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Thanks for watching QRZ.com and greetings from the centre of Germany! The following information is about some dx-peditions I made over the last years. Usually I am using the little FT857 xcvr with some feet or meters of wire optimised for dx. I do only operate in CW (morse code), so sorry not to help you with other digital modes or even (what was it called?) SSB.

News 2017-12-27: The final results of the WAG2017 contest have been published today. Luckily it was good enough to be on top in the CW-HP class. Thanks to all contesters who helped me achieving this result!

News 2017-10-23: The WAG contest during last weekend is over. Let me thank all those who helped me achieving a good result first. It was a challenge this year, as the conditions were lousy. The 10m band was open for a few hours only, and did not provide the QSO QTY expected. Nevertheless, finally it ended up with some 1.900 contacts, not as good as last year, but considering the bad conditions it will still be good for at least the top 5 and a lot of fun.

News 2017-08-01: Hi I was on a 10 day trip to the island of Crete and of course I was QRV again in CW only as SV9/DK9PY. It was quite funny as I did not expect that I could reach more than 1,200 QSOs mostly Europe but quite a lot in Asia (UA9, UA0 and JA) as well as many stations from North America. Thanks for the all the contacts. QSL cards are not yet available and it may take up to 6 month before I can respond. So please be patient and only send a card if you are in the log. See Clublog for information SV9/DK9PY.

News 2016-12-31: And here is the diploma of the WAG2016 contest run from home. Again thank you all for making this first place happen.

The final result from the Jamaica 6Y6N activity is available now and even better than 2015:

News 2016-10-20: Thank you for all the contacts in WAG contest. Although conditions were not promising it still allowed 1,950 QSOs in the Single OP High Power CW Class achieving almost 2 Mio. points.

News 2016-07-05: Will be in Jamaica participating in the WAEDC 2016 contest 2nd weekend in August using 6Y6N again. This time from outside Europe. Hope to see you then.

News 2016-06-02: The 6Y6N activity has ended. Thanks you very much for all the contacts in the WPX CW contest. It was a real fun. I was just one week in Jamaica and beside of the WPX contest another 1000+ contacts could be made. Needless to say that the 30m operation would have been a real success were there not to many dupe calls the second day of activity. These dupe calls right in a pile up are really annoying as these duplicated calls hindered others from getting 6Y in their log. The dupe calls were just so many that I stopped operation and went to another band or even other activities. It is still a long way to go to convince the http://www.dx-code.org to these guys. However, it was fun and thanks to all who did a real good job!

News 2016-03-22: Another 6Y6N activity is planned for the upcoming WPX CW contest 2016 in May. I will again be active from Jamaica. See you soon.

Update 2016-02-14: QSL cards arrived and those received directly have been acknowledged yesterday.

Update 2016-02-10: QSL cards for the 4S7SAE activity are ordered and should arrive end of this week. This means that QSL cards received to-date will be repsonded within the next few days.

News 2015-12-31: Thanks you for all the contacts in the October 2015 WAG contest. It was a real pleasure and achieved again the best position in the high power CW only class.

Update 2015-12-22: Some QSL cards arrived direct already for the 4S7SAE activity. It will take minimum 3 month before I can acknowledge them as I will be off for a while and it takes some while to get them printed. Please be patient.

Update 2015-12-04: Today is the last day in Sri Lanka. Currently (08:44 Z) operate on 15 m and will probably be on 17 m later today. Then I will remove the station and the antenna. 73 and thanks to all those who contacted me during normal hours and the CQWW.

Update 2015-11-26: Now we have moved to another location south of Colombo and it looks better. QRN is in "normal" range although conditions seem to be pretty bad. Will see what happens tomorrow, 73 and hope to hear u. To check if you are in the log go to https://secure.clublog.org/logsearch/4S7SAE.

Update 2015-11-19: The call sign for Sri Lanka has been issued, 4S7SAE, however, I have no chance to operate at the location we are in due to immense QRN from air conditions, LED and neon lights. Constant QRN level of S7 and above. On low bands over S9. Really bad and not any QSO by now. I hope from next Sunday onwards the situation will get better as we move to other places.

Update 2015-09-20: Another dx-pedition is on it's way. This time I will be in Sri Lanka 4S7 for approx. 3 weeks including participation in the CQWW 2015 CW contest end of November. Call Sign is not yet released. The rest of the time I will be active like usual in the local mornings and evenings on all bands (160?) 80m to 10 m. Hope to see you again!

Update 2015-07-29: All QSL card received so far have been acknowledged.

Update 2015-06-10: Many QSL cards arrived already by direct mail. I will respond to them within a month or so. Please be patient, you will definitely receive my QSL card (if one has been received). A total QSO count of 5,000 during the 3 days of full operation could be achieved. Combined with the November 2014 activity a total of > 15,000 QSOs have been worked from Jamaica under the special call sign 6Y6N. And here the result. Under the top ten in North America.

Update 2015-06-03: Thank you very much for all the contacts in the WPX contest. I am happy with the result, although many cluster spots again referred to BY6N instead of 6Y6N. I will be here until 04th of June in the afternoon and try as many contacts as possible. See you!

Update 2015-05-21: All is ready and packed for the Jamaica visit. Hope to hear you in the CQWW WPX contest! All QSL cards received to date have been responded.

Update 2015-04-14: I will be again in Jamaica from May 27th until June 2nd for the CQWW WPX participation using the call sign 6Y6N. During the remaining time I will be active on all band from the QTH of Josh, 6Y5WJ. Hope to see you!!!

Update 2015-03-11: QSL Cards arrived till today have been send by Mail today. Those received via bureau will be send end of the month via bureau. If you want to take a look if you are in the log book then please visit https://secure.clublog.org/logsearch/6y6n and enter your call sign.

Update 2014-12-17: The dx-pedition 6Y6N from Jamaica has ended on Dec. 17th, 2014. With the help of Josh, 6Y5WJ and the superb service from the Spectrum Management Authority the license was extremly fast issued. 

I worked 6,060 QSOs in the CQWW CW contest and it was not the last time being QRV from Josh's 6Y5WJ fantasic QTH. Finally I ended up with 11,000 QSOs during the 3 week stay. The result of the CQWW 2014. Although not all was perfect, it was a Jamaica record and #18 in NA. Considering the NA big guns the result seems not too bad. See you in 2015 CQWW from 4S7 or TG.

Some thoughts after the contest using the FT-857 @ 100 Watts and a vertical:

It would be great if hams would listen to the call sign sent by me, rather than to use the spotted call signs in the cluster. Unfortunately too many stations called me, although they did not hear me. I know that 6Y6N might not be the easiest call sign, but it was sent after every QSO and can therefore not be a problem. Spots in the cluster reached from BY6N, BY5N, 6Y5N and what else. Why do these guys not just follow the rules described in the dx code of conduct?



It would make life much easier for all of us. Please visit  http://www.dx-code.org for more details. Clusters are nice to have as long as they are used properly.             

In large pile-ups, I increased the CW speed to 40 wpm and went down to 24 wpm, when the pile gots smaller so that everybody had a chance to work Jamaica.

Before you send a QSL card, please check first at https://secure.clublog.org/logsearch/6y6n if you are in the log. If not, it does not make sense to send a card as I will not send cards if not in the log. QSL cards will be responded after mid of March 2015 as I need first to check how many cards are needed and then I will order them. Bureau cards are welcome, however, if cards arrive later than 1 year after the dx-pedition (31st of December 2015) I will no longer respond to it. It still happens that cards come in from the Mauritius visit in 2010. Below please find the QSL card design that will be sent out mid of March 2015. 

Please note, I do not use any WEB based QSL Services for the DX-peditions 6Y6N/FH/FR/FG/3B8.

Mayotte and Reunion Island in 2013.

Please check the logbook if you are in.

FH/DK9PY from Nov. 05 until Nov. 11 2013

Online Logbook www.clublog.org/logsearch/FH/DK9PY

FR/DK9PY from Nov. 11 until Nov. 22 2013

Online Logbook www.clublog.org/logsearch/FR/DK9PY

Do not send a card if you are not in the log. If you are not in the log, no QSO likewise no QSL! Cards received without IRC or porto cost will be answered via bureau.

All cards received direct or via bureau have been acknowledged.

10 MHz was hard to work at the FR location due to local QRN (neon lights). 40m, 80 m and 160 was just impossible. Please excuse if I was unable to hear u.

Please note QSLs can be sent via bureau or direct. Cards will only be sent after I have received one. And again, Web based QSL services will NOT be used!!!

The FH/DK9PY QSL card picture was taken by myself and shows the nice Plage de N'Gouja at the Jardin Maore Hotel at the south east coast of Mayotte. A very nice place to relax with excellent personnel who were very interested while installing my antenna system between the trees. The propagation towards EU and US is not really good, however it worked pretty well. The QSL card above shows the famous and impressive Baobab trees, that do not have leaves during the hot season, but started flowing. For additional details go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baobab_tree.

The FR/DK9PY QSL card picture was taken by myself and allows a breathtaking view into the Cirque de Mafate. Further details of La Reunion can be found on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cirque_de_Mafate.

The Guadeloupe (2011) and Mauritius (2010) QSL cards can be seen below. Check the online Logbook www.clublog.org/logsearch/FG/DK9PY or www.clublog.org/logsearch/3B8/DK9PY if we had been in contact.

All direct mailed and via bureau QSL cards for FG and 3B8 have been responded. QSL cards received via bureau will be answered via bureau but only if I receive a card. So if you need one, send one. I will not use any WEB based QSL services. Only direct or via bureau.


I am a radio engineer, planning commercial digital radio systems, e.g. DMR, TETRA and ASTRO. My passion is shortwave dx communication almost 100% in CW. I like high speed morse code and hope to meet you on the band for a chat. There are many PC programs available to improve the CW skills and increasing speed capabilities, see i.e. http://www.rufzxp.net or http://www.ji0vwl.com/cw_freak_net_e.html

Contesting is another funny hobby within the hobby and hope to see you there.

73 de Armin, DK9PY http://dk9py.myvnc.com/index_eng.htm





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