I’m sure some activators have noticed that at times my code is very hard to copy. I apologize and I appreciate the patience that’s been granted me when it’s not coming through quite right.
The reason is that I occasionally chase activators using a remote setup from my office to my home, which is about 10 miles away. But of course who knows where the signals are traveling as they go from my office router to the home router, from Cox Communications to Comcast…clearly sometimes the spacing isn’t translating properly. Some activators have described it as “choppy”.
Anyway I’m sorry, I know very well that when you are activating it can be frustrating to try to decipher messy code. Most of the time, I run out to my car and make the chase from my mobile rig, but sometimes it’s nice to avoid the sweltering heat in the parking lot and make the QSO in my nicely cooled office.
My home setup uses a wire in the attic and isn’t very good. Most of my chases using it are on 60, 40, or 30m with stations fairly close to Arizona. For the remote I’m using a Flex Maestro, which allows me to use an actual paddle to send, and on my end of course it sounds perfectly fine. On the few times I’ve used a microphone, it seemed to work fine, but the cw often doesn’t. Reception is very smooth and the waterfall works quite nicely. I think the packets used to send cw are arranged with different spacing and there are several points along the way where various equipment might add delays or buffering or other weird internet stuff (obviously I’m not an IT guy!) One fix is to use software to send the code instead, but I prefer using a key over typing function keys.
I’m curious whether anyone else uses a remote setup to chase? I know of at least one other who does. Has anyone else experienced issues with remote cw? By the way both internet service connections are high-speed cable.