NEWS UPDATE – Our QTH will be the 5 Star Grand Coloane Resort. That is the hotel from which XX9TGM and XX9TYT have worked recently. You can find a lot of information in the story from Gerben, PG5M http://www.dx.to/dxpeditions/asia/xx9tgm-macau
The hill behind the hotel is not the property of the Resort, but would have been rather ideal as an antenna-ground. Unfortunately the owner doesn’t wish any antenna setup there. We got the permission from the hotel to set up antennas on the balconies. That means, the maximum distance between our planned 5 antenna masts will be around 40 meters and we need special constructions to fix the masts on the balconies. We have booked 6 of the 8 rooms with balconies on top floor including a separate room as a shack. For this special situation with three 500 watts stations we have optimized our technical equipment. There will be a collection of vertical and horizontal antennas, which will be used flexible. As there is no space for our spider beams we have to use a hexbeam, which we got on loan from SP7IDX. Thanks Waldi! It will be used on 20/15/10 meters with a triplexer. Our antennas have to be relative close together, so we have to take special precautions in filtering and blocking. We will have small W3NQN bandfilters between transceivers and amps and additional high power bandfilters from DG0SA between amplifiers and antennas on each band. New high quality coax cables, current baluns and common-mode filters are prepared and will be fixed on each antenna and station. Besides that we will take special care for line-noise filtering. Depending on the local situation we will see what we can do on 160 m, it is unpredictable in this moment, but we will do our best. The overall situation for all bands is a fair takeoff to the north and a very good one to the south (Long path North America).
We are planning to join the ARRL International DX Contest in CW (18./19. Feb 2017)
December 10, 2016 — XX9LT, DJ9KH, DL2AWG, DL2HWA, DL2RNS, DL3HRH, DL4SVA, DL5CW, DM2AUJ, DM2AYO and DL7VEE will be active from Macau as XX9D between February 13-26, 2017. QRV on 80-10m CW, SSB & RTTY. QSL via DL4SVA. Website