Re: A couple of gripes about 1296MHz
Neil Smith G4DBN
Having a fixed time slot to get on the band might be a way to drum up some activity, Martin. Myself, I am working away a lot, and when I am home, I have a lot of other projects on the go. As a result, pumping up the mast and searching for a QSO on 23 is not top of my list of priorities. The Thursday evening MGM sessions used to be OK, but are now pretty much hopeless for me as I am rarely at home that night.
I would certainly be up for some regular skeds to do long-term propagation experiments on Monday/Friday/Saturday/Sundays, looking for off-axis scatter perhaps, or at least evaluating the most scattery planes and finding the optimal tx/rx over length and timing for contest exchanges. Keeping the sessions to 30 minutes max and doing a standard set of tests each time would eventually gather a useful body of data, without eating up too much time and energy.
During the day when I'm working from home, I can only do brief
operational sessions in coffee breaks and over lunch, and pumping
the mast up takes 7 minutes, then 3 minutes to drop it, so I only
get 5 minutes operation during the break, hardly worth it. If I
had the luxury of a permanently-available antenna, things would be
a lot easier.
So, something like "2130z for 30 minutes every Monday and Friday night, using 10 second overs with some MGM aircraftscatter mode on 1296.xxx" might be the basis for a long-term sked which might attract others. Or SSB with 5 second overs during particular plane transits. Or skeds using passive scatter from the ISS, or 10 minute tropo tests or whatever. Someone needs to be the fulcrum of activity and hang in there for months and bug people to get on and operate, like Lyn GW8JLY did last year on 2m SSB. Plenty of DX spots and chatter on KST would also get people interested.
On 02/10/2017 09:25, 'Martin Andrew' martin.andrew@... [ukmicrowaves] wrote: