Disappointed with the current poor conditions and high noise level at my home QTH, I have booked two night’s accommodation at a seaside hotel where I am able to put up vertical antennas by the sea. I plan to be active (SSB only) as 9M6DXX (IOTA OC-088) on 8 and 9 December, using 400 watts to an 80m quarter-wave inverted-L with 50ft vertical section and feedpoint just inches above the sea at high tide. On 10m I will use a vertical dipole, again right on the ocean, and will participate part-time in the ARRL 10m Contest (single op, HP, SSB). On the other bands I will use a Butternut HF6V-X with 12/17m add-on kit, elevated about 15 feet above the sea.
I will be checking 80m SSB around the greyline for Brazil, northern South America, the Caribbean and eastern USA and Canada around 1000 – 1050UTC and 2130 – 2215UTC on both days. I will also look for northern and western Europe on 80m SSB between 1500 and 1800UTC. If propagation is no good on 80m I will try 40m instead.
QSL 9M6DXX via M0URX: direct or bureau. You may also use M0URX’s OQRS service (www.m0urx.com/oqrs), but since I am collecting cards for 5BDXCC I would prefer it if you sent your own QSL card to M0URX either direct or via the RSGB bureau. The logs will be uploaded to LoTW within a few days of the operation.
73, Steve, 9M6DXX