The remaining VK9LC QSL-cards have now be taken to the Finnish QSL Bureau for further distribution. Direct cards naturally still available through my home address. Pekka, OH2YY
Pekka, OH1TV and Pekka, OH2YY were QRV at Lord Howe Island on February 22-27, 2015 using the call sign VK9LC. Now we are back home recovering from the return trip: over 36 hour in airplanes or at airports.
We had two stations including K3's, a 2-el tribander for 14/21/28, a 2-el monobander that could be tuned either to 28 or 24 MHz, a 3-el yagi for 50MHz and dipoles for 7, 10 and 18 MHz. We managed to get the 28/24MHz yagi and 18MHz dipole high enough, but the mast for 14/21/28 yagi was too short for the spot that we felt best for the antenna. The antenna was also too close to the sheet metal roof of our building and the performance was below our expectation. The 50MHz antenna performed very well and Pekka logged 217 QSO's on 6 meters.
Our QTH was on the north-eastern corner of the island and we belive that the location is probably the best one can find on the island, especially for Europe, North America and North-East Asia. During the week we also dedicated some time for South-America and Africa. We were reasonably happy with the SA QSO's but Africa was a dissapointment. SSB was ment to be our main operating mode but due to high noise level on SSB bands OH1TV spent long hours on CW resulting a SSB/CW ratio 58/42.
We made 5675 QSO's ( duplicates excluded) with 95 countries (79 on SSB and 71 on CW). By number of QSO's JA (2107) and W (1758) were dominating followed by OH (202), VK (154), I (152), DL (138), UA Eur (122).
During our stay we didn't have access to the net and couldn't download our logs to Clublog, but now it's done.
QSL cards either directly to OH2YY or SRAL QSL bureau.
The week at Lord Howe was great fun for us and we hope you enjoyed it as well.
I spent one week in Bhutan with my good friend Pekka, OH1TV. We used the callsign A52O. We were staying at the Mandala Resort close to the city of Paro. The QTH was up on a hill facing to north and we believed it should give an excellent take off to North America. To our dissapointment the Paro valley, down from our QTH, was too narrow and the hill on the other side far too high so that we hardly heard any signals from that direction. Take off to Europe was excellent and the majority of our 4000+ QSO's came from there. Anyway, we were pleased to have QSO's to all continents, even though the North American propagation was a big dissapointment.
We were using 2 pcs of K3's but due to a technical problem with one of them, we were forced to use only one radio. We had a 2-el tribander for 14/21/28MHz and a 2-el duobander for 18/24MHz. Both antennas were working just fine. We also had dipoles for 10 and 7MHz and a 3-element yagi for 50MHz but due to the mentioned problem with one radio, we decided to stay on frequencies 14 to 28MHz. For the very same reason the CW-operation was rather limited.
The pile-ups were nice, the audience was behaving very well and we believe that we managed to give a new one or at least new bands to quite many of you. Thanks for participating.
QSO checking can be done using the link below and later on using LotW. QSL cards dirctly to the home address of OH2YY or via SRAL QSL bureau.
All QSL's either direct to Pekka Ahlqvist, OH2YY, Vapaalanpolku 8B, 01650 Vantaa, Finland or via SRAL QSL bureau. I'm also using LoTW.
QSO's with 9M6PO (Spratly), OH0YY, C21YY, VK9CM, VK9XM, A52YY and 9N2YYcan be checked on the respective pages of QRZ.COM
OH2YY, 9M6/OH2YY (Spratly), 7O/OH2YY, PJ2/OH2YY and J3/OH2YY QSO's can be checked by using the Club Log service below
For FR/OH2YY and 3B8/OH2YY I only have paper logs and if needed, please, contact me directly.
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