HB9CRQ JN46je GRID Expedition May 2020

 

 

update 30. May 2020

On 29. May it was very nice to work in 5h of activity 14 initials on 5760 MHz. Most of them were worked on QRA64D and CW.

Next activity will be 10368 MHz on Saturday 30. May:
10368.100 QRA64D HB9CRQ 1st CFOM, 16.30z until 22.00z

The station is ready and tested. Hope to work all looking for us!

Last activity will be
31. May
1296.100 JT65C HB9CRQ 1st RX on own echo, 17.00z until 22.00z

 

 

update 29. May 2020

It was very nice to work on 25. May 3 more stations on 3400 MHz for a total of 8 initials.

Next activity will be 5760 MHz on Friday 29. May:
5760.100 QRA64D HB9CRQ 1st CFOM, from approx. 16.15z until 21.00z

The station is ready and tested. Hope to work all that look for us!

 

 

Update: 25. May 2020

We have worked on 23. May 11 initials on 23xx and on 24. May 5 initials on 3400 MHz. This during our short window of about 5h only. K2UYH, Al asked us to be QRV 3400 MHz today 25. May at 15.00z. We will be on logger and QRV from about 14z until 16z.

Next activity will be 5760 MHz on Friday 29. May:
5760.100 QRA64D HB9CRQ 1st CFOM, from approx. 16.15z until 21.00z

Hope to work many of you!

 

 

Update: 22. May 2020

The station is tested and ready for tomorrow our moonrise, which is only from about 10.00z (moving out of close trees). Since the DUBUS 13cm CW contest takes place during this weekend we will be on 2320.140. As always we are standby on the 23xx logger during our QRV time.

23. May
2320.140 JT65C HB9CRQ 1st RX on own echo, 10.00z until 15.30z
2304.140 (QSY will be announced on HB9Q 23xx logger).

We will post tomorrow after moonset our revised times for 24. May (then we will know exactly from and until what elevation we can work).

Good luck and lots of fun on 13cm!

 

 

Update: 18. May 2020

We have arrived at our holiday home in Brione sM, JN46je. Unfortunately the EME window is smaller than I expected. Due to a lot of nearby trees moonrise and moonset are restricted. I therefore have rescheduled our activity times, see below. It is difficult to tell exactly when the moon clears the tries and different branches. We will adjust the schedule after our first moonpath of 23. May.

We are sorry, but our open window is between 140° and 250°, so there will be no window to Australia and Japan. South and North America are OK. Europe and Africa will be on during our full window.

Here our adjusted operation schedule:

23. May
2320.140 JT65C HB9CRQ 1st RX on own echo, 10.00z until 15.30z
2304.140 (QSY will be announced on HB9Q 23xx logger).

24. May
3400.100 JT65C HB9CRQ 1st RX on own echo, 11.30z until 16.30z

29. May
5760.100 QRA64D HB9CRQ 1st CFOM, 15.45z until 21.00z

30. May
10368.100 QRA64D HB9CRQ 1st CFOM , 16.30z until 22.00z

31. May
1296.100 JT65C HB9CRQ 1st RX on own echo, 17.00z until 22.00z

 

original announcement 12. May 2020

We are very happy to announce our NEW spring Q-Team GRID-Expedition!

Due to the worldwide Covid-19 situation we had to postpone our SV5 DXpedition to May 2021 (more information in summer).

In HB9 lockdown is easing-up now, so it is possible to travel within HB9. Therefor we have decided to go to our holiday home in Brione sM, south Switzerland (JN46je). As far as I know there was NO EME activity ever from JN46 on 1296, 23xx, 3400 and 5760 MHz. On 10xxx MHz HB9DUK is QRV from JN46, so several stations have worked already JN46. But for all others it is a new grid!

Our holiday home is on the south slope of the Alps at 400m above sea level. We have a very nice view of the Lago Maggiore. However, still being in the mountains, our moonrise and even more our moonset are somewhat restricted. We probably lose 20° on MR and 20+° on MS. Since I never expected to be QRV from there, I do not know exactly the window, sorry. We will drive there on 16. May. So I expect to communicate the exact window by 18. May (I will post it on HB9Q webpage, mmmonvhf and the Moonnet).

We have received the special license to use 2320/2304 and 3400 MHz from there (in HB9 this frequencies are not part of the regular license).

Here our operation schedule:

23. May
2320.100 JT65C HB9CRQ 1st RX on own echo, 06.30z until 16.30z
2301.990 and 2400.100 (on request only, please send e-mail to dan@hb9q.ch), 2304.100 (QSY will be announced on HB9Q 23xx logger).

24. May
3400.100 JT65C HB9CRQ 1st RX on own echo, 07.30z until 17.30z
3399.990 1st (on request only, please send e-mail to dan@hb9q.ch), QSY will be announced on HB9Q 3400 logger

29. May
5760.100 QRA64D HB9CRQ 1st CFOM, 12.00z until 21.30z

30. May
10368.100 QRA64D HB9CRQ 1st CFOM , 13.30z until 21.00z
10450.100 1st (on request only, please send e-mail to dan@hb9q.ch), QSY will be announced on HB9Q 10xxx logger

31. May
1296.100 JT65C HB9CRQ 1st RX on own echo, 14.40z until 22.00z

CW: Although it is on the limit, we will work CW on all bands. However only with big-guns and after the pile-up on JT/QRA is worked.

Equipment:
1.5m dish 1x2mm mesh, homemade automatic az/el control
1296: 100W at feed, circular, preamp at horn
23xx: 90W at feed, circular, preamp at horn
3400: 80W at feed, circular, preamp at horn
5760: 80W at feed, circular, preamp at horn
10xxx: 50W at feed, v-pol, preamp at horn

We will be using WSJT-X 2.2.0 RC1. On 23, 13 and 9cm we use JT65C with Doppler Control (“Own Echo”, in other words we listen on our own echo). On 6 and 3cm we will be using QRA64D (if necessary JT4F) including Doppler Control (“Constant Frequency On Moon” and if necessary “Full Doppler to DX Grid”). Hopefully more people take advantage of automated Doppler control. Especially on 6 and 3cm it is a MUST for successful QRP operations.

We’ll have internet access. During our activities we’ll be stand-by on the HB9Q band loggers. We also will check our e-mails several times a day.

How big needs your station to be to work us?
On 23cm 2m dish and 150W at the feed
On 13cm 2m dish and 100W at the feed
On 9cm 2m dish and 50W at the feed
On 6cm 1.5m dish and 80W at the feed
On 3cm 0.75m solid dish with 60W at the feed

QSL policy: QSL only direct including SAE to: HB9Q, P.O.Box 133, CH-5737 Menziken
If you wish to sponsor our activity, you are welcome to do so by using PayPal dan@hb9q.ch (please mention your call).

We are looking forward to our Grid-Expedition and hope to work many of you!
Next information 18. May.

Vy 73, Dan/Sue & Sam Q-Team at HB9CRQ GRID-Expediton