18 October 2007

Complete Bust....

We arrived in Jamaica ok, and on Friday morning set up and started testing.

Everything was great. Receiver worked, antenna was nice, we were collecting signals all over the world from on the ocean.

Then we tested the transceiver.

It worked, but we could not more than a couple of watts out of the rig at extremely high SWR.

I didn't have any other equipment to test the rig available so we spent about an hour trying to figure out the problem, tried a few transmissions and discovered the rig got very hot, very quickly.

At 1300 local time, we called it quits.

The luggage and the rig were "lost" in transit on the way back, but was delivered late last night.

Some time this week, I'll check the rig on the bench. I suspect some thing got bounced out of place internally at this point.

The antenna and cable will be checked as well to determine the problem.

For anyone who listened for us, thanks.

No QSLs this time :(



05 October 2007

Jamaica DXpedition 2007 is a GO!

Who: NØNJY/6Y5, KBØIRW/6Y5 (Rick and JoAnne Donaldson)

What: Jamaica DXPedition 2007

When: 12-14 October 2007

Where: Runaway Bay, Jamaica, West Indies

Why: For FUN! Island DXpedition (Celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary and 18 years as hams together!)

QSL: Home call (NØNJY)

Operational Times: APPROXIMATELY 17ØØ-21ØØ UTC on Friday and Saturday, and 17ØØ-2ØØØ on Sun

Frequency: Split frequency operation during operations hours on 14.19Ø +/-1Ø KHz, TX, Listening 14.2ØØ – 14.23Ø (+/- 1Ø KHz)

Equipment: ICOM IC-735, Alinco Power Supply, Home brew antenna (Pictures on blog site for equipment)

Blog site with much more information for comments, and QSL information etc is located at: http://jamaicadxpedition2007.blogspot.com/

Thanks everyone!


Rick Donaldson
US Callsign NØNJY
Jamaica Call NØNJY/6Y5

03 October 2007

QSO with N0NJY/6Y5 and QSLing with us


We will be using split frequency operation at around 14190-14210 KHz during our operations. Please try to listen for where I am listening. I will vary the listening frequency slightly over the three days of operations. I will try to include everyone I can hear.

Portable and QRP stations will have priority. We will try to respond to everyone in the given amount of time. Please be aware we have some limitations on the times we may operate due to the location we are operating. The location is a sea-side bar, which is under a thatched roof and is in use in the evenings, but not during daylight hours. Thus, please do not be disappointed if we need to "go QRT" without catching you. Try the next day.

Please note we are not taking a computer for logging, it will all be done by hand (just like the Good Old Days!) so be calm and let's make this a fun DXpedition!

Good luck and good DX HUNTING!

QSL cards:

Just wanted to let everyone know. We have not yet designed or created QSL Cards. We will do so when we return depending upon the number of QSOs we do.

Most likely we will have some photos done from the area, of the hotel or something cool to look at and have the cards made specifically for this trip only, when we return. We will QSL to anyone under certain circumstances.

All stations send QSLs to our home call. Mostly we will be using my call sign based on our spectrum privileges. So, QSL to my home address (check the FCC database).

1) If you're a US Station, send me a QSL card with your information, and an SASE.

2) If you're a foreign station, please provide return envelope for standard sized QSL card, and return postage!

3) SWL stations who wish to receive a QSL card, send a letter providing the following information, and a return envelope/postage to us at our home address:

A) Date, time and Frequency of the QSO

B) Station callsign with whom we are communicating (I will generally try to give their call for confirmation)

C) Provide details of your SWL station (type of radio, type of antenna)

D) Signal reports. Either use standard SINPO or RST codes - Both are fine, but provide this for my signal report

4) We will NOT use eQSO at this time since I am not currently set up to use it for this dxpedition and probably will not use it. Hard-cards are best for us and perhaps next time we will e-card.