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I caught the tail end of the opening
and worked a couple of new Hawaii stations on FT8. pskreporter
showed many VK stations using FT8, so I never bothered checking
JT65. Guess that was a mistake, although by the time I was
operating the propagation was not being sustained long enough
(> 4 minutes) required to complete on JT65.
Seems odd that many of the VKs are so
committed to JT65 for 6m DX. The 3 dB advantage it has on FT8 is
significant, but unclear if it's worth the time tradeoff when the
Es path can disappear, reappear, and disappear so quickly. Mike
On 1/3/19 9:10 AM, Ed wrote:
Hello Dave. Saw people calling you
yesterday. Good on the Winter Es yesterday. Almost as much fun
as the Summer Es. Good on VK4MA. Only VK worked here was
VK4HL. I was heard by several VK4's, VK3's and a VK5.
Also heard by 3D2AG. All on JT65A. Form
some reasons most VK’s are still hanging on to the JT65 mode.
Have to keep two screens up and active now. More fun. Good DX
this 2019 year.
Ed N5JEH dm65rd
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6m and 10m, coast to coast, on Wednesday
evening. From here in south-central Texas, I worked AI5I and
K9VSW in NM. For a short while, 6m was also open from the
western US to Australia! VK4MA cold-called me on 6m FT8 after
I completed a QSO with Arizona. I wasn't even using my 6m
yagi at the time, rather a 40-6m OCF dipole.
So, why am I on the NMVHF group from Texas? I lived in Santa
Fe and Albuquerque for 7 years and I go back up there semi
frequently. Was there for the CSVHF conference and VLA tour
in 2016. Green chile keeps calling me back.
B. David Moore, N7RF
Active on 50, 144, and 432. Set up for meteor scatter on