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Author Topic: Try - Try AGAIN! SPRATLEY coming up  (Read 5350 times)
AF3Y
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« on: July 31, 2012, 07:11:15 AM »

Maybe this time...... Spratley has been SO tough for me.

Here is some info from John:

Hi Gene, yes, we took note of the D64K DXpedition and we will be around the following freqs :
Band               CW          SSB       RTTY
80m               3517         3803           -
40m               7017         7058       7042
30m              10117          -          10135
20m              14007       14180     14092
17m              18087       18165     18107
15m              21007       21295     21092
12m              24907       24985     24927
10m              28007       28495     28092

Notes:
1. Depending on conditions, there may be no SSB operation on 80m, or RTTY on 40m.
2. QSX generally up, but listening DOWN on 12m and 17m SSB (and 80m SSB if this is used). 20m RX frequency for US General stations 14250–14255.
3. The frequencies have been chosen so as to avoid, as far as possible, interference with the D64K DXpedition that is active at the same time as 9M4SLL.

Hope to get you in the log....you can find more info via my QSL Mgr's website www.m0urx.com
 
73 - John - 9M6XRO
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« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2012, 04:27:31 PM »

Hope you nab them this time Gene, but God help them if they are using Spiderbeams Grin

John K7KB
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« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2012, 11:13:43 PM »

I worked 9MOL back in April 2012 and received their QSL card.  Being a DX card collector, I will work this dxpedition for a chance at getting another card since I like to look at the pretty pictures of that ar away place.

Good luck and hope you guys work 'em this time.

73, Delwyn KH6DC
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« Reply #3 on: August 01, 2012, 05:02:18 AM »

Hope you nab them this time Gene, but God help them if they are using Spiderbeams Grin

John K7KB

The spiderbeam is a fine antenna used by many successful DXpeditions.

The problems noted with the previous group were due to not knowing prop to NA, being on the right bands at the right time with the antenna pointed in the right direction and listening for stations in the target area.

There is always prop to this region even with low sunspot activity.  Having seasoned op who understands the paths and will target a region will make a huge difference.
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« Reply #4 on: August 01, 2012, 08:03:27 AM »

Believe me, I wasn't really putting down the Spiderbeam, just kidding Gene a little Smiley And I think you are right, the previous DX'pedition wasn't very propagation aware on what paths were open stateside and when. I would hope that any DX'pedition would do their homework first before a operation.

John K7KB
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« Reply #5 on: August 01, 2012, 08:19:31 AM »

Delwyn:

Let's make a deal. You hold off on contacting 9M4SLL just for another Spratly QSL card until I contact 9M4SLL for my first contact with Spratly Island. I'll keep you posted. :-)

73, Chuck (WA4IIF)
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« Reply #6 on: August 02, 2012, 08:07:32 PM »

Those who found 9M0L too weak to work may be interested in this info:
http://www.ae5x.com/blog/2012/08/02/antennas-for-upcoming-spratly-dxpedition-9m4sll/

John AE5X
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« Reply #7 on: August 02, 2012, 11:00:08 PM »

Those who found 9M0L too weak to work may be interested in this info:
http://www.ae5x.com/blog/2012/08/02/antennas-for-upcoming-spratly-dxpedition-9m4sll/

John AE5X


Funny how propagation works from region to region.  The only expedition I have not been able to work in the last 2 years was the 4W6A op yet you worked them on multiple bands.  9M0L had a pretty good signal here in MA but I only worked them on 15 meters. 4W6A was barely audible on 15 one morning.


73,

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« Reply #8 on: August 03, 2012, 06:02:05 AM »

I spent quite a few years near Groton, CT while in the Navy and had a very difficult time working into east Asia, or even hearing them. Geography definitely makes a difference.
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« Reply #9 on: August 05, 2012, 10:36:22 AM »

Trying my hand at running the prop numbers using VOACAP, it does NOT look good for me here in E. Central Florida (Maybe 20 mi. N. of KSC).

I think I have done it correctly, but I can only see a couple half-way decent openings, using my 1/4wave vertical and 1KW(if needed).
Looks to me as if the 20 meter band should work 2100 - 0100Z and the 17 meter band around 1330 - 1800Z.  I see a couple tiny openings on 30 and 40 meters around morning grey line, but would probably have to sit here and listen to the left coast working em Roll Eyes.

Comoros does look MUCH better, but dang it, I want SPRATLY! WAHHHH! Shocked

73, Gene AF3Y
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« Reply #10 on: August 05, 2012, 01:11:18 PM »

Trying my hand at running the prop numbers using VOACAP, it does NOT look good for me here in E. Central Florida (Maybe 20 mi. N. of KSC).

I think I have done it correctly, but I can only see a couple half-way decent openings, using my 1/4wave vertical and 1KW(if needed).
Looks to me as if the 20 meter band should work 2100 - 0100Z and the 17 meter band around 1330 - 1800Z.  I see a couple tiny openings on 30 and 40 meters around morning grey line, but would probably have to sit here and listen to the left coast working em Roll Eyes.

Try 20 from 0930 to 1300z or 17m from 10z to 17-18z.
That's when the raw numbers look good. The downside is that at the exact same hours that you have potentially available propagation (not necessarily *good* propagation), southern Europe and Japan have S9 or S9+ forecast openings. Good luck, eh.
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« Reply #11 on: August 05, 2012, 02:52:02 PM »

You need the propagation we will have on the West Coast - strong openings 24x7 on some band. I only need it on 160, 80, 12 and 10.

160 and 10 most likely won't happen, 12 will be very iffy, but I should be able to work them on 80M pretty easily.
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« Reply #12 on: August 07, 2012, 06:44:39 AM »

9M4SLL is QRV on 15m SSB.  Nothing heard in Florida.  73, Gene AF3Y
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« Reply #13 on: August 07, 2012, 06:49:12 AM »

9M4SLL is QRV on 15m SSB.  Nothing heard in Florida.  73, Gene AF3Y

Now NA ham on CW on the published 15m CW freq for Spratly.  Very Thoughtful Angry.  Gene AF3Y
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« Reply #14 on: August 07, 2012, 08:40:18 AM »

21.295, Currently listening up 5 for NA
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