Category Archives: Expeditions

OZ5E/P IOTA 2017

When thinking about where to spend this year’s family holiday I thought it might be a good idea to combine it with some island activation as it conincided with the yearly IOTA contest last weekend of July. It’s been a few … Continue reading

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P4ØFA – WPX RTTY 15 m World Win Plaque received :-)

Nice surprise in the postbox yesterday: Finally my first contest plaque! 😎 Many thanks to Steve, K4FJ, for his sponsorship as well as Ed, WØYK, who manages the contest and took care of mailing it. It will definitely find a … Continue reading

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P4ØFA took SOHP15 world win in CQ WPX RTTY 2016

It’s official now: Despite being quite antenna challenged I won world #1 as P4ØFA during our stay on Aruba earlier this year operating as SOHP15 during CQ WPX RTTY contest. 😎

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P4ØFA QSL card variants

Finished the artwork for the P4ØFA QSL cards, too. Still undecided which one to use, somehow I like them all! 😉 Ordered a small batch of cards for every design to see how they look like in reality. It always … Continue reading

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Aruba Contest QSLs

Finished the QSL design for our contest QSOs. Paul is using MS Publisher for his QSL artwork while I’m usually doing it with my (very old) copy of Paint Shop Pro. He was so enthusiastic about it when discussing the QSLing … Continue reading

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P4/DL5CW QSL

Paul had a nice idea for his QSL card. I suggested to put a smiley behind the sentence as I’m sure there *will* be people who don’t get it’s intent. 😉

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P4ØFA logs are on Clublog now

Just uploaded the P4ØFA logs to Clublog and opened the OQRS system for QSL requests. Please feel free to use it to request a card if needed. Updated the qrz.com info page, too …

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P4ØFA logs on LotW now … bye bye Aruba

Eventually all good things come to an end and this holiday activity is no different. Really enjoyed it! We made about 20.000 QSOs in total with 2 contests and some leisurely activities inbetween. Team was great and a pleasure to work … Continue reading

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Arubian visitors

J-P, P43A, and his wife Cris, P43C, paid us a visit today. Cris manages Ben’s rental station as the local contact and was very helpful getting our guest licenses – many thanks again! Left to right: Jean-Pierre, P43A, Cristina, P43C, and Olli, … Continue reading

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P4ØXM ARRL DX CW M/2 results

A lot of effort was put into getting all antennas up and running again before the contest. Thanks to the whole team and especially John, W2GD, for all the hard work, it really paid off. 🙂 Finished just short of the existing South … Continue reading

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P4ØXM in ARRL DX CW this weekend

All antenna work finished. 😎 Even built a small beverage today and renewed the 160 m dipole, too, so well prepared for doing M/2 in ARRL DX CW this weekend. Only have a bit of interstation interference between 80 and … Continue reading

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Contester’s dinner on Aruba

We had a great dinner with some well known contesters tonight. Interesting talks (all these secrets 😎) and a very enjoyable time! Good luck in the contest, everybody. 😉 Left to right: Tom, DL5LYM/P4ØXM, Paul, P4/DL5CW, Olli, DH8BQA/P4ØFA, Ben, P4/DL6RAI, Andy, … Continue reading

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Antenna work on Aruba

Quite good progress on antenna work during the last two days. Pictured left are Ben, DL6RAI (left), and John, W2GD (right), on two of the towers. They both arrived Monday evening here on Aruba to take care of the antennas. Ben is … Continue reading

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Meeting THE guy of RTTY contesting fame on Aruba

Enjoyed a nice after-contest dinner in Arubaville Sunday evening with Ed, WØYK/P49X, and buddies Paul, P4/DL5CW, and Tom, DL5LYM/P4ØXM, who are accompanying me on this trip. Ed’s done a great job again during the contest running up 3.800+ QSOs in just 30 … Continue reading

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CQ WPX RTTY from Aruba

Had to change plans for several reasons so “just” an SOSB15 entry by myself. Sorrily only had one working Tribander pointed fixed to Southern Europe. Mid and western USA & JA were not workable on that one. So had to improvise a bit, … Continue reading

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Aruba license

Cristina brought our licenses today. On Aruba you have to apply for a CEPT style callsign, i.e. P4/DH8BQA, which is valid for 1 year. It came in a stamped envelope as can be seen right (click to enlarge). The stamp … Continue reading

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Arrived on Aruba …

DL5CW, DL5LYM & myself safely arrived on Aruba. 🙂 Unfortunately DL9USA couldn’t join us on short notice due to health problems. 🙁 Keeping fingers crossed for a quick recovery, Andi! Already met with Cristina, P43C, who’s taking care about the … Continue reading

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QRV from P4 – Aruba soon!

Finally some holidays! 😎 Will be travelling to P4, Aruba, later this week to participate in WPX-RTTY and ARRL-DX-CW from the Caribbean. Will be joined by good friends DL5CW, DL5LYM & DL9USA. Rented the P49V rental shack. Should be great fun! … Continue reading

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Trophy with a difference :-)

I had an information in my post box yesterday that a parcel was waiting for me at the local post office. I was very curious what it was as I could not remember having ordered something. 😉 So I went … Continue reading

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