The “Dormant DXer”

My KWS-1 – built in 1958 – with 700 watts on most bands that I would work 3Y0I, who needs a linear? When I purchased the Gold Dust Twins – and specifically the KWS-1, I only thought about it as a nostalgia / living history purchase and “whim”. The deal fell in my lap – both the 75A-4 and the KWS-1. After using the…

3Y0I and “Social DXing”

We only pass this way but once – why not take the road less traveled? I don’t know when it happened – but I know I was living in Newton, NJ, so it was in the first third of my life. I just realized I’ve been in the San Francisco Bay Area twice as long as I had lived on the east coast. But…

3Y0I: Bouvet – The Hardest Entity to Activate

Last night I reminded the 3Y0I Pilot Team to check out Windy.com – when several were concerned that the MV Tuna had changed course abruptly. The minute everyone looked at Windy – it was obvious what was up. The system seems to have gotten even more organized and more treacherous – which isn’t a good thing at all. Its also absolutely huge in area….

Readying the Shack for 3Y0I

Its been over a year since I had a linear amplifier running here at KY6R. I just haven’t been DXing much since I made DXCC on 160M and 9BDXCC. My last ATNO was VK0EK – its funny how something that used to be such an obsession is now pretty much history. I have switched gears – my new “burn” is the antique radios. The…

3Y0I = DX IS . . .

Boy, its been 3 years since my last ATNO – and since I only am trying to close out my DXCC Honor Roll #1 with 2 more to go – DXing has been off the radar for about a year – when I made DXCC on 160M. 3Y0I certainly has their work cut out for them – but I do like their perseverance –…

3Y0I – West Coast Prediction – Vernal Equinox

One thing that some “pundits” have missed – and its the same thing that happened with VP8STI – South Sandwich – and that is that West Coast Signals will be coming in from their West – and NOT their Northwest. Why does this matter? Because coming in from the West, we are mostly an all water path, and we skirt around those mountains and…

3Y0I and “Synchronicity”

At about 0600Z today, the Atlantic Tuna left Capetown for Bouvet Island. 3Y0I is now officially under way and I wish them Godspeed. There is no doubt, this DXpedition has been “unconventional”, but the way I’ve always figured it – the team that goes gets to play it their way. I remember with VK0EK, we were considered somewhat unconventional – because we had science…

3Y0I, The Vernal Equinox and the VK0EK 3rd Anniversary

VOACAP Online showing the grey-line at (of all times) 4:20! If all goes well, we could be calling 3Y0I by the Vernal Equinox. Getting to and activating Bouvet is about the most difficult thing to do in DX-landia, so it is never guaranteed – as we all learned with 3Y0Z. Looking back at the 3rd Anniversary of VK0EK, the team left Capetown on March…

2019: The Year of 3Y0I and The Gold Dust Twins

I have perhaps one of the best restored Collins 75A-4 receivers and speaker . . .  I fell in love with my 75A-4 and am in awe every time I use it. I recently picked up a rough looking KWS-1 transmitter to match. The KWS-1 will be restored in January, 2019 . . .  During my week off between Christmas and New Year’s, I…

If I Build It . . . . (Death of a 40M Dipole)

I had a 40M dipole up 60′ for 3Y0I . . .  Two weeks after putting it up, my neighbor drops a note off at my doorstep saying he is cutting down the 70′ tree that one end is attached to. The “offensive” and scraggly Monterrey Pine that the dipole is in on one side I did enough tests, and the dipole was 10…