[VHFcontesting] RE: [Microwave] Microwave_Activity_Days

Russ Pillsbury k2txb at dxcc.com
Thu Oct 18 14:41:49 EDT 2001

Hi Bill. I like your suggestions and vote for Sunday afternoon and Monday

However I do think it would be beneficial to post scores on one of the
reflectors.  It would not be a contest, exactly, but posting the number of
contacts and grids of each station would do a lot to publicize the activity
and help get more stations to participate.  It would also provide a list
that stations can use to know who to look for in the next event.  It would
not require much effort, one or two people, or a club could be the
recipients of the totals emailed by interested participants, and could
simply collate them into one message and post once a month.  Stations who do
not wish to be listed can simply not send in their totals.

I might be willing to take on the job, but am somewhat hesitant as I am not
the most reliable person to keep schedules.  I'm often out of town, or hard
at work for weeks at a time and totally forget any kind of regular scheduled
activity (I'm lucky if I remember to eat!).  Still I would do it if no
better organized person(s) will volunteer.

73, Russ K2TXB

Bill Seabreeze wrote:

> Subject: [Microwave] Microwave_Activity_Days
> Hi Guys,
> Having read a fair number of responses to my "request-for-opinion" on
> several reflectors, it is obvious that alot of guys want to establish an
> activity time about once per month.  I am proposing that we try to narrow
> down to one weekday evening, and one weekend afternoon once per
> month.  This
> way we could generate activity for both rovers and for home
> stations.  Most
> rovers are less effective at nite, and it is safer to have them
> out-and-about-climbing mountains, erecting big antennas, slaying
> dragons and
> such- in daylight.  It is not possible to make everyone happy, but I think
> the choices we need to make are between the following:
> For weekend activity...either Saturday mornings from 0800 til noon - OR
> Sunday afternoon between 1300 and 1700
> For weeknight activity...either Monday nites from 1800 to 2200
> local time OR
> Thursday from 1800 to 2300 (all local times).
> Please voice your choice to me or to your favorite reflector (I probably
> left out many good ones...sri).
> I think it will be great to try and standardize on the first
> weekend of each
> month for this effort...beginning with the weekend and then using the
> following weekday nite that we chose.  I recommend that we
> include all bands
> 432 es above, so we can twist the arms of guys on 432 and show
> them all the
> fun we are having on the microwaves.  I also recommend, as K4EFD
> suggested,
> that this activity not be a contest, but rather an opportunity to increase
> your chances of finding someone on the bands randomly.  Participants would
> be encouraged to post their results on their favorite reflector, to help
> generate interest, and show others that we really can work pretty good
> distance on these "line-of-sight" frequencies.  I believe that the use of
> 144.260 would also be a great way for guys to connect and then try to make
> skeds for the microwaves (it seems to work well here on the east coast).
> Being an advocate of democracy, I would recommend that we go with which of
> the above days receive the most support.
> This is a grass roots effort...nobody wants to supervise, count scores, or
> give out prizes.  We will all be winners if we can light up a
> small grin on
> the face of our partners on the other end of all these wonderful microwave
> paths out there by giving them a signal that they can copy.
> So...what do you, the microwave amateurs, want to do?
> Speak up.  Strike a blow for ham radio microwave civilization!
> I will be happy to summarize any and all responses, and post the results.
> Lets get some activity going on the bands!
> Best 73,
> Bill W3IY
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