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North American High Speed Meteor Scatter
2007 Spring Rally
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Sponsor: WSJT Group groups.yahoo.com/group/wsjtgroup/
Please read the rules carefully as major changes have been made for the 2007
Spring Rally. This is a Random Contacts Only event. The 2007 Winter Rally
during the Geminids Shower will be assisted and unassisted.
1300 UTC May 5 to 1500 UTC May 7, 2007. This a weekend rally, chosen to
coincide with the eta-Aquarids meteor shower. More information on this
shower can be found here. The usual Saturday random hour periods are
cancelled during rally weekend.
This is a digital-mode-only event for meteor scatter QSOs using FSK441 or
JT6M. It is recommended that WSJT 6 be configured with `grids' for report.
Instructions on how to do this can be found here. Users of older versions of
WSJT should enter their grid in the `Report' box. Exchange is both
callsigns, 4 character maidenhead grid squares, and final `Rogers'. All
operators are reminded that exchanging information without the use of meteor
scatter during a QSO attempt invalidates the contact. No scheduling is
permitted during the rally. In particular, operators cannot use the
Pingjockey website to observe activity or self-spot.
Bands: 50, 144, 222, and 432 MHz.
Primary 144.140 and 50.260 MHz
Secondary 144.125 and 50.275 MHz
No calling frequencies for 222 and 432 MHz
For information on the call frequencies click here.
All contacts are to be random/unscheduled except as noted below. All
stations calling CQ must use the Primary or Secondary calling frequencies
following the offset method. Contacts completed on either of the calling
frequencies are not valid.
1. Stations separated by 1200 miles or more can schedule prior to the start
of the rally. Operators are encouraged to push the distance envelope and
attempt extreme-DX contacts.
2. If a station is decoded during the rally that is known to be 1200+ miles
distant, scheduling of an attempt during the rally is permitted, e.g. by
3. Schedules are permitted before and during the rally for 222 and 432 MHz
bands at any distance.
50 MHz: 1 point per QSO
144 MHz: 2 points per QSO
222 MHz: 4 points per QSO
432 MHz: 8 point per QSO
Score is QSO points times number of unique grid squares worked per band
Rovers: QSO points x (Unique grid squares worked per band + Number of grids
from which at least 1 QSO was completed). This is the standard rover scoring
formula for VHF contests.
Categories are single band, multi-band, and rover. Each of these categories
competes against stations in their time zone. (Rovers may turn in two logs
if additional contacts are completed from their home QTH)
The 12 competition categories are summarized as follows:
Multi-Band, EDT; Multi-Band, CDT; Multi-Band, MDT; Multi-Band, PDT
Single-Band, EDT; Single-Band CDT; Single-Band, MDT; Single-Band, PDT
Rover, EDT; Rover, CDT; Rover, MDT; Rover, PDT
Awards: Certificates will be awarded to stations with high score in each of
the competition categories.
Log submission: Participants should submit: 1) A summary and 2) A rally log.
1) The summary should include: i) Your call, ii) Your time zone, iii) Single
or Multi-band, iv) QSOs per band, and v) Final claimed score. Please show
the arithmetic you use to obtain your final score, ie. QSO points x
Multipliers = Final Score.
2) For each QSO, the log must show: i) Date, ii) Time (UTC), iii) Callsign
of station worked, iv) Grid, v) Band (50, 144, etc), and vi) QSO points.
Submission of the log as an Excel spreadsheet (arrange the columns as shown
above) by email is strongly encouraged, although any convenient log
submission format is acceptable. Email logs to wa5ufh@... To verify that
your log has been received click here. Please allow 4--5 days for logs to be
Operators are encouraged to listen for tail-enders and to QSY contacts to
another band. Tailending and QSY procedures can be found here. Short Hand
messages are permitted but stations should consider the use of random hour
messages if there is high activity. Operators should review the procedures
for requesting `missing information' as described here.
Operators are encouraged to take advantage of scheduling where permitted.
Rally participants should refrain from using Internet loggers. All operators
are encouraged to submit a log.
Rally coordinators: Tip (WA5UFH); John (N6ENU); Mike (WB2FKO); Joe (K1JT)
Advisory committee: W0IOH, N5SIX, WB9IIV, KE7NR, K4YMQ, K9SQL, W5UWB, W4FRA,
- I am deeply sadden to report to you all that John Petersen, KM5ES suddenly passed away today at his home in Eufaula, Oklahoma.John was 49 years old.Lee
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- Hi Lee,
This is indeed very sad news. I never met John face-to-face,
but considered him a great friend nevertheless. He put many
tireless hours into helping me test pre-release versions of
WSJT, especially its meteor-scatter modes. He will be greatly
-- 73, Joe, K1JT
Lee Kemp wrote:
> *I am deeply sadden to report to you all that John Petersen, KM5ES
> suddenly passed away today at his home in Eufaula, Oklahoma. *
> *John was 49 years old. *
- Lee:What a shock and I am deeply saddened to hear this. Condolences to his family.73 - John W5UWB
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- He will be sorely missed. My family's thoughts and Prayers go out to his family!
73 Tom AG2A
At 03:37 PM 5/4/2007, w5uwb2@... wrote:
What a shock and I am deeply saddened to hear this. Condolences to his family.
73 - John W5UWB
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I am in shock! John had one of the few stations I could work almost any day of the year. He worked hard to improve his station over the past year or so and the way his signal blasted in here it really paid off. John was a shining light for the VHF group and for his love of its different propagation modes including Meteor Scatter!
My sympathy to his family and friends...he will be missed!
- John was an accomplished meteor scatter operator with an outstanding 2-m
signal from Oklahoma. This is indeed a sad day for us.
I don’t even know where to start here …… John was one of the first stations I ever worked once I got my ticket back in the HSCW days, and was one of the reasons I started spending so much of my ‘radio time’ chasing MS on 2 and 6M, one of the reasons I went for the vanity extra call (short, easy to copy on HSCW), …. We’ve worked more times than I can count, and have had many enjoyable, long 6M QSO’s. John was always there for my grid dxpeditions ‘up North’ and will be missed greatly. Rest in Peace, OM.
- It is with great sadness that I hear of John's passing, as others have said he was a great asset to our hobby and I enjoyed many contacts with him. My prayers are with his family and friends.Rest in peace John, you go to a better placeIra K4YMQ
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