August 20, 2014

2E0HTS (Simon)

This Years Summer Break Started With A Bang!


My summer leave from work did not start so well as I was knocked off my motorcycle on the way home from work back in July. I survived with a few aches, knocks, bumps and bruises but never the less was fortunate not to get too seriously injured. The bike however was a right off! A real shame as I have looked after my Suzuki Bandit for 12 years and it was an absolute minter.


As you can imagine I have been feeling stiff, sore and fed up with myself and my usual happy holidays was not quite as happy as it should. With this in mind my better half told me to go out and buy something cool to get my mind off of things, so I took her advice and came back with a new vehicle. I chose something that would benefit the family as well as myself and with this in mind I got a Ford Transit Van. The reason why I chose the Transit was because its a good size of vehicle to be able to convert into a day van/tourer and the Transit van has a good reputation for reliability as well as economy with a 2.0 litre turbo charged diesel engine.

TRANSIT Van Conversion work commences
 The conversion so far has gone well with a flying start thanks to my old CB pal Kevin aka "Tom Thumb" whom I first met on the CB back in 1981. Kevin has always been a good friend and he has been helping me out since my motorcycle spill. He is a gas engineer by trade and a dab hand at too many things to list, he also has a fully converted Transit which is very nice indeed. With his help we made an immediate start on my new van which involved ripping out the original board and racking, replacing it with acoustic sound proof cork, fresh timber and some warm carpet.


Sound proofed as well as insulated before the sheets go down.


A nice base to start things off with!


Insulation and sound proofing into the sides which will keep things warm and snug in the back.


Elsie is well impressed with her new "camper" so much she was so keen to help, under strict supervision with the scissors of course.


Kevin putting in a good days work as he finishes laying the carpet, very nice indeed Thanks buddy!


My turn now, I grabbed a bargain from ebay which was the seats pictured below for my beautiful girls Elsie and Martha, which I fitted with the assistance of my welding equipment and workshop skills.


Finally, well until the next stage. I fitted my YAESU FT-857 Transceiver using the separation kit and home-brew bracket out of my Toyota which is now My YL Louise's new wheels of steel.


 A close up of the dash mounted mobile YAESU radio in my new van.


 Off we go on our travels in our new DX Machine keeping reasonably local for now and yes I am feeling a lot happier and my injuries - stiff neck, back and a bashed knee are getting better day by day thanks to the physiotherapy sessions arranged by my motorcycle insurance broker,who  is doing a good job for me so far.


 The view isn't too bad either!


 Happy days are ahead for sure for all of us as we all enjoy our new vehicle and the rest of the summer holiday.


So far the performance from the Ham radio DX Machine has been good as I have made some good radio qso's from the newly installed equipment. I made a video below showing the Ham equipment working and it also shows the antenna set-up that I am using with my FT-857.



The next stage of work on the van will be getting the side panels out and some nice privacy tinted glass in which will enable a better view in the back. I am also on with designing a pair of rear benches which will incorporate storage area and also be able to change into a bed. Stay tuned for more.... & best 73 as usual!

Posted at: August 20, 2014 01:00 AM

August 19, 2014

G3XBM (Roger)

Different 472kHz antenna

Since about 1838z I have been using the strapped feeders to my triband VHF/UHF vertical and halo as my 472kHz antenna.
472kHz WSPR unique spots (of me) so far this summer
Antenna is higher than the Par triband HF antenna with strapped feeder but the antenna current is about the same. If the effective height is a bit higher (it should be) then ERP should be higher too. Initial results suggest in some directions it is down on the earth-electrode antenna but I do seem to be getting more spots at each transmission than on the earth-electrode or Par antennas. G4VJF(151km) is a totally new reporter tonight bringing the number of spots of my 472kHz WSPR this summer up to 16 now.
UPDATE 2032z:   29 active stations on 472kHz this evening.

UPDATE 2044z:   Now 34 active stations on 472kHz.

UPDATE 2055z:   Currently getting about 4 spots per transmission on 472kHz.

UPDATE 2145z:   Now 38 active stations on 472kHz. Will leave 472kHz WSPR running through the night to see how latest (compromise) antenna performs.

Posted at: August 19, 2014 11:47 PM

IQ2RD

“La guerra mondiale delle radio “

Andrea Borgnino su RADIO 3 parla del “jamming”,strumento antico ma tecnologia ancora efficace ai nostri giorni ,per censurare l’informazione radiofonica che non ha confini geografici .

Posted at: August 19, 2014 09:17 PM

W2LJ (Larry)

Ol' Sol slowing down?

Looks like we're headed directly for a period of minimal solar activity:



And here's a related article from the Helsinki Times:

http://www.helsinkitimes.fi/themes/themes/science-and-technology/11590-hundred-year-period-of-increased-solar-activity-coming-to-end.html

The video was brought to my attention by Don K2DSV.  IF the hypothesis of the video is correct, lower ionospheric activity would be the least of our worries.

72 de Larry W2LJ
QRP - When you care to send the very least!

Posted at: August 19, 2014 08:29 PM

EA1CS

RI0X, AS-064, mañana rumbo Karaginskiy



RI0X Team / 19 agosto 2014

El equipo ha llegado a Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. Todo los equipos y material ya está a bordo. El barco partirá hacia la ciudad de Ossora mañana, el viaje durará aproximadamente tres días. Ellos estarán activos como RI0X / mm durante el viaje El plan es partir hacia la isla Karaginskiy el mismo día que lleguen a Ossora.

PS: en este momento tienen una modesta estación desplegada frente a la orilla del mar,  pronto seréis capaces de oír a los chicos en el aire usando sus propios indicativos.


73´s, Luis EA1CS

Posted at: August 19, 2014 08:02 PM

Las Qsl´s de VP2ERM




Frank K3TRM estuvo activo desde Anguilla del 19 de julio al 3 de agosto 2014. Esta mañana ha encargado las Qsl a Gennady UX5UO, las muestras son las que vemos en este artículo.



73´s, Luis EA1CS

Posted at: August 19, 2014 05:56 PM

G3XBM (Roger)

Sunspots today

Sunspot numbers are down a bit at 92 (disturbed) and 20-30MHz forecast is just "fair". I think it is unlikely we'll see F2 propagation on 10m today, but you never know on 10m.

Yet again, there seem to be few stations at F2 ranges active on 10m WSPR today. At the time of writing (1302z) there are 32 stations active worldwide on 10m WSPR. FR1GZ is on and he is at classic F2 range.

Posted at: August 19, 2014 03:05 PM

W2LJ (Larry)

Getting there

As opposed to probably a majority of you, I am SO far behind the times from a technological point of view.  I still do a majority of my logging with paper and pencil before I manually enter the information to my logging software.

When it comes to QRP Sprints or the Fox Hunts, most of my compatriots use N1MM or some such program.  Again, I still use paper and pencil. I feel that I am lucky to be able to walk and chew gum at the same time. Operating a radio and trying to computer log simultaneously during a Sprint or a Hunt used to send shivers up and down my spine.

But I am getting better.  As long as I am not furiously trying to keep up with a pileup of QSOs in the midst of a frenzy during a Sprint or a Hunt, I have trained myself to log and operate at the same time (See? You CAN teach old dogs new tricks!). I recently purchased a small keyboard for my Nexus 7, so that I can log during casual portable ops without the need for pencil and paper. It cost me all of 8 smackers on eBay.


That's Ham Log that I keep on there, which in and of itself is a great piece of logging software for Android. The problem was that it's always been a pain in the butt to use the Nexus touchpad keyboard, which caused me to "one-finger" type, and slowed me down, holding me back.  So for the longest time, I was doing the same thing - logging on paper and entering the data later, at my leisure (which makes no sense). This "tactile feel" keyboard brings a lot of familiarity and works a whole lot better for me, and now I am actually able to use the Nexus 7 for logging in real time (sometimes).  I know that it's pathetic, but while I am able to use this setup for general QSOing, the melee of contests or Fox Hunts drives me back to the security of "old technology".

I guess the next step will be to install the KX3 Companion app.  Boy, that will be like Star Trek for me!

72 de Larry W2LJ
QRP - When you care to send the very least!

Posted at: August 19, 2014 01:23 PM

G3XBM (Roger)

472kHz WSPR - more on the earth-electrode antenna

Overnight I continued using the earth-electrode antenna on 472kHz. I don't think it is any better than the short Marconi, but it certainly works pretty well, even with a short baseline of less than 15m.
Unique 472kHz WSPR spots this summer on TX
The number of unique spots of my 472kHz WSPR signal has now reached 15 and I have spotted 19 unique stations with my best DX being DH5RAE (995km) using the earth-electrode antenna last night.
Unique 472kHz WSPR spots this summer on RX
The earth-electrode antenna seems far more directional. Several stations orthogonal to the system did NOT copy me (or me them) overnight.

Posted at: August 19, 2014 11:16 AM

F5IRO (Freddy)

Keyboard LED's

Voici un logiciel très utile qui devrait solutionner certains d'entre-vous. En effet nombre de PC portables d'aujourd'hui ne sont plus équipés d'indicateurs lumineux sur le clavier, afin de savoir si vous êtes en majuscules....ce petit soft gratuit va remplacer ce manque avec une petite icône dans votre barre des tâches. Merci à F8LDX pour l'info . lien

Posted at: August 19, 2014 10:27 AM

W2LJ (Larry)

Think I wlll meet the deadline

I have imposed a deadline for myself with regards to Skeeter Hunt results. I want to have both the "scorecard" and the soapbox published to the Skeeter Hunt website this coming Sunday, after the log submissions deadline.

The "scorecard" itself is a piece of cake.  It's simply an Excel spreadsheet that I have composed, with formulas that do all the menial calculating chores for me.  I simply plug in the values and the spreadsheet calculates the final score for me. I will upload the completed spreadsheet to Google Sheets and it will be available for all to see on the Web, once it's completed. This was a good exercise for me, as I was very weak with regards to using formulas in Excel. I'm still no expert by any means, but I know a lot more than I used to, which was practically nil.

The soapbox page is another animal.  That is "simple" HTML composition, but it's more time intensive. I have about one half of the soapbox comments and pictures placed on the unpublished Web page.  At the rate I am going, if I can add about 5 more soapbox comments to the page each evening, over the next 4 or 5 evenings, it will be ready for publishing on time.

All this leads me to a worrisome discovery.  This year we had a record number of Skeeters sign up.  But I am lagging behind in receiving log summaries. Last year I received a total of 71 summaries. As of this minute, I have only received 54. I guess a "Que Sera, Sera" attitude is in order, but I sure would love to see more log summaries submitted.

It's very important to me that these results get published on time this coming Sunday.  You folks are kind enough to participate, and I know how much you like to see results.  I do myself!  It's not so important for me to see where I place, I want to see how my friends did, what their setup looked like, and I like to read about the fun they had.  The results and soapbox are a crucial part of any of these "special" QRP events, in my most humble opinion.  No one wants to make an effort and then wait months or more to see how things stacked up.

So, God willing and the creek don't rise, you'll see the finished results this Sunday at www.qsl.net/w2lj
I am just hoping I get a few more log summaries and soapbox comments before then.

And then the final phase will begin, which is the certificates.  I have to give myself more time for those, but hopefully, everyone who will qualify for one will have it by the end of September.

72 de Larry W2LJ
QRP - When you care to send the very least!

Posted at: August 19, 2014 10:26 AM

F5IRO (Freddy)

TM70DP - Mont Faron

Un ami qui n'est pas radio-amateur, s'est rendu au mémorial du Mont Faron, lieu où les OM du Var utilisent l'indicatif TM70DP, pour commémorer le Débarquement en Provence en 1944. Il m'a gentiment adressé des photos de l'activité en cours...

Posted at: August 19, 2014 10:25 AM

EA1CS

Estado de las Qsl de 7QNL

Alex PA1AW /19 agosto 2014

Tengo el placer de anunciados que he recibido las Qsl la imprenta, y que el primer envío fue puesto en el correo la pasada noche.

Antes de setiembre todas las solicitudes de Qsl se habrán procesado.

73´s, Luis EA1CS

Posted at: August 19, 2014 09:04 AM

August 18, 2014

AA7EE (Dave)

The HumanaLight – A Flashlight That Uses Your “Dead” AA Batteries

A couple of weeks ago, I was spending a very pleasant hour or so waiting in the front yard for the mail carrier to deliver some packages of vintage radio parts I had ordered a few days earlier. My neighbor’s cat Stephen was lounging around with me, and it was one of those perfect afternoons […]

Posted at: August 18, 2014 11:23 PM

G3XBM (Roger)

ERPs on 472kHz

I am pretty confident of my "just less than 5mW ERP" on 472kHz (with the very short Marconi) and am a bit suspicious of the claimed ERPs of some stations,, which, judging by the reports exchanged, may be lower than some people think. I think a lot more stations are less than 500mW ERP than they think. Perhaps losses are much higher than they think?

Posted at: August 18, 2014 11:33 PM

472kHz - earth electrode antenna

Since about 1930z I have been using the (short) earth-electrode antenna on 472kHz.  Baseline is at most 15m, probably less and it runs roughly E-W.  On RX I am seeing F5WK (436km) for the first time and reports exchanged (both ways) with G3WCB (101km) seem to be slightly stronger. Semi-local G0LRD (25km) is spotting me at much the same strength.  PA3ABK/2 is similar on the earth-electrode antenna and the Marconi.   I have yet to spot or be spotted by other stations.

I am matching the loop with a tapped 3C90 transformer and a few turns on a 110mm diameter former, although the Q is so low that this coil is probably not necessary. Antenna current is about 0.4 that with the "short" Marconi vertical. It is probably acting as a loop and I have still to try to work out the ERP.  At this QTH, the earth-electrode antenna looks like a higher resistance than at the old QTH, hence the need for a step-up transformer between transverter and "antenna". At some point, when fit again, I want to try a longer baseline earth electrode antenna and a better Marconi vertical. When fit again - oh please!

I suspect the earth-electrode antenna to be directional, so in some directions it may be better and others worse than the Marconi.  I'll leave it running overnight to see how results compare with the very short Marconi. I suspect results will be worse overall on the earth-electrode antenna, but I may be surprised.

Posted at: August 18, 2014 11:24 PM

IQ2IR (Insubria Radio Team)

Sabato 23 e domenica 24 HB9IRC/p on air dal Forte Mondascia

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carriGrazie alla sempre impeccabile organizzazione da parte degli Amici di HB9LUG, il prossimo week-end vedrà il team di HB9IRC/P impegnato in un'attivazione di grande valenza storica, in quanto rientra nel calendario delle celebrazioni del centenario della Grande Guerra.

Infatti saremo attivi dal FORTE MONDASCIA di Biasca, referenza DCS-TI067 in occasione della manifestazione MILITARY SHOW 2014, dove non saremo solo impegnati come radioamatori, ma anche come espositori.

Infatti la stazione SSB sarà su un carro comando, mentre la postazione CW in un bunker interrato sotto un cannoncino.

Saremo on air nella giornata di sabato dalla ore 07:00 alle 15:00 UTC mentre domenica dalle 07:00 alle 13:00 UTC.

La manifestazione prevede moltissime attività e curiosità; saranno esposti veicoli storici militari e ci si potrà  esibirei nel  tiro softair, visitare la fortezza, fare un giro un carro armato, vedere le divise napoleoniche delle milizie storiche ticinesi e tutta la collezione di armi e armamenti presenti nel museo.

Sarà in funzione una cucina da campo militare che proporrà dal salamino alla polenta e brasato, dal risotto alla griglia,...

Noi abbiamo accettato questo invito per poter far conoscere il nostro hobby in un contesto che dovrebbe attirare molte persone.

Ci auguriamo che tanti colleghi colgano questa occasione per incontrarci ed operare da un luogo così particolare.


Come arrivare al Forte Mondascia:  la via più semplice suggerisce l'uscita autostradale di Biasca - Stazione FFS Biasca - proseguire in direzione di Osogna, Via Bellinzona, Via Chiasso, uscita Via alla Centrale e proseguire fino al cartello segnaletico del Museo.

Coordinate per navigatore satellitare: 46°20'17.63" 8°58'47.57 

QRX: 145,250

Maggiori info e programma dettagliato della manifestazione: http://www.fortemondascia.ch/military_show_2014.html 

73' Insubria Radio Club Svizzera HB9IRC

Posted at: August 18, 2014 08:26 PM

EA1CS

Atentos ..S01WS en 60mts

Sahara Dx Team / Twitter 18 agosto 17.26z

El día 19 de agosto 2014, de 03.00 a 04.00z, S01WS estará QRV en 5.405 Khz, con dipolo bazooka CUCO y 100wtts.

73´s, Luis EA1CS

Posted at: August 18, 2014 09:24 PM

G3XBM (Roger)

Sunspots today

Sunspot count today is 111 and the 20-30MHz propagation forecast is "normal".

No F2 DX was seen when I was monitoring 28.078MHz JT9-1 all afternoon, although I would expect there to have been F2 propagation on 10m. V53ARC was copied in by CT1JTQ in Portugal on WSPR several times, but not further north as far as I know.

Posted at: August 18, 2014 07:37 PM

472kHz WSPR this afternoon

After an afternoon monitoring JT9-1 on 10m this afternoon, I have returned to 472kHz WSPR.  To my surprise, at the time I switched on I find I am the only station in the world transmitting on 472kHz WSPR.  Hopefully, this will soon change. G0LRD has already spotted me though.

UPDATE 1605z: Still the only station TXing WSPR on the band but there are now 9 stations monitoring (was 7).

UPDATE 1611z:   Still just me on TX and now only 3 stations monitoring.
UPDATE 1636z:   Just spots from G0LRD so far.

UPDATE 1655z: All spots so far from G0LRD (25km) and I am still the only European TXing on 472kHz at this time.  Maybe more will appear after tea when people get back from work?

UPDATE 1730z:   M0PPP has now spotted me 3 times too. Now 3 Europeans on WSPR TX with 16 stations active (TX and monitoring).

Posted at: August 18, 2014 07:34 PM

EA1CS

4W/K7CO, Timor del Este en 160mts

15 agosto 2014

Algunos de vosotros habéis preguntado acerca de 4W / K7CO en 160mts. Spiderbeam nos ha enviado un Spiderbeam fiberglass pole  (60 pies), asumiendo que con seguridad vamos a estar QRV en 160mts, también lo podremos utilizar en 80mts. Spiderbeam nos hizo un buen descuento en este producto y estamos felices de tenerlos apoyando nuestra DXpedición.





73´s, Luis EA1CS

Posted at: August 18, 2014 07:32 PM

F5IRO (Freddy)

Transceiver QRP 40m

YD1JJJ conçoit et propose un transceiver QRP pour le 7 mHz. Il fonctionne aussi bien en SSB qu'en CW, avec une puissance de 6 watts PEP. Prix 70€ environ frais de port compris. lien achat - blog YD1JJJ

Posted at: August 18, 2014 07:19 PM

EA1CS

J79L, Dominica Dxpedition

Después de nuestra aventura desde Anegada Is, en las Islas Vírgenes, dos de los operadores, osea Kazin SP6AXW y yo Janusz SP6FIH, hemos decidido visitar la isla Dominica del 18 al 26 de octubre 2014.

Participaremos en el CQ WW Ssb contest en categoría SO/SB, probablemente 40mts, y tenemos como objetivo trabajar el mayor número posible de estaciones asiáticas antes del concurso.

Además a través de la web Janusz comenta:
He recibido vía e-mail la confirmación de mi indicativo, que será J79L, muy corto y adecuado para el contest. Kazin sigue esperando por su indicativo de Dominica Is.

73´s, Luis EA1CS

Posted at: August 18, 2014 07:11 PM

W2LJ (Larry)

Conditions

It's evident that we are now on the down side of the peak of Cycle 24.  For the most part, I have had superb conditions for working DX during my lunch time QRP sessions for the past 17 months. DX has been plentiful, with good signals and decent RSTs on both ends. 17, 15 and sometimes even 12 Meters have been happy hunting grounds.  There have even been smatterings of openings on 10 Meters, which is not often the case during the 1700-1800 UTC weekday time frame.

I still hear DX signals on 17 Meters, but they're not as strong or as plentiful as they were. 15 Meters is nowhere near as nice as it was just a few months ago.  It wasn't so long ago that I was working three or four different DX stations during my lunch break - and it seemed like all areas of the world were open at the same time! I think that the days of working the world "with 5 Watts to a wet string" are just about over - as far as Cycle 24 is concerned, anyway.

With band conditions changing, it seems that lately, more and more of my lunch QSOs have been domestic - not that there's anything wrong with that!  Today, I was saved from being shut out at lunchtime by Jim K4AHO, who answered my CQ on 20 Meters.  We had a nice chat that was not only 2X QRP, but was also 2X KX3.  Jim was using a dipole and I was using the Buddistick, of course.  QSB was a bit of a nuisance. At the fading's worst, Jim was 459, and at best he was 579 (which he was for most of the QSO).

In addition to the declining ionospheric conditions, the weather here in New Jersey this Summer has been less "Summer-y" than I was looking forward to.  Take this morning for instance. When I woke up this morning, the thermometer was displaying an outdoor temperature of 52F (11C).  Very strange for August 18th.  That's almost unheard of, any other year. On the whole, it's been an average to dry Summer and the temperatures have been down and the humidity has been way down compared to the past three or four Summers.  The number of days that we have reached or have gone above 90F (32C), can be counted on both hands. There have not been many hazy, humid, hot days (The Dog Days of Summer) this year at all.

The weather people on TV have been saying that we are experiencing is an "average" Summer for this part of the country. The past few have been hotter than normal, so that's why this one feels so strangly cool. After the Winter we had last year, I was really looking forward to the heat.  I guess there's still time for us to get some hot days, but I saw on the AccuWeather.com website that the Northeast and the upper Midwest are supposed to experience a Polar Vortex in mid September, bringing along temperatures closer to what we might expect in mid to late November. Brrrrrr.


The other day, while walking my beagle Harold, I noticed the oak trees in the neighborhood are already shedding their acorns. That's not a great sign as the trees did the same thing around this time last year and we had a terrible Winter.  Normally, the acorns don't start falling until mid to late September around these parts.  The squirrels will have extra time to store up food for the Winter, and we'll probably have another long, cold one.  Oh well, at least conditions on 160 and 80 Meters will probably be good. You always have to look for the silver lining and try not to think about the heating bill!

72 de Larry W2LJ
QRP - When you care to send the very least!

Posted at: August 18, 2014 05:57 PM

G3XBM (Roger)

Digital modes this morning

This morning I have been using digital modes JT65 and JT9-1.

I did see one station on JT9-1 on 10m but it did not decode, so I have been on 20m where I've had some success, albeit around Europe.  As well as using WSJTX for QSOs, I'm also monitoring who is copying me with PSK Reporter on JT65 and JT9-1 modes. So far, I have just been seen around Europe today.

So far, solid 5W QSOs with EA7AH (JT9-1) and IW4DBY (JT65) both on 20m.  Presently, I am monitoring 10m JT9-1 but no stations received here over lunchtime.

I may go back to 10m WSPR shortly.

Posted at: August 18, 2014 03:16 PM

EA1CS

RZ3DZJ/1, EU-082

Pavel R2DX, Eugene RW3FB, Misha RW3FS, Dmitry RZ3DJ y Yan RZ3FW estarán activos desde la isla de Kildin EU-082 como RK3DZJ/1 del 21 al 27 de agosto 2014.

QRV de 10 a 40mts en Cw, Ssb y modos digitales.

QSL via RW3FB (OQRS)

73´s, Luis EA1CS

Posted at: August 18, 2014 03:16 PM

G3XBM (Roger)

472kHz WSPR "uniques"

472kHz unique stations reporting me this summer so far on WSPR.
My "scores" have now gone up to 16 unique station WSPR reports given and 14 unique station WSPR reports received so far this summer. The latest was Richard G4KPX on both 472kHz WSPR RX and TX.  He is a local (14km) and I thought he'd already seen me on 472kHz, but this must have been on 10m. Richard uses an indoor 472kHz loop on both RX and TX and 1mW ERP. There are some decent ranges here on both TX and RX.  GM4SLV must have a nice low noise RX set-up as he misses very little.
472kHz unique stations copied on WSPR so far this summer.

Posted at: August 18, 2014 11:21 AM

VU2NAN (Nanda)

Crystal Radio with speaker output

This version of my Simple Crystal Radio has only 4 parts - an inductor, a germanium transistor, a power transformer and a 3Ω speaker.


A 230V/12V-2A power transformer was found to provide a better match than a number of audio output transformers that were tried out. The local 612 kHz - 200kW broadcast station was clearly heard.

Audio output went up when the transformer was replaced with another rated 230V/24V-5A.

The antenna is a 60' random wire.
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Posted at: August 18, 2014 08:54 AM

August 17, 2014

G3XBM (Roger)

JT65 and JT9-1

Tomorrow, I may give these modes a better go. In recent days I have reverted to WSPR (which I can monitor in the lounge) but feel the urge for more 2-way QSOs, which is very hard on SSB and CW currently as a result of my stroke.  Hopefully my normal voice will gradually return.  At the moment speaking is very tiring as I get breathless. and forming words is hard going.   CW is also not so easy.  JT65 and JT9-1 are perhaps the best 2-way modes for me right now. They require limited keyboard skills which I can manage.

Posted at: August 17, 2014 11:55 PM