I tried SIM31 again, and it sounds familiar like PSK31 and it is a way. But it uses FEC (Forward Error Correction) and it copied signals very well. Much better than PSK31. Good for QRP work. You also can run the software in automatic mode. First I thought, why should I make a contact with a computer. But I did. Today I worked RA3AL/QRP (see photo of his shack) running 1 watt and I was using 5 Watts on 20 meter. Perfect qso. Also worked RN9AZ Asiatic Russia 3500 km. I wonder what the mode will do on 2 or 6 meters. So, when you are in for something new, try SIM31.
Today I made my first SIM31 QSO. It took a while before I understood the possibilities of the software. (Het kwartje is gevallen ;-) ) My first qso was with an automatic station CT4KO/QRP on 20 meters. After him I worked SP3AMZ. You have to work with the newest software release. I use now version 6763. It’s nice to try this new software on several bands, to find out how it works. You can find more information & last release on the web site of ON4NB.
It gives me a lot of fun working QRP in digital mode like JT65HF during my Holiday’s and also from my QTH of course. In May I was in Spain near Moraira Costa Blanca in JM08BR. I am always traveling with my qrp-rig, the Yeasu FT-817 (with a little accu) and my Alex loop. This loop gives me a lot of fun, only a little bag in my suitcase and I am qrv from 10 to 40 meter. I was calling cq on 14.076 MHz with 5 watt and John VK7XX was coming back for me. That gives me a lot of fun, tnx John.
The Alex Loop seems to be a great travelling antenna. Maybe I should buy one.
Next question: should I? I made a lot of contacts with the PC4T call sign, also they know me by blogging. And now everyone can get a PAØ call sign, it's not special any more. So I tend to stick to the PC4T call sign.
Yesterday I made 3 CW qso's. On 30m OM4KW and on 20 m OK2KN and Z63ZED. Maybe later on this day I will try my luck.