I will be joining a group of amateur astronomers from my astronomy club in Orsay (France), the Association Astronomique de la Vallée (AAV), to watch the total solar eclipse of August 1st, 2008 from the mountains of Altaï in western Mongolia.
We will be driving from Ulaan Baatar to the eclipse site near Altaï Soum (Hovd Province) between July 26th and July 31st , using former USSR 4WD's of type UAZ 452.
During this trip and on the eclipse camp site, I am intending to maintain radio contacts with ham radio friends in France and world-wide using a low power simplistic station consisting of a Yeasu FT-817ND running 1 watt on batteries and a buddistick antenna.
A JT callsign has been applied for at the Mongolia Amateur Radio Society (MARS) and will be known on 26/7 once in Ulaan Baatar.
The communication mode of choice will be the new WSPR QSO mode from the very recent beta WSJT7 package by Joe Taylor K1JT . The link budget margin in this mode can solely provide reliable path conditions in such QRP conditions.
The trip should be as below.
More on ham radio operation (frequencies, shedules) in next post.
73's de Dominique, F6EPY