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SATERN NET QRM and DXpeditions

So when a DXpedition shows up on a frequency (that wasn't in use), but it's a frequency that will be used by a NET - who wins?

Well this morning nobody won.

Here's the story:  VK9DLX on Lord Howe Island showed up on 14.264.9 this morning well BEFORE the SATERN NET showed up.  VK9DLX was transmitting on 14.264.9 and was listening up the band.  That's a common operational practice for a DXpedition.  No issues.

Here's the rub.  The SATERN NET that normally meets on 14.265 fired up their net on 14.263, just 1.9KHz away from the Lord Howe DXpedition.

And therein lies the problem.

Besides QRMing VK9DLX on 14.264.9 from 14.263 (less than 2KHz away), different unidentified participants from the SATERN NET would come up to 265 and declare to the world that the SATURN NET was down 2 at 14.263.  What a mess.  So much for working VK9DLX on 20 Meters this morning.

Even though the SATERN NET was told several times (by several Hams) that less than 2 KHz was too close, the net controller (N3HBX) continued the net on 14.263 anyway, thus wiping out any chance to work Lord Howe on 14.264.9 (listening up).  By the time the net concluded at 1538Z, propagation to the South Pacific was lost.  No chance to pick up LHI on 20 Meters SSB today.

And now the interesting part.

I went down 2KHz below the SATERN NET to 14.261 and asked five times if the frequency was in use.  No replies whatsoever.  I inserted my 2.0KHz SSB filter, shaped my notch to remove the splatter from above and called CQ.  I figured if they felt 1.9KHz separation was good enough, a little more at 2KHz would be fine too.

It didn't take long (seconds) for N3HBX (SATERN net control) to come to 261 and tell me that they had a net up 2KHz and that I was wiping them out.

My simple reply was that there's a Lord Howe station on 264.9 and they felt firing up 1.9KHz away was good enough, so given they gave Lord Howe 1.9 KHz, I gave the SATERN NET a full 2KHz.

Over the next 15 minutes (and in between the kibitzers from the SATERN NET), I did manage to work a low power California mobile and a Ham in Ohio that just installed his new G5RV antenna.  I'm pretty sure I made my point because I went back up 2 after completing my QSO's and heard this:


I do give N3HBX some credit though as he did acknowledge I was 2 KHz away, and not transmitting on their frequency as he first insinuated.

Maybe the SATERN NET should take some of their own advice?  Here's another net controller (W0HMS) just moments later explaining how they usually move 3KHz:


In a nutshell nobody won on 20 Meters today.  IF the SATERN NET had moved 3KHz away (or farther), many stations would have been able to work Lord Howe.  Even though the SATERN NET surely is an important part of radio communications, a bunch of guys spending their money to operate from Lord Howe Island and further the hobby is not to be dismissed either.

Now that you've read my ramblings, get away from your computer and go work some DX!

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E30FB Eritrea by Zorro, JH1AJT

Funny how life works out sometimes.

Today is my wife's birthday, so we were out on the Harley all day riding.  With an expected high today of 89 degrees in Denver, that's what she wanted to do.  And you never have to ask me to ride.  I'm ready anytime, to anywhere.  I will say I started getting a little nervous that I might miss Zorro operating from Eritrea as E30FB while we were burning up the highway late this afternoon though.  Then I got lucky.  I could feel a little chill in the air so I told her we'd better head a little closer to the house in case the temperature dipped any lower.  Well, by the time we got near the hill, she was done riding.  Perfect!  I figured I'd check the DX Cluster from my cell phone (which I had been avoiding all day) and sure enough, some brand new E30FB Eritrea 20 Meter spots by US Hams.

Up the hill and down to the shack I flew.  The rest is history.

N0UN working E30FB Eritrea 20 Meter SSB


QSL E30FB via Zorro's home call JH1AJT

At the time of this post I don't see an Online Log Check for E30FB yet but I am sure Zorro will update that when he gets back to Japan. UPDATED: Just received this from the FGC Radio Team: "He does not have internet access thus we cannot get log data until his return to JA. We will upload the logs as soon as possible for online checking.  We will also provide OQRS and LoTW confirmation in due course."

Here's a few interesting links Zorro sent me about his humanitarian mission to Eritrea:

ERi-TV News 'Zena' (September 16, 2014) from EastAFRO on Vimeo.

ERi-TV News 'Zena' (September 15, 2014) from EastAFRO on Vimeo.

President Isaias Holds Talks With Japanese Delegation

Eritrean-Japanese Joint Consultative Meeting On Economic Domain Conducted

If you are generously willing to support FGC (Foundation for Global Children) activities in Eritrea, here’s the PayPal account for the mission;  Please do not forget to mention your call sign in the “Email to recipient: Subject or Message field” when you send.

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LIDs, Kids, Cops and Riff-Raff (Ham Radio)

riff·raff - noun: riff-raff - disreputable or undesirable people.

Something happened here.  How is possible that so many Hams can make the same mistake over and over and over (and over)?

Is it possible they really are that clueless?  I hear the same Hams in almost every pileup doing the same thing.  Transmitting on the DX stations frequency, calling out of turn, QRMing, carriers, cops and riff-raff.  100% complete and total disregard for what the Pileup Operator is requesting.  Why?

Worse than "why" is "how" do we fix this?  I'd love to hear your thoughts on what we can do to better the hobby we're trying to enjoy.

Sit back and listen to a few recordings I took of E30FB (Eritrea) operating on 20 Meters.  WOW!  And if by some chance you hear your voice or Callsign on Zorro's transmit frequency, well, what can I say?  Here's a clue, you're infamous!

Recording #1 E30FB 20 Meters Transmit Frequency


Recording #2 E30FB 20 Meters Transmit Frequency


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Lord Howe Island JA0JHQ/VK9L

Nobu is up and running from Lord Howe Island as JA0JHQ/VK9L.

Earlier this evening I looked up what times any flights arrive on Lord Howe Island and it appeared to me the only "almost" daily flight to Lord Howe arrives around 2:10 PM local time (+10 1/2 GMT = 0340Z).  I figured give at least a few hours to get settled in and to erect the simplest of antennas and Nobu might make it on the air sometime around 0530Z or so.  He beat my prediction by over an hour as the first spot for JA0JHQ/VK9L was at 0405Z, just 25 minutes after the flight on August 10th was scheduled to land!  Now either Nobu is lightning fast, his flight got in early or maybe he got in yesterday?  I'm not sure.  I am sure he's in my log though!

N0UN working JA0JHQ/VK9L 15 Meters SSB


QSL Nobu via his home call JA0JHQ

I don't see an Online Log Check for JA0JHQ/VK9L but if I do find one, I'll update this post.

How awesome is that when 15 Meters is still open at 11 PM local time?

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S01WS Western Sahara Pirate?

Well, you know the old saying, work first, worry later!

S01WS in Western Sahara had a good signal on my 40 Meter Inverted "L" wire this evening in Elizabeth, Colorado.  A couple three calls is all it took to log him.  Then I read this on their Website: "Last 2 August, after a last CQ in 7005 MHz at 00.22 UTC, the S01WS operator has proceeded to the closure of the station.  However, after being able to check later in DXSUMMIT and DXFUN, some pirate station has been usurping the Radio Club call sign for more than 30 minutes.  We don't have any record of the approximate number of false QSO's and we regret the damage that this unsporting behaviour may have caused to the radio amateurs who in good faith have done QSO with the false station.  Kind regards."

I guess I'll know soon enough if I made the real S01WS log as they do upload to Club Log.  Links provided below:

S01WS online Log Check at Club Log

S01WS Website


N0UN working S01WS 40M CW


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2014 CQ Magazine DX Marathon

CQ DX Marathon ContestWell seven months down with five to go in the 2014 CQ Magazine DX Marathon Contest and we're still chugging along at a pretty good clip.

I received my 2013 DX Marathon World Phone Winner Plaque in the mail a few weeks ago, and I have to say it's a really nice plaque.  I'm glad I put forth the effort.  I had a lot of fun competing in the pileups with some pretty well-known DXers.

There's several DX stations I'd like to thank publicly, but I can't mention them while I'm competing again in 2014.  If I did, other contestants would be all over them for schedules and such.  I won't do my friends that disservice.  I did thank them all individually and privately though.

For 2014, as of today (August 1st) I have a overall score of 317.  That's only 13 away from last years "Overall" winner OM3EY.  I would have tied OM3EY with 330 last year, but I entered the World "Phone" category.  You only get one submission "category".  I'm glad I did it that way because even though I would have tied OM3EY with 330, I do believe I would have lost the tiebreaker and I would have had to settle for 2nd Place in Overall.  This year is a little different.  I still may go Overall, I may go CW only, Phone only (again), I might even make a run at a single band.  I haven't decided yet.  We'll see how the final five months shake out and I'll make that call later.  It's a year long marathon contest, there's no hurry!  After 42 years a Ham without a plaque, here's a picture with my 2013 World Phone Winner Plaque:

N0UN: 2013 DX Marathon World Phone Winner

I've written quite extensively about my 2013 run in the DX Marathon.  If you're interested, here's a link to some of those past posts. DX Marathon Articles at

To learn more about the CQ Magazine DX Marathon, visit the Official Contest Website at

I'm off to chase #318, see you all in the pileups!  73


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VQ9JC Diego Garcia, Chagos

Jim, VQ9JC is on the air from Diego Garcia Island in the Chagos Archipelago.  Interesting facts on Diego Garcia Island and the entire Chagos Archipelago can be found here via this Wikipedia Link (Chagos).

Jim had a good signal, but VK9EC was one down listening up on Jim's frequency so that made for some strong QRM, but we still got through.

QSL VQ9JC via his home call: ND9M

N0UN working VQ9JC on 17M CW


I don't see any mention of an online log for VQ9JC, but if that changes in the near future I'll update this post.  Thanks for the Q's through the years Jim!


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VK9EC Cocos-Keeling On The Air

It's over 10,100 miles (16,307 km) to Cocos-Keeling Islands from Denver, Colorado. Almost half way around the world.

Earlier today I read this on the Cocos-Keeling Island DXpedition Website: "Good News and Bad News. We are now on Cocos-Keeling Island. We are all well. It is a good news. But we encountered a serious problem at Perth International Airport. Two transceivers, one linear amplifier and three antennas were not loaded to our aircraft due to some reasons. We have to minimize our operation on VK9C. Anyway, we started QRV on 40m and 30m yesterday. Please understand our unlucky condition."

Adding to the missing equipment issues, it's raining cats and dogs here this early evening in Denver.  My SWR was up and I had to suppress the static crashes with the Mark-V FT-1000MP noise blanker, notch, 12db of front end attenuation and kick in the 250 Hz CW filter.  Surely I wasn't going to hear them 10,000 miles away.  I thought for sure my chances of working VK9EC were slim to none.

Did I ever tell you what happens when I "think"?

N0UN working VK9EC Cocos-Keeling Islands on 15 M CW


Then a few hours later:

N0UN working VK9EC Cocos-Keeling Islands on 15M SSB


N0UN working VK9EC Cocos-Keeling Islands 17M CW


QSL VK9EC via JF3PLF Direct or via Bureau. They'll also have Clublog (OQRS) and LoTW opened up after the DXpedition.  Check Website for updates.

VK9EC Online Log

VK9EC & VK9EX Website

Thanks Fella's! That's some GOOD DX!

UPDATED August 8th, 0100Z

They had a great signal from their second stop (VK9EX, Christmas Island) too!

N0UN working VK9EX Christmas Island 20M SSB


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C21BN Nauru On The Air

The early bird gets the worm, isn't that what they say?

Sunrise at 5:56 AM local time here in Elizabeth, Colorado - C21BN in the log on 40 Meters three minutes later at 5:59 (1159Z).

I keep thinking I need to put up a two element beam on 40 Meters, then I get pleasantly reminded this $5 Inverted "L" works just fine.

N0UN working C21BN 40M SSB


QSL C21BN via Yuki's home call JH1NBN

Online Log Check for C21BN on Yuki's Website:


JH1NBN Website

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SV2ASP/A Mount Athos On The Air!

A picture from Mount Athos.

If it looks like the Greek Team and Monk Apollo are all smiles wishing Zorro (JH1AJT) Happy Birthday, just think how many worldwide DXers are happy SV2ASP/A is back on the air with a new rig, amp, tower and antenna from Mount Athos!

Ham Spirit is alive and well!

Congratulations Gentlemen, thank-you and Happy Birthday Zorro!

More on Mount Athos here.

Mount Athos Team Wishing Zorro JH1AJT Happy Birthday!

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Self Spotting on the DX Cluster

I enjoy working DX.  One of the tools a DXer will use to sniff out DX is the DX Cluster.  That 24/7 'round the clock Internet system that will notify you that DX stations are "on the air".  The DX Cluster will tell you what the DX stations callsign is, who spotted him, what frequency he's on and more.  I have my DX Cluster loading through Ham Radio Deluxe software so along with station/frequency/time display, it also shows me the beam heading and distance in miles to the DX station from my QTH.

It's a great tool.  I've worked a lot of rare DX and DXpeditions using the DX Cluster.  But see here's the rub.  It's a DX Cluster.  Not a W1AW, USA, 13 Colonies, etc. spotting network.  Inherent in its name is DX CLUSTER.  So USA stations spotting USA stations is a waste of what little window space you and I have set aside for our DX Cluster program.  In my opinion, US stations spotting US stations is a waste - just like self-spotting.

And speaking of self-spotting on the DX Cluster, I just completed a "spirited" discussion via several emails with a Ham.  It stayed civil, but at times the discussion was on the brink of disaster.  See, I saw a station on 20 Meters that had obviously set up shop on a frequency and was working DX.  He had a good DX Pileup going.  Awesome stuff!  But the problem was he was self-spotting all the DX stations he was logging.  Now I don't know about you, but that annoyed me.  My DX Cluster window was cluttered with this specific station spotting all the stations he was working.  What good is that?  I looked him up on QRZ and sent him an e-mail simply asking, "Why are you self spotting on the DX Cluster?"

Among several back and forth e-mails, I wasn't getting my simple point across.  Here's three of his replies:

"If you are referring to my 20 meter activity last night, I was NOT self spotting. I was spotted by some of those who were working me as part of the ARRL Centennial QSO party. But thanks for being the self appointed cluster spotting police."

"Dude, I didn't spot myself.  Since I worked 5 or 6 Germans, Russians or Ukrainians, my log program may have spotted those automatically.  But that's NOT self spotting. Self spotting is SPOTTING YOUR OWN CALL SIGN. I've been a ham for almost 40 years; don't tell me how to operate unless you want to really piss me off."

"I don't know where you came up with that definition of "self-spotting", but the ARRL and I disagree with you.  "Self-spotting is the practice of announcing your own call and run frequency on the spotting network."  Perhaps you should brush up on rules, regs and best practices before you decide to send errant emails to other hams."

As you can see in his replies, the little light bulb in his head hadn't come on yet.

I found it a little hard to believe that even though I sent him a snapshot of my screen with his call spotting a long list of stations he was working back to back to back on his frequency, he couldn't grasp that he was self spotting.  Then I provided him this:

"You're something else.  Tough nut to crack.

You clog up thousands of DXers valuable Cluster window space with your self-spots, then when called out you try to snake your way through a discussion with excuse after excuse.

Let's see...  I didn't spot the DX you worked, the DX stations you worked didn't spot the DX you worked, casual folks listening didn't spot the DX you worked, YOU YOURSELF spotted the DX you worked.

I attached a snippet of you (using your words) "announcing your own call and run frequency on the spotting network" just in case you needed to "see" what you were doing.

Who was "Station Call Removed" spotting DX in his own pileup on his own frequency?  That's self-spotting.  It's a version of self-spotting rarely seen (because everyone knows better).  Imagine if everybody did what you do, sit on a frequency, call CQ and spot everybody they work."

Maybe he finally got the point, maybe not.  Maybe somebody reading this obscure Blog post on self-spotting to a DX Cluster will get it too, maybe not.  I felt it worthy to write about.  Read the ARRL guideline on self-spotting again, "Self-spotting is the practice of announcing your own call and run frequency on the spotting network".  When YOU post the DX YOU are working on YOUR frequency to the Cluster, you are self-spottingYOU are the spotter.  YOU are spotting your frequency.  Capisce?

If you think about it for a moment, spotting your own call in the "DX" as well as the "Spotter" column to the DX Cluster isn't 1/20th as bad as what this Ham was doing.  If some 9N7 station in Nepal spots himself on 14.195 calling CQ DX ONE TIME, that's 20 times less window space taken than when self-spotters are spotting their logbook.

And my DX Cluster alarm just went off, so with that I'll sign off my rant and do what DXers do, go work some DX.  See you in the pileups!

Related, including Remedy: US Stations Spotted on DX Cluster

UPDATED:  Just got an e-mail from a US Ham wondering what wasted window space I'm talking about with self-spotting.  I didn't have to look far.  Here's a snapshot of self-spotter HI8CSS:

Self-Spotting to the DX Cluster

This begs the question, "why?" Other than to create aggravation and frustration for Cluster users, what is gained for anybody anywhere by this type of self-spotting?

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DX and DXpedition News Not Reliable

I don't know why it's happening lately, but several DX News outlets are publishing bogus DXpedition information.

And it's not just one source hosing up everything, but several.

The Daily DX

DX-World.netAbout the only DX news outlets I really trust anymore are Bernie's (W3UR) "The Daily DX", Col's (MM0NDX) DX-World.netDXCoffee and AT Comm DX News.  On this Blog, I carry an "aggregate" of several DX News sources I trust.  One DX News Feed scrolls across the top of my Blog, others are located in the right column on every page of my Website.  A sort of, "One Stop Shop" for DX information.  Click on their logos for more information.

One thing I've figured out is that some news outlets are scraping others content and republishing.  In the old days, this was a surefire way to root out the scraped content:  publish some bad info, then see who was republishing it without giving credit.  Add bogus scraped content to most of the bogus news being attributed to the wrong year and now we all have a real problem!  "Wrong year" as in the original DXpedition was planned in 2013, but is being re-posted as going forward in 2014.


UPDATED: July 4th, 2014 1540Z

I did hear from a couple editors of DX News publications and they assured me that there was indeed some problems recently, but that there's also some "fixes" being discussed between many of the publications.  And that is good news for all of us that read them!  It seems to me that NO single news organization can gather all the dynamic DX news as it's unfolding, so republished (scraped) news is a fact of life.  Maybe part of the answer is to time/date/year/credit "stamp" all DX information?  I'm sure nobody at CNN wants to republish news from say, FoxNews, but at least if it's "time/date/year/source credited" us readers will have more accurate information no matter the source you're reading it from.  Just a thought.

I believe I found the source of most of the recent errors I've seen.  I just read the DARC (Deutscher Amateur Radio Club) DX Newsletter for July 2nd, 2014 and lo and behold they have at least three bad DX news stories.  Link to DARC DXNL July 2nd, 2014.  In a single publication one mistake?  That can happen to anybody.  Two?  Just a bad day.  Three or more?  C'mon, you have to be better than that!  The absolute worst part of their mistakes?  All three "bad" stories are from DXpeditions LAST YEAR (2013) that they re-posted as current for 2014!  Do the quick math, what does that tell you about where they're getting their information from?


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4W/HB9FLX Timor-Leste On The Air

You just never know who you're going to work when you call "CQ DX".

Calling CQ DX is kind of like fishing.  And all fishermen know every once-in-a-while you snag a big fish.  Here's a recording hooking big fish Felix, 4W/HB9FLX (Timor-Leste) on 20 Meters.

N0UN working 4W/HB9FLX (Timor-Leste) 20 Meters SSB


With only 5 watts and a longwire, Felix wasn't very strong but then again Timor-Leste is just under 9,000 miles away from my QTH in Colorado.  That's almost 2,000 miles a watt!

4W/HB9FLX on

Felix at the controls in Timor-Leste

Felix, 4W/HB9FLX

QSL 4W/HB9FLX via home call either direct or via bureau.

Now that's some good DX!  Thanks Felix!

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20 Meter Broadband Interference

June 10th, 2014

Any ideas on what this broadband interference is on 20 Meters?  It's been on for several hours today from 14.197 to 14.220.  Over 20 KHz wide, and loud.

20 Meter Broadband Interference


From my QTH in Colorado it appears to peak at 15 degrees or so.  That puts it in-line with Greenland, Russia, Ukraine, Iran, etc.  At 20db over S9 it is a force, and it is wiping out all communications across a good portion of our Amateur Radio 20 Meter Band.

Anybody else wish to lend an observation, knowledge, speculate, or a beam heading?  I wonder if it's part of the Iranian Over The Horizon Radar System mentioned in a past post here:  Iranian Over The Horizon Radar.

I suspect to generate a signal that wide, that strong and for that long, it must be transmitting "megawatts" of RF power coupled to some heavy duty "high gain" antennas.

Somebody knows something...

Me thinks it may be time to round up a few hundred thousand Hams and send a lil' message back to the source?

UPDATED:  Well...  I think I just found the answers to my questions.  Just posted a few days ago on YouTube.  Oh boy, swell.  Here we go again...

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DX Marathon Final Results

CQ DX Marathon ContestIt appears the 2013 DX Marathon Final and Expanded Results are published!  You can view them here: 2013 DX Marathon Final Results.  If you can't view an Adobe .pdf file, I've converted the single 3 page .pdf to three separate .jpg files (3 pages).  Click each page to enlarge in a new window:

2013 CQ DX Marathon Results Page 1 2013 CQ DX Marathon Results Page 2   2013 CQ DX Marathon Results Page 3

I sure was glad to see I did not make a single mistake on my submission.  After hours of checking and rechecking, I turned in a "claimed" score of 323 ALL PHONE, and I was credited with 323 ALL PHONE in my final tally.  I took a quick look at some other stations I had heard in the pileups during 2013, and sure enough quite a few of them lost points between their claimed scores and their final scores.  I call that "shrinkage".  For many the shrinkage was quite severe and surely cost some a few certificates, maybe even a couple category winners plaques.

I suspect several folks will be docked again this year as there have been MANY busted calls spotted on the DX Cluster so far in 2014.  To me it just makes sense to hear the DX station give his call, no matter how long it takes.  That's another reason I leave my recorder on for almost all my QSO's.  I see people over and over and over and over making the same mistake - working the incorrect station (or busted call) from the DX Cluster.  As an example, one DX Marathon contestant was using the Cluster to beg a XX9 (Macau) station to show up on 15 Meters SSB one day.  The frequency he spotted the ghost XX9 station on was just one kHz from a station in South Korea.  Sure enough, everybody jumped the gun and thought they were working the Macau station, but in fact they all worked the HL2 station.  Even though the HL2 station identified regularly, a bunch of folks still took the bait.  That cluster mucked up mess went on for TWO HOURS!  The XX9 station confirmed he was never on the air that day.  In two hours, how many Hams do you think logged XX9?  All that work the whole year long, just to have it subtracted from their claimed score at the end.  Oh well.  I've tried to correct busted calls on the DX Cluster as I hear them, but it's been an exercise in futility - so I don't do it anymore.

For those that follow my Blog, I've written extensively about my 2013 DX Marathon journey.  From playing around the first 5 months of the year, to getting serious about winning the last 7 months - I wrote about it.  Those DX Marathon posts are here:  Previous DX Marathon Posts.

I must say, it sure feels good to win the 2013 DX Marathon World Phone running away.  Think I'll grab a beer (or 6) out of the 'fridge right about now to celebrate.

To learn more about the year long DX Marathon Contest, visit

Good luck to all contestants in the 2014 DX Marathon!

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RM-11708, the ARRL and Me

You won't hear much about the ARRL's proposal (RM-11708) for wide band digital to the FCC. In fact, the rumor mill is awfully quiet about this one. Real quiet. As a matter of fact, too quiet.

I don't for the life of me understand why the ARRL would propose wide-band digital data modes to the FCC.

Not just "lend a push" from somebody else's initiative, but they are the ones who actually proposed RM-11708! For years, EVERYTHING about new cutting edge digital was to decrease bandwidth, decrease power, increase readability. Now this?

What comes to mind is almost too simple. The ARRL gains new Hams from all those mariners who will no longer need to purchase satellite internet and tracking systems to communicate.  And no more monthly service fees either.  They'll be able to read their e-mails and surf the web while at sea via high speed digital modes (like Pactor 4) on the Ham bands. That's A LOT of new Hams to bring into the League "sphere of influence", and that's not including all the advertisers that will be tripping over themselves to throw money at the ARRL for their wide-band product marketing.

In 2003 when the ITU changed their "Radio Regulations" and left it up to each country to decide whether they wished to keep Morse Code as a requirement for licensing, the ARRL was licking their chops. I suspect their eyes got all buggy when they realized 200, 300 THOUSAND (or more) new Hams could (and would) come aboard. That's just good for their business.  But at what cost to Amateur Radio?  Go listen to our bands.

I see it happening again with wide-band digital.

In my opinion it is nothing but another money grab. Hey, if they're willing to pester you for awards, lifetime memberships, inscribed bricks, engraved granite garden benches ($10,000) and then even provide "Legacy Circle" Estate Planning to you (so you can leave them money after you're dead), why wouldn't they go after THOUSANDS of mariners?  Too simple.

Maybe some smart, seasoned and well informed Ham(s) can show me the light here (because I just don't see the upside for Ham Radio). I only see SEVERAL downsides.  In my opinion running wide-band digital will only wipe out what's left of our existing digital and CW bands.  A couple three of these 2 - 3 kHz wide high-power monsters will easily wipe out 10 kc of bandwidth.  And that's from just a few stations!

Prepare your argument FOR this proposal well though. Guaranteed it's gonna' be a hard sell to this knucklehead because I don't drink Kool-aid (especially Grape flavored offered by ANY Ham).  The bottom line is RM-11708 is bad for Ham Radio.

N0UN (follow the money)

Public Filings on RM-11708

Sailing Community FOR RM-11708 (of course!)

Instructions for filing an RM-11708 comment

"Save RTTY" has some excellent information - must read at

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9G5ZZ Ghana On The Air

I just worked Arno (9G5ZZ) in Cape Coast, Ghana on 17 Meters CW.  I was surprised to hear him so loud, and also a very pleasantly surprised to add Ghana to my CW total in this year's DX Marathon contest (2014).

N0UN working 9G5ZZ 17 Meters CW


QSL route for 9G5ZZ is via his home call, DL1CW (preferably via the Bureau).

WOW, that was fast!  Arno appears to be uploading his log in "real-time" to Club Log! 9G5ZZ Log Online at Club Log.

9G5ZZ on QRZ


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SV2ASP/A Mount Athos 15 Meters CW

Whew!  Finally snagged Monk Apollo (SV2ASP/A) on 15 Meters CW this morning.  After following Zorro's (JH1AJT) recent trip to Mount Athos, I was beginning to think it might be quite a while before we heard from Elder Apollo again.  For those "not in the know", you can get up to speed by reading this earlier Mount Athos post.  Make sure to read the comments below the article as there is much more information to be gathered there.

Here's a recording working Monk Apollo this morning:

N0UN working SV2ASP/A Mount Athos 15 Meters CW



Monk Apollo, SV2ASP
Docheiariou Monastery
GR-63087, Mount Athos

UPDATED  2015Z May 13th, 2014

Looks like all those folks that have been “praying for some rain” got their prayer requests answered today, heehee!

Information from Bernie (W3UR), credit to the Daily DX at

ARS W3UR Bernie McClenny – 2:08 PM – May 13, 2014

Yes indeed that was Monk Apollo QRV today on CW. In fact he is still on 21.020 right now as I type this. He has been on 40 and 15 meters CW usually on 7.020 and 21.020 MHz throughout the day and may later try 20 meters CW. Monk Apollo is the only was able to operate his station. Anyone operating from Mount Athos must have a special authorization by the Holy Council of Mount Athos. Yes DL5EBE did operate from SV2ASP/A back some time ago, however since then the council has told Monk Apollo that he and he alone could operate from Mount Athos and will have his license taken “if he allows anyone else to operate with his call in the future.” Therefore Monk Apollo no longer can allow anyone else to operate his station. Today was a rainy day at the Docheiariou Monastery and he was unable to do any work outside so he was able to operate. On Wednesday May 14th Monk Apollo will be away from Mount Athos for about a week. Feel free to pass this information to your friends with credit to The Daily DX and The Weekly DX.


Bernie McClenny, W3UR
Editor of The Daily DX, The Weekly DX and How’s DX?
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The Three Original No Code Hams

hahahaha, every single time I see this Three Stooges Morse Code video it cracks me up.

"The Three Original No Code Hams", lol - enjoy!

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Zorro JH1AJT, Mount Athos SV/A

As mentioned in this previous Blog post, Zorro is presently operating as SV8/KH0WF on the Greek island of Ammouliani (EU-174).

I spoke with Zorro last night on the phone and this is some of the information he passed on to me.

During a 40 Meter run from SV8 yesterday, Monk Apollo (SV2ASP/A) was able to break the pileup.  They had a great 20 minute QSO.  At that point the Mount Athos information is now out on some of the European DX news channels.

Zorro (JH1AJT) and his small work team will travel to Mount Athos April 23rd to repair/install SteppIR antennas, and to also install a 12/13 Meter tower for Monk Apollo (SV2ASP/A).  Zorro is bringing a 500 watt amplifier and a Kenwood TS480HX radio that he plans on donating to Monk Apollo before departing Mount Athos on Monday, April 28th.

Due to the special requirements for radio operations on Mount Athos, and also the major task(s) of repairing/installing antennas and a tower still ahead of the team, Zorro does not know at this time whether he will have the time or if the circumstances will allow him to operate from Mount Athos.

Zorro will call with an update from Mount Athos (if possible) and I will update this Blog post accordingly.

UPDATE:  April 23rd, 1650Z (Mount Athos local 7:50PM) - Sunrise Mount Athos at 0332Z, Sunset at 1709Z.  No update as of 1650Z.

UPDATE:  April 25th, 1330Z.  No update.

UPDATE:  April 26th, 1330Z.  No update.

UPDATE:  April 26th, 1730Z.  Just got off the phone with Zorro from Mount Athos.  Here is some information he requested I forward to the Ham Radio community:

Zorro's Greek work team has returned home.  He is alone on Mount Athos until his scheduled departure on Monday, April 28th.  Monk Apollo returned to Mount Athos today and they had a very good meeting.  Zorro and his team were able to install a new tower, but the SteppIR antenna is still broken.  There are two issues with the antenna.  One is the SteppIR motor is intermittent, the other is the Control Box is not functioning properly.  Zorro could not get the SteppIR to work as it should.  More repairs will be required.  In the meantime, he hung a 15 & 20 Meter dipole from the tower.

Monk Apollo plans to operate Sunday morning (April 27th) with Zorro at his side from around 0800/0900Z for one hour or so.  Frequency unknown.  This is all the time Elder Apollo has for radio operations as he is busy with his duties on Mount Athos.  As far as Zorro operating alone from Mount Athos while Monk Apollo is tasked, that is not a decision that can be made by Monk Apollo or Zorro.  There is a 20 Monk committee that must approve any and all communications operations.  14 of 20 committee votes are needed to allow any such endeavor.  Monk Apollo is all for furthering the hobby from Mount Athos, but it is not his decision.

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Now, here's a few of my comments. Of note, and just as in Myanmar (which took ten visits and numerous communications between Zorro and Myanmar officials), Zorro has opened a solid line of communication for future radio operations from Mount Athos.  Zorro worked long and hard to open up Ham Radio into Myanmar, and he's ready, willing and able to work long and hard to further the hobby on Mount Athos too.

I did not know (until today) that there's a committee that overseas radio/communications operations on Mount Athos.  I, like many Hams I've spoken to always thought radio was controlled by one man.  It is not.  I learned that Monk Apollo is a very, very busy man tasked with many duties.  Elder Apollo wears many different hats in support of the Orthodox Spiritual Center.

Mount Athos is way bigger that I thought - here's a few interesting links I found:

Mount Athos on Wikipedia

UNESCO Information on Mount Athos


Another thought I've had.  I know a lot of people swear by their SteppIR antennas.  I also know a few Hams that swear AT their SteppIR antennas.  Seems to me Mount Athos is not the place for what I consider to be a "complicated" antenna.  A simple and inexpensive trapped tri-bander would sure make a lot of people happy me thinks.

I do not believe North America will have any chance of working SV2ASP/A at 0800/0900Z on any band, but knowing Zorro is making headway for the future should calm some North American nerves.  That sure doesn't mean I won't be looking though!

Good luck, keep the Faith!

UPDATE:  April 27th, 1200Z.  Monk Apollo and Zorro did indeed show up on the air today, but judging from the DX Cluster spots their signal was considerably down.  DX Cluster spots placed them on 21.365 MHz.

DX World has posted some recent pictures of Zorro (JH1AJT), the Greek Team and Monk Apollo (SV2ASP/A) from Mount Athos at DX World New Images from SV2ASP/A on Mount Athos

Take a peak at the comments below to make sure you read Kosta's (SV1DPI) post.  A great, informative post from one of the team of friends that's been assisting Monk Apollo for years.

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