[SCCC] W1AW/6 Digital

Art - W6KY w6ky at yahoo.com
Fri Feb 14 23:47:18 EST 2014

Operated the 12 meter 2200 to 2359 RTTY slot today.
101 Q's. Was slow compared to the 2000 to 2159 slot
yesterday. Ran out of USA propagation today so almost
all Q's were JA's...

I have been running JT65-HF for awhile. 2000+ Q's. Will
give it a shot tomorrow when RTTY peters out. . And true,
I have been on 20 JT65 every night till after 10pm. Fun

As Dennis advised, don't give it a try if you are not a seasoned
JT65 fanatic. The mode is simple, the QSO procedure is
unorthodox.. Not to mention you need 3 programs running
at the same time to make it really work...

Just a note, Voyager is using a form of JT65 and 50 watts.
The one way RF trip at the speed of light is 17.5 hours. That's
why JT65 works great with 1-5 watts. Saves the finals...
Over 100 countries with 5 watts or less.....

73, Art  W6KY 

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 From: Dennis Younker NE6I <ne6i at cox.net>
To: sccc at contesting.com 
Sent: Friday, February 14, 2014 5:01 PM
Subject: [SCCC] W1AW/6 Digital

Just wanted to comment that I had a W1AW/6 digital slot this morning and pickings were slim on 20m RTTY. Apparently we in SoCal have done a great job already of handing out W1AW/6 contacts. I was monitoring some of our digital slots last night and pickings were slim for those ops as well.

Today, half way into my second digital slot, with things really thin on RTTY, I decided to go to JT65. I'd prepared myself earlier by setting up WSJTX2 and ACLog (N1MM does not support JT65) so the QSY was easy.

I was quite popular there! I filled the entire hour with contacts very easily.

So if you have an assigned digital slot this week and are not getting much action on RTTY, consider going to JT65. If you've never been on JT65, this is probably not the time to try it. The exchange and operation is radically different than on RTTY, CW and SSB.

If you are on the fence about signing up for a W1AW/6 slot, I encourage you to sign up for a digital slot. Plenty are still available and if you elect to go JT65, the bands are open much longer than on RTTY, CW or SSB. JT65 works well into the very low signal to noise ratios. Again, I would discourage anyone from trying JT65 for the first time as W1AW/6. We are representing the ARRL and operation on this mode is quite different than other modes. If you really want to go nuts and are experienced on the digital modes, put W1AW/6 on JT9. Identical exchange and operation but even lower S/N ratios work well. Unfortunately though, fewer ops are on this mode. I had plenty of action on JT65 so I did not go to JT9.

Also, don't forget the daytime 40m slots. I'm sure you can work plenty of western stations regardless of mode. And the "locals" will appreciate finding you there.

--Dennis NE6I 

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