JT65HF up and going!

Screen shot of my first ever JT65HF contact!
I was shocked to see that my last blog post was almost a month ago! I have been on the radio on and off but the season has been very busy with work and then Christmas as well. I was doing some blog reading on the weekend and the Digi modes were being talked about again. In the past I have tried and tried but frustration settles in and I give up and move back to CW.  This time around I took more time and looked into the operation the JT65HF program. I do have wsjtx on my PC as well but it seemed to me that JT65HF was just a bit more basic for me and would at least get me going. The rig control I am using is DXlabs and as was said the digi software is JT65HF and Signalink usb sound card. I adjusted my output power on the K3 to 5 watts to see what would happen. I saw K0TPP calling CQ and I answered him and had my first JT65HF contact. I did not have anymore time for other contacts as other things had to be done around the house. BUT......this week I am hoping to some DX contacts.
Mike Weir, VE9KK, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from New Brunswick, Canada. Contact him at [email protected].

4 Responses to “JT65HF up and going!”

  • N4ovq stacey reece:

    Started jt65 6 months ago or less and WAS and WAS on 20 and like 4 more to have WAS on 40. I enjoy that mode. Good deal stay with it. N4OVQ

  • Mike VE3WDM:

    Good evening Stacey, congrats on working your WAS award and good luck with the next four contacts on 40m.

  • Karel ZS6WN:

    Hi Mike, welcome to JT65. Way back in 2007 when we started playing around with this mode on HF many believed it will not last long. Well, as you can see nowadays the bands are quite busy with this mode, even when the band seems close one often find a lonely caller or two. When I’m not contesting I spent almost all my time on air on JT65/JT9. Do yourself a favour and download the JTAlert suite of apps. It makes all the difference (look at http://www.hamapps.com). And give WSJT-x a try. Its not complicated and offers JT9 which is another FB mode by Joe K1JT. Hope to QSO you soon. 73 de ZS6WN Karel, Limpopo, South Africa.

  • Mike VE3WDM:

    Good morning Karel, thanks very much for taking the time to comment. I for sure today will check out the JTAlert app! I have WSJT-x downloaded on my PC and now that I have JT65 working on the other software it will give me time to play with WSJT-X and get the hang of it without becoming frustrated. It would be great to see South Africa on the waterfall and have a QSO with you.
    Have a great week and Happy New Year.

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