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Old 02-23-2008, 06:28 PM   #1
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Default First contact to Hawaii

I've heard Hawaii on the air but could never make the trip to them. Finally, this afternoon I worked KH6RD on 14.313. He is running 1000 watts on a 3 3l3m3nt Yagi and I have my 100 watt Kenwood TS830S and a Butternut HF9V ground mounted radials. Also worked a station in Valenzuela, Calgry, Cuba and several US stations on the east coast.

Maybe the solar cycle is slowly getting heated up. I am excited....

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Old 02-23-2008, 07:38 PM   #2
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Great!

A Butternut vertical is an excellent DX antenna...I have had 2 of them.
Congrats on the HI contact, I've done that twice also, neither one would QSL in spite of multiple SASEs. Good luck though, the volcano goddess may smile apon you!
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Old 02-24-2008, 08:55 AM   #3
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The bands are doing better.
I was working Ducie Island, VP6DX I think they are, and the op told me they were also on 15, 12 and 10 on Sunday.
I was able to make contact on all but 10 meters and it was 5/9 to my MH.
I really think that so many are used to the bad conditions they just don't even try these days.
Do a little tuning around, send a CQ out. Many I know just listen.
So if everyone listens and nobody transmits I guess the band conditions are not good??
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Old 02-25-2008, 09:07 AM   #4
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Last fall I was working Hawaii, Japan, and Guam regularly, but have not heard them as much recently. I'm still needing Alaska, and about three more US states to make all 50. I need to get on HF more and finish up the 50 states. The WAS is just something I'm doing on my own (and not for the ARRL WAS certificate).
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Old 02-25-2008, 10:00 PM   #5
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I did get on and call CQ fro about 10 minutes and finally got a fellow in San Diego. Only one to answer my call. Last fall I made a contact that was 400 km east of Moscow.

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