Episode 059 - Lance Collister - W7GJ
Lance Collister, W7GJ, has had a fascination with VHF, six and two meters, for over fifty years, when he had a Heathkit Twoer and a three element yagi. Now Lance travels to the far corners of the Earth with his Elecraft KX3 to bounce his six meter signal off of the moon. Lance tells us how he does it in his conversation with Eric, 4Z1UG, on QSO Today.
First Interest: 1965, Age 13, electronics buddies at a Landisville PA Jr. high school.
First License: 1966, Age 14, WN3GPL
First Elmer: Frank Altdoerffer, W3APO
First Contact as General: Heakit Twoer with 3 element. Picture Here
First Job out of college: design engineer at
Has a patent on a log joining system for building log homes.
Earth-Moon-Earth Communications - 7% of signal is reflected back from the moon
Meteor Scatter - Meteors that enter the Earth's atmosphere burn up leaving an ionized trail of gas in the E layer. These trails reflect signals in the 30 MHz and higher. The bursts last longer the lower the frequency.
QSO Today found an interesting article in the research on Meteor Scatter: APRS Meteor Scatter Email System - Interesting project to notify of meteor scatter.
Meteor Scatter schedules
TEP Zone - called Trans-Equatorial Propagation Zone, over the equator that allows long distance contacts on VHF and sometimes UHF.
W7GJ EME Station:
Getting Started on EME:
Peter Island DXpedition, 3Y0X. - to Antarctica. EME did not work at all; signal absorbed in the ice?
W7GJ - Six Meter EME DXpedition Kit
Setting up EME on Clipperton Island
Associations that support EME or Moon Bounce:
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Collins 51J4 Receiver
Heathkit Twoer or "Benton Harbor Lunchbox"