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Author Topic: Who says the bands are dead?  (Read 2355 times)
WD4ELG
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« on: December 23, 2012, 11:41:57 AM »

Interesting conditions...14195 kHz, VK3BUZ was S9+20 on my hexbeam pointed LP at 1930 UTC.  Chris has a hex beam and was running barefoot only.  Incredible.  He had a huge pileup for US East Coast and Central US.  Also several EU stations were calling him on that path also (EA8CQ, who worked him).

Several stations reported that he was S5 on the short path.

VERY interesting conditions.  Some of it certainly with winter minimum/maximum, but also some of it probably due to 24 hours of low Kp.
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« Reply #1 on: December 23, 2012, 02:50:48 PM »

It has been an unusual and wild day.  A lot of dx on all the bands.  Temotu Province on 20, San Marino and South Cook on 17 and Lesotho on 10.  80 opened up and worked several European stations already this evening with an inverted vee.
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WD4ELG
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« Reply #2 on: December 23, 2012, 03:33:59 PM »

Agreed, Randy!  In the past 24 hours, I worked H40FN on 20 with a dipole, RI1ANF on 15 on that same dipole, and D3AA with 2.5 watts on 20 CW.  Now, I was using the hex beam for the D3AA QSO, but still...he was S9+ amazing signal.

Currently listening to 160 and it is very active as well.
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« Reply #3 on: December 23, 2012, 05:35:28 PM »

Mark, that's very impressive working Angola QRP.  I worked him on 17 today but it wasn't with 2.5 watts, I'm not that patient especially with work to do outside.
Randy
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« Reply #4 on: December 24, 2012, 08:27:07 AM »

Did you guys work him around 1900 UTC, when I see he was spotted as being strong into PA?  I need him for an ATNO. 

73,

Chris/NU1O

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AJ4RW
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« Reply #5 on: December 24, 2012, 10:22:33 AM »

Chris, I'm not sure which one you are referring to but here's the times for the 2:

H40FN - 1852z  20 mtrs CW  he was on the low bands this am

D3AA - 1655z  17 mtrs CW

Hope this helps and GL

73 Randy
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« Reply #6 on: December 24, 2012, 10:36:40 AM »

Chris, I'm not sure which one you are referring to but here's the times for the 2:

H40FN - 1852z  20 mtrs CW  he was on the low bands this am

D3AA - 1655z  17 mtrs CW

Hope this helps and GL

73 Randy

Oops!  I am looking for Sigi, H40FN.  I am on 20 now hoping he follows yesterday's pattern.

Thanks!

73,

Chris/NU1O
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WD4ELG
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« Reply #7 on: December 24, 2012, 09:00:25 PM »

Randy, I knew I had a good shot at bagging him because I had just put down a bunch of radials on my 160 meter inverted L earlier in the day as an offering to the DX gods.  I always have good success when showing appropriate humility to the powers that be. 

After I worked him, I did the "DX dance" in the shack...it's kinda similar to an Indian rain dance of gratitude.  Unfortunately, I have zero rhythm, so it was NOT pretty...but I think it's the effort and true appreciation for being blessed with DX, that counts.  DX IS!
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« Reply #8 on: December 24, 2012, 09:02:49 PM »

Speaking of, there's a guy on the honor roll who has done it QRP.  I think he is in Texas and has a 5 element quad or some impressive antenna.

I am not THAT patient, but I do want to see if I can grab occasional distant DX with QRP just for the fun of it.

Having said that, I defer back to my DX mentor K1LN, Bruce, who always said "Life is too short for QRP."  Kudos to Larry, K2LS, who also reminded me of this fundamental fact of DX life!
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« Reply #9 on: December 25, 2012, 06:23:46 AM »

The bands are still doing fine!!!

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After I worked him, I did the "DX dance" in the shack

Congratulations!!  Mark, I bet you did do the dance.  Working him on any band is difficulty at best.  Right now he's on 40 this morning but the static crashed are terrible at best.   Maybe after the storm passes I'll start looking for him tomorrow after I get my morning chores done.  I'm in the process of putting down a mess of radials for a 80/160 shunt fed tower but it doesn't like it will be completed any time soon.  I did get a nice Christmas present today.  I finally worked a station in Iran that uses the QSL exchange.

Chris - I didn't hear or see him spotted yesterday while I was on but it appeared according to a cluster spot reference he was on 20 but mostly at around 0900z and again today about the same time.  Hope you get him.

Merry Christmas Randy
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« Reply #10 on: December 25, 2012, 02:28:17 PM »

What an awesome DX Christmas present, Randy!  I have never ever even heard any stations from Iran in my 35 years of hamming.  NICE CATCH!
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« Reply #11 on: December 27, 2012, 12:41:36 PM »

I just worked FK8DD for an ATNO. What incredible ears he has. Totally unexpected. I never ever heard New Caledonia before. Smiley
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« Reply #12 on: December 27, 2012, 02:25:33 PM »

I have worked 50+ DXCC in the past week.  The bands are not hopping, but they are not dead.  Cheesy
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« Reply #13 on: December 27, 2012, 06:22:10 PM »

I have worked 50+ DXCC in the past week.  The bands are not hopping, but they are not dead.  Cheesy
Especially when you have a prefix that adds 20dB to your signal Cheesy
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« Reply #14 on: December 27, 2012, 06:40:32 PM »

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Especially when you have a prefix that adds 20dB to your signal Cheesy

Very true.  Shocked

But many times I will call CQ for the longest time and get nothing.  This morning, I got zero QSOs.  It is not dead, but is "under the weather" some days.
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