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Title: Easter Island XR0YG
Post by: N1UK on March 21, 2013, 12:06:42 PM
I have been looking forward to this one.

I hear them on 15m cw working EU right now...about 559 so far.

Mark N1UK


Title: RE: Easter Island XR0YG
Post by: N3QE on March 21, 2013, 12:40:21 PM
XR0YG were very good on 30M this AM before my sunrise, working VK, NA, SA, and JA all in the same timeframe. They QRX'ed shortly after I started trying, so I went down to 40M and worked V73TS easy :-)


Title: RE: Easter Island XR0YG
Post by: W1JKA on March 21, 2013, 12:43:46 PM
  XR0YG also strong into N.E. in morning 1000-1200 GMT on 30M, No luck busting the pile up with qrp yet. :)


Title: RE: Easter Island XR0YG
Post by: NU4B on March 21, 2013, 01:28:21 PM
Got them on 12m in 2 calls running 5 watts  ;D. Good for a Marathon counter but I need them on 80 and for some reason 20M  ???. 


Title: RE: Easter Island XR0YG
Post by: W2IRT on March 21, 2013, 01:55:14 PM
Last night's 17CW QSO already up on LoTW. Just a Marathon counter here, too. Just need them on 160 and that's it.


Title: RE: Easter Island XR0YG
Post by: W6GX on March 21, 2013, 02:36:52 PM
I got 'em on 20m so far.  I need it for 12, 15, 17, and 40.  I will wait a few days until the pile ups thin out a bit.

73,
Jonathan W6GX


Title: RE: Easter Island XR0YG
Post by: AF3Y on March 21, 2013, 03:23:08 PM
Once again..... amazed at pileups for Easter Island.
The island is active almost every year (at least as long as I have been active):
CE0Y/LA5UF - 2011
CE0Y/DK2ZF - 2010
XR0Y - 2009
CE0Y/K0HML - 2008
CC0Y - 2007
Needless to say, I dont needem.
I have quit working dupe entities unless its on 80m, which I need for 8BDXCC, but I suppose I should start paying attention to chasing 8BWAZ.......

73, Gene AF3Y


Title: RE: Easter Island XR0YG
Post by: W6GX on March 21, 2013, 04:14:55 PM
Once again..... amazed at pileups for Easter Island.
The island is active almost every year (at least as long as I have been active):
CE0Y/LA5UF - 2011
CE0Y/DK2ZF - 2010
XR0Y - 2009
CE0Y/K0HML - 2008
CC0Y - 2007
Needless to say, I dont needem.
I have quit working dupe entities unless its on 80m, which I need for 8BDXCC, but I suppose I should start paying attention to chasing 8BWAZ.......

73, Gene AF3Y

There's also CE0Y/NL8F in 2012.  Tim gave me an ATNO last year.

They are working multiple continents with huge pile ups.  I tried 15m for almost an hour and no joy.  I will wait until they start calling CQ.

If you have nothing else to do why not work them?  The marathoners start at zero on Jan. 1st every year.

73,
Jonathan W6GX


Title: RE: Easter Island XR0YG
Post by: AD9DX on March 21, 2013, 04:29:18 PM
Once again..... amazed at pileups for Easter Island.
The island is active almost every year (at least as long as I have been active):
CE0Y/LA5UF - 2011
CE0Y/DK2ZF - 2010
XR0Y - 2009
CE0Y/K0HML - 2008
CC0Y - 2007
Needless to say, I dont needem.
I have quit working dupe entities unless its on 80m, which I need for 8BDXCC, but I suppose I should start paying attention to chasing 8BWAZ.......

73, Gene AF3Y

There's also CE0Y/NL8F in 2012.  Tim gave me an ATNO last year.

They are working multiple continents with huge pile ups.  I tried 15m for almost an hour and no joy.  I will wait until they start calling CQ.

If you have nothing else to do why not work them?  The marathoners start at zero on Jan. 1st every year.

73,
Jonathan W6GX

CE0Y/NL8F gave me the ATNO last year too. I will work them until I have Easter I. on every band and all three modes.  After that, I will no longer care to contribute to the chaos.  But I don't care to have all modes on all bands


Title: RE: Easter Island XR0YG
Post by: K9NW on March 21, 2013, 04:40:37 PM
Once again..... amazed at pileups for Easter Island.


It's really quite simple:  DXers like to work DXpeditions!  DXpeditions like to work DXers!

It would be pretty boring for the DXpedtioners if they only people that called them were 26 people/day that had never worked Easter Island before.   :)


Title: RE: Easter Island XR0YG
Post by: AF3Y on March 21, 2013, 04:58:19 PM
Well, I guess we all do DX differently. When I started DXing in March of 2006, there were always NEW ONE for me, even at the bottom of the cycle. SFI of 80 was a GOOD day. Now that I am at 309/311, there are obviously not many ATNOS around for me. My interest has pretty much gone away as well, unless there is something new. Just not in the mood to work those "same old entities".  I cant be the only person that feels this way, but whatever.... :D
 
I have not had the rig on here since March 15th, and I only worked FK8DD then.  I did not need New Caledonia, but its sorta an "exotic" location to me, and I will work some entities the second time around.  I have not worked DL, F, etc. etc. in probably over a year. Same with SA and the Carribean. Not that I dont like working EU, but just not exciting as working an ATNO.

I remember my very first JA QSO.  I  could not WAIT until I had the card in hand! Now my log is loaded with JAs.  I probably wont work one again. I did battle the pileups for Ogasawara and Minami Torishima however, and may try them again, as they are more of a challenge than a "plain" mainland JA.

Perhaps I am not really a hardcore DXer.. If I am not DXing for a reason (DXCC, WAZ, WAS, etc.) it does not really interest me. I have thought about the Challenge and/or the Marathon, but neither really grab my interest.

Every once in a while I decide I want to try to finish 80m DXCC, but I dont work on that every day, or even every week. I have to get in the mood, I guess. ???

With the size of the pileups for relatively common stations, I can see that I am almost certainly in a minority. hi hi

73, Gene AF3Y


Title: RE: Easter Island XR0YG
Post by: AD9DX on March 21, 2013, 05:01:33 PM
Well, I guess we all do DX differently.
 
I have not had the rig on here since March 15th, and I only worked FK8DD then.  I did not need New Caledonia, but its sorta an "exotic" location to me, and I will work some entities the second time around.  I have not worked DL, F, etc. etc. in probably over a year. Same with SA and the Carribean. Not that I dont like working EU, but just not exciting as working an ATNO.

I remember my very first JA QSO.  I  could not WAIT until I had the card in hand! Now my log is loaded with JAs.  I probably wont work one again. I did battle the pileups for Ogasawara and Minami Torishima however, and may try them again, as they are more of a challenge than a "plain" mainland JA.

Perhaps I am not really a hardcore DXer.. If I am not DXing for a reason (DXCC, WAZ, WAS, etc.) it does not really interest me. I have thought about the Challenge and/or the Marathon, but neither really grab my interest.

Every once in a while I decide I want to try to finish 80m DXCC, but I dont work on that every day, or even every week. I have to get in the mood, I guess. ???

With the size of the pileups for relatively common stations, I am almost certainly in a minority. hi hi

73, Gene AF3Y

I like working DX and eventually I would love to have 9BDXCC but, the guys that will work a entity over and over again don't make sense to me. I don't really care that they do, I just don't see the point.  If the pileups are crazy why contribute to the chaos  ::)


Title: RE: Easter Island XR0YG
Post by: W9KDX on March 21, 2013, 05:31:25 PM
Once again..... amazed at pileups for Easter Island.



..It would be pretty boring for the DXpedtioners if they only people that called them were 26 people/day that had never worked Easter Island before.   :)

Might be nicer for those of us who do need them here in the Midwest stuck with a backyard dipole!  But that will never happen.  Especially enjoyable are those who call and connect multiple times on the same band during the same DXpedition just to show how "professional" they are.


Title: RE: Easter Island XR0YG
Post by: N5MOA on March 21, 2013, 06:40:24 PM
On 160m right now, 01:39.

1.819.3, up 1


Title: RE: Easter Island XR0YG
Post by: WX2S on March 21, 2013, 07:40:47 PM
Got them today on 30 m. I think.  :)

WX2S.


Title: RE: Easter Island XR0YG
Post by: NU1O on March 21, 2013, 08:23:13 PM
There's also CE0Y/NL8F in 2012.  Tim gave me an ATNO last year.

They are working multiple continents with huge pile ups.  I tried 15m for almost an hour and no joy.  I will wait until they start calling CQ.

If you have nothing else to do why not work them?  The marathoners start at zero on Jan. 1st every year.

73,
Jonathan W6GX
I think one of my last posts was to you and it was about the SN almost reaching 150. It never did hit 150. As a matter of fact it took a nose-dive. Conditions have been real lousy. 

I could use T2 and H40 on some bands but during the last few days I've put the rig on for about 1/2 an hour and shut it down for the rest of the day. I did work 5W0W on 10 meters the other day and I had to compete with many stations from the West Coast so working Ralph was the standout for the last week.

I'm getting real tired of all the digital spots (especially JT65) on DX Summit.  Does anybody know if I can filter those out?  If not, I think they really need to break things down by CW and Phone, and have another section for digital modes. It also seems like I'm seeing more and more beacons being spotted. Combine all of the above with the Lids who send messages through the clusters and it is turning into a huge garbage heap!

Thank God the Red Sox had a televised spring training game on tonight and baseball season is just around the corner!

73,

Chris/NU1O



Title: RE: Easter Island XR0YG
Post by: WX2S on March 22, 2013, 05:54:25 AM
Got them today on 30 m. I think.  :)
Confirmed. Upload to LotW and Club Log was like lightning. Thanks!

73,
- WX2S


Title: RE: Easter Island XR0YG
Post by: AD9DX on March 22, 2013, 06:12:12 AM
I was really disappointed at the speed of the QSOs on 12m yesterday. They were reasonably strong, but working very slowly. It was very annoying.


Title: RE: Easter Island XR0YG
Post by: K4JK on March 22, 2013, 06:16:28 AM
They were coming in like gangbusters on 15 late yesterday afternoon. Pileup was too thick for my station though.

Woke up early to try to get them on 30 or 40 today, and I could barely hear them. CNDX were pretty poor, lots of noise here at my QTH. Should be able to properly chase them this weekend however.


Title: RE: Easter Island XR0YG
Post by: N9KX on March 22, 2013, 08:08:09 AM
heard them on 10.104 last night but they were working Europe dit -- dih dih dah.
by the time i tried 40m this morning sun was up and they were quite weak.

just heard them on 17m and gave them a try.  voila -- luck was with me!


Title: RE: Easter Island XR0YG
Post by: N9KX on March 22, 2013, 10:00:00 AM
Holy cow, my QSO is already LoTW confirmed and it has been only 2 hours!  :o  ;D


Title: RE: Easter Island XR0YG
Post by: W5RDW on March 22, 2013, 10:06:23 AM
Same here.

Worked them on 40 CW at 8 am this morning and it is already on LOTW. Also, all the other band slots are there that i have worked in the past two days! Outstanding!


Title: RE: Easter Island XR0YG
Post by: NU1O on March 22, 2013, 08:35:20 PM
Holy cow, my QSO is already LoTW confirmed and it has been only 2 hours!  :o  ;D

Do they expect to receive any donations while by confirming via LoTW while the trip is still taking place?

73,

Chris/NU1O


Title: RE: Easter Island XR0YG
Post by: KY6R on March 22, 2013, 08:43:56 PM
Just worked them on 160M. Just superb. I'm only running 300W - which is QRP for 160M.

Love 160M - easily my favorite band!


Title: RE: Easter Island XR0YG
Post by: NU4B on March 22, 2013, 09:20:46 PM
Holy cow, my QSO is already LoTW confirmed and it has been only 2 hours!  :o  ;D

Do they expect to receive any donations while by confirming via LoTW while the trip is still taking place?

73,

Chris/NU1O

No, the trip is self financed. But they do ask, if you are so inclined, to contribute to NCDXF and/or Club Log.


Title: RE: Easter Island XR0YG
Post by: W6GX on March 22, 2013, 09:22:23 PM
Just worked them on 160M. Just superb. I'm only running 300W - which is QRP for 160M.

Love 160M - easily my favorite band!

Congrats!

Just for kicks I wanted to see what the 160m rave is all about.  I went to their spotted frequency and to my surprise I could actually hear them pretty well on my tribander.  The pileup was not too big and they were all calling at about 1kc up.  I could hear a lot of static crashes which I guess is a hallmark of lowbands.  Besides the wavelength is really long what is so special about this band?  To me it sounded no different from 40m on a summer night.

73,
Jonathan W6GX


Title: RE: Easter Island XR0YG
Post by: NU1O on March 22, 2013, 09:56:43 PM
Has anybody worked them on 10 meters yet?  There is propagation daily on 10 from my QTH to Argentina, Chile, and Brazil except for days when everything is blacked out.  I worked them on 12 and 15 today.

This is off topic but I don't want to open up an old topic.  H44G was on 15 CW today but rather than operating split he would QSY to the transmitting station's frequency and give the call and report on that frequency.  It took me a few minutes to catch on to what he was doing. The QSO rate slowed down to virtually zero and he had a lot of people confused.  I hope this is not the same person going on that H4IOTA expedition and I don't understand why somebody wouldn't just stick to normal protocol.

73,

Chris/NU1O


Title: RE: Easter Island XR0YG
Post by: W6GX on March 22, 2013, 10:06:17 PM
Has anybody worked them on 10 meters yet?

A quick check on clublog showed that no one has worked them on 10m yet (i.e. no box is shown on 10m).  If there's propagation I'm sure Pete W2IRT will be the first one to work them.  He has seven elements on 10m :o

73,
Jonathan W6GX


Title: RE: Easter Island XR0YG
Post by: NU1O on March 22, 2013, 10:14:51 PM
Besides the wavelength is really long what is so special about this band?  To me it sounded no different from 40m on a summer night.

73,
Jonathan W6GX

You'd have to ask a dedicated 160 meter operator for a definitive answer but I think you answered your own question.  It's the longest bandwidth we regularly use and to work stations thousands of miles away with our limited power and wire antennas is quite remarkable. If you are using either of your Yagis w/o a transmatch you are not hearing much of anything.

When I first got into amateur radio back in the 80's I would run into Europeans who were very familiar with some of the 50 kW clear channel AM stations in my area, such as WBZ in Boston and WTIC in Hartford. They used to listen to those stations in Europe as kids. Most are probably SK now.

I never had room for a Beverage to do justice to listening to the AM band but even a simple loop antenna would allow me to hear stations from South America, Mexico and the Caribbean. I have an old Collins 390A stored in the garage.  It is a remarkable receiver considering when it was built.

73,

Chris/NU1O


Title: RE: Easter Island XR0YG
Post by: NU1O on March 22, 2013, 10:18:19 PM
A quick check on clublog showed that no one has worked them on 10m yet (i.e. no box is shown on 10m).  If there's propagation I'm sure Pete W2IRT will be the first one to work them.  He has seven elements on 10m :o

73,
Jonathan W6GX

How many active elements does his antenna have on 15 and 20 meters?  I'd rather have more elements on 15 and 20 than all those elements on 10.  I am usually the first to work anything I can hear with 4 elements and 1500W on 10 meters.

73,

Chris/NU1O


Title: RE: Easter Island XR0YG
Post by: W6GX on March 22, 2013, 10:25:40 PM
How many active elements does his antenna have on 15 and 20 meters?  I'd rather have more elements on 15 and 20 than all those elements on 10.

Three on 20m and four on 15m.  I agree with you but perhaps all those shorter elements act as directors (albeit not perfect) for the lower frequencies.  The biggest Force 12 beam is the C49XR.  It has four elements on 20m, six on 15m, and fourteen on 10m :o

73,
Jonathan W6GX


Title: RE: Easter Island XR0YG
Post by: NU1O on March 22, 2013, 11:28:57 PM
How many active elements does his antenna have on 15 and 20 meters?  I'd rather have more elements on 15 and 20 than all those elements on 10.

Three on 20m and four on 15m.  I agree with you but perhaps all those shorter elements act as directors (albeit not perfect) for the lower frequencies.  The biggest Force 12 beam is the C49XR.  It has four elements on 20m, six on 15m, and fourteen on 10m :o

73,
Jonathan W6GX

Albeit with a 49 foot boom, right? 

The C31 can't have much more gain than our Skyhawk on 20 and 15 meters.  Also, they are squeezing 3 extra elements into just a 7 foot larger boom on 10 meters.  I don't hear many guys running them but then I don't hear many using our antenna, either.  I'll have to look at the specs on the C31 sometime.

I think the SteppIR is probably the beam with the biggest owner's group once the relatively inexpensive tribanders, like the A3S and TH33, are eliminated. I don't like the moving parts so I never considered it.  There is a lot to be said for simpler being better in this hobby.  Look at my Palstar HF-Auto which was really a luxury but my unit was a dog. The Palstar manual tuner, the AT5K, works fine and you eliminate all the circuitry which remembers the various band settings.  That applies to the auto-tune amplifiers, as well.

73,

Chris/NU1O


Title: RE: Easter Island XR0YG
Post by: W2IRT on March 23, 2013, 12:14:14 AM
All I can say is I'm tickled pink with the C31XR. It plays beautifully and 15 and 20. 10 is OK. I won't be calling them on 10, however. I have Easter Island on 10 from many previous trips. I can't hear them on the only band I need them on (160). Someone asked what the attraction is to Topband. I'd have to say that it's because propagation on 160 is fickle at best, requires a lot of dedicated listening, specialized and generally large antennae and because it's not easy to DX that band. If it was as hard as 6m I probably wouldn't enjoy it as much, but because DXCC is easily achievable after a few seasons it keeps the challenge alive.

I expect 160's significantly more difficult to work DX on from the West coast of NA than on the East, and easier in Europe than in NA.


Title: RE: Easter Island XR0YG
Post by: KY6R on March 23, 2013, 04:53:12 AM
Just worked them on 160M. Just superb. I'm only running 300W - which is QRP for 160M.

Love 160M - easily my favorite band!

Congrats!

Just for kicks I wanted to see what the 160m rave is all about.  I went to their spotted frequency and to my surprise I could actually hear them pretty well on my tribander.  The pileup was not too big and they were all calling at about 1kc up.  I could hear a lot of static crashes which I guess is a hallmark of lowbands.  Besides the wavelength is really long what is so special about this band?  To me it sounded no different from 40m on a summer night.

73,
Jonathan W6GX

Regarding 160M:

I use a Cushcraft MA-160V for TX with 64 buried radials. This is a top loaded and very short (36') vertical for 160M. It is very narrow banded and probably only 50 - 60% efficient. I use the K9AY Loops for RX - which are amazing for the small area they take up. Mine straddles a creek and has mulitple ground points - one - right in the creek.

I can run close to 500 watts on the 40 kc that the MA-160V is tuned to - and then my auto tuner forces me to reduce power to 300 watts outside of that 40 kc.

Why is 160M my favorite band?

Before I was a ham (when I was 10 or 11), I wrapped a wire around my AM radio and threw a good chunk of that wire out the window and ran it to a tree. I started "AM BCB DX-ing". I heard and sent away for QSL cards from WSM in Nashville, WHO in Des Moines, etc. This is when I was growing up in "Joisey".

Amateur Radio DX-ing started in and around 200 meters - so pretty much the AM radio band.

So - for me - its the vagaries of its propagation and it is very "nostalgic" for me. Makes me feel like a walking antique . . . .   :D

My farthest / most exotic DX with this setup is XR0YG, VK, 9M4SLL, R1ANF, FO0, 3D2/C, etc, etc. I have heard AF and EU - and can't wait to work some of those.

CE0 is not a big deal on any other band for me - but on 160M its a big deal.

I have 45 entities on 160M, and am in no rush to complete my 9th band - for 9BDXCC, because I am enjoying each and every "catch" on top band.


Title: RE: Easter Island XR0YG
Post by: VK3HJ on March 23, 2013, 06:23:48 AM
Each time I see reference to a commercially made antenna, I need to look it up to find out what it's about! I've enjoyed building all my HF antennas here.
I'm listening to XR0YG peaking on 160 m just before their sunrise. The level of activity has been low, surprisingly. About an hour ago, I made a few calls and into the log.
"Top Band" has intrigued me to the point of improving my station capability on that band, with a goal of DXCC. I am using a 60 foot vertical, top loaded with six sloping 20 foot wires and feedpoint about 9 feet above the ground, with 8 elevated quarter wave counterpoise wires. For receive I have a 4 way EWE. Interestingly, I am receiving them on my NE EWE, rather than the SE, as I had expected. At least with 160 m, we don't have to cram all our DXing into the sunspot peak, like on 10 m.
I'd like to work XR0YG on 15-10 m, but have been working during the day when those bands have been open. Over the next week, I should be able to try for them in the mornings.
What a fascinating place Easter I, or Rapa Nui, is. DXing is such a lesson in geography, and more.
73 es GL,
Luke VK3HJ


Title: RE: Easter Island XR0YG
Post by: W6GX on March 23, 2013, 08:21:02 AM
Regarding 160M:

I use a Cushcraft MA-160V for TX with 64 buried radials. This is a top loaded and very short (36') vertical for 160M. It is very narrow banded and probably only 50 - 60% efficient. I use the K9AY Loops for RX - which are amazing for the small area they take up. Mine straddles a creek and has mulitple ground points - one - right in the creek.

I can run close to 500 watts on the 40 kc that the MA-160V is tuned to - and then my auto tuner forces me to reduce power to 300 watts outside of that 40 kc.

Why is 160M my favorite band?

Before I was a ham (when I was 10 or 11), I wrapped a wire around my AM radio and threw a good chunk of that wire out the window and ran it to a tree. I started "AM BCB DX-ing". I heard and sent away for QSL cards from WSM in Nashville, WHO in Des Moines, etc. This is when I was growing up in "Joisey".

Amateur Radio DX-ing started in and around 200 meters - so pretty much the AM radio band.

So - for me - its the vagaries of its propagation and it is very "nostalgic" for me. Makes me feel like a walking antique . . . .   :D

My farthest / most exotic DX with this setup is XR0YG, VK, 9M4SLL, R1ANF, FO0, 3D2/C, etc, etc. I have heard AF and EU - and can't wait to work some of those.

CE0 is not a big deal on any other band for me - but on 160M its a big deal.

I have 45 entities on 160M, and am in no rush to complete my 9th band - for 9BDXCC, because I am enjoying each and every "catch" on top band.

Thanks.  Sounds very interesting.  Currently I don't even have an antenna for 80m.  It will be a while before I get into 160m.

73,
Jonathan W6GX


Title: RE: Easter Island XR0YG
Post by: AD9DX on March 23, 2013, 09:14:28 AM
I heard them on 160m last night with my "beverage" on the ground pointed right at them. Honestly, if I can only hear them S2 in the Midwest I don't think they will have much luck bagging EU with their setup.

Their operating pattern seems strange to me. They will work 3 EU a JA or two then a NA station.


Title: RE: Easter Island XR0YG
Post by: N9KX on March 23, 2013, 09:17:42 AM

Just for kicks I wanted to see what the 160m rave is all about.  I went to their spotted frequency and to my surprise I could actually hear them pretty well on my tribander.  The pileup was not too big and they were all calling at about 1kc up.  I could hear a lot of static crashes which I guess is a hallmark of lowbands.  Besides the wavelength is really long what is so special about this band?  To me it sounded no different from 40m on a summer night.

73,
Jonathan W6GX

I am a 160m newbie -- but here is an interesting article

The 160-Meter Band: An Enigma Shrouded in Mystery
: http://solar.spacew.com/cq/cqmar98.pdf (http://solar.spacew.com/cq/cqmar98.pdf)
by: Cary Oler and Dr. Theodore J. Cohen N4XX

Evidently it appeared in the the March and April 1998 editions of CQ Magazine...


Title: RE: Easter Island XR0YG
Post by: N9KX on March 23, 2013, 09:21:15 AM
one other interesting note: because of the antenna challenges, 160m seems to filter out a lot of the kooks you'll find on 75 meters.  it also seems to have one of the highest percentage of LoTW users I have found...


Title: RE: Easter Island XR0YG
Post by: AD9DX on March 23, 2013, 09:55:59 AM
one other interesting note: because of the antenna challenges, 160m seems to filter out a lot of the kooks you'll find on 75 meters.  it also seems to have one of the highest percentage of LoTW users I have found...

Very true. Most guys on 160m are very professional.


Title: RE: Easter Island XR0YG
Post by: W5RDW on March 23, 2013, 04:30:24 PM
Nice 10 meter CW signal......Very good operator!


Title: RE: Easter Island XR0YG
Post by: AB3CX on March 23, 2013, 08:48:36 PM
I keep listening om 160M for them but I don't hear them at all, weird.  I worked TX5K on 160M and thought that there would be some similarity in signal strength for those two places here. I worked XR0YG on all the high bands for fills, but I'd really like to get them on 80 and 160M now.


Title: RE: Easter Island XR0YG
Post by: W5RDW on March 23, 2013, 09:00:43 PM
Same here. I worked TX5K just for grins on my 80M inv. V with their signals very strong (but about 8 hours later at 12:35 UTC). All I hear tonight are people calling on his transmit freq and a bunch calling down 10 or so KHz.


Title: RE: Easter Island XR0YG
Post by: K9NW on March 23, 2013, 09:37:14 PM
I worked TX5K on 160M and thought that there would be some similarity in signal strength for those two places....


I suspect some of that is because TX5K was able to put their 160 antenna very near the water.  That option really does not exist on CE0Y.  It's quite a bit further away too - from W9 about twice as far.



Title: RE: Easter Island XR0YG
Post by: N3QE on March 24, 2013, 05:07:17 AM
I keep listening om 160M for them but I don't hear them at all, weird.  I worked TX5K on 160M and thought that there would be some similarity in signal strength for those two places here. I worked XR0YG on all the high bands for fills, but I'd really like to get them on 80 and 160M now.

Saturday night (Sunday morning UTC) XR0YG was plenty loud on 160M. Not TX5K loud, but plenty loud for good winter copy, but, but, but: But there was very strong thunderstorm type noise for me too especially to my south. (Frowny-Face!).


Title: RE: Easter Island XR0YG
Post by: N2RJ on March 24, 2013, 09:39:58 AM
I heard them on 160m last night with my "beverage" on the ground pointed right at them. Honestly, if I can only hear them S2 in the Midwest I don't think they will have much luck bagging EU with their setup.

Their operating pattern seems strange to me. They will work 3 EU a JA or two then a NA station.

One op seems to just moving up and up every qso. I didn't have much luck on 10. But 30 was easy, 2 calls with 200 watts and 3 elements.


Title: RE: Easter Island XR0YG
Post by: KB3LIX on March 24, 2013, 01:04:50 PM
Been calling since about 1300z this morning and NO JOY on 10m.
They just quit for grub.
By the time he gets back in an hour, conditions
on 10m will have gone to hell.
Maybe tomorrow.


Title: RE: Easter Island XR0YG
Post by: AD9DX on March 24, 2013, 01:36:29 PM
Been calling since about 1300z this morning and NO JOY on 10m.
They just quit for grub.
By the time he gets back in an hour, conditions
on 10m will have gone to hell.
Maybe tomorrow.

I am glad that I already have Easter I. on 10m as fickle as that band is, it is my favorite band to get a new one on except 160m. 


Title: RE: Easter Island XR0YG
Post by: N3QE on March 24, 2013, 02:00:25 PM
Been calling since about 1300z this morning and NO JOY on 10m.
They just quit for grub.
By the time he gets back in an hour, conditions
on 10m will have gone to hell.
Maybe tomorrow.

XR0YG on 10M was clearly audible to me up through 9PM (0200 UTC) Saturday night (Sunday morning UTC). By that point he was working almost all JA's but up through 2300 UTC he was working lots of W/VE's.

There's something about 10M propagation to much of South America that makes this a rather reliable path. I asked my local propagation expert if this is TEP on 10M and he pretty much said no. But it is still a rather reliable path.


Title: RE: Easter Island XR0YG
Post by: NU1O on March 24, 2013, 03:05:36 PM

XR0YG on 10M was clearly audible to me up through 9PM (0200 UTC) Saturday night (Sunday morning UTC). By that point he was working almost all JA's but up through 2300 UTC he was working lots of W/VE's.

There's something about 10M propagation to much of South America that makes this a rather reliable path. I asked my local propagation expert if this is TEP on 10M and he pretty much said no. But it is still a rather reliable path.

It doesn't have the boundaries to fit the classic definition of TEP but it is trans-equatorial and when the band is not open to Europe it is still often open to South America. Often, in the late afternoon, SA is the only part of the world workable on 10 meters.

73,

Chris/NU1O


Title: RE: Easter Island XR0YG
Post by: WD4ELG on March 24, 2013, 06:09:36 PM
Always surprising with 10 meters, they were very strong about 2345 UTC Sunday.  Nothing heard from them before then on 10.


Title: RE: Easter Island XR0YG
Post by: VK3HJ on March 24, 2013, 10:24:35 PM
No good at all on 10 m. Faintly audible at best.
Yesterday and today worked 20, 17, 15 and 12 m, so a couple of new bands.
I don't think I'll be able to work them QRP, as the pileups are too big!
A couple of new bands has made the chase worthwhile, however.
They are doing a fine job.
73,
Luke VK3HJ


Title: RE: Easter Island XR0YG
Post by: KB3LIX on March 25, 2013, 03:16:05 AM
They are audible on 40m, but just barely.
Lots of noise and several that do not understand UP.

Not strong enough to try regularly, but when the poke
out of the noise, I giv'em a shot.
NADA so far.

VOA-CAP says path sucks at this time.


Title: RE: Easter Island XR0YG
Post by: N3QE on March 25, 2013, 05:52:28 AM
They are audible on 40m, but just barely.
Lots of noise and several that do not understand UP.

Not strong enough to try regularly, but when the poke
out of the noise, I giv'em a shot.
NADA so far.

VOA-CAP says path sucks at this time.

I was kinda hoping for better luck when I saw then spotted on 40M and 80M this AM. XR0YG is audible on both bands (80M better than 40M actually) but heavy heavy precipitation noise from a very wet late-March snowfall. I could turn on the linear and melt the snow off my doublet and feedline but instead went out to shovel driveway :-). About 4 inches, I was surprised!!!!

Tim.


Title: RE: Easter Island XR0YG
Post by: AD9DX on March 25, 2013, 06:19:26 AM
They are audible on 40m, but just barely.
Lots of noise and several that do not understand UP.

Not strong enough to try regularly, but when the poke
out of the noise, I giv'em a shot.
NADA so far.

VOA-CAP says path sucks at this time.

I was kinda hoping for better luck when I saw then spotted on 40M and 80M this AM. XR0YG is audible on both bands (80M better than 40M actually) but heavy heavy precipitation noise from a very wet late-March snowfall. I could turn on the linear and melt the snow off my doublet and feedline but instead went out to shovel driveway :-). About 4 inches, I was surprised!!!!

Tim.


I woke up to a foot of snow. I guess that explains the noise on the bands yesterday.


Title: RE: Easter Island XR0YG
Post by: KB3LIX on March 25, 2013, 10:36:17 AM
Took a while, but I finally got thru early this morning on 40m.
They came up outta the noise floor for a few minutes, and I gave it a shot.

Already confirmed on their on-line log.

About 4 inches of snow in Western Pennsylvania too.


Title: RE: Easter Island XR0YG
Post by: N2RJ on March 25, 2013, 01:24:20 PM
Congrats Bill!!!


Title: RE: Easter Island XR0YG
Post by: KD8MJR on March 25, 2013, 05:52:42 PM
Got them on 2 Bands but it was a QRM Zoo on their Tx Freq.
I can tell you one thing for sure, if you don't answer them back within 2 calls and they move on the ops will not take your call again during that session.   I had a guy QRMing them when they replied, I was about 50% sure it was me they replied to after just making 5 calls but I missed some of the letters due to the QRM and the fast speed (for me).   They had a 59+5 signal on 20M and after that the Op moved on and no matter what he would not come back to me, I tried for almost 1 hour and no reply.   Yeah my bad but the QRM was unreal and my CW sucks.


Title: RE: Easter Island XR0YG
Post by: AD9DX on March 25, 2013, 06:03:32 PM
Got them on 2 Bands but it was a QRM Zoo on their Tx Freq.
I can tell you one thing for sure, if you don't answer them back within 2 calls and they move on the ops will not take your call again during that session.   I had a guy QRMing them when they replied, I was about 50% sure it was me they replied to after just making 5 calls but I missed some of the letters due to the QRM and the fast speed (for me).   They had a 59+5 signal on 20M and after that the Op moved on and no matter what he would not come back to me, I tried for almost 1 hour and no reply.   Yeah my bad but the QRM was unreal and my CW sucks.


QRM was really bad on 20m last night too. There was some clown who kept sending dits over and over again. So loud that I thought it was going to destroy my speaker.


Title: RE: Easter Island XR0YG
Post by: KB3LIX on March 25, 2013, 08:27:03 PM
Got them on 2 Bands but it was a QRM Zoo on their Tx Freq.
I can tell you one thing for sure, if you don't answer them back within 2 calls and they move on the ops will not take your call again during that session.   I had a guy QRMing them when they replied, I was about 50% sure it was me they replied to after just making 5 calls but I missed some of the letters due to the QRM and the fast speed (for me).   They had a 59+5 signal on 20M and after that the Op moved on and no matter what he would not come back to me, I tried for almost 1 hour and no reply.   Yeah my bad but the QRM was unreal and my CW sucks.


QRM was really bad on 20m last night too. There was some clown who kept sending dits over and over again. So loud that I thought it was going to destroy my speaker.

I always use headphones, when some CLOWN does that
it REALLY gets your attention.

Thanx Ryan.


Title: RE: Easter Island XR0YG
Post by: ZL1BBW on March 26, 2013, 02:07:26 AM
 :) Just got them on 40 and 80, was hoping the were on 160 condx really good down here tonight.


Title: RE: Easter Island XR0YG
Post by: VK3HJ on March 26, 2013, 05:01:37 AM
They finished on 160 m Sunday night, to start on 80 m from Monday.
27th is their last day, so make the most of it.
Things slowed down enough this evening on 20 m for me to make my QRP contact!
Looks like no conditions for 10 m this week. Oh well...
73,
Luke VK3HJ


Title: RE: Easter Island XR0YG
Post by: N9KX on March 27, 2013, 10:13:05 AM
I was able to get them on 17, 15, 40, and 10 (in that order).  All are greenies now on their ClubLog chart:
https://secure.clublog.org/charts/?c=XR0YG (https://secure.clublog.org/charts/?c=XR0YG)

but the 40m QSO is not yet confirmed on LoTW (the rest are).

Anyone else seeing this issue or ...  ???

Loved the all CW DXpedition. 


Title: RE: Easter Island XR0YG
Post by: W1VT on March 27, 2013, 10:18:41 AM
I have all my QSOs confirmed via LoTW, including the 80M one this morning, so I assume they have uploaded their entire log.  Four of my seven contacts were made in the last day of operation--only missed them on 20.

The first thing I do is to check my LoTW upload--making sure all the info is properly entered into the system.

Zack W1VT


Title: RE: Easter Island XR0YG
Post by: N9KX on March 27, 2013, 10:45:40 AM
I have all my QSOs confirmed via LoTW, including the 80M one this morning, so I assume they have uploaded their entire log.  Four of my seven contacts were made in the last day of operation--only missed them on 20.

The first thing I do is to check my LoTW upload--making sure all the info is properly entered into the system.

Zack W1VT

thanks for the reply.  on further review the early Sunday morning date in my log made no sense as it would have been early Monday morning that I worked them.  LoTW confirmation happened a few minutes later.  Thanks!

Nice job getting 4 on their last day.  I would have loved 30 and 12m but struck out on both. I thought I had them on 12, but turns out they probably worked K9ZM and not me  ::)  ;D



Title: RE: Easter Island XR0YG
Post by: AJ4RW on March 27, 2013, 12:44:46 PM
The XR0YG team did a fantastic job.  Not to sound sarcastic but I truly hope they were happy with the final results of making EU contacts even though propagation to EU could have been better.  I bet getting over the NA wall was difficult at times but the ops were terrific.  THANKS XR0YG!!!


Title: RE: Easter Island XR0YG
Post by: AD9DX on March 27, 2013, 02:28:32 PM
The XR0YG team did a fantastic job.  Not to sound sarcastic but I truly hope they were happy with the final results of making EU contacts even though propagation to EU could have been better.  I bet getting over the NA wall was difficult at times but the ops were terrific.  THANKS XR0YG!!!

I got them on two bands. I had a hard time figuring out the pattern of one of their slower evening ops. Nigel's operating style was as usual predictable and his handling of the pile ups was breathtaking, again.

I had some other obligations during the time they were QRV, so getting them on 12m and 15m along with the new mode was great. Their signal, while not as strong as TX5K was very good. Since their stated goal was to work EU especially on the low bands, I would venture to guess by the Cluster Chatter they succeeded.


Title: RE: Easter Island XR0YG
Post by: W2IRT on March 30, 2013, 03:27:56 PM
This would be the perfect QSL for an Easter Island DXpedition:
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10200517118427163&set=a.2742448117087.146684.1133998401&type=1&ref=nf (https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10200517118427163&set=a.2742448117087.146684.1133998401&type=1&ref=nf)