Long distance QSO with the Warbler

Screenshot of Warbler contact to Alabama

Last night I used the Warbler I finished a few months ago and had a very nice 40 minute QSO on 80m with Ken, KI3N, in Oxford Alabama.  First, it great that conditions were good enough for us to chat for 40 minutes using PSK31, but when you consider that the distance between us was about 970 miles then that made it quite an achievement given the band.  I was using the Warbler, putting out 3W now after some slight changes, and the 88ft doublet tuned with the homebrew ATU.  Ken was using 40W from an Icom IC-756 Pro into an 80m dipole.  The screenshot above shows what I was receiving.

Even though the Warbler is rockbound and uses a direct conversion receiver its performance is very good and makes it fun to use.  This was the furthest contact I have made so far with that transceiver.

Alan Steele, VA3STL, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from Ottawa, Ontario. Contact him at [email protected].

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