Monday, September 7, 2015

Canada, 1 Watt via 20 Meters


Continuing our theme of "lazy, low-powered weekend," this evening I was chatting around via PSK31.  Ran into a regular on the 20 meter band, and it was once again as if we had a piece of coax cable running 1200 miles from north of the Canadian border to the Gulf.  We kept turning down the power until we got to 1 Watt and decided that was far enough – mainly because my output power meter wouldn't accurately measure any lower.

And it wasn't as if the ionosphere was even marginally cooperative this evening:

Sometimes fortune smiles.  You just have to be ready to smile right back.  PSK31's razor-sharp 37Hz bandwidth makes for a very bright smile.

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