A group from Florida, Mississippi and Louisiana have scheduled a trip to activate EL58 on 6m only from 17:00 Friday May 29th through 17:00 Sunday June 1st to
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, May 3, 2009
A group from Florida, Mississippi and Louisiana have scheduled a
trip to activate EL58 on 6m only from 17:00 Friday May 29th through
17:00 Sunday June 1st to assist those needing the rare grid. The
special call, K5N has been applied for and received. A scouting party
has selected a good location and being well away from everything, we
should have very good ground gain over water or sand and low QRN. We
will have two stations set up and operators to man them around the
clock. Each station will be running 170W with 6M5X's at 30-35
feet. Our full six character grid will be EL58hx.
While the primary activation will center on E's, we will have WSJT set
up on both stations. I am notifying the WSJTGroup and the Digital on
Six group that
we are currently making 6m MS skeds for the hours that E's will most
likely not be around. Skeds from 9 PM to 9 AM local time (0200 - 1400
UTC) are now being taken. We plan on running the primary FSK441
station up a little higher that normal (50.315) so as not to interfere
with the SSB/CW station in the lower part of the band if E's run later
into the night or start early in the mornings. The two stations and
antennas will be spaced far enough apart to allow for that. K5N,
a rover/portable, will be on 1st sequence regardless of direction for
all runs. MS runs out to 1100-1200 miles or so should be
Tip, WA5UFH has graciously posted the K5N daily updated sked sheet on
the EL58 pages with the WSJTGroup site. The link is:
I ask that you please review
the on-line sheet and then submit 2-3 prioritized times to my
box. Hopefully that will cut down on the "pending"
email back and forth game. Skeds will be make on first come, first
serve basis. We can of course move up or down a few KHz if you happen
to have a bird or QRN on 50.315. Some have said they would like to
have second, backup sked, in case of bad weather, etc. during the time
of the main one. Please let us book all with a single sked first and
we can then work on second requests.
Skeds will be for 30 minutes starting at the top or bottom of each
hour. We will be able to utilize the other station for additional
slots or randoms late night through early AM (tentative 0500 to 1200
UTC) if demand is enough. The primary ms station will use 50.315 MHz,
FSK441 with SH's on as default mode. The secondary is planned to be on
50.240 MHz. I will try to book the primary 50.315 station sheet up
first before moving to the secondary.
K5N will use offset calling on all 50.260 CQ's. The primary station CQ
would be "CQ 315 K5N" and the secondary "CQ 240 K5N". If a CQ is
decoded, call on the given up or down freq given and we will work on
or Down freq simplex. One or both will CQ when not actively running
skeds or working those tail ending a sked. Tail ender's are welcome
but be aware we will have to move to the next sked at the top or bottom
of the hour. During the day, the primary digi station will run low
power JT6M or PSK31 (50.290) to probe the ether. Due to the remote
location, be aware we will may or may not have good internet service,
if at all,
but several will be spotting us on Ping Jockey and other loggers.
With two overnight sessions with up to about 70 potential slots, we
should be able to accommodate most, if not all, those requesting a
sked. For those close to EL58, we can either arrange to run back
scatter MS or a JT65B tropo run (good for 400-500 miles at least). The
SSB/CW operators will also entertain late evening or early morning
tropo or SSB/CW MS tries.
There is the potential for a lot of requests so please bare with us as
we work things through and confirm them. We will updated the group as
needed up to the day of departure.
Bruce - N5SIX for the EL58 group:
Bill-K5YG, Al-WA4EWV, Bruce-N5SIX, Bob-WN2E, Danny-N5OMG and Daniel-KE5KDM
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