Did I really just make a contact across the ocean???

Discussion in 'The DX Zone' started by KD9BPO, Jul 15, 2018.

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  1. KD9BPO

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    Hey guys, just got my General today and started using 20 meters. I made 3 DX contacts so far and I'm pretty pumped. I just started thinking, are these guys using some type of relay or repeaters or am I making direct contact with France, Spain, and Italy? TMZHQ, EF4HQ, and iO4QH

    I'm just using a 4010 EFHW from myantennas and an IC-7300

    Thanks guys!!!
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  2. W7UUU

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    Be careful... it can become addicting :rolleyes: :)


    However, only one of those calls are real... IO4QH and TMZHQ are not valid callsigns. I'm guessing in your excitement to post you did a typo on two of them :) I'm betting you meant to type IO4HQ, not QH :)

    That's the ongoing IARU HQ special event you worked, by the way... that's why all end in HQ

    Last edited: Jul 15, 2018
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  3. VE3CGA

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    thats great, not sure of the licensing there - were these on cw, it does punch through
    if your antenna can tune on 40M try there early or late , lots of dx
    Dont know if you know about dx summit but it can be helpful http://dxsummit.fi/#/
    If you can get or make a 6M antenna, I was able to work some canary island stations recently on one of the openings using a dipole made from a junk tv antenna up 55' on my tower
    even after a few decades (since 1970) , it was exciting with the first rtty qso, the first sstv , first 6M qso, first satellite contact, qrp
    Still is.
    So many paths to explore and yet to be able to discuss other interests/hobbies with folks are into similar activities

    73's have fun with that 7300
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  4. KJ4VTH

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    So true!

    BTW, the correct callsigns are TM0HQ, EF4HQ, and IO4HQ
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  5. KD9BPO

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    Thanks David, yes you are correct it should be IO4HQ.

    It is addicting!! Love everything about it!
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  6. W7UUU

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    Very cool - have fun!! :)

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  7. KD9BPO

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    Thanks Robert! I will have to try the 6 meter Antenna! Canary Islands, now that’s cool!!!
  8. KD9BPO

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    Oh man, you might be right William, maybe he or she was calling TM0HQ, I probably thought it was Zulu when it was Zero, I was wondering why there wasn’t a number in the call but thought it was done specially I ternational thing. Really glad you caught that because I was disappointed that it was my first Europe DX and the call wasn’t coming back right!
  9. KD9BPO

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    The really cool thing is I bought a KX2 and with 10 Watts and an EFHW 4010 I was hitting Georgia California and Mexico!!! And they were telling me my signal was Great!
  10. KD9BPO

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    It was Phone Robert and thanks for the link. Looks interesting, will have to figure it all out tomorrow.

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