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Meteor Scatter Tonight!



Tonight's the night!  If you have a beam and a TNC, please join us!

With all the media hype over the upcoming meteor shower tonight, tomorrow,
and tomorrow night, HAM radio has an opportunity to have fun.  If you have
a beam and a TNC, please join us on 145.79 MHz and point your beam at
another major HAM population area somewhere 600 to 1200 miles away.

As a minimum set the following in your TNC:

UNPROTO GRIDSQ     <= Your Grid Square  (make it 6 digits please)
BText   ]y[Bob     <= your name or whatever. (preceeded with ]Y[ )
B E 1

That will cause your station to transmit one packet every 10 seconds.
The next morning, jsut check your MHEARD log and see who you saw!

*** For a Kantronics TNC, it wont transmit your gridsquare and it will
only be once a minute instead of every 10 seconds.  In this case, just go
to CONVERSE mode and hit ENTER key any time you want to transmit...  But
it will be a long night for you...

The special format ]y[ at the beginning of your BText is for APRS stations
so that they will automatically plot your station (with a YAGI) on their
maps. If you run APRS, then there are many more things you can do.  But
just read the METEORS.TXT that is in all the APRS documentation... for
details.  If you do not run a YAGI, then put ]-[ in place of ]y[.

Further, you can enhance how you appear in APRS by also including three
more letters. ^HP where H shows your beam heading and P shows your power.
In this case the single letter H goes from 0 through 9 and then A through
Z to give you 36 beam headings from 0 to 360.  And P is a single character
0-9 which is the square root of your ERP divided by 100.  So 100 watts
would be represented by 1, 400 watts = 2, 900 watts=3, etc.  Thus a 45
watt station into a 13 dB antenna pointing west (900 watts ERP) would be
]y[^Q3

If you run less than 50 watts into an Omni, best to just listen, you wont
be heard (probably), and will only QRM other locals listening. (Unless
this shower does turn into a storm!).  ALso we will be transmitting on a
15 second interval starting in the Northeaset Quadrant of the USA at 00
and working clockwise to the northwest at 45 seconds past the minute.

Looking forward to seeing your pings!

(145.79 should be clear over most of the USA except for SO CALIF.  In So
CAL, you might should just listen so as not to QRM the existing network).

de WB4APR, Bob

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