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Re: Topband: XR0ZRC?

To: Herbert Schoenbohm <>
Subject: Re: Topband: XR0ZRC?
From: David Olean <>
Date: Tue, 26 Mar 2019 15:13:21 +0000
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I have a dedicated beverage aimed at 180 degrees and it works great. Nice and quiet and about 900 ft long. I do not have anything for Bouvet at 140 degrees or so. I better get to work!


On 3/26/2019 2:32 PM, Herbert Schoenbohm wrote:
David,  You would need a Beverage for XR0WRC favoring the south to SSW from
your location.

Herb, KV4FZ

On Tue, Mar 26, 2019 at 11:00 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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