• [VE9KK] Zeroed in on another DXpedition........

    From VE9KK via rec.radio.amateur.moderat@21:1/5 to All on Sat Oct 30 11:00:34 2021
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    Zeroed in on another DXpedition........

    Posted: 30 Oct 2021 04:12 AM PDT http://ve3wdm.blogspot.com/2021/10/zeroed-in-on-another-dxpedition.html

    Yesterday I had a nice relaxing afternoon sitting at the 7610 checking out
    the bands. Solar conditions have been great the past while and that is a
    nice change to see. I was able to work 7P8RU again, and I did see the DXpedition HD8R from Galápagos spotted on DX summit . I was not able to
    hear them on 20m and barely on 40m, but then I saw them spotted on 17m. I
    found 17m to be very quiet, and I definitely saw HD8R on the waterfall but
    no pile up was being shown. I placed the Icom 7610 in Dual watch and split mode and found HD8R was working many stations, but most if not all I could
    not hear. The DX stations they were answering were mainly U.S. stations, so
    I realized the band was open in my direction. As I listened and I
    emphasize "listening". Now and then some U.S. stations were heard at my
    end working HD8R and this allowed me to get the team's strategy for working

    I blindly threw my call-out a few times, and very soon after I heard VE9KE 599....I came back with VE9KK KK KK and low and behold the call was
    corrected, and I was in their log. Once again 100 watts and my Endfed
    antenna came through for me.
    This weekend is the CQWW SSB contest and for the SSB folks this is a big
    one. There is going to be lots of rare DX to be had for sure. For me I am a
    CW guy and not because I snub SSB but because in the past when operating
    SSB I have caused issues with neighbours. I am going to see if the rare CW stations have less of a pileup this weekend because of the SSB contest and
    many will be operating in that.

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