FO0SUC 1998 TUBUAI ISL
IOTA OC-152 / DIFO FO-126
DXCC "FOA" AUSTRALES
from Oct08th to Oct14th 1998
OPERATOR F5JJW JOEL , "LYON DX GANG"
F0OSUC 1998 EXPEDITION, by F5JJW Joel. TUBUAI ISL IOTA OC-152 DIFO FO-126 Tubuai Island is located at 23" South / 151" West , at 640Km from Tahiti Island. The Island has got an airport, stores and few little hotels (Like bed and breakfast) Only 30 tourists can lodge on the Isl at the same time . Tubuai is a natural paradise ! Tubuai weather is very wet and cool, there is a lot of vegetable plantations. 1800 people live on it , in 3 villages. The Island area is 45square Km. When I arrived the Oct 8th , and after I've settled place in a "FARE" (House in Polynesian langage) , I installed the tribander beam antenna. It was late and I finished with my pocket lamp. So, I installed the tranceiver, and did make some test All was fine, ROS was right on the 3 bands. My first contact was with FK land,and approximatly 20 European stations. But It was to late and propagation with Europe was going down. The morning after it was rainning, I checked the radio installation. " My god !!! I had much HF Feedback !!!, I had some problems with the antenna's traps. The reason was humidity, I tryed to dry it , but without good results. I decided to install a simple 20m dipol. It was rainning during several days, I transmitted with the dipol during this period. I didn't make a lot of contact with it ..! The nice weather came back for the week end, and I managed to put on the beam one more time. The propagation condition was very nice ,and I worked "pile up" during 6 days long. I started at 4:30am on 20m long path with Europe, with IK2IQD,F6HIZ,F6AJH as net controlers. I contacted many European like that. I also worked some European on 10 and 15m. After that, it was the North America opening on 10m until the midle of the morning. After, the propagation was going down until the midle of afternoon, during that time I have been to the beach and visited the Island. At 4:00pm, I started again ! With North America on 10 and after on 20m. After it was Japanese opening on 15 and 20m. I had the diner quickly, and runned pile up until 11:30pm with Europe. I hadn't a lot of time to sleep .... because European friends were waiting for me on 14.180Mhz ... After 6 days like that, I was very tired, I left the island the Oct 17th , and went to visit several FO friends, as F05JV in Tahiti, and FO5NL in Raiatea. Result: Total 6000 QSO , 3000 with N.America,1500 with JA,VK,ZL , 1500 with Europe. with 100watts, an IC706 MK2, TH3 Junior, 20m and 40m dipols. I thanks very much Claudine for her very good Polynesian cooking .! See you , next year for FO0SUC 1999 on ....???? Isl 73 Joel F5JJW LYON DX GANG , Clipperton DX Group. FO0SUC QSL INFO, is via home call F5JJW Joel SUC La Grange 69440 TALUYER FRANCE