It looks like this weekend is going to be a good time to work Meteor Scatter contacts on 6m! The Orionid’s peak tonight (Friday) and tomorrow (Saturday) night, October 20th and 21st. We’ll be operating using WSJT-X MSK144 mode on 6m. We are planning to use our Remote Operating setup to take advantage of our SDR’s receiver capabilities and the connected 500w amplifier.
As explained in a previous article, we have been working on enhancing our Remote Control Ham Station system. The upgrades include additional remote client options, better remote networking via the Internet, and better integration with our microHAM system.
On Saturday September 24, we held our last SOTA activation of this season at Mt. Wachusett in Massachusetts. We had great weather, great scenery, and a great time operating from the summit.
Getting to the Summit
Fred, AB1OC, Anita, AB1QB and Jamey, KC1ENX took the mountain road to the summit, while Brian, W1BP hiked to the top.
Operating from the Summit
Fred and Anita brought their 6m beam and portable station. This time we were set up for digital operation and made SSB as well as FT4 QSOs. We made a total of 24 QSOs and were heard on FT8 as far away as Nova Scotia and North Carolina.
Jamey brought his new KX2 and worked many countries in Europe QRP on 20m with his Buddipole vertical.
We had a warm sunny day – perfect for the first weekend of Fall. We had plenty of solar power to run both Fred’s and Brian’s stations.