Aeronautical mobile in the log again

Yesterday (Monday 28th September 2015), I happened to be in the right place at the right time, and stumbled across Jerry PH9HB aeronautical mobile, calling CQ all on his own on 20m.  I had also been lucky enough to work Jerry about a week before, whilst he was in the cockpit of a 737 cruising over Portugal.

For more info and photos from my previous QSO with Jerry, please see my previous post at…..

https://vk5pas.org/2015/09/24/aeronautical-mobile/

This time Jerry’s signal was a little lower than last time, but my signal report of 5/7 was a lot stronger than the 4/4 I had received a week ago.

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On this flight, Jerry was behind the controls of a Boeing 737-8K2 aircraft, PH-HSE, enroute to Las Palmas in the Canary Islands off the coast of western Africa, from Amsterdam in The Netherlands.  He was cruising at 37,000 feet and travelling at 474 knots.

As I did on the previous occasion I jumped onto Flight Tracker and had soon located Jerry’s flight, TRA6Y.  Jerry was out over the South Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of Portugal, about 100 km south west of Lisbon.

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Flight Tracker is very interesting.  You can even get a cockpit view, which you can see below.

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I had a good 4 minute chat with Jerry, but was cognisant that there would be others that would Like Jerry in the log.

Here’s an image of all the aircraft over Europe at the time.  Amazing!

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And here is an image of all the aircraft in the sky in the world at the time.  Even more amazing!

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A great afternoon of chasing portable DX

Last Sunday (27th September 2015), I had a very enjoyable afternoon in the shack, chasing DX portable operators.  The 20m band on the long path into Europe was in excellent shape.  In fact it remained open here on the long path until around 7.00 p.m. local time, thats 0930 UTC.

My equipment is a Yaesu FT-2000, a Heil Pro 4 head set, 100 watts and a 5 element tri band yagi @ 16 metres.

My first portable station for the day was Ingo DH0KAA/p, who was portable as part of the World Castle Award.  Ingo had a good 5/5 signal coming in from Stacherburg Castle in Golzheim, Germany, which dates back to 1375.

Above:- Stacherburg Castle.  Photo courtesy of wikipedia.

Ingo was operating as part of the Worked Castles Award Program, which encourages portable operation from castles, fortresss and other fortification works around the world.  For more information on the program, please see…..

http://www.wcagroup.org/ENG/intro.html

Next up was Phil, OK/ G4OBK/p, who I had seen spotted on SOTA Watch.  Phil was operating high on the 20m band and had quite a pile up from Europe, but I managed to break through and get a 5/7 signal report, with Phil being a very readable 5/4.

Phil was on top of SOTA peak, Komárí vrch, OK/ KR-013 in the Czech Republic.  The summit is 991 metres above sea level and is worth 8 SOTA points.  It is located in the Královéhradecký region of the Czech Republic, close to the border with Poland.  It is located in the reserve of the same name, Komárí vrch in the Eagle Mountains.

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Above:- Map showing the location of Komárí vrch.  Map courtesy of mapcarta.com

Phil is currently on a SOTA tour around the Eagle Mountains in the Czech Republic.

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Above:- Phil’s QSL card.  Courtesy of his QRZ.com page

I found a post on the SOTA refelector where Phil showed the radio gear he was taking, his clothing and shoes, and finally the packed rucksack on his back.

For more information please see…..

http://reflector.sota.org.uk/t/ok-g4obk-qrp-tour-to-the-czech-republic/11628

My third contact was another SOTA activator.  Jarek SP9MA/p.  Jarek had an excellent 5/7 signal and gave me a 5/9.  Jarek was on the top of Trojaki (Solowy Wierch) SOTA SP/ BZ-060.  The mountain is 848 metres above seal level and is worth 4 SOTA points.  The summit is located in the Beskidy Zachodnie region of Poland.

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Above:- Jarek’s QSL card, courtesy of his QRZ.com page.

I then saw another spot on SOTA Watch for another European SOTA activator.  It was Enrico IZ3GOS/p, who was activating Monte Cauriol, SOTA I/ TN-313 in Italy.  I tuned to14.285 and I was surprised to be able to hear another DX activator, albeit that Enrico was a 5/3.  I think my neighbours were out and as such the plasma TV was not on, so the noise floor at home was very low.

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Above:- the location of the summit in Italy.  Map courtesy of wikipedia.

Monte Cauriol summit is a big mountain.  It is 2,494 metres above sea level and is worth 8 SOTA points.  It is located in the Trentino region of Italy. and is a mountain belonging to the Lagorai chain.  A cross can be located at the top of the summit.

Above:- Monte Cauriol summit.  Images courtesy of wikipedia.

My fifth portable DX contact for the day was with Zvone S57PZ/p who was portable on SOTA peak Kobilja glava, SOTA S5/JA-040 in Slovenia.  Again, Zvone was not strong, but still a good 5.3 and very readable.  He gave me a 5/8 signal report.

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Above:- Zvone S57PZ, from his QRZ.com page.

Kobilja glava summit is 1,475 metres above sea level and is worth 6 SOTA points.  It is located in the Julijske Alpe Region of Slovenia.

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Above:- Kobilja glava summit.  Image courtesy of http://www.albatroscelje-drustvo.si

And my first WWFF European activator of the day was Henryk SP30OPZ/p who was activating the Rudawski Landscape Park SPFF-117 in Poland.  Henryk has been quite active the past week, out and about in parks in Poland and has great ears hearing the DX amongst the European pile up.  Henryk had a good 5/7 signal and gave me a 5/8 signal report.

The Rudawski Landscape Park was established in 1989 and is located in the southern part of Lower Silesia in south western Poland.

Above:- The Rudawski Landscape Park.  Images courtesy of www.rudawyjanowickie.pl

I then spoke with Dave G4AKC who was pedestrian mobile on the beach at Blackpool in England.  Dave is often heard out and about on 20m, operating either pedestrian mobile or bicycle mobile.  And as always, Dave had a great signal…5/9 plus.

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Above:- Dave’s pedestrian mobile and bicycle mobile set up.  Courtesy of his QRZ.com page.

I then spoke with Peter who was operating the club call of GX1RCD, belonging to the Dartmoor Radio Club in England.  Dave was in a tent out in the field, operating portable and had a nice strong 5/8 signal.

Next on my list was Antonio EC2AG/p who was sitting on top of SOTA peak Longitas EA2/ BI-046 in Spain.  It was quite difficult breaking through the European pile up, but I made it and logged Antio with a 5/3 signal, and receiving a 5/8 in return.

Longitis summit is 580 metres above seal level and is worth 1 point.  It is located in the Bizkaia region of Spain.  This was the fourth activation of the summit.  As it turns out, Antonio was also the first to activate the summit back in November 2011.

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Above:- Map showing the location of Longitis summit.  Map courtesy of google maps.

And finally, I worked another European park activator.  It was the Silesian Radio amateur Group SP9YFF/2 activating the Piwnicki Nature Reserve Forest, SPFF-0661 in Poland.  We exchanged 5/5 signal reports.

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So all in all, a successful day of chasing and hunting DX SOTA and parks activators.

Latest VKFF certificates

With the recent release of the Sapphire VKFF Hunter certificate and the Honour Roll certificates, and the OCCFF Hunter certificate, my email system has been running hot, sending out certificates all around Australia and the world.

Below are the certificates I’ve recently qualified for myself for the World Wide Flora Fauna program (VKFF National program).

My WWFF stats

I decided today to have a look at what countries I was working in the World Wide Flora Fauna (WWFF) program.  So I headed to WWFF Log Search to find the answer.

Leading from the front is Australia obviously, with a total of 249 different VKFF references.  Next up was Belgium, with 44 ONFF references.  What an appropriate number.  Most of these are due to the tireless efforts of Danny OT4V and Swa ON5SWA, who always take the time out to listen for outside of Europe.

At number three is Poland, with 25 different SPFF references in my log.  Poland seems to have a strong SPFF following, and I have found that the Polish operators also listen for outside of Europe.  This was closely followed by Italy.

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Total of 426 different WWFF reference areas in my log from 24 different countries…….

  1. Israel – 1
  2. Cyprus – 2
  3. Croatia – 4
  4. Portugal – 3
  5. Germany -13
  6. Spain – 2
  7. France -18
  8. England – 6
  9. Hungary -3
  10. Switzerland – 2
  11. Italy – 22
  12. Lithuania – 1
  13. Austria – 1
  14. Finland – 4
  15. Czech Republic – 4
  16. Belgium – 44
  17. Denmark – 4
  18. Netherlands – 5
  19. Poland – 25
  20. Greece – 2
  21. Ukraine – 2
  22. Australia – 249
  23. Romania – 6
  24. New Zealand – 1

Aeronautical mobile

This amazing hobby of amateur radio never ceases to amaze me.

Yesterday afternoon (Wednesday 23rd September 2015) I had a nice contact on 20m with Jerry PH9HB, who was aeornautical mobile over Europe.  I have spoken with Jerry quite a few times on 20m, whilst he has been behind the controls of a commercial airliner over Europe.

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This time, Jerry was flying a Boeing 737-8k2, registered PH-HSJ, for Transavia, from Eindhoven Airport in the Netherlands, to Faro Airport in southern Portugal.

During our QSO I jumped on to flightradar24, and was able to track Jerry’s progress in the skies over Europe..

http://www.flightradar24.com/

As you can see from the image below, there was certainly a lot of air traffic over Europe at the time.

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And below you can see Jerry’s flight just crossing over from Spain into Portugal during our QSO.  Jerry was at an altitude of 33,000 feet and was travelling at 454 knots which equates to about 841 km per hour.

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And if you are curious to see how many aircraft were in the sky all around the world, at the time of our QSO, then have a look at the image below.  Amazing!

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At the conclusion of our QSO, I continued to listen to Jerry working other European amateurs and followed his progress into Faro airport.  You can see an image below of Jerry’s aircraft on the tarmac at the Faro Airport in Portugal.

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