The pileups are huge.......not listed as active on the web page yet (as of 2354 UTC) but good OP and coming from the right direction so hoping for the best.
Regards, Al / NN4ZZ
al (at) nn4zz (dot) com
Work First, Worry Later
Regards, Al / NN4ZZ
al (at) nn4zz (dot) com
My moderate antennas and low power will need to wait until later in the operation for my change.
Ken - NM9P
Sorry for stupid question. I have only been a ham for 30 years. LOL
On another note, it amazes me how many people tune their amp in the middle of the DX stations signal. Even more amazing are all the people that think yelling and swearing at the offender will help.
Worked it! 160 and 80 meter CW! Going for all 7 bands.
Why all the excitement at 2:00 AM Arizona time? Navassa Island is the second rarest DX entity, right behind North Korea, according to Club Log. This is one of those entities that you only get when there's a DXpedition because, fortunately, nobody has to live on that desolate rock.
First of all, this is a DXpedition that everyone can get excited about. It's in the Caribbean. So, if you can work Florida, you can work Navassa Island. They're workingall bands, so you don't need a 45-foot vertical or a 500-foot wire, or a beam. Your HOA stealth antenna will do.
Now, it's not going to be a piece of cake even though you should be able to hear K1N 5x9 24 hours a day on one of the bands, depending on propagation. This will test your operating skills in digging through a pileup. Every amateur radio operator on the planet wants this entity. So, expect hundreds of stations calling against a wide range of split listening area. He ALWAYS works split and ALWAYS up. I have seen ("seen is the way a Flex operator describes hearing a signal) stations calling as much as 20Khz above his operating frequency - and it's still crowded.
Rather than just log the QSO, I research and try to learn a little bit about each entity I work - it's as close as I can get to actually going there. This place has quite the history including a visit from Christopher Columbus in 1493. The island has a light house as it's only structure, which is where the K1N ops are housed. There is no infrastructure.
Navassa Island is a 2 square mile rock. The capitol is Lulu Town, long since abandoned.
The only export from Navassa Island is bird $#it. Guano. That's right, crap from our feathered friends was used for years as an agricultural product and mined by workers from the United States in the 19th century. You know, I thought I spent time on some desolate rocks during my Navy Career. Adak, Alaska, Diego Garcia, Midway, Wake, etc. This place takes the cake. You can read more about the Navassa bird poo industry here: [url]http://www2.webster.edu/~corbetre/haiti/misctopic/navassa/poop.htm[/url]
Navassa has the distinction of being the one of the few disputed territories of the United States. Haiti claims Navassa although the US administers it. I don't think we'll be going to war anytime soon - Haiti has enough problems to worry about being one of the poorest nations on the planet and having recently suffered a major earthquake.
This is a link to the K1N DXpedition page: [url]http://www.navassadx.com/[/url] There is also a link to a page from K6TU, Stu, another Flex Radio aficionado and probably one of the smartest people I know. Following radiation patterns through the ionosphere is mind boggling, to me anyway.
Many thanks to the ops who donate their time and live under adverse conditions, i.e., eating MREs and drinking canned water, so that we can work another entity.
But it is a mess, a zoo, there have been pirate stations impersonating K1N. What's worse are the number, the sheer numbers, of people jamming the signal plus, and this is the, perhaps, worst part, frequency police with anything from "listening up" to "listening up you fool" to "hey dummy they are operating split, do you know what split means, they aren't listening where you are transmitting, ..." The frequency police are worse than the offenders that forgot what slice receiver to mark as XMIT.
But I do envy the guys on the south side of area 4.
Useful with 6700 and 6300 Multiple Slice Radios
I lock Slice A on the K1N Frequency
Then I open up (4 - 6) slices across the bandwidth area that he is listening too. I usually turn off the sound on these slices.
I watch for the signal that suddenly pops up after K1N gives his report as the responding station will "jump out" timed to the end of his transmission.
If one of my open slices is close to that frequency... I just click TX and call..
Saves time and effort for retuning the TX Frequency - especially for a well managed DXPedition like K1N who runs up and down and all over the bandspread rather than sticking to one frequency...
Frankly the next time someones asks me why I need more than 2 slices.. I will give them this example..
Looks like their logs are screwed up. Worked them on 8 band and 9 slots. 30 RTTY is missing but was there this morning. 10 SSB is showing as RTTY.
I know their pilot and going to email him now in case they are unaware. A lot of people will be upset if they are missing from the log.
Ideally the call sign of the person being worked will show up on the band map with a "RED 599" but that doesn't always happen. Sometimes the call sign doesn't even appear on the band map.
This is where the call sign list can be helpful. Often those "missing calls" will be on the list. The list is sorted by call sign by default. You can then see the frequency being worked by the DX station as in the example below.
Anyone else also find this missing call scenario common and the call sign list a helpful solution?
Regards, Al / NN4ZZ
al (at) nn4zz (dot) com
***** in this example you can see that K1N is working up the band but not all of the calls he is working (e.g. K9SI and KC0VKN) are on the band map ******
I worked them this morning (01:50-PST / 10:50-GMT) on third call (CW) as there were very few stations to compete against. Using the two slices / Howard's tip and the "stereo" feature paid big dividends. With non-SDR one could accomplish the task but the 6500 made it easier and more visual. Attached pana of action at the aforementioned time.
However it is only as good as the quality of cw being sent and how strong the signal is (signal to noise).
I use skimmer to see where the dx station is listening in the pileup. That gives me a leg up on the competition ;-)
When I was a VQ9 in the mid-70s, I would run phone patches for my Navy co-workers. Even when I was using my Navy MARS call, people would interrupt a phone patch to try and get a DX contact with my VQ9 call - like I could be inclined to send them a QSL card after they just broke in on the couple of minutes a young sailor had to speak with his family.
I thought I had heard the worst of inconsiderate when Tromelin Island. Not so. I have heard people impersonating K1N, people jamming him, and inconsiderate pigs calling him stepping all over the other stations without any attempt to co-exist on a frequency. I have heard EU complaining about the "USA Wall" and USA complaining when he was only working Europe. And then there are the DX Cops. Sheeesh!
It's not the fault of no-code Extras. It's the fault of a lack of enforcement, lack of Elmering, an attitude among some that they're entitled, and a lack of common courtesy on the part of a large part of our population.
The only way I can think of to fix it is to call someone on being a jackass when they're doing so - if it's possible without creating a disturbance on the air. Don't let it go unnoticed. Send them an e-mail - the address is usually available on QRZ.com. Sure, he knows who you are but a polite message pointing out whatever the discrepancy doesn't hurt. And if you anger him in the process, at least he's angry and he knows that he did something wrong and it didn't go unnoticed.
I left the pileup a few times over the last few days because I was getting so annoyed and frustrated at the kind of operating that we're taking about here. It wasn't worth it to me to get my blood pressure up over something that I can't do a whole lot about.
I am not actually convinced it was lack of skill or bad luck, just the absence of good luck. I think they are doing some things wrong that are actually called out in pileupmanagement. Yes, I understand that is a bold stmt for someone who's only pileup management experience was guest operator at W1AW for about an hour.
I couldn't get CW Skimmer working with the 6500. I'll investigate a little more before searching for it here. I am sure someone has walked through setting it up.