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Digital DX News from VK 20 April 2003

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  • Rex Moncur
    FSK441 Welcome to Ron VK4XPA who copied VK3AXH and Ian VK1BG who achieved some partial copy both ways with VK7MO in Hobart. Gerry VK2APG and John VK4FNQ worked
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 19, 2003
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      FSK441

      Welcome to Ron VK4XPA who copied VK3AXH and Ian VK1BG who achieved some
      partial copy both ways with VK7MO in Hobart. Gerry VK2APG and John VK4FNQ
      worked each other on six meters. Other stations on this weekend were VK1WJ,
      VK2FZ, VK2AWD, VK2AKR, VK3HY, & VK3FGY. The numbers of meteors are still at
      a low level but should build up over the next few weeks with the Eta
      Aquarids that peak around 3 May.

      Next weekend will be Type A on both Saturday and Sunday.

      JT44 TERRESTRIAL

      Tests continue each weekday morning between VK3 and VK7MO on 144.225. Skeds
      and typical signal levels last week are as follows:

      VK3AXH 0700 to 0715 local -15 to -24 dB
      VK3ANP 0730 to 0745 meteors only
      VK3CY 0745 to 0800 -18 to -26 dB
      VK3AFW 0800 to 0815 -12 to -20 dB
      VK3BWT 8815 to 0830 -15 to -20 dB
      VK3AUU -18 to -24 dB

      If you would like to join in, tail gate on one of the sked times after you
      see 73s being exchanged or let me know and I will arrange a sked time.

      JT44 EME

      Guy VK2KU reports on JT44 and CW EME contacts as follows;

      12 April
      OK1VVP CW #57

      13 April
      ZS6ALE CW (second try - easy qso) #58, new country
      PA3CMC CW (second try, 1-yagi station) #59

      14 April
      DK3BU JT44 #60
      GW4DGU JT44 (1-yagi station) #61, new country

      15 April
      CT1DMK JT44 #62, new country

      Not a big haul, but some very pleasing contacts in there.

      Unsuccessful scheds: JH2COZ (CW, twice), 9H1PA (JT44), EA3AXV (JT44)

      RARE GRID SQUARE, QF98, LORD HOWE ISLAND

      VK7MO and VK7TS will be operating from QF98, Lord Howe Island (VK9), from 3
      to 10 May on 2 meters and 70 cms & 23 cm. Lord Howe Island is within meteor
      scatter range of NSW/VIC/TAS/Southern QLD, NZ & FK8 and SA as far as
      Adelaide is also a possibility.

      The NSW East Coast (Pt Macquarie, 584 kms, Sydney 780 kms) should be just
      possible on troposcatter on JT44 although a little lift may be necessary
      particularly on 70 cms. Aircraft enhancement may allow 70 cms and 23 cm
      operations to the East Coast of NSW.

      Equipment will be an IC-910 H running 75 watts on 2 meters and 70 cms and 10
      watts on 23 cms to yagis of 10 elements on 2 meters, 17 elements on 70 cms
      and 25/45 elements on 23 cm.

      VK7MO will TX in the first segment for all contacts independent of direction
      and also when working ZL & FK8. The frequencies will be 144.330, 432.330
      and 1296.330 which will be used for all modes including FSK441, JT44,
      VFSKCW, CW and SSB. While this is not strictly in accordance with the band
      plan it has the advantage that stations wishing to make contact can monitor
      a single frequency. Operations will generally be on 2 meters with skeds or
      QSY to 70 cm and 23 cm.

      The general plan will be to operate FSK441 on 144.330 from 0600 EAST time to
      around 0800 EAST (2000 to 2200 UTC) each morning from 4 to 10 May inclusive.
      Once FSK441 operations conclude I will move to JT44. JT44/SSB can be run on
      sked at other times during the day or evening. The first morning of
      operations will be Sunday 4 May and activity will conclude around 10 am EAST
      on Saturday 10 May. I will be in contact with Ian VK3AXH who will provide
      more detailed information on the VK-VHF reflector. My colleague on the trip
      Trevor VK7TS will be operating on 20 meters SSB and CW and you might get
      messages through him. It appears that the mobile telephone system does not
      extend to Lord Howe Island but you may be able to contact us through the
      place we are staying "Ebb Tide" on 02 65632023 during office hours.

      Current plans for FSK441 are:

      Sunday 4 May 0600 (2000 UTC) start beaming Brisbane and move South as
      stations worked to VK3.

      Monday 5 May 0600 (2000 UTC) start beaming VK7 and move North to NSW.

      Tuesday 6 May 0600 (2000 UTC) beaming ZL

      Wednesday 7 May to be determined - possible reserve day for ZL, skeds for
      specific stations not yet worked

      Thursday 8 May 0600 (2000 UTC) beaming FK8

      Friday 9 May 0600 (2000 UTC) to be determined - possible reserve day for
      FK8, skeds for specific stations not yet worked.

      Saturday 10 May 0600 (2000 UTC) FSK441 towards VK to pick-up stations not
      yet worked.

      For FSK441 procedures use DXpedition format refer NSW VHF DX group Web site
      (see next section below). For JT44 use the minus dB reporting format (eg
      1919 means -19 dB) see example below and codes as follows:

      CQ VK7MO QF98 VK7MO TXing
      VK7MO VK3AXH 1919 GGGG VK3AXH TXing
      VK3AXH VK7MO 2020 RRRR VK7MO TXing
      RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR VK3AXH TXing
      7373737373737373 CQ VK7MO VK7MO TXing

      Codes:

      NNNN nothing copied
      MMMM meteor bursts only
      PPPP partical copy
      RRRRR both callsigns and reports copied in full
      GGGG grid locator copied - of info only and not essential to QSO

      INFORMATION ON DIGITAL MODES

      Please look at the VK2 VHF DX site http://www.vhfdx.oz-hams.org/ then
      click on "Digital Modes"

      73 Rex, VK7MO
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