Traveling via Beijing and being in Vietnam I had no access to this web page. Now I am in Kuala Lumpur airport, on way back home waiting for a plane to Beijing and get an access to my blog for a while. When I come back home I will publish more details about my recent activity. Now there is not too much time for that. Thank you to all for QSOs! By the way, I saw a few spots on cluster informing that split 3 khz is too small. Unfortunately, I had strong QRM up 5 as well as down 5 so decided to do not search better frequency only stay on 14260 with narrow split. I wasn't sure how long is this opening and wanted to utilize all its time.
Final continent statistics you will find here: https://www.qscope.org/charts/sp5apw_b0457b67feffba3542a888d3076f56a1/3w2jk/ContinentsChart.png
More info later.
My holidays are approaching very fast however I am very busy now and have no time to prepare and pack all equipment. My serious concern is that I will forget about something packing everything at the last minute as happened during my previous trip to Vietnam in 2012 when I forgot the power supply to my notebook.
Anyway, all bookings have been already made, air tickets bought and I cannot wait my vacation and first QSOs from Con Son. I am also remembering the taste of prawns I had eaten 3 years ago. I hope that nothing has changed and I will relish them on Con Son as I did in on Phu Quoc Island.
See you on air!
Having regard to the advice and comments of Larry K5MK I decided not to use, during this activity, my Buddipole. I bring with me W8AMZ 40m wire vertical antenna as well as Spiderbeam asymmetrical inverted vee for 20-17-15-12-10m bands. I hope it will work better than Buddipole and also will allow me to change quickly a band without rebuilding the antenna configuration.
I received a few e-mails, mainly from US hams, which inform me that my small activation can be important as AS-130 is wanted by many people. I am also receiving advices concerning propagation, best hours for activity and antennas to be used. Thank you for all of them and appreciate to get more. Do not hesitate to write to me. I want to learn from you as much as possible.
Inspired by Skip W5GAI I made a simple analysis and found that hills on Con Son shouldn't block SP to EU and NA east coast as they are located far enough from my QTH. Hills are height about 400 m but away from the resort about 2-3 km. So, take-off angle greater than 10 deg will avoid blocking.
I am going to operate from Con Son Island during my next spring vacations. The island is not very remote and inaccessible however AS-130 group has been claimed by 17.1% IOTA chasers only... So, I expect to experience nice pile-up.
My QTH will be on southeastern coast what causes that short path to NA and EU will not work well. Unfortunately all resorts are located in this part of the island.
See you on air!