[Moon-Net] Some reference wanted

Mr. Sean McHenry mchenryproj at yahoo.com
Mon Sep 30 14:27:30 CEST 2019

Congratulations on your first EME QSO. I too worked Dan on 1296 as my first ever station about a year ago. My setup was very simple as well, and mobile. 45 element loop antenna, about 80 watts, TS-2000X driving a 30+ year old dual tube amp with likely the same preamp you have. I am still excited about the process and feel very lucky my little knowledge of the subject allowed a QSO. I had much the same luck with hearing quite a few stations but only working HB9Q. Good luck in your efforts and maybe we shall see each other's signals off the moon eventually.
Best of luck to all involved,SeanKB8JNE

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  On Mon, Sep 30, 2019 at 2:31 AM, Franz (OE3FVU _ PE0WGA) via Moon-net<moon-net at mailman.pe1itr.com> wrote:   <!--#yiv5063234249 _filtered #yiv5063234249 {font-family:Wingdings;panose-1:5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0;} _filtered #yiv5063234249 {font-family:"Cambria Math";panose-1:2 4 5 3 5 4 6 3 2 4;} _filtered #yiv5063234249 {font-family:Calibri;panose-1:2 15 5 2 2 2 4 3 2 4;}#yiv5063234249 #yiv5063234249 p.yiv5063234249MsoNormal, #yiv5063234249 li.yiv5063234249MsoNormal, #yiv5063234249 div.yiv5063234249MsoNormal {margin:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri", "sans-serif";}#yiv5063234249 a:link, #yiv5063234249 span.yiv5063234249MsoHyperlink {color:blue;text-decoration:underline;}#yiv5063234249 a:visited, #yiv5063234249 span.yiv5063234249MsoHyperlinkFollowed {color:purple;text-decoration:underline;}#yiv5063234249 span.yiv5063234249E-MailFormatvorlage17 {font-family:"Calibri", "sans-serif";color:windowtext;}#yiv5063234249 span.yiv5063234249SpellE {}#yiv5063234249 .yiv5063234249MsoChpDefault {font-family:"Calibri", "sans-serif";} _filtered #yiv5063234249 {margin:70.85pt 70.85pt 2.0cm 70.85pt;}#yiv5063234249 div.yiv5063234249WordSection1 {}-->
Hi All,

I have been working on my mini 23cm EME station for a while, which resulted last week in the first EME reception and yesterday in my very first EME contact with HB9Q.
Actually, although I have been active as a Ham since 1975, it was the first 23cm QSO under one of my own calls ever. So: DXCC 1, Grid 1, INI 1. J TX is just 100 Watts in the shack, so 

probably not more as some 40 or 50 Watts at the feed. But before optimizing TX, I want to optimize RX first.

I have a 2m (US TVRO) Dish and a loop feed with an Ukrainian 33 dB LNA, followed by some 30m ECOflex15, to my IC9700 and WSJTx.  I have seen a number of stations.
What I would like to know what signals I could expect i.e. what other people with a similar, but optimized  setup have as signals.

Following signals I have seen this weekend:
LZ1DX best -15, I called Ned  both sat and sun, but he doesn’t hear me
DL3EBJ best -20, I called Sunday, but also no joy.
JA6AHB Best -21, I called Saturday, but alas
SM6CKU Best -17 on Wednesday, RX only
SM4CCG Best -24
HB9Q Best -4, 1st QSO received -14 from Dan
IK5VLS Best -23

As I have no idea what I  should expect on WSJTx signal strengths with an optimized 2m setup, any info is welcome! I know that my feed is far from optimal, but is that  the only flaw?

Unfortunately, I was not able to spend much time as I had Dutch visitors over the weekend. (Poor planning, hi)

Thanks in advance for any information!

Best 73


Franz - OE3FVU

(also PE3FVU, ex-PE0WGA, ex-PA0WGA)



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