Sunday, October 21, 2018
Worked the Ducie Island DXpedition - VP6D
Last night while ragchewing on 80m with some friends, I was noticing some interesting Islands showing up on the DX cluster in Ham Radio Deluxe. One island I kept seeing spotted was Ducie Island. Since the public school system seems to have failed me, I asked some of the other hams if they knew where Ducie island was. No one seemed to know! So we looked it up and were surprised to find that it was just a small speck in the South Pacific Ocean.
Once I've got my mind on chasing some DX, I find it hard to concentrate on other QSOs. I told my friends I'd be back and tuned over to the 20m band to see if I could hear the signal from the speck. Unfortunately, I heard nothing. I tried my dipole. I tried my Yagi. I heard nothing. I returned to my group on 80m and would occasionally sneak away to check to see if I could hear Ducie Island. Nothing heard.
When the group had all decided to sign off, I returned once more to 20m since I was still seeing spots on the DX cluster for Ducie Island. This time, as I was rotating the Yagi in that direction, I heard a station coming over the very low noise level. The signal was barely moving the needle on the meter, but I could hear the operator clearly saying "QRZ VP6D, listening 5 up". I set the split in my radio, switched the amplifier off of standby, and gave a call. He returned "the Kilo Golf 4 station, again?". I gave my call again. He returned "Kilo Golf 4 Lima Sierra Tango, you're 59 Ducie Island"!
I returned a signal report, logged him, and went QRT. I couldn't contain my joy, so I sent a few text messages to some radio friends to let them know that I had made contact with a speck in the South Pacific!
Ducie Island is an uninhabited atoll in the Pitcairn Islands. It lies 332 miles east of Pitcairn Island, and 220 miles east of Henderson Island, and has a total area of 1.5 square miles, which includes the lagoon. Due to its inaccessibility and the distance from Pitcairn Island, Ducie is rarely visited today.
73 and good DX de KG4LST
I have now worked Ducie Island on 20m phone, 15m phone, 12m FT8, and 40m FT8!
de KG4LST sk
Just 3 days ago, I wrote about hearing but not getting the chance to make contact with XE1C/MM on his radio aboard the Royal Caribbean Harm...
While my wife and I were binge watching Netflix's Lost in Space , I couldn't help but notice several references to radio. I also ...
While experimenting with listening to amateur radio satellites, I saw that you can track the path of the International Space Station (...