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Discussion in 'On-Air Operations - Q&A' started by KE5KTU, Jul 1, 2020.

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  1. KE5KTU

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    Im off the coast of New Jersey calling CQ on 144.144. Does many stations run digital on 2 meters and if so, what frequencies and modes are popular ?
     
  2. KC2RGW

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    No. You’ll likely need a sched to find someone. You might find weak signal like FT8 or one of the other JT modes from guys doing EME. These days I can call CQ on HF for an hour and not find anyone, VHF would be like lottery odds.
     
  3. KE5KTU

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    I wish I could SKED, but I often have no idea where Ill be as Im marine Mobile !
     
  4. KC2RGW

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    If the craft is large enough a 20m dipole would get you a pile of digital activity. It’s the one band and maybe 40m with some consistent activity.
     
  5. KE5KTU

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    Oh, it’s a 371 foot seagoing barge. A vertical is much better, I’d have to do more deck penetrations which are time consuming. I will have HF going, but I’d like to play with it on 2 meters for now.
     
  6. KJ5T

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    There is MSK144 for meteor scatter and JT mode activity on 2 meters, more of it during the contest weekends. You will have best luck with a horizontally polarized antenna. Not really sure about any PSK31 activity (on 144.144Mhz).
     

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