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PSK on summits


#1

Hi all,
Last days, I activated 5 F/VO summits, in CW and PSK31.
It seems to be rather difficult in PSK, with low power.
I could qualifie only one summit with 5 QSOs.
So I’m asking me if I will continue to carry all the gear, laptop etc…

Fortunatly, I made 265 CW QSOs with 18 S2S.

Thanks to all, an CU soon from higher Alps summits next 2 weeks.

73 Alain F6ENO


#2

Dear Alain,

Your efforts on PSK are much appreciated. As always if I can hear you I will respond in that mode.
However, of late signals to the North of England are somewhat poor.
From my QTH I have a very high noise level, somedays around S7 which makes a lot of the QRP SOTA stations very difficult to read.
I think that you are the only PSK station I have heard so far.
Keep up the good work, I am sure the extra weight is good for your heart on the climb hi hi…
73 de Kevin G0NUP


#3

In reply to G0NUP:
Hi Kevin,

Thanks for your kind words. It was realy a pleasure to hear you again.
Bu my heart is not so young… so I will carry again the PSK only on low summits.
Next weeks, I hope to climb summits in the range of 2000 to 3000m, so the rucksac weight will be my main concern…

Best 73 and thanks for the G0SIG QSO…

Alain F6ENO


#4

In reply to F6ENO:I congrats Alain!
I will testing my PSK and ROS from WFF area first.
From the car will be easily.
If will be right, starting on the summits too.

73 CUL
Feri


#5

In reply to F6ENO:

Digi is slow mode compared to cw. I have been carrying the extra 300 g in case that some chaser without cw skills likes to work me. Only few QSOs so far. I do digi after the cw only if the conditions and time permit. The ATS3B does not allow phone QSOs, so either cw or digi on HF.

73, Jaakko OH7BF/F5VGL


#6

I am using NUE-PSK modem which is somewhat smaller than my FT-817, but with keyboard the weight and bulk add up. Not ready for a CW activation yet, no luck with QRP SSB on Novice bands, so PSK is my main mode on HF (with RTTY during the contests).
80m PSK-31 is a safe bet if I stay on the summit overnight, there is usually a lot of DL stations on a weekend night.On 10 and 15m it depends on the conditions but I have also activated quite a few hills on 10/15m. No digital S2S yet and it is quite rare to make a QSO with an active chaser on digi.


#7

In reply to OK9HAG:
I have a Nue-PSK modem also… but have never used it on a hill yet. I’ve never been sure it was worth the extra weight to carry it up. Maybe I’ll give it a go sometime.

73

Andrew
K1YMI / GM1YMI