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Leonids for everyone

This is just a reminder that Everyone can play with the

Yes, for success, you need a beam and high power, but People have HEARD
packets on an omni.  So, everynight as you go to bed, CLEAR your APRS maps
of all stations, and QSY to 147.585.

WHen you wake up the next morning.  Look at your map!  If you see anyone
beyond locals, then you got one!  Total investment, about 10 seconds of
your time...  

BUT unless you have high power or a beam pointed at a several hundred mile
distant city, dont transmit if there are others in your area listening.
Your transmissions will just QRM others listening since you will have
little chance of being heard... via a meteor.

So QSY at bed time.  Nothing ventured, nothing gained.  Why bed time?
Because from midnigt to about 8 AM is when your part of the earth is
moving in the direction that earth is moving through space and is when you
will see the most signals (and nothing else is going on on APRS that you
would be missing by QSY ing)...

Have fun!


 ARRL Headquarters station W1AW will be
participating in an APRS
meteor-scatter experiment, November 12 through 19, during the Leonids meteor
shower. Beginning at 2100 UTC on 12 November, W1AW will be monitoring and
beaconing on 53.530 and 147.585 MHz continuously. QSLs will be available for
all stations receiving W1AW's APRS beacons (please include an SASE). For
more information concerning the Leonids APRS experiment, see the November
issue of QST, page 46. Each day the call signs of stations received at W1AW
will be posted on the Web at:

I will be participating myself on 6 meters from my home station. It should
be an interesting test!

73 . . . Steve Ford, WB8IMY
QST Managing Editor
Personal Web site:

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