NEWS UPDATE — This DXpedition was possible by the great help of the management and staff of Grand Coloane Resort, the CTT authorities and Bom, XX9LT.
All team members including the baggage arrived well in Macau at Sunday-afternoon, February 10th. The team has fixed the complete station setup and all antennas within 24 hours. The successful inspection of CTT was on February 11th. So we were able to be on the air around 10 UTC the same day. After 48 hours of operation we have around 6500 QSOs in the log. So, this is a good starting point. A first log update to club log was made today. Still a few FT8-QSOs from F/H-mode are missing in the log. Sorry about the confusion with the pile-ups of V84SAA sometimes.
Remember it is difficult to find a good place for ham radio in Macau. We had to follow the restrictions of the hotel and the nearby golf-rang. That means limited space for antennas. All antennas were installed above the 8th store of the hotel-building. We are able to use only 30 m length of the railing there. (see picture on our homepage)
For 160 and 80 m we are using wire verticals on 18 m high Spiderbeam poles with elevated radials. On 40 m we have a vertical as well, on 30 m we are using a delta-loop. Unfortunately there are no receiving antennas possible. Noise level is high on all low bands. Our new wire beam from LZ-Antennas works fine on all five higher bands 20 – 10 m.
We have made a detailed propagation tool for the difficult parts of the world via SP and LP from here. On FT8 we are also using the F/H-mode. Please check our new actual frequencies. (7070, 14079, 18105, 21079, 24920 …)
In CW we recommend for outside US stations 1-3 kHz up and for US stations 2-3 kHz up splitting. Please don’t call only 1 up. North America has by the way our highest priority. On 160m the highest allowed transmit- frequency for us is 1825 kHz.
Macau has an interesting Portuguese history and also the status as an world culture heritage. As You know we have 6 wives of operators with us. They take the opportunity to visit the places of interest of this with tourist crowded city. Next days they plan to visit HongKong and probably China-mainland.
NOVEMBER 22, 2018 – A 15-man team will again be active as XX9D during February 11-26, 2019.
FEBRUARY 24, 2017 – XX9D will be QRT on February 26, 24 UTC. In the last 12 hours until our sunrise on Monday we will be QRV only on 17m CW/SSB/RTTY, 160m CW and 40m CW/SSB/RTTY for everybody with two stations. Please no dupes! No 160m on the weekend because of CQWW 160 m SSB Contest. Thanks to all our sponsors and all of you for joining our low budget and light weight DXpedition.
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