This is the story about how bad it hurts to know that a new and interesting station is active on the radio, but the computer CPU can’t detect or decode him..

Or to put it another way;

– I wish I we had the big boys here who could tell us what is going on!

This is what happened on the JT65 chat one day.. I’ll lead you through the story, my interpretations are in bold text.

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16:39 === CQ 1st 085 ===== (VR2KW Wong)

16:40 WONG. WHERE ARE YOU LISTENING? I WILL CALL YOU BUT ABOVE 144.100 OK? (K6MYC Mike)
16:43 VR2KW CAN YOU RUN SPLIT AND LISTEN ON .125 (K6MYC Mike)

Right, let’s get this guy to pay attention to ME! smiley

16:43 K6MYC Mike, OK QSY 100 CQ 1st (VR2KW Wong)
16:45 RR WONG (K6MYC Mike)

That’s it.. now we’re in business.. let Deep Search rock and roll.. smiley

16:49 VR2KW, WONG WHAT IS UR STATION? (K6MYC Mike)

What… I’m not getting any decodes.. what is going on??!! smiley

16:50 ANYONE SEE A TRACE ON VR2KW? (K6MYC Mike)

Get with it guys, help me out here!! smiley

16:51 Mike, 200W and 2x9ele (VR2KW Wong)
16:51 I SHOULD SEE YOU WONG? (K6MYC Mike)

Aha.. I’ve worked soooo many smaller stations, but it ain’t happening… ??!!?? smiley

16:53 WONG I SEE YOUR MOON ELEV. AT 53 DEG DO YOU HAVE ELEVATION CONTROL? (K6MYC Mike)

– OK, let’s start checking the basics here.. smiley

16:55 Mike, my ant now is manus AZ/EL (VR2KW Wong)

– Phew…. he’s got elevation.. at least so it seems..
smiley

16:56 RR WONG. ARE YOU DECODING ME? (K6MYC Mike)
16:56 I AM TX 144.100.1 (K6MYC Mike)
16:56 Mike, no (VR2KW Wong)

– I sure expected something else… smiley

16:59 WONG ARE YOUR ANTENNAS VERTICAL POLARITY? (K6MYC Mike)
16:59 IF SO I JUST SWITCH TO H POL FOR YOU (K6MYC Mike)

– That’ll do it.. this bloody spatial offset and Faraday is killing EME.. smiley

17:01 Mike,VERTICAL (VR2KW Wong xx OL72dk 58.153.13.161)
17:02 IS ANYONE DECODING OR SEEING WONG VR2KW??? (K6MYC Mike)

– Come on guys, help me out.. who’s computer is actually seeing him????!!? smiley

17:03 TNX WONG (K6MYC Mike)
17:03 WONG I AM STILL CALLING YOU ON 144.100.1 2ND PERIOD (K6MYC Mike)
17:04 WE NEED GARY OR DAVE KB8RQ OR W5UN TO LOOK FOR WONG (K6MYC Mike)

– Where are the BIG boys when we need them..??! smiley

17:05 BACK TO V POL TX AGAIN (K6MYC Mike)

– Long shot, but it might work.. and I feel better doing something.. smiley

17:06 Mike, I need some time repl cable and connect AZ/EL rotator (VR2KW Wong)
17:07 Mike, I’m at 100 CQ 2nd (VR2KW Wong)

17:07 RR WONG ARE YOU STILL TRANSMITTING ON 144.100 1ST? (K6MYC Mike)
17:08 OK WONG I WAS ON THE WRONG PER FOR YOU NOW I TX 1ST (K6MYC Mike)

– Oh My God… we were both transmitting at the same time… ! So, I have found the problem!!! thank God for chatboards..! smiley

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This is every day EME on the N0UK chatboard, go take a look where the Digital Phantoms hang out. I can’t say that I like it. Too me it looks like talking to a Support Service when one has a computer problem!

Which is a good comparison actually, because during all of the above, it is only the computer that’s been listening to the radio noise! The operator was too busy typing and handing out orders!

A CW Phantom does his chatting on the air, using Morse code.

That’s a BIG difference!

And that’s why CW is King!

73 de Peter SM2CEW