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PLEASE NOTE: between 2016 08 14 and 2016 10 31 I will not be able to use 2m QRO; hence no EME in that period.
This is due to renovation works at part of the house, in which my shack is located. I will ba able to work on HF, with 100 Watts max only
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My passion: 144 MHz
First licensed in December 1975 in the Netherlands as PE0WGA. Since March 1995 living in Austria (using PE0WGA/OE - I was not eligable for using the CEPT assignement as I was living in OE !!!); since October 1995 QRV as OE3FVU. Worked 122 countries (120 confirmed), 45 USA States, 700+ squares on 2 meters. I am holder of the nr. 121 DXCC for 144 MHz.
I achieved my first goal in November 2013 with the DXCC on 144 MHz, next goal is WAS on 144 MHz as well.
Update on 2015 10 20: Still missing a few states: NE, RI, SD, TN.
To my fellow HAM’s in the USA: PLEASE Feel free to help me, by calling me - do not surpress your wish to make a sked with me, just drop me an e-mail message.
Setup on VHF
144 MHz setup are 4x 14 ele MXP28 Yagi from M-Square with H and V feedlines (30 meters ECOFLEX 15), 2x CAVeme cavity LNA's in each RX line, 2x FT847 (2x WSJT 10) and parallel feeding an IQ+ Rev. B. using LinRad and MAP65. TX (V or H) is done typically with FT847 feeding an Henry 3002, with appr 1200 Watts Out on EME and 400 Watts out on MS.
The 3 element SteppIr has also been modified for 6 meter by adding 2 extra elements (not original ) as follows:
Although I know that the SteppIr can also be amended to allow for 70 MHz, this is not possible with my set up. As the SteppIr is mounted on the elevatable part of the system, the 70 Mhz elements would be damaged severely if and when the 2m system is elevated. hence a separate DK7FB 5 elements 4m antenne has been mounted. And last but not least, a 5 element 3m antenna is also mounted to monitor the VHF / FM Band.
Currently, I have no 70 cm antennes installed, and I am doubtful whether that will happene again soon.
Setup on HF
Since 1974VHF has fascinated me and it still does. HF was never my thing, but as I recently obtained a 3 element SteppIr for 6 to 20 meters, this might change.The antenna was installed on 8 October 2014 between the 4 longyagi's for 2m, expecting that there would be no negative influence on the 2m performance, as the antenna is at 90° compared to the azimuth of the 2m System. Indeed i can not find any degredation of the EME array (yet). Knowing that the 2m beams are in parallel to the SteppIr Elements, I expected severe performance degredation.
Actually the performance was not bad at all, only the frequencies of resonance were off in the main direction. On 180° could find only marginal resonance differences. I have than adapted ONLY the dipole settings for optimal SWR and was than amazed by the performance of the antenna. I have not yet been very active on the bands, but I am certain that this will change. Try to find me at JT65A segment on the band, where I will try to work as many stations with 3 or 10 Watts. If you hear me in any other mode, be sure that I won't be working at more than 100 Watts.
On 30, 40 and 80 meter I use a quick and dirty horizontal loop antenna, about 20 x 80 meters at some 3-5 meters above my garden. I recently made the first 160 meter (JT65A) QSO's also using the antenna, although the SWR is poor. I used to have a windom FD-4 in place but the performance was less than mediocre to say the least. After 45 years of service it broke and I than put up this quick and dirty loop, which performed significantly better than the Windom.
Bad Operating Practice on JT65A
Unfortunately I have noticed during JT65A QSO's on HF, that some stations tend to think that receiving their report is enough and do not bother to give me a report or, give me no confirmation that they received my information. I do not need the whole formal procedure as listed in WSJT, but I consider a QSO without a condfirmation as an incomplete QSO. In such cases I send my information another time, and if there is still no answer, the QSO will not be logged. NO QSL will be sent either.
Sample of a minimum QSO:
CQ OE3FVU JN78
answer: OE3FVU PE0WGA -12
PE0WGA OE3FVU R-11
answer OE3FVU PE0WGA 73 or OE3FVU PE0WGA RR73 or TU FRANZ or 3W 5ELE 73
or similar. I tend to send RR 3W 3EL 73 or TU 3W 3EL 73 as last message. As the QSO takes place on a defined QRG, there is no discussion possible for whom the message is intended.
I also notice that many HAM's do not understand the meaning of WSJT (Weak Signal communication by k1JT). Weak Signal does not mean to work QROO, a few Watts is enough. I usually work with just 3 or 5 Watts on 20m and higher and 50 Watts on 30, 40 and 80 meter. I work around the globe with these powers! Try to minimize as much as possible to avoid interference!
QSL Policy H.F.
HF: I will not send any paper QSL, neither direct nor via the bureau, for any QSO on HF, unless specifically asked for. However I will answer any paper QSL card that I receive via the bureau or direct if a small donation (1 USD for EU and 2 USD for rest of the world - NO NEED for SAE, but your address itself would help).
QSL Policy V.H.F. and U.H.F.
Direct QSL will be sent to any first contact via EME ("initial"), provided that I can find the address in the net. Else, like any other QSL, I will send the card via the bureau. In practice that is once every 4 months.
Due to a horendous price increase for mail outside Europe the following apply for non-european Direct QSL: I will wait for sending the QSL cards until I am in a country with significant less postal charges. I will be in PA every 3-4 months (april, september, december) . PA postal charges are about half of the Austrian ones. If, however, you would like a QSL directly on a short notice, please send me a direct QSL with some green stamps in it.. NO NEED FOR SELF ADDRESSED ENVELOPES.
I send a QSL card for every QSO (except for QSO's made a PE0WGA before 1995 as I have no log available anymore), if you have not received a QSL yet, let me know; I will resend one - as long as I can find it as a valid QSO in my log that is. However I print out the QSL cards about once every 3 to 4 months so please have some patience. Again, if you need it quicker, let me know.
LoTW and e-QSL
I am a certified user of e-QSL and registered user at LoTW.
As I am using HRDLOG for HF logging, I automatically upload the QSO data to e-QSL and HRDLOG.net after every succesfull QSO: Every few days I also upload the lot to LoTW.
I use VQlog for VHF. This excellent Logging programm, especially designed for the serious VHF DX'er has no possibility to automatically upload the contacts to e-QSL and LoTW. This means that from time to time (once every month in practice) I manually upload these contacts to both e_QSL and LoTW and also HRDLOG.net.
updated OE3FVU 2014 November 26
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