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Author Topic: ZL9HR-Campbell Is Dxped feedback forum  (Read 29597 times)
K7KB
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« Reply #180 on: December 06, 2012, 11:12:43 PM »

I am back in the ham game after 48 years QRT and really grateful to teams like ZL9HR! No honor roll in sight, but I am well over 200 confirmed entities in 5 years of bad sun.

Ken Lawson, W7NUW

Welcome back to the hobby Ken! I just became active about 3 years ago after a 28 year hiatus. I'm up to 295 confirmed and hope to break 300 soon. And I know what you mean about bad sun. We get a bit more of it here in Spokane this time of year, but not much Smiley And I agree, it's great that we have such dedicated DX'ers that can activate some of the rare ones for us.

John K7KB
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W4VKU
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« Reply #181 on: December 07, 2012, 01:38:12 AM »

Our 15m Rtty contact was good. It is in the log. Now if only they will come up early enough on
80m cw and stay, then we hope for an 80m Q. They were on 80m working EU and they left. Then
went to 160m and was spotted by ZL's and then no updates there, so most likely left 160m as well.


Krish
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AJ4RW
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« Reply #182 on: December 07, 2012, 03:10:10 AM »

Peter, I have to thank you for commenting on his RX freq.  I was having a hard time finding where he was on my vfo "B" because of many stations spread out several kcs wide that keep calling and calling nonstop.  You can throw out the book on the DX code of conduct.  I saw your posting and I knew I was a couple of kcs low so adjusted and worked them first call.  Thanks!
Randy
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« Reply #183 on: December 07, 2012, 04:07:52 AM »

I have been so lucky to have worked them at all. I also think I worked them on 160 but I have Amtrak next to me and there is arcing from their power lines that is killing me. It's intermittent but sounds like a mix of cannons and M-16 fire and is far louder than any DX station. If it weren't for that staccato QRM I'd have been able to tell for sure. Unfortunately I won't know till the DXpedition is over as they're about two days behind is getting their uploads. Still, I'm grateful to have this ATNO in the bag. When the line's not arcing I have S2 in the AM on 160. With arcing it's S9+

73,

Gary
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160! YES!!!

Thank you ZL9HR and Club Log!
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NI0C
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« Reply #184 on: December 07, 2012, 05:28:46 AM »

Gary, congrats on 160m!  I haven't heard them there yet.  ZL8X was much easier back in 2010.  Conditions were better then on the low bands.
73,
Chuck  NI0C
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AJ4RW
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« Reply #185 on: December 07, 2012, 05:36:47 AM »

Congratulations Gary, that's a real accomplishment with Amtrak helping your reception.  I haven't even heard them on 80 or 160 from here.  I'm happy with the way it's turned out for me though.  I need to get my shunt fed tower project done so 80 and 160 improve but it's not going to happen for a while.
Randy
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K3STX
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« Reply #186 on: December 07, 2012, 06:55:35 AM »

I was not sure he answered me, all I heard was LIX and I took a chance.
Now to see if it hits their log, but if you (K0RS) heard it too,I should be OK

You are indeed in the log, congratulations!! But we REALLY need to find someone just south of Pittsburgh who can come over and help get your dipole a bit higher. Are there trees? Do you use ladder-line for your dipole? If I was anywhere near you and not so swamped for the Holidays I would do it; I can chip-in to send you some rope.

paul
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N5UD
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« Reply #187 on: December 07, 2012, 07:31:07 AM »

I am back from a trip, and last night was first night chasing ZL9 since day one.

What a mess on 40M SSB. I got them without difficulty about 0700Z. A few calls and the op heard mobile. He had a heck
of a time with EU callers. They just won't standby for one of them to make a 2 way QSO. He warned repeatedly.
"Last day on 40M. Going to take NA only or QSY." Shameful.

I also heard them 579 early then 599 on 20M CW. No QSO there. I guess EU must be pounding in to ZL9.
Only heard a few east coasters get through. This was off/on 0645 to 0800Z. I got home and went to bed.
They still were 599 here when I shut the radio off.   

73 Tony N5UD /M
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AF3Y
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« Reply #188 on: December 07, 2012, 08:14:50 AM »

17M, 20M and 30M on CW and 15M on phone.
I have enough. (Dont want to be a piggie) Roll Eyes
Mailing my card with a little donation today.

Great job by the team.  Grin

73, Gene AF3Y
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W6DXO
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« Reply #189 on: December 07, 2012, 08:34:38 AM »

North America certainly got the love from the ZL9HR team.

A check of today's log update shows NA resulted in 41% of all Q's with
EU second at 36.4%.

73 de harry, W6DXO
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KB9BIT
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« Reply #190 on: December 07, 2012, 11:34:28 AM »

Nada last night. I could only hear the pileups. Got up a few times during the night but still heard nothing. Woke up about 8am this morning and heard a big pileup on 40m CW but the DX was very weak.  Finally heard them weak but clear on 20m CW, spent about an hour chasing them and finally nabbed them. Now to wait for the log update.

Great ops with great ears!
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AJ4RW
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« Reply #191 on: December 07, 2012, 12:14:09 PM »

Congratulations Tom!!
Randy
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KB3LIX
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« Reply #192 on: December 07, 2012, 12:45:24 PM »

I was not sure he answered me, all I heard was LIX and I took a chance.
Now to see if it hits their log, but if you (K0RS) heard it too,I should be OK

You are indeed in the log, congratulations!! But we REALLY need to find someone just south of Pittsburgh who can come over and help get your dipole a bit higher. Are there trees? Do you use ladder-line for your dipole? If I was anywhere near you and not so swamped for the Holidays I would do it; I can chip-in to send you some rope.

paul

Hi Paul,
Around here trees are in abundance.
There are several black walnut trees  that are at least 40-50 feet tall.
I would love to be able to shoot a line over one of them and
do either a 20 or 40m wire ground plane. It SHOULD work like gangbusters.
Problem is, getting a line over the top.

Doublet is fed with 450 ohm ladder line.
When I first started I couldn't decide whether to use ladder line
or coaxial cable.  Several people tried to talk me out of the ladder line
because it was SO DIFFICULT to use. My best bet was coax in their opinion.

As one that often bucks the trend and after some reading (OK, lots of reading)
on W4RNL and other websitres, I decided to use the ladder line despite others opinion. Since the doublet is un-resonant. using coaxial cable,
the losses would be astronomical due to mismatch.

The idea of using a non-resonant antenna is/was foreign to me.
After working in the commercial radio world for over 30 years, using
anything for an antenna that was unresonant was blastphemy.

But after LOTS of research, I finally learned that anythin, resonate or not
could be made to radiate RF. The efficiency might not be great,
but it WILL WORK.

By the way, I was tickled when I checked the ZL9HR log
on ClubLog this afternoon and saw that little green check.
Made losing 4 nights of sleep worth while.
Nothing at all on the high bands out of ZL9HR today.

Of course, GRUMPY thinks I am CRAZY.
Who in their right mind would lose 4 nights of sleep
for something that lasted all of 10-15 seconds.
She just doesn't ubderstand the passion.
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AB8MA
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« Reply #193 on: December 07, 2012, 12:50:30 PM »



Of course, GRUMPY thinks I am CRAZY.


I can identify with that.

Congratulations on the contact. I fear this is one I will miss. Heard them occasionally but never that well.
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WA0CRI
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« Reply #194 on: December 07, 2012, 01:18:29 PM »

This was the strangest propagation I've experienced in my two years of chasing DXeditions.  Their signal strength was never enough to make my S-Meter move  - always just above the noise level, even with the preamp on.  At the same time spots from both coasts were reporting 579's.  Is it the iron ore and northern lights up here or what?  I made the log on several bands so their operators must have incredible ears to pick me out of the pileup if my signal was anywhere reciprocal to theirs.
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