Tuesday, November 27, 2007

E51MMM - NNN Update - 27 Nov

We worked CQWW CW as E51A, and had a successful finish with 5500+ QSOs and 6.4 meg. Very pleased with our reslts.

Wx has turned very bad. High winds - 60 mph+ plus gusts - driving rain and high surf. On Monday morning after the contest four of our antennas were knocked down, and today our two 60 ft. fiberglass masts holding our 80m and 160m antennas were snapped in two. We will attempt repairs to try and get back on 160. Pse don't expect any more 80m operation. We should be able to get back on 20, 15 and 10, but no WARC bands. We are safe, and that is good!!!

Plan is to QSY home on Saturday night flight back to LAX.

I will try to post some photos to the blog.

73, Geo...

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Top Band Operations - JA

Yosi, JA3AAW, provided the following information about 160m meter operation in JA:

JA stations can transmit only 1810 - 1825 kHz.

There is QRM on the following frequencies in most JA areas:
1818, 1820, 1827, 1832, and 1836 kHz. We will try to avoid transmitting on any of these frequencies.

73, George K5KG / E51MMM
QSY to E51 in 3 days and counting!

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Top Band Operations

We have been receiving many requests for 160m and 80m QSOs from European stations, and we will do our best to honor them. In reviewing our operating plan, it is only a guess at this point as to what times will work out best for Top Band QSOs. However, European sunset and E51 sunrise coincide nicely, so be on the lookout for openings from 1330z to 1430z. Also, watch at E51 sunset time (0450z) for an hour or so as EU is coming into sunrise. Openings to the US could occur from about 0700z to up to 1400z or 1500z. Openings to JA could occur from about 0800z to our E51 sunrise at 1552z.

E51 Sunrise - 1552z
E51 Sunset - 0454z

Our plan is to be QRV with two 700 watt stations using Acom 1010 amps, so we can be on any two bands simultaneously. Antennas, as mentioned in our previous post, will be as follows:

160m - Inverted L on 20m fiberglass pole
80m - Vertical on 20m fiberglass pole
40m - Phased F12 40m Sigma vertical dipoles
20 - 10m - F12 Sigma vertical dipoles

All antennas are planned to be near the high water mark on the north shore of Rarotonga, in S. Cooks.

Any additional information that can be provided about optimal times for 160m and 80m openings will be appreciated. Also, please let us know what are preferred tx frequencies for us in E51.

73, George, K5KG - E51MMM