There was no time to publish news last days… We would like to inform that all members of the Team J88HL are at their homes now. The trip was very long – 34 hours from the start to the moment when we entered Poland (the last flight was to Berlin, our cars were parked there and then we started w few hours drive to Poland). Unfortunately one suitcase (wth K3) inside was lost somewhere. We hope that it will be found soon.
We have made first statistics. Here are the countries with the highest number of QSOs:
Each individual QSO is equally important for our team but in the same time we must say that we are very pleased of the high number of QSOs to JA stations. From the perspective of St. Vincent the area of Japan is the antipodes.
We were able to have a rest after a long journey and now we are selecting pictures to be used on our QSL card.
J8 is not a problematic DXCC entity but we have sent all necessary J88HL documents to the ARRL just to be sure everything is OK. So we are very happy to inform the DX community that the J88HL operation is valid for DXCC.
J88HL is QRT. There was one station active on bands to the very last moment. It was using a multiband vertical and 100W. We have logged almost 78,4k QSOs on HF bands and 6 meters, on CW, SSB and RTTY. Thanks for all contacts, comments, suggestions. We were trying to do our best. We spent great time on St. Vincent and we hope we gave a lot of fun to our HAM friends all over the world.
J88HL logs are uploaded to the ClubLog and the OQRS feature is enabled now: https://secure.clublog.org/charts/?c=J88HL
Very soon we will leave beautiful St. Vincent and we will start our long journey back home. The trip will take a long time with three flight transfers. Such a long journey will be exhausting but in mean time will give us a chance to make plans towards next DX-peditions.
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.