Monday, July 23, 2012

A first time for everything.

I have been a ham for some time now but there are some things I just have not done as of yet......I can now cross off one more "not done thing" and make it DONE!! To some this may be old hack and you have done it hundreds of times. I was on the radio on the weekend and I heard VP2MUQ down in Montserrat, this is not a new DXCC for me but I did notice here was operating split (transmitting on one frequency and receiving on another). I had two strikes against me before I even gave Bob (VP2MUQ) an attempt. He had a large pileup and he was operating split. Up to this point in my have carrier I have never been able to make a contact when the station was operating split. It made me wonder if I was doing the split thing  right or wrong. I had tried many times in the past but was not able to make contact with ANY op using split. Well on July 21 2012 that all came to an end. I setup the offset for the split (the split according to a spot on a cluster) and gave it a go.....nothing.....but there was a large pileup so I gave it a couple more goes. Then at 01:15 UTC VP2MUQ came back to me and before you know it I worked my first split. Well that's it for the post not very exciting to some but to me it was GREAT!! I now know I have been doing the split thing correctly all along. Another item stroked off the ham bucket list.

4 comments:

  1. It works an amazing amount of times....Using the RIT control will do the same thing. Use it hear the transmitting station and your tuning dial to hear the responding stations. At QRP levels, I always tune to the very extreme edge of the "pile ups". I need all the help I can get.

    Congratulations on the first "split" catch!

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    1. Hello John, very good advice....I too as you know run QRP and QRPp power and tuning to the outside edge I have never tried but will give it a go.
      Mike

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  2. Hi Mike, that's good. So I hope to do CAT control in the future. Now I cant do it because I can't get the driver installed on XP and now on W7. What ever I do, it will not install. My FT450 has a knob for automatic 2 Kc up split. I use it for split DX stations operations. Good luck, 73 Paul

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    1. Good evening Paul, My rig also have a split push button but I have found that some stations do not run the standard split. I also use DXlabs rig control software and in the spot band map if you click on a station that is running split most of the time your rig will go to that spot and the offset will be set automatically on your rig.
      Mike

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