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Re: Topband: XR0ZRC?

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Subject: Re: Topband: XR0ZRC?
From: "Tim Childers K9CQ" <>
Date: Tue, 26 Mar 2019 13:05:02 -0500
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That is not the problem here in the Midwest Paul. Every band I have worked XR0ZRC, they have been loud even on TB. All of the other bands they seemed to have no problems hearing stations to work except TB. I do use a small 3 element Hi-Z array for receiving. Hearing them has been no problem at all. Two nights ago when all the storms were raging along the southern US was the only time I wasn't hearing them well because of the 20 over constant static crashes. I am sure it must be just as frustrating to them to not be able to hear all the stations calling as it is for all of us not to be heard there on TB. Such is life though and it seems to be something that is out of our control at this point. Maybe they will find a way to improve the SNR on their end before they leave.
Tim, K9CQ

-----Original Message----- From: Paul Kiesel via Topband
Sent: Tuesday, March 26, 2019 12:14 PM
To: Topband Reflector
Subject: Re: Topband: XR0ZRC?

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:

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
your location.

Herb, KV4FZ

On Tue, Mar 26, 2019 at 11:00 AM David Olean <>

I am a bit puzzled by XR0ZRC.  I thought they were going to have a
effort on 80 and 160, but so far I have heard from little to none
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
impossible. I think this was the first time I heard them.  It was
for me to copy much of anything between static crashes.  On other
I saw many spots from hams showing that they are on 160M but I hear
and a check on the Reverse Beacon Network shows no spots for them.
(Pirates?) Last night, a few stations mentioned that XR0ZRC was loud
the SE. VA2WA, who is a couple hundred miles north of me, said
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
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
are plagued by high noise levels and have poor internet
accessibility. I
understand that, but I am still concerned that I almost never hear
QRV on 160. Maybe it is just my turn to be in the barrel? I just
what is going on. I am curious. I hope no one takes this as a
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
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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