writes -- I'm not
active on EME yet, but want to get started on 432 and 1296. I've
picked up a 16' Andrews (solid) dish last year for a price I
couldn't refuse. However, I was planning on building a much
bigger dish in the future. The dish I'd like to build would be
about 30'+ in diameter. The reason why I'd like to build a large
dish is I want to be heard and I want to hear very well too
(doesn't everyone?). My question is whether it is worthwhile to
build a large dish or will I be happy with the 16' Andrews dish?
[A 16' dish is a good sized dish on 23 cm, and definitely usable
on 70 cm. But on 70 for a big signal you will probably want at
least a 20' dish. The solid Andrew dish is quite heavy. I recom-
mend you rig up a "simple" mount, one close to the ground with
limited Moon window -- a tower section, auto jack and some ropes
will do, and give it a try.]
Chuck (x-WA6MGZ) is now QRV on 1296 from AZ -- Until I'm
more confident of my availability, and more importantly, the
availability of my antenna system please don't make any skeds for
me in the NL. [I don't make the skeds, but I will pass the word
on.] I'm still fighting my postion readout system. At present I
am using a CCD camera for pointing. I've worked since I got on a
couple of weeks ago with my flea power (100 w) the following:
OE9XXI, N6BQ, HB9BBD, SM2CEW, W2UHI, K5JL, VE1ALQ, DJ9YW, LA8LF,
OZ4MM, VE6TA, OE9ERC, K4QI, EA6ADW, ON5RR and N2IQU. I've proba-
bly heard another 10 stations, most of whom were CWNR. I've just
about qualified for the WABB award (Worked All the Big Boys), HI.
I'd love get my power up to about 500 w, so if you know of an amp
available let me know. In the mean time I'm going to give a shot
at combining a couple of the N6CA amps that I'm using now.
Dave writes -- I got on 432 this weekend after a 4 months
absence. I worked on 18 July at 1845 JA5OVU on
random with a
really great signal, and on 19 July at 1200 W7QX for initial #15
and 1425 OE5EYM on random #16. My apologies to my other skeds. I
expect you all heard me fine, but I either had very poor or no
copy. I plan on improving my poor RX setup - the preamp is still
in the shack ASAP.
I again spent the SW on 1296. This was not because I have
lost interest in 432, but the result of efforts to work HA5SHF.
Csaba has given me skeds on both days of the SW for the past 2
months. This time I was successful and should be back on 70 cm in
Sept. I will not be on either 70 or 23 cm in Aug because of my
trip to Eur for the Paris EME Conference. On 1296 I worked on 18
July at 0911 LX1DB (57/57) on SSB, 0930 HA5SHF (O/O) for initial
#156 and DXCC 37, 1025 HB9BBD (56/57) on SSB, 1038 K5JL (57/56)
on SSB, 1051 W2UHI (56/52), 1115 SM2CEW (559/54) CW to SSB and
1147 OZ6OL (549/449) and on 19 July at 1031 S59DCD (549/579),
1048 LA8LF (55/54) on SSB, 1112 WA8ZWG (559/599), 1142 OZ6OL
(549/559), 1155 partial W7CS? - lost before I figured out the
call, 1211 OZ4MM (57/54) on SSB, 1222 K4QI (55/55) on SSB, 1234
OE9ERC (57/56), 1249 N6BQ (559/559) and 1257 ON5RR (549/549). I
was not QRV during my Asian window as trees have grown to point
where operation is almost not possible. I hope to do some tree
cutting before the EME Contest.
NETNEWS by G4RGK
K5JL had a busy SW on 23 cm. Jay says it was like 20 m CW at
times, but hrd nil in a sked with DJ5MN.
WA8WZG wkd OZ6OL for a new one on 23 cm and 11 more, but heard
nil from 9H1ES.
DL9KR worked N7LQ (559) for #694 initial.
S52CW hrd W7CNK very well and sent (O), but received nil in
W1ZX worked N7LQ, DL9KR and OE5EYM with big sigs.
W5LUA had a bad day in Allen, TX. A big storm put his 24' stress
dish out of commission after 18 years of use. The dish took a
beating - the tower is bent and part of the dish is buckled. 30
June was the last contact with the 24' dish with HA5SHF on 23 cm.
Al reports good echoes with his smaller dish on 2304 and 3 random
contacts on 10 GHz where he QSO'd PA3CSG, VE4MA and CT1DMK.
VE4MA was up most of the night working on 10 GHz. Barry worked
W5LUA, but could not complete with PA3CSG. He later wkd CT1DMK
for #3. He plans to run again with PA3CSG and is looking for
N2IQU worked 12 stations on 23 cm during the July SW. New ones
are W7CS and W6HD.
VE6TA had QRM problems trying to work W6HD on 1296.
AA5C had a 10 GHz contact with PA3CSG.
DK3WG wkd VK4KAZ on 70 cm.
KL7HFQ wkd G3LTF and heard VE1ALQ and others. He does not have e-
PA3CSG will be on 10 GHz this month.
SM4IVE is reported to be back on EME and looking for 23 cm random
QSOs. [Does anyone have more info on Lars?]
W2UHI reports 16.6 sun noise on 23 cm.
NU7Z had a major failure of his dish’s hydraulic pump, which took
some time to repair. Rick is awaiting QSLs from K5JL for 903 and
from OE9YTB and OE9PMJ for 5760.
W7EME is QRT on EME.
W7CNK reports condx on 70 cm very good during the SW. He worked
GW3XYW, G3LTF, VE1ALQ, KA0RYT, I5CTE, DL4KG, OE5EYM, K1FO and
K7XD wkd OE5EYM and N7LQ.
VE1ZJ will be back on 23 cm for the ARRL contest.
LX1DB has 20 w at the feed on 10 GHz. He worked on 23 cm SSB
during the SW HA5SHF, KB2AH, K5JL, K2UYH, OZ6OL and ON5RR - all
in 1 hour.
G4RGK on 70 cm heard SV1BTR every period, but no reply. Jimmy hrd
WA9FWDworked DJ9YW on 23 cm and is looking for skeds.
DH1SBJ, Rolf has available a HB 3-cavity klystron amplifier (24
dB gain, 400 w out on 10.368 GHz) and an associated broadband
TWTA for 2 - 7 GHz (for 13, 9 and 6 cm bands with 50 dB gain and
200 w out). Both amps share a common power supply. Contact Rolf
for details at :
Tom's 1296 WEB page
K4COH, Gene (a friend of K9BCT) has a pair of the ICOM IC-
275H/475H VHF/UHF transceivers for sales. These are in mint
condition with microphones and the associated satellite adapter,
all manuals and the original boxes. Call Gene at 954-583-5495 for
further information and pricing.
K1FO has for sale a Super SCAF digital audio filter, an Icom IC-
271H, a CDE HAM-2 and a TR-44 rotors. Steve can be reached at
KB2AH has a full line of cavity amps and 1, 2, 4 and 6 tube ring
amps, lin/circular feed horns and LNAs for 432 and 1296.. Tom also has
mounting blocks for K1FO yagis.. For full
for more details and pricing info e-mail:
or phone 908-223-5067, FAX
908-223-0901 (24 hrs) or voice 908-223-8124
K6IBY is not happy with his 4CX400 amp and is still looking for
RCA 4634 tubes.
W7CNK needs some 'echosorb' material or a source for it. [What
freq? Contact me after 21 Aug.] He is also looking for an HP340B
noise figure meter, particularly the power xfmr. It can be non-
working. He has 2 20 w 6 GHz TWTs [or TWTAs?]
for sale and is
looking for power on 3 cm.
NU7Z needs BFR-34As for Microwave Module repairs, and is still
looking for HP415A VSWR meter and a small prop-pitch motor.
K3HZO is thinking about the IC-746 and interested in any
As I warned last time, this is another very quick NL. I am
leaving for Eur tomorrow and had very little time to prepare the
NL this weekend, and also complete the mailing, which is normally
done during the week. I will be going to Oslo 1st on business
where I am looking forward to meeting with LA8LF. Then on to
France for what I am sure will be a truly outstanding Conference.
Because of the conference there are not too many skeds this
month. Almost everyone will be there. Hope to CU you all in
73, Al - K2UYH
0700z KB3PD -IK5QLO
0800z K1FO -UT3LL
0830z DL9KR -UT3LL
1000z W7EME -W1ZX
1030z W1ZX -KL7HFQ
1093z W7CS -ON5RR
1430z KB3PD -KU3T
1730z K7XD -W0KJY
1330z W6HD -KD4LT
0930z VE4MA -CT1DMK
1030z VE4MA -CT1DMK
This information was obtained from: Scott, KD4LT
For Comments or corrections: Rein, W6/PA0ZN