Sunday, January 13, 2013

From attic to attic

Thanks to some excellent support from JT-Alert's author, Laurie VK3AMA, I now have my alerts fully working and have gone back to JT65A with renewed vigour. I was getting a bit frustrated as many DX stations that I could decode clearly were not returning my calls. Is there something wrong with my setup? Perhaps it was just because it was the weekend and busier than usual so that others whom I couldn't hear were replying to the same call and the DX couldn't decode any of us. A few times the station I called replied to someone else.

I still managed to work several DX stations on 10m and 15m using 30 watts of power. Best contact of the day was with KC2WUF who said that he was running 3 watts to an attic dipole. (Actually he sent "3W ATIC DP" but I got the message!) It's a pity I wasn't running QRP this end as it would have been good to have a 2-way QRP QSO attic to attic!


Paul Stam PAØK said...

This week I had the same experience. I did hear a lot, but they didn't hear me. I began to doubt that my antenna was working well. 73 Paul

PE4BAS, Bas said...

Very nice Julian, I too had the same experience last week on 20m. I use 5W normally on JT65, but I didn't get trough. I have to install JT alerts one's getting crowded on JT65!!! 73, Bas