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Re: [RTTY] RM-11708, the "other side"

To: "'Bill Turner'" <dezrat1242@wildblue.net>, "'RTTY Reflector'" <rtty@contesting.com>
Subject: Re: [RTTY] RM-11708, the "other side"
From: "Rex Maner" <k7qq@netzero.net>
Date: Thu, 12 Dec 2013 05:17:29 -0000
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I agree, all that is needed 99% of the time is 2 M  and 80M,  someone
outside the immediate area is just in the way.

Rex K7QQ

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From: RTTY [mailto:rtty-bounces@contesting.com] On Behalf Of Bill Turner
Sent: Thursday, December 12, 2013 1:39 AM
To: RTTY Reflector
Subject: Re: [RTTY] RM-11708, the "other side"

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On Wed, 11 Dec 2013 14:30:30 -0800, Chen wrote:

>> Instead of voice? Surely you jest. 
>No, seriously.
>For two reasons, (1) PSK31 has far better intelligibility than an SSB
signal in a 2.4 kHz equivalent noise bandwidth (we are talking about 1 watt
vs 200 watt type of difference), and (2) 14071.5 has lots of "eyeballs" on


In an emergency, you don't need to worry about intelligibility. Even the
worst disaster rarely exceeds a hundred mile radius. You are not
communicating with the other side of the earth. A hundred watts on either
75, 60 or 40 meters will do the job nicely and although I can't prove it
(and neither can you) I have no doubt voice will get through firstest with
the mostest. 

Next time you talk to a cop, firefighter or EMT, ask them why they don't
give up their mike and go to PSK31 for their emergency comms. 
I'd love to be there.  :-)

BTW, 20 meters is a lousy band for emergencies. You don't need DX, you need
strong, reliable local communications out to a few hundred miles or so, day
or night. 
75. 60, 40. 

73, Bill W6WRT
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