PSK31 up and running…….

Giving PSK a go
On Wednesday I spent some time familiarizing myself with HRD's DM-780 and getting some custom macros setup. In time I am  going to try out Fldigi and see which program I like better. The only reason I started with DM-780 was the K3 is all setup with HRD so I am half way there when it comes to PSK. So how did it go...well I am operating at 5 watts and there were some stations calling CQ but I was not able to grab their attention with my replies. I setup DM-780 to send info up too PSKreporter but up to this point and including today I just don't seem to be spotted at all. I am not sure if my setup with PSKreporter is wrong or I my signal
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is not getting out. I do see on my LP-100 watt meter there is 5 watts getting to the antenna but whether it is readable or not I am not sure. Besides I am still getting the hang of PSKreporter as well so it could be operator error at this end. Also today I was involved in the NAQP CW contest but am now just taking a bit of a break. I was calling CQ on 40m CW a short time ago and KC9SNC came back to me. Our QSO was going well and the CW speed was very comfortable for me.......then came the contester's right over our QSO!!! Now they may not have heard us as I was QRP at 5 watts but that brought the QSO to an end. I did email Matt and gave him some more info about my station and that we may have better luck next time. So up to this point I have not been able to make a PSK contact maybe I will give Fldigi a go on Sunday and see if I can bag my first PSK QSO. It's now time to head back to the NAQP CW contest......and try not to QRM anyone who is not involved in the contest!!!
Mike Weir, VE9KK, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from New Brunswick, Canada. Contact him at [email protected].

2 Responses to “PSK31 up and running…….”

  • Stewart VA3PID:

    I’ll be around on PSK31 all day tomorrow 10-40m, and I’ll definitely hear you with 5W in Toronto …

    I found setting up spotting in Fldigi to be painless. One thing I’d really recommend is to check and edit the macros before use. The stock ones are a bit long, and unless you have all the QRZ.com callsign lookup setup correctly, you’ll get a bunch of blank macros.

  • Mike VE3WDM:

    Good evening Stewart, thanks very much for the offer. The trouble seemed to be with my K3 setup. I was able to get things going and make some contacts. Have a great week Stewart and thanks for taking the time to comment.

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