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  • Randy Tipton
    FYI ... From: Joe Taylor To: Sent: Monday, September 23, 2002 19:57 PM Subject: [HSMS/JT44] December 2002
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      ----- Original Message -----
      From: "Joe Taylor" <joe@...>
      To: <hsms@...>
      Sent: Monday, September 23, 2002 19:57 PM
      Subject: [HSMS/JT44] December 2002 North American Meteor Scatter
      Contest


      > ##################################################################
      > To: Radio amateurs interested in meteor scatter communication
      > From: Joe, K1JT, and Tip, WA5UFH
      > Subject: Proposed rules for a December 2002 Meteor Scatter Contest
      >
      > With the help of on-line discussion following the Meteor Scatter
      > Rally last April/May, we have drafted rules for a meteor scatter
      > contest to be held at the time of the Geminids shower in
      > December. The proposed rules are appended below. Please note
      > that this is an informally organized event, and it's not too late
      > to make changes if there is a good reason to do so. Please post
      > your comments to the HSMS/JT44 reflector, hsms@....
      >
      > -- 73, Joe, K1JT and Tip, WA5UFH
      >
      > ###################################################################
      >
      > December 2002 North American Meteor Scatter Contest
      > ---------------------------------------------------
      >
      > 1. PURPOSE: to promote activity using meteor scatter propagation
      > on the amateur VHF/UHF bands.
      >
      > 2. CONTEST PERIOD: starts on Friday, December 13, at 0000 UTC and
      > ends on Monday, December 16 at 0700 UTC (this is Thursday evening
      > through late Sunday evening, North American time.) The dates
      > have been selected to make good use of the annual Geminids meteor
      > shower.
      >
      > 3. ENTRY CATEGORIES: Low Power or High Power, Single Band or
      > Multiband, Assisted or Unassisted: a total of eight possible
      > combinations in all. Low power means less than 200 Watts output
      > was used at all times. "Assisted" means that you used internet,
      > email, telephone, or other non-meteor-scatter communication to
      > make schedules or solicit contacts. "Unassisted" stations must
      > make their QSOs by calling CQ, answering a CQ, or tailending on
      > another QSO. However, it is permissible for a Multiband
      > Unassissted station to move a QSO partner to another band. For
      > example, if you are are working someone on 6 meters you might
      > send "QSY 144.113" instead of "73". Entrants in the Assisted
      > categories may make any normally permissible uses of email, Ping
      > Jockey, or other scheduling aids during the contest, but of
      > course they must not exchange any significant QSO information by
      > non-meteor-scatter means while a QSO is in progress.
      >
      > 4. EXCHANGE: for a QSO to be valid you must exchange full
      > callsigns, four-digit grid squares, and final Rogers.
      >
      > 5. MODE: any transmission mode is permitted. QSOs with the same
      > station in the same grid square count only once per band,
      > regardless of mode.
      >
      > 6. OPERATING PROCEDURES: QSOs will be much easier to make if
      > everyone adopts conventional procedures. In general, the
      > westernmost station transmits in the first timed sequence. On a
      > directly north-south path, the southern station goes first.
      >
      > All participants are encouraged to listen for "tailenders" after
      > completing QSOs and to listen to the standard FSK441 calling
      > frequencies (50.270 and 144.140 MHz) for CQs. The preferred
      > method of calling CQ is to use one of the forms "CQ U5 W1ABC",
      > "CQ D13 W1ABC", or "CQ 113 W1ABC". The first two examples
      > indicate that W1ABC will be listening for replies "Up 5 kHz" or
      > "Down 13 kHz" from the CQ frequency; the third example indicates
      > that he will be listening on 144.113 (assuming that the CQ is on
      > 2 meters). In all three examples the subsequent QSO would take
      > place on the specified reply frequency, NOT the CQ-calling
      > frequency.
      >
      > For example: W1ABC in FN42 beams southwest and calls "CQ D7
      > W1ABC" on 144.140, transmitting in the second half of each
      > minute. W4XYZ replies on 144.133 and thereafter listens on
      > 144.133. As soon as W1ABC hears a reply, he QSYs to 144.133 to
      > send "W4XYZ W1ABC FN42", and the two stations complete their QSO
      > on that frequency. When the contact is complete, W1ABC can go
      > back to CQing on 144.140, knowing that a tailender may call him
      > on 144.133 as well an someone answering the new CQ.
      >
      > As a further aid to stations operating in the Unassisted
      > categories, all participants are encouraged to look for requests
      > to QSY to another band. After receiving RRR from W4XYZ, instead
      > of sending "73" W1ABC might send "QSY 50.265". When W4XYZ
      > receives this request she immediately QSYs and starts calling on
      > 50.265. W1ABC follows and the pair then complete another QSO on
      > 6.
      >
      > 7. SCORING: each QSO counts 1 point on 50 and 144 MHz, 3 points
      > on 222 MHz, and 10 points on 432 MHz. QSOs originating by any of
      > the permitted methods -- pre-arranged schedule, real-time
      > schedule, calling CQ, tailending, or requesting a QSY to another
      > band, are all scored the same way. Any communication by
      > non-meteor-scatter means during a contact invalidates the
      > contact. Your final score is the sum of all QSO points
      > multiplied by the total number of unique 4-digit grid locators
      > worked, per band.
      >
      > Example: W1ABC works 6 stations in 5 grids on 50 MHz, 11 in 8
      > grids on 144 MHz, 1 in 1 grid on 222 MHz, and 1 in 1 grid on 432
      > MHz. His QSO points add up to 6 + 11 + 3 +10 = 30, his total
      > multiplier is 5 + 8 + 1 + 1 = 15, and his total score is 30 x 15
      > = 450.
      >
      > 8. REPORTING: The following information should contained on the
      > summary sheet accompanying the log: Callsign used, Grid Square(s)
      > activated, Maximum power used, Name, Address, and Email Address
      > (if available). Log information must contain the following data:
      > Date and time of QSO, callsign of station worked, frequency, grid
      > square, claimed QSO points, and new grids by band. For example:
      >
      > Date UTC Call Band Grid Points Mult
      > ------------------------------------------------
      > Dec 14 0103 K1ABC 144 FN42 1 144-1
      > Dec 15 1237 N4XYZ 50 EM83 1 50-1
      > Dec 15 1252 N4XYZ 222 EM83 3 222-1
      > Dec 16 0203 W9JKL 144 EN62 1 144-2
      >
      >
      >
      > The summary sheet should include a table of the following form:
      >
      > Callsign used: K0ABC
      > Grid Locator: EM48
      >
      > Power (High or Low): Low
      > Assisted or Unassisted: Assisted
      > Single or Multi-band: Multi-band
      >
      >
      > Band QSOs Points Grids
      > ---------------------------
      > 50 1 1 1
      > 144 2 2 2
      > 222 1 3 1
      > 432 0 0 0
      > ---------------------------
      > Totals: 4 6 4
      >
      > Total Score = 6 x 4 = 24
      >
      >
      > Logs must be postmarked or email dated no later than January 15,
      > 2003. Email logs should be sent to wa5ufh@...; paper logs
      > should be sent to:
      >
      > Louis R. Tipton
      > 778CR123
      > Edna, Texas 77957
      >
      > 9. RESULTS will be posted on a pre-announced web site. Scores
      > will be listed in rank order of total score, and there will be an
      > indication of the entry bands and category for each score.
      >
      > 10. SPONSOR: There is no sponsor. This is a grass-roots,
      > informally organized event -- just because a number of us wanted
      > to do it. Maybe it will grow into something bigger by next year!
      >
      >
      >
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