I have been playing with a new Triquint ULNA device (TQP3M9036). It
Shows a lot of promise. It is like a MAR or MSA device in that it is
50ohm in and out. and has a claimed NF about .4db nf ( their numbers).
I have built several pramps to test them and have gotten even better
than they claim and they cover 50-1296 with ease and NF is .4ish or
below. The S11 and S22 are both great and the OIP3 is +35db also
...very nice device. It has great promise as a good terrestrial LNA.
Preamps are foolproof to build and would cost under $50 if all the best
quality parts are used.
Just for information only ...
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Sri I made, at least a mistake, I send it again.
Very interesting answers. I come from Sats world, where the Doppler
is a serious issue and it is so quick that it is impossible to work
I will speak thinking in one carrier. Sats need to receive in only
one fix frequency (it is an active RX with a wideband), if the Sat
receives a carrier in this frequency then it will be repeated. The
signal TX from the Sat will be in one fix frequency. So people who
work Sats must correct its TX frequency (according with actual
Doppler) to reach the sat in its fix frequency, in the same way
because of the Sats will repeat this signal in a fix frequency, people
must correct its RX frequency (according with actual Doppler).
This way of dealing with Doppler is very interesting because NOBODY
KNOWS the Doppler of the other stations and nobody needs to know it,
we only need to know our own Doppler.
If we would use this agreement to EME communications we will always
speak about the frequency we hit the Moon, in other words the
frequency which the Moon hear us and repeat our signal.
The actual EME software shows us the Doppler as the sum of the Doppler
effects to reach the Moon and to receive the bounce signal, so Moon
will receive us at ½ Doppler announced, the other ½ effect will appear
after de bounce.
I will try to set a couple of examples.
1.- We will agree to hit the Moon in 1296.070. This is the frequency I
will announce in the log. In our software the dates will be:
The sign that the software shows will aplly to RX frequency and the
opposite to the TX frequency, and always ½ magnitude on each one.
Both of us must deal with Doppler, each one must do their task to hit
the moon in the agreed frequency and to receive the bounce according
our Doppler. Then we must set on our transceivers:
TX: 1296.070 -1.5KHz = 1296.0685MHz
RX: 1296.070 +1.5KHz= 1296.0715MHz
TX: 1296.070 +1.0KHz = 1299.071MHz
RX: 1296.070 -1.0KHz= 1296.069MHz
Each station who sees the post will act only according its own
Doppler. Don´t mind where is the DX station.
2.- In this case I see a signal in my receiver in 1296.070. What
kind of pair of frequencies I must set (I know nothing about the DX
station I have still decode nothing), I only know me own Doppler, and
it is +2KHz. I must hit the moon in the same frequency that my
TX: 1296.070 -1.0KHz = 1296.069MHz
RX: 1296.070 = 1296.070MHz
WE WILL NOT NEED TO KNOW NO MORE THAN OUR DATES.
I haven´t spoken about what frequencies will be the echoes (both
echoes), to make the understanding easy.
As a drawback we should change our habits, we should always use the
RIT as follow:
TX: The frequency we choose plus the opposite sign of Doppler and ½
RIT: the sign of our Doppler and ½ Doppler magnitude.
Although at first glance it seems not to be interesting in 144MHz but
we will always hit the target in whatever band, even in 144MHz.
Somebody can tell that they need a computer, to do JT65 of course, if
you do CW surely have a smart phone with the proper software to know
your own Doppler or you can print it before.
If I made some mistakes let me know.
It is my 2 cents.
A quick update on the next EME conference.
The conference, as announced, will be held at the BHR Hotel near Treviso.
The dates are confirmed: from 19th to 21th of august.
We reserved the whole hotel and conference center, that should be able to
accomodate the large part of the attendance, the others will be hosted in
other hotels nearby if necessary, at the same rates and with shuttles
between them (we will deal with the bookings).
The hotel is not far from Treviso airport, with free shuttles from it. This
choice was made because on Treviso airport land the majority of the low
We have a good number of sponsors, that will help us to ensure an
unforgettable stay, from I0JXX, that many of you already know, to the fine
CW paddles maker Mr. Begali (which has in store a mindblowing EME limited
edition paddle for you to see), along with Messi e Paoloni Cables, CSY &
Son (Yaesu) and others.
One thing is for sure, the final raffle will be something!
While we are still working on the website (we had a shortage of webmasters
lately...), we did manage to prepare a neat collateral program for the
ladies, that will be available for the audience as soon as the site will be
The good thing is, if you don't want to bother with looking for air
tickets, transfers and extensions for your trip (yes, there are some
proposals for those too), we will be able to deal with your necessities
directly. Since I own a Tour operator chances are that we will be able to
shave your ordinary travel costs.
We are working hard to host the opening of the conference in Venice, but
logistics is a true nightmare, and politics adds to the equation rendering
this part of the organization a total mess to deal with, but we don't give
If you have any questions, or you want to make a leap of faith and book
your flights well in advance, or you want to submit a paper for the
conference, drop me an email to iw3hvb(at)eme2016.org
I'll come back soon.
Enjoy the rest of the holiday season!
With unusual December WX and temps around 60F / 16C Frank NC1I and I decided
to spend a few hours driving around Rhode Island this past weekend to check
out sites we have had on the short list for a future RI EME DXpedition.
We're pretty excited about one of them: good moon horizon, away from homes
and businesses, etc. We met with the property owners and discussed what we
are looking to do and they seem supportive.
Over the coming weeks I'll continue to work on the logistics for this
operation. As I've mentioned in the past - in the USA the Amateur Radio
service has secondary status on 70cm with the military being the primary
user. In eastern Massachusetts (near RI) there is a large radar
installation that we can't cause interference to (we're normally limited to
QRPP). While we have a special high power permit for 70cm we want to make
sure we inform the radar facility in advance of our planned operation.
Our thoughts would be to run the same station we had in Vermont: 4 yagis on
70cm and the 2.4m dish on 23cm with QRO on both bands. We'd likely setup
the station during the weekend prior to our operation and then return for an
extended weekend on 70cm - and then back the following weekend for 23cm.
Looking at DL7APV's moon calendar we are thinking these dates: 70cm on Apr
08/09/10 and 23cm on Apr 16/17. Because of the difficulty of QRO on 70cm
from Rhode Island we want to make sure we can work as many people as
Happy Holidays and best wishes for the New Year 2016!
I am trying to fix a noisefiguremeter and have traced the problem down to a
small relais. It is a Jennings type and says 73905 on it and also TOH55 F28.
It is very small, about 2,5 by 2,5 by 1 cm and has three SMA female
connectors and a small round coil on it.
Does anyone know a source for it? Have tried E-bay and other obvious routes
but found nothing or already being sold.
VY 73, Dick PA2DW
Some sad news to end the year.
I doubt many will remember Ken now, perhaps Peter G3LTF will as they will
have met back in the day.
Ken Street GM3ENJ of Dunfermline, was part of the first moonbounce group in
the '60's here in Scotland on 432 MHz. Along with GM3FYB, GM3EGW, GM3CIG,
and GM3HYX they built a dish and 432 Mc/s transmitter and receiver for EME.
Ken was 91 and was still on 144 MHz SSB from his home until his death a
couple of days ago. Incidentally Charlie GM3HYX is still active on 144 MHz
SSB and Jimmy GM3CIG is still around though not on the radio.
You can see an old (silent) 8mm cine of the early EME from Scotland:
We also have Ken GM3ENJ himself with his old teletype in the 60's:
Wishing everyone a Good New Year,
73 from David GM4JJJ
for counting my EME inits I use VQLog that is - as far I know - the only
logbook software that is doing that correct.
As 2. log software I use a German program called Ham Office that does it
Do you know any other log software counting inits correct ?
HNY 2016 to all of you and you families !
Member of the Team of MMMonVHF