Tuesday, April 6, 2021

You just never know.........

9K2OW in the log


This evening I decided to settle into the shack and once again get on FT8 to see what was happening. I went directly to 40m and set my power to 70 watts. As a side note funny thing about 40m  I used to bother the washer machine and an office light would turn on and off but for some reason not anymore. Anyway, this post was about a very nice FT8 contact I made. I was calling CQ well to be more accurate my computer was calling CQ. Right out of the blue I had a call from 9K2OW in Kuwait!! 

With a couple of mouse clicks and he was in the log. Recently I have been reading some positive and negative opinions regarding FT8. Personally, I like to stay neutral when I read these posts maybe that is the Canadian in me but I do know I had a blast having Kuwait answer my CQ call on 40m. It was a short but good evening on ham radio! 

4 comments:

  1. Well Mike, if you had a big tower and a large beam up. May be even a 40m dipole on top. You could have a QSO with 9K2 every night. Even on SSB or CW. But you don't have it and all you have is a piece of wire as antenna. There FT8 comes in to give you the possebility to enjoy the DX. I call that very positive! 73, Bas

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    1. Good afternoon Bas, yes for the antenna that I have and how it works for me, I am very pleased. I really have not given it an honest go in regard to CW and I just may be surprised with how it preforms in that mode as well.
      Thanks for stopping by Bas always nice to hear from you 73,
      Mike
      VE9KK

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  2. Hi Mike, as you know I am not a big fan of FT8, but as Bas says it's the possibility of working DX with a modest antenna (as I have it too) Congrats with Kuwait, always nice to work stations from the Middle East. Have a nice weekend. 73 Paul

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    1. Good morning Paul very nice to hear from you, yes getting into the Middle East is a nice accomplishment for me.
      73 and have a very nice weekend,
      Mike
      VE9KK

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