Monday, September 22, 2014

Making your radio time interesting is what counts!

I spent some time on 20m in the CW portion of the band and as always I wanted to make contacts with the lowest power possible. I came across 9A2G who was calling CQ and at the time he was not to busy with takers. This is a great opportunity for me to drop my call to someone who is listening. I started out at 500mW's and moved all the way up to 5 watts and nothing no contact. He did have some stations answer his CQ  and some where very weak so  he had good ears but not for VE3WDM. I then came across EG7MAL and I worked my way up to 5 watts and he came back to me with VE3?. He decided to move on as I was just not making the trip. At this point I was wondering how my low power signal was doing so I decided to call CQ at the QRP watering hole on 20m. I was checking with the Reverse Beacon Network to see how I was doing.  My 500mW signal was heard by AA4VV in North Carolina which was just over 1,000 miles per watt. I then bumped my power up to 1 watt and was very happy to see F4DXW was hearing me which meant my 1 watt of power made it 3461 miles. I did not make any contacts but I did find a way to make the radio evening a bit exciting even without making a two way contact.

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  1. Hi Mike. I frequently go to the RBN to see how my CW QRP signal is being heard. What I find interesting is the number of QRP QSOs I have...yet no spots on the RBN. So, that system can work both ways. 73 Dick

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    1. Good morning Dick, that's very turn and it's sure is the other side of the coin to not just pay attention to the spots. I too have made contacts and some DX and RBN has me with no spots at all.
      Mike

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  2. Hello Mike, I would be very disappointed when a QSO almost did happen and in the end you could not make it. With Spanish station I have the experience most of them have bad receive or bad ears. Could be a wrong observation though. Well, at least you got some fun. 73, Bas

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    1. Good morning Bas, this was a special event station for the soccer over that way and I guess he was interested in making lots of contacts…..but at the moment I was trying to contact him he had no one calling him.
      Mike

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