JA1NLXfs DX vacation

 

This page provide you general information about JA1NLXfs DX Vacation and other Links..

Last update  2016/4/11

 

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Yangeta Island, Fiji in 2012

 

Links

HAM Radio by JA1NLX in Japanese

HAM Radio by JA1NLX in English 

Logger32 screenshot gallery

Utility Program for Logger32


my Sketch gallery

 

              History

 

Year

Date

Callsign

Island

IOTA

Log search

2007

11/5 – 11/9

FK/JA1NLX

New Caledonia Island

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ClubLog

2008

11/21 – 11/27

3D2YA

Mana Island

OC-121

ClubLog

2009

6/29 – 7/3

3D2YA

Mana Island

OC-121

ClubLog

11/19 – 11/23

FK/JA1NLX

Ouvea Island

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ClubLog

2010

9/17 – 9/24

JA1NLX/VK4

Dunk Island

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ClubLog

2011

2/4 – 2/9

A35AY

Fafa Island

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ClubLog

8/19 – 8/23

JA1NLX/VK4

Lizard Island

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ClubLog

2012

3/15 – 3/21

3D2YA

Yangeta Island

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ClubLog

10/18 – 10/23

JA1NLX/VK4

Hamilton Island

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ClubLog

2013

12/1 – 12/6

P29VNX

Lissenung Island

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ClubLog

2014

10/3 – 10/9

3D2YA

Mana Island

OC-121

ClubLog

2015

9/23 – 9/30

3D2YA

Yangeta Island

OC-156

ClubLog

2016

10/21 – 10/25

3D2YA

Mana Island

OC-121

ClubLog

2017

 

 

 

 

 

2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click callsign to see details and daily topics. Click ClubLog to move Log search and QSL request page.

 


QSLing policy

LoTW log will be uploaded as soon as I return home and finish final check.

If you really want my QSL then

a) Send me SASE. $2.00 please. I will send you QSL as soon as I receive your SASE. It is always in a few days. Do not send me IRC please.

b) or request Direct QSL on my Log search page. You need not send QSL, however pay at least $3.00 by PayPal. Give me your mailing address clearly so that I send you QSL easily. It may take a few days to send you QSL.

c) or request Buro QSL on my Log search page. You need not send QSL. No payment needed. It may take 1 - 2 years for you to receive my QSL from your Buro. QSL will be sent from GlobalQSL.

Note

Do not send your QSL via Buro please.  I am not a member of JARL.

 


Transceiver, Antenna etc

 

Equipment must be small and light for One Man Pedition. All equipment and clothes etc are packed in medium size suitcase (under 20Kg)

and hand-carry bag (under 10Kg). This is max weight in most international air flight (economy class).  This will be much lower in local air fright.

It was 20Kg suitcase and ONLY 3Kg bag in Numea - Ouvea Island flight (New Caledonia in 2009)

gMy teamh consists of following members...........I always call best member for each DX Vacation.

 

Logging and CW interface  (new  2015/11/1)

I always use Logger32 for logging with WinKey CW interface/Home made utility program. This is best for me.

 

 

Transceivers, PSU and Small amp 

Total weight should be under 5Kg for me.

Transceiver

Power (W)

Weight (Kg)

 

FT857

100

2.2

 

IC706MK2G

100

2.5

sold

IC7000

100

2.3

new 2015/06

TS480HX

200

3.7

sold

Eagle

100

3.2

sold

K2/100

100

2.6

 

KX3

10

0.7

 

TS590

100

7.4

for base use

K3/100

100

3.9

for base use

Note: Eagle was not good for me. It was not easy to operate. I sometimes had RFI problem.

PSU

Max current (A)

Weight (Kg)

MFJ4230MV

25

1.4

SS-30DV

30

1.4

PowerMax 45NF

40

sold

 

Amp for KX3

Power (W)

Weight (Kg)

 

PA100D

100

1.2

Sold

HL100BDX

100

2.4

Sold

HF SuperPackerPro V2

100

1.4

Sold

KXPA100

100

2.4

 

HLA-150V plus

150

2.1

 

Note: PA100D was not good for 24/28MHz due to high current and high temperature.

 

Added external FAN on IC7000   2015/7/8

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ic7000_2

IC7000 internal temperature is very high after ONLY 30 minutes transmitting. I purchased this FAN at eBay. It is 8cm/DC12V FAN with dedicated plug/jack
for IC7000 and ICOM/LDG tuner. It works as expected and internal temperature is now far below RED zone. We need headphone to prevent noisy sound from FAN though.

I used IC7000 with FAN in 2015 3D2YA. It worked as expected. IC7000 internal temperature was in Blue zone during operation. (new 2015/11/1)

 

KXPA100 arrived  2013/12/26

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RF input, PTT input connected. No ALC return and Band data. ATU in Bypass mode.
I have 100-110 Watts output with 5 Watts drive. Max DC current is 17A.  It looks very good.

 

HLA-150V plus Test  2013/10/25

This is 150W amp with 2 FANs by RMItaly.  Temperature is relatively low thanks to large heatsink and FANs.

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HF SuperPacker Pro V2@Test

This is Kit by Virgil, K5OOR. I assembled in July and August in 2013. Some pictures and data below.

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Antennas

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Sigma-5                            1/4 wave vertical with elevated radials   @@@@@@@@           Random wire and radials with ATU

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                Bravo-5                               Buddistick (1/4 wave) and radials

Sigma-5: 3.2Kg
Bravo-5: 3.4Kg (including dedicated Tripod)
Coax cable 40m/1.6Kg  or 20m/0.9Kg
Tripod for other vertical antenna: 1.1Kg
AA30 Antenna analyzer: 0.6Kg

Bravo-5 testing
2014/6/16

I used Bravo-5 in 2013 3D2YA. It worked as expected except 20m. I experienced that resonance frequency suddenly moved down about 500KHz-1MHz.
It showed very good characteristic with no re-adjustment today, however need more checking if I take Bravo-5 again.

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Sigma-5 modification
2014/4/14


It is very important to reduce total weight. This modification is expected to change Band manually with short jumper wire. It no longer requires control box and
cable. Existing loading coils (for each Band) are replaced with newly wounded coils. Resonance frequency can be adjusted by each coil.
I have very good SWR characteristic on all Bands from 14MHz to 28MHz. SWR is below 1.5 on 28/24MHz Bands and below 2.0 on 21/17/14MHz Bands. Center frequency
and minimum SWR are 28.5MHz/1.3, 25.0MHz/1.1, 21.1MHz/1.1, 18.1MHz/1.1 and 14.1MHz/1.4.

This is modified board. Removed coils are shown at the bottom. 2 short wires are used to change Band.

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Testing modified Sigma-5

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Others

Z11Pro ATU  broken
AT-200Pro2
MFJ-945E Antenna Tuner  0.8Kg
microHAM CW Keyer
SignaLink
ZLP Electronics CW Keyer
              This unit is USB-CW interface where winKey2 tip installed. Only CW , no CAT interface. Powered by USB line. 
Very small box, only under a half of microKeyer CW Keyer. ZLP CW Keyer is just on microHAM CW Keyer.

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License

FK/JA1NLX

It was 2007 and 2009 when I got FK/JA1NLX license. I asked travel agency to receive my license because they do not send copy of license via e-mail.  License was only valid during stay !!!  The first step is to fix travel schedule and reserve accommodation. Next step is to apply license.

3D2YA

They now ask us to submit "Police Clearance Report" together with application form. TAF (Telecommunicaton Authority of Fiji)  issue each license only if Ministry of Defense give credit. Someone tell that he has not received license for a year or so. I know big DX Pedition team operated a few months ago. I do not know they have submitted "Police Clearance Report"

I sent application form, police clearance report and application fee by EMS for my renewal license on Dec 25, 2012. They received it on Dec 31, 2012. I do not know when I get license. Only God know when !!!

Finally I got 4.5 years renewal license on Jan 16, 2013.

A35AY

It was 2009 and 2010 when I got A35AY license. They were very kind and issued one year license. They sent me copy of license via e-mail.

JA1NLX/VK4

 If we plan to stay within 90 days then we can operate with our license issued by our country. They suggest that we use callsign like JA1NLX/VK4 not VK4/JA1NLX

P29VNX

I sent application form and application fee by registered mail on Dec 21, 2012.  The Post Office gave me a notification that they received it on Jan 17, 2013. I received copy of P29VNX license by email on Feb 7, 2013.  Very good callsign !!!@@Original license has been sent by mail.  It took about 1.5 month.
This is 1 year license.

 


Picture gallery

3D2YA at Mana Island, Fiji in 2014

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KX3/KXPA100 and Bravo-5

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Bravo-5 at my Bure

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Sun rise and sun set at Mana Island

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Mana Island Resort and Spa

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My Bure

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Just before boarding. Going back to Nadi.  gBulah and gVinakah

 


P29VNX at Lissenung Island in 2013

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Setup 2 antennas, GP in backyard and HFp-vertical at beach. HFp-vertical feeding point is under water very soon !!!

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Fighting to place antenna. Finally HFp-vertical is primary antenna.

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Sunrise, Sunset at Lissenung Island

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Good desk for equipments in the room

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My Bungalow

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Restaurant in the resort. We have every dinner with all guests.

JA1NLX/VK4 at Hamilton Island in 2012

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Cairns to Hamilton Island

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gCockatooh   gDo not byte wire and pole !!!h

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Japanese dinner at Kampai in Cairns. The last evening in VK.

 


QSL gallery

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