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Author Topic: 9U4U Burundi  (Read 5311 times)
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« on: February 14, 2013, 09:51:08 AM »

Now QRV....  Still waiting for conditions to improve. The bands have been dismal lately...  GL to all.

73,
Jonathan W6GX
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« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2013, 01:01:36 PM »

Just got him on 20m SSB Grin  This is an ATNO for me.  His signal isn't very loud here in CO but he seems to hear very well.  On a lidfest scale of 1 to 10 it was a 9.5.

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Jonathan W6GX
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« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2013, 06:29:46 PM »

Heard them on a couple of bands already, but fairly weak, and a huge pileup. Conditions are indeed crappola right now.
Still several days yet to work them. Hopefully propagation picks up.
Will be nice to work on a new band, but will be happy just for a point for the DX Marathon.
GL es have fun,
Luke VK3HJ
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« Reply #3 on: February 14, 2013, 07:23:49 PM »

Great ops! It took me 2-3 calls to log him.
He had a pretty weak signal on the Hex, but he came back.
Good Luck Guys!
Frank KG6N
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« Reply #4 on: February 15, 2013, 12:08:22 PM »

Finally worked them on 17M SSB for a new one. The operator finally had to go by call area and was able to get through when he got to the 7's. Then I was able to work them through a normal pileup on 20M when they were working mainly EU. Good signal on 17M, copyable on 20 but not nearly as strong.

John K7KB
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« Reply #5 on: February 15, 2013, 12:30:39 PM »

Got him on 30M CW last night about 0312 UTC. He had been on for many hours straight at that point; shortly after he appeared I had tried to work him but the wall was just too thick. Later on things had thinned down a lot and he was CQ'ing lonely.

I think I also heard him on 40 last night but again the wall was too thick. With several African expeditions active simultaneously, callers were stomping all over each on 40 last night.

There was some confusion yesterday on the high bands as well, as several DX being activated for ARRL DX were running within a kHz for each other and listening up, but their callers were frequently listening for the "other" DXpedition!
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« Reply #6 on: February 15, 2013, 12:47:31 PM »

Finally worked them on 17M SSB for a new one. The operator finally had to go by call area and was able to get through when he got to the 7's. Then I was able to work them through a normal pileup on 20M when they were working mainly EU. Good signal on 17M, copyable on 20 but not nearly as strong.

John K7KB

Congrats John.  I was in the same pile up as you on 17m.  The 'work by numbers' did help me.

They aren't producing a booming signal however they are louder than 5X8C.

I haven't seen them on 15m.  I wonder if the band is closed to Africa?

73,
Jonathan W6GX

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« Reply #7 on: February 15, 2013, 01:27:28 PM »

Just got him on 20m SSB Grin  This is an ATNO for me.  His signal isn't very loud here in CO but he seems to hear very well.  On a lidfest scale of 1 to 10 it was a 9.5.

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Jonathan W6GX

Same here, I was really happy for this ATNO.  Also I was surprised that I got through on 20M.
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« Reply #8 on: February 15, 2013, 01:30:16 PM »

I haven't seen them on 15m.  I wonder if the band is closed to Africa?

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Jonathan W6GX

NO.....

73, Gene AF3Y
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« Reply #9 on: February 15, 2013, 01:45:17 PM »

I haven't seen them on 15m.  I wonder if the band is closed to Africa?

73,
Jonathan W6GX

NO.....

73, Gene AF3Y

Well, both 9U4U and 5X8C are on 17m at the moment.  I have not seen either one on 15m today.  Perhaps 17m is producing better propagation at the moment.  I wonder what percentage of DXers don't use 17m.  They are missing one of the best DX bands.

73,
Jonathan W6GX
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« Reply #10 on: February 17, 2013, 02:53:00 AM »

Worked them on 30 cw last night, pile ups didn't sound too bad. Took maybe 2 calls (dumb luck?) Atno for me Smiley
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« Reply #11 on: February 17, 2013, 04:03:39 AM »

Worked them on 20, 17, and 12  all SSB.  Early on the pile ups were terrible and made my attempts almost futile but made it on 12.  Later things thinned out (and the ops were doing a great job) and 17 and 20 were pretty easy.   5X8C has been a whole different story.  I worked them three times that didn't show up in the logs and finally have them in the log on 20.  Couldn't figure out what was amiss was it my fault (probably) or theirs?Huh 
Of course when the other guy is working Europe it is difficult to make it through.
I am just glad that these brave souls go to distant lands and bring us ATNO's.
Stout Lads, my hat is off to you.
Allen KA5N      73
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« Reply #12 on: February 17, 2013, 04:21:19 PM »

My first opportunity for 20M SSB operation trying for 9U4U was tonight.  Turned on rig, tuned my K3 to split 14190/14195, set the VOX, and just to make sure everything was working, gave one call....  and worked 9U4U.  My easiest new one in a long time.  I allotted a couple of hours this evening to try.  Now guess I will watch TV!
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« Reply #13 on: February 17, 2013, 04:24:41 PM »

I too finally got them on 20M SSB. Maybe the other bands will be conducive to pick them up there as well.
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« Reply #14 on: February 17, 2013, 08:02:36 PM »

Listening to 9U4U activity on 40 and 80 this evening makes me wonder if they're having problems with AC power - intermittent QRT's, drastically varying signal strengths, etc...

John AE5X
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