The latest 70cm, 23cm, 13cm, 9cm & 6cm EME
activity from G4CCH
23rd March 2017
Hyperlinks on callsigns are to audio clips of signals
(will add more clips later)
Here's a quick update of my activity since 20th January 2017
|03/03/2017||20:28||1296||CW||1000||N5BF||559||579||3m dish, 300W|
|03/03/2017||20:56||1296||JT65C||1000||N5BF||R-10||O(-07)||3m dish, 300W|
|04/03/2017||20:39||1296||JT65C||1000||VE4MO||O(-22)||RO(-15)||4x45el yagi's, 100W|
In DUBUS REF EME Contest - on 13cm
11/03/17 - Saturday
Spent most of yesterday swapping my system from 23cm to 13cm.
Ran into a few problems including no 2304 RX at 2am - turned out to be a bad sma patch lead
Problem aslo affected 2301 RX but don't think I missed much from VK.
Never got 2424 going this time - sorry JA's
Really is time I sorted out all my stuff so that is is works reliably, and can switch bands more easily... I say this every year.
Most of the time I get it working on the day, then it gets forgotten till the next time... just never enough time these days...
Anyway, I managed to work 29 stations yesterday, including 3 initials which improves my total to 114.
I was really hoping to complete with ZS6EME to make WAC, but several attempts so far failed.
Alex was a great signal, 579 at times, but the best I got from him was a QRZ, or came back with G4BAO.
In the log for this weekend are CW contacts with:
SP6OPN, UA3PTW, ES5PC, OF2DG, LZ1DX, DF3RU, IK3COJ, OK1DFC, OK1CA, HB9BCD, ON5RR, OK1KK #112, SM3BYA best every copy from Gudmund on 2320, F5JWF, SP3XBO, G3LTF, IK2RTI #113, OK2ULQ, F5HRY #114, S59DCD, PA3DZL, OZ4MM, OH1LRY, PY2BS, OK1KIR, OK1YK, K2UYH xband, VE6BGT xband and WA6PY xband.
System here is 5.4m dish, round septum feed sub optimum for f/d, 200W at feed, G4DDK lna.
Most reports received were showed that stations were hearing me better than I was my own echoes. So time I made a new feed...
Will be on a gain for a few hours after MR hoping to make a few more - I really do need ZS6EME to make my weekend...
12/03/17 - Sunday
Thanks to Peter G3LTF and Yoshi JA4BLC for pointing out that JA's are on 2400 (not 2424)
I had forgotten the change that happened 12 months ago...
When I dug out my "converter" I discovered that I had already re tuned the filter to 2400 MHz
Got it all connected up before MR, and soon realised that I was unlikely to hear anything
WIFI QRM was just too much, and much worse than I remember on 2424.
No chance to hear anything at all, let alone weak signals, and no chance to check sun noise on 2400.
I would be interested to hear what others are doing to combat the WIFI interference.
Need to do something, but no time to experiment, I need a solution that works...
Also, thanks to Zdenek OK1DFC and Franta OK1CA for letting me know that I copied the callsign wrongly for OK1KKD (not OK1KK)
I have removed the initial from the log.
Finally managed to complete with Alex ZS6EME for initial # 114, Grid and DXCC, and finally complete WAC on 13cm
Thanks Alex for persevering despite heavy QRM from a GSM base station located just 300m from his dish
Added QSO's with IK5QLO # 115, IW2FZR and G4BAO - making 32 QSO's for the weekend
Thanks to all for the fun and the QSO's
Here's the log - with reports omitted, so as not to compromise contest details
|11/03/2017||19:06||2320||CW||250||OF2DG||=OH2DG. OF = special call|
|12/03/2017||19:05||2320||CW||250||ZS6EME||Yes||3.6m dish, 300W. DXCC & WAC..!!|
|12/03/2017||20:50||2320||CW||250||IK5QLO||Yes||2.4m dish, 100W|
You can find more details of my Initials and standings here
Next activity will be on:
Hopefully on 1st & 2nd April 2017 on 23cm in the DUBUS/REF EME Contest - weather permitting
All that you need to make a JT65c QSO with me is >20dBi antenna and >100W... why not give it a try sometime, you might be surprised.
I can be QRV again over the next few days on CW and JT65c.
If anyone else wants to try then please E Mail me - howard(at)g4cch(dot)com
When I am QRV (but not during contests), you can usually find me on 1296.015 CW or 1296.085 JT65c. I have Internet access in the shack, and check HB9Q's logger and ON4KST microwave chat for possible activity.
Please email me if you want a sked, otherwise you should find me during the various activity weekends... I will announce when I am going to be on.
Worked All States (WAS)
So far I have had 23cm EME QSO's with stations in 37 of the 50 US States. To complete WAS I need the following 13 states: AL, AR, DE, KY, MN, MS, MT, NE, NV, OR, SC, SD & TN.
I would like to hear from anyone who could activate these states on 23cm EME either on CW or JT65... please email me if you have a 23cm EME capable station or have plans to build one, or if you intend to do an expedition to any of the listed states.
15th May - including info and pictures of 6cm EME setup
31st October 2010
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