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I was there Sept - Dec of 80 on a Detachment from FaireconRon 2
out of Rota. I was VQ9RS. Made close to 12K contacts
then and that was with Flying long long missions. We would fly
up to Iran do 4 hours then land in Oman, stay 2 days doing 12
hours then back to DG
Next run would be to Djibuti (Couldnt get a license there or
Oman). Bands were wide open all the time. One Day I said I was
going to work all the JAs because they were killing me. I swung
beam up and called. 8 hours later I quit. My Manager (N6BLN and
the Cal DX Club) said never do that again :).
Was a fun fun time. I would do it again if I could
On 9/29/2021 8:10 PM, Jim K5SP wrote:
Jeremy, I was there in 76-77, was in tech control until they made
me chief op of that shack for Mars.
We had two
complete Collins S-line stations, and a couple of Henry amps.
Had a TH-6DX beam. It was on my tour that we got that 90 foot
tower and the log periodic installed.
During my year
the propagation was excellent. 15 meters was like being in the
same room at night.
Tom Dixon and I
worked CQWW SSB from there, and I think my record score for 15m
Made Chief off
On Wed, Sep 29, 2021 at 10:00 PM, Jeremy Allen via
Steve, you missed the heyday of VQ9. When I was
there trying to work PSK31 in 2009 or so, I was using
50W to a LPA at 90 ft. The VQ9X shack was located on
the point behind the T-shirt shop and was a heck of a
club station back in the day. It's pretty much all gone
now, with just the tower pad remaining. When I worked
RTTY, I fired up the amp and ran QRO with the same
antenna. For lower bands we had a V-beam and a 80M
dipole as well.
Jim, K5SP #483
Executive Director/Member Services Director