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Author Topic: Any nice surprises recently?  (Read 3144 times)
EX_AA5JG
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« on: September 07, 2011, 09:14:12 AM »

Yesterday morning (Tues. Sept 6) I turned over to 20 meters to see if the band was open.  After tuning around a bit, I came across a small pileup.  I listened for a fit and determined that it was for 5R8FU, who was coming into Oklahoma very nicely.  Since I am using a dipole I couldn't tell if it was short or long path, but do know that there is often a decent long path opening to Africa and the middle east on 20m in the mornings.  Called him a few times and then worked him!  Not a new country for me, but it has been a few years since I have worked Madagascar.  

What nice surprises have you found on the bands recently?  Anything unexpected show up?

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« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2011, 09:26:42 AM »

Tuned into a spot for V85TL on 15m CW the other morning expecting nothing (as usual for V8), but he was there loud and clear maybe S7, worked him right away for an all time new one.  First V8 I've ever heard.
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« Reply #2 on: September 07, 2011, 09:30:44 AM »

Recently (within last couple weeks) a nice S5/S6 pulsating signal eminating from somewhere in the neighborhood has appeared. It is wide band across the entire 20M band. Don't seem to hear it on 17M or 30M or any others, just 20M.

Think it may be a new electric fence that was installed about 1/3 of a mile south of my QTH. Need to go over there and see if I can work with the guy to troubleshoot the problem.

How's things in OK, John? Cooling off any? Mom said they got a little rain the other day over in SW Ark.

Gene W5DQ
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« Reply #3 on: September 07, 2011, 09:59:22 AM »

Now if we could just get some rain

Sorry... I've got an inch plus and still coming today but don't think I can redirect it.  Hope you guys get some relief soon.
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« Reply #4 on: September 07, 2011, 11:51:29 AM »

Worked Jordan and Lethoso this past week on 20M barefoot and with a 20M Moxon. Both are good DX for the West Coast. Have had superb QSO's on the morning LP to South Africa - where signals were 20 over.

Getting excited about a number of OC / Pacific DX-peds that will have 160M - will be fun with morning coffee!
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« Reply #5 on: September 08, 2011, 03:49:48 AM »

I remember just about a year or two after I got my ticket.Spinning the dial on 20m late one night and heard a cq. It was JY1.I didnt know who he was.So I kept spinning the dial and came back maybe a minute later.Boy was there a pileup. Never worked him that day. But worked him when he was in the states getting  medical treatment later.
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« Reply #6 on: September 08, 2011, 03:55:19 AM »

Oh recently I worked a fairly rare grid on 6M. DN77.   But of course they are all rare now.Been on 6m only about 3 months. hi hi
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« Reply #7 on: September 08, 2011, 06:32:25 AM »

Received a LOTW QSL in June of this year from EA9/OH0XX dated 1989-10-28. This was SSB on 10 meters when I was a Tech.
Nice to see it in LOTW.

Zack
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« Reply #8 on: September 08, 2011, 04:23:38 PM »

I got 2 new ones last week - getting just one would have made me happy for a month:
7P8 and FK.

John AE5X
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« Reply #9 on: September 09, 2011, 09:24:23 AM »

On the last day of August, I was messing around between 15 and 20....The sun went down already when I figured I would spin around one last time on 20m before switching over to 40m....Heard a station very faintly (about 53) and the call sign was 8R1Z....

He just finished with a station and called "QRZ" so I sent my call out....To my surprise, he came right back with an S7 for me but he was still only about S3 on my end....YES!
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« Reply #10 on: September 09, 2011, 10:41:09 AM »

Tuned into a spot for V85TL on 15m CW the other morning expecting nothing (as usual for V8), but he was there loud and clear maybe S7, worked him right away for an all time new one.  First V8 I've ever heard.

I see you are in MD. The bands have made their usual seasonal changes. You should see some good openings to South East Asia on 15 meters from around 1500 to 1900 UTC when the K index is low.  I think there was something in the ARRL weekly propagation report a few weeks ago which said the seasonal changes had begun.

73,

Chris/NU1O
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« Reply #11 on: September 11, 2011, 04:32:20 PM »

Seasons changing for the better, no more summer doldrums on HF. 

Lots going on!

1. Just now worked HS0ZEE at my sunset on my OCF at 60 feet.

2. Put up a 250 foot beverage pointed NE and I was able to hear 9K2HN on 40 SSB 4 hours before my sunset.  Unf, he could not hear me.

3. Had a 6M Es opening that was late for the season yesterday, worked HK, YV, and HC on an attic moxon.

4. Worked Vlad SU9VB and got LoTW within 48 hours for an all-time new one.

5. Worked Nelson, 4S7NE, over the pole on 17 meters. Unusual to hear 4S.

6. Worked 4O3A on 20 CW with measured output of 0.6 watts into a 2 element hexbeam at 50 feet, just to see if I could do it. 4000+ miles per watt.

7. Worked YB0AKM on 17 CW, only my third ever Indonesia and first time I have heard Indonesia since New Years Day 2006 when I worked YB1A on 40 CW grayline.

8. Worked EY7AD on 17 SSB for all-time new one on SSB QSO.  Right over the pole, not that common.


Never a dull moment in this hobby!

Mark Lunday
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« Reply #12 on: September 12, 2011, 05:41:10 AM »

I received a LOTW confirmation from BV100 -Taiwan -for a contact on 15 meters back in April.
All time new one for me.I didn't even realise that they were using LOTW when we made the contact.

73 de Ceasar
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« Reply #13 on: September 12, 2011, 07:46:35 AM »

Tuned into a spot for V85TL on 15m CW the other morning expecting nothing (as usual for V8), but he was there loud and clear maybe S7, worked him right away for an all time new one.  First V8 I've ever heard.

I see you are in MD. The bands have made their usual seasonal changes.

Yes indeed.  This spring was great for 15m over the pole, I'm really happy to get it back.

I barely make any contacts over the summer anymore Grin
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Dan
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« Reply #14 on: September 12, 2011, 11:12:23 AM »

Just recieved a LoTW QSL for a contact with ZS8MI from 1991 for a SSB 20m contact.  I was very new to ham radio at the time I worked them and I had no idea how rare this would be today.
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