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Press Release: MIDWINTER 630-METER ACTIVITY WEEKEND, February 6, 2016 starting 0000z through 2359z February 7, 2016

– Posted in: 630 Meter General Topics, 630 Meters


Join American and Canadian amateurs and experimental stations in the First Annual Midwinter 630m Activity Weekend, February 6, 2016, starting at 0000z and running through 2359z, February 7, 2016. This event is being undertaken because of the new and quickly growing interest in present 630m activities, both in the USA and Canada. Much of the U.S. interest is in response to the strong likelihood of US amateurs receiving access to the band in the near future, while Canadian hams are eager to learn more about the present level of amateur activities on their newest ham band.

These two activity nights will give interested amateurs in both countries, an opportunity to see, first-hand, what is happening and indeed, through the cross-band activity with Canadian amateurs, to take part in activity in the MF spectrum. Our hope is to see this activity become an annual operating event, to be held very winter on the 630m band.

For those of you that may be building for future 630m operation, this event will provide an opportunity to test your ‘receive’ capabilities on MF.

Operation will be from 472kHz – 479kHz in various modes. The two-way crossband work will be undertaken by the following Canadian stations, all on CW. Canadians will operate following the schedule shown below and will listen for callers on the specific ‘QSX’ frequencies indicated:

Station: VO1NA (Joe) GN37 Torbay, Newfoundland
Time: 2130Z – 0130Z both Friday night (Feb 5 – 6Z) / Saturday night (Feb 6 – 7Z) plus QRSS3 / 12 WPM Beacon from 0130 – 1000Z
TX Frequency:
477.7 kHz
RX (QSX) Frequency:
3562 kHz

Station: VE7SL (Steve) CN88 Mayne Island, B.C.
Time: 0200Z – 0700Z both Friday night (Feb 6Z) / Saturday night (Feb 7Z)
TX Frequency:
473.0 kHz
RX (QSX) Frequency:
3566 / 7066 kHz

Station: VE7BDQ (John) CN89 Delta, B.C.
Time: 0330Z – 0700Z both Friday night (Feb 6Z) / Saturday night (Feb 7Z)
TX Frequency:
474.0 kHz
RX (QSX) Frequency:
3555 kHz

Station: VA7MM (Mark) CN89 Coquitlam, B.C.
Time: 0500Z – 0700Z Friday night (Feb 6Z)
0400Z – 0800Z Saturday night (Feb 7Z)
TX Frequency:
475.0 kHz
RX (QSX) Frequency:
1801 kHz / 3574 kHz / 7062 kHz

Station: VE7CNF (Toby) CN89 Burnaby, B.C.
Time: 0300Z – 0700Z both Friday night (Feb 6Z) / Saturday night (Feb 7Z)
TX Frequency:
476.5 kHz
RX (QSX) Frequency:
1836 kHz / 3558 kHz / 7031 kHz

Station: VE3OT (Mitch) EN92 London, ON.
Time: 0000Z – 0400Z both Friday night (Feb 6Z) / Saturday night (Feb 7Z)
TX Frequency:
477.0 kHz
RX (QSX) Frequency:
3563 kHz / 7058 kHz

In addition, there will be a large number of U.S. ‘experimental’ stations in operation throughout the band, in two-way QSO mode with each other, using CW, PSK-31, JT-9 and QRSS modes. Some stations will also be in WSPR and QRSS CW beacon modes.

The success of this event largely depends upon the participation of as many amateurs as possible. We hope that you can find a few hours to participate in this unique midwinter event.

Reception reports can be submitted via email to their respective operators or via