Langkawi comprises a group of 99 tropical islands (at high tide and 104 islands at low ride!) lying off the north-western coast of Peninsular Malaysia near the Thai-Malaysian border. The main island is known as Pulau Langkawi and 40,000 people live there, mainly Malay. The island is popular as a tourist destination with some excellent beaches. The island has been activated in the past by G3PMR, G3LIK and JI1ETU amongst others.
Langkawi is only 50 minutes flight from Kuala Lumpur. IOTA AS-058 is not rare but I needed a holiday and wanted to test my Force 12 Sigma 5 antenna in a beach location.
I stayed at Langkawi Village Resort (see photo) on the south-west top of the island as it looked like it would have a good take off to Europe. I had booked a sea-front bungalow but choose to upgrade to a suite when I arrived. The suites' location is excellent radio-wise being the nearest buildings to the sea and at the top of the resort with only the other suite for a neighbour (and it was under renovation at the time). There were also a number of coconut trees in front of the suites (which are rooms 500 and 501, special discount until August 2002!!).
I was QRV during the CQ WPX SSB contest which didn't affect activity as much as I was expecting. Band conditions were patchy with some excellent openings to Eu. Despite the location and clear take off over sea to Eu my signal was not good. I have never received so many 339 reports!! Despite the buildings in the way of the JA/East W path I worked many JAs and 40 east coast NA QSOs. A dipole would probably have performed better but the Sigma 5 is so easy to put up and breaks down to 2' sections which fit into a suitcase.
17m during Saturday night was an eye-opener. Propagation to Eu was good and the band was so quiet. The QTH was also electrically very quiet and I even had to run my laptop from batteries as I could hear noise from the PSU!
9M2/G4ZFE/P was QRV from 10:00 29/3/2002 until 02:30 31/3/2002 (22 hours operating).
A total of 1124 QSOs were made all on CW:
20m - 12 QSOs and 8 DXCC countries
17m - 334 QSOs and 44 DXCC countries
15m - 156 QSOs and 35 DXCC countries
12m - 306 QSOs and 40 DXCC countries
10m - 316 QSOs and 42 DXCC countries
29/3/2002 - SFI 176, Ap 3
30/3/2002 - SFI 181, Ap 6
31/3/2002 - SFI 189, Ap 18, R1
IOTA 2002 - 9M2/G4ZFE/P - 27 to 28 July 2002
A total of 429 QSOs
40m - 13 QSOs and 3 IOTA mults
20m - 191 QSOs and 20 IOTA mults
15m - 210 QSOs and 18 IOTA mults
10m - 15 QSOs and 5 IOTA mults
27/7/2002 - (12:00) I=242, A=16, K=3, R=319 Mod,S1,R2=)Min,S1,R1
28/7/2002 - (15:00) I=231, A= 14, K= 2, R=323 Min,R1=)Min,G1,R1
The QSL manager is Richard Everitt 9M2/G4ZFE (e-mail: g4zfe @ g4zfe.com)
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