R2 / DL1YMK - Kaliningrad
M&M EME DX pedition team QRV
Updated 11.02.2012 12:16
432 MHz operation position
M&M team with their host in Kaliningrad
Dish - 432 MHz feed and Sunset
Wandering dunes on the Curonian Spit
|Logs in Excel format|
25th. of May 2010
At that time we lost the moon in the high trees on the Western fringe of the
farm, where we stayed for the past 12 days. Our
time in Kaliningrad
over, the dish was knocked down in the morning of May 24th, all rig was packed
into the car again. Tomorrow morning we will be heading home, making our way
via the Curonian Spit to the check point near Nidda on the Russian - Lithuanian
border. We will get aboard the car ferry in the A
thank you goes out to all QSO-partners. We hope you enjoyed the DXpedition as
much as we did. CU AGN SN off the rock from another interesting QTH.
A thank you goes out to all QSO-partners. We hope you enjoyed the DXpedition as much as we did. CU AGN SN off the rock from another interesting QTH.
Last Update R2/DL1YMK.
the last update we worked again a few new initials on
Vy 73, M&M team
21st. of May 2010
16th. of May 2010
we brought the third band on the air! 70 cm, as usual, is hard work, but our receive performance is obviously better than in OH0. We have a new preamp, made by DB6NT, which is working very well and a new, very simple feed without the opportunity to switch between the polarizations, which didn´t work satisfactory in OH0. For the first time on DXpedition we are hearing our own echoes even on 70 cm - from time to time, hi. During the first 2 hours we worked: VK3UM, SM4IVE, SP6JLW, OZ4MM; PA3CSG, I1NDP, SM6FHZ, SM2CEW, DL7APV, F2TU, JA6AHB, DL9KR, DK3WG. We got reports from O to 559. Our Output is limited due to authorization in the license and we hear strange radar(??) signals, hence working conditions are limited. So please be patient, repeat your call signs several times, if your hear YYY?? (not our’s, which we know by now….)
When we have worked a station, the sked on 19th May will be automatically cancelled to get free slots for those, who did´t work us today. So please mail, if you would like to have a sked on 19th May, when we will be back on 70 cm.
Tomorrow is another chance to work us on 13 cm, but only
with skeds, because the activity would be too low to be qrv the whole day
(normal working day).
We try to send some new photos to OK1DFC. Many, many thanks to him for his support of this DXpedition!!
Vy 73, M&M team (one from internet café, the other still calling…, (who’s got the better part…?)
15th. of May 2010
14th. of May 2010
the activity today on
with sked list, update 14th May
from 0700 to 2000 on
from 0800 to 2100 on
from 1000 to 2200 on
EA3XU (JT 65B)
20th May and Friday 21st May:
– so far, except for very “urgent” sked requests! Timeslots available:
please look at OK1DFC´s homepage with the moonwindows we described
previously. So we cancel the proposed
Vy 73, M&M team
|M&M team take a rest and lunch||13cm set up|
13th. of May 2010
yeeeessss, we are in Kaliningrad, not directly in town, but in the „Kaliningradskaya oblast“, in the surroundings of the town on a farmhouse ground. Kaliningrad is part of the Russian Federation, but without direct access to Russia, surrounded by Lithuania and Poland, this is the reason for the separate DXCC status. And yes, it was very, very difficult to get all the permissions we needed to get qrv from here – it is not only one permission, hi.
When we applied for a license, we expected the prefix UA2F/. But after an expert finding by the General Radio Frequency Center in Moscow, we were assigned the special event callsign R2/DL1YMK – much better for CW! Thereafter, we needed a second permission from the ROSKOMNADZOR in Kaliningrad (sorry, without translation!) to be able to import and to use the radio devices in Kaliningrad territory. The last hurdle was the allowance for the import of the equipment by the local customs. So it took us months and the kind help of a lot of nice people to find our way. We want to say thank you to RW3BP and to RA3AQ, who provided us with the first forms for the GRFC, further to the German embassy in Moscow and Kaliningrad, who helped us several times by providing us a kind and experienced contact person for granting the next permission and for explaining them in Russian language what we actually needed. A special thanks to Larissa for her extremely professional and quick work and to our customs agent Alexander - and of course to OK1DFC for the latest updates on the web site, which he again arranged for us on his home page. There you find photos and the timetable!
have very tolerant hosts (they must be….), who additionally let us a little
hut as shack and didn´t plant anything around the cabin in the garden place,
as they knew that we needed some generous space for the dish. So the
strawberry fields are far enough away, hi.
the last update we worked additionally on 23 cm: SP7DCS, PA0BAT, SM4DHN,
IK3COJ, SV3AAF, OE5JFL, OK3RM, UT5JCW, DJ9YW, DL0SHF, G4RGK, LX1DB in CW and
SSB, N2UO, DL6LAU, K8EB, K0YW, K5JL, K2UYH, CT1DMK, WA6PY, OK2DL, W7JM, in
total 39 initials so far.
we hope our station will work also on 13 cm tomorrow and 70 cm on Sunday
(Saturday again 23 cm) to give many stations a new and obviously rare DXCC –
weather permitting, as we are close to the sea (we never will find a cozy place deep in a valley…).
We already have sked lists for 18th May for 23 cm in JT 65C from 1700 to 1900UT (IK5QLO, RD3DA, PA0PLY, WW2R , each 30 min) and for 19th May for 70 cm from 1630 to 2130, first EA3XU in JT65B and the others in CW – as “plan B”, if random fails on Sunday. We have internet access from an internet café (without real coffee, Peter!!) and from time to time on site. So please mail sked requests to DL1YMK at aol dot com.
despite our doubts (and all problems in beforehand), whether we again will be able to set up an EME station anywhere in a new country we managed it and are now activating a DXCC, which has never been activated before on 23 cm EME. Our first station was OK1DFC – thanks a lot Zdenek for rising so early in the morning!! From 0325 to 0700 UT we worked: OK1DFC, OK1CA, VK3UM, UA3PTW, DL4MEA, SP6JLW, HB9BBD, OZ4MM, PA3CSG, JA4BLC, DF3RU, OZ6OL, DF3RU in SSB!!, ES6RQ, G3LTF, JA6AHB, VK3UM for a quick report exchange again, G4CCH, SM2CEW, F2TU in CW and later in SSB. The call doesn't seem to be problem, every station came back with the correct callsign. If you do not know, where we are: we expected another prefix with 3 digits, when we applied for a license, but we learnt, that our call is a special callsign mainly for special event stations. …..and as SM2CEW wrote these minutes: “Fantastic surprise... you sure picked a place for your holidays that is no advertised in all travel magazines.. hi! Glad they let you in with all "suspicious" radio equipment. Can understand that it took a bit of negotiating to get the license and the all permits”.
Our windows are limited – as always, hi. To the East there is the chicken shack (sorry Doug, this was the reason why we were late!), to the West there is the farm house – so we will see how long we will be able to see the moon.
The weather was very windy yesterday, when we set up the dish between the strawberry field and our shack in a hut– and very sunny, so we both got a sunburn, but today it is calm, so far, and overcast.
Vy 73 M (in an internet cafe) &M
|23cm ready and pointing to the Moon||R2/DL1YMK CQ 1296 MHz|
12th. of May 2010
just in an internet cafe, dish is set up, feed will be inserted tonight. Very doubtful so far, if i-net access will be possible from site. First operation on 23 cm on schedule as planned 2nite from 0230UT supposedly. We have been allowed to enter the country with the full equipment. Keep your fingers crossed for fortunate WX, wind was AGAIN very high...
73 / 88 de M &M
1st. of May 2010
today we got a final Roger for the customs procedure for importing our
equipment (with the helping hand of the German embassy), so we hope to be able
to pass all border controls with the car and the equipment. As we announced
earlier, we hope to get qrv under XX/DL1YMK from Thursday, 13.05 for 10 days on
70, 23 and 13 cm. It is a pity, but we didn’t obtain an allowance for 9 cm.
As with our trip to OH0, the Aland isles, we will not disclose the
destination in order to give all interested hams the challenge to decode the
special call for themselves on a truly random basis. However, we made a
timetable for the bands showing the times of our moon-windows to give all the
possibility to check their mutual windows. Now make an educated guess, hi…..
The table shows our estimated moon-windows (all times in UT) with
the following meanings:
Second: our moonrise with windows to Asia/Pacific/VK
Third: our window to US East
Fourth: our window to US West
Fifth: our moonset
Sixth: planned operating band
VK - Asia
|03:00||11:30||14:00||19:00||2320,100* see remarks bellow||random|
|15.05.||05:30 - 14:00||2320,100* see remarks bellow||random|
|15.05.||15:00 - 19:00||1296,045||random|
|17.05.||06:00||14:40||16:40||21:40||2320,100* see remarks bellow||16:00-16:30 K2UYH|
16:30 - EA3XU - JT65B
17:30-18:00 - F2TU
1800-1830 - DL4MEA
1930-2000 - WA6PY
2000-2030 - G3LTF
2030-2100 - N4GJV
2100-2130 - K5GW
|22:40||not specified now|
|21.05.||11:20||19:00||21:00||23:00||2320,100* see remarks bellow|
|22.05.||12:40||20:00||23:00||23:20||1296,045||DUBUS EME contest|
|*2301.975 (RX) / 2304.100 (RX) / 2320.100 (RX/TX)
On 18th to 20th we have no preferred band so far, but we are open for
skeds on all bands. Please mail to DL1YMKataol.com for any sked requests, even
in JT mode for smaller stations, which missed us during the random activity.
Proposal: on 18.05 on 23 cm skeds in JT mode?
Please note: during the Dubus contest we will have only a very poor
windows to the US in our western window. But perhaps it might be possible to
work us during our moonrise…(to US west it could work via the ‘long path!)