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Author Topic: DXCC Sleuth => BS7 - Scarborough Reef  (Read 2706 times)
KY6R
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« on: February 14, 2013, 11:23:03 AM »

Enjoy!

http://dxccsleuth.wordpress.com/2013/02/14/bs7-scarborough-reef-a-k-a-scaffold-rocks/
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« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2013, 07:32:04 PM »

Good job Rich.
I too had a hard time with that one.
I had recently got back into the hobby and took a day off work near the end of the expedition.
All day with not enough signal to call, then, at 0600z I got him.
I felt bad because I could have gone to work that day and still made my QSO.
Then, I worked 'em again 2 days later!
Frank KG6N
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KY6R
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« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2013, 04:49:30 AM »

Yeah Frank - thankfully, Martti did his normal excellent job of making sure I got in the log. I remember BS7H just popping up above the noise - it was better than ESP, but during the summer I probably get more "frying pan noise" because of all of these #@$%^ high tension towers in Orinda. There is a giant PG&E power substation / interconnect about 1/2 mile away - with tons of wires and towers spewing out away from it. As I understand it - its a strategic substation for a good part of the Bay Area.

I picked a great QTH for cycling and commuting to work in SF (with great schools) but a terrible QTH for DX-ing - hi hi.
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« Reply #3 on: February 15, 2013, 06:14:51 AM »

KY6R wrote:
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I picked a great QTH for cycling and commuting to work in SF (with great schools) but a terrible QTH for DX-ing - hi hi.

Rich, that cycling should keep you healthy and enable you to live long enough to work more DX, so in that sense, perhaps your QTH isn't so bad.

Cheers & 73,
Chuck  NI0C
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« Reply #4 on: February 15, 2013, 06:35:49 AM »

KY6R wrote:
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I picked a great QTH for cycling and commuting to work in SF (with great schools) but a terrible QTH for DX-ing - hi hi.

Rich, that cycling should keep you healthy and enable you to live long enough to work more DX, so in that sense, perhaps your QTH isn't so bad.

Cheers & 73,
Chuck  NI0C

As passionate as I am about DX-ing, at least 4 things in life are more important  Wink
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« Reply #5 on: February 15, 2013, 06:59:50 AM »

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As passionate as I am about DX-ing, at least 4 things in life are more important

Absolutely!
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« Reply #6 on: February 15, 2013, 01:31:36 PM »

Judging by the geopolitical atmosphere in the region and the extremely high price it costs to activate BS7 I think this one should be deleted.  Lets face it, no one is going back to those rocks in this decade and probably not even in the next.
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« Reply #7 on: February 15, 2013, 01:50:00 PM »

How many stations could one setup on those rocks?  Do you have to operate on a rock or could you build and operate on a scaffold set on the shallow reef?

73,
Jonathan W6GX
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MM0NDX
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« Reply #8 on: February 15, 2013, 01:58:34 PM »

From the innards of my PC, here's an iconic recording of BS7H from 2007 Smiley

http://audioboo.fm/boos/1211998-bs7h-scarborough-reef-from-2007

73, Col MM0NDX
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N1UK
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« Reply #9 on: February 15, 2013, 07:14:09 PM »

and from the bowels of my pc.....

here is a mediafire folder with all my BS7H pictures....so that you can see the "islands" in all their glory...enjoy

http://www.mediafire.com/?wj4txsl5zpc0m


Mark N1UK
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« Reply #10 on: February 15, 2013, 07:51:59 PM »

and from the bowels of my pc.....

here is a mediafire folder with all my BS7H pictures....so that you can see the "islands" in all their glory...enjoy

http://www.mediafire.com/?wj4txsl5zpc0m


Mark N1UK

Wow.  This is truly a one-of-a-kind dxpedition.  Thanks for sharing.

How far is the nearest land?  I assume the boat cannot be very close to the operating positions due to the shallow reef.  How do the operators navigate the shallow reef at night?

73,
Jonathan W6GX
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N1UK
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« Reply #11 on: February 15, 2013, 08:43:59 PM »

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How do the operators navigate the shallow reef at night?

They settled into their operating perch at dusk and stayed there until dawn.


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How far is the nearest land?

It is the middle of nowhere

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scarborough_Shoal

http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.n4gn.com/sr/scs_map.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.n4gn.com/sr/maps.html&h=362&w=504&sz=42&tbnid=ynRJ-ihQ5VhPhM:&tbnh=90&tbnw=125&zoom=1&usg=__FcrlOTv9v3Ced86mKNeRIX_-sF0=&docid=w2rnA2FR4oGmuM&hl=en&sa=X&ei=ww4fUbaoJ4Hq8wSCyICgAw&ved=0CD0Q9QEwAg&dur=489



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