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GREAT LAKES VHF/UHF

For and By VHF and UHF Enthusiasts

Issue #35 October 1997 Published Monthly by N8NQS Dave Bostedor Jr. 434 Pattie Avenue Jackson, MI 49202

Microwave Update 1997 Hosted by Tom Whitted, WA8WZG October 23-26

Holiday Inn Conference Center Sandusky, Ohio Schedule of events:

Thursday - Surplus tour of A.R.E. Surplus in Findlay, Ohio. Electronic, medical, military, industrial, surplus, tubes, wire, hardware, and occasional microwave goodies. This is the sister store of A.R.E. Surplus in Phoenix that was on the Update '96 tour. Next on the tour will be Fair radio in Lima, Ohio, the premier military and industrial surplus store. You've all heard of it, now experience it! Tons of microwave and RF goodies and over 1000 types of transformers. Huge selection of connectors, waveguides relays, and antique gear and parts. Price bargaining permitted! A must for any ham, regardless of your operating preference. Last stop will be CTR Surplus in Crestline, Ohio. A new store with lots of mechanical parts, right angle drives, hydraulic cylinders, gears, bearings, RF devices, semiconductors, relays, and wire. Again, you can haggle for your best price. Friday and Saturday - 8:30am to 4:30pm. Conference preceding with speakers such as N1BWT, WA1MBA, WB5LUA, W5ZN, NJ2L, N6TX, N2CEI, WA5VJB, K9LNV, WB2VVV, K2DH, VE4MA, N6TX (SETI), KB8OIU, AB4CR and more to come. Friday night - Noise figure measurements and microwave flea market. Ladies program will be offered. Saturday Night - Bar-B-Q (ladies included) and EME demonstration at QTH of WA8WZG plus setup in building for more flea market "goodies". Sunday - Wrap up of conference and possibly a tour of the W8JK "Big Ear" at Ohio State University. Registration packets and more conference info will be available in mid April, 1997. We will continue to update this page as more information becomes available. If you haven't registered for Update in the last 2 years, please E-Mail me with your correct mailing address so your packet can be sent. Conference Fees: If registered before October 2, 1997: $40.00 If registered after October 2, 1997: $45.00 Conference fee includes 1 copy of proceedings. Each additional copy is $10. Saturday night BBQ Dinner: $18.00 Hotel Reservation Information: The conference is being held at the Holiday Inn Conference Center in Sandusky, Ohio. For reservations, call them directly at (419) 626-6671 and mention that you are part of the Microwave Update conference. For one person in one room: $69.95 per night. This includes buffet breakfast and lunch on Friday and Saturday and breakfast only on Thursday and Sunday. If two people want to share a room: $47.95 per night per person ($95.90 total per night). This price also includes the same buffet breakfast and lunch service as above. General Information: Sandusky, Ohio is 50 miles west of Cleveland, Ohio on the shore of beautiful Lake Erie. The Holiday Inn Conference Center has a holidome and is located within walking distance of two large shopping malls. For more information on what the area has to offer, contact the Sandusky/Erie County Visitor's Bureau at 1-800-255-ERIE, or check out their web page at http://www.buckeyenorth.com. The November Issue is coming ! Packed with almost 50 Great Lakes area September Contest reports !!! Finally, it was decided that a ladies program will be offered at this year's conference. We are planning a shopping and sightseeing tour of the north coast area. More information on this will be posted when available. If you have any questions regarding any of this information, or would like to be a speaker or write an article for the proceedings, call me: Tom Whitted 4641 Port Clinton East Rd. Port Clinton, OH 43452 (419) 732-2944 wa8wzg@wa8wzg.com

N8PJP / PORTABLE EN84:

The N8PJP Portable Tower Of Power

Well We made it back in one peace. I will get something together for the news letter and Will chat with you as soon as the radio is hooked up in the shack. Terry and me had a lot of fun and learned a bunch. Terry had some good pointers to speed up the setup and tear down up a little. He did time us on tear down and from the time we took the cables off the amps to a drive away trailer it was 26 mins. With his pointers and a little pratice I think it could be cut down to 15 or 20 mins. But as far as the score goes. 50 144 220 432 1296 QSO's 27 62 19 32 3 Grids 17 26 12 15 3 Score 14600 QSO's 143 Not to shabby for just playing around. We never got very serious about it as the big thing for us was to check out the trailer and get the grid passed out to the ones that really need it. You should have heard Tom WA8WZG when he got EN84 on 1296 or AA9AO in EN64 when he got a long sought after grid oh yes I can't forget my old sick friend who dragged him self out of the hospital just to work me on 6 meters but I wish I had a tape recorder on him when he got EN84 worked on 432. And just remember my New saying : It takes a nut to do something like this but a loose nut will cost you a 6 meter AMP... Better get some sleep. It is something I forgot about last weekend. Stan

6M Internet DX Contest High claimed scores!

From: "Ramirez, Kenneth " <KRAMIREZ@intermedia.com>

Unofficial results of the 6M Internet DX Contest have been compiled. And the winners are: USA/VE USA/VE USA/VE - Single Operator/High Power 1st- K5AM - 13,575 Plaque winner 2nd- VE1ASJ- 9,639 Certificate winner 3rd- WZ8D- 5,625 Certificate winner 4th- KB5IUA- 5,508 Certificate winner Congratulations to all and thanks to all of you who submitted logs. We hope this contest will get more popular every year and look forward to receiving your logs next year. NC7K will be keeping the 6M Internet DX Contest records. Still plenty of certificates and plaques that went unclaimed this year. Keep the contest in mind next year!

5th- K0FF- 3,267 Certificate winner 5th- K0VHF- 3,267 Certificate winner VE/USA VE/USA VE/USA -QRP 1st- CG2PIJ- 5,289 Plaque winner 2nd- AA4S- 884 Certificate winner USA/VE USA/VE USA/VE - Multi-operator 1st- W2DRZ- 31,195 Plaque winner 2nd- WS4F- 20,732 Certificate winner 3rd- K0YO- 4,050 Certificate winner USA/VE USA/VE USA/VE - Rover 1st- K8WW 9,360 Plaque and KB6KQ miniloop winner 2nd- AA4R/8 1,896 Certificate winner DX/DX/DX DX/DX/DX DX/DX/DX - Single operator 1st- G0AEV- 28,130 Plaque winner 2nd- G1IOV- 8,845 Certificate winner 3rd- CO2OJ- 120 Certificate winner Highest Multiplier Total- G0AEV 24 DXCC countries + 73 Grids = 97 mults. Most Grids worked- W2DRZ- 83 Grids Most Grids worked by single op.- K5AM 73 grids Most Grid fields worked- 8 Grid Fields G0AEV and K5AM

1997 ROVER SCORING UPDATE

By N0LL Larry Lambert

The vhf/uhf rover scoring change came into effect for the Jan. 95 VHF QSO Party. At that time it was said there would be a review of the new rules in 2 years. Our ARRL Contest Chairman K3LR has now obtained from the Membership Services Committee permission to discuss this subject as well as two other contest issues. The Midwest Division, Kansas Nebraska Missouri and Iowa, is primarily the area I'm interested in seeing comments from however I'll make a folder and welcome anyone's comments. As I remember the new rules were approved 11 to 4 back in 1994. Friday this was received on the CAC reflector: VHF/UHF contests ROVER rule: Should we rethink the current rule? Is it OK now? What can we do to make the ROVER category more attractive? Can we suggest a rule addition? The following is the number of rover logs submitted in the ARRL Contests: Year Total Jan Jun Sep 92 224 92 76 56 93 280 119 79 82 94 242 64 97 81 95 210 84 69 57 96 219 92 75 52 Listed below are the number of Rover contacts over the years for N0LL. Jan June Sept 1991 74 32 1992 32 12 18 1993 9 26 27 1994 68 66 129 1995* 54 31 64 1996 56 23 6 1997 11 5 * new rules Larry N0LL Midwest CAC Rep

QSL Refusals

By N8DJB - Craig Henderson

Right on, as usual, re: lead story in Sept. newsletter. While I personally support the idea of publishing calls of those who refuse to QSL, let's look at it exactly that way: "Those who refuse" While this is open to interpretation by the individual, obviously; I think given a good faith opportunity, most of us will make an intelligent decision to make public their particular battle. Hopefully (for me, personally !) we all have the sense to separate those of us who are just slow or busy, from those who probably never will QSL. For instance, I received 2 cards from the opening several weeks back into TX. Got those cards within a few short days of the contacts. Maybe it's been 3 or 4 weeks by now, I don't know or care. But I will reply with my card when I get time; Some of us don't sit down at our radios each & every day or night, to even think about the cards. Are two cards worth the special effort on my part to dig out my own, find the logs or scratch paper, and then find envelopes & stamps for the one(s) who don't send SASE's ? No way, I'll wait another month or so 'til I get enough cards to make it all worthwhile. OR, when I can't find anything else to do. When a station wants a card bad enough, they send a second. Then, as I do, most of us probably are 'shamed' into replying right away. I never get so radical as to ignore or throw away the incoming QSLs, but I can see Tim's point when one is "THE DX". That's different. Those who expect me to stop what I'm doing and immediately reply, the same day, or the next, are very naive and must have very dull lives !

BANDPLAN LEGISLATION GOOD

by - KD1DU North East Weak Signal Group Editor, Del Schier

The weak signal portion of 2 meters is badly polluted with fm and packet operation. Many new hams and old alike have no idea what a band plan is and consistently will tell me to stop bothering them because it is legal to operate fm from 144.100 to 144.300, some fm is also below 144.100, licensed and unlicensed. Anything to make hams be aware that we even have a band plan will be beneficial. I would be happy if the league simply published the band plan someplace besides their little repeater directory. (Check your ARRL published FCC Rulebook and Handbook - Dave) I have never seen the band plan in QST, the license manual, the operating manual or anywhere in any of the publications except for the repeater guide. If it becomes part of the regulations and hams are required to be familiar with it and abide by it maybe that will do some good. I don't think anyone will complain if I work Hawaii or Alaska in the DX window on six meters. I don't think it will be enforced, it would just do good if hams must know it exists and abide by it. I have never known of anything being done in my area about, unlicensed operation, jamming, or profanity on the air being stopped. If they don't or can't enforce that I am sure that band plan violations will not be enforced. It would simply be good if hams are aware: the well meaning ones will observe it if they only know it exists. The North East Weak Signal Group, whose newsletter I edit, is actively pursuing weak signal interests in regard to the band plan. I have spoken to our K1EIC (section mgr.), K1ZZ (QST publisher), and W3EP (World above 50MHz editor) who are members of our club. They indicate that the band plan is a local issue and the league cannot get involved with such matters. I am surprised that the ARRL is making the FCC proposal. In the highly populated NY tri-state area we definitely need the band plan enforced; at least as far as weak signal interests on 2 meters. 73, Del KD1DU

Adopt the Bandplan

By N8DJB - Craig Henderson

I don't see a problem with changes proposed about band plans & DX. (ref: last month’s ARRL proposal to FCC, to legislate the voluntary band plan - Dave) So we have to work AK or HI in stateside area of band. The ops there will be where the action is; or maybe we can get them to move up. Doesn't look to be a big problem; just like the "new band plan". Things have a way a working themselves out. The calling freq. changes and new, wider DX windows are/were supposed to be an improvement. Once again, something that does not need to be mandated, it will work itself out, as we will spread out when we have no choice. Still can't figure out who dreamed up that mess or why. If we can't hear the weak ones, or they can't hear us, they/we will move to a clear freq. It's that simple. Most of us can't stand the HF style of rude operating, so we make things work our way by moving. Of course, we have plenty of room to move to, on HF they're stuck ! VHF Transceivers for SALE : Icom 551 10W 6M CW/SSB Passband tuning and Vox,,,NO Fm Board. asking $325. Icom 251A 10W 2M CW/SSB clean $325 I will ship lower 48States Both of these radios are clean and function as they should. They are on the order of maybe 15 years old(??), both are digital readout. Alex WA5UNY Dallas Tel number 972+243-3655 home evenings

Reports from:

NE8I EN82: WW8M,Don, has lost some bands for the time being. A lightning strike has taken 432 - 6 equipment that was plugged in. We’re still working the Microwave debug, test and experiment on Wednesday nights at the WW8M house, just east of Grass Lake, Michigan, near Chelsea. Call first on the Chelsea repeater 146.98 or 222.100 SSB, 1296 etc. I have 1296 running with 4 watts and 1M dish. 2304 Should be back on before the contest. I lost 2304, along with 432, in the June contest, Rovering. 73, Lloyd (Reports from: continued)

N8PUM: I will be helping place a new beacon on 144.298 mhz in EN76. Sault Ste. Marie, MI. Using the callsign: W8BEP. Should be operational on around September 19,20th. Thanks, And I will let you of our progress. de N8PUM Brandon

W1LP Maritime Mobile: Hi All, After an unexpectedly short vacation, I'm back aboard the SS Marine Duval with 6M, 2M, 432. I'll be sailing from Galveston on Friday for Tampa, FL.....arriving in Tampa sometime on Sunday. I'll be passing through: EL38, EL37, EL47, EL57, EL67, EL77 I'll be on the ship this time until late October. If you are still waiting for QSL's from this summer, I'm plugging away at them slowly but surely....they will arrive soon. 73, Clint

K8TQK EM89: Experienced some 2 meter ducting on September 6th. It lasted for about ½ hour, and was open from my QTH EM89 into EL79 KE4YYD, EM70 NX4E, and EM82 WU4C. Even though I was hearing and working these stations, the fellows just south of me weren’t hearing a thing. This all happened around 7:20 a.m. 73, Bob

K8OOK EN72: Six meters was not very exciting this summer. Was hoping to break 500 grids on six meters, but only got 7-8 new ones. And, of course nothing out of Europe or Africa. I am approaching 100 grids confirmed in Europe on HF. The HF certificate is sponsored by JARL, and is a super-first class award. Send a SASE here for the rules. On the ARRL proposal; With so many jerks on the air, it might be a good idea. But again, another attempt at stealing frequencies already earned. And, If Alaska is not DX, why can they operate in the DX portion of 40 meters (7075 - 7100)? How about some beacon info? 73, Mike

In Response - Some 50 Mhz Beacons from the G3USF World-wide list of beacons - updated July 24, 1997 Freq Call Town Loc Pwr Antenna QTF Mode Status 50000.5 VE1SMU Nr Halifax NS FN84 25 11-el Yagi East A1 24 50008.0 K0GUV MN EN26 8 A1 24 50028 XE2UZL San Quintin DM10 25 2 Sq Loops A1 24 50041 VE6EMU Camrose DO33 35 4-el Yagi NNE A1 24 50044 VE6ARC Grand Prairie DO05 25 Omni A1 24 50048.2 VE8BY Iqaluit NT FP53RS 30 Vert Dip Omni F1 24? 50055 V44K St Kitts/Nevis FK87QH 2 5/8 Vert Omni 24 50060.0 W5VAS Lk PonchartrainLA EM50 100 Squalo A1 24 50061 W1VHF W.Greenwich RI FN41 25 @80' Omni A1 24 50061.0 KA0NNO Hatfield AR EM24TL 20 halo A1 24 50061 KE7NS Nr Ogden UT DN31 2 squalo Omni A1 24 50060.0 WB0RMO Fairbury NE EN10 25 Squalo A1 24 50062 K8UK Sterling HghtsMI EN82JP 2 Omni A1 24 50062 C6AFP Abaco FL16 1 5/8 Vert Omni A1 24 50062.5 W7HAH Marion MT DN28NB 2 Halos Omni A1 24 50063.5 W3VD Laurel MD FM19NE 7 SQalo A1 24 50066 W5OZI Nr Junction TX DM90XH 30 Dipole NE/SW A1 24 50066.0 WA1OJB Bowdoinham ME FN54 10 2-el Coll. on EU A1 24 50066 VE9MS Fredericton NB FN65 55 Loops F1 24 50067 WZ8D Nr Dayton OH EM79UG 10 6-el A1 INT 50067 N7DB Boring OR CN85RM 5 halo Omni A1 INT/DAYS 50067.5 W3HH Coraopolis PA EN90 10 Horiz Loop A1 24 50067.5 W7GZ Mt Lemmon AZ DM42PJ 50 3-el E A1 24 50067.5 N8PUM Felch MI EN65BX 1 Dipole A1 24 50068.4 K2SPO Farmington NY FN12HW A1 24 50068.5 K6FV Woodside CA CM87UL 100 varies 55/275 A1 24***

SIX METER F2 QUESTION !!!!

QUESTION….I've been a ham for 32 years but I'm kinda new to six meters (only my 4th year) and I have never experienced F2 propagation on six. Can any of you OT's tell me how high the solar flux numbers have to get before we can expect some of that really long hawl stuff? Thanks in advance! WA7HQD Lee Ernstrom Syracuse, Utah DN-31xa

ANSWER …. I think, to expect even one F2 opening during the 1997-1998 winter, would be hoping for too much. I do, however, expect that we will have at least a few openings during the 1998 - 1999 winter. If this one comes in like the last one went out, I’ll be looking for Africa first. Look for quite a few openings in 1999 - 2000 winter as we near the peak. Any other Merlins out there? What’s your prediction? N8NQS Dave Bostedor Jr. Jackson, MI EN-72sg

F2 or E Skip

by WA5IYX Pat Dyer

The chances of 50-MHz F2 are going to be greatly influenced by the geomagnetic activity and the geomagnetic latitude of the stations involved. This has to be taken into account in any answer. The geomagnetic equator has excursions north and south of the geographic. It runs south of that from the mid-Atlantic westward until almost KH6. The most southerly point is in Peru - giving much of North America the worst-case scenario for things like TE (while the Mediterranean benefits by having its most northerly over Africa). Right now with the fluxes near 100 there is more than a slight chance (with a magnetic storm prodding) for low-latitude stations to have some north-south oriented paths. I've seen instances here of the HC2FG beacon appearing with solar fluxes not far from the 70's! The east-west paths for North America require a much higher solar flux level. During the past two Cycles from this part of W5 land European events have occurred with numbers as low as 150 - though this was often in a "lull" surrounded by higher values (there is some apparent "flywheel" effect when it comes to F2 ionization). The path from here that seemed to require the highest fluxes (>200) was the one to JA. Cycle 22 produced more than a ten-fold amount of those vs Cycle 21. The US West Coast will be able to harvest more of that (and the South Pacific) with lower flux levels. Seasonal effects are really the stronger influence. The high values during those Northern Hemisphere summers of Cycle 22 were largely "wasted" insofar as 6-m was concerned (though it kept the 21-MHz paths going all night into Europe). Cycle 20 (my first on-air one) was so poor that from here it was largely just LU, CX, and CE in the Mar-Apr 1967-72 era. These were almost exclusively post-noon (local) time events. See the Dec 1974 issue of ham radio magazine for my article covering that Cycle. Cycle 21 was a very welcomed shock with levels that many doomsayers had said that wouldn't be seen until after the turn of the century. It was a new experience to have to be concerned with those mid-morning European paths! (I did finally understand what the Monroe's had been referring to in their June 1962 CQ magazine article re those Nov 1958 morning W1-AZ paths. The F2 maps at http://holly.cc.uleth.ca/solar/ are useful in showing which areas have the highest MUF's for a given flux, date, and time. However, these are predictions generated from models which will often "overlook" the rare 50-MHz events that we are the most interested in. Barring major magnetic upheavals, however, they will still give a good indication of which bearings one should concentrate on. The Great Lakes VHF/UHF Newsletter is published, and mailed out monthly, for the cost of printing and postage: $10 per year. Our goal is to promote activity and discussion, on and about, the amateur radio bands above 50 Mhz. Your subscriptions and reports may be sent to N8NQS Dave Bostedor Jr. 434 Pattie Avenue Jackson, MI 49202. Reports are appreciated via e mail to N8NQS: vhfuhf@voyager.net 73, Pat - WA5IYX EL09QL