• [VE9KK] Part time radio weekend.

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    Part time radio weekend.

    Posted: 06 Sep 2021 01:51 PM PDT http://ve3wdm.blogspot.com/2021/09/part-time-radio-weekend.html

    In Canada and the U.S. this is a long weekend (Labour Day Weekend) with
    Monday being a holiday. I was able to spend a little time on the radio in
    the late afternoon a few days of the long weekend. I was able to spend a
    few hours on both Saturday and Sunday. For the most part I spent my time
    on 20m CW and both days the bands seemed to not be too busy. As I spent
    some time on the radio I found the bands were not that quiet. It was deep
    QSB that was working its magic to drop an S9 signal just at or below the
    noise floor.
    Having a radio with a waterfall is a great advantage and my Icom 7610's waterfall came in very handy showing me a signal before they would fade
    away to nothingness. I heard 4X6FR from Israel calling CQ and I was
    surprised he did not have a pile up. I gave him a few calls but he answered other stations. Not a problem I would just wait it out. This is where the
    QSB kicked in and within a very short time I found only static and no
    4X6FR! The 7610 has 2 independent receivers which is a great advantage. In this case with my headphones I listened for a reappearance of 4X6FR in my
    left ear or VFO B. The right ear VFO A was scanning other signals that
    appeared on the waterfall. Needless to say, the station from Israel never
    again showed up on the waterfall, but he was still out there as he was
    being spotted by U.S. stations on DX Summit.
    As time went on the best way to describe what I saw on the waterfall
    was "now you see them and now you don't" When I did tune on some DX and
    made contact it was touch and go to make a fast and simple RST exchange and
    if I felt lucky I added my name and location. I was pleased with my radio
    time and made contact with 4O4T in Montenegro, R5AF, SP6AEG, LZ305AI,
    IK5OPR and finally TZ4AM from Mali which was a new one for me. I saw him
    being spotted on 17meters and I decided to venture there as 20m was getting
    a bit slow.
    The spot indicated "up 1" which meant there was a pile up and he was
    operating split. I skipped over to 17 meters and then landing myself on his calling frequency just to make sure I could hear him before I got too
    excited. There he was at S6 and I knew I had to move fast as the deep QSB
    had robbed me a few times from catching nice DX. I set my radio to split
    and dual watch which allows me to hear the DX and those who are calling
    him. BUT strange thing no one was calling him and my waterfall was void of signals. It could be the QSB playing games with me. So when I heard him
    call CQ I put my call out and he came back to me on my first call. TZ4AM
    was in the log and I was happy. Very shortly after the contact the deep QSB took the signal from the waterfall.
    It's Monday today and I was busy getting some household chores done
    throughout the day. Maybe this evening I will be back on the radio and see
    how 40m treats me.

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