Subject: NET NOTES NOV 30 2002
From:     K1RQG 
         

     Most recent Schedules can be found here 

    Also submit your sked requests to Joe:

     Joe, K1RQG 


NET BEGINS
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***     PDF VERSION OF 2003 LUNAR CALENDAR NOW AVAILABLE ON DUBUS WEB SITE      ***
***     STILL ACCEPTING SKED REQUEST FOR THE DECEMBER 21/22 WEKEND..            ***
***     SKED FOR K9SLQ   K9SLQ/G4RGK  432.030 1130Z ON SUNDAY DECEMBER 1        ***
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Al, K2UYH, editor of the 432 & Above News Letter, reminds all that the
NL is available via e-mail and the internet. You can get the NL in .pdf
or .doc format from KD4LT and also it is on the PA0ZN web site. Back
issues of the NL are also stored at PA0ZN site. 

Current and back issues of the 432 & above News Letter by K2UYH
can be found at the PA0ZN web site. This is the direct link to 
the site. Please copy and save to your favorites.
http://www.nitehawk.com/rasmit/em70cm.html
Request your electronic mail of the NL in .pdf or .doc from KD4LT.

Latest skeds will always be on DL4EBY web page. You can find
links at the PA0ZN page through the 432 & Above EME NET NOTES.

This is a direct link to the latest skeds. Copy and save it to
your favorites.
http://www.dl4eby.de/ltskd.htm

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Subj:    
Date:   11/24/02 6:17:58 PM Eastern Standard Time
From:   k9slq@parlorcity.com (K9SLQ Wayne)
To:     K1rqg@aol.com (K1RQG  Joe)

HI JOE
 
Will you please add this message to the next net-news
 
432 Moonbeamers
 
I throw this report on the table because sometimes it helps others to
share bad along with the good.  Like Bob Dole,  I think I have EME
dysfunction seemingly unable to get it up during a contest weekend.
 
This is my 2nd ARRL test and here I sit with twice the antenna,  500
watts more power and ten times better receiver and only made 3 contacts
last night.  Last year 19 contacts and now find myself with only 9 going
into the 4th and final day of operation.   PS    K9SLQ ended with a
pitiful 15 contact total
 
On a more pleasant note I would also like to announce that next summer I
will also be joining the 1296 ranks as K9ZZH Dick has generously given
me his 5.5m Dish antenna system.  It was delivered during the night and
my wife has not noticed it stacked behind my shack yet so I am still
alive to publicly thank him.  Also W9IIX Doug who helped arrange the
exchange I offer my thanks for his assistance. 
 
 
Wayne  K9SLQ    EN7Økk  7Ø cm    1.5 KW    16 FO-22   
 
 http://www.parlorcity.com/k9slq
 
k9slq@parlorcity.com
 
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Subj:    EME Contest 2002
Date:   11/25/02 1:11:23 AM Eastern Standard Time
From:   tikaluna@ycs.com.au (Doug McArthur)
To:     alkatz@tcnj.edu, K1rqg@aol.com (K1rqg@aol.com), DL7APV@t-online.de

Hi Al, Joe & Bernd
As you are aware we are safe and sound at home although the snake 
population seemed to move in while we were away. The current score there is 
Doug 7 (6 tigers and a brown) snakes 1 (a black .. I was too slow). Not 
very pleasant as all have the potential to kill or make you very sick. 
Anyway we are thinning them out one by one even though summer has not quite 
arrived.

The contest was a lot of fun (as always) and as many have reported` the 
first half was dominated by limited activity due to the Wx. I was fortunate 
Wx wise, apart from being in the mid 30'c, we had no wind to contend with. 
The second half saw quite an improvement in activity and I managed to work 
2 new ones. The solar activity created some of the worst libration fading I 
have heard where signals below a certain level were impossible to copy. 
They sounded like very high speed CW and totally (for me) in 
comprehendible. Persistence was the order of the day waiting for signals to 
peak. I complement many guys who persisted with me for 20 minutes or so 
before I finally copied the call. I have never sent so many "Y"s in ages 
but I don't think I missed anyone.

My final score was 58 by 30 which was down on previous years but reflects 
activity levels due to Wx. There were a noticeable number of "regulars" 
that did not make it on this year which was a shame.

Finally I would like to add my complements to the Prague boys (and girls) 
who did such a great job. It was a brilliant Conference and my only regret 
was there was insufficient time to spend with all the "gang". Having it all 
under the one roof is the only way to go and hopefully this is considered 
most seriously for future conferences. Bev and I enjoyed our trip immensely 
and the time we spent with Jan and Graham (F5VHX), Peter and Boel (SM2CEW) 
and Carol and Jay (K5JL) are treasured memories never to be forgotten.
No ... I will not be on 23 this November !!! wishful thinking by some one I 
won't name! But now that the contest is over I will spend some quality time 
getting it all put together. This is of course is "farm/xyl" dependant ... 
I will get there!
73 Doug (VK3UM)

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Subj:    EME net notes
Date:   11/26/02 12:37:41 PM Eastern Standard Time
From:   dl7uda@t-online.de (dl7uda@t-online.de)
To:     K1RQG@aol.com

Hi Joe,

I am new on 70cm EME since end of september. wkd DL9KR, HB9Q, OH2PO, K1FO, 
SM2CEW and DJ5NV. Only qrv in contests and SW because my EME qth in JO62UU is 
about 80 km from home JO62TK.

My stn:  IC475H + GS35B PA 750 W  1 dB feedloss in 4x 21 el yagi DK7ZB
         preamp MGF1302 0.5 dB NF  audiofilter 200Hz

Interestet in skeds on 21/22 dec. (21.  1800 UT - 22.  0800 UT), takeoff ca. 15 
- 65 degrees

My email:  DL7UDA@t-online.de  but neither internet nor packet cluster in 
JO62UU.

Also interestet to receive the net notes via email.

        best 73  Dietmar  DL7UDA

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Subj:    WA6PY-second part of the contest
Date:   11/26/02 4:12:12 PM Eastern Standard Time
From:   pchominski@mobilian.com (Paul Chominski)
To:     a.katz@ieee.org
CC:     k1rqg@aol.com

Hi Al and Joe,

WA6PY: on Nov 23 I spent some time on 13 cm. QSOd  OZ4MM  F2TU  W5LUA, I did not 
heard G3LTF or JA4BLC. Performance of my RX system is down on 2320 and 2424 due to 
the bad high signal performance. 2424 is completely jammed now. Even on 2320 I 
have some extra noise but 2304 is clean. On Nov 24 I switched back to 1296 and worked 
PA3CSG  DF4PV  - libration was so bad that I gave 459 report  N7AM  JH5LUZ  JA6AHB. 
I was periodically checking 432 with dual dipole - dual polarization feed as an 
antenna. I heard OH2PO  HB9Q  K1FO and DL9KR who was definitely the strongest. I've 
got attention only from DL9KR. I heard Jan on horizontal polarization and called him 
few times. When I switched my TX to vertical polarization, I've got immediately 
response. This QSO gave me fourth band in the contest, I was also on 144 MHz.
I ended contest with:  144-9x11, 432-1x1, 1296-19x29, 2304-3x3.  I hope to have 
bigger antennas for the next year.

VY 73 Paul WA6PY

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Subj:    Re: 2003 EME calendar, and rules for 2003 EME contest
Date:   10/9/02 6:57:24 AM Eastern Daylight Time
From:   G3SEK@ifwtech.co.uk (Ian White)
Reply-to:       g3sek@ifwtech.co.uk (Ian White)
To:     DL7APV@t-online.de (Bernd Wilde)
CC:     k1rqg@aol.com, f6hye@ref-union.org

Hello Bernd

>I´ll agree with the contest changes and will publish it in DUBUS issue 3/2002.
>
There are some proposed changes - see the second e-mail.


>To get the dates fixed here the list of Sked weekends:
>18 / 19  Jan
>15 / 16  Feb
>15 / 16  Mar      REF 432 & 2.3-5.7GHz
>12 / 13  Apr      REF 2m 1296 & 10Ghz
>10 / 11  May
>7 / 8  Jun
>5 / 6  Jul
>23 / 24  Aug
>20 / 21  Sep
>18 / 19  Oct      ARRL I proposal
>15 / 16  Nov      ARRL II proposal
>13 / 14  Dec
>

K2UYH arranges the sked weekends, so we should only make suggestions. I 
will forward this to him.


-- 
73 from Ian G3SEK

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  EME Weekend Calendar 2003

                                by G3SEK

Thanks to Ian, G3SEK for making this information available. 

There's also a downloadable pdf version

At 2400h Sat
/ 0000h Sun     Decl °  Sigs dB Sun Offset ° Sky T° 432MHz Comments 
4 / 5 Jan       -21.9   -0.2            27      24      Moon in south. 
11 / 12 Jan     11.3    -0.9            106     24      Day(PM).Apogee. 
18 / 19 Jan     23.1    0.2             -172    14      Night. 
25 / 26 Jan     -14.1   0.9             -82     26      Moon in south. 
1 / 2 Feb       -19.6   -0.3            8       20      Moon in south. 
8 / 9 Feb       14.5    -0.9            85      24      Day(PM).Apogee. 
15 / 16 Feb     21.1    0.3             166     12      Night. 
22 / 23 Feb     -18.2   0.9              -99    29      Moon in south. 
1 / 2 Mar       -16.8   -0.4            -14     17      Moon in south. 
8 / 9 Mar       17.6    -0.9            65      24      Day(PM).Apogee. 
15 / 16 Mar     18.9    0.4             147     13      Night. 
22 / 23 Mar     -21.4   0.9             -117    66      Moon in south. 
29 / 30 Mar     -13.5   -0.5            -32     17      Moon in south. 
5 / 6 Apr       20.5    -0.8            45      24      Day(PM).Apogee. 
12 / 13 Apr     16.3    0.4             127     14      Night. 
19 / 20 Apr     -23.8   0.8             -135    66      Moon in south. 
26 / 27 Apr     -9.8    -0.5            -50     19      Moon in south. 
3 / 4 May       22.9    -0.8            27      29      Sun noise. 
10 / 11 May     13.1    0.5             109     14      Day(PM). 
17 / 18 May     -25.3   0.8             -154    166     Moon in south. 
24 / 25 May     -6      -0.6            -68     19      Moon in south. 
31 May / 1 Jun  24.8    -0.7            9       35      Sun noise. 
7 / 8 Jun       9       0.6             92      15      Day(PM). 
14 / 15 Jun     -26.2   0.7             -172    149     Moon in south. 
21 / 22 Jun     -2.1    -0.7            -86     20      Moon in south. 
28 / 29 Jun     25.9    -0.7            -9      35      Sun noise. 
5 / 6 Jul       4.4     0.7             76      21      Day(PM). 
12 / 13 Jul     -26.4   0.6             169     149     Moon in south. 
19 / 20 Jul     1.7     -0.7            -104    19      Day(AM).Apogee. 
26 / 27 Jul     26.5    -0.6            -27     29      Sun noise. 
2 / 3 Aug       -0.6    0.8             60      20      Moon in south. 
9 / 10 Aug      -26.1   0.5             151     41      Moon in south. 
16 / 17 Aug     5.4     -0.8            -123    20      Night.Apogee. 
23 / 24 Aug     26.5    -0.5            -46     20      Day(AM).Apogee. 
30 / 31 Aug     -5.4    0.8             43      20      Moon in south. 
6 / 7 Sep       -24.9   0.4             135     24      Moon in south. 
13 / 14 Sep     9.1     -0.8            -142    20      Night.Apogee. 
20 / 21 Sep     25.9    -0.5            -65     20      Day(AM). 
27 / 28 Sep     -9.7    0.9             26      20      Moon in south. 
4 / 5 Oct       -22.9   0.3             118     24      Moon in south. 
11 / 12 Oct     12.7    -0.9            -161    24      Night.Apogee. 
18 / 19 Oct     24.8    -0.4            -85     14      Day(AM). 
25 / 26 Oct     -13.3   0.9             6       26      Moon in south. 
1 / 2 Nov       -20     0.2             100     18      Moon in south. 
8 / 9 Nov       16.1    -0.9            179     24      Night.Apogee. 
15 / 16 Nov     22.9    -0.3            -104    14      Day(AM). 
22 / 23 Nov     -16.5   0.9             -14     26      Moon in south. 
29 / 30 Nov     -16.8   0.1             81      17      Moon in south. 
6 / 7 Dec       19.2    -0.9            160     24      Night.Apogee. 
13 / 14 Dec     20.2    -0.2            -123    12      Night. 
20 / 21 Dec     -19.5   1               -34     29      Moon in south. 
27 / 28 Dec     -13.4   0               61      17      Moon in south. 

Sun Offset vs Time of Day for Visible Moon

 -180°     -120°       -30°        0°      +30°       +120°        +180°   
   Night        Day(AM)         Sun Noise       Day (PM)        Night   

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Subj:    ARRL contest at SM3BYA (432 MHz)
Date:   11/30/02 8:27:28 AM Eastern Standard Time
From:   gudmund.wannberg@telia.com (Gudmund Wannberg)
To:     K1RQG@aol.com

Hi all on the net,

The ARRL contest at SM3BYA this year was pretty much a disaster. First leg
got spoiled by the wife having to work overtime so we didn't get to the farm 
until late Saturday night. The first thing we found there was a water leak in 
the bathroom that took all evening Saturday to fix. After that was so beat I only 
managed to work a few QSOs before sacking in.

After the contest on Nov. 2 worked PA4FP on sked with excellent sigs for a
new initial.

Second leg was wiped out by a sudden weather change bringing freezing rain.
Friday p.m. Nov. 22 checked out the rig. VSWR at TX was 1.1, Pout 850 W and
everything else working just fine. Got to bed early, set the alarm for 0200
UT.

Sat. Nov. 23: Got up at 0200. At rig 0300. Outdoor temperature - 4 C.
Tuned the band, heard only DL9KR with a weak, watery signal. Antenna pattern
all screwed up, about 40 degrees wide between -3 dB points. Powered up the
TX, hit the key and the screen current meters on the K2RIW went off scale !
Looking out the front door, trying to see the the antennas got me soaking wet 
in no time at all - heavy supercooled rain !

Everything had iced up overnight. The tower was encased in 5 mm thick clear
ice. No way to tell how much there was on the antennas, but the VSWR at TX was
3.0. Backed off the drive until the screen currents were down to 20 mA each. At
that point had 250 W going up the line and 65 W coming down. With something like 
120 watts effectively going into the array I eventually managed to raise DL9KR, 
who had great trouble picking out my call.  DJ5NV was barely copyable and CWNR 
for a little while. Gave up at that point.

The rain continued to fall all Saturday and there was more ice forming all
the time. Sunday morning had to leave for my business trip, but understand it
rained until late Monday. Considering myself lucky not to have lost the antennas.
On Tuesday the temperature went up to + 4 C and all the ice came off in a few 
hours. Shades of Murphy...

Grand total for both weekends was a puny 10 QSOs (1 dupe). Pleased to work
HB9JAW for a new initial. Will be back at the farm for Xmas / New Year's
holidays and plan to be QRV Dec. 26 / 27 / 28 if someone wants to try. Pse 
email me at sm2bya@telia.com if you want a sked.

73
Gudmund SM2BYA / SM3BYA


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W2UHI:  winter is here.. Lake effect snow expected today.. about 12" .. was playing
        again with system.. DEM 2 meter xvtr has lower noise figure than old SSB
        xvtr, and did reduce the signal into 144/28 xvtr (DEM) and it appears that
        there is a slight improvemnet in Sun Noise as well as signal quality.. 

WD5AGO: not much going on.. working on LNAs and converters .. did take down 222mhz
        array.. made 1 222 contact on EME.. 

K0RZ:   looking for contact info on YU1EV.. 

W5LUA:  not much going on.. Thanksgiving activities took precedence..

K9SLQ:  thanks to K9ZZH for dish for 23cm.. and tnx to W9IIX .. 

K5JL:   some tests with 2 stage preamps showed that if you reduce gain up to 6db out
        of preamp, there is no significant degradation, but over 6 db attenuation, 
        yields higher noise figure.. did get preamp off to ZL1KA.. Jay not getting
        email yet from Brent.. 

W6FOG/MM: Neil.. been on DXepedition to Carribean.. 23cm project is progressing
        slowly.. hopes to be testing in a month or so.. 

G4RGK:  was on last Sunday after net.. still looking for K9SLQ & K4EME.. can be on
        from 0900z to 1220z on Sunday..                        *********
        K9SLQ/G4RGK  432.030 1130Z 

F5VHX:  playing with new Agilent MMIC.. very impressed.. seeing a 1.3db nf on 2.3ghz
        just with MMIC.. 

SM2CEW: was on 23cm this morning.. ZS6AXT worked and heard DL8OBU calling Ivo.. 

G3LTF:  available on 70cm, 23cm, & 13cm.. good time in contest.. 

RA4AOR: working on 70cm array.. hopes to be QRV by January or February on 70cm.. 
        12x 6meter BV LN29la..

SM7BAE: tomorrow.. sked confirmed.. 

K2DH:   not much going on .. just listening.. 

WA4NJP: not much going on.. will change from 222mhz back to 432mhz EME.. anyone 
        wanting to try 222mhz .. just give Ray a call.. 

VE4MA:  may get on Dec weekend on 24ghz.. looking for 24ghz activity from other 
        stations.. 

W4TJ:   hi to all.. 

W1ZX:   looking for skeds on 23cm.. 

W9IIX/M: running new FT-100D.. just checking it out.. listening on 23cm occasionally..
        check web site for K9ZZH equipment that is still available.. IC-1275 and
        2c39 amp still available.. 

WA0WPJ: Craig. just added DSP for 2 & 432.. did not buy TS-2000.. will use the IC-746.. 
        
KA0Y:   not much.. 23cm feed in dish

K8PSM:   Jim .. 

F6KHM:  no traffic.. working on 23cm amplifier for a month.. getting 700w out with
        TH-313.. 80w drive.. 4000kv .. hopes to get more power in future.. 12 QSO
        second part of contest.. bad wx.. 

CT1DMK: nothing going on.. 10ghz is still active.. 

WD5AGO: looking for Dec activity on 5.7ghz.. 

W3EME:  2 METER NET

KB8RQ:  2 METER NET

W5UWB:  2 METER NET

W5UN:   2 METER NET

VE7BQH: 2 METER NET
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