Monday, May 8, 2023

QSL cards mailed

All direct cards ordered via Clublog OQRS has been already mailed. Bureau cards should be also sent soon.

My nice adventure is over so it is a time to begin thinking about next one...

In the meantime I plan to be active on 6m from two islands: EU-129 (Usedom Is., JO73CU, 29.05.-1.06.) and EU-132 (Wolin Is., JO73GX, 1.06.-6.06.).

See you on air VHF IOTA chasers!

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Thursday, April 20, 2023

QSL cards designed and are being printed

Both QSL cards, from Marinduque OC-244 and Calayan OC-092, are already designed and will be printed by CoolQSL printshop soon.

The QSL from OC-244 shows the guy met by me on the road in Gasan city. He was selling home made Tuba drink.

On the second QSL (from OC-092) you can see selfie of me and my XYL returning from a long walk to village of Magsidel. The weather was hot and sunny so we had to make temporary hats from towels...

All OQRS (direct and via bureau) will be expedited in first half of May.

Thursday, March 30, 2023

Almost home

Our 4 weeks trip to Asia is almost over. We will board to plane to Warsaw soon.

During this trip I activated 2 DU islands - Marinduque (OC-244) and Calayan (OC-092). Unfortunately most of the time I spent on FT8. Tried to work SSB but my equipment was very simple so it wasn’t effective enough.
I did 2262 QSOs (970+1292) including 472 QSOs with 27 countries on 6m band (20.9%). Detailed statistics to be provided later.
I am aware of it that many hams can be dissatisfied but I am glad that could give a new IOTA to many others.

Sunday, March 26, 2023

QRT from OC-092

I am QRT. Last QSO was done March 24th 23:48 UTC. Thank you for all QSOs, especially those done on 6m.
All QSOs are uploaded to Clublog. LoTW upload will be done later. 
Now time to go back home. Long way ahead of me. Just waiting for delayed ferry.
We will miss Calayan!

Friday, March 24, 2023

QRT soon

I will be QRT tomorrow, March 25th, about 08-09 UTC. Time to begin long way back home...

Thursday, March 23, 2023

Propagation down

Last 3 days weren't very good. I monitored 6m band but earlier good conditions to JA didn't repeat. It could be observed strong "bridge" between JA and YB, just over my head. Additionally I woke up this morning and saw this:

My activity from OC-092 is slowly coming to finish. The return ferry is already on the island so I am waiting only for information when it will depart to Aparri. It can be within 1-2 days.

Tuesday, March 21, 2023

3rd day QRV from OC-092

After 2 days on being on air from Calayan Island I have about 550 QSOs in log. 20% of them was done on 6m. Last night (local) I tried to work SSB on 15m but my signal is low so there is no many callers. Some stations called me non-stop not being able to receive. It was strange to send my report 15 times when I see that station who is calling me even does not try to listen it but calling and calling without any break not trying to receive something.
Calayan is a beautiful and clean island. A lot of flowers growing around houses. People here are very hospitable, friendly and polite. No many tourists here. Exactly saying it looks like we are the only ones...