Have You Got What It Takes To Be A Ping-King ?

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Meteor Scatter Operating Test
Have You Got What It Takes To Be A Ping-King ?


Take a test and check your score to see how much you know
for Meteor Scatter operating and procedures.
Exam instructions :

- Select one (yes, just one) answer for each of the questions or leave the question open.
  You know, not all the questions have a right answer.
- Make a circle around the letter.
  (If you do suffer from dementia and just do not remember what a circle is,
  please consult your keyboard between letters I and P).

01.  Meteor Scatter (MS) is :

A.   a scattering phenomenon that occurs when meteors hit the ground
B.   meteors ionizing the night sky causing spectacular displays in northern
      hemisphere, sometimes also called Northern Lights
C.   Perseids
D.   phenomenom where radio contacts are made using ionized trails of meteors
      coming to earth's athmosphere
02.  You keep MS-contacts :

A.   in VHF frequencies, mainly
B.   but never ever admit it publicly to your non-amateur friends
C.   over the internet
D.   with High Speed CW only
03.  In MS-SSB contact you speak into microphone :

A.   very fast
B.   clear, using alphabetical names, (like Delta, Lima, Sugar, King, . . .)
C.   as loud as you can (without waking up the kids)
      and using full voice processing
D.   using alphabets (like d, l, s, k)
04.  WSJT is :

A.   a mode
B.   a program
C.   a protocol
D.   something I don't use cause it is not right to use computers in QSOs
05.  FSK441 is :

A.   900% more efficient than 1000lpm HSCW
B.   100% more efficient than 1000lpm HSCW
C.   somewhat more efficient than 1000lpm HSCW
D.   not as efficient as 1000lpm HSCW
06.  HSCW is :

A.   an old mode of transmission that was banned in the last meeting of IARU
B.   the only real meteorscatter mode
C.   CW with speeds of hundreds or thousands of letters per minute
D.   only done when /M in a highway (very common in Germany)
07.  144370.0 is :

A.   THE frequency for FSK441 QSOs
B.   center frequency of activity for FSK441
C.   reserved for my use
D.   meant for Non-EU stations to keep QSOs with EU stations
08.  When you transmit, you use :

A.   first period, if you are located east of Austria
B.   second period, if you are operating from DL
C.   third period, if your antenna points to 135°
D.   all periods, if you do only single-burst SSB contacts
09.  To complete the contact, you

A.   send RRRRRRCALL
B.   send 737373CALL
C.   put a spot with R-reports on cluster
D.   start calling CQ
10.  The signal report R73R73 means

A.   nothing
B.   all roger, thanks for QSO
C.   all roger but your signal just broke my preamp in a very short and strong ping
D.   I don't know either
11.  When YO-station calls CQ 360, he means

A.   I am listening on 144360.0
B.   CQ, all stations to direction 360° (e.g. Sweden)
C.   I have 360Watts TX power
D.   I have never heard that kind of calling
12.  If you have not heard the other end for 5 minutes, you

A.   start calling CQ again
B.   change frequency and call CQ
C.   ask in cluster if the other end hears you
D.   check the antenna direction and continue for another 5-15 minutes
13.  If you feel fatique after staying up long working MS, you

A.   open a beer bottle
B.   open another beer bottle
C.   check to see if there still is any beer left
D.   who cares about beer while there still is some vodka
14.  After the peak of a big shower, you

A.   close your rig and go to bed thinking : that was it
B.   listen if there still is life after the peak
C.   close the station and open it only when there will be next big shower
D.   open the rig next day to see if there is any random meteors
15.  You send QSL :

A.   For all the QSOs
B.   For all new calls
C.   For all who send you one
D.   Forget it
RESULTS
answers :

00 - 02 : You've never done any real MS, and most probably will never do
03 - 06 : Beginners level. Please consult www.meteorscatter.net or other
             web pages for more information
07 - 10 : You are showing promise, but still need some practising
10 - 14 : You know the basics, though no-one guarantees that what
              you know is right
         15 : Yes, we already know you. You are one of us !
      16+ : You should check the rules and the questions
              to see if something went wrong.
©Hannu Forsström,   -   Aug 2003


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