Friday, June 24, 2022

Norwegian trip by SP7VC - 10yrs of 70MHz in Poland

For those unaware, yes, 2012 was the start Year of our 4m activity in Poland. After first fixed QSO's, we decided to keep 4m alive, and started to travel across Poland. Goal was to make whole SP grids active. And I can tell, mission accomplished. There's no grid left in SP to activate on 4m ;-O

During next Years, lot's of grid dxpeditioning across EU took place, to remind just first Balkan trip, or two Scandinavian trips by Mek and Kate. 

This time trip will take place around Norway - On behalf of Mek SP7VC I have a pleasure to present his another square dxpedition:


Squares planned : JP61, JP63, JP74, JP75, JP76, JP87, JP88, JP98, JP79, and on the way back home  JP78, JP77, JP66, JP55, JP54, and JP22.

" Hi Hams

To commemorate 10 Years of 70MHz allocation in Poland I will travel again with Kate SQ7OYL in our camper. General plan is to activate at least 15 different squares, mainly on 4m but also 6m. 

I will take my IC-7300, with spare FT-847 just in case, PA for both bands and two set of antennas. Awesome design of YU7EF 5+5el duoband Yagi 50/70MHz, and separate spare 4el YU7EF 70MHz Yagi. All antennas will be mounted on heavy duty Clark mast, with rotator. If mains will be not available, we will have power from Honda EM-30 generator. 

This will be long trip, during second half of July, starting from Poland July 15th and will end first half of August, around August 15th after we estimated distance ~8500km.

As You know, gasoline and Diesel prices in EU gone mad, and any trip is at least 50% more expensive. Our caravan using approx 11l per 100km, so with the LA/SM prices around € 2,60 per liter, fuel will cost around € 2200, not to mention additional cost for power generator gasoline.

So, if You will help with reducing overall costs of this trip, You can use Paypal as usual. Thanks in advance. Additionally because of some health issues last Year e.t.c I am down with all QSL's, I will send them together after this expedition. Please, just a bit more patience.     

From 2020 we are travelling with our camper, prepared mainly to be well equipped home and radio shack with many possibilities. You can see some pics below.  


  Usual setup for HF/6/4m

No exact dates at this moment, this depends on traveling speed, place availability and WX.Stay tuned for more info.   
If You need any specific grid square please mail me on SP7VC@WP.PL 

CU on the bands! 
73 Mek "

Thursday, June 23, 2022

Suprise of the Es season 2022 - update

I think we all were suprised today seeing Yemen on the band :-O  

Fresh info as usual on DX-World. Tough guy, isn't it? ;-)

Not judging is it legal or it's not, David is known from his previous one man hardcore operations from mountains in 4L - Georgia in 2016 #LN01 2017, 2019 and 2021 #LN11. 

Here's a brief story of his brave dxp in 2021, a must read! 


Almost fell of the chair when red line apperared on  the screen, I was lucky to get probably one of his first QSO's on 6m, and probably first from SP-7O.  

As always, WFWL. 

Fingers crossed he will update his "papers" to ARRL. 

By the way,  for those unfamiliar with his operating style, it's absolutely normal he is qsy'ing to CW in the middle of FT8 operation. Happened before in 4L - watch out for info "LOW POWER" etc. 

If his setup is similar to the one used in 4L, he is powered by flexible solar panels and car batteries.. CW need less power than full carrier FT8. 

Amazing flora "Dragon tree" on Socotra Isl. Source

Location of the Island Pic source :

Not determined yet, but loc should be - LK72xx. 


GL all.   

Finally :-)

Well, when started in 1998 with 1,5WQRP and 3ele Yagi, never supposed to reach such results. 

But 6m need lot's of addiction, perserverance and many hours spent listening to white noises... and sometimes just the right time, and right place..

 Current status 236/235 and it's not my last word ;-)