The propagation path between Ducie Island and UA1-3-4-6-9, UR, OH, SM and LA is very difficult... typically open for less than 1 hour each day.
On Feb 17 around our sunrise (Feb 17/1345-1445z) we successfully worked 80m CW and 75m SSB long path QSOs with OH and UA3/UA6. Signals peaked on the 195° beverage for most stations worked, with some stations equally strong on the 225° beverage. We hope to work more long path contacts with Scandinavia and western Russia during this time... and, with luck, perhaps a 160m long path QSO could occur. We will be listening!
When the VP6DX operator asks for ONLY calls from this difficult part of the world, stations in other locations PLEASE stand-by. Give us a chance to work this area during the short opening.
Everyone here on Ducie Island has noticed that North America operators have been very cooperative, waiting many hours during the European openings so that as many European stations as possible can get in the log. We are very grateful for this cooperation (and we are watching the QSO statistics to make sure North America has an equal chance to be in the log).
We ask western, central, and southeast European stations to also help us during this short opening, and to help pass along this request to other DXers in the region.
We will begin working 160m SSB when the CW pileups are down to "slow" size (1-2 workable/audible stations during any 5-10 minute period). At this earlier phase of the expedition, it is more important to provide a "new 160m entity" QSO on CW to DXers (especially those with smaller stations/antennas), rather than provide a second contact on SSB to DXers who already have made a CW QSO. Please review the information on 160m operations on the website here http://ducie2008.dl1mgb.com/operating/160m/index.php for more details.
VP6DX will be participating in the CQ WW 160m SSB contest this coming weekend. Stations interested in 160m SSB contacts can be sure VP6DX will be on 160 SSB during that 48-hour period.
As a matter of policy, when VP6DX is listening for North America on SSB, the operator's listening frequencies are in the portion of the band which can be used for transmission by USA General Class operators. This procedure is also in effect for CW.
At other times, the SSB operator may use a different frequency chosen for a target part of the world that does not include the USA. For example, on 75m the operator may listen around 3799 for Europe and for Japan/Australia. Stations in Europe, Japan and Australia cannot transmit on, for instance, 3853 kHz due to regulatory restrictions in those parts of the world.
If VP6DX is not listening on an appropriate frequency, please submit a reception report via the website http://ducie2008.dl1mgb.com/contactus/index.php. To help us, we need this important information in the report:
- your location (USA state, for example)
- the date and time when you were listening.
- the band.
- the announced listening frequency.
- the stations being worked (parts of the world; e.g., Europe)
Without ALL of this information, it will be difficult for us to correct any problems.
It can occur that the online log, the OQRS and the visitors counter show some errors. This is due to overload of the server. Maybe you try it a little bit later when traffic decreased again.
Thank you for your understanding.