Radios, amps and antennas are working perfectly and we hope to achieve a good performance and serve everyone who calls us.
Twenty meters is always an exciting band to operate from Fernando de Noronha especially for North America, where the signals are always strong and the pileups frantic and exciting generating a lot of adrenaline in the operators.
While the contest does not start we will appreciate the natural beauty of Fernando de Noronha.
Regardless of contests results there are other motivations that encourage us to move forward with PY0F project such as making Fernando de Noronha Island a more active DXCC entity. We hope to make this happen again more often!.
During July 22-28, improvements, modifications, and a lot of maintenance were carried out at the station aiming the CQWW 2019 Contests Season!
Despite the short period of only 5 running days a lot of work were possible to be done at PY0F.
The main goal this time was to redifine the layout of the antennas per tower and assemble the 2nd KLM KT34XA.
We have 2 main towers, named Tower 1 and Tower 3 (actually we have 2 more towers but they are not used for HF contesting 🙂 ).
Tower 1 – This is the strongest tower and it is placed strategically on the property. This is our main running tower.
Tower 3 – The antennas on T3 are planned to be used for S&P.
You may realize our towers are not high enough for an appropriate stack of tribanders BUT our goal is to improve the QSO rates with the possibility of fast antenna direction switching between NA/EU during the pileups.
Here the work begins…
This is how “Tower 3″ looked before the work:
Work performed on Tower 3:
Removal of vegetation from the base of Tower 3
Removal of all antenas from T3: 40m Yagi, KT34XA (1) and a VHF ant
40m Yagi – Fixed and Replaced reflector element
40m Yagi – Replaced the element to boom plates
40m Yagi – Installed new 1:1 HP balun (TNX OH2MM)
40m Yagi – Adjusted for better SWR curve on 40m
40m Yagi – Replaced faulty 1/2″ hardline coax
KT34XA (1) – Installed new 4:1 HP balun (TNX OH2MM)
KT34XA (1) – Moved this antenna to Tower 1
Removed A4S tribander from T1 and placed it below 40m Yagi on T3
This is how “Tower 3” looked after the work:
This is how “Tower 1” looked before the work:
Work performed on Tower 1:
Removal of A4S antenna and moved to T3
Moved 40m Yagi to the top of the mast
Placed KT34XA (1) taken from T1 below 40m Yagi
Installed the VHF Yagi between both antennas
Installed the new antenna side arm
Assembled and Installed the KT34XA (2) on the side arm
Installed new PST61D rotor
… and this is how the Tower 1 looked at the 5th day of hard work:
… and we still got some work to do “in the shack”:
Alpha 91b (x1) – replaced PTO
Alpha 91b (x2) – installed transformer that was removed for shipping
Power Supply – One more Icom PS125 power supply installed
Removed FT-1000MP for repair – shipped to mainland
Repositioning / organization of internal station wiring started.
Repositioned sockets at the bottom of the tables
110V / 220V markings placed on power outlet boards
Tasks to be done in the week before CQWW SSB:
Adjust SWR for the A4S Cushcraft
Stack match installation
Install new 80m vertical antenna
Install new 160m vertical antenna
Install 200m long Beverage in NA direction
Install 200m long Beverage in EU direction
Inside the station:
Get everything ready for the planned category… M/S? M/2?
Our host, Marenga, PU0FDN has just made some improvements on his guest suite and now (since February, 2019) has registered it on Airbnb.com and is available for rental for now and on.
So, now, if you plan to visit Fernando de Noronha Island, and would like to rest for some days in a simple but very friendly and peacefull place, you should consider visit his Airbnb site on this link.
Below there are some photos from this place. And here you can check his location on the island in Google Maps.
PS: The rental does not include the use of the Amateur Radio Station.