Can't Make Cw Contacts

Discussion in 'Straight Keys - CW Enthusiasts' started by KN4ICU, Nov 25, 2018.

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  1. K7TRF

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    Nice! :)
  2. KC9YGN

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    It does seem that way, doesn't it? But I'm wondering if people are starting to get a bit bored with it. This is purely my own observation but I've been seeing a lot more activity on PSK, Olivia and even CW in the last few weeks.
  3. N7BKV

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    I smoked that too, before I became a real adult. :p
  4. N8AFT

    N8AFT Ham Member QRZ Page

    I'm finding with current propagation lull that QRO <500w gets my CQ answered.
    Yes, those that do reply are 100w or less and fairly weak most of the time.
    Have been working Louisiana and Texas regularly the past week tho on 40 and 80m evenings.
    Normal times don't require such tactics so it's not your operating or antenna at fault.
    Be patient, it will get better in time.

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  5. KB4MB

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    I have also noticed a decrease in CW activity during weeknights on 40m, but an INCREASE on 80m. Might be time to switch bands or get an antenna up if you dont have one...
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  6. K4AGO

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    I became bored with FT8 in December of 2017. It took about two months of listening to my computer serenade other computers to complete about 4000 contacts. I haven't been back on FT8 since.

    I still use JT9 and JT65 on occasion but never FT8.

    The same thing happened with my wife, KM4SFY. two months and around 4000 contacts and FT8 no longer had any interest.

    There were two memorable contacts for each of us. Those were Japan and Australia from North Carolina on 10 watts and a home made dipole. My first contact on FT8 ever was Russia. That one excited me at the time, but I later found out that Russia was pretty easy from NC.

    CW has never lost it's charm like FT8. CW takes skill. FT8 is nothing more than a 20 second download and install on the computer. The real fun with FT8 was interfacing my computer and radio and seeing it work for the first time.
    73 de John K4AGO
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  7. KF9VV

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    To the OP - a hard, uncomfortable question - how is your sending?

    Is your timing razor sharp or kind of a mess? I found as my sending quality improved, so did my ability to instigate a QSO irregardless of signal strength.
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  8. KN4ICU

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    Well put it this way.....A former naval operator asked if I was a radioman before in the military with sending CW.... That should answer your question.
  9. KF9VV

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    Nice! I was uncomfortable asking. 40 has not been as productive for as 80 has been as of late.
  10. KN4ICU

    KN4ICU Ham Member QRZ Page

    Well it was official...My call sign was logged in his log book.... How I made it to Alaska, over 4000 miles away with a 33ft end fed wire antenna off my deck with just 100 watts, I'll never know....... But I'll take it... Just sent out the QSL card!!

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