Hello everyone....the CQ WW VHF contest is this
weekend from 1800Z = 1PM CDST on Sat until 2100Z= 4PM CDST on
Sunday afternoon. This is a 6M and 2M contest only, so you don't
have to worry about all the higher bands. The K5QE contest
station will be on the air and looking for that long distance QSO
especially on 6M. Hopefully, we will get some decent Es for this
During the evening hours when there is no Es, we will operate
digital MS on 50.265MHz FSK441. This contest allows us to post
Call, Frequency, and Sequence ONLY to PingJockey whenever we are
calling CQ on digital meteor scatter, so there is no need to sit
on the calling frequency and call CQ K5QE 265. We may do some of
that for those that are not aware of the new rules. By MS
convention, when we are pointing our antennas N, NE, or E, we will
call on First Sequence. When we are calling NW or W, we will be
on second sequence. Since we CAN post our sequence, this gives
you a hint as to where we are looking. Even so, I often worked
people to the NW and W when I was originally calling NE. I just
turned the antenna towards the caller but did NOT change the
On 2M, we will operate as much EME as we can, but when the moon is
not favorable, we will be looking for 2M MS contacts on 144.142MHz
and we will post that on PingJockey. This will help everyone know
what we are doing.
Remember, EVERYONE can look at the Internet reflectors and
spotting sites. You can only post there if you are calling CQ on
digital MS or digital EME....and then you can only post your Call,
Frequency, and Sequence--NOTHING ELSE.
We are short some operators this year, so we probably will not run
throughout the night. Most probably we will shut down around
Midnight and resume about 6AM local time.
IF you are in range, please look for us on 50.265MHz and
144.142MHz for MS and on 50.133MHz for Es. Whenever the moon is
favorable for us, we will be on 144.142MHz JT65b taking Second
We would love to get you into the logs, so give us a try....
GL to everyone in the contest....
73 Marshall K5QE