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N4NYY
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« Reply #120 on: May 02, 2012, 07:17:00 PM »

3 strikes for me! Try again tomorrow!
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« Reply #121 on: May 02, 2012, 08:19:40 PM »

YESSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Worked em' on 17 CW (first call ironically) and 17 SSB.
I'd like to say that was the first time I tried for them but I put in 5 or 6 hours Monday, 5 or 6 hours last night and 5 or 6 hours tonight. I decided to try out 17 at this hour... tuned up, called and got a reply on the first call on 17 cw. Sometimes it just happens that way I guess.

Good fun though! BIG pileups!!!! Great operators over there. Might take a few nights off to relax and then maybe will try for a couple more bands/modes.
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« Reply #122 on: May 02, 2012, 08:29:31 PM »

Finally got em on 20 CW tonight. I believe I made about 2500+ CW calls to get them. Not easy, and that's an understatement.  IF my 17m SSB QSO is in the log from yesterday, thats two bands, and probably all the work I will put in on this one. Weather is WAYYYY too nice here to be in the shack for hours on end. PLUS......... No Piggie here Sad.  73, Gene AF3Y

Hey Gene,

Glad you snagged them, I have them on 17cw/ssb and 20/15 SSB, will probably leave it at that, you probably don't remember me, I was one of the VE's for your Extra in Goose Creek SC (the one with the British accent).... I see you moved south from Sumter....

Paul - NN4F - Ridgeville, SC
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« Reply #123 on: May 02, 2012, 08:39:26 PM »

Just got 'em too on 20M CW as the gray line was fading (03:20UTC).

They were a real 559 with some QSB but the op wasn't too busy so I decided to shake off my earlier frustrations and hit the key..

No "up birdies" made it easy to copy him in the QSB.  About 5 calls later I got him. 

Now I can relax and enjoy chasing them on 40M which is where I'd really like to bag them.

73 de harry, W6DXO
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« Reply #124 on: May 02, 2012, 10:36:09 PM »

Logs updated again. After exactly 48 hours QRV they're at 31,684 total with 11,102 uniques. Wow. Just.....wow.

Russians are friendly with North Korea, aren't they?
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« Reply #125 on: May 03, 2012, 01:49:58 AM »

Thats over 600Q's an hour the usually have 4 or 5 stations running so that's over 100 an hour each, thats some going.

if the had 10 stations I'm sure they could keep them all busy.

7 slots here but not looking forward to trying to get them on the lower bands, the South EU wall is crazy,

Trevor
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« Reply #126 on: May 03, 2012, 03:52:38 AM »

Its fun to read the cluster.

Right now Europe (with 70% of the QSO's) is sad because 7O6T is working JA's on 12 meters.
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« Reply #127 on: May 03, 2012, 04:04:49 AM »

this kind of thing is really just "luck of the draw" when the pile ups are so big and spread out..

That's just what I always tell myself--luck of the draw.  Chance.  Fortuna's wheel. 

Until I actually WORK them.  Then I tell myself it's all about DXing skill and knowledge.   Wink
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« Reply #128 on: May 03, 2012, 04:11:29 AM »

this kind of thing is really just "luck of the draw" when the pile ups are so big and spread out..

That's just what I always tell myself--luck of the draw.  Chance.  Fortuna's wheel. 

Until I actually WORK them.  Then I tell myself it's all about DXing skill and knowledge.   Wink


There IS some luck involved, for sure.  My SSB QSO is NOT in the log........ Damn!  BAD luck......  Nah, I dont think he heard my confirmation..... Gene AF3Y
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« Reply #129 on: May 03, 2012, 04:12:48 AM »

Ken,
  What kind of setup are you running? Can you hear them OK & it's just the huge pile-ups and spread? Are you running any power?

                73'..Tom N3ZC
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« Reply #130 on: May 03, 2012, 04:17:05 AM »

Gene..The last log entry in their latest log update was "Last QSO in database: 2012-05-02 / 21:09:23" (assuming that's Zulu Time). If you snagged them after 5 PM East Coast time..you weren't in that log update..you still might be good. Smiley

            73'..Tom N3ZC

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« Reply #131 on: May 03, 2012, 04:25:38 AM »

 What kind of setup are you running? Can you hear them OK & it's just the huge pile-ups and spread? Are you running any power?

Tom, thanks!  I think I'll be OK.  I've got 100w to a vertical and to a doublet fed with twinlead.  (On 15 and 20m CW, the vertical is slightly better here.)  The Yemen ops are loud here in central North Carolina; I'm pretty sure I'll have no trouble working them once the pileups die down a bit.   The signals are great and the operators are first-rate.

I may even manage to work them from the car on the way home in the afternoons--they were pretty loud on 15m phone yesterday as I was driving home yesterday, but the pileup was huge and there were a bunch of those "helpful" people on the DX frequency shouting "He's listening UP you moron!" every few seconds.  I worked the Malpelo guys twice from the car that way, once the pileups faded.

I haven't heard them on 30m yet but I'm thinking that may be a good shot for me.  I'll sure be glad when I get them, though.
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« Reply #132 on: May 03, 2012, 04:35:23 AM »

There IS some luck involved, for sure. 

The only luck I have ever had in my life is - - bad luck.

I do not rely on  luck in pileups. Skill, my Tennadyne T-6 TV antenna and Big Al will do better than my luck.  Cheesy

Also I ALWAYS make sure the DX OP gets my call right. Otherwise they do not go in my log. Many times I get called as K9IU or K1IUQ. I repeat my call until they get it correct, otherwise no 599 from me OR no DX call in my log.

I do not rely on the DX ops ESP like many here seem to do....

Stan K9IUQ
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« Reply #133 on: May 03, 2012, 06:56:27 PM »

Oh, I had to laugh tonight. I was twiddling the 2nd VFO in the 30m pileup looking for their QSX and you shoulda heard the number of signals that were at least 10dB stronger as they were tuning up! 200W my rump! My piddly little Mark V's 200W cut the mustard after about 15 minutes of calling for band number 6.
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« Reply #134 on: May 03, 2012, 07:18:50 PM »

Strike 4! But looking promising! He was much louder today, and he was working much faster! Try again tomorrow!
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