FP/KV1J

FP/W1MAT

  July 2008 DXpedition to Miquelon  

Grid GN17       CQ Zone 5         ITU Zone 9
IOTA NA-032
    DIFO FP-002   

Link to other trips

25 July:  Our logs are loaded up to LOTW with a 27% confirmation rate.  We will send our QSL order to the printer early next week. Thanks for all the cards received and the nice comments!  The support from the ham community was super and made the trip a wonderful experience for us.  We enjoyed giving out new ones for folks and pushing the edges a bit like PSK31 which was new for me.

20 July:  Back home.  Had fun, thanks for all the QSOs!

15 July:  Leaving Miquelon, will operate a little from the hotel in St. Pierre tomorrow.  Fly to Sydney NS on Thursday.  Still trying 6M on 50.112 but no openings this far north.  We did have a good opening last week to middle and south USA and to EA8 area.

12 July:  Ready for IARU.  (Matthew switched to 50 Watts after very little luck with QRP)

08 July:  We are in Miquelon. Good news - the MOTEL DE MIQUELON (aka Maxotel) is reopening.  They are not ready yet but we are allowed to stay at the Maxotel and set up our antennas.  We put up one set for 80-10M this afternoon and should be on starting tonight for a while.  There is wifi but it is weak in the room.

11 June:  We just learned on 9 June that our reservations for the Maxotel Hotel on Miquelon were cancelled.  The hotel was unable to open this season. We have made other arrangements on the island but, at this time, are not sure if our antenna capabilities will be limited.  Our quarters may also be smaller making it difficult to have two stations on simultaneously.   Some of this will not be settled until we are on Miquelon.

FP/W1MAT on RTTY -

Antennas - L-R ->  3 ele 6M and 80M Off Certer Dipole, 30M Vert (leaning on building), 
TW2010 (Small black
I in middle), 80/40 Vert. (lots of radials) -

Matthew FP/W1MAT shows Jean-Pierre FP5CJ some of the features of the FT-817 while 
we were at the Hotel Robert in Saint Pierre -

 

Schedule

Sunday 6 July Arrive Saint Pierre

Tuesday 8 July Ferry to Miquelon and setup antennas

Wednesday 9 July through Monday 14 July On the air SSB, CW, RTTY, PSK31 - 80M - 6M

12 -13 July  - IARU Contest (Zone 9):

     FP/KV1J Low Power - 100 watts, 80-10, CW and SSB, (possible 160M)

     FP/W1MAT QRP 50 Watts, 80-10, SSB

Tuesday 15 July Pack up and return to Saint Pierre

Thursday 17 July Leave Saint Pierre

 

Equipment

KV1J -

Icom IC-7000 (100 W)

LDG AT-7000 Tuner  

W1MAT -

Yaesu FT-817 (5 W)

Elecraft T1 Tuner  

Tokyo HyPower HL-50B (50W)

LDG Z-100 Tuner

Tigertronics SignaLink USB

Both -

Two K1NQ/YCCC 6 band - bandpass filters

Two laptops with N1MM logger, MMTTY

 

Antennas

Verticals for 40M through 10M thanks to Paul K9OT and Peg KB9LIE

TW2010 20M through 10M with radial system modeled by NE1RD in his pursuit of the 100 Pound DXpedition project.

Cushcraft MA8040V 80M and 40M modified for easier transport  

N1IW Off-Centered Fed Dipole 80M - 10M,  height = 6m       (removable 160M extensions)
    - Balun custom built by W1STT - Thanks Richie!!

Cushcraft 3 element 6M Yagi up 6m

SteppIR Vertical  (Thanks Roger G3SXW and Nigel G3TXF  ) 40M through 10M needs repair, may not be available 
    Update on SteppIR - mechanical part repaired but motor was not working (seized) - returned to USA for repair
   25 July 2008 - Parts on order to fix motor
   6 August 2008 - parts arrived.    Will deliver to Maxotel on next trip (March 2009). 

 

QSL Information

Direct to home call.  Please include self addressed envelope with return postage, US$1, 1 Euro, or new style IRC.

Buro to home call.

Logbook of the World, eQSL  

All cards received so far have be answered.  (29 Aug 2008)  Usually next day turnaround now that the backlog has been handled.

QSL Printer - QSL WORKS

KV1J
ERIC WILLIAMS
763 PLEASANT ST
MARLBORO MA 01752
USA
W1MAT
MATTHEW WILLIAMS
763 PLEASANT ST
MARLBORO MA 01752
USA

Cards for both calls can be sent in the same envelope

 

Links

FP/K9OT and FP/KB9LIE

FP/VE7SV

FP/G3SXW and FP/G3TXF  

FP/K9MDO and FP/W9ILY

Saint Pierre & Miquelon tourism web site

Saint Pierre & Miquelon information web

Cheznoo.net includes webcams

NE1RD 100 Pound DXpeditions

KV1J VHF contesting from FN44

 

Thank you to all that have helped us prepare for this trip, especially;

Paul K9OT and Peg KB9LIE

Jean-Pierre FP5CJ

Scott NE1RD  

Richie W1STT

 

Last page update -31 Jan 2010 - KV1J       kv1j (at) arrl (dot) net