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Call Sign : 2E0VRX Posts : 483 Times Thanked : 32 Join date : 2019-06-26 QTH or Location : Yorkshire dales Equipment Used : Yaesu FTdx 101d, MD200 mic ,Mosley 3ele Yagi Age : 56
Subject: Re: VK on 15m 10/11/20 Wed Nov 11, 2020 7:30 am
Hi Jeff yes sorry I should have said SSB , I like 15m mainly because the pile ups are nowhere near as bad as they are on 20m and also you can have a proper qso not just a 5/9 next , time of qso was around 9am GMT and I swl Chris for over an hour , he never dropped bellow 5/5
Also hearing a few more VK on 20m along with a bit of ZL, usually from 8am till 12noon GMT , all short path ATM
Call Sign : 43-CT-016 Posts : 239 Times Thanked : 15 Join date : 2019-11-17 QTH or Location : Perth Equipment Used : iCom IC-7610/IC-9700
Subject: Re: VK on 15m 10/11/20 Wed Nov 11, 2020 10:38 am
Hi Jeff no the call is correct, is a SES special call , defo 100% legit
Interesting.....Comes up as “Rotarians of Amateur Radio”, which I’ve heard of, but have no clue what it/they are. I also didn’t know such special event callsign formats existed, as opposed a normal club call, so there you go. Learn something new every day.
Turns out I know the wife of the President, and had a QSO with the President under his VK4 call in the last contest I did. Small world....
SES is State Emergency Services though, so don’t think there is any relation....just checked with a mate in the SES comms team.
Call Sign : 26-CT-3228 Ham M7VIC Posts : 2498 Times Thanked : 170 Join date : 2019-11-10 QTH or Location : Bedford Equipment Used : Various
Subject: Re: VK on 15m 10/11/20 Thu Nov 12, 2020 7:02 am
Video is good and working at this end Craig
You've just got to love that Aussie accent
I wouldn't worry about the lazy 'S' reading, it's a perfect radio 5! I'd made mention on the forum before about switching off RF preamps and dropping the RF gain to improve reception and you've done it here so eloquently. My old FT757 has a nifty feature of raising the S-meter reading as you drop the RF gain to give you a better idea of S-readings and I usually set it to read just above background noise. Confusing to start with but works well.
Besides, if you can hear them and can work them, S-meter readings don't mean a lot!