Top band DX-ing is real ham radio challenge. 160m is also referred as the "Gentleman's band"...
160 meters - DX-ing on the Edge...

Srpen 2008

13th Stew Perry Topband Distance Challenge - 2008

15. srpna 2008 v 13:59 | Petr, OK1RP |  Home
   Effective in 2008, the low power and QRP score multipliers have   
   been changed to 1.5 and 3. This does not affect the QSO point   
   multiplier that is received for working low power or QRP stations,   
   which remains at 2 and 4.   
   1. Contest period:  1500Z December 27th to 1500Z December   
   28th,2008. Operate for a maximum of 14 hours.  Off times are   
   30 minutes minimum and a maximum of four off periods are   
   A separate warm-up even will be held on October 18th/19th with   
   the same time period and entry categories.   
   2. Bands and mode: 160 meters CW only.   
3. Categories: Single operator or multi-operator. Remote or
   Cluster spotting shall not be used.  All transmitting and receiving   
   antennas used must be within 100 km of each other.  Use of   
   skimmer like devices are okay for the multi-operator category only.   
4. Exchange: Four character grid square (i.e. CN85).
5. QSO Points: The number of QSO points for each contact depends
   on the distance between the two stations.  This is computed by  
   taking the distance between the centers of the two grid squares.   
   Count a minimum of one point per QSO and an additional point  
   for every 500 kilometers distance.  For example, a QSO with  
   a station 1750 kilometers away will count for 4 QSO points.   
   No additional distance for long path is allowed.   
QSO Points are multiplied by 2X if you work a low power station
   and 4X for working a QRP station.  This is done based upon  
   received logs and is computed automatically during the log  
   checking process.   
Do not worry if your logging software does not compute the
   QSO points. Our automated log checking software does this.   
6. Score: Final score equals the total number of QSO points.
   There is  no multiplier for different grids worked.  Stations 
   running 5 to 100 watts output multiply their score by 1.5.  
   Stations running less than 5 watts multiply their score by 3.  
   Scores will be grouped by category.   
7. Reporting: Your log can be sent via the internet to
   TBDC@CONTESTING.COM using the Cabrillo format before January   
   31st, 2009.  Paper entries can be mailed to   
   BARC 15125 SE Bartell Rd;   Boring, OR  97009.  If possible, please   
   provide an electronic copy of your log.  You can use the tool   
   INSTEW.EXE to generate a Cabrillo log from your paper log.    
   It can be found at   
Logs for the warm-up event are due by November 18th.
8. Plaques will be awarded for categories we have sponsors for.
   To volunteer to sponsor a plaque, contact Lew Sayre, W7EW   
   A list of the plaques sponsored can be found on the web   
There are no plaques or other awards for the warm-up event.
   9. Results are published on the web in September or October.    
   Look for an announcement on the topband and contest   
   reflectors.  Warm-up results will be published before the real   
   event in December.   
73, Petr OK1RP

EL2DX on Topband

14. srpna 2008 v 0:38 | Petr, OK1RP |  Band reports
EL2DX -> Today I turned ON the radio around 22Z and what I found on 1820.9 ...EL2DX. Jim is very loud tonite and pile-up is not so huge.
VQ9LA -> Larry calling CQ on 1822 and surprisingly he is readable on my low inv.V with nice 559 peaked. Seems that Larry has QRM localy as mni stations calling him but no reply.
73, Petr OK1RP
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My new Beverage antenna - strategy and planning

1. srpna 2008 v 16:14 | Petr, OK1RP |  Antennas
First of all I would like to send my appologize for long time inactivity overe here. Lot of things to do, house under reconstruction and family makes me busy a lot so there is not so much time for blog.
Well I am back so I hope that I will have some time to put as much interesting informations as possible regarding the Topband and my operation on that band.
My new Beverage antenna - strategy and planning...
As I am thinking about Beverage receiving antenna for really long time I dreaming about that also for my fixed QTH. I am trying to use over here different receiving antennas like K9FD, Mini Diamonds etc. cause of pocket size garden is available only but still it is not enough for me.
So I started new "project" which can be named "Short and invisible Beverage antennas implementation"...hi. Well as we have not so friendly neighbours around (just few of them are understanding my hobby and needs) the strategy and planning is very important.
There is the picture where is my pocket size lot used for my antennas. (the house on the left side of the yelow frame in the center is our house. 250m square of place is not so much for Topbander op. but...
The simulation on that map giving the chance to put the Beverage on the near farms acre where seems to be available place for 215m long Beverage. (blue doted line in the center of picture)
Easy to say but hard to make as its quite often occupied by farms machinery etc. Well basic strategy and plan is done. Now I am going to start the hard negotiation with neighbours, farms people, permits etc. Maybe it will not be possible to install but I have to try atleast... Beverage in fixed QTH is maybe close to reality...:)
73, Petr OK1RP

Paul Bailey, VS6DO silent key

1. srpna 2008 v 11:02 | Petr, OK1RP |  Home

Paul Bailey, VS6DO silent key

Bill - K4CIA, QSL manager for Paul Bailey - VS6DO, reports that Paul became a silent key on 22 June 2008.

In the 60s, 70s, and 80s, Paul made a lot of people happy on 160 meters. Paul originally operated from the waterfront in Hong Kong, later moving a little higher in elevation, where he "borrowed" precious real estate from other apartment buildings. This was, of course, for his Top Band inverted Vee.

Sad to see another legend pass on! RIP, Paul.
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