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Working all the Continents


#1

Just wondering, if anyone has worked all the continents (including Antarctica) during an activation of a summit?

With current band conditions, this would be a tall order right now.

YYY


#2

No but I did manage to do it during the Eurojam special event station I helped operate for 10 days. GB5EJ down at highlands park back in 2005. I got Antarctica on psk31 and asked for an ssb contact he jumped onto ssb, completed the contact then disappeared back to psk before a pileup started. I had saidd to my fellow ops it was my aim that week to work all 7 continents. I had the 6 for days and Antarctica was my last one. That’s my first and last Antarctic qso’s to date.
To operate all continents on one activation you would need to stay on the summit from dawn till dusk to get the DX from both parts of the world. I remember from the GB5EJ days that Australia came online in the morning with usa and south America coming in on the evening.
We did enjoy a 7 element beam (at least 3 ele on all bands it was resonant for) on a tall mast trailer with flat surroundings to the horizon running 100w.


#3

I’ve done the six a few times Mike, but I’ve never worked Antarctica to this day.

If trying to achieve this I would without doubt focus my attentions on FT8 and CW as the most likely to succeed. If you pull this off with SSB, it will be an impressive achievement worthy of note.

I assume you’re going to attempt this soon - GL.


#4

I think it’s just a question of arranging skeds with sufficiently well armed station chasers, which is not an easy task, then staying in the summit for nearly 24 hours and finally having the propagation gods in a good mood.
Trivial… :wink:
73,

Guru


#5

Getting Antarctica is the tricky one, Guru. I’ve worked all the continents from GW/NW-070 Great Orme, all ssb, however, only six in one day. Antarctica was worked on an activation some 10 months earlier, therefore, don’t really count.

Having said this, there can’t be too summits, from which all the continents have been worked.

73 Mike


#6

Can’t be indeed. I guess it would just be a case of noting the handful from which Antarctica has been worked then checking for the other six.

Great Orme is clearly one; I wonder how many others there are, if any?


#7

Well, for anyone who fanciesr taking on the Challenge of working all the continents on a single summit activation, I’ve done some searching thru my logs for GW/NW/-070 Great Orme and these are what I think are the earliest contacts I’ve worked all the continents…

Let me stress, these were done on different activations, nevertheless all Great Orme, using its awesome take-off, combined with the undisputed king of SOTA antennas for DXing, the Antron-99.

05:40z YU1AB Europe
05:50Z VK3AFW Oceania
05:53Z KA3RCS North America
06:54Z RI1ANT Antarctica
07:52z JA1RKL Asia
08:58z 7X2ARA Africa
09:43z PY7AHA South America

This is a theoretical example of how, with the blessing of the radio gods and given a following wind, it would be possible to work all of the continents in just a few hours. However, in reality, it will be much, much tougher.

Finding SOTA firsts, gets more and more difficult each year, however, this one appears to still be up for grabs.

YYY


#8

that would be some activation if they were all on one activation.


#9

Indeed Tony, not easy.

One of the VK Activators messaged me to say, South America would be a headache for them.

Same for EU too, I guess. In better conditions, I’ve worked quite a few North Americans around 0600/0700z, however, South America is fairly rare at that time from a summit.

YYY