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Author Topic: CQ Zone 19 ??  (Read 1220 times)
AF3Y
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« on: December 03, 2008, 08:09:37 AM »

Wondering out loud, how sparsely populated, hamwise, CQ Zone 19 is.  I was just checking my WAZ totals and find that I dont have Zone 19, although I have all of the other zones needed for the WAZ award. With all of the Russian contacts I have made, seems like I would have had a Zone 19 QSO. Must be pretty "slim pickings" in that area of the world!  Gene AF3Y
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« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2008, 08:42:37 AM »

Yup, zone 19 is definitely one of the harder ones. Look for calls starting with UA0F especially - those are the easiest and most often-heard Zone 19s in my US/East-coast experience. In addition, look for UA0Q, I, X, Z, C, D, J, K and L prefixes.

In looking through my logs, most of my Zone 19s have been in the late fall, winter and early-spring months. Good luck!
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« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2008, 10:46:29 AM »

There are two hams from Magadan that have been fairly active and easy to work on CW.  I'm pretty sure Magadan is Zone 19.

Andy UA0IT, and Ray RW0IZ are on pretty regularly on 20m CW early evenings with good signals.  Ray was last spotted 12/2 ~2200 UT; Andy on 12/3 ~0000 UT.

I've worked both w/100w and Windom.

Good luck.
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« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2008, 12:17:31 PM »

Gene, 19 was my last one too.  I caught RX0QA  back in August, as there were a couple of 19ers on 20 meters one night.  

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« Reply #4 on: December 03, 2008, 09:22:04 PM »

I didn't hear a zone 19 in the contest but I see that many were reported. I'd rate Russian zone 18 as tougher. I usually work one or two UA0s in every DX contest in the morning around sunrise. You'll find them among the JAs.

Note that UA0s with suffixes beginning with 'Y' are in zone 23 which used to the rarest zone by far. For example, UA0YAY
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« Reply #5 on: December 04, 2008, 04:00:43 AM »

Thanks for all the replies/suggestions!  73,  Gene
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« Reply #6 on: December 04, 2008, 04:56:48 AM »

There used to be a guy with the call UA0FF out of Sakhalin Island. Back during cycle 22, I ran into him frequently. Zone 19 will not be that hard once the bands open up.  I worked UA0FF all the time on 10 meters.  So I think you will eventualy get it! And as some of you know, I got there on nothing but a wet noodle.

My big bugaboo is Zone 24!  I just can't get there with this antenna.  Back in '02 I lucked out by working an Italian dude operating from Laos in a monsoon.  So zone 26 is in the bag. I am hoping this next cycle, I can complete the zones by finally working eastern China like I did Laos! I'd rather be lucky than good!

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« Reply #7 on: December 04, 2008, 06:31:46 AM »

Zone 24 was my last one, too. Finally got a VS6 (Hong Kong)on 40 CW. That was when BY was still very rare, about 20 years ago.  

Russian zones 17, 18, and 19 are much easier on CW than phone. I've heard times over the years when 20 meters would be wall to wall Siberian stations.  

Their signals often have a very distinctive "arctic flutter" that makes copy difficult.  When that happens, keep the CW speed down
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« Reply #8 on: December 05, 2008, 07:32:02 AM »

If you work PSK31, UA0ZK (Vasiliy) seems to frequent 20m. I QSO'ed in July and November of this year.
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« Reply #9 on: December 07, 2008, 12:29:54 PM »

Thats one of the best things about eQSL.com. UA0FLZ, Alexander and RW0LKE, Dmitriy are easy to work and always willing to make a sked.

73 de Lindy
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« Reply #10 on: December 11, 2008, 03:02:43 PM »

RW0CN (in zone 19) has been active on 80m CW for several mornings in a row, with a good signal.  I worked him this morning about ten minutes after local sunrise here in the Midwest.

73,
Chuck  NI0C
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AF3Y
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« Reply #11 on: December 11, 2008, 06:04:53 PM »

Thanks!  I also see him spotted around 1430 on 40m CW as well.  I will see if I can snag him in the morning. 73, Gene AF3Y
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« Reply #12 on: December 16, 2008, 01:27:01 PM »

Any time the bands are open to JA, listen carefully for one of the prefixes listed by W2IRT.  Right now listen on 40 meters long path just before sunset, and 20 meters at sunrise and sunset.  I actually think Zone 19 is more common than Zone 18.
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