A great couple of weeks of DX Hunting & Chasing

Over the past couple of weeks, Marija VK5MAZ have been lucky to work a number of overseas SOTA, Parks, and Castle activators. These have all been on the 20m band where conditions have been very good.

Below is a selection of those we have worked.

WEDNESDAY 27th APRIL 2022.

  • IQ5QO/p – DCI-PO029 WCA-i12223
  • Danny OT4V/p – ONFF-0614
  • IQ5QO/p – DCI-PO023 and WCA-i07481
  • Duncan MM5AJN mobile
  • Fraser MM0EFI/p – SOTA GM/ ES-065

TUESDAY 26th APRIL 2022.

  • Miroslav OK1CYC/p – HEMA OK/ HST-030
  • Alain EA2/F5ODQ – SOTA EA2/ NV-036
  • Danny OT4V/p – ONFF-0780
  • Lorenc EA6KB/p – SOTA EA6/ MA-047
  • Dave G4AKC bicycle mobile
Above:- Dave G4AKC’s bicycle mobile setup.

FRIDAY 22nd APRIL 2022

  • TM2IF – SOTA FL/ VL-071
  • Miroslav OK1CYC/p – HEMA OK/ HST-002

His 1st VK HEMA contact.

  • Mikhaiil LY2BIS/p – LYFF-0320
  • TM2IF – SOTA F/ PO-207
  • Rick 2E0FRS pedestrian mobile
  • Rob 2E0AOO pedestrian mobile
  • Steve G4NVF bicycle mobile
  • Dave G4AKC bicycle mobile
  • Fraser MM0EFI/p – SOTA GM/ ES-068

THURSDAY 21st APRIL 2022

  • Steve G4NVF bicycle mobile
  • Dave G4AKC bicycle mobile.

MONDAY 18th APRIL 2022.

  • Micke F4HZR/p – FFF-3221

1st time he had worked a VK during an activation.

  • John CT2GSN/p – SOTA CT/ MN-027
  • DL8ECA/p – DLFF-0817
  • DQ44WCA – DLFF-0580
  • Luc ON7DQ/p – SOTA ON/ ON-026
  • Peter ON4UP/p – SOTA ON/ ON-029
  • Sven DK6HS/p – SOTA DM/ RP-400
  • Ingo DH5ST/p – SOTA DM/ RP-413 and DLFF-0026
  • Alain EA2/F5ODQ/p – SOTA EA5/ AT-096
  • Lutz DL3SBA/p – SOTA DM/ NW-024

Here is a video taken by Andrew VK1AD of Marija worjking Lutz.

  • Martin OE5REO/p – SOTA OE/ OO-376

SUNDAY 17th APRIL 2022.

  • Iratxe CT7/EA2DNO – SOTA CT/ DL-001
  • Bernardo EC1DD/p – SOTA EA1/ PO-015
  • Joaquin EC7AT/p – EAFF-0571
  • Miroslav OK1HBP/p – OKFF-696
  • Simon G7WKX/p and Nic M7NDC/p – SOTA G/ SP-012
  • Mikhail LY2BIS/p – LYFF-0312
  • Steve G4NVF/p and Dave G4AKC/p – Bicycle mobile
  • Christian DL3EC/p – SOTA DL/ EW-059

SATURDAY 16th APRIL 2022.

  • DL20SOTA/p – SOTA DM/ BW-857

10th APRIL 2022.

  • Danny OT4V/p – ONFF-0302
  • Ray S54X/p – S5FF-0340
  • Antonio EC2AG/p – SOTA EA2/ BI-030
  • Steve G4NVF/p and Dave G4AKC/p – bicycle mobile

9th APRIL 2022.

  • Mihai OZ/YO6SM/p – SOTA OZ/ OZ-008
  • Sam F4GYG/p – FFF-3216
  • SP5KD/p – SPFF-2363
  • PA226FF – PAFF-0226
  • Hans DF9PE/p – WCA DL-00079
  • Claudio IZ1DME/p – DC-CN305
  • Stefano IU1GHC/p – SOTA I/ PM-410
  • Wlodek SP5Z – SPFF-2364
  • Harm PC5Z – PAFF-0216

8th APRIL 2022.

  • Neil G0WPO/p – SOTA G/ CE-005 & GFF 0058

Absolutely great to get you yesterday on sota G/CE-005 Wendover Woods. Skip must have been just right for us with a 59 received and 57 sent contact.  At my end KX3 and KXPA100 running 60w into shortened EFHW in inv vee config apex at 7m. Location was also WWFF GFF-0058 Chiltern Hills. Cheers Neil G0WPO.”  

  • Rob 2E0AOO/p – pedestrian mobile
  • Steve G4NVF/p and Dave G4AKC/p – bicycle mobile

7th APRIL 2022.

  • Jakob OZ7AEI/p – OZFF-0027.

VK90ABC

On Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th April 2022, I was allocated the special call of VK90ABC for a second go around. Marija and I used the call back in February. VK90ABC is a special call to celebrate the 90th birthday of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).

I had a bit of a sleep in on Saturday morning so I didn’t get out to the shack until about 9.00 a.m. local time. That left me 3 hours to play on the radio before heading off to my grandson Flynn’s 1st birthday party.

Most of my activity on Saturday morning was on the 10m band where I logged 29 stations from the USA, New Zealand, Costa Tica, Japan, New Zealand, Indonesia, and Asiatic Russia. I then moved to 40m where I logged 29 Australian stations. I then headed to 20m where I logged 7 stations from VK2, VK4, New Zealand, and England. I was quite amazed to work Fred G0EHQ in England at 0214 UTC on 20m on the long path.

It was time to jump into the shower and head off to Flynn’s birthday party.

I got home from the party at about 5.00 p.m. local time. After arriving home I had a bit of fun on 20m on the long path, working a number of stations in Europe and the United Kingdom, and the USA on the short path.

During Saturday evening I logged some VK stations on 40m and 80m, and then had a lot of fun working a stack of USA stations on 20m on the short path.

By the end of Saturday I had 278 QSOs in the log, including 35 different DXCC entities.

On Sunday morning I kicked off on the 10m band once again, where I worked a number of North American stations and about 100 Japanese stations. The band conditions on 10m were terrific.

Below is a video of the pile-up I had going into Japan on 10m.

On Sunday afternoon I worked a very big pile-up on the long path to Europe. Below is a video showing the pile-up as heard in my shack.

And here is a video taken by Peter VK3YE in Victoria who was listening in to me in Victoria.

All up over the 1 & 1/2 days, I logged a total of 770 stations which included 57 different DXCC entities.

The majority of my contacts were on the 20M band as the graph below shows.

I worked the following countries:-

  • Asiatic Russia
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Azores
  • Balearic Islands
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Canary Islands
  • Ceuta & Melilla
  • China
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • England
  • Estonia
  • European Russia
  • Federal Republic of Germany
  • Finland
  • France
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Ireland
  • Isle of Man
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Marshall Islands
  • Mexico
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Northern Ireland
  • Norway
  • Panama
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Republic of Korea
  • Romania
  • Scotland
  • Slovak Republic
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Thailand
  • Trinidad & Tobago
  • United States
  • Wales

The map below shows my contacts around the world.

Conditions on the long path (LP) on 20m on both Saturday and Sunday into Europe and the United Kingdom were excellent. The short path into Europe was virtually non-existent.

The map below shows my contacts into Europe and UK on the LP on 20m.

I made just a handful of North American contacts on 40m. The majority of my USA and Canadian contacts were on the 20m band and the 10m band.

The map below shows my North American QSOs.

There was a very nice opening on 10m on Sunday morning to Japan, with nearly 100 Japanese stations logged. The map below shows my 10m Japanese QSOs.

I logged a total of 176 VK stations and 14 New Zealand stations over the 2 day period.

THANK YOU to everyone who called.

PBS Qinghai – 5990 kHz

At about 0944 UTC on 10th April 2022, I tuned in to PBS Qinghai broadcasting in the Tibetan language on 5990 kHz.

The broadcast was coming from Xining 50 kW transmitter in China.

The overall reception of PBS Qinghai was excellent.

SINPO
55455

Below is a short video showing my reception of PBS Qinghai.

References.

  1. Short Wave Info, 2022, <https://www.short-wave.info/>, viewed 10th April 2022.
  2. Short Wave Schedule, 2022, <https://shortwaveschedule.com/>, viewed 10th April 2022.

Radio Educacion MEXICO – 6185 kHz

At about 0923 UTC on 10th April 2022, I tuned in to Radio Educacion broadcasting in the Spanish language on 6185 kHz.

The broadcast was coming from the Mexico CIty 1 KW transmitter in Mexico.

The program consisted of classical music.

The overall reception of Radio Educacion was good. There were loud static crashes due to local storms in Australia.

SINPO
45344

Below is a short video showing my reception of the Radio Educacion.

References.

  1. Short Wave Info, 2022, <https://www.short-wave.info/>, viewed 10th April 2022.
  2. Short Wave Schedule, 2022, <https://shortwaveschedule.com/>, viewed 10th April 2022.

Unique Radio – 5035 kHz

At about 1017 UTC on 9th April 2022, I tuned in to Unique Radio broadcasting in the English language on 5035 kHz in Upper SideBand.

The overall reception of Unique Radio was good.

SINPO
45444

Below is a short video showing my reception of the Unique Radio.

References.

  1. Short Wave Info, 2022, <https://www.short-wave.info/>, viewed 9th April 2022.
  2. Short Wave Schedule, 2022, <https://shortwaveschedule.com/>, viewed 9th April 2022.

CFRX Toronto, CANADA – 6070 kHz

At about 1055 UTC on 4th April 2022, I tuned in to CRFX Toronto, CANADA, broadcasting in the English language on 6070 kHz.

The broadcast was coming from the Toronto 1 kW transmitter in Canada.

The overall reception of the CFRX Toronto was poor-fair. From 1100 UTC there was severe interference from the Voice of Korea broadcasting in the Japanese language on the same frequency.

SINPO
32333

Below is a short video showing my reception of the CFRX Toronto.

References.

  1. Short Wave Info, 2022, <https://www.short-wave.info/>, viewed 4th April 2022.
  2. Short Wave Schedule, 2022, <https://shortwaveschedule.com/>, viewed 4th April 2022.

Radio Ndarason Internationale – 9535 kHz

At about 0620 UTC on 23rd March 2022, I tuned in to the Radio Ndarason Internationale broadcasting in the Kanuri language on 9535 kHz.

The broadcast was coming from the Wooferton 250 kW transmitter in England.

The overall reception of the Radio Ndarason Internationale was good.

SINPO
45444

Below is a short video showing my reception of the Radio Ndarason Internationale.

References.

  1. Short Wave Info, 2022, <https://www.short-wave.info/>, viewed 23rd March 2022.
  2. Short Wave Schedule, 2022, <https://shortwaveschedule.com/>, viewed 23rd March 2022.

Voice of GREECE – 9420 kHz

At about 0552 UTC on 23rd March 2022, I tuned in to the Voice of Greece broadcasting in the Greek language on 9420 kHz.

The broadcast was coming from the Avlis 150 kW transmitter in Greece.

The overall reception of the Voice of Greece was good.

SINPO
35444

Below is a short video showing my reception of the Voice of Greece.

References.

  1. Short Wave Info, 2022, <https://www.short-wave.info/>, viewed 23rd March 2022.
  2. Short Wave Schedule, 2022, <https://shortwaveschedule.com/>, viewed 23rd March 2022.

Radio Voz Missionaria, BRAZIL – 5939 kHz

At about 0935 UTC on 21st March 2022, I tuned in to the Radio Voz Missionaria broadcasting in the Portuguese language on 5939 kHz.

The broadcast was coming from the Camboriu 10 kW transmitter in Brazil.

The overall reception of Radio Voz Missionaria was poor. There was severe interference from WWCR broadcasting on 5935 kHz in the English language.

SINPO
22332

Below is a short video showing my reception of Radio Voz Missionaria.

References.

  1. Short Wave Info, 2022, <https://www.short-wave.info/>, viewed 20th March 2022.
  2. Short Wave Schedule, 2022, <https://shortwaveschedule.com/>, viewed 20th March 2022.