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Re: DXCC on RS-12 OTH by N4ZC



Great story!


----- Original Message -----
From: "Rick Tilton" <n4wyk@charter.net>
To: <amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org>
Sent: Wednesday, February 27, 2002 8:35 PM
Subject: [amsat-bb] DXCC on RS-12 OTH by N4ZC


> I saw the e-mails of those curious of how Roger, N4ZC, was able to get
DXCC
> via RS-12.  So I sent him an e-mail and asked him if he would have time to
> tell us about his adventures and what he did and allow me to post it to
the
> AMSAT-BB.  So as usual he responded promptly and below is what I received.
> Enjoy & 73...
>
> Rick Tilton
> ARS - N4WYK
> n4wyk@arrl.net
> n4wyk@amsat.org
> Foothills of NC APRS and Satellite Website
> http://www.n4wyk.com
>
> -----------------------------------------------------
>
> Hi Rick,
> It's been a long time, and it's been a long time since I've been on
> RS-12. In fact I thought I had heard that they had done away with the K
> mode on that bird. I got up to 116 countries on RS-12  K mode before I
> gave up. It was getting really hard to find any new ones at that point.
>
> It all started in 1993 when our DX club (Carolina DX Assn) came up with a
> year long contest to see who could work the most number of band countries
> in the year 1993. Satelitte was considered a band....it didn't matter
> what bird, just satellite. I had never even heard of RS-12 when K2SD told
> me about it and said I could pick up at least Canada and the U.S and
> perhaps even a carribbean country or two. Since I had no kind of
> satellite equipment, this would at least get me a few more band countries
> for our club contest. The first day, in late Feb, I indeed picked up W,
> VE and VP2V. It was 10 month later at the end of Dec that I worked RS-12
> country #100, XF4CI. By the way, I ended up with 2074 band countries in
> 1993 to win the club contest....293 DXCC countries total that year.
>
> My equipment was a bit above average so I could do it more easy than most
> people. I used my old TS-830 to a big 6 el 15m beam (36' boom) at 100'.
> For the downlink I used my TS-850 and a big 6 el 10m beam (36' boom) at
> 120'. These towers were 150' from tower to tower so I had no problem to
> listen to myself on the downlink at all times. I could always tell if any
> OTH pass was workable by hearing my own signal. This set up allowed me to
> work just about every pass down to 3 to 5 degrees below the horizon. Some
> passes more, a very few much, much more. I remember hearing myself on one
> pass that came up from the south, passed over the North Pole and finally
> faded out over Mongolia. It was 3 in the morning JT time so there wasn't
> anyone on working the bird from over there, but god was I high hearing
> myself over Mongolia.  A few times I heard myself over VK6, but never any
> VKs. A good many times I heard myself as the bird came over the Drake
> Passage between Antarctica and South America but could never find a VP8
> on HF that I could talk into trying it with me.
>
> The last 6 months of 1993 I was looking at 95% of the passes that came
> within -5 deg of my QTH between 6 am and midnight and would make skeds at
> any hour if it would get me a new country.  I guess it must have sounded
> really funny to hear me in my very poor spanish trying to set up a 3:30
> am sked with XF4CI but that made #100 worked on 29 Dec 1993.
>
> There were times I couldn't hear the beacon but could hear myself come
> back from the bird, so any time I could hear myself, on any pass,
> anywhere, I was calling CQ satelite.
>
> At the end of every pass over my QTH I was waiting on the uplink band on
> 21 mhz to explain to anyone why this crazy guy was calling CQ satelite on
> 15 meters, and to give it a try on their next pass. I spent hours and
> hours passing out pass times from my quicktrack program to anyone that
> wanted to give it a try.
>
> I would send via the mail, blind copies of pass times when it would be
> above the horizon for me and them and info on how to use RS-12 to DX
> stations I knew were active on HF that I thought might give RS-12 a try.
> I remember I missed the first evening pass one night cuz the wife dragged
> me out to dinner, and when I got on for the second pass, K1FX called to
> say OY9JD had been calling me on the first pass because of the info I
> sent him via the mail. I worked him for a new one the next night.
>
> LA8GV told me he was being sent to the weather station on Svalbard and
> asked for a copy of quicktrack to use when he was up there. A few months
> later, I got a LL call from Ola saying "are you ready of a JW contact on
> RS-12"? He asked for an update on the keps, which I give him. A half hour
> later he called back on LL to say it didn't seem to be working. He had
> copied one number wrong. I was away from the house for an hour and when I
> returned, my said, that guy from the top of the world called to say it
> works now and he would see you on the next pass. The next pass, all three
> minutes of it, came at 12:30 am. JW8GV in the log. I went to bed, 30
> minutes later the telephone woke me up...it was Ola to say my card was
> made out and in the mail...he was even more excited than I was.
>
> There is an interesting story for almost every new RS-12 country. I
> talked Jose CT1BOH into making a sked with only a 10 second window to his
> PY0FM DXpedition.....The card's in my hand.  RS-12 DXCC isn't for the
> faint of heart. It takes a lot of time and effort. ARRL tells me mine was
> the first ever satelite DXCC on RS-12...John K1FX got the 2nd. I've heard
> some others have also done it since then.
>
> I'm retired and around the shack most of the time so e-mail me if you
> want a sked on one of the HF bands to talk about it more. n4zc@juno.com
> 73 Roger
>
>
>
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