I worked PSK31 again this evening and managed to contact some new DXCC entities on 20 meters:
- EW8CM, Belarus
- YO9FTN, Romania
- OK1EP, Czech Republic
- E74DO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (Not a new one for me, but not a country I see very often either)
I also snagged another Oregon QSO, Bob, K7QXG. We had a decent chat and hopefully we can confirm on Logbook of the World.
14.070 was full of signals tonight and some were very strong and over-driven, causing issues while I was trying to copy some of these weaker stations. I’ve had decent luck with a little FT-847 trick that lets me place my 400 hz CW filter in-line to cut the adjacent noise:
- Tune to where the desired signal is; press A>B to copy the frequency to VFO B
- Switch VFO A from USB to CW mode and engage the DSP CW filter
- Press the SPLIT key, allowing me to listen to the band through the CW filter and transmit on the upper sideband.
It’s a bit of a dance and if I re-tune I have to repeat the process, but it only takes seconds and the results are worth it. For more detail, check out this tutorial.