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PostSubject: VK on 15m 10/11/20   VK on 15m 10/11/20 Icon_minitimeTue Nov 10, 2020 11:31 pm

Really pleased to work Chris VK2SR today 10/11/2020 on 15m  5/7  looks like things are picking up




Hope to catch some VK CT members soon!


Craig 2e0vrx

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PostSubject: Re: VK on 15m 10/11/20   VK on 15m 10/11/20 Icon_minitimeWed Nov 11, 2020 7:16 am

15m huh?  A band I rarely bother with...will have to lift my game.  What time was it open to VK2, out of interest?

Given the 5/7, I assume SSB?
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PostSubject: Re: VK on 15m 10/11/20   VK on 15m 10/11/20 Icon_minitimeWed 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 

Maybe we could arrange a sked sometime ? 


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PostSubject: Re: VK on 15m 10/11/20   VK on 15m 10/11/20 Icon_minitimeWed Nov 11, 2020 7:55 am

Sydthecat wrote:

Maybe we could arrange a sked sometime ? 

Craig


Yeah, absolutely.

ft8 on 20m is going great at present....just in a quick play last weekend, I got the usual Indonesia calls, but also snagged a Japan and South Africa, which was nice.

I'll leave 15m WSPR running for a day or so and see what the spots look like...

Was the VK2 running power or a beam, do you know?
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PostSubject: Re: VK on 15m 10/11/20   VK on 15m 10/11/20 Icon_minitimeWed Nov 11, 2020 9:04 am

Nice one Jeff and sounds like things are picking up for you too , yes he was flat side on a fairly large Yagi running 400w

just worked VK65PFA on 20m SSB  but long path this time , i could hear him short path but only just , swung the beam LP and up his signal came , funny old game lol





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just worked VK65PFA on 20m SSB  but long path this time , i could hear him short path but only just , swung the beam LP and up his signal came , funny old game lol

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I hope that’s a typo in the callsign mate, as a VK call must be VKn, then two, three or four letters only, and the number is 1-9, depending on State or territory of residence.

In case you’re unaware, you can lookup all VK calls here as a double check:

https://web.acma.gov.au/rrl/register_search.main_page

My antenna situation is a bit more compromised, but hoping to snag an amp in the Black Friday sales, as 400w will net me an extra 6dB one way at least! 

Plus, new antenna (and likely a very upset wife) coming soon. Very Happy

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Hi Jeff no the call is correct, is a SES special call , defo 100% legit
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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.
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Really pleased to work Chris VK2SR today 10/11/2020 on 15m  5/7  looks like things are picking up




Hope to catch some VK CT members soon!


Craig 2e0vrx
Nice contact, Craig. Cool

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PostSubject: Re: VK on 15m 10/11/20   VK on 15m 10/11/20 Icon_minitimeThu Nov 12, 2020 5:17 am

That's a great contact Craig 👍

Nice operation showing us what can be achieved on the bands and something to aspire too. Great job 👏
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Cheers John and Victor 👍 

Above is a short video of Bill on the mic ( hope it works )  I don’t run with any pre amp on HF so the signal meter is a little lazy but find it’s much easier on the ears 

Rig - Yaesu FTdx 101d
Antenna - Mosley MP 33 N tri band Yagi @ 10m above ground

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Video is good and working at this end Craig 👍

You've just got to love that Aussie accent Smile

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! Wink

(Everyone gives a 5/9 regardless anyway Very Happy)

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Hello Craig,

Video works great here. Audio sounds fantastic! Cool
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