VP6D Ducie Is. DXpedition

Discussion in 'The DX Zone' started by KE4KY, Oct 16, 2018.

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  1. KI4WCQ

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    I tried reworking for a few hours and never got picked up. I suspect I show as "green" and not "red" so they ignore my call. I've since worked a third band on FT8 and didn't get in log but have a third screenshot.
     
  2. W9CYS

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    Loud signal into W9-land now. Been calling on 14.280 (general) for three days 500w into CL-33. Too busy working up 5-10. I guess I'm not making it onto the P3 display :( Persist!
     
  3. KM4SII

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    I don't think they are always listening on 14.280... only at specific times. They listened on 14.280 for generals for a while today.
     
  4. DK7OB

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    Just looked again. They made a another upload and now I'm in. Maybe they don't upload all the logs from the different stations at the same time.
     
  5. N2EY

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    Worked VP6D on 40 CW this morning......with the Type 7.....
     
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  6. WF4W

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    i got my CW QSO just now on 40m so I can relax now :)

    Also picked up Yj0GC on 40/80 CW ... was a good morning!
     
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  7. WA6MHZ

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    Got thru on 80CW this morning! That was a tough one!!
     
  8. N2EY

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    Bit of a story there....

    Tried to work them the past few mornings - best time around 1000Z. Could hear them OK, but they're working up about 2 kHz and the RIT range of the Southgate Type 7 is only about 1.5 kHz.

    Pulled the Southgate Type 6 out of retirement last night to act as a second receiver, to work split. Hadn't been powered up in about 25 years, but it still works....receiver section, anyway. Sounds pretty good! (The Type 6 was built in the early 1980s and was my main rig from about 1984 to 1994, when it was replaced by the Type 7). To use it as a second receiver, I'd need to make up a cable or two and a relay interface to mute it while transmitting.

    While tuning around on 40, heard XT2SZZ, working up. Switched the antenna back to the Type 7, and worked them - they were only working about 1 kHz up then.

    This morning, went after VP6D again, only this time, tuned right to the edge of the Type 7 receiver passband. The filters are 500 Hz wide and very steep skirts, but it made the difference. Not too shabby for 100 homebrew watts and a trap inverted V with the center at 40 feet.

    Two ATNOs in less than 8 hours - not a contest, both DXpeditions.

    Maybe it's time to restore/renovate/modernize the Type 6......let's see....redo the audio section, install provision for second VFO, change some tube types to higher-performing ones, rebuild the power supply, do some VFO stuff....hmmm......maybe.

    73 de Jim, N2EY
     
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  9. WA6MHZ

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    The DXA is really slick!
    http://www.dxa3.org/vp6d/
    not quite real time, but in less than 5 min a nice message pops up congratulating you on your contact and confirming you are IN THE LOG! They are really squared away on their logging and networking
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    it also shows which bands and modes you need to concentrate on. This, along with DX SUMMIT is providing real time coverage of their activity. Like right now I can see they are working mostly Europe on 40 and not much stateside. I am waiting for them to go back to 20CW so I can pounce on them there. I checked some of the locals and they have them worked on 30 and 10M, which I haven't seen them on at all yet. I was lucky to nail them on the one time they went to 20RTTY.
    Heard them well on160CW this morning, but I was calling them on 80 at the time and didn't want to have to go retune the amp and tuner. So I will look for them tommorrow on 160 about the same time.

    Sue came over and fixed my 30/17/12 Fan Dipole yesterday, So I am ready for them on WARC!
     
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  10. WA6MHZ

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    Thank You SUE AF6LJ, who fixed my Fan Dipole and got me in the log on 30M just now!
     
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