As many of you know, for some HAMs getting a QSO with XU7/Cambodia is quite a challenge; for others, its an every day thing. For this reason and others (mainly poor band conditions), I’ve started playing around with JT65. I’m using the software JT65-HF, which I’ve found quite easy to use and there is a beautiful HOWTO / write up on its use by Dave Dunbar N0RQ at eHam, click on the link for more details in a new window.
However, I want to take the opportunity to cover a few of my operating preferences, with reasoning:
I don’t particularly enjoy using JT65 (Paint dries considerably faster in Cambodia, and it wastes my laptop battery more than other modes per QSO), so I’d like to make a few requests / points. Basically, I want to make sure I help as many people have a QSO with Cambodia / XU7 as possible, so here goes:
- If you’ve had a QSO with XU7AGA, please don’t expect me to reply to you first on JT65.
- I will always pick DX ‘Proper’ (eg Brazil, USA) first on JT65, otherwise we might not get a QSO.
- DO NOT CALL OVER A DX STATION I’M WORKING UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES.
While it may seem a little unnecessary to explain this, almost 1/3 of my logged QSOs so far come from Japan. Russia in general is a close second. I love having QSOs with Japanese, Russian & Ukrainian HAMs, and will continue to do so as much as possible. However, it is in everyone’s best interest that such QSOs take place via SSB and/or PSK. Both of these modes are considerably faster, and allow us to exchange meaningful information, not just signal reports and call signs.
I’m not fond of JT65, but I’d love to help ‘DX’ DX stations get Cambodia in their log and mine, so I use it. If you’re local and/or high powered (think Russia, Ukraine, Japan, Indonesia), please have a QSO with me on PSK or SSB. I spend almost 5 hours a day using PSK31 on the 15M Band (21070) if not more, so no one will miss out.
I understand that for some HAMs having a QSO on as many modes as possible is an important part of the hobby. If that’s a particular interest of yours, please email me and I will make sure to let you know when I am operating on JT65, and that I make every effort to have a QSO with you regardless of your location.
The above goes for other modes as well. If I’ve had a QSO with you on PSK31, but you’d really like a SSB contact, just let me know. Unfortunately, an SSB contact between Cambodia and Australia on 80M for instance might be impossible, but I will do my best to work with everyone near and far alike 🙂
XU7AGA & VK3HXT