K2 and K7FFF in Ukraine
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I'm back from my trip to Ukraine and have posted a story of highlights and photos here, including another page of photos of my radio operation.

Below are listed images of my actual log sheets as UT/KS7J (now NA7U). Use your browser's BACK button to return.

Note that I wasn't able to get to the village of Viktorovka by Saturday as I'd originally planned, so I had a couple days less of operating than I'd anticipated. Even though I was able to jury-rig up the antennas in the correct orientation to the States, I wasn't able to find a path to the West Coast, probably due to the lack of sunshine over the pole (I was at about 51 deg. N latitude and the days were notably shorter). 73, Casey, (UT/)NA7U

Below is the description of my trip before I left

FISTS and QRPrs (and QROrs, of course!), hope you can catch me on the air in October from near Chernigov, Ukraine. I'll be on a family vacation, but plan to operate mornings and evenings (local time) with my K2 and looking forward to catching some "reverse" DX to the U.S. See links below to documents that would come in handy if you were planning on operating in Ukraine someday. The FCC and ARRL are not currently updated with the correct information.

My expected times of operation will be roughly 0300-0500Z and 1500-1700Z around Oct. 21st to 25th, on either 15M or 20M. I'll be near the QRP calling frequencies or else in the lower 10KHz DX window of each band. I'm not a contestor, so ragchews are fine and if by some chance I do get a pileup, well I'll go split or take a rest, hi. My call will be UT/NA7U and UT/K7FFF. Will be glad to hand out FISTS DX points!

field testing K2 closeup
packed in the pelican under the antennas

Above are some photos of K2 S/N 231 in field test (my backyard) in preparation for my trip. I homebrewed 3 antennas, a double dipole from twinlead (20/15M) and two half square antennas for 20M and 15M. I'm hoping I'll be able to hang one end of each of the two half squares (which are corner fed) from one point close to my operating position. That way I'll be able to switch feedlines and switch bands as condx dictate. The half square, being essentially two phased verticals is subject to noise, but makes a better DX antenna than the dipole due to its low takeoff angle. We'll just have to see if the trees will cooperate by being strategically planted, hi!

The power supply in the photos is a modified Qualcomm SPS wall-wart, but I also brought along a laptop SPS that puts out 15VDC (right at the spec. max for the K2). The main advantages of these are that they can take 100-240VAC input and they are small and lightweight. Disadvantage, however, is that I won't be able to run more than about 8W without tripping their overload protection. If the bands are open, should be enough.

OK, now for the legalistic details, should you care. Most European countries, including Ukraine have an amateur radio interoperability treaty known as CEPT. It basically allows reciprocal licensing automatically among CEPT countries amateurs. Many CEPT countries also allow U.S. hams to operate under CEPT rules, even though the U.S. is not a signatory to CEPT. However, in order for that to happen each country must individually adopt a CEPT recommendation known as T/R 61-01. Ukraine adopted this recommendation (the first CIS country to do so) last May. Believe me, this was not easy to track down, but here it is. And here is a companion document that simply lists all the countries that have adopted a T/R 61-01. I'd recommend that you take these and your original license to Ukraine if you plan to operate there. 73! - NA7U