Saturday, July 31, 2010
No QSO really needed
Yesterday I heard a strange call on 20 meter: ETO5Y but I am not sure, with CW on 14.016 KHz. It could also be ETOHY. Many stations were working that station, so did I. On Dxwatch.com I saw also reports with a question mark at the end. I was not the only one that could not unravel his signal. Was it a station from Ethiopia? Or a pirate? Last night and today I was setting up JT65A and PSK31. It was very busy on 20 meter with JT65A. Probably because it’s weekend. At a moment this morning there were 21 stations at the same time. It is for me not necessary to accomplish a QSO. Paul M6PCZ wrote a few days ago: “I have found PSKreporter such a useful and interesting tool, so leaving my station reporting is my way of giving something back.” I can understand his point of view. With PSK31 and JT65A I upload the information to PSKreporter. It is enough for me to see, when I call CQ, where my transmission is heard. When no one comes back to my CQ call, I see receptions reports that show up by PSKreporter. The last 3 days I received or worked 31 countries. With PSK31 I call CQ by macro every 18 seconds. Sometimes someone comes back, if not I can see reports with PSKreporter. Very nice. The most JT65A activity is on 20 meter, when I call on 15 meter or other bands, I seldom hear someone. Today I heard several Japanese stations with JT65A: JA1KEV, JI4POR and JA6BUV. And W6SZ from California (First time) and CX4CR (Uruguay).