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« on: January 15, 2018, 07:53:41 PM »

So Iíve been working on working all 50 states on 160. Iím at 46, and last night I almost achieved what I thought was virtually impossible. Been monitoring FT8 and at 0500Z I saw two CQís from K9FD in Hawaii. He was there and gone in about 90 seconds. Now is the time to enjoy those long winter nights! Reached out to him and it turns out he has a 30acre site that was an old A.M. broadcast site with a huge radial field
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« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2018, 08:43:40 AM »

So just short of 1 year since I posted this, last night I was able to make the contact with K9FD in Monalaua, HI. The new version of FT8 did very well - quite impressed by my 100W to a 1/4 wave sloper. I think this winter will be a good DX season on 160! 49 states down, only one more to go - AK!


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« Reply #2 on: December 19, 2018, 08:51:32 AM »

Congratulations Bob.

I was on the Grey Hair Net last night (Tues. 8 PM 1945 kHz).  I hadn't checked in there in at least two years I think!  Yes, conditions were VERY GOOD.

Merry Christmas everyone!
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« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2019, 07:18:30 AM »

Conditions on 160 continue to amaze me. Been looking for the elusive #50  (AK) on CW & FT8. Early Saturday morning I saw a prefix I did not recognize. Called him and he responded. Turned out to be N Cook island in the S Pacific. No big antenna at this end, just my 1/4 wave sloper and 100w.
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« Reply #4 on: January 14, 2019, 11:18:57 AM »

Been conducting experiments on 1999 with Ron K1VYU. He is using a dipole and I have been able to copy him as low as 4mw. He is 250 miles away
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« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2019, 04:33:59 PM »

Is he running a cw beacon?
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« Reply #6 on: November 24, 2020, 05:29:42 PM »

So it happened again two night ago. 10 minutes after his local sunset I worked K9FD (Hawaii) again at about 11:00 pm local Eastern time. If this is any indication of how 160 will be this winter, itís going to be a good DX season! My quarter wave sloper continues to amaze me.
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« Reply #7 on: November 24, 2020, 05:57:06 PM »

Was in a local net on 1.880 last night. The band was as free of QRN as I can remember.

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« Reply #8 on: November 24, 2020, 06:18:33 PM »

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Reached out to him and it turns out he has a 30acre site that was an old A.M. broadcast site with a huge radial field

I am not surprised to hear that he got some land that once hosted a AM radio station. I read that the last AM station on the big island was going off the air a couple years ago. I wonder if at any time they ever used SW to broadcast to all the islands? Anyhow back to FT8................Congratulations!
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