Saint Pierre and Miquelon - October 2019
Sunday, December 22, 2019
This days all received QSL requests were processed. About 850 letters were handed over to the German post office for shipping. Over 2700 QSL cards were issued. 1650 QSL requests were answered. The letters should arrive in the next few days/ weeks. Our experience with overseas mail shows that the transport takes a little (2 or 3 weeks). The Bureau Cards will be send at the beginning of January to the DARC QSL Bureau.
Monday, Oct 14, 2019
TO80SP is history. With 34835 QSOs in the log, we had to leave the Île aux Marins early this morning. Many thanks to all of you who have made this DXpedition possible and many thanks to all who made contacts with us.
If you don't find your QSO in the online log or think we have a busted call in the log, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. The design of our QSL card begins after our return. We will print the QSLs again at QSL Shop.
73 and thanks, Sigi, DL7DF and crew
Sunday, Oct 13, 2019
34,000 QSOs in the log. Our Spiderdam crashed after a night of heavy storms and rain. Luckily it's our last day of operating. We had huge problems with the FT8 F/H mode in WSJT-X, which we could not completely solve. We apologize for that.
You'll probably wonder why we chose the Call TO80SP. Our team leader Sigi Presch, DL7DF, turned 80 on September 29th, so TO80SP stands for 80 years Sigi Presch. Sigi, we wish you many happy and healthy years in good health.
|Our Spiderbeam crashed after a night of heavy storms and rain|
Friday, Oct 11, 2019
We have reached 30,000 QSOs this morning. All solid solid made QSOs CW and Phone, no FT8 yet.
|Jan SP3CYY, Wolf DL4WK, Manfred DK1BT, Sigi DL7DF, Annette DL6SAK, Frank DL7UFR|
Thursday, Oct 10, 2019
We got another visit by Jean-Pierre, FP5CJ and this time also Eric, FP/KV1J. Eric paid us a visit to conclude his DXpedition with Jean Christophe. Since Manfred had to leave yesterday for professional reasons, both happened to have the same flight to Halifax. There, both have said goodbye to each other and have now arrived at home.
|Eric, FP/KV1J (left), Sigi, DL7DF, Jean-Pierre, FP5CJ (right)|
Tuesday, Oct 8, 2019
If you don't find your QSO in the online log or think we have a busted call in the log, please contact us after the DXpedition but not now. We will publish an e-mail address on the online log page after the DXpedition. Thanks.
Saturday, Oct 5, 2019
We arrived in St. Pierre in the late night on Wednesday after stopovers in Frankfurt, Toronto and Halifax. On Thursday we had to arrange the transfer to Île aux Marins. The ferry went just for us which is a good service. The luggage is also complete. Had to find some sleep after 24 hours travelling. It's pretty cold here as you can see on the pictures. We only have electric fan heaters and the room only gets 14 degrees (57 F) warm (cold).
|The TO80SP crew meeting Jean-Pierre, FP5CJ and Jean-Christophe, FP5AC|
After arrival, the antennas were set up for 30, 40, 80 and 160 m. At night, however, only 80/40/30 ran with all three stations.
Now all stations are running, the antennas are all built:
- 160m L antenna
- 80m inverted V
- 40m loop
- 30m loop
- 20-10 Spiderbeam
- 17m loop
- 15m loop
and further antennas will follow.
Thursday, July 18, 2019
Today we got the license. The call is TO80SP.
Monday, June 10, 2019
The licenses are applied, the accommodation is booked.