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  • Friday, June 29, 2012

    1A0C S.M.O.M - Press Release.

    SB DX @ WW < KB8NW $OPDX.1067.1
    Ohio/Penn DX Special Bulletin No. 1067.1

    The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
    DX Special Bulletin No. 1067.1
    BID: $OPDX.1067.1
    June 28, 2012
    Editor Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW
    Provided by BARF80.ORG (Cleveland, Ohio)
    Thanks to the Northern Ohio Amateur Radio Society, Northern Ohio DX Association, Ohio/Penn PacketCluster Network, AB5K & the AR TelNet Clusters Network and 1A0C for the following DX information.

    1A, S.M.O.M. (Press Release - Thoughts about the magic band. Last press release before the kick off). Posted on June 28th, by the 1A0C team  [edited]: "Roma is not precisely a remote place with scarce ham population! So we don't see the need of a beacon. Even more, we don't want to upset the local ham community with another broadcasting signal in the band, there is a nice beacon already (I0JX) and it will be more than enough.
    We will, of course, keep watching the early warning sites such as the 6m ON4KST prop pages and DXCluster.  As it was intended from the beginning this operation is primarily focused on working North America and Asia. Our plan for 6m is to steer the beam to JA in the morning. All eastern EU will be covered in 1 hop as well. And turn the beam to NA past midday, giving a chance for the eagers in West EU. Last operations by 1A0KM has provided Sovereign Military Order of Malta to most of the EU 6m population, however there are very few dxpeditions planned for this season, therefore pileups from the old Europe can be large as people are idle looking for any prey to hunt.
     The 6m propagation, specially on Es skip, is unpredictable, but our experience of the last 20 years points that during the last week of June/1st of July conditions are best for Xatlantic contacts and long haul openings to the N. East. We need to be very observant for any possible multihop event, managing meanwhile the EU pileup smartly whilst looking
    for possible links across the Pond or Siberia. This is not easy, but we have done it successfully and recently from Algeria, Egypt, Morroco, Palestine, Andorra, etc.
    At the end, we are in Europe, hence, when working EU the so called "DX-windows" must be avoided, that is 50.100-50.130. We are thinking to stay fixed on one frq for all CW operation below it, between 50084-95, in order to not to disturb upwards the band to leak the pileup into the DX windows and choose a phone frq up in the band, away from the DX zone, e.g. 50180. We really hope the local operators, and even the European 6m fans, will appreciate this decision of the team.


      BAND      CW        SSB      RTTY
    ------    ------    ------    -------
      6M      50.084    50.180      --
      10M      28.024    28.495    28.080
      12M      24.894    24.945    24.921
      15M      21.024    21.295    21.080
      17M      18.074    18.145    18.100
      20M      14.024    14.145    14.080
      30M      10.104    ---      10.140
      40M      7.004  7.065/7.160  7.035
      80M      3.524    3.780      --

    50 MHz information and operating tips
    • The 6 meter band will be included in this operation. We'll focus for   long haul openings, as most of the Europe regions have been widely   covered in the recent years.
    • We plan to use the following frequencies: 50.084 for CW and 50.180   for SSB. Although they may be changed, depending on local noise/birdies.  Split operation will be deployed when needed.
    • The main mode will be CW. If band conditions permit, SSB will be used  to gain a higher QSO rate. Please do not ask for mode changing.
    • Please avoid QSO duplication, give others a chance. Logs will be   uploaded twice a day to our website. If it will work, we will provide   the live log online (new are not sure 100% now).
    • We don't find necessary to set a beacon station this time. 
    • Our Grid Locator is JN61FV. Please, DO NOT send your locator, it is   not needed and we won't log it anyway, it wastes precious time."

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    Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW - kb8nw@barf80.nshore.org --or-- kb8nw@arrl.net
    Editor of the "Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin" (OPDX - "DXer's Tool of Excellence")
    President of the "Northern Ohio DX Association" (NODXA)
    DX Chairman for the "Northern Ohio Amateur Radio Society
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