One month of experience with JT65

May 5, 2012 | Amateur Radio | By: Mark VandeWettering

On the last day of March, I started using the JT65-HF program to do some digital operation on the HF bands. In the roughly month since then, I’ve logged contacts with 30 states, and 13 DXCC entities, using my ICOM IC-735 and a crappy 40m dipole that’s mounted far too low. In the last week alone, I’ve heard stations in 46 DXCC entities. For operation inside the U.S., power levels of 10 watts seems entirely adequate, whereas the DX contacts seem easier with 25-35 watts. I’ll try to do a more informative video about these operations in the near future, but for now, here’s the contacts in 30 states. It’s been a lot of fun, give it a try if you haven’t before.

AK WL7BDO, KL5E, KL7YK
AZ N7NEV, KW7E
CA K6SID, W6KY, N6BX
CO AB0YM, NK0G, KC0ZGK
CT WA1NGH, KB1UUB
FL N4RP, KK4XO
HI KH6GRT, KH6SAT
IA K8OM
ID KF7GMV, N7OQF
IN N9WKW
KS K0KU
KY N4ITM
LA W5ADD
MD K3IO, K3VPZ
MO WB0LCW, WD0ECA
MS N4UPX, K5WW
NC N4ABN, KR4RO
NH K1CF
NJ K2AFY, K2RH
NM WA5DJJ
NV KB7NO
NY KJ2U
OH N8TL
OK AA5CK, K5WPN, AE5US
PA W8IJ
PR NP3FS
SC WB2GJD
TN NS2R
TX WA5MS
WA AE7U, KE7WEG, W7PI, K7MSC
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Comment from Erik – K5WW
Time 7/11/2012 at 10:16 pm

Looks like you got a very old callbook! The former holder of the K5WW call (Mr. William Walker) lived in MS, yes. But he passed away over a decade ago.
Me… I live in TX.
Thanks for the JT65A QSO! :)
73,
Erik – K5WW

Comment from Mark VandeWettering
Time 7/12/2012 at 10:56 am

Doh! Sorry ’bout that Erik. Not sure how I got such outdated information, but I’m using LOTW now, which hopefully gets this right. Thanks for the QSO as well!

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