TX7EME Operating tips

From August 28th (29th for Europe) until September 4th (5th for Europe) 2021 I will be will be active from Rangiroa Atoll on moonbounce.

OK, where to start… well! TX7EME will be a marginal station, and I will be alone to assemble everything and to operate the station so, at least at moonrise when EU stations will roar through the waterfall, it will be quite frantic…

The call will be TX7EME. Locator BH65EA. Be sure to add these data in your call3.txt file.

Operating frequency will be around 1296.100 MHz QRM permitting.

Here are some well known operating tips and a couple of add-ons, doesn’t hurt to have a look at them:

  • Please call me when you CAN copy my signal on the waterfall. No need to have a good decode from me, you will decode my signal when I will call you back.
  • Better don’t stop calling me when I already am in QSO with someone else, after every QSO I will call the next station I have in queue, but only if he was transmitting on the minute before.
  • Don’t hop around, choose a freq to call me and stay there for a while. If you stop transmitting , listen in the next period and then change freq if you feel like it.
  • I will not transmit my 73. Copied your 73 I will go back to call CQ or I will answer to another copied station directly with the OOOs…
  • You need to send 73 after you got our RRR, I will have to be sure the QSO is completed, your cross check will be possible directly from the log at a later time.
  • Very Important!! At moonrise I will take stations only from EU, since the common moon window is very short 2 to 3 hours tops. For all the others, there will be plenty of time later….

Since there are still some CW enthusiasts that probably will want to have a shot at the new one, I will gladly accept CW skeds, altough my CW is not that great, and the signals will be vy marginal given the small dish.

I think that most of the traffic will be in JT65C mode, but it is more than possible that if the pileup will be ferocious and the signals will be good enough, I will switch to Q65-30C, in order to maximize the number of QSO per given time.

Time zone is quite nasty down there, so keep in mind that local Rangiroa Summer Time is UTC -10h. So, for most of the time, I will be on the day before yours. The DXpedition, looking at UTC time, will start on August 29th.

CU off the moon!