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6O6O Somalia On The Air!

6O6O - SomaliaIf you look at the Cluster (formerly the DX Cluster), all you’ll see is folks whining and crying about 6O6O.  It’s non-stop bitching!  I only have one question and one answer.  The question is, “do you really think they’re spending their time, taking all the personal risk(s) and putting their money on the line so they DON’T work you?  Good grief.  And my answer to all the trolls bitching is:  “then you go do it”.

That about sums it up now doesn’t it?  Armchair quarterbacks that can always do it better than the folks doing it.  At least pro quarterbacks get paid to put up with these armchair clowns.  Too bad we don’t, we’d be rich too.

6O6O Cluster ClownsMaybe you clowns spewing your hate should shut your pie holes and leave the Cluster alone.  Go watch TV.  Please.  You aren’t going to Somalia, and you can’t do better than what Ken (LA7GIA) and Adrian (KO8SCA) are doing right now or you would’ve already done it.  But let me remind you – you didn’t.  You just like to cry, whine and bitch.  Beat it.  Better yet, how ’bout work on your station a bit, increase your chances?  Nah, that’s too hard, do us all a favor – just go away.

There’s a great article on Kenneth and Adrian’s 6O6O DXpedition over on Col’s site DX-World.net.  Take your time, read the story, check out the pictures from Somalia.  Col keeps the article updated regularly.

6O6O on LoTWAnd know this – I worked 6O6O at 2222Z today.  It was confirmed in Club Log in less time than I could type my call, and a couple hours later confirmed in the ARRL’s Logbook of The World (LoTW).  How’s that for organization?  That’s a well run, oiled machine.  Did I mention I heard them 2 hours before our sunset and worked them 1.5 hours before our sunset on 40 Meters?  I’d be willing to bet most didn’t know they had a chance before sunset.  Who’s fault is that?

Almost 6,000 QSO’s in the log as of this post!

Great job Kenneth and Adrian, be safe – and thanks for the counter!

N0UN working 6O6O 40M CW

 

N0UN working 6O6O 20M CW

 

6O6O Online Log Check at Club Log

LA7GIA Kenneth’s Website

6O6O on DX-World.net

QSL via OQRS and M0OXO

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ARRL Grid Square Contest

ARRL's International Grid Chase ContestC’mon.

A year long Grid Square Contest on HF?

Well, it appears we finally lost our DX Cluster to non-DX use.  Between USA Parks On The Air (NPOTA), Centennial, Thirteen Colonies, the Canadian somethingorother contest and now the year long Grid Square contest – the DX Cluster is no longer a DX Cluster.  Keyword – DX.  Our beloved DX Cluster was HIJACKED!

ARRL's International Grid Chase ContestAccording to ARRL past president Kay Craigie (N3KN), well you can read her Twitter (click to enlarge):

Seems if you want to utilize the DX Cluster, YOU, my good reader – are going to have to do  a little work.  You are going to have to learn how to add a Cluster “filter”.  Unless you don’t mind sifting through say 20 local to 1 DX station spots, “spot filters” are the only way the DX Cluster is still useful to DXers.

Here’s my newest filter:

reject/spot 0 call_dxcc 226,197

This simple directive you enter into your command line will end all US and Canadian Callsigns from showing up in your DX Column.  Ahhhh, the DX Cluster acting as a DX Cluster again!

Simple.  And you do not have to keep re-sending it every time you load the DX Cluster, the software remembers your filter.  One and done.  All of 10 seconds and you’re free of all the riff-raff and ARRL sanctioned self-spotters.

Now that I’ve passed that along, I’m going back to doing what DXers do – DX.  See you in the 6O6O Somalia pileups!

More on DX Clusters:

DX Cluster Dunces  DX Cluster – Work In Progress

 

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DXCC and Me

DXCC Number 1I’m not sure what to think of the ARRL DXCC Honor Roll or especially Number 1 DXCC.

I do call myself a DXer.  I have challenged myself in year long DX contests such as the CQ Magazine DX Marathon several times.  I still need 7 DXCC entities.  I guess getting Number 1 DXCC could be a good thing, but I have a dear friend of mine that worked his ass off to get Number 1, and now he’s dead less than two years later.  But it was how he went that bothers me.  After he got that #1 plaque, you know that lame looking $80 or $90 one, he just plain quit.  Nothing could bring him back on the air, not friends, DX, nothing.  His health deteriorated quickly, and now in reflection for the last couple days I’m wondering if that anti-climatic QSO of working his last one (Navassa) just plain made him quit everything.  Because that’s when it started.  He reached the pinnacle, the top, the summit.  Number 1.  There was nothing left to do.  Almost like a “bucket list” kind of thing.  It was downhill ever since.

I say this because of the 7 I need, 4 will be on in 2018.  There’s a chance I can knock my entities needed down to 3.  Baker-Howland, Bouvet, Agalega & St. Brandon Is. and Ducie are all planned in 2018.

But anymore I’m not sure I ever want to work the last ONE, lol.

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DX Cluster, Work In Progress

DX Cluster DuncesThe DX Cluster window is precious window space ’round here!

It’s also taking me years to fine tune what shows in that DX Cluster window.  We first had to figure out how the DX Cluster worked, how it combined nodes, displayed DX and how it filters what it shows, but we’re getting there.  Slowly, but surely.

A quick refresher, it’s called a DX Cluster.  Its purpose was to locate (spot) DX stations on the air, not for spotting your mobile trucking across Tennessee, or for self-spotting you calling CQ DX, or for spotting the original 13 Colonies of the United States, or for locating some station operating QRP from some US Park.  It’s called the DX CLUSTER, capisce?

Anyway, as part of my “work in progress” on the DX Cluster, I figured another way to make my life more better.  On top of other discussed solutions listed below from previous posts, we found another cluster command that opens up my DX Cluster window.  It shields me from having to see what shouldn’t be from a few, ah, what’s the word? – “slow” Hams.

I’ve blogged about some of these problems and their solutions before, but events on 40 Meters this morning fired me up again.  Every morning there’s a group of Hams that run a roundtable that abuse the DX Cluster.  Obviously this group of slow learners are never going to “get it”, so I figured I had to find another way to a solution.  Here’s another directive to the DX Cluster I inputted into my command line this morning:

reject/spot by ve6poh,n7ry,n7ekd,wa7lnh,nr6q,af6tc

Whala!  Now I don’t have to see their “unheard phantom” spots here in the USA from their remote receivers on websdr.org in Europe, don’t have to see their constant re-spotting of the same DX station, and never have to see their roundtable self-spots.  Poof!  Just like that problem solved!

Once you make the command, your cluster node remembers it and will always load the filter when you log on.  You don’t have to do it every time you logon.  If for some reason you ever want to clear all your filter(s), just type:

clear/spots all

So for me, I block all spots by the guys listed above and use this separate command to block all US stations from being listed in the DX column with these two commands:

reject/spot 0 call_dxcc 226

reject/spot by ve6poh,n7ry,n7ekd,wa7lnh,nr6q,af6tc

Now ONLY DX is shown in my DX Cluster window and I no longer have to see spots from that group of hemorrhoids on 40 Meters.

Life is good, and with little fine tuned tweaks like this it’s getting better every day!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

N0UN

Previous N0UN.net DX Cluster related posts:

“SDR in Europe”

DX Cluster Dunces

US Stations Spotted on DX Cluster

Phantom DX Cluster Spot

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9X0TA Rwanda On The Air

Rwanda 9X0TAWell that was neat!  I was cruising 15 Meters with the beam to Africa when I heard a Stateside station calling “CQ Contest”.  But then he kept stumbling over the call of the DX station that was calling him.  “Nine alpha?  Nine echo?  No, it was 9X0TA in Rwanda, lol.  He couldn’t believe it.

So I chased Alan up the band a few kHz, and this is the back half of our QSO.

I’d say that Hexbeam at almost 20′ is really working well!

N0UN working 9X0TA 15M SSB

 

QSL 9X0TA via N4GNR

9X0TA – Alan’s Website

9X0TA Online Log Check at Club Log

Well, that was quick (click to enlarge)!

9X0TA on LoTW

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VK9CI Cocos-Keeling On The Air!

Iota OC-002 and OC-003 Christmas and Cocos Keeling IslandsCocos Keeling Island VK9CI (OC-003) DXpedition October, 2017 is on the air!

Cocos Keeling Island from October 10th -17th

VK9XI/VK9CI Website

QSL via M0OXO and M0OXO OQRS

Online Log Check

Not as strong as they were from Christmas Island (VK9XI), but workable from Cocos-Keeling as VK9CI!

N0UN working VK9CI Cocos-Keeling 20M CW

 

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3C1L Equatorial Guinea On The Air!

3C1L Equatorial Guinea FlagWell, that was a pleasant surprise!  YL3AIW (Kaspars) and YL2GM (Yuris) are operating as 3C1L in Equatorial Guinea, and just as I was reading their news they popped up on 17 Meters CW and I just happened to be tuned up and on 17 Meters at the time!

Easy work when they have a great signal like that.  I hope they have that same signal from Annobon.  I need Annobon for a slew of bandfills.

Check the 3C1L/3C0L Website for all their information.

N0UN working 3C1L 17M CW

 

3C1L Online Log Check at Club Log

 

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SU/DM4DX Egypt On The Air

SU/DM4DX QSL CardI’ve seen several DX Cluster spots for SU/DM4DX in Cairo, Egypt over the last few weeks but I wasn’t quite ready to throw my hat into the ring because Chris’s signal has been low into Colorado.  I could hear him on 15 Meters a few times, but it always seemed he had a swarm of Italians calling, and until now appeared there was zero chance of getting through.

Come to find out in our QSO he hasn’t worked anybody from North America yet either.

Until this morning!

I could hear him OK but again it seemed hopeless.  I had just about given up thinking I had a chance, especially with 15 Meters pretty much dead every day – then Ham Radio “magic” happened.

Listen close.  Very, very close.  After almost 45 years in this hobby, I do believe you can tune your ears to hear a pin drop at 1,000 feet.  5/7?, no just plain courtesy my fellow DXers.

N0UN working SU/DM4DX on 15 Meters SSB

 

DM4DX Blog

QSL SU/DM4DX via LoTW

SU/DM4DX on DX World

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VK9XI Christmas Island On The Air

IOTA OC-002, OC-003Christmas Island VK9XI (OC-002) & Cocos Keeling Island VK9CI (OC-003) DXpedition October, 2017 is on the air!

Christmas Island from October 2nd – 10th
Cocos Keeling Island from October 10th -17th

VK9XI/VK9CI Website

QSL via M0OXO and M0OXO OQRS

Online Log Check

What a signal from VK9XI Christmas Island this morning on 20 Meters SSB:

N0UN working VK9XI 20M SSB

 

N0UN working VK9XI 17M CW

 

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What Happened Here?

Bhutan FlagWhat happened to Ham Radio?

How can you call when you cannot hear the station you’re calling?  There’s so much wrong with this DX pileup it isn’t even funny.

A5A, Champ in Bhutan specifically calls certain stations on 20 Meters tonight, but they get run over by other stations not being called.  It happens so many times I couldn’t keep track.

And station after station are calling A5A while A5A is talking – how does that work?

One K9 station works A5A with 3 different callsigns, and his voice never changes.  You can tell exactly who it is because his audio is so bad his calls stick out like sore thumbs (all 3 of them).  Can you pull the 3 callsigns he used at the 06:40, 08:55 and 12:00 minute marks?  And no, not a single one is a club call.   Must’ve been sooo exciting to call your Buddy’s on the phone and tell them they both worked Bhutan, right?  That’s no friend in my opinion.

Sit back, put your feet up and enjoy the next 20 minutes – it’s worse than you think.  Good grief.

20 Minutes of A5A Bhutan Pileup on 20 Meters

 

Oh my.

N0UN

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“SDR in Europe”

DX Cluster DunceI saw some DX Cluster Spots for a few 40 Meter DX stations this morning, but turns out it’s the same old roundtable group of Lids self-spotting.  No chance to work the DX.

All these Lids are on the West Coast.

Nothing new there as these asshats have been self-spotting for years, but what did catch my attention this morning was they briefly discussed the remote receiver stations they use.  They log into Web SDR Receivers around the world to listen to DX and to also hear their own signals.  I think the guy who was talking about the remote receivers in Europe this morning broke their secret code or something because they sure changed the topic quickly, lol.  I suspect they didn’t want that news to leak out.

“I think I’ll start calling them the “40 Meter Kardashian Selfie Spotters”, or maybe the “Kardashian Clan”.

If the day comes I can’t work a DX station from my QTH (both tx and rx), I don’t need Ham Radio – I’ll pick up the phone.

What a waste of the DX Cluster window.  Narcissism is, as narcissism does.

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QRO vs. QRM

QRO vs. QRMIt’s come to my attention that a few simpletons in our hobby believe that high power stations (QRO) are somehow worse than QRM.  Some of these “little pistols” (they call themselves) believe “big gun” (high power, high gain antenna) guys have some sort of unfair advantage, and on more than a few occasions have cost little pistols some QSO’s.  They say these QRO guys and their big stations are bad for the hobby.  QRO stations are examples of what’s not needed (or wanted) in our great hobby.

I think it’s kinda’ creepy they think this way.

My thoughts are a high power station’s odds of working that rare DX station in a pile-up are much better than some low power station.  A QRO station that does have a clue in what he (or she) is doing, well, they’re in and out of most DX pile-ups rather quickly.  One and done.  Sometimes in seconds.  A little anti-climatic, but nonetheless – it’s over.  Free to go cut the grass.  Change the oil in the car.  Go for a ride on the motorcycle.  They’re surely not cluttering up the airwaves or taking up bandwidth, right?  Through years, even decades in this hobby you assemble knowledge and you build a station capable of hearing (and being heard), and now you’re expected to step aside for some little pistol because he’s been calling for hours?  He’s “entitled” to a QSO because he’s a little pistol?  Bwahahahahaha, now that’s  funny!

Ham Radio QRO vs. QRMAnd while Mr. QRO is out to dinner with his wife, the low power G5RV guys are still calling, and calling, and calling, and calling, and bitching, and complaining on forums and chat boards – hours, sometimes even days later.  I’ve also know a few of these QRO complaining clowns that after hours and hours of calling, they never did work the DX station, but they feel if you called enough times and sent $5 USD then that counts for a legitimate QSO.  I did not know that was considered a Ham Radio two-way contact!

So who is really the QRM?  The QRO guy that’s in and out, or the little pistol guy that incessantly calls for hours, days, maybe even weeks?  Even when they forget they’re operating split once every 10 or 20 calls, that’s still 100 times too many to call on the DX transmit frequency.

Seems to me these QRO complaining Lids have got their panty’s in a twist – over nothing.

There’s room in this hobby for everybody.  QRP, QRO, and everything in between.  But when you start throwing your opinion around, remember others have opinions too.  It works both ways, just as a real two-way QSO should, QSL?

Life’s too short for QRP.

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Phantom DX Cluster Spot

Unbelievable.  It’s 9:15 PM local time here in Denver and the DX Cluster Alarm screams, “Kilo Nine Radio X-Ray Spotted Victor Kilo Zero Zulu Lima On Twenty One Point Two Eight Five Megahertz“.

So what do thousands of Hams around the world who have “VK0” alarms set do?  They fire up their amps and swing their antennas while going to 21.285 – we all go hunting that rare VK0 that was spotted by a Stateside station.  That’s what DXers do.  Could be Macquarie.  Could be Antarctica.  Could be some VK0 that slipped the news.

And what do we find?

K9RX Phantom VK0 SpotK9RX in South Carolina purposely “phantom spotted” VK0ZL so he could drum up DX on 15 Meters.  There is no VK Zero, there was no VK Zero, there’s not going to be a VK0.  Click to enlarge.

Listen to this explanation:

K9RX Justifies His Self Spot of Phantom VK0ZL

 

Boy, what a way to get attention.  Well, you wanted the attention, you got it.  Be careful of what you wish for comes to mind…

Good grief.

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3W3RR/Jail Roman (Romeo) Vega QSL

Originally posted on May 1st, 2015

3W3RR/Jail QSL CardI like QSL cards.

Through 43 years of on again, off again Ham Radio I have boxes upon boxes of QSL cards. Thousands of them. 99% are everyday QSL cards, but there’s a few that stand out.  The one I received today is on top of my short list of memorable cards.

Presently Romeo is locked up at Lompac Federal Correctional Institution in California.  As his QSL card states, “As of the day your QSL arrived, 12 years 3 months of continuous incarceration have passed since my February 2003 arrest in Cyprus, and my subsequent extradition into the hands of the United States.”

If you don’t know who Romeo is, you haven’t been a Ham for very long.  I don’t pass judgement on Romeo as I don’t know the facts.  I do know nobody’s heard his DX signal in a long, long time.

Here’s a few links to some information on Romeo.

3W3RR/Jail Roman Vega Website (3W3RR.com)

A long list of Romeo’s past Ham Radio DXpeditions

3W3RR/Jail QSL CardI’ll bet you, the good reader of this Blog didn’t know that although the United States accounts for 5% of the world’s population, the US accounts for 25% of the entire worlds prisoners.

Let that sink in for a bit.

Incarceration in the United States via Wikipedia

N0UN

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SV2/SV1RP/A Mt. Athos On The Air

SV2/SV1RP/AWhen I saw the DX Cluster spot for SV2/SV1RP/A on 20 Meter CW something about that call caught my attention.  Then I remembered.  Mount Athos!

Anybody know if George (SV2/SV1RP/A) has been DXCC approved?  George was there on Mount Athos a few years ago too.  From this article on DX Coffee it appears George trained Monk Lakovos (SV2RSG/A) who earned his ticket in 2015.

I believe George and Monk Lakovos operated from the Koutloumousiou Holy Monastery, and Elder Apollo (SV2ASP/A) operates from the Dochiariou Holy Monastery.  If I remember what Zorro (JH1AJT) told me a few years ago when he was on Mount Athos, there’s something like 20 or 21 Monasteries on Mount Athos.

As you can hear in the recording below, my hand was shaking so much from all the excitement, I barely gave George his report and number, lol.

N0UN working SV2/SV1RP/A 20M CW

 

SV1RP on QRZ

QSL SV2/SV1RP/A via SV1RP Direct

 

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