I worked JA1WC
Pat in Yokohama, Japan on 14.070 PSK31. He gave me a
559 QSB at 5W and a 579 QSB at 25W.
K2 to 400' low loop, HFPacker amp.
Dan operating the Ohio State University ham club
on their 80th anniversary gave me a 5x4 on 14.278 with the Drake TR-4C
in Jefferson county couldn't hear me on 14.280 with the Drake
TR-4C and couldn't with the K2 at 10W but could barely with the K2 and
amp at 35W. He gave me a 55. I gave him 59. So I think the mic on the
Drake isn't driving the rig enough. Frank.
I worked KK5K
in Lee county, MS on 14.268.
Used the Drake TR-4C at 100W CW but probably fairly low output with the
old mic. The PTT didn't work so I had to use VOX. OM said my audio
I worked WD5BJT
in the MS QSO party on 14.043 using 75W from teh
Drake TR-4C and got "599".
I have two sound inputs on my Linux box -- a motherboard sound input
and a Griffin iMic. The Griffin iMic just works fine, but the
built-in sound is picky and sometimes won't start. For example,
now it's doing output but no input.
I heard a PSK station on 40m on the TR-4C my father gave me, but
I couldn't get the mic I had to work with the motherboard card.
Then I remembered that I'd been having some trouble with the K2
interface job I did, since I just picked the amplified audio out
of the audio gain pot, and and it picks up noise on the low end
from the room.
So I tuned the PSK signal to about 300Hz and used the K2 speaker
as a mic, with the K2 off. It works! Not great, as there is some
distortion but it works enough to copy about 80%.
I really need to install that fixed audio output board that I bought
before I got the K2, from W3FPR. I kind of liked the mechanical
installation of the EA3BLQ but as he is sadly an SK the boards are
I loaded the Drake up to 100W on 40M with the MN-4, which claimed a good match on its internal meter.
I have the Drake hooked up to the MN-4 for RX only.
I need to get a better antenna up and some coax before I can go QRO!
I just worked P49Y
on 21.029.60 in the ARRL DX Contest
15W, K2 to 400' loop. OM was running 100W. Operator appears to be AE6Y
I just worked PJ2T
on 21.039.90 in the ARRL DX Contest
15W, K2 to 400' loop. OM was running 1KW.
I worked EA8ZS
on 7033.14 in the ARRL DX Contest
using 15W from my K2 to a 400' loop. OM was using 1KW 0606Z.
I went to the Xerox/PARC Emcomm van and used my KX1. I couldn't hear
the Peter I DX, just the pileup. The vertical is tuned for the phone
band and is quite narrow on 40, but was ok on the high end of 20m CW so
I answered WD8AJF
, Dan in Ohio at 2329Z, who gave me a 449. I gave
him 579. For the sign-off I went to the Kenwood TS-440S, which is a lot
noisier but has 100W out. My RST went to 589 but his went down, hihi.
Al in Edmonton, AB called me at 2345Z and we had a short QSO. Al said it was 37F there, but no snow. We called it quits due to QRN and QSB.
I worked FO/DL9AWI
/ in the FOC BW event on 7.020 at 0703Z. They are on a DXPedition to Raivavae
in French Polynesia.
35W to Loop from K2.
I tried to work ZS1EL and VK2BJ on 20M in the FOC contest
FOC Bill Windle Operating Event
but I could barely
hear them and they couldn't hear me on 20m.
I tuned to 7024.95 and heard K4XU
599 and copied Dick #1268 at