Saturday, August 09, 2008

Back on 20m, doing PSK31 and Bitx20

Picture 2.pngMy primary antenna for the past few months has been an 80m dipole. It works pretty well and I hear lots of regular groups chatting but I really miss my PSK31 contacts.

There is a digital mode range on 80m (3.620 - 3.640) and I've been calling CQ there for some time but have only had one PSK31 contact on 80m and that was a conversation I stumbled across on 3.66Mhz.

The other reason to abandon 80m for now is that I've just constructed a bitx20 transceiver and am trying to get it going.

As you can see from the waterfall on the right, there's lots of PSK31 activity on 20m and I'm seeing US stations pretty well here at 3 in the afternoon.

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