Monday, November 24, 2014

VU4CB (IOTA AS-033) - VU4KV (IOTA AS-001) : Andaman & Nicobar Islands #2

Hi all, time flies and I didn't post anything since several days !
Well, a very light radio activity for me since mid-November : I got VU4KV IOTA AS-001 in the log on 12M CW & 17M CW for a new IOTA (#479) & 2 new bands, but the 12M CW is missing after the log update, so this morning I got them on 12M SSB for a new mode ! ;)

4 bands at this moment for an ALL TIME NEW ONE, just trying when I come to the shack... no stress.

About IOTAs, I also worked FO8AA/P from IOTA OC-063 (#480) Gambier Islands on 20M SSB (new slot !), HI2DX from IOTA NA-122 Saona Island -already confirmed but the pleasure to contact this very nice island I visited years ago- & YB8RW/P from IOTA OC-208 Banggai Island (#481)

Chris F8DZY

Thursday, November 13, 2014

FT4TA Tromelin Island : the chase ! (epilog)

Hi all, that's it : FT4TA is over !
Thanks a lot to the team for the terrific job from Tromelin Island, giving to a big majority of us an ALL TIME NEW ONE ! ;)
I monitored the 30M band in hte last days but they were weak here plus too many tunes on the DX QRG... what a pity.
I never heard them on 40M, they were very weak on 80M when I heard them, and excepted the first night of their activity, I couldn't hear them again on 160M... This part of the world is still weak here : maybe due to the Pyrénées mountains "close" to me ? I don't know. It's the game...
Whatever, FT4TA is worked from 10M to 20M in 3 modes, and I'm really REALLY happy with this result !!
I even got them on 17M RTTY with 100W up 1 at their beginning !

FT4TA was spotted 10 minutes later by an USA station on 17M RTTY... no way then ;)

Thanks again to the FT4TA team and CUAGN for another great DX-pedition !
Chris F8DZY

Thursday, November 6, 2014

FT4TA Tromelin Island : the chase ! #2

Hi, FT4TA pile-ups are still wide, but listening carefully to the split and to the operator's way, you can add some slots in a short time...
Last evening, I could add the 20M RTTY after a little QRX here due to LIDs making QRM.
Yesterday I could add the 10M SSB & 17M SSB (new band !)

Today I worked them again on 12M CW, 15M SSB & CW (new band !).

Looking for them on 17M CW & 20M CW, and hoping a QSO on the low bands now...
Good luck to all !
Chris F8DZY

VU4CB (IOTA AS-033) - VU4KB (IOTA AS-001) : Andaman & Nicobar Islands

Hi all, VU4CB is QRV from Great Nicobar Island IOTA AS-033 since 4 days.
This is a mini 2 men DX-pedition  (VU2VKU & VU2PAI) from Andaman & Nicobar Islands...
I didn't hear about this activity before and what was my surprise to see it was not just a new IOTA but also an ALL TIME NEW ONE !
I could log them on 10M CW & today on 15M CW.
This is my worked DXCC #311 and my worked IOTA #478 !

Good luck to all !
Chris F8DZY

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

FT4TA Tromelin Island : the chase ! #1

Hi all, big big awaited DX-pedition FT4TA  Tromelin Island started !
One the most wanted DXCC (Top #10) is on air thanks to F6KOP & Co ;)
I had the great chance to work them 3 times since yesterday on 10M CW, 12M & 20M SSB !
Great chance because with all the crazy lids on air tuning on their QRG, it is simply impossible mission for most of DXers ! I can't understand why everytime some frustrated people do voluntary QRM on bands : such DX-peditions are possible one time in how many years or decades ?? They cost a lot of money to the team, clubs, sponsors + all donators, it's also a multi-year work for authorizations and when you hear the bands as this evening, it's really a shame for the Ham community... I can't believe these fools are radio amateurs. 
I just stopped my station tonight, no need to say I'll try later, at "better" hours, but it's really a pity for people who want to add an ATNO in their log, and for FT4TA members.
Well, good new for me : FT4TA is my 310th worked DXCC & my 477th worked IOTA...

Good luck to all, patience !

Addition @ 2100UTC : just worked FT4TA on 20M RTTY, lids are not yet on digimodes tonight ;) (NEW MODE)
Chris F8DZY