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Re: Portable WSJT

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  • Randy Tipton
    Mike, great to hear of your plans for operating out west portable using WSJT. I hope you do not mind me forwarding this to the group but I know there are
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 11, 2002
      Mike, great to hear of your plans for operating out west portable
      using WSJT.
      I hope you do not mind me forwarding this to the group but I know
      are several who have more expertise at answering your questions than
      I. In fact several
      have experience operating portable. (K0SM,W1LP or WZ8D would be good
      operators to discuss portable operations with)

      By the way, I have worked Glen before
      and shouldn't have too much trouble working you on meteor scatter. I
      would recommend
      getting a few meteor scatter qso's under your belt before making a big
      trip to that rare
      grid with a long list of skeds. (just to check out the equipment and
      operation of meteor
      scatter procedures)

      You should have lots of fun passing out grids for a few months before
      setting up the
      home station, a unique way to go! Good luck and please read my
      imbedded comments.
      Again I hope you don't mind me sharing your plans... your gonna have a
      ball.... I hope you
      get some good comments / help from others.

      My comments are imbedded in your message.

      ----- Original Message -----
      From: "Mike Hasselbeck" <mph@...>
      To: <wa5ufh@...>
      Sent: Monday, November 11, 2002 19:18 PM
      Subject: Portable WSJT

      > Hi Tip,
      > Since you're the group moderator, I just wanted to update you on
      > things. Over the weekend, I completed my new, portable WSJT station
      > 2-meters. I can't say I completely have the hang of it yet, but I
      > manage to complete both JT44 and FSK441 last night with KD5HIO in
      > Alamos.

      Great going, Glen has a good station we have worked him on six and two

      > I am in Albuquerque, NM, so the latter mode didn't involve any
      > meteor scatter (roughly 100 miles), but we both did manual decodes
      and got
      > all the info. So there will be another station "out west". And just
      > "where" out west is simply a function of how much driving I can do.
      > the present time, I do not have a home station, but will probably
      have a
      > tower up in the next 6 months) I'm hoping to do a real meteor ping
      > before the shower, perhaps this coming weekend. My goal is to
      > DM75 for Leonids.

      I will be happy to make sked with you. I have 150 watts to 18 elements
      at 65 feet.
      I am retired so have plenty of time for skeds, email me if you want to
      give it a try.
      Will need date, time, frequency and you would go first being west of
      me. Make
      qso's that are easy while learning, 600 - 1000 miles.

      > Station details are as follows: Kenwood TM-255a interfaced to a
      Rascal via
      > the transceiver's data port. This allows instant access to ssb by
      > stopping the WSJT program. The rig can provide 45 W for the 30
      > on/off cycle without overheating, but I have it set at 5W to drive
      an RF
      > Concepts brick/amp preamp to give me about 100 W. Antenna is a 5
      > K1FO yagi at 15 feet held up by a drive-on support mount.

      The equipment sounds good and you should be able to make contacts. I
      have never
      operated meteor scatter portable but several have. You might talk to
      WZ8D or K0SM
      since both have operated portable that I know of.

      > The computer is
      > an IBM 760XL laptop. I added a second serial port via an Eiger
      > card for the radio interface. The main serial port talks to an
      Etrex GPS
      > that resets the system clock every minute. It's all powered by a
      > cycle yellow top Optima battery. By design, no radio gear connects
      to the
      > car battery; the car is a 1996 sub-compact Saturn SL2.

      > I hope to use this setup for some WSJT grid expeditions as well as
      > three VHF contests. Do WSJT operators collect grid squares?

      Yes, most meteor scatter operators work grids and you will have plenty
      of requests
      for qso's if you announce ahead of time your location, expected time
      of operating and
      what procedures you wish to follow. This announcement could be made on
      the reflectors.
      I would recommend calling on 144.140 1st sequence and using grid
      squares for reports.
      When you complete a qso, instead of sending 73's go back to calling cq
      and all other
      stations will know you have finished and starting again. This
      procedure has worked well
      for W1LP and since your planning to be doing this for a while, it
      would help everyone to
      know exactly what procedures you want to follow.

      > We have
      > plenty of empty, desolate ones out here.

      I just got back from a trip to Chama last month, and yes there is a
      vast area of space but I
      didn't see any space ships but passed right through Roswell.

      > Another important question is:
      > how crucial is pingjockey.net for the success of a QSO? When I'm on
      > road, I won't have access to the Internet.

      You will do fine without ping jockey. If your planning portable
      operations announce the
      portable operation on the WSJTGROUP and HSMS/JT44 reflectors. For
      "Rare Grids" you
      will probably have a pile-up. Let everybody know the location, your
      equipment, Expected time
      to start calling cq , operating frequency and procedures.

      Another approach is you could ask for skeds and work off a list or
      combination of both would be fun.
      Just let everybody know you will be calling cq between skeds.

      Whatever you decide to do, I know it will be rewarding. Good luck...

      > Mike, WB2FKO
      > DM65 and elsewhere
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