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Title: S21XV
Post by: AE5X on March 04, 2013, 02:33:51 PM
I'd been seeing this station spotted for days (usually by EU) on several bands and never could hear him. This morning he was peaking S8 at times yet generated such a small pile-up you'd think he was a more common entity.

After working him, I made a cheesy recording that at least demonstrates his signal strength.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wi28Jy-slDc

I'm surprised that he's not generating more news - anyone else work him (or need S2)?

John AE5X
 


Title: RE: S21XV
Post by: AF3Y on March 04, 2013, 06:08:41 PM
I'd been seeing this station spotted for days (usually by EU) on several bands and never could hear him. This morning he was peaking S8 at times yet generated such a small pile-up you'd think he was a more common entity.

After working him, I made a cheesy recording that at least demonstrates his signal strength.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wi28Jy-slDc

I'm surprised that he's not generating more news - anyone else work him (or need S2)?

John AE5X

John, I penciled him in my written log at 0049Z (03/03). Think I got him on 30 meters. Dont know if I want to waste the card, postage, etc..... to send for a card.  I would say maybe 25% certain he came back to me. Really weak signal w/QSB.... At least I DID hear him, tho ;D!

73, Gene AF3Y
 


Title: RE: S21XV
Post by: WD4ELG on March 04, 2013, 06:18:39 PM
Wow, one of the ATNO that have been active recently but I have never heard here at my QTH: S2, VU4, XX9


Title: RE: S21XV
Post by: W2IRT on March 04, 2013, 06:39:21 PM
Even with my station, I never heard these guys yet; not for lack of trying.


Title: RE: S21XV
Post by: N5MOA on March 04, 2013, 06:51:12 PM
I heard him about a 549 Saturday evening on 20m cw, fluttery and didn't get through.

I think I heard him on 40 cw earlier this evening, but no where near enough to be sure enough to call.


Title: RE: S21XV
Post by: W4VKU on March 04, 2013, 07:36:49 PM
Got him today after 1300z on 20m cw. Reasonably good signal.
-Krish


Title: RE: S21XV
Post by: AJ4RW on March 04, 2013, 09:04:20 PM
I picked him up this am for an ATNO on 20, had a nice signal.  You're right, not much of a crowd waiting.


Title: RE: S21XV
Post by: W6GX on March 05, 2013, 12:40:19 AM
I've been tracking him but other things in life got in the way.  Two days ago he was weak, a lot of QSB and polar flutter.  I decided not to call as I wasn't confident in copying my call sign with a signal like that.  My local buddy sent me a recording of his QSO and it sounded a lot louder on his station.  I'm really scared of CW with polar flutter.  It changes the tone and I'm just not proficient at copying code with those artifacts.

Today he was spotted on 20m but I had my DX alarm turned off per XYL's order.  I need this for an ATNO but for some reason I'm somewhat timid in going after it.  Now with this post you guys have given me some confidence.

Congrats to all who worked S21 and GL to all who need S21.

73,
Jonathan W6GX


Title: RE: S21XV
Post by: W1VT on March 05, 2013, 02:56:22 AM
Practice helps with auroral flutter--best thing that I have done is to run a JA pileup, exchanging names and signal reports.  A real challenge to copy and repeat a  guy's name in addition to the call!

Zack W1VT


Title: RE: S21XV
Post by: VE3YF on March 05, 2013, 03:18:24 AM
Seen him spotted on 10m RTTY. I need them on RTTY, so perhaps later today I can give it a whirl and see what happens...

73 De Mike
VE3YF


Title: RE: S21XV
Post by: W6GX on March 05, 2013, 05:53:30 AM
I'm in heaven :)

Congrats to you Pete :)

73,
Jonathan W6GX


Title: RE: S21XV
Post by: W6GX on March 05, 2013, 05:59:22 AM
Practice helps with auroral flutter--best thing that I have done is to run a JA pileup, exchanging names and signal reports.  A real challenge to copy and repeat a  guy's name in addition to the call!

Zack W1VT

Thank you Zack for the advice.  I'm come to realize that CW skill is essential in achieving greatness in DX'ing.

73,
Jonathan W6GX


Title: RE: S21XV
Post by: K2DC on March 05, 2013, 06:22:48 AM
He was very loud on 20M RTTY this morning - got him after an hour in the pile.  New on RTTY but not an ATNO.  I spent 2 years sending emails to S2's trying to arrange a sked.  Finally found a K7 going over and was able to arrange a 20M CW sked.  Took an hour of him QSYing here and there to dodge EU's chasing him to get a 339 both ways.  But the numbers don't matter - the card did.  Also saw an S2 spotted on 20M SSB today.

73,

Don, K2DC


Title: RE: S21XV
Post by: W2IRT on March 05, 2013, 09:07:58 AM
Pretty easy here this morning. Loud and calling NA only, with surprisingly few callers. Needed only as a 2013 Marathon point but still a nice one to have in the log.


Title: RE: S21XV
Post by: W6GX on March 05, 2013, 10:08:43 AM
with surprisingly few callers

Are you kidding me?  His QSO rate was about one per minute.  I also heard quite a few reports being given with no confirmations.  Luckily for me my confirmation came right away with no QRMers trying to steal my QSO.

I have a love-hate relationship with RTTY.  A successful QSO after the chaos gives me a rush.

73,
Jonathan W6GX


Title: RE: S21XV
Post by: K3TN on March 06, 2013, 02:59:52 AM
Found him last night on 20 cw, working split. I had just called him once or twice when someone spotted him but I managed to work him before the deluge began. He was handling the pileup very nicely - and very politely telling several stations "QSO B4"

That was an ATNO for me, the icing on the cake would be for him to sign up for LotW!

73 John K3TN


Title: RE: S21XV
Post by: AE5X on March 06, 2013, 05:48:42 AM
I was listening to him at that time too and briefly pondered an insurance QSO until I heard "QSO B4". He is going specifically after NA stations, as he said he would be in the DX announcements that lead up to his operation.

Congrats on the New One.

John AE5X


Title: RE: S21XV
Post by: W6GX on March 06, 2013, 06:36:31 AM
Congrats on the new one.

He's on 17m CW right now working up 1, very weak from CO at the moment.  OTOH 20m is wide open to the Indian Ocean.  I worked two Indian stations with signals of S7-S8.  I think 17m is very good to the East Coast only at the moment.  He's been very active on all bands and I'm glad he's giving out new ones including many on this forum.

GL to all who need S2.

73,
Jonathan W6GX


Title: RE: S21XV
Post by: WA4IIF on March 06, 2013, 07:33:55 AM
Jonathan: I contacted S21VX this morning on 17 meters CW for an ATNO. He had a good signal into NW Florida and is a very good CW operator. I appreciate his effort in looking for NA. By the way, I'm still need a Vatican QSO. :-)


Title: RE: S21XV
Post by: WA4IIF on March 06, 2013, 07:39:01 AM
Oops: make that S21XV instead of S21VX.  ;D


Title: RE: S21XV
Post by: W6GX on March 06, 2013, 07:42:01 AM
Jonathan: I contacted S21VX this morning on 17 meters CW for an ATNO. He had a good signal into NW Florida and is a very good CW operator. I appreciate his effort in looking for NA. By the way, I'm still need a Vatican QSO. :-)

Hi Charles,

Congratulations on the ATNO.

From your QTH Vatican is a chip shot away :D  You just need to be there when they are active.  You don't have to look for a rare band opening like S2.  For my location the rare EU entities are not that easy.  I have to deal with the FL and SC wall ;D

73,
Jonathan W6GX


Title: RE: S21XV
Post by: W6GX on March 06, 2013, 07:43:18 AM
Oops: make that S21XV instead of S21VX.  ;D

I hope you didn't reverse letters in your callsign when you worked S2 ;D

73,
Jonathan W6GX


Title: RE: S21XV
Post by: WA4IIF on March 06, 2013, 07:57:03 AM
It's OK to reverse the i's in my call.  :D


Title: RE: S21XV
Post by: K8CXM on March 06, 2013, 08:47:27 AM
Been trying to get him for 4 days now, on 20 and 17 CW and yesterday on 20 RTTY with no luck. But, FINALLY broke through with a CW contact on 17. Only S21 I have ever heard. He was overall #351! But, wonder if I can get a QSL. Any suggestions?

Thanks Jim K8CXM


Title: RE: S21XV
Post by: W6GX on March 06, 2013, 09:17:11 AM
Been trying to get him for 4 days now, on 20 and 17 CW and yesterday on 20 RTTY with no luck. But, FINALLY broke through with a CW contact on 17. Only S21 I have ever heard. He was overall #351! But, wonder if I can get a QSL. Any suggestions?

Thanks Jim K8CXM

Congrats Jim.

You have worked 351 but only heard S21 this time?  Wow. That's like saying you have only heard S21 once in the last 40 years.  Talk about the significance of your contact.

73,
Jonathan W6GX


Title: RE: S21XV
Post by: W6GX on March 06, 2013, 09:45:47 AM
Been trying to get him for 4 days now, on 20 and 17 CW and yesterday on 20 RTTY with no luck. But, FINALLY broke through with a CW contact on 17. Only S21 I have ever heard. He was overall #351! But, wonder if I can get a QSL. Any suggestions?

Thanks Jim K8CXM

QSL info. on his QRZ page.  He has more hits on the S21XV than on his home call.  Also, I assume Bill Moore has to approve the operation for DXCC credit?

QSL: VIA BUREAU OR DIRECT (GS in good conditions, i.e., not ripped or damaged in any way + SAE)

73,
Jonathan W6GX


Title: RE: S21XV
Post by: K8CXM on March 06, 2013, 12:05:42 PM
Needless to say, I was VERY excited! I have a rather modest setup: A K3 driving an ALS600 and a Hex beam at only 32 feet. I have been looking for S21 for many years, and never heard any of the previous operations. I keep a photo album of all the unique entities, and hopefully S21XV will be in there. The ONLY country I've worked and not received a QSL from was LU3ZY, Anibal, on South Sandwich Islands from way back in the late 70's. I've tried, but no hope on that one. Guess if I count that one, the number is 351, but because I think it's a lost cause, I usually leave it out. The only one left that has action right now is the JD1 on Minami Torishima. Heard him once, but no luck. Maybe?
 Work them first, and worry about DXCC status later. Should count, but guess you can never tell. Glad to put this one aside in any case. It sure took a major effort on this old DX'ers part. Been chasing them since 1963...

73 ... Jim K8CXM


Title: RE: S21XV
Post by: WA4IIF on March 06, 2013, 01:11:43 PM
Needless to say, I was VERY excited! I have a rather modest setup: A K3 driving an ALS600 and a Hex beam at only 32 feet. I have been looking for S21 for many years, and never heard any of the previous operations. I keep a photo album of all the unique entities, and hopefully S21XV will be in there. The ONLY country I've worked and not received a QSL from was LU3ZY, Anibal, on South Sandwich Islands from way back in the late 70's. I've tried, but no hope on that one. Guess if I count that one, the number is 351, but because I think it's a lost cause, I usually leave it out. The only one left that has action right now is the JD1 on Minami Torishima. Heard him once, but no luck. Maybe?
 Work them first, and worry about DXCC status later. Should count, but guess you can never tell. Glad to put this one aside in any case. It sure took a major effort on this old DX'ers part. Been chasing them since 1963...

73 ... Jim K8CXM

Jim: Hang in there. I recently worked a /JD1 for my first Minami Torishima QSO and today worked S21XV for an ATNO. So my recent DX'ing effort has been productive. For other ATNO's, I've been hunting XU7ACQ and will be in the hunt for ZL7LC who plans to be active soon via PSK-31. For most of my recent and current DX'ing I run about 600-700 watts into a K4KIO hexagonal beam with the top element (for 20 meters) only up about 25 feet. I think my signal is helped by my QTH; I live on a small barrier island about 2 miles from the Gulf of Mexico. By the way, I got my first ticket (novice) in 1962. I've worked about 290 current countries and a few deleted countries. One of the deleted countries is KZ5-land, which reflects my advanced age. :-)

73, Chuck


Title: RE: S21XV
Post by: W2IRT on March 06, 2013, 04:19:18 PM
with surprisingly few callers

Are you kidding me?  His QSO rate was about one per minute. 

I think I only had to call 4 or 5 times, max, and that was a case of finally finding his QSX by hearing another guy giving a 599. I had to remove my second sound card on the weekend, which I use for the 2nd VFO decode/print, so swapping VFOs was grossly inefficient.


Title: RE: S21XV
Post by: W6GX on March 06, 2013, 05:35:24 PM
with surprisingly few callers

Are you kidding me?  His QSO rate was about one per minute. 

I think I only had to call 4 or 5 times, max, and that was a case of finally finding his QSX by hearing another guy giving a 599. I had to remove my second sound card on the weekend, which I use for the 2nd VFO decode/print, so swapping VFOs was grossly inefficient.

Agreed.

I wonder if anyone has trained their ears to decode a 599 in RTTY.  That would come in very handy!

73,
Jonathan W6GX


Title: RE: S21XV
Post by: W5RDW on March 06, 2013, 05:59:31 PM
Just worked him on 20 meters CW a few minutes ago. Up until this morning when I worked him on 17 CW, I had never heard Bangladesh ever in my many ham years!

He is not strong and his signal warbles alot here at my qth, but it is fairly easy to work him. Just find a hole and he will find you!


Title: RE: S21XV
Post by: N5UD on March 06, 2013, 07:00:49 PM
I got Vadym about 0146Z on 20M. I was tuning the band and heard what I thought was a Russian ask for NA, but I caught XV. So I went split up 1. He let out another CQ, and for sure it was S21XV. I checked the up calling freq, and it was clear. I gave my call twice. Nada. I gave it twice again.
Then an answer.....N5UD/M ?? Then I dropped the key ! Had to get back up off floorboard. Oh rats !

R R R (its me) and my call again. He was 579. Vadym called me by name, and must have been surprised. I got the standard 599.

I was getting tired of hearing S2's while mobile and not making a Q.

About 10 minutes later I heard him call N5MOA. Congrats. I was listening to pile as I was on my way home. After 0200Z the sig was really getting light.

73 yall N5UD /M


Title: RE: S21XV
Post by: N5MOA on March 06, 2013, 07:25:27 PM
Good going on the /m qso, Tony. I haven't managed a S2 from the mobile yet.

You were hearing him better than I was on the T8.  All you east Texas guys get the good prop.  :P

He was only about a 549 at best here, next to nothing when I switched over to one of the verticals. Not enough to hop in the truck and drive down the road to try.



Title: RE: S21XV
Post by: N5UD on March 07, 2013, 04:07:43 AM
Well I have to hear those vertical to vertical signals better. Only way I can make those rare QSO's. I don't have 2KW of RF to throw at them.

Speaking of RF. Did anyone hear that TX5K mess last night on 3795 just after sundown ?

It seemed a few W5's had their voice keyers stuck ?


Title: RE: S21XV
Post by: AJ4RW on March 07, 2013, 06:18:20 AM
This was the first time I've ever heard Bangladesh let alone work them.  I appreciate that he called for NA when the prop was right.  Thanks Vadym for the superb performance!!!!

Randy AJ4RW


Title: RE: S21XV
Post by: W6GX on March 07, 2013, 07:19:51 AM
FYI to all.  Condition to S2 from Colorado has been superb.  This morning S21S was on 20m SSB at around 1500z.  His signal peaked at S8, armchair copy despite the polar flutter.  This is a short path opening.  The best part is that he was operating portable on an island using a QRP rig (Yaesu 817).  According to Pete W2IRT propagation via the polar path will be good until May.  So this is the season to work S2 and VUs.  GL to all.

73,
Jonathan W6GX