Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Phone call worth a beer or TWO !

Crazy afternoon today, probably broke few limits driving home after phone call from Ted SP3OCC with info he just worked Yaser 9K2YM on 70MHz !
Quite rare DX on 70MHz, as we need 2 hops (3610km) to get into Kuwait, and of course operator must be there and QRV!

Thank God my QRL is only 15km away, and no Police patrols along, ugh! :-D

After arriving home there was no 9K2YM heard, but Yaser was still QRV according to spots.
Fortunately it was only Es QSB and after few minutes Yaser appeared with growing signals.

Few minutes more and signal reached -01dB WSJT scale and grow even morewith good level to SSB try, so Yaser went to SSB and shot solid s9 in the peaks !

Probably some QRM/noise his end, but after few calls ( screaming rather :-) ) he got my call and SSB QSO was done - 70MHz DXCC #52.

Recorded audio (sri for quality, wav was OK, bad on YT) :  https://youtu.be/G4dOFyxTiws

Also CW from 9K was great, Yaser worked few EU stations on 70.171 MHz. According to his info setuo is only 20W and 8ele Yagi.

No doubt it was phone call worth beer or even TWO - we need to drink for it next occassion Ted!  big THANKS!


Thursday, June 15, 2017

Rare DX on 70MHz - Western Sahara S01WS QRV !

For those of You who haven't noticed yesturday's massive Es opening on 4m - there's new DX to hunt for...

Please note they have two different QTH :
Bir Lehlu #IL56HB, and Tifariti #IL46RD

After extensive opening to whole EA from N to S, including EA6, EA8 and big sigs from CT band was starting to calm a bit around 18UTC.
But it was only a short break !

 Map source: www.dxmaps.com

Possibly nothing more to work left. Only Joe CT1HZE was still audible at s7 working DL's.

Then BANG ! 18:19UTC Sjoerd PA3DOL spotted QSO with S01WS on 4m.
First thought - maybe wrong QRG, WS is well known from 6m - but no!
Sjoerd confirmed his QSO with S01WS. Followed by Rob PA0RDY and "some" DL stations.

After quick tune at 185 there was nothing except weak birdie, after applying the notch unreadable voices, almost EME level were heard ! Then after 5-6 minutes first time S01WS came audible with CQ, but what a pity - he did not respond to call... More than 5 min with repetable CQ 4, without even QRZ...

Worse nightmare when You heard DX, and he is not !     

Nevertheless, hope this opening will encourage S01 guys to be more active.
At the time no more info about their antenna and RIG used on 4. If no any improvement they still could be QRV on wire dipole used on 6m and HF.

More info to come soon, I hope.

GL !

Friday, June 9, 2017

HA/SP7VC rare grid KN17AV - UPDATED

On behalf of Mek SP7VC I am announcing his another rare 50/70 MHz grid activation, this time KN17AU.
Most part of the KN17 square belongs to UR and YO, and almost no activity from there, but small part is still in HA.

Operation will start June 15 in the afternoon, as usual MS on FSK441. If Es will occur please call him SSB on TX frequency to change mode.

If no Es HA/SP7VC will ALWAYS transmit 1st period with standard 30s duration FSK441 mode.

Frequency 70.174 MHz  (DL part of band)

Some hot pics from KN17AV (changed from planned KN17AU)

4m LOG (raw data):


S51DI,9A1Z, S51ZO

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