[Moon-Net] [Moon] ARRL contest Microwave leg.

Mike KL6M melum at alaska.net
Mon Sep 23 23:24:10 CEST 2019


There is a 'perceived' lack of activity on the ARRL Microwave segment.  I say perceived because I believe there were MANY stations active but the problem is they were on many different bands.  I personally only operated 13cm and 9cm.  I love the 6m band but there was no way I was going to change feeds at 4AM local in pitch dark and pouring rain.

The format of the ARRL EME contests is seriously flawed and needs to be modified? modernized? Renovated?  Even the two weekends of 50 MHz to 1296MHz is flawed.  If you operate 1296 both weekends, the second weekend is full of stations you already worked so you only pick up a mere additional few and spend most of your time trying to decide if you already worked that station.

The other problem I have with ARRL EME is digital vs CW modes.  I see on the 'logger' many stations who are CW capable but 'hang' out on the logger and JT modes, while CW is slowly dying.  This is pathetic.  A simple solution is to give JT contacts 1 point and CW 3 points (or even 2 points) which I believe would likely incentivize operation on BOTH modes.

It seems every time I present any of these ideas to ARRL they fall on deaf ears.  Any ideas?



Mike, KL6M BP51dc

On Mon, 23 Sep 2019 21:44:35 +0200, "Ingolf, SM6FHZ via Moon-net" <moon-net at mailman.pe1itr.com> wrote:
Hi all.
I was on 6cm only and I can second Peter's comment about activity from an 6cm perspective. 6cm seems to have lost popularity a lot from previous years. I managed to make the following QSO's; Sept 21: OK1CA, UR5LX, #VE6BGT and VE6TA, Sept 22: JA4BLC, G3LTF, UA6PTW and #F5IGK. All on CW, without any logger soliciting.

Great pleasure to work 2 new stations without any pre-notice. Very nice surprise, thanks a lot and warm welcome to 6cm EME! Hope you will enjoy it.

I heard no other stations on the band, but understand I missed a few. Maybe because I did not call CQ constantly on a empty band nor took a hound-hour pass Saturday morning (but I spent 45 minutes early Sunday morning and went back to resting after that).

No US stations heard in this ARRL contest, quite an surprise as well.

I understand running multi-band during this contest is a masterpiece in compromising, trying to satisfy all constraints with bands and Moon availability for all different stations. It turns out like all compromise, dissatisfaction in a lot of places :-)

At Least I got time for the final touch in painting the house done during the w/e. That satisfies me :-)

73 / Ingolf, SM6FHZ



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Den sön 22 sep. 2019 kl 23:10 skrev Peter Blair via Moon <moon at moonbounce.info>:

I started on 13cm and worked (all CW) UA3PTW, OK1KIR, RA3EME, SP6OPN, OK1CA, PA0PLY, SP3XBO, WD5AGO, G4CCH, K2UYH, OH1LRY, WA6PY, G4BAO, PA0BAT, and KL6M. I changed the feed to 6cm before the end of the 1st pass and worked VE6TA, K2UYH and HB9Q. At MR on the second pass I worked UA3PTW and JA4BLC and later SM6FHZ and VE6BGT #. I then changed the feed to 9cm  and worked WA6PY, OH1LRY, KL6M, SM3BYA, LZ1DX, K2UYH and HB9Q. Activity seemed down on previous years on these bands, especially 13cm but maybe because more were concentrating on 3cm. Conditions were good, near moon-set on 6cm , close to the doppler reversal point and with very slow libration, I was getting some amazing ssb echoes on the peaks.
Thanks to all for the nice QSOs
73, Peter G3LTF
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