Z60A Kosovo: A “Warm Up” for 3Y0Z?

It seems that Z60A will warm up the airwaves over the next couple of weeks and into the time 3Y0Z is on the air. It looks like February will be  block buster DX month after all.

I have been hearing ON4UN on 40M CW all Winter, so I know EU has been easy to work in the mornings. However, we are now entering the “cross quarter days”, and we should see 20M open up earlier in the morning and stay open longer in the evenings. I think 40, 30 and 20M should be good bands for all DX. And I think the polar disturbances are fewer than they were even just last Fall.

There will be plenty of opportunities to work Kosovo, pretty much any time

My only hope is that the pileups don’t collide with each other. 3Y0Z is an epic and ultra rare entity. Here’s a funny thought – some will be more interested in working Z60A than 3Y0Z.

3G9A: Great Signal at 0444z on 40M

I just worked them easily and their signal seems better tonight than last night. The doublet is the winner and they are about 579.

They are close to South Georgia, and one thing I noticed is at this latitude, about 8 hours of their night is right in the greyline. This should really help since the SSN is Zero, and will probably stay the same in SSN / flux, but will actually be quieter than last night or tonight:

#   UTC      Radio Flux   Planetary   Largest
#  Date       10.7 cm      A Index    Kp Index
2018 Jan 22      69          10          3
2018 Jan 23      69          10          3
2018 Jan 24      69           8          3
2018 Jan 25      67           5          2
2018 Jan 26      67           5          2
2018 Jan 27      67           5          2
2018 Jan 28      67          10          3
2018 Jan 29      69           5          2
2018 Jan 30      69           5          2
2018 Jan 31      70           5          2
2018 Feb 01      70           5          2
2018 Feb 02      70           5          2
2018 Feb 03      70           5          2
2018 Feb 04      70           8          3
2018 Feb 05      70           8          3
2018 Feb 06      70           5          2
2018 Feb 07      70           5          2
2018 Feb 08      70           5          2
2018 Feb 09      70           8          3
2018 Feb 10      70          12          4
2018 Feb 11      70           8          3
2018 Feb 12      70           5          2
2018 Feb 13      70           5          2
2018 Feb 14      70           5          2
2018 Feb 15      70           8          3


40M Antenna Directions, Pattern and Gain

The 3Y0Z beam heading is 130 degrees, which is where my doublet up 60′ is pointed. Its pattern is:

My DX Engineering DV-40-P is pointed NE – SW, and its pattern is:

WIth 3 dB gain in the NE and SW direction, and only 1 dB gain towards Bouvet. Interestingly, with the array switched to the NE position, ZS6CCY says my signal is 6 dB better on the vertical array over the doublet. It makes sense because the vertical array has a wide lobe that would cover the 90 degree direction to ZS:

For 3G9A/MM just past the Falklands, the doublet is noticeably better than the phased array.

I have a fun plan – I will try to work 3Y0Z on 20M and 17M first, then quickly take down the 2 element 20M yagi, and put up the Cushcraft D40 with the 30M add on. This way, I can do some great testing – I can see the limitations of the phased array and the fixed dipole. I kind of expect that because I can rotate the D40, it could end up being the only 40M antenna that I will need. In fact, I could even end up with just the 160/80M Inverted L and the 40/30M Cushcraft D40.

It will be great to do some serious A-B testing

3Y0Z: Making Good Time / Kosovo Now on the DXCC List!

They seem to be making good time, with Hal saying the wind was at their back.

Windyty seems to confirm this.

Other big DX news. its more than a rumor, Kosovo is now in LOTW as part of the DXCC List.

CQ 160: WIll Palau be my #95?

I just noticed that JA0JHQ will be on Palau for the CQ 160M contest this coming weekend. I also am in contat with HI8A, Rfael, whi will look for me during the contest. Haiti is occasionally activated, as are other Caribbean entities, and I still need  small handful.  Bernie, W3UR will be on St. Kitts and Nevis the week following. Papua New Guinea will be activated the first week of February, Macau in March, Baker, St. Paul and Ducie later in the year. This gives several “easy” possibles, and my 160M RX antenna is now the best I’ve had yet.

Time will tell, but its very exciting to know that the next one will be #95. That sure sounds close to 100!

 

3Y0Z: Quarter of The Way There . . .

The team is 1/4 of the way there, and I am hearing them better on the doublet than the phased array for 40M. Glad I have 2 antennas for 40M.

Their signal is steady but not that loud at 0330z. Their 20M signal wasn’t gang Buster’s, but was much easier to work.

Two Wellbrook ALA1530LNP Loops > 80 Meter Long Beverage!

By accident, I opened the ON4UN Low Band DXing book to page 7-91, and the patterns were instantly recognizable:

and

I am very sure that the phased Wellbrook Loops with the NCC-2 are better than a 200 foot (80M) beverage. The main reason is because while the pattern is the same, the Beverage is stuck in one or two directions, and the phased loops can be steered electrically and rotated physically.