The “Big” Test – Announcement

WSTM Broadcast AntennaIt’s time to experiment! We may be several weeks away from going on the air with the repeater, but the antenna is ready NOW, and I’d like your help to give it a test run. I’m going to host a simplex net on Tuesday, April 3, 2012, at 8:00 pm, on 53.670 MHz (the proposed frequency of the new repeater). I chose this time because it comes right after the popular 6 meter net on 53.05, and I was hoping everyone from that net would slide on over and join the test.

I’ll run net control from the future repeater site, using 65 watts, which roughly approximates the amount of power that will make it out of the duplexer when the repeater goes on the air. This should give us a good idea what the repeater’s actual coverage will be. The point of this exercise will be to gather information about signal strength, location, antenna types, power level, etc. There are several items of information that I would like to receive from you during the test:

  • Your call, name and QTH
    Your rig and power level
    Your antenna, and whether it is V or H polarization
    Your S meter reading, if available

Of course, I will also give each check-in a signal report. Over these great distances, it is quite likely that many people won’t hear each other, so I will briefly repeat the report from each station so that everyone can keep up with what’s going on.

EVERYONE is welcome, and I am particularly interested in anyone who is able to participate using a mobile rig, HT, or a horizontal beam that’s a good distance away from Syracuse. Anyone who can hear but not respond is encouraged to send a report via e-mail to Everyone who responds on the air or via e-mail will receive a special QSL card (an actual post card, in the US Mail!) created just for this test! Also, the results will be summarized in a post on this blog.

WSTM Coverage Map, Syracuse NYTake another look at the predicted coverage map (click to enlarge it), and notice the little bits of magenta-purple coloring in the fringe areas. This indicates the expected “fringe” limits of coverage; it is likely that a substantial antenna and good amount of power (100 watts) will be required in those areas. Anyone in these areas is strongly encouraged to give it a shot. Please help spread the word to your ham friends from northern Pennsylvania to southern Ontario, Canada, and from Buffalo to Albany.  Mention it on any nets you are part of.  Pass the word on via e-mail.  Thanks for your help!

Spread the word! Join us Tuesday, April 3, 2012, at 8:00 pm, 53.670 MHz simplex.

About kd2sl

I'm a lifelong geek, interested in anything electronic, but especially ham radio, radio and TV broadcasting, and computers. Employed as a television engineer for several Syracuse, NY TV stations.
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