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3G0YA - Easter Isl.


3G0YA Update (May 05)


We fixed the problem on the 160m/80m Inverted-L. It was an insulator which had stopped insulating ;-) . We invested a little work, and for the last two days we are able to change bands between 60m/30m and 160m/80m even at night. We are offering the best times on the Lowbands for CW, even though the bad noise situation makes it a great stress for our ears. Every CW contact will be precious, but please forgive us when evading to FT8 to give some relief to our ears. Remember: Operation will stop on 06-May-2024 around 1400z!


Note: We will not open any other new bandslots which we haven't touched so far!



P.S.: We receive quite some E-Mails from people asking about missing contacts, wrong callsigns etc. Please note that we don't have the time to fix any log problem while we are on the island. When in doubt of a certain contact, please work us again (or hope that the first contact was good and we can fix it at home).



3G0YA Update (May 03)


Last night the 80m Inverted-L stopped working with High SWR. We tried many things but nothing helped. Will check again in daylight... Today all bands seem to be flat after the major flare. We'll try to make the best out of it... Last but not least: "The end is near!" - We plan to stop operating and dismantle the station for Monday, 06-Apr-2024, after our sunrise at ~1400z.



3G0YA Update (May 02)


Today we paused operation from ~1200z-2100z and went on a guided sightseeing and hiking trip to visit all the exciting Moais (stone sculptures) and learn about their history and the history of Easter Island. In the coming night we will operate 80m (not 160m) and 30m (not 60m).



3G0YA Update (May 01)


Last night we caught a first 6m opening to JA and today we have the first few W6 (and XE2) in the 6m log, hoping for more 6m openings. Tonight we'll try 160m again, and 60m. We can't solve the noise problem on the EU Beverage, leaving only very few chances for 160/CW contacts. On Thursday, 02-May-2024, we will pause operation from ~1200z-2100z and go on a guided sightseeing and hiking trip to visit all the exciting Moais (stone sculptures) and learn about their history and the history of Easter Island. After return we'll continue operating, using 80m and 30m in that other night.


P.S.: We receive quite some E-Mails from people asking about missing contacts, wrong callsigns etc. Please note that we don't have the time to fix any log problem while we are on the island. When in doubt of a certain contact, please work us again (or hope that the first contact was good and we can fix it at home).



3G0YA Update (Apr 30)


Operation continues smoothly. The fuse outside is now a 32A. Since a few days we have also installed old car batteries as a buffer on the 12V side of our power supplies. No more electricity issues since. :-)


Today from ~ 1200z-2100z we will pause operation and go on a guided sightseeing and hiking trip over the island to visit all the exciting Moais (stone sculptures) and learn about their history and the history of Easter Island. Operation will continue after.



3G0YA Update (Apr 28)


The 160m noise on the EU Beverage continued all through the night. All QSOs in the night were decoded on the South-East Beverage. The JA Beverage has less noise, but signals were so weak that many contacts remained unfinished. In the next night we will operate the (combined 80/160m) antenna on 80m.

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60m has man-made noise today (S9) which was not there yesterday. We'll watch it, but when it doesn't stop, 160m will be a complete loss tonight...


The 6m antenna came down in a very strong wind gust. A good thing: we just started 60m CW operation.



3G0YA Update (Apr 27)


Yesterday we extended the (80m) Inverted-L to work on 160m. And also the (30m) Vertical to work on 60m. After heavy rains in the morning we managed to finish the work in the late afternoon. 160m and 60m operation started around our sunset. While 60m went just fine, 160m was a great disappointment. FT8 signals were so weak that it was useless to try CW. We'll work on improving the 160m antenna the other day. We also had several power failures in the night, and at one time the whole island went dark.


P.S.: We receive quite some E-Mails from people asking about missing contacts, wrong

callsigns etc. Please note that we will have a look at those after the weekend!



3G0YA Update (Apr 25)


During the last 24 hours we experienced two power failures, when the single 20A fuse (for the whole lot) blew off. In our spare parts inventory we have a 25A - and we know where the hardware shop is... ;-) When the failures continue, we'll install a little "upgrade"...


Yesterday we put up the Inverted-L for 80m (which can later be extended to 160m, too). We also laid out the BOG Beverages. A first showing on 80/CW is planned tonight - for our sunset around 0100z.


BTW: We haven't touched 30/CW and 17/SSB yet. We'll be there after next weekend!



3G0YA Update (Apr 24)


We made our first contact with KB8QD on 18-Apr-2024, 16:18z, on 10m.

Since then, in 126 hours of operation we added another 65.500 contacts, of which

31.200 contacts were hand-made in CW/SSB and 34.300 contacts were computer-made

on FT8. We open-mindedly followed the strategy to make as many CW/SSB contacts as

possible, and fill-up the unused times with FT8 contacts - supervised by our operators,

while doing station work, antenna setup, E-Mail communication, website update etc.




They have published a large gallery of photos that you can see in the source link.



3G0YA (Apr 13)


Ops: DL6FBL, DK9IP & DM6EE


Bands: 6M - 160M


Modes: SSB, CW & FT8


Qsl Info: Qsl via DJ4MX or Clublog OQRS


Start Date - End Date: Apr. 18 - May. 06




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