Using too much band space when working splits.

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by G0HWK, Mar 10, 2018.

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  1. KP4SX

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    He catches some nice fish!
  2. G3EDM

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    Well, I wish the art of working "split" were still alive and well, outside DXpeditions. But that's from my selfish point of view. My rig is crystal-controlled so it is extremely hard to answer anyone calling CW CQ, unless they are aware that my answer ... could come anywhere within + or - about 5 kHz, using my "closest" crystal frequency.

    As it is, I only even try to answer a CQ if it's within about 2 kHz of a crystal in my collection. With modern, narrow CW filters, it's still unlikely that they can hear me but I give it a go anyway. It does work sometimes!

    I'm only recently on the air for the first time, but it must have been very different back in the days a half-century or more ago when enough hams were "rock-bound" so that hams were in the habit of tuning up and down quite a lot when listening for answers to their CQs. Also: those answering CQs must have transmitted much longer answers in order to give the "band-scanning" other op the chance to hear them.

    Yes I know this is ancient history!

    73 de Martin, G3EDM
  3. W3WN

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    Sure. Arm or Leg?

    Or should we break you off a piece of that over-sugared chocolate-covered commercial watered confection?
  4. VK4HAT

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    if we give him 2 breaks, he would have a breaker breaker.
  5. WZ7U

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    Roger D, waving a hand back at ya
  6. W4HWD

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    I didn't read all the replies, so someone may have already said this:

    You can feel free to use the spectrum in between the calling and listening frequency. The difference between the calling and listening frequency may be 5-15kHz, but they're transmissions are not 5-15kHz wide!

    Your RIT maybe can't cover that spread but your A/B VFO split certainly can...hell my K3s can split across bands.
    Last edited: Nov 30, 2021
  7. W4NNF

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    I would guess the original poster never worked a DX station working split and maybe didn't quite understand the concept. ;)
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  8. VK4HAT

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    Hey Eric, i get pretty spaced out when I am working spliffs. How about you?
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