I’ve been somewhat aware of a characteristic regarding DXpeditions and have recently began to pay more attention to it.
The gist of this post is this:
That a DXpedition’s popularity – that is, the size of the pile-ups and general mayhem that it generates – is not necessarily due to the rarity of the entity but to the flashiness of its publicity and the build-up of its commencement. Continue reading 'Size of pile-up not necessarily related to entity’s rarity'»
Long-path QSOs are noteworthy for me in that I don’t have many of them that I am able to verify via antenna rotation. I need to work on exploring other propagation paths…
And, in a male-dominated hobby, QSOs with YLs are also rare.
This morning Ina YD1NAA provided both. Continue reading 'Long-path QSO with YL'»
I worked a fellow blogger today.
Depending on his QTH, Andy Fyodorov is either KL1A (Houston), RW3AH (Moscow), HB9ERK or a number of other callsigns.
Today he is in Egypt and had a nice signal on 15 meters into his part-time QTH of Houston.
Sparky’s blog is unique in that he provides numerous radio-related product announcements from around the world – including some I’ve never seen mentioned elsewhere. Check out that aspect of his blog here.
I have no idea where he’s off to after Egypt but his website – this one - will probably be updated as his plans unfold.
The team at VK9CZ spent the first few days on phone and then migrated to CW, becoming DXCC #302 (#299 with the dipole) for me soon thereafter.
Despite their posting about the lack of a reliable internet connection, I and many others had our LoTW confirmations only hours later.
That’s good because their signal was so strong that the thought crossed my mind that I’d worked a pirate although there was that tell-tale flutter.
It is currently 7:30 pm US East Coast local time and they are being received on the East Coast – on 80 meters! Normally those W4′s would be hearing Europe and Africa on 80m at that time…but VK9?! Strange propagation. Not a peep here on 80m…
If you’ve just started (or are thinking about) Continue reading 'A miscellaneous post'»
There are numerous ways contesters and DXers have of displaying a log geographically. Such a display may or not be useful but they are definitely an interesting way to see where your signal was heard over a given period of time.
Converting log to map usually requires that you either download (and pay for) a dedicated program or perform a series of steps that eventually yields a Google Map presentation of your contest results or perhaps a view of your 40m contacts over the course of a winter DX season. Continue reading 'Online log plotting tool'»
Thanks to democratic reforms, a new entity in the far-flung steppes of Central Asia is expected to soon be added to the list of available countries for DXCC credit.
Kyrzakhstan is believed to be the world’s first triangularly-shaped country and is bordered by China, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.
Translated into English, the word kyrzakhstan means “vowels ain’t all that”.
Little-known outside the region, Kyrzakhstani’s have a strong work ethic and an aggressively maniacal love of trigonometry due, it is thought, to the country’s geometric shape. Most Kyrzakhstani children can recite and explain Pythagorean’s Theorem by the time they are first able to speak.
Unfortunately, these trigonometric abilities also manifest themselves in other aspects of life - during conversation, Kyrzakhstani’s tend to “go off on tangents” (as I would soon find out). Continue reading 'A new DXCC country!'»