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TX7M from a sea of nothingness

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TX7M 2011
Today I fired up the radio anticipating conditions on 10m / 12m / 15m to be as good as they have been for the past few weeks. Well, I was in for a rude awakening. There was very little to be heard. I even hooked up the second dipole to see if i’d hear anything on it that I couldn’t hear elsewhere.

The only exception was TX7M. When nothing else was to be heard, I’d find TX7M on the band. And, in a matter of less than 30 minutes I worked them on 10m / 15m / 17m / 20m CW. Yep, that’s right, four bands in less than 30 minutes. They were hardly strong, and I’m sure i was as weak as could be. But the TX7M guys appear to be on par with the T32C crew. They are all over the bands and have bionic ears.

I’ll jump back on the radio later this afternoon and see if anything has changed, but the A-index is 16 so I’m not counting on much. Things will likely be improving tomorrow.

Written by Mike

October 25th, 2011 at 2:37 pm

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  1. “the TX7M guys appear to be on par with the T32C crew” …that wasn’t my impression, at least not last weekend. TX7M would go 20 or 30 QSO’s without an ID. Wonder how many stations relied on the spotting network without a positive ID on exactly what station they were working? To TX7M’s credit they must have made an adjustment because yesterday I heard them giving an ID after nearly every QSO. Other than that, TX7M seemed to do a fine job. — 73 Jim K6OK

    K6OK

    26 Oct 11 at 2:56 PM

  2. Jim,

    Unlike T32C, I wasn’t immediately trying for the TX7M crew. So I missed out on what they were doing in the beginning. Regardless of how they were operating in the beginning, I’m glad they’re IDing regularly now. Perhaps they kept track of the end result of T32C and it motivated them to do more of the “right things.” Let’s face it, T32C was a fantastic operation.

    I can’t complain about TX7M though. I got them in the log more than enough times for me, and I’ll continue to check for them until they go QRT.

    I’m hearing a lot of DX this week, mostly the DX who are preparing for CQWW DX SSB. And, although I’m hearing a lot of them, they are rarely working split and are either getting inundated or need to do some work because they aren’t picking me out like they should :)

    Mike

    26 Oct 11 at 3:34 PM

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