Hi, we are happy to announce our second JW SOTA dxpedition
This time our team will consist of 4 operators:
We will arrive at Longyearbyen on the 1st of May and will do some chasing for the first two days. We will get access to JW5E club station first on Sunday evening so we hope to get in log some EU and NA activators. SOTA activations are planned for the 3rd and 5th of May. We hope to get access to some remote summits by the snow scooters which are otherwise not easily accessible during the summer time. Plan is to operate for two hours from each summit using 100W station and multiband vertical antennas.
Thanks, Ignacio, yes it was just typing error, I got him properly in a log :). Conditions are not the best, but we are getting more and more stations on the log. Let’s hope for good conditions tomorrow when we are in the field. CU on the summit tomorrow
17M was barely open at our dawn, could just about make you out. Other European stations calling you on your frequency while you were transmitting made it difficult to determine that you were answering me. Thank you for staying with it. Congratulations on a very special SOTA activation. 73 from New Mexico - Fred KT5X (WS0TA when activating peaks, North America’s first mountain goat)
I listened on 30m with my QCX-mini and QCX 50w amplifier. I have modified the amplifier by removing the low pass filter, making it multi-band. I’d had a sked with GS3PYE on 40m and then swapped over to 30m to try for JW.
Signals were faint, so I dismantled the station and re-configured for 20m SSB with a single band QRP rig. It was only when dismantling the 30m CW station that I noticed that I still had the 7MHz low pass filter in the antenna lead! Doh! No wonder the signals on 30m were faint! Oh well.
It sounded as though there was plenty of demand for JW SOTA judging by the callers I heard on 30m (via 40m LPF!).
The opening to ZL was very brief. Thank you JW9DSA for sticking with ZL (Zulu Lima, Zulu Lima again your call) and making our QSO possible. I also called JW/HB9DQM on 20m CW but was unable to get through JA’s and then Manuel faded away after about 10 mins.