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Call Sign : 26 CT 2290 & 26 CI 2290
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Equipment Used : On 11m a Anytone 6666, Solarcon A99 vertical antenna or a Sirio 4000. On PMR a TYT TH-9800, a 1/4 wave GPA, homemade mag mount & sometimes a 8 element beam.
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PostSubject: The story of my hunt for 26CT000   The story of my hunt for 26CT000 Icon_minitimeSun Jul 17, 2022 10:07 am

Hi all

Since becoming a member of Charlie Tango, I have made it a goal to catch the club callsign of 26 CT 000.

So plans were made to spend a long day intrenched in a corner on Devils Dyke, just out side of Brighton.

So on the morning of the 16-07-2022 I loaded the van with 3 batteries, a solar panel and charger, radio, SWR meter, antenna, water, camping gas stove, pen, paper, coffee and tea. I did forget the deck chair but made done with a log as a seat.

I got to the Dyke and was surprised on how quiet it was that I got the corner at the far end of the car park which meant I could almost block access to the side of the van were the radio, gas stove etc was sent up.

I set up the portable station, turned on the radio and was hit by "AT contest, AT contest, 11m world wide contest".

I put few calls out and I got my first reply, not the CT0 00 but Tony CT 4013 down in Brighton. Yes he was only a few miles away from me, but you have to start somewhere.
My next contact was an eyeball with John CT 4515 who was going out, but having been told of location made a quick diversion and came up to put a face to a voice to the PMR & the Southern & South Coast SSB nets
The next contact, after my eyeball, was Charlie 14 KM 2913 from Besset, Southwest France
Then it was back to chatting with Tony on 27.585 USB as the skip had died down.

While chatting we had a quick hello from CT 4362 Chris before he had to dash off.

Happily chatting to Tony, I then heard English stations chatting and comment about the southern stations on the frequency. I called out QSK and found that Tony and I had set up on the frequency used by the Tango Charlie group for there Saturday evening net. After some quick hellos to Neil WI 01 Barrow in Furness in Cumbia and John TC 74 on the Long Mynd in Shropshire, Tony and I QSYed down to 27.395 to continue chatting. Where for the rest of the night we shared the frequency with the Italians who also have a daily net on the same frequency.

Tony and I finished our chat just before midnight and while I was driving home, I listened to Jake on Channel 35 UKFM having a quiz night. Here are the answers to 2 of the questions I got right Apocalypse Now and Baton Rouge.

So I didn't catch 26CT000, which I'm now thinking is a myth like the Loch Ness monster or bigfoot.

But the hunt goes on as there is always next year

73

Ray


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PostSubject: Re: The story of my hunt for 26CT000   The story of my hunt for 26CT000 Icon_minitimeSun Jul 17, 2022 10:32 am

Ha! Loch Ness monster! Very Happy

Like you Ray I've scanned the CB frequencies for any sign of the lads up at the Bash without luck. I know they were there mostly due to all the International stations confirming the CT call sign which was really good to hear.

Sounds like they've had fun and more importantly some good radio work with Andy's monster antenna. The story of my hunt for 26CT000 1f44d

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PostSubject: Re: The story of my hunt for 26CT000   The story of my hunt for 26CT000 Icon_minitimeSun Jul 17, 2022 11:32 am

Morning lads great story Ray!!

I too have been monitoring the 555 over the weekend but alas no 26CT000 for me either.

I heard a bit of the AT contest and some other euro skip but that's it for me.

With temperatures rising I don't think I'll be in the shack much over the next couple of days.

Have a great Sunday.

73's Gary.

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Call Sign : 163CT777, 163RC777 163FB777, JR131, ex 163LR001
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PostSubject: Re: The story of my hunt for 26CT000   The story of my hunt for 26CT000 Icon_minitimeSun Jul 17, 2022 11:57 am

Has been a first for me trying to get itl but nothing heard here although I was heard very low up there, so close lol
Didnt realise just how frustrating it is trying to get them

Al

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