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2002 North American Meteor Scatter Rally

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  • Randy Tipton
    2002 North American Meteor Scatter Rally ... Purpose: To promote the use of VHF/UHF meteor scatter communication techniques. Objective: Work as many stations
    Message 1 of 2 , Mar 17 11:27 AM
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      2002 North American Meteor Scatter Rally
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      Purpose: To promote the use of VHF/UHF meteor scatter communication
      techniques.

      Objective: Work as many stations as possible, in as many Maidenhead
      grid locators as possible, via meteor scatter on the amateur radio
      bands above 50 MHz.

      Rally Period: 0000 UTC on April 27, 2002 through 2359 UTC on May 5,
      2002. This is two full weeks plus a third weekend. The event starts
      on Friday evening, North American time, and ends on Sunday evening two
      weeks later. The dates are chosen to make good use of the Eta
      Aquarids meteor shower.

      Rally Rules Are Posted on the following sites: (in case you lose this
      email)

      http://www.qsl.net/wa5ufh/

      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/wsjtgroup/?yguid=6309253

      You can start preparing now by marking
      your calendar and talking it up. Help us get the
      word out about this event please.

      WSJTGROUP moderators
      K1JT, KM5ES , WA5UFH
      Joe, John & Randy

      2002 North American Meteor Scatter Rally
      ----------------------------------------

      Purpose: To promote the use of VHF/UHF meteor scatter communication
      techniques.

      Objective: Work as many stations as possible, in as many Maidenhead
      grid locators as possible, via meteor scatter on the amateur radio
      bands above 50 MHz.

      Rally Period: 0000 UTC on April 27, 2002 through 2359 UTC on May 5,
      2002. This is two full weeks plus a third weekend. The event starts
      on Friday evening, North American time, and ends on Sunday evening two
      weeks later. The dates are chosen to make good use of the Eta
      Aquarids meteor shower.

      Operation: We're calling this a Rally, rather than a Contest, because
      the purpose is generating activity rather than "winning". Scoring
      rules are provided, however, to make it interesting -- and scores
      will be posted following the event. Both random and scheduled QSOs
      are encouraged; more points are awarded for random QSOs. A "random"
      QSO is one for which no schedule or pre-arrangement has been made by
      the participating stations. It is permissible to "spot" yourself
      calling CQ: for example, on the Ping Jockey web page, by posting
      something like "W2ABC calling CQ to SW on 144.130 using FSK441". If a
      QSO results from someone answering such a CQ with no other
      announcement or non-meteor communication from the calling station, the
      contact will be deemed a random QSO.

      Any communication mode may be used, so long as QSOs are made by the
      reflection of signals from meteor trails. The honor system applies!
      Because the Eta Aquarids shower generally produces short-duration
      ionized trails, high-speed modes such as FSK441 or HSCW will probably
      be the most effective.

      A station may be worked for credit only once per band during the
      Rally, unless one of the stations has changed grid squares. For
      "Roving" stations, a separate log should be submitted for each grid
      activated. Each such log will be scored separately.

      QSO Requirements: To log a completed contact you must copy both calls,
      4-digit grid locator, and rogers. Any form of liaison communication
      between the parties involved in a contact in progress is prohibited.
      Any interruption of a contact in progress requires both stations to
      restart the QSO attempt from the beginning. All information required
      for a complete contact must be exchanged using meteor scatter and no
      other propagation mode.

      Entry Classes:

      Single Band Low Power
      Multiband Low Power
      Single Band High Power
      Multiband High Power

      To qualify for the low power categories your power output must be 200
      Watts or less for all QSOs.

      QSO points:

      Band Assisted Random
      -----------------------------------------------
      50 MHz 1 3
      144 MHz 1 3
      222 MHz 3 10
      432 MHz 10 30

      Multipliers: The number of unique four-digit grid squares worked per
      band, summed over all bands.

      Scoring: Your final score is the sum of all QSO points times the sum
      of unique four-digit grid square multipliers on each band.


      Reporting: The following information should be 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, assisted (A) or
      random (R), and claimed QSO points.

      For example:
      Date UTC Call Band Grid A/R Points
      ----------------------------------------------
      Apr 27 0103 K1ABC 144 FN42 R 3
      Apr 30 1108 W9DEF 432 EN62 A 10
      May 3 1237 N4XYZ 50 EM83 A 1
      ...

      The summary sheet should include a table of the following form:

      Band Assisted QSOs Random QSOs Points Grids
      ------------------------------------------------
      50 11 4 23 9
      144 13 3 22 10
      222 1 0 3 1
      432 0 0 0 0
      ------------------------------------------------
      Totals: 25 7 48 20


      Total Score = 48 points x 20 grids = 960


      Logs must be postmarked or email dated no later than May 31st.
      Email logs should be sent in ASCII format to: wa5ufh@....
      Postal mail logs should be mailed to:

      L. R. Tipton
      778 CR123
      Edna, Tx 77957


      Sample log pages and summary sheets are available from

      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/wsjtgroup/

      or

      http://www.qsl.net/wa5ufh/

      Any reasonable facsimile of these log forms may be used.

      Note: The radiant of the Eta Aquarids shower is projected to
      provide the best conditions during the contest from approximately
      one hour before sunrise local time for approximately eight hours
      daily. This is the suggested best operating time each day.
      Remember though, high-speed meteor scatter contacts can be
      completed at any time of the day.


      The 2002 North American Meteor Scatter Rally is sponsored by
      WA5UFH, KM5ES, and K1JT -- your friendly WSJTGROUP moderators.
      We look forward to working you on meteor scatter.
    • Jonathan L. Rosner
      It would be helpful if hourly postings of the radiant position were made on the Ping Jockey web page during the Eta Aquarids. At the University of Chicago we
      Message 2 of 2 , Mar 21 8:59 AM
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        It would be helpful if hourly postings of the radiant position were made
        on the Ping Jockey web page during the Eta Aquarids. At the University of
        Chicago we have antennas for 144/432 with azimuth/elevation control.

        Cheers,
        Jon Rosner WO9S
        --
        Jonathan L. Rosner Phone: 773-702-7694
        Enrico Fermi Institute Fax: 773-702-8038
        University of Chicago e-mail: rosner@...
        5640 S. Ellis Avenue or rosner@...
        Chicago, IL 60637 USA
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