[HSMS] GEMINIDS?To: email@example.com From: Steve Harrison Subject: Re: [HSMS] Geminids? Cc: Andrew Flowers K0SM At 03:20 AM 11/18/97 +0000, Andy K0SM wrote: I'm curious what people's experiences have been with the Giminids shower. It appears to be the next major shower on the list with ZHR over 100. I also see the the meteors are generally slower at 34 km/s. Is this too slow for good 2m propagation and would this be a good time to try some longer HSMS skeds? Despite the slow speed, this is the only shower during which I've completed a 432 MS sked! It's a good shower spread over a week or so and lots of fun for snow-bound, stir-crazy V/UHFers, very similar to the Perseids but with more long burns in my experience. It's particularly interesting since it sometimes coincides with the winter 2m sporadic-E season, often appearing to stimulate short-lived but long-distance Es (sometimes double-hop) on both 6 and 2. Lack of activity usually does not do it justice; if the same amount of activity put into the Perseids were instead channelled into the Geminids, I'm sure a lot more Qs would result than do during the Perseids. The reason it's not as popular is because it also occurs during the holiday season with HF contests on each side, sometimes simultaneously when the peak comes on a weekend. Well worth planning and making a major effort for, in my opinion. Daily skeds really bring out the best in the Geminids. 73, Steve Ko0U/1 "Life's too short to waste with voice modes!"
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