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[VHFcontesting] FN55 144 Sprint

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Subject: [VHFcontesting] FN55 144 Sprint
From: N1BUG <paul@n1bug.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Apr 2017 07:10:55 -0400
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Wow! Has activity really changed this much in the 10-12 years I was absent? In the old days with 1.5 kW I was lucky to work a dozen stations in the Sprint and maybe hear a few more. Last night with 90 watts under what appeared to be poor band conditions I worked 22 and heard at least that many more that I could not work for various reasons. Best DX 510 miles. At times the band sounded almost like 20 meters but with weaker signals.

Thanks to the organizers and to everyone for getting on and making it a fun evening.

I don't yet have digital modes on VHF. I am suffering a critical shortage of sound cards (have two, need four!) It remains to be seen whether drift in my old equipment will be a problem for some modes. I will work on ironing this out eventually. My focus right now is on getting the station up to full power.


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