[VHFcontesting] MS Scheds with K5QE for the June contest....
k5qe at k5qe.com
Mon May 26 21:34:10 EDT 2014
Hello to all our friends in the VHF / WSJT world from the K5QE contest
K5QE will be operating in the ARRL June VHF Contest and would really
appreciate any contacts that we can make via FSK441 or EME for that
"rare" grid. The contest begins 1800 UTC Saturday and ends 0300 UTC
Monday (Jun 14th - 16th, 2014). For those of us still on local time,
that is 1PM CDST on Saturday to 10PM CDST Sunday night.
I would like to make as many 15min schedules for 6M MS as possible, so
if you are within MS range, please write me and we can set up a schedule
for 6M. On 6M, we normally begin MS operations at 8PM CDST Sat night =
0100Z Sunday....UNLESS we still have Es occurring. IF Es is open, then
we will stay with SSB until it fades away and then go to the sched list.
On 2M, we can do MS until our moonrise, which is 10PM CDST Sat night =
0300Z Sunday morning....after that, we will be on 2M EME. SO, we can
make MS schedules from 8PM CDST to 10PM CDST Sat night(0100Z to 0300Z
Sunday). We will run 2M MS on 144.142MHz. IF you are 2M EME capable,
just look for us on 144.142MHz us Second Sequence and call us if you see
We will follow normal sequencing--i.e. when we are westernmost, we we
will take First sequence-when we are easternmost, we will take Second
Sequence. If we do not have a sched, we will call CQ K5QE 265 on
50.260MHz--but we will work all callers on 50.265MHz. If we happen to
find a station calling CQ, we will answer them on their given
frequency. This is a good opportunity for smaller stations to get a DX
contact on 6M, because the chances of an Es opening late at night are
not very good. Please give us a try on 6M meteor scatter. We run 1KW
output on 6M meteor scatter with fairly large antennas. Please remember
that the contest requires the exchange of GRIDS not 26 or 27.
On 2M, we will start at 0100Z Sunday morning(=8PM CDST Sat evening) with
FSK441 meteor scatter on a frequency of 144.142MHz. As on 6M, we will
take the "normal" sequence(westernmost station goes First). We will
call CQ K5QE 142 on 144.140MHz, but we will be working stations on
144.142MHz. If we find someone calling CQ elsewhere, we will work that
station on their frequency. Again, this is a good chance for smaller
stations to get some good 2M DX and a "rare" grid during the contest.
We get one too...a WIN-WIN situation!! We run a stacked pair of 17el
M2's at 160ft and 1KW output on 2M FSK.
On 6M, we will cease digital meteor scatter operations at 7AM
CDST(=1200Z) on Sunday morning and revert to normal tropo type operations.
Remember that stations with a single long yagi and QRO may be able to
work us on their rising moon using WSJT / JT65b. Find out when your
moonrise time is, point your tropo antenna at the right AZ, and call us
for 30-40min after your moonrise. For stations way East of us, this may
not work as the moon may be too high before it rises here--so you will
have to work us on your moonset. However, for everyone else, there is a
good chance that we can work. Stations in the Central US and out West
get the increased gain from their rising moon, so give us a try. In
years past, we easily worked stations in CN87 that just had a single
yagi pointed at the horizon, so it can be done. We run 8 x 2M18XXX with
the custom EME elements and 1250W output(1500W output if it is a rare
one.....HI). Pictures of the EME antenna are on my web site. It is a
really FB antenna and we would love to work you in the contest.......all
new multipliers gratefully appreciated.
This year, we also have a 432 EME station up and running. The antenna
is 16 x 28el M2, all Horizontal, with 1KW output. We will be operating
on 432.070MHz taking Second Sequence. If you have a single long yagi
and QRO, we should be able to work on your rising moon if you are
located in the Central or Western US. Stations East of us, please try
us on your setting moon. Please look for us on 432 and work us if you
can. It will be a new grid for us and a new initial and a new grid for
you. What a deal!!
Because we are a Multi-Multi station, we will be watching the PingJockey
logger whenever we are running meteor scatter. However, we are not
allowed to "self spot"--so you can talk to us, we just can't talk back.
When we are on EME, we will be watching the N0UK EME-1 logger. If you
see us or work us, please spot us on PingJockey or the N0UK EME-1
reflector. If you are not in the contest, you can post freely to the
Thank you in advance for spending some time to work us in the contest.
GL to everyone during the contest.
Please note my new email address..... k5qe at k5qe.com. Thanks....
73 Marshall K5QE, EM31cj
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