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CW Field Day Message on 630 meter band–474 khz

Date: Mon, 23 Jun 2014 09:52:57 -0700
From: John Langridge <
Reply-To: John Langridge <
Subject: CQ FD! 2014! de WG2XIQ

To: “
info@cowtownamateurradioclub.org” <info@cowtownamateurradioclub.org>
Greetings Cowtown club!  I wanted to extend this on-air demo opportunity to you and your group at Field day!
Starting with Field Day 2013, I transmitted a CW field day message on the 630-meter band for demonstration purposes to stations around the Texas area.  Let me be clear that this was not the ARRL’s Field Day message.  I hope to do it again this year, weather permitting, and wanted to let you know about it since I know you have low band enthusiasts out that direction.  Last year’s operation was amazingly successful and the message was copied as far away as Salt Lake City, Utah, using rigs and antennas set up for ham bands at a Field Day site.  All this was done with 1 Watt ERP and a short base-loaded vertical!
The plan will be to run the message on 474 KHz CW starting Saturday morning, June 28, around 8am and it will run through the end of Field Day on June 29, sometime after 1pm CDT.  I hope to run it at 15 minute intervals starting at the top of each hour and expect the message to run 5-10 minutes in length.
In addition to my station, there will be other Part 5 experimental stations around the US following suit with their own messages.  Below is a list:
WG2XKA in VT         472.5 Khz CW
WG2XJM in PA         473 KHz CW
WD2XSH/20 in OR    475 KHz CW
WG2XIQ in TX           474 KHz CW
So why do this?  We are hoping to show the value of the band, both in groundwave and skywave coverage.  The groundwave signals will outperform anything we have available to us under part 97 and the skywave, particularly during the winter, will surprise you, often times being reported thousands of miles from the transmitter site (I was heard in Europe and Alaska quite often last winter and make regular coast-to-coast QSO’s on CW and digital modes on 630-meters).  There are so many misconceptions about what goes on below the AM Broadcast band and we hope to provide opportunities for individuals at their club’s field day operation to experience the band first hand. Summer is not the best time to do this, but week keep signals on the band all year long and make QSO’s all year long.
Whatever antennas and rigs you might have hooked up for your operation, simply tune them to one of the frequencies above and see what you hear.  Again, I will be on 474 KHz CW and plan on running at a 15 minute interval if everything works out.
If you have any comments or questions, please feel free to contact me directly via email.
73 and I hope your group has a wonderful Field Day 2014!
John Langridge KB5NJD / WG2XIQ
Duncanville, TX – EM12MP
PS:  I *may* offer a certificate to those that report my signal around the Texas area so reports, whether copied by ear or software are very welcome!

Possible ISS Contacts on Field Day 2014

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 175.01 
DATE June 24, 2014 
BID: $ANS-175.01 

Possible ISS Voice Contacts on Field Day 
David Jordan, AA4KN, ARISS Public Relations 

Current discussions between the ARISS team and NASA suggest the 
possibility of voice contacts with the International Space Station 
(ISS) during Saturday’s ARRL Field Day activities this coming weekend. 

In a June 23 email, Kenneth Ransom, the ISS Ham Radio payload 
developer, stated “I have received a response from astronaut (Reid) 
Wiseman that he is willing to try and work some stations on Saturday
Pass times begin very soon after the start of Field day.” Wiseman 
would operate under the call sign, NA1SS. Should Alex Gerst 
participate, he would use the call sign, DP0ISS. 

If voice operation does occur, It will likely take place from the 
Columbus (COL) module using the standard Region 2 uplink frequency of 
144.49 MHz and 145.800 MHz for downlink. It’s expected that the packet 
system will be operational on 145.825 MHz during periods when the crew 
is not available. 

It’s not clear whether any of the Russian crew would participate from 
the Russian module, but if so, they would be directed to use 437.550 
MHz for any contacts using the call sign RS0ISS. The COL would also be 
available to their crew using the VHF frequencies above, if Wiseman is 
not operating. 

Listed below are approximate pass times and a chart showing ISS passes 
for the Field Day weekend. The pass times shown are not definite, 
scheduled times with the crew. They may or may not be able to support 
these times. And, updates to this tentative plan will be released as 
they become available. 

Saturday, June 28
+ N. America (18:11-18:33 UTC
+ Hawaii (19:36 – 19:47 UTC
+ N. America (19:48-20:10 UTC

This news release including a color map showing all ISS passes for 
Field Day weekend for North America can be viewed on-line at: 
http://www.amsat.org/?p=2860 http://www.amsat.org/?p=2860 

[ANS thanks David Jordan, AA4KN, ARISS Public Relations for the above