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Author Topic: DX Goals for 2012.....  (Read 6083 times)
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« Reply #15 on: January 02, 2012, 05:13:12 PM »

Just my opinion, but he should have to work more than RTTY to hold status as a DXCC entity.

I'm glad you don't run DXCC Cheesy

I don't like it when RTTY is the only option, mostly because I hate RTTY pileups, but I suck it up.  For a long time the only 1A station I had was 1A0KM on 20m RTTY.  Rather have RTTY than nothing.



Dan, I guess that my opinion on this is about the same as those who grumble when these one or two man expeditions only work CW. It obviously pisses people off who cannot work CW. RTTY is different........... Anyone with the want to and the equipment can work CW, as its damn near automatic. My ProIII is up to the task, I just dont want to do it now. I probably will some day, IF I ever get tired of CW. Lets put it this way....... When I have worked EVERYTHING there is to work except Apollo, and if I HAVE to use RTTY to work him, THEN I will figure out how to work RTTY. hi.  (But probably not PSK31, or Hell or whatever)

You may note I also said if Apollo was already in my log, I would probably not feel that way. Everyone obviously has a right to operate the mode of their choice, if they have the knowledge and equipment to do it. I suppose  that RTTY would be "better" for him in "Monastary conditions" Undecided.

Hell I have Wayyyy more than Apollo to try to work. I just personally favor CW, but that certainly does not mean it is the only mode I work. I acatually have more phone QSOs than CW, but I seldom work phone anymore.  Yeah, I am glad I dont run DXCC too!  73, Gene
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« Reply #16 on: January 02, 2012, 06:41:08 PM »

Malpelo should not be a problem, as this will be a chip shot for all of us here in the US and North America.....and for SA too.....That one is first and foremost......What say you???...What's on your agenda dx wise for the new year???

RTTY Honor Roll, and 6M DXCC.

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          Dave, AA6YQ

   
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« Reply #17 on: January 02, 2012, 07:35:23 PM »

I just put up my new AB-952 military mast system and the A3S with the 30M add on will go up from < 30 feet to 56 feet. The A3S replaces a 20M wire Moxon.

I want to work Malpelo, Iran, Navassa (rumored), Mt. Athos and others that I need - but yet to have been announced. I know one guy trying to activate Bouvet (shhhhh). I've been stuck at 328 since September 2010 . . . wah . . . . The one's I missed got me to step up in the antenna department . . .

R1M will be deleted, so that keeps me 7 away from HR. I just missed my 10 year goal of HR, but am dang close. I did hit my goal of 1700 on DXCC Challenge this year.

So - I want to get to 2000 on DXCC Challenge . . . . and with the SS cycle up - I know I will do this for sure . . .

Oh - and get past 30 confirmed on 160M - so I can earn 9BDXCC.
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« Reply #18 on: January 02, 2012, 08:11:12 PM »

For me it's downloading AA6YQ's fine logging program and getting my log books up-to-date.  I have a ton of QSOs that aren't in ADIF, thus aren't portable.  I'm just not looking forward to hours of manual data entry...ugh.

Since the only two entities that I would really like to work are SV/a and P5 on CW, I'm not holding my breath.  I've already got them mixed, so for now it's just chasing the DXpeditions and finding band fills.  The logging thing will really help there.

Saving RTTY for when my hearing's too shot for CW.

Maybe a rig upgrade is in order.  My neighbor is thinking of selling his Orion 2, that's kind of intriguing.  An N3ZN paddle would be nice too....
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« Reply #19 on: January 02, 2012, 08:19:13 PM »

If Monk Apollo does not operate CW I am stuck; CW is the only mode I operate. Been that way for 30+ years. Are there ever guest ops at SV/A?

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« Reply #20 on: January 02, 2012, 08:24:54 PM »

Are there ever guest ops at SV/A?

There are rarely any guests at all at SV/A.

I actually did hear him on RTTY but did not get through. It at least gives me some hope.
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« Reply #21 on: January 02, 2012, 08:49:59 PM »

Cheez Whiz!!!...How could I forget....That tiny little zit on the map, where the blue bloods, and royals, and rich and famous play....Where the casinos operate all night.....Where the Grimaldi's have ruled for centuries.....Yes ladies and gents....that all elusive thorn in my butt....MONACO!!!!!...I am on a mission in 2012 to finally bag this one...(as I say this every year).....Sadly, though, with all of the simplicity in working most of Europe from my location, I think Malpelo will be an easier catch!...... Roll Eyes........

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Laura (3A2MD) has been on both SSB and CW over the last couple of weeks at around 1600Z. I was able to work her on both modes via the long path from my QTH. It was a pleasant surprise to finally work that country Smiley

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« Reply #22 on: January 02, 2012, 09:52:57 PM »

If Monk Apollo does not operate CW I am stuck; CW is the only mode I operate. Been that way for 30+ years. Are there ever guest ops at SV/A?

Paul

Paul,

Occasionally a DL travels to Mt Athos to help Skunk Apollo with his antennas.  He will operate CW when there, but the visits are unannounced and therefore unpredictable.  Catching him there is like hitting the lottery.  I've heard him once, on 20 CW.  By the time I got my head out of the proverbial dark place, he was gone.  There were a few spots for Mt Athos on 40 CW last year, but that is mostly an EU thing.  The best chance is hoping on hope that the powers that be will eventually approve a small scale operation from some remote part of the enclave.  60 Minutes did a piece on Mt Athos that has been repeated a few times.  When you hear the monks speak, you begin to get an appreciation for why it's so difficult to operate there.  Not that I would call these guys Luddites or anything, but there is no hint of the modern world inside Athos, and they want to keep it that way.  The whole idea of amateur radio is anathema to the holy order.  These guys consider themselves the last bastion of the Holy Roman Empire, with technology to match.  In its own way, the mentality is as tough as P5, maybe worse.  I can’t believe I missed Baldur when he was there.

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« Reply #23 on: January 03, 2012, 05:04:48 AM »

Just my opinion, but he should have to work more than RTTY to hold status as a DXCC entity.


I don't like it when RTTY is the only option, mostly because I hate RTTY pileups,


Some of us don't like Pile-ups....PERIOD!....no matter the mode.....but we've already had this debate.... Roll Eyes... Shocked.....
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« Reply #24 on: January 03, 2012, 05:41:55 AM »

If Monk Apollo does not operate CW I am stuck; CW is the only mode I operate. Been that way for 30+ years. Are there ever guest ops at SV/A?

Paul

Paul,

Occasionally a DL travels to Mt Athos to help Skunk Apollo with his antennas.  He will operate CW when there, but the visits are unannounced and therefore unpredictable.  Catching him there is like hitting the lottery.  I've heard him once, on 20 CW.  By the time I got my head out of the proverbial dark place, he was gone.  There were a few spots for Mt Athos on 40 CW last year, but that is mostly an EU thing.  The best chance is hoping on hope that the powers that be will eventually approve a small scale operation from some remote part of the enclave.  60 Minutes did a piece on Mt Athos that has been repeated a few times.  When you hear the monks speak, you begin to get an appreciation for why it's so difficult to operate there.  Not that I would call these guys Luddites or anything, but there is no hint of the modern world inside Athos, and they want to keep it that way.  The whole idea of amateur radio is anathema to the holy order.  These guys consider themselves the last bastion of the Holy Roman Empire, with technology to match.  In its own way, the mentality is as tough as P5, maybe worse.  I can’t believe I missed Baldur when he was there.

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You are in need of enlightenment....First of all calling a man of the cloth who does the world a FAVOR by being on the ham bands a SKUNK is pretty ignorant....This guy doesn't have to do what he does whenever he does it, but he does....Secondly, if you would take the time to actually know the facts as to how Apollo started with ham radio, you may have a differnent attitude,as it had aboslutely NOTHING to do with pleasing people like you with a rare DX location to satify your ego.......I suggest you read his bio on QRZ for details....and quit your whining.....

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P.S. Anyone out there who thinks that P5 has a "less tougher" mentality than that of a place like Mt. Athos needs to have his head examined. I don't see anyone starving to death on Athos......Just say'n......

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« Reply #25 on: January 03, 2012, 07:07:08 AM »


Occasionally a DL travels to Mt Athos to help Skunk Apollo with his antennas.  

Larry, I did not notice this when I first read your post, but honestly, that is a rather assanine and uncalled for comment regarding Father Apollo. Opinions are OK for sure, but that one is not very nice to say the least. Perhaps you typed before you thought....... Gene
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« Reply #26 on: January 03, 2012, 02:59:15 PM »

Malpelo should not be a problem, as this will be a chip shot for all of us here in the US and North America.....and for SA too.....That one is first and foremost......What say you???...What's on your agenda dx wise for the new year???

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Want to get 300 confirmed or as close as I can get to HR. I'm at 230 confirmed so I got my work cut for me Sad

Got a taller tower to go up soon. Probably need to upgrade the antenna system too and maybe a bigger amp.

Sure hope that lottery ticket I found pays off soon. So far it has missed every week  Grin
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« Reply #27 on: January 03, 2012, 06:24:19 PM »

Most of your 2012 goals are ones I hope to achieve in a lifetime. As a new ham with just a few hundred QSOs, my goals are:

- DXCC (about 1/2 way there) and then another 50 entities confirmed (150 total).
- WAS - just need contacts in WY and ND, plus a few more confirmations to get there.
- WAZ - I'm at 31 of 40 zones contacted and 25 confirmed.
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« Reply #28 on: January 03, 2012, 08:39:32 PM »

My, my.  Touched some nerves I guess.  Vince, wipe that spittle off your monitor, I can hardly see out.

I don’t find Apollo as admirable a character as some of you.

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...if you would take the time to actually know the facts as to how Apollo started with ham radio…yada yada

Actually, I’m pretty familiar with Apollo’s ham activities.  I know he has always been extraordinarily jealous of his position as the sole available Mt Athos station.   In 1991, DJ6SI made a self-financed, one man DXpedtion to Athos that lasted three days.  Being sensitive to the surroundings, it was a low profile, low impact, CW only operation.  He stayed with a monk.  This operation so incensed Apollo that he wrote what was essentially a letter of extortion to the ARRL.  He stated that Baldur didn’t have permission to operate (he did) and if they didn’t discredit the operation (they didn’t) that he would ensure that Mt Athos would never be heard on the ham bands again.  It was a petulant snit that would have befitted an emotional teenager on hormonal overload.  I’ve not always been a fan of the ARRL’s DXCC administration, but in this case they did the wise thing.  They ignored him.

I can assure that during the turmoil that ensued Apollo was called much worse things than anything I said.  There were calls to delete the entity altogether or simply disallow SV2ASP QSOs based on poor sportsmanship.

After a period of absence on the air, Apollo eventually reneged on his threat and began to appear on DX nets, oh boy.  Eventually the whole brouhaha blew over, but to this day Apollo makes sure that no one gets permission to operate from within the enclave.  It’s my contention that, rather than selflessly providing QSOs with SV/a, Apollo has actually prevented many from ever having a QSO with this entity.  Even a small scale operation could hand out more QSOs in 24 hours than Apollo does in a year.  Interesting behavior for an individual who is a member of a sect ostensibly dedicated to, among other things, the “elimination of the ego.”

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P.S. Anyone out there who thinks that P5 has a "less tougher" mentality than that of a place like Mt. Athos needs to have his head examined.

Whether I need my head examined remains to be seen.  A couple of operations have already taken place from North Korea, and political fortunes blow like the wind.  All it would take is for some well-placed official with the DPRK government to decide there would be political or P.R. advantage to permitting an amateur operation and it could happen in a heartbeat.  The government of the DPRK may be brutally repressive and paranoid, but they aren’t anti-technology.  Attitudes within the Mt Athos compound haven’t changed in 800 years…literally.

Anyone following this forum is likely well acquainted with your pathologically jingoist tirades against the leadership of the DPRK where you have invoked such insults as the “pip squeak leader,” “pip squeak junior,’ and “Ding Dong Jong.”  I guess it isn’t politically incorrect to use vindictive appellations when referring the leaders of another nation as long as that nation is universally despised?  Nice.  Do I detect a little more than a whiff of hypocrisy?  And you have the nerve to upbraid me for a mild pun on the title of a rather pathetic, egotistical monk.

One other matter:  Should you decide to quote me again, please make sure the quotation is accurate.  My grammar is far from perfect, but I would never use a grammatical atrocity such “less tougher.”

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Larry, I did not notice this when I first read your post, but honestly, that is a rather assanine and uncalled for comment regarding Father Apollo. Opinions are OK for sure, but that one is not very nice to say the least. Perhaps you typed before you thought....... Gene

Yes, opinions are OK, and I have mine.  I can support my opinions.  I think Apollo’s actions in the DJ6SI matter were asinine too, as well as petty and jealous.  YMMV.
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« Reply #29 on: January 04, 2012, 03:05:54 AM »



Oh, I get it....because a dxpedition was not allowed on sacred holy ground, you have a bug up your butt, therefore it's ok to throw your insults around against a man of the cloth, but If we insult an F-TARD (there how's that for a comment???) COMMUNIST dictator, who openly STARVES his people, that's hypocrisy???....I get yoru logic LC....I see very clearly now...Even with the "spittle" on my keyboard....Ladies and Gentlemen of E-Ham DX Fourm....Do you see as clearly as I do??...I wonder if our friend LC would feel the same way if Apollo were a Muslim (there, I said it!!!..GASP!!!!) and said DXpedition were not allowed because "that's their holy sacred ground and we must show tolerance and respect, right LC?"....I wonder.......Just say'n.....Not to open up a whole new can of worms.....LOL.....Have a nice day!

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