On November 29 the Team J88HL was visited by local HAMs: Geoffrey J88NFU with his wife Dian J88NFV and their son (he is going to take his HAM radio license exam next year). Geoffrey and Dian told about ham radio organization on St. Vincent. There are about 200 HAM radio licenses on St. Vincent and Grenadines but most of HAM are not very active on HF bands. Very often HAM licenses are used in emergency. There are about 20 amateur active on HF and other bands and five of them are very active. All of them live in Kingstown, the capital city – place surrounded by high mountains, almost without any open directions.
The visit and the meeting was very friendly and we had great time together. Besides DXing the most important part of DXpeditions is meeting new friends. Please visit The Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Amateur Radio Club (SVGARC) facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/svgarc and also the Caribbean Emergency and Weather Net (CEWN) webiste at http://www.cewn.net/. Geoffrey and Dian are involved in both projects, Dian is the Secretary/Treasurer of the SVGARC and a Net Controller with the CEWN.
Please read also some news for previous days… Before the CQWW CW weekend there were some changes in the antenna configuration. We noticed burdensome noise on 10 meters. We found the reason of it – the antenna was located near the building and the noise came from power supplies and computers. So we moved the antenna to the hill where 6 meters antenna was located. I the same time SP6EQZ, SP9FOW and SP2EBG went to the jungle and came back with a high bamboo pole which is used as a 6m antenna mast now (this antenna was moved to another place).
We received many questions about the OQRS – it will be available after the DXpedition. So please wait a few days more… There were also many questions about possible errors and miscopied callsigns in the log. Corrections (if any) will be done only after the DXpedition. We will check every question – sorry we are not answering all such emails (we are to busy during the DXpedition).
Again – thanks to all HAMs and organizations which supports the J88HL DXpedition.
Many new pictures were published in our picture gallery: http://zoom.dxing.pl/index.php/SPDXING/J88HL (your are welcome to visit and leave your comments).
There are still 5 more days to work J88HL. The Team is active all the time on all bands. At the end of Sunday there were over 60k QSOs in the log.
Włodek SP6EQZ participated CQWW DX Contest CW last weekend. It was a 10 meters entry. Wlodek made 1920 QSOs in the contest.
Last time we informed about the presentation of HAM radio for the students of the Richmond Academy. Right before the contest weekend the Team J88HL was invited to the presentation of the Academy. Tina, the chief of the pedagogical staff, described the ideas of the Academy and activities of the students. There are about 30 students at the Richmond Academy now and they come from 20 countries.
Richmond Academy is a non-profit organization and it is not a typical academy – there are no traditional diplomas or titles. Students rather learn how to live in harmony with nature working on the academy farm. Finally all food comes from the farm. Water is heated by the sun collectors and they even produce their own bio-gas used to prepare meals.
New pictures were uploaded to the picture gallery at http://zoom.dxing.pl/index.php/SPDXING/J88HL – they are pictures showing the life at the Richmond Academy.
Today the Team J88HL had a special day. The QTH is located in the area of the Richmond Academy where students from many countries study. The tram was asked to make a lecture and presentation of HAM Radio for the students. It was our great pleasure to talk about our great hobby to such a big group of students. There were students from over 10 nations in the group.
Wlodek SP6EQZ was delegated was leading the lecture. He talked abou the history of HAM Radio (starting from Oersted, Gauss and Marconi), mentioned what HAM Radio can give to may communities, talked about propagation, modes and also about the value of HAM radio in emergencies – just to mention some subjects.
Students could see all the antennas and operating positions. Each antennas was described with some details. Students could listen to contacs which were made on bands during the presentation. The students asked many interesting questions.
We have uploaded many new pictures to http://zoom.dxing.pl/index.php/SPDXING/J88HL – also meny pictures taken during the presentation. You are welcome to visit the picture gallery and leave your comments.
We received many questions about possible log corrections, miscopied calls etc. If you can’t find your call in the log or if you are not sure about your QSO – call J88HL again.
Some people asked why it is not possible to make a OQRS direct request via ClubLog. The feature will be enabled after the DXpedition is over. For now try to work J88HL on new bands and modes. OQRS will be availabe after the DXpedition.
Włodek SP6EQZ informed that beverages they use at J88HL give a lot of noise. So the team decided to build K9AY receiving system (whcih was not built before). Last day on higher bands was a lttle strange – european stations reported big signals from J88HL while it was different on their side and there were not many callers.
The team found a place to make a photo of the whole team members (for QSL card) but they had no time to meet there…
A lot of new pictures were uploaded today to J88HL picture gallery: http://zoom.dxing.pl/index.php/SPDXING/J88HL (you are welcome to visit)
Everything is going on and J88HL is on all possible bands. Bands are very crowded – many DXpeditions. Very often it is impossible to use the planned frequencies. We received some information that we inteferenced other DXpedition – sorry for that. It was not our intention. We always try to check the QRG we are going to start working on…
All of our power amplifiers had failures. Fortunately we had spare parts and Jan SP3CYY repaired all of PAs. So they are workig again. All antennas are working. After some days of operation we have an idea to change the configuration of antennas but pileups are so huge that we will wait some days more…
There are some new pictures uploaded to our gallery: http://zoom.dxing.pl/index.php/SPDXING/J88HL