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March 28, 2017
From Joe about Paul A65DR:
I have a story that I think is worth telling as there is nothing better than a great Elmer.
Phil K6EID, a radio friend and I, are always trying to work new countries on the 60m band. A lot of guys have worked Paul A65DR on JT65 or CW. Phil and I heard others working Paul but we could never hear him and never saw a JT65 track on the computer. So, I write Paul and asked for a schedule. Paul responded immediately with a time. This was two months ago. We had what seemed to be hundreds of emails as we tried calling just about every night. Phil would call, I would call, and Paul would call. Then he would send a sad email saying, not tonight. Lots of times Paul would email from work with a time for that night’s schedule. Night after night we tried with no luck, but with Paul’s encouragement we hung in there, always hoping tonight would be the night. He told us that our night would come eventually.
Then, finally, we had our night! Phil K6EID made the contact first and then I made the contact. This was the first and only time we ever saw his signal. This probably took two months of scheduling.
The point of all this is that I would like to recognize Paul for his outstanding patience and perseverance for two US hams that he doesn’t know, just for us to get a new country in our logs.
It was without a doubt the longest time in my getting a QSO. Paul, my hat goes off to you my friend.
Here is a good idea from Murray:
"When spotting a 60 meter DX station on any of the DX Clusters, it is recommended that an entry be made in the Comments section (if available) listing the mode being used and the QSX frequency the DX station is listening too. If the station is on the same frequency that you are, enter simplex.
These type of entries should avoid any confusion about where the station is and what mode the DX station is using.
(example: Z2ABC 5355 QSX 5400 (CW, SSB, JT65, RTTY etc)
Z2ABC 5400 SIMPLEX (CW, SSB, JT65 RTTY etc)
Murray Green K3BEG
we will start the activity on 60m at Friday 24.03.2017 00:00 UTC on 5352+/- kHz QSX 5405 kHz for American continent. Next days are Saturday and Monday. Check QRZ.com for the nights after Monday.
Hope for QSOs
Rosel CT9/DL3KWR and Hardy CT9/DL3KWF
Pse QSP to everybody. - thanks.
It is sad to say that I spend my last 8 days in bed with high fever and a terrible Virus infection. I only could operate in short sessions and after 30 minutes my little power was gone again. Listen in October when LZ1GC / H40GC will be here again.
vy 73 Sigi DK9FN
Pirate: Reported by Hans SM0BYD
The callsign SM5DAJ has repeatedly been violated on 60M JT65 (and on the 80 and 40m bands).
On 60m, SM5DAJ, Stan, my close friend, has never been QRV! Nor 80/40m. On 80+60m pirated with JT65. On 40m, WSPR.
CT9/OH2BTB: OH5TB address below.
Namibia: V51WN Gunter reports:
news from Namibia: I will try to be active again on 60 meters in May. My QTH is on Farm Wustenquell in the Namib desert, two hours east of Swakopmund. Rig is an IC7400 with spiderbeam and a 40m-vertical. Will try to match the vertical for 60m.
vy 73, Gunter, V51WH
3D2R Rotuma: Not sure where Tony is, but hope he is safe. I am surprised he hasn’t been on 60m as yet. If you hear him, please spot him on the DX cluster. Joe W8GEX
Tony 3D2AG will be on the island from March 23, to April 23. He will be more active at his sunset as he feels propagation is better at that time.
This is a one-man operation.
US: On CW he will TX on 5373 listening split on 5405. If simplex, stay on 5405.
Europe: At SS he will TX on 5405 and RX on 5360.
SSB: If split, he will TX on 5371.5 and RX on 5403.5. Simplex stay on 5403.5.
JT65: Simplex on 5357. With propagation so low JT65 might be the best mode but you'll just have to see what signals sound like.
You can always check my sunset at this link: https://www.timeanddate.com/sun/fiji/suva
Best time for the US is between 1045 to 1100z. QSL to his 3D2AG call. PayPal is highly recommended due to postal problems.
ST. Kitts: V47JA - I will again be operating from our Calypso Bay, St. Kitts, W.I. home, located 200 feet from the Caribbean Sea, from March 16 until April 5, 2017, and active on 6-160m (incl. 60m) SSB. Also operation in the, CQ WPX (March 25/26) Contest, SOAB, is planned. Radio: Kenwood TS-590S, and Elecraft KPA500 Amplifier. Antennas: 31' 10-40m Vertical, 35' 40/60/80m Top Loaded Vertical, and 6m/3el Yagi. ALL QSL's DIRECT ONLY, to my home call: W5JON or LoTW
73 and DX,
John Abbruscato V47JA - W5JON
From Isle of Man: Jan DJ8NK will be arriving on 15 April and hope to get the 60M antenna up before darkness, so that I will have the chance to work during that night. Call sign will be GT4BRS.
I fly home on 22 April at 09:00. So most likely I have to take down the antennas on 21st before any evening opening on 60M to W land. Activity will be on CW, SSB, RTTY and JT65. They also plan to have some activity on Top Band (160m) and special efforts on 5 MHz (60m) to the West Coast of the USA (CW, JT65 and SSB) for an ATNO on 60 meters.
vy73 Jan DJ8NK
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If you know of a friend going on a Dxpedition, please encourage them to operate the 60m band and keep me posted so I may pass the word.
3D2R Rotuma: 3D2AG Tony will be on the island from mid-March to mid-April depending on boat schedules.
Isle of Man: GT4BRS April 17 to 21 by DJ8NK
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