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ZD9PR -- for real?

Discussion in 'Contests, DXpeditions and Special Events' started by KK7ER, Sep 9, 2021.

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  1. KK7ER

    KK7ER Ham Member QRZ Page

    So it's late afternoon on the West Coast US and ZD9PR answers my FT8 CQ on 17m.
    I gave him a -18 and he gave me a -19.
    He does not appear in any of the databases (QRZ, HamQTH, Clublog, ...).
    Pskreporter showed he was spotted in Australia and California just now.
    https://dxheat.com/db/zd9pr/ shows a single spot from Japan last month.
    Seems too good to be true.
    Anyone know anything about him?

    73, Mike KK7ER
     
  2. K1LKP

    K1LKP Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    MIKE,

    I KNOW THIS IS NOT THE INFO U ARE SEEKING BUT ZD9
    LAND SEEMS TO BE A VERY INTERESTING PLACE .


    https://dxnews.com/ZD9ZS_Tristan-da-Cunha/

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tristan_da_Cunha



    ZD9AH ' Ulli ' - DL2AH Tristan da Cunha
    ZD9ATN SIMON (aka IZ7ATN) GADALETA SOUTH ATLANTIC OCEAN
    ZD9BV ANDY REPETTO TRISTAN DA CUNHA - SOUTH ATLANTIC OCEAN - VIA CAPE TOWN
    ZD9SXW Roger Western, G3SXW Tristan da Cunha
    ZD9T Dieter DJ2EH AF-029
    ZD9XF Nigel G3TXF South Atlantic

    ZD9GI John McLinden TRISTAN DE CUNHA



    73 - K1LKP

     
    Last edited: Sep 10, 2021
  3. KK7ER

    KK7ER Ham Member QRZ Page

    Oh, I know it is an interesting place! That's what makes me hope (against the circumstantial evidence) that this was a real contact. : )

    73, Mike KK7ER
     
  4. KR3DX

    KR3DX Ham Member QRZ Page

    If it seems too good to be true............

    If the callsign was legitimate, there would be a record of it, and an internet search would find it. My guess would be that it's a pirate.
     
  5. KK7ER

    KK7ER Ham Member QRZ Page

    Dennis, that is my suspicion too. But information can require time to propagate, especially when very small and remote governments are involved. It could be that a ham happened to be visiting for other reasons and decided to get licensed and operate. It is probably wishful thinking on my part. But, I actually did that myself once and got accused of piracy on the air!

    73, Mike KK7ER
     
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  6. WN1MB

    WN1MB Ham Member QRZ Page

    Work 'em first - worry later.
     
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  7. KR3DX

    KR3DX Ham Member QRZ Page

    Good point, Mike!

    Some places aren't as "connected" as we assume them to be!
     
  8. W5BIB

    W5BIB Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Mike,... ZD9ATN, ZD9SXW. ZD9XF, and ZD9GI all have email address listed on their QRZ page. Being such a small group in such a small place, I'll bet one /all of them can confirm/deny the existence of ZD9PR.

    Shoot off an email to one/all of those ops & see what happens.

    Steve / W5BIB
     
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  9. KK7ER

    KK7ER Ham Member QRZ Page

    Steve, I like the way you think. But it looks like these are all the QRZ pages for past dxpeditions, the latest one being 2014, 7 years ago. I wonder how connected they would be to current day happenings in ZD9-land...

    73, Mike KK7ER
     
  10. K2DFC

    K2DFC Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    So find out what governing office would issue licenses for ZD9 and e-mail them.
     

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