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Don’t get in the way of TX3X

Looking on 7 MHz RTTY today I noticed a cacophony of noise covering around 20 KHz of the band. I couldn’t hear the DX station but the DX cluster confirmed it was the DX station TX3X from Chesterfield Reef. The cluster suggested they were 7.045 and listening up, I could hear people calling from 7045 to 7065. I couldn’t hear the DX station on my wire antenna so settled for working some EU station calling CQ in RTTY.

I first worked Special call TM51SP, followed by  DC2TL Markus, HB9CQV Jochanan and then a club station DL0GC. All these stations had to position himself below 7045 to avoid the malay of split noise created by TX3X.

Don’t get me wrong I enjoy working DX stations, and if I could hear him I would have tried, but what happened next was unnecessary. A station without callsign asked DL0GC to stop transmitting as he was causing “interference”   to the DX station. That’s not to mention the 20 KHz of noise being created by callers to TX3X. They then proceed to tell DL0GC to stop QRMING !!

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ARRL DX contest

This weekend saw the ARRL DX phone contest, and with 28 MHz in good shape this provided lots of USA stations. I did hear quite a few M3 and M6 stations (10w) making contact with the USA, so even low power provided results. With many of the big contest stations out this weekend, signals ranged from strong to very strong.

I found the conditions on 14 and 21 MHz to be poor, although I managed a few. 7 MHz provided a few more contacts after dark, and provided an opportunity to test out split working. Many of the USA stations TX above 7200, and listen below 7100.

Using 200w and a ground mounted 5/8 vertical on 28 MHz I managed to work 92 stations, with the remaining 35 being on a mix of 7, 14 and 21 MHz. A map showing the stations work is enclosed.ARRL DX Phone

73 Dave M0TAZ

 

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