432 MHz MHz AND ABOVE EME NEWS
FEBRUARI 1997 VOL 25 # 4
EDITOR: ALLEN KATZ, K2UYH;
ENGR DEPT., THE COLLEGE OF NEW JERSEY, TRENTON, NJ 08650-4700 (W 609-490-2817 OR
H 443- 3184, FAX 609-443-1713, AND EMAIL Allen Katz, K2UYH
PRODUCTION ASSIST: TOM KIRK, KA2VAD (908-521-2049).
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432 MHZ AND ABOVE NEWSLETTERS.
The Feb SW seemed more a preface than the real event.Conditions and activity
were not especially good. Most stations seemed more interested in "sharpening
their knives" in preparation for the coming REF/DUBUS contest than actually
operating - G3SEK's report. Never the less there were some surprise new
stations to be had. I5MPK appeared on 1296 with an excellent signal, and
EA2LY was worked on 432. 13 cm was the exception with more activity and
better results than the past few months.
- Shu (QM05ek) QSO'd on 15 Feb W8MQW (O/O) for initial #74,
JJ1NNJ (M/O) #75, DK3FB (O/O) #76 and DF3RU, and on 16 Feb W1ZX (O/O)
#77, JA5OVU, JS3SIM and G3HUL. Nil was heard in skeds with KF0M, N4PZ,
W7CI, 9M2BV, UT7VF, G4ALH, EA3DXU, 4X1IF, EA8/ON5FF, CT1DMK and OH3LWP.
Shu is working on a new antennas which will consist of 16 x 14 el
FO rotatable yagis. He expects to have the array completed by 16 March.
- Mathias writes that he is working on adding 13 cm. He has 60 w from a
YD 1304 and is finishing up an IMU horn. He is also interested in details
on G17B PA for 23 cm where he is presently QRV with a 5 m dish. His latest
QSOs on 1296 were with F6KSX and K4QI, whose new address he needs. Mathias'
tel is 0495221689949, which is not in the directory.
- Guenter, DL4MEA asks about the
GS35A -- I am thinking about building a 70 cm version of CT1DMK amp
published in the last DUBUS magazine. I have one GS35A tube, that is the
same as GS35B, but for water cooling. It is rated to 2 kw anode dissipation
instead of the GS35B's 1.5 kw. Has anyone experience with isolating 4 kV
when cooling with water? I know, distilled water and a long tube inside
the cavity are desirable, but what dimensions and material should be used
for the cooling tubes inside the cavity because of the high fields?
[ZL2AQE operated on 70 cm with a water cooled 4CX250R PA with several kV
on the plate. He had a ready supply of water, and ran fresh water
continuously through the tube. I have also experimented with water cooled
amplifiers running up to 3 kV with no arcs or sparks. The vinyl plastic
tubing was more than 3'in length. None of my amps were used in regular
operation, or for any extended time period.]
- Guenter writes -- I am now retired and hope to have a little more time
for hamming. I tried to be active 70 cm last weekend, but had to stay in
bed with the flu. I want to comment, however, on an EME band issue. I
live on the edge of a city and have, depending on my antenna orientation,
constantly about 10 signals in the lower 20 kHz, centered around 432.010.
There is QRM higher up, but generally its not so bad above 432.015. Is
there any possibility of moving the calling frequency a little up in
frequency. I don't think this conflicts with anyone's band plan... and for
me would be preferably to moving to another EME band. [Is anyone
experiencing a similar problem? Here in NJ there is no difference in
interference between .010 and .020 or .025. Such a move what not pose a
problem. What do you think?]
- Peter reports WX was a problem this SW with very strong winds on the
16th -- I was unable to operate during the day, and missed my WA8WZG sked.
The winds have been even stronger since, but fortunately the dish is
surviving OK. There was very low activity and I guess the problem must
have been widespread. I worked on 1296 on 14 Feb at 2040 W2UHI and 2100 N6BQ,
and on 15 Feb at 1349 JA4BLC, nil S59DCD, 1515 ZS6AXT and 1559 GW3XYW.
I also heard DD1XF. I QSO'd on 432 MHz on 14 Feb at 2232 K1FO, and on 16
Feb at 0004 W7CI and 0043 W7FN. Heard were KA0RYT, ON4KNG, UR5LX and
VE1ALQ. On 16 Feb, I CWNR many times at 0100 SM6?BYA, who was calling
CQ on .015, and at 0020 VE6TA after his QSO with VE1ALQ - he was solid copy
here. I also had a partial at 1709 on 15 Feb with OK1DFC, who got my call
as G3LO. On 1296 I am now using a VE4MA feed, which is matched to my 0.38
f/d, with improved results. Sun noise on the 15th was 15.6 dB on 1296 with
an NE32184 preamp, and 14.6 dB on 432 with the FHX35LG preamp. This month I
hope to improve my 1296 6 tube PA and begin work on getting the 13 cm system
running again. I am interested in skeds and can be contacted by e-mail at
- Ian tells us the story behind the change in dates for the DUBUS/REF
EME Contest -- We originally chose 22-23 March because it was the
weekend with lowest sky noise. We did this because in previous years
144 MHz operators had said sky noise is the most important thing. After
DUBUS (4/96) had already gone to the printers in Dec, some of the 2 m
operators complained about the low dec (short moon time) on the 22-23
March weekend. They said they would prefer more moon time on the 15-16
March weekend. In a telephone call on Sunday 26 January, DJ9BV and I
decided to change it to 15-16 March. We knew that this would cause
confusion when the DUBUS magazine appeared, but we thought it was more
important to give people what they wanted. We realistically expect that
communications between EME operators would be good enough to let all
active EME operators know about the change in the following 6 weeks...
So, for one more time: The 144/1296 weekend of the 1997 DUBUS/REF EME
Contest will be on 15-16 March, repeat 15-16 March. PLEASE TELL EVERYBODY
YOU CAN! This is FINAL. As the Referee for the EME contest, I apologize
for the confusion.
- Dave has not been QRV since The ARRL contest -- In Dec I decided
that I would sell everything and start over again. At this time my 16' dish
has been sold, and so has my 23 cm cavity PA - so near term operation on
23 cm is no longer anticipated. On 70 cm the station is dismantled.
The antenna will either be sold or weworked into a system with pol
rotation. I feel that after 10 years of using 8 yagis with fixed pol
its time for a change. The time involved will depend largely on the
British WX, but I will definitely be back for the '97 ARRL contest.
- Yoshiro's EME report is as follows -- I worked, on 19 Jan, on 1296,
JA6CZD (449/559), OH2AXH (559/559), SM4IVE (559/549) for initial #62 and
F2TU (559/549), and on 432, JA5OVU and JA2KRW, and on 15 Feb on 1296
S59DCD(O/O) for initial #63, G3LTF (559/559) #64, JA6CZD (549/559),
GW3XYW (559/449) #65, and on 432 JJ1NNJ (M/O) #238, DF3RU and
JS3SIM. My e-mail address has changed to
My old address will still be usable for the next few months.
- Dave's activity for the Feb SW reads -- Once again, Murphy paid a
visit to my shack, but before he did, I managed to have some fun. On 14 Feb
I worked VE3BQN (549/559) after several weeks of back and forth on the
Internet trying to make a sked we could both keep. Ted had a good signal
and commented that mine was one of the easiest QSOs he's had on EME.
Then, on 15 Feb at 1920 (as the moon cleared the trees), I worked DD1XF
(559/559), and heard PA3CSG calling WA8WZG in their sked. Tom wasn't
there so after 15 min or so, I called Geert and worked him easily (559/549)
for initial #82, and at 1953 ZS6AXT (559/579) - the best report I've ever
gotten off the moon! Ivo commented that I was really pounding in there.
My echoes were really good. I was running about 750 w at the time. Next
I worked W2UHI (559/559) and at 2011 KB2AH (579/569) and (57/56) on SSB.
SSB echoes were very good. Tom told me about the presence of I5MPK, so
after we were done, I went down the band and worked him at 2024 (549/569)
#83 and at 2043 GW3XYW (559/559). Then it happened, during a CQ I heard a
big BANG and arcing sounds. I saw lightning in the shack! The amplifier
was arcing over again. To make a long story short, I had developed another
water leak. One water jacket was just barely seeping, but enough water ran
down the tube into the anode cavity to cause major arcing and sparking.
I ended up taking the whole cavity apart, sanding down the burrs and pits,
cleaning up all the other mess and replacing two tubes. All is back to
normal now, and I hope that with improved sealing techniques, to have
finally cured the leakage problems. In almost 10 years of running the
single tube N6CA amp, I never had a water leak. I guess I was lucky, and
got careless, so this has been the price I've had to pay. The weekend
after the skeds weekend (22/23 Feb), we had some terrific winds - gusts
over 75 mph. I was fortunate that the only damage I sustained was a broken
bolt pinning the azimuth drive to the main vertical drive shaft
(this happens regularly - it's a grade 2 bolt which acts as a shear pin to
keep from tearing up the lower end drive mechanism when the dish get
rocking in the wind). It's all fixed, and barring anymore troubles,
I will be active during the REF contest on 23 cm.
- Rusty has had some troubles getting his new call across to a few
stations, but in general has done very well off the Moon. He QSO'd on 432,
on 21 Dec K2UYH, W8MQW, EA3DXU, G4ALH, DF3RU, DJ6MB, RA3LE, K5WXN and
EA3DXU, on 22 Dec KA0RYT, W7QX, ON4KNG, DL3EAG, W7FN, KB8ZW, K1FO, N2IQU,
NA4N and UT7VF, on 16 Jan N2IQU, G3SEK and RA3LE, on 18 Jan NC1I, K5JL,
K0RZ, DF3RU, DL9NDD, G3SEK, HB9SV, ON4KNG, UA6LGH, EA3DXU, N2IQU, OK1KIR,
DL4KG and K2UYH, and on 19 Jan DJ6MB, EA8/ON5FF, G3LTF, SM3AKW, W7FN,
K5WXN and VE1ALQ, and on 1296 on 19 Jan SM5DGX, DF9QX, G3LTF, LX1DB,
ZS6AXT, W2UHI, N2IQU, SM4IVE, CT1DMK, SM3AKW, WD5AGO, VE6TA, OE9XXI and
LA8LF. During the ARRL VHF contest all contact were with grid square
exchange. This really helped Rusty's multiplier totals.
- Joe in (DM13) is QRV with 4 x 24 el HB K1FO type yagis with AZ/el
rear mounting, a system NF < 1 dB and output power > 400 w into the
dividers. His address is (J. Burke, 315 University Dr, Costa Mesa,
CA 92627), and his e-mail address is
- Hoppy (alias AA6WI) has a new call -- On 23 cm I worked on 17 Jan
CT1DMK, W2UHI and G3LTF - also heard was W7GBI, on 18 Jan OH2AXH,
S59DCD, SM4IVE, IK3COJ, LA8LF, WD5AGO and W2UHI - heard was F1ANH,
on 13 Feb W2UHI, on 14 Feb W2UHI, G3LTF, CT1DMK, W2UHI (again) and
WB5LUA, on 15 Feb WB5LUA on SSB, JA6CZD for initial #114, W2UHI, K4QI
and WB5LUA again on CW, and on 16 Feb HB9SV, ZS6AXT, LA8LF, OE9XXI on
CW and SSB, OE9ERC on CW and SSB, K4QI and W2UHI. LX1DB was heard 15 dB
out of noise with an elevation of only 2 deg, but no contact was made.
OE9XXI was 25 dB out of the noise, (astounding for a 3.7 m dish). I had
a very nice visit with DF6NA during this period. I tried to impress
Rainer with 23 cm, but activity was very low Friday and Saturday evenings.
Then I have a small "pile-up" the day he leaves!
- Greg sends -- I want to thank N2IQU and K1FO for the signal reports
outside of the SWs. I think we're the only ones on the band when the Moon
is up during the week. I wish we could get more activity on 432 during the
week. I realize many people involved in moonbounce don't think much about
getting on the air when there is no Eur or Asian window open. I think
every time you make a contact its exciting. I worked 2 initials on 16 Feb
DF3RU and K5JL on 432. I installed a video camera on my mast a week ago and
it works fine. I'm going to be using it to keep tabs on the calibration of
my ST-1 computer system, and for a backup. Most of the stations I have
worked have sent return QSLs. I am anxiously awaiting cards from N2IQU,
NC1I, OH2PO, SM4IVE, N4GJV and SM2CEW. If some of you have circuits for
resonant cavity preamps that are straight forward and that don't require
the use of a lath to make, I would appreciate hearing from you.
[See WA7CJO's design in a past NL].
- Bill reports only 4 23 cm contacts in Feb -- I QSO'd on 16 Feb OK1KIR
(M/O), WA8WZG (M/O) and ZS6AXT (M/M), and on 20 Feb OE9XXI (559/559).
Peter had a (33) SSB signal here. The short path distance to ZS6AXT is
about 15,684 km. I wonder how this compares with the current 23 cm DX
record. [Al, WB5LUA keeps the distance record statistics. What do you say?]
Unless someone wants to operate portable from Antarctica, this is the
longest DX possible for me. After 3 months of EME activity I'm up to
initial #16, 8 DXCC, 8 states, and ready for more skeds....
- Bob reports that Puerto Rico will be QRV on 1296 EME shortly... I
believe for the 1st time -- I just mounted a 5 m dish on a huge equatorial
mount here in the Barrio Esperanza, close to Arecibo. I plan to operate
soon on 1296 MHz with 150 Watt power, (QRP for now). I still have much to
do, but expect to be on the air in April. Bob can be reached by e-mail
BOb, NP4B or at (Bob Zimmerman, NP4B,
Engineer, National Astronomy & Ionosphere Center, Arecibo Observatory /
Cornell University, P. O. Box 995, Arecibo, Puerto Rico 00613-0995).
His tel is (787) 878-2612 and FAX (787) 878-1861.
- Peter was QRV on 2300 and worked on 13 Feb ZS6AXT (559/579) for
an initial and a new country, and on 14/15 Feb OE9ERC (579/589), LX1DB
(569/569) and (55/56) on SSB, ZS6AXT (569/579), SM3AKW (449/579),
VE4MA (559/559), IK2RTI (559/559) initial, OZ4MM (569/569), WA8WZG
(449/O) initial, F1ANH (559/559) and NU7Z (439/O). W4HHK was also copied.
On 1296 he QSO'd on 16 Feb PA3CSG (569/579), S59DCD (549/579), N6BQ
(569/569), CT1DMK (559/589) and (44/57) on SSB, OE9ERC (579/579), K4QI
(569/579) and W2UHI (559/579). Heard were I5MPK, K3EAV and VE3BQN
among others. On 20 Feb he QSO'd NL7F (559/559) for his 2nd QSO with
Alaska. [Who was the 1st?].
- Zdenek had good results during the Feb SW. He QSO'd UT7VF,
G3LTF, DK3WG, K2UYH, UR5LX, K1FO, W7CI, N4GJV and ON4KNG. This
brings him to initial #15. Zdenek is preparing for 70 cm activity during the
April portion of the REF/DUBUS EME Contest.
- Tonda (OK1DAI) writes -- On 432, we worked on 15 Feb at 2100
partial NA4N (O/nil) and 2231 WB6IMC (O/O) for initial #329, and nil in
skeds with UT7VF, JO3RNL, JJ1NNJ, JH7PAV, IK0EQJ, KF0M, WA8WZG, NC7K
and WD8ISK. We heard 7M2PDT, DF3RU, DK3WG, DL6WU, DL9NDD,
EA3DXU, HA1YA, JA4BLC, JA5OVU, JH1XUJ, K1FO, K2UYH, KB8ZW,
N4GJV, OK1DFC, ON4KNG, PA2CHR, RA3LE, RB5LX, SM3AKW, VE1ALQ, VE6TA and
W7CI. On 1296, we worked on 16 Feb at 0024 NL7F (O/M) for initial #136,
DXCC 34, BP (29) field and the 1st KL7-OK 23 cm QSO, 0048 N6BQ (449/339)
[new call AA6WI], 0057 W2UHI (449/439), 1225 JH5LUZ (439/429), 1752 I5MPK
(O/O) #137, 1801 ZS6AXT (449/449) and 1930 CT1MDK (449/449). Nil in skeds
with JR4AEP, JA6CZD, 4X6UJ, DH9FAG, ON5RR, WA8WZG, VE1ZJ and KA0RYT.
We heard DD1XF, F2TU, HB9BBD, HB9BHU, HB9SV, K3EAV, K4QI, LX1DB, OE9ERC,
OE9XXI, OZ4MM, PA3CSG, S59DCD, SM2CEW, SM5DGX and VE1ALQ. We plan
activity on 14 March on 2304 and 22/23 March on 1296. [Please NOTE the
change in dates for the REF/DUBUS Contest. I believe you may wish to
revise your operating plans!]
- Peter was QRV on 70 cm for the 15/16 Feb SW -- I contacted, (all on
random), DF3RU, RA3LE, N4GJV, EA3DXU, VE6TA for initial #112 - 5 min
before our sked, S52CW #113 and DXCC 31, DL3EAG #114, OK1DFC #115,
DL4KG #116, W7FN, JA5OVU and SM2CEW.
- Peter is trying to stir up 13 cm activity -- For the Jan SW I set up
several 13 cm skeds via the NL and mail. Condx and WX were fair at my end,
but made problems for my sked partners. Several stations showed up on random
too. So I tried again in Feb with even better results. Stations worked on 18
Jan were on random ZS6AXT (M/O) - Ivo used > 8.5 w at his horn, IK6EIW
(439/559), OE9ERC on SSB (56/55), I6PNN (449/O), W4HHK (449/O), F1ANH
(559/439), and on sked NU7Z (O/O). Heard was EA3UM (459), and on 15 Feb
OE9ERC, LX1DB for initial #25, OE9XXI, I6PNN, nil EA3UM - heard him FB
in 3 sequences and nil WA8WZG. The 13 cm setup is a 10 m dish, W2IMU horn,
HEMT preamp and 100 w (in shack) and 30 w (at the horn). On Sunday 16 Feb I
switched to 23 cm and worked I5MPK for initial #116, ZS6AXT, SM2CEW,
HB9BHU, HB9BBD and CT1DMK. My moon noise on 23 cm was lower than
normal (down to 0.4 dB), but the CS/G noise was normal. I didn't check Sun
noise because of the low el. Signals on the moon also seemed lower! I hope
to find any fault before the contest.
- Chis is new on 432 EME -- I am running 4 x 11 wl yagis and a YL1050
PA with about 850 w output. There will be more soon. TX loss is about 2
dB. This will be less soon too. I use a TS850 with audio DSP and .35 dB NF
MGF1302 LNA. Thus far I am up to initial #32. I prefer working random, but
will accept skeds. Usually I call CQ and run skeds on 432.019 if possible.
My address is (C. Ploeger, Monnikensteeg 32, 6823 AC Arnhem, Netherlands),
grid is JO22xa, phone is ++31 (0)26 3515999 and Fax is ++31 (0)26 4452502,
and e-mail Chis, PA2CHR
- Peter reports being active on 16 Feb -- I worked the following stations
on 432: JH4JLV (449/449), JA5OVU (559/559), G3HUL (549/449), SM3AKW
(449/559), OH3LWP (O/O), I5CTE (449/429), ON4KNG (549/549) and DL8OBU
(539/449). Activity was low, but echoes were good. On 1296 the following
were worked: HB9BBD (559/529), OZ4MM (569/559), SM5DGX (539/549) for
initial #91, ZS6AXT (549/559), LX1DB (579/559), OE9ERC (579/559), W2UHI
(559/559) and PA3CSG (569/549) #92. Finally I worked Geert on 23.
We've managed to miss each other up until now. PA3CSG is another station
now worked on 3 bands. I've been using a beta copy of VK3UM's new
EMETRAK with the EME directory incorporated for easy tracking of other
stations Moon position/spatial offset and station information. It is
working very well. Also there is a totally new "spatial screen" that
shows the AZ/El in 46 different places on the earth at the same time, plus
spatial offset to them. A very nice tracking screen, and an excellent tool
for stations with pol rotation capabilities. If Faraday rotation is known,
one will always know where to put the pol to be received horiz, in any
selected target area. Doug has the same tracking screen in his EME Planner
as well. Final versions will be available soon.
- Sergej on 15 Feb heard nil in skeds with HP3HUG and WD5AGO. He
logged on 432 initials with OK1DFC (O/O) for #309, WB6IMC (O/O) #310 and
KF0M (O/O) #311, and also worked VE6TA, SM3BYA, S52CW, DJ6MB, G4ALH,
W7FN and WA9FWD. On 16 Feb he added DL4KG and DK3FB, and had a partial
QSO with EA2LY (moonset).
- Grant's sends a summary of his activity over the last few months -- I
was on 1296 in Dec and generally had a lot of fun on the band. I QSO'd on
21 Dec W2UHI (549/439), CT1DMK (O/O) for initial #49 and CT1 for DXCC and
PA3CSG (559/449) #50 and PA, on 22 Dec K2UYH (459/549), partial with
NL7F (O/T) and JA4BLC (O/O) #51 for a new country and continent. I had
tried a few skeds with Yoshiro before, but Murphy had always intervened.
This time my chain drive broke due to high winds just before the sked, but
I managed to repair it in the dark at -30 degs C with about 30 head of
deer looking on! I worked on 19 Jan LX1DB (549/449) #52 and LX1, and
OE9XXI (559/439). In Feb, I switched to my 432 feed as per several sked
requests and worked on the 15th JA5OVU (449/449), DJ6MB (O/O) #47, ON4KNG
(O/O) #48 and ON4, UR5LX (O/O), EA3DXU (O/O) #49 and EA, on the 16th
VE1ALQ (O/O) #50 and VE, JR9NWC (O/O) #51, DK3WG (O/O) and DF3RU (449/439),
and on the 24th WI7Z (O/O) #52 - arranged via e-mail. I plan on being QRV
for the Eur contest on 1296 the 1st weekend, and on 432 the 2nd. We will
be trying out a new 1296 feed courtesy of VE1ALQ to see if my RX abilities
- Doug is now the proud owner of a 30' Kennedy dish (12 segments) --
Its in mint condition. I have to pull it down and transport it home! Its
fixed on 2 frames on the horizon. I am after ideas for mounting/tower
system you and others have employed. I don't have the specs either...
weight/wind loading/ f/d, gain, upper freq limits etc? I have nothing!!
[My Kennedy is supposed to be good to about 6 GHz. It weights about 1,800
lb. and has an f/d of about .445. Details of my mount are in PA3CSG's
Anthology of past NL Technical reports, which I know you have a copy.]
Building something to keep it on the hill will be a bit of a challenge.
(I have winds regularly over 125 kph!)
- Willie worked one JA station on 16 Feb at 0400 7M2PDT (O/O) with RX
pol approx at + 70 deg and TX pol at 0 deg (vert). Willie is still looking
for skeds with JA stations for the Mar SW, via e-mail,
Willie, W1ZX. He has a very narrow
window. Willie had problems during the Jan SW. On 18 Jan his azimuth drive
frozen up, and on 19 Jan his preamp went bad - no receive. On 21 Jan nil
was heard during his CT1DMK sked.
- Frank found 1296 activity was down from last month -- I heard 16
different stations over the SW and worked the following: On 15 Feb S59DCD,
ZS6AXT, K2DH, I5MPK, GW3XYW, KB2AH and N6BQ, and on 16 Feb LX1DB, I5MPK,
OE9ERC, SM2CEW, HB9BBD, LA8LF, PA3CSG, OE9XXI and N6BQ. Conditions were
nominal. All signals good Q5 copy. I called CQ for an hour during the Asian
window with no response. Only N6BQ and I were active at this time. No other
stations were heard.
- Randy (who is responsible for much of KB2AH's WEB page) wants pictures
and short descriptions of your 23 cm EME station. He is looking for start
to finish pictures (8 to 10) for a new 1296 MHz home page dedicated to
construction and system engineering only. One or two paragraphs per picture
with details on tower construction, dish construction, mounts, readouts,
autotrack, feeds, etc. Also equipment description, final amp used, power
out, xcvr, transverter so people can get a complete story of the station
capability. A series of pictures showing construction would be the best,
but even a single picture of the existing antenna and shack would be great
too. Participants would have their own page under Randy's home page.
Randy has a high quality scanner, and a lot of server space. E-mail
Randy if you are interested at
- Tom says -- I have made the old Murphy's tale come true!! "If it ain't
broke. Don't fix it!!" I worked all night on 23 Feb to add another dipole
to my 70 cm feed for pol rotation on my 5 m dish. I also added a receiving
converter at the feed to convert 432 to 28 MHz, thinking this would help
me on receive... WRONG. Either the converter is not right or the extra
dipole I added is screwing up the dish illumination, or both. I received
word that JA5OVU copied me (439) with rotatable pol, but that JA9BOH heard
me only (M) and JR9NWC nil - probably because of cross pol. I heard nil of
them, as well as K2UYH, because of the above problem. I should have things
fixed very soon. 23 cm seems so much easier than 70 cm!
- Ivo (KG33vv) writes -- I managed to work a few more initials on 13
cm. Added on 10 Feb were LX1DB (569/559) for initial #6 and OE9ERC
(589/559), on 13 Feb OE9XXI (579/569) #7, on 14 Feb W4HHK (559/439) #8,
OE9ERC (589/559), OE9XXI (579/569) and WA8WZG (O/O) #9. On 23 cm, I
QSO'd on 11 Feb VE3BQN (O/O) for initial #115, on 15 Feb DD1XF (569/559),
G3LTF (559/559), GW3XYW (569/549), nil S59DCD in sked, I5MPK (559/559)
#116, S59DCD (449/339) #117 on random, W2UHI, K2DH and KB2AH - with the
usual strong signals, on 16 Feb NL7F (M/M) #118 via my east - on horizon
for both of us, LX1DB, JH5LUZ, OZ4MM, F2TU, I5MPK, OK1KIR, SM2CEW and
N6BQ - all with strong signals. But what a mess and confusion with
the changes of call signs in the US! Heard on 23 cm were JA4BLC, PA3CSG,
HB9BBD, OE9ERC, SM5DGX, HB9SV and WA8WZG. Nothing was copied in skeds
with WA7BBM and K9BCT, and I CWNR JA6CZD. After optimizing my 13 cm PA,
I am now getting just under 100 w in the shack, less 1.9 dB for cable
losses to the feed. The maintenance and modification of output coupling of
the "old" 23 cm PA plus the change of one of the 2C39BA has resulted in
improved output power. Output is now around 300 w. But with the tubes
(and the HV power supply) on the limit, I cannot run SSB anymore.
I can not run SSB on 13 cm either, as the YD1304 is also on the limit.
In fact I am probably overloading it already since the air cooling at my
altitude (6000'asl.) is less efficient than at sea level! I will have to
change it ASAP to water cooling. Progress on the 70 cm yagi array is
slow, due to problems with my back. I also hope to be operational on 6 cm
in few months. This project is not going so well. I need more help with
ideas, etc. But I will manage. [Ivo's e-mail address is
Ivo, ZS3AXT ]
- I had planned to try 1296 during the Asian window on Friday night of
the SW. When I turned my 23 cm PA on, I was disturbed to discover that
several tubes were shorted. I was perplexed by why this had happened,
until I remembered the high VSWR problem I experienced last month.
I ended up staying on 432 all weekend, and QSO'd on 15 Feb at 2030
OK1DFC (O/O) for initial #589, 2115 RA3LE (559/559), 2130 nil NC7K -
I messed up this sked transmitting in the wrong sequence for 1st few
periods, when I realized my mistake someone else was on freq - and 2200
IK0EQJ (449/O) #590, on 16 Feb at 2240 NA4N (559/559), 2314 EA8/ON5FF
(559/559), 2322 DF3RU (54/54) on SSB and 2348 SM3AKW (559/559), and on
24 Feb at 0400 partial WA8ZWG (O/?). In general I found conditions not
particular good. Copy was difficult - I spent 15 mins trying to
identify a weak station around 2015 on the 15th before they gave up on
me. Next month I will stay on 1296 both days for the Eur contest.
EA6ADW will be on the island a little earlier this year, and thus
will be QRV on 1296 for the REF/DUBUS Contest. Peter can be reached at
F5PAU, Francis is now on e- mail at Francis, F5PAU
UA6LGH Victor logged a new initial with JH4JLV for #194.
UT7VF, Victor worked with JA9BOH and ON4KNG for initials #39 and #40.
W0RRY has a 10 m dish in the yard and is ready for erection. It is
an RF Systems dish, very much like a Kennedy. Charlie is looking for
mounting ideas. His new e-mail address is Charlie, W0RRY
DK3WG has a new e-mail address DK3WG
WA5ETV is no longer QRV on 432 EME.
WB6IMC has a new e-mail address WB6IMC
KD4LT is working on the mount for his 22' dish, and will be QRV only
on 70 cm only during the March SW. Scott is very pleased with the 23 cm to
28 Mhz xverter from Parabolic. He recommends you checkout their WEB page
at Parabolic . He QSO'd NC7K with a
bit of difficulty. This brings his standing on 70 cm to initial #297,
46 DXCC and 34 states.
NU7Z is now a Grandpa!
K5JL reports he is up to initial #626 on 432.
W8TN is going to FL to pick up a 4.6 m dish. Clark expects to be
QRV on 1296 late this summer.
FR5DN's new e- mail address is FR5DN
W7QX worked DF3RU and JA3SIM on 70 cm. His correct e-mail address is
ON5RR will be QRV on 15 Mar on 23 cm.
WD5AGO will not be QRV for the REF/DUBUS Contest.
W4HHK in Feb worked on 3 cm ZS6AXT (559/439) for initial #35,
heard OE9ERC with a big signal, and had a partial with WA8WZG (T/O).
KF0M in Feb QSO'd UR5LX, VE1ALQ and JH0YSI, and had partial with DJ6MB
on 70 cm.
NC7K has a new call: K7XC, but asks stations to continue to use his
NC7K call sign for skeds for the time being. He confirms QSOs with DL9KR
and KD4LT in Feb. He is using 4 x FO25 yagis and a 100 w brick, and will be
QRV on 432 in March.
DL9KR in Feb worked NC7K with some difficulty and EA2LY.
LX1DB worked on 13 cm in Feb ZS6AXT, OE9XXI, VE4MA, NU7Z, F1ANH,
OE9ERC and OZ4MM.
VE4MA worked OE9XXI and LX1DB with excellent signal on 13 cm.
CT1DMK was on the moon on 23 cm for 10 min when his el actuator
failed. Luis is working on a new feed for 70 cm and presently is not QRV
on this band.He is also working on 10 GHz EME.
DF3RU confirms QSOs with W7QX, WI7Z, NA4N, JJ1NNJ and SM3BYA.
KB0PYO reports nil from WB5LUA on 1296. He had snow at the time.
Mark has a new 2 stage preamp ready to install and is now QRV with several
W7CI worked many stations, but spent 1.5 hours calling ??A3LE (RA3LE).
He copied K1FO the strongest ever, and reports G3LTF had a great signal,
but achieved only a partial with NA4N. He head no VKs, but worked many
KB7UWC (Mark, tel 509-837-6265) will be testing on 23 cm with OE9XXI.
HFQ problems with his pol rotator in Feb. He will be QRV on 432 in
WQ0P, Greg is coming on 70 cm EME with 2 x 13 lambda yagis and 1 kw.
DL2GSG is now located in New Zealand and has the call ZL1GSG. His
e-mail address is DL2GSG
WB5LUA worked on 23 cm VK2FZ. VK2FZ was using 4 x loop yagis and
KB3PD (Del) has his new 6 yagi array up, and is QRV on 70 cm EME.
WE2Y, John in NY has an array of 16 x 12 el pol rotatable yagis up,
but only 30 w of power. He is working on a 700 w PA, and hopes to be fully
QRV soon. He can be reached via e-mail at
K7ICW's address is (George A. (Al) Olcott, 3145 W. Serene Ave,
Las Vegas, NV 89139) - TNX W7CS.
KB3PD has for sale ($50) a 10.5' (3.2 m) dish.
It is in very good shape, and has a ..29 f/d. Pick up of course. Contact
Rick at e-mail Rick, KB3PD
or phone 302-737-7966.
KB2AH has a full line of cavity amps and 1, 2, 4 and 6 tube ring amps,
lin/circular feed horns and LNAs for 1296... And recently he has added
mounting blocks for K1FO yagis. For full details see Tom's 1296
WEB page at Tom, KB2AH
for price e-mail
,Tom or phone 908-223-5067, FAX 908-223-0901 (24 hrs) or voice
K5JL Jay has 3 of the tracking boards that work with realtrack
for sale. (A 7213 tube and cavity capable of producing about 1.5 kw on
432 went to JA9BOH.) Call or e-mail Jay for details.
W1ZX has available from the '96 Int'l EME Conference hats ($7) and
clocks ($3) - all with the Conference logo of course. Willie has had some
late requests for the Conference Proceedings, but he needs a minimum number
for printing - at least 6 more requests. He also has available a
GR IF amplifier 1236A $US150 + shipping, Dielectric-Coaxial
Dynamics 1000A Wattmeter $US125 + shipping, Bird 43 Watt meters (1)
$170, (2) $185, (3) $200 with new meter movement + shipping, AIL 75
NF meter with cabinet $US275 & shipping, AIL 7010 Noise Generator
$US25, AIL 70 Diode Noise Generator $US25, HP 349A UHF Noise
Source $US50, Noise Comm Noise Diodes NC305 $33,
several Transco "Y" type Relays with "N" connectors $US55 + shipping,
a 220 to 432 MHz 6992 PA with 1 to 2 kw output for $500 with
pick-up, (this is the same type amp as NA4N is using). Call Willie
only at 301-645-5584, 2000-2230 EST, FAX 301-645-6853, 24 hrs, or e-mail
to Willie, W1ZX
WA3HMK is looking for 4 432 yagis, FO-22's, 25's, modified CC 424B's or
equivalent. Please contact Chris via e-mail or at 717-569-3828.
G4ALH is looking for TR-7 CW filters.
NU7Z needs finger stock for 2C39s - about 18". He is also looking
for a 903 hybrid and isolator.
NET COMMENTS BY K1RQG
Note there are 2 skeds for VK2FZ, and I do not know if he will receive this
info - a shot in the dark We are also trying to clean up the DUBUS directory.
If you know of any corrections for any stations, please send info to
or by any other means to Rick (via net, post, dog sled etc). I also want
to encourage ALL EME stations to become more active on the 20 m net. Not
everyone has e-mail. Besides if everyone relied on e-mail news, there
would be no NET activity. (GOOD FOR ME!!!, BAD FOR EME!!!). If you know
of someone that wants to receive my weekly mailings, have them send me an
e-mail so stating. Thanks and have a ball in the upcoming contest. - Joe,
We received some bad news this month. G3LQR, Simon is in the
hospital. He was in Addenbrookes for an operation to remove a blood clot on
the brain, but is now back in Stradbrooke ward at Ipswich.
We also learned that SM4IVE lost his 40' dish on 8 Feb. It was completely
destroyed. This is not the 1st time that Lars' dish has come down. Last time
was 11 years ago - it doesn't seem that long ago. At that time he was back
in operation very quickly. Let's hope it is even sooner this time around.
Aren't all those new calls something? The U.S. has just gone through a
unique period, where the FCC has allowed hams to apply for new calls from
a list of recently open and long time available calls. All the new calls
are a result of this opportunity. It would be useful if someone would
prepare a translation chart for inclusion in a future NL.
There are fewer skeds than normal this month because of the contest.
Among the many items of interest in this NL are:
- 1) See DL6WU's report. Guenter has a proposal for moving the 70 cm calling
frequency a little up in the band. I would like to hear your comments on
- 2) See also SM2CEW's report for news of VK3UM's new Moon tracking
- 3) NP4B is about ready to put an other DXCC location (Puerto Rico) on
1296 EME - see his report.
- 4) W7HR is creating a 1296 Construction Oriented WEB Page - see his report.
W0KJY is still looking for EME standings updates. Please when
listing initials in your reports, give the total initial count as well
as the change.
On the TECHNICAL side there is an excellent tutorial by Chuck,
Please keep the news and technical reports coming. E-mail is the preferred
way to submit information, but we will take reports in all forms.
Good luck in the REF/DUBUS Contest. I will be looking for you all off the
Moon during the contest.
73, Al - K2UYH
432MHz & up EME skeds
Skeds for MAR 15
Time 432.040 432.045 432.050
1330z G3LTF -UT7VF
1400z G3LTF -JH4JLV
1500z DK3FB -4X1IF
1530z G3LTF -OK1DFC
1700z KB3PD -4X1IF
1830z KB3PD -DK3WG
1900z KB3PD -IK0EQJ WB0GGM-W8MQW
2000z K1FO -YL3AG KB8ZW -HA1YA
2030z K1FO -OK1DFC KB3PD -OH3LWP
2130z NA4N -G3LTF
2300z W7FN -IK0EQJ
Skeds for MAR 16
Time 432.040 432.045
0030z WB0GGM-EA8/ON KB3PD -HP3XUG
0230z W7QX -KF0M
1100z DL4KG -7M2PDT
1130z DL4KG -JA5OVU
1200z DL4KG -UR5LX
1300z DK3FB -9M2BV
1630z DF3RU -DL4KG
1700z DF3RU -YL3AG
1730z DF3RU -OH3LWP
1900z HP3XUG-DF3RU DL4KG -DK3WG
1930z DL4KG -DJ6MB
2100z W7HAH -EA3DXU
2130z W7QX -DF3RU N2HLT -DL9KR
2200z NA4N -DF3RU K7XC -DL9KR
2330z W6WE -DF3RU W7QX -HP3XUG
Skeds for MAR 17
0000z W7FN -IK0EQJ
Skeds for MAR 15
0300z VK2FZ -W2UHI
0330z VK2FZ -N6BQ
Skeds for MAR 16
1500z G3LTF -4X6UJ
2000z 4X6UJ -K2DH
2030z 4X6UJ -WB5LUA
2100z 4X6UJ -N6BQ
2130z VE4MA -DD1XF
2200z VE4MA -I5MPK
2230z K2DH -KB0PYO
Skeds for MAR 14
2100z F1ANH -OK1KIR
2130z DF3RU -OK1KIR
Skeds for MAR 15
2100z VE4MA -I6PNN
This information was obtained from Scott, KD4LT
For Comments or corrections: Rein, W6/PA0ZN