Online Propagation prediction chart for W8S by OH6BG

Jari, OH6BG is well known for his online VOACAP portal for all your daily propagation predictions.

For our DXpedition to Swains Jari has made up a default DX propagation chart.
The timeframe in October as well as the antennas and power that will be used on Swains are set by default, so you only have to put your gridsquare and antenna situation in the designated boxes and the chart will show you the best bands and times to make it into our log.

The direct link to access the prediction chart is:


For team W8S,
Martin PA4WM

31 degrees C. A perfect day to build antennas

Martin PA4WM:
Today was hot. 31 degrees C. A perfect day to build, adjust and test the 40m 2 elements array.
Because of the beach width other then the usual 90 degrees phase shift, I used a 135 degrees shift and a 1/8 wavelength spacing between elements. 5.3m in this case. In basic, similar to a ZL special or HB9CV.

40 radials were used for the entire system.
After some tweaking of the individual elements and previously cut to length coax lines, it yielded an swr of 1.4.
Ready to rock and roll.
As so many other times Monique, my wife assisted me laying radials and setting up the masts.

Of course, we have to look good too!

Of course, a DXpedition is mainly about the final results and good preparation is definitely part of that.
On the technical side, after 3 years the plans have been dusted off again and adjusted to the new situation in terms of operator team and of course the expected better band conditions on the higher bands.
But there is more and that is why a decision was taken today on the uniform, after all, we also need to be able to present ourselves nicely as a team.
Well, that will certainly work with these shirts….

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