SV5/HB9COG, KM36xa, Kiotari, Rhodes

2021 DXpedition

 

 

Update 7. October 06.30z

We finished our 432 MHz activity with only 2 initials. Conditions were very difficult, Europe to Europe was most of the time 90° off. So with our QRPP equipment of 1x11el and 60W we were very much limited. We are sorry for those trying to work us with no success.

Yesterday in the morning we packed all equipment. And in the afternoon we started our sightseeing of Rhode Island. Now we enjoy a few days of relaxation and sightseeing before flying back home on 11. October.

Many thanks to all who have worked us and our apologizes to those trying to work us with no luck. A big THANK YOU to all our supporters, your contribution is very welcome!

We hope to work you all in 2022 from an other nice DXCC… Covid-19 permitting!

 Vy 73, Dan for the SV5/HB9COG team

 

 

Update 4. October 17.00

We finished our 1296 MHz activity with 73 initials. Most stations were worked in Q65-60C and 8 stations in CW, for a total of 81 QSOs.

Our 432 MHz station is tested and ready for our activity coming moon-path.

Our activity on 70 cm is as follows:
5. October 05.30z until 13.00z 432.085 Q65-60B SV5/HB9COG 1st RX Own Echo  

For more information come back here. You’ll always find the latest information and all details of the DXpedition.

 Vy 73, Dan for the SV5/HB9COG team

 

Update 2. October 13.30z

We finished our 10 GHz activity with 26 initials. Most stations were worked in Q65-60D, 1 in Q65-120E and 2 stations in CW, for a total of 28 QSOs.

Our 1296 MHz station is tested (sun-noise 5 dB) and ready for our activity coming moon-path.

Our activity on 23 cm is as follows:
3. October 00.30z until 12.30z on 1296.100 JT65-60C SV5/HB9COG 1st RX Own Echo
4. October 01.40z until 13.00z on 1296.100 Q65-60C SV5/HB9COG 1st RX Own Echo 

For more information come back here. You’ll always find the latest information and all details of the DXpedition.
 
Vy 73, Dan for the SV5/HB9COG team

 

Update 1. October 12.00z

We finished our 5760 MHz activity with 20 initials. Most stations were worked in Q65-60D, 5 stations in CW, for a total of 26 QSOs.

Our 10 GHz station is tested (sun-noise 9 dB) and ready for our activity coming moon-path.

 Our activity on 3 cm is as follows:
1. October            23.30z until 11.30z (2.Oktober) 10368.100 Q65-60D SV5/HB9COG 1st CFOM
                              10450.100 on request only, QSY will be announced on HB9Q 10xxx logger

 For more information come back here. You’ll always find the latest information and all details of the DXpedition.
 
Vy 73, Dan for the SV5/HB9COG team

 

Update 30. September 2021 11.30z

We finished our 3400 MHz activity with 13 initials. Most stations were worked in Q65-60C, 5 stations in CW, for a total of 18 QSOs.

Our 5.7 GHz station is tested (sun-noise 7 dB) and ready for our activity coming moon-path.

Our activity on 6 cm is as follows:
We will be QRV on our moon-rise only for about 1h (depending on activity) and then we QRX until 03.00z. Here the details:

30. September:            22.30z until 23.30z on 5760.100 Q65D SV5/HB9COG 1st CFOM and
1. October:                   03.00z until 11.00z on 5760.100 Q65D SV5/HB9COG 1st CFOM

For more information come back here. You’ll always find the latest information and all details of the DXpedition.
 

Vy 73, Dan for the SV5/HB9COG team

 

Update 29. September 2021 11.30z

We finished our 23xx MHz activity with 13 initials. Most stations were worked in Q65-60C, 4 stations in CW, for a total of 16 QSOs.

Our 3.4 GHz station is tested (sun-noise 6dB) and ready for our activity on 30. Sept. 2021 starting at 03.00z.

Our planned activity on 9cm is as follows:
3400.100 Q65-60C SV5/HB9COG 1st RX Own Echo, 03.00z until 10.00z. We are looking forward to work all of you QRV for us!

Plan change for 5760 MHz:
We will be QRV on our moon-rise only for about 1h (depending on activity) and then we QRX until 03.00z. Here the details:

30. September: 5760.100 Q65D SV5/HB9COG 1st CFOM, 22.30z until 23.30z and
1. October: 5760.100 Q65D SV5/HB9COG 1st CFOM, 03.00z until 11.00

For more information come back here. You’ll always find the latest information and all details of the DXpedition.

Vy 73, Dan for the SV5/HB9COG team

 

Update 28. September 2021 11.30z

Our station is tested (moon-noise 5dB) and ready for our moon-rise on 28. Sept. 2021 at 20.45z.

Our planned activity on 13cm is as follows:
2320.100 Q65-60C SV5/HB9COG 1st RX Own Echo, 20.45z until 09.15z (29. September)
2400.100 (on request only, please look for us on 23xx logger)
2304.100 during NA window, QSY will be announced on HB9Q 23xx logger
Looking forward to work all of you QRV for us!

For more information come back here. You’ll always find the latest information and all details of the DXpedition.

 Vy 73, Dan for the SV5/HB9COG team

 

Update 15. September 2021

The station is checked and packed. So technically we are ready to go. Covid-19 situation is still difficult and changing almost daily. We are monitoring the situation closely. If nothing bad happens we will be flying 27. September to Rhode Island. Keep the fingers crossed for us! More information when there are any good or bad news.

 

Update 2. August 2021
Due to Covid-19 we had to postpone twice our DXpedition to Rhodes, the mayor island of the Dodecanes. Although the situation still isn’t perfect, we will be on the island for 14 days (from 27. September to 11. October 2021), for some sightseeing/vacation and of course EME on 432 (QRP only), 1296, 23xx, 3400, 5760 and 10xxx MHz.

The house on the southeast side of the island is booked, so are the flights from Zurich to Rhodes and back. Team members are Sam HB9COG, Dan HB9CRQ and Sue Dan’s YL.

Our QTH is in KM36xa, directly at the beach. So, MR should be perfect! For MS we expect some 10 to  25° elevation due to houses nearby, some trees and the mountains at the horizon (we will only know exactly once we are there). But in anyway, we should have good enough MS to work the US-Westcoast.

Here our operation plan:

28. September
2320.100 Q65C SV5/HB9COG 1st RX Own Echo, 20.45z until 09.15z (29. September)
2301.990 and 2400.100 (on request only, please send e-mail to dan@hb9q.ch), 2304.100 during NA window, QSY will be announced on HB9Q 23xx logger

29. September
3399.990 Q65C SV5/HB9COG 1st RX Own Echo 21.40z until 23.00z on request only, please send e-mail to dan@hb9q.ch before 28. September

30. September
3400.100 Q65C SV5/HB9COG 1st RX Own Echo, 03.00z until 10.00z
5760.100 Q65D SV5/HB9COG 1st CFOM, 22.30z until 11.00z (1.Oktober)

1. October
10368.100 Q65D SV5/HB9COG 1st CFOM, 23.30z until 11.30z (2.Oktober)
10450.100 1st (on request only, please send e-mail to dan@hb9q.ch), QSY will be announced on HB9Q 10xxx logger

3. October
1296.100 JT65C SV5/HB9COG 1st RX Own Echo, 00.30z until 12.30z

4. October
1296.100 Q65C SV5/HB9COG 1st RX Own Echo, 01.40z until 13.00z

5. October
432.085 Q65B SV5/HB9COG 1st RX Own Echo, 05.30z until 13.00z

CW: Although it is on the limit, we will work CW on 1296-10450 bands. However only with big-guns and after the pile-up on Q65 is worked.

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

432: 50W at dipole, 1x11el FLA, preamp

We will be using WSJT-X 2.5 on all bands. On 70cm Q65B with Doppler Control (“Own Echo”, in other words we listen on our own echo). On 23, 13 and 9cm Q65C with Doppler Control (“Own Echo”). On 6 and 3cm Q65D with 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 70cm 16x long Yagis and 1KW
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 39, 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 SV5/HB9COG DXpedition and hope to work many of you!

Next information late September.

Vy 73, Dan/Sue & Sam Q-Team at SV5/HB9COG