Thursday, December 27, 2007

Recording My Own QSO's on the Computer

I'm improving the ham station capabilities and now find that I am able to record QSO's on my computer. So, as a "first attempt", I recorded my QSO with CE1/K7CA on 160-M tonight. Quite a pile-up on him and he was very "wordy" with his QSO's so the pile sometimes got a bit unruly. I noticed I copied him sending "DN" after he had worked several stations "UP." So, I listened to him make three or four QSO's about a kc BELOW his frequency including a VERY long winded one with a buddy where they talked about a lot of things. But, stations were continuing to call him ON his frequency and a big pile were still calling UP 1 kc. Can I really hear that much better than a lot of other folks?

Anyway, I was pretty shocked when he came right back to me (on about my fourth or fifth try at calling him.) I quickly hit the button to record the QSO on the computer. Then, I edited out the extra stuff and you are left with his last exchange to me. Here is a link to an MP3 file of that audio:

He did seem to have quite a strong signal from Chile on Top Band. At times the S-meter at times was hitting over S-9.

This QSO was country number 77 for me on Top Band. And, it was a NEW Zone as well. I now have 77 countries worked on 160-M (39 confirmed) and 23 Zones worked.

Anyway, this is my first try at recording a QSO. I'll be looking into doing this more in the future. That way I'll be able to capture those exciting radio moments and share them with others along with reliving the excitement myself!

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