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Author Topic: WSJT-X FT8 QRP Success?  (Read 411 times)
N4SRN
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« on: July 28, 2019, 07:03:37 AM »

I first ran my Elecraft KX2 5w with a AX1 20m loaded whip antenna indoors on the 2nd floor by a window on WSJT-X FT8 and got 2 quick QSOs in suburban upstate NY. Since, I've had no such luck indoors or outdoors at home in So NH or traveling NJ, NY, PA  on any antenna I've tried including 20m/40m SOTABeams bandhopper, Elecraft AX1, tuned G5RV at 40ft.

I get fantastic RX decodes on a fast MS Surface Pro 6 tablet but zero spots listed on HAMSpots or PSKReporter. I measure 5w out on a Bird43 wattmeter and have CQ'd locals with no success. Plenty of WSPR spots but none on FT8. JT65 is all but gone so no luck on longer TX modes.

Any tips/tricks?

Bret/N4SRN
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Bret/N4SRN
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PU2OZT
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« Reply #1 on: July 28, 2019, 11:13:11 AM »

no reply yet? switch to cw!!!  Grin if only we could afford such a gem of a rig you have, down here, in doomed Brazil.
...back calling cq, lower end of 20m...
Oliver - sarcastic mode
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WD4ELG
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« Reply #2 on: July 29, 2019, 08:31:38 AM »

Check out PSKReporter to see where your signal is being heard.
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W1VT
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« Reply #3 on: July 29, 2019, 09:36:13 AM »

Hamspots.net shows lots of 20M spots about 20 hours ago for N4SRN.
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N4SRN
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« Reply #4 on: July 29, 2019, 05:23:48 PM »

Yep - I ran for hours on a well tuned but low elevation 20m SOTABeams Bandhopper and again on a high elevation tuned G5RV without any spots. Next day I ran 90min on a 20m loaded whip on my back deck and got 66 spots and 3 QSOs. Who’d of thunk it!
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Bret/N4SRN
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W1VT
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« Reply #5 on: July 29, 2019, 05:43:21 PM »

You may have gotten lucky with E skip propagation.  It can provide high angle low loss paths for very simple antennas. But, after half a century of investigations, we still can't predict it.

Zak W1VT
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