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2015 DX Marathon Claimed Scores

2015 DX Marathon Claimed Scores The 2015 DX Marathon claimed scores are now posted on the DXMarathon.com Website.

For 2015, I decided before the year long contest ever began that I was going to make an attempt to break the DX Marathon’s All Time World Record for World “Phone” I set in 2013 with 323.

And 2015 did not disappoint!

I ended up with a 328, 5 better.  40 zones + 7 CQ entities + 281 country entities.  I missed a couple relatively easy points on Phone, but I also bagged a few really rare ones too.  But isn’t that how it always goes?  You win some, you lose some.

The DX highlight of 2015 for me was working Dom P5/3Z9DX in North Korea (DPRK).  Not only a point in the Marathon, but personally Dom was an All Time New One (ATNO) for me.

When I first heard about the DX Marathon in 2012, I thought it was kinda’ neat.  I needed something like this to “rattle the cage” a bit.  After 4 decades plus in the hobby, I was bored.  Almost 4 years later this contest not only rattled the cage, but it redefined what I wanted from the hobby and it provided me the focus to put up some steel and improve my station.

And now after a three year hard run, I’m taking a break.  Just like I knew what I was going to do before the 2013, 14 and 15 contests began, I know what I wanted to do before the 2016 contest started.

Ham Supply / Idiom Press - Provides Amateur (Ham) Radio Digital CW and Voice Keyers, Rotor Controllers, LED Lighting, Noise Filters and Electronic KitsYou may have heard a few months ago I bought the assets of Idiom Press.  ARRL Article: Ham Supply Purchases Idiom Press.  Idiom Press is/was a Ham Radio electronics company founded almost 3 decades ago by another DX Marathon contestant Bob Locher, W9KNI.  I first noticed Bob in January, 2013.  He was a relentless DXer in damn near every pile-up I was in.  He seemed to be on every band, first on the scene, and he had a signal.  Sometimes he’d break the pile first, sometimes I did.  But no matter who broke the pile, he was always there.  I couldn’t help but notice him.

After a few moths of this “friendly” pile-up competition, the little voice inside my head was asking, “who the hell is this guy?”  Take my word for this, I didn’t enter the 2013 contest to lose, and this guy W9KNI was making me really work.  I mean really work.  I was getting up early to smoke out DX.  I was going to bed late because I was checking the bands.  I was using every tool known to man to get the jump on W9KNI just to try and beat him to the punch.

Well, he obviously noticed me too, lol.  I got an email from Bob introducing himself, then he sent me a copy of his book, “A Year of DX“.

And like the DX Marathon, I couldn’t put it down.  I read it in a day.  I read it so fast, I had to read it again – twice.

Now I understood.  Completely.

And 4 years later, here we are.  Best of DX competitors, and best of friends.  I’m taking the 2016 DX Marathon off to expand on the vision and company Bob started almost 30 years ago.  Have fun in those pile-ups, but don’t worry – if it’s something I want, I’ll still toss my N0UN hat in the ring!

All because of this little contest called the CQ DX Marathon and our mutual hobby of Amateur Radio.  The future is bright!  Good DX on ya’!

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K5P Palmyra Atoll On The Air!

K5P Palmyra Atoll was All-Time New One (ATNO) #330 for me – one more for DXCC Honor Roll!

It figures – I went out and fixed my 40 and 80 Meter Inverted “L” verticals today, then worked K5P on 17 and 20 Meters first, lol.

Great signals from Palmyra Atoll today, but then again this A-Team of DXpeditioneers knows exactly what they’re doing with propagation, rigs, filtering, power and antennas, so I’ve come to expect nothing but the best from them.

N0UN working K5P Palmyra Atoll 20M SSB

 

QSL K5P via OQRS, Buro and Direct

K5P Palmyra Website

K5P Online Log Check:

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FT4XU Kerguelen On The Air!

FT4XU Kerguelen IslandI guess my parents were right – “sometimes doing your homework pays off”.

Over the last few days I’ve noticed that Nicolas FT4XU on Kerguelen Island has a rhythm.  He usually starts off on or around 14.130 simplex, then when the pile-up forms he receives split up 5 – 10.  After a while operating on 14.130, he’s been immediately going to 14.330.  So when I heard him over the longpath on 14.130 this morning, I went and readied the gear for a run on 14.330 just in case he did what he had been doing in the past.  I’d have loved to work him on “nice and quiet” 14.130, but that portion of the band is out of our US Extra Class privileges.  So I waited.  And I waited a little more.  Then damnit, he just vanished!

But I had already set the VFO’s to RX on 14.330 and TX on 14.335 so I checked there, and in the midst of some heavy QRM both above and below from the net geezers, there he was!

50 watts, a shoulder high dipole out in the middle of absolute nowhere from Kerguelen Island over the longpath into Colorado.  All Time New One #329 for me – Ham Radio awesomeness!

N0UN working FT4XU Longpath UP 5 on 20 Meters

 

FT4XU on QRZ

QSL FT4XU via F1ULQ direct.

Paper log only, no online log check offered.

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P5/3Z9DX North Korea On The Air!

Back from a family get-together, I wasn’t even in the door 5 seconds when my DX Cluster alarms were sounding “Papa Five Stroke Three Zulu Nine Delta X-Ray on Fifteen Meters”.

I thought for sure it was some kind of joke, but lo and behold – it was Dom!  I stumbled around reaching for the headset and setting up my receive DSP I almost forgot to turn the recorder on.  The abrupt end of this recording is because I was so jacked and discombobulated I hit the “Stop” button on the recorder instead of “Add” to log button.  Oh well, all time new one (ATNO) DPRK is in the bag.  And I’m still not quite sure why my record audio on the new FTDX-5000D is so “thin” and is not what I hear in the headset – me thinks it may be because I’m running the audio out to the recorder at the AF Out Jack (before amplification, shift, DSP, filtering, etc.) and not the Speaker Jack (full RX) audio like I used to do on my old FT-1000MP MK V.  Give it time, I’ll figure it out.

Gotta’ love this hobby!

N0UN working Dom P5/3Z9DX North Korea on 15 Meters SSB.

 

QSL P5/3Z9DX through OQRS at Club Log.  The link will be active when Dom gets home to Poland.

Online Log Check for P5/3Z9DX at Club Log

UPDATED (December 21 – 0130Z) – Actually he uploaded from China (I suspect).  The P5/3Z9DX Online Log (and link above) is now active. 784 QSO’s.  The Online QSL Request System (OQRS) is also ACTIVE.

And remember, Dom (3Z9DX) DOES NOT QSL any of his DXpeditions via the Bureau – Only direct and via OQRS!

Here’s a P5/3Z9DX Breaking News link on DX-World.net

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The 2015 DX Marathon Contest

CQ DX Marathon ContestIt’s been an interesting year for DX!

I’ve participated in CQ Magazine’s “DX Marathon” contest the last couple years, and 2015 was no exception.  I’ve been “all in” the entire year.  For those that don’t know of the contest, here’s a link to the DX Marathon Website.

Basically it’s a contest that runs the entire calendar year.  You work as many DX Entities as you can, then submit your logsheet by January 10th, 2016 to the Marathon Administrator.  They run your submission through a complex algorithm of broken calls, known pirates, etc., then score your results versus other competitors.  1st place in many categories such as band, overall, power level (and more) receives a plaque for their effort, while many other runner up, zones, countries and such can receive paper certificates.  Bob, W9KNI writes about his adventures from a few years ago in the book “A Year of DX“.

At a minimum, I’d be willing to bet the All-Time Overall records of 330 (held in a tie by OM3EY and PP5EG) and also North America (329) held by W9KNI, N0FW and K2TQC will get smashed this year.  I know I’m doing my part trying to break records this year!  And it may be a very long time before the winning scores of 2015’s contest will be challenged.  There were more DX Entities on this year than I’ve ever heard before, and there’s still a little over a month to go!

Like me, if you need a little kick in the ass to get motivated in Ham Radio again, this contest will get you motivated.  Personally, through 43 years a Ham – several times I’ve lost interest because of one thing or another.  Life is like that you know.  The 2016 contest starts in a little over a month so get ready to have a little fun.  Get on the air.  Get active.  Go get some!

See you in the pileups!

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VK9WA Willis Island On The Air

VK9WA WebsiteLooks like the Fella’s made it to Willis Island all OK.

QSL VK9WA via N7SMI or OQRS

There QRZ page says they’re going to try to upload their logs to Club log at least once a day.

VK9WA Online Log Check

Make a PayPal donation to VK9WA

VK9WA Website

VK9WA had a helluva’ signal on 40 Meters at 3 AM this morning!

 

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3B7FA On The Air

Ham Radio Pirates“3B7FA On The Air”

Was he?

Reports are surfacing that a pirate was quite busy on CW using Pat’s 3B7FA Callsign from rare St. Brandon the last few days.  People swear 3B8FA doesn’t “do” CW anymore, but until I read a quote or a post authored by Pat himself, well – we just don’t know for sure, now do we?

I’ll tell you what, whoever that was on CW a couple days ago was good.  I mean REAL good.  Accurate, fast and proficient.  That was no DX pileup rookie.

It does appear 3B8FA uses an Online Log at HRDLog.net (but doesn’t use Club Log).

If Pat does upload when he gets home, he may post his online log here:

3B7FA Online Log Check at HRDLog.net, or quite possibly here: 3B7FA Page on HRDLog.net

“The suspense builds”

Here’s a couple recordings of 3B7FA (or pirate) working CW.  Sorry my CW tone was not being recorded for some reason (I haven’t figured that issue out yet).

N0UN working 3B7FA 20M CW

 

And here’s a much longer recording of 3B7FA (or a pirate) in action.  Listen close to the end of the recording when the Op says, “QRX 10 Min, problems with power” and goes QRT.  By the way – he never did come back.

3B7FA 20 Meters CW Recording Including QRT Message:

 

It’s sure going to be interesting when we do hear from Pat (3B8FA).  I’m hoping he was “real” as 3B6/3B7 Agalega and St. Brandon would be an All Time New One DXCC #328 for me.  If it was a pirate breaking my balls, well I hope I find the little weasel some day because I think I’ll have him check the “high voltage” circuit on my linear amplifier.

 

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4U70UN United Nations On The Air

WOW, what a pileup!

It’s been quite some time since 4U1UN has been on the air, and it sure showed.  The pileups were past immense.  I listened for an hour or so after I worked 4U70UN on both 17 Meters CW and SSB today, and because of the non-stop callers they were lucky to squeeze in a couple Q’s a minute.  I imagine if everybody only called once they could have worked a helluva’ lot more Hams, but such is the way things are nowadays.

N0UN working 4U70UN 17 Meters SSB

 

4U70UN QSL Information

4U70UN (4U1UN) Website

4U70UN Online Log Check at Club Log

Let’s see what tomorrow brings.  My guess?  More of the same.

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E30FB Eritrea On The Air

With all the solar storms we’ve had the last month or so, I didn’t think we’d have very good propagation to Africa while Zorro (JH1AJT) is operational from Eritrea (October 16 – 22nd, 2015).  Did I ever tell you what happens when I “think“?

N0UN working E30FB Eritrea 15M SSB

 

Support the Foundation for Global ChildrenQuite a good signal into Colorado I’d say.

Sure is great to see my world traveling friend Zorro getting on the air from these exceptionally hard places to activate like Myanmar, Mount Athos, Eritrea, etc.

QSL E30FB (for this operation) via Zorro’s home call:

JH1AJT
PO Box 8
Oiso, Naka
KANAGAWA, 259-0111 Japan

Online Log Check for E30FB (this operation) at Club Log

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TX3X Chesterfield On The Air

Chesterfield TX3X Log & InformationLocal time on Chesterfield Island right now is:

TX3X Website

TX3X QSL Policy

Online Log Check for TX3X

Fun propagation this evening while trying to hunt down and work the Chesterfield Islands DXpedition – TX3X.  On 17 Meters they started loud on the long path and were non-existent on the short path.  30 minutes later they were “barely there” on both paths.  Another 30 minutes later and not a peep on the long path, but strong on the short path (and in the log).

N0UN working TX3X Chesterfield 17M CW:

 

N0UN working TX3X Chesterfield 20M CW:

 

N0UN working TX3X Chesterfield 17M SSB:

 

N0UN working TX3X Chesterfield 15M SSB:

 

N0UN working TX3X Chesterfield 15M CW:

 

See ya’ in the pileups!

TX3X QRM on Lid List

Amateur Radio's Lid List

 

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A Little Bit Different

My Blog here at N0UN.net is just like me – “a little bit different”.

Over time I’ve seen and read other Ham Radio related Blogs, and to tell you the truth I specifically built this Blog because I thought a bunch of them suck.  Some of them really suck.

Seems all you get on most other Blogs were the Blog owners “opinions”.  No news, no nothing – just the Blog owners opinion.  Well, in my opinion – opinions are like assholes.  Everyone has one, and they all stink.  How’s that for an opinion?

Some blowhard Ham Radio related Blog owners are quick to point out that “they’re the best”, or the “most visited”, or the “most enlightening”, or the “most experienced”, blah, blah, blah – blah, blah, blah, blah….  Yeah, well whatever.

Sure, I occasionally Blog about what interests me, but take a good look around because there’s a lot more than my part-time posts.  On every page there’s FOUR different DX news feeds, a dynamic world clock showing local times right now, active solar and sunspot numbers, direct links to sites like QRZ.com, eHam, QTH, etc. and so much more.  All constantly updated, all current, all the time.

World Times Now at N0UN.net

World Times Now at N0UN.net

N0UN.net is kinda’ like a one stop shop for DXers.  If it’s happening, it’s accessible from here.  And that’s why I built and maintain N0UN.net.  I keep ONE window open on my computer.  From that single window I can read Col’s (MM0NDX) DX-News.net scrolling across the top of every page, or I can view DX news from DXNews.com, DXCoffee.com or the ARRL feeds from column right.  I can see it’s 1:01 AM local time here in Denver, 4:01 PM in Japan and 10:01 AM in Moscow all in one quick glance.  If I want to go look somebody up on QRZ.com, I don’t have to go open up another window and type in QRZ.com, I just click their logo.  Same with QTH.com Classifieds and other relevant Ham radio sites – one click and in.

And if you haven’t noticed by now, here’s a couple more things.  I am not PC (politically correct) and you don’t see any annoying as hell advertisements, pop-up windows or any other kind of that bullshit around here either.  You want lame ass Google ads, pop-up windows, corny theme songs and crap like that then go visit somebody else’s Blog.  Maybe they need the extra dollar or two a day their ads make to survive in this hobby of ours (click, click).  If you want DX news, then we’re glad to have you here.  N0UN.net can be another useful tool in you, the DXer’s toolkit.  Use it, bookmark it, abuse it, or ignore it – it’s up to you.

That’s it for now Good Reader of N0UN.net.  I’m tired.  Oh, if you think I’m missing something ’round here or you’d like something added, drop me an e-mail and if we think it worthy, we’ll add it.  See you in the next big pile-up!

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D67GIA Comoros On The Air

Ken (LA7GIA) is on the air from D6 Comoros.  D67GIA had a pretty good signal into Colorado yesterday afternoon.  I needed Comoros for my 2015 DX Marathon contest submission so I threw my call into the pileup for a chance to work him.

N0UN working D67GIA Comoros 20 Meters CW

 

N0UN working D67GIA Comoros 17 Meters CW

 

According to Ken’s Website (LA7GIA.com), it appears he will be operating as D67GIA until September 23rd, 2015.  Later this year (from Nov 12- 23th) Ken will be operating from Equatorial Guinea as 3C7GIA.

There’s a Paypal Button on LA7GIA.com if you’d like to assist Ken and help offset some of his DXpedition expenses.  DXpedition Donation Page.

Ken has already updated his online log from his first day of D67GIA operations (460 QSO’s).  Here’s the log check link below:

D67GIA Online Log Check at Club Log

LA7GIA Website

Good luck, see you in the pileups!

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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

click to enlarge

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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