NA Random Hour Change [Self Spotting CQ's]
- The Activity Period procedures for both Random Hour and Sprints have
been changed to meet requests. The purpose of Random Hour remains the
same and the emphasis is still to create activity for meteor scatter
operators. With this change all stations calling still use the
recognized calling frequencies of 144.140 & 50.260 MHz!
The Random Hour will be changed to reflect a new "Self Spotting Method"
using the "CQ Announcements" link on the Ping Jockey. If you were able
to participate using the "Original Procedures" please continue because
that is the primary method.
The "Self Spotting Method" will allow the Random Hour participants to
post on the Ping Jockey using the "CQ Announcements" page. The following
information can be shared in the CQ Self Spotting Method.
1. Spot your CQ on 50.260 or 144.140 (All CQ's should be called on the
2. Indicate your direction of your antenna. (optional)
3. Announce where you are listening for calls. UpXX|DnXX or .XXX or if
not given it is understood the station is listening on either 144.140 or
4. TX Sequence used; 1st or 2nd (Optional)
4. CQ Terminated (Optional
Example of a good Spot & CQ during the Two Meter Session:
Spot -- CQ .132 SW 2nd 20 minutes (PJ Message meaning I am calling CQ on
.140 listening on .132 or Down 8KHz for the next 20 minutes)
CQ Message -- CQ D8 WA3LTB (Transmitted message on 144.140 meaning I am
listening for call on 144.132MHz)
The intent is for all contacts to be "Random" and contacts made by the
"Self Spotting Method" will qualify for the "Random QSO Award" for both
contact partners provided the station calling a CQ does not know who is
calling him prior to receiving the calls via meteor scatter pings and
the calling stations originates the CQ on 144.140 or 50.260MHz during
the Activity Period.
Please Note: All self spotting stations still call CQ's on 144.140 or
50.260 and if local activity is present they should use the same tx
sequence to avoid QRM.
Random Hour is sponsored by the WSJTGROUP. For more information see the
WSJTGROUP Web Site. http://www.qsl.net/wa5ufh/WSJTGROUP/WSJTGROUP.htm
If you participate & support Random Hours please take the time to send a
simple email report to KD5IUG after each event providing each station
heard or worked.
This change will begin during the Random Hour Saturday January 10,2004.
Bruce (KD5IUG) Terry (WA3LTB) Tip (WA5UFH)
NA Activity Periods : http://www.qsl.net/wa5ufh/WSJTGROUP/WSJTGROUP.htm