DX or Bust!

Its half way through October and I’m not too encouraged regarding 160M DX. I feel like I’m on my way to the DX Abyss . . . I guess I need to dial my expectations back, and now I just hope I can work 2 ATNO’s on 160M to get to 90 by end of the year. It seems reasonable, even though the T88…

Takeoff Angle Path Analysis on 160M for EU and 40M for ZS and 3Y0Z

Last night, when I saw quite a few spots between Washington State, Montana and parts of Oregon – where they were working EU and Scandinavia on 160M. I am getting excited because maybe we will get some of that here at Chez KY6R . . . I wanted to use Google Earth (Classic) and check to see which direction 10 degrees is – and…

160M: The Long and Winding Road

The first week of October has passed, and the last “new one” was on September 19 – so I guess that’s close enough to my first and only “Fall 2017 Top Band New One”. Before that it was July. For the first time I am hearing VK9XI – ESP, but enough to get his call. I have to use the DX Engineering DV-40-P 40M…

Pacificon 2017

I will be presenting during the Pacificon 2017 Antenna Forum on Friday, October 20, from 3:30 – 4:30, and my topic is “Low Band DXing Antennas”. I will start with a survey of all of the low band antennas that you should consider for DX-ing on the bands 160 – 30M, and I will include transmit as well as special receive antennas. The presentation…

FT8: The “Democratization of DXing and DXpeditioning”

I enabled PSK Reporter and am enjoying seeing where my signals are being heard and also tracking the FT8 QSO’s I’ve made. In my blogs I used to manually put together maps and reports of stations along a path, and with FT8 – the first digital mode I actually like  (a lot), there are more tools to map and do propagation studies than anything…

FT8: MAJOR Game Changer for DXPeditions

I sure hope 3Y0Z is paying attention (and I am sure they are – hi hi). FT8 – for sure – can guarantee that almost any DXer can get into the log. I’ve been watching the LU path – which is _exactly_ the 3Y0Z path, and while an SSN of 39 is actually pretty awesome for this part of the sunspot cycle – I…

Countdown to Autumnal Equinox 2017

from NJ.COM . . . At 4:02 PM EST, the sun will be directly over the equator – meaning there will be equal daylight and night time world wide. I’m up with a cup of my favorite French Roast listening to FP/G3ZAY fade, and with high hopes that the T88 fires up soon. They are both in my grey line sights. Last night, I…

The “Dirty Dozen”!

I’m now on a jag to get to 90 with only 10 left to go. T88XA was spotted this morning after my sunrise – so that’s one that should be easy. 5T5OK will require serious luck as I have not yet heard them, VK9XI starts up in less than 2 weeks, CT9 is a possibility, KG4HH another in October, VK9CI in October, A52SJ –…

FP/G3ZAY: 160M DXCC #88

There was just enough of a “sunrise enhancement” to hear Martin, FP/G3ZAY. I’ve tried for several days, and the only antenna I could really hear them on is the Wellbrook ALA1530LNP. What is interesting is that at night, its swamped with noise – and the Mod Bob is my night time RX antenna. In the early mornings, the Wellbrook seems to shine these days….

40M KY6R Antenna “Shoot Out” – Initial Test Results

Just two American “Presidential Hopefuls” dueling. Some things never change . . .  I just got home from a week in Montana, Idaho and Washington (Spokane) and “magically” my DX Engineering DV-40-P worked. I am sure its an intermittent connection of some sort, and luckily, Bill, ZS6CCY was able to do some serious on the air testing with me. I also did several tests…