome the QRM and get good decoding. So go ahead and try to QSO, thanks. We promise your satisfaction will be at least twice as high after a completed contact. ;-)

 

Another word concerning the DX cluster network: Yes, we do have access to the cluster via a GSM-GPRS link (telnet through internet via mobile phone). As this does cost our money we’re not there all time! We read quite some “sked requests” through the cluster but we will ignore them as we do only random operation! We simply don’t want to know if DGxxx or S5xx is calling us or not! When we get some bursts from them we will reply and do a QSO, otherwise not. That’s the way WE play the game – do it our way or let it be. ;-)

The only exception is when stations far away from our main antenna direction are asking us to turn antennas their way we will usually do so to give them a chance as well. This is only valid for Russia/Ukraine and Northern Scandinavia as we would normally not call CQ into their direction as the response from there is usually zero.

 


 

Please do QSL via the home calls, through the bureau or direct, just as you like to.

 

73’s from the expedition crew of XYL Gabi, Heiko (DG1BHA), Uwe (DL3BQA) and Olli (DH8BQA).

 


 

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