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F/ON6JUN/P DX-Expedition in NORMANDY 1999

(Has been activated last 5th & 6th of June 1999 by the UBA-section NNV)

F/ON6JUN/P DX-ExpeditionSPECIAL EVENT STATION


INFORMATION ABOUT THE EXPEDITION
PHOTOS and RESULTS
THE LIVE STORY
The whole report about the expedition in English
Het volledig verslag van de expeditie in het Nedelands
Information about D-day
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F / ON6JUN / P F/ON6JUN/P

UBA section NNV has succesfully activated on the 5th and 6th of June a special event station to commemorate the 55th anniversary of the landing in Ranville Normandy and so started the liberation of Europe (second World War 1940-45). Our call was F/ON6JUN/P what means "France On the 6th of June at Pegasus". We put our camp up near the famous bridge of PEGASUS (grid locator IN99WC, Continent EU; CQ-zone 14; ITU 27)
Information or questions about this expedition can still be obtained from Hugo
ON4AAA or at his phonenumber (032)054 / 41 61 15

73's from UBA section NNV (NINOVE-OOST VLAANDEREN-BELGIUM)

Our Crew:
ON4AAA Hugo President of the section NNV
ON6BV Victor Expedition manager
ON4AFU Eddy
ON1DLM Steven

(ON6FC Gaston: support)

Equipment:
HF: XMTR: Kenwood TS 120 / 100 Watt , Kenwood TS 130 / 100 Watt
Kenwood TS 50 / 100 Watt
ANT.: LEVY antenna (80m, 40m, 20m)
Vertical (20m, 15m, 10m)

VHF: XMTR: Yaesu FT 736 R
PA : Mirage B 5016 G / 120 Watt (with 25W INPUT)
ANT.: Tonna 16 el. Yagi horizontal polarisation, mounted 10 meters high.


Go!

INFORMATION ABOUT THE EXPEDITION:
The Live Story...

Direction NormandyDay 1, Friday the 4th :

The F/ON6JUN/P crew has left early in the morning our ON-country direction Normandy with four cars at warp speed... In the afternoon they arrived in Ranville/Normandy in good health and with not to much problems (so far so good and no Murphy in sight). They looked for the highest available location in Ranville (close to the beach and a sight to the Pegasus Bridge) to setup our tents and equipment. First radio-experiments went very good. On our VHF-portable we received repeaters and packet-nodes from England, so they should not encounter any problems with setting up a packet-link. No problems with the WX in Ranville: little or no sun, but not to much rain and winds.

Day 2, Saturday the 5th :

11:00h utc: Started at about 13:00h(11:00utc) and first contacts where made instantly. Have been spotted in the 40- and 20-meter bands in CW. Don't forget: every contact with F/ON6JUN/P will be awarded with a special qsl-card!
11:50h utc: Nice sigs (RST589) in Aalst/Belgium on my FRG-100 at frequency 7.016,2 MHz with a longwire at 13:50 local time (11:50 utc). On VHF I received F/ON6JUN/P in JO20AW with S0R5 due to static on 144.390MHz, but I couldn't make two-way contact (so far). WX in Ranville: Sunny, 18 C but sometimes strong winds, SFI=171, A=5, K=2. Last info received at about 13:15h local time.
This was the last time I heard from them. I tryed every passage from RS-13 but f/on6jun/p was not qrv on the sat at that time.
13:30h utc: I heard them briefly on 20-meters at about 15:30h local time in CW.
21:30h utc: Victor, ON6BV operating F/ON6JUN/P is active on 20-meters in voice working down a pile-up! No packet mail received with the latest news or extra info from them at this time (23:00h local). Sorry, but I can't put more on-line info on the site if I don't receive any at the moment...CU tomorrow...

F/ON6JUN/PDay 3, Sunday the 6th :

08:00h utc: Time is 10:00h local time and still no news from them at this time...
10:00h utc: I received the following info: Many contacts made on 80-, 40- and 20 meter bands and also on 2-meters. ON1DLM, Steven made contact with F,G,ON,LX,PA...on VHF and at this time he made 74 contacts.Some sporadic-E and Tropo on 2. On 20-meters they wore active until late last night in voice. 80- and 40-meters primarily in CW and made at this time about 500 contacts. About 300 contacts on 20-meters. On HF they reached almost any country in the world. Conditions wore not so good. No problems with the equipment. They are doing a fine job over there!
11:05h utc: for the moment operator Steven, ON1DLM, is QRV at 144.386 USB... I received F/ON6JUN/P on VHF at 13:05h local with qsb together with other stations...
WX in Ranville: rain, a bit lesser winds, SFI=164, A=8, K=1.
15:00h utc: Received and spotted on the 40-meter band (7085,7) in voice, RS59 at my QTH (Aalst/Belgium). Here is a audio recording of the transmission I received a few minutes ago on my FRG-100:
LIVE AUDIO SAMPLE (Hugo, ON4AAA calling cq "QRZ FROM F/ON6JUN/P"). (Note: there was about 25 minutes of live audio on the site at that time)
15:15h utc: F/ON6JUN/P is for the moment active in voice on 7.085,7 MHz LSB.

Journey back homeDay 4, Monday the 7th :

Journey back to Belgium. We arrived home at about 21:00h local time. The crew: Hugo ON4AAA, Victor ON6BV, Eddy ON4AFU and Steven ON1DLM wishes to thank every station who made contact with us during our dx-expedition in Normandy to commemorate togheter will all ham's around the world the 55th anniversary of the landing in Ranville Normandie (World War II).
All the stations that contacted F/ON6JUN/P that weekend will receive a special QSL card via the bureau. (SWL-stations can also receive this qsl-card if you send your qsl-card and swl-rapport via the bureau)


PHOTO'S OF THIS DX-EXPEDITION
The Crew (1) The Crew (2) The Crew At Diner VHF-equipment
Our Camp Tent 2 Tent 3 HF-Tent

ON1DLM (Now ON4CLC)


THE REAL STORY DIRECTLY FROM THE CREW
  Het verslag (Nederlands)
  The story in English

THE RESULTS
  HF
  VHF
  TOTALS

 

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