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Author Topic: VP6D - DUCIE ISLAND  (Read 4310 times)
K3NRX
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« Reply #15 on: December 01, 2017, 02:48:26 PM »

Nope....nearly ran the table with VP6DX back in Feb '08....just gonna sit back and laugh at the mayhem..... Grin Grin Grin Grin Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked.........BUT I MAY attempt to work'em once for LOTW under the neutered call sign.....

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N5VYS
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« Reply #16 on: December 01, 2017, 04:08:11 PM »

A couple low bands.

Obie N5VYS
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N5UD
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« Reply #17 on: December 01, 2017, 05:00:31 PM »

Looking forward for this one. This might make 3 "new ones" for 2018 mobile. After ZERO for 2017.
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« Reply #18 on: December 01, 2017, 05:05:29 PM »

Wow.  I can't believe how fast time passes by.  It's been TEN YEARS since VP6DX.  Just wow.

Need them on 160, hopefully they can get something decent up for that band.
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« Reply #19 on: December 01, 2017, 05:08:09 PM »

Great news! Looking forward to this one! Need them for a new one  Smiley

73 de KM4SII - Mason
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« Reply #20 on: December 02, 2017, 01:00:41 AM »

VP6D was my first rare DX after I started setting up my station again.

I have them only on Low bands, starting with 160 m SSB. I wasn't doing any CW at all back then!
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« Reply #21 on: December 02, 2017, 07:57:55 AM »

VP6DX was one for the record books. From 11 Feb to 27 Feb during 2008, they made 183,584 QSOs with 38,754 unique calls. This was the world record at the time, after they surpassed D68C, which had 168,695 QSOs with 43,673 uniques during 2001. So many ops had all 20 possible band/mode slots with VP6DX that some of us with all 20 didn't make it to the top 100 on the leaderboard, which operates on a first come basis.

The record was broken again with T32C (Christmas Island) from 25 Sep to 26 Oct during 2011. They made 213,022 QSOs with 48,966 uniques. But they operated almost twice the time as VP6DX, and the top of the leaderboard had 37 band/mode slots, which included JT65, RTTY, FM, and PSK. I rode this one out, since I already had all the bands/modes for T32. This may have been about the time I decided to discontinue operating for piggy board points.

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« Reply #22 on: December 02, 2017, 08:10:38 AM »

VP6DX was one for the record books.


I'm very surprised how many serious-DXer ops still need VP6D for a new one.  Should be fun.
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« Reply #23 on: December 02, 2017, 08:49:43 AM »

Will be a new one for me as well.  I was just getting back on the air in 2008 and I missed VP6DX by a couple of months.  I was elmering a new ham at the time and he was all excited about working Ducie Island and I remember thinking it must be an IOTA or something because I'd never heard of it...

2018 is shaping up to be a pretty good year!

Season's Greetings
John VE8EV
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WO7R
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« Reply #24 on: December 02, 2017, 09:13:14 AM »

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I'm very surprised how many serious-DXer ops still need VP6D for a new one.

DX is a renewable resource.  A lot of people taking hamming, and serious DX even if long licensed, every year. 

And, people do have lives that keep them away from the rig for this and that critical interval. 

This is what "needed list surveys" are for.  You just don't know what everyone else needs unless someone, somewhere keeps track.

If you watch Clublog, which now continuously 'keeps track' you can watch the relative rankings move on a fairly regular basis as DXpeditions do or do not happen to this or that place.
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« Reply #25 on: December 02, 2017, 09:54:18 AM »

I missed VP6DX also.  With a rented appartment in a dense city, its not easy being a DXer Smiley
Since moving to a decent QTH in 2014, I have worked my way from 284 to 318 DXCCs.
VP6D, 3B7 & KH1 possible ATNO's.
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KB8GAE
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« Reply #26 on: December 02, 2017, 10:05:05 AM »

VP6DX was one for the record books.

Yep, VP6DX set a record in my shack for the most informative QSL card I have ever received.  One of my favorite cards, at 36 pages long I consider it the War and Peace of QSL cards and a nice reminder of an epic dxpedition.

Good luck to KG5S Gene, the team, and all who need VP6D.

See ya in the pileups,

Rich KB8GAE
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« Reply #27 on: December 02, 2017, 01:44:39 PM »

It is an ATNO for me.  I was away working and missed the last one.


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« Reply #28 on: December 03, 2017, 07:52:21 AM »

I can't believe it's been 10 years already since VP6DX... it doesn't seem like it was that long ago. As K4HB mentioned, they had quite the QSL 'book' which I enjoyed reading!

At that time I made only 2 QSO's with VP6DX. My attic dipole at the time could not hear them so I drove up the hill to a high school and tossed a dipole up in some trees and worked them with 5 watts on 40 and 30.

I'm looking forward to some band fills with this one.
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« Reply #29 on: December 03, 2017, 08:02:24 AM »

Worked VP6DX in 2008 on every band, except 10m. 160m-12m on SSB. RTTY on 17, 20, and 30m.

I might try for some band fills on RTTY, or FT8. I'm also going to hold out hope for a 10m opening.
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