We operate 10GHz EME, mainly WSJT but occasionally CW at the moment, so
this is only one viewpoint.
All that is possible in some cases, and all that is needed, is an
exchange of Callsigns/Signal reports to prove a contact has been made.
All contacts are about the same distance. The mode used is a secondary
There are a wide variety of issues when considering EME from 6m to
24GHz+: signal strength, mode, libration, timing/skeds etc, so
requirements will be different for each.
Given the difficulty in putting together large stations, some form of
hierarchy in points in terms of bandwidth may be useful - eg SSB - CW -
Data. Do this by having separate sections if you like, but make it easy
to submit logs. All I want is to maximise the activity/chance of QSOs.
For most stations, it is not about winning. It is about having the
opportunity to have QSOs. You will get more entries if you keep the
Whether CW or Digimode, I value the signal strength exchange. Signal
reports are a vital part of the contact, both for interest, and knowing
at what rate to proceed. Trying to strip everything out of the exchange
to give the absolute minimum QSO time does not seem to me what EME is
about. It would be a very retrograde step if all contacts degenerated
into an exchange of 599 regardless, as on the HF bands.
It is useful to have both the signal report and Grid in Digimodes, as
they come "free" in WSJT. It also gives a hard copy of the exchange.
If CW exchanges don't have the Grid, that need not be a problem. ARRL
can work out the Grids/Country multipliers afterwards if necessary, when
the entries are received. It does not matter if I am not sure of the
score when sending the entry in.
The ARRL EME contest is a focus for worldwide activity. Two sessions per
band per year doesn't seem excessive, and is good for activity.
We have found the ARRL EME entry format a bit uncertain. It would help
if they specified more of the variables, eg time window for a contact,
what is actually required in the exchange, and that the location can be
sent in with the entry.
Julian, G3YGF, obo G4RFR
On 08/12/2022 01:22, Marshall-K5QE via Moon-net wrote:
> Hello to all EME ops that are serious about changing the EME contest
> for the better. Recent discussions on Moon-Net have exposed two big
> problems with the exchange of the contest and the scoring. These
> are: A)the multiplier is NOT part of the exchange and B)scoring and
> submitting a log is MUCH more difficult than it should be(See A).
> Two reasonable proposals have been made to fix the EME contest
> scoring. The first is by Jay-N1AV and the second is by myself,
> Marshall-K5QE. I am going to post these two ideas and ask that the
> community come to some conclusion, which can then be formally proposed
> to the ARRL Contest group.
> PROPOSAL 1:
> NOTE: I have slightly edited Jay's email, but the gist of the idea is
> completely his. Here is Jay's proposal: I would support a movement to
> change the rules from a state / country multiplier to a GRID
> multiplier. There, I said it. GRIDS. Here is why:
> A)Every other VHF contest uses grids as the multiplier. For the
> participant, no operation software changes needed, no logging software
> changes needed, and it is easier to log and submit. We want more,
> not less, ops to take part. We have already seen on moonet active
> EMEs who are not getting on or not submitting scores due to the work
> involved to post process logs. Going with grids is native to current
> digital software. It is part of the exchange and the culture of VHF
> B)Using grids multipliers would increase scores. Who cares if the DX
> is in France or Germany, or a station is in North or South Carolina as
> the grid borders both areas. The actual grid is the tangible
> multiplier, not the unknown state that participants need to come up
> with.... New grid - all the VHF logging software TELLS you this.
> C)It will also INCREASE activity on the bands. This is what we want,
> MORE participation. Right now, there are 4 active EME ops on 1296 in
> multiple grids in Arizona. Currently in the EME contest if someone
> works 1 of us, they have worked AZ and they are off looking for other
> multipliers. The other 3 guys get pushed aside or missed. This
> happened in this last contest. Moving to grids, you now have 2-4
> multipliers all calling and all a priority to work!
> D)The second big point is that going to grids would ALSO ENCOURAGE EME
> ROVER operation (what a time to be alive!). Some of us were able to
> take advantage of Wyatt, AC0RA who setup and roved in two different
> states this last EME contest. But 99% of the folks out there didn't
> know he was in a new state when they saw his signal from weekend to
> weekend. They just thought "dupe" and moved on. If we used grids,
> there would be an immediate flag as a NEW grid with the current
> digital mode software. Using states as the multiplier it is unknown
> data. With the advent of the folding dishes in the past several years
> there is a much higher chance of these rovers going out and activating
> 2, 3, 4 grids off the moon during the contest. How exciting would
> that be! Pile up city for these rovers and MORE activity!
> Jay's Discussion: I have only been serious about EME contesting for 5
> years since I moved out here to AZ and got the stations online. I
> played with it back in Maine in the 90s. I have never understood using
> a state as a multiplier as it is not part of the exchange. I don't
> have software that tells me where I stand with my contest score as
> I participate. All my scoring software is grid based. State based
> multipliers are HF contest thinking. VHF contests have always been
> about grids and that works well.
> There - my three cents. Not sorry - but maybe it is time to change
> things up.
> - Jay N1AV
> PROPOSAL 2:
> Hello to all EME ops. I want to make a formal proposal for the
> EME contest exchange. The problem here is that the multiplier is
> NOT part of the exchange. This seems to me to be a poor way to
> run a railroad. I certainly do not pay any attention to HF
> contests, but I can't recall an HF contest where the multiplier is
> NOT part of the exchange, there may be one out there somewhere,
> but that is their problem....
> I would like to see the log entries be <DATE & TIME> <BAND> <HIS
> CALL> <MY CALL> and <STATE>(not necessarily in that order). As
> someone pointed out, if STATE is the multiplier, then grid cannot
> not used, because it is not unique(a single grid often covers more
> than one state). The numeric "signal reports" are of little
> value, since they are not compared to anything. Currently, they
> just have to be there. Why have these things at all??
> This would require the WSJT programmers to make up a new "skin",
> but it would be very close to what is now used for Field Day, so
> it should not be terribly difficult.
> Some discussion concerning <STATE> is in order. Obviously, for
> me, the <STATE> would be <TX>. For the Canadians, it would be
> their province(ON, SK, etc.). Then for the others, we could have:
> The <STATE> to be the numeric DXCC code as already defined by
> ARRL. So, all German stations would send <230>, the Falkland
> Islands would send <141>, while the South Orkney Islands would
> send <238>, and the South Sandwich Islands would send <240>.
> Since these identifiers are *UNIQUE*, it would make logging and
> scoring much easier. There are actually 5 different DXCC entities
> that have the VP8 callsign and this idea would make the actual
> <STATE> clear to everyone. There are several other examples of
> this problem(where the same call sign prefix covers more than one
> DXCC entity).
> These changes are relatively small and simple. We have almost a
> year to get this done.....
> Your comments and ideas??
> Marshall's Discussion: When I first thought up my idea, I thought
> it was a good one that would solve all the problems. Well, it
> would, but Jay's idea would do that as well. His idea does not
> require ANY changes in software, scoring, log entries, and so on,
> because we all know how to do that now. For that reason, I would
> recommend his method over mine.
> To all EME ops, please think about these two ideas and let's reach
> some kind of consensus. If I understood Bart's(W9JJ) last letter,
> that is what we are going to need to get any kind of movement on
> this problem.
> 73 Marshall K5QE
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if you've anything to contribute this month, please send to me at the usual
john at g4bao.com.
Full articles for Scatterpoint to Roger
editor at microwavers.org
FYI I also intercept that email address
73 and thanks
In the latest version of the WSJT-X the information in the
"Last TX" field (the lowest line of the main program window
on the left,) has disappeared. By default, it is set to Russian,
could this be the reason?
Arkady, UT9UR mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
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I still have my 3,4GHz 130W PA from DL2AM for sale.
It comes with input and output coaxial relais.
It's not surplus junk but one of DL2AM's masterpieces. Make a realistic
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I have started to play around on the satellites and using the TS2000 satellite functions. The question is regarding the 67Hz tone when trying to use the FM satellites like A0-91 and the ISS. I am able to set up the frequencies, modes, and label the memories. However, there does not appear to be a way to add the 67Hz audio tone to the transmit frequency. In the memory mode, I try to add the tone by pressing the [func] and then the [tone#4] but the "T" does not appear on the display and unable to scroll through the various tones to add it. I can add tones to the usual non-satellite repeater settings. There is nothing in the manual that describes adding tones to satellite transmit freqs. Any help is welcome. Thanks, Rick K1DS
On December 30th through Jan 2nd the DVRA will activate W2T and W2P
Special Event Operations to commemorate the historic Battles of Trenton and
Princeton on several of the HF and EME Bands. Look for W2T, starting
tomorrow starting at 20 UTC on 2m EME. Watch the boards for frequencies
and additional times.
Amateur operators across the US -- and some across the globe -- make it a
point to work both W2T and W2P for the opportunity to receive the QSL cards
and to earn a certificate conferring a "Commission as a Lieutenant in the
Continental Army Signal Corps" as a beautiful piece of ham shack decor.
Read more about it on the w2zq website.