Subject: NET NOTES NOV 30 2002
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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 ***
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
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Date: 11/24/02 6:17:58 PM Eastern Standard Time
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (K9SLQ Wayne)
To: K1rqg@aol.com (K1RQG Joe)
Will you please add this message to the next net-news
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
Subj: EME Contest 2002
Date: 11/25/02 1:11:23 AM Eastern Standard Time
From: email@example.com (Doug McArthur)
To: firstname.lastname@example.org, 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
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)
Subj: EME net notes
Date: 11/26/02 12:37:41 PM Eastern Standard Time
From: email@example.com (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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
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: email@example.com (Paul Chominski)
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org (Ian White)
To: DL7APV@t-online.de (Bernd Wilde)
CC: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
>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
EME Weekend Calendar 2003
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
Subj: ARRL contest at SM3BYA (432 MHz)
Date: 11/30/02 8:27:28 AM Eastern Standard Time
From: email@example.com (Gudmund Wannberg)
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you want a sked.
Gudmund SM2BYA / SM3BYA
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
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