[VHFcontesting] 144 Sprint WZ1V

Mark Spencer mark at alignedsolutions.com
Tue Sep 18 13:27:40 EDT 2018


I won't comment on the TX power issue.   That being said.

In so far as path losses on typical non enhanced tropo paths of say 350 miles could be over 200 dB at 144 MHz  I'm thinking it might make sense for us not to all use the same  3Khz wide SSB channel for all of our FT8 activity during a contest ?

It would seem to me at least that it could be a challenge for a typical receiver to pick up ultra weak signals while also coping with local signals within 3Khz that could be 100 dB stronger just due to the difference in path losses.   (I realize there is more to this type of analysis than just the path losses but at first glance the situation doesn't seem very promising to me.)


Mark S

mark at alignedsolutions.com
604 762 4099

> On Sep 18, 2018, at 9:07 AM, "rgolley at comcast.net" <rgolley at comcast.net> wrote:
> RonI can't understand why some guys run 1500 watts on FT8.  I think that's one of the biggest issues down here. Weak signal?? I run with agc off and try to adjust rf gain to the best point that I can decode the station I'm trying to work and tolerate the 1500 watt weak signal that's wiping out every thing across the 3khz spread.deN3RG Ray
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> ------ Original message------From: Ron Klimas WZ1VDate: Tue, Sep 18, 2018 11:38 AMTo: VHF Contesting;Cc: Subject:Re: [VHFcontesting] 144 Sprint WZ1V
> Mike - interesting, I've observed almost everyone on 2M FT8 sticks to the established calling sequences. We TX second when pointed to western half of compass. We TX first when pointed eastwards. On 6M it only seems to follow when the band is dead. But not when there's Es. Then the convention seems to be we TX second toward Europe, first toward the Carribbean and South America, and first toward JA. It's more of a go with the flow thing there it seems. Tnx for the filter suggestion, not sure it will eliminate all of my AGC issues but worth trying for sure. -73 Ron WZ1V----- Original Message -----From: Michael Clarson To: Ron Klimas WZ1V Cc: VHF Contesting Date: Tue, 18 Sep 2018 10:46:48 -0400Subject: Re: [VHFcontesting] 144 Sprint WZ1V> Ron: Couldn't you have used a narrow filter to filter out the strong> station? Sure-- you would miss some of the passband, but you could move> around with each call. Also, I didn't think the east/west sequence thing> carried over to FT8. I have not noticed it on 6 meters (only VHF band I> have used FT8). --Mike, WV2ZOW> > On Tue, Sep 18, 2018 at 10:23 AM Ron Klimas WZ1V  wrote:> > > 144 MHz Fall Sprint> >> > Call: WZ1V> > Operator(s): WZ1V> > Station: WZ1V> > Class: Single Op HP> > QTH: FN31RH> > Operating Time (hrs): 3.5> >> > Summary:> > Total: QSOs = 57 Mults = 21 Tot Dist(km) = 0 Total Score = 1,197> >> > Club: North East Weak Signal Group> >> > Comments:> > Got off to a slow start with computer issue, but got into the fray after> > that.> > First 2 hours were busy, not so much after that. Almost no response for> > skeds on> > the chat page, oh well. So tried FT8 awhile. Worked a few Canadians there> > finally. It was difficult to decode weaker signals because there was a> > strong> > FN41 station continuously calling out of sequence on the 1st instead of the> > normal second sequence to work stations west. AGC got swamped as a result.> > Better luck next time. TNX for the QSO's and the Sprint sponsors. CU on> > 222 next> > week. 73 Ron WZ1V> >> > Posted using 3830 Score Submittal Forms at: http://www.3830scores.com/> >> > _______________________________________________> > VHFcontesting mailing list> > VHFcontesting at contesting.com> > http://lists.contesting.com/mailman/listinfo/vhfcontesting> >> > _______________________________________________VHFcontesting mailing listVHFcontesting at contesting.comhttp://lists.contesting.com/mailman/listinfo/vhfcontesting
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