Sunday, January 9, 2011

Hallelujia for TJ3AY - finally I get to put him in the log

It's been an interesting few days. While I have not been altogether too active CQing on the bands, I have done plenty of listening and tuning. It's actually very rewarding to scan the various bands. You never know what you might find. Indeed I have often said, as have many other more experienced experts, that listening is at least 50% of radio. Didn't some wisecrack once say that you have two ears and one mouth, and they should be used in that ratio? That certainly applies to radio. (No jokes about CW please!)

It was while scanning the bands on Saturday that I came across a strength nine signal on 15 metres, who seemed to be working a bit of a pile. Then I heard the magic letters and numbers, Tango Juliet Three Alpha Yankee. Cameroon! A new country if I could bag him.

TJ3AY has been very active lately on a number of bands, but has understandably been running some big pile-ups because Cameroon is no doubt a rare one for many. On the few occasions I have heard him, working him has been impossible because even on a 5 and 10 kHz "up" split, the pile-ups are still too big to break with 100 watts on a vertical.

So you can imagine my surprise when he heard me after just two or three calls on simplex on 21.210 USB. It was a short QSO - an exchange of reports and nothing else - but I did thank him for a brand new country. It was the highlight of a weekend in which I managed to nab a few interesting bits and bobs.

These included A45XR in Oman on both 40m and 15m CW. Oman was a new country for me on both those bands. I was disappointed but somewhat not surprised not to make it through on 80m CW over the course of a few nights trying. I even heard him on Saturday night starting his CQ on simplex and called him but he couldn't hear me, so I don't suppose he's going to hear me through a pile-up. Ah well, I will keep trying! Also new was YV4EH, Bill in Valencia, Venezuela. I had worked Bill last midsummer on 17m SSB and was delighted to catch him on 15m SSB where Venezuela was a new country for me on that band.

One other QSO of note was R1QAP on 30m CW. The station is based in a monastery on an island in a lake in Russia. Looks nice in his QRZ photo. The Monastery is alled Spaso-kamenny.

Here's my latest band standings updated since last time (previous update Nov 29th 2010):

Total DXCCs worked: 186

160M: 30 DXCCs worked (0 - no change)
80M: 79 (+7 Doing well here but need 21 to get to 100)
40M: 125 (+5)
30M: 95 (+13 Racing towards the century here)
20M: 138 (+3)
17M: 108 (+4)
15M: 110 (+9)
12M: 66 (+1)
10M: 35 (0 - waiting for some good openings!)
6M: 53 (0)
2M: 10 (0)

6 comments:

  1. Hi Anthony, it's amazing how many DXCC you worked in a short time. Many operators including me would take years to get so many. Of course it's all a matter of how much time you spend on the radio...
    I heard TJ3AY last week but he was to weak to work unfortunately. 73, Bas

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  2. Bas, Anthony must be an insomniac or his shack must be sat on one of those ley lines that propogate RF, either way that's an impressive list I have to say !

    Anthony, enough talking about you, I would like to know how many US States you have worked ?

    73 Paul.

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  3. Well done, got him on 28mhz myself, simple really and an overall new DXCC, they dont come easy as you know
    73...EI5FK

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  4. Hi Anthony, I envy you... wow what a result. I just worked 88 DXCC in 2,5 years. (with QRP &low power) and I am not a DX or award chaser. But I admire your DX results. 73 Paul

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  5. You are catching up on Thos.. :-)

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  6. Bas : time on the radio is critical to working DXCCs!! I spend too much time on the radio sometimtes!

    Paul: Unsure of my States total but think I have 46 worked, maybe 48.

    Charles: Sometimes the rare ones come out of the blue. It's nice when it happens. My first 9L Liberia came the same way.

    Paul : I have great enthusiasm for it and have begun chasing DXCCs now so I am more aware of what I need and what I already have.

    Tony: Thos is ten years ahead of me, would you go away out of that !!!

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