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VP6DX - Ducie Isl. on 160m band

15. února 2008 v 18:15 | Petr, OK1RP |  Band reports
The DXpedition to Ducie Island
VP6DX, is well underway now and the DXpedition crew has now posted its logs online. Have you worked VP6DX yet? Check and make sure you are listed in their log. There are 21 band slots in three modes (CW, Phone and RTTY) that can be worked. Their Web page also provides the optimum times for working . Depending on weather and other considerations, VP6DX will go off the air on or around February 27.
How to work them on Topband ? Lets go to check available informations about acitvity, frequencies, operation practice etc. on 160m to have chance work them as easy as possible...
Frequencies
CWSSBRTTY
160m1827.3 (1)1843.3 +15---
80m3502.5 +253781 (2)---
40m7002.5 +257095 (3)---
30m10106.5 +7---10149 -7
20m14002.5 +2514190 +5514089 -7
17m18072.5 +718165 -15---
15m21002.5 +2521295 +15---
12m24892.5 +724987 -15---
10m28002.5 +2528470 +15---
6m50105 +750145 +15---

(1) RX: JA -10 kHz; Rest of the world: +7 kHz
(2) RX: Americas: 3853 and above; Rest of the world: 3799 and below
(3) RX: Americas: 7228 and above; Australia: 7103 and above; Rest of the world: -15

160m Operations
The goal of the VP6DX 160m operation is to provide DXCC credit for the largest number of DXers. When conditions permit SSB contacts (lower noise levels, stronger signals), conditions also permit contacts with many weaker stations on CW who would not otherwise be able to contact us.
Therefore, 160m SSB operations will be limited as follows:
SSB operations will begin at the start of each clock hour, but only if fewer than 5 QSOS were worked on CW during the previous 10 minutes. SSB operations will continue for 30 minutes, or until the rate falls below 10 contacts in 10 minutes, whichever occurs first.
Reminder: There will be no RTTY or PSK operation on 160m.
Reminder: When 160m is open to Europe, stations in North and South America are asked to QRX. European signals on 160m are much weaker (especially for eastern Europe) and the band will close to Europe a little after 0800z. We do not plan to start working the Americas until after 0800z. After 0800z, we must balance operating time between North America and Asia until the band closes for us.
During our second weekend on Ducie, the CQ 160m SSB contest will be in operation. We hope to take advantage of the extra activity to expand our 160m SSB QSO total.
We will participate in the CQ 160m contest, giving a contest exchange and should be on SSB on 160m during that 48 hour period.
Antennas
160m26m tall vertical (if we get too bored, we might set up a second one ;-))
Finaly read the comment from Jarda, OK1RD as he already worked them on Topband ...
Hello Topbanders,
let me say a few sentences which the VP6DX topband operation are concerned. Just a couple of day of Dxpedition operation on 160m band, you all would agree with me that, the low band operation of the VP6DX came up to expectations. Their signals from the first day on 160m was excellent, operators know when to go on the air, when to ask for EU only and fully play upon topband opening window towards EU. The operator knows how to pick up station and takes notice of qso confirmation from both sides to make correct 2-way qso. I worked them on all my 3 callsigns and it was really joy to make this type of contacts.
I tested my antennas system of course and confirmed myself again that the 8 Circle has never been overcome by 450m long Beverage, the signals from one were in wee bit weaker compare to Beverage but absolutely clean like on higher bands, at much longer period of opening and listen on loudspeaker.
Thanks to Dietmar DL3DXX is low band VP6DX operation enjoyment to follow. I would end up my report by saying " Who knows he knows ".
Good luck in the pile up..
73 Jarda, OK1RD, OK7XX, OL5R
OK, that's syntesis of available informations I have at this moment. If anybody will have any experiences or tips how to work them on 160m or when etc. then I will be appreciated for emails or put it directly to comments window below an article by clicking to "Přidat komentář"...
73, Petr OK1RP
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