13 April 2006

cq contest recording (ham radio)

One afternoon on a recent weekend, I checked out the daytime ham radio channels with my Eton E5. I heard something bizarre so I recorded it:

cq_contest_ve6jy_14160_khz_ssb.mp3 - 3 min 23 sec, 800kb

"CQ contest. Victor Echo 6 Japan Yankee." I looked up VE6JY on QRZ.com and obtained an email address. He responded to my email, and told me that he and a guest operator were participating in the CQ magazine WPX contest. The transmitter is near Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. With a distance of approximately 1500 miles from my listening location, this is the farthest confirmed ham radio reception I've had.


Greg - K9TLA said...

Weatherall -- That was my first experience at a contest (other than Field Day); just got on for a short bit, but made my first overseas contact (Sweden & Spain). Have started working more contest (state side); and this past weekend, while working portable (picnic table at campground) worked first DX station at St Croix, USVI. Later, Greg

weatherall said...

Hi Greg:
Thanks for the comment. If you see this, feel free to post about your radio equipment and how you like it.