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ARRL General Bulletin ARLB018 (2008)

ARLB018 ARRL 2008 Frequency Measuring Test Set

QST de W1AW  
ARRL Bulletin 18  ARLB018
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  November 10, 2008
To all radio amateurs 

ARLB018 ARRL 2008 Frequency Measuring Test Set

The 2008 ARRL Frequency Measuring Test (FMT) will take place
Wednesday evening, November 12 at 9:45 PM EST, or Thursday morning,
November 13 at 0245 UTC.

It will replace the W1AW phone bulletin scheduled at this time.
W1AW Station Manager Joe Carcia, NJ1Q, recommends that those
planning to participate listen to W1AW's transmissions prior to the
event to determine which band--or bands--will be best for
measurement purposes.

The FMT will start with a general QST call from W1AW at exactly 0245
UTC, transmitted simultaneously on two amateur frequencies. The
frequencies are 3597.5 and 7095 kHz.

All identification and instructions will be transmitted in CW. The
test will begin with an identification of the band on which the
tones are to be transmitted (NOW 80 METERS). The tones to be used
will be between 500 Hz and 2 kHz.  The two tones will be transmitted
in an alternating sequence of 10 seconds of each tone. Each tone
will be transmitted three times for a total of 1 minute of
continuous transmission on each band.

W1AW will then ID and identify the next band (QST DE W1AW 40 METERS)
and the tone sequence will be repeated on the next band. The test
will last for a period of approximately 15 minutes total and will
end with a series of Vs followed by station identification.  W1AW
will identify before, during and after the transmissions.

West Coast participants have their own signal to check again this
year, courtesy of Mike Fahmie, WA6ZTY.

Your report should be submitted via the FMT Report form on the W1AW
FMT Web site. Along with your call sign and e-mail address, enter
your most accurate measurement on each band and indicate whether you
measured the W1AW or WA6ZTY signal (or both). There will be a window
to list your equipment, describe the method you used to make the
measurements and enter any Soapbox comments.

W1AW will post on the FMT web site the transmitted frequencies
following the test. This will allow participants to quickly
determine the accuracy of their equipment and methods.

An article, "Frequency Measuring Test 2008," by Ward Silver, N0AX,
in the November 2008 QST on page 61 and also available on the ARRL
Web site at,, details the
2008 FMT.

Additional information about the FMT--including a list of reference
articles and updates to test schedules--is on the W1AW Frequency
Measuring Test Web page,


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