Perseid Meteor Shower
08/08/12

Perseid Meteor Shower Saturday, August 11 and well into the next day, will be at its peak With up to 60-100 meteors per hour
predicted. If you own a 6 or 2 meter SSB/CW transceiver, you can get in on the action, bouncing your signals off Perseid meteor trails
and making quick meteor scatter contacts over hundreds of miles, and possibly even as much as 1200 miles. Meteor scatter operation is particularly easy on 6
meters where 100 W and an omnidirectional antenna will do the job. On 2 meters, a directional antenna (such as a multielement Yagi) usually
yields better results.
Some meteor scatter operators prefer to use SSB, making rapid exchanges of signal reports and grid squares. In recent years, digital meteor
scatter has been increasing in popularity. With the free sound-card-based WSJT software suite by Joe Taylor, K1JT, it is possible to make digital
meteor scatter contacts almost any time of the day or night, not just during annual showers. Most WSJT scatter operators use a mode known as
FSK441 and center their activities on calling frequencies at 50.260 and 144.140 MHz. They also announce their availability by using Web sites
just as N0UK's Ping Jockey Central. From http://www.arrl.org/news/perseid-meteor-shower-should-be-fun-for-meteor-scatter-enthusiasts-and-viewers-alike