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Jan
A nice new year break in EA8 followed by a couple of weeks building my new 48el 144MHz LFA array. See my Facebook feed for pictures.
31st First 50MHz EME contact of the year with JA7QVI. Ready and waiting for 3G0Z

Feb
1st Time to test my 48el 144MHz array - some issues with RF in az/el position encoders - can't move array on TX or it gets out of sync with controller ( I discovered later!). New EME Initials with R7LP, TA2NC (new DXCC) and DM5TI
3rd 2 new 144MHz Initials K6MYC and ON4KHG
2000 UTC 3 February 2018
During the last 72 hours we continued to experience the high winds, low clouds, fog, and rough seas that have prevented helicopter operations since our arrival at Bouvet. No improvement was predicted in the weather forecast for the next four days. Then, last night an issue developed in one of the ship’s engines. This morning the captain of the vessel declared it unsafe to continue with our project and aborted the expedition. We are now on our long voyage back to Punta Arenas. As you might imagine the team is deeply disappointed, but safe. There is already talk about rescheduling the DXpedition.
Bob – K4UEE
Ralph – K0IR
Erling – LA6VM

On their way home but only making 5MPH. KEEP SAFE GUYS - THERE WILL BE ANOTHER TIME
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31 days at sea from Punta Arenas to Capetown via Bouvet but all now safely home.

5th
0930 UTC 3Y0Z - Bouvet Island DXpedition 2018
Our captain has decided that it is in the best interest of safety and expediency to proceed directly to Capetown, South Africa rather than Punta Arenas, Chile. We are currently heading north to avoid the possibility of encountering ice. Currently there is no ice in sight or on radar. In due time we will head easterly toward Capetown.
Our entire team is safe. Most are resting in their bunks and in good spirits. We will keep the amateur radio community and our families informed as we continue our journey.

19th A couple of happy hours on 2m EME today: 17 QSOs for 16 initials and a new DXCC:-) UT9UR, SM5KWU, DF7AP, DF9UX, UA4LCF, DL5OCD, EA5DF, SM5CUI, EA5CJ, EA4CYQ, F6EGD, AA4FF, DL8FBD, F6GRB, R3PA, and PJ2T Curacao DXCC # 54 ON 2m
20th Only QRV for a short time at moonrise on 2m EME today: ES100F, DL8II, M6T, DL9LBH, OH2LHE, OK1IL, S55OO.
21st Quite a day on 2M EME: 32 QSOs for 26 initials and 3 new DXCCs:-) JP3EXR, VK3AXH, RX9AT, YL2GC, PA5MS, GI6ATZ (NEW EME DXCC!), JH7OPT, RX8RX, JH3AZC, PA3CMC, S57M, DK5OX, K5DOG, DK4RC, OH4LA, SM5TSP, GM6JNJ (NEW EME DXCC!), DL1VPL, PY2GN came back to my CQ:-) (NEW EME DXCC!), KC3OL, AH6LE, W0XG, EA1YV, DL6BF, N4HB, PA4VHF, W2DBL, N0AKC, NH6Y, N5TM, KF8MY, K8DIO
22nd Another few hours with the focus on 144MHz EME: 21 QSOs for 15 initials and 3 new EME DXCCs:-) DL4DWA, F6DHI, OE5KT (EME DXCC), DK3XT, GM4VVX, SM2IZO, S56P, ZS1LS, DL8SCQ, OK1TEH, VA3DIF, GW4BVE (EME DXCC), XE2AT (DXCC), WW2DX, K1SCE.
23rd 144MHz MS only: 15 QSOs for 15 initials - IW4AED, ON4AOI, IK2DDR, IK0IXO, IK2OFO, SP1JNY, N5LJC, VE1KG, I2RV, SP8NR, NJ2R, K7MAC, N1RWY, IK1FJJ, KC0V.
24th  144MHz Moonset only: 7 QSOs for 7 initials and 1 new DXCC:-) ON4KHG, EB5EEO, OE3FVU, IK0SMG, UA4AQL, HG60KCI, W7GJ, TD9FYC
25th  144MHz Moonrise: 13 QSOs for 10 initials and 2 new DXCCs:-) RX1AS, SM6NOC, IK7EZN, BX4AP, DG0WA, F4DJK, F6BEG, PA3DOL, SV6KRW, 4Z5CP, VE1KG, LA6TPA, DL5YA
26th 144MHz Moonrise: for 1 hour only 3 QSOs for 2 initials - JF3MKC, JH4ADK (50w), I2SVA
27th 144MHz EME 17 QSOs for 13 initials and 1 new DXCC:-) - LZ4OC, OE3NFC, DL5OCD, RA6AUK, S56P, YO3DMU, YC2MDU, DJ9MG. Moon at 55deg elev: WA1EAZ, DL3HWA, YL3HA, N8AM, G4URT, W8PAT, UA3TCF, RK3FG, G4EZP.
28th 50-60mph gales and snow - antennas locked down - just a few nice FT8 QSOs incl PA2MDL

Mar
In EA8 for the last time as we have now sold our villa in IL39:-(
26th 15 144MHz EME initial contacts JG2BRI YL2FZ  DC9YC DH9OK DL2FCN DL1KDA  IK8YSS DL8DAU NT0V I3LDP  UA6IE UA6LCN WA1NPZ
and 2 new DXCCs  CR2EME LU8ENU
27th 5 144MHz EME initial contacts R7IV SM2A OH2BNH IK6CAK F5DYD
28th 4 144MHz EME initial contacts ES6RQ RA6C RW9ST DG5CST
29th 2 144MHz EME initial contacts UA0ZGX LZ5GM 

Apr
12th Gave some points away in the 50Mhz NAC / UKAC - 12 countries 10 ssb, 2 data
13th New 2m EME Inits OH2BC, F6APE, AB4GS. (Total 144MHz EME Initials now stand at 246 and 62DXCC since #1 on 17/9/2016)
14th Spent an early morning hour on 2m FT8 17QSOs 10 countries! Really a shame that all the activity is on FT8 - there are MUCH better modes:0(
20th 3 new 144MHz initials including PJ6E on first call:-)
21st 4 new 144MHz initials
22nd Lots of FT8 144MHz QSOs in 1st MGM contest;-). 50MHz EME ZS6NK from his farm in KG47. 144Hz EME Z66EME Kosovo for new DXCC:-) "Almost" with HS0AC on 144 EME;-) -total 7 new 144MHz EME initials.
23rd 5 new 144MHz EME initials.
27th What a difference a day makes. Two new countries on 144MHz moonbounce at my moonrise - 3B8MB Mauritius and 7P8Z Lesotho:-)

May
6th  C8T in the log on 144MHz EME for DXCC #67:-)
10th The start of the multihop Es season. Heard UN, EX, EY, AP, A9 ,A7 on FT8. VU reported into France. JA tomorrow?
11th 7X, S01, OD, A4, A7, A9, 9K, UN6, EX, EY and AP plus weak NA here !! Also JAs into S EU – need that path to move nearer the pole – 2-3 days is my guess.
12th WP4G in the log on 144MHz EME for DXCC #68:-) First NA opening of the season from around 12:30z WU1ITU, VE1SKY, KO1DX, WOFK and K0TPP worked all on FT8
13th Evening multi hop Es on 6m : PV8DX and D41CV (5w remote station!)
14th - 18th 50MHz Es every day but only brief multi-hop and no JA into UK yet.
19th 50Mhz Es across EU again. An evening on 144MHz EME yielded 8 new initials
20th A day of mainly single hop 50MHz Es followed by good late afternoon Es opening to NA - East Coast only.
21-23 Es across EU .
24th Es across EU and a good late afternoon opening to NA, mainly Iberia with some southern UK.
27th An FT8 CQ "cold call" at 16:10z to the West yielded YV5LI - sometimes you have to go with the hunch. He then called CQ and worked several EU from EI to S5 peaking at S5 here. I called and called on 110 - nada:-(
28th 29th Brief JA Lots of EU some Carib and NA
30th Big signal from Paulo PV8DX now running 600w from FT2000, VL1000. Still seems to have problems with RX - hope we can help him resolve these as he has a fantastic location and is very keen on 6m.

Jun
1st / 2nd No JA-UK. Lots of EU Es and evening Carib. No JA-UK
3rd No JA-UK, but.... Band wide open multi hop across EU and open very early to Carib and NA from 10:45z. An easy CW QSO with Jeff TZ4AM peaking 599 on his new antenna. Dozens of NA QSOs (mainly FT8 out to California, 3 XEs plus TI, CO, HH, HI and all the usual suspects in the Carib. plus YV5, PV8, PZ5. 4X 9K, A6 etc in all day no matter where the beam was. Wow what a day! I gave up at 23:30z with the band still wide open 13hrs + with CO8 solid.

4th Open I / SV to NA at 04:00z - I was not QRV until late afternoon - but another amazing evening to Carib / NA with some nice s9+ SSB chats as well as CW and FT8
5th An early start with loads of JAs on FT8 but very few on CW. Though I was only QRV intermittently it wide open again across EU all day and to NA from lunchtime. In the evening things died down a lot with only East Coast NA.
6th - 7th I was only QRV briefly on these days - but things seemed to have calmed down a lot.
8th - 10th some JA mornings some NA late afternoons and EU all day - but not in large quantities or at spectacular levels.
11th A quieter day in IO70 but things warmed up around 20:00utc with HK4SAN plus YV, PV8, HH, HI3, HI8, PZ and FM i the log - band still open at 23:00utc - bed time!
12th Another great afternoon and evening to the Carib and nice to see Jack OA4TT in on both FT8 and JT65. Amazing what can be heard on an RTL Dongle and a "white stick" vertical: downloads\12june2018 monitor.xlsx  downloads\12june2018 monitor.pdf
13th More of the same.
14th JAs then more of the same. OA4TT in for several hours mainly on JT65. Worked him first call at -11 but he later peaked at around +5. VP5, PZ5 and all the usual Carib 
15th More of the same. I was QRV only briefly but plenty of stuff like this this on my monitor / vertical! 224415 -12 0.1 2422 ~ CQ ZF1EJ EK99
16th A good start with VK8 being worked in SV around 04:30 and Italy 06:00z. Afternoon and evening focus was NA rather than Carib but the usual suspects were also in plus J3/G0VJG on CW and SSB:-)
17th Another big day with focus on NA some nice SSB and CW sigs but of course mainly FT8 even when S9. Prop faded early evening with just PZ remaining by 20:00z only to come back again at 23:00z with 9Y4D booming. 2 new 144MHz EME initials EA1UU and KB7Q in DN44 WY :-)
18th Lots of Carib and Central America incl 2 TG9s. Good long strong NA
19th Again lots of Carib and Central America.  Good long strong NA but no West Coast. Big very high lattitude NA - JA late evening whilst still open NA EU. WORKED JOE TAYLOR K1JT ON FT8:-)
20th VU2NKS in 12:05 - 13:30 peaking -6. G3TXF was his 1st G. Again lots of Carib and Central America.
21st 0600z VK4MA worked DK and SP3. 0800z VK8MS hearing TF3ML over pole! Mid afternoon med to JA. Not much daytime to NA but a very late patch opening to W9 until 22/6 01:00z. East Coast NA working JA over pole.
22nd Widespread EU to JA including some very northern paths. Also 4S7 to OH etc. Only a handful of JAs and BYs this far west around 09:00-10:00z. Strong mid afternoon path Med to JA. Quiet evening but with KP4, KV4 and a few others around 21:00. OH & LA working JA over Pole 23:00 - 23/6 04:00!!!
23rd EU and EA8 from 06:00z No JA but VY2ZM in 08:15z Not QRV for rest of day but looks like another good one to West as PJ4NX was in on my vertical - 7111km - not bad:-).
24th Another great day - but still no JA worked. FT8 opening new paths - but old paths and modes are suffering. SEEMS I WAS HEARD IN KL ALASKA BY KL7HBK OVER THE POLE  AT 1030Z WHILST CQNA
 
50.315364 FT8 KL7HBK BO49et 20180624 111114 G8BCG England 223 IO70rk NIL 1 -13

25th a much quieter day but still some NA and Carib throughout the afternoon / early evening. Northern EU/GM having the best NA condx.
26th same again - but still no serios JA this far south west - seems to be either north or south of me;-)
27th
Quite a day - who would have though that there would be (at least) 4or more Chinese and 3 Indian VU stations plus 4S7 into Western EU + VK5 being worked in DL. All on Es and mainly on FT8. But still no JA
28th Finally an opening to JA - many callers - but only for 90 secs;-). Worked Said SU1SK on FT8 after a gap of 17 years since our last SSB QSO in 2001
29th Another collection of brief JA openings 12 JAs in the log  - 1 new square:-) Bert S57RR worked VK5BC (and others?). I was not QRV but my vertical was hearing well: (only first period shown - some stations in for a long time) https://tinyurl.com/ybqzplb3 NA still into CT etc at 0145z!!

220745 -12 0.1 2074 ~ CQ DX K2ZD FN21 U.S.A..

220945 -18 0.1 406 ~ CT7AQS K1SIX RR73 U.S.A.

221045 -17 0.1 836 ~ GI4OWA WX1S -19 U.S.A.

221145 -19 0.2 1354 ~ CQ DX N1KWF FN32 U.S.A.

221345 -9 0.2 1055 ~ F1GTU WA1NPZ FN43 U.S.A.

221430 -18 0.1 2159 ~ EA2VE K3WW -11 U.S.A.

221515 -19 0.1 1602 ~ CU3AN AC2PB 73 U.S.A.

Countries by mode @ 30/6/2018: CW:176  SSB:189 JT65A:84  JT6M:39  FT8:94

30th A relatively quiet day - no JA few NA.

July
1st Not QRV but apparently a very quiet day - no JA few NA.
2nd Not QRV but apparently a very quiet day - no JA some NA out to DM square.
3rd Most prop in either direction seems south of UK
4th On a relatively quiet day Z68M on CW for DXCC#243 Then in the late afternoon Jack OA4TT in for almost 4 hours on FT8 / JT65 plus the "usual suspects" PZ5RA, PV8DX etc but very little else - a very stable focus.
5th A quiet day here but LA/OH to VK3 and EU to W6 kept us alert! Usual Carib inc HH HI VQ5 and briefly HP.
6th Another good day. Big opening to NA stretching to West Coast and XE
7th / 8th I was away at the 40th Anniversary Solomon Islands Independence Celebrations but it seems these were amazing days for east-west Es propagation.
9th A quieter day. Very brief JA and some weak NA
10th Very quiet day but with some weak US in EM / EN around 20:00 - 21:00
11th A quiet day some JA in central EU but only single Es here
12th No JA but a good day with widespread NA / Carib plus Mexico Peru and Brazil
13th NA + Carib and lost my mast head pre-amp - don't know why as it is not in the QRO path:-(
14th 15th 16th Es to west every day.
16th Some 2m EME: 4L/RM8A for DXCC #69, OM4EX for DXCC #70 plus a couple of new initials
17th not QRV


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