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Author Topic: FT5GA-Where & when you heard them on SSB  (Read 2030 times)
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« Reply #15 on: September 26, 2009, 01:57:25 PM »

Yeah..I heard em' too...Was having house work done (new brick steps on front of house)..I listened about 2000UTC..Signal was OK..Was a zoo..I didn't get them either (Tried though)..You never know when they are gonna be on 20M SSB or wherever..Crapshoot...They just went QRT on 20M (2045 UTC)

  Oh well...there's always the rare EU DX  ;-)

           73'..Tom  N3ZC
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« Reply #16 on: September 26, 2009, 02:26:29 PM »

I tried both 20 & 30 ... I'm pretty quick to give up on SSB when CW is an option.  Probably a mistake overall.

Ah well, hearing them gets me a little more energized to chase 'em harder.
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« Reply #17 on: September 27, 2009, 07:57:01 AM »

More SWL reports...

Between 1300 and 1400Z they had surprising Q5 signals on 12m CW.

I didn't get through but W3LPL did and a bunch of NA stations are reporting them still.

They've faded out here as of 1500Z.

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« Reply #18 on: September 27, 2009, 10:20:44 AM »

Got them (I think) on 30 about 1300Z Saturday, but there have been so many reports of pirates, I can't be sure until they post yesterday's logs. We had storms yesterday PM so I guess I missed a rare 20M appearance by the guys.  I'm hearing nothing on 10 or 12.  Static's been too bad here on 80/40.

Not whining!  If it was easy, we'd all tied at the top of the honor roll!

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« Reply #19 on: September 27, 2009, 10:26:52 AM »

Haven't heard them on any bands yet. Just a few W6's heard and worked them so far. Oh well, this is not the first or last DX-ped that I didn't even hear or work. Unless a minor miracle happens, I'll be stuck at 323 for quite a while - no other scheduled DX-ped is something I need.

I'd really get excited if someone announces a DX-ped to Kingman, Campbell, Navassa or Malpelo. Those would be the last 4 "easy" one's that I could work - even with the crummy conditions we have been having.

I have been hearing EU on 40M in the AM greyline - so winter lowband DX is starting to happen.
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« Reply #20 on: September 27, 2009, 10:35:31 AM »

I will vent just a little frustration: on 40 CW Friday about 0030Z, worked Namibia after a few calls in a sizeable pile-up and Mauritius on first call...prop was there, FT5GA wasn't.  

Not just not on 40.  Not nowhere!  How dare they not observe MY operating schedule!

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« Reply #21 on: September 27, 2009, 11:51:52 AM »

Not observe "your" operating schedule?..

How dare they not observe ANY operating schedule..(even propagation-wise)

They're practically a joke..

It's 1900 UTC..& they still are non-existent..incredible!

*Non-existent (pretty much) on weekends (for some reason

*Follow NO band/propagation plan whatsoever

*I'd be saying it if I had all bands/all modes from them

*It's just utterly ridiculous

*You can't find them QRV, to not get thru the pileup

Other than that..great dxpedition!

Great job!

       Bring on K4M..Enough of this "whatever...

         73'..Tom  N3ZC
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« Reply #22 on: September 27, 2009, 01:26:46 PM »

BTW..anyone see/hear them at all today..except for a tad on 30M? I've been looking all day on 15 & 20M..nothing?? (It's 2020 UTC..)

I don't get it?

Seriously..Was this just a spare time operation? (someone posted that on the clusters)

Maybe that explain's it?

  73'..Tom  N3ZC
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« Reply #23 on: September 27, 2009, 01:32:29 PM »

Only heard them well on 12m CW.

I did print a little on 15m RTTY but nowhere near enough to call.

They were apparently on 17 SSB, but I didn't hear them.

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« Reply #24 on: September 27, 2009, 02:35:00 PM »

Yeah..I know..They are a chinese fire drill as far as organization..I cranked the tower down a while ago as it's supposed to get windy tomorrow..

It's not we can't get thru..it's that the way they operate..most here don't even hear them, or, they  operate in a dumbass manner..just switch bands whenever..with no respect to propagation, etc..It's just really bizarre..I've given up on messing with that bunch..My SteppIR should be here in a couple weeks (3 maybe)..that'll give me something to do. I'll then have 6M thru 40M..plus my Yaesu 1000DXA controller has a glitch..will probably get that fixed...I was sorta looking forward to the Glorioso Dxped..What a disappointment they are, and a waste of time..but..at least a few lucky (thru Devine Intervention) ones snagged em'..

Also..payback time is a coming for the EU Zoo via K4M..I'm looking forward to it (I think..)

Irony..Can be pretty ironic sometimes!   ;-D

FT5GA..what a waste of time for mostly everyone..

FYI..It's 2130 UTC..and they are QSY from 30M to 80M..
Not once on 15/20M SSB today...

Precious!

Have a good week all..

      73'..Tom  N3ZC
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« Reply #25 on: September 27, 2009, 03:37:41 PM »

Tom, dont give up yet. They have another week for you to try. You just might hit lucky like I did. If it had not been for my 20 CW QSO the first or second day, I would not be in their log either. And, it's not cause I have not tried the other bands/modes.  Actually, I have heard them quite well at least 5 or 6 different days, but just never could break the pile. I should have had a 20 SSB QSO, but the op butchered my call twice, and gave up on it, TWICE. Hang in there man, and Good Luck!  73,  Gene
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« Reply #26 on: September 27, 2009, 04:51:18 PM »

Thanks Gene..

I really haven't given-up so to speak..just lost interest in them..

When there's propagation to here..they are working EU

I think that's really their main goal anyway...

They were not really up today...I now don't consider them a dxped..just a couple guys who slapped together a few radios & whatever..& went there, with no rhyme or reason to their operating practice....No one has any idea as to when they'll flip their rigs on, etc..

They are just a total waste of time..theirs and ours

      73'..Tom  N3ZC
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« Reply #27 on: September 28, 2009, 02:23:53 AM »

FYI..
..It's 0920 UTC..They're on 20M SSB & EU is snagging them right & left...

What's the worst time for us for 20M SSB?..Oh that's right...now!

What a coincidence!

  ;-)

      73'..Tom  N3ZC
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« Reply #28 on: September 30, 2009, 08:08:12 AM »

NADA,ZILTCH, NOTHING.  
I would like to know how many hams in B.C., Washington, and Oregon have worked or heard FT5GA.  I retired this year, so I get to spend more time in the shack, and I haven't seen to many Northwestern hams spotting the call on the local dx cluster.
I agree with others, this dxpedition seems to be poorly run.
Oh well, if I work 'em, I work 'em, if I don't life goes on.
See you in the pileups.
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