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Re: Topband: XR0ZRC?

To: Topband Reflector <>
Subject: Re: Topband: XR0ZRC?
From: Paul Kiesel via Topband <>
Reply-to: Paul Kiesel <>
Date: Tue, 26 Mar 2019 17:14:12 +0000 (UTC)
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 I worked 3G0Z in 2001. It was a six-meters only DXpedition. They had two 
stations operating then. One was located in a local's house located on the 
western shore of San Juan Bautista and the other was located on the eastern 
shore at an inn. The reason for having both locations was that the station at 
the local's place would be effectively blocked to North America while the 
station at the inn would be blocked to Europe and South America. Both locations 
are in close proximity to steep mountains. If the XR0ZRC station is located on 
the western shore, that probably would explain why signals are so weak in North 
America. I found that I could barely detect them. Once in a while I could catch 
pieces of their call, but that was it for me.
Paul, K7CW

    On Tuesday, March 26, 2019, 9:26:26 AM PDT, <> wrote:  
 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:
> Herb,
> 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!
> Dave
> 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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