Friday, 6 March 2015
JT9 map 5-March-2015
Had some time this evening to play JT mode again. Suprisingly 15,17 and 20m were still open after it became dark. Only digimode as I didn't hear a single SSB station on those bands. JT9 is a amazing mode that is able to pick a signal and decode it even when it is below the noise floor. Again there was the proof JT9 is better as JT65. WO4R tried first on JT65 but we didn't manage to make a complete QSO. He responded on my JT9 CQ a few minutes later and the QSO was completed. I was even heard on the other side of the rocky mountains, a hard to get place for radiosignals. I don't know if these spots might be on long path? JT9 wise I was transmitting QRO with 20W on my ALU tape vertical antenna which is fed by a CG3000 autotuner and has a base height of 9m. Although I was received by a lot I only managed a few QSO, I guess many are just monitoring to see how the propagation is evolving probabely for the upcoming ARRL DX SSB contest this weekend.