Thursday, June 15, 2017

OC-090 planned

After nice holidays on Siargao (OC-235) I took decision to visit Philippines again in November.
This time I am going to stay on Busuanga Island - OC-090. Not very rare but last time activated 4 years ago in May 2013. During my trip to Siargao I brought 50 kgs of stuff (radio, PA, PS's, hexbeam etc.) what was not easy to carry and caused quite big expenses for excess baggage.
I do not want to give up PA, which helped me a lot on Siargao, but I am not going to bring again my hexbeam which works great and covers bands from 6 to 20m but, together with mast, is one of the most heavy things I had with me. I am considering to take a VDA but this is a monoband antenna so I could work on one band (eg. 20m) only.
I hope many of you can advise me what kind of multiband and lightweight antenna could be used. I will appreciate any suggestion. 

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Activation approved

Dear Jacek,

Thank you for the fast answer to questions concerning your activation of OC-235 as DU9/SP5APW. Your activation is approved/validated for IOTA credit.

Congratulations Jacek! A great job!

Bob, K3EST
IOTA Validation Team

Already back home

My nice vacation is over. QRT 16 May, around 2130z. Almost 800 QSOs done. 23% with EU.
50 kg of load (including 1.2 kW PA) back home without damages.
SP7SP amplifier worked great. Without that I wouldn't be able to work others than JAs.
Unfortunately my vacation coincided in time with Cezar E51LYC activation. So, I worked him from DU but wasn't able to add OC-098 to my SP5APW IOTA list...
Thank you all for nice QSOs and sorry that I couldn't be on air more. I did the best I could.
73 and see you on air in future from other IOTAs!

All QSOs uploaded to Clublog and LoTW. Clublog OQRS switched on. Waiting for QSL card design.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Last 24h on Siargao. QRT tomorrow.

I am going QRT tomorrow. At the moment there is 650 QSO's logged. 20% with EU. Prop is still bad.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Only 500 QSOs

The propagation is bad. Only 500 QSOs is done. I wonder if bringing of 50 kg gears is worth that. The only slight and short opening to EU and NA was yesterday. I am mainly calling CQ, self-spotting and, in the meantime, working JA.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Hexbeam up - bands down...

The issue of lack of space for Hexbeam has been solved due to the kindness of neighbor. Mr Vik, owner of the property next to my villa was kind to allow to put the Hexbeam on his land.
Antenna is up but bands are totally closed. I made only few QSOs with JAs on 15m.
Have to believe that next days will be better.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Already on Siargao

Arrived to Siargao. 40m vertical already up. Hexbeam is waiting for tomorrow however it can't be easy - very limited room for antennas.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Antenna bag sent to Siargao

Last night, just after arrival to Manila I sent by Cebu Pacific cargo my heavy antenna bag to Siargao. I hope it will wait me when I come there tomorrow.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

On the way to Philippines

We are on the way to Siargao. At the moment waiting, in NRT, for ANA flight to MNL. Hope to be on air according the schedule.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Equipment checked and ready

All equipment is checked. Mast, fiber pole and antennas are already packed. All together about 50kg... Heavy as for one man "expedition". Fortunately, I do not need too much clothes. Just few t-shirts, hihi.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Holiday style activation of Siargao Island

I am going to activate on air Siargao Island between 9 and 17 May 2017. This is, as usually, a holiday trip so I will be on air quite limited amount of time.
I bring with me Icom 7300 with SP7SP 1.2 kW solid state linear amplifier and SP7IDX Hexbeam antenna.
I will work mostly SSB and some digi modes.