Category Archives for "TI5/K9JY"

Update on TI5 QSL Cards

TI QuadJust a quick update today to let you all know that all of the direct TI5/K9JY QSL cards are in the mail. I have very few bureau cards so far for TI5, but still have quite a few VP9/K9JY cards with the new batch just in from the W9 Bureau.

I’ll be working on those next.

Scot, K9JY

TI Photos: pictures from Costa Rica

TI5 204Thought I had provided the link for the photos from TI here on the blog (just the snapshot from Flickr), but I did not.

There are pictures from the 11 days there. On the upper right of the link is the ability to see them as a slide show; I would do so. The pictures are better seen as full rather than what you see on the screen as many of the pictures are of birds and you will want to enlarge the photos (like through the slide show) to see all of the colors.

Enjoy!

TI Photo Gallery

Scot, K9JY

TI5/K9JY Logs uploaded to LOTW tonight

@NeonSymbolSignThis weekend I submitted for a new certificate to include TI5/K9JY and received the confirmation from the ARRL this morning in e-mail.

As a result, I’ll be uploading the TI5/K9JY logs tonight after work (Pacific Time) or 27-Feb-2007 UTC.

Scot, K9JY

UPDATE: Completed. TI5/K9JY QSO’s have been uploaded to LOTW

TI QSL Cards Ordered

Quick update:

I’ve ordered the QSL cards for the TI trip and the CQ WW RTTY Prefix and ARRL CW contests here in February. According to the reply back, I should be getting the cards in two weeks and I’ll start processing them then.

Scot, K9JY

TI5N Wrapup

What a great contest! The ARRL CW Contest offered it all of us in Costa Rica…a little Murphy lurking at the beginning of the contest, some issues with keyers and software, great runs on all of the bands and the normal sleep deprivation.

And a bonus, for this time of the sunspot cycle: a two hour ten meter opening Sunday afternoon resulting in 120 QSO’s and 28 multipliers. Hopefully, we made those 120 hams on the other end a little bit happy. We were pretty jazzed over it all.

For our two operating positions, we hit 300 QSO’s an hour a couple of times and had great good runs on all of the bands, including 160 meters.

Our preliminary score is 6,000 QSO’s and about 5.5 million points.

And a really nice time — thanks to our hosts, Keko and Sophie.

Post CQWW RTTY Prefix Contest

We had a good contest as TI5N here in Costa Rica. Raw score a bit of 6.0 million before submission. We’re going to submit the score from here.

QSL’ing for the contest and TI5N is through the manager.

The TI5/xxxx call signs we are using outside of the contest should be QSL’d to the home call.

Monday and today we took a side trip to the Pacific Ocean and a resort called Punta Leona. Stayed overnight, sat on the beach, had a good glass of wine and generally hung out not doing much. Exactly what I need from a vacation.

Of course, we had to try a little radio stuff. N7OU brought along a K1 and we strung up a 50-foot wire on the beach. The K1 puts out 1.5 watts and with a AA-battery amplifier puts out 3.0 watts into the antenna. From the beach, he worked one stateside station and got a 449 report. Pretty wild.

Here’s a picture of the beach at Punta Leona:

TI Punta Leona

It’s a tough life of a DXpeditioner, but someone has to do it. I volunteered.Scot, K9JY

TI Update — Thursday Night

Cable and lightSo…off to bed to get a good nights sleep before the contest tomorrow night.

Here’s what we did today:

  • Set up the laptops
  • Set up the radios and interface devices
  • Set up the amplifiers
  • Modified the 80-meter dipole for CW off from SSB
  • Tested the set up on 15, 17, 20, 30, 40, and 80 meters. Working fine.

Most frustrating thing for the day:

Calling CQ on 80 meters for a half hour on both RTTY and CW and only working 4 stations on CW (EU and NA).

A good day. We’re ready to go. We’ll be on the air in the morning as well. The rest of our group arrived today and they are a little tired. Sleep is a good thing.

73 until tomorrow…

Scot, K9JY

TI Antenna Setup

Here are some pictures of the antennas we’ll be using in the CQ WW RTTY prefix contest plus the ARRL CW contest next weekend.

TI5 Antenna

The most interesting thing about this picture is the very short bar, the third line down from the top of the picture.

That bar is a placeholder for the top of a 40-meter quad. You can barely see the insulators on each end of the bar. The quad is then brought out by guys to get the diamond shape configuration. So, 40-meters pointed at EU.

Can’t wait!

TI TH6

This pic is just for fun. Every ham loves tall towers and to take a picture from the base of a really tall tower that has a few antennas on it is really a great thing.

Warm here, too, with that nice bright sun.

Scot, K9JY

TI Radio Active

Well, an uneventful trip to Costa Rica yesterday. After getting to TI5N’s place, I slept for a good eight hours.

This morning, Ron, WJ7R, and I did most of the setup with the radios and PC’s, ensuring everything is working. I still need to get an amplifier set up with the Kenwood TS-570, but that will be this afternoon. But, transmit, receive, RTTY, PSK-31, CW is all working.

As I am writing this, the power just went out here (a car hit a power pole and lost).

I have a few more blog things to upload and then I’ll get on the air. I know it’s a little reversed from the normal DXpedition, but I wrote a bunch of posts for my blogs on the plane yesterday. I can get those loaded up and set for the rest of this week and next, then can pay attention to radio.

In the meantime…here’s a picture of the quad we’re using:

TI Quad

Hope it makes you totally jealous…more pics later.

Scot, K9JY

Phoenix

Bullseye-TargetIt was an uneventful ride from Seattle to Phoenix. US Airways had a nice flight. With all the time changes, I never really know the actual flight time until I get on the plane and they announce it. The flight time to Phoenix was about two hours and thirty minutes.

That’s a little different from Phoenix to San Jose, Costa Rica. Flight time: five hours. So, for the day, getting here from the airport in Seattle to landing time in Costa Rica will have been about 13-hours elapsed time, including layovers. Looks like two vacation days to me just getting there and back.

Five hours is a long time to be seated on a plane, especially a window seat. Fortunately, the plane from Phoenix to San Jose wasn’t completely full. I scored a first class upgrade for $150. For that price, I was on it like white on rice.

A couple ahead of me vacillated on the decision and at the moment decided not to take the upgrade. Good thing — there were only two first class seats open. So now I have one of them…and the seat next to me is empty. Room, space, ability to write blog posts…very nice.

Score!!

Scot, K9JY