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Author Topic: QRX for South Orkney fun  (Read 19071 times)
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« Reply #15 on: January 27, 2011, 04:09:43 PM »

WeakA$$ signals + lids/jammers/cops abound. I may try them next week.  I am not in the mood for this today/tonite. Sad
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« Reply #16 on: January 27, 2011, 04:14:22 PM »

15M CW @22:59 and 17 SSB @23:49 Cool

I can hear them ok, kinda lite but coming up, on 40m cw and 30m, maybe a whisper on 80m.

It's still way early in the dxped.

73, Tom
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« Reply #17 on: January 27, 2011, 04:53:53 PM »

Just (0050 UTC) snagged em' on 20M SSB (14205 - QSX 14210) Was easy, loud/clear too..Popping up to 57+  Grin

Easy as Hell right now!
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« Reply #18 on: January 27, 2011, 05:07:38 PM »

Obviously I have an antenna or some kind of noise problem here. 20m is dead at 0107Z.  Gene
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« Reply #19 on: January 27, 2011, 05:46:07 PM »

Worked them on 20M SSB about 0025 UTC from Colorado.  Quite weak.  Gave them 59 (what else!), got back 53 (honest folks).  HamCap showed best propagation between 0000 and 0130, but signal sure didn't get up much. 
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« Reply #20 on: January 27, 2011, 05:47:51 PM »

Easy as Hell right now!

I popped up there thinking "yeah, right...  easy...  SteppIR, amp, nice takeoff toward VP8O...  right "   One-called 'em.  Must not have prop to much of the US right now given the lack of pile.

Obviously I have an antenna or some kind of noise problem here. 20m is dead at 0107Z.

Judging by the pile I think Tom and I might have a little bit of a spotlight.  But it should open up to more of the U.S. in a while, and it looks like 20m should be open literally until dawn when it opens.

I've seen this before on Antarctic/southern S.A. DXpeditions... sometimes they're all you can hear on 20 in the middle of the night.  And 10m/12m should be possible in the afternoon even with 80SFI.
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« Reply #21 on: January 27, 2011, 06:04:22 PM »

FYI........ The Solarcycle24 site shows a M Class Flare at around 0100Z this evening! Shocked
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« Reply #22 on: January 27, 2011, 07:26:01 PM »

After bagging 9M2 on 40 this morning I figured they'd be a chip-shot on most bands, but no. Noise-level on all bands except 40, and even there, legal-limit and a yagi at 75' took two hours. For me, takeoff angle problems to their direction are extreme but still, LUs and PYs are blasting in. My guess is they're blocked to NA or their antennas aren't the best. Ops are really good, though and their rates aren't bad for first-day.

Thankfully not a new one for me but I could sure use some bandfills!
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« Reply #23 on: January 27, 2011, 08:00:29 PM »

Able to get 40M SSB and CW modes 1/27 from 0150 to 0310Z, could have been worse...they had a nice clear SSB signal on my dipole, on CW they were weaker, probably no amp for CW. Heard them only briefly on 20M CW at dusk. 80M is very noisy and they are not really copyable here now.
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« Reply #24 on: January 28, 2011, 03:13:42 AM »

I got em on 20 CW this am at about 1000z. They were on 14.024 saying UP2 and it seemed like they were deaf, occasionally hearing ZLs but mostly just CQing. But they were so loud here (on a Windom at 45') I kept trying. I decided to try up about .5 and they came back. I'm not sure who was operating but I think he had either misread his 2nd VFO or was swishing around local noise and got way off the 2 UP.

They were nice and clear the night before on 40 SSB but never broke through. Lots of good ops on this one, so should be fun chasing them - if only the propagation gods will cooperate for the high bands.

By the way, it seems like the cluster spots on this one have been wackier than ever. Never take cluster spots for granted - listen first, both on the xmit frequency and on the advertised listening frequency.


73 John K3TN
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« Reply #25 on: January 28, 2011, 04:05:14 AM »

Still nothing here. Band noise on 20m is horrible. I did finally hear em on 80, but no luck. I may try tonight again on 80, but the QRN(?) on the other bands makes hearing them impossible from here.   Sad
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« Reply #26 on: January 28, 2011, 06:54:42 AM »

I agree with everyone that signals are weaker than expected so far across the board.  Also agree with John K3TN that the op on 20 CW this morning was not hearing callers well, despite the fact that he was S6 in the Midwest. He was sending "? ?" about three or four times for every QSO, working mostly JA at the time.  Did get through exactly two up without too much toil, though.  Hopefully conditions will improve in the coming days.  GL to all needing them es 73 de

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« Reply #27 on: January 28, 2011, 07:02:31 AM »

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


I seem to recall that a philosophy of the "Micro-Lite DXpeditions" was not to use amps.  Maybe this one is different?

But their signals were really weak here in central TX last night on all bands that I could detect their signals.  So maybe this also is a no amp expedition.

NA4M
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« Reply #28 on: January 28, 2011, 07:12:45 AM »

Website shows ACOM as an equipment supplier.  One of the photos makes reference to "amps", so would appear that they are running some power.  At least some antennas are verticals.
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« Reply #29 on: January 28, 2011, 07:20:03 AM »


But their signals were really weak here in central TX last night on all bands that I could detect their signals. 

NA4M

Ditto just up the road from you in Belton.  No signal from them on any band I heard them, 80-40-30-20-17-15, was over a s-4.

 

73, Tom
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