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Activation summit PA/PA-005 and PA/PA-006
Summits On The Air - Sunday 11 June 2017 21:59
Today I activated two summits in PA. PA/PA-006 Signaal Imbosch 110m and PA/PA-005 Galgenberg (Terlet) 102m.

Both in SSB with a new home brew 50 Watt amplifier. On PA-006 it output was 15 Watt and on PA-005 30 Watt. Reports on PA-005 where indeed a bit better. I used the Yaesu FT-817nd on a 3 cell lithium 3100 mAh battery. The amplifier had its own 3 cell lithium 5200 mAh battery. As with most of my activations I used a End Feed Half Wave antenna on a 10m pole with a home brew tuner.

We walked from a parking place to the two summits and back. Total of 20 km. Nice wetter and beautiful nature.

QSO's logged
Date: 11-06-2017
Summit: PA/PA-006
UTCCallBandModeRST sentRST recv

QSO's logged
Date: 11-06-2017
Summit: PA/PA-005
UTCCallBandModeRST sentRST recv

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Antarctica 13778 km !
Digital modes - Wednesday 9 November 2016 22:57
I just made a contact with RI1AND in Antarctica! On the 30m band in JT65 mode. That is a distance of 13778 km!

I used 25 Watt and a 2 x 7 m dipole at 6m above ground. The band seems dead but with JT65, signals can be seen in the waterfall screen and can be decoded. This is so amazing! :-)

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Activation summit F/VO-073 Le Haut Koenisbourg 733m
Summits On The Air - Monday 15 August 2016 15:20
The first summit in France this year. I went here by bicycle. 16km from the camp site. Climbing the last 8km to the top. Climbing about 500m in altitude.

Because of the terrorist threat and the chatteau attracts a lot of tourists, there were some military police with heavy automatic guns checking everyone's bags. I didn't come for the Chatteau on the summit so they didn't check my backpack with all the wires, batteries and electronic stuff what just might be A home brew explosive. (with some imagination). The 10m fibre mast looks like A riffle! But all went well.

Not many QSO's because after 15 minutes it started to rain. Also my internet connection didn't work so I could not spot my self on sotawatch. But after this activation I figured out how to spot via SMS.

QSO's logged
Date: 04-08-2016
Summit: F/VO-073
UTCCallBandModeRST sentRST recv

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Comming SOTA activations
Summits On The Air - Friday 5 August 2016 00:15
From 4 august till 14 august 2016 I try to do some SOTA activations. I'm in France in the Alsace/Vosges.

I will be QRV in CW on 40m around 7.032 MHz. As I am still a beginner CW OP please be gentle with me. 12-15 wpm with a little more space between the characters will do :-) Please no pile-ups hi!

My equipment:
- Yaesu FT-817ND 1 - 5 Watt output
- 10 meter fibreglass pole
- End feed half wave sloping antenna for 20-30-40m
- QRP Long wire tuner for EFHW antennas
- Internal FT817 battery
- 1900 mAh 10 x AA NiMH battery
- Inline microphone compressor

If 40m doesn't work I will try 30m CW on 10.118 MHz +/- QRM.

Hope to work you!

SOTA sites:

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Flying Pig Rig
QRP - Wednesday 20 January 2016 13:04
Finally I finished building the "Flying Pig Rig" after being in a drawer for years. A 40m 5 Watt CW transceiver kit from Kits and Parts dot com!

It's a single frequency QRP CW transceiver that will fit into a small box. It is lightweight and very power economic. It receives and transmits on 7030.7 kHz. The Flying Pig Rig has a build in keyer. I will use it with my LiPo batteries. With 12.3 volt the output power is 4 Watts! It draws 25mA on receive and 630mA on transmit. Compare that for example to the Yeasu FT-817nd which will draw 300mA on receive and 1.9A on transmit!

I plan to use this QRP rig on some SOTA activations later this year.

More info

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