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Author Topic: 9M0L Spratley QRV  (Read 50089 times)
N1UK
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« Reply #330 on: April 22, 2012, 05:28:04 PM »

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I was starting to think my antenna OR my rig was having problems

Their signal is as weak as water and the propagation to Florida is even worse than it has been here. 20m and 17m around our local 8am to 10am is probably our best chance but they are rarely on those bands at that time and if they are on,  then they are not calling for NA. You are not going to beat a Euro wall who are S9+ with our S5-S7 signals on 20m at that time. 15m in our afternoon is your other chance but frankly without a reasonable beam you are not going to make it.


73 Mark N1UK
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N3ZC
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« Reply #331 on: April 22, 2012, 05:29:11 PM »

I listened for those guys since 9 AM this morning on 21011. I had everything going all day, including the 78, as it takes 3 min to get ready. I just took my headphones off about 4:40 PM and was taking a hard pretzel break when I thought I heard them over the remote speaker. I got my headset back on and after a few more minutes they came up pretty good. I called a few times on 21012 and thought (was still a bit noisy) I heard him call me..so I acknowledged his call.  A previous post here sorta confirmed he got me..They got even louder after that. They got pretty loud. They came up fast and faded, when they did, rather quickly.

I think I earned this one..(don't think the chanting hurt either Grin)


   Thanks for the advice guys..

     73'....Tom N3ZC
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N3QE
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« Reply #332 on: April 22, 2012, 05:30:31 PM »

Tell you what.... I have seen em (9M0L) spotted on 15, 20 and 40, within the past hour. I listed for all three, and NOT A WHISPER.

I actually heard 9M0L on 12M and 17M CW last week.

I heard someone ID'ing as 9M0L on 7011.1 circa 2350Z tonight, about S9+10, and occasionally working NA stations without a split. I'm 99% sure that wasn't really 9M0L. I've heard some really good grey line openings to the other side of the world on 40M, but nothing like that.

Tim.
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« Reply #333 on: April 22, 2012, 05:59:19 PM »

Hey Tom, N3ZC, I heard you make the contact as well. Good job on nabbing that elusive one Smiley

Btw, for the first time, we were able to hear 9M0L on 40m. Don't know why they tried Simplex.
It was a pandemonium with contiuous callers wiping out 9M0L.

Krish
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N3ZC
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« Reply #334 on: April 22, 2012, 06:12:25 PM »

Thanks Krish..I worked for that one (all day-wise) It was worth it, bag of hard pretzels and all Grin

BTW..How do you like your antenna..looked good on your QRZ page?

    73' Tom N3ZC
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« Reply #335 on: April 22, 2012, 06:30:13 PM »

N3QE wrote:
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I heard someone ID'ing as 9M0L on 7011.1 circa 2350Z tonight, about S9+10, and occasionally working NA stations without a split. I'm 99% sure that wasn't really 9M0L. I've heard some really good grey line openings to the other side of the world on 40M, but nothing like that.

Tim, I'm sure you are correct in your assessment that this one was a phony.  I've worked that part of the world on 40m at sunset too, but always around the winter solstice, never during late Spring like this.  It is interesting to compare predicted signal strengths using W6EL's propagation software using different dates.  There's a huge difference between say, Dec. 22 and April 22. 

73,
Chuck  NI0C
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« Reply #336 on: April 23, 2012, 04:52:51 AM »

I have been on a trip since Wednesday. Got back home late Sunday. Tried to look for 9M0 on 15M SP. Early last they were making it to east Texas.So were the JA's. Yesterday was the pits here as to skip. Definitely down. Hardly any JA's heard. Did not hear the 9M0, except bursts, until 0230Z. Then he was taking all comers, and lots of un-answered CQ's. Came up for about 20 mins. Maybe 10 mins of actually tickling the S meter. Busted call twice in the QRM. I know they could not be hearing well. Too much CQ ing at times with no QSO's. Radar report is likely correct.

Glad the path was there earlier farther north, and to the NE. The usual a bit west of me seemed there for hours.

A "NO SHOW" again 30 and 40 our morning.

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N3ZC
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« Reply #337 on: April 23, 2012, 05:06:57 AM »

Their log is updated:  "39177 QSOs logged up to 23/Apr/2012 05:53Z"

  73'..Tom N3ZC
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« Reply #338 on: April 23, 2012, 05:26:49 AM »

Whoops ! Amazing. In the log.

73 N5UD /M
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« Reply #339 on: April 23, 2012, 05:52:11 AM »

Well, if you get one point for a QSO, I FINALLY give myself a half point for FINALLY hearing em.  They were very workable on 40m CW this morning. I only wish I had turned on the rig earlier. I turned everything on around 1130Z and they were from 559 all the way to 599. I could not get through the pile, but at least I have heard them. I actually thought I may have worked them around 1154, but as he was coming back to me(?), some lid called on his freq, very LOUD, and I am not sure.** QSB **  Probably not...... And, as expected, Around 1200Z they just kinda faded into the sunset like Roy and Dale.

I can put up with not breaking the pile. That happens. Not hearing them? That really sucks and has only happened with this expedition and one of the earlier Palestine expeditions. Really a bummer!
 
I will check today from time to time, but time is running out. I will probably not put Spratley in the log this time.  Sad Had I been able to hear them all along, I am certain I would have had at least a band or three or four by now. 73, Gene AF3Y
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« Reply #340 on: April 23, 2012, 06:12:46 AM »

Gene..

Try a chicken bone cross (like Jose in Bull Durham) to remove the curse from your antenna and chanting (don't forget the Holy water..)..Hey..worked for me! Grin

I got "lucky"  (after using the above technique Wink)..I sat there all frickin' day on one freq hoping they'd come up..when they did they were loud as all get out for about 15-20 minutes..then back into RF Hell..

Since my antenna was too low, I "virtually" raised the height of my tower/antenna for a few minutes..defying the Laws of Physics..

   Ya got time Gene..Remember..chicken bones..chanting..

    Good Luck Gene..

             73'..Tom N3ZC
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« Reply #341 on: April 23, 2012, 06:31:23 AM »

Whoops ! Amazing. In the log.

73 N5UD /M

I heard him call the N5?? and the FK8 covered you up, didn't know it you stuck around trying or not.

Some of us have to get up at 09:30z for work Tongue so I called it a day.

Congrats.
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« Reply #342 on: April 23, 2012, 06:33:34 AM »

I only work 20M SSB.  Per cluster, didn't seem much 9M0L operation on 20meters.  Not sure why.  With apparently only fair propagation, I would have thought 20 offered more potential than 15 or 10.  Did hear them once on 20 SSB.  My station is in mountains of Colorado with VERY low noise.  Signal was actually close to ESP with an occasional "59" slightly popping out of the noise.  Didn't even try to call.  Can't imagine anyone out my way with more typical local noise would be able to hear them.
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« Reply #343 on: April 23, 2012, 06:43:37 AM »

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I heard someone ID'ing as 9M0L on 7011.1 circa 2350Z tonight, about S9+10, and occasionally working NA stations without a split. I'm 99% sure that wasn't really 9M0L. I've heard some really good grey line openings to the other side of the world on 40M, but nothing like that.

Tim, I'm sure you are correct in your assessment that this one was a phony.  I've worked that part of the world on 40m at sunset too, but always around the winter solstice, never during late Spring like this.  It is interesting to compare predicted signal strengths using W6EL's propagation software using different dates.  There's a huge difference between say, Dec. 22 and April 22. 

To be honest I'm not 100% sure. 40M can have very interesting openings near grey line, ones that from experience I know CAN happen, but I'd be hard pressed to completely rule it out. Other bands have completely unexpected openings too.

According to RBN, 9M0L was booming in at up to 50 dB above the noise at that time in NA. If it was a real 40M opening, very very interesting. If it was a real opening, it's a shame that only a few QSO's got made in that 20 minutes. Even though my S-Meter was pegged at S9+40 by all the QRM and tuner-uppers and lids and frequency cops, I heard a couple supposed QSO's going on.

de   dx   freq   cq/dx   snr   speed   time
KQ8M    9M0L   7011.3   CQ   45 dB   23 wpm   2308z 22 Apr
K8ND    9M0L   7011.3   CQ   33 dB   23 wpm   2308z 22 Apr
K3MM    9M0L   7011.3   CQ   39 dB   29 wpm   2302z 22 Apr
W4KKN    9M0L   7011.3   CQ   38 dB   29 wpm   2259z 22 Apr
WZ7I    9M0L   7011.3   CQ   47 dB   29 wpm   2259z 22 Apr
AB1HL    9M0L   7011.3   CQ   37 dB   29 wpm   2259z 22 Apr
K8ND    9M0L   7011.1   CQ   22 dB   29 wpm   2251z 22 Apr
KM3T    9M0L   7011.1   CQ   26 dB   29 wpm   2251z 22 Apr
W3LPL    9M0L   7011.2   CQ   39 dB   29 wpm   2251z 22 Apr
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« Reply #344 on: April 23, 2012, 06:53:04 AM »

I hadn't used my Begali for a couple years, well maybe once or twice for the "halibut"..(I just worked Phone too, like you). For this one..desperate times required desperate measures.

I just blew the dust off & worked some CW for a day (yesterday actually)..worked a few..Nigeria, SA, the rare & elusive EU Roll Eyes..to get back in the swing..They (9M0L) weren't sending fast anyway..

Didn't get burned waiting for the amp to warm up this time..it was on all day..on the 15M preset (on the preset it's only about 850W)

So, I was prepared & had chicken bones on my side Grin..should've used them earlier..didn't come to that for Glorioso though..

      Good Luck!

                73'..Tom N3ZC
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