News #2 (December 17, 2018)
So far so good: We are collecting and distributing the equipment we want to use in Macau, always having in mind that we have to minimize the freight-costs. By the way, most of the equipment is private property of the team-members. Thanks to our generous sponsors, foundations and individuals, we were able to complete our equipment with a new 2-element full-size wire beam for 10 to 20 meters. This antenna has been modified by LZ Antenna for our special expedition-purposes. That means low weight and easy to handle. We are looking forward using this antenna and are sure that it will perform well together with our new Pentaplexer from LBS. We also were able to add a VA5 antenna analyzer from FUNKAMATEUR to our equipment list. Tuning and pruning our antennas will be much easier with that.
As announced earlier we will show up more frequently on all low-bands. We will have therefore separate antennas for every single band this time. So we can work 160-80-40 m the same time.
Please have a look on our homepage news from time to time to be informed about the newest developments. As in 2017 we will have a daily update of our ClubLog online log. To avoid dupes we ask you to have a look on ClubLog before you give us a call. It's just a question of fairness.
Sorry that we have to inform you, we got the official information, that 60 m-activities are not allowed in Macau.
FT8 seems to be a more and more popular mode for DXpeditions. We will use this mode on the usual frequencies as well as the dxpedition mode on the announced frequencies. Please consider, that we will use the newest version WSJT-X 2.0, which is the regular one from January 1st, 2019. Don't call us on our audio frequency and make sure that you follow the hints given on the WSJT-homepage.
Hopefully the conditions will be fair or better. All 4 to 5 stations will be manned around the clock. Having the antennas relative close together, we can only have one active station per band the same time.
We will have no pilot-stations worldwide, but reports about band openings are welcome via internet. Please accept that we will not arrange skeds.
LoTW uploads will made for our supporters first, all others 6 months after the last day of our expedition.
For now we wish you and your families a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. See you in 2019 on all bands and modes.
News #1 (August 2018)
Why shouldn't we do it again ? We performed very well in 2017 from Macau and have had good experiences with the Grand Coloane Resort, with the local authorities and the assistance of Bom XX9LT. On the other hand we have got quite a number of requests regarding activities from Macau on the low-bands. So we decided again for Macau. The old call-sign XX9D is confirmed, the flights and the hotel are booked. We will operate with 15 experienced operators 24 hours daily with at least 4 stations. The 5th station will be monitoring 6 meters or will be active on short-waves as well. Our special focus will be on North America and the low-bands 40-80-160 m. We will have separate antennas for each of the low-bands. For 20 to 10 meters we will have a 2-element beam combined with a pentaplexer, which allows us to operate with 3 stations simultaneously on the higher bands. Beside RTTY we will also use FT8 as another digital-mode.