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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

N0UN

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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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DX0P Spratly Island Group 2015

DX0P Spratly DXpedition 2015Well this should be interesting!  DX0P from the Spratly Island Group is scheduled to be on the air tomorrow, April 15th.

As of April 14th and according to their website, “The DX0P DXPedition team is now enroute to Pagasa Island in the Spratly Islands on board the Philippine Navy vessel BRP APOLINARIO MABINI”.

Unless you’re been living in a cave the last few decades, that area of the world is a powder keg waiting to go off.  Many countries “claim” ownership over the Spratly Island Group.  Hopefully level heads prevail.  But just in case I guess it’s always a good thing to have a navel gun turret behind you (or is it?).

DX0P 2015 Spratly Island DXpedition

DX0P Spratly Online Log Check at Club Log

DX0P Spratly Website

Wikipedia on the Spratly Island Group

QSL DX0P via WA6LOS

See you in the pileups!

UPDATE.  I was talking to Filip DU2US in the Philippines this afternoon on 15 Meters and he mentioned Spratly DX0P was very loud to him and that he was in contact with some of the principle operators and pilot stations from the DXpedition.  Before I could think of what I was about to ask, I blurted out, “is it possible to move them off 20 where we have no North American propagation right now and move them here to 15 where we do have propagation?  When we cleared Filip said he’d make some calls.  30 minutes later DX0P showed up on 15 Meter Phone.  Coincidence?  I think not!  Thanks Filip, and thanks DX0P!

N0UN working DX0P 15M SSB

 

Go get’m!

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Expectations of DXpeditions

I find it hard to believe that people complain about DXpeditions and their practices.  It doesn’t matter if it’s a limited two day DXpedition like PQ0T on Trindade, or a super DXpedition like FT4TA on Tromelin that seemed to last for weeks, it’s all the same – Internet chat rooms, forums, DX Clusters and our airwaves fill with whining, crying, complaining, bitching and hate.

I understand disappointment, but since when does disappointment turn to spiteful name calling, blame and hate?  “Yep, I’m disappointed I didn’t work them and it’s all their fault“.

I guess I see it different than a whole lot of other folks.  In almost every DXpedition I see an opportunity granted me to work a new country, band-fill or mode.  Hey, if they get on 160 Meters, fine.  If they don’t, fine.  If they stay on CW the whole time?  Fine.  SSB?  Fine too.  They’re there for a day?  Two weeks?  Never again?  It’s all OK with me, I’ll adjust to whatever it is they need to do.  Did they call and work “North America” only?  By numbers?  Did they work the wrong band at the right time or at the wrong time on the right band?  Those things matter to me, but I try to take what they give and I’m grateful I even have/had the chance.

Hey, it’s their time.  Most of the time it’s their money.  K1N Navassa was over 15 THOUSAND DOLLARS from each operator!  They’re the ones going to wherever it is they’re going and they are the ones putting it all on the line.  Who are we to hate from our comfy leather chairs in our heated Ham shacks?  Never does my frustration on what a DXpedition is doing (or not doing) rise to name calling and hate.  Disappointment?  Sure.  Hate?  No.  Unlike QRMers, Lids, idiots and boneheads who deserve the wrath of us for taking away QSO’s, DXpeditions are doing what they can to make QSO’s.

How can I say what I want to say without offending anyone?  Hmmm, let’s try.  Here’s my best offering:

“If you don’t like what they’re doing, shut your piehole and go do it yourself”

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PQ0T Trindade & Martim Vaz Islands

PQ0T Trindade Island DXpedition 2015Well that was easier than I thought.

PQ0T on Trindade Island showed up on 10 Meters today and even though they weren’t that strong I managed to work them.  It appears they hear exceptionally well.  This is a short DXpedition, just a couple days long closing on April 4th.

With such a short DXpedition I don’t expect their Online Log at Club Log to be uploaded until they return, but here’s the Online Log Check link to check when they do:

PQ0T Online Log at Club Log.

Good luck, see you in the pileups!

By the way, it’s Trindade (not Trinidade) and Martim Vaz (not Martin Vaz) Islands

N0UN working PQ0T Trindade Island 10M SSB

 

N0UN working PQ0T Trindade Island 15M CW

 

N0UN working PQ0T Trindade Island 20M SSB

 

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Ham Radio? What’s Ham Radio?

Every once in a while you need a break from Ham Radio.  Hobbies are supposed to be just that, hobbies – right?

I forgot what Ham Radio was while on a weeks vacation to Phoenix for Arizona Bike Week.  Radio was the last thing on my mind.  Temperatures in the 90’s, Harley Davidson motorcycles, beautiful women and great friends put Ham Radio on the back burner.  The wayyy back burner.  Although I did ride over to see radio friends Rick (W0RIC) and Hank (W0CZE) and even took a couple pictures with Rick’s tower in the background, so I guess there was some kind of Ham Radio connection.  Both Rick and Hank are transplanted Hams now living in the beautiful “Valley of the Sun” (save me a spot someday).

It was another long winter in Denver and it sure felt good to finally ride.  Here’s a few pictures of our Arizona Bike Week 2015:

(coming soon)

 

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9N7CC 9N7FD 9N7WE Nepal QRV

Well, that was weird.

I’ve been chasing the trio of Polish DXpeditioneers in Nepal around the bands for the last few days but I hadn’t heard them anywhere – until this morning that is.

Coming off a huge solar storm (A Index was higher than the Solar Flux) where all long distance HF signals were either severely attenuated, or in most cases not even there, I was surprised by the strength of 9N7FD on 20 Meters this morning on the shortpath.  What makes it even more surprising to me was that I saw the DX Cluster spots that 9N7FD was indeed on 14.195, but after sitting on 195 and listening to “nothingness” for over an hour, I went up the band to see if I could hear Indian station VU2DSI that was spotted on the DX Cluster.  Datta was strong, a real S9 over the short path.  I said hello then went back to listening for the Nepal station.  Lo and behold 9N7FD was now S9!  Not more than 5 minutes had passed from when I went up to work VU2DSI and 9N7FD went from S ZERO to S9.  15 minutes after I worked him, he dropped to S2.  Talk about “spotlight” propagation!  I guess you can’t win the lottery unless you bought a lottery ticket, and I just happened to be in right place at the right time with my ticket in hand.  Nepal is another point in my 2015 DX Marathon Contest log and I needed that one as you never know how many chances you may (or may not) get to work Nepal.

Here’s the recording working 9N7FD on 20 Meters this morning:

N0UN working 9N7FD 20 Meters SSB

 

9N7WE Online Log Check at Club Log

9N7FD Online Log Check at Club Log

9N7CC Online Log Check at Club Log

Nepal DXpedition Website

From DXNews.com: Rafal SQ9CNN, Bogdan SP2FUD, Janusz SP9FIH will be active from Nepal 18 – 30 March 2015 as 9N7CC, 9N7FD, 9N7WE

They will operate on HF Bands.

QSL info:

9N7CC via SP9FIH
9N7FD via SP2FUD
9N7WE via SP9FIH

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9Q0HQ Dem. Rep. of the Congo

9Q0HQ Democratic Republic of the Congo (not to be confused with neighbor “TN” Republic of the Congo) is on the air.  It appears this is a well manned Italian DXpedition with super signals all around (so far).  They hit the ground running on several bands almost simultaneously.  Here’s a recording I took working them on 10 Meters:

N0UN working 9Q0HQ 10M SSB

 

9Q0HQ Online Log Check

9Q0HQ Website

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VU4A Andaman & Nicobar

VU4A VU4II was snooping around for some good DX on 15 Meters a few minutes ago and found VU4A from Andaman & Nicobar working a slew of Japanese stations UP 1.  I could barely hear VU4A and the Japanese stations calling them were loud on the shortpath, so I figured I might as well see if VU4A was any better on the longpath and the Japanese stations attenuated some, right?  Down to the Indian Ocean over the South Pole I turned and there he was a little over over 16,000 miles away.  I love it when a plan comes together.  VU4A Andaman & Nicobar in the log!

N0UN working VU4A 15 Meters Longpath

 

VU4A keeps surprising me.  They showed up on 20 Meters Phone a few minutes ago with a great signal on the shortpath.

N0UN working VU4A 20M SSB

 

Special Callsign issued for HAMTECH 2015, International Conference on Amateur Radio Communications organized by the National Institute of Amateur Radio (NIAR), Hyderabad, India.

VU4A : Is operated by Foreign Radio Amateurs

VU4I : Is operated by Indian Radio Amateurs

Location: Port Blair, Andaman & Nicobar

Dates: March 6th to the 18th, 2015

QSL via DL4KQ

National Institute of Amateur Radio Website

I do not see an Online Log Check at Club Log yet for VU4A.  If that comes available, I’ll post the link here.

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DX Cluster – To Spot or Not To Spot

Well, you’ve all seen my N0UN DX spots on the DX Cluster.  Some pretty rare DX as well as some pretty average DX too.

There’s several reasons I spot DX.  I’m lucky enough my Ham Shack is also my work office so I am near the radio for one and I don’t mind spotting what I find when I’m tuning the bands.  For me it’s one click from my log and the DX spot is published for the world to see on the DX Cluster.  Pretty easy stuff.

But (there’s always a big butt)!

A member of the local DX Club here in Denver mentioned something that struck me earlier today.  He said DX spots, “attract jammers like locusts to a freshly mown field.  Flies to flypaper.  Wouldn’t it be something if we could somehow resist the bragging urge and NOT SPOT to try reducing the number of jammers?”

When I first read it, it felt personalPersonal because I spot a lot (thousands) of good DX stations that other guys in the DX Club regularly work after my spots.  Personal because I’ve received hundreds of complimentary e-mails through the years telling me because of my DX spots they worked an All Time New One (ATNO) or a bandfill.  I appreciate all those messages.  I’m glad to help.  I didn’t spot DX to brag about it, I spotted to help somebody.

Homer D'OH!But the problem here is out-of-control pileups, not my DX spots, right? – or is it really the other way around?  It dawned on me a little after reading that message that I was one of the guys causing the pileups.  Yeah, my spots may help Hams get a new one, but my spots are also causing chaos.  Walk this through.  I’m scanning the bands from a great QTH on top of a hill when I stumble across Macao, XX9 calling CQ.  Nobody knows he’s there, he has no replies to his CQ.  I call and work him, then I spot XX9 and guess what happens next?  Pandemonium.  First thing within 60 seconds are people calling “blind”.  Blind callers not bothering for a second to see if they can hear the Macao station, they just call.  Then comes the carriers.  Idiots tuning their rigs and amplifiers right on the DX transmit frequency.  They don’t give a rats ass about anything but themselves working that DX station.  Because people are calling blind, and other idiots are now tuning on the frequency, well who comes next?  Frequency Cops that feel they have to yell at everybody to knock off the shenanigans.  So between all these Lids, kids, cops and idiots – we have utter chaos.  And what started it all?  Yep, MY DX SPOT.

E30FB came on from Eritrea this morning and within a minute or two all hell broke loose.  Lids, kids, cops and idiots all converged on the E30FB transmit frequency.  That same exact thing happens in every pileup.  EVERY pileup.  The frequency cops try to control the chaos.  The DX station tries to control the chaos.  Every damn idiot jammer saw the spot and they head to the frequency to do what they do, jam.  Everybody calls and calls and calls, others are tuning up, cops are in their glory.  The Q rate plummets and the DX station is overwhelmed.  Some walk away.

All because of a single DX spot.

And that is the root of the problem I figure.  So I am done spotting.  No more N0UN DX spots.  Zero, zilch, nada.  You fine people of the worlds Ham Radio Community, you can go hunt DX yourself.  No more Ham Radio Welfare Handouts from this turkey.  You’re gonna’ have to go earn it ’round here.

It all goes back to a quote from Eldridge Cleaver when he stated, “If you are not a part of the solution, you are a part of the problem.”

I do not wish for one second to be part of the problem.  It took awhile but I get it, now do you?

Your comments are welcome below.

N0UN

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VP8DOZ South Georgia On The Air!

VP8DOZ S. Georgia on QRZ

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Denis (VP8DOZ, King Edward Point – DXCC South Georgia Island) showed up on 17 Meters SSB today just as some of the DX Bulletins had predicted.  I was lucky to be one of the first ones to break through and make a QSO with him.  That’s DXCC #327 for me.  From the looks of his QRZ page the propagation gods haven’t looked favorably on S. Georgia, until today that is!

QSL VP8DOZ via ZL4PW

VP8DOZ on QRZ

VP8DOZ Online Log Check on Club Log

Here’s a link to the work Dennis and others are doing on S. Georgia Island:

World’s largest rat poisoning project aims to rid South Georgia of its rodents

A couple short recordings of a few folks working Denis (VP8DOZ) on South Georgia below.  I heard WK3N, W3LPL, N2BJ, NN4R, WN4N, K5EK, N4II, N4MPM, KB4HF, N4BRF, W4EMM, VA2EW, KB8VAO, AB6QM, PY5XH, NY9H and N2AJ get through solid before his signal dropped.  There were several other busted calls that I’m not sure Denis logged.  I don’t believe he had those calls correct.  I sure wish people NOT involved in a QSO would keep their smart-ass comments, carriers, dits and dahs to themselves.  I’ll check the long master recording for more calls later.

VP8DOZ on 17 Meters SSB March 3rd, 2015 – Recording #1

 

VP8DOZ on 17 Meters SSB March 3rd, 2015 – Recording #2

 

N0UN asking VP8DOZ a Question

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3G0ZC Juan Fernandez On The Air

3G0ZC WebsiteLooks like the 3G0ZC Team made it to SA-005 Robinson Crusoe Island (DXCC: Juan Fernandez) and is operational!  I just landed them on 30 Meters CW and 20 Phone and both stations had outstanding signals.  I could barely hear them on 17 Meters phone though.  17 is closed in Colorado right now (0300Z) so we’ll look for them there another time.

N0UN working 3G0ZC Juan Fernandez 30M CW


 

The F6KOP Team (23 operators from 7 countries) is expected to be on the air until March 4th.

3G0ZC Online Log Check at 3G0ZC Website

3G0ZC Online Log Check at Club Log

3G0ZC Website

3G0ZC QSL Information

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TI9/3Z9DX Cocos Island DXpedition

TI9/3Z9DX Cocos Island DXpedition Now here comes the Cocos Island TI9/3Z9DX DXpedition straight on the heels of the very successful K1N Navassa Island DXpedition.  I’d say it’s a good time to be a DXer!

As I write the Cocos Island DXpedition team is on their way to Cocos Island with their first land based station planning operations February 16th around noon local Cocos Island time (1800Z).  From what I’ve been able to gather, Cocos Island is -6 GMT.  So high noon there (local time) would be 1800Z.

From the TI9/3Z9DX DXpedition Website, it does not appear that the Online Log will be updated until after the DXpedition.  Quote:  “We will have very very limited access to sat phone.  Any questions, comments suggestions please forward to the pilots stations.  DO NOT ASK THEM FOR LOG ISSUES.  WEB page will not be updated during activation”.  It now appears that has changed as they have indeed updated their TI9/3Z9DX online log at Club Log. “1,522 QSOs logged between 2015-02-16 20:00Z and 2015-02-17 17:59Z”

You can track their ship from this link:  TI9/3Z9DX Ship Track

TI9/3Z9DX Online Log Check (Club Log)

TI9/3Z9DX Website and Information

Cocos Island on Wikipedia

Looks like they’re planning a six day ’round the clock operation.

See you in the pile-ups!

N0UN working TI9/3Z9DX Cocos Island 40M CW

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N0UN working TI9/3Z9DX Cocos Island 17M SSB

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N0UN working TI9/3Z9DX Cocos Island 10M SSB Simplex

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N0UN working TI9/3Z9DX Cocos Island 17M CW

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N0UN working TI9/3Z9DX Cocos Island 40M SSB

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Well I’ll be darned.  270 watts and a 80 meter Inverted L Vertical (through my Palstar tuner) for a QSO on 160 Meters!

N0UN working TI9/3Z9DX Cocos Island 160 Meters CW

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K1N Navassa DXpedition

K1N Navassa Island DXpedition 2015. Online log check and information providedUPDATED (see below):  As I write it’s Saturday noon here in Denver, Colorado.  Bands for the most part are dead.  A few DX stations here and there, but overall it’s eerily quiet.  That is sure to change in a day or two from now when K1N from Navassa Island fires up!

Navassa is rated THE #1 DXCC Country needed by most around the world.  Number ONE.  It’s been 22 years since it was last on the air, and they say it will be another 10 years minimum before it will be on again.  32 years.  Truly, NO HAM anywhere wants to miss this one!

I was surfing the K1N website at NavassaDX.com when I noticed the “DQRM” tab.  Now this could be awesome!  I’m wondering what they may be thinking of putting here.  Maybe a list of known QRMers?  Maybe some recordings of all the knucklehead jammers?  Maybe recordings of all the people that will be calling on their transmit frequencies?  Maybe a cloud map of where the Deliberate QRM (DQRM) is originating?  Nobody quite knows yet what they’ll do here, but whatever it is – it is needed!

I have a funny feeling this is going to be a beautiful mess.  From a global location standpoint, this could very well be the opposite of the recent EP6T DXpedition to Iran.  While it was well known that less than 10% of the EP6T overall QSO’s were with North America, I watched (and heard) Europe whining on the DX Cluster, whining on the Internet, whining on the air – that the operators weren’t listening for EU while they tried to work NA.  I expect the exact opposite behavior with North American stations asked to stand by while K1N tries to work Europe, Asia and Africa.  Some LIDS aren’t going to like hearing K1N at 20db over 9 on their G5RV antennas and having to stand by for EU at the same time.  I am sure many will breakdown when they feel it slipping away, and then they’ll show their frustration by QRMing.  Because that’s what cowardly, non-call, anonymous idiots do.  As for how I’ll target K1N, I figure I’ll stay away from their sunset/sunset times with EU and Asia and hunt them during the “off hours”.  No sense in getting all wound up when it should be just like working any other high power station in the Caribbean, right?  Why put yourself through all those pileup headaches when you can hunt them in off-times?  No reason to be in the way when a lot of people need this one!

And speaking of needs, I need K1N for my #326 DXCC, so I’ll see you in all the NA pileups!  Good luck!

K1N Navassa Website with Online Log Check, Information and Status Updated Regularly

K1N Navassa Online Log Check at Club Log

Since Navassa Island is not inhabited, I took the nearest location (Jérémie, Haiti – 46 miles away) for sunrise/sunset times I could find (0635 SR, 1751 SS local time).  Navassa Island is -5 GMT.  So sunrise on Navassa for the next week or so is near 1135Z, and sunset on Navassa is near 2251Z.  Mark that down, you may need that info.

A random thought:  I’m thinking we can call the LIDS, jammers and incompetent folks trying to work this DXpedition – “Navassholes“.  I can see some frequency cop saying it now, “there’s another Navasshole calling on their transmit frequency”.

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UPDATED: (Feb 1st, 2014 – 0100Z)

#326 is out of the way, pressure: off

After having to listen to all the Navassholes QRMing K1N (while calling) for over an hour, I finally got them.  Clear as could be too!  It was like the Red Sea parted and there was my call.  Don’t ask me what I sent in my first reply because wouldn’t you know Murphy decided to show up and my keyer failed.  One quick slam on the desktop though and it was back to normal – just in time for the confirmation!  Whew!

N0UN working K1N Navassa 40M CW

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N0UN working K1N Navassa 80M CW

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N0UN working K1N Navassa 15M SSB

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N0UN working K1N Navassa 20M CW

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N0UN working K1N Navassa 30M CW

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N0UN working K1N Navassa 17M CW

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N0UN working K1N Navassa 20M SSB

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N0UN working K1N Navassa 10M SSB

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N0UN working K1N Navassa 40M SSB

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