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Old 12-23-2016, 10:07 AM
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Wow.... the bands were in bad shape this morning. Only heard ONE European (a 9A) but was barley readable. I can't even hear HB9RDE who usually has a blasting signal on 17m. I did work V31MA on 17m with a decent signal and AB4WL in MS doing an NPOTA activation on 40m.

Hopefully the bands will improve later on. Or it may be that everyone is getting ready for Christmas, so they are not on the air that much.

I'll keep listening,

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Wow.... the bands were in bad shape this morning. Only heard ONE European (a 9A) but was barley readable. I can't even hear HB9RDE who usually has a blasting signal on 17m. I did work V31MA on 17m with a decent signal and AB4WL in MS doing an NPOTA activation on 40m.

Hopefully the bands will improve later on. Or it may be that everyone is getting ready for Christmas, so they are not on the air that much.

I'll keep listening,

73 de KM4SII / IcomIcR20
The only station I heard this morning without a lot of noise was 6Y6Y on 17. Good old Lester was on the beach in a speedo enjoying a 88 degree day. Must be nice!😀
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The only station I heard this morning without a lot of noise was 6Y6Y on 17. Good old Lester was on the beach in a speedo enjoying a 88 degree day. Must be nice!😀
Yes... heard him too, but I have already worked him twice on 17m.

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Worked a station today on St Helena Island. He gave a respectable 5x5 but on my end he was booming. I really hope he confirms.😃
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Propagation I suppose was very good earlier because I heard a Alaskian and a Indoisian station quite loud. I tried to work the guy in Alaska but couldn't get through the pile up.
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Apparently, if you stay up half the night, good things happen.
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Worked KC4AAA Geographic South Pole, Antarctia today on 20m, this is my 1st contact there...
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Old 01-15-2017, 2:31 AM
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Good job gentlemen!!! I got the Maritime mobile station which counts for Pamana. I tried the south pole one and the Alaskian. Little by little I'm making Q's that I need so it's all good. If I was clever is say a time and a place I'll be on and maybe folks who need jersey can work me and I can get states I kneed like Washington north and south dackoda.
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I am limited to 15m for a few days until I can get everything worked out here at the station....

I have had NO QSOs on 15m for the past six days but 15m suddenly opened briefly today and then closed.
I worked EA1ISE, W1MBB, EA7TR, and then W0RLF before the band closed...

But a little later (and still going on now) 15m opened up even more! I have worked:
NP3XF
VY5IAL/7 - IOTA DXpedition
KP4AW - Special Event station
WP4FK
PY2MF
C5YK - I found him quickly and worked him before the pileup started and before he got spotted - That was a new band and only the second time I have worked The Gambia!
HQ1LEO

So far a good day of DX despite being limited to one band!

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I love the smell of DX in the morning....
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I am limited to 15m for a few days until I can get everything worked out here at the station....

I have had NO QSOs on 15m for the past six days but 15m suddenly opened briefly today and then closed.
I worked EA1ISE, W1MBB, EA7TR, and then W0RLF before the band closed...

But a little later (and still going on now) 15m opened up even more! I have worked:
NP3XF
VY5IAL/7 - IOTA DXpedition
KP4AW - Special Event station
WP4FK
PY2MF
C5YK - I found him quickly and worked him before the pileup started and before he got spotted - That was a new band and only the second time I have worked The Gambia!
HQ1LEO

So far a good day of DX despite being limited to one band!

73 de KM4SII / IcomIcR20
Wow you guys killed it!!! I got Berumda,Barbados and somebody else earlier.
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Old 01-25-2017, 10:02 PM
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Latest round of DXing on 1/25/2017:

DL2RMM - 17m
W1AW/KP4 - 17m
PJ4DX - 15m
HQ1LEO - 15m
ON7TQ - 17m
CG6AO - 20m
M0UTD - 17m
XE2G - 17m
CG6AO - 15m
VE100VIMY/VE4 - 17m
P4/DL4MM - 20m
HI1UD - 17m
HI1UD - 40m

Also snagged French Guyana on a new band a few days ago on 17m in addition to the regular EU/North/South America stations....

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Icom what are you running as far as rig,power and antenna goes? I need to take some tips from you.
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Antenna is on my QRZ page (my call is KM4SII). It is just a trapped dipole at 20 feet.

I run just barefoot -- 100W.

My youth -- being 14 years old -- helps considerably in a pile up :-)

When I am in the shack, the DX cluster is ALWAYS open. If I see something interesting spotted I try to jump on it before the pile-up gets going. Also, always listen, listen, listen... don't always rely on the cluster. Take some time to just tune through the bands to see what is out there. I have worked some surprising DX that way (see the C5YK example from earlier in this thread).

If you want any more info/ tips please feel free to ask! I would be glad to help!

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Antenna is on my QRZ page (my call is KM4SII). It is just a trapped dipole at 20 feet.

I run just barefoot -- 100W.

My youth -- being 14 years old -- helps considerably in a pile up :-)

When I am in the shack, the DX cluster is ALWAYS open. If I see something interesting spotted I try to jump on it before the pile-up gets going. Also, always listen, listen, listen... don't always rely on the cluster. Take some time to just tune through the bands to see what is out there. I have worked some surprising DX that way (see the C5YK example from earlier in this thread).

If you want any more info/ tips please feel free to ask! I would be glad to help!

73 de KM4SII
Ok I have to check out your page. I only do 100 watts as well but as of yet I haven't really heard Japan or really any stations in the South Pacific. I will continue to try and maybe buy a external antenna tuner rather then rely on my rigs internal one.
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1/31/2017:

SM5CAK - 17m
ES1BA - 17m --ATNO!--
G4JCZ - 15m
LY1G - 17m
MW0VOW - 17m
ON4LT - 15m

2/1/2017:

OK2SAI - 20m
S51DX - 20m
HA8IB - 20m
NI5DX/P - 20m (IOTA)
CM7OA - 15m

2/2/2017:
FM5DN - 12m
KP4RMS - 20m
WP4NXI - 10m
VE100VIMY/VE5 - 15m

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Old 02-04-2017, 10:47 PM
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The last 2 days of DX --

2/3/2017:

F8DZU - 17m
CG2OV - 17m
OM2VL - 20m
W5S - 20m
HB9EOU - 20m
EA5DY - 15m
HA3NU - 20m
EA5DY - 20m
HA7TM - 20m
PY8WW - 17m
PV8AL - 17m
TI2CC - 15m

2/4/2016

NON-CONTEST:

S57S - 17m
EA7GX - 17m
IK4UPI - 17m
F5MIN - 17m
HA3NU - 17m
ZD7FT - 17m
KP4RV - 17m
CO6LC - 20m

BLACK SEA CONTEST:

IT9SSI - 20m
LY4A - 20m
IU4CHE - 20m
YT1A - 20m

MNQP:

K0SIX - 20m
N0XT - 20m
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Old 02-05-2017, 12:45 PM
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The bands just keep on giving! Another great 2 hours of DX this morning. The only thing that would have made it better would be to work TL8TT. However, local QRM was covering him up :-(

Anyhow.... here is the morning's log!

IK4GRO - 15m (I gave him a 59+20 and he gave me a 59+10!)
IK4MEE - 15m
IZ4NPE - 15m
SV2DCD - 15m
IZ4DJP - 17m
MW0VOW - 15m
G4ELJ - 17m
GM6TVR - 17m (I gave him a 59+10 and he gave me a 59+10!)
TM14AAW - 17m
EA8CTF - 15m
CT1ASM - 20m
GD6IA - 17m

The bands were great this AM... now we will see what the PM brings...

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Interesting evening of phone DX last night / early this morning. I've been lax in exercising my SSB muscles.

S01WS 2017-02-06 22:11 40M PH WESTERN SAHARA
HL5FUA 2017-02-06 22:16 40M PH REPUBLIC OF KOREA <-- needed the amp for this one
9H1TT 2017-02-06 22:19 40M PH MALTA
OE6MBG 2017-02-07 06:21 80M PH AUSTRIA
IZ8GNR 2017-02-07 06:21 80M PH ITALY
OE8HAQ 2017-02-07 06:21 80M PH AUSTRIA
G0WLG 2017-02-07 06:22 80M PH ENGLAND
F6ECS 2017-02-07 06:31 80M PH FRANCE
DF2BO 2017-02-07 06:34 80M PH GERMANY
YT1AA 2017-02-07 06:37 80M PH SERBIA
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Old 02-07-2017, 5:58 PM
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I'll just list my two best catches for the day:

VK3TJK - 20m SSB (Long Path)
S01WS - 40m SSB (Only worked S0 once before but via a remote and on 20m so this was an all time new band and an ATNO from my home QTH!)

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