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Title: What was your most memorable DX contact?
Post by: N6PSE on January 16, 2013, 09:48:40 AM
What was your most memorable DX Contact?   What contact sticks in your mind as the most memorable to you?


Title: RE: What was your most memorable DX contact?
Post by: KY6R on January 16, 2013, 10:00:08 AM
By far, the 7O6T contact that I had with you - 17M SSB.

After missing ST0R, I upgraded my antenna farm, and after not being able to work you the first couple times you asked for "West Coast Only", I discussed taking my new nested Moxon (17/12M) and turning it vertical to see if I could get my signal up over the nearby mountain. I emailed Dean Straw, N6BV with an EZNec plot and asked him if my idea had merit (he already knew about my hilly terrain because I had shared my HFTA files with him). It was a total "Hail Mary Pass", but it worked. I swear - antenna building is a contact sport with me . . . .

Voila! Success!

Afterwards, you had remarked that my signal was weaker than NE5EE's in SF running a screwdriver vertical with radials, and to this day - this whole story and contact is my absolute favorite. I use that story in my Pacificon Antenna Forum presentations and people love it. I get big laughs every time I tell it.

Was it because I dropped the takeoff angle - or just luck since you had remarked that propagation was best that night.

I will never know the answer, but I got in the log.


Title: RE: What was your most memorable DX contact?
Post by: K3NRX on January 16, 2013, 10:01:24 AM
Hi Paul!  Great idea for a topic...I know this will stroke some of you guys out there, but for me, it would have to be Monk Apollo, May 2002 20m ssb....there was a break in the pile, and I pounced as he had a very strong signal that day.....when he came back, I was doing cart wheels.....thats the most memorable dx for a rare one....for a gardent variety qso, it was to a fellow in Germany about 20 years ago who was nursing a cold....he made it known on the air that his medicine of choice was heavy doses of peppermint schnapps....and he would end each of his transmissions during the qso by yodeling......Too funny and totally unforgettable!......

V
KA3NRX

P.S. As far as dxpeditions go, it would have to be the ones where I almost ran the table (band and mode (SSB & CW) wise) with multiple contacts...those being last years HK0NA and 2008's VP6DX.....as for other dxpeditions, the list is endless.....



Title: RE: What was your most memorable DX contact?
Post by: W2IRT on January 16, 2013, 10:08:51 AM
Overall, I'd say it was my first Q with BS7H. The rarest of the rare that I'd ever worked. But I'd also add K1B on Baker-Howland many years ago, which clearly put the notion in my mind that my then-puny little station could indeed work the big DXpeditions. In the mix are 3Y0E on Bouvet, ZS8M on Marion and E30A in Eritrea.


Title: RE: What was your most memorable DX contact?
Post by: W2LO on January 16, 2013, 10:12:19 AM
 My most memorable was hearing P5/4L4FN in N. Korea just starting to call CQ on 15 RTTY with an S-7/8 signal. He said "up 1-2" but in a panic I set my vfo up 3 or so. When he didn't come back and called CQ again I realized my mistake, set my tx frequency correctly and worked him. He then called CQ for awhile with no replies. 

 A month later he was told by the authorities to pack his gear up.


Title: RE: What was your most memorable DX contact?
Post by: IK0OZD on January 16, 2013, 11:05:19 AM
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Title: RE: What was your most memorable DX contact?
Post by: N5UD on January 16, 2013, 11:07:47 AM
The only HF QSO which was really unusual for me was my first VK0. Must have been like 1968 in the winter.
In October 1967 I had just bought a Galaxy V mark II. The next day my first daughter was born. what ???

I have this 40M inverted vee on roof of house fed with RG-58. Supported by a cane fishing pole. Barefoot transceiver, and no remote or second VFO.

There he is below 7100 calling CQ and gives the frequency above 7200. I have to run that non-digital read out dial back forth to call the guy. Then run back down the band to hear him. Yet I made the QSO !

Of course this in the day when you had to listen to find the DX ! No cluster baloney !

I went to radio store and purchased a remote VFO for the Galaxy. Shock of first kid being born had worn off.

73 Tony N5UD


Title: RE: What was your most memorable DX contact?
Post by: N4KZ on January 16, 2013, 11:18:47 AM
In no particular order, some of my most memorable DX contacts have been:

--Being a newly minted general class ham in 1970 and calling CQ on 20 meter SSB and having Marshall Moran, 9N1MM, answer my call. Wow. That's DX!

--Working into VK6 long path on 75 meter SSB.

--Working 2 European stations in the 75 meter SSB DX window. Oh, I should mention I was running 5 watts from my Yaesu FT-817ND. They were quite impressed. Heck, so was I.

--Running the same FT-817ND mobile on 15 meter SSB, calling CQ and having a ZS answer me. I'd worked lots of DX with low power from my home station, but from the car with an inefficient antenna? I was stunned -- but in a good way.

--For 25 years, I worked SSB and CW on the low end of 2 meters doing weak-signal work. A buddy convinced me to try some 2 meter EME despite the fact I only had one yagi (but it was a big one) and about 200 watts. I got a schedule with a HB9 station on CW and although we came close we did not complete the contact. But I clearly copied my call off the moon on a couple of transmissions. Imagine, hearing your call sign all the way from Switzerland via the moon on 2 meters. Certainly one of my most memorable DX near-misses.

--Finally, working ZS8M, Pierre, from Marion Island a few years back. Pierre was forced to run modest power with modest antennas and I had a difficult time hearing him. I got up in the middle of the night a couple times a week for months only to meet disappointment time and time again. But then propagation, which had favored the West Coast on 40 meters, began shifting to a more favorable condition for the southeast. One morning, I made a contact with ZS8M on 40 meter SSB. Then a few hours later, I worked him again on 20 meter SSB. After trying for months, as luck would have it, I got him twice in the same day.

And that's the magic of DX.

73, N4KZ





Title: RE: What was your most memorable DX contact?
Post by: KE8G on January 16, 2013, 12:20:43 PM
Paul, Great topic!

I remember it as if it happened 10 minutes ago, rather than 33 years ago!  It was a CW contact down in the Novice segment of the 15 meter band with an Isle of Man station.  It is so memorable because it was my very first contact as a budding Novice class operator, who was lucky enough to have the station come back to a very, very shaky CQ!!  I guess I must have been destined to "suffer" the fate of being a DXer!

I can close my eyes and relive the experience, right down the the sweaty forehead, shaky hands and shallow breath! 

Thanks for having me recall that memory!!!
73 de Jim - KE8G


Title: RE: What was your most memorable DX contact?
Post by: W5JON on January 16, 2013, 01:48:21 PM
JY1 , King Hussein of Jordan


Title: RE: What was your most memorable DX contact?
Post by: AF3Y on January 16, 2013, 01:52:44 PM
I have a couple contacts that I would call memorable. First, Monk Apollo, SV2ASP/A.  I had been trying for years to break the almost instant pileups that pounced on him. Luckily, I caught him calling CQ on SSB and worked him 2nd or 3 call. Almost a month later, once again, I heard him calling CQ, this time on CW, and again, nabbed him, less than five calls. Amazing, how they seem to get a little easier after you break the ice and get that first Q.

My second contact may not impress anyone but it did me. It was a hot morning in July of 2009. I was out cutting the grass at my S. Carolina QTH. It was quite muggy and I need a drink of something cool, so I went in and swigged a little Iced water. My shack was downstairs also, and I thought I would just take a breather and sat down and switched on the rig, dialing around in the CW portion of 20m. I heard a very weak signal that was sending a call that for some reason, did not sound "right".  I answered the 1Z9A station and received a 539 report. (Discovered later that I was on the side of the C-3SS) I asked his QTH, and he sent "KAREN" and was gone. I never got another dit from him. I logged the contact and forgot about it, not bothering to go to the trouble to look it up. I just assumed I had busted the call from a Lady named Karen. A year or so later, I got a card from W6GAM, the QSL manager for 1Z9A, "Laydo Moo", QRP in "Karen State, East Burma". I know, it's not valid for DXCC, etc. but it's quite UNUSUAL, and to me, one of my treasured contacts and cards.

73, Gene AF3Y


Title: RE: What was your most memorable DX contact?
Post by: N6ORB on January 16, 2013, 02:03:44 PM
I was still fairly new to HF in March 2009 and was working the ARRL DX contest looking for new ones. It was nearly 8 pm local time and 20 meters had been dead for quite a while. Since I didn't (and don't) normally work the low bands due to antenna restrictions I started tuning around on 20 again just to see if I could hear anything at all.

I soon found a very weak signal calling CQ contest and getting no takers. His call sign was R1ANC, but I couldn't imagine being able to hear Russia on 20 at that late hour. After we had exchanged our "5/9 100W" reports, I looked him up and discovered I'd just worked my first Antarctic station. A few minutes later, I found KC4AAA up the band and worked him as well. I was amazed that I had just managed to work both the south magnetic pole and the south geographic pole within about 15 minutes.

Dave, N6ORB


Title: RE: What was your most memorable DX contact?
Post by: NI0C on January 16, 2013, 02:43:13 PM
I can never forget my very first real DX QSO made during February 1960.  I had recently upgraded my license from Novice to General Class, but I still hadn't acquired a VFO for my Globe Chief 90 transmitter.  I was calling CQ on 14120 KHz CW (using crystal control) and was answered by OH3NY.  My output power was about 50 watts, and my antenna was an end-fed wire about 50 ft. long.

I became a Dx'er that evening.  

I wrote about this in an article, "One VFO Short of a DX'er," that appeared in the December 2006 issue of the K9YA Telegraph.

73,
Chuck  NI0C  


Title: RE: What was your most memorable DX contact?
Post by: AE5X on January 16, 2013, 03:02:09 PM
In 1979 I was listening on 20m SSB to a QSO between a ham in Michigan and a ham in the Soviet Union. The guy in Michigan was talking about how he'd been looking forward to the 1980 Olympic games and that he was very disappointed when Jimmy Carter decided that the US wouldn't be participating in protest of the USSR's invasion of Afghanistan.

Me and the Russian were both surprised - he at learning of the protest by numerous countries (not just the US) which had been in the news for weeks by then, and me at "ear witnessing" this guy getting that belated news via ham radio rather than locally from Pravda, Izvestia, et al.

So my most memorable DX contact was one in which I didn't even participate!

John AE5X
http://www.ae5x.com/blog


Title: RE: What was your most memorable DX contact?
Post by: NU1O on January 16, 2013, 05:40:40 PM
In 1979 I was listening on 20m SSB to a QSO between a ham in Michigan and a ham in the Soviet Union. The guy in Michigan was talking about how he'd been looking forward to the 1980 Olympic games and that he was very disappointed when Jimmy Carter decided that the US wouldn't be participating in protest of the USSR's invasion of Afghanistan.


That is a fabulous story, John! I'll bet he scared the Russian half to death.  I remember very vividly how common Russian people would have a terrified look on their face when an American TV network would single one out for an opinion during the Cold War.

That was probably the only time I've ever agreed with Carter.  ;)

73,

Chris/NU1O


Title: RE: What was your most memorable DX contact?
Post by: N5UD on January 16, 2013, 06:13:18 PM
In 1979 I was listening on 20m SSB to a QSO between a ham in Michigan and a ham in the Soviet Union. The guy in Michigan was talking about how he'd been looking forward to the 1980 Olympic games and that he was very disappointed when Jimmy Carter decided that the US wouldn't be participating in protest of the USSR's invasion of Afghanistan.

Me and the Russian were both surprised - he at learning of the protest by numerous countries (not just the US) which had been in the news for weeks by then, and me at "ear witnessing" this guy getting that belated news via ham radio rather than locally from Pravda, Izvestia, et al.

So my most memorable DX contact was one in which I didn't even participate!

John AE5X
http://www.ae5x.com/blog

About that same time, I had regular schedules to teachers/hams at Yuhzno Sakhalin University. English and history professor types. We sent mail, packages, and gifts back forth for a few years. We each could tell the packages got opened. Then it stopped. I thought from their end.  Maybe I was naive about our gov, but I always thought my new found friends were pushing their luck in the Soviet Union. Maybe I was in the USA !
During this time the neighbors told me the FBI had been by. Well not the first time I had been screened. I had a communications clearance.

Today might be worse over here with contacts to certain places than it was then. Too much paranoia. Terrorist, militant, militia man behind every bush.

73 Tony N5UD







Title: RE: What was your most memorable DX contact?
Post by: N5UD on January 16, 2013, 06:27:24 PM
Another thing I used to do was run phone patches for missionaries in Africa, and Naval vessels in the pacific. This was all in mid to late 70's. One evening on 15M I ran 3 hours of phone patches for a US submarine. They had been "observing the French". Man all those sailors were sure glad to get to talk to the home folks. I had to go to work the next day so I had to cut it short.

Bands today are not good enough to run patches for hours. Of course the technology has mostly passed that by.

73 Tony


Title: RE: What was your most memorable DX contact?
Post by: NU1O on January 16, 2013, 06:49:34 PM
About that same time, I had regular schedules to teachers/hams at Yuhzno Sakhalin University. English and history professor types. We sent mail, packages, and gifts back forth for a few years. We each could tell the packages got opened. Then it stopped. I thought from their end.  Maybe I was naive about our gov, but I always thought my new found friends were pushing their luck in the Soviet Union. Maybe I was in the USA !
During this time the neighbors told me the FBI had been by. Well not the first time I had been screened. I had a communications clearance.

Today might be worse over here with contacts to certain places than it was then. Too much paranoia. Terrorist, militant, militia man behind every bush.

73 Tony N5UD

I sent a QSL to South Africa during the 1970's when I was a SWL at about 13 or 14 years old.  RSA put me on their mailing list for at least a decade. I guess they were looking for all the friends they could get in the USA. I'd get seasonal sked changes and frequency charts long after I had stopped listening to the SW broadcast bands. All I was really looking for was my first African QSL but I must have got labeled as a supporter of their policies because my mail from South Africa was always opened.

I once heard a story that a US Admiral, who was a ham, had exchanged QSLs with the Russians and was either reprimanded or demoted. I don't know if it was a true story or just an urban legend but I'll bet others in the forum have heard the story because I heard or read about it a number of times.

I'm pretty sure it is worse today than during the Cold War.

73,

Chris/NU1O


Title: RE: What was your most memorable DX contact?
Post by: WD4ELG on January 16, 2013, 07:31:26 PM
I think I relayed these stories, already, in an earlier thread.  Sorry if this is a repeat.

ST0NED in 1977.  How naive I was to think it was a valid call (I was a young teenager in 1977 then).

JH1WIX, my first real DX, 1977 on 15 meters CW.

YI9PSE, ST0R, 7O6T - three DX entities I never ever thought I would (or could work).

XU1A on 75M SSB LP last December.

4Z1UF, 11 PM local on Feb 13 2010 on 160 CW (his sunrise).  Then again one year later, Feb 10, at 11 PM local, again on 160 CW.  Only time I have ever heard any 4X on 160.  Still can't believe I worked Ilya with my inverted L.

8R1X, 1978, with my Johnson Viking transmitter and low dipole on 20 CW, with a straight key, breaking through the pileup (after 2 hours of pounding on that key and sweating bullets over the transmitter).



Title: RE: What was your most memorable DX contact?
Post by: KB3LIX on January 17, 2013, 08:52:04 AM
Mine has to be Peter !st Island. 3Y0X

I began DXing in ernest in late January-early February 2006.
About the end of January, I reconstructed my homemade
doublet to make it an inverted V and to lengthen both legs
and change the feeder to twinlead instead of coax.

Up until that point, I had snagged a bunch of entities like
Alaska, France, Aruba, Portugal, Mali, several Caribbean Islands,
you know...Chip shots from the east coast.

Then Peter the First came on in February 2006.
I listened to them for DAYS on end, but they were NEVER very
sttrong here. Just a whisper above the noise. (I was strictly a
phone guy way back them too, so it was more difficult)
I tried getting thru, but NO CIGAR.

The were getting close to packing up, and I thought, Well, there goes my first possible GOOD DX down the toilet. Sometime later that day, the OP on 17m phone decided to "go by the numbers"
When the threes came up, I gave it my ALL !

He was about to switch to #4, when he finally heard me calling.
I got so damn shook up, I FORGOT MY CALL !
I don't remember what I sent, but it WASN'T correct.
I had to send it another half-dozen times for him to get it correct.
But he did get it corrected.

That was my # 334 th Q of all time, and my 34th DXCC entity.
I was the last # 3 station he took that go around, and I believe that
they packed up later that day and headed home.

TALK ABOUT LUCKY !

I don't know who the OP on the other end was, but he SURE made my day.

That was February 13, 2006 at 1943 hours.
I think that was the first time I opoerated SPLIT too.

I had to go wipe shortly thereafter.


Title: RE: What was your most memorable DX contact?
Post by: W1NK on January 17, 2013, 09:58:34 AM
There are several that come to mind for me ....

FT5XO & ZL9HR -- I managed to work both after they then they called CQ/QRZ after telling their pile ups to QRX.

3Y2GV & 3Y1EE -- The 1st Peter1 expedition

7O6T  -- Just for being 7O6T.  I never thought I'd hear 7O much less work it.

VK9ZM, Mellish Reef 1989 -- Now this one stands out for what I had to do to get the QSO.  I was in the middle of my 2nd year of chiropractic school in Portland, OR and knew Mellish was going to come up when the semester resumed.  Figuring I had a darned good shot at them, I managed to string up a slanted 15M inverted V on the roof my housemate's house.  The apex was at a small TV mast and the ends tied off at the gutters.  I borrowed an instructor's FT-707 and a friend's general coverage receiver (a Grundig, I think).  The receive antenna was a hunk of speaker wire thrown out the window.  One hand was doing double duty tuning the receiver and turning down the volume control (or flipping the mute switch ... can't recall) and the other banging out my call ... on a straight key.  By luck, divine intervention, or sharply honed DXing skill, I managed to snag a QSO with that setup.

Frank, W1NK


Title: RE: What was your most memorable DX contact?
Post by: NU1O on January 17, 2013, 10:54:06 AM
In October of 1988 I had been a licensed radio amateur for all of 4 months. I was using a lousy vertical antenna, 100 watts, and a straight key but I had the advantage of having just reading "The Complete DXer" by W9KNI, Bob Locher, and I was following his "formula" on the 20 meter band. I heard a weak signal calling CQ DX with a hand key and it turned out to be FT2XE on Kerguelen Island. We exchanged reports and, although a new ham, I knew it was rare so I sent out a QSL right away and I received his. It's probably my most prized card due to my short time as a ham, the chance encounter, the really crummy station I was using at the time, and naturally the remoteness and rarity of Kerguelen Island.

That type of QSO - simply searching up and down the band for rare DX - would be almost impossible to make today due to the spotting clusters. I would've had to be virtually the first to hear FT2XE call CQ DX back then because with today's technology if Kerguelen Island came on the air in the CW portion of the band it would be spotted right away and a huge pileup would ensue. I never would've broke through the pileup with my old station had spotting clusters existed back in 1988. I really miss that part of the hobby -- where one could hunt for DX on the CW portions -- and I think the spotting clusters have taken a lot of the joy of the hunt out of the hobby.

I know the people who write the software for the spotting networks are very bright and creative and I also know that we are not going to put the Genie back in the bottle but why can't they build a delay into the software - say, 5 or 10 minutes - so modest stations can have a chance to work some really rare DX using nothing but skill?  Sure, it is easier and faster to work DX today but easier and faster does not necessarily mean better. I would equate it to doing math with a calculator. Is the person really doing the math or is it the calculator? 

Anyway, that is my most memorable DX contact and I leave you with some thoughts to ponder - which was not part of the question but I was never big on sticking to the rules.  ;)

73,

Chris/NU1O




Title: RE: What was your most memorable DX contact?
Post by: W6DXO on January 17, 2013, 12:25:50 PM
Easy for me to answer this...

I don't remember the exact call, but I remember the contact.

My first DX contact...A UA0 back in 1968 as a freshly minted Novice (WN6ZFQ)
operating a home-brew 40 watt CW Tx on 40M into a simple dipole
with a Heathkit HR-10 Rcvr.

I was so excited I nearly blew the QSO as I was reaching for ARRL Handbook (remember them..?)
trying to look up where UA0 was from and trying complete some sort of contact.

That was a long time ago but I remember my excitement like it was yesterday.

73 de harry, W6DXO



Title: RE: What was your most memorable DX contact?
Post by: N2RJ on January 17, 2013, 01:22:29 PM
By far it is 3Y0E when I was able to work him, and my XYL was able to as well, before anyone around here was even able to hear him.


Title: RE: What was your most memorable DX contact?
Post by: KH6DC on January 18, 2013, 12:49:41 PM
7O6T and HK0NA because they were the most difficult.  7O6T because it's difficult to hear that region in Hawaii. I missed ST0R because of that.  HK0NA because the pileups were hard to break even though they're in the Pacific Ocean.


Title: RE: What was your most memorable DX contact?
Post by: N5UD on January 18, 2013, 05:45:31 PM
In October of 1988 I had been a licensed radio amateur for all of 4 months. I was using a lousy vertical antenna, 100 watts, and a straight key but I had the advantage of having just reading "The Complete DXer" by W9KNI, Bob Locher, and I was following his "formula" on the 20 meter band. I heard a weak signal calling CQ DX with a hand key and it turned out to be FT2XE on Kerguelen Island. We exchanged reports and, although a new ham, I knew it was rare so I sent out a QSL right away and I received his. It's probably my most prized card due to my short time as a ham, the chance encounter, the really crummy station I was using at the time, and naturally the remoteness and rarity of Kerguelen Island.

That type of QSO - simply searching up and down the band for rare DX - would be almost impossible to make today due to the spotting clusters. I would've had to be virtually the first to hear FT2XE call CQ DX back then because with today's technology if Kerguelen Island came on the air in the CW portion of the band it would be spotted right away and a huge pileup would ensue. I never would've broke through the pileup with my old station had spotting clusters existed back in 1988. I really miss that part of the hobby -- where one could hunt for DX on the CW portions -- and I think the spotting clusters have taken a lot of the joy of the hunt out of the hobby.

I know the people who write the software for the spotting networks are very bright and creative and I also know that we are not going to put the Genie back in the bottle but why can't they build a delay into the software - say, 5 or 10 minutes - so modest stations can have a chance to work some really rare DX using nothing but skill?  Sure, it is easier and faster to work DX today but easier and faster does not necessarily mean better. I would equate it to doing math with a calculator. Is the person really doing the math or is it the calculator? 

Anyway, that is my most memorable DX contact and I leave you with some thoughts to ponder - which was not part of the question but I was never big on sticking to the rules.  ;)

73,

Chris/NU1O




Chris, even out mobile I ferret out some pretty nice DX. I either catch them calling CQ or they call me. What gets me is how fast the crowd shows up. Sometimes I am in QSO and skimmers have already put the DX call out. What ?
Sure hard to carry on real QSO's as in days past.
73 Tony N5UD


Title: RE: What was your most memorable DX contact?
Post by: W0GXA on January 19, 2013, 05:37:20 AM
ZK2C Niue...  I've been a ham since '76 but only got into DXing in the last couple of years after being off HF for 15+ years.  I'm trying to get DXCC 10m on my POS 10m homebrew (pic at qrz.com).  I listened to these guys for quite some time... he was weak with QSB and figured I couldn't work him.  After awhile I noticed his signal gaining some strength on the peaks.... I timed a call about 100Hz below the last guy he worked on one of those peaks, called him and he responded.  Lots of listening and one call...  then the band dropped out within 10 minutes!

73, Bob
W0GXA


Title: RE: What was your most memorable DX contact?
Post by: NU1O on January 19, 2013, 09:38:32 AM
Chris, even out mobile I ferret out some pretty nice DX. I either catch them calling CQ or they call me. What gets me is how fast the crowd shows up. Sometimes I am in QSO and skimmers have already put the DX call out. What ?
Sure hard to carry on real QSO's as in days past.
73 Tony N5UD

Tony,

I have followed your posts and I do know you have a very impressive DX record from your truck.

I would've thought with a technology so revolutionary as a spotter that it should not have been imposed on the whole amateur community by a few hams. I think it should've been debated on at the very least and perhaps some restrictions imposed. I don't know how we would've voted but I think for many amateurs it has spoiled things. 

When the internet was born we were innundated with articles of how it would make our kids so much smarter but just the other day I read an article that it has actually done just the opposite.  I am no Luddite but technology often has undesirable changes attached to it.

In my opinion the spotting networks have taken much of the joy of finding a station by pure skill or luck out of the hobby and if one has a modest station they have great difficulty breaking through the nearly instantaneous pileups which develop for not even very rare entities.

I'd like to see the spotting stations shut off for a week so we could reevalute whether they are really benficial or not, but I think too many people enjoy instant gratification.  It does not require any work or skill to go to the DX Summit website and read what station is on a given frequency.

73,

Chris/NU1O





Title: RE: What was your most memorable DX contact?
Post by: WS3N on January 19, 2013, 02:17:25 PM
I would've thought with a technology so revolutionary as a spotter that it should not have been imposed on the whole amateur community by a few hams. I think it should've been debated on at the very least and perhaps some restrictions imposed. I don't know how we would've voted but I think for many amateurs it has spoiled things. 

Imposed? No one is forced to use it. The problem is that everyone's affected, something like the Tragedy of the Commons. I'm was going to say that I was surprised to see you advocating for restrictions on freedom of use, given your occasional hints about your political leanings, but, of course, high-handed restrictions and common-sense rules are in the eye of the beholder.

When the internet was born we were innundated with articles of how it would make our kids so much smarter but just the other day I read an article that it has actually done just the opposite.  I am no Luddite but technology often has undesirable changes attached to it.

The Internet has great stuff on it. For example, there are more and more college-level classes offered at no charge. I'm working on my second Udacity course and have registered for a third. There is also a great deal of junk. It's a reflection (with magnification?) of society. Unfortunately, there are lots of people who are stupid and lazy.


Title: RE: What was your most memorable DX contact?
Post by: AB3CX on January 19, 2013, 03:47:16 PM
I would say it has to be BS7H.  I was down to the last day or so of the expedition, the pileup on 20M was about 15 kHz wide.  I was able to find where he was listening, and called with my entire 1500W,  he heard me, but got the call wrong, he copied WB3CX instead of AB3CX, and I could not get it corrected. I worked like a madman for the next 25 minutes and somehow got a second  QSO with the correct call in the log.  That was the only band, at that time there were few sunspots and no high band openings for me.


Title: RE: What was your most memorable DX contact?
Post by: WD4ELG on January 19, 2013, 04:02:01 PM
AB3CX, that is IMPRESSIVE!


Title: RE: What was your most memorable DX contact?
Post by: W6QW on January 19, 2013, 05:54:25 PM
JY1

As a young ham, King Hussein took the time to talk to me about the future of radio telecommunications and technology as he saw it, despite a pile up.  We continued occasional QSO's and he always was cordial to us young hams.  He helped ratify my decision to pursue an an engineering career.


Title: RE: What was your most memorable DX contact?
Post by: NU1O on January 19, 2013, 11:47:06 PM

Imposed? No one is forced to use it. The problem is that everyone's affected, something like the Tragedy of the Commons. I'm was going to say that I was surprised to see you advocating for restrictions on freedom of use, given your occasional hints about your political leanings, but, of course, high-handed restrictions and common-sense rules are in the eye of the beholder.

Yes, everyone is affected by the technology. OTOH, I don't recall any great clamor for the technology and I don't recall a debate or a vote as to whether it should be implemented.  If something unwelcome is in place and I didn't ask for it, I consider that imposed on me. I do know my most memorable DX contact would've been almost impossible to make had the existing technology been in place when I worked Kerguelen Island back in 1988.

I participated in the NA QSO Party for a few hours Saturday and I couldn't use the spotting networks but I still enjoyed myself and that's the basic prurpose of a hobby.

I have given some hints about my political views - like recently writing I hardly ever agreed with Carter - but those views are complex and not easily pigeonholed.

73,

Chris/NU1O



Title: RE: What was your most memorable DX contact?
Post by: WS3N on January 20, 2013, 09:05:51 AM
Yes, everyone is affected by the technology. OTOH, I don't recall any great clamor for the technology and I don't recall a debate or a vote as to whether it should be implemented.

How would such a vote be held? More importantly, how would the results be enforced?

If something unwelcome is in place and I didn't ask for it, I consider that imposed on me.

Wait, let me make my list. I can think of many things - and people - who fall into that category! Present company excepted.  :)


Title: RE: What was your most memorable DX contact?
Post by: NU1O on January 20, 2013, 09:22:29 AM
How would such a vote be held? More importantly, how would the results be enforced?


I should've added a sarcastic face or some emotion because I'm just making a point and not suggesting an actual vote could've been held.  When powerful and controversial technology is added and it affects all of us, I do think there should be a robust debate as to the pros and cons of that technology and what the change will mean for the average ham. I was likely QRT when the spotting networks became widespread.

Was there any kind of public discussion before the spotting networks went online and on the UHF/VHF bands or were the spotting networks just implemented by those who created them?  I think the answer is important and makes a big difference.

73,

Chris/NU1O







Title: RE: What was your most memorable DX contact?
Post by: WD4ELG on January 20, 2013, 03:22:15 PM
BTW, Chris, heard you work FK8 right before me the other day on CW.  Nice job!


Title: RE: What was your most memorable DX contact?
Post by: W9KDX on January 20, 2013, 05:54:54 PM
My most memorable was not that much DX.  I had been licensed for a few months and I had just made a Sunday night contact with what had to be a very competent 10 year old kid who was following a script in his head about how to make CQ calls.  I listened for a bit after and he had just made contact with another ham stating he was "air mobile".  This threw the kid off his script but he countered pretty well saying that he liked planes too, what kind of a plane was he flying, which got the response that it was a 747 Jumbo Jet.  This frazzled the kid a bit more and he stumbled a bit when he asked what state the pilot was in.  The pilot answered with " Well right now I am 30,000 feet over the Colorado Rockies".    At this point the kid was lost and I could almost here the chuckles in the cockpit when the kid asked him if he knew where he was flying to and the pilot said he was pretty sure he had left LAX and was headed to Chicago O'hare. 

I'll never forget that one.  As for me, the day I contact Antarctica was be a banner day.  So far I can only hear them and they are in my weakest direction and at the upper limit of distance.


Title: RE: What was your most memorable DX contact?
Post by: NU1O on January 20, 2013, 06:53:29 PM
BTW, Chris, heard you work FK8 right before me the other day on CW.  Nice job!
Hi Mark,

I have worked Sam, FK8DD, on 3 bands but I had never worked him long path before so I thought I'd add that.  I'm not often on in the afternoon but 20 meters has been very reliable to Oceania via the LP whenever I've had the rig on at that time over the last few months. The long path opening on 20 is probably longer and more reliable than the short path opening to Oceania. It is also nice he uses LoTW.

73,

Chris/NU1O



Title: RE: What was your most memorable DX contact?
Post by: KC2SST on January 21, 2013, 08:29:04 PM
A few QSO's stand out vividly for me.  The first has to be ST0R, I have never felt as part of history as I did that hot afternoon when I worked them on 20.  I have been alive long enough to see quite a few "new ones," but alas I wasn't a ham at the time.  The timing of the expedition made everything all the more exciting.  Not only a new country, and of course a new entity, but to be on the air so quickly?  How exciting!

The second QSO that I find especially memorable was 7O6T.  I was away on a business trip to New Orleans, when I happened to see that the sudden news.  I gave serious consideration to leaving early, but as luck would have it, I arrived home in time to work them.   What an amazing feeling, to do what I thought would always remain an impossible dream.

My favorite has to be HK0NA on 80 SSB.  I had been in bed for quite a while-- have to be up early for work.  I just had a feeling that I really needed to check out the cluster at that moment in time.  Drag out the laptop, and I watched the first 80m spot be posted.  I was down in the shack in what must have been seconds.  I turned on the amp, just hoping it would warm up fast enough.  But in the mean time, I would give a call with my measly 100w and a 40/80 trapped dipole at around 40 feet.  Second call, in the log, the amplifier never even warmed up.  I didn't sleep a wink that night.


Title: RE: What was your most memorable DX contact?
Post by: K7CO on January 22, 2013, 11:37:46 AM
My favorite contact of all time was when I was traveling in Europe. I stayed at the Intercontinental hotel in Geneva, Switzerland. I put an Outbacker antenna out the window, only one station was heard and he was 60db over S9. It was 4U1ITU. Of course I broke through the pileup in one call and told the operator where I was and he invited me down to the station which was a 10 minute walk. I told him I had I had a schedule with my Dad AF7Y, he was to listen for me each day while I was in Europe during a certain window, it happened to coincide with my visit to 4U1ITU. At the specified hour I called my Dad who was living in California at the time.  AF7Y this is 4U1ITU.  Its not every day rare DX called him out of the blue. Long story short, I hand delivered the QSL Card! That is by far my favorite DX contact!

Close seconds are VK0IR in 97, SV2ASP/A on New Years Day this year

Jon
K7CO


Title: RE: What was your most memorable DX contact?
Post by: WA2VUY on January 22, 2013, 07:50:57 PM
I worked LU3ZY South Sandwich 2x per week for six months in 1981. This was the Argentine scientific station. The op and I became good friends.

Working the first BS7H operation in 1994 was very very difficult from the northeast...they were using an R5 vertical with 100W. That operation didn't count and I had to work them again in 1995, again very diffcult as they were again using 100w again with an R5 and R7 vertical.

In the realm of interesting was the odd/even day DXCC country. On one day it would be country x and the next it would be country y for DXCC. My recollection is hazy but I think "British Phoenix" was one of the days.....? So I worked the same guy in the same place on two days in a row and bagged two countries. Man, some weird stuff has taken place through the years on DXCC.

Then there were those countries and pileups that you suffered through that didn't amount to anything: XZ5A Burma, P5RS7 N. Korea (I think Romeo is languishing in a prison on Long Island now...not for this though), 1Z9A Karen National Union, 0S1A Principato di Seborga, KL7RA Pribilof Islands, etc.









Title: RE: What was your most memorable DX contact?
Post by: N7SMI on January 22, 2013, 09:28:46 PM
As someone that does not have a long history of DXing, I am absolutely loving all of these stories. Keep 'em coming!

In the realm of interesting was the odd/even day DXCC country. On one day it would be country x and the next it would be country y for DXCC

Could you provide some more background and detail about this? Are you speaking of BS7H alternating between China and Philippines? I did a bit of searching, but this is a new DXCC phenomena I'm unaware of, though in my studies of DXCC history I'm quickly discovering that about anything is possible.


Title: RE: What was your most memorable DX contact?
Post by: K9NW on January 23, 2013, 03:50:57 AM
In the realm of interesting was the odd/even day DXCC country. On one day it would be country x and the next it would be country y for DXCC

Could you provide some more background and detail about this? Are you speaking of BS7H alternating between China and Philippines? I did a bit of searching, but this is a new DXCC phenomena I'm unaware of, though in my studies of DXCC history I'm quickly discovering that about anything is possible.


T31AE & SM0AGD/KH1 from Canton Island in 1982.

At the time Canton was under joint administration between Kiribati and the US.


Title: RE: What was your most memorable DX contact?
Post by: W1VT on January 23, 2013, 05:45:28 AM
VK0JS.  The bands were absolutely dead.  But I was at club station that had a Hygain 204B, not the BA, that was put up at 100 feet to work phone patches during the Vietnam war--we had a really big signal on 20 meters.  I had the bright idea to call CQ   :D  VK0JS called in!  ;D

The 204B has a 31ft 4inch diameter boom, compared to the thinner 26 ft boom on the 204B--yes, that extra boom length does make a difference.  They are both 4 element monobanders made by the same company, but the 204B is clearly superior.

Zack W1VT


Title: RE: What was your most memorable DX contact?
Post by: AF5C on January 24, 2013, 12:03:48 PM
VE5AEX on 40m CW. That was my first QSO outside of the US when I was a novice.  I wondered at first if a couple of my friends were playing a joke on it.  It was the spark, though, that ignited the DX bug in me.  What can be more memorable than that?

John AF5CC


Title: RE: What was your most memorable DX contact?
Post by: WX2S on January 24, 2013, 02:58:14 PM
PT0S, or rather the (*^*(^*$%^$^%$  >:( >:( >:( pirate who impersonated him. I thought I was being really clever the way I "worked" him.  ::) :P >:(

Second was JA2GWY, who I got as a Novice. It was just really cool to find that I could talk halfway around the world.

- WX2S


Title: RE: What was your most memorable DX contact?
Post by: KE4KY on January 24, 2013, 05:26:15 PM
3W8CW NOV 8, 1988

It was the first DXpedition to Vietnam since the war.  Very large pile-ups, lots of intentional QRM (as you could imagine).
SSB seemed hopeless to get through the QRM and the large amount of callers.  Even though I was using my new 5-element yagi, I knew that without an amplifier my best option was CW.  I finally broke through the pile.  I probably learned more trying to work that pile-up than I had any other up to that point.  It was a turning point in my hunt for DX.

Secondly, the next biggest thrill was sitting down for my first pile-ups during the ZL9HR DXpedition.  I cannot describe the thrill I had knowing that all these people were calling "me."  It was exciting, tension-filled, and exhilarating all at once.  It has to rank up there with one of the more notable experiences in all of my amateur radio years.

Glenn


Title: RE: What was your most memorable DX contact?
Post by: NK7Z on January 24, 2013, 09:55:03 PM
What was your most memorable DX Contact?   What contact sticks in your mind as the most memorable to you?
AC3PT

Google it...  I was a novice, and it was my first DX contact on 15 meters!  never did get a QSL though...  Sigh...


Title: RE: What was your most memorable DX contact?
Post by: NU1O on January 24, 2013, 10:27:29 PM
What was your most memorable DX Contact?   What contact sticks in your mind as the most memorable to you?
AC3PT

Google it...  I was a novice, and it was my first DX contact on 15 meters!  never did get a QSL though...  Sigh...

When I was a teen in 1974 I had heard of Sikkim and knew where it was on a map but I did not know anything about the country other than its location.

That was a very good story by the German ham residing in Indonesia along with the letter from the King.

I don't imagine many hams were active in Sikkim. Was AC3PT the only ham in Sikkim?

If I had to vote right now I probably would vote for your contact with AC4CT.

73,

Chris/NU1O


Title: RE: What was your most memorable DX contact?
Post by: NK7Z on January 24, 2013, 10:35:19 PM
As far as I know he was the King of Sikkim...  And yes the only ham there...  I really wish I had known enough to actually get a QSL...  I had just gotten my Novice ticket, and it was maybe my first week of operations...  50 Watts, and a dipole at 20 feet...  :)  Those were the days!  Oh yes, I was a teen in those days as well...  Alas, that has changed also!  :)


Title: RE: What was your most memorable DX contact?
Post by: N8XI on January 27, 2013, 07:45:15 AM
Mine was Tom Christian, VR6TC - Pitcairn Is.

Around 1972, I was at a club members QTH and he told me that VR6TC would QSO friends on the west coast.
Usually on 15 Meter SSB. He had a QSO with Tom on 15M SSB and had the QSL card to prove it  :D
I then started reading material and the romance of the islands back then.
Snipets of Mutiny on the Bounty, etc.
The internet was almost non-existant at that time.
I said, one day I will have a QSO with Pitcairn Island!

I started truely DXing in July 1989.
My first QSO with Pitcairn Island was with Tom, VR6TC (15M CW) on 7-FEB-1990.
Since then I have worked Pitcairn Is. on RTTY & SSB, 8 other times including VP6T on 23-JAN-2012  ;D