August activity days - change of date - now 4th and 5th

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M5TXJ
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Re: August activity days - change of date - now 4th and 5th

Post by M5TXJ » Sat Aug 04, 2018 10:13 am

Hi all,
As it's the 144MHz Low Power contest this afternoon, Seamus G7ITT and myself will be splitting our time between 146.5MHz DATV contact searching and the contest (using the talkback radio). If anyone wants to try 2m DATV with us, IO84SQ 680m asl, we'll listen on 144.750MHz on the hour and half hour or you can call/text 07976 422978
73 Dave

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Re: August activity days - change of date - now 4th and 5th

Post by g0mjw » Sat Aug 04, 2018 12:02 pm

g8gtz wrote:
Tue Jul 17, 2018 1:42 pm
Hi Mike,

I would have thought this is exactly the one time to take it as we will be on Long Mynd / Brown Clee which is line of sight to Winter Hill and we could work you on all bands up to and including 24GHz.

It would be good to have a known signal at a reasonable DX for everyone to try their newly completed gear out on.

73
Noel - G8GTZ
I should have listened to myself. No activity. Here is a list of all the stations I have heard in the past week, including today, on 144.750:
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None at all, and from a good site too.

Mike

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Re: August activity days - change of date - now 4th and 5th

Post by g8vpg » Sat Aug 04, 2018 1:57 pm

I think Sunday is going to be the busiest day. I shall be out portable with 4m, 2m, 70cm and 5.6GHz from Westbury White Horse, Wiltshire, IO81WG, beaming north (and other directions) from 10.00am and hoping to work as many stations as possible.
73 Shaun G8VPG.

M5TXJ
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Re: August activity days - change of date - now 4th and 5th

Post by M5TXJ » Sat Aug 04, 2018 7:59 pm

Hello,
Nothing heard on 146.5MHz today (yes I know everyone is planning to be out tomorrow but some of us are on 12hr day shift), however we did have a dabble in the low power contest and in 2 3/4 hours we worked 64 stations with best DX being EB8AYA.
Unfortunately I'll be away for the next activity weekend but it'll give me chance to find the poor constellation issue I'm having with my Portsdown.
73 Dave

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Re: August activity days - change of date - now 4th and 5th

Post by g0mjw » Sat Aug 04, 2018 8:19 pm

M5TXJ wrote:
Sat Aug 04, 2018 7:59 pm
however we did have a dabble in the low power contest and in 2 3/4 hours we worked 64 stations with best DX being EB8AYA.
73 Dave
EB8? I will get my coat.

M0DHP
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Re: August activity days - change of date - now 4th and 5th

Post by M0DHP » Mon Aug 06, 2018 7:46 am

Many thanks to Noel G8GTZ, Shaun G8VPG and John G3JZF for the 2-way QSOs yesterday. Special thanks also to John GI7UGV for the 2m talkback reception report on a 360km path!

John JZF, apologies, I thought I had taken a screenshot of your test card, but I must have hit the wrong buttons because I don't have it on the laptop. If you would like a sked when you have your PA sorted out, let me know.

73
Ray M0DHP
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Re: August activity days - change of date - now 4th and 5th

Post by g8vpg » Mon Aug 06, 2018 11:44 am

Yesterday, G6AUR, G4BVK & G8VPG went to Westbury White Horse, Wiltshire IO81WG22TJ (225m asl) with 4m, 2m, 70cm and 5.6GHz. The intention was to try and work the team at Long Mynd, but the path proved far more difficult than expected and even talkback was impossible. However, all was not lost as we had three good qso's on 437MHz; M0DHP/P, 2 way at 90km; G4UVZ, 2 way at 75km and G0UHY, one way at 135km. We also tried 71MHz with G8LES at 78km but couldn't get it to go this time. It was a very hot day with no shade on the hill, but an enjoyable time was had by all.
73 Shaun G8VPG.
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Re: August activity days - change of date - now 4th and 5th

Post by g8gtz » Mon Aug 06, 2018 9:47 pm

At the invitation of the Telford Club, G8GKQ and G8GTZ had a really good day on the Long Myndd near Church Stretton in Shropshire.

The main aim was to get other stations on air and we did that - in particular John G3JZF had his first DATV QSO on 70cms with Ray M0DHP, M0YDH had a one way with Mike G0MJW at 120Kms and Peter (can't remember his call) had a one way on 5.6GHz with Barry G8AGN and Richard G8RHP at 80+ Kms.

We also worked Mike G0MJW on 146 but also very surprised we could not even hear G8VPG and team on .750 so no 71MHz QSOs.

Hopefully there will be lots more activity from the Telford area as a result of the weekend....
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Noel - G8GTZ

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Re: August activity days - change of date - now 4th and 5th

Post by gi7ugv » Tue Aug 07, 2018 12:25 pm

Went out on the Sunday morning for a 2m SSB/FM test to Dave G3ZGZ to see what the path from a nearby portable site to himself was like. It was 191km and pretty much right through Snaefell on the IoM so wasn't sure how it would work.

On finding 5w FM getting through fine I set the DATV kit up in the boot to try and it worked no bother at all both ways, very happily surprised!

Also good to hear both Ray and Noel on 2m talkback along with some other faint signals I couldn't identify on 750. I was only using 5w on talkback and wasn't heard with that so DATV wouldn't have worked but something for the future perhaps :)

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Re: August activity days - change of date - now 4th and 5th

Post by G3JZF » Mon Aug 13, 2018 3:22 pm

I really must thank and congratulate all concerned with putting together the Academy and field day on August 4th and 5th.
I benefitted greatly from the event, particularly help setting up and testing my Power Amps.
It was unfortunate that I failed to get the RA30H4047M to work -wrong attenuator settings I think- but did have the two way contact with Ray in Malvern using only a few hundred milliwatts from the RA07H4047H.
Now that I have returned home, I have started to box up the equipment so that I can drop it into the car at short notice and pop up one of the local high spots - probably Barr Beacon and repeat the exercise with higher power.
Again, many thanks to all- and to Heather and Paul who put me up on Saturday night.
I hope to see many of you at CAT18 and hope to make some DATV contacts in the meantime.

73 to all

John G3JZF g3jzf@blueyonder.co.uk

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