Re: PSKFest

Mike W4BZM

When we worked 20 meters in the morning (1500Z), your signal looked fine.  And I appreciate your taking the time to talk to a fellow shipmate in the midst of the PSKfest, rather than just grabbing an exchange and moving on.  

During our contact later in the day (2251Z) on 40 meters, I thought your signal was a bit wider than normal on the waterfall -- but I didn't notice any extra traces.  Of course, I usually crank the receive bandwidth down to 500 Hz once I establish a contact, so I wouldn't have seen anything outside that.

(Hope your database gets updated soon to show my PODXS number.)  


Mike W4BZM
PODXS 070 # 2653

On Sun, Jan 6, 2019 at 5:01 PM Jim K5SP <jinnis@...> wrote:
Was N5SLY running a multi-op site?  It seemed all weekend that
regardless of which band I went to, I could see people contacting him. 
Just kidding folks, Lee lives about 30 miles away, and I rarely can see
his signal. We did manage to get two bands in this weekend.

As for me, it's a miracle that anyone could see/hear me on the band. 
Had problems both days with tuner telling me to QRP whenever I set
output for more than 22 watts.  Could not figure out the problem, but
operated anyway.  Then, this morning, I discovered that the entire time
I was connected to my 20 year old vertical that has broken/missing
parts, no wonder it wouldn't tune properly.    Also does anyone that
made a contact with me have any comments about my signal?  Late Saturday
afternoon, was told that I had a dirty, wide, signal.

Other than my man-made issues, I did manage to survive, won't come near
to Lee in points, but beat last year which is all good. PSKFest is fun,
and the waterfall shows what the bands used to be like in this mode. 
Too bad more people don't get on the air more frequently to maintain
quantity of signals in the waterfall.


Jim K5SP

Jim,  K5SP #483
Member Services Director

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