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VK-ZL 1296 MHz distance record broken after 32 years!

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by VK7HH, Feb 6, 2020.

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  1. VK7HH

    VK7HH Ham Member QRZ Page

    On Friday the 31st of January, a large tropospheric opening was predicted to form between VK7 and ZL. Much discussion was had in the week beforehand and several stations decided to try and participate.

    Due to the high fire danger (40 degree Celsius day) and subsequent closure, Mt Wellington was ruled out as a possible spot to operate. Murray VK7ZMS, Richard VK7ZBX and Hayden VK7HH set off to operate from One Tree Hill near Kingston whilst Rex VK7MO operated from home, hoping to work Roger ZL3RC on 10 GHz.

    We arrived on site shortly after 6am local time and commenced setting up and the first contact was made to Nick ZL1IU on 2m at 5/5 by Murray. Richard then worked Nick on 70cm at 5/1 both ways. Murray also worked Nick on 432. This is Murray's first contacts to ZL on 2m and 70cm. Congratulations Murray!

    Then at 20:08 UTC, Rex worked Nick 5/6 on 1296 MHz, the first contact between VK7 and ZL on 23cm and a new VK7 state record at 2432.6km settling a long held frustration having not worked back in 2006 when a similar opening occurred.

    Then, 9 mins later at 20:17 UTC, Hayden worked Nick 4/1 both ways on 1296 from his remote site, the 2nd contact between VK7 and ZL on 23cm and a new National and State record at 2458.9km. This breaks the current National Record which was set in 1988 between VK3 and 6 by 3.8km!!

    Later contacts were made on 2m with varying signal strengths throughout the morning to ZL1SWW, ZL1TPH and ZL3RC. We thank all the stations who participated in giving it a real go on this opening. Unfortunately, despite Hepburn predictions, conditions were not strong enough for any other bands above 1296, despite repeated attempts.

    Below is a video summarizing the day and predicting the potential for such contacts
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  2. WA4YGG

    WA4YGG Ham Member QRZ Page

    CONGRATULATIONS! Excellent report guys. I got motivation from viewing this video! I will have to get out my TS-2000x and put up my yagis. Steve WA4YGG GA EM74
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  3. VK7HH

    VK7HH Ham Member QRZ Page

    Summer is coming over there! Good luck, great fun are the microwave bands.
  4. YV5KG

    YV5KG Ham Member QRZ Page

    very nice Dx in microwave
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  5. G3SEA

    G3SEA Ham Member QRZ Page

    Well done Mates ! :cool:

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  6. K6IJ

    K6IJ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Congratulations to you guys. For those interested take a look at KH6HME records through 5 GHz from the big island of Hawaii.
    We are adding to the two meter beacon soon will have WSPR plus CW about the same as our 432 beacon system operating now.

    Aloha, Fred KH7Y, K6IJ
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  7. ZL1PDT

    ZL1PDT Ham Member QRZ Page

    Congratulations to you guys,very nice hope more happens this year,
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  8. VE3VXO

    VE3VXO Ham Member QRZ Page

    Amazing! Way to go. Congratulations to all.
    Last edited: Feb 7, 2020
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  9. KF1P

    KF1P XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    Congratulations ! ! ! 1296 is such a fun band....keep up this work....
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  10. WC5P

    WC5P Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    I remember watching an early 1296 experimenter, WA8CHD, trying to make a contact to the other end of his driveway using a pair of APX6’s back in the mid 60’s.

    Things have come a long way since then.
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