The TO9W team is returning to Saint Martin!  

Please look for us 1-10 December 2021!

 

 

 

November 21st, 2021 News Release

The TO9W team is pleased to announce that certificates will be awarded for several categories of most band-modes worked during the December 2021 operation according to the Leaderboard Club Log expedition chart for TO9W. All 2019 TO9W QSOs will be removed from Club Log during the operation and then merged back with the 2021 QSOs at the end of the operation. The number of band-mode QSOs will be taken directly from the Leaderboard Club Log expedition chart for TO9W. QSL cards are not required. In the case of ties, the station with the earliest date of the last QSO will be the winner. Certificates will be in PDF format and will be emailed to the winners within 3 months after the operation if an email address is available on QRZ.COM. If an email address is not available, the certificates will be available for download on the TO9W website. All certificate winners will be posted on the TO9W website.

Certificates will be awarded for the most band-mode QSOs as follows:

Top five Worldwide

Top three Asia

Top three Africa

Top three Europe

Top three North America

Top three Oceania

Top three South America

Top three Northern Illinois DX Association (TO9W sponsor)

Top three Metro DX Club (TO9W sponsor)

We look forward to working as many stations as possible. Please direct all questions/comments to our TO9W pilots:  W9ILY, K9NB, AA9A.

 

10 November update

The final team meeting was held and last minute antenna accessories were packed in the cases.   Final software testing of laptops will be done this week.   The TO9W Facebook page has been created and will be used for photos and real time updates during the operation.  Click here to go directly to the Facebook page.

 

THE TEAM

Team Saint Martin 2021 operators include:

 Paul, K9NU              Mike, W9MK           Bob, W9AP             John, K9EL           Marco, FS4WBS

             

 

Team Saint Martin 2021 pilots:

Nick, K9NB                         John, W9ILY              Tom, AA9A             

        

Nick, John and Tom have previously operated from Saint Martin, so they know our operating conditions. 

 

EQUIPMENT

Equipment will consist of three Elecraft K3 transceivers, two Expert 1.3K amplifiers and one Elecraft KPA500 amplifier.   Accessory gear includes MicroHam interfaces plus laptop computers.

 

ANTENNAS

160: 60 foot Vertical

80: Full Size Dipole

40: Quarter wave vertical

30, 20, 17, 15, 12, 10: Dipoles

6: 3 element Yagi

Low Band Receive: Ground beverage

 

OPERATING

The team's primary focus will be on 40, 80 and 160 meters during hours of darkness.  We will also operate 30 through 6 depending on openings.  We will operate CW, SSB, FT8 with limited RTTY.  FT8 operation will be Fox/Hound mode on DXpedition frequencies if there are many callers.  We will also do some activity on 60 meters as time permits.

When the normal FT8 frequencies are busy, we will operate Fox/Hound mode on:

1836, 3567, 7056, 10131, 14090, 18095, 21091, 24911 and 28091 KHz.  If those frequencies are busy, we will announce our operating frequency.

We will be an entry in the ARRL 160 Meter contest, 3-5 December.

 

LOG SEARCH

https://clublog.org/logsearch/TO9W

If you do not find your call in the log, please email TO9W2021@gmail.com

Note: We will be clearing all 2019 TO9W QSOs from Club Log during this operation.    All 2019 QSOs will be re-uploaded after the 2021 activity.

 

QSL INFO

TO9W - W9ILY will handle all QSL requests. All QSOs will be posted on LOTW.   QSL cards will be available.   We prefer the use of Club Log OQRS for both direct and bureau cards.   Cards may also be requested direct to W9ILY - Unfortunately IRCs cannot be accepted. Requests via the bureau are OK.

 

CONTACT

During the operation please send all reports, schedule requests, log checks and comments to our pilot stations. Nick, K9NB can be reached at k9nb@arrl.net.  John, W9ILY can be reached at w9ily@arrl.net.   Alternately, send an email to TO9W2021@gmail.com