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Title: Complete QSO with RST 229 -- appropriate technique
Post by: VK5EEE on May 19, 2017, 05:43:31 AM
Great QSO: W0CCA 500W Vee Beam => this direction, RST 459, VK5EEE 100W 3m long very short 40m vert up 5.5m, RST 229... used the technique of many repeats and few words (RST, NAME, PWR, ANT, 73)  so in spite of my 229, Cap was able to copy and thanked me for using repeats to enable a complete QSO. Too often hams give up in poor signal conditions, when simply adjusting technique will allow a QRK2 (after all that means "readable at times") to complete a QSO. Passing QTC in such conditions is also possible with 100% accuracy, just slower. From his side he was using a bug with slow dahs and very fast dits, I used both the same style for some overs, and VK3CAB Cootie for other overs. What fun! 7030kHz. Just after QSO finished, he was called by JR2IUB, and 2 pactor stations came up on frequency (! 7030 as CW QRP frequency is no longer sacred?!)

PS also shows again that bug style with slow dahs and fast dits travels very well -- I've often found easy copy in poor conditions with such. It does depend on the type of conditions. Some QSB is best with QRQ and repeats, other with QRS. Same with different types of QRN. What matters more is consistency, if you can barely hear a signal it helps a lot to know at what sort of speed is being sent!

Great page and photos of his station and keys including bug mobile (not on bumpy roads - that's why my /M is where the K9LU keyer is!) https://www.qrz.com/db/W0CCA


Title: RE: Complete QSO with RST 229 -- appropriate technique
Post by: KD8IIC on May 19, 2017, 05:47:29 AM
  SUPERB info OM!
  I'm finding myself enjoying the challenge of working weak signal CW more every day.
  VY 73  lane in Ohio USA de n8aft


Title: RE: Complete QSO with RST 229 -- appropriate technique
Post by: VK5EEE on May 19, 2017, 05:50:36 AM
73 Lane OM! Great to hear! Yes, weak signals is fun it just requires patience on BOTH sides :-) if the other guy is not happy it won't work, and from experience I find that very many are not happy if the signal is very weak but others appreciate it especially when they find out you are QRP or using a very small or very low antenna!


Title: RE: Complete QSO with RST 229 -- appropriate technique
Post by: 9V1VV on May 19, 2017, 07:03:35 AM
You are lucky Lou. The conditions are so poor now, but miraculously I still get 599 reports even though I have to repeat my call about seven times !


Title: RE: Complete QSO with RST 229 -- appropriate technique
Post by: N9AOP on May 19, 2017, 12:21:31 PM
I'll second you on that.
Art


Title: RE: Complete QSO with RST 229 -- appropriate technique
Post by: VK5EEE on May 19, 2017, 10:53:53 PM
You are lucky Lou. The conditions are so poor now, but miraculously I still get 599 reports even though I have to repeat my call about seven times !
Yes funny that isn't it John! But you're lucky you are VV and not EEE otherwise you'd be repeating it 15 times for "5NN" stations!


Title: RE: Complete QSO with RST 229 -- appropriate technique
Post by: AC7CW on May 20, 2017, 09:53:42 AM
Good info!