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Call: SV5/HB9COG | Loc: KM36xa | Date: 2020-05-23 - 2020-05-31 | Activity: EME | Band: GHz | Updated: 2020-02-13 16:29 | Status: Planned

Q-Team Microwave EME DXpedition
We are very happy to announce our spring Q-Team DXpedition!

This time we will fly to Rhodes, the mayor island of the Dodecanes. We will be on the island for 18 days, doing some sightseeing/vacation and of course EME on 1296, 23xx, 3400, 5760 and 10xxx MHz.
The house on the southeast side of the island is already booked, so are the flights from Zurich to Rhodes and back. Team members this time are Sam HB9COG, Dan HB9CRQ and Sue Dan’s YL.
Our QTH is in KM36xa, directly at the beach. So MR should be perfect! For MS we expect some 10 to max 15° elevation due to the mountains and some trees (we will only know exactly once we are there). But in anyway, we should have good enough MS to work the US-Westcoast. We decided to be QRV during 2 weekends, hoping that it helps you guys to be QRV.

Here our operation schedule:

23. May
1296.100 JT65C SV5/HB9COG 1st RX on own echo, 03.30z until 16.30z

24. May
2320.100 JT65C SV5/HB9COG 1st RX on own echo, 04.15z until 17.30z
2301.990 and 2400.100 (on request only, please send e-mail to dan@hb9q.ch), 2304.100 (QSY will be announced on HB9Q 23xx logger)

25. May
3400.100 JT65C SV5/HB9COG 1st RX on own echo, 05.00z until 18,00z
3399.990 1st (on request only, please send e-mail to dan@hb9q.ch), QSY will be announced on HB9Q 3400 logger

29. May
5760.100 QRA64D SV5/HB9COG 1st CFOM, 09.00z until 21.30z

30. May
10368.100 QRA64D SV5/HB9COG 1st CFOM , 10.10z until 22.00z
10450.100 1st (on request only, please send e-mail to dan@hb9q.ch), QSY will be announced on HB9Q 10xxx logger

31. May
1296.100 JT65C SV5/HB9COG 1st RX on own echo, 11.15z until 22.45z

CW: Although it is on the limit, we will work CW on all bands. However only with big-guns and after the pile-up on JT/QRA is worked.

Equipment:
1.5m dish 1x2mm mesh, homemade automatic az/el control
1296: 50W at feed, circular, preamp at horn
23xx: 50W at feed, circular, preamp at horn
3400: 50W at feed, circular, preamp at horn
5760: 50W at feed, circular, preamp at horn
10xxx: 50W at feed, v-pol, preamp at horn

We will be using WSJT-X 2.1.2. On 23, 13 and 9cm we use JT65C with Doppler Control (“Own Echo”, in other words we listen on our own echo). On 6 and 3cm we will be using QRA64D (if necessary JT4F) including Doppler Control (“Constant Frequency On Moon” and if necessary “Full Doppler to DX Grid”). Hopefully more people take advantage of automated Doppler control. Especially on 6 and 3cm it is a MUST for successful QRP operations.

We’ll have internet access. During our activities we’ll be stand-by on the HB9Q band loggers. We also will check our e-mails several times a day.

How big needs your station to be to work us?
On 23cm 2m dish and 150W at the feed
On 13cm 2m dish and 100W at the feed
On 9cm 2m dish and 50W at the feed
On 6cm 1.5m dish and 80W at the feed
On 3cm 0.75m solid dish with 60W at the feed

QSL policy: QSL only direct including SAE to: HB9Q, P.O.Box 133, CH-5737 Menziken
If you wish to sponsor our activity, you are welcome to do so by using PayPal dan@hb9q.ch (please mention your call).

We are looking forward to our SV5/HB9COG DXpedition and hope to work many of you!
Next information late April.

Vy 73, Dan/Sue & Sam Q-Team at SV5/HB9COG