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10m DX abounds!

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10m activity has been bustling as of late. Ole sol is finally being kind to us all. The past few mornings I’ve turned on the radio and have discovered plenty of CW/SSB action across the 10m spectrum. I easily worked many Europeans during CQ WW RTTY less than two weeks ago. Since then I’ve found countless DX. I haven’t worked them all, nor have I tried. I mostly just tune up and down the band listening to the activity. It takes me back to 1991, when I got my General ticket and was KB8MAZ. I worked all over the world on 10m using a low G5RV and a Kenwood TS-120.

Some of the recent DXpeditions were extremely easy to work when I ran across them on 10m. This includes T32C and OJ0X. I just snagged OJ0X on SSB this morning. I believe it was the reknowned Martti OH2BH at the helm, and he was working by numbers. It was so very efficient. I started listening when he was on the 9’s, and when he finally got back to the 8’s I worked him on my third call. He was humming along working stations like a well-oiled machine. T32C and OJ0X are both doing a superb job. Yesterday I heard John, ON4UN [another reknowned DXer, contester, and the author of ON4UN’s Low Band DXing]. He was S9+ and I’m sure I could have easily worked him, but I sat back and enjoyed listening to the ensuing pileup.

I’m beginning to wonder if I shouldn’t just get a Cushcraft A3S or a Moslely TA-33-M (WARC) and shove it up on a piece of pipe. I’d already have a Hexbeam up if it weren’t for the hideous appearance of that beast.

Anyway, I’m off to work a few more on 10m. If this keeps up, I may end up with a higher DXCC total on 10m than I have on 15m or 20m right now.

Written by Mike

October 6th, 2011 at 12:17 pm

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DXing – An enjoyable pastime

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To be honest, I’m not technically a DXer. I don’t have beams or amps. I don’t plan my schedule around when DXpeditions are operating or when the band might be open to AF or AS.

As time goes on, the idea of adding DX stations to my log is appealing. I run only low wires and 90w or so. I typically am free to operate the radio at times when only 160/80m are useful [i.e. at night]. My work schedule is and has been one where I am awake half the night or more, sleep past sunrise, and go back to work shortly after the higher bands open to the into the US.

This morning I managed to go to sleep early and wake up early, and by 8 AM I was already logging SA, EU, and Carribean stations. I was hearing many places weak but copyable, including Greece and the Ukraine. Contacts were made on SSB and CW on 10/12/15m, including another PJ contact before they tore down and departed for home.

Certainly if I had multielement beams @100 ft and 1.5Kw it would be fun, but it’s also fun with low wires, a weak signal out, and a weak signal in. In fact, there is something mysterious about copying stations at or just above the noise level. I enjoy it.

No doubt there is DX to be had, no matter if you have limited space/abilities for antennas. You just have to use some tricks to work DX at times when the DXers with elaborate stations may do it nearly effortlessly.

Incidentally, yesterday afternoon/early evening a KH6 was booming into East Ohio on 10m. Beautiful sig. I didn’t have the patience to work him since he was ragchewing rather than keeping it simple and short. No problem there… his choice. But I had other fish [DX] to fry [work]. It was great to hear some non-NA stations on 10/12m.

15/12/10m are becoming more and more active now. Tune around, and even if you do not hear anyone or you aren’t seeing anyone spotted, throw out a few CQs and you may be surprised at who returns your call.

Written by Mike

October 20th, 2010 at 11:27 am

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