Re: PODXS made ARRL Contest letter !
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That is why I stated that we need both old and new stations back on the air. I will try to make some PSK contacts on July 4th.
One thing I like about FT8 is that it provides accurate signal reports in dB for both signals sent and signals received. I have heard other stations with signals as strong as +18 dB S/N ratio. Because I have HOA restrictions on antennas at my QTH, my signals sent are typically 5-10 dB lower than signals received. Most PSK contacts send a generic 599 signal report, even when the signal is difficult to copy. That is not very helpful.
I can run higher power on FT8 than on PSK31 due to the nature of the signals. If I try to run too much power on PSK, the signal will distort. I run 80-100 watts on FT8 and 25-50 watts on PSK. Both FT8 and PSK 31 can decode signals below the noise floor.
Propagation should be good enough to make PSK contacts if people would get on the air. If the bands are open for FT8 contacts, they should also be open for PSK contacts, but it takes two to tango.
I hope to see some of you on the PSK frequencies.
Ray N9RWC 73
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Received: 08:13 AM CDT, 06/23/2021
From: "Jim K5SP" <jinnis@...>
Subject: Re: [070Club] PODXS made ARRL Contest letter !
Ray, the most recent TDW was very active. 120+ logs submitted. Contacts on all bands from 80-10 (don't recall if any 160 were made). A major problem is everybody thinks the bands are dead and don't bother with PSK. TDW proved that wrong! As I have long said, lack of propagation is due to lack of operation.
I have been on every day this week trying to work anybody, yet, only one 40m contact in the log.
I will be on this afternoon, so look for my PSK in the waterfall.
On 6/23/2021 7:39 AM, Ray Clements wrote:
Jim, K5SP #483
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