Dxing.Today Issue 10, 28th December 2017
Editor: Nick VK2DX Co-Editor: Dragan 4O4A
Seasons greetings UrbanDXers! Our small DXingToday team wishes you all a Happy 2018. We wish you low noise, no QRN and a neighbor-plasma-TV-junk-free New Year. We hope you 'work them all'! And plenty of good health and fun.
The QSO of the week: Spain to Samoa! While EA2KR was chasing VP8, he decoded 5W1SA cqing at his sunset. Quick gear change, and a couple of calls later he got his Christmas present. Well done Oscar!
Once again, Eastern Europeans and Russian were busy chasing US West Coast via long path while Western EUs were trying the same thing via short path. Yes, now is the prime time to work those 'hard to get' states! Johannes C93PA has been incredibly active on all bands - 80m included. Don't miss this fantastic opportunity to work Mozambique; it is highly unlikely we'll have another keen operator on air any time soon. S01WS from Western Sahara teased many impatient operators with his long 'CQ NA' calls at his sunrise. However Sahrawi Amateur Radio Club boys are here to stay so we'll catch them sooner or later. TR8CA and V51YJ were active as well, plus a couple EA9's.
As reported before, JW2US continues to appear on 80m from time to time however the low wire simply does not 'cut it' as a DX antenna. We are keeping an eye on Erik with high expectations. :-)
Closer home: on a quiet QRN-free evenings, VK/ZLs are blessed with the decoding of Caribbean stations of which WP4G, V31MA, NP4PC, HI8PLE, CO3LP are most frequently reported. LU6VV made a cameo appearance booming in half an hour before Sydney sunset. VU2NKS and VU2IT are very active handing out Zone 22 to deserving chasers. Their QSO rates are painfully slow so full credit to persistence! Central Asia: unfortunately, EX/HB9DUR and EX7DY from Kyrgyzstan proved to be too hard to catch for too many, being only reported by Russian/Easter Eus but there was no shortage of loud UN7 and UK8's.
While I hate to brag about my own contact (well sort of), I simply have to share this one with you: it was around midnight local time and I was struggling to pull yet another JA form the mud when a single yellow line appeared on my screen: CQ DE AP2AM Pakistan! Seyed was barely decodable at -21 and often, such a feeble single decode means 'gone, never to be seen again'. I replied instantly, and a minute later, it was all over. Only THEN it all sunk in: an amazing realization that I've worked one of the most wanted ones on my 'to look for' list. One call, bang, done. What followed after was a tsunami of Japanese callers, a mix of Asiatic Russian and Easter Europeans. Quite frankly, almost a week later, and I still can't think of a better Christmas present!
This week I also managed to work my 100th DXCC on 80m JT modes. It took 5 months to reach my first goal for the season so while I type this, I feel I've reached a major milestone on my Urban DXing road-map. WAS is still 'to be completed' (missing RI) but this will happen sooner or later. However working all 40 zones will take probably a few years but hey - what would life be without challenges?
The 80m band is a perfect FT8 band: DXing is possible, but can not be taken for granted. The little urban pistols have almost the same chance of working rare ones as big guns. The QRN, Aurora and Matrix are merciless and will challenge even the most persistent chasers. And waking up an hour before sunset and riding that sunrise wave is a very special felling in itself. Give it a go - you may be hooked too!
Oh, I almost forgot to tell you who the dude in the photo is! Welcome our new top listed 80m JT modes czar: Haroldo, PY7DJ. All the way from Recife, Brazil with a massive 80m JT modes score of 170. Haroldo is a keen chaser, missing only Zones 27 and 34. I've asked what the most difficult DXCC from his location is and which two is he chasing without much luck: Pakistan and New Caledonia. Taking into account that he only uses a relatively simple dipole, we wonder what's his secret weapon? "My QTH is just 25 meters from the beach - the ocean does it's magic".
OK, you've survived the family gathering, opened your presents; the weather is miserable and quite frankly, you are even a bit tired of FT8. Worry not! It's time to switch off your radio and have some on-air fun: to check your log and play with your QSL cards.
Today's challenge: how many of 16 possible Australian FIELDS have you worked and confirmed? And which field is the most difficult one to catch?
Without any doubt, it is the OC field where two Australian Antarctic bases are located: Casey and Wilkes. Since the year 2000 there were only a handful of activations with only a few hundred of QSOs made from this field. If you've worked VI0ANZAC, VK0BFG, VK0DMV or VK0GB then you are indeed a mega chaser!
So how many in total have you worked or confirmed? Here is a quick check list. Fill it in and do let us know so we can congratulate you in the next issue.
|1||VE8EV, NL7S, NL8F, AL4Y|
|6||XE1UYS, XE1VY, XE2YWH|
|8||WP4G, V31MA, NP4PC, HI8PLE, CO3LP|
|17||UN6TA, UN7TW, UN9GGH, UN9LBZ, UK7AL, UK8LCK, EX7DY, EX/HB9DUR|
|18||RV9UP, UA9UR, RA0WX|
|21||AP2AM, EK1KE, 4L6QL|
|24||VR2XMT, BV5AB, BV1EK, BG4DRL, BG3ATI, BG3PJT|
|25||HL3IB, 8N1T, HL2IPB|
|27||DU7EYG, DU2FIS, DU1GM|
|28||9M2TO, 9M2CNC, 9M2/JE1SCJ, YG3ESW, YB8SFE|
|30||VK5XDX, VK3FM, VK2QQ|
|32||FK1TS, ZL3RJ, 3D2AG, 3D2TS, 5W1SA|
|AZ||K7LOL, AA7A. K5XI|
|NY||KB2DTT, W2GDJ, AA2DT|
|TX||AK9B, K5DNC, W5BGP|
|WI||N9UDO, NS9I, W9GL, WE9V|
by Branko, YU1FW
C5, The Gambia
Johannes, For years, this country is "represented" by C5YK, Andre (ON7YK), especially on 6M. Andre is currently following the flaw - he can be found on FT8 modes, 40-15M. During the New Year's holidays, from C5 the following will be active:
- C56RU - Franky, ON6RU, 26 DEC - 1 JAN 2018,
- C5WP - Pedro, ON7WP, 28 DEC - 30 DEC 2017 (mostly JT65 - spiderbeam 20-10M and delta loop for 40, 60M)
- Mec, SP7VC and Kate, SQ7OYL will be at that time in J5 and 6W,
- Przemyslaw, SP3PS will be active from 30 DEC - 12 JAN as C5/SP3SP (40, 20, 10M - 100W, bazooka and FD4 antenna).
This time Vadym, UT6UD (ex: A35UD, FG/UT6UD, FO/UT6UD, H44UD, S21XV) is going to Saint Maarten, from 30 DEC to 13 JAN 2018 where he will be active as PJ7/UT6UD, 160-17M. He carries 60 kg of equipment including a home made vertical for 160M. He'll be giving special attention toward JA stations.
QSL via UT6UD.
RI50ANO,South Shetlands Isl
Alex, RI1ANO (home call: UA1OJL) will be active from 01 JAN - 31 MAR 2018 as RI50ANO, celebrating 50 years of Bellinghausen station, from King George island (AN-010). As usual, Alex is operating all bands, CW, SSB and FT8 mode.
QSL via RN1ON.
T8CW,Rep of Palau
Ryosel, JH0IXE will be active during New Year's holidays from VIP Guest Hotel as T8CW, 27 DEC - 05 JAN 2018. Activity will be 80-6M, CW, SSB, RTTY. More info at http://t8cw.idou.net/
XT2AW, Burkina Faso
Harold, DF2WO (ex D44TWO, 9X0AW) will be again active from Ouagadougou as XT2AW, 30 DEC - 18 JAN 2018. Harold is equaly active CW, SSB, FT8, 40-10M.
QSL via M0OXO.
David, EI9FBBB and Col, M0NDX will be active from 30 DEC to 02 JAN 2018 from Djerba isl. (AF-083), as 3V8CQ. They were active from Liberia as EL2BB and EL2EL on the beginning of November 2017 when they failed to disembark to Bayah Isl (AF-111), 5L3BI. More info at https://af111new.com/
Nice news coming from Kenneth, LA7GIA and Adrian, KO8CSA. They've got a licence for 6O6O call sign. Activity will be for 12 days from 3-16 JAN 2018. Both OPs prefer CW where they are active 80% of the time. As usual, they will use 2 x Elecraft radio, 2 x Elecraft KPA500 + 1 kW amplifier, 2 el beam 20-10M, 40-10M vertical, 80M full size vertical and 160M inverted L + 200m long beverages to NA, EU, VK/ZL, JA/SA directions + K9AY RX loop. More information at www.la7gia.com.
The last activity from Somalia was from the great op Darko E70A, who was active as 6O3A two times (FEB and MAY/JUNE 2012) when he made about 16.5k QSOs all mode. The unimaginable happened: 6O3A was a new one on 6M to lot of guys...
QSL via M0OXO.
Some time ago the world media released the article news, that discusses the plans of Russian millionaire Anton Bakov, a leader of one of the political parties in Russia and a former representative in Russian parliament, to lease three islands in the Eastern Kiribati island group.
Our first thought was that we could have a new DXCC, and I took a look
at those islands - uninhabited and undeveloped islands of Malden,
Starbuck and Caroline. In the meantime, the Eastern Kiribati government
refused his offer and everything was forgotten, but IOTA lovers were
reminded to these very rare islands.
Those islands, including the fourth, Flint island, was activated for the first (and only) time in 2010 by G3KHZ, K9AJ, G4EDG and 9M6DXX.
NA-111 New Jersey State group, Ocean county
This group comprises about 40 islands in the state of New Jersey.
During August 2009, members of Old Barney Amateur Radio Club used
the special call N2OB/150, celebrating 150th aniversary of Old Barney
lighthouse on Long Bearch.
The Barnegat Lighthouse nicknamed „Old Barney“ is located in Barnegat
Light, NJ and was first lit in January 1,1859. It stands on the southern
shore at the mouth of the Barnegat Inlet, is 165 feet tall and has a
spiral staircase of 217 steps. The lighthouse has been revived with new
fresnel lens and lamps. The relighting ceremony took place on January 1st,
2009. On its 150th anniversary its rotating light cat be seen 20 miles
out at sea. Our club namesake shines on once again.
By Peca, YT7DX and Dragan, K0AP
Once again, our IOTA gurus have crunched the numbers and have done the hard work for you by separating activities into 3 distinctive categories: A - ones which simply cannot be missed because they are rarely activated islands, B - 'do your best to get them' but it's not the end of the world if you don't work them this time and C - frequently activated, well within the reach of urban DXers like ourselves. GL !
|A||AS-047 JI3DST/6 (Claimed by: 24.8% of participants)
Take will be QRV from Kita-Daito Island, 28/12/2017 - 09/01/2018. This is a relatively rare JA IOTA and particularly those who are new to the IOTA game should make an effort to log it. Take is an experienced IOTA activator and excellent operator and will be QRV on 80-6m, CW/SSB/DIGI (FT8 included). No active resident on the island.
NA-111 AG2J Seven Mile Island (Claimed by: 28.0% of participants)
Stephan is resident, and he is active on CW/FT8. From time to time, island hosts members of Old Barney Amateur Radio Club - N2OB.
|B||AF-086 3V8CQ Djerba island (Claimed by: 37.0% of participants)
EI9FBB and MM0NDX will be active from there 3 during December 30, 2017 to January 2, 2018. QRV on HF, CW/SSB.
AS-005 RD0B/P Dickskon island (Claimed by: 28.3% of participants).
Valery was found on 20M CW/SSB from RDA KK-65, and currently he is the only active station from this island.
AS-053 HS0ZIQ Phuket island (Claimed by: 28.8% of participants).
John - ZB2JK is again active till 10 JAN 2018. Can be found on 20M FT8. Other active stations are: HS1EAX, HS1IHQ, HS8AB, HS8AT, HS8FTM, HS8HEX, HS8JKY, HS0ZEX, HS0ZFB.
EU-079 LB0OG/P Nerlandsoy island (Claimed by: 34.1% of participants)
Marcin surprised us on Christmas eve, this time from IOTA EU-079/WFF LAFF-0366. Unfortunately, most probably this is an "one day operation".
EU-014 TK/NZ1C Corsica island (Claimed by: 57.6% of participants)
Georg was on his Christmas holidays on Corsica, till DEC 24. He was active on 30M FT8.
EU-042 DK8OL Sylt island (Claimed by: 44.1% of participants).
Stefan is one of the most active stations from this island. He can be found on or around common IOTA frequencies. Besides, active stations are DF4GA, DH4LAR, DJ8DJ, DL0SY.
From the same island group, but from the Förth island, DL1WH/P Volker will be QRV till 2 JAN 2018 CW/SSB/DIGI. Resident on this island is Ben, DL6BEN, only in DIGI modes.
EU-047 DJ9IN Norderney Island (Claimed by: 41.5% of participants).
Karl is a resident, and can be found on common IOTA frequencies with an excellent signal (he has 4 elements 5 bands Qubex quad!)
Our listing continues to grow - and we welcome all newcomers.
Remember: this listing is "WORKED ONLY" so no confirmation is required
at this stage. Whether you're competitive or not, it makes no
difference: do let us know your totals and we'll list you as well.
Talk is cheap. Urban or rural DXer, show the world what you're made of.
Our Facebook request for an appropriate "Ham HNY 2018" photo was answered by Lee Hatfield, K2HAT Rensselaer, NY. We wanted that snow-covered antenna (Snowman optional) but what we got was much more: a photo of an actual Urban DXer extraordinaire dream-setup. No, that is not a clothing line - it is actually the hex beam!
We LOVE it! Happy New 2018 to you Hat!
And one more... "6BTV HAVING A SHOW DAY 73 K7ZOV"