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For some reason I’ve never really had great luck with WJST-X in getting it to run properly. The last couple of days I’ve had some real issues and my mind is thinking is it the radio, is it my rigblaster blue, the levels, the clock you name it.
Many months ago I thought I would give PSK a try since I hadn’t used that mode for quite some time. Well I found the mode totally dead and figured FT8 had killed off another mode. That was until today.
So in frustration, and my thinking leading me to believe this is a software issue and not a hardware issue I decided to run FLdigi. What I was attempting by doing this was not to make any contacts I just wanted to see any incoming gibberish to confirm the computer was seeing some sort of incoming signal. This is the issue with WJST-X, waterfall has signals but not decoding.
Low and behold I didn’t see gibberish, what I saw was decoded incoming signals and not just one or two but quite a few. For the next two hours instead of finding the issues with WSJT-X I had many enjoyable QSO’s. In fact I had a very enjoyable QSO with a ham in Colorado who has been a ham since 1935 and he’s 100 years old. Had to laugh a bit he was complaining living in a assisted care centre he can’t get a better antenna yet he had one of the strongest signals of the day. Decided I better go qrt for a bit an have some lunch.
After lunch I thought do I dare try this again, is the band still open, will my software still run so I gave it another try. Low and behold made another few contacts.
What I’m really trying to say is with the band conditions starting to improve instead of being stuck on FT8 all the time since it’s quick and easy why not give some of the other modes another try and see how you fare. Good DX everyone not only on FT8 but all the other modes out there. Hopefully I’ll meet you on another mode.
73 – Gord VE7FKY