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Title: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: N6PSE on November 01, 2013, 06:38:07 PM
Zorro JH1AJT and the group will be on air from Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar again from 15th to 26th November 2013. This will be the third and final run for 2013 from XZ land. Proposed call sign is XZ1J this time, and plan to set up three to four stations, run 24/7, on 160 – 10m bands, CW SSB and RTTY.
 
Announced operators are;
JH1AJT, Zorro
DJ9ZB, Franz
E20NKB, JC
E21EIC, Champ
JA1DXA, Katsu
JA1TRC, Jay
K3LP, David
N6PSE, Paul
PP5XX, Peter
PY2NDX, Rafael
VR2KF, Kazu
 
QSL: OQRS preferable
 
73,
XZ1J – Team
 


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: AF3Y on November 01, 2013, 06:43:12 PM
Thanks for the update Paul!  Sure would like to be able to land this one this time. ::)

GL and hope to hear you on the bands.  73, Gene AF3Y


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: NU1O on November 01, 2013, 06:44:26 PM
Great news!  I need Burma/Myanmar for an ATNO.

73,

Chris NU1O


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: AD9DX on November 01, 2013, 06:45:12 PM
I was just going to post a thread asking where your next adventure was going to be Paul. Safe travel my friend.

November is looking like it is going to be epic.


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: N5MOA on November 02, 2013, 06:17:56 PM
November is getting full.  ;D

Anyone get a card from the September operation?

I got the LOTW confirmation, but no card as of yet.


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: N1UK on November 02, 2013, 06:25:51 PM
LOTW yes but no card yet


Mark N1UK


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: W6DXO on November 05, 2013, 10:20:08 AM
Great News !

I too need this for an ATNO.

73 de harry, W6DXO


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: KH6DC on November 05, 2013, 04:24:10 PM
Zorro JH1AJT and the group will be on air from Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar again from 15th to 26th November 2013. This will be the third and final run for 2013 from XZ land. Proposed call sign is XZ1J this time, and plan to set up three to four stations, run 24/7, on 160 – 10m bands, CW SSB and RTTY.
 
Announced operators are;
JH1AJT, Zorro
DJ9ZB, Franz
E20NKB, JC
E21EIC, Champ
JA1DXA, Katsu
JA1TRC, Jay
K3LP, David
N6PSE, Paul
PP5XX, Peter
PY2NDX, Rafael
VR2KF, Kazu
 
QSL: OQRS preferable
 
73,
XZ1J – Team
 


That's for the update.  I missed all operations from Myannmar because I couldn't hear them so hopefully my wish for more sunspots and excellent propagation will come true.


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: N5UD on November 06, 2013, 04:54:33 PM
I heard them a few times from mobile, but the pile up was too much for my signal. I wished they had tried some 30M LP near our sundown. Path might have been there.

GL to all 73 Tony N5UD /M


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: W6DXO on November 07, 2013, 09:25:54 AM
Paul..

Really glad to hear that you'll be with the team.

I know you won't forget W6-land  ;D

Gl de harry, W6DXO


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: W7WQ on November 07, 2013, 11:40:23 AM
Hope I can work that one.  I have Romeo (3W3RR) XY0RR qsl from long time back.  I still haven't sent off for my 3W3RR/JAIL card.  Definitely need that for ATNO.  Use a dipole and about 50 watts here.


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: N6PSE on November 10, 2013, 06:42:12 PM
The DXpedition website is live at www.xz1j.org

The team will soon be making their way to Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar.


Paul N6PSE


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: AJ4RW on November 10, 2013, 06:47:51 PM
This month has been a blockbuster month, yeah!

Randy AJ7G


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: W6GX on November 10, 2013, 08:11:28 PM
Yes it's unbelievable on how all the dxpeditions are staggered in Nov.  I did work them in Sept.  I would like to work them again for new bandfills.  This should be a very good operation and I wish them safe travels.

73,
Jonathan W6GX


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: AF5CC on November 10, 2013, 09:48:57 PM
This would be an ATNO for me.  Sure hope we have propagation for my 100 watts and pipsqueak antenna.
This November has been one of the best months I have ever seen for major DXpeditions.

John AF5CC


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: WD4ELG on November 10, 2013, 10:58:31 PM
PaulN6PSE, I need to send you a case of your favorite adult beverage.  If I can snag you from XZ, that will be six ATNO that your team has given me.


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: N6PSE on November 14, 2013, 02:12:11 PM
The XZ1J team is flying from Yangon to Nay Pyi Taw today. We will set up our stations and antennas and be QRV later today. Watch for XZ1J on the bands!

Paul N6PSE


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: AF3Y on November 14, 2013, 02:31:10 PM
Only time I have actually had luck in that area (Bhutan and Nepal) was 2400 to 0200
on 20, 17 & 15.
 Hope that falls in your band plans. 
GL...  73, Gene AF3Y


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: N5UD on November 15, 2013, 08:41:28 AM
deja vu. Those already in XZ1Z log are calling XZ1J, spotting worked, etc. Do we have a WA XZ award being sponsored I am not aware of ?
Why do these blokes worldwide need XZ1J on the same band and mode they already have XZ1Z ?

There must be a term for it ?

73 Tony N5UD

 


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: W6GX on November 15, 2013, 08:50:30 AM
deja vu. Those already in XZ1Z log are calling XZ1J, spotting worked, etc. Do we have a WA XZ award being sponsored I am not aware of ?
Why do these blokes worldwide need XZ1J on the same band and mode they already have XZ1Z ?

There must be a term for it ?

73 Tony N5UD

RR.

I heard them well on 20m SSB but I didn't call as I already have XZ on 20m SSB.  If I hear them on 20m CW or RTTY I would call.  I'm monitoring 17m right now as that would be a new band for me.

73,
Jonathan W6GX


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: K0YQ on November 15, 2013, 09:10:51 AM
I was thrilled to work XR0, KH9, and T33 for new ones so far this month.  Now with XZ, VU7, 9N, and S2 the sledding gets WAY tougher...

Safe travels to all the teams!


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: KB2FCV on November 15, 2013, 09:13:22 AM
I hope I'll be able to hear / work the dxpedition from here, it would be another ATNO for me. Hopefully propagation and my timing will be good :)


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: W2IRT on November 15, 2013, 09:14:47 AM
They're QRV with a good signal to New Jersey on 20 SSB at 17z. Half a dozen calls with all the hamsters spinning did the job with the 2nd VFO set just right was all it took, surprisingly. They were audible on 17 CW earlier but well past the hours of peak propagation. Hopefully tomorrow for CW-on any band!


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: W6GX on November 15, 2013, 09:25:13 AM
I was thrilled to work XR0, KH9, and T33 for new ones so far this month.  Now with XZ, VU7, 9N, and S2 the sledding gets WAY tougher...

Safe travels to all the teams!

LOL.  I also worked XR0, KH9, and T33 for new ones however I don't need XZ, VU7, 9N, and S2 :D  130lbs of aluminum at 75' does help ;D  I give you kudos for resisting the temptation to work the rare ones from my shack :)  Nice job done on the new ones and GL on the others.

73,
Jonathan W6GX


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: W1QJ on November 15, 2013, 10:23:29 AM
I was thrilled to work XR0, KH9, and T33 for new ones so far this month.  Now with XZ, VU7, 9N, and S2 the sledding gets WAY tougher...

Safe travels to all the teams!

LOL.  I also worked XR0, KH9, and T33 for new ones however I don't need XZ, VU7, 9N, and S2 :D  130lbs of aluminum at 75' does help ;D  I give you kudos for resisting the temptation to work the rare ones from my shack :)  Nice job done on the new ones and GL on the others.

73,
Jonathan W6GX

LOL ;D  I worked all the November goodies with 100 watts and a dipole.  I'm deaf in one ear and I can't hear out of the other.  I had one arm tied behind my back. ;)


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: W2IRT on November 15, 2013, 12:18:27 PM
Worked on 20 CW thanks to those awesome SSN/SFI numbers and an absence of QRM. Gonna be fun fighting the WeekendWarriors™ on the high bands, though.


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: W6DXO on November 15, 2013, 01:27:34 PM
Just worked them on 20 CW..nice signal into the Left Coast, and a great op !

gl de harry, W6DXO


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: NU1O on November 15, 2013, 02:50:25 PM
I worked them on 20 cw a little past 2100 UTC.  The pileup was surprisingly small.

Two new countries in a week - the other being Banaba - brings me to the nice round total of 320 current countries worked. 

Chris  NU1O


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: AF3Y on November 15, 2013, 03:01:48 PM
Just too weak here on my vertical.  Does not look good so far.  I can hear em, but not good enough to call. Maybe later...... I did not expect 599 here, even with the great condx. ::)
73, Gene AF3Y


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: W2IRT on November 15, 2013, 03:21:19 PM
Gene, I think you might be surprised by the higher bands during the morning, especially long-path (Sorry, forget if you're directional or not).


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: NU1O on November 15, 2013, 03:24:03 PM
Just too weak here on my vertical.  Does not look good so far.  I can hear em, but not good enough to call. Maybe later...... I did not expect 599 here, even with the great condx. ::)
73, Gene AF3Y

Try 20 meter long path from 0000 to 0200 UTC and in the morning from 12 to 16 UTC.  I've worked India long path around 0200 UTC during the past week and the propagation models show an opening to Burma for both you and I at 00 to 02 UTC. I adjusted for your vertical.

Chris  NU1O



Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: AF3Y on November 15, 2013, 03:27:01 PM
Gene, I think you might be surprised by the higher bands during the morning, especially long-path (Sorry, forget if you're directional or not).

I have worked that area (Bhutan and Nepal), both from here on the vertical.  Both on 20m CW and 17m CW around 0030Z or so. It can be done :))   If I don't get em, so be it, but I think I have a shot.  I heard them this afternoon, just not quite loud enough to feel good about calling. I actually did call a time or two.  The pileup was surprisingly small.  I wont even bother this weekend.  I will leave the weekend to you heavy hitters. ;D
73, Gene AF3Y


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: AF3Y on November 15, 2013, 03:30:11 PM
Just too weak here on my vertical.  Does not look good so far.  I can hear em, but not good enough to call. Maybe later...... I did not expect 599 here, even with the great condx. ::)
73, Gene AF3Y

Try 20 meter long path from 0000 to 0200 UTC and in the morning from 12 to 16 UTC.  I've worked India long path around 0200 UTC during the past week and the propagation models show an opening to Burma for both you and I at 00 to 02 UTC. I adjusted for your vertical.

Chris  NU1O


Chris....... 0000 to 0200 is the time I worked Nepal and Bhutan, both.  I worked both on 20 CW and one on 17CW.  Nepal in November and Bhutan in June...... both 2011)
GL/73, Gene AF3Y


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: NU1O on November 15, 2013, 03:40:39 PM
Chris....... 0000 to 0200 is the time I worked Nepal and Bhutan, both.  I worked both on 20 CW and one on 17CW.  Nepal in November and Bhutan in June...... both 2011)
GL/73, Gene AF3Y

Gene, they were not exactly blowing down the doors when I worked them at ~ 2100 UTC.  A real report would be about 549 to 559.  I worked XV9NPS about 10 minutes earlier and he was considerably stronger but I'm pretty sure that's a fixed station. 

Good luck!

73,

Chris  NU1O


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: AJ4RW on November 16, 2013, 01:42:35 AM
Gene, XZ1J isn't exactly blowing the doors off up here in North Florida either.  20 SSB was nothing today when I was listening, 17 CW was workable but barely at times and that was it but if my signal was the same on there end, no way was I going to make a QSO.  Hope things get better for us.


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: N5UD on November 16, 2013, 02:43:02 AM
Amazingly I could copy them on 20M CW east coast LP from here in east Texas. The 20M SSB was nothing. The 15M CW was tell they were there with S zero noise. Running JA and west coast. What else is new ?

Why no 20M 0030 - 0200Z ? I agree with Gene. This is the slot for us vertical users.
What's with the jumping around ? Just keep a station on 20M.

I also would like to see if 30M grayline/LP is there.
First day looks tougher than XZ1Z. Maybe Saturday morning will be different.

GL to all


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: N1UK on November 16, 2013, 04:50:45 AM
Loud here on 15m ssb at 12:30 GMT

Mark N1UK


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: N5MOA on November 16, 2013, 05:13:46 AM

I worked the last XZ on 17m/15m back in Sept, so I just gave a listen. Zip here SP/LP on 15m up to 13:15



Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: N6PSE on November 16, 2013, 06:07:39 AM
I just worked a flurry of W1-W8 stations on 15 SSB from 1230-1330 UTC. Signals were very light but I worked all that I could hear.

We will keep trying as we know the need in North America is significant.

Paul N6PSE
Member XZ1J team


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: W2IRT on November 16, 2013, 06:13:14 AM
I just worked a flurry of W1-W8 stations on 15 SSB from 1230-1330 UTC. Signals were very light but I worked all that I could hear.
We will keep trying as we know the need in North America is significant.

I guess that was you I worked then. Good job with the pileup. You were a solid S7 short-path before 1230z. Champ's 12m signals were audible here but only barely. Then came the OTH Radar.


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: N6PSE on November 16, 2013, 06:20:40 AM
Hi Peter, I think you worked Rafeal our PY2 team member. He just started working the east coast when I relieved him for his dinner break.  I felt silly telling the W1-w8 guys that they were 5 and 9. In reality they were just vapor signals right above the noise.

East coast is our most difficult area, we are beaming zero degrees to work you. Many in EU make it tough as they continue to call. I'm starting to lose any respect for QRP guys as they seem to use that as an excuse to call anytime you say that you are listening up five for NA, the QRP guys all call from everywhere else like they are special.


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: AE5X on November 16, 2013, 06:31:12 AM
I'm starting to lose any respect for QRP guys as they seem to use that as an excuse to call anytime you say that you are listening up five for NA, the QRP guys all call from everywhere else like they are special.

And that could well be a ploy. If they'll call out of turn, what's to stop them from lying about their power just to garner special attention. I bet most of them are no more QRP than I am. And I ain't.

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


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: N5UD on November 16, 2013, 07:39:44 AM
Hi Peter, I think you worked Rafeal our PY2 team member. He just started working the east coast when I relieved him for his dinner break.  I felt silly telling the W1-w8 guys that they were 5 and 9. In reality they were just vapor signals right above the noise.

East coast is our most difficult area, we are beaming zero degrees to work you. Many in EU make it tough as they continue to call. I'm starting to lose any respect for QRP guys as they seem to use that as an excuse to call anytime you say that you are listening up five for NA, the QRP guys all call from everywhere else like they are special.

Most difficult ?
The log shows zone 4 to be just as difficult. Out of first 600 NA QSO's more in east cost zone 5 than midwest zone 4.  One hundred some odd each. The XZ1Z log has 312 zone 5 and 345 zone 4. You really could not say one area of US was any easier to work except west coast zone 3.

Then I still don't understand the need for ops to work XZ1J having worked XZ1Z same band and mode.


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: N5UD on November 16, 2013, 08:10:00 AM
Well I am seeing spots for XZ1J on 30M. They should have been on that band much earlier for NAm. Sure won't get much farther east. Yes they can work west coast. Sunrise here was over 2 1/2 hours ago ! 


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: WG5G on November 16, 2013, 08:13:23 AM
This is to Paul, N6PSE appears you check this forum for feedback so here is my 2 cents, heard DJ9ZB  on 20 ssb at 1300z with s7 signals on my crooked path around 210 degrees, he was in here about 30 minutes then no copy here, so fairly small opening for us in south Texas, also the cw op on 15 last night at 0000z was s5 till he moved to ssb then no copy, hopefully this is good info as you seem to have little trouble working the east and west coast, 73 Dan WG5G.


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: N5UD on November 16, 2013, 08:23:28 AM
This is to Paul, N6PSE appears you check this forum for feedback so here is my 2 cents, heard DJ9ZB  on 20 ssb at 1300z with s7 signals on my crooked path around 210 degrees, he was in here about 30 minutes then no copy here, so fairly small opening for us in south Texas, also the cw op on 15 last night at 0000z was s5 till he moved to ssb then no copy, hopefully this is good info as you seem to have little trouble working the east and west coast, 73 Dan WG5G.

Dan, thanks for 20M LP info. I will check that for curiosity sake tomorrow. Me being farther east and vertical vs your quad. He sure was not there long. 1300Z must have been close to your sunrise. Sometimes 20M LP takes some time after sunrise to build up.

73 Tony N5UD


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: W6DXO on November 16, 2013, 08:51:03 AM

First up-load to Club Log is done.

gl de harry, W6DXO


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: K7KB on November 16, 2013, 08:55:10 AM
Well I've managed to work them on 3 bands now, both SSB and CW, so that's ATNO #3 for me just in this month! Now if I can manage to snag VU7, this could be one of the best DX'ing months ever for a lot of us. And of course, Paul could make a side trip to P5 since they are so close to round it out ;D

John K7KB


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: N5MOA on November 16, 2013, 09:40:51 AM
This is to Paul, N6PSE appears you check this forum for feedback so here is my 2 cents, heard DJ9ZB  on 20 ssb at 1300z with s7 signals on my crooked path around 210 degrees, he was in here about 30 minutes then no copy here, so fairly small opening for us in south Texas, also the cw op on 15 last night at 0000z was s5 till he moved to ssb then no copy, hopefully this is good info as you seem to have little trouble working the east and west coast, 73 Dan WG5G.

Dan, thanks for 20M LP info. I will check that for curiosity sake tomorrow. Me being farther east and vertical vs your quad. He sure was not there long. 1300Z must have been close to your sunrise. Sometimes 20M LP takes some time after sunrise to build up.

73 Tony N5UD

Dan's a hundred miles or so south of me, and was hearing him better than I, s5 was about it here, and yeah, right at sunup.  Nothing when I switched to the vertical. Very short opening.

XZ1Z in September I never heard in the morning. 17cw, 15m cw/ssb were between 01:13-02:19.

Maybe you can catch them in the evening, Tony. I'd like a /m qso myself. Good luck.


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: N1UK on November 16, 2013, 09:44:58 AM
Quote
East coast is our most difficult area, we are beaming zero degrees to work you

You were a good 55 here in North Carolina around 12:30 GMT on 15m ssb this morning   Thanks for being there. I heard W2IRT work you.


73 Mark N1UK


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: N5UD on November 16, 2013, 12:01:27 PM
This is to Paul, N6PSE appears you check this forum for feedback so here is my 2 cents, heard DJ9ZB  on 20 ssb at 1300z with s7 signals on my crooked path around 210 degrees, he was in here about 30 minutes then no copy here, so fairly small opening for us in south Texas, also the cw op on 15 last night at 0000z was s5 till he moved to ssb then no copy, hopefully this is good info as you seem to have little trouble working the east and west coast, 73 Dan WG5G.

Dan, thanks for 20M LP info. I will check that for curiosity sake tomorrow. Me being farther east and vertical vs your quad. He sure was not there long. 1300Z must have been close to your sunrise. Sometimes 20M LP takes some time after sunrise to build up.

73 Tony N5UD

Dan's a hundred miles or so south of me, and was hearing him better than I, s5 was about it here, and yeah, right at sunup.  Nothing when I switched to the vertical. Very short opening.

XZ1Z in September I never heard in the morning. 17cw, 15m cw/ssb were between 01:13-02:19.

Maybe you can catch them in the evening, Tony. I'd like a /m qso myself. Good luck.


I did hear XZ1Z the last morning or two. I also heard him in the evening. The morning was 17M and that was better than 15M in the evening for me. I can't tell any difference in signal levels now with higher SFI than back in September. Maybe they will find a band and time for central and east U.S.
I still think that would be 20M. LP morning and afternoon. SP path early evening.

I may have to drive to NY to work em LP or Cal for SP QSO. hihi

I have worked nearly everything around there mobile in Texas, but this XZ has been unusually tough. That area of the world, even with big antennas, has always been difficult from here.

GLTA
73 Tony N5UD


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: N6PSE on November 16, 2013, 01:50:22 PM
I'm QRV at 14.180 beaming LP to NA, calling CQ,

I will follow the grey line across the US,

Paul N6PSE


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: K0YQ on November 16, 2013, 02:01:19 PM
With Sweepstakes today CW might be a better option.


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: N1UK on November 16, 2013, 02:06:00 PM
Another worthless contest...bbbbbbllllllllll

I wish they would go somewhere else...stupid contests and this one has some crazy exchange

Mark N1UK


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: AF3Y on November 16, 2013, 02:51:23 PM
S2  AND  XZ  Not very active today........ ???

Not like K9W and T33A :(

73, Gene AF3Y


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: N1UK on November 16, 2013, 02:55:33 PM
Quote
S2  AND  XZ  Not very active today........ Huh

They are there but you are not going to hear them very often. Take a look at the prop curves.


Mark N1UK


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: K8CMO on November 16, 2013, 03:09:38 PM
12 meters and 17 meters were wide open today to VK, JA, etc., but I never heard XZ1J.  Apparently they spent the whole day on 40 and 80 where I couldn't have a shot at hearing them.  CW is best way to go on this one.  I will listen on 15 and 12 tomorrow morning at 1200Z.  I hope to catch this one as it is the last one for Honor Roll for me. 


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: NU4B on November 16, 2013, 03:11:43 PM
With Sweepstakes today CW might be a better option.

CW is always a better option.  ;D ;D Couldn't resist.
Boy, The weekend warriors are out in force today. I think England had pile ups today!  ;D


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: N5MOA on November 16, 2013, 03:15:52 PM
I'm QRV at 14.180 beaming LP to NA, calling CQ,

I will follow the grey line across the US,

Paul N6PSE

Saw the spot, sweepstakes covered you up (if you were in there  :P)

Do what you can,Paul. Thank the team for the dxped.


12 meters and 17 meters were wide open today to VK, JA, etc., but I never heard XZ1J.  Apparently they spent the whole day on 40 and 80 where I couldn't have a shot at hearing them.  CW is best way to go on this one.  I will listen on 15 and 12 tomorrow morning at 1200Z.  I hope to catch this one as it is the last one for Honor Roll for me. 

12m still wide open to JA.


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: NU1O on November 16, 2013, 03:20:04 PM
Another worthless contest...bbbbbbllllllllll

I wish they would go somewhere else...stupid contests and this one has some crazy exchange

Mark N1UK

The Sweepstakes contest is celebrating its 80th anniversary.  I made some contacts on 10 meters but I'd much rather work Burma on 14.180. That's not going to happen until Monday morning at the earliest unless they switch to CW!!!

Chris  NU1O


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: N1UK on November 16, 2013, 03:28:01 PM
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I hope to catch this one as it is the last one for Honor Roll for me. 

They were a good signal on 15m ssb this morning. He was working EU and then called for NA 5 KHz up. He worked a few stations with a massive pileup and then suddenly he opened up the split from 5 to 10 up. I quickly moved up another 3 and worked him.

Move fast because the herd doesn't.


Mark N1UK


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: AF3Y on November 16, 2013, 03:30:03 PM
They were actually loud enough on CW on 40M a few min. ago.  I tossed in my call twice, and guess what?  NAW....... I did not get em....... I tossed in my call and a JAMMER started laying on his key.  He was still at it, as they faded....   Oh well...........  Maybe Monday or whenever.........

73, Gene AF3Y


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: AF3Y on November 16, 2013, 03:34:52 PM
BTW, I had a LONG talk with an old ham today. Active 30+ years and still QRV every now and then.  He agrees with me that over half of the Jammers and tuner uppers are positively old farts, net nutters, etc. who just DONT LIKE DXERS OR CONTESTERS and will do their best to aggrevate the hell out of them.

73, Gene AF3Y


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: K0YQ on November 16, 2013, 03:45:16 PM
BTW, I had a LONG talk with an old ham today. Active 30+ years and still QRV every now and then.  He agrees with me that over half of the Jammers and tuner uppers are positively old farts, net nutters, etc. who just DONT LIKE DXERS OR CONTESTERS and will do their best to aggrevate the hell out of them.

73, Gene AF3Y

I don't think that any of that crowd is "tuning" anything either.  It's just psychos and sociopaths.

My Myanmar greyline is about now but don't see them spotted anywhere on 20, 17 or 15.  Just tuning around and listening 14055.


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: N6PSE on November 16, 2013, 04:24:31 PM
We've been calling CQ alternatively at 14.165 and currently at 21.290

It's 7AM here and we have yet to hear any NA this morning.

Our sunset seems much better for NA.

Paul N6PSE
XZ1J Team.


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: AE5X on November 16, 2013, 04:40:37 PM
Just snagged them on 15m. Quite loud here - far stronger than I had anticipated.

YouTube anyone:
http://www.ae5x.com/blog/2013/11/16/xz1j-on-15-meters/

John AE5X


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: K0YQ on November 16, 2013, 04:41:42 PM
Great signal 15 CW on my vertical here in CO 0030 but big pileup and JA wall.  Quite encouraging...


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: N1UK on November 16, 2013, 04:46:56 PM
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t's 7AM here and we have yet to hear any NA this morning.

Our sunset seems much better for NA.

It should be so much better on Monday when this contest folly is over.


Mark N1UK


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: N6PSE on November 16, 2013, 04:50:09 PM
Glad you guys are getting us on 15 CW, the Sweepstakes contest seems to be impacting our ability to reach you on SSB. We will keep trying!



Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: W6GX on November 16, 2013, 04:56:58 PM
Hi Paul,

I just worked XZ1J on 15m SSB on simplex.  Really great signal to the Rockies tonight.  Thanks.

73,
Jonathan W6GX


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: W2IRT on November 16, 2013, 05:48:27 PM
Paul (et al), please give long path to NA a shot around 1130-1430z on 10 and 12m. With the solar numbers this high you should have good luck, providing the Ap drops a bit. It was certainly rough with QRN on my end this morning. Ham Cap is showing a big long path opening on 10m from east-coast dawn at 1130z for hours.


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: N1UK on November 16, 2013, 05:52:57 PM
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It was certainly rough with QRN on my end this morning

It was  an nice quiet 15m band for me this morning. I heard you work him.

Mark N1UK


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: N6PSE on November 16, 2013, 06:12:10 PM
Hi Jonathan-W6GX, I was sitting here when Franz worked you to start today's 15 SSB opening. I soon took over. Propagation moved really fast across the USA. First it was you, then W1's moving westerly over about 45 minutes.   We will try LP tomorrow. Sweepstakes is making it extra hard to work NA.

Paul N6PSE


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: W2IRT on November 16, 2013, 06:16:56 PM
I'll dabble tomorrow on the higher bands but I'll be out in force on (our) Monday morning, that's for sure.


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: W6GX on November 16, 2013, 06:25:18 PM
Hi Jonathan-W6GX, I was sitting here when Franz worked you to start today's 15 SSB opening. I soon took over. Propagation moved really fast across the USA. First it was you, then W1's moving westerly over about 45 minutes.   We will try LP tomorrow. Sweepstakes is making it extra hard to work NA.

Paul N6PSE

Thanks again for getting on 15m to work NA.  10m LP tomorrow will be fantastic.  The signal should again march across the U.S. starting with the East Coast.  Hopefully you will still be around at 1400z to work the Rockies.  Some of the smaller stations will appreciate selective propagation.  After 10m you could switch over to 20m for the predicable SP opening to the West Coast.  Take care.

73,
Jonathan W6GX


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: N5UD on November 16, 2013, 07:37:12 PM
Well here goes my 15M CW report from east Texas. The signal came out of noise (which was  zero) about 0005. Peaked to S5 about 0020. Was gone by 0030. I never heard the SSB station. When I could hear the CW station. They were working JA. A few west coast. For a short period of time, should have been workable even from my mobile antenna. I did hear a 5 or two get through on the peak. Yet many JAs were sure making the log.

The 40M CW LP signal peaked here for a few minutes around 2340 Z. I had high QRN S5 - S7. Yet I was hearing XZ. Some 5's got through. I hope I was one.


73 Tony N5UD/M


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: WO2C on November 16, 2013, 08:18:46 PM
I'm glad some NA stations have been able to work XZ1J. From my QTH in the Mojave Desert, I've yet to hear them well (usually an S1 to S2 on SSB). Those times I have, the pileup has been so insane, I've not bothered to call (I operate portable, 100 watts, wire antenna). I don't see the point in contributing to the QRM.
Still, with good propagation and after all the JA's have made it into their log, we might all have a chance. Myanmar would be an ATNO for me, as I'm sure it would be for many.
Here's to good DX and safe travels home to the team.
73,
Ray, WO2C


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: N6PSE on November 16, 2013, 09:10:43 PM
Ray, you should consider visiting a friend with an Amp and Yagi. Even the big guns in W6 have not been very strong here. I have email from friends who were calling with 100 watts and a Yagi and I did not hear them.


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: WO2C on November 16, 2013, 09:37:00 PM
Hello, Paul, and thank you for replying to my post. I admit, if I had such a friend nearby, I might be tempted to do that. But, I'm not sure I could consider that actually "working" XZ1J. But, as I've become something of a student of propagation and signal paths, this does make me wonder about my brief but pleasant QSO with VU3WIJ two days ago.
With a somewhat similar signal path, and Shanji's antenna undoubtedly doing most of the work, we exchanged 59 signal reports (Shanji was actually well over S9) on 20 meter SSB at 0140Z. I can only hope that similar, excellent propagation occurs while you're there in Myanmar.
Also, for whatever it may be worth, great propagation in a somewhat opposite direction allowed me to work Daniel, ZD7DL, earlier that same day (53 signal report).
Come what may, enjoy yourself and again, safe travels home.
73,
Ray, WO2C


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: W6GX on November 16, 2013, 10:10:57 PM
Just remember, one has to be a pessimist to become a great dxpedtioner :D  They are trained and conditioned to look at things from a worse-case scenario :)  Put in your best effort and hopefully you will be rewarded with a Q.  GL.

73,
Jonathan W6GX


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: N2RJ on November 17, 2013, 04:34:48 AM
Just got them on 12 SSB, thanks Peter W2IRT for the spot!


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: N2RJ on November 17, 2013, 04:47:32 AM
Interesting how Myanmar is allowing visitors more than ever before:

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/travel/world/myanmar-burma-facing-challenges-after-huge-tourism-growth/story-fnjjva7c-1226761249748


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: AJ4RW on November 17, 2013, 04:51:31 AM
Peter, W2IRT thanks so very much for your cluster comments.  They are definitely a tremendous help.

73 Randy AJ7G


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: W2IRT on November 17, 2013, 05:30:53 AM
Glad to help ;D
Definitely better LP on 12 and 17 and SP on 15. Signals on 17 were gangbusters. Weaker on 12 but always copyable, albeit with some difficulty with a bit of QSB and QRM.


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: AJ4RW on November 17, 2013, 06:13:34 AM
The problem here at my qth is on 17 and 15 LP and SP were both fairly strong so the echo was terrible this am but it was nice to hear a good signal from Myanmar.  I did happen to get them on 12 SSB LP which surprised me cause their signal wasn't that strong.  Today was the first day I've ever been able to hear Myanmar this well for this long of a period of time so hopefully things are looking up.  Thanks for the help Peter!

73 Randy AJ7G


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: AF3Y on November 17, 2013, 06:29:37 AM
They are gonna have to get a LOT better before I spend much time trying.   I have heard them several times on several bands, but very weak,(as anticipated on the vertical) and the slightest bit of QRN/QRM or QSB and I miss a call or so.  Cant really get in the calling sequence with only about 35% copy, so rather than become QRM, I will just wait a couple days.

I had no idea of even hearing Myanmar OR Bangladesh, but I think I may be able to work the S2, as they are louder here than the XZ. Perhaps later in the week.... :-\

Strange tho....... I worked damn near everything all around these two "thorns in my side" >:(

73, Gene AF3Y


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: N6PSE on November 17, 2013, 06:35:59 AM
Hi guys, we have just finished a very nice two hour run with North America on 12 CW and SSB (at the same time). We had our beams pointed at 190 degrees for LP to North America. I was on SSB and Rafael was on CW.  I was working EU and hoping that North America would start calling, when I heard Peter W2IRT come through loud and clear. I had a good run working K1-W6. All signals were pretty weak and there were a few times when it seemed like the band closed, only to have it open again.

EU was pretty good about standing by, however I had many US stations calling out of turn with no self discipline or respect for others. That really slowed things down.  All in all, we made a lot of NA contacts. We will continue to beam LP at our evening near sunset.

73,

Paul N6PSE


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: K0AP on November 17, 2013, 07:47:13 AM
Hi guys, we have just finished a very nice two hour run with North America on 12 CW and SSB (at the same time). We had our beams pointed at 190 degrees for LP to North America. I was on SSB and Rafael was on CW.  I was working EU and hoping that North America would start calling, when I heard Peter W2IRT come through loud and clear. I had a good run working K1-W6. All signals were pretty weak and there were a few times when it seemed like the band closed, only to have it open again.

EU was pretty good about standing by, however I had many US stations calling out of turn with no self discipline or respect for others. That really slowed things down.  All in all, we made a lot of NA contacts. We will continue to beam LP at our evening near sunset.

73,

Paul N6PSE

Thanks for being on the right freq at the right time. Worked you on 12m SSB for a new country.

73 Dragan K0AP


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: N1UK on November 17, 2013, 07:59:09 AM
Many thanks Paul,

I made it into the log on 12m ssb this morning Long Path. It was very difficult since XR0ZR  was about 8 khz below and the frenzied EU pileup was all over your tx frequency. Somehow I got through in one of the short non QRM moments.



73 Mark N1UK


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: W9YE on November 17, 2013, 08:00:25 AM
Paul:  Thanks for the persistence and patience during the 12 meter opening to NA you referenced above.  For a few minutes, the SSB op seemed to be calling "by the numbers," listening for call area number 2.  This actually seemed to slow the rate for a minute or two.  Thankfully, this was quickly abandoned and all NA callers were being worked.  Have fun and stay well.

73/DX de

Gavin W9YE


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: AE5X on November 17, 2013, 08:15:42 AM
They've uploaded their log to ClubLog.

John AE5X


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: W5RDW on November 17, 2013, 08:22:53 AM
Great conditions this morning on 10 meters LP to the southeast. XZ1J, XV1X and a slew of Russians coming from the SE here in NTx. The Vietnam station sounded like a West Coast station! And I just made it into the log update for XZ1J so soon after working them!


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: KF7CSO on November 17, 2013, 08:43:38 AM
Good signal on 40 SSB during grey line this morning. I heard them well enough on my vertical to make a few calls from here in Nevada.


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: AF3Y on November 17, 2013, 09:24:34 AM
Great conditions this morning on 10 meters LP to the southeast. XZ1J, XV1X and a slew of Russians coming from the SE here in NTx. The Vietnam station sounded like a West Coast station! And I just made it into the log update for XZ1J so soon after working them!

You trying to make me look bad? hihi
Murphy, Texas, SOUTHEAST? ::)  South east of Dallas, huh?

Where the hell is FLORIDA?  (where I could barely hear them). Florida is southeast.

73, Gene AF3Y



Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: W6GX on November 17, 2013, 09:43:54 AM
Great conditions this morning on 10 meters LP to the southeast. XZ1J, XV1X and a slew of Russians coming from the SE here in NTx. The Vietnam station sounded like a West Coast station! And I just made it into the log update for XZ1J so soon after working them!

You trying to make me look bad? hihi
Murphy, Texas, SOUTHEAST? ::)  South east of Dallas, huh?

Where the hell is FLORIDA?  (where I could barely hear them). Florida is southeast.

73, Gene AF3Y

On 12m SSB I heard mostly 4's and 5's being worked.  I didn't hear any stations from the West Coast work him.

Verticals tends to lag in performance compared to horizontal antennas.  You could hang a dipole cut for 12m very low from the ground and you should hear better on it than on the vertical.  With the dipole you get excellent take-off angle that equals the vertical and you also have 5-6db of ground reflection gain that you don't get on the vertical.

I just looked at their equipment list.  Five stations total; two of them have beams.  I saw no amp. listed.   If that's true then I'm surprised to even hear them when they are running just barefoot.  From what it seems this not your typical high budget, high powered dxpedition.

73,
Jonathan W6GX


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: W5RDW on November 17, 2013, 10:21:01 AM
Great conditions this morning on 10 meters LP to the southeast. XZ1J, XV1X and a slew of Russians coming from the SE here in NTx. The Vietnam station sounded like a West Coast station! And I just made it into the log update for XZ1J so soon after working them!

You trying to make me look bad? hihi
Murphy, Texas, SOUTHEAST? ::)  South east of Dallas, huh?

Where the hell is FLORIDA?  (where I could barely hear them). Florida is southeast.

73, Gene AF3Y



It's not too often that we have these conditions and others who should be gobbling them up don't!  ;D ;D I am enjoying it while it last.

We are actually 15 miles NE of Dallas, just south a few miles from the Southfork Ranch, JR's digs!


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: W6GX on November 17, 2013, 12:23:27 PM
It's not too often that we have these conditions and others who should be gobbling them up don't! 

Yeah.  I never thought in a lifetime that I would be fighting a East Coast wall for an Asian DX :D  Enjoy the great openings to Asia on 10m and 12m.

73,
Jonathan W6GX


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: W6GX on November 17, 2013, 12:37:10 PM
Huge signal on 20m CW at the moment.  GL to all!

73,
Jonathan W6GX


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: NU4B on November 17, 2013, 12:41:14 PM
Great signal on 17 meters earlier today. I didn't try to work them - I thought I would wait until during the week to try, but I was amazed at the signal.


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: N4OGW on November 17, 2013, 01:06:13 PM
Great conditions this morning on 10 meters LP to the southeast. XZ1J, XV1X and a slew of Russians coming from the SE here in NTx. The Vietnam station sounded like a West Coast station! And I just made it into the log update for XZ1J so soon after working them!

Yes, XV1X was peaking 599 here (north MS), amazing! XZ1J was much much weaker on 10 LP, but seemed to be hearing well.

Tor
N4OGW


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: N6PSE on November 17, 2013, 03:06:43 PM
We are running five stations with four amplifiers. We are using 4O3A high power Tri-plexers so that we can run 10-15-20 meters at the same time. 

Paul N6PSE


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: W6GX on November 17, 2013, 04:19:55 PM
We are running five stations with four amplifiers. We are using 4O3A high power Tri-plexers so that we can run 10-15-20 meters at the same time. 

Paul N6PSE

Hi Paul-N6PSE,

Thanks for the clarification on the amplifiers.  What is the power output of the amplifiers?

It's nice to hear you on 17m.  It's funny how the JA's would start calling when you forget to say 'NA only' :D  Thanks for listening for NA only during the very short opening on 17m.

73,
Jonathan W6GX


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: W1VT on November 17, 2013, 05:50:28 PM
Hi guys, we have just finished a very nice two hour run with North America on 12 CW and SSB (at the same time). We had our beams pointed at 190 degrees for LP to North America. I was on SSB and Rafael was on CW.  I was working EU and hoping that North America would start calling, when I heard Peter W2IRT come through loud and clear. I had a good run working K1-W6. All signals were pretty weak and there were a few times when it seemed like the band closed, only to have it open again. 73,  Paul N6PSE

Thanks Paul for the ATNO!  Signals were stronger on 17 CW, but I correctly guessed that I'd have better luck on 12SSB once I saw Peter's spot!

Zack W1VT


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: W6GX on November 17, 2013, 06:23:41 PM
Thanks Paul for the ATNO!  Signals were stronger on 17 CW, but I correctly guessed that I'd have better luck on 12SSB once I saw Peter's spot!

Congrats Zack on the ATNO.  It's a toughie from the East Coast.

I guess Pete W2IRT is the W3LPL of SSB spots ;D

73,
Jonathan W6GX


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: N6PSE on November 17, 2013, 06:54:16 PM
Hi Guys, look for us on 10 or 12 meters long path at our sunset. 12 meters LP was really good last night.

73,

Paul N6PSE


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: W9XX on November 17, 2013, 07:56:28 PM
Well I hope your around late next week for 10m.CW is our best shot in the upper Midwest  .Looking for that one for #312 or 313 I thinkon 10m . Work this week will hold me back from any operating until late next week. I hope.   GL Paul      Bruce


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: KY6R on November 17, 2013, 08:00:18 PM
Had a really fun QSO on 15M with just 100 watts and a Moxon. Broke a pretty big pileup - even though he gave me a 5 - 1 signal report.

However - Pauls signal was S9 and peaked at 20 over . . .

Big fun. No ATNO for me - just band slots - but big fun anyway.


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: W6DXO on November 17, 2013, 08:01:08 PM
Hi Guys, look for us on 10 or 12 meters long path at our sunset. 12 meters LP was really good last night.

73,

Paul N6PSE

Hi Paul..

The CW ops are doing a great job, but maybe you could ask them to QRS just a little..

I worked XZ1J on 20 CW but the polar flutter makes the copy a bit difficult.

73 de harry, W6DXO



Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: W2IRT on November 18, 2013, 05:06:21 AM
Still no joy on 10m here (LP, shortly after our dawn -- starting 1200z roughly). Solar numbers look extremely good so colour me surprised. I'm seeing lots of spots and hearing callers 5-up but not even ESP from the team on 460, short or long path.


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: N6PSE on November 18, 2013, 05:39:38 AM
I was on 10 meters SSB, the band was good, working Middle East, EU and the Caribbean. I worked K6ND, AA1V and a few others when both 10 and 12 meters closed up.  I had hoped we would have a great east coast run like we did last night on 12 meters but the band went away. Will try again tomorrow.

Paul N6PSE


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: W2IRT on November 18, 2013, 05:43:57 AM
I'll be there waiting. Seriously, Flux of 177, SSN of 282, plus low Ap and Kp values, I'm surprised the band wasn't on fire. The S2 was marginal on 12m CW as well. Definitely better longpath, though.


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: N1UK on November 18, 2013, 07:43:23 AM
Quote
The S2 was marginal on 12m CW as well. Definitely better longpath, though.

The S2 was pretty weak here in North Carolina LP this AM. Did you get him this morning on 12m. No luck here

XZ1J has been a lot easier to work so far.

Mark N1UK


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: K0YQ on November 18, 2013, 08:33:55 AM
Great signal 1600utc in CO 20 meters both SSB and CW this AM on my vertical.  Just no way I'm breaking a pileup of that magnitude yet...


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: N5UD on November 18, 2013, 08:41:31 AM
I was on 10 meters SSB, the band was good, working Middle East, EU and the Caribbean. I worked K6ND, AA1V and a few others when both 10 and 12 meters closed up.  I had hoped we would have a great east coast run like we did last night on 12 meters but the band went away. Will try again tomorrow.

Paul N6PSE

Paul I was out this morning. I could not hear XZ on 12 or 10M. I did hear S2 on 12M CW. He was weak on my mobile vertical. Strangely I worked BZ4 on first call just lower of the S2 signal.

Let's hope for better LP conditions tomorrow.

73 Tony N5UD /m


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: W2IRT on November 18, 2013, 09:05:38 AM
Quote
The S2 was marginal on 12m CW as well. Definitely better longpath, though.
The S2 was pretty weak here in North Carolina LP this AM. Did you get him this morning on 12m. No luck here

Nope, though not through a lack of trying. I have an S7 noise level on the higher bands now for some reason, plus they were weak as dishwater and had a pileup of Europeans deep enough to block daylight. All in all, a thorough waste of a dawn on this end.


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: N1UK on November 18, 2013, 09:14:13 AM
They are on 20m ssb and cw SP LOUD right now.


Mark N1UK


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: N2RJ on November 18, 2013, 10:16:08 AM
I got them on 20 CW. Man, I usually don't post anything about operating practice on the cluster but I had reached my limit. It seemed as though a TON of people were transmitting and not operating split... So I posted a spot about it, and the next one accused me of posting a stupid spot (the ham that posted it didn't even have the balls to use his own callsign).

But anyway, in ClubLog the QSO is there, so I'm good.


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: K0YQ on November 18, 2013, 10:37:47 AM
I got them on 20 CW. Man, I usually don't post anything about operating practice on the cluster but I had reached my limit. It seemed as though a TON of people were transmitting and not operating split... So I posted a spot about it, and the next one accused me of posting a stupid spot (the ham that posted it didn't even have the balls to use his own callsign).

But anyway, in ClubLog the QSO is there, so I'm good.

Congrats!  And you are sure right about the knuckleheads today.  Between the jammers and the ops that just keep calling incessantly = yikes.   


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: AF3Y on November 18, 2013, 01:55:14 PM
l
Listened last evening, this morning, and this afternoon..... I checked EVERY SPOT on EVERY BAND, from EVERYWHERE........... NOT A WHISPER. I probably have 24 hours of LISTENING since they went QRV.  My ears are tired. hi hi

Granted, I am using a vertical, but I have Bhutan, Laos, Nepal, India, Vietnam, etc, etc. CONFIRMED.  It is not the antenna.  Bands are REALLY NOISY here, and the guys at Bangladesh and Myanmar have just been too weak to beat the noise.  Maybe it will get better. If not, so be it.  I did not have high expectations for either.

GL to all who need them..  73, Gene AF3Y


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: K0YQ on November 18, 2013, 02:12:45 PM
I just worked them barefoot on my vertical on 20m ssb.  I'm still in total shock.  According to VOACAP that QSO was in the dark dark blue with about zero probability of happening.  Maybe I worked Slim, or I took too much cold medicine and am dreaming.





Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: KD8MJR on November 18, 2013, 02:30:02 PM
So here goes one story for the really weird and strange books.

I have not heard a peep out of XZ1J or any station from Myanmar from day one!  And that is not for a lack of trying and trying.

Last Night at 03:00 UTC  (10PM EST) I saw them listed on 10M SSB by a JA and a BA station.
Of course I have seen this many times before but 10M at 10PM, forget it for NA or SA.

Just out of curiocity I go there and for a split second I heard something, just a whisper but I listen longer and I hear it again but it's so darn weak that I can't make out much except I do hear "1J" every once in awhile.

I look at the cluster and see they are also on 12M so i go down to 12M and this time I can hear something and it's clearer.
I start to shift the beam and I find the more west I go from North the signal goes up. At about 280 Deg I have XZ1J in at a solid 52 signal with manageable QRN.  Whooo Hooo a chance at last!!!
Four Calls later I got him  ;D ;D

I go back to 10M with this new beam heading and sure enough I can hear him but he's working a massive JA pileup and after 20 minutes I gave up and said i should be thankful for the ATNO and call it a day.


So wow I don't know if that was just the propagation Gods smiling on me or what, but I have never had a contact in that area which I call the Black hole for signals much less get one at 10pm EST on 12M and could still hear him fine up till about 11PM.

This is what I love about DXing  :)


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: N6PSE on November 18, 2013, 03:11:22 PM
I was on 10 SSB and Peter was next to me on 12 SSB. The bands were good but not as predictable as the night before. Conditions to EU stayed very strong and the predicted path to NA didn't really materialize.   I just heard that there was a very good 20 meter run to NA at 2100 UTC which is 4AM out time in Myanmar.   The bands are good but fickle and sometimes you just never know how they may surprise you.

Keep trying for XZ1J, we really want to give everyone an ATNO who needs it.

Paul N6PSE


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: N1UK on November 18, 2013, 03:37:29 PM
There was a nice unexpected 20m SP opening here in North Carolina around 17:00 GMT today.


Mark N1UK


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: KH6DC on November 18, 2013, 04:12:09 PM
Paul's correct.  10m was open for a very short time yesterday and loud but calling for NA only.  I kept dropping my callsign hoping to make the call but as fast as 10m was hot, 10 minutes later it died.  This is the first time I heard this region very loud to Hawaii but hopefully there'll be more openings like this but for longer durations for everyone to work XZ1J  :D


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: W6DXO on November 18, 2013, 04:22:36 PM
There was a nice unexpected 20m SP opening here in North Carolina around 17:00 GMT today.


Mark N1UK

There was another SP opening on 20M (SSB) around 21:00 UTC today.

I couldn't believe it when I heard the Op calling CQ...

Got him with one call.  Go figure.

Gl de harry, W6DXO


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: KD8MJR on November 18, 2013, 04:47:59 PM
There was another SP opening on 20M (SSB) around 21:00 UTC today.

I couldn't believe it when I heard the Op calling CQ...

Got him with one call.  Go figure.

Gl de harry, W6DXO

Nice one.


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: N2RJ on November 18, 2013, 04:55:36 PM
l
Listened last evening, this morning, and this afternoon..... I checked EVERY SPOT on EVERY BAND, from EVERYWHERE........... NOT A WHISPER. I probably have 24 hours of LISTENING since they went QRV.  My ears are tired. hi hi

Granted, I am using a vertical, but I have Bhutan, Laos, Nepal, India, Vietnam, etc, etc. CONFIRMED.  It is not the antenna.  Bands are REALLY NOISY here, and the guys at Bangladesh and Myanmar have just been too weak to beat the noise.  Maybe it will get better. If not, so be it.  I did not have high expectations for either.

GL to all who need them..  73, Gene AF3Y

When I first worked Zorro when he did XZ1Z I went to his QRG and waited while the sun set. Suddenly he came right out of the noise and I was able to work him.

Such is the magic of greyline.


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: WO2C on November 18, 2013, 06:23:48 PM
l
Listened last evening, this morning, and this afternoon..... I checked EVERY SPOT on EVERY BAND, from EVERYWHERE........... NOT A WHISPER. I probably have 24 hours of LISTENING since they went QRV.  My ears are tired. hi hi

Granted, I am using a vertical, but I have Bhutan, Laos, Nepal, India, Vietnam, etc, etc. CONFIRMED.  It is not the antenna.  Bands are REALLY NOISY here, and the guys at Bangladesh and Myanmar have just been too weak to beat the noise.  Maybe it will get better. If not, so be it.  I did not have high expectations for either.

GL to all who need them..  73, Gene AF3Y

Gene & I are in the same boat. Up at 0400 local time, I listened across the spectrum and could hear only static. At lunch time, still much the same. At 0015Z, there was a glimmer of hope when I heard them on 15 meters SSB around 0015Z. Of course, I had no chance against the ensuing out-of-control pileup.  ::)
15 and 20 have been my "money" bands to Asia with China, Japan, South Korea, India, Hong Kong, and the Philippines,now all confirmed. I'm still hoping we'll hear XZ1J on 20 meter SSB eventually. Otherwise, it may be time to turn my attention to Swaziland.
Come what may, good luck to the crew at XZ1J; have fun and return to your homes safely.
73,
Ray, WO2C
 


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: N6PSE on November 18, 2013, 06:24:04 PM
We had a terrific run for NA this morning starting at 4AM our time (2100 UTC) on 20 SSB and CW they had great runs with NA. Then a few hours later I worked all over the US on 15SSB. Stations in the mid-west were very strong. When 15 closed an hour later I went to 12 meters and had another good run, mostly the a West a Coast. When 10 meters closed I went to 10 meters and worked more West Coast until the band died about 8:30 AM our time.

What a fun morning in the pileups.

Paul N6PSE
XZ1J team


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: N6ORB on November 18, 2013, 07:19:10 PM
"When 15 closed an hour later I went to 12 meters and had another good run, mostly the West Coast."

Thanks for finding me in the pileup on 12M. I was using 100W and a vertical end-fed wire-on-a-stick antenna, so I know I was weak.

Dave, N6ORB


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: KY6R on November 18, 2013, 09:27:52 PM
Great pileup management skills, Paul!


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: WD4ELG on November 18, 2013, 10:08:34 PM
Well done Paul and team.  So far I have not heard anything on any band.  Listening long path around 1100 UTC from East Coast.  Fingers crossed.


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: W6GX on November 18, 2013, 11:07:48 PM
Paul's signal on 15m tonight was the strongest signal I have heard from all recent XZ dxpeditions.  Truly phenomenal.  With great band conditions like this it's the most fun one could ever have with his clothes on ;D  Or in my case with or without clothes on :D  I would call this HF nirvana.

ps I know some of you have yet to work XZ.  You cannot give up hope yet.  K0YQ proved that even a small pistol station could work XZ.  Congrats to K0YQ :)  GL to all who needs XZ.

73,
Jonathan W6GX


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: DF2RG on November 19, 2013, 02:00:54 AM
Paul, since you happen to read this forum, I ask this question to you:

When will XZ1J start the promised RTTY activity. The demand is HIGH, and the pile-ups will be huge. I really suggest to concentrate on one or two bands with best propagation, to give an ATNO to many RTTY'ers!

Band wise I just need you on 17m, which I initially thought would be an easy one. Usually signals from South-East Asia are very strong in the 15/16Z time frame in Europe, when I come home from work. But no so with XZ1J, I could barely recognise someone on frequency.

To make it short, there is still also some demand in Europe for XZ1J, which also should be realized.

73 de Gary, DF2RG


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: N6PSE on November 19, 2013, 05:48:00 AM
Gary- I will try to set up RTTY tomorrow, but will probably only be 100 watts until the last days.

Tonight i relieved our day shift guys and turned the beam LP to NA. I tried for 2.5 hrs on 10 and then 12 meters to work NA. I managed to work a few VE1's but no great opening like two days ago.

Now I see on Spaceweather.com there is a new X class solar flare.

Paul N6PSE


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: AF3Y on November 19, 2013, 05:59:38 AM
I never thought I would ask a CW op to QRS, but I think if the operator this morning on 17, had been JUST a tad slower, I MIGHT have been able to work them. 25 wpm does not bother me. I like it around 25-30 for expeditions, but......With the usual QRM, and his VERY fast signals, I could not get through. I thought I may have worked him at 1227Z, but I am not holding my breath til the log shows NIL. hi hi  I hate to even call when its damn near impossible to hear........... >:(
Best signals to FLORIDA yet........ Maybe tomorrow ::)

73, Gene AF3Y


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: W2IRT on November 19, 2013, 06:23:51 AM
I didn't see any spots at all for 10m to NA this morning. Just 17 and 20, both with nice workable signals (already worked those bands/modes, so just listening).


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: KB2FCV on November 19, 2013, 06:31:24 AM
I never thought I would ask a CW op to QRS, but I think if the operator this morning on 17, had been JUST a tad slower, I MIGHT have been able to work them. 25 wpm does not bother me. I like it around 25-30 for expeditions, but......With the usual QRM, and his VERY fast signals, I could not get through. I thought I may have worked him at 1227Z, but I am not holding my breath til the log shows NIL. hi hi  I hate to even call when its damn near impossible to hear........... >:(
Best signals to FLORIDA yet........ Maybe tomorrow ::)

73, Gene AF3Y

Same goes for me here. Maybe just 5 or so wpm slower it would have been much easier copy. They had good workable signals on 17 this morning, but I didn't have a lot of time as I had to get ready for work. I have a day or two I'll be home during the week so I'm hoping to get a good attempt in.


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: N2RJ on November 19, 2013, 06:33:23 AM
Well, I've learned high speed bursts for things, but it wasn't really that fast, to be honest.


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: W2IRT on November 19, 2013, 07:28:53 AM
Good to see 'em finally hit 10m/LP to NA. Decent signals for a time, with a bit of flutter, before fading into the noise. Also QRM from illegal SSB operations.


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: NU1O on November 19, 2013, 07:56:22 AM
There was a nice long path opening to South Asia on 10 meters this morning.  I worked XV1X at 599 @ 1332 UTC and VU2XO at 59 @ 1343.  I think XZ1J was a tad too late for the East Coast.  I can hear them now at ESP levels but I wouldn't even try to best the guys in the Midwest and West at this late hour.  Perhaps they can try around 1330 tomorrow.

Chris  NU1O



Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: W5RDW on November 19, 2013, 08:05:11 AM
Nice signal now on 10M LP into NTx. Had to roam 10 kHz up the band to get him! He is even blasting right thru the jammers...! ;D


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: WO2C on November 19, 2013, 09:43:04 AM
Finally!
I was fortunate enough to finally work XZ1J on 14.190/14.208 SSB at 1722Z. I'm amazed the op. was able to hear me (100 watts & a ham stick in the Mojave Desert). I don't know which op. it may have been, but he's good! What an amazing pair of ears. My thanks to that op for giving me another "ATNO".
Keep at it everyone. If I can work Myanmar, so can you.
73,
Ray, WO2C


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: K3STX on November 19, 2013, 10:10:34 AM
Stil no luck here. Like Gene I am getting ready to leave for work around 1200Z; that seems to be the time for US East coast on 17 Meters. The signals were good this morning on 17 CW, they seemed to be fading a bit from Maryland here by 1230Z or so. I had to QRT at 1240Z and leave.

I'm a bit worried about this. The last "major" DXpedition I did not make a contact with was FT5GA in 2009. But this is a MUCH harder path for my dipoles.

paul

ps The CW was indeed hard to copy at that speed with the polar flutter.


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: W6GX on November 19, 2013, 10:41:59 AM
Finally!
I was fortunate enough to finally work XZ1J on 14.190/14.208 SSB at 1722Z. I'm amazed the op. was able to hear me (100 watts & a ham stick in the Mojave Desert). I don't know which op. it may have been, but he's good! What an amazing pair of ears. My thanks to that op for giving me another "ATNO".
Keep at it everyone. If I can work Myanmar, so can you.
73,
Ray, WO2C

Congrats Ray!  I just read your bio and your contact is very impressive.  If you only operate portable I suggest you get a fan dipole and find two trees to support the dipole.  A dipole should work a lot better than a hamstick especially on the higher bands!

ps there are still plenty of opportunities left for the smaller stations.  Don't give up!

73,
Jonathan W6GX


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: N1UK on November 19, 2013, 11:05:19 AM
Quote
The CW was indeed hard to copy at that speed with the polar flutter.

Yes I was struggling with 17m cw this morning. I didn't call in the end because the flutter made the high speed cw almost impossible for me to copy.



Mark N1UK


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: AF3Y on November 19, 2013, 01:02:49 PM
Well, I've learned high speed bursts for things, but it wasn't really that fast, to be honest.

Right, it was not that fast, but with the QRN/QRM, JAMMERS, et al, it was just easy to miss damn near all of my short call. As someone said, even 5wpm slower would have made a big difference in this case.

73, Gene AF3Y


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: K8CMO on November 19, 2013, 01:03:46 PM
I'm glad I am not the only one having difficult copying with the flutter on 17 meters.  17 meter CW seems to have been most dependable for me to hear them, but I haven't worked them yet.  They had a rather good signal here on 17 CW this morning, but the flutter made it difficult to copy at that speed also.  That area of the world is the most difficult for me here in Ohio, and either this one or XU is what I need to make Honor Roll.  I hope to see them each morning on 17 CW for the best shot at working them.  


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: AF3Y on November 19, 2013, 01:05:50 PM
Quote
The CW was indeed hard to copy at that speed with the polar flutter.

Yes I was struggling with 17m cw this morning. I didn't call in the end because the flutter made the high speed cw almost impossible for me to copy.

Mark N1UK

Thanks Mark, I can ragchew at 25 comfortably, so 30-35 is not big deal for an expedition.  I did not mention the Polar Flutter, but that was a consideration as well.  

Hey, I missed em... gotta have SOME kind of excuse 8).
73, Gene AF3Y


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: KB2FCV on November 19, 2013, 01:25:25 PM
I'll have to wait til Friday / the weekend to try them on 17cw in the morning. Hopefully they'll be there and propagation will be good. Perhaps the pileup will be *slightly* thinner :) 


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: WG5G on November 19, 2013, 02:53:35 PM
Good afternoon to all, still no luck here, but wanted to give Paul some feed back from South Texas, I heard u calling cq on 28.460 lsn 465 around 1530z, u of course didnt hear me and u qsyed to 10 mtr cw, u peaked here at s7 lp and were solid Q5 copy till around 1600z. I saw the spot for 20 mtrs at abt 1600z and couldnt beleive the s9 signal on the short path, I tried but Europe was too strong, then the NA stations beat me out, I will try again tmw, the opening on 20 lasted abt 1 hr as I had no copy when WO2C wked u at 1700z.I have noticed some big gun stations in club log with 6 qsos on same band mode!!! Please give some a chance at a single qso, 73 Dan WG5G.


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: AF3Y on November 19, 2013, 03:59:23 PM
That is the damn worse mess I have ever heard right now on 14025.  I think all the drunk redneck pigfarmers came over from 40m.   Screw it......... I am going to watch TV re-runs.  My patience is just
not there.  I will listen again in the AM.  Good signals this AM, but no luck.
73, Gene AF3Y

update:  They are still at it.......0045Z cant tell if its simplex or split. (Neither can anyone else >:()


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: KH6DC on November 19, 2013, 04:35:18 PM
I can't get them still though the past few days they were loud on small opening windows especially on 10m.  But yeah Gene, people don't know where up is and then millions of cops + tuner uppers = chaos.  Also they started going by NA call districts and a few don't drop their call in their call districts so the ops are lecturing them.  :(


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: AJ4RW on November 19, 2013, 04:38:59 PM
It's a good thing Netflix had a lot to offer tonite.  NA at it's finest, huh???

Randy AJ7G


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: NU4B on November 19, 2013, 04:43:10 PM
I have noticed some big gun stations in club log with 6 qsos on same band mode!!!

Really! What's up with that?

I guess one QSO per band/mode isn't good enough anymore, you have to have 2, 3, and I guess up to 6 Q's on the same band and mode.
I've heard of insurance QSO's, but how many do you need? An insurance QSO for every band/mode slot? And I guess an insurance QSO for the insurance QSO.  :(


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: K7KB on November 19, 2013, 05:44:05 PM
Paul had another nice run to North America on 15 meters this evening and it looks like they were able to work quite a few guys on that band. He went up to 10 meters for a bit but the propagation just wasn't there, at least not with my little 3-el SteppIR. I did work him on 12 meters and he was nice enough to ask me to try again on 10 meters and went out of his way to give it a try. What can you say, he's a class act :) We didn't make it, but there is still plenty of time. I was still happy to make the 12 meter contact and also worked S21ZBC on 15M RTTY.

John K7KB


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: WO2C on November 19, 2013, 06:09:33 PM
I will try again tmw, the opening on 20 lasted abt 1 hr as I had no copy when WO2C wked u at 1700z.I have noticed some big gun stations in club log with 6 qsos on same band mode!!! Please give some a chance at a single qso, 73 Dan WG5G.

There's selfish, then there's "I-spent-more-money-so-I-can-transmit-over-everyone-else-anytime-I-want" selfish. After all, might makes right, doesn't it?  >:(

I think one to a customer should be sufficient. Keep trying, Dan--as I said, if I can work them, so can you.

As for me, I'm going to take my measly, little 20 meter SSB contact, be thankful for it, and shut up so other amateurs can have a chance.

73,
Ray, WO2C


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: K3NRX on November 19, 2013, 06:23:31 PM
I will try again tmw, the opening on 20 lasted abt 1 hr as I had no copy when WO2C wked u at 1700z.I have noticed some big gun stations in club log with 6 qsos on same band mode!!! Please give some a chance at a single qso, 73 Dan WG5G.

There's selfish, then there's "I-spent-more-money-so-I-can-transmit-over-everyone-else-anytime-I-want" selfish. After all, might makes right, doesn't it?  >:(

I think one to a customer should be sufficient. Keep trying, Dan--as I said, if I can work them, so can you.

As for me, I'm going to take my measly, little 20 meter SSB contact, be thankful for it, and shut up so other amateurs can have a chance.

73,
Ray, WO2C

Ray, I am jealous!....You bagged Burma?....Nice job!....I will never hear that one with my wet noodle....and that part of the world is a HUGE PITA for me from here....So I probably won't be making any effort to go thru the pain.....Great Job....being in Cali sure does help!.....CUL....

V
KA3NRX



Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: WO2C on November 19, 2013, 06:30:10 PM
Hi, Vince.

"Bagged" Burma? Lord, no. I'm incapable of "bagging" anyone, anywhere. Except for maybe you & Chris on .52 simplex when I'm home.  ;)

Credit really has to go to XZ1J: the quality of their equipment and the skill of their operator to (somehow) pull my quiet, little signal out of the static. Listening to them on the air and reading Paul's comments here, I'm convinced that they really are doing their best to give everyone an ATNO.

And, keep trying Vince--you'll get 'em.

After all, weren't you the first ham radio operator in the history of Duquesne University to earn the Worked All Exoplanets Award?  ;D

73,

Ray, WO2C


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: N5UD on November 19, 2013, 06:44:34 PM
Good afternoon to all, still no luck here, but wanted to give Paul some feed back from South Texas, I heard u calling cq on 28.460 lsn 465 around 1530z, u of course didnt hear me and u qsyed to 10 mtr cw, u peaked here at s7 lp and were solid Q5 copy till around 1600z. I saw the spot for 20 mtrs at abt 1600z and couldnt beleive the s9 signal on the short path, I tried but Europe was too strong, then the NA stations beat me out, I will try again tmw, the opening on 20 lasted abt 1 hr as I had no copy when WO2C wked u at 1700z.I have noticed some big gun stations in club log with 6 qsos on same band mode!!! Please give some a chance at a single qso, 73 Dan WG5G.

I was going to Dallas on I-20 this morning. I could copy the 20M SSB pretty good from 1545 to 1620. S5 sometimes S7 on my mobile. 1630 nearly gone. 1640 NIL. Since this was evidently short path over the north pole. Nearly everyone else was closer than I was. Not much in the US farther south than Texas. I heard lots of upper midwest get through. The usual for short path to central Asia. Believe me, this I have seen MANY times before on 20M.

10M SSB...... I heard one little upswing and that was it.

I will have the time to make a better effort the next few days. Maybe I will get some better propagation.

GL and 73  Tony N5UD/M


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: VA2FSQ on November 19, 2013, 09:14:06 PM
Anyone have any hints on times for Montreal area?
haven't heard a peep yet.


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: N6PSE on November 19, 2013, 09:28:03 PM
I have worked VE1DX and some VO1s in the Long Path opening at our sunset.  This is a very brief and so far unreliable opening, but I've hit it twice now to Eastern Canada.

Paul N6PSE
XZ1J team


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: K0AP on November 19, 2013, 10:07:56 PM
I have worked VE1DX and some VO1s in the Long Path opening at our sunset.  This is a very brief and so far unreliable opening, but I've hit it twice now to Eastern Canada.

Paul N6PSE
XZ1J team

Amazing signal on 10m long path. It was unbelievable pileup but managed a Qso after calling for almost one hour. Initially I felt there is no way I can break the huge pileup with my 2el HEX beam at 25 ft but the persistence prevailed and to my great surprise I got them. Definitely one of my most memorable Qso's in my almost 30 years of amateur radio career.  Thank you XZ1J team.

73 Dragan KØAP


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: W6GX on November 19, 2013, 11:25:57 PM
I have worked VE1DX and some VO1s in the Long Path opening at our sunset.  This is a very brief and so far unreliable opening, but I've hit it twice now to Eastern Canada.

Paul N6PSE
XZ1J team

Amazing signal on 10m long path. It was unbelievable pileup but managed a Qso after calling for almost one hour. Initially I felt there is no way I can break the huge pileup with my 2el HEX beam at 25 ft but the persistence prevailed and to my great surprise I got them. Definitely one of my most memorable Qso's in my almost 30 years of amateur radio career.  Thank you XZ1J team.

73 Dragan KØAP

Congrats on the new one!  I love hearing stories like yours.  What a great job the XZ1J team has done.

73,
Jonathan W6GX


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: AF3Y on November 20, 2013, 04:19:11 AM
Finally!  FINALLY!! :D :D

Snagged em at 1212Z on 15 CW. (#314)

Think I'll head to the diner for cheese-grits and eggs!! (Gotta replenish my cholesterol)

GL to all who need this TOUGH one.

73, Gene AF3Y


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: K3STX on November 20, 2013, 04:49:36 AM
I think even this blind squirrel found his acorn on 15CW. Signals were really good at 1215Z, I think louder than even yesterday on 17CW at the same time. Thanks for the ATNO. I'll keep out of the piles now, hopefully someone else can get a new one while I am on the sidelines.

paul


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: N6PSE on November 20, 2013, 05:46:45 AM
Tonight we had an amazing 15 meter CW and SSB long path opening to the east coast. We worked VO1/VE1 all the way to W6/W7.

30 meters is also open to NA.  This all started at our sunset.

Paul N6PSE


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: KB2FCV on November 20, 2013, 06:23:33 AM
Didn't have time to get on yet in the morning. I'm hoping Thursday or Friday... hope the openings on 15 or 17 are still good the next few mornings  ::)


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: K7KB on November 20, 2013, 06:24:27 AM
Congrats Dragan & Gene! The persistence finally paid off and I'm glad you were finally able to get in the log. Now on to the next challenge! :)

John K7KB


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: AF3Y on November 20, 2013, 07:56:47 AM
Tonight we had an amazing 15 meter CW and SSB long path opening to the east coast. We worked VO1/VE1 all the way to W6/W7.

30 meters is also open to NA.  This all started at our sunset.

Paul N6PSE

Great CW Op on 15! Thanks for #314, Guys!

73, Gene AF3Y


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: W6GX on November 20, 2013, 08:00:17 AM
Tonight we had an amazing 15 meter CW and SSB long path opening to the east coast. We worked VO1/VE1 all the way to W6/W7.

30 meters is also open to NA.  This all started at our sunset.

Paul N6PSE

Great CW Op on 15! Thanks for #314, Guys!

73, Gene AF3Y

Congrats Gene!  Great job.

S21ZBC is on 12m RTTY.  Go get 'em :)

73,
Jonathan W6GX


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: W2IRT on November 20, 2013, 08:36:07 AM
30 meters is also open to NA.  This all started at our sunset.

Paul, the 30m op this morning really needed to slow down a few WPM. Between high QRN and long/short path echo I found copy was virtually impossible, despite the S2-S3 signal levels. Excellent op but the echo was just too problematic for QRQ.


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: W6GX on November 20, 2013, 08:48:55 AM
Tonight we had an amazing 15 meter CW and SSB long path opening to the east coast. We worked VO1/VE1 all the way to W6/W7.

30 meters is also open to NA.  This all started at our sunset.

Paul N6PSE

Great CW Op on 15! Thanks for #314, Guys!

73, Gene AF3Y

You're in the log!  Congrats!

73,
Jonathan W6GX


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: N2RJ on November 20, 2013, 08:58:55 AM
30 meters is also open to NA.  This all started at our sunset.

Paul, the 30m op this morning really needed to slow down a few WPM. Between high QRN and long/short path echo I found copy was virtually impossible, despite the S2-S3 signal levels. Excellent op but the echo was just too problematic for QRQ.

I think that may have been Champ?


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: VA2FSQ on November 20, 2013, 10:19:18 AM
I have worked VE1DX and some VO1s in the Long Path opening at our sunset.  This is a very brief and so far unreliable opening, but I've hit it twice now to Eastern Canada.

Paul N6PSE
XZ1J team

I'll be there!


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: K0AP on November 20, 2013, 05:06:21 PM
30 meters is also open to NA.  This all started at our sunset.

Paul, the 30m op this morning really needed to slow down a few WPM. Between high QRN and long/short path echo I found copy was virtually impossible, despite the S2-S3 signal levels. Excellent op but the echo was just too problematic for QRQ.

I agree. The CW operator needs to slow down. Many people can easily copy 40 WPM in normal situations but when you have weak, fluttery and signal with echo it's difficult to understand what he is sending. Just a friendly advise. Right now I copy him solid 559 on 20m CW but hard to understand who he comes back to. Otherwise, thank you for doing a GREAT job. New country for me and worked you on 3 bands and 2 modes so far.

73 Dragan K0AP


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: AJ4RW on November 20, 2013, 05:11:42 PM
Gene, glad to see you're in the log!!

73 Randy AJ7G


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: KH6DC on November 20, 2013, 05:17:39 PM
I think it was Champ, E21...something.  Heard he can go past 50 wpm


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: N2RJ on November 20, 2013, 05:19:43 PM
His call is E21EIC. From what I tell he loves QRQ. Nothing wrong with QRQ but it can make for difficult copy with polar flutter.


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: AF3Y on November 20, 2013, 05:33:48 PM
Gene, glad to see you're in the log!!

73 Randy AJ7G

Thanks...... pretty tough over the pole haul, but now I can go after S2. :D

73, Gene AF3Y


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: KF7CSO on November 20, 2013, 05:49:26 PM
Just got them on 17 SSB. Rushed home from work, nothing. Then bam, they popped up out of the noise. Woo Hoo!


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: KF7CSO on November 20, 2013, 06:12:27 PM
Dang, in my excitement, I spotted S21ZBC's frequency for XZ1J.  :( :P I can't believe how fired up I get when I contact a DXpedition I really didn't think I could work.

It's just a hobby, it's just a hobby, it's just a hobby. ;D


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: N6PSE on November 20, 2013, 06:33:33 PM
Yes, we had a spectacular opening on 17 meters at our sunrise.  I worked all across the US as propagation follows the sun.

Tomorrow, I'll try 20 meters at the same time.

Paul N6PSE
XZ1J team


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: K4FX on November 20, 2013, 07:39:08 PM
Thanks for the new one Paul, you had a great signal into NC this morning just after our sunrise on the long path. We all appreciate you guys

73 Bill K4FX


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: KF7CSO on November 20, 2013, 08:10:19 PM
Thanks, Paul, for giving me a great ATNO. It's amazing what you guys do.


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: N5UD on November 20, 2013, 11:04:59 PM
I heard them again on 40M LP. About 2325 - 2340. Weak but I could make out calls.
Local noise was about S7. Made copy tough.
Not as strong as first evening they hit 40M. Was that Sunday ?

All this on my mobile vertical.

73 N5UD



Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: N3QE on November 21, 2013, 04:35:09 AM
I hadn't really been trying, thinking that Myanmar would just not be possible especially with a crazy work schedule. But 5 minutes before leaving for work, I hear them om 15M CW and work them third call. Thanks guys!


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: KB2FCV on November 21, 2013, 04:38:20 AM
Got em' on 15CW a few mins before I had to leave also... 2-3 calls as well! :) ATNO #4 for the month... incredible! Just hoping now to see my call in the next log upload  8) Thanks guys for putting Myanmar on the air!


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: N6PSE on November 21, 2013, 05:58:40 AM
We had a nice opening on 17 meters SSB at our sunset, long path propagation favored Florida and the a East Coast. I worked N5UD/M.



Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: KB2FCV on November 21, 2013, 06:15:42 AM
We had a nice opening on 17 meters SSB at our sunset, long path propagation favored Florida and the a East Coast. I worked N5UD/M.


I heard you on 17 ssb but didn't get through yet... I'll keep trying over the next few days though. I'm glad I got through on 15 cw though! Strong sigs on both bands.. saw some nice meter movement here. Not bad for a dipole :)


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: WB2KSP on November 21, 2013, 06:25:01 AM
I am shocked that I worked them on 15 with 100 watts and a 80/40 vee. This hobby never fails to amaze me.


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: AE5X on November 21, 2013, 06:29:05 AM
Just worked them on 10 CW with sigs as loud as many are reporting on 15. Condx look good for CQWW...

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


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: W2IRT on November 21, 2013, 07:54:29 AM
And just banged 'em off on 10m SSB as well; longpath. Very nice signals long-path as of 1530z. (10:30pm Myanmar time!)


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: W5RDW on November 21, 2013, 08:39:44 AM
Just got them on 10M SSB LP also. Now I know why I love CW in chasing DX! Their CW signal seems so much stronger at this moment! Maybe it's just my ear meter! ;D

Great operator now also!


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: K9IUQ on November 21, 2013, 08:43:33 AM
And just banged 'em off on 10m SSB as well; longpath. Very nice signals long-path as of 1530z. (10:30pm Myanmar time!)

I worked them first call on 10m LP cw at 1527z . They were very strong 579. I did not hear them on 10m SSB until 1610z. They were weak but the signal kept building. Worked them 10m LP SSB at 1627z. I did not keep track of how many calls but it was 20 minutes worth.  :D :D

Stan K9IUQ


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: K8CMO on November 21, 2013, 09:00:16 AM
Beautiful signal on 15 CW this morning.  Thanks for the QSO.  The confirmation for this one will put me on Honor Roll, and I did it with 400 watts and a dipole antenna.


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: KB2FCV on November 21, 2013, 09:17:57 AM
Logs are updated, my QSO is in!!  ;D ;D ;D ;) Woo hoo!!


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: N5UD on November 21, 2013, 10:01:03 AM
We had a nice opening on 17 meters SSB at our sunset, long path propagation favored Florida and the a East Coast. I worked N5UD/M.



Thanks Paul. I was about to give up. Your signal was solid S5, but you had receive noise. I followed the announced freq change.

A few minutes later I made the 15 CW log. Sigs there were s5-7.
Next comes 10M. Sigs were S7 sometimes 9. I could not break pile or any possible local noise on XZ end. I called off/on for 2 hours. Really frustrating to hear a decent signal and can't get through. 10M is one of my tougher bands. My mobile vertical vs all the yagis. hihi

Well solidly in the log now.

73 Tony N5UD/M

I still might try 40M LP again.


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: W9XX on November 21, 2013, 01:01:01 PM
Wow this XZ and S2 had good signals today. Worked them both on 10m for 312 and 313 and S2 on 12 for 316.
 I dont recall anytime that the signals were that strong on 10m  lp in the 19 years I been on.
 Great job and looking forward to a few more band fills.
Looks like a nice lazy weekend of playing radio.


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: K6EK on November 21, 2013, 01:15:59 PM
 ;D ;D ;D

Woo hoo ! Got lucky - after 3 1/2 hours the two previous nights, I got 'em first try today on 20 M simplex. 2100Z - Clear clean and not busy (yet)

ATNO !!

Ken
K6EK


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: KD8MJR on November 21, 2013, 02:52:56 PM
Wow they had a good signal at 05:00Z today on 10M.
Snagged another band and am very happy.  Now it's time to give it a rest and let others get a chance.



Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: N6PSE on November 21, 2013, 06:38:03 PM
I called CQ NA on 17 SSB at our sunrise but nothing developed. Went to 14.190 and struggled with high noise but had a strong opening to the East Coast. Normally the propagation follows the sun west across the continent, but not today. It stayed in the eastern half of the US, then poof it was gone.

Paul N6PSE


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: N5UD on November 21, 2013, 06:46:53 PM
I called CQ NA on 17 SSB at our sunrise but nothing developed. Went to 14.190 and struggled with high noise but had a strong opening to the East Coast. Normally the propagation follows the sun west across the continent, but not today. It stayed in the eastern half of the US, then poof it was gone.

Paul N6PSE

What is the noise ? Interfering radio signals or the ever present power line noise ?
Sure is nice to operate from a QTH with ZERO noise.

I was checking 40M CW this evening, but appears to be a "no show".


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: W6GX on November 21, 2013, 06:47:14 PM
I called CQ NA on 17 SSB at our sunrise but nothing developed. Went to 14.190 and struggled with high noise but had a strong opening to the East Coast. Normally the propagation follows the sun west across the continent, but not today. It stayed in the eastern half of the US, then poof it was gone.

Paul N6PSE

Yes.  Here in Denver 15m, 17m, and 20m were completely dead.  Weird!  Just four days ago 9N was booming in on 15m at 0200z.

73,
Jonathan W6GX


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: W6GX on November 21, 2013, 06:49:10 PM
What is the noise ?

The Chinese radar :D

73,
Jonathan W6GX


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: WO2C on November 21, 2013, 07:14:54 PM
Lousy band conditions this evening here in California, as well. With 43 degree F temperatures, drizzling rain, and poor propagation, it will be a good evening to sit in my favorite chair and play my guitar. There's always tomorrow.
On a high note (you see what I did there?  ;) ) I'm very pleased to see that so many of us are making those dream contacts with XZ1J.
73,
Ray


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: NU1O on November 21, 2013, 08:32:53 PM
Wow this XZ and S2 had good signals today. Worked them both on 10m for 312 and 313 and S2 on 12 for 316.
 I dont recall anytime that the signals were that strong on 10m  lp in the 19 years I been on.
 Great job and looking forward to a few more band fills.
Looks like a nice lazy weekend of playing radio.

In the past few days 10 meter long path has been open from Vietnam to India and the path has remained open for up to 4 hours for S21 and XZ.  It certainly is a lot of fun.   

73,

Chris  NU1O


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: WD4ELG on November 22, 2013, 08:56:52 AM
OK, that's the last straw.  I will be up at sunrise for East Coast on Saturday morning for SSB, esp since the CW DX contest will be going on then.  Best chance, since I have not heard any XZ or S21 yet.


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: WG5G on November 22, 2013, 09:07:20 AM
Hello all, the log update just came out, Im in the log for #342 qrp, wked peter, PP5XX, he was calling cq yesterday on 14.190 at 2144z, he was in & out finally copied him good enough to call, he picked me pretty easy, he was definitly hearing me better than I was hearing him, anyway tnx fer pulling me out Peter and giving me an ATNO/QRP, 73 Dan WG5G.


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: N4OGW on November 22, 2013, 03:45:13 PM
Great signal on 80m LP right now 3.535

Tor
N4OGW


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: W6GX on November 22, 2013, 03:52:40 PM
Hello all, the log update just came out, Im in the log for #342 qrp, wked peter, PP5XX, he was calling cq yesterday on 14.190 at 2144z, he was in & out finally copied him good enough to call, he picked me pretty easy, he was definitly hearing me better than I was hearing him, anyway tnx fer pulling me out Peter and giving me an ATNO/QRP, 73 Dan WG5G.

Wow.  Congrats!

73,
Jonathan W6GX


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: WG5G on November 22, 2013, 04:16:59 PM
Tnx Jonathan, I check this forum just abt everyday - always the most current info posted here, I read but seldom comment, this qso was my only ATNO this year. I need VU7AG and have heard them but my vacation ends today, back to work Monday. Tnx to Paul, Peter and the rest of the team for making this most difficult entity available to a lil pistol, wish all the best of luck in working XZ if you havnt already. 73 Dan WG5G.


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: WD4ELG on November 22, 2013, 08:11:04 PM
WG5G - NOT WORTHY!  NOT WORTHY!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-FucbvoFFy0

So what am I doing wrong?  Yeah, hex beam at 40 feet (called the clothes dryer by some) and 500 watts, flat terrain of the North Carolina Piedmont.  But still nothing.


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: N6PSE on November 22, 2013, 08:21:10 PM
We've had incredible openings to W4 via the long path at your sunrise. I've worked mobiles like N5UD and even a few QRP. You just have to be there when there is propagation.


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: WG5G on November 23, 2013, 04:41:40 AM
Good morning Mark & Paul, as far as working them, it was not easy but they are spotted on 10 & 12 mtrs ssb now ( 1235z ) so if there is propagation you should be hearing them now. If I lived on east coast I would be setting there ready to go abt 1130z with beam long path over the ocean & let them come to you. read Gene's post of how he worked them on 15 mtrs at 1215z with amp & VERTICAL ANTENNA !!! Good luck hope this helps 73 Dan WG5G.


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: N5UD on November 23, 2013, 04:42:28 AM
WG5G - NOT WORTHY!  NOT WORTHY!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-FucbvoFFy0

So what am I doing wrong?  Yeah, hex beam at 40 feet (called the clothes dryer by some) and 500 watts, flat terrain of the North Carolina Piedmont.  But still nothing.

You just have to be on air for LP to southeast at sunrise plus whatever depending on band conditions. Paul was right about great openings the past few days on the east cost LP 17M - 10M. I missed them on 10M as could not break the pile. The signal was S7-S9 on my mobile whip !
 S2 was strong too. I got them the next morning on two bands shortly after sunrise.

Dan congrats for ATNO. I am near 300 on mobile. Anything much more than 300 DXCC from mobile needs to be done from the coasts.

Little pistol......??? with a big barrel maybe. You have a great antenna ! VU7 I heard two times past but no Q. Surely this time will do it. Looks like 297. 5A would be a good catch too. Not much more I have a hope for until a new dxpedition starts up.

have fun guys 73 Tony N5UD /M


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: AF3Y on November 23, 2013, 05:44:29 AM
Good morning Mark & Paul, as far as working them, it was not easy but they are spotted on 10 & 12 mtrs ssb now ( 1235z ) so if there is propagation you should be hearing them now. If I lived on east coast I would be setting there ready to go abt 1130z with beam long path over the ocean & let them come to you. read Gene's post of how he worked them on 15 mtrs at 1215z with amp & VERTICAL ANTENNA !!! Good luck hope this helps 73 Dan WG5G.

Dan.... I snagged the S2 yesterday morning (1423Z) on 12m CW with the same setup for #315.  It CAN be done. Actually, I only have one left in that little "nest of DX vipers" (Thailand, Vietnam, Laox, Macau, Myanmar, Bangladesh, etc). I missed Macau, but its activated now and then, so I think I can work it eventually.
I did not say its easy... but its doable. 8)  Timing is the thing........ The openings were sufficient, but not always loud enough for it to be easy. You had to hang in there.
73, Gene AF3Y


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: AF3Y on November 23, 2013, 05:54:47 AM
N6PSE, Paul....... THANKS to you and the team for giving us a chance at Burma. Seems like you guys are really trying your best to give us a great shot at an ATNO. I appreciate your time, advising the group from time to time, and David for hanging in there and letting me nab the XZ on 15m CW! Enjoy the balance of the trip and safe travels home. 8)

73, Gene AF3Y


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: N5UD on November 23, 2013, 10:42:29 AM
Heard them on 20M SSB working EU. I was all set for 5 up when they did call for "NA up 5". I thought I was going to get a 20M QSO when op called for "now the N5".
Wrong covered up by the continual rude callers. Must have been lots of 9's etc that thought N5 was them.


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: WG5G on November 23, 2013, 12:18:53 PM
Good afternoon Gene & Tony, well it looks like to me that we all have something in common, you two go big game hunting with a spear, & I go hunting with a BB gun, HI HI. I looked up the XY0RR dxpedition to see how long it took to finally work it, I first had a shot at Myanmar in 1991 when Romeo was suppose to be there, tnx again to Paul & the group for giving everyone a chance, 73 Dan WG5G.


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: W2LO on November 23, 2013, 01:31:26 PM
 The XZ group is doing a fantastic job throughout the bands. The DX community is deeply in their debt. TU!

  I would like to make one observation if I may. The RTTY operator(s) on 17meters are choosing transmit frequencies very high up in the US allotted digital band, around 18107, close to the limit of 110 so there is really very little room for US stations to call. I heard many EUs calling above 110 but that option is not available to US stations.

 Perhaps the US allocated digital frequency bands could be passed along by Paul, N6PSE, if he reads this. XZ1J could choose lower QRGs or they could listen down instead of up.

  Again, many thanks for team's outstanding effort!


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: N5UD on November 23, 2013, 07:22:03 PM
Paul if you are still reading this forum, here is a report for this evening from east Texas. 20M SSB 0010 - 0030 had a decent signal here. I assume short path. Only problem for me at least was the QRM from near freq rag chew QSO's from W6 and W2 stations. QRM was S9. I heard op say QSY to 15M. I heard him call the CQ's on 15M. I called up.
Only problem is the signal was S1 at best. My noise on 15M was S0. By 0040Z the signal was gone.

Maybe should have stayed on 20M SSB ? Was the op beaming SP ?

I guess after 0100Z the western US was working India southern LP. I could barely hear the VU's. Which is normal for that time on 20M and the southern LP.

Good job.

73 Tony N5UD /M


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: N6PSE on November 23, 2013, 08:01:43 PM
I was the 20 SSB Op, I had a good run at 14.190 listening 14.240 for US General Class Ops. Then the Chinese Radar leaped from S2 to S9 across all of twenty meters. It made me deaf and staying there was not an option, that is why I went to 21.295.  We will never know how good twenty meters was today because I could not hear anything.

Operating in Asia is quite a bit different than the US. Ham radio is used much differently. Thailand taxis use our 10 meter SSB frequencies while in FM.  Chinese fishing fleets use ham radio too.  The Chinese Radar is our worst nemesis.


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: WD4ELG on November 23, 2013, 08:14:29 PM
Paul, hoping to catch you in a few hours LP to East Coast!


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: KH6DC on November 23, 2013, 08:33:20 PM
Paul still hoping to work you from Hawaii :D


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: N6PSE on November 23, 2013, 09:48:57 PM
Delwyn, I cannot imagine why you have not been able to work us?  KH6/KH7 has been very strong here.  I've worked many in Hawaii. In addition to our Yagis, we have unidirectional vertices for each band. You need to make it happen today!


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: N5UD on November 24, 2013, 04:49:07 AM
I was the 20 SSB Op, I had a good run at 14.190 listening 14.240 for US General Class Ops. Then the Chinese Radar leaped from S2 to S9 across all of twenty meters. It made me deaf and staying there was not an option, that is why I went to 21.295.  We will never know how good twenty meters was today because I could not hear anything.

Operating in Asia is quite a bit different than the US. Ham radio is used much differently. Thailand taxis use our 10 meter SSB frequencies while in FM.  Chinese fishing fleets use ham radio too.  The Chinese Radar is our worst nemesis.

That explains it. Too bad.
Speaking of 10 meters......the Mexican taxis use FM on low end of band from some locations. Other cities use unlocked CB radios. From Texas, I hear the FM sweep on CW all the time.

73 Tony


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: K0YQ on November 24, 2013, 06:05:10 AM
From Texas, I hear the FM sweep on CW all the time.

73 Tony

Is the "FM sweep" that QRM that rolls down the spectrum like a wave?  I have been wondering what that is on 10 meters as I hear and see it on the bandscope all the time.  Nasty...


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: NU1O on November 24, 2013, 07:33:26 AM
I was the 20 SSB Op, I had a good run at 14.190 listening 14.240 for US General Class Ops. Then the Chinese Radar leaped from S2 to S9 across all of twenty meters. It made me deaf and staying there was not an option, that is why I went to 21.295.  We will never know how good twenty meters was today because I could not hear anything.

Operating in Asia is quite a bit different than the US. Ham radio is used much differently. Thailand taxis use our 10 meter SSB frequencies while in FM.  Chinese fishing fleets use ham radio too.  The Chinese Radar is our worst nemesis.

That explains it. Too bad.
Speaking of 10 meters......the Mexican taxis use FM on low end of band from some locations. Other cities use unlocked CB radios. From Texas, I hear the FM sweep on CW all the time.

73 Tony

I am not hearing Mexican taxis here in Mass.  Occasionally there are 10 meter intruders in the CW portion of the band but I would not label it as a big problem here.

Do you know how much power those FM radios are putting out? I'm going to guess from 5 to 25 watts.

When we get a decent 10 meter opening to the South Western US the beacon signals are about 559 and lower.

73,

Chris  NU1O


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: N5UD on November 24, 2013, 09:29:08 AM
From Texas, I hear the FM sweep on CW all the time.

73 Tony

Is the "FM sweep" that QRM that rolls down the spectrum like a wave?  I have been wondering what that is on 10 meters as I hear and see it on the bandscope all the time.  Nasty...

No it sounds like a rapidly changing CW note or a swish. If you hear it fairly well, try going to FM on your receiver. I don't know who it is, but I hear that junk on low end of 40M CW during the evening.

I have been in some of those taxis. Naturally observed the radio.


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: W6GX on November 24, 2013, 04:27:44 PM
I got 'em on RTTY today.  They announced up 2 but they were listening up 3.  I got 'em with just a few calls.

Two bands (15m and 20m) were both open at the same time to CO this evening.

Per Paul N6PSE they will be tearing down the antennas within the next few hours.  This will be the last chance to work them.  GL!

73,
Jonathan W6GX


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: N5MOA on November 24, 2013, 04:55:43 PM
I saw the spot for 15m RTTY, didn't hear a peep here.

Decent signal on 20m ssb, tried /m on the way home, but no luck.

I did work him when I got in the house, that took a couple of tries to get the call straight.


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: WH7DX on November 24, 2013, 05:01:07 PM
I got 'em on RTTY today.  They announced up 2 but they were listening up 3.  I got 'em with just a few calls.

Two bands (15m and 20m) were both open at the same time to CO this evening.

Per Paul N6PSE they will be tearing down the antennas within the next few hours.  This will be the last chance to work them.  GL!

73,
Jonathan W6GX

They had a loud signal here.  No problem copying them but nothing on meter etc.   Took a while on 15M.  I tried coming in around up 1 but that didn't work.  Figured there was no way they were really listening up 2.   I went just shy of up 2 and caught them by squeezing in while they were transmitting the usual "UP 2 NA NA" etc.. 

I have not heard much at all from S21ZBB and no where near the volume to bother working them for some extra bands.



Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: K0YQ on November 24, 2013, 05:17:29 PM
I hope that all the members of the XZ1J team have safe trips home.  My QSO with them will always rank in my pantheon of most memorable contacts I've made.


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: AF3Y on November 24, 2013, 05:40:11 PM

  My QSO with them will always rank in my pantheon of most memorable contacts I've made.

Agreed! I really did not anticipate getting in their log.

THANKS for my QSO!! WELL DONE Guys!

73, Gene AF3Y


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: KF7CSO on November 24, 2013, 05:53:17 PM
A great QSO for me also. Thanks to the entire team for my ATNO.


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: NU1O on November 24, 2013, 06:02:16 PM
I made one QSO on 20 and one via the long path on 10 meter phone and I'm very happy with that.  I don't need or desire a contact on every band and mode. XZ1J was an all-time new one for me so I'm very grateful to the team for expending their money to activate the country.

My sincere thanks to all team members!

73,

Chris  NU1O


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: WX2S on November 24, 2013, 06:40:36 PM
Probably I'll get skunked, but I've been following Champ DX on Facebook. You guys look wiped out! Thanks to the team, and hope you have a restful trip back!

73, -WX2S.


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: WO2C on November 24, 2013, 06:53:52 PM

  My QSO with them will always rank in my pantheon of most memorable contacts I've made.

Agreed! I really did not anticipate getting in their log.

THANKS for my QSO!! WELL DONE Guys!

73, Gene AF3Y

I'm with both of you gentlemen. I never anticipated being able to hear them--much less work them--with my modest, little portable station. The XZ1J QSL card for my single, 20 Meter SSB contact will have a place of honor in my QSL collection. Well done, to the entire XZ1J Team.


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: K0AP on November 24, 2013, 08:18:38 PM
Can't be happier with my score with XZ1J. 5 Qso's, 4 bands, 2 modes. Setup here is 2el HEX Beam (does this sound familiar?) at 35 ft and 500-700W. We had some of the best band conditions which greatly contributed to make these Qso's possible.
All except the 20m Qso were long path. Outstanding job from an outstanding team and that is XZ1J. THANK YOU!

73 Dragan K0AP



Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: W6GX on November 24, 2013, 08:43:15 PM
Congrats to all who made a contact for an ATNO.  I wish the team safe travels and I can't wait to find out what Paul and Zorro have in their sleeves as their next destination :)

Lastly please consider making a donation to this fine dxpedition.  Without Zorro's humanitarian efforts this dxpedition would not have been possible.  Your donation not only helps to cover the dxpedition costs but also help feed hungry children in Myanmar.

73,
Jonathan W6GX


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: N6PSE on November 24, 2013, 09:46:15 PM
Guys, thank you for all of your sentiments. It's rewarding to hear that the folks at home are satisfied with our effort. This morning we hit 20 SSB and 15 RTTY for NA. We have now consolidated down to one shack with two stations. In 24 hrs, we will QRT for good.

Thank you for giving us the pleasure of working you!

Paul N6PSE


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: AJ4RW on November 25, 2013, 05:16:57 AM
Thanks goes to the XZ1J team for doing such a superb job of giving everyone the opportunity to work Myanmar.  Especially following the openings to NA.  If I'm not mistaken and correct me if I'm wrong but on Sunday night, Nov 25th Eastern time I believe I heard one of the XZ1J team members giving an "Out Of Turn Caller" hell.  My hat is off to the XZ1J operator who did that.  OOTC'ers are low life's and a menace to society and the ham radio community.  Great dxpedition XZ1J!!!!!

73 Randy AJ7G


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: N5UD on November 25, 2013, 06:26:29 AM
Report from yesterday 20M SSB. 14.190 I could not hear Peter who was mostly working SA. I came back like 0003Z and you were like s5 . I called up at 240. I think another 5 and myself had a similar call. I stopped calling so he could get through. Anyway your signal was gone by 0016Z.
Are bands deteriorating ? Falling SFI numbers ?

Sure wish I could have managed the 40M QSO. With N5AN and myself on same freq made things confusing.

good job

73 Tony N5UD


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: W6GX on November 25, 2013, 08:22:22 AM
Are bands deteriorating ? Falling SFI numbers ?

Last night was a weird night.  I heard XZ1J on both 20m and 15m simultaneously at 0010z.  Then I went out to dinner.  When I came back at 0300z all of the higher bands were dead as a doornail.  Not even a peep of any kind on 20m.  Not even stateside stations could be heard.

Then I walked into the shack this morning at 1600z and heard Krish on 20m loud and clear.  Go figure!!!

73,
Jonathan W6GX


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: K7KB on November 25, 2013, 10:20:46 AM
Please give my thanks to the team Paul for the ATNO, and I really appreciated your help on getting 10 and 12 meters in the log :) I didn't make it on 30, 40, or 80 but if there is another DX'pedition there next year, I'll be sure to try harder for those bands :) Be safe on your travel home guys.

John K7KB


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: WB2KSP on November 25, 2013, 10:31:29 AM
Immediately after making contact with XZ1J I rushed to this forum to announce that I had made a QSO with the Dxpedition. Imagine my disappointment when I checked Club Log the following morning and didn't see my call sign listed. My first thought was, here we go again. Fortunately this Dxpedition has a Facebook page (very 21st century) and I was able to contact members of the group who have assured me that they've noted the error and have corrected the log. Although I've done so on Facebook I want to publicly thank the members of this Dxpediton for not only providing the worlds Amateur radio operators an exciting new target but also finding the time to very quickly answer my questions. What a great community of people from all over the world. I was away from the hobby for over 10 years but since returning in 2011 I've vowed to myself to never allow that to happen again. As one of my first contacts after returning to the air told me, "It's magic"!  


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: N7SMI on November 25, 2013, 11:38:45 AM
D'oh! My timing was terrible and despite several spots that were promising, when I actually got to the radio, I never did hear them well enough to get them in the log. I thought they had another couple days and I was going to buckle down and seal the deal today or tomorrow. :-(

Paul, you guys ran a great operation. I hope you're able to get back to Myanmar soon. There are still a lot of folks that need it for an ATNO.


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: KH6DC on November 25, 2013, 12:15:56 PM
D'oh! My timing was terrible and despite several spots that were promising, when I actually got to the radio, I never did hear them well enough to get them in the log. I thought they had another couple days and I was going to buckle down and seal the deal today or tomorrow. :-(

Paul, you guys ran a great operation. I hope you're able to get back to Myanmar soon. There are still a lot of folks that need it for an ATNO.

Same here, unable to hear them at all.  At my new qth with no antenna CC&R, it's difficult using a stealth vertical.  I'm sure they'll be more DXpeditions to Myanmar in 2014 as the country is now more open to tourists.  Thanks Paul and Zorro for a great DXpedition and have a safe trip back home.

Aloha


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: N6PSE on November 25, 2013, 08:25:54 PM
XZ1J is now QRT. All of our equipment is packed and is on the way to the airport. Soon, the team members will be making their way to their home countries.

We are thankful for the support that we have received from the NCDXF, NCDXC, INDEXA, the Araucaria DX Group, the Intrepid-DX Group, DX Italia, the German DX Foundation, the Danish DX Group and others.

Please see Club Log for our OQRS

Sincerely,

The XZ1J Team


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: N2NL on November 25, 2013, 08:32:19 PM
Paul,

Regards to the team for a great DXpedition and have a safe trip home.  It was great to catch XZ1J on Topband this morning.  I didn't chase you guys that hard since I had worked Zorro and Champ on all bands last month and I wanted to give others the opportunity.

73, Dave


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: W2IRT on November 25, 2013, 09:13:37 PM
Look forward to hearing all about it in Dayton next year <grin>. Wishing you and the team a safe trip home and thanks for all the bands and modes...although I'm still smarting from missing out on lowband and RTTY Qs, darnit! OQRS+donation sent and looking forward to the confirmations!


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: KH6DC on November 25, 2013, 10:52:20 PM
 :D Have a safe trip home, 73  :D


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: EI2GLB on November 26, 2013, 03:07:57 AM
One Q for a ATNO here, I was over in W5 for all but the last day so happy with one Q, hopefully it will get activated again soon to get a few more slots

Safe trip home to all the team,

73
Trevor
EI2GLB


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: K8CMO on November 27, 2013, 09:11:57 AM
I really appreciated this one.  Thanks very much.  Now for the confirmation that will give me Honor Roll status once again--#350.  I had a QSL from XZ5A years ago but was never good for DXCC.


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: W6DXO on November 27, 2013, 09:41:21 AM
Guys, thank you for all of your sentiments. It's rewarding to hear that the folks at home are satisfied with our effort. This morning we hit 20 SSB and 15 RTTY for NA. We have now consolidated down to one shack with two stations. In 24 hrs, we will QRT for good.

Thank you for giving us the pleasure of working you!

Paul N6PSE

Paul...

Thanks to you, Zorro, and the entire team for another ATNO.

Safe travels home.


73 de Harry, W6DXO


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: KB2FCV on November 27, 2013, 11:01:39 AM
Thanks to the entire team for putting XZ1J on the air!

I was not anticipating getting this one in the log, but that early morning propagation on 15m proved otherwise :)



Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: KA1J on November 27, 2013, 02:07:40 PM
I'd confirmed XY0RR back in 91 and haven't heard an XY since then. Now you folks came on and my goodness what great signals you had throughout your stay. You can be very proud; great signals, great ops and you made a whole lot of people very happy. Nice job!

Kudos!

Gary
KA1J


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: N8XI on November 28, 2013, 06:16:27 AM
Absolutely GREAT operation!

Heard them on 20 & 15 SSB but didn't work them.
Heard them on 10M CW LP 21-Nov @ 1655Z - In the Log (322) for an ATNO!

I thought I had them on 20M CW 22-Nov @ 1604Z - Lotsa QRM and you know what:(
Waited an hour 1704Z and got 'em on 20CW.

They were knocking down the CW Q's ;)

Got a speedy response from the XZ1J Team about my 1704Z QSO.

So off to OQRS for a card and donation.

73, Rick - N8XI


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: N5UD on November 28, 2013, 07:55:14 AM
Absolutely GREAT operation!

Heard them on 20 & 15 SSB but didn't work them.
Heard them on 10M CW LP 21-Nov @ 1655Z - In the Log (322) for an ATNO!

I thought I had them on 20M CW 22-Nov @ 1604Z - Lotsa QRM and you know what:(
Waited an hour 1704Z and got 'em on 20CW.

They were knocking down the CW Q's ;)

Got a speedy response from the XZ1J Team about my 1704Z QSO.

So off to OQRS for a card and donation.

73, Rick - N8XI

Congrats on ATNO and 10M QSO.
That 10M LP on the 21 was amazing. I had them S9 on the mobile ! Called off/on for 1 hour or more. Unusual for me to call that much.
I could not break the pile. Signal must have been in here for 2 hours.

73 Tony N5UD /M


Title: RE: XZ1J - Myanmar November 15-26th
Post by: W3ML on December 01, 2013, 07:37:44 AM
I would still like to know what happened to the lost calls that are not in the log?

Yes, I am one of them.  And I know I made contact, as just after doing so a friend called me congratulating me on doing so as he was on frequency at the time.

Emailed them to ask, but of course I bet there are several emails to answered if they answer them.

John W3ML