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Michel VE2TH
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Allo all,

I am playing with this again, on 144 & 432 MHz.

It is the Tropospheric Ducting or Temperature Inversion, which is of great fun, if we can check it live on internet, and that is what I do regularly.-

As you may know if it is good for FM simplex & repeaters, it is also good for SSB/CW down the band, if you have the chance to have some all mode transceivers. Many hams have one of those transceivers, like the Icom IC-706, IC-7000, FT-817/857/897 etc.

Why not give a try and better why not try some antenna workshop  with you local club.

Don't forget, FM & repeaters are vertically polarized, but down the band SSB/CW it is horizontally polarized.

Check this link to: http://aprs.mountainlake.k12.mn.us/, which is the VHF PROPAGATION MAP.-

And this one, http://www.dxinfocentre.com/tropo.html which is the:

William Hepburn's

Worldwide

Tropospheric Ducting Forecast

6 DAY FORECAST OF VHF, UHF & MICROWAVE RADIO & TV SIGNAL STRENGTH & INTERFERENCE.

Have fun and spread the word.

72/73 Michel VE2TH  

 

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We love islands/lightnouses,peoples, & good food,  thus Maritimes Provinces are the best places.

July 1, 2016 at 5:32 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Sean VE1XOP
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Posts: 18

Have you worked anything? On 2M or 70CM?

August 22, 2016 at 11:32 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Michel VE2TH
Member
Posts: 17

Hi Sean,

No, worked nothing and heard nothing yet. The only activities are some small SSB net during the evening, according to the list below.

Even with the very good tropospheric ducting propagation we have had this summer no luck, at least for me, Hi!


Here is the list:


Local SSB Nets:
Day Time        Location  Freq    Grid Net Control
Mon 20:00 Local Rochester 144.260 FN13 W2UTH***
Mon 20:00 Local NEWS      144.120
Tue 01:00 UTC   S.NY      144.230 FN31 N2RRA
Tue 20:00 Local Montreal  144.240 FN35 VE2DC (J'y suis à pratiquement tous)
Tue 21:00 Local Ottawa    144.250 FN25 VE3CVG,VE3XK
Thu 20:00 Local Quebec    144.240 FN46
Thu 20:30 Local Concord   144.250 FN43 W1COT,K1UHF
Fri 20:00 Local Montreal  144.250 FN35 VE2MRC
Sat 14:00 UTC   S.NY      144.230 FN31 N2RRA
Sat 20:00 Local Montreal  144.260 FN35 VE2SOB
          ***Currently inactive


Regional Beacons:
Band  Call    Grid   Pwr   ft. ASL   Freq
6m    VE2RCS  FN25     5       ?     50.033
6m    VE3WCC  FN15wg   3      500    50.009
2m    W2RTB   FN12ar   3      450   144.276
2m    VE3WCC  FN15wg   3      500   144.297
2m    VE3ZAP  EN94vc  15     1500   144.280
2m    VE2FUT  FN35rc  15     2000   144.280
2m    WA1ZMS  FM07fm 100     4200   144.285
2m    K2DLL   FN23xc  20     1600   144.289
2m    VE1SMUG FN74os   ?        ?   144.295
1.25m K2DLL   FN23xc  25     1600   222.048
1.25m W2RTB   FN12ar   3      450   222.057
1.25m VE1SMUG FN74os   ?        ?   222.057
1.25m VE3WCC  FN15wg   3      500   222.063
70cm  VE1SMUG FN74os   ?        ?   432.350
70cm  VE3WCC  FN15wg   3      500   432.358
33cm  WA1ZMS  FM07fm 100     4200   903.055
33cm  VE1SMUG FN74os   ?        ?   903.330
33cm  VE3WCC  FN15wg   2      500   903.365
23cm  K2DLL   FN23xc   40erp 1600  1296.300
23cm  VE1SMUG FN74os   ?        ?  1296.310

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I shall try to find some fresh update about those lists, and publish it here for the benefit

of all the friends on this forum

See you on the air,

72/73 Michel VE2TH


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We love islands/lightnouses,peoples, & good food,  thus Maritimes Provinces are the best places.

August 23, 2016 at 9:20 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Sean VE1XOP
Member
Posts: 18

I have worked Upstate Vermont & also in Maine in the last 30 days FM Repeaters only.

October 28, 2016 at 1:38 PM Flag Quote & Reply

VA1WAB Willis Bates
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Posts: 4

Michel VE2TH at July 1, 2016 at 5:32 PM

Allo all,

I am playing with this again, on 144 & 432 MHz.

It is the Tropospheric Ducting or Temperature Inversion, which is of great fun, if we can check it live on internet, and that is what I do regularly.-

As you may know if it is good for FM simplex & repeaters, it is also good for SSB/CW down the band, if you have the chance to have some all mode transceivers. Many hams have one of those transceivers, like the Icom IC-706, IC-7000, FT-817/857/897 etc.

Why not give a try and better why not try some antenna workshop  with you local club.

Don't forget, FM & repeaters are vertically polarized, but down the band SSB/CW it is horizontally polarized.

Check this link to: http://aprs.mountainlake.k12.mn.us/, which is the VHF PROPAGATION MAP.-

And this one, http://www.dxinfocentre.com/tropo.html which is the:

William Hepburn's

Worldwide

Tropospheric Ducting Forecast

6 DAY FORECAST OF VHF, UHF & MICROWAVE RADIO & TV SIGNAL STRENGTH & INTERFERENCE.

Have fun and spread the word.

72/73 Michel VE2TH  

 

Hi Michel, Thank's for the links. As usual we here in Central and Northern NS are pretty much out of these forecasts. I have a nice 6M beam on the tower and to date the only thing I've heard on that band were some Becons. I have a big 2M beam, I'll most likely put up next year when we redo that tower. It's been sitting across two saw horses to keep it off the ground for the past 2 years, so I might as well put it up as it won't be any less effective at the top of the tower :).
Anyway thank's again for the links ( http://www.dxinfocentre.com/tropo.html ) is the best one I've seen to date covering this area, easy enough to see if there's a chance at least to call a few CQ's

Take care     73

Willis ---------- VA1WAB

November 2, 2016 at 1:14 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Sean VE1XOP
Member
Posts: 18

VHF FM DX

Worked into Maine & Vermont using 200 watts on FM & a verticle. Very impressed! SSB is next!!

November 20, 2016 at 10:35 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Darrell, VE1ALQ, Grand Bay-Westfield NB
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Posts: 2

It is very interesting to see comments and activity taking off on the VHF & UHF bands in Atlantic Canada, and it is a bunch of fun to say the least. Also excited to see others helping others as well, certainly helps keep the amateur Bands alive, hi. Personally I have worked WAS and DXCC on 2 meters as well as 23cm, not quite on 432Mhz and this was dome by bouncing signals off the moon. Just a word of caution on trople work on VHF, polarization over a long path may or may not be a factor , I am saying this because anytime a signal reflects off of anything it will change polarity on you, have said the it is very likely polarization may or may not be a factor.  Example of this is many times nothing could be heard on 2M, where as on 432 we rotated the dish feed, or array to align polarization, and on 23cm, 5.6Ghz and 10Ghz we always used Circular polarization, TXing left handed and RXing right handed eliminating a lot of heart breaks, hi.

 I have worked Piedmont Oklahoma the record to this day has not been broken, the other station was K5JL on 2M and his nabour on 432, hi, hi......enought out of me, have fun folks and have a great XMAS and New Year, Darrell

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http://www.qsl.net/ve1alq/index.html

December 23, 2016 at 5:50 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Darrell, VE1ALQ, Grand Bay-Westfield NB
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Posts: 2

This was supposed to have read on Tropo, NOT EME, which may have been initially thought.I have worked Piedmont Oklahoma the record to this day has not been broken, the other station was K5JL on 2M and his nabour on 432.

Best 73, Darrell

December 23, 2016 at 6:42 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Ian Pearce, VE1IGP
Member
Posts: 38

Does anyone know for certain if the VE1SMU beacons are still up?


-I


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VE1IGP

FN84

January 9, 2017 at 7:46 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Michel Boissonnault
Member
Posts: 3

Ian Pearce, VE1IGP at January 9, 2017 at 7:46 AM

Does anyone know for certain if the VE1SMU beacons are still up?


-I


February 28, 2017 at 4:17 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Michel Boissonnault
Member
Posts: 3

Hello Ian,

 

Sure someone else in Halifax Area could tell us what is going on with those beacons.

 

Last time I heard VE1SMU on 6 meters

 

And on the K9MU page the: http/www.k9mu.com/map/

 

Last updated: 05/27/2014

 

 

Added

 

Changed K4NAM/B to K4HRF/B, W4PLB/B to W4FWS/B, and VE1SMU/B to VE1UW/B

 

VE1UW/B, Grid Locator FN85, QRG 50.001 MHz

 

The sponsor of VE1UW is:

 

 

 

 

VE1UW Canada flag Canada

 

 

PICTOU COUNTY AMATEUR RADIO CLUB, VE1UW

P.O. Box 1785

Stellarton, NS B0K 1S0

Canada

 

It also appears on the: G3USF's Worldwide List of 50MHz Beacons, at the following link:

 

https/www.keele.ac.uk/depts/por/50.htm Updated 28 february 2017

 

Keep this list handy, it is always useful when turning the knob of six meters band.

 

Have fun,

 

73 Michel VE2TH

 

 

February 28, 2017 at 4:18 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Michel Boissonnault
Member
Posts: 3

Hello friends,

A must to see!!!

KB9RLW (The old tech Guy) just published, november 9, 2017 this video.-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VlbhqNPAx4E

It is a 2 meter trans-atlantic contact on FM, which goes back in 1982.

I do not want to burst his bubble, but I am thinking his signal was probably reflected via some low orbit satellite ??

Anyway it is a cool story.-

72/73 Michel VE2TH

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Don't forget to: HAVE FUN EVERYDAY.-

And Prepare for the worst, and pray for the best.-

November 9, 2017 at 7:10 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Gerry Hull, VE1RM
Member
Posts: 1

Darrell, VE1ALQ, Grand Bay-Westfield NB at December 23, 2016 at 5:50 PM

It is very interesting to see comments and activity taking off on the VHF & UHF bands in Atlantic Canada, and it is a bunch of fun to say the least. Also excited to see others helping others as well, certainly helps keep the amateur Bands alive, hi. Personally I have worked WAS and DXCC on 2 meters as well as 23cm, not quite on 432Mhz and this was dome by bouncing signals off the moon. Just a word of caution on trople work on VHF, polarization over a long path may or may not be a factor , I am saying this because anytime a signal reflects off of anything it will change polarity on you, have said the it is very likely polarization may or may not be a factor.  Example of this is many times nothing could be heard on 2M, where as on 432 we rotated the dish feed, or array to align polarization, and on 23cm, 5.6Ghz and 10Ghz we always used Circular polarization, TXing left handed and RXing right handed eliminating a lot of heart breaks, hi.

 I have worked Piedmont Oklahoma the record to this day has not been broken, the other station was K5JL on 2M and his nabour on 432, hi, hi......enought out of me, have fun folks and have a great XMAS and New Year, Darrell

Hi Darrell!!

Congrats on all your fine work over the years!  I’ve heard many of your stories over the years from our nutual friend Andy, VE9DX.  In the 80s, Andy and I were on St Paul... (VE1SPI and again later as CY0SPI) I brought EME gear for 2M.  We had some issues keeping the H-frame stable for EME due to wind...  However it was June.  Andy was going wild on 6m Es...  All of a sufden, Andy worked Lefty, K1TOL, less than 250 miles away, on Es, will the signal pinn8ng the S meter.  This indicated the MUF was very high.  So I fired up the 600w 2m station, and started calling CQ, with the antennas west.  Nothing for about 30 minutes... then I worked Chicago... pretty cool!  However, what came next was electrifying: Rapid City, SD.   This QSO was the NA DX record for about 20 years.  Im glad to see you are continuing the tradition.

I live in New Hampshire.  For more than 35 years, I have operated the June and September VHF contests with W2SZ, who operate from thehighest montain in MA, Mount Greylock, at 3491’ in FN32jp.    We operate all bands, portable, from 6m through 47GHz.  From 6 through 432, we run 1500 to large arrays.  On 2m, where I primarily operate, wine have two very long boom yagis on separate towers, so we can work multiple directions at once.   I am known among the group as the maritime hunter, as I tend to keep one set of yagis pointed that way!!  In addition, we also have a quad of yagis for EME.

On 902 and above, we have significant power and dishes.  

Maritime activity is low, mainly due to the low population density of Amateurs.   Anyone reading here, PLEASE get on for the contest!!  Even if you have 100 watts and a single yagi, we can work pretty easily.  Our standard range on 2m without a lift is 500 to 600 miles just on scatter.  Six meters is a bit more difficult, due to closeness.  My best DX to the Maritimes in all these years was Sydney... don’t remember the call, but we worked on 2, 432 and 1296!

We have a web page at http//www.mgef.org — come ch3ck us out!

the VHF contest is next weekend..June 9 through 11, starting at 3pm Atlantic time Saturday and ending Sunday at midnight Atlantic time.

look for us on 50.127, 144.170, 222.090, 432.090, 903.090, 1296.090, 2304.100, 3456.100 —- above that, probably not possible, but 5760.1,, 10368.1, 24 and 47 GHz....all SSB or CW, but CW works best.  Also possible to do JT65 on the bottom 6.

if you ar3 going to be on at a specific time, let me know..  my email is [email protected]

73 and good luck!

Gerry Hull  VE1RM / W1VE

formerly VE1SPI, CY0SPI, CY0SAB, VE1CER, VE1BXC, VP2!/VE1RM, 6Y6C, 8P1V, 8P9RM, P4/W1VE, TI5/W1VE

Also: VE9XDX, VY2CDX, VO1CDX, VO1WIN, VE3AII, VE4CDX, VY1AAA





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