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Author Topic: 3W6C Con Co-Vietnam  (Read 1890 times)
N3ZC
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« on: April 09, 2010, 05:38:57 AM »

FYI..
..For what it's worth..they are supposed to be QRV tomorrow, April 10th..

Web Site:    http://www.3w6c.qrv.ch/home/

                 73'
                    Tom N3ZC
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« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2010, 01:49:51 PM »

They have been spotted this afternoon, but nothing but the usual QRN/QRM heard here.   This is another one (Like the YI9) that I am glad I already have (XV2RZ).  Seems to usually be easier for me to work the "one man band" type expeditions. hi
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« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2010, 05:45:04 AM »

Loud as can be this morning (14220/1227 UTC)! Snagged them on 20M Phone..

         73'
           Tom N3ZC
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« Reply #3 on: April 10, 2010, 03:13:04 PM »

I'm getting a funny, sinking feeling about my contact..just checked their online log dated 4/10 Time:13:33:33 (my contact was 12:27 UTC) & I don't see it in there...I even used "November 3, 123, Zulu Charlie" and he repeated it back the same clearly (he was a clear S8 so I heard him OK)..It was so easy too! So clear an "insurance" contact wasn't necessary..

Hope he didn't botch my call..He was sorta all over the place repeating back stuff to everyone..One call it was "Listening 5 up"..Next call it was "5 to 10 up", next call was "10 up"....

Was a great opening this morning too..got 9M6JC right after them..

Brother...  ;-)

        Anyway..Good Luck All!
                      73'
                        Tom N3ZC
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« Reply #4 on: April 10, 2010, 04:31:05 PM »

Think maybe a "Arrrrrrrrrrr" Pirate?..

If so..I'll just print my own QSL for the card checkers...  ;-)

                73'..Tom N3ZC
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« Reply #5 on: April 11, 2010, 06:55:32 AM »

Re: AF3Y
"They have been spotted this afternoon, but nothing but the usual QRN/QRM heard here. This is another one (Like the YI9) that I am glad I already have (XV2RZ). Seems to usually be easier for me to work the "one man band" type expeditions. hi "

Gene..I think you've hit the nail on the head!

Yesterday morning, from the right beam heading, etc, I think I was "had" by one of those fake EU douche bags. I don't think I'm gonna waste any more time on this dxped..They really have no signal except to EU, etc..I had snagged Jon/9M6JC.. that's pretty much same beam heading, so there was an opening..I should've known it was probably a pirate as he sounded EU and half cooked..

Maybe next time..

                         73'
                           Tom N3ZC
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« Reply #6 on: April 11, 2010, 12:44:29 PM »

Has anyone here actually had any contacts with them (from the East Coast)?..I contacted a pirate, but at least it was someone!

Listening to their Tx freq now..don't hear "them" but hear the EU Zoo..they are running simplex!
Really nice...

All I hear are EUs calling & tuning up over each other...Poster children for Ham Radio... ;-)

Oh well..when's the next Scarborough Reef?  ;-)

         Enough laughs for one day
                    73'..Tom N3ZC
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« Reply #7 on: April 12, 2010, 05:36:21 AM »

Pretty much no one here eh?.Thought so...OK

                 Thanks!          
                  73'..Tom N3ZC
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« Reply #8 on: April 13, 2010, 06:51:46 AM »

We have not yet worked them as well. Not a problem in
getting into that part of the world. I sure heck
don't know what the issue is. Either way, keeping
fingers crossed for a contact.
here is the latest news.
73s Chris
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BREAKING NEWS: 3W6C is temporarily QRT
Due to security political reasons on the island, the 3W6C team is temporarily QRT. The team hopes for a soon and good solution. Team leader HB9BXE hopes being QRV again on April 14, 1200 UTC, probably with reduced equipment and thanks for your understanding. See News Boards on our web site and Twitter later on for the news.
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« Reply #9 on: April 13, 2010, 08:46:27 AM »

Damn..as loud as they are here in Baltimore ..I was hoping to fill 10-12 slots in my log  ;-)

From their Web Site:

"BREAKING NEWS: 3W6C is temporarily QRT

Due to security political reasons on the island, the 3W6C team is
temporarily QRT. The team hopes for a soon and good solution. Team leader
HB9BXE hopes being QRV again on April 14, 1200 UTC, probably with reduced
equipment and thanks for your understanding. See News Boards on our web site
and Twitter later on for the news."

             73'
                Tom N3ZC
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« Reply #10 on: April 14, 2010, 05:40:48 AM »

FWIW..From their Web Site"

"3W6C is back on the air again

Dear DXers and friends of ham radio

We had to turn off the CW and the SSB sites yesterday April 13 at 0500 UTC
due to political reasons. 3W6C is now back again since 0500 UTC, with 1 CW
station and 1 SSB station, located at the HQ site.

The HQ site permits a limitated antenna layout only. So we can transmit from
40m to 10m in CW and SSB. Not possible at this time are 160m, 80m, RTTY and
satellites.

The 3W6C team works hard to transfer the necessary equipment from the other
two sites to the HQ site. They do their best in the current situation to
make a QSO with AS-185 possible to as many DXers as possible.

We keep you up to date via our web site and Twitter if there are any further
changes of the situation.

Tnx for your understanding and cooperation.

Vy 73 de Hans-Peter, HB9BXE
3W6C Team Leader


Report #4: The Swiss 3W6C team overcomes its temporary grounding

Although not using its full facilities, the 3W6C DXpedition is back on the
air after a 24-hour break. We are QRV on all bands from 10m through 40m.

CON CO ISLAND (April 14; overcast, warm) - After having devoted many
exhausting hours to erecting sophisticated antennas at two remote operating
sites on the island to give us the best possible directivity and the least
amount of interference - antennas that had proved their value during the
first few days of use - it became necessary for us to temporarily move all
our operations to a single site with simpler antennas.

For reasons of security and policy, the local authorities have requested
that we no longer operate from the remote CW and SSB sites and that we move
all our operations to the headquarters building, which was originally
intended for RTTY.

Thus, the day was spent transporting rigs, antennas and other equipment from
the remote sites. We're been working at full speed because we're all anxious
to get behind the mike/key and work the huge pileups we've seen ever since
we started last Friday.

At this moment, our array of antennas, which we erected as quickly as
possible so as to get back on the air, consists of the following: a
20/17/15m vertical dipole; a 15/12/10m vertical dipole; a 40m ground plane
vertical; and a 30m inverted Vee. Unfortunately, we have not yet had time to
move our 80m and 160m antennas to the headquarters site. In any event, we
are QRV on all bands from 10m to 40m - which will allow us to reach hams
around the world.

Should there be a change in the situation that allows us to once again use
the larger antennas we had already erected - which we have left standing for
the time being - we will inform the ham community immediately.

The stations returned to around-the-clock operation just before noon local
time on Wednesday (0500 GMT). Please follow the DX spots to find out where
you can find us for making a contact."

                     73'..Tom N3ZC
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WLANDDX
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« Reply #11 on: April 16, 2010, 11:32:53 AM »

Still wanting a contact with this Expedition, but
so far no luck. They were heard around S6 on 20m
this AM on the east coast, but then they switched over to work the far-east.

Chris
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N3ZC
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« Reply #12 on: April 17, 2010, 08:53:44 AM »

Observation..
Well..I was listening to them on 17M SSB this morning around 1350 UTC, after a station spotted them (a S.Carolina station I think( saying "Loud in SC)..They were taking pretty much just DL stations (EU) and no one else...about a call every 30 sec...Stateside calling too (not taking them)..(Surprise)

Now I see a spot for them on 17M that say's "Lonely"....Yeah, guess so..path to here pretty much closed now. They are truly a "trip"..pun intended.

(and yes I know they are down to verticals & 100W now)

              73'..Tom N3ZC
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« Reply #13 on: April 18, 2010, 08:53:58 AM »

Hi I havent been on a forum before,yes the crew in Vietnam are hard to contact,the openings to Ireland are short and most of the time you cant hear them,its also hard to keep up with the split they are using,you never know if they are 10 or 20 up etc,Ive just spent all day today on 18.133 and have just given up on them,also to many people not listening and calling on his freq,anyway have a good summer everyone and good DX,73s Richard.
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WLANDDX
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« Reply #14 on: April 18, 2010, 11:45:41 AM »

An Op has to establish an implied operating pattern,
so that the Dxers can follow his listening.
The issues you mention is what typically happens
when people cannot follow the pattern of the Op.
Plus not frequently announcing his Rx freq is
also a root cause.

Well, this AM, the Op did an excellent job working
NA during the 20m opening and asked EU to wait. I was
able to get through in the first call, which is
shear luck i think, when i was up 15 on the split.

chris
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