After I joined during the past years several multi operations for the major CW contests, it was time again to do some Single Op effort. So the Idea grow be QRV as Single OP for the CQ WPX CW 2008 competition, destination: Jersey (MJ)

How to get to Jersey:

Jersey is one of the Channel Island between France and U.K. As it is an Island there are only two options to reach our destination: by see or by air. By air would mean to travel to London Heathrow first, than change to London Gatwik and fly to Jersey. All in all about 8h-9h.
A car journey would take us also about 8h-9h to the ferry port in St. Malo (France) plus about 1,5h for the ferry transfer to Jersey. The total costs were a few Euros cheaper for the car/ferry transport and we were able to take as much as we needed with us. So the car ferry combination was our favorite way of travel.


On the way towards Jersey:

We, Sabine and I, left Duesseldorf around 2:00 UTC at the 29th May2008 towards St. Malo as we had planed to be there around 10-11UTC. The check-in time for the Ferry would end at 14:45 UTC so we had about 3-4h of additional buffer for any possible traffic jams. I had set the cruise control to 120km/h and with two stops (one for breakfast and one to refuel the car) we were at 10:00 UTC close to St. Malo.

Our third stop was our first sight seening visit and the only one in France: Le Mont Saint Michel

Le Mont Saint-Michel is a rocky tidal island in Normandy, France. It is located approximately one kilometer off the country's north coast, at the mouth of the Couesnon River near Avranches. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mont_Saint-Michel)

Around 14:30 UTC we arrived at the Ferry Port in St. Malo, about 1h before our Catamaran Ferry would leave towards Jersey. These Catamaran Ferry's manage the 60km to St. Helier on Jersey in about 75min.


WPX CW Contest 2008

The Jersey Clubstation, GJ2A, is situated in an old german second world war bunker at the south west end of Jersey.

WPX CW Station Setup

Notebook with N1MM
TS-850 + Microham Keyer + PA
FT1000  +  CW Keyer + FL2100b
Force12 C3 (20m-10m)
Cushcraft R8000 (40m-10)
Dipol 80m
Dipol 160m
homemade audio switching box

CQWW WPX Contest, CW

Call: MJ0LON
Operator(s): DF1LON
Station: GJ2A

Class: SOAB HP
Operating Time (hrs): 35.5

Band QSOs
160: 21
80: 139
40: 446
20: 784
15: 761
10: 388
Total: 2539 Prefixes = 756 Total Score = 3,385,368


Sightseeing Jersey 2008:

On Monday and Tuesday after the WPX CW Contest we did some sightseeing around Jersey. There is plenty to see and we were not able to do everything we had planed. 

cu again as MJ0LON

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All LX/DF1LON QSOs uploaded to ClubLog.

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On the 26th May I did ~300 QSOs as LX/DF1LON. All QSOs are uploaded to clublog.