K9ZW Joins the JT65 160m Affray 31 - December - 2011Posted by k9zw in Amateur Radio, K9ZW, K9ZW Operations.
Tags: Digital Modes, JT65, K9ZW, K9ZW Operations, W9JSB
Decided I should give the JT65 mode a whirl after hearing how much success Scott W9JSB was having.
As I had earlier been on the 160m SSB Every Night Net, I thought I would see if there was any JT65 on 160m.
What a surprise as at 1.838 there is a raft of stations – at least that is what it sounded like “by ear.”
Downloading the JT65 software was easy – setting up things to work with PowerSDR and the Flex-5000A was a bit roundabout but doable.
The result was QSOs from the start!
Here is a screen shot of the software running (you can click to see a larger version):
All told I only made Eight JT65 160m QSOs – they take several minutes each – here is the calls and reports:
Went right back and added another ten QSOs:
JT65 is a rather unusual mode in that it is about making the contact, and just about anything else is “chatter” and generally technically a difficultly.
Here is a descriptive and history of the mode: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WSJT_(Amateur_radio_software)
The Project’s Homepage is at: http://sourceforge.net/projects/jt65-hf/
Flex had an article on configuration that was based on an older versions, but helped: http://kc.flex-radio.com/KnowledgebaseArticle50362.aspx
Definitely an interesting mode and I am sure I will play around with it a bit.
Hope to meet you on 160m JT65 sometime soon!