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FK8DD grid locator: RG37FS (22°14'29S 166°26'01E)

QSL via Buzz NI5DX. See QSL conditions on his website.
  • NI5DX
  • William M LOESCHMAN
  • 717 MILTON
  • ANGLETON, TX 77515
  • USA


*** Note from eQSL.cc manager to eQSL.cc Users ***

Please upload QSO's made with FK8DD/M to my FK8DD/M account, not FK8DD, and vice-versa.


***Important ***
FK8DD and his associated callsigns (TX1A, TX1B, TX1CW, TX3SAM, TX8B, TX8C, TX8DD, TX8NC)
replies only to QSL cards via DIRECT or via QSL manager NI5DX. 


Rig: Yaesu FT-897D  and FT-857 in mobile and IC-7600 at home,
Home Antennas: SpiderBeam 10/12/15/17/20m, 30/40m dipole, 50 Mhz 2el HB9CV, 144/148 - 430/440 Mhz Vertical Duo-Band MFJ-1526N (VHF/UHF) antenna.
Mobile Antennas: Telescopic Multiband Whip from MFJ-2286, 7mhz HR-7 Comet, Various mobile Helicoidal monobander whip antennas from MFJ, Buddistick multibands antenna.
Portable operation: Buddipole Multiband antenna, YP-3 3 elements Superantennas 6bands antenna.
Useful infos to work FK land on HF (Depending on HF Prop):
Long Path:
00:00utc to 09:00utc: Europe, Africa, 15,17,20,30,40m
10:00utc to 22:00utc: North and South America, 15,17,20m
Short Path:
00:00utc to 08:00utc: North and South America, Asia, Oceania, 10,12m
19:00utc to 22:00utc: Europe, Africa, Asia, Oceania, 15,17,20m

***All QSO's with FK8DD/m are uploaded on LoTW under my normal call "FK8DD" without "/m"


Please visit my website: http://www.corail.nc/FK8DD/index.html


***FK8DD online Log 2006 to 2015***

Maybe some QSOs had not been correctly uploaded in this log, if so, please send me your request HERE!

*** Many thanks to all of you for the QSO's, it's a real pleasure to have you in my log! Best 73s! Sam FK8DD ***


Below, it's my last set-up uploaded on this website since 29th of December 2013

Here is my last set-up uploaded on QRZ.com on 29th december 2013


A View of my mobile Station from the Left side (29/12/2013)


Another view of the station from the right side (29/12/2013)


QRV on CW PSK RTTY and SSB (29/12/2013)


Laptop 11,6" with N1MM Logger for Normal and Contest use (29/12/2013)


I use HRD-DM780 when I operate on PSK, RTTY and sometimes for CW logging (29/12/2013).

A view of my MFJ-2286 Whip antenna in front of the car

MFJ-2286, is actually used with a system of 7pair of radials, 5m length each (total of 14 radials), and extended to 4 additional 5m length radials when operating on 30m and 40m.

If this can help everyone with the pre-tuned marks on the MFJ-2286 Coil (09/01/2014).

This is my Pre-tuning Chart, a TUNER is needed for 30 and 40m bands (09/01/2014)


Below, my 5bands Spiderbeam antenna at Home QTH

5bands Spiderbeam antenna

5bands Spiderbeam in low position, at 2.50 meter on the roof.


Spiderbeam at 15 meters high

The Spiderbeam at 15 meter above the ground.


Below Was all my set-up from 2009 to november 2013


SSB QSO during last CQWW SSB contest, on november 29th, 2011.


10m whip in front of the car, and 20m band whip in the back of the roof.

This spot called "Tour Mobilis" is located on a small mountain, on the

Noumea-city highs, and it's about 116m above the sea level.


FK8DD/M near Mobilis Phone communication Tower

There are 4 antennas supports on my car with SO-239 and 3/8 base connectors.


FT-857 with the additional 12V battery

FT-857 is screwed on the rear passenger seat. The battery is a 12V/68Ah.


FT-857 with MFJ-941E Tuner

Closed view of the 2 position coax switch.


FT-857 detachable front panel

FT-857 detachable front panel with YSK-857 remote cable.


FK8DD/M operating position

FK8DD/M operating position with 10 in. computer on the right,

and Bencher keyer on the left hand.


Mobile shack


Interior of FK8DD/Mobile


Mobile or Portable shack


All i need is there


3el yagi YP-3 Superantennas


YP3 to NA


YSK-857 remote control


batteries fo TX and Computer


A view from back of the car

Details of the equipment:

- FT-857 Yaesu transceiver running 50 watts on CW and 30 watts on Digimodes

- MFJ-904 travel Tuner with cross needle meter

- MFJ-4403 Voltage conditioner

- CF-50S Comet low pass filter

- Signalink USB for digimodes

- Multiple whip antennas for 6-10-15-17-20-30m and 40m bands (12m coming soon!)



DC to AC inverter

*** This DC/AC converter is only used for computer when low in charge!


Sam operating FK8DD/M


On july 31st 2012 and 02nd of august, i've tested this Buddistick antenna

on 20m band, directly mounted on the trimagnet support at the rear part

of the car. Keep in mind that all the settings here-below and adjustments

have been made by considering the various connections between devices

(transceiver, low pass filter, Tuner/swr-meter and of course the dualposition

antenna's switch).

  • For all bands: Coil lenght 11.5 cm (4.53 in.) and One small arm 27.5cm (10.83 in.)

  • 20m, adjust long whip lenght to 228 cm (89.76 in.) clip to red tap 13 turns

  • 20m band entirely covered from 14000 to 14350 khz, swr <1.1

  • 17m, adjust long whip length to 183 cm (72.05 in.) clip to green tap 11 turns

  • 17m band entirely covered from 18068 to 18168 khz, swr <1.1

  • 15m, adjust long whip length to 199 cm (78.35 in.) clip to black tap 7 turns

  • 15m band entirely covered from 21000 to 21450 khz, swr less than <1.3

  • 10m, adjust long whip length to 219 cm (86.22 in.) clip to yellow tap 2turns

  • 10m band entirely covered from 28000 to 29000 khz, swr lest than <1.3


**Caution: this antenna not to be used when the car is moving.

Only for mobile stationary use.



For more comfort, a small table, on which i have my 10 inches computer

and Bencher morse key, becomes necessary,no that is not a luxe hi..!


August 15th, 2012. Well !Now the detachable Front Panel is fixed

on a mobile phone holder, placed on a thin glass (14x18cm).


Yes !!!!!!


On 31st of August 2012, i've got my New Battery 12V/140Ah/800A, LxlxH = 50cm/19cm/20cm, weight is about 35kg. This will give me more Power for mobile operation...

My homebrew vertical antenna G5IJ is attached in the front

of the car, it's mainly used for 30m and 40m bands.


It's not very nice but it looks very efficient!


A close view of the U bolts and the PVC tube protection of the fishing pole.


The double aluminium plate to ensure a maximum tightening on the towing hook!

In front of the car, are the 17m black vertical modified buddistick antenna, and at the opposite side in retracted position, the green G5IJ antenna for 30m.


In front of the car, the buddistick modified quarter wave vertical for 17m band.

The blue single quarter wave radial for 17m band, the antenna is 4,06m total length including PL-259 - 3/8 converter. During different try no any difference noted in receiving or transmitting signals with or whitout radial (swr 1:1 on entire band), but 6 or more radials are, without any doubt, more efficient !


The 17m quarter wave whip antenna is the best one for DX operations, very low noise, and it can be easily tuned for 15m and 20m bands.

On 17th june 2013, It was really a very sad day! Wind blowing by gusts to 40 knots and over!



I like to play radio in bad conditions hi!


Since 15th june 2013, my new set-up, the FT-897 is a very nice transceiver for mobile or portable operation. All CW and SSB filters are ready to be used.


Send me a call me if you are able to hear me, test your antennas with FK8DD/m New-Caledonia Hamradio Mobile Station!


New antenna set-up with the Telescopic Whip of MFJ-2286 without Coil, (for 10, 12 and 17m)


The Radial System with Easy and Quick Electrical Connectors, in order to make Radial wires extension on demand, mostly for 30m or 40m bands.


The 14 Radials, 5m lenght each in 7 pairs, laying by 180° directly on the ground


The MFJ-2286 Big Stick on 20m, this item is particularly effective on 30m and 40m bands.



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