Re: [wsjtgroup] New to WSJT Meteor Scatter.
- Hi Tony KB4GZO,
Welcome to WSJT, the first thing you will find out is that you will
at times need a lot of patience. If you are able to run between 50-100
watts with your IC706 you should be able to make contacts up to 1000
miles or so at times. On six meters especially because meteor scatter is
a little easier on that band, and you have a decend antenna for 6M with
a 4 ele. beam. On 2M it gets tougher with QRP power and small antennas
but it is still possible to have some amazing contacts with say 50 watts
and your 5 Ele. beam so don't be discouraged.
Assuming your radio, interface and software are working ok, I would
log onto the ping jockey web site at
http://www.pingjockey.net/cgi-bin/pingtalk and setup a sked with someone
on 6 or 2 meters, and it is a good place to ask questions if you need
Also don't expect to just get on the call frequency, call cq and have
someone answer you, it just doesn't happen very often. Except during
Saturday Morning random hours when everyone is calling and listening on
the frequencies, during contest periods and also during special activity
periods like the Monthly random activity SPRINTS held on the last tuesday
of every month. The next SPRINT will be on Tuesday December 31, from
0100-0500 UTC and that will be on 2 Meters so be sure to listen that
night for activity on 144.140 mhz.
Good luck Tony, you will be welcomed with open arms, they always like
to see a new face!
Lake City, Pa.