Re: [DX-CHAT] Make a better spot

2006-07-21 Thread Dan Zimmerman N3OX
I like the antenna codes ,but would include things like Bev, Vert, K9AY, 4SQ etc... easily flexible, though... the antenna codes aren't very cryptic. 1L is good for generic horizontal wires. Vert probably better for verticals... Could add WN (wet noodle) for really easy-to-copy-on-anything

Re: [DX-CHAT] Gary Stone

2006-07-21 Thread Dan Zimmerman N3OX
I can appreciate that... but I think it already happens to a certain extent, right? The first spot of all is useful to let you know the DX freq. The rest just let you know who else is hearing the DX. Now, it could be that one might make the case that the DX should only be spotted once. I'd

Re: [DX-CHAT] 4O3T

2006-07-24 Thread Dan Zimmerman N3OX
This is what drove me to get my Extra back in 1999... there were a bunch of good DXpeditions, every once and a while I'd be lucky and they'd be on 14.025 listening up, but mostly not. Montenegro is going to be as common as YU anyway, I expect... this isn't exactly a rare one. Dan

Re: [DX-CHAT] How do we make better DXers?

2006-07-30 Thread Dan Zimmerman N3OX
The DX just has to be strict about who gets to get through. The pileup should be held up until WK7 gets to get through, or the DX says the whiskey kilo seven please and is met with silence. Yeah, QSO rate may plummet, but that's just what has to happen to keep the pileup in line. I'm in favor

Re: [DX-CHAT] How do we make better DXers?

2006-07-30 Thread Dan Zimmerman N3OX
I think long-term blacklisting is too harsh. I don't think that the people who are calling out of turn are necessarily doing it because they're bad people. I think it's because they know it increases, rather than decreases their chance of getting through. I'm OK with short-term blacklisting

Re: [DX-CHAT] How do we make better DXers?

2006-07-30 Thread Dan Zimmerman N3OX
Joe, Didn't mean to single out your prefix! I did a qrz.com search on KQ3XX just in case ;-) My favorite (and this happened a bit on 6m today when it was open to the Carribean) is this, and I'll be the lid this time... that's safe. DX: 6 Yankee One Victor QRZed? DX: Kilo Quebec Three

Re: [DX-CHAT] Stupid splits...

2006-07-30 Thread Dan Zimmerman N3OX
Peter, I am, of course, referring to the current situation, but he's not the only time I've heard this. A certain DXpedition to the near-antarctic on 40m CW was a travesty some nights this way too. I know ops get caught up in the pileup, but sometimes you've just got to hit the split reset

Re: [DX-CHAT] How do we make better DXers?

2006-08-03 Thread Dan Zimmerman N3OX
The US call districts are still mostly populated by the right numbers, though this is a good point, especially when taken worldwide. Calling one 1 and then one 2 and one 3 and so forth has the advantage of NOT taking into account propagation (you're not trying to get only 1's, 2's, 3's before

Re: [DX-CHAT] How do we make better DXers?

2006-08-03 Thread Dan Zimmerman N3OX
Peter, I'm never more frustrated than when I'm losing propagation and the DX takes 15 4's then 15 5's then 15 6's then 15 7's then ***permanent fade*** ... I would have had 4 other shots to work them if they were only taking 1 per district. Guess it's a matter of personal preference. Dan

Re: [DX-CHAT] How do we make better DXers?

2006-08-03 Thread Dan Zimmerman N3OX
Peter, you make a good point. Regarding 3Y0X, I think it probably goes to show that the raw skill of the operators at pileup handling is much more important than any subtle variations in technique. I certainly had a lot easier time getting through to them (3 bands) than to KH8SI (zero bands).

Re: [DX-CHAT] re How do we make better DXers?

2006-08-03 Thread Dan Zimmerman N3OX
Only one way around it! One call district for each grid square, worldwide. 73, N34595OX Only 34,592 call districts to go before they get to me. but I've seen operators literally go by prefix (i.e. W1, K1, N1) so I wouldn't know whether to call or not! 73 - Jim AD1C Subscribe/unsubscribe,

Re: [DX-CHAT] digital Changes to FCC SSB allocations

2006-10-12 Thread Dan Zimmerman N3OX
Did you really say that?! One of the best DX ragchews I ever had was on Pactor with a ZL. We typed back and forth for over an hour, and everything got through despite miserable condx and fading propagation. A phone or CW QSO would have been constant repeats. Honestly, I'd say that my mode

Re: [DX-CHAT] Omnibus After Effects, or, The Day After

2006-10-12 Thread Dan Zimmerman N3OX
The only downside I see right now is going to be extra crowding in the big digital *contests* Digital tends to creep down to the x.025 range but not too much further right now... it's going to be interesting to see what smaller digital subbands will do. Otherwise, I think it's great, especially

Re: [DX-CHAT] Omnibus After Effects, or, The Day After

2006-10-12 Thread Dan Zimmerman N3OX
And the fact that the VECs have to change all the exams And the fact that we all have to remember some new subband edges! I think I've got a weird holdover from operating a lot of 80m phone DX when I was an Advanced. I still think the phone subband stops at 3775. Actually, I guess 3600

Re: [DX-CHAT] I just have to say this....

2006-12-27 Thread Dan Zimmerman N3OX
It appears that there is just no way to pass on to today's teenagers the wonder of radio, There's no opportunity. I would imagine that ham radio was much bigger in the general public conciousness in 1956. I just stumbled upon ham radio in 1995 at 15 years old as a result of thorough geekery

Re: [DX-CHAT] P5BCST

2007-03-07 Thread Dan Zimmerman N3OX
Stands for North Korean Broadcast. Not ham, though I gather it's an intruder. Probably tripping everyone's alarms though; VR2 someone has been spotting P5BCST daily. Subscribe/unsubscribe, feedback, FAQ, problems http://njdxa.org/dx-chat To post a message, DX related items only,

Re: [DX-CHAT] Radio-Amateurs+ART

2007-03-20 Thread Dan Zimmerman N3OX
Has anyone tried to report him to the Belgian spam authorities? There are often email addresses to which you can forward offending messages. Dan Subscribe/unsubscribe, feedback, FAQ, problems http://njdxa.org/dx-chat To post a message, DX related items only, dx-chat@njdxa.org This is the

Re: [DX-CHAT] Phone to CW DXCC ok

2007-04-24 Thread Dan Zimmerman N3OX
Boris, I think this one is the proper one for this situation: a) Mixed (general type): Contacts may be made using any mode since November 15, 1945. You can't get credit for your phone DXCC or CW DXCC, but you can get credit for mixed. Cross mode CW/Phone counts as any mode. Good to know. I

Re: [DX-CHAT] BS7H

2007-05-02 Thread Dan Zimmerman N3OX
A 5 Element Yagi Up 90', and a Linear Amp Would really help on this one. I can hear them near DC on 20m and 30m with a 25 foot high delta loop and a big vertical respectively, but not much chance of working them. I'm hoping to put up a BS7H-special antenna tonight, vertical beam right on

Re: [DX-CHAT] BS7H

2007-05-02 Thread Dan Zimmerman N3OX
ENJOY all the Lids, CB'ers, and QRM you invited in !! Yes, because every ill-behaved person jamming the pileup is obviously a recently minted U.S. Extra Class amateur. Maybe we should look at the motive... who has more reason to jam a pileup? A brand new Extra all excited about DXing and

Re: [DX-CHAT]

2007-05-02 Thread Dan Zimmerman N3OX
NO CODE! Carfull what you wish, because you just might regret it Care to hazard a guess why there are jammers and lids all over the CW operation too? Dan Subscribe/unsubscribe, feedback, FAQ, problems http://njdxa.org/dx-chat To post a message, DX related items only, dx-chat@njdxa.org

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

2007-05-05 Thread Dan Zimmerman N3OX
To ALL de IZ8DEO 1824Z : 10.104 the mother of the idiots is always pregnant Fantastic! BS7H a no go for me. Gotta wait 'till next time. I should have some big aluminum in ten years Heard 'em well on 20m several mornings but couldn't pull the trigger. Dan Subscribe/unsubscribe,

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

2007-05-06 Thread Dan Zimmerman N3OX
I didn't really need a super-fancy antenna system either. No stacks, no long-boom monobanders, just a Force 12 C31XR up 70' or so (3 elements for 20m on a 31 foot boom), but having a legal-limit amp and diversity-receive on the Mark V really did make things go easier. Compared to my 100W and

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

2007-05-06 Thread Dan Zimmerman N3OX
Dan, you hit the nail on the head. If you fancy yourself a DXer you need a station to cash the cheques your mouth writes, first and foremost. If all you can afford is 100W and a wire, then you're a fair-weather DXer (solar-wise). Fortunately for me on 30m and below that wire is 60 feet long and

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

2007-05-06 Thread Dan Zimmerman N3OX
Quote W2AGN: You know, following this thread is enough to turn one off DXing. The ones that worked BS7H are sneeringly demeaning those who didn't, criticizing their operating, etc No, a mix of people who worked and didn't work BS7H are sneeringly demeaning a few VERY, VERY vocal whiners who

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

2007-05-10 Thread Dan Zimmerman N3OX
Agreed ... where it s not possible to even set up a table for operating without first building a platform to create a level surface, that entity certainly fails any test of common sense. 3Y0X on Peter I. first had to set up tents before they set up tables so the ops wouldn't get buried in snow

Re: [DX-CHAT] BS7H QSO Stats

2007-05-17 Thread Dan Zimmerman N3OX
This throws a lot of whining into sharp perspective. They didn't work the U.S. enough? We're second only to JA. Totally impenetrable JA wall? JA was only 900 hams ahead of the U.S. total. Granted they had 3x the QSO's but who around here had a real shot on, say, 40m. BS7H impossible from

Re: [DX-CHAT] BS7H QSO Stats

2007-05-17 Thread Dan Zimmerman N3OX
How did they figure the US zones - by call sign which isn't too accurate now. That might be right, but I don't think it's *too* inaccurate. I think the overall situation is still that the numbers more or less match up here. If you want to do a sample, just type random 1x2 calls into qrz and

Re: [DX-CHAT] BS7H QSO Stats

2007-05-18 Thread Dan Zimmerman N3OX
Looks like I was off by 5%... I figured 10% of Zone 5 calls weren't actually in Zone 5. Still a pretty good distribution across N.A. Subscribe/unsubscribe, feedback, FAQ, problems http://njdxa.org/dx-chat To post a message, DX related items only, dx-chat@njdxa.org This is the DX-CHAT

Re: [DX-CHAT] ZS8MI

2007-05-21 Thread Dan Zimmerman N3OX
Although it seems he manages MOST of them Subscribe/unsubscribe, feedback, FAQ, problems http://njdxa.org/dx-chat To post a message, DX related items only, dx-chat@njdxa.org This is the DX-CHAT reflector sponsored by the NJDXA http://njdxa.org

Re: [DX-CHAT] 3B6SP expedition?

2007-06-07 Thread Dan Zimmerman N3OX
I could use ZS8 too... I hope the 3B6 guys are able to get underway soon... all I saw was a cluster spot from a GM station that said something like back to 3B7 ... I've got my fingers crossed that condx hold out... we don't need 85/2/0 solar condx for 3B6 from here but it sure wouldn't hurt.

Re: [DX-CHAT] VU7RG QSL

2007-06-15 Thread Dan Zimmerman N3OX
Got mine yesterday .. yes, vy nice card. Subscribe/unsubscribe, feedback, FAQ, problems http://njdxa.org/dx-chat To post a message, DX related items only, dx-chat@njdxa.org This is the DX-CHAT reflector sponsored by the NJDXA http://njdxa.org

[DX-CHAT] TN0VB

2007-06-21 Thread Dan Zimmerman N3OX
Apparently UA4WHX is in TN now? Anyone know how long he's staying? I need it for an all time new... 73, Dan Subscribe/unsubscribe, feedback, FAQ, problems http://njdxa.org/dx-chat To post a message, DX related items only, dx-chat@njdxa.org This is the DX-CHAT reflector sponsored by the

Re: [DX-CHAT] Post War QST?

2007-09-28 Thread Dan Zimmerman N3OX
I have Jan 1942 reprint because ARRL sent it to me when I renewed ;-) Really fascinating read for my 28 year old self, actually... glad I have it. Subscribe/unsubscribe, feedback, FAQ, problems http://njdxa.org/dx-chat To post a message, DX related items only, dx-chat@njdxa.org This is the

Re: [DX-CHAT] a disgrace to ham radio

2007-10-19 Thread Dan Zimmerman N3OX
I guess the only solution is to ignore if you can and steal their pleasure. If we could get every single ham who wanted to work the DX to have infinite patience and totally ignore the jammers, they'll go away. The DX will always hear everyone in a split pile, and there will always be a good

Re: [DX-CHAT] A disgrace to Ham radio

2007-10-19 Thread Dan Zimmerman N3OX
My experience listening to C52C on 40m was that the jammers couldn't touch 'em ;-) Tuners, intentional QRM, other such BS and C52C was just sailing over 'em. Doesn't let the QRMers off the hook, but it is something I like to hear. Dan Subscribe/unsubscribe, feedback, FAQ, problems

Re: [DX-CHAT] FR5DX QSLing: The rest of the story

2007-10-31 Thread Dan Zimmerman N3OX
I won't speak for Herik, but he is very sensitive to his QSLing complaints. He loves ham radio and I'm sure one of the reasons he's not on much any more is because he doesn't want to hear complaints about not QSLing. To my knowledge he is fastidious about getting every QSL returned,

Re: [DX-CHAT] Culture Change on DX Cluster?

2007-11-01 Thread Dan Zimmerman N3OX
I think it's fine if you're rare DX and not getting any responses... However, I've come to think no one should ever spot someone that already has a pileup. Obviously self spotters are too busy at that point to spot... Pipe dream, of course. Never gonna happen because people like to brag to the

Re: [DX-CHAT] How do you view new DXCC countries?

2007-12-11 Thread Dan Zimmerman N3OX
I view it as more of a pain in the a** having to work them and collect QSLs to maintain my position on the Honor Roll. Shouldn't someone who's working harder than you get to take your spot? The rules are the rules Re: addition of new entities and I would say new political entities are about the

Re: [DX-CHAT] Re:A52AM

2007-12-17 Thread Dan Zimmerman N3OX
I'm with you, personally - that there was a valid license was in force before that date, Presumably there is strong suspicion or proof of 1kW operation prior to the cancellation, so I think it makes sense to invalidate the whole operation. Otherwise it'd be like saying all P5/N3OX contacts

Re: [DX-CHAT] Ungrateful

2008-02-10 Thread Dan Zimmerman N3OX
Exactly - she's out there doing it and that goes a long way in my book. I thought she was doing a *good job*. She wasn't making 100 QSO/hr rate but when a whole bunch of people decide W7 please? means N4 and NN3 and KP4 and NF5 should keep calling, and you have to make every single QSO with a

Re: [DX-CHAT] Pileup control

2008-02-10 Thread Dan Zimmerman N3OX
That was a transcription of an actial qso, you can copnfirm with W4AMP if you would like, other calls left incomplete to protect he guilty. No doubt, no doubt... I heard exactly the same junk on 14205 yesterday, and I'm sure it's going on on 18160 but fortunately I don't have to listen to it.

Re: [DX-CHAT] Pileup control

2008-02-10 Thread Dan Zimmerman N3OX
If the replacement op comes back on and starts on ones again it's going to be bedlam ;-) It's official, the replacement op came back and just started taking anyone and everyone. Again, I'm just a lazy W3 who doesn't appreciate the DXpedition, don't worry I understand that. But would it have

Re: [DX-CHAT] Pileup control

2008-02-10 Thread Dan Zimmerman N3OX
Inexperienced operators belong on low rate bands (e.g., 10 meters, 6 meters) at the end of an operation not on prime bands the first day of an operation - if they belong on an operation of this size in the first place. I don't think that's really fair. I think for an inexperienced op she was

Re: [DX-CHAT] Ungrateful

2008-02-10 Thread Dan Zimmerman N3OX
What we're seeing is another side-effect of the lower of license requirements. Ron, don't even go there. I don't want to name-and-shame as G0OIL says, but of the two worst ones I was hearing yesterday one was licensed in '86 and the other I know has been a ham for quite a long time (not sure

Re: [DX-CHAT] DXpedition Expectations

2008-02-10 Thread Dan Zimmerman N3OX
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. OK, so ZK2 is #75. I'd believe that, right?

[DX-CHAT] TI9KK CW

2008-02-11 Thread Dan Zimmerman N3OX
Gotta give them praise for low band CW operations! They're really holding it down on 80/160 tonight. Subscribe/unsubscribe, feedback, FAQ, problems http://njdxa.org/dx-chat To post a message, DX related items only, dx-chat@njdxa.org This is the DX-CHAT reflector sponsored by the NJDXA

Re: [DX-CHAT] directional CQs

2008-02-21 Thread Dan Zimmerman N3OX
I must admit the hours-on-end of EU only on the low bands got very tiring very quickly. And yet they've made about a fifth of the QSOs with EU than they have with NA on 160m and just 2/3 the number of QSOs with EU as they have with NA on 80m. Go figure. In the meantime, poor ZS's get stuck

Re: [DX-CHAT] numbers directional CQs

2008-02-21 Thread Dan Zimmerman N3OX
If an operation decides to do anything other than general calls then by continent is fair -- just alternate regularly so one side doesn't feel like they're getting the short-end I think the issue here is ops who *feel* they're getting the short end vs. ops who *are* getting the short end. I

Re: [DX-CHAT] Directional CQs

2008-02-22 Thread Dan Zimmerman N3OX
It seems to me that if they have spent a bunch of their money, perhaps with some backers too, they can operate any way THEY think is best for them, not us Why don't we just apply this to the whole of ham radio. Whoever spends the most money gets to make the rules. Don't get me wrong, 1) I very

Re: [DX-CHAT] Concern (long)

2008-03-06 Thread Dan Zimmerman N3OX
My FJ/G3TXF contact has not been confirmed in LoTW. My YU8/G3TXF contact has. Subscribe/unsubscribe, feedback, FAQ, problems http://njdxa.org/dx-chat To post a message, DX related items only, dx-chat@njdxa.org This is the DX-CHAT reflector sponsored by the NJDXA http://njdxa.org

Re: [DX-CHAT] Concern (long)

2008-03-06 Thread Dan Zimmerman N3OX
YU8/G3TXF is confirmed as Serbia, not as Kosovo. Yeah, I know... but it's the latest QSO I had with somewhere/G3TXF. New band country confirmed on 30m anyway ;-) Subscribe/unsubscribe, feedback, FAQ, problems http://njdxa.org/dx-chat To post a message, DX related items only,

Re: [DX-CHAT] Clipperton Group

2008-03-18 Thread Dan Zimmerman N3OX
On Tue, Mar 18, 2008 at 9:25 AM, David Johnson [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: The satellite phone they have requires a beamed signal to the satellite and in the rough sea with the ship rocking and rolling they can't keep a connection. It worked fine when they were on land. And for those with

Re: [DX-CHAT] On-Line Logs

2008-03-18 Thread Dan Zimmerman N3OX
Depends on the band G. My 160 QSO with 5T5DC posted overnight, but if it didn't show up until dusk tonight, no big deal :-) !! (and *wow* do they have a nice signal on 160!) Mine too, and they heard my 100W. They had such a nice signal I had no question that I got in (though a little

Re: [DX-CHAT] On-Line Logs My 2 cents worth...

2008-03-18 Thread Dan Zimmerman N3OX
After they sign off VP6DX sends qrz up. I go up 5 and call and he sends back KA2BZS we worked before QRZ I know they want to discourage duping but most people who dupe are doing it because they didn't think they got in. It doesn't really take that much longer to send KA2BZS 5NN than KA2BZS B4

[DX-CHAT] Recordings of DX

2008-03-18 Thread Dan Zimmerman N3OX
So I posted this: Mine too, and they heard my 100W. They had such a nice signal I had no question that I got in (though a little surprise) http://n3ox.net/files/5T5DC_031808_0403Z_160m.mp3 And had a couple comments about that not being me in the file above... I realize now that a lot

Re: [DX-CHAT] W4RNL SK

2008-04-22 Thread Dan Zimmerman N3OX
Cebik was, before retirement, a professor at The University of Tennesee (I believe he was in Electrical Engineering, but not sure). Actually, it was Philosophy. Proof against those who feel you have to be an electrical engineer to contribute useful technical knowledge? Dan

Re: [DX-CHAT] Marion Island

2008-05-11 Thread Dan Zimmerman N3OX
On Sun, May 11, 2008 at 1:10 PM, RUSSELL KELLAM JR [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: Wasn't the ZS8 supposed to be QRV this weekend ?? 73 Russ W4UBC He's a scientist that will be on Marion I. for a year, right? I doubt that going on the air is the #1 priority , but the website says this: Petrus plans

Re: [DX-CHAT] UP machine

2009-01-05 Thread Dan Zimmerman N3OX
Where do you get one of those UP machines that seems to be needed to work E44M? Do you get it on e-bay? No, it comes free when both LIDS and DX COPS forget that ham radio is supposed to be fun and no one in the real world actually gives a damn if you're on the Honor Roll or have 5BDXCC.

Re: [DX-CHAT] UP machine

2009-01-05 Thread Dan Zimmerman N3OX
Amen Dan!!! Nobody cares except the guys who achieved HR and 5BDXCC. I think the people who *want* to achieve those things also care. I care. They're impressive accomplishments in context. But I don't think they're worth ruining everyone else's day for. I get pretty mystified when people

Re: [DX-CHAT] UP machine

2009-01-06 Thread Dan Zimmerman N3OX
Danhuman nature ensures that there will be cheaters in any endeavor; amateur radio is not an exception. I know... it's just a particularly silly context for cheating. If you take a dive in boxing at least you get some money. If you cheat at Harvard at least you get a diploma that helps

Re: [DX-CHAT] UP machine

2009-01-07 Thread Dan Zimmerman N3OX
I haven't worked many Asian stations recently. Yep. I was lucky to get the last VU7 and BS7 operations when there was a little sunspot activity (not much). I couldn't get the BS7. I heard them for a grand total of 1/2 hour on SSB and I'm only 100W a 20m Moxon (which I actually built to

Re: [DX-CHAT] Descheo Island

2009-01-26 Thread Dan Zimmerman N3OX
IC 706MKIIG barefoot 10-15-20 Rotateable Dipole at about 25 feet 135 Foot wire dipole - fed with window line at about 50 feet -- wiht LDG AT200 Pro tuner for 10 - 80 (160 is miserable) 3 Ele Cushcraft Yagi on 6 at about 30 feet I want to try to make contact with Descheo island this

Re: [DX-CHAT] Descheo Island

2009-01-26 Thread Dan Zimmerman N3OX
The team wishes to work folks like you with modest stations and has ask the big guns to hold off a bit. While that's nice of them, I don't think it's necessary. The little pistol's #1 weapon in the pileups is to act like they're a big gun. A well timed and well placed in frequency 100W to

Re: [DX-CHAT] Descheo Island

2009-01-29 Thread Dan Zimmerman N3OX
The bigger question is: what can we do constructively to improve things? I say don't spot interesting stuff that already has a self-sustaining pileup. People who don't care to listen to the DX or can't hear the DX probably can't find the DX on their own anyway.

Re: [DX-CHAT] Most memorable QSO

2009-02-12 Thread Dan Zimmerman N3OX
I thought it might be interesting to wrap this into a future column of WorldRadio. If you have a memorable DX QSO, I'd like to hear about it. What made it memorable for you? Might have told this story on here, but here it is again if I did. So it's an afternoon in January 1999, my fourth