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Author Topic: QRX for South Orkney fun  (Read 19543 times)
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« on: January 25, 2011, 10:34:32 AM »

According to the website: http://www.vp8o.com/  members of the team have already landed on Signy Island, and are scouting it.  Operations are planned starting 27 January!

It's been ten years since I've worked a South Orkney station-- this one should be exciting!

73,
Chuck  NI0C
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« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2011, 10:47:43 AM »

All time new one for me. Hope we have good prop from the east coast and I have a shot.
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« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2011, 04:36:37 AM »

Its been.....NEVER since I've worked South Orkney. Should be a good shot from the east coast. With 2 CW stations, 2 SSB stations and a digital station - many should get through.
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« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2011, 06:12:53 AM »

New one for me if I get it. It's a little scary because conditions seem to be weak. I never heard any of the recent JD1 Ogasawara or VK9X activity in Upstate NY, but this one should be differrent.
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« Reply #4 on: January 26, 2011, 06:49:50 AM »

I've heard VP8LP okay the past few days when he's been active, so that bodes well for the east coast. It's the same neck of the woods.
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« Reply #5 on: January 26, 2011, 09:28:24 AM »

I've heard VP8LP okay the past few days when he's been active, so that bodes well for the east coast. It's the same neck of the woods.

Bob is always loud here in Texas. He has a beam of some sort, and I think an amp.

Fingers crossed that corresponds to S. Orkney being workable. I guess we will find out in a day or so.

 I worked a station down there back in '92 or '93, but never could get a card.

73, Tom
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« Reply #6 on: January 26, 2011, 06:02:35 PM »

Condition has been really poor here in Idaho.  I heard Bob today but he's barely above the noise.  Normally he's S7 here.

73,
Jonathan W6GX
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« Reply #7 on: January 27, 2011, 01:24:53 PM »

I hear nothing anywhere. I see them spotted everywhere. I know my station is working - I just worked Madagascar.
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« Reply #8 on: January 27, 2011, 01:49:48 PM »

Ditto, can't hear squat. Worked Cyprus this AM so I know a squirrel didn't chew through my feedline.
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« Reply #9 on: January 27, 2011, 01:59:44 PM »

Same here in Florida. Went out to see if the antenna was still there. What the heck is going on?  They are spotted EVERYWHERE.  Nil heard on ANY band in central Florida (so far..........)   Gene
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« Reply #10 on: January 27, 2011, 02:15:28 PM »

I noticed almost all of the spots seem to be coming from Europe, they may have their antennas turned that way.

I thought I maybe heard them on 17 CW at about 1900 but couldn't be sure. Thought I barely heard a signal there but it faded out quickly.
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« Reply #11 on: January 27, 2011, 02:39:46 PM »

I've heard sigs on several bands.

I hear them okay on 17m CW and have called a few times.   They're weak but readable: no luck yet but I'm hearing them.   I'm in your neck of the woods, W4HFK. Antenna is 2 element beam at 30 feet, little messed up from the heavy snow but EZNEC suggests I don't have to worry (even if it's weird to be using a tilted beam).


Propagation software suggests that 20m will open  solidly around 0000Z from here and stay open all night.   They're actually readable here on 20m right now (2236Z).  Ant is Moxon@30ft (same antenna as 17)   That prediction is similar for Tenessee and Florida, but with the opening starting later... maybe 0100 for TN and 0200 for FL.   

I've heard them on 40 and 30 as well... weak but well before those bands should be any good.  Don't discount 10m, 12m and 15m during the day.  They should be the best shots from here, though 15 didn't seem to work out this afternoon.
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« Reply #12 on: January 27, 2011, 02:45:29 PM »

Coming up rapidly as the sun goes down on 20CW but a lidfest on freq.
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« Reply #13 on: January 27, 2011, 03:55:13 PM »

Some kind of buzzing right on 14190..right on top of them....tune off and it's gone..what a surprise... Smiley ..I can hear them below it..but not enough..it's 2357 UTC..

                 73'..Tom N3ZC
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« Reply #14 on: January 27, 2011, 04:00:35 PM »

I wonder if they are using their amps yet? I did hear them on 30 just now.
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