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Final upload

Today I finished  manual entering QSO missed in Fox/Hound mode. 

 

 

 

Antenna modification

 I modified 30m antenna. Instead of 40m it is now working on 40m. Last days of operation will be dedicated to 40m operation.

 

 

Stairway to heaven

 

Two element yagi for 6m. Mast made of stick from the brush, wire elements placed on fishing rods....

 

Time for 80m

Today, 20th July 2019, I changed antenna configuration. 6m and 10m antennas were removed and on the same mast I mounted Inverted L with elevated radials. All work took me most of Saturday but I hope results will show that it was worth.

I checked new Inverted L antenna and it can tune on 10m and probably 12m with SWR about 1:1.95. It will allow to make sporadic Es contacts with Europe.

80m Inverted L mounted over the church roof

 

 

 

 

Bug in FT8

There is a programming bug in FT8 Fox/Hound mode. The program is not logging every 3rd - 4th QSO. I will check  missing QSOs in the log when at home in August.

 

 

 

 

 

My setup

Below you can see my present antennas: 2 el for 6m, VDA for 20m and vertical for 30m and hotel patio.

 

 

 

E44WE - 4th time in the air

 

I plan to operate 80m, 30m, 20m and 6m, begining from 6th July 2019 as below:

Band       FT8 - F/H mode or RTTY             SSB

80m                  3569 kHz                                                 last 2 weeks of operation

30m                10145 kHz

20m                14095 kHz                        14270 kHz or 14195 kHz

10m                28095 kHz                        28420 kHz

 6m                 50317 kHz                        50124 kHz       first 2 weeks of operation

 

Welcome to Beit Jala (Bethlehem)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nice addition

E44WE award CQ WW SSB Contest

New edition QSL card printed

All OQRS/direct requests received before 20th December were mailed on 27th December from Germany.

E44WE QSL - second edition 2018

 

 

North America emotions

Found in the internet:

E44WE !!!!

It is indeed a rare Day!!
A DAY UNLIKE ANY OTHER!!

I had heard that Janusz, SP9FIH was traveling to Palestine for the CQWW SSB contest and I listenned for him with great dismay during the contest. Notta PEEP! He was spotted mostly by EU stations and the band was a mess with all the contesters! So there was little hope for me.

After the contest he stuck around, worked some of the other modes and gave out ATNOs to many. I saw he was worked yesterday about 1600Z on the West Coast by N6PEQ on RTTY! That gave me a Prayer!

Today He was spotted on 15M SSB by some EU stations. I listenned on some WEBSDRs around the country and nothing heard.

Then around 1500Z he was spotted on DXSUMMIT by a ZERO station on 14240.
It was time to go downstairs and check on the big rig.

The beam was aimed towards VP6D, so I turned it around and around to see if I could hear him. Checked Long Path and couldn't hear a peep. There were lots of DQRM by Channel Police blocking out chances. Finally I could JUST hear him looking towards Japan. He was asking for west Coast!!!!

I quickly tuned up the Killerwatt on CW a few KCs down and went up and called him. As I did I noticed my signal was chopping in and out!! OH NO!!! The MOST IMPORTANT CALL of my life and an Equipment failure!!!!!!
I went and tried tuning again down abit on CW and I noticed the POS MFJ AUTOTUNER going crazy! It kept wanting to RETUNE!! I shut that off and Tried again. Now it worked with a good 1000W out regardless of SWR!!! I returned to 14240 and called again. He worked a few more 6s and then suddenly he returned a scrambled version of my call.

MAN WAS THE ADRENALINE PUMPING THRU ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I Shouted WHISKEY ALPHA SIX MIKE HOTEL ZULU into the mike, probably splattering and IONIZING the Ionosphere!!!

And then he came back with my correct call!!

I was added to the log for the First ATNO in as long as I can remember!!!
OH I did get the KOSOVO when Marti was there, but that wasn't quite as exciting!!

I now have to look up the QSL details and get the card for this.

WHAT A BANNER DAY!!!
In fact, I think I will declare OCTOBER 30th as OFFICIAL E4 DAY!!! Too be remembered forever as a WONDERFUL DAY!!!

THIS IS WHAT HAM RADIO is all about!!!! This is what I live for!!

Now only 3 to go! BS7H, and P5; Oh and Monk Apollo on Mt Athos! He is on but we need to talk him into trying FT-8 to get thru to the West Coast!

think I will celebrate with an Absolutely GLORIOUS LUNCH!!!
YES, Mc RIBS are back at McDonalds, Had 2 Sunday night and 2 more last night!
I need something better! Maybe 3 Fish Tacos at RUBIOS!!

 

 

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