LA0BY Activity Highlights 2017

Subregional Contest 6./7. May 2017

The propagation forecast was not very promising, but the weather was nice so 
I decided to give it a try on Saturday evening. But Hepburn turned out to be
right (again) and the band was very quiet. Thanks to ON4KST chat I was able 
to convince the usual suspects to turn their beam to Oslo, and I got at least
a handful of stations in the log.

LA0BY in JO59IX wkd via Tropo on 144 MHz:
2017/05/06	17:06	DF0MU	JO32PC	901 km
2017/05/06	17:22	DF0UM	JO73CE	785 km
2017/05/06	17:29	SP1JNY	JO73GL	759 km
2017/05/06	18:00	SM7HGY	JO86DR	486 km
2017/05/06	18:22	DL7AU	JO62XE	889 km
2017/05/06	19:19	DF0YY	JO62GD	878 km
2017/05/06	19:23	DL1SUZ	JO53UN	716 km
2017/05/06	20:15	DJ3HW	JO42NC	881 km

RIG : IC-821H + PA 180 W, 2 x 9-ele-yagi at 520 m asl

DX-Pedition to JP51/JP43/JP44

The destination for this years VHF DX-Pedition was chosen to be the island of 
Lines°ya, located somewhat north-west from Trondheim. It is a lengthy 660 km 
ride (almost no highways!) from Oslo. Uli DK2BJ had been there last year, but 
left with some ambitions unfulfilled. This year we got additional support from 
Norbert DK5WO, and also Roland DL2OM wanted to join us for some days. On the 
way we activated also JP51BP (mainly DK2BJ and DK5WO). 

For accommodation on Lines°ya we rented an old farmhouse at the southern tip 
of the island in JP43WX. It had not a very good take-off but enough space to 
sleep 7 adults and my little daughter (family tour!).  

After arrival we needed all hands for setting up 6m and 4m stations in two
locations, because we wanted to participate in the IARU-R1 50/70 MHz Contest.
The first station was set up at the house with LPDA for 6m and 4m. The second 
station was established in JP44XA at 2 km distance from the house. Roland DL2OM 
set up his station for the contest at a third site, in JP44WA.

A bit later the 2m station was established in the car on a nearby hilltop, 
for better take-off. After 2-3 days of operation from JP43WX the 2m station was 
moved to the other site in JP44XA, the square we expected to be on higher demand. 
Towards the end of our stay I moved the 2m station back to JP43WX, to satisfy a 
few guys who missed the first operation.

House in JP43WX with 4/6m Antenna

Due to the ambitious goal of activating two squares on three bands each and 
combining this with family we had to be very focussed. Norbert DK5WO operated
from JP43WX on 6m and 4m, Uli DK2BJ on 6m and 4m from JP44XA and I limited 
myself to 2m from both JP43WX and JP44XA (station moved between locations). And
we managed to do a couple of family activities as well, once the weather became
a bit more friendly. During the first days on Lines°ya we had some rain and high
winds, requiring to safeguard some antennas.

On two occasions I operated also on 6m and 4m via Es from JP44XA, when other
operator were not available. At the beginning of our activity we missed at 
least two good Es openings, due to travel and restaurant. There was perhaps a
slight chance of Es even on 2m during these openings. We nevertheless caught
several good Es openings and made many hundred contacts on 6m, and ca 100 on
4m. Maximum distance on 6m was > 3000 km with CT1EMX, CT1EPS and others.

All MS contacts on 2m were made in FSK, operating more or less random. The 
reflections were generally not very good, except for some hours. The distance 
to the central and southern parts of Europe was already quite large so this
obviously limited the amount of stations we could work. The fact that we could 
work 600 km on tropo proved that our horizon was pretty good.

 								
LA0BY/p in JP43WX wkd via MS on 144 MHz:
2017/06/17	19:20	19:31	DF1JC	JO31OG	27	26	1422 km
2017/06/17	19:35	19:50	G4SWX	JO02RF	27	26	1394 km
2017/06/17	19:54	20:08	GW8JLY	IO81WN	26	26	1547 km
2017/06/17	20:08	20:14	G0GXT	IO82RL	27	26	1465 km
2017/06/17	20:14	20:22	G4KUX	IO94BP	27	37	1229 km
2017/06/17	20:27	20:31	DL4DWA	JO61QH	27	26	1423 km
2017/06/17	20:35	20:45	DF8IK	JO30JT	26	26	1475 km
2017/06/17	20:56	21:02	OK1UGA	JO80CF	27	27	1574 km
2017/06/17	21:08	21:18	OH4LA	KP20LG	27	26	883 km
2017/06/17	21:39	21:45	RX1AS	KO59XW	27	27	1231 km
2017/06/18	06:33	06:44	DJ6AG	JO51EQ	27	26	1367 km
2017/06/18	06:44	06:59	DK3XT	JN49FE	27	26	1647 km
2017/06/18	06:59	07:04	DL1VPL	JO61UA	27	26	1458 km
2017/06/18	07:04	07:12	SO3Z	JO82LJ	27	38	1351 km
2017/06/18	07:12	07:15	DD3SP	JO72EN	27	27	1296 km
2017/06/18	07:16	07:30	OK1TEH	JO70FD	26	26	1562 km
2017/06/18	07:35	07:42	DL1BEC	JO33SC	27	26	1217 km
2017/06/18	07:44	08:02	SP3UCA	JO92CG	26	26	1388 km
2017/06/18	08:02	08:27	HA6VV/P	JN97WS	26	26	1902 km
2017/06/18	08:28	08:39	OK5TK	JO70MB	27	27	1577 km
2017/06/18	09:15	09:25	G4TRA	IO81WN	27	26	1547 km
2017/06/18	09:28	09:46	DL4KUG	JO64PB	27	26	1119 km
2017/06/18	20:30	20:50	DK5OX	JN59MO	26	26	1600 km
2017/06/19	05:20	05:40	EI3KD	IO51VW	26	26	1699 km
2017/06/19	05:40	06:05	DH6DAO	JO41CN	26	26	1384 km
2017/06/19	06:33	06:36	PA0C	JO22FD	37	27	1353 km
2017/06/19	06:36	06:48	OE3NFC	JN88EA	26	26	1818 km
2017/06/19	06:48	06:53	DJ9MG	JO52TC	27	26	1324 km
2017/06/19	06:53	07:00	OK1RK	JO70EA	27	26	1575 km
2017/06/19	07:03	07:17	ON4KHG	JO10XO	27	26	1528 km
2017/06/19	07:19	07:30	DM2ECM	JO62GJ	26	26	1297 km
2017/06/19	07:30	07:41	SP1MVG	JO74JA	26	26	1142 km
2017/06/19	07:40	07:45	OK1MDK	JN79TO	26	26	1635 km
2017/06/19	07:53	07:59	OK1DIG	JO60XJ	27	26	1530 km
2017/06/19	08:00	08:05	DG1VB	JO61RC	27	26	1447 km
2017/06/19	08:05	08:12	DK7OM	JO53XU	27	26	1132 km
2017/06/19	08:19	08:37	F6KBF	JN18BW	27	26	1736 km
2017/06/19	08:38	08:42	PA2CHR	JO32DB	38	26	1341 km
2017/06/19	08:45	08:59	OH6ZZ	KP12KS	27	26	660 km
2017/06/19	09:00	09:10	YL2OK	KO37AS	27	26	1109 km
2017/06/19	09:26	09:36	F1DRR	JN18BX	26	26	1731 km
2017/06/19	09:47	09:51	GW4BVE	IO82KQ	26	26	1461 km
2017/06/19	09:51	10:01	DL6BF	JO32QI	27	26	1301 km
2017/06/19	11:34	11:48	SM2CEW	KP15CR	27	26	613 km
2017/06/23	15:56	16:08	SM7EOI	JO86FP	26	38	891 km
2017/06/23	16:15	16:34	DM1CG	JO30GU	28	26	1473 km
2017/06/23	16:35	16:59	DF7KF	JO30GU	26	26	1473 km
2017/06/24	04:20	04:27	G0GMB	IO92NB	26	26	1464 km
2017/06/24	05:22	05:28	GM6VXB	IO97AQ	27	26	946 km
2017/06/24	05:29	05:37	G4FUF	JO01GN	26	26	1484 km

Result: 50 complete contacts, ODX was HA6VV/p (JN97WS) at distance 1902 km.
I also worked SM4HFI (JP70TO) and SM5EPO (JP80MC, 570 km) on Tropo. 
RIG : IC-821H + PA 180 W, 2 x 9-ele-yagi at 20 m asl

2m station in JP43WX


LA0BY/p in JP44XA wkd via MS on 144 MHz:
2017/06/20	06:56	07:01	G0GMB	IO92NB	27	26	1470 km
2017/06/20	07:01	07:03	GW8JLY	IO81JM	27	26	1587 km
2017/06/20	07:03	07:13	G4TRA	IO81WN	27	26	1553 km
2017/06/20	07:13	07:17	G4AEP	IO91NJ	28	26	1539 km
2017/06/20	07:18	07:20	DL1VPL	JO61UA	28	26	1462 km
2017/06/20	07:35	07:40	DK3XT	JN49FE	27	26	1652 km
2017/06/20	07:40	07:45	DF8IK	JO30JT	27	27	1480 km
2017/06/20	07:45	07:48	PA2CHR	JO32DB	28	36	1347 km
2017/06/20	07:48	07:50	DL4DWA	JO61QH	27	27	1427 km
2017/06/20	07:50	07:53	G4SWX	JO02RF	27	27	1400 km
2017/06/20	07:53	08:01	DK5OX	JN59MO	27	37	1604 km
2017/06/20	08:01	08:11	F6APE	IN97QI	27	26	1962 km
2017/06/20	08:11	08:15	G4DML	JO02OJ	28	27	1388 km
2017/06/20	08:15	08:22	GM6VXB	IO97AQ	27	27	952 km
2017/06/20	08:22	08:29	F1DRR	JN18BX	26	26	1737 km
2017/06/20	08:29	08:37	DM2ECM	JO62GJ	27	26	1301 km
2017/06/20	08:38	08:44	DL4KUG	JO64PB	27	26	1123 km
2017/06/20	08:45	08:53	DL8FBD	JO40KA	26	26	1558 km
2017/06/20	08:53	08:56	G4KUX	IO94BP	28	26	1235 km
2017/06/20	08:56	09:02	PD0HCV	JO31FW	27	26	1359 km
2017/06/20	09:17	09:31	DL8LAQ	JO43XU	27	26	1130 km
2017/06/20	09:32	09:38	GW4BVE	IO82KQ	27	26	1467 km
2017/06/20	09:51	09:15	ES6DO	KO27WX	27	26	1085 km
2017/06/21	08:15	08:26	SP1MVG	JO74JA	27	26	1145 km
2017/06/21	08:26	08:33	OE3NFC	JN88EA	27	26	1821 km
2017/06/21	09:20	09:24	G4FUF	JO01GN	27	26	1490 km
2017/06/21	09:26	09:46	F6KBF	JN18BW	26	26	1742 km
2017/06/21	09:53	09:58	DJ9MG	JO52TC	27	26	1329 km
2017/06/21	10:13	10:27	HB9DFG	JN37SM	26	26	1841 km
2017/06/21	11:01	11:06	YL2OK	KO37AS	26	26	1108 km
2017/06/21	11:11	11:18	DD3SP	JO72EN	26	26	1299 km
2017/06/21	11:18	11:30	OK1MDK	JN79TO	26	26	1638 km
2017/06/21	12:22	12:44	OE3FVU	JN78VE	26	26	1796 km
2017/06/21	12:46	13:00	G4SFY	JO02RV	27	26	1329 km
2017/06/21	15:33	16:00	LY2FN	KO14XV	26	26	1281 km
2017/06/21	16:00	16:08	SM6CEN	JO67AJ	27	26	745 km
2017/06/21	16:08	16:38	S50C	JN76JG	26	26	1996 km
2017/06/21	16:49	16:54	PA3FPQ	JO22XE	27	26	1336 km
2017/06/22	04:38	05:06	OK1TEH	JO70FD	26	26	1566 km
2017/06/22	05:48	06:10	R1NW	KP71HU	26	26	1262 km
2017/06/22	06:23	06:27	SM7EOI	JO86FP	27	27	894 km
2017/06/22	06:30	06:58	F5JNX	JN37PV	26	26	1800 km
2017/06/22	07:12	07:26	DL1DBR	JO41BN	26	26	1389 km
2017/06/22	07:58	08:12	DH6DAO	JO41CN	26	26	1389 km
2017/06/22	08:18	08:24	SM7FMX	JO65KN	27	26	954 km
2017/06/22	08:24	08:27	PA5MS	JO21RQ	28	27	1396 km
2017/06/22	09:13	09:16	EI3KD	IO51VW	27	26	1706 km
2017/06/22	09:18	09:23	F6EAS	IN98LV	27	27	1807 km
2017/06/23	05:00	05:08	PA3BWE	JO22GB	27	26	1366 km
2017/06/23	05:10	05:55	OK2PM	JN99AO	27	26	1674 km
2017/06/23	06:03	06:08	SM0WW	JO99KO	38	27	677 km
2017/06/23	06:40	06:48	DG1VB	JO61RC	27	26	1451 km
2017/06/23	07:45	07:58	OH4LA	KP20LG	37	37	881 km
2017/06/23	07:58	08:01	DL5DSM	JO71EK	38	38	1423 km

Result: 54 complete contacts, ODX was S50C (JN76JG) at distance 1996 km.
I also worked SM4IVE (JO79SD), LA2IMA (JO59FE), SM4GGC (JO69RK), SK5AA (JO89JT), 
SM5DIC (JO89JT), SM5KWU (JO89IP), SM2CEW (KP15CR, 608 km) on Tropo.
RIG : IC-821H + PA 300 W, 2 x 9-ele-yagi at 10 m asl

Antennas in JP44XA, all beaming UK


Summaries on contacts (Call, Locator, QSO, ODX) per band:

Summary 50 MHz:
LA/DK2BJ/p, JP51BP, 49 via Es, 2 via MS, UR5LCZ (KN89AU) 2089 km
LA/DK5WO/p, JP51BP, 65 via Es, 5 via MS, IS0BSR/p (JM49IS) 2482 km
LA0BY/p, JP44XA, 19 via Es, CT1EMX (IM67BA) 3230 km
LA/DK2BJ/p, JP44XA, 318 via Es, 17 via MS, EA6XQ (JM19MH) 2785 km
LA/DK5WO/p, JP43WX, 210 via Es, 10 via MS, 3 via Tropo, CT1BOH (IM58JS) 3076 km
LA/DL2OM/p, JP44WA, 243 via Es, 2 via Tropo, P48ADI (FK52AM) 8264 km

Summary 70 MHz :
LA/DK2BJ/p, JP51BP, 2 via MS, DD3SP (JO72EN) 1073km
LA0BY/p, JP51BP, 4 via MS, OK2BRD (JN99ET) 1411 km
LA/DK5WO/p, JP51BP, 2 via Es, 8 via MS, G0CHE (IO90PS) 1380km
LA0BY/p, JP44XA, 36 via Es, OM5KM (JN98BG) 1819 km
LA/DK2BJ/p, JP44XA, 13 via Es, 6 via MS, S51DI (JN76VL) 1983 km
LA/DK5WO/p, JP43WX, 16 via Es, 2 via MS, S51DI (JN76VL) 1982 km

Summary 144 MHz:
LA/DK2BJ/p, JP51BP, 35 via MS, F6KBF (JN18BW) 1499 km
LA0BY/p, JP44XA, 54 via MS, 7 via Tropo, S50C (JN76JG) 1996 km 
LA0BY/p, JP43WX, 50 via MS, 2 via Tropo, HA6VV/p (JN97WS) 1902 km

Subregional Contest 1./2. July 2017

As usual for these 24 h contests my intention was to participate for a few hours
to give participants the opportunity to work LA and perhaps some good DX. The
Hepburn forecast looked promising, so I picked Saturday evening as the appropriate
time. When starting at about 17 UTC the condx were still flat. But already an hour 
later the beacons SK6VHF and OZ7IGY had risen in fieldstrength, and condx allowed 
working into DL on 144 MHz. They soon improved further, and after working DA0FF 
in JO40XL over >1000 km I decided to re-assemble my antenna and add 70 cm on top.
This turned out being successful, as I could contact DA0FF also on 70 cm. Now more 
stations had realized that condx were good and called towards Scandinavia. I
managed to work mainly into DL on 2m, whereas SP, OK and PA appeared outside the
duct for me. Around midnight DA0FF was strong on both bands, and just for fun I 
gave a shout on 2m without PA and they heard me well. Now also OZ4VHF and DM0PR 
beacons where quite strong. But activity was declining and condx started to fade, 
so I dismantled at 1 UTC for a good sleep. 

LA0BY in JO59IX wkd via Tropo on 144 MHz:
2017/07/01	17:44	DH8BQA	JO73CE	785 km
2017/07/01	17:49	OZ1ALS	JO44XX	558 km
2017/07/01	18:00	OZ6TY	JO55XE	538 km
2017/07/01	18:01	SM6NZB	JO58RB	217 km
2017/07/01	18:08	SM7FMD	JO77FW	313 km
2017/07/01	18:25	5P6T	JO46SC	436 km
2017/07/01	18:30	SK7MW	JO65MJ	528 km
2017/07/01	18:33	DM4EE	JO64KE	657 km
2017/07/01	18:34	SM7HGY	JO86DR	486 km
2017/07/01	18:53	DL6YBF	JO31OX	915 km
2017/07/01	18:59	DF0MU	JO32PC	901 km
2017/07/01	19:03	OZ5ESB	JO45GK	521 km
2017/07/01	19:20	DL0LN	JO31QX	913 km
2017/07/01	19:54	DK0TEU	JO43OS	696 km
2017/07/01	20:17	DP4D	JO42DC	888 km
2017/07/01	20:23	DA2T	JO41QW	898 km
2017/07/01	20:53	DA0FF	JO40XL	1057 km
2017/07/01	21:08	DL0SX/P	JO44SN	606 km
2017/07/01	21:12	DR1H	JN59OP	1149 km
2017/07/01	21:19	DL1SUZ	JO53UN	716 km
2017/07/01	21:23	OZ9FW	JO65CO	495 km
2017/07/01	21:29	OL7C	JO60JJ	1074 km
2017/07/01	21:30	DK0SM	JO41UW	896 km
2017/07/01	21:32	DK0OA	JO41WX	891 km
2017/07/01	21:45	DK0B	JO41HG	977 km
2017/07/01	22:01	DL1YAW	JO41DX	902 km
2017/07/01	22:06	DL0BRB	JO43LX	675 km
2017/07/01	22:11	DG8NCO	JO50VH	1077 km
2017/07/01	22:14	DC1NNN	JO60BE	1092 km
2017/07/01	22:17	DL4LAB	JO53BQ	700 km
2017/07/01	22:18	DK2LB	JO53LQ	700 km
2017/07/01	22:20	DK5DQ	JO31QH	986 km
2017/07/01	22:27	DF0XG	JO51KW	894 km
2017/07/01	23:14	SN7L	JO70SS	1068 km
2017/07/01	23:21	DK0MB	JO41TW	897 km
2017/07/01	23:45	DL2ARD	JO50RK	1062 km
2017/07/01	23:57	DL0HTW	JO60QU	1028 km
2017/07/02	0:35	DK0FW	JO51AB	992 km
2017/07/02	0:42	DB6NT	JO50VJ	1068 km

RIG : IC-821H + PA 180 W, 2 x 9-ele-yagi at 520 m asl

LA0BY in JO59IX wkd via Tropo on 432 MHz:
2017/07/01	20:13	OZ1ALS	JO44XX	558 km
2017/07/01	20:57	DA0FF	JO40XL	1057 km
2017/07/01	21:01	OZ1SKY	JO56DG	413 km
2017/07/01	22:48	SM6CEN	JO67AJ	297 km
2017/07/01	23:03	DF0MU	JO32PC	901 km

RIG : IC-821H + PA 120 W, 17-ele-yagi at 520 m asl

July-Contest 2 m Antenna in JO59IX

Looking forward to catch more tropo in the late summer and autumn.

Perseids Meteor Shower

This year my time was very limited, and I focussed on stations operating from new SQR. 
Saturday I was in my hilltop location in JO59IX, Sunday I was at home but mostly busy
with family. All contacts were made in digimode FSK441 with WSJT.

LA0BY in JO59IX/FW wkd via MS on 144 MHz:
2017/08/12	14:05	14:20	LB6GG	KQ50KG	37	26	1464 km
2017/08/12	15:07	16:02	UY5UZ	KN59BT	37	26	1668 km
2017/08/12	16:33	16:43	GW4BVE/p	IO72QT	27	26	1230 km
2017/08/12	16:45	16:57	GW8JLY	IO81JM	27	26	1277 km
2017/08/12	17:46	17:52	EI9E	IO61AX	27	26	1454 km
2017/08/12	17:55	18:06	UA1ANA	KO69BW	27	26	1187 km
2017/08/12	19:17	19:35	R1NI	KP61VS	26	29	1258 km
2017/08/12	20:32	20:38	9A5M	JN95GO	27	38	1680 km
2017/08/12	21:18	21:35	EW8W	KO42TO	26	26	1418 km
2017/08/12	21:38	21:45	UA3LID	KO64CN	38	26	1418 km
2017/08/13	09:15	09:24	EI/ON5GS/p	IO54PC	37	27	1322 km *
2017/08/13	09:30	09:50	S59R	JN76OM	39	26	1524 km *
2017/08/13	11:25	11:35	EW3AA	KO12TC	27	26	1191 km *
2017/08/13	11:47	12:05	R1AY	KP50BS	27	26	1082 km

RIG: 180W into 2 x 9-ele from JO59IX (* 600 W into 9-ele from JO59FW)

Nice to see LB6GG being active from Northen Norway, and with good equipment, so it 
was very easy to work him. Much more difficult was UY5UZ who had only 45W RF out and
a 7-ele-yagi. Trials with RV3IG (LO07FJ), RA3RF (LO03WK), RW3TJ (LO16XG) and IN3TWX 
(JN56NQ) were not successful. 

As usual for the Perseids, there were a number of rare squares on air activated by DX-
Peditions (thanks!). I noticed good activity from Russia, Belarus and Ukraine. This 
is nice as most of my "white" areas are in Russia. I was happy to work 6 new squares 
among my few contacts. It was a bit confusing that many stations used MSK144 as another
digimode. It would be easier if only one digimode would be used, particularly when 
working random (so far FSK441 seems to persist on 144,370 MHz).

IARU Region 1 VHF Contest 2./3. September 2017

My activity was limited to a few hours on Saturday evening. Tropo propagation was quite
poor, despite the fine weather. I almost could not hear DF0MU over 900 km (we manage a
QSO in akmost every contest), but conditions where slightly better to SP. With SN7L I was 
lucky again, over a very respectable distance (we also work in most contests). All in all
only 11 contacts made it into the log. I hope for better propagation in the IARU R1 UHF
Contest in October.

LA0BY in JO59IX wkd via Tropo on 144 MHz:
2017/09/02	18:26	DL1SUZ	JO53UN	716 km
2017/09/02	19:04	SP1JNY	JO73GL	759 km
2017/09/02	19:07	DF0YY	JO62GD	878 km
2017/09/02	20:05	SP2FRY	JO83WR	819 km
2017/09/02	20:37	SP1N	JO73VN	777 km
2017/09/02	21:18	SN7L	JO70SS	1068 km
2017/09/02	21:53	DF0TEC	JO73CE	785 km

RIG : IC-821H + PA 180 W, 2 x 9-ele-yagi at 520 m asl