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Please do not send me direct or buro QSLs for TO5FP activation, just follow the given instructions on TO5FP QRZ.com page (I only manage clubLog OQRS & LoTW for that expedition).

Watch my log here, last QSOs are usually logged in real time (if I can get an internet connection), so you will probably be able to check this during our QSO (I also upload my log to the QRZ.com logbook in real time). LoTW is not in real time (usually several times in a year).

Though I live in the center of Paris (JN18EU), I do not transmit much from there (my condo does not permit a big antenna set up). Often transmitting from Tulle (department 19, JN05UG), 500 km south of Paris during summer holidays and also from Bransles (department 77), 100 km South of Paris (JN18KD) on week-ends (see photographs at the bottom of the page).

Station 1 near Paris, dept 77 (JN18kd) :
 
The next picture shows my antennas at my station (the one near Paris, departement 77, about 100 km South East of Paris, countryside). On top of the 3x7 m De Kerf tower are a pair of 2M9 VHF Yagi@22m, a LFA 5 element Yagi for 6m (EAntenna 50XL LFA5)@22m and a 2 element Yagi for 40 m (EAntenna 40MDY2)@21m. An 11 element Optibeam OB 11-5 also took place on the tower@18m.  Wire antenna (a 62 m G5RV with 300 ohms ladder line, inverted V shape @ 18 m for 160 & 80 m) is set for lower bands. 
 
 
 Icom IC-7800 transceiver,  SPE 1K-FA solid state amplifier for HF, IC-275H transceiver for VHF. That station has an internet remote control from everywhere I go (Remoterig system) with a Kenwood TS480 SAT transceiver.

Remoterig, remote unit connected to the front end of a TS480 SAT (at my condo in Paris city).

The G2800 DXC rotator is digitaly connected to an ARS-USB (EA4TX) interface.

This is my tower : 3 x 7 m, aluminum rated for 2 square meters of antennas, crank up & tilt over. Antennas were not yet on it ...

        

The  rotator is a G2800 DXC Yaesu.

    

 

Station 2 in Tulle (Dept 19, JN05ug) :

This picture just underneath shows my 5 bands (10, 12, 15, 17 and 20 m) optibeam OB9-5 antenna at Tulle station (summer holiday place). It is on top of a 12 m self supporting CTA crank-up tower.

Above it is a 4 element LFA Yagi for 6m band and a M2 12 element 2 m VHF Yagi antenna. A rotatable dipole for 40 m (DXM40-1) is on top of the mast, 2 meters above the OB9-5 (no interference has been seen). I also use a full size inverted V wire dipole for 80 m and a W8AMZ half-sloper for 160 m, using the tower as highest point.
 
 
 
More informations about this awesome Optibeam antenna are available here:
About the rotatable dipole for 40 m, just have a look here:
http://dxavenue.com/fr/monobandes-dxbeam/282-dipole-rotatif-40m.html
 
 
The rotator is a KR-600 RC mounted on 4 airplane silent blocks to reduce vibrations and avoid metal/metal contact.
 
 
That one (underneath) is my shack in Tulle. It is located in the basement (very fresh in the hot summer of South France). Equipment consists of an ICOM transceiver IC-7600 for HF, a solid state amplifier (SPE expert 1K-FA) and a MacBook pro (my log CAT software is MacLoggerDX). VHF station is an IC-275H with a SSB super Amp. Rotator is a G600-RC connected to my computer through EA4TX digital interface.
 
 
Station 3 (Paris city, JN18eu) :
 
From Paris city, I can just use a low profile balcony screwdriver antenna. After several tests, I finally chose a screwdriver antenna, the Tarheel 200 fits pretty well and permits QSO from 80 to 10 m band. Not much chance that you can hear me from that station since I do not use it often (10 days in a year max.) as solar cycle is much too low.
 
   
 
Grounding consists of 10 wire radials (of ca. 3 meters length each)
 
 
Here is what can be seen down from the street with a 10x zoom camera !
 
My equipment in Paris city : Icom IC-7000. My log and CAT software is MacloggerDX.
I am a member of the amateur radio group of Paris (ARP), please have a look at our website here: http://www.arp75.org/
 
I was transmitting from TA3 (Western Turkey) as TA3/F1RAF, on saturday and sunday (31st August-1st september 2013). Many thanks to Can TA3GO and Elif TA3YE who permitted me to use their station.
 
 
I have also been SV8/F1RAF in October 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016 , transmitting from Poros Island (Saronic islands, East Peloponese EU-075), I have been active on 10/12/15/17/20/40 m bands using just a small vertical dipole antenna, various wires and 100W from a FT-857D/IC-7000. I have had a special QSL printed for that yearly event. More informations on my SV8/F1RAF qrz.com page. 
 
 
I was a member of the TC3AFT special event station in Turkey in september 2014 (see TC3AFT qrz.com page).
 
 
Also member of the TO5FP expedition at Saint Pierre et Miquelon island in September 2016.
 
 
 
My awards (2017) : ARRL WAS phone, 6 DXCC's phone 40, 20, 17, 15, 12 & 10 m, VUCC 50 Mhz. RSGB IOTA100 award.
 

 

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United States Counties Award#38
Granted: 2016-07-18 22:18:07   (F1RAF)

Endorsements:
  • 250 Counties Mixed
  • 100 Counties Mixed
  • 250 Counties Mixed
  • 100 Counties Phone
Grid Squared Award#694
Granted: 2015-01-18 01:03:15   (F1RAF)

Endorsements:
  • 5 Band Mixed
  • 10 Meters Mixed
    12 Meters Mixed
    15 Meters Mixed
    17 Meters Mixed
    20 Meters Mixed
    30 Meters Mixed
    40 Meters Mixed
  • 5 Band Phone
  • 10 Meters Phone
    15 Meters Phone
    17 Meters Phone
    20 Meters Phone
    40 Meters Phone
    Mixed Phone
World Continents Award#280
Granted: 2015-01-15 08:01:28   (F1RAF)

Endorsements:
  • 5 Band Mixed
  • 10 Meters Mixed
    12 Meters Mixed
    15 Meters Mixed
    17 Meters Mixed
    20 Meters Mixed
    30 Meters Mixed
    40 Meters Mixed
    80 Meters Mixed
  • 5 Band Phone
  • 10 Meters Phone
    15 Meters Phone
    17 Meters Phone
    20 Meters Phone
    40 Meters Phone
    Mixed Phone
DX World Award#39
Granted: 2015-01-15 08:01:23   (F1RAF)

Endorsements:
  • 15 Meters Mixed
  • 17 Meters Mixed
  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • 40 Meters Mixed
  • Mixed Phone
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