9H – Xgħajra, Malta

Dates: 25 October to 2 November 2016

Callsign: 9H6A and 9H3FH

/9H – Xgħajra, Malta
9H – Xgħajra, Malta 2018-10-30T04:06:27+00:00

A wonderful week was had on the Island of Malta in the Mediterranean Sea.

I had the opportunity to join a fine group of operators at the shack of John, 9H1XT, where we ran the CQ World-Wide Phone Contest as 9H6A.

, Corinthia Hotel St. George’s Bay, St. Julians, 9H, 9H6A, 9H3FH, 9H1XT, 9H1BT, XGHAJRA, CQ World-Wide Phone Contest, Island of Malta, 160 dipole, all-band verticial Ham shack,radio dxpedition, qsl card, antenna tower, CW, SSB, Ham radio, dxp, JT65, FT8, RTTY, 160, 80, 40, 30, 20, 17, 15, 12, 10 meters, tri-bander

The Corinthia Hotel St. George’s Bay in St. Julian’s


The Operators


9H, 9H6A, 9H3FH, 9H1XT, 9H1BT, XGHAJRA, CQ World-Wide Phone Contest, Island of Malta, 160 dipole, all-band verticial Ham shack

I am in the backgroud with Paul, 9H1BT. Paul is the highly technical brains of the operation.

Gangsta’s in a Parking Lot

9H, 9H6A, 9H3FH, 9H1XT, 9H1BT, XGHAJRA, 9H5SN, IT9BTI, Elecraft K3, JT65, FT8, RTTY, 160, 80, 40, 30, 20, 17, 15, 12, 10 meters, tri-bander, yagi, 73, radials, Heil Headset, Ameritron SDC-102, butternut vertical, four square
KL7SB, 9H, 9H6A, 9H3FH, 9H1XT, 9H1BT, XGHAJRA, 9H5SN, IT9BTI, Elecraft K3, JT65, FT8, RTTY, 160, 80, 40, 30, 20, 17, 15, 12, 10 meters, tri-bander, yagi, 73, radials, Heil Headset, Ameritron SDC-102, butternut vertical, four square

In the forground are Steve, KL7SB and Marco, 9H5SN.

Here’s John, 9H1XT. He owns everything.

9H, 9H6A, 9H3FH, 9H1XT, 9H1BT, XGHAJRA, 9H5SN, IT9BTI, Elecraft K3, JT65, FT8, RTTY, 160, 80, 40, 30, 20, 17, 15, 12, 10 meters, tri-bander, yagi, 73, radials, Heil Headset, Ameritron SDC-102, butternut vertical, four square
9H, 9H6A, 9H3FH, 9H1XT, 9H1BT, XGHAJRA, 9H5SN, IT9BTI, Island of Malta, Antenna Controller, MFJ 1979 Telescoping Whip, power supply, screw driver antenna, R5 Cushcraft vertical, EME, satellite, DXCC entities, qso, qsl, Steppir, hex beam, tarheel

Trying to Escape. Here you see Paul, 9H1BT, trying to go home but Orazio, IT9BTI, won’t let him.

Hams in a Shack. Orazio, IT9BTI; Paul, 9H1BT; Marco, 9H5SN.

9H, 9H6A, 9H3FH, 9H1XT, 9H1BT, XGHAJRA, 9H5SN, IT9BTI, Island of Malta, Antenna Controller, MFJ 1979 Telescoping Whip, power supply, screw driver antenna, R5 Cushcraft vertical, EME, satellite, DXCC entities, qso, qsl, Steppir, hex beam, tarheel
9H1CG, 9H, 9H6A, 9H3FH, 9H1XT, 9H1BT, XGHAJRA, 9H5SN, IT9BTI, Island of Malta, Elecraft K3, JT65, FT8, RTTY, 160, 80, 40, 30, 20, 17, 15, 12, 10 meters, tri-bander, yagi, 73, radials, Heil Headset, Ameritron SDC-102, butternut vertical, four square

Joe, 9H1CG

Orazio, IT9BTI

9H, 9H6A, 9H3FH, 9H1XT, 9H1BT, XGHAJRA, 9H5SN, IT9BTI, Island of Malta, Antenna Controller, MFJ 1979 Telescoping Whip, power supply, screw driver antenna, R5 Cushcraft vertical, EME, satellite, DXCC entities, qso, qsl, Steppir, hex beam, tarheel

The Antennas


High bands, 9H, 9H6A, 9H3FH, 9H1XT, 9H1BT, XGHAJRA, 9H5SN, IT9BTI, IARU, CEPT, IARP, Contest, qsl card, all band vertical, Ham radio, DX, VHF, dxpedition, qsl card, Hustler, antenna tower, CW, SSB, Ham radio, dxp, WARC, low bands

High Bands. 5 elements on 10 with 5 more for 15 meters.

Middle Bands. 3 elements for 20 and the newly erected 2 elements for 40.

9H, 9H6A, 9H3FH, 9H1XT, 9H1BT, XGHAJRA, 9H5SN, IT9BTI, Island of Malta, Elecraft K3, JT65, FT8, RTTY, 160, 80, 40, 30, 20, 17, 15, 12, 10 meters, tri-bander, yagi, 73, radials, Heil Headset, Ameritron SDC-102, butternut vertical, four square
9H, 9H6A, 9H3FH, 9H1XT, 9H1BT, XGHAJRA, 9H5SN, IT9BTI, IARU, CEPT, IARP, Contest, qsl card, all band vertical, Ham radio, DX, VHF, dxpedition, qsl card, Hustler, antenna tower, CW, SSB, Ham radio, dxp, WARC, low bands

By the Sea.Here is the 40 meter yagi pointed toward Moscow.

Low Bands. This vertical is shared for both 80 and 160 meters. I made a few 30 meter QSOs on it too.

9H, 9H6A, 9H3FH, 9H1XT, 9H1BT, XGHAJRA, 9H5SN, IT9BTI, Island of Malta, Antenna Controller, MFJ 1979 Telescoping Whip, power supply, screw driver antenna, R5 Cushcraft vertical, EME, satellite, DXCC entities, qso, qsl, Steppir, hex beam, tarheel

Raising the 40 Meter Yagi


9H, 9H6A, 9H3FH, 9H1XT, 9H1BT, XGHAJRA, 9H5SN, IT9BTI, IARU, CEPT, IARP, Contest, qsl card, all band vertical, Ham radio, DX, VHF, dxpedition, qsl card, Hustler, antenna tower, CW, SSB, Ham radio, dxp, WARC, low bands
Final Assembly. Getting the 40 meter yagi ready for putting in the air.

The Crane. Here comes the crane. Antenna assembly finished just in time.

9H, 9H6A, 9H3FH, 9H1XT, 9H1BT, XGHAJRA, 9H5SN, IT9BTI, Island of Malta, Elecraft K3, JT65, FT8, RTTY, 160, 80, 40, 30, 20, 17, 15, 12, 10 meters, tri-bander, yagi, 73, radials, Heil Headset, Ameritron SDC-102, butternut vertical, four square

9H, 9H6A, 9H3FH, 9H1XT, 9H1BT, XGHAJRA, 9H5SN, IT9BTI, Island of Malta, Antenna Controller, MFJ 1979 Telescoping Whip, power supply, screw driver antenna, R5 Cushcraft vertical, EME, satellite, DXCC entities, qso, qsl, Steppir, hex beam, tarheel

Tower First. Putting the sections together.

Rotor and Mast

9H, 9H6A, 9H3FH, 9H1XT, 9H1BT, XGHAJRA, 9H5SN, IT9BTI, IARU, CEPT, IARP, Contest, qsl card, all band vertical, Ham radio, DX, VHF, dxpedition, qsl card, Hustler, antenna tower, CW, SSB, Ham radio, dxp, WARC, low bands
9H, 9H6A, 9H3FH, 9H1XT, 9H1BT, XGHAJRA, 9H5SN, IT9BTI, Island of Malta, Elecraft K3, JT65, FT8, RTTY, 160, 80, 40, 30, 20, 17, 15, 12, 10 meters, tri-bander, yagi, 73, radials, Heil Headset, Ameritron SDC-102, butternut

Antenna is next.

Looks good.

9H, 9H6A, 9H3FH, 9H1XT, 9H1BT, XGHAJRA, 9H5SN, IT9BTI, Island of Malta, Antenna Controller, MFJ 1979 Telescoping Whip, power supply, screw driver antenna, R5 Cushcraft vertical, EME, satellite, DXCC entities, qso, qsl, Steppir, hex beam, tarheel


Important Ham Radio Poses


9H, 9H6A, 9H3FH, 9H1XT, 9H1BT, XGHAJRA, 9H5SN, IT9BTI, Island of Malta, K9PG, Dipolio, Gentry, Elecraft K3, JT65, FT8, RTTY, 160, 80, 40, 30, 20, 17, 15, 12, 10 meters, tri-bander, yagi, 73, radials, Heil Headset, Ameritron SDC-102, butternut vertical, four square

The Gentry. For my friend Paul Gentry, K9PG.

The Dauer. For my friend Carsten Dauer, DM9EE

9H, 9H6A, 9H3FH, 9H1XT, 9H1BT, XGHAJRA, 9H5SN, IT9BTI, Island of Malta, Dauer, DM9E, Antenna Controller, MFJ 1979 Telescoping Whip, power supply, screw driver antenna, R5 Cushcraft vertical, EME, satellite, DXCC entities, qso, qsl, Steppir, hex beam, tarheel

9H6A and 9H3FH QSL Card Front

9H3FA qsl card.

QSL By Cheap QSO Cards

 

The Malta Communications Authority (MCA) is a friendly place to get your license.

You can apply for a Maltese callsign by filling out the application found here.

File early, it can take a couple of months. Mine was snagged up and took more than 4 months!

Malta Communications Authority provided a license to operate 9H3FA.

Trip Statistics Report

It’s unfortunate that I made very few QSOs outside the contest.

9H, 9H6A, 9H3FH, 9H1XT, 9H1BT, XGHAJRA, 9H5SN, IT9BTI, CQ World-Wide Phone Contest, Island of Malta, EU-023, 9H3AK

Here I am using my callsign 9H3FH on 30 meters with Stephen Bloom, KL7SB, using his callsign 9H3AK on 20 CW.

Travel Map to Malta, worked as 9H6A, 9H3FH, 9H1XT, 9H1BT, XGHAJRA,

After driving to Syracuse Hancock Airport I take a Jet Blue flight to JFK. Lufthansa will fly me to Frankfurt, Germany followed by the final leg into Malta.

Traveling to Malta

Overlooking JFK Airport in the morning, Queens, NY.

Malta, worked as 9H6A, with 9H3FH, 9H1XT, 9H1BT, XGHAJRA, 9H5SN, IT9BTI
Malta, worked as 9H6A, with 9H3FH, 9H1XT, 9H1BT, XGHAJRA, 9H5SN, IT9BTI

The big Lufthansa A380 jet to Frankfurt from JFK.

Returning home Air Malta takes me to London, Heathrow. From there Air Canada will fly me to Toronto and over the Lake to Syracuse.

Malta, worked as 9H6A, with 9H3FH, 9H1XT, 9H1BT, XGHAJRA, 9H5SN, IT9BTI