Mongolia 2010 - 8 - Mongolia 2010/2011

Mongolia 2010/2011

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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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River 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.
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Lining 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.
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Crossing a river on the way to Zuunburen
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Badral (son of JT1CO) 
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We made it!
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Hotel building on right, worker quarters and JT1CO's house on the left.
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Another view of the house & hotel
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Foundation for a traditional Mongolian Ger, being built in front of JT1CO's farm home.
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Close up of the hotel building
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My hotel room at the farm. Just like home, I don't make the bed. :-)
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Lounge
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The bar.  It hosted a couple of late night "strategy" sessions
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JT1CO's farm - the name means something like "Big Rain"
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One of the farm trucks
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John Deere equipment
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John 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.
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Outside lunch area and kitchen for the local staff
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Cooks for the local staff
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Cooks collecting firewood for the kitchen stove.
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Horses at the farm
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Load of logs...Beverage posts?
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Badral 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.
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The boss JT1CO
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Cutting the 1/4 wave lines for the 160 meter 4-square
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Elements for the 80 meter 4-square along with phasing lines
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Local workers building the 80 meter 4-square elements
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Array Solutions 4-square boxes for 80 & 160 meters
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Checking the Rig Expert antenna analyzer and oscilloscope, to be used for tuning the 4-square box
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Testing the oscilloscope which would be used to set up the 4-square controller. Can you read the frequency? (1830 kHz)
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Chak JT1CO and some of the farm help
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Base of the rotating tower
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Fighting bugs while working on the antennas. The bugs were awful at times.
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My big boss - Chak JT1CO/JT5DX
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Mounting the Array Solutions 160 meter 4-square box
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Local tower climber on his way to the top.
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MonstIR and 15 Meter yagi. This tower also supports the 160 meter 4-square wire elements.
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160 Meter vertical element hung from the tower.
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One 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.
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Using the Rig Expert to take an antenna measurement. The unit would go belly up later causing some big headaches.
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Naran JT1BV working on one of the 160 meter elements
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My good helper Badral taking some measurements
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The 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.
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Sunrise (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.
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View of mountains around the farm in Zuunburen.
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Irrigation 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.

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Splicing irrigation pipe
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Getting ready to put up the vertical elements for the 80 meter 4-square.
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Heading down to the 80 meter 4-square to raise the elements. All of this machinery is part of the farm.
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View 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. 
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One of the 80 meter verticals going up.
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Putting up one of the 80 meter verticals. Not an OSHA approved method but it worked great!
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3 Element 40 5 element 20 and 10 meter yagi all on 120' Rohn 45.  No element sag on these robust Russian made antennas!
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Another tower shot
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OK - I like towers and antennas
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John 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. 


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Picture 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
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A typical dirt road leaving Zuunburen, as we head back to the highway and Ulaanbaatar. 
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This is where the harvested wheat is taken to be processed. It is next to the convenience store.
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This 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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This 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.
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View of Darhan, biggest city between Ulaanbaatar and Zuunburen
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Some pigeon covered statute in Darhan.  
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On 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.


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Back row - JT1DN, JT1DA, JT1BV
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JT1BV and K4ZW, at JT1BV's office. Hanging out before leaving for the airport later that evening.
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Downtown 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.


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New building in downtown Ulaanbaatar
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New Parliament building
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Downtown Ulaanbaatar
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A 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). 


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Looking forward to getting home. Taken at the Incheon (Seoul) Korea airport, waiting to board the flight back to San Francisco.
January 2011
January 2011
In the heart of the cold, cold city.  Downtown Ulaanbaatar from my hotel room. Temperatures dropped to -30C (-22F) in the evening.
January 2011
January 2011
On the road from Ulaanbaatar to Zuunburen (JT5)
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January 2011
There is never a good time for a flat tire, and certainly not when it's -25C (-13F) as displayed on the cars outdoor thermometer.
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January 2011
AAA is not available in Mongolia but these helpers did show up while we were changing the tire.
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January 2011
The completed Ger at JT5DX
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January 2011
160 Meter element with elevated radials.  The elements were converted from the ground mounted radial elements we installed in July. 
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January 2011
JT1CO working on one of the 160 Meter elements.
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January 2011
Another 160 Meter element
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January 2011
Tuning 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. 
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January 2011

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January 2011
JT1CO 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 2011
January 2011
Beverage RX antenna
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January 2011
Beverage
January 2011
January 2011
Beverage
January 2011
January 2011
Beverage Switch Box
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January 2011

80 Meter 4-Square


January 2011
January 2011
80 Meter 4-Square box from Array Solutions.
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January 2011
Feedpoint on one of the 80 meter elements.
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January 2011
Second station at JT5DX
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January 2011
The primary station at JT5DX
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January 2011
Local wildlife
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January 2011
Mongolian and farm flags
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January 2011
Winter scene - looking towards Europe.
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January 2011

More winter scenes from the farm.

THE END


Bonus Shots - Tajikistan
Bonus Shots - Tajikistan
Snow 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.
Bonus Shots - Tajikistan
Bonus Shots - Tajikistan

Snow capped mountains as we begin the descent into Dushanbe.


Bonus Shots - Tajikistan
Bonus Shots - Tajikistan
Looking at the snow capped mountains from the Hyatt in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.
Bonus Shots - Tajikistan
Bonus Shots - Tajikistan

Another mountain shot from downtown Dushanbe.


Bonus Shots - Tajikistan
Bonus Shots - Tajikistan
Mountains in Dushanbe
Bonus Shots - Tajikistan
Bonus Shots - Tajikistan
Downtown Dushanbe, Tajikistan

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