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Re: Topband: XR0ZRC?

To: David Olean <>
Subject: Re: Topband: XR0ZRC?
Date: Tue, 26 Mar 2019 09:47:20 -0600
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I spent 3 hours last night listen and trying to work XR0.. when they were decent copy IN AZ about 0400,, when there were Many NA, stations calling along with a lot of Eu,, but VERY few made it into their log..Then about 0500 or so,, they started asking for EU only..and the band was FULL of EU up at least 3 KHz...but again very few making it into the log,,,BUT ZR0 was good copy for me the whole EU run.. Then about O600 they stopped asking for EU, and then the NA stations that were still on the band started calling,, I heard them work WA7NS about 90 miles north of me,, and I called them right after a few times and worked them about 0620...they were a real 569 to me from 0500 till they stopped calling CQ not long after I worked them... they were definitely struggling to hear.. MANY "BIG" gun stations both NA and EU,, did not make it last nite,, It took perseverance last nite,, and a LOT of Luck for those of us that made it into their log..
That's My report from AZ...

On 2019-03-26 09:13, David Olean wrote:

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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