. There is no sign that there
will be another 432 EME station on 432 in Montana in the future.
Larry at email found the Dec SW well attended and
condx good - I made 11 contacts on 23 cm including 3 initials. QSO'd were
K0YW, K5JL, N2IQ, W2UHI, OK1KIR, G4CCH, DL6LAU for initial (#), IK2MMB,
KA0Y #, WA1JOF # and DJ9YW. WA1JOF had surprisingly good signal for an 8'
dish. I also heard a good signal from K3AX but we did not QSO.
Don reports lots of fun during the Dec SW. He worked on 1296 worked
G3LTF, W1QC, DJ9YW, VE6TA, KA0Y, W7CS, W7SZ and W7GBI for initial #31. He
needs a resked with DJ5MN.
Paul at email in DM13la is now QRV on 1296 with a
modest station - I QSO'd in Dec W2UHI, K2UYH, G4CCH, KA0Y, K0YW, K5JL,
K2DH, OK1KIR, W1QC, N2IQ, HB9BBD on CW and SSB, DJ9YW, W7GBI and W5LUA.
During Dec SW I heard DL6LAU (O), WA1JOF (M) and W7QX (M). I also hear my
own echoes (M) using a I5TDJ version of the time delay noise filter. I
worked on 16 Dec DL6LAU and OZ4MM, and on 17 Dec G3LTF, ZS6AXT, W6HD,
SM2CEW and HB9Q to bring me to initial #21. At present I am using a solid
Al 8' dish with f/D 0.365, my 18 years old W2IMU feed, good LNA and 2x7289
PA at the dish with only 2.5 m of 1/2" Heliax feed line. I am receiving
6.5 dB cold sky to ground and 11.5 dB of Sun noise. Unfortunately my
antenna gain is not optimize for TX. I am using this temporary setup only
to get my EME equipment together and tested. When I am done on 1296, I
will switch to 2304/2320/2424. Next will be 10 GHz and maybe also 432. In
the mean time I am searching for a big gear to use for the AZ drive of my
big dish. I plan to be QRV on 1296 during the 6/7 Jan SW - hopefully with
John is now QRV with 4 x 24 el yagis and 600 W. In the contest he
made 16 QSOs. Initials included HB9Q for #77, KA0Y #78 and JA6AHB #79.
Heard were GW3XYW, PA3CSG, DF3RU, K2UYH, DL4MEA, DJ3FI, F5HRY, VK4AFL,
JA5NNS, SM3AKW, ON5OF, G3LTF, HA1YA, F6HYE, F5FEN, DJ6MB, JH1XUJ and
K4EME. During the recent SW I worked on 9 Dec SM3AKW #80, nil HA1YA, nil
ON5OF, nil DL8OBU - next evening, nil DJ3FI - did not know of sked, nil
KJ7F, nil JH1XUJ and VK4AFL #81, on 10 Dec DJ3FI #82, and on 11 Dec KJ7F
#83 - good signal. Heard were K4QI, G3SEK, K2UYH, K1FO, DL8OBU, UA6LGH,
N2IQU, W1ZX and K5WXN.
Ivo writes -- I am very sorry to hear about passing away by
Pierro, I5TDJ. We will all certainly remember him! Despite very bad
weather I managed to work few stations in Dec. We had heavy rain and
thunderstorms here. On 23 cm I worked on 9 Dec DF4PV, DL6LAU, G3LTF,
G4CCH, S59DCD and OZ6OL. Heard was DJ5MN and CWNR were F1PYR and K3AX. I
closed down about 2300 due to the thunderstorms. I added on 10 Dec G4CCH,
IK2MMB and OZ6OL, and shut down at 2400 again due to thunderstorms. No
further stations were heard. All stations had good signals and my own
echoes were also very good. Regarding the Lunar Calendar for 2001, I think
that the weekends after the marked ones are also very good, sometimes even
better than the marked ones! That is with the exception of Aug where the
Sun is too close to Moon. With today's large antennas I think that 10 degs
is good for more than 90% of EME operators. That is on 70cm, for 23 cm
guys it should be no problem at all. Maybe such weekends should be marked
also, as a 2nd choice. It is now time to think about and organize a
Microwave EME Contest for 2001. In my opinion it was very popular with the
majority and should be definitely repeated! What about this Tom, Al and
others? It can be even over 2 weekends, with different bands in each. I
hope to be QRV by then also on 3 cm. I'm presently busy working on the TWT
SMPSU that is nearly finished.
The preSW, on 3 Dec, I was on 1296 and worked at 0011 partial WA6PY
(M/O) - no R's, 0105 KA0Y (559/559) for initial #184 and 0118 WA6PY (O/O)
#185. During the Dec SW I was tied up on Saturday night and thus only
available during the Eur window for the first moon pass. As a result I was
only on 432 during weekend. N6TX, the director of the SETI League was in
Princeton to deliver a talk and visited our shack during the moon
activities on Friday night (local time). Brian, KB2TIS our new NL
production assistant (see NL masthead) also stopped by. Unfortunately my
polarization rotator froze up and as a result did not do too well with my
skeds. I QSO'd on 8 Dec at 2324 G3SEK (559/449), 2330 UA3PTW (549/559) for
initial #640, on 9 Dec 0000 nil IN3AGI, 0030 nil RZ3BA - around this time
temperature dropped and my pol rotated stopped turning, 0100 nil DL5LF -
he heard me FB, 0130 nil DK0MM and 0200 nil KE3N. KJ7F had a conflict and
we moved our sked to 10 Dec at 0500, but only partial KJ7F (449/-). My
rotator had froze up again and in the wrong position for him to copy. We
tried again on 12 Dec at 0500 and this time easily completed (O/O) for
#641. The WX was warmer and the pol rotator worked fine, but was not
really needed - hi. I will be away on business (in Phoenix, AZ) during the
next SW. I hope to be able to visit with WA7CJO or W7GBI while there, and
may even be able to listen on the SW.
G4RGK, DAVID DIBLEY
F1PYR is a new station on 1296 in JN19. He is using a 3 m dish, TH347 PA
at 1 kW+ and a DB6NT preamp, but is apparently having RX problems. He uses
a 3 dB coupler for circular pol and feels that his feed is not yet
K0RZ had an incomplete QSO with PA4FP during the contest and needs to
N2IQ got his big amp running again was active on 23 cm during the SW. Mark
reports working many stations.
WA8WZG had problems with the cold during the Dec SW. The water in his 1296
PA froze up and the water jackets split. Tom needs to repair the plumbing.
K2DH reports good condx during the SW, but had problems with the cold. Dave
eventually got things thawed out and was able to QSO WA1JOF - very nice
signal, KA0Y and WA6PY for an initial. He reports K5JL was the loudest
signal on the band.
W5LUA worked on 6 cm F2TU, on 3 cm HB9BH and on 23 cm WA6PY. Al has 2 dB of
moon noise on 10 GHz.
W4OP is listening on 10 GHz and copied HB9BHU and OK1UWA.
KJ7F worked on 70 cm during Dec W1ZX and K2UYH to bring him to initial #22.
Terry heard nil from WB0GGM and needs a resked.
W7QX is now QRV on 1296 with a 10' dish and 125 W. During the Dec SW he
added 3 initials with DL6LAU, VE6TA and KA0Y to bring his total to #49. He
needs a resked with WA6PY.
SM4IVE now has all the materials for a new dish and will begin work after
LX1DB was on 70 cm during the Dec SW.
CT1WB's 8 yagi array was completely destroyed in bad storm. There are now
no stations on 70 cm from CT-land. CT1DMK be helping CT1WB rebuild in the
spring. KL7HFQ was on 432 during the SW but had problems with a very high
SWR and Aurora. He did work HB9Q and heard K2UYH and KJ77F, but later his
transverter power module died. He hopes to be QRV again in Jan.
KA0RYT is now QRV again on 70 cm.
WD5AGO's dish is snow covered and won't be moving for while, so no skeds
till further notice. Tommy is building new xvtr for 23 cm.
VE1ALQ was iced up during the Dec SW and not too active.
VE6NA reports a balmy -30 deg C during the Dec SW. On 1296 he CWNW F1PYR
and copied K0YW and HB9BBD on SSB.
VE4MA also had problems with the bad WX - high winds and -30 deg C
temperatures during Dec. Barry has finally got his 6 tube amp running on 23
K7XC is on 70 cm with a single yagi from DM09. He will be looking around
during the coming SW, but does want any skeds yet.
K5WXN had high winds during the SW, but was active and worked VK4AFL.
WB4BKC has been doing a lot of traveling lately, but did pick up a 12' TVRO
dish and has a preamp and a 200 W PA for 23 cm. He is looking for feed
UR5LXis reported QRT on 70 cm EME.
G4ALH is now up to initial #100 on 432. During the SW Rob called DJ3FI but
only rcvd a QRZ in reply.
W7CNK is looking for info on computer modeling scalar feeds. [See OE5JFL's
WEB page at www.qsl.net/oe5jfl.]
K5JL was QRV on 23 cm during the SW and QSO'd K0YW and WA1JOF among others.
PA3CSG asks for info on a Double ridge waveguide transition to coax at 5-11
GHz. [Use WR-137 or WR-90 1st and then tune with screws to Double ridge.]
G4RGK is still QRT on EME until repairs are made to his antennas.
W8TN has a new TH-308 for sale. Contact him at: Tom's Site with Tube data.
W4TH who sells Russian tubes, and offer a wide selection that are very
popular for EME (GS-35b, GI-7b, GU-91b, GU-84b, 4CX1600u, etc.) notes that
WEB URL listed in a previous NL was not right. Tom's link is:
SM4IVE is looking an article for a beam forming ring
for a dish feed.
Jeffrey's 10 GHz TWTA Web site.
WA6KBL: has high power 10 GHz TWTA for sale. See Jeff's WEB page at:
VE1ALQ is looking for 120V, 10 A variac.
K5JL has info for anyone wanting a copy of the EME2000 CD.
Klaus, Dl4EBY wants to remind you that on his WEB page:
which appears at the head of every NL, is G3SEK's Lunar Calendar 2001, Ian's draft of the new EME Operating Procedures, and
of course, the EME Directory. G3SEK's Operating Procedures have also been
printed at the end of this NL.
We have received only one response thus far on the 2001 SW date from
ZS6AXT. Ivo did not want to change the dates, but wanted more dates added.
I do not agree, but the majority should decide this issue. Lets here from
Besides the SSB Contest mention at the start of this NL, the is the ARRL's
Jan VHF Contest that counts EME QSOs on 20/21 Jan - unfortunately the moon
far south, and the Eur World-Wide EME Contest on 31 Mar/1 April for
432/2.3-6.3 GHz and 28/29 April for 1296/10 GHz.
Just about every report included Seasons Greetings and Good Wishes. I did
not include these to conserve space, but I do want to forward these
messages to you and your family and include my own Greetings and Best
Wishes for the New Year.
73, Al (& Sal) - K2UYH
Time 432.040 432.045
0200z KJ7F -VE1ALQ
2230z W1ZX -ON5OF
2300z WB0GGM-ON5OF W1ZX -HA1YA
Time 1296.040 1296.050
2230z SM2CEW-F1PYR WA1JOF-ZS6AXT
2300z W5LUA -F1PYR VE6TA -HA5SHF
2330z W5LUA -VE6NA W4AD -WA1JOF
Time 1296.040 1296.050
0000z VE6TA -WA9OUU VE6NA -WA1JOF
0030z VE6NA -VE1ALQ WA6PY -WA1JOF
0100z WA6PY -VE1ALQ W4RDI -WA1JOF
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