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...

Září 2008

ZS1JX with good sigs in OK land

25. září 2008 v 23:15 | Petr, OK1RP |  Band reports

Today I turned ON my radio a bit late
as I arrived at home around 19z.
When I tuned thru the Topband quickly
I found few weak JA's and some EU's
called CQ with no takers.
After that I heard very nice and copyable sigs on 1828 in QSO with
UA3EKG. Well it will be some EU like G or SM as their sigs are sometime
not so strong on my low Inv.V with apex 6m only i thought.
I was very surprised when I recognized Petr's call ZS1JX.
Petr came thru the noisy band tonite 559 and I was able to read
his CW sigs on K3 comfortably.
P. Jendrissik
Worcester West 6862
Who is interesting in the K3 setting during the receiving ZS on Topband
look here -> NB: DSP/t3-5, IF WID5, NR: 1-1, NTCH: 900, AGC SLP:7, THR:4
AGC-F, BW:150Hz.
73, Petr OK1RP

Iota DX-pedition P29 2008 coming...

24. září 2008 v 22:36 | Petr, OK1RP |  Band reports

do You have P29 on Topband already confirmed? If You answered NO, then You should be QRV on band in the nearest future as DX-pedition to that area coming...
Dxpedition to three IOTAs:
OC-181 Garove - P29VLR (QSL via SM6CVX)
OC-041 Hermit - P29NI (QSL via G3KHZ)
OC-025 Manus - TBA (QSL via K6HFA)
Team: Al, AD6E - Derek, G3KHZ - Hugh, K6HFA - Luis, CT1AGF - Skip, W5GAI
K6HFA arrives Kokopo, East New Britain
Sat 11-Oct-08
Operation by K6HFA
Main team arrives Kokopo
Fri 17-Oct-08
Fly from Port Moresby
Overnight in Kokopo
Fri 17-Oct-08
Board Barbarian II
Sat. 18-Oct-08
Arrive Garove Island, Witu group
Mon. 20-Oct-08
Leave Garove Island
Sat. 26-Oct-08
Arrive Hermit Islands, Ninigo group
Tues. 28-Oct-08
Leave Hermit Islands
Mon. 03-Nov-08
Arrive Manus Island
Tues. 04-Nov-08
Overnight in Manus
Tues. 04-Nov-08
Start homeward trip
Main team fly to Port Moresby
Wed 05-Nov-08
Wed 05-Nov-08
Operation by K6HFA
Main team overnight in Port Moresby
Wed 05-Nov-08
No radio operation
Main team fly home
Thurs 06-Nov-08
K6HFA leaves Manus for home
Sun 09-Nov-08
Hugh, K6HFA will be making a longer trip and will stop in Tonga from 23 Sept to 11 October. From 12 - 18 October he will operate from OC-008. From 4 - 9 November he will operate from Manus, OC-025.
Operating frequencies
The first few days of the dxpedition will coincide with the Willis Island operation. So for this period at least we will use frequencies near to the recommended IOTA calling frequencies:
CW 28.040, 24.920, 21.040, 18.098, 14.040, 10.115 and 3.530MHz. SSB 28.560, 24.950, 21.260, 18.128, 7.055 and 3.755MHz
These charts have been created using HamCap
Logs will be updated at the end of DX-pedition.
QSL information:
P29NI via G3KHZ
Interesting is that DX-pedition has been communicated as "Low Bands" oriented but there are no 160m frequencies announced.
We hope to their operation over there as they shared latest informations as follows:
The P29 DXpedition to two rare IOTA's and activating P2 on 160 has an opening.
K6HFA, Hugh, has canceled because of some unfortunate circumstances.
Hugh is graciously leaving his $3000 (AUD) in the boat charter fund.
Who would like to replace Hugh? For $2067 (AUD) or $1730 (USD) plus your own
air fare (~$3000 USD), you can be a member the team. Anyone interested can contact
G3KHZ, Derek, or W5GAI, Skip, at
The P29 travel schedule is as follows:
Arrive Rabaul/Kokopo via Air Niugini Fri. 17-Oct-08 (or earlier.)
Board Barbarian II (sleeps 6 in A/C comfort) Sat. 18-Oct-08
Arrive Garove Island, Witu group OC-181 Mon. 20-Oct-08
Leave Garove Island Sat. 26-Oct-08 - Call P2VLR
Arrive Hermit Islands OC-041 Tues. 28-Oct-08
Leave Hermit Islands Mon. 03-Nov-08 - Call P29NI
Arrive Manus Island OC-025 Tues. 04-Nov-08 -= Call TBD
Leave Manus Island via Air Niugini Wed. 05-Nov-08
We are taking amps, a Titanex V160E TX Vertical, K9AY loop system and phased
pennants for RX eith a KD9SV switch/preamp, and will be haunting 160, 80, 40
with them.
The P29 team is still looking for donations to help defray the cost of transporting
the 160 meter amp, antennas, etc. to/from P2. If you want to contribute, we have
set up PayPal on our web site or send
donations to G3KHZ or W5GAI via their addresses.
Skip, W5GAI
Topband mailing list
73 - Petr, OK1RP

CX5BW - Pedro on Topband...

9. září 2008 v 3:43 | Petr, OK1RP |  Band reports
CX5BW - Pedro"el anfitrión"
on Topband...
After no success at 22:20z with Phil, VK6ABL I did not expected anything more on the band tonite...but when I turned on the radio at 00:30z and tuned thru the band I found weak sigs calling CQ.
Quickly I switched all of neccessary filters ON and made right setup to pull out the sigs from the noise to read the callsign. Yes, Pedro - CX5BW calling CQ and his sigs coming up with each 10mins in jo60xj QTH.
The contact to Pedro is over here as home address route will be the best for QSL exchanging I guess if You worked him already or You was lucky tonite.
P.O.BOX 10
Now at 01:40z Pedro came up to real 579 even although I am listening him on K3 using low inverted V with 6m apex and linear loaded at the both ends.
Who is interested in my K3 setting for that case > there is:
FL3/250Hz - DSP/150Hz - NR/F1-2 - AGC-F/120 (SLP8/THR4)
Good luck,
73 - Petr, OK1RP

VP9RI on Topband...who is who?

8. září 2008 v 17:52 | Petr, OK1RP |  Band reports

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On 24Aug08 posted Peter, G4PUQ interesting article about his QSO with VP9RI on 160m...
(orig post as follows)
Hello All,
I worked VP9RI last night at 2217 on 1827. I heard him calling around 1813 about 10 mins earlier, he was weak and didn't reply to my call. On moving up the band I found him and had a quick exchange, some other Europeans worked him as well.
VP9 is my 91st DXCC on 160m and I am sure you can all appreciate the thrill of working a new one on the way to the magic 100 DXCC. BUT having searched the usual DX info pages for VP9RI info I have drawn a blank .....anyone know who it might be ?
A couple of things a remarkable about the QSO - having checked my grey line chart it seems I made a G-VP9 qso well before his sunset ( and in August). I had also been working on my new inv-L for the coming season yesterday afternoon and I made this QSO on the remaining vertical length of wire from the old Inv-L.
I'd love to think that this is one of my all time best Topband QSO's but......I'm not sure. Did you work VP9RI, do you have any QSL info, please drop me a line. So back to the new inv-L, if it stops raining and bring on the next 160m season? - Topband DXCC in 2009 perhaps !
73? Peter G4PUQ
PS I'm still trying to obtain a 160m QSL from PY7ZY, I've tried the address a couple of times and e-mail..but no luck - any ideas ?
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As I never heard about this call I looked on the inet to find who is VP9RI and which setup he is using over here to understand if I have chance to work him also.
I was very surprised when I did not found any informations about VP9RI. Even the VP9 callbook
(see here ) do not know call VP9RI so it sounds like pirate on the band.
As I would not like to making sad Peter, G4PUQ > it will be nice to hear from another Topbanders if its true VP9 or not.
Let me know (to post it over here) if You have more informations about VP9RI and his operation on 160m band.
73 - Petr, OK1RP

R1FJT - Franz Jozef Land on Topband ...last month !

2. září 2008 v 17:10 | Petr, OK1RP |  Band reports
Do You have Franz Jozef Land QSO already on Topband?
If You was not lucky to do it then You have last chance to work Jack, R1FJT.
According to Jim's, W1YY/7 information published on Topband mailing list (see below) there is one of the last possibility to catch Jack who is 160m band enthusiast and focused on the Topband operation quite often.
"Jack, R1FJT told me tonight that he will be going QRT from FJL in four weeks, but that UA1PBN/1 and R1FJL (the club station) will still be active from FJL. Jack has been a regular on 160 (as well as the other bands), and always had a good signal on Top Band. Jack said he's in need of some warmer weather (I guess there's no beach season on FJL?).
So for those needing FJL on Top Band, try to catch him while he's still there, as I'm not sure there are any Top Band enthusiasts who will be there to pick up the slack when Jack leaves."
(Jim, W1YY/7)
Topband mailing list
If I remember right I worked him but unfortunatelly not on Topband so another challenge for me for next few weeks to look for Jack on air.
QSL via UA4RC.
73, Petr OK1RP

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2. září 2008 v 16:43 | Petr, OK1RP |  Band reports
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73, Petr OK1RP