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News: The Chatham-Kent Amateur Radio Club Wednesday Night Net continues all year long every Wednesday night at 7:30 PM on the VA3KCR repeater. All amateurs are invited to join us on 146.680- NO PL.
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Author Topic: Persieds Meteor Shower  (Read 3422 times)
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« on: July 19, 2009, 12:35:01 PM »

This is a unique opportunity to work DX on VHF using meteor trails to reflect signals. Most activity will be centered on 144.200 MHz SSB and CW. After a meteor streak, you'll hear a burst of signals, with quick exchanges of callsign and grid square. I've heard these signal S9 +30. You may hear bursts of distant signals on 146.520 FM as well, so tune in and listen.

The Persieds Meteor Shower is a treat to watch, but you don't have to see them to work the DX. There could be over 60 meteors per hour at the peak. The best time this year is thought to be August 13 & 14, but these meteors can happen any time from July 23 until August 22. The moon will interfere with evening viewing, but this won't affect DX operations.

I like to run portable at the lake this night. When I see a meteor, there are a few seconds to work stations. Being able to see them is an advantage, since indoor operators have to constantly call CQ, whereas I just have to watch and wait.
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