It’s 29MHz repeater season: a QSO through KQ2H!

Last night as I was driving back from the station, there was the sense on SSB that 28MHz was in good shape with some loud signals coming through from North and South America.

I tried a few CQ calls on 29.000MHz AM, but didn’t hear anyone at all. I wondered if there would be anything on the FM segment. Sure enough the KQ2H repeater from the Catskill Mountains in New York was coming through well – at times well over S9, although fading somewhat, making me think that what had probably been a good afternoon’s opening might have been coming to an end!

I listened for a few minutes before hearing KC2OBW call through a connected UHF link and decided to give him a call. Although my signals (10W or so to the whip) were not strong, it was enough to have a simple QSO. Good fun!

Remember the 29MHz repeaters have a 100khz repeater shift, so if you hear the output on 29.620, you need to transmit on 29.520. Fortunately, the ability to program the Anytone rig makes it easy to set up memories with different transmit and receive frequencies.

Maybe see you on KQ2H?

Tim Kirby, G4VXE, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from Oxfordshire, England. Contact him at [email protected].

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