VP8 Success

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While many of you are dreaming of you upcoming new toy and Christmas in February. I successfully worked So. Georgia Is on 12m just now. I required 20db of preamp just to hear them in the noise. Not too shabby for 7,000 mi at 500w.
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good for you, walt....he JUST came out of the noise last night on 160m...< grin >

73, w5xz, dan
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I literally watched him come out of the noise on 12 thenagain 4-5 hours later on 20. Is he running barefoot or what? I know k5p was.

He was on rtty on, either 15 or 17. I'm sure it's not but it just strike me since 1.5 that rtty is broken.
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I've never tried DM780 but with MMTTY I'm not running reverse. I worked the VP8 late yesterday afternoon on 15M RTTY.

If you want to meet somewhere for a RTTY QSO we could confirm that your setup is (or isn't) OK. One less variable when the RTTY pileup starts again later today.
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That would be terrific Doug! Thank you. What's your availability either later this am or early pm?
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I'm available right now but have to leave in 45 minutes & won't be home until around 4PM. Then should be home the rest of the day. I'm sitting on 14.093 right now if you want to meet there. My email is k4dsp at arrl.net
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Heading there now
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Thank you Doug! Now to get this working with new cat. Where you work split Doug how do you configure it? Right now I have the 'std?' cat configuration of com4 being of type cat pointing to slice A. COM5 is also pointing to slice A but is PTT.  Do I make another pair pointing to sliceB?

DM780 has for input, dax audo 1 with options for 2-8. For transmit there is kust a dax audio TX. I am guessing that means my input needs to be dax audio 2 and for the transmit that would map to the sole PTT cat device, which, in this case would need to b? I am not sure as I don't do digital that much, esp where I am mostly on Linux.
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I got him on 15m RTTY yesterday...  My first rare DX on RTTY...  I'm running 6500, Alpha 87A, DX4WIN logger with MMTTY and Steppir.  Almost fell out of my chair when I saw my call come up....

Dennis, k0eoo
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Fun, isn't it?  My first rare RTTY DX was K5P on 17 RTTY.  Second or third call.  He came back clear as a bell!  I think I scared the cats when I whooped it up!

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Whoo Hoo!  I finally got them on 17 CW! Weak but readable.
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I literally watched him come out of the noise ...

It happens the same to me on different bands, but exceptional is the 40m contact. I got it using the bare 6300 100 watt and a homebrew  N6BT vertical dipole. Really a great performance both for antenna and rig!

Enzo, iw7dmh
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Has anyone worked Ethiopia in the last couple of weeks? I missed them altogether. I noticed them when I went to clublog at the time I worked vp8. I never saw Ethiopia so much as show up in any dxcluster.


So I am curious if you guys saw it and or worked it.

Ditto for North Korea?
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I worked ET7L  Ethiopia on 80M but last night on 160M was a no go.  QSB took him from 579 to zero in seconds.  Timing had to be perfect. He worked mostly EU but 1 W5 did make it through his S9 noise level there.
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Actually, what you said was encouraging as, from looking at clublog, at least as of yesterday, that dxpedition was over (or incommunicado). I vaguely remember reading comments about NK, they demanded they keep whatever radio(s) were used, there was something about logging that I don't recall, maybe they kept the pc used for logging? But, to my recollection, it was for some time in the future...maybe in the future came and went a few weeks ago. In other words perhaps I am recalling something from late last fall. That it occurred in January, I did not expect or anticipate. Shame on me. I still have an issue with birdies at 1Khz spacing on 160 and 80. I am intently watching that other thread as now my thinking is it's the Astron I ordered with the radio that may be the culpit. I wish I had a space car battery laying around, I remember 160, from back in the 80's, being quite the fun band in the winter.  <sigh>
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Walt, 160 is quite the fun band year round, here, anyway...
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I did not realize that Dan. One of the few memory aids I remember from my early ham radio classes was "the long cold nights of winter" aids being long wavelengths and winter nightime. But that's good to know...thanks. From the qrz pic of the wihite house qth you can see my 160m inv V. Now that worked 'well'. I am certain there are better but it worked really well and I took great pains to get it resonant w/o aid of my Heathkit Deluxe Ant Tuner, which I still have if anyone is interested. The farthest I ever worked on 160 (with that ant) was Israel so I doubt on a good day I'd get Ethiopia with a 1/2 sloper.

I did look at the clublog spots for it and saw NO US calls at ,least as of an hour or so ago. I have a 250' 30 deg upslope driveway that the plow guy didn't do so I had to finish it off for the last 90min.
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   No electricity here for the last 25 hours.  It happens so often we got a
generator.  Cheered up by an LOTW qsl from Palmyra (k5p) and got in
the logs of both VP8s on 160 using an inverted "L" in a tall tree.  Not
doing much more than listening to conserve fuel.  They say we should
be restored by midnight.

Ned,  K1NJ  (Eastern Mass.)
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Congrats on your get Walt.

I got VP8STI on 40M and VP8SGI on both 80M and 40M , all CW.  For me it was all a matter of propagation as this path is a very rough path for my QTH.  Most times I listened he was like 1-2 dB out of the noise except a couple nights he was an S unit out of the noise.  Even though there was a pretty prodigious pileup it was easy to analyse the pileup using the 6500 and get him in the log one I commenced to calling.  I got K5P on 40M as well, 3 ATNO's, so it's been a good DX month.

73  W9OY 
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So far I now have gotten VP8SGI on 10, 17, & 40 CW, and on 15 & 17 SSB.  Not bad for only 100 Watts.  they are on 12 meters right now and strong, but the pileup is very thick.  Only got VP8STI on 40 CW due to scheduling.  Got K5P on multiple bands/modes.  This month has been good for DX here, too.   St. Martin pushed me over the 100 mark on 17, and many others.  But I still don't have many south pacific and far east... I think they are going to be tough.
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Thanks Lee! I would have enjoyed working vp8, k5p, any of them, 30 - 160. 160 and 80 are bird sanctuaries, 40 is virtually flat SWR-wise but if I look at it, the smoke detectors go off. I need to work on resolving lower band issues.
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The ET7L Ukrainain  crew has another month or so there in Ethiopia and will be working the Lowbands 80/160 mostly their weekends  (Fri/Sat evenings/nights our time) or as they have time... is what they QSPed to me on the Lowband Chat channel. 

  As far as I know, I was the first NA station to work each of the  VP8 stations on 160.  Apparently we had the spotlight propagation to that area on 160 meters.  80M was nearly as good propagation each and every day.   The high Bands were my nemesis as I have my own all vertical Remote station  and verticals do not do well for DXing on the higher Bands.  40 meters and down...well that's another story :)

Now don't pile on..I said vertical on HF frequencies were not competitive with the stations with yagis...  I know lots of DX can be worked with a vertical.  Just not busting too many rare Country pileups....

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