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Orionid Meteor Shower: Friday Night Brings Excellent Conditions In Eastern US

One of the best meteor showers of the fall, the Orionid Meteor Shower, will peak on Friday night with over a dozen meteors streaking across the night sky every hour.

Source: Orionid meteor shower: Friday night to bring excellent viewing conditions in the Eastern US.

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.

Fred, AB1OC

Remote Control Ham Station Enhancements

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.

Source: Remote Operating Enhancements | Our HAM Station

As part of the fall upgrade plans at our station, we have completed quite a few enhancements to the Remote Operating Gateway and associated client devices in our station. The upgrades include:

You can read more on our Stationproject Blog about our Remote Control Ham Station Enhancements.

We try to do some station upgrades in the fall of each year to maximize our operating fun during the winter months. We always welcome members who want to join in on our projects as a means to learn about station building. More to come as we make progress with our planned projects.

Special thanks to Dave, K1DLM who has helped us with ideas for several aspects of this project.

Fred, AB1OC

SOTA Activation on Mt. Wachusett

Antenna Farm on Mt. Wachusett
Antenna Farm on Mt. Wachusett

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

Brian, W1BP and son hiked to the summit
Brian, W1BP and son hiked to the summit

Fred, AB1OC, Anita, AB1QB and Jamey, KC1ENX took the mountain road to the summit, while Brian, W1BP hiked to the top.

6 meter beam
6 meter beam

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.

PSK Reporter map shows where we were heard on 6m FT8
PSK Reporter map shows where we were heard on 6m FT8
Jamey works Europe with his new KX2
Jamey works Europe with his new KX2

Jamey brought his new KX2 and worked many countries in Europe QRP on 20m with his Buddipole vertical.

Fred, AB1OC working 6m FT8 using Solar Power
Fred, AB1OC working 6m FT8 using Solar Power

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.