Friday, December 11, 2009

20m conditions

I spent an hour after lunch today on 20m PSK31 using the K3, 40W to the attic dipole, and KComm 1.8. I made seven contacts, all European. Despite the presence of a sunspot or two conditions seemed fairly flat. As usual, it was more interesting to see from the PSK Reporter website where my signals were heard rather than what I actually worked.

Although I only heard one station, VE2AHS, from across the Atlantic, I was heard by as many stations in the eastern USA as here in Europe. Why is that? Is PSK31 more popular over here, making QRM levels higher and weaker signals less easy to copy? Although I'm happy to work Europeans, it would be nice to make more Stateside contacts.
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