[VHFcontesting] How to order

Joe ptvjoe at pa.net
Tue Jan 23 14:53:45 EST 2018

It seemed that not many stations were on 6 and 2 meters voice as most were 
on 50.313 digi and a few on 50.260 MS. There were a few calling CQ on 2 
meters(voice) and making some contacts.
Being a fixed location Opr this time, I did get on FT8 and FSK144 modes. 
Contacts were a bit slow. Saturday, I was having a hard time getting 
through the normal sequence with other stations until I found out I was 
using an outdated WSJT-X ver 1.8.0 rc1. After I copied and installed the 
final version WSJT-X ver 1.8.0 on Sunday, I started making contacts.

As a rover, June through Sept, I dont have the room to operate off tailgate 
on PU truck to be able to use a computer. One more item to try and shelter 
from the rain.
Wont be worth going out as a rover if most all will be using the Digi modes 
Dont get me wrong, I like to operate the digital modes too.
The rovers, who were out, provided a lot of Voice Qso's where they could be 
worked from my location.

My PU truck Rover mobile has a low profile camper cap on it, but equipment 
takes up a lot of room and no room for an 'under a roof' opr bench unless I 
eliminate bands above 1296. Even then it has very limited room in the back. 
My PU has standard cab with no rear sliding window to be able to operate 
from up front in the cab.

There were a few 6 mtr openings towards South  from South Central Pa. I saw 
on the screen a station located in EL87, and another in EM96 using MSK144, 
MS mode. I finally did work a station in EM90 later Sunday afternoon early 

What makes it tough to work MS, besides depending on random meteor shower 
activity, Is that MSK144 uses only one Audio carrier freq of @1500 Hz( 
USB). So its designed more for one station at a time to make a contact. 
(FT8 allows multiple contacts at a time).

High powered stations that set on the 50.260 Freq calling CQ for more than 
20 times in a row on MSK144, Like I saw Sunday, Does not let other lower 
powered uses have a chance to make any contacts.
Both stations are usually on the Odd sequence and would be transmitting the 
same time, thus the higher power stations could be covering up the lower 
power station to a distant station.
One could call CQ on the Even Sequence but may be interfering with another 
station in the process of making a contact. Not good!
Limiting the continuos CQ's in a row to say 6 or 7 at a time,  than taking 
a break and then go at it again, Might, let a few lower powered stations 
have half a chance to make a contact too??

Food for thought.


At 10:20 1/22/2018, Herb Krumich via VHFcontesting wrote:
>Does anyone know of a company that is manufacturing a six meter 
>tranceiverthat is rock bound on 50.313Looks like in the future, there is 
>no need to tune the six meter band ?ThanksHerb K2LNSat WA2FGK FN21
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>VHFcontesting at contesting.com

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