Dienstag, 18. Dezember 2018

Building a New Preamp Box

After having had some trouble with our preamps on Azores 2018 we decided to build a completely new preamp setup for the EA9 activity. Basis are two Tohtsu CZX-3500 coaxial relays. They have an isolation of 65 dB on 2 m and can transfer sufficient power.

We are grateful to Wimo WiMo Antennen & Elektronik GmbH for selling them to us at a fair discount and herwith supporting our activities.

Sonntag, 28. Oktober 2018

X-Team QRV from EA9 Ceuta (IM75HV)

Since we now received final confirmation from our location owner we can officially communicate that the X-Team will be QRV from EA9 Ceuta next March. We will use the same QTH as Zdenek OK1DFC in 2017, IM75HV. We will run as EA9LZ both on 2 m and 70 cm but with focus on 2 m because Zdenek might have worked all 70 cm stations needing EA9 during his stay.

Please stay tuned for further updates about exact dates. We will do all plane/car/ferry bookings the next days and then inform about the exact dates of activity.


For info about the QTH please have a look at  OK1DFC's website

Montag, 17. September 2018

X-Team Plans For 2019

We are already busy planning our next DXpedition. The dates will be between March 14th and 21st, 2019. We are currently discussing locations in the DXCC we chose for our activity. It is still quite early but what we can say now is that it is within terrestrial reach from Central Europe but yet wanted on EME.

Stay tuned!

Dienstag, 12. Juni 2018

Samstag, 31. März 2018

QSL Routes

QSLs for QSOs with us are via DF2ZC, address as in qrz.com

We prefer direct QSLing, via Club it might take >>  one year.

Please enclose 3 US-$ for postage and handling, as well as a return envelope or an address sticker. PLEASE NO IRCs...we do not get them exchanged for postage!

You can however make things easier by just sending us 3 US-$ via paypal to our donations account (see right at top) with call sign and QSO data in remarks. You do not need to send a QSL by post then.

Sponsors will receive their QSL automatically as soon as the cards are available.





Log 29 March 2018

144 MHz

21 Complete QSOs:

DK5YA, F5GHP, UY0LL, OK1NI, DG0KW, SM2A, YO9HP, G4CKB, F8DO, DK5SO, OZ1LPR, GW4ZHI, G4URT, DD0NM, F6BEG, DK9WI, PG2M, DL2FCN, WA1NPZ, OH6UW, AE3T.

Called but not complete:
PA1GYS, OK1TEH, PE1LWT, DL8SCQ, YU1EV.
End of DXpediton.

Donnerstag, 29. März 2018

Log 28 March 2018

144 MHz

34 Complete QSOs:
US7GY, IK4ADE, ES5PC, ON4KHG, SK5AA, SM0NKZ, F5AQX, HS0ZIL, OE5KE, YO3DMU, DL9LBH, DL1RNW, RZ3BA/1, OH2BNH, SP8NR, YL2OK, YL2GC, YL2FZ, OK1RD, OH3AWW, SM5CUI, DF9UX, DL7APV, UA4AQL, SP2FH, YO4GJH, DL1VPL, DL8II, DF7AP, IK1FJI, K9MRI, G4RGK, DL6BF, NH6Y.

Called but not complete:
OK1NI, YU1EV, UA4LCF, DD0NM, W7JW, KL7UW, KG7P, W2DBL.

If you find a typo or if you believe you have a QSO and you are not in log please contact us via email xteamdxp@gmail.com as we are not perfect. Please send screenshot or copy of all.txt then and we will investigate.


What a change now working with a preamp again! Now it was finally fun sitting in the BBQ shelter and freezing (last night was rather cold and windy) and working one station after the other, now with decent signals strengths. Thomas DL1VPL with his single 12 elements and 750 watts out peaked at -22 here, amazing. Conds were twisted most times: We called hpol and received vpol or vice versa.

Every day when the moon was above us the conds changed and we did not copy much anymore. Therefore around midnight we decided to go for a short sleep and return at 4Z for US west coast and Oceania moon rise. We copied Ed KL7UW very well for half an hour but due to his noise situation he couldn't copy us long enough for a QSO: so sad. NH6Y was easily worked as soon as he had copy from us. W2DBL and KG7P were also copied but not completed. At these low elevations the noise rapidly increased so no further stations could be seen in the FFT display. That is particularly disappointing as we knew FK8CP and ZL3NW were anxiously awaiting their moon rise and their small chance to work us. After 0525Z the moon was the blocked by the neighbour'shouse...so that was it for this pass.

Next moon rise is 1845Z today 29th. We will work until local midnight and the break down the station because we leave home tomorrow morning. CR2EME is tx 1st on 144,114 MHz and rx +/-500 Hz.

Please use W7GJ aka Lance procedure when calling us. It helps to avoid time sending OOO to stations that call us but do not copy us. And of course you should only call with OOO when you do copy us or clearly have our sync in the FFT display. Lance procedure is explained here or at the right side at 

"How To Maximize Chances Working Us".

Some clarifications about the W7GJ Procedure:
- Call us with OOO only when you have copy or clearly see our sync.
- If you do not see our sync anymore you must go back to calling with both call signs only.

By this method we can see who has copy at the moment and who maybe has just lost copy. And we do not waste time calling a station that does not currently see us. Some stations have very well used this method (DL1VPL for example) and by that incresed their chance of a QSO.