IN86 - IOTA EU-064The objective
14th September - 17th September 2007
DXpedition to the Ile de Noirmoutier
Whilst I was in IN95 during the summer, a number of people asked if I could go to IN86 for a few days, and so I considered whether I could mount a DXpedition single handed. I decided that I had everything I needed to run 100W from a generator as a minimum, and so I decided to go there. I took QRO equipment with me also, in case I could find a suitable place with access to mains electricity.
There is not a lot of land in IN86, and I did not want to spend a long time searching for a site. I decided therefore to go to the southern part of the Ile de Noirmoutier, where the land is mainly flat and there are some camping sites. I had never visited the island before, although I had considered a DXpedition since August 2006 with a view to running MS on 2 metres using WSJT and possibly a limited EME capability.
I found a suitable camping site in Barbatre in the early afternoon which had some mobile homes for rent by the day. The site was closing on Sunday 16th September, and I managed to get their agreement to allow me to stay until Monday 17th, so long as I left the site by 11am local time. I started setting up the station on Friday afternoon, and was QRV on 144MHz by 17:15utc on Friday 14th September 2007 until 07:00utc on Monday 17th September 2007. The callsign for the DXpedition was F1VJQ/p and I used WSJT (FSK441a) for Meteor Scatter and WSJT (JT65b) for EME.
There were many stations who kept me busy on MS, and I was happy to work long hours at the rig to make as many contacts as possible. I had about 4 hours sleep each night! The tropo conditions were quite good at times, and I had some excellent tropo contacts in SSB into Germany, Holland, and UK.
There were several oportunities to work EME at moonrise and moonset, and on one occasion I saw 3 stations calling! Unfortunately, my skills at handling EME pileups are not good, but I hope I will be better at it next time!
The transceiver was an ICOM IC-275H which drove a pair of 8874s in a Henry 2002 PA (with an external blower). At the masthead was a preamp from SSB Electronics and a 12 element I0JXX antenna.
You can look at the VHF log for F1VJQ/p which I hope I have typed correctly!
Some stations worked me more than once, maybe on MS and EME, or MS and Tropo. I have analysed the log to obtain the following statistics:-
Total Complete QSOs = 89 (all modes, and including some stations worked more than once)
Analysed by mode:-
Total MS QSOs = 58
Total EME QSOs = 12
Total Tropo QSOs = 19 (18 stations)
All QSL cards for F1VJQ/p which are received DIRECT will be replied to direct. QSLs sent via the bureau will take some time to arrive, so please be patient if you send a card via this route.
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