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Author Topic: 10 meters burning up my ears! 09/27/14  (Read 2429 times)

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10 meters burning up my ears! 09/27/14
« on: September 28, 2014, 2150 UTC »
Yesterday, three of us Madison local DXers had an early morning DXpedition in a park known for its quiet conditions.  The end result was, among other things, some incredible shortwave broadcaster catches, and a half-dozen beacons that about made me fall over!  Here the beacons are, and to be fair, VE7MTY was a catch made at my home QTH later in the afternoon. 

28227.3, IW3FZQ - Rovigo, Italy beacon, 1442-1449.  Clear beacon ID, IW3FZQ/B, as well as spelling out the word beacon in English.  Two very long dashes between transmissions.  Signal fair to good on fade-up, SINPO 43343, RST 339. 

28203.5, K6LLL - Laguna Beach, California beacon, 1450-1455.  Clear K6FFF/B IDs, as well as the state abbreviation CA at each transmission's end, grid square information  - CN something - and antenna info - I thought I'd copied the word vertical.  Signal fair to good, SINPO 43344, RST 339. 

28250, K8NDB - Yuma, Arizona beacon, 1455-1458.  Clear IDs - K8NDB/B, and what sounded like grid square information.  CW speed was rapid, too quick for me to copy all info.  Signal fair, SINPO 33333, RST 339. 

28183, XE1RCS - Cerro Gordo, Mexico beacon, 1500-1502.  Transmission consisted of clear IDs - XE1RCS/B - and grid square information - I copied 33, but missed the letter identifiers for location.  Signal good, SINPO 44344, RST 339. 

28215, YV5LIX - Caracas, Venezuela beacon, 1507-152.  Very slow Morse IDs - VVV de YV5LIX/B - as well as the spelled-out location, Caracas.  Signal fair to good but mixing with two other stations, making copy difficult.  SINPO 43343, RST 339. 

28173, IZ1EPM - Chivasso City, Italy beacon, 1514-1518.  Clear IZ1EPM/B IDs that I initially copied incorrectly as IZ1IPM, as well as power and speed info - 5WD, 20W.  Signal good, SINPO 44344, RST 349. 

28243, F5ZWE - Foix, France beacon, 1519-1521.  Clear IDs - F5ZWE/B - with three long dashes between each.  Signal surprisingly good, SINPO 44444, RST 449. 

28197, VE7MTY - Pitt Meadows, British Columbia beacon, 1844-1850.  Signal ran VE7MTY/B, followed by grid square information - I was only able to copy the numbers 21 - with a long dash between transmissions.  Signal fair at best with deep fades.  SINPO 33333, RST 239. 

The propagation gods were, as they say, cooking with gas! 
Madison, WI, U.S.A. 
Tecsun PL-660, Yaesu FT60R handheld, and Realistic DX-398 (currently down for maintenance) 
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Re: 10 meters burning up my ears! 09/27/14
« Reply #1 on: September 30, 2014, 1248 UTC »
Good catches. Which radio did you use, and did you use an external antenna?
An AM radio Boombox DXer.
+ GE SRIII, PR-D5 & TRF on MW.
The usual Realistic culprits on SW (and a Panasonic).

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Re: 10 meters burning up my ears! 09/27/14
« Reply #2 on: September 30, 2014, 2337 UTC »
I was using a Tecsun PL-660, and get this.  It was entirely barefoot, not counting the built-in whip!  I neeeed to get back out to that park again... :) 
Madison, WI, U.S.A. 
Tecsun PL-660, Yaesu FT60R handheld, and Realistic DX-398 (currently down for maintenance) 
QSL's appreciated 

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Re: 10 meters burning up my ears! 09/27/14
« Reply #3 on: October 01, 2014, 0944 UTC »
Very good catches then!
An AM radio Boombox DXer.
+ GE SRIII, PR-D5 & TRF on MW.
The usual Realistic culprits on SW (and a Panasonic).

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Re: 10 meters burning up my ears! 09/27/14
« Reply #4 on: October 02, 2014, 0244 UTC »
That little radio is really excellent on HF, and the location we were in is pretty much *ideal*, unless you count mosquitoes!  Quoth one of the three of us (not me) while on the most recent trip: We need one good frost to get rid of these mosquitoes. 

I should've told him to be careful what he wished for . . . bur!  I swear it's in the 40's Fahrenheit here now. 
Madison, WI, U.S.A. 
Tecsun PL-660, Yaesu FT60R handheld, and Realistic DX-398 (currently down for maintenance) 
QSL's appreciated 

There's a geeklady turning that dial!
SWLer, MWLer, LW and HF beaconeer, technician class ham, DXer of all bands and program listener. 
RNW forever.