Ham Talk Live! Episode 121 - Live from Baker Island!

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  1. WB9VPG

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    Thursday (6/28) at 9 pm Eastern time on Ham Talk Live!, Marty Sullaway, KC1CWF along with the KH1/KH7Z Baker Island DXpedition operating team will join us and take your calls! The team is scheduled to be on the island by satellite phone during the show! (team appearance is subject to satellite phones working) As long as everything works, we will take YOUR calls for the team live on the job on Baker Island!

    The team has arrived, and is making landings as this post is written.

    Tune into Ham Talk Live! Thursday night at 9 pm Eastern time (0100Z) by going to hamtalklive.com. When the audio player indicates LIVE, just hit the play button!

    If you miss the show live, you can listen on demand anytime also at hamtalklive.com; or a podcast version is on nearly all podcast sites a few minutes after the live show is over. Some sites include Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play, SoundCloud, and iHeart Podcasts; and it's also available on YouTube.

    Be sure to CALL in with your questions and comments by calling 812-NET-HAM-1 live during the call-in segment of the show, or by Skype. Our username is hamtalklive. You can also tweet your questions before or during the show to @HamTalkLive.

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    AC7DD, N2LAM, K6JO and 5 others like this.
  2. K4FMH

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    You're living the dream, Marty!
  3. ZS4RC

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    I am so sad to yet again miss another good opportunity to work an island that is not on the air regularly, due to bad propagation from South Africa. 4 years ago I could work any station in the world with just my 200 watt barefoot with 3 element yagi, today it is difficult to even hear Europe at some stages. Ham radio is not what it used to be with the bad conditions that we are experiencing on this part of the world and a lot of good contact and station as well as dxpeditions are missed because of that, was looking forward in working Baker island but conditions is just not favourable :(

    Good luck guys and hope you make a lot of contacts

    Best 73
  4. NN6EE

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  5. NN6EE

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    WELL? THAT'S HOW IT IS, SOOO WE GOTTA LIVE WITH IT!!! Yesterday we'd worked KB1/KH7X, first call mind u, but obviously for us "LEFT-COASTERS (CA.USA) working into AFRICA/MIDDLE-EAST or even EUROPA IT'S NOT AN EASY TASK BUT WE "PERSEVERE" !!!
  6. KJ7WT

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    Friend, I feel your pain! I was finally able to work KH7Z on 20m FT-8, but it took hours of sitting at the rig and computer, watching the waterfall. SSB was unusable - once, 0n 20m, I could barely hear Baker, but the signal never came out of the noise. Since that time, I have not heard KH7Z on any band when I have been listening, and propagation predictions have proved to be somewhat "optimistic". However - as NN6E says, for us on the west coast of the USA, Europe has been very difficult to reach, and often when I see European stations on FT-8, showing strong signal strength, they never reply back to me, so obviously I'm apparently not getting my 50w signal out. But, we just have to keep trying, as that is the epitome of the amateur radio spirit - "When all else fails, amateur radio..." I also have found that propagation "windows" will open up for a few minutes, so spending time in front of the rig seems to be the ticket. Patience and persistence have been the best tools for me. Keep trying!
    Dave, KJ7WT
  7. KJ7WT

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    Also, I have only heard a couple of African stations on FT-8, but they never come back to me within the short propagation window that opens up. I keep trying, though!
  8. KY5G

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    Use the down side of the solar cycle to build your station up.... better antennas, better amps and equipment, taller towers, and learn to be a better op/researcher..... By the time we pass through Solar "spring", you'll be dominant on the scene....
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  9. W5UAA

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    I was finally able to work Baker Island on 20M CW at 00:18Z, 4 July -- only after the LIDs finally quieted down.
  10. ZS4RC

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    I wish I could make some upgrades to my station but you guys do not understand how expensive things are in a country that is falling apart, where our currency cannot even compare to the rest of the world and that we fall under junk status to the rest of the world, we almost pay $3 for a litre of petrol in this country. So yes I must work with what I have but I believe things will get better on the long run

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