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Updates

Update (4 May 2017)
D44TU is QRT. We are now breaking down the station, doing a little tourist activity and then travel to the airport in the evening. We should be back home tomorrow late afternoon (UTC). Many thanks for the QSOs and apologies to those we did not complete with.

Update (3 May 2017)
In the European window conds were much better than the day before. Now counting 169 QSOs altogether. Too bad that due to hills at moonrise and moonset we have no window with ZL and Eastern VK.

Today we'll swap antennas for 2 x 17 ele 432 MHz. However, depending on activity on 70 cm we might revert back to 2 m later today for our final moon pass. When it gets dark here the mains power is often switched from local production to public supplier depending on how much current is drawn. During this period of roughly one hour every time we start tx and draw current the voltage is switched which makes our amp shut off. After permanent switchover to public everything is fine again. To save the amp we then usually take a 1 hour break. Moreover yesterday we had two blackouts but luckily they lasted only 5 minutes each and no harm to our equipment was done.

Tomorrow we'll break down the station and pack all gear as we will transfer to the airport in the evening. The hours before we will at last do a little tourist activity as until now we only stayed in shack all day. We will both arrive home Friday late afternoon (UTC).

Food is excellent, the landlord's wife is a great cook (our private accomodation is with full board). Only the local Strela beer will be an unforgttable experience :-(

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Update (2 May 2017)
We can tx only hpol due to relay failure but we can rx hpol and vpol. At dusk when mains voltage supply is changed from local to city supplier the switch-over (local/city/local/city etc) leads to some voltage glitches which cause our amp to trip - and we can not tx for some 10 seconds until the amp restarted. After complete dark outside everything is stable again.

Today we expect moonrise above the hills around 1415Z (10 deg minimum elevation needed). We will then CQ 1st on .114. Tomorrow at moon rise we plan for 70 cm.

Update (1 May 2017)
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Update (30 April 2017)
We are on site and operational!

Update (24 April 2017)
Call sign will be D44TU.

Update (22 Apr 2017):
Packing gear.

Update (31 Mar 2017):
Our flight home on May 4th was cancelled so we will stay one day longer and leave D4 only on May 5th at 01.55 UTC.

Update (28 Feb 2017):
Licence application was confirmed. We now only need to pay the licence fee and will then soon know our call sign.

News (03 Feb 2017):
We will be QRV from Cap Verde (D4) from April 30th to May 3rd, 2017.

Equipment is:
- FT 857
- MGF 1302 preamp
- Tajfun LDMOS SSPA
- 2 x 8/8 ele xpol yagis homemade (DK7ZB design)
Locator: HK85FA
Flights and accomodation are already booked, licensing is in process at the moment.





"Rules of Engagement"

If you keep in mind these rules you will have a better chance to work us:

(1)
Enter D44TU and HK85FA into your call3.txt (if you use the DS feature of JT65).

(2)
Call us in the area of +/- 800 Hz from our frequency so that QRM in pile-up is less.

(3)
If you decide to QSY to another frequency do this very carefully: We could reply to you the next sequence and then we do not see your sync where we saw it before.

(3)
If you COPY(!) us, call us with OOOs. We will reply with OOOs so that the standard EME procedure is kept. This helps us to see who really copies our signal in the pile-up. Too much time is wasted answering stations who only call without seeing us.

We will always priorise callers who show they see us (by calling us with OOOs). By the way you do not need to have full decode every time, it is sufficient that you see our sync. You will have decode when we answer to you.

(4)
You do not need to stop calling when we work somebody else. You cannot QRM us, do not worry.

(5)
After receiving RRR from us, please do send minimum one sequence 73 so that we know you got our RRR: Don't just go away...