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PREWORDMy VHF activities have started in 1971, when together with OK1MWI we builded up the first 2m transceiver. The area where we lived gave us very nice opportunity for contesting and DXing as there is a lot of suitable places with a good takeoff at the attitude around 600 m asl and more.
My first station was very simple, home brew TRX with about 4 W output and portable 6 el Yagi (designed by OK1KRC). Couple years later I purchased my first YAESU FT 290 R, builded PA with 4CX250 and new antenna - a 15 el "CUE DEE". The equipment was good enough not only for contesting from my home QTH but also for Aurora and Es opennings. I've spent many hours chasing squares and countries from my new QTH (I moved from JO80CG into JO70WE).
METEOR SCATTERINGIn early 1981 are dated my first steps in MS (meteor scattering). Before I could start I builded up a power amplifier (the first one was with GU29 tube), memory keyer and make a speed regulation in my old tape recorder. My first MS sked is dated Dec 9th 1981 with UR2GZ. Even the QSO was not complete I still remember my exciting when I heard and replayed first strong burst. Very soon I developed the interesting way how to improve my DXCC score as well as the number of worked squares.
Since the time I've provided maybe 700 MS qso's, mostly on CW with some very rare countries and expeditions.
My MS activity in 2001TA1ZK/0 (July 25, KM39) SV/DH7FB (July 31, KN09 / random), ES2QM/8 (Aug 1, KO18), YZ7MON (Aug 10, JN93), RK3AF (Aug 10, KO75), SM3VAC (Aug 11, JP83), OH9SCL (Aug 12, KP46), RW3TU (Aug 12, LO25)- new ODX 1974 km, LA8KV/p (Aug 12, JP62). Another meteor shower I was present were LEONIDS. During few hours I worked 24 stations, mostly from F, G, OH, EA, UA1, ON, SM, but no any new sqare. All QSOs were on Random SSB around 144.200 MHz.
I am always interested in MS sked, doesn't matter if CW or SSB
Now I am fully QRV for WSJT skeds as well !
UP TO DATE INFOIn the time being the meteorscattering requires a bit more than in the ancient time. If the maximum speed in late 80's was 1000 lpm and old tape recorder with regulation allowed slow down the CW to 150 lpm, many stations using the speed 2000 or 3000 lpm exploating 9A4GL or OH5IY software on very fast computers.
I am QRV from two squares right now.
JO70we - my home QTH (mostly during work days),
JO80ch - portable QTH (weekends)
My activity in 2002Last year was typical by very wide spread of the WSJT - the software which makes the MS much more easy but by my point of view it is degradation of the clasic "high speed CW" QSO. One could adjust the right time, set up the callsign of the counterpoint station and leave the shack. The only necessity is to read the screen from time to time and make change on the transmitting messages.
Unfortunately, I had no luck and didn´t caught any Es opening, only two Aurora-openings which I spent mostly on 6 m band.
Perseids 2002 only 1 QSO - LY2BIL - during testing WSJT software.
Leonids 2002 Total 8 completed random QSOs - two new squares ( OH8K and YM3XC).Most of the time I spent on 6 m - 41 complete QSOs.
Geminids 2002 Only 1 QSO with GW3LEW on WSJT.
Contests in 2002 As usual I took part only in MMC (A1 contest) resulting in 110 QSOs and 34 470 pts.
My activity in 2003This year as a main goal was set to improve my post in the Czech VHF ladder - due to I decided to take part i as many contests as possible. Still I was able to attend all Subregional Contest with results as follows :
1.Subregional 209 QSOs 37.634 pts
2.Subregional 188 QSOs 42.470 pts
3.Subregional 137 QSOs 43.645 pts
It seems the number of QSo decreases but the points value increases. Is need to say since 2.sub I am contesting also on 70 cm band and it takes also a piece of time.
This year were funny props on 2 m via Sporadic E. I had luck three times and the openings brought me 14 new squares.