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P5, DPRK, DPR of Korea by 3Z9DX

P5, DPRK, The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea will hopefully be on the air early 2016.

Dom (3Z9DX) will be headed to the DPRK for a 5 day, one man, one band, SSB only operation with 100 watts and a vertical.

You may remember Dom from many of his past DXpeditions, most recently his operation from Cocos Island as TI9/3Z9DX.  Dom is one helluva’ traveling DXpeditioneer.  He’s a man’s man.  He doesn’t play games like many self proclaimed “expert” DXpeditioneers do, he just does.

I’ve been snooping around the Internet lately reading hundreds of forum and Website comments from DXers on Dom’s P5 plan.  Everybody is giving him advice on how to operate, when to operate, what equipment to take, what antennas to use, etc.  Just under the so-called “expert advice” being sent his way, there’s the beggars pestering him with band/mode requests.  Dig a little deeper past the beggars and there’s even some telling him to build a Website (with details) or to publish his permits, contracts and licensing authority on the Internet so they can have a warm fuzzy feeling before they send him a dime.  It’s all comical to me.

Me, me, me!  They’ll give him a donation if he plays their way, but they’re surely expecting a quiet return on their investment.  Sound familiar?  Politics for one come to mind.  “Show me what you can do for me and I’ll send you a lil’ something in return”.  Pool your money in some PAC (Political Action Committee) and expect your guy (or gal) to do your PAC some favors.  It’s the way global business has been done for thousands of years, right?

But see, this isn’t business, it’s a hobby.  If he has a chance to pull it off and operate from P5, why would anybody in this hobby stand in his way?

I’ve read some of Dom’s replies and they make me laugh.  He and his replies are a breathe of fresh air.  He’s a black and white no-nonsense kinda’ guy.  You want to help him?  Fine.  You wanna’ tell him what to do?  Good luck with that.  Several large DX Associations and foundations have decided not to donate.  Several radio manufacturers have decided not to donate.  These groups have agendas and requirements that must be met before they open their checkbooks.  Some issues are political in nature (sanctions), some issues are because Dom will not be “locked” into their agenda(s).  He stands his ground – firmly and unwavering.

Since many foundations and clubs either won’t or cannot assist Dom, it comes down to us; the individual DXers of the world to step up and fill the void here.  If you feel so inclined (and you’re not looking for a return), Dom will accept your kind donation so he can upgrade a rig he’s taking (and leaving) in the DPRK.  You can send Dom a Paypal to:  dom.grzy@onet.eu

Personally, I was happy to donate to his recent Cocos Island DXpedition, and I was more than happy to help him along with his P5 plan.  No agenda, no requests, no advice and no expectations.  Refreshing!

Here’s a thread you can read on eHam.net – started by Dom a couple weeks ago (with information directly from Dom himself) – P5 eHam Thread by 3Z9DX.

3Z9DX on QRZ

Official Website of the DPRK

DX World P5 North Korea Article With Commentary

And finally a note in Polish to Dom if he reads this, Powodzenia Bracie!

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Nepal Earthquake & Ham Radio

I received some great news today – worthy of a Blog post.  Here’s a very “brief” version of the back story:

A few years ago our 240 DX Group rounded up an Icom 718 to donate to a gal in T30 (Western Kiribati).  For some reason the unopened package was returned 10 months later.  I suspect an import duty or tax wasn’t paid and after some period of time the shipping company “returned it to sender”.  I tested the radio and put it on the shelf.

Enter the April, 2015 Nepal Earthquake.

In the hours and days after the earthquake, calls went out for donations of HF radios, batteries, connectors, VHF handhelds and other radio related items – all items that were desperately needed in Nepal to re-establish communications.

David (W6DTW) stopped in on the 20 Meter Emergency Communications Net I was helping with to offer his services and to also offer the services of a group he is associated with – “Radio Mala” (Radio Mala was founded to ensure the Nepali amateurs could communicate during the anticipated quake and the monsoon season.  Radio Mala is a disaster communication infrastructure to connect Kathmandu and the surrounding region in a ring of protective amateur radio communication).

In short order, we found a new home for the Icom rig.  I sent it to David, and here’s the email I received today from Suresh, his Radio Mala associate:

Nepal Earthquake - Amateur Radio

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Dear Lumpy,

I wanted to send you these photos earlier but could not as they were still undergoing processing between multiple government agencies in Nepal. I did not want to send information out until all of the paperwork had cleared.

Roughly a week after you shipped the radio to us, a team of California medical doctors in a mercy mission to Nepal volunteered to take it with them and deliver it personally to Dr. Panday [9N1SP, Dr. Sanjeeb Prasad Panday].  I personally rushed the package to a doctor who was waiting in one of their hospital emergency rooms.  Air Ethiad generously agreed not to charge excess freight fees.

Once it arrived in Nepal, it took a long time to process all of the paperwork. Dr. Panday wanted to be completely sure that all procedures were followed.

Likewise, your radio is now being used by the Nepali people to learn and train others on HF operation.

Here are some of the photos.

Thanks so much for your help.

’73

Suresh
W6KTM

I’m glad of many things here.  I’m glad our 240 DX Group gathered up the radio.  I’m glad W6DTW stopped in because between David and his friends, they were able to “make it rain”.  I’m thankful to all the people along the line that helped get that radio into Nepal, and I’m glad Dr. Panday has it and it’s being used by the Nepali people!

Now that’s a total team effort and some real Ham Spirit for ya’!

Thanks Fella’s!

Interesting Links:

Radio Mala on Facebook
Computer Association of Nepal-USA (CAN-USA aka GNPN)
Radio Mala Website
International Amateur Radio Union Region 2 – Nepal Earthquake
ARRL Nepal Earthquake News
From Amateur Radio Newsline:

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CQ Magazine DX Marathon Awards

CQ DX Marathon ContestWe’ve had a wet Spring here in Denver so I got a little behind on household chores, but now that the weather has calmed it’s time to get all those Spring/Summer projects done – which means less time for radio.  More house, more antenna, more Harley, more work – less radio.

But that’s OK!  I jumped out to my best start ever for the 2015 DX Marathon so I’ve been able to ease the throttles back some this Summer.  I have quite a few “tough ones” in the log already which really takes the pressure off.  Out for an afternoon ride on the Hog the last couple years always had me checking the DX Cluster on my phone to see if I was missing something.  To tell you the truth, it was a distraction.  Not so this year, and I am glad.

2014 DX MarathonI received my 2014 DX Marathon plaque earlier this week and as you can see it made me smile.  I’ll take it.  Over the last few years if you’ve followed my Blog, you’ll see I’ve made mention several times of this fun year long contest.  See: DX Marathon PostsAnd now there’s more awards than ever.  The Administrators of the DX Marathon have recently added several new awards in country, mode, power, etc. categories.  If you need a little jolt to get you active in Ham Radio again, I highly recommend this contest.  If you’re looking for a 48 hour “sit on your ass ’till it hurts” kind of contest, well, this surely isn’t it.  For more information on the CQ Magazine DX Marathon, visit their Website at DXMarathon.com

Anyway, chores are calling – see you in the pileups!

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Ham Radio Operations From Ship

The ARRL DXCC rules are very specific:

[8) All stations contacted must be “land stations.” Contacts with ships and boats, anchored or under way, and airborne aircraft, cannot be counted.]

I guess you just can’t be any more clear than that.

Not that it matters even a tiny little smidgen of a bit, but I don’t like that rule.

Case in point.  T31LP.  They’ve been operating from the vessel Nai’a which is moored to what’s left of the SS Norwich City.  They have a proper T31 license, and from their Website pictures (http://www.tighar.org), they are just a matter of feet from the island of Nikumaroro (Central Kiribati).

DXCC from ship, boatThey are well within T31 “Territorial Waters”, so they don’t have to sign “Maritime Mobile” like stations operating in “International Waters” (see *footnote 1 below).  T31LP is the proper callsign.  No /MM required.

But even though they are there operating legally within the parameters of their license from T31, they do not count for ARRL DXCC (see rule above).

So if I’m on my buddy’s boat over here on Chatfield Reservoir in Colorado, I’m still N0UN but I don’t count for DXCC “United States”.  If you’re pleasure boating on Lake Mead in Nevada you don’t count for DXCC United States.  If you’re on a boat and you were to run coax to land where you’re antenna could be, it still doesn’t count.  If you’re on a boat anywhere, you don’t count for DXCC anything.

Maybe the DXCC purists like that rule, but like I said above – I don’t like it.  It’s my opinion it discounts legitimate Ham Radio operations from mariners.  The ARRL is an organization that claims to promote Ham Radio, but in instances like this they seem to be off-target.  Way off-target.

But for now, it is what it is.  The good news is the ARRL DXCC program isn’t the only game in town, and hopefully there’s other Ham Radio contests and award programs that wish to differentiate themselves from DXCC and count ships/boats operating from territorial waters.  And that’s good for Ham Radio, don’t cha’ think?

*footnote 1:  from the ARRL Website:

  • When FCC rules apply, what provisions pertain specifically to maritime mobile operation?-

    When operating from the US, its territories or international waters, you must meet all three requirements in Section 97.11 of FCC rules: “(a) The installation and operation of the amateur station on a ship or aircraft must be approved by the master of the ship or pilot in command of the aircraft; (b) The station must be separate from and independent of all other radio apparatus installed on the ship or aircraft, except a common antenna may be shared with a voluntary ship radio installation. The station’s transmissions must not cause interference to any other apparatus installed on the ship or aircraft; (c) The station must not constitute a hazard to the safety of life or property. For a station aboard an aircraft, the apparatus shall not be operated while the aircraft is operating under Instrument Flight Rules, as defined by the FAA, unless the station has been found to comply with all applicable FAA rules.” When you’re in International waters, you operate under the auspices of your FCC license, but you must be mindful of the frequencies assigned to other ITU Regions. The world is divided into three “pieces of the pie.” You are bound by the privileges assigned to the ITU Region from which you’re operating and by the privileges as outlined by your FCC license. It’s a good idea to follow your call sign with the words “maritime mobile” or “aeronautical mobile” followed by the proper ITU Region number.

So my point is while operating in the US, its territories or international waters (and under the auspices of your FCC license) – it does not appear that a vessel radio operator must sign /MM either.  Signing /MM in any environment is merely a “good idea“.

Now think of the ramifications to the hobby of Ham Radio if some award or contest program were to allow contacts with documented stations operating legally from somebody’s “territorial waters” for a moment.  Maybe a CEPT licensing agreement operation, maybe a entity licensing operation like T31LP, but either way – a legal and documented operation.

You could operate from the territorial waters off Baker & Howland.  Navassa.  Desecheo.  Scarborough Reef.  Somalia, etc.  The list goes on and on.  The upside?  Safety.  Money.  Participation (just to name a few).  How many MILLIONS of dollars could be saved by counting legal territorial vessel operations just from any of those entities I listed above?

The possibilities are endless for this type of operation.  Open your mind.

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Helpful Ham Shack Tips

Here’s a couple helpful tips that I use here in the N0UN Ham Shack.

Helpful Ham Shack tips from N0UN

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I don’t know about you, but I never have enough room on my desk for all my stuff and I really don’t like having to strain my eyes to see my radio display either.  Well, this little tip is about as easy as it gets and it fixes both those problems.  The green caps you see in the picture are from olive oil no stick cooking spray cans.  My wife buys a new can, I steal the can cap.  Placed under two extender feet of the rig (and matching speaker), they elevate the front of the radio giving me a better viewing angle to the readout, and they lift the FT-1000MP MK V high enough that I can store my Bencher keyer and SignaLink sound card under the trusty Yaesu.  An added plus is the keyer cord is hidden and you don’t have to chase it all over the place.  It’s right there, every time, all the time.

Helpful Ham Shack tips from N0UN

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Here’s another helpful Ham Shack tip.  Those inexpensive Dymo label makers work well on the Array Solutions Rat Pak antenna switch.  One label with the right spacing and their sticky back label sure looks a lot better than me writing my antenna positions with a Sharpie.  Here’s a picture of the Dymo labels on my Rat Pak and two MDS RC-1 rotor controllers (for my 17M monobander and KT-34XA tribander).  I think I paid $35 for the battery operated “Dymo LabelManager 160” and the yellow/black D1 cartridge.  Of all the available colors, I like the yellow/black combo the best.  It seems to stand out better for me.  Watch out though, once you figure out how easy is to make labels, you’ll be putting them on your coax, rotor lines, storage boxes, file cabinets, etc.  You’ve been warned!

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T31LP Moored to SS Norwich City

Just had a QSO with Lee (T31LP) and he is NOT operating from land. He is on the vessel Nai’a, moored to the SS Norwich City.

At this time, there are no antennas on the island either.  All communications so far have been from the Nai’a.

The ARRL’s DXCC program is clear on shipboard operations.  No credit.

Lee did mention he may try to operate at some time in the near future with his, “feet in the sand” though.

Here’s the recording of Lee answering my question:

N0UN in QSO with T31LP aboard the vessel Nai’a

 

Related post: T31LP Central Kiribati On The Air

 

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T31LP Central Kiribati On The Air

Interesting.  “The Earhart Project” made land earlier today and is now ongoing from Nikumaroro Island (OC-043), Republic of Kiribati (Central Kiribati for DXCC).  Lee, the operator of T31LP was on the air this evening, their first day of “land based” Ham Radio.  Land based is good, because it counts!

Lee mentioned their Website (TIGHAR.org) so I pulled it up.  I have to say, it is a fascinating site.  Especially their daily log page.  Here’s the link to “The Earhart Project” Daily Log.

The Earhart Project is on Nikumaroro Island to conduct three types of search operations:

ROV investigation of the anomaly seen in 2012
Scuba search for any small items just off the Bevington Object location
Land search for the initial campsite just in shore of the Bevington Object location

Here’s another interesting link about Amelia Earhart – Amelia Earhart Website

Wouldn’t that be something if they found her plane?  Or how about Amelia Earhart’s remains?  Spooky!

Anyway, here’s a recording N0UN working T31LP 20M SSB this evening.

 

I asked Lee (T31LP)  about working “split”, and as you heard it looks like they’ll have the equipment dialed in to do that tomorrow.  He also mentioned they have several radios and antennas to set up overnight too.

I don’t see any QSL information or Online Log Check yet for T31LP, but I’ll surely update this post if and when they become available (or I find them).

UPDATEDSee this post:  T31LP Moored to SS Norwich City

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$250 Reward

We’ve all heard deliberate and malicious interference to our communications on the Ham bands at one time or another.  But this one takes the cake.  It’s personal.  I’m offering a $250 reward for the tip that brings this one home.  Somebody knows who it is, guaranteed.

You can read the post and listen to the recording at: http://www.lidlist.com/we-need-your-help/

My e-mail is on QRZ.com, or you can also use n0un@arrl.net

I have a feeling when the first domino falls, the rest will follow.

I’m passed pissed.  Money talks.

Spread the word if you can.  The more eyes and ears – the better.  Thanks.

N0UN

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4W/N1YC & 4W/PE7T On The Air

I hadn’t read any news that 4W (Timor Leste) would be active in 2015, but news came quickly when both James 4W/N1YC and Wilbert 4W/PE7T showed up with strong signals on the airwaves yesterday!

You may not recognize N1YC, but surely you’ll recognize James’ Singapore call 9V1YC.

Glad to have you both in the log gentlemen!

N0UN working 4W/N1YC 20M CW

 

N0UN working 4W/PE7T 15M CW

 

4W/N1YC Online log Check at Club Log.  It does not appear Wilbert (4W/PE7T) utilizes Club Log at this time.

QSL 4W/N1YC via W5UE.  QSL 4W/PE7T via home call.

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8Q7CQ Maldives On The Air

17 Meters is a weird band.  You’ll hear a signal one minute and nothing but static the next.  And vice verse.  I’ve sat on a frequency from a DX Cluster spot and poof, out of the noise comes a signal.

That’s how 8Q7CQ from the Maldives (over 15,000 km away) was this morning.  Within a couple minutes of working Nobby in the Maldives, his signal completely disappeared.  He was still being spotted and I could hear others calling him, but in a flash he was gone.  That fast.

Glad I got him though as I needed Maldives for my 2015 DX Marathon submission.

N0UN working 8Q7CQ Maldives 17 Meters SSB

 

QSL 8Q7CQ via G4DFI direct – $2 EU, $3 the rest of the world.

8Q7CQ Online Log Check at Club Log.

8Q7CQ on QRZ.com

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2014 CQ DX Marathon Final Results

CQ DX Marathon ContestI received my June, 2014 CQ Magazine (digital) today and after reading the results of the 2014 CQ Magazine DX Marathon, allow me a tip of the hat to Unlimited Class Winner IK0OZD.  Congratulations Tony!  You were right OM.  329 worked, 329 submitted, 329 final score – great job!

I was going to list the class, mode, continent and band winners here on my Blog, but after reading the disclaimer on the bottom of the CQ Magazine Website I figured I’d better not without permission – so I sent CQ Editor Rich (W2VU) an email asking for CQ Magazine’s permission to post the winners on my N0UN.net Blog.  Rich quickly and graciously replied, “absolutely”.  Here are the winners of the 2014 CQ Magazine DX Marathon (courtesy of CQ Magazine):

Class, Mode, Continent and Band Winners for 2014:

Unlimited:  IK0OZD
Limited:  HA1ZH
Formula 100W:  UR5IRM
Formula 10W:  WG5G

World CW:  KB0EO
World Phone:  PA2LO
World Digital:  IK5FKF

Africa:  EA8MT
Asia:  JE1FQV
Europe:  IK0OZD
North America:  N0UN
Oceana:  ZL2IFB
South America:  PY4ZO

6 Meters:  LU5FF
10 Meters:  PY5EG
12 Meters:  LY2FN
15 Meters:  K2CD
17 Meters:  W9KNI
20 Meters:  N6ML
30 Meters:  N5KM
40 Meters:  IK0YVV
80 Meters:  IZ0AEZ
160 Meters:  N4IS

Congratulations to ALL 2014 CQ DX Marathon participants!

That was fun, let’s do it again.  See you in the pileups!

N0UN

For details on the 2015 CQ Magazine DX Marathon contest – visit the DX Marathon.com Website.

Related:

2014 DX Marathon “Shrinkage”

The 2014 DX Marathon Is Over

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5U5U Niger On The Air

That was a tough one!  Christian (F4WBN) is on the air from Niger as 5U5U.  I’ve been tracking his operating schedule and trying to anticipate his operating times but I haven’t had much success.  He’s operated on several different bands at several different times and a couple different modes (RTTY and Phone).  A very random pattern that is not easy to anticipate.  But this morning I woke up and there he was on 15 Meters SSB!  5U5U was an extremely tough catch between some big competing signals from Europe and the East Coast, but we somehow got lucky and logged him.

N0UN working 5U5U Niger 15 Meters SSB

 

QSL 5U5U DIRECT ONLY via his home call F4WBN.  Include at least $2 USD.

Interesting that Christian operated as 5U5U back in 2006 through 2008 and again in 2012 (according to his QRZ page), and he has uploaded his log before but according to Club Log the uploads were only for his operations from September 24th, 2012 through October 15th, 2012.  There’s been no upload for 5U5U before or after those dates.

5U5U Online Log Check at Club Log (2012 Only)

Good luck, see you in the pileups!

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CQ DX Marathon, CDXC DX Marathon Challenge

CQ MagazineI’ve heard that in the past CQ Magazine had their June CQ Magazine out at the big Dayton Hamvention (this weekend).  The June edition of CQ announces the winners of the previous years CQ DX Marathon Contest.  I couldn’t find anyone that had seen the magazine at Dayton this year, so I’ll have to wait until CQ Magazine June comes out.  While searching the Internet for final results to see how I placed in the 2014 CQ DX Marathon, I happened across the CDXC DX Marathon Challenge 2014 Results.  I saw Tony IK0OZD won the Overall Trophy with a score of 281.  That was my exact score too, but since I wasn’t a member of the CDXC, nor did I post my results to their scoring system until after the year and contest was over, my score didn’t count there.  It would have been interesting to me to see if my tie with IK0OZD at 281 could have won their World Overall trophy.  In the CQ DX Marathon, the earlier date/time of the last entity worked is the tiebreaker.  My last country worked was in November, and I think that would’ve been really tough to beat.  I surely would have won the SSB trophy with a score of 272 versus MW0RLI and his winning score of 261 though, but again I wasn’t a member of the CDXC so none of what I did (or didn’t) do counts.

Also, what cost me a point by not working 5A1AL (Lybya) in the 2014 CQ DX Marathon would not have count against me in the 2014 CDXC DX Marathon Challenge.  CDXC DX Marathon Challenge utilizes Club Log and Club Log does not count 5A1AL.  CQ DX Marathon does count 5A1AL, Club Log does not.  And why doesn’t Club Log count 5A1AL when they used to previously?  Well, a fellow member of the Mile High DX Association here in Colorado wrote to Club Log a ways back and inquired as to why Club Log did count 5A1AL when the ARRL and their DXCC program did not?  So Club Log reviewed their position.  After they concluded their review, they went the way of the ARRL and discounted ALL logs that worked 5A1AL.  Once Club Log was made aware that 5A1AL wasn’t counted at DXCC, they followed the same high road as the ARRL and said “no documentation received”.  Overnight, ALL logs on Club Log were deducted 5A1AL QSO’s.  Everybody in the world that worked 5A1AL lost a point in their Club Log logbook!  To this day I believe the single reason that that specific Ham contacted Club Log to inquire why they counted 5A1AL, was for the purpose of acquiring those reason(s), then to pass that information on to the ARRL so then they would count his 5A1AL QSO in DXCC too.  But his plan backfired when Club Log disqualified all 5A1AL QSO’s instead of the ARRL counting them.  See what happens when you open a can of worms?  There’s a lesson in there somewhere I guess.  All because of one goofball.

CDXC UK DX FoundationBut anyway enough of that, this CDXC DX Marathon Challenge intrigues me, so I signed up as an “Overseas Member“.  Not only do they do goodwill by backing DXpeditions with grants and donations, they have some great award programs and seem to have quite a following.  I’ve seen their logo on QSL cards and on the Internet, but I never knew what they were about.  Check out the UK DX Foundation’s website at CDXC.org.uk for their history and tons of useful information.

They have some interesting but simple rules for the 2015 CDXC DX Marathon Challenge.  You can read them here on the Rules page at: CDXC DX Marathon Challenge Rules

Looks like I’m now a competitor in both the CQ DX Marathon and the CDXC DX Marathon Challenge for 2015!

See you in the pileups!

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JA0JHQ/VK9X Christmas Island On The Air

JA0JHQ/VK9X from Christmas Island (VK9X) is on 17 Meters CW with a pretty good signal right now.  He’s listening up from .2 to 1.5 kHz or so.  Nobu has a solid listening frequency “rhythm” that’s not hard to figure out at all.

Nobu has a personal Website which is quite interesting.  He’s been everywhere around the world and has quite a bit of information about his travels.  Nobu’s Website is at http://pandasan.jimdo.com.  The Website is written in Japanese but if you need an English translated tool, here’s a direct link through Google Translate:  JA0JHQ Website Translated to English.

I don’t see an Online Log Check for JA0JHQ/VK9X but if I do find one, I’ll update this post and put the link here.

N0UN working JA0JHQ/VK9X Christmas Island 17M CW

 

N0UN working JA0JHQ/VK9X Christmas Island 17M SSB

 

QSL JA0JHQ/VK9X via his home call either bureau or direct.  Note:  Nobu does not utilize the ARRL’s LoTW.

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Bhutan, A52LSS and Some Hard Work

N0UN Towers

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That was some hard work!

Not just working A52LSS in Bhutan today, but also raising my 17 Meter monobander tower a couple days ago.

In order to maximize my chances of working a few new ones on 17 for the DX Marathon contest for 2015, I decided last year I needed to raise my 17 Meter tower early on this year.  So last week I took it down and added a couple sections I had laying around, and I also added some wire rope guys.  I’m glad I finished the work a couple days ago because A52LSS showed up on 17 Meters this morning and I’m pretty sure I would not have been able to bust the pile-up without the extra height.  And just before working A52LSS, I added another counter by working 4O7CC in Montenegro.  At this point in the year-long 2015 DX Marathon contest, a two point day is a great day!  Keith (K0KE), thanks for the help!

N0UN working A52LSS 17M SSB

 

QSL A52LSS via JH3LSS – Buro, LoTW or Direct

At this time I do not see an online log check for A52LSS.  If that changes, I’ll update this post.

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3W3RR/Jail Roman (Romeo) Vega QSL

Romeo 3W3RR Jail-pedition QSL card

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I like QSL cards.

Through 43 years of on again, off again Ham Radio I have boxes upon boxes of QSL cards.  Thousands of them.  99% are everyday QSL cards, but there’s a few that stand out.  The one I received today is on top of my short list of memorable cards.

3W3RR/Jail

Presently Romeo is locked up at Lompac Federal Correctional Institution in California.  As his QSL card states, “As of the day your QSL arrived, 12 years 3 months of continuous incarceration have passed since my February 2003 arrest in Cyprus, and my subsequent extradition into the hands of the United States.”

If you don’t know who Romeo is, you haven’t been a Ham for very long.

I don’t pass judgement on Romeo as I don’t know the facts.  I do know nobody’s heard his DX signal in a long, long time.

Here’s a few links to some information on Romeo.

3W3RR/Jail Roman Vega Website

Links to articles on Romeo Stepanenko (Roman Vega) and a few of his DXpeditions

A long list of Romeo’s past Ham Radio DXpeditions

I’ll bet you, the good reader of this Blog didn’t know that although the United States accounts for 5% of the world’s population, the US accounts for 25% of the entire worlds prisoners.

Let that sink in for a bit.

Incarceration in the United States via Wikipedia

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VQ9ET 100 Watts, a Wire and a Tree

VQ9ET – 100 watts, 3 meters of wire and a tree.  Because sometimes that’s all you need!

My QTH (Elizabeth, Colorado) to Diego Garcia (Chagos) is 10,155 miles away.  Bob had a super signal this morning on 15 Meters.

N0UN working VQ9ET Diego Garcia (Chagos) 15M CW & SSB

 

QSL VQ9ET via Bob’s home call DU7ET

 

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Observation, ESSB Audio and DX

Listening to the DX pileups on and off through 40+ years in Ham Radio has led me to a couple observations.

One of them is why in the world would you adjust your audio to be 6 kHz wide “bottom bass” and then try to compete in a DX Pileup?  Over and over and over again I hear this low frequency bowel moving bass audio in pileups, and yet I rarely hear them ever getting through a pileup.  Talk about an exercise in futility!  They spend thousands of dollars ruining their DX signals with racks of audio gear and equalizers, then they get mad because they can’t figure out why the DX station can’t understand a word they’re saying.  When they occasionally do get through, listen close as to how many times they have to repeat their callsigns and information to the DX station.  Seems the more they spend, the more they sound like they’re chewing on marbles.  Imagine what that bottom bass audio must sound like 10,000 miles away with a strange American accent?  Showing up in a rare DX pileup with ESSB (extended single sideband) audio seems to me like showing up to a gunfight with a butter knife.

Human ears don’t comprehend well in that bottom bass audio range.  Then take a kilowatt of power and divide it across 6 kHz of bandwidth (instead of a normal 2.4).  Add in a nasally New York accent and there you have it.  Each handicap on it’s own isn’t too bad but combined they add up to “failure”.

Maybe it’s fine for ragchewing with other transplanted audiophiles and friends.  Hell, maybe it’s even better than fine for ragchewing with other transplanted audiophiles and friends.  Just maybe that 6 kHz wide, nasally, all bass east coast accented audio will keep DX away from their operating frequency?  Hmmm.  Maybe I’m the dummy around here after all because maybe that’s exactly what they want to do!

But to use that stuff in a DX pileup?  Good luck with that.

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Ham Radio Entertainment & TX5P

Every once in a while something so strange happens it makes you sit back and laugh.  Here’s the preface.  I was tuning around looking on the published frequencies for TX5P (Clipperton) when I dropped by 14.270 and heard a station broadcasting nothing but hash. A lot of hash. I could hear a voice in there, but I didn’t have any idea who or what the problem was.  I will say I sure am glad I stuck with the op for over 15 minutes until we figured a way through the problem though!  Too damn bad I didn’t notice my recording ended just as I found out who I was helping, and worse yet it ended just as we really started to get the radio dialed in, ugh!

Alain finally got it ironed out, I got him in my log and he’s a happy Ham enjoying a DX pileup (mind you, now with perfect audio) as I write.

Here’s some Ham Radio entertainment for ya’!  Sit back, have a laugh on me.

N0UN working TX5P 20M SSB

 

Previous TX5P Post Here

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TX5P Clipperton Island On The Air!

TX5P Clipperton Island was only on for about 45 minutes today, but we bagged’m!  I happened to be at the rig when I saw the W3LPL Skimmer Spot.  Lo and behold, Alain had a great signal straight south from Colorado.

N0UN working TX5P Clipperton 20 Meters CW

 

DXNews.com had this most informational post on TX5P a few days ago:  TX5P Clipperton Island on DXNews.com

It does NOT appear TX5P will have an Online Log Check (see DXNews.com article above).

QSL TX5P via home call F6BFH

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