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DX-Expedition on a Cargo Ship through Europe as a Passenger

HB9RYZ/MM - Current DX-Activity on board of a Cargo Ship with the name "Grande Ellade, Grimaldi Lines" under Italian flag from 14. - 23. May 2017

Details see also on my website www.hb9ryz.ch under "Portable Station"

Mainly QRV on 20m especially on 14.317 MHz an 14.313 MHz at UTC 10:00 and in the evening.

 

For Real Time Ship Tracking click here

Totally worked: 243 QSOs and 59 DXCC-Countries as of 23. May 2017

Especially on 20m and 17m: Australia, Namibia, USA, Anguila, Syria, Brasil, Uruguay, Puerto Rico, Venuzuela, Luxenbourg, Liechtenstein, Isreal, Western Sahara, Palestine, India, Marocco, Turkey, Lebanon, Qatar, Isle of Man, UAE, Algeria, and finally all most whole Europe and Russia. Reached all continents :-)

A sepcial QSO was between PH9HB/AM Jerry in a Boing 737 at 33'000ft above Toulouse and HB9PJT Peter in Switzerland in the home shack --> Air - See - Land.

And I met a lot of my Swiss Colleagues from my homebase club HB9RF and the HB9O station in the Swiss Museum of Transport in Lucerne.

All contacts with KX2, 100W and G5RV Antenna. Thanks to all for the nice QSOs - Special MM/QSL Card will be sent soon.

G5RV 15.5m Antenna on the upper deck and my Cabin with RIG one deck below

           

Mobile Station Equipment and Antenna

  • Elecraft KX2 Transceiver 10-80m 10W QRP
  • LDG Z-11 Pro II ATU
  • JUMA PA100-D Amplifier max. 150W SSB from Finland
  • MFJ Power supply 30 Amp. for SBB and JT65
  • G5RV total length 15.5m with 4.8m Ladder-Line incl. Balun
  • 1:1 current Choke 200W from HARI to eleminate RF and interference
  • Sennheiser Headset wtih Home-made PTT-Button for convenience
  • SignaLink USB for Digi-Mode

      

G5RV Antenna 15.5m on the top level deck next to the command bridge

      

Original HARI G5RV Antenna 15.5m --> Documentation and Shop in German

220V Power and ground issues on a cargo ship

I had no German 220V Plug,  just a Swiss 220V Plug without ground pin. So I had unwanted voltage between the power supply and the ground of the ship which I could feel by touching the power supply and the porthole (window) in the cabin at the same time. So I had to connect the minus from the power supply to the ground of the ship through the porthole. Problem solved :-)

   

Log4OM - super for free Log-Application

Cargo Ship from the top level bridge deck

   

Broken Fiber-Mast after a storm during the night in Gibraltar

        

Fibermast fixed with spare parts (whips) from the EzMilitary Antenna

            

The performance of the vertical EzMilitary Antenna was not really excellent! So I was happy to use the whips and the stainless steel Jaw Mount of this antenna to strengthen the broken fiber-mast :-)

eHam Review of the alpha EzMilitary Antenna.

Manual of the alpha EzMilitary Antenna - my opinion: only "Military" sounds good!

First try with the EzMilitary Antenna. The challenge was the heavy wind from the see which tipped the radial often over 90 degrees down to the railing. And I had to remove the white paint at the railing in order to give the Jaw Mount a good ground contact to the ship.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some pictures from the Cargo Ship

                       

 

 

73, Wolfgang - HB9RYZ/MM

www.hb9ryz.ch

 

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DX World Award#4676
Granted: 2016-11-06 22:28:02   (HB9RYZ)

Endorsements:
  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • Mixed Phone
Grid Squared Award#14146
Granted: 2016-10-19 22:02:13   (HB9RYZ)

Endorsements:
  • 20 Meters Mixed
World Continents Award#15587
Granted: 2016-10-19 22:02:11   (HB9RYZ)

Endorsements:
  • 20M Mixed
  • 40 Meters Mixed
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