Morocco - 7 bands EME DXpedition

144 MHz - 10 GHz

4th - 11th of October 2017

last update on 24.05.2017

 

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I am very happy to announce, that after long time of preparation and units testing, I am able to organize my first large 7 bands EME DXpedition to Morocco. In cooperation with Václav OK1VVT - 144 MHz operator, and courtesy of Jim W7EJ, I am going to Casablanca - IM63dm in October 2017. We are expecting to be QRV on all ham radio bands from 144 up to 10368 MHz.

any donation for EME DXpedition is welcome via Pay Pal to:

 

Donation received, thank you for your support.

WA2ODO Pete - send spare preamplifiers, JA4BLC Yoshiro - building RX down converter for 10450 MHz RXing

Paul Andrews, DK3WG, KC4SW, DL7APV, DK3WG,

 

Equipments
Band MHz Unit Antenna
144 TS2000 + SSPA 1,5 kW 4x8el. - ATF54143 - 0,3dB N/F
432 IC9100 + SSPA 1,2 kW + GPS locked 3,2m dish V/H pol. - 0,4dB N/F OK1DFC - OE5JFL control
1296 IC9100 + SSPA 1 kW + GPS locked 3,2m dish - 0,2dB N/F HB9BBD - OE5JFL control
2302 - 2304 - 2320 - 2400 IC9100 + TRV + SSPA 250 W + GPS locked 3,2m dish - 0,4dB N/F G4DDK OE5JFL control
3400 IC9100 + TRV + SSPA 50 W + GPS locked 1,8m solid dish - 0,7dB N/F - DB6NT - OE5JFL control
5760 IC9100 + TRV + SSPA 110 W + GPS locked 1,8m solid dish - 0,9dB N/F DB6NT - OE5JFL control
10368 IC9100 + TRV + SSPA 50 W + GPS locked V-pol 1,8m solid dish - 0,5dB N/F DU3BC - OE5JFL control

Time table - first draft (can be change according local conditions)

Date in October:

Band

Remarks

1st - 3 rd Trip OK - CN 3685 km
4th Building station - calibration, measuring possible test traffic if all OK
5th - 6th full orbit 144 + 2320 MHz RX on 2302, 2304, 2320 and 2400 MHz - TX 2304 - 2320 MHz
6th - 7th full orbit 144 + 3400 MHz  
7th - 8th full orbit ARRL EME 144 - 432 MHz full Moon pass 432 MHz
8th - 9th full orbit ARRL EME 144 - 1296 MHz full Moon pass 1296 MHz
9th - 10th full orbit 144 + 10368 - 10450 MHz RX 10450 MHz courtesy of Yoshiro JA4BLC possible
10th - 11th full orbit 144 + 5760 MHz  
11th - 13th Wrap up and return home CN - OK 3685 km
Traffic and frequency can to be change according local condition and unexpected problems, check every day HB9Q chat
 

Operation:

  • We expect to announce all details or changes on Miles and more, HB9Q, N0UK and here on web.
  • In the main time we will work first all stations by CW, than when CW traffic slow down, we will be switching also to WSJT for all stations interesting to work us in that mode too. We are able to switch between CW and JT according request if not so busy in QSOs.
  • During ARRL EME contest, first Moon pass we will be QRV 432 MHz ! Means that not only from 00:00 UT on Saturday, but from our Moonrise in Friday around 19:00 UT. We expect to have clear horizon for East and West and will work in maximum length of our Moon window. Than we exchange feed for 1296 MHz and will be QRV next Moon pass in contest on 23cm. Sunday we will change feed and TRV and will be QRV on 3cm again full Moon pass, even on lower bands will follow up ARRL contest till 00:00 UT from Moonrise.
  • Parallel in all those bands we will be QRV 144 MHz CW and JT65. We will be also available on HB9Q Moon chat and N0UK, for possible sked or special requests for tests, exchanging modes etc.
  • 2,3 GHz - With RX band we will cover all existing ham radio frequency on EME and expect to work everybody from Australia, Japan, EU and USA. We will TX only 2320,100 and 2304,100 !!!
  • 10 GHz - courtesy of Yoshiro JA4BLC we will be able to RX on 10450 MHz, on TX thanks to Mirek OK2AQ we will have 52W RF and new very precise 180cm dish thanks to Eddy ON7UN.
  • We prefer QRG xxxx.100 on all bands.
  • On MW bands we will use WSJT .10 and WSJT.X with Doppler shift compensation. Do not forget to put our call sign to the WSJT data base. Check WSJT work condition described by Rene PE1L

 

  • Some tips to help us to QSO with you
    • Add us to Call3.txt
    • Please call us when you CAN copy us. No need to have a good decode from us,
    • You will decode us when we call you. Usually you can't decode signals -24 till -31 which are not for you, you see a # indicating we call someone else
    • You don't need stop calling us when we are in QSO with someone else, after a QSO we will call the next station but only if he was TX'ing the period before.
    • Don't hop around QRG, choose a freq to call us and stay there for a while. If you stop TX'ing, listen the next period and then change freq if you want.
    • We will not TX 73, if a QSO is complete by RX'ing 73 from you we call CQ or another station. (QSO is complete if both stations received both calls, a report and one or more R)
    • You need to send 73 after you got our RRR, its good to know for us that we can call the next station.
    • We don't have a special station and we can't make more then 10 qso's a hour, it takes patience to QSO with us.
    • More and more stations are locked at 10 MHz, keep in mind you can end on top off each other at 144 MHz. Use some offset.
    • If you are familiar with the `Lance Procedure` you can call us that way.

    (PE1L text)

     

  • For CW and JT65B and C we will always RX on our own echo.

 

Courtesy of EA3HMJ

 

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