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Author Topic: 3D2/C - Conway Reef - Activity 2018?  (Read 8804 times)
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« on: April 25, 2018, 06:24:01 AM »

3D2CR QRZ.com page has been set up by Dom 3Z9DX https://www.qrz.com/db/3D2CR

At the moment, the only info the page contains is the following: "Activity 2018".

It would be a welcome opportunity for an ATNO for me.



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« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2018, 06:36:52 AM »


It would be a welcome opportunity for an ATNO for me.


Ditto!
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VE3VEE
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« Reply #2 on: April 26, 2018, 03:06:06 AM »

In 2012, AH6HY posted a short video clip of Conway Reef on Youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSJkwQVYMU8

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« Reply #3 on: April 26, 2018, 05:55:17 AM »

In 2012, AH6HY posted a short video clip of Conway Reef on Youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSJkwQVYMU8

Marvin VE3VEE

Marvin, could you share some information on your station set-up? I live in a seemingly optimal location, right on the oceanside in NS, but I never have any luck working, for instance, Australians, Japanese, or Conway Reefians (I don't seem to have any westward prop).   I don't have a very directional antenna; just a magnetic loop. I see you must have a beam of some sort... is that the only way to hear and work these guys? When I lived in Ontario I remember having a heck of a time even hitting Western Europe.
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« Reply #4 on: April 26, 2018, 06:37:00 AM »

Marvin, could you share some information on your station set-up? I live in a seemingly optimal location, right on the oceanside in NS, but I never have any luck working, for instance, Australians, Japanese, or Conway Reefians (I don't seem to have any westward prop).   I don't have a very directional antenna; just a magnetic loop. I see you must have a beam of some sort... is that the only way to hear and work these guys? When I lived in Ontario I remember having a heck of a time even hitting Western Europe.

Hi Joshua,

I envy your VE1 location. Being closer to the ocean helps big time. VE3 is not that great as you know. However, it would now help you to have a larger antenna. The loop or the vertical I saw on your QRZ page are small. Could you have a full size vertical there instead? Or some wire loop or a dipole?

The CONDX is not the best these days so that doesn't help either. Have you tried the new FT8 mode? FT8 versus SSB is like having a 6dB better antenna!  Grin

Marvin VE3VEE
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« Reply #5 on: April 26, 2018, 06:49:09 AM »

Marvin, could you share some information on your station set-up? I live in a seemingly optimal location, right on the oceanside in NS, but I never have any luck working, for instance, Australians, Japanese, or Conway Reefians (I don't seem to have any westward prop).   I don't have a very directional antenna; just a magnetic loop. I see you must have a beam of some sort... is that the only way to hear and work these guys? When I lived in Ontario I remember having a heck of a time even hitting Western Europe.

Hi Joshua,

I envy your VE1 location. Being closer to the ocean helps big time. VE3 is not that great as you know. However, it would now help you to have a larger antenna. The loop or the vertical I saw on your QRZ page are small. Could you have a full size vertical there instead? Or some wire loop or a dipole?

The CONDX is not the best these days so that doesn't help either. Have you tried the new FT8 mode? FT8 versus SSB is like having a 6dB better antenna!  Grin

Marvin VE3VEE

Hah, no FT8 for me. I am sure it is great, but I get a thrill from a CW contact that I know I wouldn't get from FT8. I am trying to do as much as I can with my paddles.

The loop is small, indeed. But it is about the right size for the bands it's made for; it could be slightly larger if I wanted to optimise efficiency on 40m, though, you're right about that.   

The loop is probably about as large of an antenna as I can put up without having some neighbour issues...and there aren't enough trees to get a nice wire loop up, though that's a good suggestion. It's a rented house, not my permanent dwelling for life, so it isn't like I am stuck here forever, but I would love to be able to hear some VKs. Perhaps I need to get up early in the morning, just as the sun rises, and see if anything comes through.
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« Reply #6 on: April 26, 2018, 06:37:54 PM »


it is about the right size for the bands it's made for


It may be "the right size" as far as magnetic loop antennas go, but magnetic loop antennas are a big compromise. A full size dipole, a full size vertical with radials, or a full size loop antenna, even at a small height would be a noticeable performance improvement for you.

Marvin VE3VEE
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« Reply #7 on: April 26, 2018, 06:48:26 PM »


it is about the right size for the bands it's made for


It may be "the right size" as far as magnetic loop antennas go, but magnetic loop antennas are a big compromise. A full size dipole, a full size vertical with radials, or a full size loop antenna, even at a small height would be a noticeable performance improvement for you.

Marvin VE3VEE

Like telescopes. They all can focus, but size (aperture) matters.  Grin
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« Reply #8 on: April 26, 2018, 07:36:17 PM »


it is about the right size for the bands it's made for


It may be "the right size" as far as magnetic loop antennas go, but magnetic loop antennas are a big compromise. A full size dipole, a full size vertical with radials, or a full size loop antenna, even at a small height would be a noticeable performance improvement for you.

Marvin VE3VEE

Like telescopes. They all can focus, but size (aperture) matters.  Grin
True.

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« Reply #9 on: April 26, 2018, 10:50:34 PM »

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The loop is probably about as large of an antenna as I can put up without having some neighbour issues...and there aren't enough trees to get a nice wire loop up, though that's a good suggestion. It's a rented house, not my permanent dwelling for life, so it isn't like I am stuck here forever, but I would love to be able to hear some VKs. Perhaps I need to get up early in the morning, just as the sun rises, and see if anything comes through.
sun rise your end would be good .
have you tried going portable and getting to a dominant location for a few hours its lots of fun.
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« Reply #10 on: April 27, 2018, 07:18:03 AM »

In 2012, AH6HY posted a short video clip of Conway Reef on Youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSJkwQVYMU8

Marvin VE3VEE

Marvin, could you share some information on your station set-up? I live in a seemingly optimal location, right on the oceanside in NS, but I never have any luck working, for instance, Australians, Japanese, or Conway Reefians (I don't seem to have any westward prop).   I don't have a very directional antenna; just a magnetic loop. I see you must have a beam of some sort... is that the only way to hear and work these guys? When I lived in Ontario I remember having a heck of a time even hitting Western Europe.

I suspect you're really going to have to "up your game", antenna-wise.

I run nothing but wire antennas here and I've worked VKs on every HF band from 160m to 10m (excluding 60m because they don't have access), with a combination of SSB, RTTY, JT65, and FT8. JAs are a little tougher, but I have them on most of the HF bands. Fiji I have on 4 bands (all JT65 and FT8), and Conway Reef I have on 2 bands (all SSB).
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« Reply #11 on: April 28, 2018, 05:44:21 AM »

If you have two trees a Half Square can be an effective vertically polarized antenna without the hassle of radials. This may allow you to take advantage of your excellent location.  Rudy N6LF has done a study that suggests you can bend the ends of the antenna close to ground if you don't have enough height for a full size version.

It is quite possible to work long haul DX quite different from the calculated short/long paths, so don't discount a pair of trees as supports just because seem to be oriented "wrong" for the DX you wish to work.

Zak W1VT
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« Reply #12 on: April 30, 2018, 12:04:33 PM »

This is positive news from DX world.

A “quick” activity from Conway Reef (OC-112) by Dom, 3Z9DX and others is planned for sometime in May. Full details to follow, however there are spaces available on the team.
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« Reply #13 on: May 06, 2018, 08:20:33 AM »

Good news: 3D2AG is going with the team.

Source: https://dxnews.com/3d2cr/

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« Reply #14 on: May 08, 2018, 06:19:12 AM »

I can't wait...  I need it.
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