[DX-CHAT] Re: [DX-NEWS] The good old days!

2013-04-18 Thread Zack Widup
I'm replying to this on DX-CHAT. A lot of those excellent ops are no longer with us. For whatever else he got involved in, Don Miller was one of the best CW ops ever and could sit there and churn out QSO's as you describe. So could Danny Weil, the Colvins, Ron ZL1AMO, Rudi DJ5CQ, G3SWH, Baldur

Re: [DX-CHAT] Postage

2013-01-29 Thread Zack Widup
Yes, as of Jan. 27. 73, Zack W9SZ On Tue, Jan 29, 2013 at 2:34 PM, Crownhaven crownha...@bellsouth.netwrote: Did the price of an envelope to a foreign country just go up to $1.10 by chance? Steve, N4JQQ --**- To unsubscribe or


2013-01-27 Thread Zack Widup
I worked them several times. I believe it was a club station. 73, Zack W9SZ On 1/27/13, Crownhaven crownha...@bellsouth.net wrote: I have a QSO in my log for this station on 27 Feb 1993, 10 meters. I just noticed I don't have S0 confirmed on this band. I search for the callsign and can't

Re: [DX-CHAT] County Hunter's Net Procedures

2012-06-19 Thread Zack Widup
In VHF weak-signal circles around here, most of the active ops within a few hundred miles know me. But if I just sign W9SZ people get me confused with W9FZ. In fact, it happened in the VHF contest a couple weeks ago. I was even using phonetics at the time and the other station said Hi Bruce, I

Re: [DX-CHAT] County Hunter's Net Procedures

2012-06-19 Thread Zack Widup
Waldo Emerson -- Original Message -- From: Zack Widup w9sz.z...@gmail.com To: dx-chat dx-chat@njdxa.org Subject: Re: [DX-CHAT] County Hunter's Net Procedures Date: Tue, 19 Jun 2012 07:04:37 -0500 In VHF weak-signal circles around here, most of the active ops within a few

Re: [DX-CHAT] Since this really has nothing to do with DXing

2012-06-19 Thread Zack Widup
Yes, just like we microwavers also have our own way of doing things (which is different again than both being described here). When you have a dish with 0.5 degree beamwidth pointed at someone, you know who the other station you hear is going to be, so callsigns are just a formality and legality.

Re: [DX-CHAT] Spotting Etiquette

2012-06-08 Thread Zack Widup
Actually, it was Jon Kimball KL2A. He even posted a spot for a 30m CW operation of A5A saying it was a Pirate, not us. Interesting to have one of the DXpedition ops on the cluster! 73, Zack W9SZ On 6/8/12, JIM Abercrombie 4...@prtcnet.com wrote: KL7A in Bhutan WAS looking at the cluster. I

Re: [DX-CHAT] Leaderboards - good or bad?

2012-06-06 Thread Zack Widup
that for years anyway... cheers Dave G0OIL - Original Message - From: Zack Widup To: dx-chat Sent: Tuesday, June 05, 2012 10:59 PM Subject: Re: [DX-CHAT] Leaderboards - good or bad? Someone has pointed out recently that for DXCC requirements, you could get by with 9 QSO's which

Re: [DX-CHAT] Leaderboards - good or bad?

2012-06-05 Thread Zack Widup
Someone has pointed out recently that for DXCC requirements, you could get by with 9 QSO's which would cover 160 through 10 meters. You only need one QSO each on CW, SSB and RTTY, so you could either fit them in amongst your 9 QSO's, or make a total of 11 QSO's to satisfy DXCC requirements. The

Re: [DX-CHAT] A5A on RTTY?

2012-05-31 Thread Zack Widup
The RTTY mode is not listed in their in the log page or the leaderboard. I would assume this means they are not doing any RTTY on this operation. 73, Zack W9SZ On 5/31/12, Dino Papas k...@cox.net wrote: Anyone seen any RTTY operation from A5A yet? Good Hunting! 73 - Dino KL0S


2012-05-21 Thread Zack Widup
I didn't buy too much at Dayton. I ogled the new transceivers though. They look like they will take at least several months to learn how to use! I bought a few mystery boxes that are supposed to work in the microwave range of frequencies. They were practically given away so I will at least have


2012-05-20 Thread Zack Widup
First off, great presentation Don! I thought it gave a great perspective of what these icebreaker DXpeditions and others to exotic places cost. Someone has to pay for them. The operators on some DXpeditions often bear a great deal of the cost themselves. I know a few people who have gotten

Re: [DX-CHAT] Hey, I finally found this opportunity

2012-02-13 Thread Zack Widup
Looks like Rag's account has been hacked. 73, Zack W9SZ On 2/13/12, ragnar otterstad la...@yahoo.no wrote: Gain Your Freedom, Manage Your Own Businesshttp://whaouh.com/easywork.php?bjshowtopic=o5fx --- To unsubscribe or subscribe

Re: [DX-CHAT] Republic of Wadiya - New Country?

2012-02-05 Thread Zack Widup
Well, Wadiya know? (Following in the wake of I'll have Nunavut a few years back.) :-) 73, Zack W9SZ On 2/5/12, Gary K9GS garyk...@wi.rr.com wrote: Could this be a new one? http://www.republicofwadiya.com/?gclid=CPPPxbvngq4CFS6FQAodpw413w In the upper right corner there is an English


2011-12-22 Thread Zack Widup
I have to comment on a couple of these: On 12/22/11, Ron Notarius W3WN wn3...@verizon.net wrote: Oh, heck Rag, that's easy. Some people don't have computers in their shack. or even their home. May be hard to believe, but it's true (I know quite a few right here in my town). So Logbook

Re: [DX-CHAT] 60 Meters

2011-11-21 Thread Zack Widup
Both my TS-440 and TS-850 allow opening up the transmit function to the entire shortwave spectrum (1.8 - 30.0 MHz) by removing a diode. I did this mod to enable 60 meters on both. Do ICOM radios have this feature? 73, Zack W9SZ On Mon, Nov 21, 2011 at 8:09 AM, Ryan Jairam rjai...@gmail.com

Re: [DX-CHAT] 60 Meters

2011-11-21 Thread Zack Widup
I was told it would probably be in the Federal Register approximately 15 days after the original FCC announcement. So that puts it some time very early in January that it would take effect. 73, Zack W9SZ On Mon, Nov 21, 2011 at 8:44 AM, Doug McDuff w...@bellsouth.net wrote: ** Again,

Re: Vedr: [DX-CHAT] ] ST0

2011-11-08 Thread Zack Widup
Yes but the hobby interacts heavily with businesses sometimes. DXpeditions are expensive. I have heard that a full-blown DXpedition to Bouvet will cost about a million US dollars. That's a lot of money for a hobby! BTW there may be one in the works. 73, Zack W9SZ On Tue, Nov 8, 2011 at 8:08

Re: [DX-CHAT] Clublog/Leaderboiard run AMOK??

2011-10-24 Thread Zack Widup
These people need to get a life. A real life. Ham radio is only a part of my life, a tiny part lately as work has been frantic. Even if I didn't work, I am involved in so many other things ... 73, Zack W9SZ On 10/23/11, Gary K9GS garyk...@wi.rr.com wrote: snip SB DX @ WW KB8NW $OPDX.1033

[DX-CHAT] Clublog/Leaderboiard run AMOK??

2011-10-24 Thread Zack Widup
It is not only unethical and unsportsmanlike, it IS illegal. To use someone else's callsign without their permission is illegal. That's just as bad as people sending letters to the FCC under a different name/call stating they want a different callsign, just so they can get the callsign of the

Re: [DX-CHAT] Looking Back : VT1

2011-08-14 Thread Zack Widup
Back in the late 60's or early 70's I worked a stations signing 9K2S on 40 CW one night. Another ham worked him and then the two of us got into a chat on the air about whether it was a pirate or not. I wanted a QSL but didn't know of a QSL route. I still don't know to this day if he was a pirate

[DX-CHAT] Re: [DX-NEWS] DXpedition calling practices

2011-07-26 Thread Zack Widup
I believe 3Y0PI and a few others, by trying to follow the propagation paths, would work USA in the order 1-2-3-4-8-9-0-5-7-6. Seemed pretty successful for them. There have been operations especially from the Pacific that completely ignored propagation. They'd have paths to USA and JA at the

Re: [DX-CHAT] Sun's Spots Fading

2011-06-15 Thread Zack Widup
Tweak up those low band antennas! 73, Zack W9SZ On 6/15/11, Bill Hawkins bhw...@hughes.net wrote: I thought we just came out of that! Bill W5EC BREAKING - major AAS solar announcement: Sun's Fading Spots Signal Big Drop in Solar Activity The American Astronomical Society meeting in Los

Re: [DX-CHAT] 12 meters

2011-03-07 Thread Zack Widup
Yes, 12m did sound great. I worked 4A4A on 17 and 30m last night. Good signals on those bands, too. I don't quite understand why the CY0 people have such huge pileups. I didn't think they were that rare. I heard many familiar DXer calls working one of them on 40 CW last night. Many of them I

Re: [DX-CHAT] Bouvet and Navassa

2011-03-01 Thread Zack Widup
I keep hoping a big-time DXpedition can make it to Bouvet some day. I didn't work Chuck Brady and I didn't work the last operation there. It's one of the six I still haven't worked. :-( 73, Zack W9SZ On 3/1/11, Ron Notarius W3WN wn3...@verizon.net wrote: (Moving discussion to DX Chat)

[DX-CHAT] Re: [DX-NEWS] VK9C/G6AY interference (OT)

2011-02-23 Thread Zack Widup
I'm moving this discussion to DX-CHAT. Even in the ARRL CW DX contest last weekend I heard a DX station sending N2D? N2D?? and a W5 kept calling. W5 isn't even close to N2D in CW sound. There is no excuse for it. I don't understand it, either, but then I don't do it. Maybe you'd have to ask

Re: [DX-CHAT] Great Story

2010-12-30 Thread Zack Widup
Great story Urb! I recall shortly after I got seriously interested in DXing in 1993 I went through my old logs and found QSO's with JX5CI and a station who had operated portable from 3A. Both QSO's were in the early 80's, I believe. I tracked down QSL routes and sent them, hoping I could still

Re: [DX-CHAT] [Buddipole] Buddipole J6 News Release #2

2010-11-06 Thread Zack Widup
Any upcoming operations to PJ2? For some reason in the mad rush a few weeks ago I made at least one QSO with every other new island but PJ2. The ones I heard were extremely weak here for some reason. I haven't been able to determine if a PJ2 was active in CQWW SSB but I'm hoping at least one

Re: [DX-CHAT] Deleted DXCC entities

2010-09-26 Thread Zack Widup
Yes. I got into the DXCC program in 1992. At the time I had cards for several deleted countries I'd worked and confirmed as much as 20 years earlier. I submitted them in 1992 and was given overall credit for them back then. I later also got credit for ST0 South Sudan, ZS9 Walvis Bay and ZS0

Re: [DX-CHAT] What to do?

2010-08-30 Thread Zack Widup
There is a prediction in the latest issue of CQ Magazine that predicts the SFI won't get above 140 for this cycle. That means very little or no F2 propagation on 6 meters this cycle. I tend to believe that. It agrees with a prediction Carl K9LA made some months ago. Oh well ... 73, Zack W9SZ

[DX-CHAT] Sunspots

2010-06-16 Thread Zack Widup
Yes! Yes! Yes! Where are they? Get those Palos Verdes Sundancers going! SFI is around 70 now I believe. Not a whole lot better than at sunspot minimum. :-( 73, Zack W9SZ On Wed, Jun 16, 2010 at 11:08 AM, Harris Ruben n2...@arrl.net wrote: You are entitled to your opinion. As for me, I

Re: [DX-CHAT] Sunspots?

2010-06-07 Thread Zack Widup
Predictions for this solar cycle are still for its being on the low side. It appears it's not likely that the MUF will even get high enough for 6 meter F-propagation. Oh well ... maybe I'll live till the next one. 73, Zack W9SZ On Mon, Jun 7, 2010 at 7:16 AM, Bill Hawkins bhw...@hughes.net

[DX-CHAT] Re: [DX-NEWS] Help with T8UZA from July 1981

2009-11-30 Thread Zack Widup
*Subject:* Re: [DX-NEWS] Help with T8UZA from July 1981 Jim Reisert AD1C wrote: On 11/28/2009 4:10 PM, Zack Widup wrote: I didn't think Palau had the T8 prefix in 1981. I thought it was still KC6 back then, up to about 2002. 73, Zack W9SZ T8 was definitely used in 1997 (T88JA in March 1997

Re: [DX-CHAT] msnbc.com: Family electrocuted putting up radio antenna

2009-10-13 Thread Zack Widup
Yeah, no kidding. And considering the press' ability to get things wrong at every turn, it might not even have been a ham radio antenna. 73, Zack W9SZ On Tue, Oct 13, 2009 at 9:10 AM, Ron Notarius W3WN wn3...@verizon.netwrote: The MS-NBC story online is short on details. Anyone know who

Re: [DX-CHAT] DX Cluster

2009-09-24 Thread Zack Widup
Check this out John: http://www.ng3k.com/Misc/cluster.html 73, Zack W9SZ On Thu, Sep 24, 2009 at 12:39 PM, jcowe...@comcast.net wrote: Is there a DX Cluster that I can access via the internet that allows me to make queries (eg. SH/DX FT5GA) and shows me an active cluster with DX Spots,

Re: [DX-CHAT] the sad story of South Sudan - a new country after 2011?

2009-08-16 Thread Zack Widup
Not to make light of the strife and trouble going on there, but I wonder if a deleted country can be reinstated? I have ST0 South Sudan as a deleted entity. 73, Zack W9SZ On Sun, Aug 16, 2009 at 3:19 AM, DAVE WHITE mausop...@btinternet.comwrote: Clip from today's Sunday Telegraph

[DX-CHAT] Re: [DX-NEWS] Re: [Dx-qsl] 7O1YGF Approved for DXCC Credit

2009-08-13 Thread Zack Widup
My understanding was that they had some documentation but it was thought that their license or OK to operate was issued by a regional authority - sort of like the state of Illinois issuing me a license instead of the FCC. I'm just happy that it finaly got approved. I have one other confirmed

Re: [DX-CHAT] Availabity of 7O1YGF QSL cards?

2009-08-13 Thread Zack Widup
I had one CW QSO. My card went out in the mail to DJ3XD this morning. 73, Zack W9SZ On Thu, Aug 13, 2009 at 3:37 PM, Mike D'Alto d...@optonline.net wrote: OK, so I had 5 QSOs with 7O1YGF which I never requested confirmation for. After the 7O1A debacle and my cards being rejected by the

Re: [DX-CHAT] Attention W4 area DX Clubs

2009-08-12 Thread Zack Widup
I think it would be great if a DX club got that call! Better than someone who has no idea of its history. 73, Zack W9SZ On Wed, Aug 12, 2009 at 12:36 PM, Urb LeJeune u...@w2dec.com wrote: The call W4BPD is available. Gus, W4BPD, was one of the great all time DXpeditioners and DX

Re: [DX-CHAT] Mt Athos

2009-05-06 Thread Zack Widup
See you hopefully operating in P5, 7O or FR/G! :-) 73, Zack W9SZ On Wed, May 6, 2009 at 9:59 AM, David Yarnes w7...@cox.net wrote: My wife was raised in the Greek Orthodox faith, and as an adult she has very few kind words to say about the church, primarily because she feels they are so

[DX-CHAT] Descheo Island

2009-01-26 Thread Zack Widup
I have only one QSO with Desecheo right now - 15 meter SSB with the dynamic duo who operated there a few years ago. I want to get at least a CW and a digi QSO and maybe a couple other bands. I hope they aren't going to assume everyone in North America has KP5 confirmed on all band-modes already.

Re: [DX-CHAT] Dissed by Infoworld?......and QRM.....

2008-12-30 Thread Zack Widup
I still contend that IBM and others have no real RF engineers working for them. None of them seem to understand radio-frequency interference or near-channel effects on things such as noise floor. We studied all of that when I was in college in 1974 studying RF engineering. It's not new data, just

Re: [DX-CHAT] propagation prediction programs: recommendations???

2008-12-30 Thread Zack Widup
W6ELProp is maybe not as good as VOAProp but it's decent, too. And it's free. You just have to come up with the numbers yourself and enter them. 73, Zack W9SZ On 12/30/08, DAVE WHITE mausop...@btinternet.com wrote: Hi all I realise that this is a bit off-topic, so please feel free to reply

Re: [DX-CHAT] Dissed by Infoworld?......and QRM.....

2008-12-30 Thread Zack Widup
/12/08, Zack Widup w9sz.z...@gmail.com* wrote: From: Zack Widup w9sz.z...@gmail.com Subject: Re: [DX-CHAT] Dissed by Infoworld?..and QRM. To: dx-chat@njdxa.org Date: Tuesday, 30 December, 2008, 3:33 PM I still contend that IBM and others have no real RF engineers working for them

Re: [DX-CHAT] QSL mamangers around the world in countries with reliable mail service willing to help

2008-11-15 Thread Zack Widup
You know I've always done this because opthers have told me to do it. However, it begs the question: Where do the letters go (by what route) if they DON'T say Via France on them? What route do they take when they DO say that? 73, Zack W9SZ On Sat, 15 Nov 2008, DAVE WHITE wrote: Hi

[DX-CHAT] A5100A

2008-11-10 Thread Zack Widup
Has anyone in the USA on this group (well, let's even say North America) worked/heard A5100A yet? All the spots I've seen for them have been from Asia and EU and I haven't heard a peep from them. 73, Zack W9SZ --- To unsubscribe or


2008-11-09 Thread Zack Widup
Yes, I got mine some time ago too. Beautiful card! That's the reason I like paper cards. 73, Zck W9SZ On Sun, 9 Nov 2008, [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: My thanks to the many folks who responded to my question about VP6DX QSL status. It seem all have had them for a month or so, and I haven't

Re: [DX-CHAT] DXCC Records

2008-10-24 Thread Zack Widup
Hi Urb, Have fun! Maybe ARRL will send them to you? Send an e-mail to the DXCC Desk. 73, Zack W9SZ On Fri, 24 Oct 2008, Urb LeJeune wrote: I'm returning to active DXing and a couple of decades of inactivity. What is the procedure for getting my official DXCC listings (Mixed and Phone)

Re: [DX-CHAT] E7

2008-08-11 Thread Zack Widup
Hi Boris, I am assuming that if I have DXCC credit for Bosnian T9 callsigns, that I don't need to do it again for E7 callsigns? In other words, Bosnia has not changed DXCC status, it is just a prefix change? I hope to work you soon! 73, Zack W9SZ On Mon, 11 Aug 2008, Boris Knezovic E73TW

Re: [DX-CHAT] Are CW ops getting older?

2008-07-01 Thread Zack Widup
On Tue, 1 Jul 2008, DAVE WHITE wrote: Ain't nobody getting any younger, Dave! At least if they are, he should patent his secret and sell it. Well, I have this photo that I keep stashed away in the attic ... :-) Seriously, I find it's a little more difficult for me to stay awake all night

[DX-CHAT] Silent Key-W8CNL

2008-06-26 Thread Zack Widup
Very sad news. Zack W9SZ ** I regret to report the passing of Ray McClure, W8CNL. Ray was a well known DX'er, with #1 status. He was the QSL manager for Bob Furzer, 9K2ZZ (K4CY), the creator of the LOGGER32 logging program. His funeral

Re: [DX-CHAT] Radio Procedure-on phone

2008-06-04 Thread Zack Widup
On Wed, 4 Jun 2008, Jim Abercrombie wrote: By my last line I meant hams as far back as I can remember. Also, one of the other terms which crept in from CB is what is your personal?. I even heard an Australian ham ask someone that question on 10 meters SSB a couple of years ago. Also we have

Re: [DX-CHAT] Radio Procedure-on phone

2008-06-03 Thread Zack Widup
It appears to me that the use of Over, Standby, Please, Sorry, etc. fall right in line with the Incident Command System (ICS) and National Incident Managament System (NIMS) adopted by emergency comunications personnel in the USA. These systems urge the use of common, plain wording in message

Re: [DX-CHAT] I wish to register a complaint!

2008-04-08 Thread Zack Widup
Heehee! I love it! You left out the part about staple on the mic of your choice. :-) 72, Zack W9SZ On Tue, 8 Apr 2008, Peter Dougherty wrote: Yesterday afternoon a cluster-crab made an off-hand about 10 and 15 (or was it 17 15) being dead - to which I replied in a very pythonesque manner.

Re: [DX-CHAT] Directional CQs

2008-03-17 Thread Zack Widup
I think directional CQ's can be used very wisely but how they are used depends a lot on where the DX is and their knowledge of propagation. I imagine almost any location will have areas where propagation only exists for a short time to those areas and other areas where they have propagation

[DX-CHAT] Re: [DX-NEWS] Are all of Clippertons log online?

2008-03-17 Thread Zack Widup
(I'm moving this to DX-CHAT) All of my Q's are there. 73, Zack W9SZ On Mon, 17 Mar 2008, Shack wrote: I've never had so many Q's not shown in an online log. I know that we all occasionally think we made a contact but don't but I'm missing two (30 and 40 meter CW) in the online log and am

Re: [DX-CHAT] Re: Card Checkers

2008-03-16 Thread Zack Widup
I dunno. It still goes into the queue at HQ and the QSO's have to be entered into their computer by someone. Probably not a lot of time difference. 73, Zack W9SZ On Sun, 16 Mar 2008, [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: One would think that submitting your QSL's through a field checker would give a

Re: [DX-CHAT] DXpedition Expectations

2008-02-10 Thread Zack Widup
On Sun, 10 Feb 2008, Dan Zimmerman N3OX wrote: Mike, I think you're on to something. TI9 is apparently #87 in the DXCC most wanted for 2006. I'd believe that... there are other things I would rather knock down but there's not a whole ton of activity. It's good DX and lots of people need it.

Re: [DX-CHAT] DX-IS info

2008-01-30 Thread Zack Widup
First, log into Yahoogroups. Then go directly to this: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DX-IS/ You should be able to join from there. 73, Zack W9SZ On Wed, 30 Jan 2008, Tom Provost wrote: How does one subscribe to DX-IS? I looked in the Yahoo Groups search but, it wasn't listed. I know it's

Re: [DX-CHAT] FJ Can of worms

2007-12-28 Thread Zack Widup
I don't know. Martti and Olli wanted to give DX'ers a first QSO with FJ, not let everyone fill in all the band/modes they could. It wasn't an end-all DXpedition and I deferred to only one QSO with them, on 40 CW, in respect to everyone else who wanted a QSO. FJ is a beautiful tourist

RE: [DX-CHAT] FJ Can of worms

2007-12-28 Thread Zack Widup
On Fri, 28 Dec 2007, Ron Notarius W3WN wrote: A very interesting document. I noticed that one item appeared to be missing... when the first complaints surfaced, one of the charges was that of possibly illegal entry to FJ via a privately chartered boat, as I recall. No mention of that in the

Re: [DX-CHAT] FJ/OH2AM signals

2007-12-22 Thread Zack Widup
Don't know what equipment they're using but I think they have verticals on the beach. I'll bet they're running a kW though. Their signal has been superb here, too. What really impresses me is that Olli just works EU right through the USA wall on CW. Maybe he has very narrow filters. He

RE: [DX-CHAT] FJ/OH2AM signals

2007-12-22 Thread Zack Widup
On Sat, 22 Dec 2007, Ron Notarius W3WN wrote: Word is that they're using an FT-1000MP and an FT-2000MP. They have an amp (a Fin Fet which I've never heard of before). And their antenna system is all verticals. Sounds like something custom made for Martti? You sure it's not Finn FET? :-)

Re: [DX-CHAT] Re: 'tis the season

2007-12-22 Thread Zack Widup
I echo the sentiments. Merry Christmas or whatever your Winter Solstice tradition happens to be, and Happy New Year to all! 73, Zack W9SZ On Sat, 22 Dec 2007, [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: Season's Best to you and yours, Dave and Sandy W1GDQ Subscribe/unsubscribe, feedback, FAQ, problems


2007-12-22 Thread Zack Widup
Keep the faith! FJ is a beautiful tourist island and there will be many operations from there. I'm sure you will be able to work it in contests, especially as the next sunspot cycle peaks. Maybe if I get down there again I can do some operating. The Carl Gustav Hotel is a neat place.

Re: [DX-CHAT] Could this be the ultimate award?

2007-12-19 Thread Zack Widup
Wow, the ultimate Rover goal. Make at least one QSO from each one! 73, Zack W9SZ On Wed, 19 Dec 2007, harris_ruben wrote: http://www.confluence.org/see here Subscribe/unsubscribe, feedback, FAQ, problems http://njdxa.org/dx-chat To post a message, DX related items only,

Re: [DX-CHAT] Could this be the ultimate award?

2007-12-19 Thread Zack Widup
Did you look at the link? There is an award for visiting and taking a photograph from the intersection of every degree of latitude and longitude on land. Extending it to ham radio, I thought it would be neat to have a QSO from each. 73, Zack W9SZ On Wed, 19 Dec 2007, Mike(W5UC)

[DX-CHAT] Re: [DX-NEWS] Re:Bouvet

2007-12-16 Thread Zack Widup
I'm moving the conversation over to chat. HOO-BOY! He's in for a surprise. I hope he doesn't get too discouraged and give up. 73, Zack W9SZ On Sun, 16 Dec 2007, K2EWB wrote: I have good news and sort of bad news. The good news is that the group on the island will be there for quite

Re: [DX-CHAT] 'tis the season

2007-12-15 Thread Zack Widup
It was a joke. The lids are sending UP which is a Russian prefix. I don't think any harm or insult was meant. 73, Zack W9SZ On Sat, 15 Dec 2007, Goran Arezina wrote: Hello to ALL of you, Why are you mixing all of that with RUSSIANS! I could mix all wrong things, all around the WORLD,

Re: [DX-CHAT] 'tis the season

2007-12-14 Thread Zack Widup
And Happy Guy Fawkes Day! 73, Zack W9SZ On Fri, 14 Dec 2007, RUSSELL KELLAM JR wrote: And to you also Dave from one of the colonies Russ W4UBC - Original Message - From: Dave G4GED To: [EMAIL PROTECTED] ; dx-chat@njdxa.org Sent: Friday, December 14, 2007 5:50 PM Subject: Re:

Re: [DX-CHAT] my last on Ten Tec woes

2007-10-29 Thread Zack Widup
Almost every manufacturer extant today only makes a limited number of ASIC's etc. for their equipment. The question is how many? I worked in the consumer electronics repair business for a while and found that even Sony, which is one of the best when it comes to making older parts

Re: [DX-CHAT] VS9 7O Question for old timers

2007-10-16 Thread Zack Widup
It appears that QST is available on CD-ROM for most of these time periods. Maybe someone else has copies of the CD-ROM QST's for 50-59, 80-84, 95-99 and 2000-04 which are currently listed as sold out! on the ARRL website? Perhaps they can be borrowed? 73, Zack W9SZ On Tue, 16 Oct 2007,

Re: [DX-CHAT] Real DX

2007-10-04 Thread Zack Widup
Yes indeed! Stephen King wrote a book called Danse Macabre in which he revealed his philosophy about writing horror stories. He outlined the launching of Sputnik and the impact it had on him. The method in which he found out about it was rather dramatic. 73, Zack W9SZ On Thu, 4 Oct

Re: [DX-CHAT] cannot unsubscribe ?

2007-09-29 Thread Zack Widup
You know, we could reword that song (my apologies to the Eagles, WB6ACU in particular) In a dark radio hamshack CQ in my ears Warm smell of the finals Rising up through the gear ... 73, Zack W9SZ On Sat, 29 Sep 2007, Garth wrote: You can check-out anytime you like...but you can never

[DX-CHAT] Swan Island operation

2007-09-21 Thread Zack Widup
Darn it! I was looking forward to working that one! Maybe later ... 73, Zack W9SZ 425 DX NEWS HR - QRZ-DX reports that the 23-28 September operation from Swan Island [425DXN 854] has been cancelled because of a transportation

[DX-CHAT] RE: DX Most Wanted Survey

2007-09-12 Thread Zack Widup
[conversation moved to DX-CHAT] It always amazes me what people do and don't have worked. I worked FT8W many years ago. I still need FR/G too. It took me somewhere between 5 and 10 minutes to fill out the whole survey. I only need 8 more, so beyond that I tried to estimate based on what

[DX-CHAT] Make Some Noise!

2007-09-12 Thread Zack Widup
On Thu, 13 Sep 2007, Charles Harpole wrote: Get off the computer and get on the air, I say !!! 73, Charles Harpole, HS0ZCW [EMAIL PROTECTED] Best advice I've seen all day! 73, Zack W9SZ Now QRT Internet Now QRV 40 CW Subscribe/unsubscribe, feedback, FAQ, problems http://njdxa.org/dx-chat


2007-09-05 Thread Zack Widup
I have quite a few cards from various operations in TRNC over the years. Alas, it is not a country in DXCC eyes. I guess their government isn't officially recognized by anyone but Turkey. Sort of like Seborga. :-) 73, Zack W9SZ On Thu, 6 Sep 2007, Charles Harpole wrote: Hello DXers,

Re: [DX-CHAT] new qrm strategy

2007-09-04 Thread Zack Widup
That might work provided he hears it and isn't sending dits through your message. I suppose you could listen for a bit and wait till he pauses. I still think the Rotten Radio series should be revived in modern times. :-) 73, Zack W9SZ On Tue, 4 Sep 2007, Charles Harpole wrote: Tonight I


2007-08-28 Thread Zack Widup
Still waiting here for BS7H, N8S, VU7RG. 73, Zack W9SZ On Tue, 28 Aug 2007, nick cominos wrote: Has anyone received cards yet? vy 73, Nick W9UM Subscribe/unsubscribe, feedback, FAQ, problems http://njdxa.org/dx-chat To post a message, DX related items only, dx-chat@njdxa.org This is


2007-08-27 Thread Zack Widup
I wonder if the people making anti-ARRL statements have even bothered to talk to any of the ARRL officials? And if not, why not? I met Joel W5ZN at the Dayton VHF banquet last year (2006). What a great guy! I've had numerous chats with Dave K1ZZ. I always seem to cross paths with my

Re: [DX-CHAT] RE: 7O

2007-08-10 Thread Zack Widup
As an aside, I probably have a snowball's chance in a heat wave (like the one we've been having here) of working him UNLESS it turns out it doesn't count. So if I end up working him, I'm guessing it won't count. Murphy's Law or some such. (This is all tongue-in-cheek.) 73, Zack W9SZ On

Re: [DX-CHAT] my mistake on why repeated QSL ?

2007-07-31 Thread Zack Widup
I just keep mine in those shoe-box sized storage boxes you can buy at Wal-Mart. Having one extra could be an idea if the USPS loses your package on the way to or from Newington, though. I hadn't thought of that. 73, Zack W9SZ On Tue, 31 Jul 2007, Bob Beaudet wrote: I was a QSL Manager in

Re: [DX-CHAT] my mistake on why repeated QSL ?

2007-07-31 Thread Zack Widup
Well if that ain't a safe place, I don't know what is ... :-) 73, Zack W9SZ On Tue, 31 Jul 2007, Don Greenbaum wrote: I keep my QSL cards at Gringotts.:-) Don N1DG Subscribe/unsubscribe, feedback, FAQ, problems http://njdxa.org/dx-chat To post a message, DX related items

Re: [DX-CHAT] why repeated QSL ?

2007-07-30 Thread Zack Widup
I worked a certain very active CIS-country station some years ago and sent for a card with a couple GS enclosed. After about 5 months I worked him again and asked about it. He said he'd never received the card. I sent another with a couple GS. A month later I got an EASTER card from him

Re: [DX-CHAT] query my grid number?

2007-07-27 Thread Zack Widup
Looks like it's OK03cs. 73, Zack W9SZ On Fri, 27 Jul 2007, Charles Harpole wrote: Can any one give me my grid designation for 13 degrees 46.434 by100 degrees 11.346 ??? That is 34 KM directly west of central Bangkok, Thailand in Nakhon Pathom district and Nakhon Chaisri

[DX-CHAT] Re: TNX query my grid number?

2007-07-27 Thread Zack Widup
Depends on the font. On the one I'm using, the zero has squarish corners and the oh is more rounded. Grid squares always go LLNNllnnllnn ... etc. (Letter Letter Number Number ...) so you could count on the third and fourth characters to always be numbers. Sometimes in microwave work we use

Re: [DX-CHAT] PK 232

2007-07-09 Thread Zack Widup
Hi Anil, I'm not quite sure what you're asking but I sometimes use mine to monitor various UTE transmissions outside the ham bands. It has a feature that will analyze the signal and determine if it can decode it and what it is. It can decode an amazing variety of signals other than RTTY.

[DX-CHAT] Gitmo

2007-06-22 Thread Zack Widup
There's some discussion in the news about Gitmo Bay: http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/06/21/guantanamo/index.html It's hard to tell if they are talking about just closing the detention center or closing the whole base. Hopefully the base will remain. 73, Zack W9SZ Subscribe/unsubscribe,


2007-06-20 Thread Zack Widup
The callsign was 9X5HG. Maybe that's the difficulty. I had a nice ragchew with Hartmut one day, sent a card to him while he was still in Rwanda and received one back in a few weeks. Hartmut's home call is DK2SC. 73, Zack W9SZ On Wed, 20 Jun 2007, Mark Robinson wrote: Looking back in my

Re: [DX-CHAT] 3B6SP expedition?

2007-06-07 Thread Zack Widup
On Thu, 7 Jun 2007, lmecseri -KE1F wrote: Hi DX-ers Have anybody heard about the status of this expedition? 3B6SP WEB site contains no new information, the last news release is dated June 1st. According to published schedule they should be operating by now. I wonder if Cyclone Gonu

Re: [DX-CHAT] virtual DX community

2007-06-02 Thread Zack Widup
I have also observed this with ham radio in the last 40 years. It was more pronounced back in the 60's when most of the people in my home town were only in touch with people in that town and some of the surrounding communities and with relatives at more distance. The radio amateurs,

Re: [DX-CHAT] Jean Shepherd K2ORS

2007-05-31 Thread Zack Widup
The call K2ORS now belongs to Warren Ziegler, who is very active in the Lowfer community (137 500 kHz). Warren was such a huge fan of Jean Shepherd that he wanted (and got) his callsign. 73, Zack W9SZ Tom Johnson wrote: That was quick. Thanks Subscribe/unsubscribe, feedback, FAQ,


2007-05-21 Thread Zack Widup
There have been numerous operations using that same call over the years. I don't know if Chris ZS6EZ manages QSL's for all of them or not. 73, Zack W9SZ On Mon, 21 May 2007, Les Kalmus wrote: Worked them July 20, 1993 and got a QSL via ZS6EZ. Les W2LK Mark Horowitz wrote: Does

Re: [DX-CHAT] Those scaffolds

2007-05-11 Thread Zack Widup
I hope so. What better way to hatch new DXers? I can just see it now - Martha, hand me my binoculars. I think I see a rare yellow-speckled DX-beeper. I'd know that call anywhere - di-di-di-di-dit dah-dit dah-dit. 73, Zack W9SZ On Fri, 11 May 2007, DAVE WHITE wrote: They do seem like an

RE: [DX-CHAT] BS7H thoughts

2007-05-11 Thread Zack Widup
On Fri, 11 May 2007, Ron Notarius W3WN wrote: Well Mome, the point I was trying to make was that any effort to re-do the DXCC list -- something that I do NOT personally advocate, by the way -- over from scratch will create just as much controversy as retaining the current list; and possibly

Re: [DX-CHAT] Stupid countries (formerly BS7H thoughts)

2007-05-10 Thread Zack Widup
Yep - it's the Worldradio Worked-100-Nations (W-100-N) award. The original award rules required that you not only work work stations in inhabited countries, but that you work citizens of those countries (not visitors). They were relaxed a bit so you can work a visitor who has a non-portable

Re: [DX-CHAT] Best BS7H quote I have seen

2007-05-06 Thread Zack Widup
On Sun, 6 May 2007, Peter Dougherty wrote: heh. The club station in question for me was the Hall of Science in Queens, WB2JSM, of which I'm a life member and past VP and station manager. I don't restrict myself artificially when it comes to all-time new ones, with one exception: I won't

Re: [DX-CHAT] DXing pioneers

2007-05-06 Thread Zack Widup
On Sun, 6 May 2007, Mike(W5UC) Kathy(K5MWH) wrote: At 02:09 PM 5/6/2007, Gary Danaher wrote: Anyone offer suggestions here for 'pioneers' following Don and before Martti and Chuck Brady? I don't know how the chronology fits in, but Gus Browning and Danny Weil have to be in that

Re: [DX-CHAT] DXing pioneers

2007-05-06 Thread Zack Widup
A few years ago. He's AE6IY now I believe. I exchanged a couple e-mails with him shortly after he got an e-mail address and he said he would be on the air again soon. I haven't heard him, though. 73, Zack W9SZ On Sun, 6 May 2007, john wrote: Didn't Don Miller just get out of jail ,

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