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Author Topic: DX Year in Review - 2012  (Read 2854 times)
KY6R
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« on: December 05, 2012, 08:23:26 PM »

JAN - drove to Portland, OR and picked up a 55' tower and drove it back [inside] my BMW X3
JAN - put up A3S - at 45', replacing 20M Moxon that was on a push up mast at 30'
MAR - worked EP for #326 - [surprise QSO]
MAY - worked 7O6T and E40VB, #327 and #328 - both surprise QSO's
JUN - drove up to Nevada City to get two old piles of aluminum
SEP - worked Z81D for #329 and another total surprise activation / QSO
OCT - completely rebuilt antenna farm - 17M stack that also works well on 20M, 15/10M yagi
         and 12M Moxon. Reason - wanted an antenna up at full 55' with no traps
DEC - worked ZL9HR for #330

Last December I was trying to work E44PM with no joy. I had also missed ST0R that year. In
         fact, I hadn't worked an ATNO for over a year - SEP 2010 [ZS8M].

What a difference a year makes - and 4 out of 6 that I worked were total surprises without big announcements.

Looking forward to #331 in 2013, and welcome the surprise!

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« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2012, 08:34:14 PM »

Hi Rich, well, the Intrepid-DX Group hopes to bring you your next all-time new one!

No hints just yet,


Paul N6PSE
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« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2012, 08:49:06 PM »

Hi Rich, well, the Intrepid-DX Group hopes to bring you your next all-time new one!

No hints just yet,


Paul N6PSE

Most excellent, and thanks again for 7O6T. That was an all time surprise and favorite!
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« Reply #3 on: December 05, 2012, 10:00:18 PM »

A year with 5 new entities when you're above 320 is impressive!
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« Reply #4 on: December 05, 2012, 10:02:07 PM »

A year with 5 new entities when you're above 320 is impressive!

Geez - I forgot HK0NA in JAN - how could I forget that! Hi Hi.  Thanks.
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« Reply #5 on: December 05, 2012, 10:24:30 PM »

I'll never get anywhere near 300, but that is neither here
nor there, but I did OK for 2012.

Nauru
Malpelo
Pitcarin Is.
Congo
St Paul Is.
Comoros
Uzbekistan
Chad &
St Peter/Paul Rocks.

And maybe if I get REAL lucky...Auckland Island.

I missed Yemen & Somalia due to illness.

262 worked/260 confirmed in 6 years.
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« Reply #6 on: December 06, 2012, 05:25:30 AM »

Hi Rich, well, the Intrepid-DX Group hopes to bring you your next all-time new one!

No hints just yet,


Paul N6PSE
Awesome, thanks Paul!
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« Reply #7 on: December 06, 2012, 08:06:07 AM »

I had a great year with 9 ATNO's to finish (so far) at 319...

Really disappointed that I missed PT0S which would have given me 320.

Still hunting for the Vatican, Mt Athos and those pesky rocks like
FT8Z, 3Y/B, FT/J and of course KP1.

73 de harry W6DXO


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AB8MA
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« Reply #8 on: December 06, 2012, 08:22:22 AM »

Not a bad ATNO year here.

3D2C
6O0CW and 6O3A
7P8D
A71BU and A71AM
E40VB
HK0NA
HS0ZJU
JX9JKA
KH8PPG
P29NI and P29VCX
RI1FJ
T30PY
TT8TT

Now, if the Sun Gods return, maybe ZL9HR. Smiley

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« Reply #9 on: December 06, 2012, 09:48:52 AM »

Three new ones for me this year. HK0NA, 7O6T and ZL9HR, but now there's nothing on the horizon (at least publicly) until Heard. Still hunting for the one op on Wake but nada spotted of late. Also hoping Simon is successful in XZ, too and the rumours of San Felix coming back would do the trick...just four more for Honor Roll on this end.
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« Reply #10 on: December 06, 2012, 10:40:27 AM »

How could I have forgotten 7O6T ? Add that to my list Smiley
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« Reply #11 on: December 06, 2012, 11:27:26 AM »

Don't forget Spratly Island, 9M0L
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73 and Aloha,
de Delwyn, KH6DC
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« Reply #12 on: December 06, 2012, 11:52:46 AM »

I'll never get anywhere near 300, but that is neither here
nor there, but I did OK for 2012.

Nauru
Malpelo
Pitcarin Is.
Congo
St Paul Is.
Comoros
Uzbekistan
Chad &
St Peter/Paul Rocks.

And maybe if I get REAL lucky...Auckland Island.

I missed Yemen & Somalia due to illness.

262 worked/260 confirmed in 6 years.

In my opinion, you are doing a terrific job considering the modest station and the other issues you must deal with.

I think the best thing you have working for you is your mental attitude. I'm impressed with how you have stuck with the hobby despite not being able to work some big expeditions which other stations nearby have worked. I think someone not as dedicated might have called it quits by now.

I don't see any reason why you can't hit the 300 mark based on the list of countries you have worked this year. All you need is some time and some decent conditions.

The SFI taking a plunge under 100 during the expedition is what is really hampering your ability to work ZL9HR. I worked them Saturday, December 1st on 10 meter phone and they were right at my noise level.  I show a SFI of 113 but I can't make out from my log if it applies to 11/29 or 12/1. Nevertheless, if we had a SFI of 150 and 10 meters was wide open I have no doubt you'd have worked them. The poor conditions are pulling you down to lower and lower bands were your dipole at 20 feet is better suited for regional work and not DX.

With enough time and some decent conditions, I see no reason why you can't hit 300 countries based on the list of countries you have worked this year.

Good luck and keep plugging away!

73,

Chris/NU1O

 

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N2RJ
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« Reply #13 on: December 06, 2012, 12:06:16 PM »

I worked a lot this year, 24 ATNOs to be exact:

AUCKLAND & CAMPBELL
SOUTH SHETLAND
WEST MALAYSIA
ST. PETER & ST. PAUL
UZBEKISTAN
SWAINS ISLAND
LAKSHADWEEP ISLANDS
COMOROS
AMERICAN SAMOA
PAKISTAN
FRANZ JOSEF LAND
MOUNT ATHOS
BHUTAN
NEW CALEDONIA
MARSHALL IS.
AZERBAIJAN
SOMALIA
YEMEN
BOLIVIA
OGASAWARA
SPRATLY IS.
CHRISTMAS I.
ZAMBIA
MALPELO I.
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« Reply #14 on: December 06, 2012, 04:09:52 PM »

Has 328 DXCC confirmed for a long time,hope to reach the 331 in 2013!

73,
Dale BA4TB
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