Tromelin is on the air, FT4TA

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I heard them briefly on 160 (like 60 seconds worth)
Tromelin is pretty rare, especially 160-80 and digital.
The group will be working to fix that. Good Hunting
PS, that's why I was trying to get Skimmer working again. LOL

forgot to say
monster Halloween windstorm here in Chicago, gusts to 40mph plus.
Had to retract my tower last night prior to winds starting which also lowers my dipoles.
It is really blowing out there.
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  • glad I can work digital and cw again

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Ernest - W4EG

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Bill,

Here is an email that I received from the President of the San Diego DX Club ... 

As you know by now, the FT4TA DXpedition is well underway.  They have been managing to keep 4 stations going efficiently for the last 24 hours.

Their antennas:
  • 160m:  Vertical with hat built on 18m Spiderbeam pole
  • 80m:   2x phased verticals built on 18m Spiderbeam poles & DVA-80 by DX Engineering
  • 40m:   4 square array built on Spiderbeam 12m poles
  • 30m:   4 square array built on Spiderbeam 12m poles
  • 20m:   2-elements Vertical Dipole Array built on Spiderbeam 12m poles
  • 17m:   2-elements Vertical Dipole Array built on Spiderbeam 12m poles
  • 15m:   2-elements Vertical Dipole Array built on Spiderbeam 12m poles
  • 12m:   2-elements Vertical Dipole Array built on Spiderbeam 12m poles
  • 10m:   2-elements Vertical Dipole Array built on Spiderbeam 12m poles
They're using K3's + OM2000 amplifiers as the main stations.  They have logged QSOs on every Band, and have transmitted in all Modes.  They are currently on 160M -- pretty exciting if you can land them.  The ops are efficient and friendly.

Monitoring the Bands these last 24 hours, they've successfully targeted the West Coast several times, especially on 17M SSB.  They seem to be taking up most of the Band on 17M to spread out the pileup, which is causing some problems.  I've asked the team to consider using a max of 20 KC spread on all bands, but at this early stage, the pileups are unruly.

I've also requested that when they target the West Coast, to name a specific listening frequency for us, instead of a broad range.  Too much time can be wasted trying to figure out where to transmit.

In addition, I've asked the team to take advantage of the Long Path at their  sundown around 1430 UTC when there is a good window to the West Coast on 160M and 80M.

Bandplan is here:   http://www.tromelin2014.com/en/bandplan/

Online Log:  please check here for updates:  http://www.tromelin2014.com/en/online-log/

Propagation:  Generate your personal profile here:   https://www.k6tu.net/?q=node/add/dx-prediction-ft4ta

In checking my own log for past QSOs with Mayotte, Madagascar, and Reunion --- all in the neighborhood of Tromelin -- I note the following optimum UTC times and Bands:

10M 1600-1800 UTC
12M 1500-1600 UTC
15M 1600-1700 UTC
17M 1700-1800 UTC
20M 1800-1900 UTC
30M 0300-0400 UTC
40M 1400-1500 UTC

I pass this information on as FYI only.  When in doubt, (1) watch the DX Clusters and (2) listen to what's coming through your headphones.

Overall, I think the FT4TA DXpedition is off to a great start.  Hopefully the propagation Gods will stay with us for the next week or so.

If you have any specific requests for the FT4TA team, please let me know.

73,
John, K6MM
FT4TA West Coast Pilot
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thanks for sharing, Ernest! 73, W5XZ, dan
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Charles - K5UA

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Bill,
I can't find any spots on the VE7CC DX cluster referencing the FT4 station. Are the spots being suppressed or do I have my cluster configured incorrectly. Is anyone using VE7CC seeing any spots for the FT4?
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Oh, the spots are there.  Not sure about VE7CC but I am using DXUSA.net and they're all over.
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I use SpotCollector which allows the connection of 4 different nodes.
Not sure which node reported them but it was 10 rtty at 20:36UTC. and on 160 early this am.

You may want to dload SpotSpy by DL9HO
It works with SpotCollector you can program it to flash a warning, sound a alarm whatever, when a unconfirmed new country is spotted on the clusters.

It's pretty simple to set up. Even I got it to work. :-((
I have it set to "Any entitiy, cw, ssb, digital, as yet unconfirmed."
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Charles - K5UA

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Didn't have the FT-x boxes checked under African countries. Duh!