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New Operation planned for Oct 6, to Oct 20, 2017.


I prefer digital modes, but when I run out of business on data, I will go to CW.  I plan to try FT8 this trip.  I am not sure how this mode will work in a pile up, it seems when I call cq, it will capture the first decoded call, and will move my transmit to that frequency, making split operation difficult.  I plan to work through it, and see what works best.  I will be on GTMO for two weeks planned, so I will update this if I learn more about this new and facinating mode.  I have seen from experience that two stations calling on the same freqency jam each other, and I can not decode either one.  So probably best to call me on a clear freqency in the passband.  If nothing works, I will revert to answering CQ's one by one, but it is not as fast.  The other main mode will be RTTY, and once that is exhausted, I will go to CW.  Watch the dx spots for me.  PSKreporter may also have reports from me.



Past Operation

Feb 20 - Feb 19 to March 4 2016  operated from Guantanamo Bay Radio Club shack.  Focus was on data modes with operation on all bands 160 to 10.  You can usually find me using the clustr although for some reason, DXWATCH did not consider me worthy DX to list on their website, but DXSUMMIT.FI worked just fine.  I prefer RTTY, but will operate CW at times.  My operating schedule is erratic, and not mine to choose because I am with a group, and we only have one van for transportation to the hotel, and we all go together..  The best way to work KG4, it to just join the pile-ups when you find them, try to stay on one freq and call me until I answer. March 6 2015.   I put 7,300 QSOs in the log. At times the pileups were fierce, but it was very enjoyable and fun to provide the contacts.   My CW skills keep improving each time I come down here to operate.  QSL  direct or via ClubLog.

I am operating in the ARRL CW contest 20-22 Feb, although my CW skills are not great, it is fun to offer a multiplier to those that know KG4HF is DX, since many seem to pass me by assuming I am in the US.  Better for those that know.  I am having great fun with CW, but looking forward to RTTY next week.

  I plan to focus on RTTY, or PSK-125, and use all bands 160 - 10 meters, with small potential for 6.  QSL via Direct to W6HGF, or ClubLog OQRS.  NO STAMPS or IRC's.  I will try to upload to LOTW and OQRS daily.   I will go to CW mode after the RTTY demand is met. 

KG4WV, Bill, and myself will be operating as much as possible, but still have to leave the station to eat and sleep during the day.  My goal is to make as many qso's as possible.  Good DX, 73,  Al W6HGF

Check to see if you are in the log or use the QSL facility of OQRS at https://secure.clublog.org/charts/?c=KG4HF

Pet Peve:  I love to operate RTTY from DX locations, and a pile-up needs to be split frequency.  Many stations that are used to single frequency contests, only send thier call sign twice, and then wait long periods to see if I call them.  On CW this works fine, but on split frequency RTTY, it presents frustration for both of us.  Please understand what is happening on my end with time.  When you call, I first need to find you (as a clear/strong signal) in the pile,  This takes a couple seconds, then I need to mouse my decoder over to your signal, and let the compuer begin decoding your callsign, for another few seconds to get a full call.  Only then, when I have a full call, can I reply to you.  So the real factor is Time, not the number of times you send your call.  A short call like W1AW does not take much time, and is gone before I get to it when sent only twice.  Where a longer call say, WA1AWW takes much longer,   Then when you send a call, and you did not hear a response after, please do not wait minutes before you call again.  If I have found your signal, and have the decoder sitting on where it was, I can not decode any other station, and I am left wasting time waiting for you to respond.  Many times after a reasonable time, I will tune in another promising signal and abandon yours, because I do not know when you will answer, and the qso is lost, and all are frustrated.  So the simple answer in RTTY pile-ups, is to send your callsign several times depending on the length, a 1X2 call can be sent 6 times in the time space a 2X3 call is sent 3.  Then once you send it, check to see if I answered you (or someone), wait about the same length of time of the transmission, and send again until you hear me responding.  Once I call someone else, please stop until I send QRZ again.  I want to work you as bad as you want to work me, and with the above in mind, it can be a much more pleasant experience for both of us.

Update: Dec 9, 2013. All Direct QSL Cards for 2013 operation have been mailed out.  Let me know if you did not receive yours.  Bureau cards will be much slower, but will go out.  Please request direct if you need a qsl faster.  Once I get past the Bureau cards, I will begin to work on Eqsl confirmations.

October 11 - 25, 2013 GUANTANAMO BAY DX-Pedition   All logs have been uploaded to Clublog and LOTW. Please let me know if you have any problems, as I made many mistakes in the log. The pileups were furious, and sometimes I heard or copied the wrong call. Just write an email and let me know. I will do my best to fix any mistakes and get the uploaded again. Thanks to all we had a QSO with from Guantanamo Bay, it was a great time, and I am looking forward to the next adventure. A Special thanks to Bill and his Virginia Beach friends who have worked so hard to make the station that was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy, restored and even better than ever. This was an experience I will never forget.

Please do not send IRC or Stamps for postage. Only $2 will work for direct reply. Anything else will go by the bureau. US Stations send SASE with Forever.

OQRS is now available via ClubLog at the link just below, and you can request direct QSL using Paypal. Please do not request Bureau cards on OQRS, just send me a real card via the bureau. I like to have the paper qsl card in bureau exchanges.


My website with more current information and a few pictures is at:
The Club Website with many pictures
From the Daily DX:
Bill Verebely W4WV will be back in Guantanamo Bay as KG4WV, along with Al Danis W6HGF as KG4HF.
They will fly in to GTMO of Friday October 6th and will fly out on Friday October 20th.
They will be on all bands, 160m through 6m using ssb, rtty, psk, and some cw.

QSL to their home calls.


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