Re: [DX-CHAT] Most memorable QSO

2009-02-12 Thread Tom Wylie
Yea - memorable can mean a lot of things to different people.   I never 
did manage to work JY1 but I did have a QSO with EA0JC...


However, my most memorable QSO which in the greater scheme of things is 
pretty insignificant was a QSO with a VK8 station and a P29 station way 
back about 2 sunspot maximums ago.   They were chatting to each other on 
10m and as they were closing I chucked my call in and they came back to 
me.The VK8 was running a converted CB set running 4 watts to a 
mobile whip antenna and the P29 was running a similar TXR (a Midland 
from memory) into a Partridge Joystick Antenna.


Some of us Brits might remember the Joystick - for those who dont it was 
like a broom handle wire wire coiled around it and tapped.


The Antenna was on the ground leaning against the wall of his hut!   
Like me, both guys were astounded at the length and quality of out QSO.


That to me is what makes the hobby worthwhile.   That is DX, not just 
the rubber stamp 5NN with K5D (I hope) hihi.


de Tom
GM4FDM



Kelly Jones wrote:

Hi Guys -

I was thumbing through an old box of QSL cards the other day and
reminiscing about some of the QSOs that where in there.  It's pretty
amazing how we can look at a QSL card and it brings back the memories of
working that station.

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?  Did you sit in the pileups for hours?
Did you happen to catch a rare DX station CQing before he was spotted?
Did you work somebody famous (JY1 comes to mind).  Anything that sets
the QSO apart from others is what I'd like to hear about.  And if you
happen to have a QSL card for the contact, it would be icing on the cake
if you could forward that as well.

For those that are not aware, WorldRadio magazine was sold to CQ this
past November.  With the sale, WR was transformed into an online
magazine and is now free to anyone.  The first online issue was
published about a week ago and can be found here:
http://www.cq-amateur-radio.com/WorldRadio.html.

See you in the pileups!
Kelly - N0VD
WorldRadio DX Columnist





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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 year as a ham.  I'm a
sophomore in college home at my parents' house for winter break and I've got
all the time in the world to do some DXing.  At the end of summer 1998 I'd
put up a little two element homebrew beam for 10m, and the band is pretty
good with the sunspots on the uptick.

I'm tuning around 10m with the little beam pointed WSW because I know the
Pacific guys come in.  I'm kicked back in my chair, I think with feet up on
the desk, twirling the VFO knob.

All of a sudden... *crack!* ... something lets go in the chair and I nearly
fall over backwards on the floor.  Some bolt pulled out of the bottom of the
seat or something; cheap office furniture... but it's what I like to sit on,
so I go get some tools out of the workbench and start working on lashing it
back together.

There I am, sitting on the floor fixing my chair, when I hear a CQ, not
quite zero beat on the frequency where I stopped tuning when I fell over,
but totally readable.

A few seconds later I have Terry, VP6TY, in the log for an all time new
one...

73
Dan


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