Alex, K2BB and Pavel, UU0JR are going to Nosy Be Island, AF-057, Madagascar during November 19-29, 2018. Plans are to QRV on 160-6m, CW/SSB/Digi/EME. Participation in CQWW DX CW contest.
Europe - 7,000 km, East Coast - 14,000 km, West Coast - 17,000 km
Nosy Be is an island off the northwest coast of Madagascar.
Location, location, location ...
Our original plan was to request nice short calls like 5R8R and 5R8U... Not so fast, boys... ARTEC (Madagascar telecom authority) stopped giving away short call signs and the only option now is 2-letter suffix. They simply added first letter of our last names to requested calls, so we end up with 5R8RG and 5R8UM.
The only call to be used in this trip will be 5R8UM - it sounds better in CW and we dont mess with two LOTW certificates, clublog pages and two QSL card designs
Whatever we do on the island...
Our FT8 Frequencies, DX-pedition mode (fox-hound) :
EME - JT65A - 50.193.
Looks like our transmitting frequency is +350 Hz up...
We are planning to resume EME operation after the CQ WW CW contest ends
CQ-ing in WW CQ contest, giving people needed mult. Propagation is 50/50. First 7 hours of contest gave us only 200 Qs... The loudest stations on 20m in the morning were S2-S3... Then, about local noon, propagation opened worldwide - all the way from JA to EU-NA-SA
Second night was the same like the first one. Rain and thunder, solid S9 noise on 40 and 80m bands... We stopped the CQ WW CW activity and have spent whole night running FT8 on 40 and 80 in parallel.
Uploaded all current logs to ClubLog.
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All direct/buro QSL received by the end of January were mailed mid-February
All direct/buro QSL received by the end of February were mailed mid-March
All direct/buro QSL received by the end of April were mailed mid-May
All direct/buro QSL received by the mid-June will be mailed by the end of June
Complete log uploaded to the LOTW.
Ambaro, Nosy Be, Madagascar
Monday - Friday: 00 - 24 UTC
Saturday: CQ WWDX CW Contest
Sunday: CQ WWDX CW Contest