Equipment test / season start x-pedition KP13SX, 29-30.may 2004
Operators: Aulis OH6JW and Johannes OH6HFX
OH8K started summer MS-season by activating KP13sx, a "rare" square. The place was same as year 2003, a hunting cottage in local shooting range area. On this trip we were checking all equipment was working for the upcoming x-peditions and so on.
The conditions were not a firework. After station setup, we could work several stations one after one. Then there was lot of silence during daytime, and finisihing a qso took always many, many periods. The reflections were not big, but enough for completing most of the qsos. Some stations either tired to wait R + rpt from us, or then there was simply no reflections.
This year we got only one station for 2m, IC-7400, amp with 3cx800 tube and 15-element DL6WU yagi up about 5-6m. We had also SP-2000 preamp right after antenna. There were not so much static QRN than last year. Windy weather on sunday maybe caused power lines front of us to shake and make little crackle on band.
Saturday evening there was a es opening on 6m, but we got no equipment on six. OH6HFX drove his home QTH and picked up a folded dipole from 6m x-pedition yagi. The dipole was installed on the top of sandy hill side of us, and 6 QSOs were worked with that antenna.
During x-pedition we used a new method to get in to cluster. Last year it was a problem to get to Kokkola packet node from kp13sx (about 30km). The connection was breaking time to time. Now we connected to OH6HFX home-qth with 1200bps and used Telmgr software to telnet via ADSL-connection to OH5RBI internet cluster. It worked very fine for several hours, but then the PC in other end started to stall every half hour. We started to use GPRS-connection with handy. That worked very fine, and that's not a miracle, the cost for a one megabyte is 4,88€! In cluster use the data flow is not so big, so we transferred estimated about 2MB.
(c) J. Karhula, OH6HFX 2004