Friday, May 10, 2019

Cracking sunspot

A cracking sunspot and a SFI of 75 makes it possible. 5 watts on 20 meter this afternoon.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Faster, faster with FT4

Actually, I was just used to the speed of FT8. But now it has to be even faster, now we have FT4. Only 6 seconds instead of 15 seconds. Okay, we have less efficiency (-10dB below the noise floor) how far can we go? Maybe in 2020 we can make qso’s in 2 seconds. And in 30 years most of the ham operators are dead and gone. Maybe the youngsters can make a qso with the speed of light. (in fact we are already do it) That must be fun.

Friday, April 19, 2019

Tropo on 2 meter

The weather is fine. Up to 24 C today and sunny. A good chance for tropo on VHF. So I was listening on 2 meters with FT8 and I heard DG7KAQ he was very loud with +8 dB. I called him and we made a qso. My report was -9 dB with my very simple cross dipole and 5 watts (FT817) just 240 km distance.

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