in Oct scored 43x23 for
98,900 points. He used a 7 m dish and 2 x 3CX800A7 PA. He
OSO'd on 21 Oct at 0002 PA4FP (559/559), 0020 G3SEK
(559/559), 0038 DF3RU (559/559), 0053 HB9Q (569/559), 0100
DL4MEA (559/549), 0108 JL1ZCG (569/449), 0115 JA2TY
(549/549), 0126 DL9KR (589/579), 0132 JA5NSS (559/559), 0150
OH2PO (569/559), 0157 DL7APV (449/549), 0213 G4ERG
(559/559), 0251 DK3WG (559/559), 0303 OE9ERC (559/559), 0314
UA6LGH (549/559), 0330 JH0WJF (559/559), 0335 JA4BLC
(559/559), 0350 YO2IS (549/559), 0356 SM3AKW (549/559), 0406
F2TU (549/559), 1707 KA0Y (569/579), 1719 N2IQ (569/559),
1726 K1FO (569/559), 1739 VK4AFL (549/559), 1750 K2UYH
(O/O), 1815 N9AB (549/559) 1821 KL7HFQ (539/539), 1835 K8UC
(559/449), 1853 K0RZ (549/549), 1917 W7SZ (549/549), 1958
JA5OVU (559/559), 2008 JA7BMB (559/449), 2020 JR9NWC
(549/559) and 2029 JJ1NNJ (539/559), and on 22 Oct at 0111
JH4JLV (O/O), 0127 OZ4MM (559/559), 0240 OE5EYM (559/559),
0332 F6HYE (559/549), 1805 K5AZU (559/559), 1827 VE6TA
(O/O), 1840 WB0GGM (O/O), 1919 K4EME (559/339) and 2025 K5GW
Takao writes -- I have come back on EME after 3 years
absence. It was a lot of work to "refresh" my old system. The
mast bearings of the 4.8 m dish were corroded and the AZ
would not rotate. Think of the difficulty I encountered in
replacing the bearings without a crane! The dc supply cable
for the feed LNA was also defective. The ARRL contest and
DJ5MN, Bernhard's sked request encouraged me, and I was able
to finish the job just in time for the contest. I made 16
QSOs and 5 initials on 1296 during the 2nd leg of the
contest. On 18 Nov I worked OE9XXI, OZ4MM, JA4BLC, HB9BBD,
DL6LAU for initial #70, JF3HUC #71, DJ5MN #72, K5JL, K0YW
#73, K5GW #74 and N2IQ, and on 19 Nov OE5JFL, F6CGJ, HB9Q
#75, F5PAU and OE9ERC. Heard were W4RDI, JA8ERE, JA6CZD,
JH5LUZ and JA8IAD. I can be reached by e-mail at:
Kouichi's Nov contest 70 cm report -- I worked the
following stations on 18 Nov DL7APV (O/O) for an initial #64,
K5GW (O/O), VE9DW (559/449) #65 and K2UYH (O/O), and on 19
Nov G4ERG (O/M) #66, K8UC (O/O) #67 and JH4JLV (O/M). My
overall total score was 30x16. I heard EA3DXU, DJ6MB, JA2TY,
ON5OF, LA9NEA, SM3AKW, K5WXN, K0RZ, K4EME, VK4AFL, JR4IUH,
JA4BLC, JR9NWC, JH1XUJ, W6DF [?], JA3IAF and JA7BMB. The WX
for the contest was fine. Echoes were fine, but often
changeable. My email address is at:
Bill's 432 EME Report for Nov I worked on 70 cm on 18
Nov DJ3FI, DJ6MB, F5FLN, JA2TY, JH1XUJ, JH4JLV, JL1ZCG,
K4EME, K5AZU, K5WXN, KA0RYT, KE2N, LA9NEA, OE3JPC, ON5OF,
UA6LGH, VE9DW, VK4AFL, and on 19 Nov AL7OB, DK3WG, DL4KG,
G3HUL, JS3SIM, UA4API and W0KJY. Initials were K4EME for
#292, LA9NEA #293, KE2N #294 and DL4KG #295. My final score
on 70 cm was 65x28.
Steve has been unbelievably busy this year. Here is an
update on his activities. He is still trying to find time to
finish an addition to the house and a new larger ham shack on
the 1st floor. He was unable to operate during most of the
winter due to a frozen up prop pitch AZ rotor. The prop pitch
gave up for good in July; fortunately after he QSO'd OX2K. It
turns out that the prop pitch had gotten full of water. In
Sept he replaced it with a different prop pitch. The rotor
replacement became a bit complicated as some wasps had built
a huge nest on the tower.. Steve has also been very busy with
Lunar-Link Systems. He decided to update the 144, 222 and 432
MHz amplifiers that he builds. Getting the updated models out
took a lot more time and effort than it was originally
thought. K1FO EME activity since his last report follows:
QSOs in May with VE6TA, F6KHM, N9AB, F6HYE, W5ORH (no initial
same as K5JL), KA0RYT, UT3LL, YU1EV, K5WXN and on 31 May OX2K
for initial #568, on 24 July PA4FP #569 at the end of the QSO
the prop pitch died for good, in Sept IN3KLQ, DL4MEA, UT3LL,
HG100BAY (is this a initial different than HA1YA?) [I assumed
they are the same, but I am not certain.], IN2AGI #570,
RQ1AW, OE3JPC, DJ3FI, K5AZU, S52CW, I5TDJ (very sad to hear
of Piero's passing but glad to be one of his last EME QSOs),
VK4AFL, JA6AHB, KL7HFQ, JA3SGR, K4EME #571 (new QTH), K6KHM,
K8UC #572, OE9ERC, PA0BAT, #573, G4YTL #574, DK3BU, EA3DXU,
RZ3BA/1 #575, G3HUL, AL7OB, K2UYH and PA3DZL. In the EME
contest Steve had 108x36 for a score of 388,800 points. Steve
feels that he really shot himself in the foot by spending too
much time operating in Sept. He QSO'd several stations in
Sept that he did not work in the ARRL EME contest.
Russ's contest report for Nov -- I operated
exclusively on 1296 and QSO'd on 18 Nov DJ5MN, W1QC, ZS6AXT,
HB9BBD, GW3XYW, HB9BHU, W4AD, WA4OFS, K9BCT, LX1DB, ON5RR,
OK1UWA, OE9ECR, DK0ZAB, W7CS, W3XS, EA3UM, JA4BLC, JH3HUC,
JA6CZD, 19 Nov: DJ9YW, VE6TA, F6CGJ, W4RDI for 61x28 total
for the contest. I had to shut down before the Asian window
on the 19th because of a snow storm. The heavy, wet snow was
collecting very rapidly in my dish.
Stefan (LA0BY) sends news on 70 cm in the 2nd leg of
the ARRL Contest On 18/19 Nov conditions were generally
quite good, but we had horrible weather with pouring rain and
high winds. We worked new initials with DJ6MB, G4ERG, JH4JLV,
SM3AKW, K0RZ, K4EME, VE9DW, K5WXN, F5FLN, W7HAH and ON5OF to
bring our total to #48. Heard were JR9NWC, I5CTE, KE2N, K6JEY
and others. We noticed that the activity was poor,
particularly when the moon was at high elevation. Our 70 cm
EME operation was terminated after the contest and the system
was disassembled. Viggo is eager to put 2 yagis for 70 cm
into his 2 m array.
Dirk operated the Nov contest weekend from Belgium not
from France using his callsign ON5OF. He was the only station
QRV on 70 cm from ON. He ended with a score of 38x22 running
his GS-35B final. Dirk found condx poor. He used FT-100 and
reports that its DSP and NB functions worked better than any
other radio tried. Dirk will be going back to France and will
be on EME from there in the future.
Josef reports on his Nov activity -- I worked on
1296 on 18 Nov HB9BBD (599/559), K0YW (559/339), F2TU
(559/539), K4QI (559/539), OE9ERC (559/559), N2IQ (599/579)
and G3LTF (559/439). I tried to call only the stations that
had not QSO'd in the 1st part of the contest. On 19 Nov I
switched to 10,368. I echo tested and heard in response an
extremely strong signal. It was WA7CJO calling me. We QSO'd
(599/549) and (59/31) on SSB. Later I worked I5PPE
(559/559). I am now measuring 1.9 dB of moon noise and my
own echoes at 12 dB [in what BW?]. I plan to concentrate on
3 cm operation during the next month. I plan to be QRV
between 9 and 17 Dec during the day. (The neighbors are
disturbed by the noise from my rotator. I am thus trying to
limit my night time operation.) I can be reached at:
OK1UWA's Web Page.
Stig's Nov report -- I was battling the WX during the
last part of the contest. Lots of rain the whole weekend, I
believe, degraded condx here. I feel the best condx occurred
on Saturday in the 1st part. This weekend seemed to be more
normal. During the night between Saturday and Sunday we got
very high winds. I decided to keep the dish in the park
position at moonrise on Sunday. Later in the night I took
the chance and got back on the moon. I'm glad it was dark
outside as wind forced the dish to do some "strange bouncing"
that I did not want to see - hi. The F1EHN tracking had a
tuff job trying to hold the dish on the moon within 0.1
degree when I was operating on 13 cm. It was a very good idea
Peter, G3LTF had concerning the activity window on 13 cm. I
feel activity was higher as a result. We need to do similar
in coming contests. I ended with 14 stations worked on 13 cm
as follows HB9SV, ZS6AXT, VE4MA, OE9ERC, W5LUA, OH2DG, F2TU,
JA4BLC, OK1CA, OK1KIR, SM3AKW, IK2RTI, LX1DB and G3LTF. On 23
cm I added initials with F1OAT, WA1JOF and F5HRY to bring me
to #178. Initials on 70 cm were KE2N and DL5LF #222. My
overall contest score was 14x13 on 13 cm, 72x30 on 23 cm and
99x35 on 70 cm. This score is my best score ever despite
missing several the regular stations. Anyhow it was 2 fun
Jac had to divid his time his time between EME and
MS because of the Leonids shower -- I had great fun on both
EME and MS. I worked 6 initials and 3 new DXCC via EME and
3 new squares and 2 new DXCC via MS. Because of the MS
activity I was only able to operate EME on 23 cm. Just
before the contest I replaced the oil-pump for my 2 x 2C39BA
1296 PA as the old one went QRT 2 weeks ago. On Saturday I
was QRV for a short time and heard LX1DB calling on SSB. His
signal was peaking (52) unbelievable! I called but could
not get his attention. After that I worked HB9BBD with a big
signal. I only had to call once. On sunday, after the peak
of the Leonids, I was active on EME for several hours and
added 3 initials. ZS6AXT replied to one of my CQs. I was
very surprised as I'm only running 2.5 m dish and 150 W. We
made a FB QSO. I logged on 18 Nov HB9BBD (539/559), and on
19 Nov ZS6AXT (O/O), K2DH (O/O) for initial #26, N2IQ
(539/539) # 27 and K5GW (O/O) #28. Heard were LX1DB, DJ5MN
(CWNR for 25 min), F5PAU, F2TU, K5JL, OE9XXI, OE5EYM, OZ4MM,
K2UYH, PA3CSG, F6CGJ, GW3XYW, OH2AXH, VE9DW and W7GBI. The
strongest were LX1DB, OE9XXI and K5JL. I ended with a score
of 18x12 on 1296, 5x5 on 432 plus 26x20 on 144 for a total
of 49 QSOs on 3 bands.
Peter writes -- I am very sad that Piero, I5TDJ is no
longer with us. He was not only an excellent operator and a
great radio amateur but also a good friend who always shared
his vast knowledge with the rest of us EMEers. I had the
great pleasure of meeting Piero together with Peter, I5CTE in
Thorn. Piero will certainly be missed. The contest was great.
I was QRV on 3 bands, 144, 432 and 1296 as usual. I did not
operate full time, most of my operating was done during
daytime hours, hence I lost most of the Asian/Pacific window.
The following stations were worked on 432 HA1YA, SM3AKW,
F2TU, LA9NEA, K8UC, OZ4MM, N9AB, OE5EYM, I5CTE, YO2IS, HB9Q,
G3SEK, UA6LGH, K8ISK, G4ERG, DL7APV, HA5BDJ, OH2PO, W7SZ,
WB0GGM, EA3DXU, DL4KG, S57Q, G3HUL, DF3RU, IK6EIW, DL9KR,
S52CW, F/ON5OF, G4YTL, G3LTF, DK3BU, OH2DG, KL7HFQ, K1FO,
W2WD, KJ7F, OE9ERC, K0RZ, OZ6OL and DL1YMK; on 1296 HB9BHU,
K5JL, K2DH, OH2DG, W2UHI, DJ5MN, SM3AKW, VE9DW, W3XS, W1QC,
DF4PV, K2UYH, IK2MMB, F1ANH, DC6UW, G3LTF, OK1UWA, CT1DMK,
K0YW, K3AX, WD5AGO, K5GW, OH2AXH, G4CCH, OE9XXI, OZ4MM,
OZ6OL, W1ZX, F6CGJ, W7QX, K4QI, EA3UM, HB9Q, HB9BBD, OE5JFL,
JA6CZD, OE5EYM, F5PAU, JF3HUC and F2TU. I heard VK5MC very
well but missed him as my moon was in the trees. When signals
came up, Chris' moon had set. On the last day of the contest
I tried to operate on 432 in the morning but high SWR
prevented me from continuing. It turned out that there was
water in a coax that a squirrel had chewed through. Looks
like I am getting the same problems as Al, K2UYH. How do you
protect the cables these days Al? [We trapped and
transported all the squirrels to the other side of a near by
lake. More squirrels have over the years appeared, but these
do not seem to be interested in my antennas. I also gave up
on using a garbage can to cover the backs of my feeds. The
can appeared to particularly attract the squirrels.]
Carl found US activity, at least on 432, poor -- I
made more QSO´s on 1296 than on 432 although I put at least
twice as much time in on 432. This year I rearranged my 432
16x21 Tonnas into 8 vertical and 8 horizontal. It helped me
to make about 5 more QSOs. On the other hand I probably lost
some QSOs because the horizontal stack was 3 dB down. 1296
was my best band, but made my last contest QSO on Saturday
as I wanted to exchanged feeds for the 13 cm activity on
Sunday. Stormy weather made 13 cm operation difficult with
the dish "QSB-swing". Anyway I got 3 QSOs before going back
to greener grass on 432. I also made a few contacts on 144.
Stations worked in cronological order were on 21 Oct on 432
at 0015 G3SEK, 0028 JL1ZCG and 0045 HB9Q, on 1296 at 0118
HB9BHU, 0122 OH2AXH, 0129 G3LTF, 0131 JA8IAD, 0137 OE9XXI,
0139 JA7BMB, 0142 OH2DG, 0146 F1ANH, 0204 DF4PV, 0209 OZ4MM,
0213 JH5LUZ, 0216 DJ5MN and 0226 JA8ERE, back on 432 at 0306
OZ4MM. 0312 JA5NNS, 0318 OH2PO, 0327 JA4BLC, 0330 G4ERG,
0351 DL9KR, 0357 JA6AHB, 0414 DF3RU and 0422 HA1YA, QSY'd to
1296 at 0439 OE5EYM, 0445 G4CCH, 0451 DH9FAG, 0505 DK7LJ on
SSB and 0510 CT1DMK, back to 432 at 0550 SM2CEW, via 144
back on 1296 at 0616 PA3CSG, 0745 SM2CEW, 0752 OZ6OL, 0758
W2UHI, 0806 W5LUA, 0824 K5JL, 0828 F5PAU, 0835 VE9DW, 0850
K2DH, 0908 DH0OAH, 0915 W6HD, 0934 F6CGJ, 0943 K5GW, 1027
K0YW, 1030 EA3UM, 1037 OK1UWA, 1059 K3AX and 1119 K2UYH,
then via 144 to 432 at 1247 KA0Y, 1255 K2UYH, 1306 N9AB,
1314 K5GW, 1321 K0RZ, 1343 K1FO and 2355 VK4AFL, on 22 Oct
via 144 back to 432 at 0025 DL7APV, 0033 DL4MEA and 0140
OE5EYM, 1296 WINDOW opened at 0225 JF3HUC, 0232 DL6LAU, 0239
HB9SV, 0249 IK2MMB, 0257 JA6CZD, 0313 DK0ZAB and 0356
ZS6AXT, then QSY'd to 432 at 0424 F6HYE and 0430 JH4JHV, but
nothing else so back to 1296 at 0455 HB9Q and 0528 OE5EYM,
again to 432 at 0551 G3LTF, 0806 N2IQ, 0825 K8ISK, 0848
UA6LGH and 0854 DJ3FI, again 1296 at 0934 K2AH and via 144
to 432 at 1028 GW3XYW and 1046 DK3BU, then to 1296 at 1053
K4QI, 1104 W7SZ, 1132 N2IQ and 1206 F2TU and on moonset on
432 at 1235 G4YTL, on 18 Nov on 432 at 0118 LA9NEA, then on
1296 at 0238 OE9ERC, 0259 HB9BBD and 0316 G3LQR, checked
back on 432 at 0410 DJ6MB, nil until 0547 OE9ERC, 0550
ON5OF, 0704 K5AZU and 0712 PA3CSG, back to 1296 at 0727
KD5FZX, 0803 WD5AGO, 0908 W7QX and 0928, back to 432 at 1035
VE9DW, 1047 K8UC and moonset, on 432 on moonrise at 2335
JA3IAF and 2341 JR9NWC, and on 19 Nov (still on 432) at 0000
OE5JFL, 0040 UA3PTW, 0054 JH0WJF and 0103 DK3WG, QSY to 2304
at 0250 ZS6AXT, 0255 OZ4MM and 0314 HB9SV could probably
have worked more but the dish was swing from the gale force
winds, so via 144 to 432 at 1007 F5FEN, 1038 KE2N, 1055
K5WXN and 1110 W7HAH. I made 88 QSOs the 1st weekend but only
31 the 2nd. I suggest that the EME contest add an exchange of
gridletters, and these be used as the multiplier.
Grant notes that there was a communication error in
his Oct scores -- My totals were on 70 cm 25x16 with 5
initials (GW3XYW, G4YTL, KA0Y, K5AZU and UA3PTW), and on 23
cm 26x18 with 3 initials (K5GW, IK2MMB and EA3UM). I was
effectively only on for the 2nd moon pass in Nov as the wind
was really howling the 1st night. I wish I could have had
more time as 1296. There appeared to be lots of activity
there. I plan to spend time on 1296 for the next few months
and am interested in skeds. My email address is at:
Darrell, VE1ALQ, who now operates contests under the
call VE9WD notes -- I have received 5 QSLs all looking for a
VE9DW card for the 1st half of the ARRL Contest. The problem
is that I have not yet made up cards for VE9DW. I may do so,
soon perhaps. VE9DW is same as VE1ALQ and thus does not count
as an initial for most stations. If the Stations requesting
VE9DW QSL cards are not for an initial and only card
collectors, I feel it would be appropriate for them to
enclose return postage as well.
Willie was on 23 cm the 1st Contest weekend and worked
some 30 stations. He heard a lot new Station - like 20 m with
lots of QRM. New initials on 23 cm were on 21 Oct at 1107
SM2CEW (559/559) for initial #47, 1310 K0YW (559/559) #48,
1325 WA5AGO (559/569) #49 and 1331 F6CGJ (559/569) #50, and
on 22 Oct at 1016 F5PAU (559/559) #51, 1125 HB9BHU (O/559)
#52, 1205 OE5EYM (559/559) #53,1230 DF3RU (339/559) #54 and
1403 WA4NJP (O/O) #55. If any of these stations would like
QSLs, Willie says no problem just send him a card. The 2nd
contest weekend he changed the feed to 70 cm but worked on 19
Nov only DL9KR as he had receiver problems - a bad post-
preamp. He heard many other stations, but all were very weak.
He has fixed the post-preamp and is now receiving very well,
but has no output power from his HPA due to a power Supply
problem. Willie will be on 70 cm for the 9/10 Dec SW and is
looking for skeds. His email is at:
Warren was not able to make it on for the 2nd part of
the EME Contest. He had a freak accident while making pipe
shims for his polar mount. He cut the back of his right hand
while using a rotary power saw. He went to the hospital where
they took x-rays and stitched it up. Unfortunately it became
infected. He now has been to 5 doctors. The last one was a
hand surgeon. It now seems to be much improved but he is
still not allowed to use his right hand. He was thus be able
to set up the dish even on the tripod mount. This was very
disappointing, but Warren hopes to be QRV on EME again soon.
Dale is making great progress toward 10 GHz EME. He has
an 8.5' dish up and is receiving 12 dB of sun noise with a
0.07 deg 3 dB beamwidth. During the contest he copied WA7CJO
(579), HB9BHU and OK1?. Dale's email address is at:
Larry reports that high winds for both days of the 2nd
leg prevented operation on 23 cm for all but one hour.
However his small yagi array on 70 cm worked well through
wind gusts approaching 50 MPH. New 23 cm contacts included
W6HD, JF3HUC for an initial (#) and W7QX. On 70 cm he added
OE5EY, VE9DW, OE9ERC, F6HYE, K5AZU #, DL7APV #, ON5OF, DJ3FI,
K2UYH, K5GW, DF3RU, JL1ZCG, OE5JFL, G4ERG, HA1YA # and F5FEN.
His total for both legs was 55x35 with 8 initials on 2 bands.
Those interested in skeds can reach Larry at:
Paul decided at the last minute to give 1296 a try in
the contest On Friday afternoon I unpacked all my 1296
stuff from moving boxes packed back in Sweden, and mounted a
4' dish with 0.37 f/d and a W2IMU feed. I was ready to go at
moonrise, but I could not hear anybody. Then I measured
deepness of the dish and found that focus should be at 50 cm.
The original 14 GHz feed was at a distance of 65 cm [?].
After mowing feed to the calculated focus I immediately heard
N2IQ and OE9XXI, but I could not get attention with my 300 W
(at the feed). The next day I optimized the feed position and
finally got 4.5 dB CS/G and 6 dB of Sun noise. The next night
I heard OE9XXI - loudest, N2IQ, K5JL OE5JFL and 2 other
stations with #5 in their callsign, one of them F5P?
[probably PAU] and an SM3 probably AKW. I could not get the
attention of OE9XXI or N2IQ. Later my only TH328 flashed
over. I am in desperate need of a TH328 in good shape. I can
test these tubes. My old 3 x GI7B PA was sent to Mike, SP5CJT
when I was moving from Sweden. My installation is temporary,
due to a fight with neighbors who do not like a fence I built
around my property. For now I cannot erect big dish before
things calm down. I will temporary try an 8' dish, but my
real problem is now power. In the meantime I am searching for
a big gear for rotating my real dish. I visited almost every
junkyard in San Diego without results.
Tommy was active during the Nov contest weekend. His
window is limited to period from a start at 25 deg El on
moonrise to about 4 hours later. After the contest he plans
to reconfigure his station for greater operating time. Tommy
asks about how to offset the FT726 to compensate for Doppler.
[No special modification is required. Just use the Shift+ or
Shift- mode as if you were operating through a repeater. The
offset can be set in Hz. It is ideal for EME and one of the
features of the 726 that the newer 736 does not offer.]
Ivo's Nov contest report -- As in the 1st leg of the
contest our weather was bad; rain on the 1st day and gusty
winds on the 2nd day. At least all the equipment worked well,
with the exception of my alarm clock, which failed to ring,
and thus I started 2 hrs late. On Saturday I was on 23 cm and
worked HB9BBD, DK0ZAB, OH2DG, SM3AKW, F5PAU, OE9ERC, K3AX,
K5GW for initial #162, K2DH, K5JL, K0YW, WA9OUU, W1QC #163,
K4QI and WD5AGO, and on Sunday EA3UM, JF3HUC, G3LTF, DF3RU,
PA3DZL and N2IQ. CWNR were JH5LUZ, VK5MC, W7QX, HA5SHF,
GW3XYW and WA4OFS among other stations copied. On 13 cm I
worked on Sunday OK1KIR, SM3AKW and IK2RTI. As in last year's
contest, the number of stations on 13 cm was disappointingly
low, especially from NA. This just amplifies the need for a
well-structured microwave EME Contest. On 23 cm I made at
least 2 initials and my 1900th EME QSO with PA3DZL. This
brightened my day at bit.
My 2nd contest weekend was a little slower than the
1st, but I still had a good time. Nothing broke down and the
WX although not perfect was not a problem. There were still
some leaves on the trees, but the rising and setting moon
window was a little better than in Oct. This was probably
compensated by the slightly lower Dec in Nov. Unfortunately
KC2TA was out of town, so I operated all by myself this time
around. I was exclusively on 432 on Saturday and on 1296 on
Sunday. I probably would have done more band switching had
Hank been around. I ended with 64x28 on 70 cm and 60x27 on
1296, which is about 50 percent better than last year. QSO'd
on 432 on 18 Nov were at 0717 PA3CSG (569/559), 0723 OZ4MM
(569/569), 0730 HB9Q (569/549), 0145 HA5YA (559/559), 0825
DJ6MB (559/549), 0839 VE9DW (559/559), 0845 F5FLN (569/569),
0920 UA6LGH (559/559), 1023 W7HAH (559/549), 1034 EA3DXU
(549/O), 1056 W7SZ (559/559), 1110 K5GW (569/569), 1146
OEEYM (569/559), 1147 K5WXN (549/559), 1309 W0KJY (O/O),
1437 JL1ZCG (569/559), 1516 JA2TY (549/449), 1535 JH0WJF
(559/559) #639 and 1603 JH1XUJ (449/559), and on 18 Nov at
0752 N2IQ (569/569), 0802 F5AQC (55/55) on SSB, 0818 HB9BBD
(579/579), 0824 VE9DW (569/559), 0832 VE6TA (549/559), 0859
I0UGB (559/549), 0940 GW3XYW (559/549), 1001 PA3CSG
(559/559), 1032 I2MMB (559/559), 1043 DJ9YW (559/559), 1128
EA3UM (559/559), 1150 K2AH (569/579), 1240 G4CCH (569/569)
dup, 1247 WA9OUU (559/559) dup, 1438 W7GBI (559/559), 1503
W6HD (569/569) and 1703 JA7BBM (O/O).
G4RGK, DAVID DIBLEY
KA0RYT now has 4 yagis up and is hearing well.
22x14 on 70 cm with 2 initials.
N2IQ has added a scaler choke ring to his 70 cm
feed. Mark reports working 113x37 on 70 cm and 52x24 on 23 cm
in the contest.
W4AD was active on 70 cm in the 2nd leg of the
moon window is limited to AZ between 85 and 160 degs. He has
a new preamp that is giving a 0.5 dB more sun noise.
LX1DB was active on 23 cm Saturday and 13 cm on
Sunday of the
WA1JOF added on 23 cm OZ6OL, F2TU, K0YW, HB9BBD,
K5GW for a score of 15x10.
W3XS was active on 1296 during Nov and ended with
a score of
42x26 with 3 initials.
K9BCT was on for a few hrs in Nov when Murphy
azimuth hung up and wouldn't get past 170 degs.
WA9FWD worked HB9BBD with the moon at -0.1 degs and
a new one. John tried to get on 70 cm, but the preamp was
KE2N is reported to be running 16 x 22 yagis and
RW1AW not on 432 in Nov.
G4RGK was not QRV in Nov due to problems with
under-ground from his shack to the array. Nov has seen
exceptional rainfall in England.
K2DH had a minor disaster with his 23 cm DEMI
xvtr and needs
a PA hybrid for it. But Dave is very pleased with his contest
score on 23 cm of 84x33.
K0YW on 23 cm is getting 24.2 dB of sun noise.
He reports a
score of 31x11.
LU7DZ hopes to be on 70 cm soon from FF78ra
with 4x33 el
yagis and a GS23b PA.
LU8EDR is working on a new 7.2 m dish for 23 cm
that he hopes
to finish very soon.
WA4NJP had serious WX problems during the Nov
including rain, ice and snow. His furnace went out and he had
to use his fireplace. Despite his problems he made several
QSOs, 4x4 on 70 cm for 1 hour of operation and 21x17 on 23
DK3WG added initials on 432 with K8ISK and
K6JEY during the
W7MEM finally worked DL9KR (529) and tried
to work N2IQU
running about 50 W.
VE4MA was active on 23 and 13 cm during the
contest. On 1296
he worked 4 with lots of CWNRs running 75 W and a 10' dish.
KD4LT had tracking problems and worked only
4 stations on 23
cm (N2IQU, K5GW, K2DH and K5JL).
W7CNK was active on 70 cm briefly near the
end of the
WA8WZG did not make any QSOs during Nov
because of snow and
OZ9AAR has a new email address at:
His web address is still
OZ9AAR's WEB Page.
W7QX had power problems on both nights in
Nov and ended with
a total of 25x15 on 23 cm.
K6JEY was QRV on 432 in the contest and
made several QSOs.
JH0BBE is QRV on 70 cm and located in PM97.
WB0GGM scored a frosty 16x12 on 70 cm in
the contest with 600
W and 4 x 24 el yagis. His west window is to El > 30 degs.
K1FO's 1500 W output 144, 222 and 432 MHz
amplifiers have been updated to new models: the LA-22, LA-12
and LA-72. They still use a pair of 3CX or 3CPX800A7 tubes
but now have over 20 improvements. The most significant
change is having a peak responding RF power meter available
that indicates RF output in KW and includes reflected power
capability. The front panel now has a high quality powder
epoxy powder coat finish. Contact Steve at 203-421-3377 or visit
Steve, K1FO at Lunar Link
W1ZX has for Sale an MFJ-784 Super DSP filter $US100+s,
NRF-7 Noise Remover & Audio Filter $US50+s, an HP 431B Power
Meter with head $US100+s, an HP 415E SWR Meter (brown color -
a later model unit) $US65+s, Noise Com Noise Diodes (NC305)
in glass packages $US33+s and an AIL hot-cold noise generator
(load) type 70 that needs some work $US25+s. Call Willie at
301 645 5584 2000 to 2300 EST, FAX 301 645 6853, 24 hrs or email: Willie
WA6PY is in desperate need of a TH328 in good shape. Contact
We all missed the ball this month. I thought there was a 4
week turn around and did not discover my error until late on
Saturday night. Thus this NL is another rush job. I am
writing this at 2 am Sunday morning and still have a ways to
go. Please excuse me if for any missed reports or promised
parts. I will catch up next time.
The question has been raised if Cabrillo Format is required
for logs submitted for the ARRL EME Contest. This format is
required by most of the other ARRL DX and VHF contests.
According to information supplied by VE1ALQ, it does not
appear to be presently required for the EME Contest. This
does not mean that this requirement might not be imposed in
the future. I will keep you posted.
Doug, K6JEY has been asked by the Handbook editor to look at
the EME section of the 2001 handbook and provide feedback for
changes it might need. He is asking EME operators to send him
suggestions on what they would like to see changed or added.
Among Doug's ideas is the addition of URLs at the end of the
section to provide readers with more information. Please send
your ideas to:
SM3AKW suggests in his report that the ARRL EME Contest add
as an exchange gridletters (JO, FN, etc.) and that these be
used as the multiplier. I believe this idea has a lot of
merit. It would add a little more challenge to a contest
that has not changed in more than 20 years. It eliminates
the problem of stations who's calls do not correspond to
their location. I think it would tend to make the multiplier
more equitable. Why should the US and Canada have
multipliers for call areas, but not Australia.
That the news for now. Please keep the technical material and
73, Al - K2UYH
Time 432.040 432.045
0030z RZ3BA -K2UYH WB0GGM-SM3AKW
0100z DL5LF -K2UYH WB0GGM-HA1YA
0130z DK0MM -K2UYH WB0GGM-ON5OF
0200z KE3N -K2UYH WB0GGM-DL8OBU
0230z KJ7F -K2UYH WB0GGM-DJ3FI
Time 1296.040 1296.050 1296.060
0100z I0UGB -VE6TA
0130z CT1DMK-W7QX HB9Q -VE6TA
0200z W7QX -VE6TA
0230z WA1JOF-VE6TA LU8EDR-W7QX
0300z WA1JOF-VE4MA PY5ZBU-W7QX LU8EDR-VE6TA
G3SEK's Lunar Weekend Calendar for 2001
(Skeds Weekends Indicated by "*")
At 2400 Sat/ Declination Signals Sun offset Sky temp Comments
0000 Sun (deg) (dB) (deg) (K,432MHz)
*6 / 7 Jan 18.4 0.6 +141 27 Night.
13 / 14 Jan 7.8 0.7 -122 15 Night.
20 / 21 Jan -21.2 -0.6 -39 166 Moon in south.
27 / 28 Jan -9.9 -0.7 +38 19 Moon in south.
*3 / 4 Feb 20.2 0.7 +120 29 Night.
10 / 11 Feb 4.5 0.6 -142 21 Night.
17 / 18 Feb -22.3 -0.7 -58 149 Moon in south.
24 / 25 Feb -6.5 -0.6 +19 19 Moon in south.
*3 / 4 Mar 21.8 0.7 +102 35 Day(PM).
10 / 11 Mar 1.4 0.6 -162 21 Night.
17 / 18 Mar -22.9 -0.8 -78 149 Moon in south.
24 / 25 Mar -3.0 -0.6 +5 20 Moon in south.
*0 / 1 Apr 22.9 0.8 +84 29 Day(PM).
7 / 8 Apr -1.9 0.5 -175 20 Moon in south.
14 / 15 Apr -23.0 -0.8 -97 41 Moon in south.
21 / 22 Apr 0.3 -0.5 -20 19 Sun noise.
*28 / 29 Apr 23.2 0.8 +68 20 Day(PM).
5 / 6 May -5.3 0.4 +159 20 Moon in south.
12 / 13 May -22.6 -0.8 -117 41 Moon in south.
19 / 20 May 3.4 -0.4 -39 20 Day(AM).
*26 / 27 May 22.6 0.9 +51 20 Day(PM).
2 / 3 Jun -8.9 0.3 +142 23 Moon in south.
9 / 10 Jun -21.7 -0.9 -135 24 Moon in south.
16 / 17 Jun 6.4 -0.3 -58 20 Day(AM).
*23 / 24 Jun 21.2 0.9 +34 14 Day(PM).
0 / 1 Jul -12.5 0.2 +126 26 Moon in south.
7 / 8 Jul -20.1 -0.9 -154 18 Moon in south.
*14 / 15 Jul 9.4 -0.2 -76 22 Day(AM).
21 / 22 Jul 19.3 1.0 +17 13 Sun noise.
28 / 29 Jul -15.8 0.1 +109 29 Moon in south.
4 / 5 Aug -18.0 -0.9 -171 20 Moon in south.
*11 / 12 Aug 12.7 -0.2 -94 24 Day(AM).
18 / 19 Aug 17.1 1.0 -4 13 Sun noise.
25 / 26 Aug -18.7 0.0 +92 39 Moon in south.
1 / 2 Sep -15.5 -0.9 +169 17 Moon in south.
*8 / 9 Sep 15.9 -0.1 -112 24 Day(AM).
15 / 16 Sep 14.6 1.0 -21 14 Sun noise.
22 / 23 Sep -20.9 -0.1 +74 66 Moon in south.
29 / 30 Sep -12.7 -0.9 +151 17 Moon in south.
*6 / 7 Oct 18.9 0.0 -129 27 Night.
13 / 14 Oct 11.6 1.0 -39 14 Day(AM).
20 / 21 Oct -22.6 -0.2 +54 166 Moon in south.
27 / 28 Oct -9.8 -0.9 +132 19 Moon in south.
*3 / 4 Nov 21.4 0.1 -147 29 Night.
10 / 11 Nov 8.1 1.0 -57 15 Day(AM).
17 / 18 Nov -23.6 -0.3 +34 166 Moon in south.
24 / 25 Nov -6.8 -0.9 +112 19 Moon in south.
*1 / 2 Dec 23.0 0.2 -166 35 Night.
8 / 9 Dec 3.9 0.9 -75 21 Day(AM).
15 / 16 Dec -24.2 -0.4 +13 149 Moon in south.
22 / 23 Dec -3.8 -0.9 +91 20 Moon in south.
*29 / 30 Dec 23.9 0.3 +174 29 Night.
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