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Author Topic: Hints for CY9M from Montreal?  (Read 2355 times)
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« Reply #15 on: July 29, 2012, 10:19:35 AM »

Something's gotta be wrong on your end in that case. I've now gotten them on all 10 bands, some CW and some SSB (no PSK here either). All using 200W except for 10, 160 and 80 CW, where I used about 1200. They were begging on 20m SSB this morning, listening up in the General portion; I even spotted them, at their request. You're not that much closer to St. Paul than I am (looks like about 50-75 miles closer, at most) and even a vertical should be able to hear/work them on 20, 30 or 40m.
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« Reply #16 on: July 29, 2012, 03:40:34 PM »

Actually I'm 200 miles closer.  Right now i'm on 17m and hearing everyone call, but they are but a peep.  Can't hear them well enough on 3 different antennas...
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« Reply #17 on: July 29, 2012, 03:53:38 PM »

Actually I'm 200 miles closer.  Right now i'm on 17m and hearing everyone call, but they are but a peep.  Can't hear them well enough on 3 different antennas...
Ah, yeah, you're right about the distance. I was measuring to Kingston for some reason. They're about the same distance. Still, at roughly 1000 km, they should be somewhat easy for you--and I did hear them work a number of VE2s and W1s on 40 and 80 last night. Keep plugging away. As propagation shortens up on 17 and 20 you should have a shot. And I still say 40 ought to be your best band.
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« Reply #18 on: July 29, 2012, 06:18:15 PM »

Yes, it's funny...I seem to be at exactly the wrong spot.  I do hear them on 40 loud 2 days ago, but I was unable to get through the pile.  When VOACAP shows a chance, they are on CW, which I'm not there yet
Hmmm, my dipole also works just barely on 80 with a tuner, it's worth a shot I guess...2 days to go.
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« Reply #19 on: July 29, 2012, 06:19:32 PM »

As of 9:15pm he's begging and loud on 18145, up 5. I may try even 3W QRP if he has no takes for a minute or so.
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« Reply #20 on: July 29, 2012, 06:32:27 PM »

I'm just got there at 9:20 pm and I can hear him well enough....but now he's completely gone, QRT...not a peep on 20m PSK63 either, not a trace on the waterfall!!

This one might get away!!
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« Reply #21 on: July 29, 2012, 06:42:19 PM »

I'm there and can sometimes here him....but now here's completely gone...not a peep on 20m PSK63 either, not a trace on the waterfall!!
They went up to 15 SSB and changed ops. Weak in NJ as of 9:40pm.

Loud on 40m CW at the moment. I worked them with 200W, but also with 2 elements at 75'. If you want to try 40CW I'd recommend an amp or lots of patience. Have you tried 30m? They've been there all afternoon. Still loud on 30 but they're working EU only at the moment. I've got 'em at S9+10dB on 10116. Wait til they start calling for anybody/anywhere.
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« Reply #22 on: July 29, 2012, 06:53:15 PM »

I need them on digital or ssb, they always seem to go QRT when it gets good for me!
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« Reply #23 on: July 29, 2012, 07:10:15 PM »

I just got them at 10:09 on 18.145, first call!!!  They came back.
Great 3 ATNO's this weeked!!
Thanks Peter for the hints!!
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« Reply #24 on: July 29, 2012, 07:13:31 PM »

He's begging now!
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« Reply #25 on: July 29, 2012, 07:19:07 PM »

I'm just got there at 9:20 pm and I can hear him well enough....but now he's completely gone, QRT...not a peep on 20m PSK63 either, not a trace on the waterfall!!

This one might get away!!

He went QRT for about 20 minutes on 20m PSK63. I worked him just as he came back at 0124 (I think - damn DX cop) and for sure at 0132. The pileup was bad before he took the break, but it really thinned out over those 20 minutes!

I saw you work FR5MV last night. I think I remember a thread from a while back where you were looking for him, so congrats.
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« Reply #26 on: July 29, 2012, 07:59:34 PM »

Yes, I got him last night too!
SInce I've only been on the air for a year or so, I'm just starting to see the patterns emerging for various areas of the world as well learning to pick up peoples operating patterns too. FR5MV was always heard in my area from about 10-20 minutes around 03:00Z.  Last night he picked me up and New Caledonia too (same pattern).
Now if I can only find out how the chinese operate, since this is one I keep looking for.  My guess the fall will be best.
Also, getting CW will make a big difference too I guess.  Lots of countries seem to work there exclusively.
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« Reply #27 on: July 29, 2012, 08:11:02 PM »

I just got them at 10:09 on 18.145, first call!!!  They came back.
Great 3 ATNO's this weeked!!
Thanks Peter for the hints!!

My pleasure and congrats on the new one. Basic rule of thumb to follow for close-in ones like that, CY0, 4U1UN and FP is either late-afternoon/evening on the upper bands or 30/40m pretty well anytime.

 If you have anything that can load on 160 he's got a good signal on 1826.5 at the moment and pretty easy on 30 CW as well. Nothing on 40 yet tonight.

As for China, VR2 and the rest of that part of the world, your next opening will likely be in the fall, but by far, the better openings are in the spring from my experience. Late-April to mid-June in the mornings are best; 15, 17 and 20 being your best bets. Later in the day for YB and Thailand (noon to 1:30pm HSs are often booming to my QTH).
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« Reply #28 on: July 29, 2012, 08:18:36 PM »

Congratulations Tom!!
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