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Camel's milk anyone?
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6 Meter Beam
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6 Meter beam going on rotating tower
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Snow in October
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SUV breaks down on the way back to Ulaanbaatar from JT5. Yeah it's cold!
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On the road to JT5
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Mongolia July 2010 023.JPGRiver crossing. This barge used the river current to pull it to the other side. It had two lines attached to a line across the river. Tension was adjusted on the individual lines to steer us to the landing on the other side.
Mongolia July 2010 020.JPGLining up for the other side of the river. At this point we have left the paved roads and it's all dirt roads the rest of the way.
Mongolia July 2010 025.JPGCrossing a river on the way to Zuunburen
Mongolia July 2010 017.JPGBadral (son of JT1CO)
Mongolia July 2010 024.JPGWe made it!
Mongolia July 2010 044.JPGHotel building on right, worker quarters and JT1CO's house on the left.
Mongolia July 2010 060.JPGAnother view of the house & hotel
Mongolia July 2010 026.JPGFoundation for a traditional Mongolian Ger, being built in front of JT1CO's farm home.
Mongolia July 2010 043.JPGClose up of the hotel building
Mongolia July 2010 104.JPGMy hotel room at the farm. Just like home, I don't make the bed. :-)
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Mongolia July 2010 038.JPGLounge
Mongolia July 2010 036.JPGThe bar. It hosted a couple of late night "strategy" sessions
Mongolia July 2010 053.JPGJT1CO's farm - the name means something like "Big Rain"
Mongolia July 2010 057.JPGOne of the farm trucks
Mongolia July 2010 028.JPGJohn Deere equipment
Mongolia July 2010 030.JPGJohn Deere equipment shipped from the US. I was told it's the best equipment out there, much better than the stuff from Russia or China.
Mongolia July 2010 086.JPGOutside lunch area and kitchen for the local staff
Mongolia July 2010 087.JPGCooks for the local staff
Mongolia July 2010 079.JPGCooks collecting firewood for the kitchen stove.
Mongolia July 2010 055.JPGHorses at the farm
Mongolia July 2010 050.JPGLoad of logs...Beverage posts?
Mongolia July 2010 029.JPGBadral posing with the chickens. I've known Badral since he was a baby. His English is excellent and he sometimes serves as a translator for me, at only 8 years old! He learns his English from the American school in Ulaanbaatar and the Cartoon Network.
Mongolia July 2010 032.JPGThe boss JT1CO
Mongolia July 2010 064.JPGCutting the 1/4 wave lines for the 160 meter 4-square
Mongolia July 2010 063.JPGElements for the 80 meter 4-square along with phasing lines
Mongolia July 2010 031.JPGLocal workers building the 80 meter 4-square elements
Mongolia July 2010 033.JPGArray Solutions 4-square boxes for 80 & 160 meters
Mongolia July 2010 035.JPGChecking the Rig Expert antenna analyzer and oscilloscope, to be used for tuning the 4-square box
Mongolia July 2010 034.JPGTesting the oscilloscope which would be used to set up the 4-square controller. Can you read the frequency? (1830 kHz)
Mongolia July 2010 066.JPGChak JT1CO and some of the farm help
Mongolia July 2010 065.JPGBase of the rotating tower
Mongolia July 2010 080.JPGFighting bugs while working on the antennas. The bugs were awful at times.
Mongolia July 2010 077.JPGMy big boss - Chak JT1CO/JT5DX
Mongolia July 2010 068.JPGMounting the Array Solutions 160 meter 4-square box
Mongolia July 2010 067.JPGLocal tower climber on his way to the top.
Mongolia July 2010 042.JPGMonstIR and 15 Meter yagi. This tower also supports the 160 meter 4-square wire elements.
Mongolia July 2010 083.JPG160 Meter vertical element hung from the tower.
Mongolia July 2010 076.JPGOne of the farm workers installing "sod staples" to hold down radial wires. I introduced the JT guys to the concept of sod staples on this trip. The staff cut up a bunch of EHS guy cable and made it into the staples.
Mongolia July 2010 069.JPGUsing the Rig Expert to take an antenna measurement. The unit would go belly up later causing some big headaches.
Mongolia July 2010 103.JPGNaran JT1BV working on one of the 160 meter elements
Mongolia July 2010 072.JPGMy good helper Badral taking some measurements
Mongolia July 2010 073.JPGThe bugs were awful, especially if there was no breeze, inhaling them in my nose & mouth, flying in my ears. Note for next time, bring bug spray! Here I got so fed up with it I bummed a cigarette from Naran JT1BV so I could have some smoke wafting around my face. Later they burned small piles of grass and dry dung to chase the bugs. I'm not sure which was worse.
Mongolia July 2010 047.JPGSunrise (I think) at JT5. Being so far north, about 30 km from the Russian border, the sun came up at 4:30 AM and set around 9:30.
Mongolia July 2010 045.JPGView of mountains around the farm in Zuunburen.
Mongolia July 2010 091.JPGIrrigation canal. The soil was dusty and dry.
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If you look closely, you can see a traditional Mongolian Ger in the distance. One evening I was outside and could hear the guy who lives there singing under the stars.
Mongolia July 2010 056.JPGSplicing irrigation pipe
Mongolia July 2010 088.JPGGetting ready to put up the vertical elements for the 80 meter 4-square.
Mongolia July 2010 089.JPGHeading down to the 80 meter 4-square to raise the elements. All of this machinery is part of the farm.
Mongolia July 2010 098.JPGView of towers from 80 meter 4-square. Notice the guy on the bucket, on the right, getting ready to raise one of the elements. Not the safest but it did work well.
Mongolia July 2010 100.JPGOne of the 80 meter verticals going up.
Mongolia July 2010 101.JPGPutting up one of the 80 meter verticals. Not an OSHA approved method but it worked great!
Mongolia July 2010 040.JPG3 Element 40 5 element 20 and 10 meter yagi all on 120' Rohn 45. No element sag on these robust Russian made antennas!
Mongolia July 2010 039.JPGAnother tower shot
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Mongolia July 2010 095.JPGOK - I like towers and antennas
Mongolia July 2010 054.JPGJohn Deere equipment everywhere!
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JT1BV and his 5BDXCC plaque. I hand carried it from the states. The VHF radio hanging from my pocket was for use around the farm. Mostly local farm help traffic interrupted by an occasional "Ken-san, Ken-san.....Naran-san dozo or Zulu Whiskey....Charlie Oscar dozo." The radios and repeater were provided by Top Communications, JT1BV President.
Mongolia July 2010 113.JPGPicture of the guys before I leave for our trip back to the city. Back row is myself, Badruun (JT1CO's son), Chak JT1CO. Front is friend of Badral (JT1CO's son) and Badral
Mongolia July 2010 119.JPGA typical dirt road leaving Zuunburen, as we head back to the highway and Ulaanbaatar.
Mongolia July 2010 115.JPGThis is where the harvested wheat is taken to be processed. It is next to the convenience store.
Mongolia July 2010 116.JPGThis convenience store is located about 15 minutes from the farm and is owned by Chak. We called it his Mongolian 7-11. Notice the Twix, Mars, and Snickers bars on the sign.
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Mongolia July 2010 118.JPGThis was one of the highlights of my trip! We stopped to pick up some snacks and drinks on the way back to Ulaanbaatar. The lady in the picture said something to JT1BV about me. Turns out it is the wife of the late Baatar JT1BG. She remembered me from visits to their apartment on two previous trips and now I know why she looked somewhat familiar. I finally had a chance to tell her how sorry I was for her loss and how much I valued my friendship with Baatar. Her daughter, JT1CC, is a news anchor on Ch. 5 in Ulaanbaatar.
Mongolia July 2010 120.JPGView of Darhan, biggest city between Ulaanbaatar and Zuunburen
Mongolia July 2010 122.JPGSome pigeon covered statute in Darhan.
Mongolia July 2010 124.JPGOn the way back to Ulaanbaatar. Naadam festival was a few weeks away. We saw many scenes like this, farmers herding their sheep and goats to the city for sale. It is customary for each family to prepare a big feast of goat for the festival.
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One of JT1BV's stations, at his office. He has another at his home.
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Also the home of club station JT1KAI/JU1DX.
Mongolia July 2010 144.JPGBack row - JT1DN, JT1DA, JT1BV
Mongolia July 2010 147.JPGJT1BV and K4ZW, at JT1BV's office. Hanging out before leaving for the airport later that evening.
Mongolia July 2010 138.JPGDowntown Ulaanbaatar
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New 17 story building in the town center. Things sure have changed since my first visit in 2001. We had a few beers in a bar on the 16th floor. Great view of the city.
Mongolia July 2010 126.JPGNew building in downtown Ulaanbaatar
Mongolia July 2010 131.JPGNew Parliament building
Mongolia July 2010 136.JPGDowntown Ulaanbaatar
Mongolia July 2010 129.JPGA sure sign that Mongolia, at least the city, is modernizing. (Louis Vuitton store)
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Signage says it all - waiting for the check-in counter to open for my Korean Air flight back to Seoul. I prefer to use Seoul as my transit point, flying either Korean Air or MIAT (Mongolian Airlines).
Mongolia July 2010 152.JPGLooking forward to getting home. Taken at the Incheon (Seoul) Korea airport, waiting to board the flight back to San Francisco.
January 2011In the heart of the cold, cold city. Downtown Ulaanbaatar from my hotel room. Temperatures dropped to -30C (-22F) in the evening.
January 2011On the road from Ulaanbaatar to Zuunburen (JT5)
January 2011There is never a good time for a flat tire, and certainly not when it's -25C (-13F) as displayed on the cars outdoor thermometer.
January 2011AAA is not available in Mongolia but these helpers did show up while we were changing the tire.
January 2011The completed Ger at JT5DX
January 2011160 Meter element with elevated radials. The elements were converted from the ground mounted radial elements we installed in July.
January 2011JT1CO working on one of the 160 Meter elements.
January 2011Another 160 Meter element
January 2011Tuning the 160 Meter 4-square in 0C temperture. I do have to say, it wasn't as bad as it looked. In fact I almost liked this better than the heat and awful bugs we had back in July.
January 2011JT1CO soldering a tap on the coil after final adjustments and that can only mean one thing. It works! The system may not be fully optimized but it was cold, the sun setting in a few hours and the 160 contest starting before sunrise, so we declared it a success. You could see pretty good F/B switching through the patterns. I felt much better after the debacle we had in July.
January 2011Beverage RX antenna
January 2011Beverage Switch Box
80 Meter 4-Square
January 201180 Meter 4-Square box from Array Solutions.
January 2011Feedpoint on one of the 80 meter elements.
January 2011Second station at JT5DX
January 2011The primary station at JT5DX
January 2011Local wildlife
January 2011Mongolian and farm flags
January 2011Winter scene - looking towards Europe.
More winter scenes from the farm.
Bonus Shots - TajikistanSnow capped mountains on descent into Dushanbe. The flight from Dubai was several hours late. But on a positive note the sun was up, allowing us a great view of the mountains.
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Snow capped mountains as we begin the descent into Dushanbe.
Bonus Shots - TajikistanLooking at the snow capped mountains from the Hyatt in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.
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Another mountain shot from downtown Dushanbe.
Bonus Shots - TajikistanMountains in Dushanbe
Bonus Shots - TajikistanDowntown Dushanbe, Tajikistan