• Team arrived

    Yesterday evening we did arrive in Turkey.
    The flight was ok, customs not to bad and after we rented a big car we started our crazy drive through the dark areas of Turkey.
    It took us almost 3 hours to reach the house.
    We wake up after a short night by a man crying true a loudspeaker, we dont know was it was but we will investigate and keep you informed.
    Now we try to do some shopping and after that we will build the equipment.

    We try to start at our moonrise TA/PE1L 144.134 first 73 from Ateam
  • First moonpass, 150 QSO`s

    Today was our first moonpass and we think, very successfull!
    In any dxpedition we NEVER managed to work 150 qso's in one moonpass.
    So we are proud and lucky to have so many callers. Thank you guy's to make this possible.

    The issue about the man and the loudspeaker is solved. It was not the obvious what many people suggested but after a deep search we found a drunk tourist in a local karaoke bar singing 'Space Odity' from David Bowie.
    We are glad we solved this issue but are also a little bit disappointed by the suggestions (the regular calling for prayers) of some fellow ham's who did not realize we are experienced expeditioners and have been to Moslim countries before.
    Besides that we do very good research in the country and it's culture before departure.

    After we came back from shopping we started to build up the station. We use the proven 2x8 element I0JXX xpol yagi`s on our balcony.
    With two 20 meters long coaxcable`s we run to the shack in the livingroom which is two floors down.
    We didn`t have any disruption until the doorbel rang and a bunch of locals asked in local language what the heck we are doing on the roof! It was very difficult to explain but with the help of the official papers from customs and police (preparation!!) and a little help from our friend Google translate we could shake hands and finished with a small hamfest drinking Turkish coffee and tea underneath our antennasystem. Everybody was very happy.

    First test from the equipment looked promissing for the first moonpass. At 10 degrees elevation the moon came visible over the mountain and rapidly we could work UA3PTW. Pitty we could not use the announced frequency because of local qrm/birdy and we had to switch to 144.112. This was a good start for our first successfull moonpass.
    Highlights are 4X1DG, XE2AT, FM8DY and our fellow expeditioners Peter and Hermann FP/DJ4TC FP/DL2NUD.
    The reception seems to be a little bit behind our expectations and experience. We will look closer to this issue after a short powernap.

    Will be continued...

    Next moonpass will be on 144.112 on 21 september at 18:00 GMT.
    After this, 2 moonpasses will be on 70 and 23cm as announced on www.emelogger.com/ta

    Moonpass from september 22nd till sept 23rd 432MHz.
    Moonpass from september 23rd till sept 24th 1296MHz.
    Last moonpass from september 24th till sept 25th dedicated for 144MHz.

    The ATeam, Jurgen PE1LWT, Johan PA3FPQ and Rene PE1L.

    We still love it when our plans comes together!
  • Second moonpass

    After moonset we did a powernap to get some rest and sleep: 24 hour running the station pays off.
    Then we did some FSK441 meteorscatter qso`s to make some people happy with TA DXCC and went to the city for the dayly shopping and a lahmacun for breakfast/lunch/dinner.

    Back in the appartment we started to investigate where the terrible noise was coming from. Armed with a set of handy`s and hb9cv we walked through the small village. Triangulating pointed us to a barn not far away but nobody opened the door. One hour before moonrise we went back and saw a young lady filling several bottles with a unknows liquid. We asked her if we could enter the barn to search for the noisesource. No problem she said (well at least we think she sad because no English)....
    In a corner of the basement we saw a big installation with bottles and small tubes. We started to smile and the smell of destilated alcohol explained what she was doing. A classic case of moonshining!
    We have no problem with that, but the big electronic invertor was causing the terrible noise. The wiring was not professional done and the grounding was not connected. After rewiring the inverter the noise was much less, and we could notice the difference in our rx. The girl offered us one of the bottles to keep our lips sealed.
    Maybe that the reason why the second moonpass was less successfull than the first because we `only` did 91 qso`s. For us it was a great success anyway. 241 qso`s in 2 moonpasses is our record!

    The highlights of today are CX, HL and ZL.
    After moonset we will do again a small powernap and need to build up the 70cm station.
    Next moonpass is dedicated to 432MHz. Look for us on the HB9Q logger.

    See for log and details www.emelogger.com/ta
    Pictures will be uploaded asap. Internet is poor here so maybe after our arrival back home.

    Moonpass from september 22nd till sept 23rd 432MHz.
    Moonpass from september 23rd till sept 24th 1296MHz.
    Last moonpass from september 24th till sept 25th dedicated for 144MHz.

    The ATeam, Jurgen PE1LWT, Johan PA3FPQ and Rene PE1L.

    We still love it when our plans comes together!
  • 432 MHz

    Today was the day for 432MHz EME. We removed one 2meter yagi to make space for the 70cm antenna.
    Listening over the band all seems to be ok and we had some spare time to have a little dinner and do some shopping.
    Another lahmagun and some tomatoes with water and Fanta was all we got. I think we will loose some weight but that`s fine: we can bring some extra Turkish Delight!

    Back in the appartment we had to wait 30 minutes for moonrise and when the moon was visible we could see some stations calling.

    Highlight of this moonpass was that all worked well!!
    We worked 16 stations via EME with our 100Watt and 23 elements yagi.
    Pitty we could not complete with Bruce PY2BS.

    Next moonpass will be 23cm. Look at HB9Q logger for last minute frequency changes or info.

    See for log and details www.emelogger.com/ta
    Pictures will be uploaded asap. Internet is poor here so maybe after our arrival back home.

    Last moonpass from september 24th till sept 25th is dedicated for 144MHz.

    The ATeam, Jurgen PE1LWT, Johan PA3FPQ and Rene PE1L.

    We still love it when our plans comes together!
  • 1296 MHz

    This moonpass was dedicaded to 1296MHz EME. And so we did!

    We worked 22 stations via EME with our 80Watt and 67 elements yagi.
    In the first hour we worked 10 stations. It looked almost like on 2 meter, big pile-up.
    Our portable setup seems to work well. Old and new friends popped up , with as highlight: Jan PA3FXB with his 3,5 meter dish who popped up just before we want to stop the first run. Tnx Jan !
    The second run started with Bruce PY2BS , and this qso was much easier then the try the day before on 432MHz.
    We ended with 22 stations in the log and a big smile on our face , another plan did work out great !
    The 23cm yagi will be replaced by the 2nd yagi for 144MHz and the upcoming moonpass we are prepared for the final. So guys , if you want to have TA on 144 MHz EME be there and call us !
    For last moment and frequency info look at N0UK logger. Some people asked us to qsy from 144.112 because of birdy's. We can qsy on request when activity gets low.
    Pictures will be uploaded asap. Internet is poor here so maybe after our arrival back home.

    The ATeam, Jurgen PE1LWT, Johan PA3FPQ and Rene PE1L.

    We still love it when our plans comes together!
  • last moonpass

    This last moonpass was the final chance to work us from TA.
    We did split this pass in two parts so we could catch some sleep before we travel back home where we have to start fresh with our jobs.
    Everyone left back home really think this was a holyday...... and it was :)
    The result for this pass is 43 qso`s on 144MHz.
    During this pass we had to struggle with terrible noise from the closeby communication tower and we had to switch between several preamps to get rid of most of these strong outband signals which were blocking our rx.
    In part 2 of this pass Mr Murphy brought a visit ..... The poweramp was dead and it seems that the MOSFET is broken. Fortunate we had a spare amp with us as replacement. With 3db less output in only one polarity we could go on and made qso's until moonset.
    Now everthing is packed for our travel back tomorrow.

    Another nice Ateam event with good laughs and good results, our plans did come together.

    Our total results on EME are:
    144 MHz 284 inits, 39 DXCC`s
    432 Mhz 16 inits, 10 DXCC`s
    1296 MHz 22 inits, 14 DXCC`s

    We are happy with these results. Our equipment was:
    144MHz - 2 x 8 crosspol yagi and legal power by ItaLab. (thanks Nico)
    432MHz - 23 elements DK7ZB made by Jurgen DK3WG (thanks) and 90W amp.
    1296MHz - 67 elements SHF-design and 80W amp. (thanks HB9Q)

    See for the total story www.emelogger.com/ta
    Some Pictures are uploaded. Feel free to comment.
    At least we had a great time, thanks to all who called and worked us.
    And not to forget: Thanks to all sponsers and the support we got. Without you such a expedition can't be realised.

    Qso check via www.emelogger/ta/log.asp

    The ATeam: Jurgen PE1LWT, Johan PA3FPQ and Rene PE1L.

    We still love it to make plans which comes together!