Friday, July 14, 2017

Reading PC4T's blog and then WOW!!

Digi signals.
 I was out for breakfast this morning looking over the blogs I follow on my Ipad when I came to Paul PC4T's blog it was an very interesting read about the new mode FT8. Once I finished reading his piece and went back to his main page I had a WOW moment!! I saw my blog listed under his favorites and notice it has been over a month since I last posted on my blog!! I knew the summers were very busy for me but I never thought I was that busy. I have the day off today and wanted to set some time aside for the radio, it has been long overdue for a ham radio sit down session. I started out on 20m CW this morning around 10:00 local time and I was surprised at the CW traffic. As the morning wore on the band died down around noon local time. I was not able to make any CW Elecraft P3 monitor that the digi end of 20m was very busy. I made my way up to 14.076.00 and tried some JT-65  and my CQ was answered by K8GNZ, KE0ABA and WA6GXQ but when I responded my reply was not heard. I at least new my signal was getting out anyway. As I began to write this post and having JT-65 running in the background my luck changed. I had a complete QSO's  with K0LOV and KB9EWG not many contacts but it was fun none the less.

4 comments:

  1. Mike,

    One of my favourite blogs to read. Glad you took some time to post.

    73 de VE3LBL

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  2. Hi Mike, good to see you back with a post. ;-) Yes, I think when the solar minimum is here, digi modes could be very interesting. Now I tried for several days FT8 and I really liked it. This is my first solar minimum with e lot digi modes at hand. Have a nice weekend. 73 Paul PC4T

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  3. Good afternoon Barry, thanks very much for the kind words and it nice to be getting back into the groove again. The summer is a busy time for me both at work and home.
    73 Barry
    Mike

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  4. Good Saturday afternoon Paul, yes it was sure busy on the digi modes and I was up at 12 watts which is as high as the K3 can go. I do have 15 watts available on the KX3 but have not used that this year on the digi modes. I am going to do some reading on FT8 and download the latest version of WSJT and give it a go soon.
    Have a great weekend Paul and thanks for taking the time to post.
    73,
    Mike

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