Thursday, October 8, 2015

Evening fun on 160m

Convinced that propagation is not too good I started to listen out on 20 this evening. Not much was heard, a few european signals. I decided to see if 17m was still open and heard only one signal on the band from TK4LS (Corsica). I spoke Laurent before this year on the magic band and a quick QSO was made this evening. Just for fun I thought to listen on 160m and it surprised me I heard some JT65A signals. I quickly started WSJT-X and saw the band was full of signals. Had a lot of fun.

I always have open when doing digital modes. As you can see there was a lot of activity this evening. Hamspots is really good to see if you are received. Handy if you're not shure your signal is going out. I was using between 10-20W this evening and the antenna was my "trusty" homemade alu tape vertical.

One of the side effects of doing digital modes and especially JT is that you can do other things besides it. I like to listen some music. Have been listening to some music from "Porcupine Tree", one of my favorite bands this evening. Writing this blog at the same time and keeping an eye on the stations received on WSJT-X. For me digital modes are a fun and relaxing thing inside this hobby. The fun is that with propagation decreasing in the upcoming years I expect more people will discover digimodes to have at least some (DX) QSOs. Although we should not worry, there will always be some propagation.


Paul Stam PAØK said...

Hallo Bas, verrassend, zo zie je maar gewoon proberen. 73 Paul PC4T

PE4BAS, Bas said...

Zo is het Paul, had toevallig wat tijd over die avond. Leuk stukje ontspanning. 73, Bas