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5W1SA Samoa flag Samoa

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QSL: LoTW, Direct, OQRS

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Ham Member Lookups: 175491

 

Hello my friends,

Thanks for looking up my qrz.com page.
You could find little more about myself and my station information below.

 

1. QSL Policy

Please, do not send paper QSL to Samoa even you could manage to find the address.
I don't have enough QSL card stock on the Island for exchange. Please forward it to my QSL manager JA1DXA or I'm happy confirm our QSO by LoTW. Paper less, Cost less and happy confirm QSO very fast.
No Bureau, I'm no longer a bureau member.
No eQSL, too much email coming from the system, I prefer use the time for on the air instead of taking care respond to it.

Uploading LoTW and Clublog every Sunday evening, contest log will upload after each log submission closed.

NEW!! Now OQRS is available via clublog. JA1DXA (Katsu) handles this service, too.

 

2. Who am I?

I was born in 1965, growing up, educated and worked, lived in Japan until 1998.
I passed 4th grade (like novice) amateur operator license when I was 16 yrs, while attending high school. Passed 3rd class after half an year (exam opened twice a year those days) and passed 2nd class exam after one year from the first one.
The JA Callsign has expired long time ago.
In 1998, joned to a Government organized volunteer program (JICA/JOCV) and moved to Samoa, issued 5W1SA on May 1998 based on the 2nd class operator license issued in Japan. I was a volunteer worker for 5 years, 2 different programs. Currently running a small business on the Island.
In 2013 while I was in Auckland, New Zealand for a medical treatment, I sat on the New Zealand General Class exam at ZL1AA, passed.
In 2014 when part of W1AW/KH8 team came to Samoa (30minutes flight or approx 8hours sailing from American Samoa), they opened FCC exam for me, passed all 3 exams at an evening after we had pizza. Thanks a lot to VEs, N7CQQ(John), W8AEF(Paul), KD6XH(Clifford)

 

3. Equipments

Kenwood
TS850S, TS950SDeX (original TS950SD but heavily modifed on its final PCB), TS950SDX
DSP-100 (external DSP unit for TS850S), SP-950, SP-230

Icom
IC775DXII (same as IC775DSP) 200W model, ID-1, IC-706MK2 (no longer working condition), AH-3 (ATU)

Yaesu
FT817 (no longer working condition), FT680R, FT-7800 (VHF/UHF mobile), VL-1000(HF+6m 1KW PA)

THP (manufacturer no longer exist)
HL-2K (HF 1KW PA), HL-1K/6 (6m 500W PA), HL-86V (6m 80W PA), HX-650 (6m Transverter, 50W)

Elecraft
KX3 (ATU, Roofing Filter installed), KXPA100 (ATU installed)

Dentron
MLA-2500B (HF 1KW PA, no tube modified)

Wouxun
KG-UV6D (VHF/UHF handheld)

MFJ
986 (Roller Inductor Tuner), 784B (external DSP Filter), 906 (6m tuner), 860 (watt meter), 259 and 259B (Antenna analyzer)
4416B, 4416BRC

LDG
Z11 (ATU)

CG Antenna
CG-3000 (ATU)

Heil Sound
HC-5

Antennas
3ele Tribander, 65foot vertical, several wire DP/Inv-Vee/Vertical in my yard.
6m 6element is currently on the ground. 5/8 wave GP only for 6m.

CW Keys
Hi-Mound 704
Bencher JA-1
GHD GN607A
JonesKey #000306
KXPD3

Other
Few LPF/BPF, home brewed BPF (RX only), home brewed CAT interfaces, audio interfaces, power supplies

 

4. Operating mode

Very often CW
often RTTY
not so often jt65
do not expect SSB (maybe only on a contest) or other modes, but it happens occasionaly hi hi

Recently setup an EchoLink node station that link to 146.420MHz FM
FT-7800+DELL PAD+Home brew interface. Powered by Solar Panel with deep cycle battery.
 

5. when you calling me

- Always send full callsign, please.
- Prefer you send twice your callsign instead of just once.
- But do not call more than 3 times at a call. That's too long and becoming QRM.
- I do not call CQ station often because as soon as our QSO finish, other stations start calling me instead of calling the original CQ station.

 

CW: while pileup is big, I suggest you not to send at same frequency as I made QSO just now. Shift UP or DOWN a little bit and I have higher chance copy your callsign. Regardless split or simplex.
Same reason, I suggest you not to use spot frequency as is. It sometimes shows out of my CW filter. I can not copy you if everybody TX on same frequency or out of filter.
Listen by yourself and find the best your TX frequency that reaches to my ears.
Please, reduce your TX speed (QRS) if you want send other than callsign/rst report. I could copy callsign and rst report but not compatible to higher speed flat sentence.

RTTY: my rtty software (waterfall) can see approx 2KHz bandwidth. It is good you TX where nobody TX. The software can not (or less chance) decode if you TX at same frequency as everybody else does.
I also move VFO often once pileup becoming bigger to find clear signals instead of big signals. I don't use sharp RX filter for RTTY.

jt65: I only use this mode with Low Power output. You may hear me or dB report not so good but I hear you loud.
Please watch your screen what I send just now and do not keep calling me while I'm working with other station. Your big signal and audio tone destroy the signal that currently I'm working on. Be patient and let me complete current QSO then its your turn to call me after I send '73' instead of I resend same message again and wait next 2 minutes.

SSB(or other phone mode): This is not often happens. I have microphone but always unplugged and stored in a box behind.
But if I'm on Phone mode,
Please do not keep calling me if you don't hear me by any reason. This is just QRM to me and I never listen or copy your callsign.

QRP: I do QRP sometimes. If you find I'm on QRP (5W1SA/QRP), please try reduce your output power and have 2way QRP QSO. My TX power less 5Watt when I announced 5W1SA/QRP. While you hear me, I hear you at same TX power.

WEBSDR or similer: I wish work (TX and RX) with your own station/ RF equipment that include remote station. But I'm not happy I send report to a WEBSDR or similer that you are listening instead of listen with your RF receiver.
There is no evidence with this senario but some stations delay his TX, contains Digital noise on his/her TX. I guess its because internet latency and his PC performance to decode/encode it.
Please use your own RF equipment and avoid use WEBSDR or similar for our QSO.

 

6. Request?

Schedule: My commercial work time is at anytime, no fixed start time and end time but I have many spare time.
However spare time turns into worktime by phone call from my customers. Therefore Schedule QSO does not work as you expected or I make you dissapointed because I was not able to on the air the time scheduled. I feel gilty if I couldn't make it and this generate stress to me. I don't want get stress from my hobby.
So please think my situation and just call me if I on the air but not ask me a shedule. I can not respond to it.

11m: NEVER OPERATE 11m, do not ask me.

online chatting or similar: Internet cost on pacific Islands are not the same lower price as most of you are located. Yes, it is expensive. Therefore I'm not using these realtime online communication application to make a QSO.
Same reason, I don't use chat room or similar on WEB.
However I watch Reverse Beacon Network and/or text based DX cluster (avoid graphic commercial messages) and qrz.com

Flag Collector: I do watch qrz.com as I mentioned above but I do not open page that I didn't work you before. Please do not ask me open your page especially the reson of collect visitor flag. I will no reply to your request of this kind, never open your page.
 

7. Contact me other than on the air

I always checking email.
But please do not
- send audio and/or video file
- send large size photographs or QSL card etc. Email >100KB automatically forward to junk mail box on my server.
It's a simple reason, Internet cost here is not cheap as where you are.
If still you want send large file, store it somewhere online storage and just send me the link. I will open and have a look (listen) when I am available to access it.

 

8. Happy DX

I welcome you calling me multiple times on same band/mode unless your interest is only DXCC.
I welcome raguchew if I'm not busy or before becoming busy pileup.

I belive still many people need work with station on 5W. I'm the only one active residential HAM on the Island and I wish make your QSO success and add (possibly new) one of DXCC for you.

 

9. Award/Ceritificate etc.

Latest Award

Latest Contest Result

 

73 and see you on the air

Atsu
5W1SA
 

Free counters!

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