Focus on ATNO

by / Friday, 07 November 2014 / Published in news

We are now on the final lane of our operation. We will start to dismantle most of the antennas sunday because all equipment must be packed and stored in the big plastic cases for a transport. The boxes will be transported from Tromelin to France in the coming months depending of the opportunities to ship them from Tromelin. We plan to keep all stations running but not on all bands for the last night. Estimal QRT time is around 0100z monday.

For the coming 3 days, we want to focus on stations looking for Tromelin for an All Time New One (ATNO). Even if we made our best to give opportunities to everyone, there’s still a lot of work to do and we’ll try to do it as well as possible. We kindly ask to those having already a lot of QSO with us or past operations to let a chance to others. This is HAM SPIRIT !

17 and 20m are the best bands for ATNO and we will try to keep 2 stations on those bands. During daylight, 20m and 17m are almost dead and start to wake-up in the afternoon and works well up to the middle of the night.

We worked on low bands some west coast and pacific stations at our sunrise and sunset. We will try to continue to have 40/80 and 160m at these moment +/- 1h. Today agin we worked many US on 80 at our SS. We were also on 160 but with no luck. We wil try agin tomorrow. We now know we have a good RX towards EU-NA, but still need to improve JA side. We ask other stations to be cooperative. Too often, our TX frequencies get delibarate QRM, especially on low bands. We are aware of this when reports needs to be sent 10 times for each stations. To avoid time losses, we are doing a QSY to another band or mode. Yes, that’s a pity !

We made the request of our LOTW certificate just before our departure and sent all documentations to the ARRL HQ. Once on the island, we sent the remaining document to let them validate the certificate. We took the decision to upload immediatly the log on LOTW (during the operation). This is a simple way to thank all of you for your help and support and we think that’s part of a good operation when possible.

We are now close to the 60K contacts. We are very tired due to the lack of sleep but we are ready for the last week-end ! Good luck to all of you !

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