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Author Topic: VK9MA Mellish Reef  (Read 22033 times)
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« Reply #30 on: November 04, 2017, 06:46:13 AM »

Lets hope that they remembered to print out some great circle maps for every operating position. This practice will surely make sure South American wont be called while being to JA, or Europe called while the beam is towards Africa. Amazing how many DX'peditions  dont get such basics right. Time will tell whether this is another beam one way circus to work the world!

As of 13z Saturday they had a huge signal into Zone 5 and were working everybody except NA for the most part. One or two big guns got through, but that was it. Mostly JA and eastern Europe. I suspect that many more NAs got through earlier since 40s usually on the way out by then for us. First day, though, so there will be a great many opportunities for everybody.
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« Reply #31 on: November 04, 2017, 11:14:12 AM »

I got them on 20m CW (morning Pacific Coast time) when they were calling for NA.  Signal was weak with much QSB, but worked without much trouble.
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« Reply #32 on: November 04, 2017, 12:03:53 PM »

I got them on 20m CW (morning Pacific Coast time) when they were calling for NA.  Signal was weak with much QSB, but worked without much trouble.

Same here. But I really need them on SSB and some digital mode. I'm hoping CONDX on 20m will improve, because their signal hasn't yet been very strong. I've been listening to them since my very early morning till now (3pm my local time) on 20m. They have been readability 4 and strength s-zero on the meter.

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« Reply #33 on: November 04, 2017, 01:54:00 PM »

2050z on 14.020 peaking s-7 via long path, very very very nice signal from such distance! Calling CQ now. I wish they would QSY to a digital mode or SSB now.  Grin

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« Reply #34 on: November 04, 2017, 03:04:14 PM »

Waiting for the Low bands!

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« Reply #35 on: November 04, 2017, 04:09:12 PM »

got them on 20m cw @22:28 utc  had to wait till the ja wall died off but happy now. they were thumping in here on 40m cw last night. so they should be easy to here is just the big pile ups that is the issue
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« Reply #36 on: November 04, 2017, 05:28:02 PM »

Waiting for the Low bands!

Obie N5VYS

You're not alone  Smiley

I just need one contact on 160m and I'm done with VK9/M.

73,
Jonathan W6GX
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« Reply #37 on: November 04, 2017, 06:02:07 PM »

CALLING NA NOW  21306  21.310 AND UP
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« Reply #38 on: November 04, 2017, 08:51:41 PM »

Yes I just missed them on 15m ssb this evening.  By the time the amp had warmed they had qsy'ed to 15m cw.  The amp warm up time has cost me several qso's over the years.



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« Reply #39 on: November 04, 2017, 10:14:57 PM »

I'm the opposite of most, having already confirmed VK9GMW on all the low bands.  I'm hoping for a 15 and 12m QSO along with digital (FT8?) to finish up VK9M.  Hopefully they spend some focus on the higher bands once the sun comes up so they can work down the JA/Western US demand since there is a pretty short window into the East Coast before the MUF plummets at sunset.
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« Reply #40 on: November 04, 2017, 10:39:41 PM »

The amp warm up time has cost me several qso's over the years.

Mark N1UK

It's about time to get a SS amp  Cool

73,
Jonathan W6GX
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« Reply #41 on: November 04, 2017, 10:41:30 PM »

I'm the opposite of most, having already confirmed VK9GMW on all the low bands.  I'm hoping for a 15 and 12m QSO along with digital (FT8?) to finish up VK9M.  Hopefully they spend some focus on the higher bands once the sun comes up so they can work down the JA/Western US demand since there is a pretty short window into the East Coast before the MUF plummets at sunset.

GL Dave.

And thanks for the 80m QSO with KH2/N2NL in Jan. 2014.  I had just gotten my lowband vertical up and I was new to CW at the time.

73,
Jonathan W6GX
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« Reply #42 on: November 04, 2017, 11:35:08 PM »

I'm the opposite of most, having already confirmed VK9GMW on all the low bands.  I'm hoping for a 15 and 12m QSO along with digital (FT8?) to finish up VK9M.  Hopefully they spend some focus on the higher bands once the sun comes up so they can work down the JA/Western US demand since there is a pretty short window into the East Coast before the MUF plummets at sunset.

GL Dave.

And thanks for the 80m QSO with KH2/N2NL in Jan. 2014.  I had just gotten my lowband vertical up and I was new to CW at the time.

73,
Jonathan W6GX

Thanks Jonathan.  The on-base housing in my last two duty assignments are like Jekyll and Hyde.  In Guam, I was one of only a handful of residents in an almost abandoned housing area, adjacent to hundreds and hundreds of acres of jungle.  I had a blast stringing Beverage RX antennas all over the place, some 1200ft long.  In the EU direction, my nearest noise source was 1500 miles away in Asia.  Counter that with here on Hickam AFB, a block from the flight line, an electrical noise cesspool of industrial machinery, solar converters, sodium lighting, and consumer electronics packed into my neighborhood.  Fortunately I've got access to my home (future retirement location) station in FL otherwise I'd go mental.  My noise floor at home is 30-over-9 with the noise blanker engaged.
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« Reply #43 on: November 05, 2017, 01:45:47 AM »

VK9MA is on Clublog now https://secure.clublog.org/charts/?c=VK9MA

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« Reply #44 on: November 05, 2017, 05:39:34 AM »

1330z peaking s-9 on 14.028. Yesterday, they were very weak at this time. Their antenna must have been pointed elsewhere. Beautiful signal now!!!

Marvin VE3VEE
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