160M – My Progress So Far

DXCC Entity 160M ALASKA KL7J AMERICAN SAMOA W8A AMSTERDAM & SAINT PAUL ISLANDS FT5ZM ANGUILLA VP2EGR ARGENTINA LU5OM ARUBA P49X ASIATIC RUSSIA RA0FF AUSTRAL ISLANDS TX5RV AUSTRALIA VK3ZL AZORES CU2KG BAHAMAS C6AGU BARBADOS 8P5A BELIZE V31YN BERMUDA VP9/WW3S BONAIRE PJ4/K4BAI BRAZIL PY2RO BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS VP2V/SP6CIK CANADA VE7ZBK CAYMAN ISLANDS ZF2AH CENTRAL KIRIBATI T31A CHATHAM ISLAND ZL7G CHINA BY5CD CLIPPERTON ISLAND TX5K COCOS ISLAND…

Top Band Gold Mine? CQ WW CW This Weekend!

This weekend is the CQ WW CW Contest, and its lining up to be a potentially great weekend for me and my 160M DXCC pursuit. Here are the entities that I need that will be on the air and that are (usually) easy (when conditions allow): Nicaragua Turks and Caicos St. Kitts and Nevis Antigua and Barbuda (I have this but my call was…

Top Band: The Race to 100!

I’m not sure what it is – when I was 9 away from Honor Roll, I was kind of “annoyed”. I guess making over 300 ATNO’s made me feel I already was a “serious DXer”. Its kind of like that last semester at college – where you already have a job lined up and know where you are going and what you will be…

Final KY6R 2017 Top Band DXCC Sprint!

Wow we only have 6 weeks left to 2017. I didn’t get my 160M QSO with VK9MA, so lets move on and see what is next: J5T – Guinea Bissau – remarkably, I heard this superb team on Top Band, but won’t call them until later today – they were very busy with EU and the US East Coast. I do expect that when…

3Y0Z: The Biggest Deal in Years!

There will be one part of the day where the US West Coast will have a major pipeline to 3Y0Z – 23z UTC: So, you better believe that I will get my 20M home brewed 2 element yagi up 20′ higher! It should last a couple hours each day, and if the team says “West Coast Only”, then we should all get in their…

20M: Up, Up and Away!

Tomorrow I will get the new mast in place so I can get the 2 element home brewed 20M yagi up to 50′ from 27-ish feet. The model is only sort of correct. I will end up with 12 dB F/B and 4 dB gain, and a lower take off angle

Top Band Whack a Mole

The elusive Top Band QSO Mole . . .  I’ve been up early hoping to work VK9MA, and I have heard them each morning – the first morning quite well after sunrise, but I had an issue with my matching circuit. The next day I fixed that after work. Right now I’m hoping their signal will come up some so I can have a…

The (Surprising) Path to 3Y0Z!

The Azimuthal map shows that my path to 3Y0Z is very close to the path to ZS – more than I originally thought. The orange line above “splits the difference” – its halfway between ZS an 3Y, which is great news. This is a “close enough” path and during our sunset, look how it straddles the grey line. The interesting thing is that ZS…

3Y0Z and Inverted L as an All Band Antenna

With the High Pass Tee tuner at the base, I can easily switch the tuning of the Inverted Vee to work on all bands. This is great because it gives me bands that I wasn’t bothering with with 3Y0Z. I have concentrated on 160 – 20M, and want ONE QSO with 3Y0Z. Once I’m in the log, I’m done. The 3Y0Z web site has…

160M November Possibilities

Its the possibility of working a new one on 160M right now that keeps me going in ham radio. So, what will be activated this month that I need: VK9MA – Mellish Reef – they started today on 160M, but are just below the noise – popping up every now and then. I do expect that there will be time to work them –…