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(12/20/17)  For on-going comments about digital - this time it is FT8, please see below.  JT65 has now taken a back seat to FT8  :):)

(10/12/17)  While I'm waiting for my next exotic JT65 signal to pop up on the waterfall, I'll  take the down time to update my profile and give you my final take on the digital modes.  I have always been a very wordy person when I write - that's why I put this teaser up on the top.  I'm sure you would rather not wade through the fluff/baloney that follows just below.  Go down to the bottom for my update on digital stuff.  


My County San Luis Obispo in the Santa Barbara section.

Grid is CM95

RE: Confirmations.  I can do (1) LoTW  (2) QRZ.com, (3) eQSL or (4) good old card in the mail.  Your choice.  I QSL 100%!! I married "well" so there is no need for you to send me a SASE.  :):)

My SKCC No.  is 15832  Working on my WAS award;  next will be all counties.  They like to keep us busy:) . 

I finally returned to Ham radio in early 2016.  I find it fascinating - especially the area of working with and trying to understand antennas.  I enjoy participating in the various nets that are out there and the friendly people who participate therein.  I am a 72 year old retired engineer.  Spent 5 years, 3 months and 18 days in the Air Force during the Vietnam era.  6915th Security Group in Japan and Germany.  Great duty,  Luckily did not get shot at but supported those who did 110%!!   Spent my career days in Orange County California working as a Traffic Engineer.  Got lucky and had a great career.  Retired from Orange County and moved to northen california to Mt. Shasta.  Stayed there 10 years until the snow got to us so relocated south to Paso Robles.  This is wine country so...... if you come by to visit, we'll send you away with 4/5 bottles of good wine.  I look forward to many more years in SSB,  CW and (see below) Digital!.  So much to learn and so little time:):) BTW - I WELCOME any emails from folks who would like to try and connect to see if stuff works depending on conditions (i.e. antennas, signal reports, etc.).  I listen to the noon time net each day at 7.283.500.  (I swear I do not see how those talented net operators keep track of all those call signs)  - if I hear someone from an area I have not yet contacted, I'll send an email!!.  You may of course do the same and will get a prompt reply.  cheeky

I enter all qso's into QRZ.com and eQSL.  Probably overkill but that is me:):)  Another doozy is Ham Radio Deluxe where I also enter QSO's.  After the long and difficult process you will encounter in getting it up and running, you'll love it!  

Wow, reading other folks QRZ pages makes me really look like an amateur:):)  Just read one today from Pa.  My oh my how do these folks do it?  I'll keep plugging and one day by george, I'll go from little pistol to big gun - you watch!!  :):)  To reach that end, I wanted to buy and 800 watt amplifier.  But, to my horror, I realized that my antennas (in the farm) will not handle the load.  DRAT!!   Happy fisting friends!!  

New stuff!  8/4/17  Uh oh.  I have just discovered Olivia!   It is great!!  I'll add more on that later.  ......Naw - not much fun or exciting.  

OK, I'm back.  Olivia is for sure the mode for rag chewing (if you are that type of operator - to each his/her own of course).  Easy to recognize on the waterfall.  Give it a try,  Relative to JT65, one guy aptly described it (JT65) as a mode where you watch the grass grow.  JT65 is definitely NOT a mode for rag chewing.  BUT....it indeed is true that it will give you longer range to pick up those weak signals.  The first time I used it, I got Connecticut (from Calif.) .  Could not get it via CW or another mode.  So, if you have pleanty of time to watch the grass grow, give this mode a try:).  I am typing this message while I wait for the minute to go by waiting for the other guys response.  Slow slow by kinda fun. Also, I am finding that it is addicting.  One gets a lot of contacts through it's use and given the minute delay each time (actually, it is two minutes if you think about it), one can get all of ones logging tasks done - including entries into LoTW, QRZ and eQSL - while waiting for the other guys next response.    

Actually, except for contests, what I am noticing is that despite being slow, I am getting many many qso's per session using JT65.  Interesting.  AND, they are from world points far far away!  Very interesting.  As I do more and more, I find that I am staying with JT65 and to a lesser extent, with PSK31.  It's funny, like I mentioned above, I have gotten to the point where I can use the two minutes on JT65 between me doing something for other stuff like logging the call.  That way, I get everything logged and cateloged as I go without having to wait and do a big pile of entries later.  Love that part,  :)

(10/12/17) BOTTOM LINE:  For now, it's JT65 for me.  I tried them all (modes).  CW does not get as far as JT65 nor does it produce the number of contacts as does JT65.     CW is great for contests but some guys are so darn fast, it takes the fun out of it.  Phone is also good but it is limited in range - far far less than JT65.  I use phone on contests like the Calif. QSO Party,  Now, I am not a real rag chewer and I do understand that some/many hams are.  Hence, cw, psk 31, olivia and others are their go to modes.  For me, the addiction of JT65 is my game.   So, go ahead and give JT65 a try.  Download JT Alert also to enhance the fun (note: be sure to download two other files along with the JT65 download.  If memory serves, one of the two is an audio file and the other is a directory file - used to tell you if you have worked a particular station before).

12/17/17  Looks like FT8 is now on the scene.  I'll give that a try and let you know (assuming you care of course)  :) 

12/20/17   FT8 - wow.  looks like this is going to be the next killer mode.  If you want fast action and a lot of QSO's, this mode will do it for you.  With JT65, at least one could take a break between QSO's but now, you need to stay on your toes.  You can of course take a break, but you will miss several QSO opportunites. And, it is all free.  Wish I could figure out how to get JT alert going with this new mode.  Anyone out there can help me? Definitely NOT a rag chew mode.  There is a danger however.  When calling CQ, it is all automatic (if you push the auto. sequence button).  So, one can get a bit lazy and lose the real reason for the hobby.  But....to each his own I reckon.  

1/1/17  Happy New year.  Re:  JT alert.  I figured it out.  One really needs it to keep track of all the qso's one gets on FT8.  Give it a try and you will see me on there every day.  


Later and 73






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