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PostSubject: Patience rewarded! DX opening   Patience rewarded! DX opening Icon_minitimeMon May 11, 2020 7:02 pm

Bit of an opening on 27Mhz tonight...Europe flooding in Smile

Tried calling to the typical no avail and then suddenly....

13LR/GR15 Germany Micha logged me with a 5/9 on 27.535Mhz USB

SmileSmileSmileSmile

Super-stoked and had to tell somebody Wink
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PostSubject: Re: Patience rewarded! DX opening   Patience rewarded! DX opening Icon_minitimeMon May 11, 2020 9:27 pm

well done Victor been chaotic at times i had some good results on mid block fm 19 and 13 division but its great to hear some good conditions Very Happy hope you get plenty more cheers take care enjoy the radio 73's Mark
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PostSubject: Re: Patience rewarded! DX opening   Patience rewarded! DX opening Icon_minitimeMon May 11, 2020 9:52 pm

Hi Mark,

Cheers mate, appreciated Smile

Yeah, loads piling in mid-block FM early on, France, Italy then Germany. Call as I might there was no getting through and I almost did my usual of giving up but thought I'd scan around the triple 5's before switching off. Heard the "QRZ", called in and blow me called straight back! Was the usual "5/9 73's" short contact affair but gave me a buzz. Goes to prove my bit of wire inverted V in the loft actually flipping works Wink

Had reverted back to just shortwave listening but a short opening DX has given me the go to keep on trying.

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PostSubject: Re: Patience rewarded! DX opening   Patience rewarded! DX opening Icon_minitimeMon May 11, 2020 10:06 pm

quality Victor now thats the way , i used to live in a three story building we had the top two floors so i put a skylab vertical across the loft and believe it or not a three element beam as well lol! it pointed south to france i had so many contacts but the best was south africa zaire ivory coast and many more not sure exactly what you use but dont give up it will only get better Wink Mark
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PostSubject: Re: Patience rewarded! DX opening   Patience rewarded! DX opening Icon_minitimeMon May 11, 2020 10:22 pm

Well done, Victor. I was well pleased to have a couple of contacts a two weeks ago. One into Austria and another into Italy.

If you hear Germany coming in. It is always worth dropping down on to Low band (FM) as it is part of their domestic frequency allocation. I have had some great contacts down there, over the years.

73s John.
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PostSubject: Re: Patience rewarded! DX opening   Patience rewarded! DX opening Icon_minitimeMon May 11, 2020 10:44 pm

Cheers for that John, nice snippet of information too! Much appreciated Smile

I'd all but given up on CB DX not having had much luck with my bits of wire fan dipole array in the loft. Being disabled I had a volunteer put it up for me with some direction and it's great for SWL but never proved itself CB wise. Current situation means not being able to get help tweaking it but now it's finally proved itself so I'm well chuffed!


Mark, three element beam in the loft, now that is going something Smile Be nice to get some further DX but much happier for now.


Cheers again fellas, really appreciated.
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PostSubject: Re: Patience rewarded! DX opening   Patience rewarded! DX opening Icon_minitimeTue May 12, 2020 6:40 am

Great work Victor,


Often calling away from .555 works wonders and i remember before t5 was a call freq,so any freq was game for calling out on,still works well in my experience.

Ive worked the world on 11m and the greatest buzz is with low power or a smaller antenna and when conditions return Australia and NZ can be worked on a firestik in the loft (ive done it and have the qsl cards to prove) good luck on many more qso`s..
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PostSubject: Re: Patience rewarded! DX opening   Patience rewarded! DX opening Icon_minitimeTue May 12, 2020 7:15 am

Cheers Sam, much appreciated Smile

Yeah, "Triple-Nickel" was an American thing as I recall. When conditions were right you simply clicked 'high', popped to USB and called your guts out! Very Happy

It's got to be some 30 odd years since I had the buzz of contacting Germany last and funnily enough with a homemade bits-of-wire inverted V antenna which proved itself back then.
Ha, I fondly remember how excited I got all those years ago and as you can imagine with a few years added to me I nearly flipping wet myself when I got a shout back! Very Happy Very Happy

Cheers again and all the best to you,
Victor

(Mention of a Firestik threw me back, remember screwing one of those on top of the old Cortina!!)

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PostSubject: Re: Patience rewarded! DX opening   Patience rewarded! DX opening Icon_minitimeTue May 12, 2020 7:47 am

Well done Victor ,I'm the same as Sam ( Cozzmik) remember before the T5 which actually was started by the Alpha Tango Groupe in Italy about 1989/90 I cant remember exactly I do have the history somewhere so it wasn't the Yanks ,there call frequency are or where Channel 6AM mids27
:025 which is called The Superbowl which is totally mad if you haven't got anything in power under a 1Kw that class you as a QRP station lol, also they use to use channel 38 mids 27:385 LSB that was there calling channel you also got a bit of Canada on there too ,if the conditions come back like they was when we heard them now that would be better.
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PostSubject: Re: Patience rewarded! DX opening   Patience rewarded! DX opening Icon_minitimeTue May 12, 2020 9:01 am

Hiya Martin. Cheers mate, appreciate it Smile

Sounds about right, I'm sure the Americans adopted the 555's and 'Americanised' it to "Triple-Nickel".
Flip yeah, remember the "Superbowl" stations...they used to call them "Alligator Stations" - All mouth and no ears!! Ha! Very Happy

Hee, nice to reminisce and to be flying those CB airwaves again. Life in the old dog yet Wink

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PostSubject: Re: Patience rewarded! DX opening   Patience rewarded! DX opening Icon_minitimeTue May 12, 2020 10:04 am

I think if we had the skip what we had back say from 1998 to about 2013 where the nearly the world was open on 11m, people now would freak out , makes me laugh when I read some of the CB newbies getting excited of getting a copy 30/40 mile from there QTH, I remember we had a thing called shoutbox on the old original CT website to tell others how the skip was running and other quick messages and it was always a regular thing someone would say on it something like Australia is calling on such n such frequency or South Africa is booming in copys to Germany and Spain was like local stuff back then lol ,I use to talk to a station in Greece every Saturday morning on SSB like if he was down the road during the week from about 1pm in the afternoon you would stat to get Statesideand Canada coming through unitill late afternoon early evening, I wish those conditions would come back.
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PostSubject: Re: Patience rewarded! DX opening   Patience rewarded! DX opening Icon_minitimeWed May 13, 2020 1:58 am

Sporadic-E really kicks off a month either side of the solstices so April-July time and October-December.
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PostSubject: Re: Patience rewarded! DX opening   Patience rewarded! DX opening Icon_minitimeMon May 18, 2020 9:06 pm

hi all,only been back dxing for 8 weeks.at first nothing but got first contact in Italy on my midland ive had for 30 years and was hooked again.12 wats and a silver rod got me thinking,so straight onto Ebay new psu and a ss 9900 soon on the way.all set up and nothing for days ,then band opened and more contacts.but last Friday just switch on heard a station calling from Indonesia,the island of Bali.I answered and to my surprise got a good contact.had to tell someone not stopped smiling for days and needed to share.keep the faith
73s mark
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PostSubject: Re: Patience rewarded! DX opening   Patience rewarded! DX opening Icon_minitimeTue May 19, 2020 6:25 am

Nice one mark, Indonesia is a great contact in the log! Very Happy
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1-CT-018 EAST COAST OF ADRIATICA ANCONA ITALY
Some may have heard this with the good probegation we are having.
Nice to hear from you.
Catch you all later
73 for now
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