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Title: Best DXpedition ever?
Post by: AF5C on November 30, 2012, 02:51:40 PM
Here is a question that is likely to get some interesting responses.  I was thinking of this last night-in your opinion, what has been the greatest DXpedition ever, and why?  I have my own idea, but am interested in seeing what other say first.

John AF5CC


Title: RE: Best DXpedition ever?
Post by: KY6R on November 30, 2012, 03:00:59 PM
In the 12 years I've been DX-ing - its a 4 way tie - 7O6T, EP3PK, Z81D and E40VB.

If you press me for just one - probably 7O6T. Thanks to Paul, N6PSE for maybe my most precious QSO of all!

7O6T, Z81D and EP3PK are in the hardest parts of the world for me to contact - and so - took all I could muster both technically as well as operationally speaking.

Pooyan is one of the nicest people I have met on the planet. We have become very good friends.

Vlad has given me countless really rare places in a way that made it so much more enjoyable than the massive pileups (that I have grown to not like so much anymore). Vlad gave me Comoros and Palestine in the past few years which was really cool.

Diya from Iraq is just the nicest guy - and doing great in South Sudan these days.

The "Penguins" FT5XO was something else . . . TO4E's pilot was the best ever - I could go on and on.




Title: RE: Best DXpedition ever?
Post by: K7KB on November 30, 2012, 03:08:58 PM
Wow, there have been so many great DX'peditions, it would be hard to pick out one to say it was the best ever. I would say out of those I have worked, probably 7O6T would be at the top. It was a total surprise, they did an outstanding job, and gave a new one to a lot of us. Next on my list would be HK0NA because of the hardships they had to endure to operate from site A on the top of the mountain. I'm only going by what I've been involved with the last couple of years after I got back into the hobby.

John K7KB


Title: RE: Best DXpedition ever?
Post by: N4KC on November 30, 2012, 03:22:31 PM
Any one that uploads to LOTW within a few weeks!  :)

Seriously, any of them headed by N6PSE or K4UUE.  I don't see how...or understand why...they do what they do, but I am delighted and thankful that they do.

Don N4KC
www.n4kc.com
www.donkeith.com
(Author of the new book RIDING THE SHORTWAVES:
EXPLORING THE MAGIC OF AMATEUR RADIO)


Title: RE: Best DXpedition ever?
Post by: KB3LIX on November 30, 2012, 03:22:48 PM
Frosts my A** that I missed both Yemen and Somalia
due to illness.
Neither will probably be activated again in my lifetime.

HK0NA & T32C are right up there.

I do not have the perspective of years and years of being licensed.


Title: RE: Best DXpedition ever?
Post by: K7KB on November 30, 2012, 03:28:01 PM
Frosts my A** that I missed both Yemen and Somalia
due to illness.
Neither will probably be activated again in my lifetime.

I don't know about that. Seems that Somalia has had some sort of operation every year or so, and although Yemen was a surprise, it doesn't mean that nobody will ever come along and surprise us again. You just never know.

John K7KB


Title: RE: Best DXpedition ever?
Post by: N6PSE on November 30, 2012, 04:13:26 PM
My favorite DXpedition was  3Y0X in 2006.  Fantastic operation.


Title: RE: Best DXpedition ever?
Post by: KB9BIT on November 30, 2012, 04:32:07 PM
My favorite DXpedition was  3Y0X in 2006.  Fantastic operation.

This one would be the one I'd vote for also. I made my one and only QSO during their last hours on the air and didn't think I would get them.


Title: RE: Best DXpedition ever?
Post by: W2IRT on November 30, 2012, 04:39:34 PM
Three really stand out to me. One, TX5C (George and Tomi's great Chesterfield Island Adventure) is by far and away my favourite. 9 bands, 3 modes, a very easy Topband QSO and all confirmed within 24 hours on LoTW while they were still on the island. The second was 7O6T, just because of its rarity. Number three was BS7H (2007 edition), for the same reason. I ranked it lower because I only worked them on 1 band and it wasn't the huge surprise that Socotra Island was.


Title: RE: Best DXpedition ever?
Post by: AF3Y on November 30, 2012, 05:39:50 PM
A tough tough question, cause there have been at least a dozen that were memorable.

TX3A, Chesterfield in 2009, 7O6T and the very recent PT0S, plus K4M and K5D, but in no particular order.

ALL FIVE were well done, start to finish and of course all were ATNOs!  ;D

73, Gene AF3Y


Title: RE: Best DXpedition ever?
Post by: K3VAT on November 30, 2012, 06:50:10 PM
Here is a question that is likely to get some interesting responses.  I was thinking of this last night-in your opinion, what has been the greatest DXpedition ever, and why?  I have my own idea, but am interested in seeing what other say first.  John AF5CC 

No question: BIG DXpedition - VK0IR Heard Island 1997
                    Little DXpedition - 3Y0C Bouvet Island 2001
P5/4L4FN was a fantastic catch, but don't think one would characterize it as a true DXPedition.

These are truly the rare ones.

73, Rich, K3VAT



Title: RE: Best DXpedition ever?
Post by: W2IRT on November 30, 2012, 07:01:42 PM
Correction to my post. George and Tomi was TX3C, of course, not TX5A (Clipperton).


Title: RE: Best DXpedition ever?
Post by: K0AP on November 30, 2012, 07:21:48 PM
Correction to my post. George and Tomi was TX3C, of course, not TX5A (Clipperton).

More precisely, they were signing TX3A from Chesterfield island.

73 Dragan K0AP


Title: RE: Best DXpedition ever?
Post by: K0AP on November 30, 2012, 07:47:07 PM
In my view, it is simply impossible to separate one single dxpedition out of so many and say this one is the best. Maybe the question should be "List of Best DXpeditions".  Based on factors such are: remoteness, difficult natural and political elements to overcome, expense, logistics, ranking on the most wanted list before activation... not favoring any and not in any particular order, my list includes but is not limited to:

VK0IR, 3Y0X, VP8THU/VP8GEO, K1B, PT0S, BS7H, K5K, 7O6T, K5D, HK0NA, VP6DX, VP8SSI... etc, etc etc.

73 Dragan K0AP


Title: RE: Best DXpedition ever?
Post by: KF7CSO on November 30, 2012, 08:17:59 PM
My "best" was T32C. I definitely had the most fun with that one. I had a 10M FM and a 160M phone contact both of which got me fired up. I used a 43' stick of aluminum jammed in the ground (still do) so I have no idea how that Top Band QSO was made.  ;D


Title: RE: Best DXpedition ever?
Post by: AF5C on November 30, 2012, 08:24:37 PM
My thinking when I wrote the question was D68C as the best.  They went 10,000 miles away from the US, put a crushing signal into NA (remember how loud they were!), made 186,000 QSOs which was the DXpedition record at the time, and I think they were one of the first DXpeditions to use PSK.  Too bad I wasn't on the digital modes then.  I did work them on 10m FM as well, which was a really nice surprise.  How often do you make a 10,000 mile FM QSO?

Second place would be 7O6T.  They go to a place that no one thought could be activated, keep it a secret until right before the DXpedition, have a great signal, and give lots of people an ATNO.

Third place would be 3Y0X just due to the logistics of setting up in such a difficult place, and pulling off a first class DXpedition.  I worked them on 3 or 4 bands-including 30m.

Honorable mention is VP6DX from Ducie Island because they heard my crummy signal on 160m.  Grown men weep when they model my antenna on 160.

John AF5CC


Title: RE: Best DXpedition ever?
Post by: NU4B on November 30, 2012, 08:40:26 PM
In my view, it is simply impossible to separate one single dxpedition out of so many and say this one is the best.

I agree. Plus my memory isn't that good to remember the circumstances over almost 30 years. And I'm very very thankful to all of them I was fortunate to work. But here are some I remember for various reasons:

Shock value (shocked it happened; shocked I worked them): 7O6T
Worked All Bands (80-10):                                                    VP6DX
Worked All Bands -1 (80-10):                                                ZL8X
Never thought I'd ever work the place 1st place:                    XX9OO
                         "                               2nd place:                   4W6MM
                         "                               3rd place:                    VP6BR
Just in the Nick of Time                       1st place:                    N8S
Just in the Nick of Time                       2nd place:                   PT0S
Can't Believe I Broke the Pile Up:                                           6O0CW (2005)
Stopped to Ask For QRP Stations:                                         7P8D              


Title: RE: Best DXpedition ever?
Post by: AD9DX on December 01, 2012, 05:48:11 AM
I have a very small sample size since I started DXing last year.  The one that I was most excited to work was 7O6T. 

However, most excited doesn't mean the best.  I think the best judgement of any DXpedition is the number of QSO's per expedition operator.  I have no idea who wins that one. 


Title: RE: Best DXpedition ever?
Post by: N9KX on December 01, 2012, 10:12:55 AM
disclaimer: I am not close to being a 'big gun' and my confirmed entity total is just 172 (thanks LoTW)...

My favorite was VP8ORK because it was one of the first DXpeditions I chased and because ever since I was first licensed in 1976 the possibility of working the south arctic via radio has always been especially appealing to me.  Great Ops and nice QSL card too! T32C was great for me too. 

The challenges that PT0S faced make that a very impressive operation too. 


Title: RE: Best DXpedition ever?
Post by: IK0OZD on December 01, 2012, 10:57:48 AM
When I looked at the picture of the country remained very impressed,
the first shipment in 1995 BS7H for me!

the biggest surprise P51BH


Title: RE: Best DXpedition ever?
Post by: N9KX on December 01, 2012, 11:09:32 AM
When I looked at the picture of the country remained very impressed,
the first shipment in 1995 BS7H for me!

wow, that's tiny!
http://www.scarboroughreef.com/4rocks.html (http://www.scarboroughreef.com/4rocks.html)


Title: RE: Best DXpedition ever?
Post by: K3NRX on December 01, 2012, 08:05:25 PM
The expeditions I almost ran the table on: HK0NA, VP6DX and T32C.......for shear surprise of it, 7O6T.....Others to mention inclued XR0X San Felix Island....TI9M Cocos Island.....TX5C Clipperton.....VK0GC Macquarie Island (probably a scientific assignment, not an expedition, but still, that's the rarest of the rare next to 7O that I have bagged)....I have been at this game a lot of years, so I can't remember them all, but for the tops of the tops, the first 4 listed would have to be the best ever.....

V
KA3NRX



Title: RE: Best DXpedition ever?
Post by: AF5C on December 01, 2012, 08:45:13 PM
I worked VK0GC on Macquarie Island myself.  Think it was back in 1989, one late evening after working second shift at a restaurant during the summer between undergraduate and graduate school.  That was sure a thrill.  Was using a set of Kenwood twins and a long wire.  Another one I got with a Heathkit SB102 and an indoor dipole that turned out to be pretty rare (by today's standards) was NF6F/KP1.

John AF5CC


Title: RE: Best DXpedition ever?
Post by: N2RJ on December 01, 2012, 09:27:11 PM
No favorites but if I really had to choose one it would have been K5D.


Title: RE: Best DXpedition ever?
Post by: AB8MA on December 01, 2012, 09:32:57 PM
No favorites but if I really had to choose one it would have been K5D.

I was carrying one of their QSL cards at Dayton, and had the pleasure of showing it to one of the team who had not yet seen it.


Title: RE: Best DXpedition ever?
Post by: K3NRX on December 02, 2012, 09:05:44 AM
I worked VK0GC on Macquarie Island myself.  Think it was back in 1989, one late evening after working second shift at a restaurant during the summer between undergraduate and graduate school.  That was sure a thrill.  Was using a set of Kenwood twins and a long wire.  Another one I got with a Heathkit SB102 and an indoor dipole that turned out to be pretty rare (by today's standards) was NF6F/KP1.

John AF5CC

Isn't that awesome!....Yep, mine was in August of 1987....up late for  one of the last times of the summer before the fall semester of my senior year of college was to start, so I made the most of it.....using my old Ten Tec Delta and a 20 meter dipole.....haven't heard Macquarie since...not even this most recent operation (VK0TH or something?).....don't ya love it when you get the rare ones when you are young and using nothing but a wet noodle???.... ;D...now I am old and using nothing but a wet noodle, but back then, we had a sunspot cycle, unlike now......great stuff John......

V
KA3NRX



Title: RE: Best DXpedition ever?
Post by: W6DXO on December 02, 2012, 06:58:50 PM
Hard to pick just one, so I'll give you two:

7O6T         What a surprise and so brilliantly executed by all the Ops.

P5/4F4FN    Sure it was just Ed by himself, but I remember this as a really well done one-man-band..
                   Do you remember the cool QSL web site that showed that your card had been received   
                   and where in the processing cycle your QSL card was..man that was state-of-the-art !

  73 de harry, W6DXO


Title: RE: Best DXpedition ever?
Post by: AF5C on December 02, 2012, 08:44:18 PM
VK0MM was on in 2000 or so and easy to work.  Gave me Macquarie on CW.  Heard him on 30m as well but no luck on that band.  Glad I have it on both modes, now to get them on RTTY!  Chasing DX in the college days was sure the life, wasn't it?

John AF5CC


Title: RE: Best DXpedition ever?
Post by: WD4ELG on December 05, 2012, 06:28:35 PM
These are all so deserving, and we owe each of them a debt of gratitude for the financial and physical efforts they made.