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 Just had a QSO with an Aussie on 40M with FT8, my QTH NNJ USA
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 Return to top of page · Post #: 1 · Written at 1:19:35 PM on 8 August 2018.
Wa2ise's avatar
 Location: Oradell, US
 Member since 2 April 2010
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FWIW, just made a 40 meter (7,047MHz) QSO (contact) with a ham in Tasmania. VK7AC. Nearly halfway around the planet from my QTH (location) in northern New Jersey, USA. We used the digital mode "ft8". I used about 100 watts.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 2 · Written at 1:00:24 PM on 9 August 2018.
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 Location: Laidley, QLD
 Member since 16 September 2015
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Wow, why use so much power?
Digital modes on 40 meters, only need a few watts at the max from VK to the states. I follow the grey line.
Haven't tried FT8 yet, it's getting harder to keep up with the new releases of software for different modes and different modes.

Cheers.
VK4KHP


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 3 · Written at 6:08:26 AM on 10 August 2018.
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 Location: Oradell, US
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Not quite grey line (QSO at 22:05 UTC), and my antenna is a simple wire dipole aimed to my east-west. So Australia is off axis, by about 60 degrees off perpendicular to the wire dipole. Lost a few dB right there. Though I use about 8 meters of some old time Thicknet Ethernet cable (it's just well shielded RG8) and a W2AU 1:1 balun, so I shouldn't lose much dB there.

Digital mode over digital coax Smile


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 4 · Written at 6:26:23 AM on 10 August 2018.
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 Location: Laidley, QLD
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Will have to get my 40 meter trap vertical, repaired, was damaged by machinery, when they excavated the area for the footings and slab for the shed.
go vertical on 40 meters, makes a big difference


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 5 · Written at 10:24:34 AM on 10 August 2018.
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 Location: Hobart, TAS
 Member since 31 July 2016
 Member #: 1959
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International Lighthouse weekend coming up this month.
Always look forward to the QSO’s.
JJ


 
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