Topband: K5P in Zone 14

Roger D Johnson n1rj at
Sat Jan 16 13:27:11 EST 2016

According to Clublog's Leaderboard stations east of the Mississippi are almost nil.

73, Roger

On 1/16/2016 12:58 PM, Jim Brown wrote:
> On Sat,1/16/2016 9:31 AM, Doug Turnbull wrote:
>> The propagation gods are not favouring us at all.   K5P is a hard
>> reach on most bands and once you go away from 17 through 40 meters there are
>> literally only about five QSOs total on the other bands.
> Now you know what life can be like in W6 with expeditions that are in the back 
> yard of EU. :)
> The island K5P is a protected wild life refuge, and access is quite 
> restricted, even to the extent of the size of aircraft they could land on the 
> island. That caused them to decide to travel light, including antennas. Rigs 
> are K3s with KPA500s, HF antennas are SteppIR verticals. The 160 antenna is a 
> Battle Creek special, and I suspect they have run some Beverages. BTW -- that 
> aircraft got even smaller a day or so before they took off, causing them to 
> trim the team by several men.
> Here in NorCal, we're only 3400 miles from them over water. Sigs are great on 
> 160M, not great on the HF bands. 160M is a lot louder than 80M. I managed to 
> work them yesterday on 10 and 12 CW, but I had to wait several hours for them 
> to get from "vapor" to 229 to call them (and be able to copy my call), and 
> they never got louder than that 229.
> I know about half the team, and I know they are dedicated to putting unique 
> calls in the log, and are favoring EU as much as they can when they think 
> there's an opening. On one of their first nights on 30M calling EU, there were 
> EU spots saying that 10115 had bad QRM, please go to 10116. I emailed one of 
> the guys, and the next day they were on a different frequency.
> 73, Jim K9YC
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