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Author Topic: S01WS - easy on 60m CW  (Read 3185 times)
K0OD
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« on: August 24, 2014, 06:23:48 AM »

Want to try esoteric 60-meter DXing?  S01WS in Western Sahara has been quite active on 5405.000 CW the past few nights around 0130-0300z. Quite workable even west of the Mississippi. Never a pileup, especially at this time of year on 60.

Remember you must transmit exactly center channel and power limited to 100 watts. Most 40/80 antennas will work on 60 to some extent.

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W6GX
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« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2014, 06:49:34 AM »

I did hear a U.S. station asking S01WS for a sked on 60m.  Then all of a sudden I see S01WS spotted on 60m almost everyday.  I listened in but so far nothing.  I know some people are attracted to 60m DX'ing but I don't think this is something that's for me.  If I do hear S01WS I'll probably give him a call for my first 60m contact Cheesy

73,
Jonathan W6GX

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K0OD
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« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2014, 07:31:40 PM »

He's begging for CW Q's on 5405.000 right now. Must say he's persistent in trying to give out Western Sahara on 60. 569 in Missouri.
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KA1EBU
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« Reply #3 on: September 06, 2014, 08:30:58 PM »

Tuned the FT-950 to 5405.0 for the first time and heard him solid calling CQ. Went down a channel to tune up and realized this rig is only SSB on 60 M.  Cry. Would have been an easy ATNO as not many were calling. I see there is a software upgrade to add CW mode. I know what I'll be doing very soon! HI.  73  Gary
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K0OD
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« Reply #4 on: September 07, 2014, 06:26:58 AM »

"an easy ATNO as not many were calling"

60 meter Qs count for no major awards but plenty of hams, often Top of the Honor Roll guys, keep their own score there.  So the way most count countries, it wouldn't have been an ATNO. Until two years ago US hams were required to use only upper sideband on 60. No CW or digital. That's why your radio had it disabled. Note too that one of the 5 channels changed frequency 2 years ago.

DXing exploded on 60 last year as many new countries granted 5 MHz privileges to their hams, most notably 4X so that WAC is now easily workable. A few hams now have 100 on the band.
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« Reply #5 on: September 07, 2014, 09:01:46 PM »

60 meter Qs count for no major awards but plenty of hams, often Top of the Honor Roll guys, keep their own score there.  So the way most count countries, it wouldn't have been an ATNO. .

I just reviewed the DXCC rules on the ARRL's website, and 60 meter QSOs cannot count towards the DX Challenge, but I didn't see anywhere where it said that 60 meter QSOs don't count towards any of the DXCC awards

73 John AF5CC
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« Reply #6 on: September 08, 2014, 03:45:16 AM »

Hi all,

I would like to thank to Naama and other team's staffs for their effort in the 60m band operation!

It is right that they are not available for skeds on 60m but they are trying to stay on 60m band really long time in the nites/mornings in order to allow us work them over there. Both SSB/CW modes are available just You have to watch the band a bit and look for them at the proper time.

Do not focus on the DXSummit watching but try to tune thru the band as sometime S01WS is calling CQ alone and there is not spot on DXSummit... Simply try to listen directly on the air using Your radio as You remember it from last century Smiley

Best regards,
73 - Petr, OK1RP
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NU1O
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« Reply #7 on: September 11, 2014, 08:27:00 AM »

I just worked S01WS on 10 meters with a very good signal.  Man said he was using a dipole and having problems but more stations should have the problems he has because he was almost 59.

I also heard N6PSE call him and I heard Man work N6PSE.  Congrats Paul!  I wasn't expecting to hear the West Coast off the back of my beam.

73,

Chris  NU1O
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W6GX
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« Reply #8 on: September 11, 2014, 08:46:54 AM »

I don't hear anything at 1544z.  I will keep monitoring.

73,
Jonathan W6GX
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« Reply #9 on: September 11, 2014, 09:35:34 AM »

I don't hear anything at 1544z.  I will keep monitoring.

73,
Jonathan W6GX

There is absolutely nothing coming in with the beam to the West so I'm pretty sure Paul was either using a VOA transmitter or he was working remote.  

Where was the transmitter located, Paul?


73,

Chris  NU1O

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« Reply #10 on: September 11, 2014, 10:55:50 AM »

I was using the WebDX W2/Monticello NY station.  It was a blast to hear S01WS that well!

That was really fun!
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K0RS
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« Reply #11 on: September 14, 2014, 02:56:19 AM »

No trouble working him on 30 or 40m, but he can't hear me on 60m.  Guess force feeding my HyTower on 60 isn't too efficient.  No trouble working the east coast, but can't seem to make the hop across the pond.  Maybe when the solar condx quiet down.  Wonder what he's using for an antenna on 60?
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