Discussion in 'Contests, DXpeditions and Special Events' started by N7XCZ, Jun 28, 2018.
If your patient and setup right, they will get to you. May take a while!
Uh, whatever happened to good old SSB? Or CW, for that matter? I plan on getting out of bed in the wee hours my local time so I can get a good log. I can't QSO them since I'm a General, but I hope that if I include enough info that I can get a reply card. Oh, and people DO know that a snail mail QSO card can get a really nice looking card as a reply? I have a really cool card from a DXpedition on Bonaire a couple years ago.
Yes they are doing SSB and CW.
I am a General and have confirmed already 15 thru 40M SSB just have to be patient and wait until they Listen in general sections on 20 and 40M.
15/17M have been good for the left coast LATE afternoons evenings. It is 03.36 Z right now and hearing on 17M still
I, personally, do not operate any DIGI modes. I have always been *Phone* guy ;-) That being said, I worked Baker Island with 100 watts on the evening of the 28th (29th) of June @ o3:45 on 20 metres! Yeah, I DID sit there on freq for a little over 3 hours, but no pain...no gain (tell that to my backside)
FT8 DXpedition mode is just another tool to use when band conditions are poor. Old curmudgeons may hate it, but it certainly helps putting DX in the log when nothing else works. It certainly beats hearing "UP UP" and other nonsense in a pileup.
Is it accurate to say "they cannot answer you because your old software doesn't have that option and they are using a newer version that has it"?
Just wondering, haven't ever used Hound mode.
I would say cannot as in fox and hound mode the exchange format is a little different and how it works the frequencies. It might could be manually handled but it wouldn't be easy give all the traffic.
They weren't that difficult to work for anywhere in the USA - you just had to be willing to stay up late to do it...
The Fox sends out an encrypted message to fit two call into one slot. " KL1T RR73; K3RW <KH1/KH7Z> -13 " on JTDX it decodes at "$12CHI4N%GKG*/S" How would you know when to respond?
My radio has a power cutoff that starts around 500hz, the auto-response on F/H mode kept moving me to 250hz. They would hear my first call at 1700hz and 110watts, but my signal report at 250hz was only 40watts and didn't make the trip. I was never able to complete a call. I actually had both programs open and sent my signal report in normal mode forced at 600hz after decoding that they responded to me. It didn't work, but that might have been because we were both at -22 signal.
I'm pretty sure that only your Rx was automatically moved to 250 Hz.
if you manually responded at 600 Hz............ they ignored you. they specifically stated to call at 1000 Hz and above and to allow the software to control your Tx freq.