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QSL: Use clublog OQRS, LoTW. Do not send QSL via buro. Dir. QSL F4HEC

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QSL & confirmation: LoTW, clubLog OQRS. ClubLog OQRS is the preferred way for QSL. Do not send your QSL, we don't need it. Do not sent QSL via buro, we won't get it (but OQRS permits to ask QSL via bureau for free). 

If you feel that your call sign was busted, send requests to F1RAF (you can easy check yourself testing your call sign in ClubLog system).

Please do not answer our bureau QSLs as well.

We have studied direct QSL possibility (since SWL could not get QSL), via F4HEC (Frederic  FONTAINE
2 Les Ferrands37800 DRACHEFRANCE) including SAE, 1 IRC or $US 2. Pour les OM français métropolitains, une ETSA adressée à F4HEC suffira. QSL requests not matching (so check first with clublog) will be returned as NIL.

Our full corrected log has been updoaded to LoTW on october 6th 2016.

For QSL returns, be patient, we needed several months to design & get printed QSLs.  We started sending first QSLs on January 10 (2017). Donations and OQRS direct QSL were answered first.

Update : at February 16th all OQRS direct QSL have now been sent.

Update 2 : at February 24th all OQRS buro QSL have been sent to the French buro.

Check QSO on Club Log (it will be updated after the end of the operation if mistakes or busted call are suspected): http://www.clublog.org/charts/?c=TO5FP

 

Our team F4HEC Freddy, F1RAF Nicolas, FK8IK Michel, F5TMJ Laurent has been activating FP (DXCC 277, NA-032) between september 11 and 20th 2016. 

September 20th was our last day of activity since we had to leave the island early in the morning to take a boat to St Pierre. We have kept one active station on 40 m until late in the last night. More than 17.000 QSO are in the log.

Activity was made on 12-80 m CW, phone, RTTY, PSK. Despite our efforts, we had no opening on 10 m, and just a short opening on 12 m at the end of our stay. Our CW operators never used any computer or machine for decoding or transmitting.

Saint-Pierre & Miquelon archipelago (8 islands) is the only French territory in North America and the last testimonial of New France (that later became Canada). This overseas collectivity consists of 2 main islands : Miquelon and Langlade (110 km2) on one side and Saint Pierre on the other side. Most of the 6.000 inhabitants stays in Saint Pierre island which is also the smaller one (26 km2). Southern coast of the New Foundland is the closest land (only 25 km) in the neighborhood. Climate is humid and cold, borderline sub-arctical, because of the Labrador current and polar air masses.

These islands were annexed in 1536 by the French explorer Jacques Cartier on behalf of the King of France. The archipelago was disputed several times by the British until the treaty of Paris (1814) that gave it back to France. In june1816 the islands were resettled by French people. Inhabitants were fishermen mainly coming from 3 French regions: Brittany, Normandy and Basque country. This is the reason why those 3 region colors appear on the flag.

The 200th years birthday of the return to France of Saint Pierre et Miquelon will be celebrated in 2016 (http://www.celebrations2016.com/fr/programmation) !

We have activated Ile aux Marins (sailors island), an islet close to Saint-Pierre harbor.

Ile aux Marins islet seen from St Pierre city (picture underdeath).

TO5FP team (4 guys) crossing the street in St Pierre city (thanks to VK4AFU who checked for us on the webcam)...

The full team, F1RAF, F4HEC, F5TMJ, FK8IK (left to right) in Saint Pierre city.

First hexbeam on top of the hill near our green house in Ile aux Marins islet. FP5BZ visited us.

Weather conditions were sometimes getting harsh with strong winds. Our folding hexbeam did not like it, we had to add storm cords to avoid any further issues... but surprisingly it was still working with that bad shape and was not broken!

30 m vertical antenna ready... second hexbeam still down on the lawn waiting for the mast clamps in our 2 lost suitcases ... that came 2 days later!

F1RAF connecting the 40 m vertical (12 m high spiderbeam mast).

Our wire dipole for 80 m is now ready...

Hexbeams housekeeping was mandatory almost every day because of the bad weather.... Gusts were really awful here but nor hexbeams nor masts were broken during our stay. We had to set storm cords on each one to help keeping a good shape!

Local TV (SPM Première) came and visited us ! 

 

DX Code Of Conduct

(various languages inside)
  • I will listen, and listen, and then listen again before calling.
  • I will only call if I can copy the DX station properly.
  • I will not trust the DX cluster and will be sure of the DX station's call sign before calling.
  • I will not interfere with the DX station nor anyone calling and will never tune up on the DX frequency or in the QSX slot.
  • I will wait for the DX station to end a contact before I call.
  • I will always send my full call sign.
  • I will call and then listen for a reasonable interval. I will not call continuously.
  • I will not transmit when the DX operator calls another call sign, not mine.
  • I will not transmit when the DX operator queries a call sign not like mine.
  • I will not transmit when the DX station requests geographic areas other than mine.
  • When the DX operator calls me, I will not repeat my call sign unless I think he has copied it incorrectly.
  • I will be thankful if and when I do make a contact.
  • I will respect my fellow hams and conduct myself so as to earn their respect. 

Though most of the costs have been paid by the team members, we are indebtful to all those who helped us for this expedition either giving their time, either building tools for us or giving some funds.

Thanks to Randy Marks (CA) for drawing the TO5FP logo!

             

   

QSO director was our on line real time log. http://www.qsodirector.com, thanks to Martin (A65DC) and Keli (TF8KY).

Visit our web-site (Paris ARP): http://www.arp75.org

 

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United States Counties Award#5224
Granted: 2016-11-14 17:35:58   (TO5FP)

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World Continents Award#15817
Granted: 2016-11-14 17:35:54   (TO5FP)

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