Topband: Stew -vs- 3DA0CC

Charlie weeksmgr at hotmail.com
Sun Mar 13 13:16:41 EDT 2016


Ken, I second your comment commending Arunas and Ark for their efforts at C9 and 3DA0. 
 
Last night when they were on earlier at 1820.3, there was much QRM from the contest.  If there was any prop to my QTH, their signal could not be detected.   Later when Arunas came up on 1815.8, the contest QRM was not a factor at all, even though for much of the night I could not hear them.  
 
Every night they were on from C9 or 3DA0, I was in the chair listening.  There was some light copy from C9, but not enough signal to overcome my persistent local powerline noise.  Same for 3DA0, except for a brief period around 0254 UTC.  They came up enough to where I felt some repetitive calls were justified; I was reasonably confident if they answered me or someone else, I could copy the response.  This turned out to be the case, although their signal was just out of my local noise.  I was getting discouraged after missing 7P8 and C9 because of this ongoing noise situation, so it was very gratifying to get 3DA0IJ in the log. 
 
Last fall I invested in a portable 1 MHz to 1 Ghz receiver and a dual band 144/432 MHZ  yagi.   Prior to calling the power company for help, considerable time was spent with this equipment locating the four offending noise sources. In November the power company engineer visited my QTH, and I provided a Google map with the offending poles identified, spectrum displays of the noise, plus I actually identified the noise for the engineer on the portable receiver.  He promised to bring a crew out and deal with it.  Here it is mid-March and no power company help has been forthcoming.   Now that winter is behind us (I hope), it is now time to start complaining.  
 
I am not optimistic about VK0 and FT4/J but will be in the chair listening.  Of the recent expeditions needed on Topband, we have only missed logging 7P8 and C9 so there is some hope.   
 
I have an NCC-1 DXE box and it works great, but when there is more than one noise source active at one time, you are out of luck. 
 
Thanks to Arunas for the new one! 
 
73 Charlie N8RR    
 
> From: grimm at sbc.edu
> Date: Sun, 13 Mar 2016 00:13:49 -0500
> To: Topband at contesting.com
> Subject: Re: Topband: Stew -vs- 3DA0CC
> 
> The 3DA0 experience was a thriller.  Just about the time I was copying
> Arunas well enough to call him on Wednesday, he went QRT.  Heard a few
> peeps on Thursday and absolutely nothing on Friday.  Tonight (Saturday) he
> was an honest 459 and I was thrilled to make the contact!  I'm sorry the
> propagation was so spotty and so many missed them.  Hats off to Arunas and
> Ark for sticking with it despite the poor conditions.
> 
> 73,
> 
> Ken - K4XL
> 
> On Sat, Mar 12, 2016 at 8:17 PM, Gary Smith <Gary at ka1j.com> wrote:
> 
> > Very, I was listening for them. Kept working the contest but went
> > back & never saw a peep. I need that one on 160 too.
> >
> > OTOH, I'm digging my new K3s :D
> >
> > Back to SP
> >
> > 73,
> >
> > Gary
> > KA1J
> >
> > > That's sad.
> > >
> > > 73, Mike
> > > www.w0btu.com
> > >
> > > On Sat, Mar 12, 2016 at 6:39 PM, Joel Harrison <w5zn at w5zn.org> wrote:
> > >
> > > > It appears they have decided to QSY away from 160 since the band is
> > wiped
> > > > out with U.S. contest stations (working other U.S. stations that aren't
> > > > listening for DX) so a new one lost due to the contest.
> > > >
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