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13022RE: [Magic Band EME] Re: [Moon-Net] 6m update from KH8/W7GJ

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  • Peter G8BCG
    Jul 24, 2014
      Hi Lance,
      You clearly have put as much thought and effort into this response as you do
      into planning your DXpeditions. Thorough, precise, factual. As per my
      previous e-mails to the group, anybody with any understanding of 6m eme or
      the eme protocol cannot fail to see that your well publicised process is the
      way to go!
      It is a shame that you had to take time out from your vacation to re-state
      information that has bee well publicised and accepted globally for the last
      6 years or so:-(
      Enjoy KH8 - the world awaits in the hope that they will be able to send
      calls TX2 :-)
      73
      Peter G8BCG


      -----Original Message-----
      From: MagicEME@... [mailto:MagicEME@...] On Behalf
      Of Lance Collister, W7GJ
      Sent: 24 July 2014 22:39
      To: Russ K2TXB; 'Paul Kiesel'; 'Magic Band EME Group'; 'Moon-Net';
      FFMA@yahoogroups.com; '50mhz'; 'WSJT Group'
      Subject: [Magic Band EME] Re: [Moon-Net] 6m update from KH8/W7GJ


      Hi Russ,


      The reason I adopted the revised procedure for callers was so I could tell
      which callers are copying me, and try to complete with them first. This is
      the way I have been able to quickly work a number of stations on my 6m EME
      DXpeditions, where most of the stations are extremely weak, many stations
      are horizon-only (limiting their potential moon time to a couple sharp
      ground gain lobes) and the Faraday rotation can be very slow ( locking out
      stations for long periods of time). Spending a long time calling stations
      who do not copy you is counter productive and unnecessarily prevents
      contacts with other stations with whom 3 minute exchanges would be possible.


      On all but one of my six 50 MHz EME DXpeditions, I have not had any internet
      access, and I don't plan on having any such access on future 6m EME
      DXpeditions either.
      Therefore, I can't operate JT65 as many people on some bands do, replying to
      stations that report via the internet that they are copying them! My
      operations are much more "random" and are completely based on actual radio
      contacts. The decision to have stations call with OOO if they are copying me
      in the previous sequence was made because it was the only way I could get
      both calls AND the information as to which stations were copying at that
      time. Since I treat such a call as a call with callsigns only, my responses
      are always either calls and OOO or final RRR (in strict accordance with the
      time honored EME contact protocol).


      In response to your comment, this protocol is far from "secret", and I have
      been encouraging all callers to use it on each of my 6m EME DXpeditions if
      they have any interest on working me from a new DXCC. I don't have the
      luxury of having many strong stations to work, with lots of "extra margin"
      to make up for polarity mismatch. Nor do I have the luxury of cross
      polarization or circular polarization on 6m. This is the best solution I
      have found for me on my 6m EME DXpeditions, and the proof is in the pudding.
      I am up to 64 stations logged on 6m EME up to this point, far exceeding my
      other records for stations worked on such DXpeditions....and I still have
      one more weekend left to go. I am happy to be able to provide a rare DXCC
      for serious 6m EME operators around the world, and greatly appreciate their
      willingness to learn and follow this most productive procedure.


      GL and VY 73, Lance


      On 7/20/2014 7:49 PM, Russ K2TXB wrote:
      >
      > Hello Paul. Well I did not realize it was only a six meter thing. I
      > still do not really like the idea of having a 'secret protocol',
      > available to only those who read his web page or if he happens to
      > mention it on moon net. However I am not on six meters and so really
      > have nothing more to say about it. I thought it was the same expedition as
      ZL1RS/KH8 and thus that the comment was for 2 meters too.
      >
      > Sorry about that,
      >
      > 73, Russ
      >
      > *From:*Paul Kiesel [mailto:k7cw@...]
      > *Sent:* Friday, July 18, 2014 2:36 PM
      > *To:* Russ K2TXB; w7gj@...; 'Magic Band EME Group'; 'Moon-Net';
      > FFMA@yahoogroups.com; '50mhz'; 'WSJT Group'
      > *Subject:* Re: [Moon-Net] 6m update from KH8/W7GJ
      >
      > He's been using it for years and it works fine for him and us.
      >
      > K7CW
      >
      > ----------------------------------------------------------------------
      > ---------------
      >
      > *From:*Russ K2TXB <k2txb@... <mailto:k2txb@...>>
      > *To:* w7gj@... <mailto:w7gj@...>; 'Magic Band EME Group'
      > <MagicEME@... <mailto:MagicEME@...>>; 'Moon-Net'


      > <moon-net@... <mailto:moon-net@...>>;
      > FFMA@yahoogroups.com <mailto:FFMA@yahoogroups.com>; '50mhz'
      > <50mhz@... <mailto:50mhz@...>>; 'WSJT Group'
      > <wsjtgroup@yahoogroups.com <mailto:wsjtgroup@yahoogroups.com>>
      > *Sent:* Friday, July 18, 2014 11:15 AM
      > *Subject:* Re: [Moon-Net] 6m update from KH8/W7GJ
      >
      >
      > > If you are copying me and only sending calls, don't be surprised if
      > > I
      > answer someone else before I test the waters with you!
      >
      > Say What? Standard procedure is NOT to send reports until you have
      > received both his call and your own call. Until then why would anyone
      > send anything but both calls? Please do not invent your own
      > procedure... Too much confusion for all.
      >
      > 73, Russ K2TXB
      >
      >
      > -----Original Message-----
      > From: moon-net-bounces@...
      > <mailto:moon-net-bounces@...>
      > [mailto:moon-net-bounces@...
      > <mailto:moon-net-bounces@...>] On Behalf Of Lance
      > Collister, W7GJ
      > Sent: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 12:04 AM
      > To: Magic Band EME Group; Moon-Net; FFMA@yahoogroups.com
      > <mailto:FFMA@yahoogroups.com>; 50mhz; WSJT Group
      > Subject: [Moon-Net] 6m update from KH8/W7GJ
      >
      >
      > Hello! I have included updates from my KH8 6m DXpedition web page below:
      >
      >
      > July 13, 2014 - First moon pass, and the first ever EME from KH8. Lots
      > of fun having so many ground gain lobes from being so high above the
      > sea! Also was nice to have visual aiming until around 1000Z, when a
      > front came in and totally socked us in :-( Degradation was -3.4 dB
      > today, so it is nice to get so many in the log (including a number of
      > single yagi stations) before cndx peak! Worked the following stations
      > before heading home to take a shower and get some
      > sleep: KG7H, K2ZD, N3XX, W6BBS, N6BBS, N7NW, K7CW, NN7J, VE1JF, N3CXV.
      > Also copied but did not work: W7MEM, N6RMJ, K6EME, W4IMD , WA4NJP and
      W4CSW.
      > Please spread the word for people to follow the QSO protocol listed on
      > my website. I will first call people who are copying me. If you are
      > copying me and only sending calls, don't be surprised if I answer
      > someone else before I test the waters with you! Because the air
      > conditioning failed here, the power supply overheated and ailed to
      > work at all.
      > July 14, 2014 - After a return trip to the site to further diagnose
      > the problem, it turned out that the power supply simply shutting down
      > due to excessive internal heating. We brought back a portable house
      > fan to mount directly in front of the power supply, and opened up the
      > room's windows and door to increase air movement.
      > Both operators and the power supply performed much better ;-) During
      > the second moon pass, it started out totally overcast and raining, but
      > later the moon was visible, providing the reassurance of visual
      > aiming. I exchanged call signs with G8BCG, but since the common moon
      > window was only minutes, we failed to complete.
      > Others heard
      > but not worked were K6EME, ZL2NW, KD7YZ, W8PAT, N8JX, VE3KH, W4CSW,
      > OA4TT and W7IUV.
      > Stations worked were W7MEM, K4ZOT, WA4NJP, and W7JW, bringing the
      > total after two moon passes to 14. At dawn we had a tremendous local
      > noise come up (just an hour before our moonset), that made it
      > impossible to work anyone. We were unable to locate this noise, but
      > suspect it may be something built into the extensive solar array at
      > the operating site. We will continue to make efforts to resolve this
      > noise problem, but if you have any choice, please try to work us
      > earlier in the month, when we have common moon before our local
      > sunrise ( around 17300Z) , since we may not be able to be successful
      > during our moonset. Again, I ask that anyone interested in completing
      > with me here, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE READ MY QSO PROCEDURES on my KH8
      > DXpedition page:
      > http://www.bigskyspaces.com/w7gj/AmericanSamoa2014.htm ! Please
      > understand that I will first answer people who are actually copying
      > me, and the only way to do this is if everyone understands the proper
      > procedure I am using here....do NOT just call me with calls if you are
      > seeing my trace at that time.
      >
      > REMINDER - I can only elevate my single yagi to 60 degrees! If you
      > have elevation, or are in EU, please try to call me when my moon is
      > much lower. When the moon is above 60 degrees, I try to give priority
      > to horizon-only stations in Region 2, who only have that chance
      > available to them.
      >
      > It is quite exhausting trying to operate all night and still drive the
      > narrow winding road (1.5 to 2 hours each way) to and from the site
      > every day, but we are trying to keep it up as long as we can. Thanks
      > for your cooperation, and we hope to be able to provide a new DXCC to many
      of you!
      >
      >
      >
      >
      > GL and VY 73, Lance
      >
      > --
      > Lance Collister, W7GJ
      > (ex WA3GPL, WA1JXN, WA1JXN/C6A, ZF2OC/ZF8, E51SIX, 3D2LR, 5W0GJ, E6M,
      > TX5K) P.O. Box 73 Frenchtown, MT 59834-0073 USA
      > TEL: (406) 626-5728
      > QTH: DN27ub
      > URL: http://www.bigskyspaces.com/w7gj
      > Skype: lanceW7GJ
      > 2m DXCC #11/6m DXCC #815
      >
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      (above)!
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      --
      Lance Collister, W7GJ
      (ex WA3GPL, WA1JXN, WA1JXN/C6A, ZF2OC/ZF8, E51SIX, 3D2LR, 5W0GJ, E6M, TX5K,
      KH8/W7GJ) P.O. Box 73
      Frenchtown, MT 59834-0073
      USA
      TEL: (406) 626-5728
      QTH: DN27ub
      URL: http://www.bigskyspaces.com/w7gj
      Skype: lanceW7GJ
      2m DXCC #11/6m DXCC #815


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