Friday, March 1, 2013

CW on 2 meter

I made some CW qso’s in the past on 2 meter, but very rare. There is so much empty space on 2 meter. A big noisy silence, there should be more CW activity there. I think that most of the VHF/UHF hams are not being able to work CW. My problem is I didn't have a horizontal polarized antenna for 2 meter. Only a vertical for FM use. But when there is a great opening, even with a vertical I could make CW contacts.

Yesterday I worked RU9MJ on 12 m with PSK31 with 5 watt. On 17 m I worked YU150TC and LZ60RCP with CW 5 W. On 20 m I worked RV3KJ with 5 watt SSB, he was 59 here with 300 watts, and I got also a 59 with 5 watts, so he was very surprised that I had such a nice signal with QRP.


This morning I was working CW QRP with 1 watt on 40 meter. I worked F5SYC/QRP Phil he was running 3 watts - and G4EHT Bill (see photo) from Lichfield, UK.

13 comments:

  1. Good morning Paul, when I started running QRP I was very surprised how well the small signal did. When I reduced my power to 5 watts and lower because of the worry of RFI I felt that over the boarder would be the extent of my QSO's.....boy was I surprised.
    Mike

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    1. Good morning Mike, yes indeed. This morning I did well with 1 watt CW on 40 meter with fair conditions. 73 Paul

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  2. Good morning Paul, when I started running QRP I was very surprised how well the small signal did. When I reduced my power to 5 watts and lower because of the worry of RFI I felt that over the boarder would be the extent of my QSO's.....boy was I surprised.
    Mike

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  3. Hallo Paul, mijn eerste CW contact ooit.....was op 2m! Dat was in het jaar 2000 en ik deed dat met het programma Hamscope. Het QSO was met een duits station. Mooie contacten weer gemaakt zie ik. Het hoeft niet altijd spectaculair te zijn. Overigens heb ik even geen VHF/UHF antenne. De coax heb ik eraf geknipt. Zat water in. Denk dat ik de boel pas weer aansluit als ik in de nieuwe shack zit. 73, Bas

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    1. Hallo Bas, ja ik ook. Ik had eerst een C machtiging en kwam alleen uit op 2 meter all mode. Hamscope ken ik niet. Ik heb gewoon wat leuke qso's gemaakt met CW en qrp. Dan doet de afstand er niet echt toe. Gewoon leuk om qso's te maken. Hoe kwam je er achter dat er water in je coax zat? Een slechte SWR? 73 Paul

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  4. Hi Paul,
    Never tried CW on 2M but agree it is a big open air space.
    Something to think about in the future.
    Regards,
    Jim

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    1. Hi Jim, at the moment we have tropo here on 2 meter. I am calling CQ see what happens. 73 Paul

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  5. Hi Paul,
    Never tried CW on 2M but agree it is a big open air space.
    Something to think about in the future.
    Regards,
    Jim

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  6. Hi Paul. Some very nice QRP QSOs especially the 40M one-watt contact.

    Thanks for the reminder about 2M simplex cw. I think this band and mode should be utilised much more. Many great possibilities for cw operators living in higher population density areas. Also a way for amateurs living in retirement communities with antenna restrictions to continue traditional cw operating. Some serious promotion should be employed.
    73 Dick

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    1. Hi Dick, promotion is a good thing. Had some CW qso's into England on 2 meter. Where is your blog? I can't find it... 73 Paul

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    2. It's back, Paul. Lost it using open, unsecured internet access from apartment. First thought of letting it go permanently when that event occurred. 73 Dick.

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    3. Hi Dick, I understand. I am glad you are back again. Last week I had a moment of stopping (again) blogging. But after 2 days I think, with whom will I share my experiences? Blogger knows how this work, because you can always reactivate the blog. (Max. of 90 days, then it's gone forever) 73 Paul

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  7. Hi Paul. Some very nice QRP QSOs especially the 40M one-watt contact.

    Thanks for the reminder about 2M simplex cw. I think this band and mode should be utilised much more. Many great possibilities for cw operators living in higher population density areas. Also a way for amateurs living in retirement communities with antenna restrictions to continue traditional cw operating. Some serious promotion should be employed.
    73 Dick

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