Wednesday, September 5, 2007

5L2MS Liberia DXpedition

After fourteen years of civil war, lasting from 1989 to 2003, the country of Liberia has been devastated and its infrastructure was ruined. The Mercy Ships organization (see website) offers free specialized surgeries, developmental assistance, and educational programs for the poor in Liberia. In cooperation with Mercy Ships the DAGOE Foundation deploys this Radio DX-pedition. The DX-pedition has adopted a charity project that will be supported by the donations. With your generous help they are able to give the people of Liberia hope for the future.
Liberia 2007The DXpedition will take place from october 3 until october 24th.
Team members are Arie Kleingeld/PA3A, Ad van Ginneken/PA8AD, Arie Noordzij/PA3AN and Henk van Oosterhout/PA3AWW.
They will be operating two HF Stations working in CW, SSB and RTTY.

More information can be found at the special website.

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Monday, September 3, 2007

PI4VAD Fieldday Experience

Fieldday 2007 PI4VAD
We didn't organise a complete fieldday participation, just a few members of the club wanted to have some fun in the field for a few hours on sunday.
Fieldday 2007 PI4VAD
We parked on the side of a small road with not much trafic and just grass and cows around us.
Fieldday 2007 PI4VAD
The first two rigs had been setup in 30 minutes with a G5RV and a small HF Vertical on one of the cars.
Fieldday 2007 PI4VAD
The first QSO's are made from the back of the car on 40m and from a small camping table on 20m.
Fieldday 2007 PI4VAD
After two hours some of the cars had to be parked a bit further on the road because the cows needed to go home.
Fieldday 2007 PI4VAD
And our field-shack was surrounded by cows.
Fieldday 2007 PI4VAD
After the cows had gone it was time to make some more QSO's.
Fieldday 2007 PI4VAD
For the last hour of our fieldday three rigs where up and running.

After all it was a very nice afternoon in the field. We'll be back next year!

Photo's by PA4F/Frans, PD1AJJ/Peter, PA3BXR/Rob and NL13289/Elmar

Update:
just got an email from PD1AJJ/Peter. He made a small movie about the fieldday.
Watch it at YouTube

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Hurricane Felix Cat 5 now

IR Image Felix
Image Felix
Around midnight Hurricane Felix reached the category 5 status with winjdspeeds up to 270 km/h and an air pressure of 934 hPa. Even the aircraft investigating the hurricane had to abort the mission due to the extreme turbulance and groupel that the aircraft experienced.

Current forecasat position and maximum windspeeds for the next days:
INITIAL 03/0300Z 13.9N 73.9W 145 KT
12HR VT 03/1200Z 14.5N 76.6W 150 KT
24HR VT 04/0000Z 15.0N 79.8W 145 KT
36HR VT 04/1200Z 15.6N 82.8W 145 KT
48HR VT 05/0000Z 16.2N 85.2W 145 KT
72HR VT 06/0000Z 17.5N 89.0W 135 KT...INLAND
96HR VT 07/0000Z 19.5N 93.0W 80 KT
120HR VT 08/0000Z 21.5N 96.5W 90 KT

More info on The Hurricane Watch Net

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