Dear Mal, Mike, LF Group,
The TM5AST expedition was able to maintain a consistently high signal level
for several hours after dark using their kite antenna, rather demonstrating
how effective it can be, and plenty of time for even a QRSS30 QSO. As for
the time of year, Joe, VO1NA and myself had our first QSO during June a
couple of years ago, using QRSS30. Admittedly, it took several attempts, and
a bit of luck was required to get the whole QSO into the available darkness
hours, but eventually it worked, and most of the time some signals were seen
even when a complete QSO was not possible.
Cheers, Jim Moritz
73 de M0BMU
On 22 Jun 2005 at 15:15, hamilton mal wrote:
QRS 30/60 would be too slow for a kite operation, in fact normal CW
is more appropriate because of the qsb dips when the kite swings
about and you would only get bits of the signal and no positive ID.
Daytime activities in EU would not suit the USA because of the time
difference and its really not safe to fly a kite at night time,
virtually impossible in the dark.
possible to fly a kite that is very stable for long periods. I am
sure that G3YXM (whose GM3YXM/P work gave several people their first
GM) will agree.
From my experience of kite operation on LF as GW3XDV/P, it is quite
As for timing, this time of year it gets light at about 0430, which
would allow time for a callsign ort two at QRSS30 before
transatlantic propagation faded. A bigger problem would be getting
enough wind at that time of day.