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Author Topic: DX to Japan from the West Coast  (Read 2276 times)
W7EEU
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« on: April 10, 2015, 04:05:52 PM »

Hello,
What are generally the best times of day, taking into account band openings/propagation and time differences, to work Japan via cw from the Western U.S.?
Rich
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N7ZAL
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« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2015, 04:13:25 PM »

I work Japan, Asiatic Russia, Australia, etc. on 15 meters generally between 0000-0400 UTC. If 10 is open then it is usually easy to hit the Pacific Rim.   FYI
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N6ORB
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« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2015, 05:01:11 PM »

I use 100W and portable wire antennas near San Francisco and have worked plenty of JA stations on 10M-20M phone from the early afternoon until after dark. For 40M, try around sunrise. CW will let you work them earlier and later.

The new DXSummit dx cluster website lets you click on a dx call and get the VOACAP propagation prediction to that station.  http://new.dxsummit.fi

Dave, N6ORB
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K0YQ
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« Reply #3 on: April 10, 2015, 05:21:12 PM »

I use 100W and portable wire antennas near San Francisco and have worked plenty of JA stations on 10M-20M phone from the early afternoon until after dark. For 40M, try around sunrise. CW will let you work them earlier and later.

The new DXSummit dx cluster website lets you click on a dx call and get the VOACAP propagation prediction to that station.  http://new.dxsummit.fi

Dave, N6ORB


And this weekend is the JIDX CW contest.  Pretty much every Japanese prefecture will be active with tons of stations to work.  They send their prefect number, and you send your CQ zone.
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JS6TMW
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« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2015, 08:02:34 AM »

Just starting to hear West Coast stations on 20M here in Okinawa at 0300 UTC.
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