432 MHz AND ABOVE EME NEWS
OCTOBER 1998 VOL 27 #11
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
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14.345, 10 AM ET SATURDAYS, AFTER VARO NET SUNDAYS:
The Sept SW yielded very mixed reports. Signal
quality and related copiability are the aspect of conditions
I find most important. I found signal quality generally poor
on both 432 and 1296 during the SW, yet others found
conditions excellent. Ron, KA0RYT/0 found conditions good
enough to make 32 initials from his portable location in NB!
When you are working new ones, conditions always seem to be a
little better. And there were a number of new stations to
work during the SW.
NOVEMBER MICROWAVE EME CONTEST
Plans have move faster than most
of us expected. Thanks to the efforts of WB5LUA, W5ZN and
WA8WZG there will be an EME contest for the bands 13 cm and
up this Nov. This contest will fill the month gap between the
ARRL EME Contest Weekends in Oct and Dec. Preliminary rules
are listed at the end of this NL.
Heinrich writes -- I worked on 23 cm on 5 Sept
for initial #97 - a good signal without QSB from his new
circular feed, and on 13 Sept N6BQ and VE1ALQ.
SM4DHN, OE5JFL, ZS6AXT, GW3XYW, W7CS, K5JL, HB9BBD, OZ6OL,
SM3AKW, DF3RU, EA3UM, DL6YDH and 9H1ES (449). I need QSLs
from DJ7FJ, DL6YDH, I5MPK, OH2DG, OZ6OL, SM5DGX, SM6CKU,
W0KJY and WA9FWD. The station is now a 4.5 m dish with 360 w
at the feed from JO42qa. I am looking for 1296 skeds for all
weekends. My Fax is ++49 5155 983256 and my new e-mail:
Ruediger had 2 70 cm contacts during last SW. He
worked VE1ALQ and N4GJV
. Some others were heard, but too weak
to copy complete calls.
Stephan was active on 432 during the Sept SW -- I had
contacts with N4GJV, JA5OVU and SM2CEW.
Heard were IK5QLO and
a W7Q?. Amazing for me was that N4GJV and SM2CEW came back on
my CQ call on my 1st try. Since last time I changed PAs and
am now using an RIW with about 900 w out. I'm still limited
in elevation (max 30 degs at moon set). My e-mail address is
still wrong in the database. It should be changed to:
DL3EAG I also have my
own home page now at:
DL3EAG for NA and
Stephan for Europe.
Guenter reports that on 23 cm his station worked
during the SW ZS6AXT, HA5SHF, OH2DG, JA6CZD,
DF3RU, K4QI, PA3CSG, HB9BBD on SSB, SM4DHN and G3LQR.
Ralf, DL2FDK was the
guest operator. Guenter is very interested in trying EME FAX.
He wonders if any of the bigger stations is interested in
running tests with him on receive or transmit of FAX.
Peter has not been too active on 432 over the summer,
but should be heard more in the fall -- I finally completed
the new HPA (2x3CX800a7s). All appears to be FB apart from
the EHT transformer which is getting quite hot after a few
hours of operation. I also replaced my preamp with
MGF1302/3SK97 silver plated 4:1 balun and generally tidied up
the open wire phasing lines. I'm now measuring 2/3 dB from
Cygnus A and .5 dB from Cassiopeia A and wonder how that
compares with others. I worked back in April WE2Y for initial
#110, 7M2PDT, JA5OVU, DF3RU and K0RZ, in July K1FO and UR5LX,
and in Sept during Italian Contest UR5LX, IK1MTZ #111, JA2TY
#112, SM3AKW, DK3WG, VE1ALQ, W7CNK, JA4BLC, JH4JLV, YO2IS
#113, IN3AGI #114, OE5EYM, K5WXN, DF3RU and K1FO.
were DL9KR, EA3DXU, G3SEK, JA5OVU, KA0RYT/0, N9AB, K2UYH,
W7QX, SM2CEW, N4GJV, W1ZX, VK4AFL, K0RZ, UA4TPI, UT3LL and
Csaba's (HA5HBL) group at long last has their 1296
VE4MA circular feed working but without the scalar ring.
Unfortunately they lost their TH308 and are back to a YD1270
and 100 w. They did hear for the 1st time their own echoes,
and worked on 5 Sept DJ9YW (549/449), on 11 Sept OZ6OL (M/M),
on 12 Sept ZS6AXT (M/449), OH2DG (M/O), W2UHI (O/429), KB2AH
(559/429), PA3CSG (559/549), SM3AKW (449/339) and K2UYH
(449/449), and on 13 DF4PV (449/429), HB9BBD (579/529), K5JL
(559/439), K4QI (549/O), OE5JFL (569/559) and SM4DHN
(559/439). All QSOs were random except DJ9YW. Totals for
HA5SHF are on 1296 DXCC 15, WAS 5, and initial #26.
Dominique's Sept SW was reduced to the Sunday morning
due to business trip to Bordeaux. He logged on 12 Sept 2230
OZ6OL (549/579) and SSB (42/54), 2257 JH5LUZ (559/589) and
SSB (55/57), on 13 Sept 0530 ZS6AXT (569/589), 0550 W2UHI
(579/589) and SSB (55/55), 0615 K4QI (579/569 and SSB
(57/56), 0655 HA5SHF (529/579) and SSB (41/54), 0651 OH2DG
(569/579), 0658 K5JL (599/589), 0700 DF4PV (57/59) SSB, 0716
DF3RU (51/55) SSB, 0721 OE5JFL (57/57) SSB, 0745 K3HZO
(529/549), 0807 VE1ALQ (589/599), 0818 W7CS (559/579) and
just before the window closed (after 10 min of trying) 0836
IK3COJ (419/O). Normally IK3COJ comes in loud, Dominique
wonders if his power was down this time?
Andrea found disappointing conditions during the
Italian EME Contest -- Apart from the bad WX, I Heard a lot
of stations, but found it almost impossible to make myself
heard. I worked on 12/13 Sept JA5OVU, JA4BLC
Heard and CWNR were JH4JLV, JA2TY, DL9KR, SM3AKW, K0RZ,
N4GJV, KA0RYT/0, DK5FB(?) and K2UYH - called many times.
Yoshiro EME report for Sept -- I trouble with my dish
drive electronics this summer. The sockets of the relays in
the drive controller were all rusty after 15 years in my
garden and needed replacement. The personal computer used
tracking the Moon also started acting up. I replaced both in
Aug. During ARI Contest I worked on 70 cm
KA0RYT/0 for initial #246, JA5OVU, UR5LX, SM3AKW, G4ERG,
IK5QLO, DJ6MB and JH1EFA, and on 13 cm ZS6AXT (2304/2424).
results for the contest were 11 on 2 m, 10 on 70 cm and 1 on
13 cm. Back in July I worked IK5QLO #245 on 432.
Steve was able to be QRV during both Aug and Sept.
Although his contractor started as scheduled on 4 Aug, he
didn't have to remove his cables until after the Aug SW. In
Sept he temporarily ran the cables back into the house and
reattached all the connectors. He is planning a similar
temporary setup for the ARRL EME Contest, although he will
have to move all the equipment to another place in the house.
Steve removed his polarity rotor for repair and therefore did
not have polarity rotation in Sept. Since the EME bulletin
board is going away Steve will succumb to the 90's and get e-
mail at home. However he will use it mainly for activity
reports. Don't expect Steve to be responsive in answering e-
mails. At last count he had over 300 unread e-mails in his
work e-mail system. Steve has a comment for Paul, W4HHK on
the 432A power meter. If you can't zero the meter the problem
is usually the sensor (head). The thermistor can be
overloaded so its resistance changes but is not burned out.
Zero can be re-established by adjustment screws in the
thermistor mount. Although you may be able to get the meter
to zero, drift in the readings will be worse than a pristine
head since the measurement and reference thermistors will no
longer match. Stations worked in Aug were on 15 Aug K5WXN
partial, 16 Aug WD5AGO, G3HUL, W7CNK, KR5V, K5GW with an
extremely big signal, JA2TY, JA5OVU and KL7HFQ, on 12 Sept
W7QX, KA0RYT/0 for initial #535, JA5NNS, WA9FWD - very
strong, VK4AFL #536, JA3SGR, JA4BLC, JA2TY and N2IQU. Steve
found that he forgot to enter VK4KAZ in his initials
spreadsheet. His initials this year are #528 WE2Y, #529
DL5FN, #530 SV1BTR, #531 W7CNK, #532 KU3T, #533 UT3LL, #534
VK4KAZ, #535 KA0RYT/0 and #536 VK4FAL. 70 cm EME totals for
K1FO are #536 initials, 49 states and 75 DXCC.
Harry reports on his Sept 1296 activity -- I completed
on 7 Sept with W6HD and K9BCT/4, and on 13 Sept with DF9QX,
WA8WZG, and W7GBI. I also worked on 13 Sept SM4DHN, OE5JFL
and HB9BBD on random for a total of 7 initials. This brings
my initial count to #45 on 23 cm. I am QRV for additional
Jim (K3LFO) reports on the K8GP EME portable/Sept
contest station in WVA -- Unfortunately operation did not go
without a hitch! Out of all the skeds we only completed 2
(DL9KR and W1ZX). I did hear some of the others, but just
couldn't do better than (T) copy. The problem was operating
in a contest environment. We had constant front end overload
form all the 1500 w transmitters operating around us. The
solid state sequencer kept chattering the TR relays due to RF
getting into the control lines. TX power was down to 1200 w
due to a transverter failure and replacement. We had a high
noise level even when all the other stations were off. Upon
taking down of the antenna we found a connector had pulled
loose disconnecting half the array and thus reducing us to 4
antennas. I think this was the source of our noise as well.
The bottom line was that the EME part of our operation wasn't
too successful. We will be back next year with an all new
antennas and preamps. Thanks to all who ran with us and a
special thanks to Joe K1RQG. [And TNX to you for your
Ron writes -- I would 1st like to thank all who
gave us a 432 EME contact while we (KB0TZA, KB0MNK and myself)
were out in NB on 432 EME. Condx were very good, and my echoes
were always there except on Sunday (after aprox 1200). The
signals received had a lot of extra QSB and were a lot weaker
than earlier (echoes were still copiable). We were running
1.5 kw into a 4 x 24 el array, with a HB cavity preamp that
was running 0.24 dB NF. The following is a preliminary list
of stations worked: KB3PD, W0KJY, UR5LX, SM3AKW, W7CNK, N9AB,
PA3CSG, OK1KIR, DK3WG, DL9KR - he was very loud so I asked
Jan to go to SSB, OZ4MM, SM2CEW, W7QX, N4GJV, K0RZ, VE1ALQ,
W1ZX, K1FO, KD4LT, WA9FWD, JA5OVU, JA4BLC, DF3RU, OE5JFL,
G3SEK, G4RGK, UT3LL, EA3DXU, DL8OBU, K2UYH, WA4NJP and W7BBM
- extremely difficult contact. We did miss 2 repeat skeds on
Sunday due to the fact that rain was being forecast for that
afternoon (and rain it did!), so we started packing earlier
than planned. If ANY of these stations now want NB confirmed,
please send your QSL to my home address here in MN. (I QSL
100%). I do apologize for missing anyone on 432 EME from
there. There were 3 - 4 stations calling at times! I was the
only 432 operator and found staying alert/awake quite a
challenge at times. I hope to go portable again, and am
curious as to where (around MN) 432 EME operation is needed?
Marc's group came on for skeds during the Sept SW and
worked on 1296 K2UYH and K5JL.
He notes that at the time of
these QSOs the Moon is in a position where it is very close
to being blocked by a wall. When they finished with me about
1/3 of the dish was obstructed. When they finished with Jay
about half the dish surface was blocked. They were unable to
complete with VE1ALQ, who called me afterwards. Marc does not
expect to be active for the Oct SW as he will be in the US
for the Microwave Roundup Conference and hopes to visit NJ.
He reports that Dany, LU8EDR got a 5 m dish, with full EL-AZ
positioning. The antenna is completely disassembled, and
needs minor maintenance work, but is already at his house.
Hoppy's Sept 23 cm EME activity report follows -- I
worked on 12 Sept KB2AH, ZS6AXT, SM3AKW and
initial #128. I CWNR HA5SHF and had a near miss with K2UYH
due to QSB. My receive appeared to be intermittent so we
replaced the IF transceiver for the upcoming night. I QSO'd
on 13 Sept VE1ALQ, GW3XYW, OE5JFL, SM4DHN, OZ6OL, DJ9YW,
W7CS, and EA3UM. I did not work either 9H1ES and HA5SHF on
schedule but did hear another station sending me (O's) on the
sked frequency. I replaced the anode bypass capacitor on my
TH327, but this didn't resolve the problem. Power output
this weekend was only 250 w with the TH328 PA. I will be QRT
the next 8 weeks for medical treatment, but hope to be back
on for the Dec portion of the EME contest. There is a
possibility WA6KBL and myself can be QRV from his QTH with a
5 m dish and TH-327 PA in Dec. We plan to use this dish for
both 23 cm and 3 cm and the project is progressing quite
well. A SCR-584 radar mount will be used along with F1EHN's
tracking software for antenna control and pointing. Precision
position indicators have been obtained for both axis so we
are confident the antenna pointing accuracy will be adequate
for 3 cm operation.
Shawn writes -- I finally worked UR5LX
for initial #10
on 432. He had good signals with a lot of QSB. I completed at
0816 on 13 Sept. My thanks to Sergej for taking the time to
try this, over and over. I think this was our 5th attempt. I
heard quite a few other stations, but couldn't get anyones
attention. I heard part of KA0RYT's skeds but the QSB was
just killing his signal.
Ernst gives us a short description of his EME station
-- I am located at JN68sk and use a 13 m dish, f/D=0.5, with
switchable H/V pol for both 2 m and 70 cm. The whole antenna
is homebuilt with hydraulic elevation control and OE5JFL's
autotracking system. On 2 m and 70 cm I use a YL1050 PA with
good power. For 23 cm a IMU feedhorn, FHX35 Preamp and 12 w
RF from a module are working on the bench. I hope to be QRV
on 23 cm with 200 w in the ARRL EME Contest. My address is
(Ernst Harant, Wolfsedt 20, A- 4775 Taufkirchen P, AUSTRIA;
Tel ++43 7719 7756 and no e-mail).
Stig was motivated by the Paris Conference -- Back
home I have remounted the 432 feed system in the dish and
changed the Transco relays to HF400. With the same preamp I
see improvements in both CS/G and Sun noise. The Sept SW was
initial test, and the new feed looks good. I run a K2RIW PA
on 432 and see nearly 700 w at the feedpoint after 45 m of 1
5/8" feedline. I could only be on for 2 hours during this SW,
and worked on 432 on 12 Sept KA0RYT/0 (559/559) for initial
#158, SM2CEW (559/569), W7CNK (559/559) #159, K7XD (559/559),
UA4API (539/559) and W7QX (549/549). Concerning Ron,
KA0RYT's, expedition to Nebraska only one comment! If every 4
yagi station could put out a signal like Ron's, the band
would be very crowed! I found Ron's signal very constant. He
really did an outstanding job.
Jan's 3 cm system is progresses slowly -- I am still
working on my 10 GHz system. I am waiting for the chainwheel
to get the thing running in azimuth. Elevation is all ok and
so is the TX with up to 50 w out. I plan to install a 200 w
TWTA later. In the last EME NL W4HHK was lookiing for HP432A
schematic and guidance. I recently bought 2pcs HP432A and 1
pc HP432C including documentation and several heads. (BB up
to 10 Ghz and WG for 10/18Ghz.) I have these items for sale.
Jimmy was on 432 for all his 11 Sept skeds but blew
his LNA during his sked with G4RGK. He also discovered a
problem with his elevation actuator as he was taking the
antennas down. He thus had to cancel all his 12 Sept skeds.
Jimmy will be active again in Oct.
Sergej was active on 12/13 Sept for the ARI Contest.
He QSO'd 20 stations including KA0RTY/0 for WAS 40 and
initial #349, JA3SGR #350 (1 Yagi and 400 w) and N7LQ in NV
for WAS 41 and #351. Sergej now only needs KH6, KY, NM, ND,
RI, UT, VT, SD, WY to complete WAS. He hopes to be QRV on
1296 in 1999 and notes he received an FT736X from JA3JM. He
sends TNX to JA3JM and JA9BOH for their help in obtaining the
Valery is active on 432 using 4 x 27 el BV (OPTO-70)
yagis with open wire feedline, 400 w PA, 0.8 dB (3P320A-2)
LNA from KO80ac. He worked on 12 Sept at 0550 VE1ALQ
(549/549), 0630 K0RZ (539/549), 0650 KA0RYT/0 (549/539), 0702
N9AB (539/539), 2113 UR5LX (539/559), 2134 JA4BLC (O/549),
2233 JA5OVU (559/549) and 2359 DL9KR (559/569), and on 13
Sept 0441 N2IQU (439/549), 0732 SM2CEW (549/539), 0802
KA0RYT/0 (549/549), 0838 OE5EYM (539/569), and 0938 N4GJV
(549/549). Valery can be reached at e-mail:
Darrell writes -- It has been some time since I have
sent in a report. I really enjoyed the Conference in Paris.
Many thanks to all in France for a great job. Both my XYL and
myself were quite tired when we arrived in France because we
had been on a tour coach from England to Belgium,
Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland before arriving in
France, and then back to England Sunday morning - the
conference was on the wrong end of our trip, HI. I can now
apply faces to many of the Eur calls which is great, but feel
bad for not having an eye ball QSO with all who were there.
This was partly due to being in a different Hotel than any of
the conference attendees. I believe all conferences should be
4 to 5 days long with 2 days just for eye ball QSOs. The Sept
SW was quite enjoyable with 3 initials. On 70 cm I added
UT3LL, UA4API and KA0RYT/0
from EN02 for now a total of #159.
Conditions on 70 cm were a bit funny. W7CNK was vert, W7QX
was 45 deg CCW, N9AB was horizontal and most of Eur appeared
hor. I heard nothing out of Eur that was not hor. On 1296 I
had a partial with LU6DWI. No QRO due to window problems at
DWI's end. I also lost a tube in my 23 cm driver and replaced
it with a 7289 that had a bad water leak, I then replaced
that tube with one having very low on emission, but number 3
worked FB after the water was cleaned up. I though conditions
were quite good on both bands, but activity was rather low.
Perhaps a lot of us are waiting for the ARRL EME contest.
Willie was on 70 cm and QSO'd on 19 July at 1100 W7CNK
(559/559) for initial #278, 1130 K7XD (O/O) #279, breakfast
break, and 1300 KL7HQF (339/559) #280.
Willie heard many
stations off the Moon and would like a sked with GW3XYW.
Willie also still needs Kentucky for WAS 50 State, any ideas?
Willie, 2 months ago worked W5ZN #280 (ARK.) for his 48
State. He added on 12 Sept KA0RYT/0 (559/559) #281 in Neb
state 49, and on 13 Sept K8GP (O/O) #282. Willie has a 1296
MHz W2IMU horn just about ready to mount to listen on 1296,
but no amplifier at this time. Willie will not be QRV in the
1st weekend of the ARRL EME Contest, but will on for the Dec
weekend. Willie be in NH and Maine on Holiday.
Jerry had a good time during the Sept SW on 432 -- I
worked the following stations KA0RYT/0, OZ4MM, UR5LX, VE1ALQ,
OK1KIR, W7CNK, PY5ZBU, K1FO and JH4JLV. I also CWNR DL3EAG.
Heard were W1ZX (549), G4ERG (339) and an Italian station. I
also heard VK4AFL and K1FO in QSO. I worked VK4AFL on 8 Sept
and JA5OVU (559-559) on 9 Sept.
Tommy writes -- Just got the 23 cm station back
together. Rebuilt feed, updated my LNA (about 0.1 dB NF
lower than my last circuit), and went back to 2 2-tube 7289
amps phased at 90 deg. PA is working great. I hope to be on
the 1st night of the ARRL Contest doing demonstrations for
area young hams. The last station worked here was the French
EME group, which was through the trees with 100 w.
Ivo was disappointed by the turn out for the Italian
EME Contest -- I heard Italian stations on 23 and 13 cm
during the contest! My SW and Contest weekend was quite
upsetting. We had nice WX for weeks. Then on Friday it
started with overcast windy weather with occasional drizzle.
On Monday the Sun shining again and no wind! [Have you heard
of Murphy's Law?] I started on 13 cm to make a QSO with
JA4BLC just after 0200 on Saturday. Just before my YD1304 PA
was giving me well over 150 w and echoes were really good
(559). Then suddenly my HV PSU was not giving me any output!
Fuses OK, so quickly I pull the panel out and the 2
protective series resistors for the diodes were burned. Quick
replacement sorted this out and some 15 minutes later was
back on the air again. Fortunately Yoshiro was still there
and we made it with no problems (579/549). A few more CQs
with no response, so QSY to 23 cm. Echoes there like I never
heard before, but no stations. Two hours later I worked OZ4OL
and then HA5SHF. Another hour and DF4PV appeared with good
signals for initial #138. Another 30 minutes and OH2DG was
worked. More than hour later I worked W2UHI, KB2AH, SM3AKW,
K2YUH, N6BQ, W6HD #139 and PA3CSG on the horizon. No more Eur
stations! On Sunday early it started to drizzle with gusty
wind. But I worked JA6CZD, DF3RU, OH2DG and
HB9BBD. I then QSY'd to 13 cm. Called CQ there for a while,
then W5LUA appeared at 0650 with nice signal (579/569) and
suddenly my EL indication went haywire, probably water in it.
Despite that (I had to find the Moon by own echoes) I worked
WA8WZG (O/O). Further CQs did not bring anyone else, so back
to 23 cm and here I worked K5JL, GW3XYW and
CWNR G3LQR and heard VE1ALQ, W7CS, OE5JFL and few others, but
I was on the horizon according to my computer, EL indication
still didn't work. So 2 sleepless night brought only 17 QSOs
on 23 and 3 on 13 cm. There were also funny conditions at the
end of pass. I thought that I am off the Moon, since I had no
EL indication. But later I heard from others that it was so.
On our bulletin it was reported that there was a massive
solar flare during the early morning hours. So that explains
it. The absence of Italian stations of course in their
Contest is puzzling. It was the same last year. The Eur
stations were also scarce and the W stations came on bit
late, so I missed quite a few. I hope that the activity in
the ARRL Contest will be better!
Conditions did not seem to be particularly good. I
found signals to be watery on both 432 and 1296, and few
stations interested in exchanging grids for contest points,
but still I had a fine time during the Sept SW. I decided to
mount my 432 feed offset from my 1296 feed. This will allow
me to switch rapidly from 1296 to 432 and vice verse. I ran
this way several years ago, but always felt that my 432
performance was degraded a bit by not having the feed in the
center. At the time I did not want to lose even a tenth of a
dB on 432. But today with my 70 cm noise problems and limited
window, I will probably end up making more 70 cm contacts
with the offset as I will be on 70 cm more often. I tried to
be on 432 the 1st night of the SW, but had polarization
rotator problems. The rotator was intermittent. It would work
under every condition except when properly mounted with the
feed in place. I thought it was a wire or connector problem.
I thus operated 1296 on Saturday and worked on 12 Sept at
0723 N6BQ (559/339) - partial as Hoppy never got my report,
0730 KB2AH (57/55) on SSB, 0747 ZS6AXT (559/559), 0805 HA5SHF
(449/559), 0821 SM3AKW (55/56) on SSB, 0840 DF3RU (449/549),
0849 DL2FDK (559/549) for initial #157, 0859 NU7Z (549/549),
0925 W7CS (549/559) #158, 0955 OZ6OL (449/559) and 1005 W6HD
(449/559). The next day after much
frustration, I went to
Radio Shack and purchased a new rotator. This solved the pol
rotation problem! I also had preamp problem on 70 cm. After
fixing the rotator, I discovered my 432 preamp was dead. This
is what happens when you don't operate for several months. I
switched LNA and was finally QRV on 70 cm. I then easily
worked at 0830 KA0RYT/0 (559/559) and initial #596 - (Ron did
a great job!), followed by at 0850 K0RZ (DM79/FN20) and 0925
OE5EMY (559/559)... But I was still having problems - one of
the wires had caught and this caused the preamp to kick out
during pol rotation. I finally lost the preamp altogether and
at that point I gave up on 432 and switched to 1296 for QSOs
at 1053 EA3UM (559/559), 1100 VE1ALQ (559/579) and 1200 LU6DW
(O/O) on sked #159 and DXCC 38. I have now fixed the preamp
problem and should be in good shape on both 70 and 23 cm in
by G4RGK, David Dibley
DB6NT, Michael can now be reached at e-mail:
F5FST: should be QRV on 70 cm with 16 x 26 el KR yagis, 1600 w
PA, 0.3 dB NF LNA from (IN94SR). You can reach Michel at e-mail:
Frank, F5FST or Fax +33 556 86 85 84.
K1OR is temporarily QRT while he finds time to repair a dead
KU3T will not be available on 432 EME skeds for a while due to
heavy work load. Joe plans to dismantle the current array and
rebuild with 8 yagis.
NP4B is now QRT. Bob has taken down his dish and is moving to Los
Alamos, NM where he has taken a new position.
HP3XUG/KG6UH expects to be QRV on 432 for the Oct contest weekend.
W4HHK is still working on 24 GHz gear, no 13 cm activity to report.
W5ZN is QRV on 70 cm. His 5.7 GHz system is QRT for the time being.
Joel hopes to be back on the microwave bands by contest time.
W4TJ has not been on the radio in a while. His QRL is taking up a
lot of time. Bill does not think he will make the 1st leg of the
WF9X has acquired WA9FWD's old 432 system and working toward
getting the array, preamp and PA together. Ken hopes to be on
70 cm EME by the Oct contest weekend. His grid is EN53.
VE1ZJ has his dish fixed and hopes to be back on 23 cm by Oct.
VE4MA worked AA5C for initial #4 on 10 GHz.
F5KDK will QRV on 1296 in the ARRL EME Contest.
W0KJY worked KA0RYT/0 for initial #201 on 70 cm.
NU7Z worked 6 stations on 23 cm with 240w out. N2IQU and K2UYH had
watery sigs. PA3CSG, ZS6AXT and SM3AKW had good signals. W7CS and
OZ6OL were initials.
W7CS worked on 23 cm OH2DG, K2UYH, GW3XYW, OE5JFL, OZ6OL, K5JL,
HB9BBD and VE1ALQ, and heard SM3AKW and many others. Chuck
will be QRV in Oct.
CT1DMK hopes to have 5.7 GHz on by Oct.
W2UHI heard SM6IKY working N2IQU on 23cm, and CWNR.
K9BCT/4 heard N2IQU, K5JL and W2UHI on 23 cm. He also listened on 70
cm but heard nil.
K2DH is still down from his lightning strike but has made some progress. The dish drive is now going. Dave hopes to be QRV again on 23 cm in a month or so.
W7FN is still wrestling with receiver problems.
WA9FWD is putting up a new 12' dish for 23 cm.
DK3WG heard nil from K8GP in sked. Later he copied K7XD on sked, but very weak and no report was received.
DL9KR received signals from K8GP, but observed there seemed to be long time between T-R switching. VK4AFL and IN3AGI were new ones. Jan is up to initial #699. CT1WB would have been #700 but was not complete.
CT1WB is active on 432 with 8 x 21 el F9FT yagis with open wire feed
and 400-500 w from (IN51).
G4RGK worked KA0RYT/0 with big signal, but had high winds so Dave was not able to be on much.
worked VE1ALQ, JA5OVU and N2IQU but found 70 cm very quiet with little activity.
K0RZ was on 70 cm and worked 6 stations including IN3AGI for an initial. Bill heard nil from K8GP in their sked.
W7CNK had a great time on 70 in Sept. Many sigs were heard including DL9KR with KA0RYT/0 on SSB, but no luck with K8GP.
W7BBM heard nil from KA0RYT/0.
K3LFO will not be on EME for the rest of winter from home
due to tree blockage.
W7QX found a lot of activity on 70 cm during the Sept SW and QSO'd JA5OVU, DF3RU, SM3AKW and K0RZ. He notes that IN3AGI was not following procedure making QSOs difficult.
ON5OF is looking ideas and help planning a 3A2 EME expedition next year. [How can we help?]
UT5DL is still active on 70 cm EME and interested in skeds. Slava's new e-
mail address is UT5DL
PA3CSG worked KA0RYT/0 on 70 cm and DL2FDK on 23 cm. Both were initials. Geert needs a QSL from K5AZU and NM and KY for WAS. He heard nil from K8GP in
DD1XF has for sale TH 298 tubes.
You can reach Frank at e-mail:
Tom's 1296 WEB Page
W1ZX has for Sale: MFJ-784 Super DSP filter
$US150+shipping, HP 415A SWR
HP 415E SWR Meter-brown unit (later build unit)
Several Bird 43 Wattmeters (1)
$US190 with a new meter movement, (2) Bird 43 wattmeter,
fair condition (cracked/broken meter face-needs paint job) $US120 or best o
ffer + shipping,
Hewlett Packard 349A UHF Noise
Noise Com Noise Diodes NC305, glass package
$US33+shipping, flat package $US42+shipping.
Call Willie at 301 645 5584 between 1830-2300 EST, FAX 301 645 6853, 24 hrs,
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 203-421-3377.
NU7Z he is looking for HP audio generator.
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 details see Tom's 1296 WEB page at:
for more details and pricing info e-mail:
phone 908-223-5067, FAX 908-223-0901 (24 hrs) or voice 908-
JA4BLC notes the following correction to the
diagram in his technical article in the Aug NL. The relation
between L1, L2 and L3 given as CASE1 and CASE2 is not
correct. It should be in both cases L2 = (N-
0.25)*wavelength+L3-L1 where N is an integer. (Yoshiro thanks
I5TDJ for pointing out this mistake.)
This has been another one of those months. I had to be
out of town this weekend and returned late on Sunday night.
Thus this NL is another rush job. Please excuse the mistakes
due to lake of sleep and lack of time.
* There are no skeds this month because of the ARRL EME
* IK5OLQ asks all of us to PSE NOT FORGET to SEND in your
Italian EME Contest logs. Logs can be sent via e-mail to
or . There are
many beautifully designed awards.
* Alberto, I2PHD, suggests we check his home page:
I2PHD and IK2CZL with HAMVIEW
Mirror site for HAMVIEW.
where you can find his program HAMVIEW, co-authored with IK2CZL, which is meant
for EME use. This program functionally similar to the excellent DSP program
FFTDSP by AF9Y, but it is free, and has some extra features. Similar to FFTDSP,
it is a real-time filtering program for CW signals which uses the Sound
Blaster in full-duplex mode, an IIR CW filter and an LMS "denoiser". I have
not had a chance to experiment with HAMVIEW yet,but it sounds very interesting.
* In additions to the EME Microwave Contest rules shown at the end of this
NL W5LUA reminds us that the Nov weekend contacts do not count for the ARRL
Contest. Please submit scores to Al, W5LUA. Do NOT contact ARRL for info,
* Please keep the news and technical information coming. I hope to work you
all in the contest!
73, Al - K2UYH
Graphics section will follow, please return..
Preliminary set of rules for
First Annual Microwave EME Contest
Due to the increase in the number of amateur bands where EME is used, it
has become increasingly difficult to operate all bands during the EME
contests. Typically a multi-band station will utilize the bands where the
operator expects the highest number of QSOs. EME activity on 2304 MHz and
higher generally suffers due to the rather low number of active stations
and the limited amount of operating time available.
Based on comments from amateurs worldwide it appeared that there was support
of a "microwave only" EME contest. Earlier in the year, WA8WZG, W5ZN,
and myself, W5LUA discussed the possibility of the ARRL sponsoring either
a separate microwave EME contest or creating special categories for
microwave EME within the structure of the annual EME contest. With Joel's
(W5ZN) involvement and influence in the ARRL we managed to get their
attention. Since there is a Region 1 scheduling conflict this year, the usual
ARRL EME Contest is being held the weekends of October 10-11 and December 5-6,
1998. The rules of which are listed in the September 1998 QST, page 102. We
were not able to supply the ARRL with enough information soon enough regarding
the structure of the microwave EME contest. As a result, the ARRL is sponsoring
"a non-competitive microwave EME weekend to be held November 7-8, 1998". After
further discussions with Joel W5ZN of the ARRL, it has been decided to try to
organize the event into being the first competitive Annual Microwave EME
Contest. W5ZN, WA8WZG and myself propose the following set of rules. WA8WZG
and KD4LT have already offered to sponsor the awards and plaques. These rules
are preliminary. Constructive comments are appreciated.
The Microwave EME weekend will promote EME activity on every amateur band
at 2304 MHz and higher. Although the QST column suggested microwave start
at 1296 MHz, it was suggested by the consensus of attendees at the 1998
Paris EME conference that the microwave contest should only include the
microwave bands at 2304 MHz and higher. Individual band awards will be
issued for each single band including 2300 MHz (13 cm), 3400 MHz (9 cm),
5700 MHz (6 cm), and 10300 MHz (3 cm). Multi-band awards will also be given
for best overall score on all bands 2304 MHz and higher.
Initially the microwave EME contest will be held in November 1998. As other
amateurs have indicated, there may be a more optimum time of year for the
contest based on weather, etc. The important factor is that if we want the
ARRL to support a microwave EME contest, then we should start by taking
advantage of the opportunity that the ARRL has given us.
We must participate and submit logs and make our suggestions for improving
the contest next year.
Two way communications via earth-moon-earth (EME) on any
authorized mode on each amateur radio band at 2304 MHz and higher.
2.Date and Contest Period:
Two full 24 hour UTC periods on November 7 and 8, 1998. In order to
maximize the number of QSOs per band it is suggested that 13 cm be the
primary band on November 7 with 3 cm being the primary band on November
8. Both 9 and 6 cm are best handled by coordinating activity windows
between active stations. A suggestion made by ZS6AXT is to have 9 cm
also on November 7 and 6 cm on November 8. Any other thoughts?
Single Operator: One person performs all operating and logging
functions, equipment adjustment and antenna alignment.
Multi-Operator: Two or more persons participating at the same location.
Commercial Equipment: Stations using equipment that is not amateur owned
will have their scores listed separately.
A valid contact consists of receiving both call signs and reports and
confirmation of both call sign and report. Partial or incomplete QSOs do
not count. Stations may be worked only once per band for credit.
QSO points: Count 100 points for each complete EME QSO on 13 cm and 3 cm.
Count 200 points for each complete EME QSO on 6 cm and 300 points for each
completed EME QSO on 9 cm.
Multiplier: Each U.S. and Canadian call area, plus each DXCC country (not
US/Canada) worked via EME on each band.
Final Score: Single band entry score is determined by multiplying QSO points
on a particular band by the sum of multipliers worked on the same band.
Multi-band entry score is determined by multiplying the total QSO points
for all bands by the sum of multipliers worked on all bands.
Fixed or portable operation is permitted. Stations operating outside
traditional call areas must indicate so, identifying the call area of
the operating site.
Contacts may be made on CW or SSB. Only one signal per band is permitted.
A transmitter, receiver or antenna used to contact one or more stations
under one call sign may not be used subsequently under any other callsign
during the contest, except for family stations where more than one call
has been issued, and then only if the second call sign is used by a
Entries must be postmarked no later than 30 days after the close of the
contest and must include complete log data and a summary sheet. The
summary sheet should show a band by band breakdown of QSOs and multipliers.
For at least the first year of the microwave EME contest, the contest entries
should not be sent to the ARRL but rather sent to W5LUA
2306 Forest Grove Estates Rd.
Allen, Texas 75002
Entries can also be emailed to W5LUA. The emailaddress is:
Al Ward W5LUA
Certificates/Awards will be issued to the top three stations worldwide
on each single band and multi-band for both single operator and multi-operator.
Additional awards will be issued where significant effort and/or competition
Al Ward W5LUA
Joel Harrison W5ZN
Tom Whitted WA8WZG
1998 September 26,
This information was obtained from: Scott, KD4LT