IV3PRK Pierluigi "Luis" Mansutti -> HC1PF

  160 meters Band: DXing on the Edge


 Welcome to My Website                                                       Last update: April 24, 2015

In January 2014, after 47 years of DX activity as IV3PRK, I closed the station and moved to Ecuador where I am active again on 160 meters as HC1PF from this new location (see this page).

In the last 25 years I had been keeping daily records and graphs of the band DX conditions and the related (or not related) solar and geomagnetic data. The daily DX conditions section was regularly updated with the current month graph and the correspondent past periods. All the geographical graphs show, on a regular basis, how the band conditions changed through the solar cycles.  All this activity ended with the year 2013, but I keep all the material still available on this website. (including the Pacific DXpeditions page).

Now I just began to put my first graphs showing the peaking times of propagation conditions from Ecuador to NA, Europe and Japan here on the left column....it will take a long time to build historic statistic ones !

I managed to install an efficient TX antenna (see here)  and already worked a lot of DX stations, but I know that I am heard better than I can hear, so sorry I can't pull out of the noise all those calling me! ....but please don't blame me as "deaf" !

I will do all what I can to improve my receiving antennas and already tried and tested flag and pennants, an horizontal loop and two BOG's. I built also a K6STI Loop: it looks like perfect but, inside my electric fence,it was a waste of time ! The coupling with my electric fence is terrible, so I  built two DHDL's well high above the fence, but no way.

Than back outside, I moved the BOG's one wavelenght far from the wall and finally I got good results. Now I improved the earth conmnections, common mode chokes and put a switching system!

Finally solved also my severe BCI problems thanks to the personalized KD9SV band-pass filters.

IV3PRK reached 160m. DXCC # 306  - here how the numbers grew through the solar cycles....now HC1PF  must start all over again for a new challenge at 70 years, ..... an impossible task !