I was copying them last night on 160 about Q4 through the static crashes, but
judging by the size of the pileup on the panadaper screen and their widely known
receiving problems I didn't bother to call with my peanut whistle. Of course
conventional wisdom says that I should not hear them without a RX antenna.
Their operators seem to be a mixed bag. On 40 meters about two weeks ago, they
were actually changing frequency every so often. I would think, where did they
go and then see on the scope they moved down a few dozen Hz. Unfortunately, they
did this in the middle of what I thought was our QSO.
On 3/26/2019 12:37 PM, W7RH wrote:
IMHO. Not just one but several Dxpeditions recently have had what seems like
vacation style operating while promoted as full time full efforts. Some from
hotels and resorts and some from less comfortable environments but subject to
big city noise. With the decrease in solar activity you would think a little
more low band effort would be in order. I don't think FT8 is the answer for
them either. If they can't hear on CW their noise floor will be an issue in
FT8 mode too. I'm sure someone will argue that point but if you can't work at
least --18 then forget it.
The XR0ZRC ops had a decent signal to the SW the last two evenings which was
really their first major show on CW. I was able to copy them for more than 2
hours each night until giving up.
My thought is if you are going to run a KW and carry one along, then it would
only make sense they carry some wire, coax and transformers in a bag as well.
Shoot, even a K9AY could be carried in 3ft travel bag. While we can't make up
for TS QRN man made noise is another and sometimes challenging issue. IMHO
RX first....TX second....
73 bob, W7RH
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