MAD - Sunday February 24, 2019

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MAD - Sunday February 24, 2019

Post by VK4CZ » Sun Feb 10, 2019 6:34 am

We're bucking the trend, and next Sunday we're planning to go MAD.

In South East VK4, a number of uWave operators are planning to activate bands from 1.2GHz and up from various /P locations around the region. Final details are being organissed, but should enable stations to travel and be on site for a few hours of activating.
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So rather than keep it a secret, lets share our planned activation's!
Who's operating?
From where?
What bands?
What times?

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Re: MAD - Sunday February 24, 2019

Post by VK4LHD » Sun Feb 10, 2019 11:05 am

As mentioned in another forum I will be activating Howells Knob QG63JF for the MAD. I will be working 1296, 2.4, 5.7 and 10Ghz. I'm still waiting to hear on an official start time. Most MAD's in the past have started around 1 or 2pm. I can't see any reason why we can't start earlier like maybe 10 or 11am but I'm happy with what ever time suits the majority of participants.

I have also looked into the long range weather forecast and it's not looking good. Then again how often has the weatherman got it right. If it is overcast on the day then I will still go portable but if it's raining in the morning then I will not be going. No point going out and getting myself and the gear all wet.

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Re: MAD - Sunday February 24, 2019

Post by VK4MJF » Tue Feb 12, 2019 7:34 pm

Brisbane VHF Group Club web site. Is advising in conjunction with the MAD event, the 23 on 23 event has been posted and all members have been advised of this Sunday 24th event so we can only hope for a larger amount of station roll up. I 'm having a picnic on Mt Nee so i ll pack some radios as well as the tea bag and thermos. see you there
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Re: MAD - Sunday February 24, 2019

Post by VK4CZ » Wed Feb 13, 2019 8:11 am

Not quite true John.... 23-on-23 will still occur on Sat 23rd [see other Forum thread] - Sydney and possibly other locations will still be running. :om:

The SE VK4 MAD has been moved to the Sunday 24th [not visa versa] to enable operation by some stations who are unable to participate if held on a Saturday. :clap:

End result TWO excuses to operate on 23cm and Above in a single weekend :thumbup:
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Re: MAD - Sunday February 24, 2019

Post by VK4OE » Fri Feb 15, 2019 5:46 pm

Hello to all readers.

The date set for this "Microwave Activity Day" is part of a schedule of similar outings that is published on the Brisbane VHF Group web pages. These are all on Sundays because taking microwave gear portable is greatly to be preferred in the daytime and, as Scott has suggested, MAD participation has been shown to be better on this day of the week.

As for me, weather permitting, I intend to return to Kamarun Lookout (QG61NU), just to the North of O'Reilly's at the edge of the Lamington National Park. I should have available all microwave bands from 1296 MHz to 76 GHz inclusive, with liaison on 146.55 or 439.0 MHz FM simplex. Someone recently suggested that we vacate 146.5 FM for MAD liaison due to the main calling simplex channel (146.5 MHz) often being used by different Southern VK4 and Northern VK2 stations for 'chatting' on weekends.

My mobile phone 0428191066 sometimes is usable at that location, the difficulty being that quite a number of Telstra bases are all strong at that site - using text messages seems to be more effective than voice calls. I should be operational from around 11:00 a.m. onwards.

Here's hoping that lots of challenging contacts will be had by many participants on the day!

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Re: MAD - Sunday February 24, 2019

Post by VK4CZ » Sat Feb 16, 2019 6:14 am

WX Forecast currently looking good :P
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Re: MAD - Sunday February 24, 2019

Post by VK4CZ » Sun Feb 17, 2019 6:57 am

VK4CZ/P and VK4YR/P will be activating Gus Beutel Lookout
Grid: QG62CP10
Altitude: 760mASL
Bands: 1.2, 2.4, 3.4 and 10GHz
Time: 12pm onwards
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Re: MAD - Sunday February 24, 2019

Post by VK3ZAZ » Sun Feb 17, 2019 8:05 am

Hold the prop until next week
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Re: MAD - Sunday February 24, 2019

Post by VK4CZ » Sun Feb 17, 2019 9:03 pm

With TC Oma now approaching the VK4 coast, the WX forecast has changed and by the weekend we're now looking at 60-70% chances of rain... But at this stage falls of less than 10mm!Image

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Re: MAD - Sunday February 24, 2019

Post by VK4LHD » Mon Feb 18, 2019 11:47 am

VK4CZ wrote:With TC Oma now approaching the VK4 coast, the WX forecast has changed and by the weekend we're now looking at 60-70% chances of rain... But at this stage falls of less than 10mm!
It's an MAD weekend so I would put the chances of rain much closer to 100% chance of rain and lots of it.
I don't think it's ever failed to rain at some point on an MAD weekend. Oh well will be good for giving rain scatter a go.

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Re: MAD - Sunday February 24, 2019

Post by VK4EA » Tue Feb 19, 2019 8:10 am

VK4CZ wrote:With TC Oma now approaching the VK4 coast, the WX forecast has changed and by the weekend we're now looking at 60-70% chances of rain... But at this stage falls of less than 10mm!Image

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I have pop up shelters and vehicle awnings, no reason to get wet. But if the rain becomes horizontal it’s going home time.


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Re: MAD - Sunday February 24, 2019

Post by VK4EA » Tue Feb 19, 2019 8:12 am

VK4LHD wrote:
VK4CZ wrote:With TC Oma now approaching the VK4 coast, the WX forecast has changed and by the weekend we're now looking at 60-70% chances of rain... But at this stage falls of less than 10mm!
It's an MAD weekend so I would put the chances of rain much closer to 100% chance of rain and lots of it.
I don't think it's ever failed to rain at some point on an MAD weekend. Oh well will be good for giving rain scatter a go.

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I have plenty of shelter, there won’t be any of this getting wet caper.


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Re: MAD - Sunday February 24, 2019

Post by VK4CZ » Wed Feb 20, 2019 8:53 pm

This weekend's MAD could be MAD!Image

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Re: MAD - Sunday February 24, 2019

Post by VK4GHZ » Thu Feb 21, 2019 10:25 am

Given the inevitable, it would seem foolish (stubbornly counter-productive) not to reschedule this?
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Re: MAD - Sunday February 24, 2019

Post by VK4CZ » Fri Feb 22, 2019 7:44 pm

Howling up here on the ridge tonight... But well under gale force. Sunday still looks wet and windy.

No formal confirmation of a cancellation yet... But I'm assuming its highly unlikely and a delay to March 24 could be a good option!Image

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Re: MAD - Sunday February 24, 2019

Post by VK4EA » Fri Feb 22, 2019 8:24 pm

VK4CZ wrote:Howling up here on the ridge tonight... But well under gale force. Sunday still looks wet and windy.

No formal confirmation of a cancellation yet... But I'm assuming its highly unlikely and a delay to March 24 could be a good option!Image

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I concur, dammit. I hate excuses not to go portable.


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Re: MAD - Sunday February 24, 2019

Post by VK4AFL » Sat Feb 23, 2019 6:52 am

If anything does happen tomorrow Sunday I will be available on 23 cm & 13 cm with 2400.100 MHz much preferred over 2403.100 MHz.

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Re: MAD - Sunday February 24, 2019

Post by VK2FLR » Sat Feb 23, 2019 7:24 am

I will not be available for this month's 23 on 23 because of a continuing debilitating medical problem.
Maybe in March!
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Re: MAD - Sunday February 24, 2019

Post by VK4GHZ » Sat Feb 23, 2019 10:03 am

And now down to a 20% chance of showers on Sunday.
Likelihood of a massive storm has been severely downgraded in the last 48 hours.
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Re: MAD - Sunday February 24, 2019

Post by VK4OE » Sat Feb 23, 2019 9:58 pm

Hi y'all!
It's Saturday evening and the forecast weather for tomorrow is not too bad - only a little windy, more so on hill tops, I imagine. We should have known better than to be scared off by the forecasters at the BOM.....
So I propose to go out to Kamarun Lookout and to be there in the middle of the day for a while with 1296.150, 5760.150, 10368.150, and 24048.150. I'll also be able to run with low power on 2400.150, 2403.150 and 3398.150. 47 GHz and 76 GHz will also be available in the van.
Liaison on 146.500 or 146.550 or 439.000 or text messages to 0428191066. 1296.150 also may double as a liaison frequency.
I'll check this medium before leaving in the morning.....
Cheers ad 73,
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