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Author Topic: 3B9SP - Rodriguez Island  (Read 6977 times)
N3QE
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« Reply #15 on: October 16, 2012, 06:44:27 AM »

Real strong on 40M CW into the East Coast last night, probably stronger than I remember 3B8CF being. It'll be a chip shot once the louder signals work them (assuming they are there long enough!), and I hope to get on 80M too.

I was looking at my logs for 3B8CF over the years and I was a little surprised that almost all the winter QSO's were concentrated between 0130Z and 0230Z, no matter what the band (80, 40, 20, mostly at bottom of previous solar cycle). Don't know if that's the advantage of greyline, or just Jackie's schedule, or maybe just my schedule :-).
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« Reply #16 on: October 16, 2012, 08:26:34 AM »

For those looking to work 3B9 from the West Coast, they were on 17M last night at around 0130Z with a decent S3-S5 signal. Not real loud, but certainly copyable. It only took a couple of calls to get them in the log.

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« Reply #17 on: October 16, 2012, 01:18:27 PM »

I'm on cloud 9 Grin  Today I first tried 20m SSB without any luck breaking the EU wall.  I QSY'ed to 10m but I couldn't hear anything.  Then I saw the spot on 15m RTTY and he had a solid signal here in CO.  He was working NA stations with a few EUs mixed in the fray.  What was weird was that he kept changing his TX frequency after every contact.  So one has to use the waterfall and search for his signal.  This was very challenging as there were signals from callers all over the waterfall.  After about 20min. of trying he came back to my call.  However a LID called on his frequency and covered him up.  I tried to recover the QSO by resending my call again.  But by then it was too late and he disappeared into the fray.  I was determined to try again, as I knew he could hear me very well.  Several minutes later I got the wonderful print that I was patiently waiting for...

W6GX UR 599 599 QSL? W6GX BK

19:55:12> Main
RR 599 DE W6GX TU K

This is an ATNO for me.  Now I need to tell myself not to get too excited until my call is in the log.

GL to all who need 3B9.

ps I also saw W2IRT in the fray.  He was looking for one RTTY contact.  I hope he got it.

73,
Jonathan W6GX
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« Reply #18 on: October 16, 2012, 03:13:25 PM »

I'm on cloud 9 Grin 

Congrats on the ATNO Jon Smiley I try to convince a few of the local DX'ers who won't work RTTY that sometimes getting them on that mode is sometimes easier because there is not nearly as much competition. Good thing they don't listen to me  Grin

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« Reply #19 on: October 16, 2012, 03:29:06 PM »

Congrats Jon on getting him.  That was a well deserved contact and you earned it.  He was all over the place on the waterfall.
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« Reply #20 on: October 16, 2012, 03:54:50 PM »

Thanks for the nice comments. . I was getting a bit worried as my work schedule coincides with peak propagation (>2400Z). GL to all.

73,
Jonathan W6GX
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« Reply #21 on: October 16, 2012, 07:06:04 PM »

I worked 3B9C back in 2004 on 40-15m, including RTTY. Still need 3B9 confirmed on 12 and 10m.  Worked 3B9FR on both of those bands, but haven't got a QSL from him yet-sent him a couple direct ones.  He used to be on quite a bit, now I never see him spotted. Wonder if he is ok?

John AF5CC
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« Reply #22 on: October 17, 2012, 12:02:19 AM »

I worked 3B9C back in 2004 on 40-15m, including RTTY. Still need 3B9 confirmed on 12 and 10m.  Worked 3B9FR on both of those bands, but haven't got a QSL from him yet-sent him a couple direct ones.  He used to be on quite a bit, now I never see him spotted. Wonder if he is ok?

John AF5CC

I worked 3B9FR back in October of 1988.  That was only four months after I received my license. I must have thought Rodrigues Island was going to be common but it was almost 24 years to the day since I worked Rodriguez again.  I did get a QSL from 3B9FR.

He is still listed on QRZ and his mailing address is Rodriguez Island.  I did a search of DX Summitt and he was very active until around 2009 or 2010 after which there are only a couple of spots.

BTW, his spots show a lot of RTTY and he likes 14.195 which we all know is NOT a good frequency. I don't know how long the QRMer from Sicily has staked out that frequency, however.

I also hope he is OK.  It's nice to have a resident ham on a rare one like Rodriguez.

73,

Chris/NU1O
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« Reply #23 on: October 17, 2012, 10:12:50 AM »

I did HEAR him on 20m cw last night. Not well enough to understand if he came back to my call sign other then 3 or so times out of 100... but it's a start.
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« Reply #24 on: October 17, 2012, 11:19:27 AM »

He had a solid S-7 signal at my QTH around 0230Z last night Ben, and solar conditions look to be fairly similar so you should have a pretty good chance. Hope you work him!

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« Reply #25 on: October 17, 2012, 12:43:34 PM »

Me too. Lacking a 17m antenna is looking like a big handicap. Lots of west coast spots for 17m yesterday. But I did hear him on 20, if the pile ups were a little smaller, and the amount of call signs he is responding to smaller, I will be able to pick out my callsign more accuratly. Yesterday I could make out about 40% of what he keyed, 10% of the time. If he called me, I would hear something like KF....B.... 5..N... I didnt want to be a dummy and jump into that.
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« Reply #26 on: October 17, 2012, 03:04:25 PM »

Best time for me in Colorado on 20SSB is 0030 to 0130 UTC per HamCap.  Nil until about 0000.  But operator QSY's each day to 40M about 2120 UTC.   Won't work many NA western side on 20 that way.  Bummer.
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« Reply #27 on: October 17, 2012, 03:49:09 PM »

West Coast US stations - I recommend watching for them on 40M CW starting ~1300 UTC.  I worked them on the long path on my first call.  The op was specifically asking for W6/W7 only and his signal was pretty strong.   Great operators so be patient and jump in on the TX frequency used the previous contact but do follow the DX code of conduct.  Good Luck..
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« Reply #28 on: October 17, 2012, 05:12:06 PM »

Best time for me in Colorado on 20SSB is 0030 to 0130 UTC per HamCap.  Nil until about 0000.  But operator QSY's each day to 40M about 2120 UTC.   Won't work many NA western side on 20 that way.  Bummer.

John- were you on the radio today at 19:45?  He had a fantastic signal on 20m SSB calling outside EU only.  I'm 153 miles from you and I could copy him Q5.  Just an FYI.

Tonight is the first time that I'm available to call him after 0000z and he's nowhere to be found at the moment!

73,
Jonathan W6GX
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« Reply #29 on: October 18, 2012, 12:57:45 PM »

Thanks.  No, I was tied up at that time, so didn't try.  Checking now 1957 UTC.
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