The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1031.3
October 15, 2011
Editor Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW
Provided by BARF80.ORG (Cleveland, Ohio)
Thanks to the Northern Ohio Amateur Radio Society, Northern Ohio DX Association, Ohio/Penn PacketCluster Network, AB5K & the AR TelNet Clusters Network and G3XTT for the following DX information.
T32C PRESS RELEASE (Bulletin 9)
"With just over one week to go the QSO total has now passed our total from 3B7C four years ago, with about 140,000 contacts in the log. QSO numbers don’t reflect the whole story, of course, as we have wanted all along to focus on Europe and on the edge bands. The good news is that European QSO numbers are now well over 20k and growing fast, especially as propagation has picked up again in recent days. Low band openings to Europe have been variable some days are excellent, some very disappointing. But we will hang in there (see below).Don G3XTT
The second tranche of 11 operators arrived on the island earlier this week, to replace the 11 who had left. 16 operators are there for the whole 4 weeks. Several of those who left had the opportunity to operate from the KH6BB station on the USS Missouri in Pearl Harbour while transiting Hawaii on the way home. We thank Bill KH6OO, one of the volunteer guides on the Missouri, for making this possible and for giving us an excellent tour of the ship, which is well worth a visit.
The remainder of this bulletin sets out to answer some of the questions we are being asked. Many of the answers can, in any case, be found on our website or on the ClubLog website, but you may find this summary of interest.
I AM NOT IN THE LOG?
We are, as we have said before, unable to deal with your log queries while the expedition is in progress. The best solution, if you are not in the log, is to work us again. We will deal with queries during the QSLing process.
That said, one issue has arisen which may affect a handful of contacts. It is very difficult to achieve a good RF earth on T32 as the ground is fine, dry coral. As a result, we occasionally get RF into places where it shouldn’t be (despite lots of ferrites!) and this has occasionally taken out the link from radio to PC, which has affected the frequency logging. As a result some QSOs have been assigned to the wrong band. If you think you might be affected, please let us know (correct band and logged band) so that we can investigate and correct.
WHEN ARE YOU ON LF FOR EUROPE?
We have been asked to be more precise about our 80/160m scheduling at European sunrise. Starting on Friday 14 October, we will operate CW on 80m for two days at European sunrise, then we will operate 1 day on SSB. The pattern will be repeated, so CW days will be 14, 15, 17, 18, 20, 21, 23, 24 October. SSB days will be 16, 19, 22, 25 October. On 160m we are always on CW from our sunset to Western European sunrise.
T32C has generated a big increase in interest in ClubLog, but not everyone is aware of the full range of facilities it offers. Of particular interest is the propagation data, which is based on actual log data rather than forecasts. You can pull up graphs for your own country, your CQ zone, etc.
You may also not be aware that if you hover the mouse over the green tick showing your QSO, you will see who the operator was at the T32C end.
As regards the league tables, be aware that if you make multiple QSOs on a given band/mode slot, this pushes you below others who have the same number of slots but without such multiple QSOs. This is a consequence of the algorithm used within ClubLog for the league tables.
OTHER BANDS AND MODES
As we have said before, we do not anticipate any PSK operation for DXCC this counts exactly the same as RTTY, where we are well on course to set a new record. Neither will we be on 60m we did not ask for permission for this band, so it is not included in our licence. We may, though, do some 10m FM operation towards the end of the expedition. As far as RTTY schedules are concerned, RTTY operation is largely at the discretion of the scheduled operator some T32C operators are more comfortable than others with RTTY operation.
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