Last moonpass was our final moonpass from Cyprus. With the portable setup we were active from KM65ua. With the callsign 5B/PA3FPQ we made 76 qso's. It was good to even see new initials.
The operation from the Taverna was rather smooth except for some issues with antenna positioning that was all manual. You could have noticed this at the first hours. We managed to rent a room and we slept in shifts (as usual). The food at the Taverna was ok but nothing special considering the price we had to pay as were required to provide certain amount of business to the owner.
As soon as the sun came up people came asking questions. For that reason we had to stop earlier than planned.
Our final score is:
313 inits at 144 MHz
27 inits at 1296 MHz
All qsl direct to PE1L.
Thanks for calling! The SPAteam: Chris SP4K, Johan PA3FPQ and Rene PE1L.
Thanks to our sponsors. Without their support expeditions like this are not possible
Yesterday we dismantled the 23cm setup and put 144 MHz antenna in position again.
After that we drove a bit with the rental car, we have been in the SBA area that counts as ZC4 for DXCC.
Its really a weird situation, Cyprus, Sovereign Basis Area, UN buffer zone and Turkish part of Cyprus.
You can feel the tension at the border although the Turkish invasion was 40 years ago, remember Syria is 200 km away and the military zone in SBA is heavily used now.
We tried to find a way to get ZC4 at the air at 144 MHz, sorry to say but this will not happen this expedition.
The week before departure to Cyprus we where busy to construct a portable setup with 1 yagi for this opportunity, sadly we cant use it for ZC4.
Now our surprise: yesterday we did find a location in KM65ua, a parking place at club/taverna where we got permission to stay overnight if we provide enough business.
As it's close to UN buffer zone we keep extremely low profile.
After we did find the location we drove to Agia Napa where we had a good dinner, Greek souvlaki.
Returned at the apartment we did power up the station and we managed to get some more stations in the log for a total 299 at 144 MHz (pity we missed no 300)
Highlight was been called by LZ2US in CW and KL7UW in Alaska, the local temperature was 46 Fahrenheit, at our place it was 32 degrees Celsius.
F = C x 1.8 + 32 gives us 89.6 degrees Fahrenheit - 46 = 43.6 Fahrenheit, that was exactly the DF offset between KL7UW and our own echo.
So this afternoon we will setup the portable station with 1 x 8 el cross for our last moonpass at Cyprus.
Our signal will be at least 3 db less as we use only one antenna.
We have no internet access so we will publish the QSO list later that day online.
Our moonrise is around 2030 UTC
We tx first
Yesterday after some sleep we went shopping for the BBQ, after a short dip in the pool we fired up the barbeque between the 144 and 1296 antennas at the rooftop terrace.
We enjoyed the food at a calm warm evening while we saw the moon rising over the mountain, when the moon was high enough we calibrated the antenna and took the stairway to the shack in the apartment.
During the moonpass we went up and down to adjust the antenna position 50 times, so after moonset there was space for breakfast with frankfurter bockwurst, scrambled eggs, tomatoes and toast.
The 1296 MHz station worked well after some improvements, at the end we did see 27 stations in our log.
The highlight was to provide country no 100 (99 + 1 deleted) for HB9Q. Furthermore nice to see 6 stations from the Netherlands in the log.
Next moonpass we will be QRV at 144.134 again.
20.00 UTC the moon is high enough to start.
In the last moonpass we made qso with 92 stations for a total 225 inits.
Some highlight where the CW qso's with OZ1HNE and SP7DCS, LU7FA, ZL3NW and OK1TEH, its always a big chalange to get Matej in the log.
Other then that is was a normal day, we did setup 23 cm antenna at the roof and we inspected the pool.
We cant tell you much more about the country as we doing radio all the time and after that we have to eat and sleep, the last thing is hard in daytime with this temperature.
We are preparing a little surprise one of the next days, stay tuned
Yesterday we woke up early and started unpacking the suitcases and buidling the antennas at the roof. At 0930 it was already 28 degrees celcius in the shade so we had to take a break every now and then.
After our first decent meal in Cyprus ( yes we can confirm that Chris SP4K not only operates but is a good cook too ) we went to the roof to enjoy how the moon rose over the hill so we could adjust the antenna direction.
At the radio we found huge noise until around 10 degrees of elevation. As soon as noise dissapeared we started smooth operation ending with 133 qso's. The highlights were HS0, XE, CX, 4X.
Our operating arrangement was to change operator after every 10 qso's just to keep ourselves focused and deliver the best performance possible to suit your new DXCC or square needs. This seem to work out very well but in the hot environment we ended up drinking a lot of water with or without bubbles. Considering such a good result of the first night we decided to call ourselves the SPAteam (SP-PA and H20).
Next 144MHz operation will start at moonrise (11 september) from 18:30 till 23:30 UTC.
We start again around 02:30 till our moonset at 06:30 UTC.
Today we did arrive at Cyprus.
It has been a long day, specialy for Chris who traveled from Poland and meet Johan and Rene at Amsterdam airport. From there we took another flight to Cyprus.
As there is also crisis in Cyprus they ask maximum fee for the extra luggage.
The minivan with driver was waiting at the arivalhal.
After a short trip we arrived at the house, the landlord was waiting.
He showed us the house but we could not wait and we all three ran to the roofterrasse and did enjoy the supermoon.
We may need some elevation on moonrise and moonset.
Tomorrow first thing in the morning we will setup the 144 MHz antenna and install the equipment in the shack.
We try to be QRV at next moonrise as condx are great (it seems we have always that luck)