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AndyJE



Joined: 29 Jul 2003
Posts: 31
Location: Jersey, UK Channel Isles

PostPosted: Wed Aug 06, 2003 1:45 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Good tropo this morning, luckily I had the morning off, so I headed up to the north coast cliffs at 7am (must be mad!). Plenty of fun on 2m and 70cm, and I scanned a very quiet 446. If anyone ever hears someone
whistling CQ in Morse on 8/08, it's me!

Then, at about 9:40am, I heard a "CQ DX" call on ch1 (no tone) - I couldn't believe it! I got straight back to Steve G7SYO who was 10 miles from Taunton Somerset. I used my trusty unmodified Vivanco on NiMH power, he had a BT Freeway. A good, but slightly scratchy contact.

I haven't had email confirmation of the exact location yet, but it could be around 216km... which would have been a record at one time - d'oh!

Still, it's my personal best on 446, and will probably be the first confirmed GJ-G contact.

I'll beat Delboy yet, you see if I don't... LOL

I had a quick exchange with some French kids at the weekend too - although we couldn't understand each other. It was probably only 30 miles or so, and may have been the first GJ-F contact but we'll never know!
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Dean



Joined: 11 Mar 2003
Posts: 590
Location: London

PostPosted: Wed Aug 06, 2003 2:36 pm Reply with quote Back to top

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If anyone ever hears someone whistling CQ in Morse on 8/08, it's me!


LOL. I'll keep an ear out in Richmond and whistle "Dixy" back if I hear you!

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Then, at about 9:40am, I heard a "CQ DX" call on ch1 (no tone) - I couldn't believe it! I got straight back to Steve G7SYO who was 10 miles from Taunton Somerset. I used my trusty unmodified Vivanco on NiMH power, he had a BT Freeway. A good, but slightly scratchy contact.


That's fantastic - well done. Should continue all week by the looks of it too.

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I'll beat Delboy yet, you see if I don't... LOL


LOL

I have a funny feeling someone will. I wonder if the 1,000 km milestone could be had this week??

73

Dean
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AndyJE



Joined: 29 Jul 2003
Posts: 31
Location: Jersey, UK Channel Isles

PostPosted: Wed Aug 06, 2003 3:15 pm Reply with quote Back to top

1000km would be REALLY pushing it.. "With +27dBm to play with, and a sensitivity of -119dBm, we could stand to lose 146dB at a maximum in space.. which would take 1069km!" (euro446 technical page)

Still, I've had Spanish TV, FM radio and repeaters, at 700km, so you know what I'm dreaming of... hola cuatro cuatro seis! (That's what got me up at 6:30 today, but Taunton will do!!)
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 13, 2003 10:14 am Reply with quote Back to top

I'm still waiting to hear from Steve, so I haven't been able to get the exact distance or arrange a QSL yet.
AndyJE



Joined: 29 Jul 2003
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Location: Jersey, UK Channel Isles

PostPosted: Wed Aug 27, 2003 10:01 am Reply with quote Back to top

I've heard from Steve now (he had email problems), and he's offered to find out the precise location - watch this space!
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AndyJE



Joined: 29 Jul 2003
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Location: Jersey, UK Channel Isles

PostPosted: Fri Aug 29, 2003 9:58 am Reply with quote Back to top

Today I received precise coordinates, and his locator.

"between IN89WG & IO81HA is 214.01 km (132.986 miles)"

Is this the furthest so far (in the UK) from one proper 446 to another?
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Dean



Joined: 11 Mar 2003
Posts: 590
Location: London

PostPosted: Fri Aug 29, 2003 1:05 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Hmmmm..... I think that might not be just the UK, but Europe in general.

Have you checked the Finland site for their current record?

I think the Spanish have a fairly chunky one too.

Let me know, if it is the record, we'll have to think up a little award for you!

Dean
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 29, 2003 1:08 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Spanish are still up there with over 300km... I'm sure Delboy will beat them soon though!
Dean



Joined: 11 Mar 2003
Posts: 590
Location: London

PostPosted: Fri Aug 29, 2003 1:31 pm Reply with quote Back to top

I'm sure it's the best in the UK though.

I'll amend the "DX" news item on the main page over the weekend!

How about I create a little "UK DX Champion" avatar and as and when it's awarded, it will show under your existing one? Like a kind of online award.

A bit tacky I know, but could be quite fun. Get the competitive spirit going.

Dean
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 29, 2003 4:39 pm Reply with quote Back to top

I'm sure you know I'd never refuse such glory, LOL!
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2003 12:49 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Andy
Are you okay about the QSL situation as mentioned in my last email?
Steve
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2003 1:33 pm Reply with quote Back to top

My location in Jersey was Ronez Point - this picture was taken FROM
there, showing the nearby TV mast (nothing to do with me!)
http://tx.mb21.co.uk/gallery/fremont_point-ar-01.jpg
(actually there's another spot further along the coast that it could have
been shot from, but the view's pretty similar. Looks like a chilly winter's
day, it's a lot greener at the moment!)

More at http://tx.mb21.co.uk/gallery/fremont-point.asp

Steve, I've emailed you, ta.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2003 1:54 pm Reply with quote Back to top

here: Image
Dean



Joined: 11 Mar 2003
Posts: 590
Location: London

PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2003 2:21 pm Reply with quote Back to top

I don't suppose you're friendly enough with anyone to get a little, tiny, tiny PMR446 radio gateway up on top of that mast do you?!

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Dean
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2003 3:19 pm Reply with quote Back to top

No chance, LOL!

Besides, there'd probably be only me using it, anyway!
Good for DX though..
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