Re: PA for qcx 40m #qcx40
WSPR: Yeah... like Curt says, it can be a fiddle, but it's really
worth it: the thrill of getting reports back from half way around
the world is nothing short of exhilarating... well, it was for me,
I'm just a big kid ;-) You really want to read Hans' notes in the
manual. Check you'r frequency is in range. Time is critical: be a
second or two late on your clock, but not early. Be aware that
every time you go into the beacon menu, it messes with the system
time ever so slightly. Choose a frame rate no less than 10 for
politeness' sake, and start on an even minute, but not on the
hour. Remember to save settings.
I got a GPS unit for mine, just to make setting the clock and Maidenhead Locator easier.
CW beacon is simpler, but it relies on full QRP CW power, and sometimes even that isn't enough, so if there's anything wrong, you'll get skunked. My rig is working fine, and I still get ignored much of the time. Conversely, I'm in Minnesota, and I got WSPR reports from Alaska, New Zealand, Brazil, Iceland, and Eastern Europe, even forgetting to switch out my antenna Z-matcher (75% power reduction!).
On 6/8/2020 5:39 AM, wb8yyy via groups.io wrote: