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VP2MKV Montserrat flag Montserrat

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QSL: LOTW, paper QSL's via N0KV(US: SASE, others: SAE$2 US

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Update, June 29/30, 2015

1) All QSO's, including satellite and corrections, have been uploaded to LOTW.  A little work to do to fix Club Log issues.  We've gotten nearly 3000 LOTW confirmations, and about 140 QSL envelopes via mail.  Paper QSL's were ordered today and should be available in a few weeks.

2) Approximately 9350 total SSB/CW/RTTY QSO's, including 650 on 6 meters by W0ETT/VP2MTT, and 45 satellite QSO's via WD0E/VP2MJW (using VP2MKV call).

3) 450 RTTY QSO's.  Would have done more, but had Windows 8 comm port issues, and it finally quit working altogether . . .

4) Special thanks to George, K2DM, for use of his "stuff" at Gingerbread Hill, to Charlie, K1XX, and John, KB4CRT, for travel and setup tips, and to Clover and David (owners of Gingerbread Hill) for all their on-island help and support.

73, Barry, N0KV/VP2MKV


For operation by N0KV, W0ETT, W0ZA, and WD0E June 10-18th, 2015 from Gingerbread Hill, St. Peters, Montserrat.

Operation will be on 80-2 meters, SSB/CW/RTTY and will include participation in the ARRL VHF Contest and some satellite operation.  Will attempt to keep two 500W radios on the air nearly 24 hrs/day.

All QSO's will be posted to LOTW soon after returning to the US.  Paper QSL's may be obtained via N0KV at the address above.  US operators send SASE; others send SASE or SAE + $2 US for return postage.

Six meter beacon will be active on 50.102 when the normal 6M station is not manned (or in use on HF), and operator will listen during beacon tranmitter pauses.

Satellite operation:

VP2MKV will operate FO-29 only on selected passes.  We will attempt the long hops to the edges of coverage if the equipment performs well at low elevations and obstructions allow.  We will attempt to post passes we plan to work 24 hours in advance on amsat-bb.  The uplink frequency will be 145.925 and we will tune our downlink for stations calling. The location is 16.776924N 62.214474W in grid FK86vs.  Equipment is an ICOM 910H and Arrow antenna.  Uplink power will be about 20W.  Stations are asked to work us only once on the satellite.  If we respond with your call you are in the log. We will also attempt to post a list of stations worked to amsat-bb daily.

Tentative satellite pass plan: We will attempt to be on the first two FO-29 ascending node passes June 11 through 20.  If time allows we may be on the third ascending node those days.  Those passes happen in late morning to midafternoon Montserrat time.  On those passes we will look first for South America when the satellite is South of us, then North America, then Europe during the short mutual window.  If there are 2 meter or 6 meter terrestrialopenings during the VHF contest June 13 and 14 we will not be on satellite at those times.

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