Since getting the JT65-HF program working with my equipment, I’ve been having a great time with the mode. It really is amazing what you can work. It’s a very relaxing mode and you can easily be working someone on JT65 on HF and having a local QSO on VHF, which is quite fun.
Over the last few weeks, I’ve had JT65A contacts on 3.5, 7, 14 and 28MHz. The most satisfying bands have been 3.5 and 28MHz. On a number of occasions, I’ve hooked the receiver up to the computer in the morning and left the JT65 program running all day, to see what I can hear. Because I’ve configured the program to upload what it hears to the reverse beacon network and the PSK Reporter website, it’s easy to keep track of what propagation is like, from my desk or from the train! I shall have to work out some remote control so that I can make some QSOs at lunchtime.
The image above shows a ‘typical to good’ day on 28MHz JT65. Generally the first signals are heard around 0700z and the last ones around 1730z – plus or minus.
In the evenings I have been trying out 3.5MHz JT65 and have been surprised by the results. Some of the notable contacts have been UN9LEI and KP4ED with lots of contacts in between! Hoping to work VK6 at some point, as that would be a nice one in the evening.
Great mode! I’m so glad I tried it. Can’t wait to get the K1JT modes working with my FT847 for VHF/UHF!