eHam

eHam Forums => DXing => Topic started by: N7SMI on June 11, 2014, 03:42:03 PM



Title: TX7G - Marquesas Island
Post by: N7SMI on June 11, 2014, 03:42:03 PM
Grant (KZ1W) and I are happy to announce our TX7G DXpedition to Nuku Hiva in the Marquesas Islands (OC-027). Details at http://TX7G.com/

We'll be on the air 8 days October 18-26 including the CQ WW DX SSB contest. High power to vertical antennas right on the beach. We're currently open to sponsorships and are hoping to add an experienced CW operator to the team soon.

Marquesas is #71 on the Club Log list (#47 for Europe). We will focus on low bands and on optimizing propagation to give many an opportunity to get Marquesas in their log books.

We hope to hear you on the air from Marquesas in October.


Title: RE: TX7G - Marquesas Island
Post by: KF7CSO on June 11, 2014, 03:59:24 PM
Yet another ATNO possibility for me. (There something to be said for only having 235 total worked)  ;D

EDIT: Hmmm, I worked TX7M and TX5A but they are not showing up in Clublog. (Invalid Claimed DXCC)  I need to fix my log when I get home.

Oh well, I donated anyway. ;D


Title: RE: TX7G - Marquesas Island
Post by: W4VKU on June 11, 2014, 08:30:21 PM
I worked and confirmed TX7M as well. Is there a place to check if ARRL approved it for DXCC?

73s
krish
w4vku


Title: RE: TX7G - Marquesas Island
Post by: KD8MJR on June 11, 2014, 09:31:21 PM
I have TX7M confirmed via LoTW.


Title: RE: TX7G - Marquesas Island
Post by: AF3Y on June 12, 2014, 10:37:13 AM
Marquesas is another on of those overworked "OverDXed" locations.  Checking my log, I have no less than 16 QSOs confirmed. Seems like the question should not be "Who has not worked Marquesas?", but "Who has not had an expedition to Marquesas?" :o

Guess Ill go back to the beach :o (or sleep ::))

73, Gene AF3Y


Title: RE: TX7G - Marquesas Island
Post by: KF7CSO on June 12, 2014, 10:49:44 AM
I'm excited. I hope to work you guys on 20, 40 and 80. Thanks again for going.  ;D


Title: RE: TX7G - Marquesas Island
Post by: W6GX on June 12, 2014, 11:30:09 AM
For one reason or another I only have Marquesas on 20m phone.  I'm looking forward to the dxpedition.  I made a small donation to help them out.  You just never know where they might go next :)  Consider 50% of my donation is for Marquesas and 50% is a deposit for their next gig ;)

73,
Jonathan W6GX


Title: RE: TX7G - Marquesas Island
Post by: N7SMI on June 12, 2014, 11:56:40 AM
Checking my log, I have no less than 16 QSOs confirmed. Seems like the question should not be "Who has not worked Marquesas?"

Gene, Marquesas is an easy path from your QTH, so it's reasonable that you'd have worked it a lot in the decades you've been active. But it's very much wanted elsewhere and by DXers that haven't been on the air for ages. I've received e-mails from three folks that have over 300 confirmed (one's at 332) that still need FO/m. There have been 3 small operations there since TX7M was there in 2011.

Thanks Jonathan, Eric, and others for your donations.


Title: RE: TX7G - Marquesas Island
Post by: KW4CQ on June 12, 2014, 01:24:44 PM
PLEASE!  Make sure you do get on CW.  SSB only operation on the low bands from OC under these miserable propagation conditions (and getting worse by October) is a grim prospect.  Good luck guys and well be on the lookout for an ATNO here. 

73, Bob KW4CQ


Title: RE: TX7G - Marquesas Island
Post by: N7SMI on June 12, 2014, 01:35:16 PM
PLEASE!  Make sure you do get on CW.

That is the plan! We're hoping to get an experienced CW operator on the team - if you or someone you know wants to work the world from an island paradise, please let me know. We plan to devote nearly equal treatment to CW, SSB, and RTTY from two station, at least until the SSB contest starts, then we'll likely be all SSB until the end of the operation.


Title: RE: TX7G - Marquesas Island
Post by: AF3Y on June 12, 2014, 06:58:35 PM
Checking my log, I have no less than 16 QSOs confirmed. Seems like the question should not be "Who has not worked Marquesas?"

Gene, Marquesas is an easy path from your QTH, so it's reasonable that you'd have worked it a lot in the decades you've been active. But it's very much wanted elsewhere and by DXers that haven't been on the air for ages. I've received e-mails from three folks that have over 300 confirmed (one's at 332) that still need FO/m. There have been 3 small operations there since TX7M was there in 2011.

Thanks Jonathan, Eric, and others for your donations.

Decades? Ages?  Man, you are making me feel older than I am. hi.  Only been chasing DX since 2006, so, not quite as long as you think. Worked FO/DJ7RJ & FO/OH1RX in 2008, TX5SPM in 2009 and of course, TX7M in 2011.
Ill get the metal detector out and see if I can find another tin can in the back yard (dig you up a little donation........)
GL/73, Gene AF3Y


Title: RE: TX7G - Marquesas Island
Post by: N7SMI on June 12, 2014, 08:13:31 PM
Decades? Ages?  Man, you are making me feel older than I am. hi.  Only been chasing DX since 2006, so, not quite as long as you think.

Since 2006 is several times longer than I've been at it. ;) I hope we have as much luck as you've had with previous Marquesas operations.


Title: RE: TX7G - Marquesas Island
Post by: VK3MEG on June 13, 2014, 12:33:01 AM
I hope you will listen for vk as it needed by me and probably a few others. good luck on the trip


Title: RE: TX7G - Marquesas Island
Post by: AJ7G on June 13, 2014, 04:54:47 AM
Glad to see Marquesas Island being activated.  Have fun and hope to work you while you're on the island!

73 Randy AJ7G


Title: RE: TX7G - Marquesas Island
Post by: N7SMI on June 13, 2014, 06:57:45 AM
I hope you will listen for vk as it needed by me and probably a few others. good luck on the trip

We're not sure how much of an impact it will be (probably not a lot), but there is some significant terrain between our beach-front location and VK-land. The 2nd picture at http://tx7g.com/marquesas is pointing almost directly toward VK. We'll take time to call exclusively for VK/ZL. Despite the terrain, our location is pretty much the only one on the North shore from which we can operate to get optimal paths to the majority of the world.


Title: RE: TX7G - Marquesas Island
Post by: PE5T on June 13, 2014, 12:31:13 PM
Would be nice if you would be active on 160m as well.
I worked FO and FO/A on 160 and need FO/M only on that band.

73, Kees, PE5T


Title: RE: TX7G - Marquesas Island
Post by: N7SMI on June 13, 2014, 03:28:18 PM
Would be nice if you would be active on 160m as well.

Assuming we get a CW operator on board, we'll try, but with very strict size and weight restrictions on the flight to Marquesas, it's not likely - at least not with a good antenna setup. I did just notice that the Stew Perry Top Band Challenge is on the first night of our operation, so this might motivate us to see what we can pull off.


Title: RE: TX7G - Marquesas Island
Post by: N7SMI on July 18, 2014, 02:33:12 PM
We'll be landing in Marquesas 3 months from today. Our plans are coming together very well and our licenses are in hand. The generous donations and sponsorships (http://tx7g.com/sponsors) are allowing us even better equipment, such as the CrankIR antennas sponsored by SteppIR and a KPA500 amplifier from Elecraft. I didn't realize all the work and coordination that goes into planning something like this, especially making difficult decisions to optimize our stations in very limited baggage space. But we're having a lot of fun and can't wait to get on the air.


Title: RE: TX7G - Marquesas Island
Post by: N7SMI on August 01, 2014, 04:01:50 PM
I'm happy to announce the addition of experienced CW operator Keith Witney (VE7KW) to the TX7G Marquesas Islands DXpedition team. Keith has operated on many DXpeditions, including several record-setting contest operations in Africa. The addition of a third operator, especially a master CW operator, greatly adds to our DXpedition and we're thrilled to have him on board. You can read about Keith at http://tx7g.com/team


Title: RE: TX7G - Marquesas Island
Post by: W6GX on August 01, 2014, 05:46:06 PM
Wonderful news.  Now that you have a world-class team of operators are you considering enabling the Clublog leaderboard ;)  It should be a chip shot from here ;D
 
73,
Jonathan W6GX


Title: RE: TX7G - Marquesas Island
Post by: N7SMI on August 01, 2014, 07:14:57 PM
Now that you have a world-class team of operators are you considering enabling the Clublog leaderboard ;)  It should be a chip shot from here ;D

Nice try. I'm not turning it on BECAUSE it's a chip shot. 8)


Title: RE: TX7G - Marquesas Island
Post by: PE5T on August 01, 2014, 11:52:12 PM
Congratulations with the CW Op.
I now take it for granted that this includes a serious 160m effort as well.
Would be nice!

Kees


Title: RE: TX7G - Marquesas Island
Post by: IK0OZD on August 02, 2014, 04:15:21 AM
we are many in Italy and Europe waiting for this beautiful country,
for a 'European is always very nice to work the pacific zone ,
I hope to make a QSO in rtty
73
Tony - IK0OZD


Title: RE: TX7G - Marquesas Island
Post by: VK3HJ on August 02, 2014, 05:55:36 AM
I'm sure we'll be able to thread our signals between those volcanic needles!

Looking for 160 m (should be easy), 12 and 10 m (should be possible).

73 es GL,
Luke VK3HJ


Title: RE: TX7G - Marquesas Island
Post by: KF7CSO on August 02, 2014, 09:56:10 PM
we are many in Italy and Europe waiting for this beautiful country,
"snip"

73
Tony - IK0OZD


Good to hear. I'm sure the many in Italy and Europe will be making a small contribution before the Dxpedtion.


Title: RE: TX7G - Marquesas Island
Post by: AD9DX on August 04, 2014, 05:26:05 AM
I need Marquesas everywhere but 10m. I think TX7M was my first or second DXpedition I ever worked.


Title: RE: TX7G - Marquesas Island
Post by: N7SMI on August 16, 2014, 07:02:45 PM
Today we announce our fourth and final operator - Donald Studney (VE7DS). Don is a veteran of A25DS Botswana, ZL9HR Campbell Island, TX5RV Austral Islands, and 3DA0ET Swaziland. He will be part of 7QAA in Malawi later this year. We're thrilled to have such a great CW operator join our team.

More team members allows greater flexibility with weight and luggage, but the addition of two new team members in recent weeks has significantly increased the coordination and communication necessary. We are now planning on 2 stations on the air pretty much around the clock, with a 3rd station available for usage and monitoring band conditions. The CrankIR antennas will arrive in a couple days and will be thoroughly tested before we depart.

We leave for Marquesas Islands two months from today!


Title: RE: TX7G - Marquesas Island
Post by: VK3MEG on August 17, 2014, 07:55:30 AM
Quote
We're not sure how much of an impact it will be (probably not a lot), but there is some significant terrain between our beach-front location and VK-land. The 2nd picture at http://tx7g.com/marquesas is pointing almost directly toward VK. We'll take time to call exclusively for VK/ZL. Despite the terrain, our location is pretty much the only one on the North shore from which we can operate to get optimal paths to the majority of the world.

I'm aware of the geographic issues you face there are similar ones on tx5 austral i have only got  one qso on 40m, from there with 3 dxpeditions. thanks for going there and giving us the opportunity.
cheers


Title: RE: TX7G - Marquesas Island
Post by: W6GX on August 17, 2014, 11:58:01 AM
Great news Jered.  Nice job on assembling a great team.

73,
Jonathan W6GX


Title: RE: TX7G - Marquesas Island
Post by: N7SMI on September 25, 2014, 11:50:00 AM
Our departure is 3 weeks from today. All equipment and plans are in place. So long as there are no difficulties with our transportation (4 hour flight from Tahiti then a 2 hour 4X4 drive to cover the 10 miles from the airport to our small village on the North shore), we'll be on the air around 00:00 on Oct. 19 (Saturday evening US time). I can't wait to hear the pileups!

(http://tx7g.com/media/hatiheu.jpg)

We'll be operating from a bungalow in the trees near the beach to the left of the church.

We're currently finalizing operator schedules - 4 operators on 12 hours/day will give us two high power stations on the air pretty much around the clock. We'll be focusing on CW and WARC band SSB early in the week, then transitioning focus to low bands and RTTY mid-week, then the CQ WW DX SSB contest and CW to finish off our 8 days there.

We're debating how much of an effort to make in the CQ WW DX SSB contest. We'll likely operate as Multi-One with our backup/3rd station functioning as a multiplier transmitter, and will keep a CW rig going most of that time.

While internet access is quite limited, I'll try to check this thread every day or so for feedback, recommendations, etc.


Title: RE: TX7G - Marquesas Island
Post by: KJ4Z on September 25, 2014, 12:19:48 PM
I'm looking forward to it.  Thanks for the activation!


Title: RE: TX7G - Marquesas Island
Post by: KF7CSO on September 25, 2014, 12:25:58 PM
As am I.


Title: RE: TX7G - Marquesas Island
Post by: K7CO on September 25, 2014, 12:53:59 PM
I do hope there is a 4W/K7CO to TX7G QSO!


Title: RE: TX7G - Marquesas Island
Post by: AF3Y on September 25, 2014, 02:40:53 PM
Marquesas worked/confirmed a dozen or more times.  I DO need it on 80 though...... 8)

GL/73, Gene AF3Y


Title: RE: TX7G - Marquesas Island
Post by: N7SMI on October 18, 2014, 01:08:28 AM
The team has all staged here in Tahiti. We had a wonderful day with Philippe (FO4BM) as our guide on the island of Moorea. And tonight had a wonderful dinner with Michel (FO5QB). We arise very early for our 3.5 hour flight to Nuku Hiva and should be on the air by late-afternoon local time tomorrow (Saturday).

I'll try to monitor this thread every day or two if there are comments or suggestions. We hope to hear you in the pileups.


Title: RE: TX7G - Marquesas Island
Post by: W6GX on October 18, 2014, 06:47:10 AM
Have a safe flight.  Make sure you watch you luggage get loaded onto your plane ;)  Please try to work NA on 80m during our morning greylines.  The conditions on 80m to the Pacific have been fantastic.

ps I'm glad you got a donation from MHDXA :)

73,
Jonathan W6GX


Title: RE: TX7G - Marquesas Island
Post by: KE4KY on October 18, 2014, 07:29:25 AM
Thanks for going and for your efforts to activate this entity. Will look forward to working you on the bands I need.


Title: RE: TX7G - Marquesas Island
Post by: V47JA on October 18, 2014, 04:16:44 PM
Marquesas worked/confirmed a dozen or more times.

GL/73, Gene AF3Y

Gene, you have now made that crystal clear THREE times now.  
I hope not everyone that has ever worked a previous DXpedition to a "rare one" does not let us know on every DXpedition topic, as you seem to do.  We all know you walk on water and have worked every DXpedtion known to man many times.  ;D

Frankly what you have worked "dozens" of times does not impress me, or improve my chances of working it.   It is just one less signal in the pile-up.  ::)

Don't forget every country that you have worked was an ATNO for you at one time.

73,

John V47JA  


Title: RE: TX7G - Marquesas Island
Post by: V47JA on October 18, 2014, 06:02:52 PM
Hi Jim,

Really nice pile-up, great signal, thanks for the ATNO.

73,

John V47JA


Title: RE: TX7G - Marquesas Island
Post by: VK3MEG on October 19, 2014, 03:14:19 AM
worked them tomight on 40m with m dipole really happy he had to keep getting me to repeat but was determined to give me a new one thanks 5/3 my report now I can relax and work slots :) 199 this year with 100w.


Title: RE: TX7G - Marquesas Island
Post by: W6GX on October 19, 2014, 05:48:14 AM
So far I've worked them on 20m and 40m SSB.  They were very loud on both bands.  I'm hopeful I will get them on 10m-80m for seven new band fills :)

The SSB operator is doing a fantastic job.  A world class start on this dxpedition.

73,
Jonathan W6GX


Title: RE: TX7G - Marquesas Island
Post by: N7SMI on October 19, 2014, 06:08:31 AM
We started on the air just after 00:00 today and after a slow start while getting systems and antennas configured, we're now working stations all over the world. The pileups have been massive at times, but generally manageable. 40 meters has been going for many hours straight and for much of the time it was open from NE Canada to Japan to VK/ZL with occasional Europe stations. ZL and VK has been very loud, despite the significant terrain that direction. South America is seemingly a challenge.

Over 1600 QSOs in the log in the first 12 hours. We've made our first upload to Club Log. All are in good spirits as we enjoy this beautiful island paradise.


Title: RE: TX7G - Marquesas Island
Post by: KF7CSO on October 19, 2014, 07:06:10 AM
Yep, nice signal on 40 SSB right now. I wish you guys would pop up and listen on 7.177 or .178 for a bit so this lowly General can transmit. :)


Title: RE: TX7G - Marquesas Island
Post by: N1UK on October 19, 2014, 09:22:58 AM
40m ssb was loud and easy this morning.  40m can be a hard slog for me.

I am looking forward to other band slots over the next few days.


Mark N1UK


Title: RE: TX7G - Marquesas Island
Post by: ZS6DX on October 19, 2014, 12:22:33 PM
Thanks for picking out my 20m QRP CW signal! Now for some more bands.

73, Rudi de ZS6DX/V51VE


Title: RE: TX7G - Marquesas Island
Post by: W6GX on October 19, 2014, 12:41:37 PM
So far it's been easy from here:)  Got them on 15m, 17m, 20m, and 40m.  They have been loud on all bands.  And solar conditions are expected to pick up this week.

It would be fun to start over again chasing TX7G for the CQ WW contest ;D

73,
Jonathan W6GX


Title: RE: TX7G - Marquesas Island
Post by: AD9DX on October 19, 2014, 12:52:38 PM
Second band for me for this DXpedition.  I worked TX7M back in 2011 when I started DXing, and happened on it by accident on 10m. 

Whoever I have worked on SSB has been very good at handling the pileups.  I am not usually a fan of the "by the numbers" method, but the he seems to be getting through the numbers quickly and thus not taking up a ton of bandwidth going say up 5-15. 

I hope to get more bands obviously, and to get at least one CW contact, and as things are going now, that seems very possible. 


Title: RE: TX7G - Marquesas Island
Post by: N7SMI on October 19, 2014, 01:27:21 PM
Thanks guys! We're having a blast and are definitely in a groove now. Just crossed 3200 QSOs in the first 20 hours.

Moderate rain and quite muggy. Accommodations leave much to be desired, but the food at the nearby restaurant is excellent. The darkest skies I've ever seen last night. Will try 80 meters tonight and 10 meters in the morning.


Title: RE: TX7G - Marquesas Island
Post by: W6GX on October 19, 2014, 01:37:11 PM
You guys are doing a fantastic job.  Also a nice job on the frequent log updates.  I'll be staying up late tonight in an attempt to work you guys on 80m.

Stay hydrated and use plenty of bug spray!

73,
Jonathan W6GX


Title: RE: TX7G - Marquesas Island
Post by: KJ4Z on October 19, 2014, 07:02:50 PM
Woke up at 3 AM, couldn't get back to sleep, and found you guys on 40 meter phone.  Good signal here in TN, easy.  Spent most of the day working on a new wire beam for Tromelin, but hopped on just now for 17 meter CW too.  Hope to pick a few more bands later on.  It's an ATNO for me.  Thanks again.


Title: RE: TX7G - Marquesas Island
Post by: N5INP on October 22, 2014, 09:50:12 AM
Got 'em on 10 and 12 now.

I have to say that this group is really available, they are seemingly on some band all the time!


Title: RE: TX7G - Marquesas Island
Post by: KJ4Z on October 22, 2014, 10:00:13 AM
I wish I heard them on 10 CW from time to time.  10 meters is all I need to have a clean sweep from 40 on up.  Great job, guys.


Title: RE: TX7G - Marquesas Island
Post by: EI2GLB on October 22, 2014, 11:08:36 AM
Can someone remind these guys that there is a place called Europe

Not giving us much of a chance so far only 7% of QSO's to EU

(http://www.thelongnow.info/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/E4.gif)


Title: RE: TX7G - Marquesas Island
Post by: W6GX on October 23, 2014, 02:52:18 PM
Not giving us much of a chance so far only 7% of QSO's to EU

Today the number is up to 10%.  Not stellar but it's better than 7%.

I got lucky and I worked them on 80m.  So far they have not spent too much time on 80m.

Still need one more Q on RTTY.  Hoping they will focus on Europe RTTY until the start of CQ WW SSB.

73,
Jonathan W6GX


Title: RE: TX7G - Marquesas Island
Post by: W6GX on October 23, 2014, 04:58:06 PM
Per Grant (I believe) RTTY will come on during Jared's shift tonight which is 8pm local Marquesas time.  GL guys.

73,
Jonathan W6GX


Title: RE: TX7G - Marquesas Island
Post by: N1UK on October 23, 2014, 05:56:33 PM
I am still looking for a RTTY QSO as well, Maybe tomorrow.  80m would be great too but nothing so far.

I have done well on all the other bands though.

tnx es 73 de Mark N1UK


Title: RE: TX7G - Marquesas Island
Post by: N5MOA on October 23, 2014, 06:23:27 PM
Per Grant (I believe) RTTY will come on during Jared's shift tonight which is 8pm local Marquesas time.  GL guys.

73,
Jonathan W6GX

That's about 06:00z'ish. I think.

They were loud on 20m RTTY yesterday morning @10:20z


Title: RE: TX7G - Marquesas Island
Post by: N7SMI on October 23, 2014, 07:15:21 PM
Greetings from the Marquesas Islands.

We've just surpassed 20,000 QSOs in the log with a good balance on all bands. 80 meters has just not cooperated. We hear well, but call CQ repeatedly with no takers. We're going to try 80 SSB at our sunset in about an hour or so. Listen for us around 3.793. We'll then move to 20 or 30 meter RTTY. CW will go through the night.

10 meters and 12 meters have been phenomenal with almost unending pileups. We ran over 1000 in a row on 12 meter phone yesterday and 1000 again today, and over 900 in a row today on 10 meter CW.

We've really made a serious effort for Europe, but there have been few takers. We are there when propagation is good and work everyone that calls us, but aurora and the never ending intentional QRM make it slow going. And we have significant terrain to the South making long path very difficult. We call for "EU/AF only" very frequently and will continue to try.

We're having an incredible time! We'll be on the air 2.5 more days.

73,

Jared (N7SMI)


Title: RE: TX7G - Marquesas Island
Post by: KF7CSO on October 23, 2014, 07:20:31 PM
You guys have had great signals in Nevada. The 17 SSB signal a bit ago was crushing, and I was listening on a multi-band vertical. 


Title: RE: TX7G - Marquesas Island
Post by: W6GX on October 24, 2014, 12:07:20 AM
Well that was easy.  Just one call and I'm in the log for RTTY.  Thank you Jared.

73,
Jonathan W6GX


Title: RE: TX7G - Marquesas Island
Post by: N1UK on October 24, 2014, 01:22:22 AM
When was your RTTY QSO?  I still need my first RTTY ATNO QSO but no luck so far.

I have all bands worked from 40 to 10m but I keep missing the RTTY times to East Coast NA.


Mark N1UK

UPDATE...great signals I just worked TX7G on 20m RTTY at 08:52 GMT.


Title: RE: TX7G - Marquesas Island
Post by: EI2GLB on October 24, 2014, 06:19:47 AM
Working everyone is the problem you won't QRX for EU only, I've heard the odd EU who worked you ask you to call for EU only buy you went back to calling anyone,

If a group that had a chip shot to EU did this to NA there would be outrage but as it's only us over here in EU no one cares,

Lots of EU DX clubs on the sponsors list I'd bet some are not happy with the lack of attention we have gotten,

Quote from: n7smi

We've really made a serious effort for Europe, but there have been few takers. We are there when propagation is good and work everyone that calls us, but aurora and the never ending intentional QRM make it slow going. And we have significant terrain to the South making long path very difficult. We call for "EU/AF only" very frequently and will continue to try.

We're having an incredible time! We'll be on the air 2.5 more days.

73,

Jared (N7SMI)


Title: RE: TX7G - Marquesas Island
Post by: W6GX on October 24, 2014, 06:32:27 AM
Lots of EU DX clubs on the sponsors list I'd bet some are not happy with the lack of attention we have gotten,

To get more EU hams in the log perhaps CW is the mode of choice.  Perhaps the TX7G team could find out the best times for the EU and schedule a CW op to cover the EU openings.  Just a thought...

For the record I did hear the SSB Op asks for EU only from time to time.

73,
Jonathan W6GX


Title: RE: TX7G - Marquesas Island
Post by: KF7CSO on October 24, 2014, 07:34:35 AM
Lots of EU DX clubs on the sponsors list I'd bet some are not happy with the lack of attention we have gotten,


For the record I did hear the SSB Op asks for EU only from time to time.

73,
Jonathan W6GX

I have heard them ask for EU only quite a bit also, and I'm not listening to them much.


Title: RE: TX7G - Marquesas Island
Post by: N7SMI on October 24, 2014, 02:46:40 PM
Radio blackout! It went from MASSIVE pileups on 10 and 12 to nothing in about 20 seconds. I could literally hear the signals drop out starting East Coast US, to West Coast and finally JAs... like a blanket thrown over the world. Absolutely incredible to hear on this end. Not a single signal can be heard on any band. Sightseeing for us for a while. Let's hope it shakes this off for the contest.



Title: RE: TX7G - Marquesas Island
Post by: KF7CSO on October 24, 2014, 08:53:32 PM
That had to be cool to hear in a way.


Title: RE: TX7G - Marquesas Island
Post by: K5RT on October 25, 2014, 09:31:43 AM
What are the prospects for 160?

Great signals on all bands good ops

Vy 73
Paul


Title: RE: TX7G - Marquesas Island
Post by: N7SMI on October 25, 2014, 09:45:49 AM
What are the prospects for 160?

Great signals on all bands good ops

Thanks for the comment. We've had a lot of fun, despite some frustrations. No 160 this trip. We really couldn't even get 80 going with S8 local noise. :-(


Title: RE: TX7G - Marquesas Island
Post by: W6GX on October 25, 2014, 11:41:54 AM
Jared,

A big thanks to you and the team for seven new band fills.  As others have said you have a great signal on all bands.  I'm Already looking forward to your next gig ;).  Have a safe trip back.

73,
Jonathan W6GX


Title: RE: TX7G - Marquesas Island
Post by: N7SMI on October 26, 2014, 01:33:33 AM
We're now QRT with over 27,000 QSOs in the log. We had a great time and some interesting challenges with one of the wildest weeks of propagation conditions (some good and a lot bad) in recent memory. Thanks to all who were out there answering our calls.


Title: RE: TX7G - Marquesas Island
Post by: NU4B on October 26, 2014, 03:14:18 AM
WOW! Just barely got a new band counter just in time. Thank you for the new one on 20 meters - of all bands


Title: RE: TX7G - Marquesas Island
Post by: VK3MEG on October 26, 2014, 05:41:19 AM
got you guys on 20m and 40m i could just hear you on 10m today but not good enough thanks for the new one


Title: RE: TX7G - Marquesas Island
Post by: N7SMI on October 31, 2014, 12:47:03 PM
The team is (almost) all back home and recovering (we're all still itching from the countless no-see-um bites). I've uploaded some photos to http://tx7g.com/photos/index.php?/category/1

Now comes the difficult chore of deciding which photo to put on the QSL card. Which do you prefer?

(http://tx7g.com/media/qsl/TX7GCard.jpg)

(http://tx7g.com/media/qsl/TX7GCard2.jpg)

(http://tx7g.com/media/qsl/TX7GCard3.jpg)

(http://tx7g.com/media/qsl/TX7GCard5.jpg)


Title: RE: TX7G - Marquesas Island
Post by: N5MOA on October 31, 2014, 12:56:30 PM
Now comes the difficult chore of deciding which photo to put on the QSL card. Which do you prefer?


(http://tx7g.com/media/qsl/TX7GCard2.jpg)

(http://tx7g.com/media/qsl/TX7GCard3.jpg)



Either of these. Everyone and their brother has a coastline picture on their qsl card.


Title: RE: TX7G - Marquesas Island
Post by: W2IRT on October 31, 2014, 03:01:50 PM
Now comes the difficult chore of deciding which photo to put on the QSL card. Which do you prefer?


(http://tx7g.com/media/qsl/TX7GCard2.jpg)

This one for sure. The child makes it special. Both are good photos (maybe use the second one if you're doing a fold-out card, or cheaper ones for bureau QSLing?), but seeing a person from the location makes it better.

Either of these. Everyone and their brother has a coastline picture on their qsl card.


Title: RE: TX7G - Marquesas Island
Post by: N7SMI on October 31, 2014, 03:49:59 PM

This one for sure. The child makes it special


That's the one we're leaning toward. His name is Ryan and he was a lot of fun, even though I'm pretty sure he called me Chicken Man in Marquesan all week.  :)


Title: RE: TX7G - Marquesas Island
Post by: AD9DX on October 31, 2014, 06:06:04 PM
Sent for a card via OQRS. Hope you guys had a great time.


Title: RE: TX7G - Marquesas Island
Post by: W6GX on November 04, 2014, 09:29:30 PM
I just received my LoTW confirmations for TX7G.  Thank you!

73,
Jonathan W6GX


Title: RE: TX7G - Marquesas Island
Post by: KJ4Z on November 04, 2014, 09:42:34 PM
Me too, thanks!  I'll still be sending off for the card.


Title: RE: TX7G - Marquesas Island
Post by: W6GX on November 10, 2014, 10:39:17 PM
Just received the beautiful QSL card today.  Thank you!  What a fantastic operation from beginning to end.

73,
Jonathan W6GX


Title: RE: TX7G - Marquesas Island
Post by: K0YQ on November 11, 2014, 06:23:31 AM
Just received the beautiful QSL card today.  Thank you!  What a fantastic operation from beginning to end.

73,
Jonathan W6GX

Ditto.  I didn't send a QSL request but received an unsolicited QSL as an upfront donor.  A classy touch and a fb operation.  Congrats guys.

PS - My kids want to know if the fowl being held on the card was a pet or was dinner.  I told them pet.  :)


Title: RE: TX7G - Marquesas Island
Post by: KQ0J on November 11, 2014, 07:25:25 AM
TX7G thanks to those great ops.  I previously only had one unconfirmed contact to that entity on SSB and I was able to pick up 5 bands on CW.  I just got into DXing 3 years ago,  so there are a LOT of places I need to work / confirm on a lot of bands.


Title: RE: TX7G - Marquesas Island
Post by: N7SMI on November 11, 2014, 09:29:58 AM
PS - My kids want to know if the fowl being held on the card was a pet or was dinner.  I told them pet.  :)

Good answer. This one was definitely a pet. Him and his friends all had roosters on leashes and would try (unsuccessfully) to get them to fight.

Interestingly, there were thousands of roaming chickens on the island (roosters = 24/7 QRM... thank goodness for good headphones and earplugs at night), yet chicken wasn't on any menus. We did have goat on the local restaurant menu and a noisy goat next door that disappeared mid-week. He was delicious!


Title: RE: TX7G - Marquesas Island
Post by: N7SMI on November 11, 2014, 09:53:38 AM
Thanks for your comments. I hope to have all direct QSL cards out in the next week or so. There are about 1000 yet to send.

Some have been rather critical of our low numbers for Europe. As a team, we've thought a lot about this. It was not for lack of effort.

We would call for EU-only usually several times hourly and did our best to work any weak stations that were calling. Our relatively high numbers for SA, OC, and AF (compared to other FO/m operations show we gave difficult locations a lot of attention). Our predicted local nighttime (EU daytime) openings to Europe on 20/17/15 simply wasn't there - we'd call and call for hours with few EU responses, always sacrificing rate on 30, 40, and 80 meters to try and get more EU stations logged.

We also had terrain that blocked low angle signals to Europe, and long-path was pretty much non-existent due to very significant terrain to our South. When combined with the very significant polar aurora from the biggest sunspot in 24 years (much polar flutter on EU signals also made them difficult to decode) and 2 radio blackouts during optimal propagation to EU, along with almost non-stop DQRM and numerous stations that would call and call but never listen when we had openings there made things very difficult. We discussed what we could have done to give EU a better chance, but short of a different QTH (meaning generators and tents), another schedule, or significantly longer time on the island, we're not sure what we could have done different.

Another operation will be on from Marquesas Nov. 16-21 from a different location. I only have one QSO with Marquesas and am anxious to fill some band slots.


Title: RE: TX7G - Marquesas Island
Post by: W6GX on November 11, 2014, 10:10:03 AM
Thanks for sharing the stories.  Those volcano spires look menacing and I'm surprised that any RF made it past them  A job well done!

Golden rule #1 for dxpeditioners
"you can never make everyone happy"

73,
Jonathan W6GX


Title: RE: TX7G - Marquesas Island
Post by: N5INP on November 15, 2014, 05:33:27 PM
Just now opened an envelope with a TX7G QSL card - Nice card!


Title: RE: TX7G - Marquesas Island
Post by: NV5E on November 15, 2014, 06:38:07 PM
Just got my card and it only shows my 20m QSO.  Looks like I requested it correctly on the Clublog OQRS page.  No matter though, all of them show up in LOTW. 


Title: RE: TX7G - Marquesas Island
Post by: N7SMI on November 16, 2014, 07:22:02 AM
Just got my card and it only shows my 20m QSO.  Looks like I requested it correctly on the Clublog OQRS page.  No matter though, all of them show up in LOTW. 

Uh oh! We must have misplaced one of the QSO labels. I'll send another one right away.


Title: RE: TX7G - Marquesas Island
Post by: NV5E on November 16, 2014, 08:51:18 AM
It's not worth the postage to do it.  I have the card to look at and all the QSO's are in LoTW, so I'm happy.  I appreciate the offer though.
73,
Rob


Title: RE: TX7G - Marquesas Island
Post by: KJ4Z on November 21, 2014, 03:05:53 PM
Got my chicken card today too, even though I requested mine late.  Very, very nice.  A fine ending for a satisfying operation.  I look forward to your next trip.  Thanks.


Title: RE: TX7G - Marquesas Island
Post by: KC7YE on November 21, 2014, 03:27:58 PM
Just sent QSL for TX7G this afternoon ! Have worked more DX in last couple months then have in 20 years. Sure am behind the 8 Ball. Spent entire day doing QSL's. No luck getting LBoW to function.