The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1039.3
December 9, 2011
Editor Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW
Provided by BARF80.ORG (Cleveland, Ohio)
Thanks to the Northern Ohio Amateur Radio Society, Northern Ohio DX Association, Ohio/Penn PacketCluster Network, AB5K & the AR TelNet Clusters Network and K3LP for the following DX information.
ET3, ETHIOPIA (ET3AA Youth Development Project; DX-Pedition 2011)
Dave Collingham, K3LP, sent the following press releases to OPDX on December 9th (edited):
Good Evening DXers:o I got the 160 meter antenna up today, 127' vertical (abt 5 ' L at the end) with four ground radials 128' each.
I also sent an email to Igor (UY5LW) and Yarik (UW7LL) asking them to join our team this evening through the weekend to expand radio and amplifier count.
We have a perfect SWR on 160 meters and noise level is about S7-8. Our goal for the ACOM 2k or 1010 was not possible due to security. I was able to bring and pay tax on a 500w solid-state amp (Ameritron) ALS-500M. It works fine on 15, 20 and 40, but only 200w on 80 & 160. Real bummer! I've install earth ground on radio, amp and all power supplies. Still the same issue.
If Igor arrives this evening, we'll put their amp on 160. If not, it's going to be 200w on 80 & 160 m until we resolve issue.
David - K3LP
The 160 and 80 meter bands exhibited the typical large city noise - 20+ noise level. I installed a 400' beverage with no success. It looks like the best time is going to be at sunrise (5:30 AM to 6:30AM local) and sunset. The noise level reminded me of what I experienced for two days in Iraq (YI9) 1 year ago.
Since the ET3AA license is issued to a specific location, it's not an option to find a remote location. This morning (Saturday - Dec. 10), our team heads to the university to administer the student exams (Qty 58 tech, 34 general and 5 extra).
Paul (N6PSE), Al (K3VN) and Bill (N2WB) have been active each day from Sid's QTH as ET3SID.
Igor (UY5LW) and Yarik (UW7LL) will arrive today at 1:00 PM local time, they will be part of our team through Monday morning. I'll have them get on the air as ET3AA with me with a second rig around 2:00 PM today.
We look forward to more 10 meter QSO's - I was able to work North America about an hour before and half hour after our sunset.
I know everyone is looking for 160 and 80 meters. We'll try a few more tricks today to try and make it happen.
David - K3LP
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