23-on-23 + MAD: Sunday February 23, 2020

23cm, 2.4/3.4/5.7/10/24/47 GHz and above - antennas, propagation, operating, etc. Includes Optical communications, with light,
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23-on-23 + MAD: Sunday February 23, 2020

Post by VK4CZ » Sat Feb 15, 2020 3:45 pm

23-on-23 + MAD: Sunday February 23, 2020
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Since the monthly 23 on 23 falls over a weekend this month this triggers a MAD (Microwave Activity Day) for the Brisbane VHF Group members and an invitation to participate to anyone else in range.

I have requested info from all our “usual suspects” as to who and where and what bands will likely be activated.

I’ll post anything I receive onto this message string and invite anyone reading this to do this themselves as well.

See you all on the air

Kevin VK4UH for BVHFG

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Re: 23-on-23 + MAD: Sunday February 23, 2020

Post by VK4EA » Sat Feb 15, 2020 3:52 pm

I’ll be at a high point near “The Gantry” D’Aguilar State Forest. Will have 2m/70cm/23cm/3cm/1.25cm.


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Re: 23-on-23 + MAD: Sunday February 23, 2020

Post by VK4AFL » Sat Feb 15, 2020 4:16 pm

I will be available on 23 cm & 9 cm from home QG62OM.

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Re: 23-on-23 + MAD: Sunday February 23, 2020

Post by VK4OE » Sat Feb 15, 2020 10:26 pm

G'dday everyone!

Weather permitting, my plan is to again activate Kamarun Lookout, QG61NU, all bands from 1.3 GHz to 76 GHz. Available liaison "channels" are 146.50 or 146.55 or 439.00 FM Simplex; the Mt Glorious 147.00 2M repeater, 1296.150 or 1296.175 USB, or text messaging to 0428 191066.

Are there suggested starting times for the different bands, or is the management of it all "fairly free".....?

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Re: 23-on-23 + MAD: Sunday February 23, 2020

Post by VK4CZ » Sun Feb 16, 2020 7:49 am

The initial planning for this was to ensure that it accommodated the the Sunshine Coast ARC BBQ lunch at Mary Cairncross Park [Maleny] - scheduled to operate from 10am through 2pm - so that as many of the SCARC could experience and have an opportunity fro a uWave QSO.

This is an opportunity we shouldn't let go!

My suggestion is that we aim to be on air from 10am [Home stations & some /P] then continue until the last stations are worked. - allowing time to get home.

As my drive will be just over 2 hours, I will be off air by 3pm allowing time to get home and unpack, dinner and crash as I'll need to be in the office at 7:30am on Monday.

This way there should be both Home and Portable stations for the SCARC to work!
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Re: 23-on-23 + MAD: Sunday February 23, 2020

Post by VK4CZ » Sun Feb 16, 2020 8:03 am

I aim to activate Gus Buetel Lookout QG62cp10

Bands to activate: 1.2, 2.4, 3.4 & 10GHz
Liaison via 2m, 70cm, HF and mobile phone
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Re: 23-on-23 + MAD: Sunday February 23, 2020

Post by VK4CZ » Sun Feb 16, 2020 7:23 pm

The WX for next weekend forecast is pretty RS :shock: with > 90% chances of rain. :thumbdown:

I will keep a watch, but Elders WX has proven to be pretty accurate... day by day commitment updates will be provided :wink:
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Re: 23-on-23 + MAD: Sunday February 23, 2020

Post by VK4GHZ » Mon Feb 17, 2020 12:58 pm

I believe there was some email list going around to a select few, so some details may be on an invite only basis. :shh:

As a gate crasher, I might set up and blow the dust out of the dual-band 5.7 GHz / 10 GHz transverter from the top of the drive way. Those will be the only bands active. Mt Coot-tha and Mt Gravatt definitely workable, if anyone can reveal who might be operating from there?

The money spent on a 5.7 Kuhne system + 8W PA years ago deserves one QSO at least.
Come to think of it, the 10 GHz 10W PA has never had a QSO either!

Will monitor 147.00 repeater on a hand held for liaison, although I seem to recall in 2012 there was a major fuss (and resistance) with using Mt Glorious to co-ordinate VHF+ activity. The main objector did not want to interrupt the routine of the biggest users of the repeater: two elderly base station operators discussing their health issues - even though these two were within simplex range of each other, and happy to QSY. Maybe that situation has changed?

I personally think FM repeaters (that sit there idle 99.9% of the time) are good for activity day liaison. They offer wide omni coverage which translates to modest on-site requirements, as you can often wander around with a hand held whilst setting up your own site. Either that or most people have a spare 10W 2M FM rig and mag mount 5/8th begging to get some use.

Moving forward, I would actually suggest consider using the wide area repeater network (146.650 in greater Brisbane + linked to many others). Aside from extended coverage, it's an easy way to expose existing FM only hams to microwave activity.

But, I don't want to start rocking boat, and Heaven forbid if other casual VHF operators over hear the liaison traffic, and develop an interest in microwaves!

To whomever started the email list: please do NOT include me on future email lists if this is the new 'norm'.
I will not get involved with this backwards step. :om:
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Re: 23-on-23 + MAD: Sunday February 23, 2020

Post by VK4CZ » Mon Feb 17, 2020 2:43 pm

Please also ensure that your /P profile is updated on VKSPOTTER

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Re: 23-on-23 + MAD: Sunday February 23, 2020

Post by VK4GHZ » Fri Feb 21, 2020 7:27 am

Given the uncertainty in that very few have bothered to advise about their activity, }:[ I have decided to do other things instead.
It would consume a significant part of tomorrow in dragging the [unused for 6 years] gear out, blowing the dust off, checking everything and reaquainting myself with it all. I'm afraid the reward vs the time investment does not add up.

Back to the tiling.

Thanks to those who did bother to post though.
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Re: 23-on-23 + MAD: Sunday February 23, 2020

Post by VK2AZ » Fri Feb 21, 2020 12:30 pm

The Wyong Field Day occurs on the 23rd in VK2 so probably not a lot of MAD activity from here.

There will certainly be activity from the Western Sydney group from 8 till 9PM on the 23rd.

See you there. (Wyong and 23cm)
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Re: 23-on-23 + MAD: Sunday February 23, 2020

Post by VK4LHD » Fri Feb 21, 2020 1:00 pm

Hi All.
Sorry for my late posting here. Lack of time and a lost password hasn't helped but at least the password has now been solved. (Thanks Adam)
At this stage our club group (Sunshine Coast ARC) Should be on air from around 10:30am from Marry Caincross Park to work all the home stations and early starters but if there are to be a few stations on later in the afternoon say 1pm onward our plan is to change location and move up the hill to Howells Knob and work the portable stations from up there.
We should have a couple of other with us, VK4WS, VK4WT and maybe VK4ALH all working different bands so it should be a good turn out from our end.

We should have a good mix of bands from 1296 right up to 24Ghz. Will also where best keep an ear on the FM repeaters 147.000 and be on VK Spotter so long as the laptop battery lasts. I don't have a VK4LHD/p account with VK Spotter yet so I will just change my Grid locator in Spotter for the weekend.
Just hope the weather Gods are on our side and leave the rain for another day.

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Re: 23-on-23 + MAD: Sunday February 23, 2020

Post by VK4CZ » Fri Feb 21, 2020 7:31 pm

Current activity map.... a fair distance between stations for a change :thumbup:
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Re: 23-on-23 + MAD: Sunday February 23, 2020

Post by VK4LHD » Sun Feb 23, 2020 6:19 pm

Well I would like to say thanks to everyone who took part in today's MAD. We had a lot of fun up at Marry Caincross park despite the rainy weather.
Just a bit of a heads up. The next weekend MAD should be the 23rd May so just 3 months away and I'm hoping for this one to be a big one for SCARC as we will have available to us the Special Event Call Sign VI250COOK and we already have plans in place to head up to Howells Knob and work the special event call so if you want something a little bit different in your log books then don't miss this one.

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Re: 23-on-23 + MAD: Sunday February 23, 2020

Post by VK4AFL » Sun Feb 23, 2020 9:23 pm

Tnx to the portable stations today nearly all who said they were going out did despite uncertain wx which in the end was not a problem. I had 9 contacts on 23 cm & 6 on 9 cm all with very good signals but lack of home station support continues to plague MAD & FD events.

Adam if you want to sell that 5.7 GHz equipment contact me.

If anyone wants a test or simply a contact on 23 cm/9 cm I am always keen.

73, Trevor, VK4AFL.

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