Working extreme DX, mobile and portable from New York and temporary base from the Caribbean since 2007 has been lots of fun despite Sunspot Cycle bottom. It is absolutely possible to work some nice DX (even at 10k + kilometers) while SSN=0 from a mobile setup.
New York City (mobile/portable):
1st July 2007 week on 20 meters was full of contacts. On home-built antennas from the mobile and weekends a few hours battery operation from the beach, worked Europe: Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Greece, Holland (mobile), Ireland, Italy, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain. Islands of Sicily (Italy) and Crete (Greece). Caribbean: Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica. South America: Venezuela and Colombia. Asia: Lebanon.
LM (land mobile) August 2007, 20 meters: Liberia (Africa); Arctica MM(Marine Mobile); U.S. Virgin Islands; Cuba; Canaries; Austria; Norway; Moldova; Ukraine; Brazil; Argentina; Curacao; Guatemala; Aruba; Guadeloupe Island(Caribbean). 17 meters: Far East: JH0HQP-Japan (home built 20m base loaded mobile ant through matcher); 10 meters: Barbados.
September 2007: A nice QSO on 20 meters SSB with NQ4I/AM (Aeronautical Mobile) over the Atlantic Ocean concluded all 3 forms of terrestrial communications - Land Mobile, Marine Mobile and Aeronautical Mobile. Lots of fun on tropo 6m, 2m and 70cm from the beach as well first week of September.
December 14 2007: 15m: Mozambique, Africa; Hawaii; Venezuela. 17m: Jamaica. 20m: Venezuela.
2008 DX from the mobile: 20m: Serbia, Surinam, UK, Jamaica, 17m DX: Rwanda, Africa; 15m DX: Ducie Island, Pacific; Mauritania, Africa; Uruguay; Guyana; Argentina; 40m: Hungary, Serbia, Czech Rep.
2009 DX from the mobile: 20m: Jan-23rd Akashi, Japan (using 100w mobile, SSN = 0); 17m: 100km from Johannesburg, Republic of South Africa (using 300w mobile); Falkland Islands (north of Antarctica, east of southern tip of South America) using 100w mobile and SSN was 0.
Very nice DX: Jan 30, 2009: VK1GG in Australia.; Feb 7th, 2009: Akashi, Japan (w/300W)
April 7, 2012: Working Tasmania Australia, New Zealand and Japan in a span of 26 minutes from the mobile (log entries in pic)
Youtube videos: http://www.youtube.com/user/FarBeyondHorizon
Caribbean Portable Setup (brought with me) HI3/N2YDD:
May/June 2011 (Long Haul DX):
Worked VU2ELJ in India from Dominican Republic (HI3/N2YDD) without an amplifier using IC-7000 at 100% TX Power and a screwdriver antenna on 20 meters.
ZS3Y in South Africa on 15 Meters June 5th, 2011.
Claudio IW6DRH/mobile in Italy on 15 Meters May 27th, 2011.
-2007: 10m (May'07) E-Skip Very Strong U.S. Mainland; lots of Caribbean; South America; 80m (Nov'08): awesome European night DX with S9+; Cuba; Guyana; St Croix; 60m: Florida, US; 40m: Slovakia, Italy, Belarus; Russia; Serbia 20m: Lima, Peru; Spain; California; Cuba;Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brazil17m: Israel; Spain; Argentina; Denmark; France 15m: Spain; Canada; Greece; Italy; France; Connecticut, US.
Higher frequencies: Exotic/less predictible DX'ing is also one of my passions and even with the sunspot cycle down, the transitioning bands 10 meters and 6 meters are alive with Sporadic E from around May to August (minor winteroccurrence).VHF/UHF tropo kicks in right after in September.
Thanks for the nice qso's and the unique wisdom ham operators are known to exchange "Es=5.33xfo; F2=3.4xfo". I'm also FCC GMDSS O+M and GROL w/Ship Radar Licensed
This has got to be one of the most intellectually rewarding and dynamic hobbies around.
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