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Re: Topband: XR0ZRC?

To: David Olean <>
Subject: Re: Topband: XR0ZRC?
From: Tim Shoppa <>
Date: Tue, 26 Mar 2019 10:21:19 -0400
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David, some stats from Clublog below:

In 2013, XR0ZR made a major 160M effort, in South American summer:
160: 1050 Q's
80: 2374 Q's
40: 4579 Q's

I think it's unreasonable to expect that every single DXpedition will be
fruitful on 160M.

2018: XR0ZRC stats from Clublog:
160: 75 Q's
80: 1983 Q's
40: 3562 Q's

Tim N3QE

On Tue, Mar 26, 2019 at 10:00 AM David Olean <> wrote:

> I am a bit puzzled by XR0ZRC.  I thought they were going to have a major
> effort on 80 and 160, but so far I have heard from little to none from
> them on 160. (I am not on 80 M) Last night, 26th UTC, I did hear them
> but their signal was quite weak and the heavy QRN was making copy almost
> impossible. I think this was the first time I heard them.  It was hard
> for me to copy much of anything between static crashes.  On other days,
> I saw many spots from hams showing that they are on 160M but I hear nil
> and a check on the Reverse Beacon Network shows no spots for them. (?)
> (Pirates?) Last night, a few stations mentioned that XR0ZRC was loud in
> the SE. VA2WA, who is a couple hundred miles north of me, said something
> like "booming " to describe their signal last night. Not sure of the
> strength required for "booming", but it must be similar to "wall to
> wall, and treetop tall".  At my shack I could not tell who they were
> working between  the static crashes! I copied fragments between crashes.
> I know my receiving setup is working. Just a few hours later near my
> sunrise I worked VK6 and JA from here in Maine.
> I have read a few notes on DX sites (many days old) explaining that they
> are plagued by high noise levels and have poor internet accessibility. I
> understand that, but I am still concerned that I almost never hear them
> QRV on 160. Maybe it is just my turn to be in the barrel? I just wonder
> what is going on. I am curious. I hope no one takes this as a complaint
> about a DXpedition. It is not.
> My task for the day is to lay out another RX wire for 140 degrees and
> Bouvet! Unfortunately, all of my wooden stakes with insulators attached
> to them are stored in a shed and the ice around it is so thick, deep,
> and hard, that I cannot get to them!
> Dave K1WHS
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