30 Meter Multi Mode WeekendWhen: October 27th and 28th 2012Where: 10 MHz - 30 Meter Band (10.100 – 10.150)
Objective: To promote experimenting and using different digital modes on the unique 30 Meter Band.
Those of you who want to participate using the more common modes of CW, BPSK31, RTTY, we welcome that, but those wanting to try other less used modes please do so and turn your RSID on to help others know what mode you are transmitting (common modes i.e. BPSK31/RTTY no need for RSID, do use RSID on the less common/exotic modes i.e. QBSK/HELL/MSK/DOMINOEX/THOR/THROB/CONTESTIA/OLIVIA/ECT).
A number of digital mode groups will be participating this weekend so if you have wanted to try out a new digital mode or make some contacts using less common digital modes this weekend might be of interest to you. There are a number of multi-mode digital software programs so this is also a chance to get on the 30 Meter Band to try them out. Most of them have RSID/TXID (Reed Solomon Identifier- automatic mode detection and tuning).
This event is NOT a contest…no set times…no rules…no exchanges…no winners other than those that participate with casual use of the 30 Meter Band knowing that others with like interests will be on this weekend to experiment, ragchew, DX and have some fun trying different digital modes!
Where on the 30 Meter Band to find different digital mode activity:
(Note: these are suggested only and observations of known digital mode activity) http://homepage.ntlworld.com/wadei/30m_band_utilization.htm
(For a very detailed 30m Band chart please go to the 30m Band Utilization Chart – Provided by Ian G3NRW)
10.100 – 10.130 CW
10.132 – SSTV-Narrow (MP73-N) Region 2
10.135 – 10.138 – FeldHELL
10.1386 – MEPT/WSPR
10.138-10.140 – JT65 (WSJT)
10.1405 – PROPNET & PropNet Robots (BPSK31)
10.139-10.141 WSPR (QSO MODE-WSJT)
10.140 – 10.141 BPSK31 QRP
10.140 – 10.142 BPSK31 – DX Region 1,2,3 (or BPSK/QPSK,31,63,125,<125hz)
10.142 – 10.145 RTTY,MFSK,THOR,THROB,DOMINO,OLIVIA,CONTESTIA,etc.
10.144 – 10.145 ROS (Region 2 –note not legal in USA)
10.144 – FeldHELL (Region 1)
10.144 – SSTV-Narrow (MP73-N) Region 1
10.142 – 10.144 – ALE-400hz
10.145 – 10.148 – ALE-2khz
10.147 – 10.148 PSKMail/APRS
10.1491 – 10.1495 APRS
Operating hints for the weekend:
- Do use RSID (RXID/TXID) for the less common/exotic modes (i.e. Contestia,Olivia,Domino,etc)
- Do CQ with RSID for more than just a few of CQ’s, don’t expect to have someone to reply on a less common used mode the first few CQ’s…give it a while for others to find you and the mode being used
- Do use good operating habits – clean signal, lowest wattage to complete the QSO, QRL in common mode first, if band is busy or crowded spread out or use narrower width modes (i.e. if band is busy don’t use OLIVIA 8/500 in the middle of the 30 Meter PSK 10.141 portion of the Band-not good operating habit if the band is busy and you will not make many friends)
- Do have fun and compare modes, wattage, antennas, etc with other operators that are interested to do the same..most the 30 Meter Digital Operators are not Call,599,73 most want a QSO (even DX)
- Do use http://www.HamSpots.net
for spotting, announcements of mode, etc.
- Do use the other digital ops with more experience most seasoned digital ops on 30 Meters are very helpful and will have the patience to help if needed…also might use and log on to HamSpots (link below)
Some reference links (only a few, there are many more modes/links):
If RSID is not being use please reference this link from FLDIGI on the Sight & Sounds of different digital modes that might help you determine what mode is being heard/seen on your waterfall:http://www.w1hkj.com/FldigiHelp-3.20/Modes/index.htm
CW 10.100 – 10.130http://www.fists.orghttp://www.skccgroup.com/index.htmlhttp://naqcc.info/http://home.windstream.net/yoel/
FeldHell - 10.132 – 10.136http://sites.google.com/site/feldhellclub/http://sites.google.com/site/feldhellclub/Home/feld-hell-faqhttp://uk.groups.yahoo.com/group/feldhellclub/http://www.feldhellclub.org
SSTV MP73-N (<500hz) 10.132 (every Saturday Net 1700-1900z)http://groups.yahoo.com/group/30mSSTV/http://amateur-radio-wiki.net/index.php?title=K3UK%27s_Quick_and_Dirty_Guide_to_Narrow_Bandwidth_SSTV
WSPR – 10.140http://wsprnet.orghttp://wsprnet.org/drupal/wsprnet/spotshttp://physics.princeton.edu/pulsar/K1JT/wspr.html
PropNet - 10.1405http://www.propnet.org
JT65 – HF (WSJT) – 10.139
** If you have not tried JT65 or it has been a while working JT65 on 30 Meters please give this great weak signal mode a try if the band conditions are poor (poor or not it will work many others including DX on just a few watts!! Please DO try this and check the JT65 activity on 30 Meters)http://jt65-hf.sourceforge.net/http://jt65.w6cqz.org/http://jt65.w6cqz.org/receptions.phphttp://groups.google.com/group/jt65-hfhttp://physics.princeton.edu/pulsar/K1JT/
PSK31 10.140 – 10.142
Try some PSK modes – BPSK31,BPSK63,BPSK125,QPSK31,QPSK63,QPSK125
Olivia – 10.142 – 10.145http://groups.yahoo.com/group/oliviadata/
Contestia – 10.142 – 10.145http://www.oliviamode.com/Contestia.htmhttp://www.w1hkj.com/FldigiHelp-3.20/Contestia.html
MFSK – 10.142 – 10.144 (or even try MFSK SSTV/PICS)http://www.qsl.net/z/zl1bpu/MFSK/http://f6cte.free.fr/SSTV_IN_MFSK16_EASY_WITH_MULTIPSK.doc
ROS – 10.143 – 10.145 (note: not legal in USA on HF)http://rosmodem.wordpress.com/http://ham2ham.com/room307_ros.phphttp://groups.yahoo.com/group/ROSDIGITALMODEMGROUP/
Try Some Multi-Mode Digital Software (Most have RSID):http://www.ham-radio-delux.com
Or try them all…common modes of CW,RTTY,BPSK31, less common BPSK63/125,QPSK63/125,FeldHELL,OLIVIA,CONTESTIA,WSPR,WSJT
Log in and try the new HamSpots page for Digital Modes and Groups to announce what mode you are trying or if you are having trouble others can help:http://hamspots.net/30mdg/
Couple other links for multi-mode users:http://f1ult.free.fr/DIGIMODES/MULTIPSK/digimodesF6CTE_enhttp://f6cte.free.fr/index_anglais.htm
***Please note we are secondary users of the 30 Meter Band and to use good operating procedureshttp://www.30mdg.net/tips.html
Also if you have not participated in the 30MDG Awards Program please have a look at the 111 Awards 30MDG offers to have fun on the 30 Meter Band – it’s FREE fun, casual, and all you have to do is download the FREE Ultimate 30 (U30) software that will do all the work for you so it easy! Go here for more information on our 30 MDG Awards Program and information:http://www.30mdg.net/award_rules.htmlhttp://www.30mdg.net/awards_01.htmlhttp://www.u30.hf-core.at/
Have fun and hope to see you on the waterfall!
Thanks from the 30 Meter Digital Group (30MDG) celebrating our 5 year Anniversary, our soon to be 6,000 members, and over 31,000 30MDG Award Certificates issued!
Don kb9umt 30MDG#0001 & 30MDG “Team”http://www.30MDG.nethttp://groups.yahoo.com/group/30MDG/