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GJ8BCG/P - 12 19 May 2005
481 QSOs on 6m all modes, 21 JT6M country firsts, 7 eme initials ,
50 DXCC, about 180 squares

TRIP REPORT (click any image for a larger one)
12th May:

Weymouth from the Condor Cat

Early start for the drive from Cornwall to Weymouth for the 10:00am Condor Fast Catamaran to Guernsey Jersey & St Malo.

Very rough crossing - I would have failed drink drive test just on fumes from broken bottles in the on-board Duty Free :-)
Corbiere Jersey looking East - the G8BCG/P site is just to the right of the radome in the trees

Arrived late but was on site by 16:30pm assembling the 6M7JHV and met Phil MJ0JER and was given access to the club house at 17:30z. Some problems getting the tri-bander down and the 6M7 up on the tower as there was no winch on the tower. However, by 21:00 we were all systems go - almost - the feeder was testing open circuit! Almost dark so no time to waste - climb the tower and bypass the pre-amp and low loss coax with a spare length of UR67 :-( Now we are in business. First QSO G4IGO @ 20:50. Rapidly followed by 4 JT6M country firsts and a first JT65 eme QSO with Lance W7GJ - yes - with no preamp and a lot of UR67!!! Into bed @ 01:30 local zzzzz.

DXCC: 5 JT6M Countries: 4 EME: 1

13th May
Breakfast early at the Bergerac Hotel then back to JARS to find the pre-amp / feeder problem. Never did find the problem - guess it was a loose connector somewhere - the result of a very long day! Anyway, all systems go; 400w at the antenna and a low noise preamp on receive. Some small problems on 50.165 - 50.185 with multiple carriers from the on-site mobile phone pico site and some very low level noise, but otherwise OK.

Lots of MS, some Es and K6MYC in the log on JT65 eme. Into bed @ 02:00 (14th) local.

DXCC: 5+7=12 JT6M Countries: 4+5=9 EME: 1+1=2
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14th May
In shack early but first QSO not until 1000z. REPORT HERE Back to bed 03:00 local

DXCC: 12+7=19 JT6M Countries: 9+5=14 EME: 2+0=2

15th May
Breakfast early at the Bergerac Hotel REPORT HERE Back to bed 03:30 local

DXCC: 19+6=25 JT6M Countries: 14+5=19 EME: 2+2=4

16th May
Breakfast early at the Bergerac Hotel REPORT HERE Back to bed 03:30 local

DXCC: 25+10=35 JT6M Countries: 19+0=19 EME: 4+0=4

17th May
Breakfast early at the Bergerac Hotel REPORT HERE Back to bed 03:30 local

DXCC: 35+5=40 JT6M Countries: 19+0=19 EME: 4+1=5

18th May
Breakfast early at the Bergerac Hotel REPORT HERE Back to bed 04:00 local

DXCC: 40+3=43 JT6M Countries: 19+2=21 EME: 5+1=6

19th May - last day!
An early start and big Es all day. At 16:00z I just had to pull the big switch - hard to do with a full band. panic to tear down the station, pack up and get back to St Helier for the ferry - just made it! Had great fun on the way back to Weymouth via Guernsey - I discovered that my GPRS card worked well with the laptop - even at sea - so I was able to complete my logs, update the website and even join ON4KST chat whilst at sea.  Back home and in bed 02:30 local...knackered but happy:-)

DXCC: 43+7=50 JT6M Countries: 21+0=21 EME: 6+0=6


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