LA DX Group

by F4HAU Diégo

The LA DX Group organized in Norway a meeting on 5 to 6 April 2019.

I went there to meet friends in Norway and to present our 3B7A DXpedition in Saint Brandon archipelago.

I was kindly received by Lars*LB2TB, Kenneth*LA7GIA and the President of LA DX Group Matthias*LA0FA.

On Friday evening, I made a presentation on the subject of “How to prepare a Dxpedition?” with different topics and preparation tips. The audience was really interested with many questions answered

f4hau présente l’expé 3B7A

On Saturday, a radio market was organized so I took some time to meet Norwegian guys and have a look on different exhibitors.

I also attended different and interesting presentations:

*7P8LB by Harald LB2HG

* LA9VFA*Olav explained his antennas farm and propagation on Artic circle in Norway

*TT8KO by Kenneth LA7GIA

I made my presentation of 3B7A and we decided to offer to LA DX Group a nice Clipperton flag signed by each members of the Team as well as a picture frame! Thanks CDXC !!

I had very nice echanges with many Norwegian radio operators and they asked me to pay more attention to Scandinavia during our Dxpeditions.

Some long standing Dxers explained me that Scandinavia is a particular area in Europe because to make some contacts in our Dxpedition, they need to go through EU wall.

With Aurora and geographical position it seems that the openings are more short and difficult compared to south Europe so I will listen more carefully for Scandinavia in the future!

I want to thank Matthias,Kenneth,Lars and all radio friends in Norway for their welcome and kindness!See you soon I hope!

73’s!Diégo*F4HAU

SARATECH F5PU 2019

Salut,

Hier, samedi 13 avril, a eu lieu le traditionnel salon SARATECH F5PU à Castres dans le Tarn.

Un peu plus de 600 visiteurs venus de tout le Sud du pays pour cette édition 2019.

J’ai encore eu le plaisir cette année de tenir le stand du CDXC en compagnie de Gérard F2VX venu controler les QSL pour le DXCC.

F2VX DXCC Checker

Nous avons encore cette année accollé notre stand a celui de l’UFT tenu par Francis F6HKS et Gérard F6EEQ.

Pas mal de passage sur notre stand tout le long de la matinée avec comme de coutume un pic d’affluence à l’heure de l’apéritif…

La présence de notre stand fut l’occasion pour les dxeurs de passages de se rencontrer ou se retrouver. Parmis les indicatifs exotiques de passage on peut citer entre autres FK8IK Michel et TR8CA Alain qui nous ont honoré de leur présence.

F4WBN (ex 5U5U, TL0A, etc…) – F5BZB – FK8IK

Quelques nouvelles adhésions et renouvellements ont été enregistrés.

73

F4WBN – F2VX – FK8IK – F4FTV – F6AGM – F5BZB – F8ATM – F4FQY – F5GN – F5IVP – F1IKA

F8ATM Laurent

VE3LYC/KL7 NA-150 Little Diomede

Little Diomede is a small island of 7.3 km2 in the middle of the Bering Strait. It lies 36 km west of mainland Alaska and 3.9 km east of Big Diomede Island, the easternmost point of Russia. The International Date Line passes about 1 km west of the island, whose cliffs rise sharply to 494 m above sea level. These islands were part of a now subsided land bridge, used by humans in their migration from Asia to North America more than 10,000 years ago. They were sighted by the Danish-Russian explorer Vitus Bering on August 16, 1728, St. Diomedes’ day.

Photo 1. The village of Diomede, on the western shore of Little Diomede Is.

The island is home to 64 residents, whose village is located on the western shore. The Inupiat are known as the “walrus people”, due to the role played by these mammals in their life and culture. Their community can only be reached year-around by helicopter, from Nome, 230 km away. Little Diomede is part of the IOTA reference NA-150, in demand by 88.6% of the IOTA members. Organizing my trip in March aimed to take advantage of better HF propagation this season, as well as ice pack conditions, possibly allowing for passage and setting up camp at the northeast edge of the island, in order to avoid the massive rock wall obstructing the propagation path to NA and SA.

Photo 2. Flying the flag of the Clipperton DX Club.

The radio station was setup in the mechanical room, on the ground floor of the local school, while my accommodation was on the third floor. Built in two stages, 1975 and 1983, the school enrols now 17 students. A blizzard began soon after my arrival, lasting for five days. Northern cold winds pummeled the island at 65 km/h and -20oC, bringing more snow on top of the largest amount ever witnessed by locals, 2.5 m high at times.

Photo 3. VE3LYC/KL7, NA-150, operated from the local school grounds.

Since the ice pack wasn’t thick and stable enough for passing, once the wind subsided, Rob – one of the school teachers – and I attempted to climb the steep hill instead. Unfortunately, without proper ice climbing boots and picks, we were forced to abandon the try before long. The wind switched from the south for the remainder of my stay, bringing warmer weather. Fog and freezing rain became common, preventing the helicopter landing, which left me stuck on the island for an additional seven days.

Photo 4. Big Diomede Is. (Russia), 3.9 km to the west of Little Diomede.

I used an IC-7000 with a KPA-500 amplifier, and a multi-band wire vertical. The log includes 2667 QSOs between Mar 19 and 31, 2019, with 2456 stations in 58 DXCCs on 5 continents. About 17% of the contacts were on 20 m, 82% on 30 m, and 1% on 40 m. All QSOs were in CW, since the polar flutter and heavy QSB conditions made the use of the SSB less reliable. The continental distribution of QSOs was EU 59%, AS 38%, NA 2%, OC 1%, and AF <1%. The French hams ranked #7 among all DXCCs with 75 stations and QSOs, all of them on 30 m, and #5 in EU, following UA, DL, I, and UR.

Photo 5. The island had this year the largest amount of snow locals ever saw.

I wish to thank The Inalik Native Corporation for allowing me to carry out this project. I remain indebted to Rob, Mike, Anthony, Steve, and Curt – from the Diomede School, and Langdon – visiting on assignment, for their help during my stay. Ramon’s (AL7X) assistance in Nome is highly appreciated. This project benefited from grants provided by Clipperton DX Club, as well as DX News, International Radio Expedition Foundation (IREF), RSGB, and German DX Foundation (GDXF). I am also grateful to Bob (KD1CT) for his exceptional support, to the top donors N4WW, N6FX, PT7WA, VE3ZZ, VE7DP, VK5MAV, WC6DX, and many others who offered financial assistance.