News #6 (15 – Feb-2020)
All team members are well back at their home in Germany. Many thanks to all the hams who called us and made it into the log. We are really happy with reaching the 60,000 QSO mark.
In the second week, the number of callers in CW and SSB decreased significantly. So we used more and more FT8. On the other hand, this opened the way for weaker signals from difficult regions. Band openings to Japan were short and not as good as awaited.
Our QSL manager will check all comments about log corrections and so we should have a corrected log on Club Log in about one week.
News #5 (10 – Feb – 2020)
Our DXpedition comes slowly to its end. We will start dismantling antennas and equipment early at Thursday local morning. That means QRT around 15 UTC at February 13.
With the help of Roberto we were able to get a resistor spare part and could repair the KPA-500. DJ6TF, DL4SVA and DH8WR were active in WPX RTTY contest last weekend. They managed to log over 1300 QSOs from 80 to 10 m with 2.4 Mio points in only 28 hours. These QSOs are also uploaded to club log.
Not amused is the team about so many dupe callers again and again. This is no ham spirit as a lot of weaker stations are still waiting for their first QSO. Check our online log before calling.
Roberto organised a nice sightseeing trip to the volcano and San Salvador. His family let us taste the food speciality Pupusas. We visited the radio club CRAS and met for eyeballs QSOs Nelly YS1NEL, Raimondo YS1RR and Jose YS1MS.
The team should reach over 50.000 QSOs which is a good result for this light weight expedition under present conditions. The QTH was perfect and quiet and allowed many low band contacts. Thanks to the ham radio community for another fun adventure from all team members.
News #4 (2 – Feb – 2020)
Bad news – we lost two amplifiers, a KPA500 and an Expert 1,5k-FA - both suddenly and during normal operation.
The weather is great with sunshine and low wind every day. On weekend we were visited by YS1GMV, YS1MAE and YS1RS and their families.
The internet access is now more stable. That allows us often to update the logs twice the day.
Please stop sending us log correction wishes to our communication email address. You will understand, that we have other things to do here but to check all these mails and to correct the log. Simply try to work us again. But before do that check our online log to avoid dupes. Corrections will be checked by our QSL manager DL4SVA after the expedition.
The team is frustrated to hear strong stations calling us later again after they have had a complete QSO with us in the same mode and on the same band. It’s something like a bad behaviour, because they reduce the chances for other stations to get through.
18.000 QSOs in three days seems us to be a good score with the arrangement of simple wire antennas we are using here.
News #3 (1 – Feb – 2020)
After a safe flight we landed in El Salvador. As promised YS1RS and YS1MS waited for us at the airport and helped us with the transfer to our beach-lodge app. 25 km from San Salvador. Thanks to the jet-lag we started to mount the antennas at 6.00 in the morning. Finishing at 14.00 local we started our activities with 4 stations simultaneously. After 24 hours we had more than 7.000 QSOs in the log. Very impressive for us: 450 QSOs on 160 m. First log upload to club log is done. The noise situation is very good, the power-line 115 volts looks still okay for 3 high-power-stations. The internet access is slow and unstable but they are working on it.
We haven’t been on 10 and 6 m so far, that will happen the coming weekend. The antennas: 7 rhombic-loops on 10 to 40 m and 6 m, dipole on 60 m, verticals on 80 and 160 m. Remember that this is a light weight DXpedition without beams and the focus is on the low bands.
News #2 (16-Jan-2020)
Everything is well prepared. We are ready! Our flights are starting on January 29th from Berlin. We will arrive in our booked beach house late still at the 29th. All our equipment will be with us during the flights, so we hopefully have not to wait for any late freight.
The team is very thankful to our early sponsors. They helped us to minimize the costs for over-sized baggage, license fees, transfers, rental costs and costs for other ham related items.
With three 1-kW-stations with K3, micro KEYER II, Expert amplifier and a lot of band filters 24/7 activity is planned. There will also be one backup station. We will try to operate a fair mix of CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8. Main target are the lower bands. No beams are with us this time. Perhaps we will be able to install two element wire antennas.
Please check our homepage for any late news.
As we know the QRM situation on the usual FT8 frequencies in Europe, we will work mostly not on these ones and we will operate mostly in the F/H mode. Please don’t call us on our transmit-frequency. And yes, we plan to be QRV on 60 m in CW and FT8.
News #1 ( 26-Oct-2019)
The plans for our next "lightweight" expedition are now fixed: We will be active from El Salvador with the special call-sign HU1DL, which we just received. Thanks to YS1RS for his support.
From January 30th to February 13th 2020, ten experienced operators Andy DH8WR, Tom DJ6TF, Werner DJ9KH, Frank DL1KWK, Dietmar DL2HWA, Norbert DL2RNS, Georg DL4SVA, Olaf DL7JOM, Rolf DL7VEE and Franz DL9GFB will be QRV from the YS Pacific Coast.
We have to thank YS1GMV, YS1AG, YS1MAE, YS1MS and the team-members of the 2012 HU2DX operation for their assistance.
Our flights and accommodation are booked, so we are ready for takeoff in January. We will be focused on CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8-operations on 17 to 160 m with at least three well equipped kW-stations 24/7. Good to hear, that 60 m-operation is allowed under IARU-rules. We will also have a look on 6-m, depending on conditions.