FP/KV1J
July 2017 DXpedition to Miquelon  

Op - Eric KV1J

Grid GN17       CQ Zone 5         ITU Zone 9
IOTA NA-032
    DIFO FP-002
   WLOTA 1417

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Updates

ClubLog search

25 May - The private home that I normally operate from has been sold.  I will be operating from a new location in the village and possibly moving during the trip. 160M will be dependant on ability to deploy an antenna.

7 July - Arrived in Miquelon on 4 July. Limited internet access so not able to do updates. Antennas are up but low due to property restrications. Concentrating on 10 and 6 meters looking for openings. 80 and 40 are limted due to the low antenna. May be able to improve later.\

18 July - Packing up and heading back to Saint Pierre.  Conditions were tough especially with the solar events but had fun.  Temporary apartment was very comfortable but was limited in space for antennas.  Was blocked to Europe.  Spiderbeam worked good even though it was only 12 ft up.  6 Meters had good openings in the beginning and then again on the last day.  Was on FT8 mode on 6M and other bands.  15 Sec transmisisons made it more practical for this type of operation compared to JT65.
Was on for a few satellite passes.  Worked Gabe in OX for a new one on Sat.  Did not have a good place to setup outside for the Sat passes and was generally too wet with the fog, so operated from the car.
Logs loaded nightly to LoTW and ClubLog.

25 July - Back home.  All postal mail QSL requests answerd by 29 July.  eQSL logs loaded.

Schedule 2017 

Time Zone is GMT minus 2 hours (daylight savings time)
Current weather

Sunday 2 July Drive to Halifax, NS. May be on satellites during trip

Monday 3 July Fly to St. Pierre.  May operate with limited antennas (Grid GN16)

Tuesday 4 July    Take morning boat to Miquelon.  Setup antennas, station.

Through  mid-day Tuesday 18 July   On the air SSB, CW, RTTY - 80M - 10M
                                                                          Primarily SSB, and RTTY
                                                                          Generally on the highest frequency band open favoring 12M and 10M.
                                                                          Will be checking 6M for indications of openings

 

 I will also be on the linear Satellites (also possibly the FM birds) when the WX is good enough to operate from outside.                                                           

8 - 9 July    IARU HF Contest

15-16 July    NA QSO Party-RTTY,  CQ VHF Contest (6M only)                         

Tuesday 18 July  Take down and take evening boat to Saint Pierre

Wednesday 19 July   Fly to Halifax then drive to Maine

 

Equipment

Elecraft K3

Heathkit SB-200 Amplifier (modified) 80 -10M

Two FT-817s for satellites

laptop with N1MM logger, TinyFSK/2Tone

Tigertronics SignaLink USB

WiFi internet access

N6BV Propagation Prediction

 

Antennas  

N1IW Off-Centered Fed Dipole 80M - 10M,  height = 4m  

SpiderBeam HD Wire Yagi Beam 20M -10M  up 4 meters.

Arrow 2M/70cm yagi for satellites

6 Meter 3 element yagi up 4.5 meters

 

QSL Information

Direct to KV1J.  Please include self addressed envelope with return postage, or US$1, or new style IRC*
                                                                                            *Please only latest style IRCs,  Thanks.

Buro to home call - KV1J

Logbook of the World, eQSL  (will load LoTW about every night and eQSL about one week after I return)

QSL Printer - Mr. QSL

KV1J
ERIC WILLIAMS
763 PLEASANT ST
MARLBORO MA 01752
USA

 KV1J is ok on QRZ.COM

Links

Previous  FP/KV1J trips

FP/K9OT and FP/KB9LIE  

FP/W6HGF

Saint Pierre & Miquelon tourism web site

Cheznoo.net includes webcams

 

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

Jean-Pierre FP5CJ

Paul K9OT and Peg KB9LIE

Al W6HGF

 

Log (all FP/KV1J trips)

Martin RF Supply

 

Last page update - 3 August 2017 - KV1J       kv1j (at) arrl (dot) net