[Moon-Net] SUN NOISE ON 144MHZ

Peter Sumner vk8zlx at gmail.com
Tue Sep 17 01:40:33 CEST 2019

Hello Serge,
 if you have a small hand held GPS (like the very cheap GARMIN I have here)
you can set a way point at the bottom of your tower then walk to your most
prominent landmark, hill, light pole tree in a property near you and then
set another way point on the GPS, now the further away the reference point
is, the more accurate the final angle value you will get.

While at the land mark in the GPS select 'navigate to way point' and select
the one you created for your tower and you will have a true north angle you
can then use some math to reverse it to be the azimuth from your tower to
the location.

I now realize while writing this I could have walked back to my tower and
did the opposite and selected the navigate to way point and select the
remote point but hey that's too easy : -)

Of course this does not help with elevation calibration but works a treat
the get the AZ rotator calibrated.

Peter, vk5pj

On Tue, Sep 17, 2019 at 2:49 AM ve1kg--- via Moon-net <
moon-net at mailman.pe1itr.com> wrote:

> Hi folks I am back on the air with a small SWR on the TX line which I
> never had before. 30 watts reflected for 1kw.Must have gotten rain from
> Dorian somewhere in the system!!!!
> Now how do you measure sun noise when you have 4X17??? It looks to me my
> beam  width must be to large
> Probably 7 degrees so I do not see a peak of Sun noise. I was trying to
> recalibrate my AZ before my MR last night & when I got MR I was off over 4
> degrees. Not good even on 144mhz.
> In the past I used a tree as a reference point after calibrating my AZ on
> the moon went it was visible & used the tree as reference point when I
> could not see the moon. No more tree after dorian.
> So what do you guys do to recalibrate your AZ with no moon available???
> Dying to know!!!!
> Serge VE1KG
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