21 October 8:00pm AST VU7RI Pirate?

Discussion in 'The DX Zone' started by VE3CEN, Oct 22, 2019.

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  1. VE3CEN

    VE3CEN Ham Member QRZ Page

    I want to get your opinions on this scenario. Last evening, I happened across VU7RI on 40M CW absolutely BOOMING into my East Coast QTH, easy S9. I got pretty excited and tried to work him for a while, but quickly became confounded because of a few things:
    1. Station was operating CW Simplex, which made it impossible for them to work more than maybe 1 OP per minute at best. It was an absolute zoo. Various frequency cops were sending their usual UP UP but the OP didn't go split until very late in the game.
    2. The propagation has been absolute GARBAGE in the last weeks on 40M for me. Hearing VU7RI loud as he was, when I could barely hear DLs, seemed very strange.\
    3. Several DX-chasers were sending "PIRATE PIRATE" over the simplex frequency.

    I am curious to know what you think; I know this is a real DXpedition, but I somehow wonder if something funny was going on last night. I in no way intend to demean or criticise the legitimate DX operators, by the way. This just seemed strange to me.
  2. KP4SX

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    Last night on 40 I heard some other VUs that were stronger than typical. Never hrd VU7RI though. Hard to say if you heard the real deal.
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  3. VE3CEN

    VE3CEN Ham Member QRZ Page

    it is certainly possible that this was the real McCoy, but to hear a VU at S9 on my modest end-fed is not something I consider normal. In any case, I *strongly* hope that the station starts working split from the get-go, and routinely calls out the split, because it was an absolute gongshow last night, just embarrassing with all the tune-uppers, kilocycle cops, and oblivious ops pounding out their call non-stop on-frequency.
  4. W5BIB

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    Joshua,... Here's their tentative Band Plan (copied from their QRZ.com Biography Page):


    Update - one of our member could not land due to weather conditions and his flight had to return back , and is now waiting to be departed from the main land. Weather is extremely bad here. so we are running short of man power, but locals are very helpful.

    Thank you

    There will be more CW from today, also FT8 on F/H mode. Please check out the details below. There are absolutely no internet coverage where we stay or on mobile network!

    For FT8 Lovers:

    20m - 14084 FH

    40m - 7078 FH

    Please follow the twitter for schedule updates - @vu7ri


    On Day 1 - We will be reaching on 19th October and first evening will be simply an Aerial 51 multi band wire antenna on 60m, 40m or 20m with FT4 /CW mode.

    On Day 2 - that is 20th October, we intend to erect Hexbeam, & Vertical antenna then follow the 10m,15m,20m, 40m & 80m schedule as detailed below.

    On Day 3 - that is from 21st Oct, we will have 80m and possibly 160m antenna erected as well.

    Draft - Announcing Working Schedule - Draft
    Hz- Approximate Mode Beaming Direction
    10 28495 SSB Omni
    15 21295 SSB Omni
    20 14245 - 14270 SSB Asia/Oceania
    20 14010 - 14025 CW Asia/Oceania
    20 14084 FT8 Asia/Oceania
    20 14245 - 14270 SSB Middle East /Europe / Americas
    20 14010 - 14025 CW Middle East /Europe /Americas
    20 14084 FT8 Middle East /Europe /Americas
    40 7170 - 7180 SSB Omni

    40 7005-7010 CW Omni

    40 7078 FT8 Omni
    60 5357 FT8 Omni / Day 3 onwards
    80 3.750- 3.700 SSB Omni / Day 2 onwards
    80 3.500 - 3.525 CW Omni / Day 2 onwards
    80 3585 FT8 Omni / Day 2 onwards
    160 1810* - 1838 CW Omni / Day 3 onwards
    Other Bands will be announced after sensing the local conditions.
    //End Quote//

    If it WAS them,... Good Catch for you !! :D
  5. W5BIB

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  6. W5BIB

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    Boy ! This one sure bombed-out !! :(
  7. KP4SX

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    They sure didn't make a very big splash.
    I wonder how many band/modes Pat worked them on?
  8. N0UN

    N0UN XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    It appears you worked a pirate. VU7RI log is on Club Log: https://clublog.org/logsearch/VU7RI

    They were good signal here into Colorado morning of 22/Oct on 20M Phone.

    3,402 Q's total.

    Last edited: Nov 11, 2019

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