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|On the 6th of October 1999 it was time for me to inform all our clubmembers about the outcome of our expedition. As you can see I prepared a Powerpoint-show to get full attention ;-)|
It was on a damn hot summerday in 1998 when Gerhard, OE3GEA, Hubert, OE5MKM, and I decided to continue our clubmeeting
in a nearby hotel. We cooled down in the refreshing garden of the hotel drinking beer... That was the birth of the idea
"We are going on a DXpedition".|
No longer ago then early January 1999 we felt like spring is coming. We again started to think about our plan from last year... A few clubmeetings later we knew: We are going to TK!.
As soon as we knew we wanted to activate Corsica we had the first problem. It was quite tricky to combine holidays
among 30 possible DXpedition-members!! The outcome was that only(!) four clubmembers could gather around end of May 1999.
At least we now knew how many members were actually involved - five (4 members + one XYL). And we knew the date of our
activity: 20th till 25th of May 1999.
Before we finally decided to go to TK-land I of course took a look into the European and US-DXClustersystem to verify that
TK hasnīt been active lately. Doing so I remembered the big signal my friends from the Bavarian Contest Club produced with
their call TK5NN. Bingo! Viewing the BCC-homepage I found out about TK5EP being one of the important persons for the
BCC-activity in Corsica.
Now we knew DATE, QTH, MEMBERS of the trip it was time to inform the DX-community about our activity. I spread the news to
the major editors in EU by email and sent the first PR-infos. Our trip was announced worldwide, mentioned at our national
DXnews on 80m and printed in our national magazine QSP (OEVSV-magazine).
The following list shows only the important parts of our DXpedition:
One thing to mention here: The Corsian Club TK5KP in Ajaccio used to be QRV from the site Marina di Capitello for years. Usually they had 2 fixed towers (abt. 20m high) with antennas there. But due to some maintainance by the landlord the club had to remove the towers and antennas :-( It is not sure if they can put up their equipment there in the future!
We used CT for keying the Rig in CW (parallel to a paddle). The software by K1EA was used in the DXped-mode for logging and
Take a look at the hard facts in numbers |
QSO per region and SSB versus CW |
SSB-QSO in details |
CW-QSO in details |
Worked zones and DXCC in SSB/CW |
QSOs per region (map)
We worked 73 Zones in SSB and 93 in CW.
TK/OE5XVL had contact with 93 different countries (SSB plus CW).
Our performance would have meant a score of 5.5 million points in a CQWW (of course it makes no sense to sum up CW and SSB, but itīs a kind of benchmark).
We were active on all bands from 160m to 2m except 30m (we couldn`t tune the dipole and didnīt care to make it work) and 6m.
Propagation during our trip to Corsica was average, the 23rd Cycle was building very slow :-( Our log clearly shows that the higher bands were mostly open to EU during the day while the signals from Westcoast USA and Southamerica were fine during the night.
We wanted to hand out TK to the DX-community. Therefore we felt responsible that everyone who had a QSO with TK/OE5XVL should
also RX the QSLcard confirming this contact!!
Looking back - what I could extract from the whole trip is the following:
Hereīs what others said about our TK/OE5XVL activation:|
W6QO: TNX es 73. Ur a new country for me...
N0RDJ: from the mobile...
W0TUT: Dr Oliver: tks for the nice report fm first TK...
JE1ARQ: TNX new country on 12m!
G0VKL: Hello Radioclub, thanks for the nice QSOīs with your IOTA-Holiday in Corsica...
F5REL: Thank you for the contact Oliver, greetings from France...
JA5GE: I am 64 yrs old and enjoy hamming all bands CW es SSB, but I can only speak Japanese so DX QSO only CW. At times use SSB on contest hihi... (Remark: Mitsuyuki sent me a postcard to tell me how happy he was to RX our QSL!! )
AK7O: Vielen Dank Oliver!
KM5SC: Bert, great signal...
N0MM: Thank you for calling "0īs" very much appreciated - You are obviously a Gentleman!
N9GCI: Thanks for the new country; been trying to "nab" a TK for some time. FB signal!
W8RCM: Dr Oliver, great signal you had over here with your portable station, real 59+...
FG5FR: Bonne Anne a vous et vtr famille...
AL0E: Many thanks for the TK...
W8LYT: My first QSO with Corsica in over 65 yrs of operation... my xmtr runs 80W to a dipole only 2.5 meters above ground. We live in a suburb...in a community which does not allow any roof antennas...
N2FX: Member of Pitcairn Island ARC - need TK on 12m... You had very good sigs...
VA3LKH: TNX Gerhard for comeback - had called you several times but too much QRM... On the air since several years of absence... Did not expect you would hear me...
N7OW: Many thanks for confirming Corsica! You had a big pile-up going on here in US...
2A0BQI: Special event call to celebrate the opening of the new Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh - tnx new country!
N0SL: Tnx for my 1st TK QSO...
VE3DTJ: Oliver, my very sincerest thanks for nice QSO... I returned home from hospital today so our QSO was a special treat!
MW0AQZ: Pse your QSL for IOTA-award...
KF4C: Tnx for nice contact, 88!
JA1VWZ: TNX fb 2band QSO and IOTA-service!
and many other nice comments.....
These are the first pictures of our Corsica-DXpedition. They have been taken by Patrick, TK5EP, when he visited us at Marina di Capitello. Enjoy them and look for many more to come soon:
OE5OHO operating another pile-up - serving a new country or bandpoint in CW.
For VHF-DX one part of our troop activated a field office on top of a nearby mountain (left: OE5MRP right: OE5MKM).
A rare one - the whole DX-TEAM in front of the station (Thanks Patrick!).
Inge was the one who motivated me to QRX the pile-upīs "If you donīt attend our lunch now, you will come away empty-handed!". :-)
The following conventional pictures have been digitalized using my digital camera - therefore the quality is a bit worse:
We are arriving Bastia - northern part of TK - by car ferry.
View from the beach of our Exped.-QTH to AJACCIO accross the bay.
Arriving at Marina di Capitello: This happens if you take TOO much stuff to your DX-location (Roman just opened the tailgate!).
The first impression of the site.
Relaxing on the beach - ocean view.
A3S beam by Cushcraft and our 100m-wire-dipole fed with latterline.
HF beam and 17ele VHF Cushcraft yagi at our basestation.
A very romantic view of the beam infront of heavy clouds.
View from the shack through the window.
Beam with crew: back=OE5MKM Bert, front: OE5OHO Oliver, OE5MRP Roman, OE3GEA Gerhard.
Palm tree and crew (l.t.r.): Gerhard, Oliver, Bert, Roman.
TK/OE5XVL-crew and exotic brushwood: back=Oliver, Roman, Inge, front: Bert.
This Picture was taken minutes before we made the 5555 contact - others are already packing up!
Oliver handling the pile-up while (l.t.r.) Roman, Patrick TK5EP and Gerhard are philosophizing which restaurant serves the best meals.
Patrick, TK5EP - in a sad moment, realizing that after the TK/OE5XVL DXpedition there will be noone left who needs Corsica on any band, hi.
OE5OHO providing the VHF-DX-community with TK/OE5XVL - did you ever have the feeling of how nice it would be to own a 3rd hand, hi?!
Assembling and testing the 17ele VHF-yagi - OE5OHO calling CQ (You never know whoīs out there, hi!) and Roman monitoring the progress.
A beautiful picture of Roman and Oliver under the huge 17ele VHF-long-yagi on top of our 2m-DX-hill.
Who said it is very comfortable during a DXpedition??! Roman listening and Oliver handing out the rare JN41-square in CW "QRZ EA, agn!".
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