Finally Got VK9WA, Willis Island, on 12 SSB!

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I finally just got him on 12 SSB at 23:14Z from SW Indiana!  He was very weak, down in the noise, (barely moving the meter) but the 6500 pulled him out.  My DX Narrow Profile punched through the noise and QRM.  Barefoot with the T-11 at 38 ft.   Loving this rig and antenna combo!
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  • satisfied and a little smug! ha ha.

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Ken - NM9P, Elmer

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Pileups on 20/17/15 CW are brutal!  Found him on 12 SSB with more manageable traffic.
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Mark - WS7M

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Ken, Could you shoot me an email describing how you have setup your beringer mixer?  I got one and I'm about to go through the process on how to set it up.

My email is  ws7m@arrl.net

I have a yamaha headset with mic.  What I'd like is to route computer audio, rig output into the mixer.   I was thinking I could take the mic from the headset and plug it in as my computer mic.

Anyway a guide on how you have yours wired and setup would be appreciated.
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I have my Heil PR-22 Connected to the Balanced input on the Behringer mixer.  
Mixer levels for mike input and main output are pretty much straight up - mid-level for my mike.  I am not using the EQ on the Behringer mixer - all settings are straight up - no boost or cut.  I do all my EQ internally in the 6500.
I take the right channel output in balanced format (using a TRS Cable) and feed it into the Balanced input of the 6500.  
I also used to have an AUX output feeding to the "line-input" pin on the 9 pin AUX connector on my 1500 with a reduced setting as needed to keep from over-driving it.  But I just sold the 1500 and don't need it any more.

I also have the USB Cable of the Q802USB mixer connected to my computer for use in recording spots for the radio station.  I use Audacity to record radio spots and/or record voice keyer stuff for my contesting.

I find that I get better audio directly, not using the USB and computer interface - i.e. if I send the TX audio through the USB to the computer and then back out to the rig via the "PC" mike input on the 6500, then the audio is not as clean and crisp.

Actually, now that I have sold the 1500, I will take the mixer out of the audio chain of the 6500, once I have enough time to re-tweak my profiles.  The mixer gives just a little color to the audio.  It is actually just a little better going direct without the mixer, but I sacrificed just a little in the name of convenience when I had both rigs connected to it.  In that case, I will manually unplug the mike cable and connect it to the mixer when I want to record on the computer.  (Or I may wire up a simple switch to change it).

I am not using any audio OUT from the rig into the mixer.  My Bose speakers have twin inputs - one for the rig and one for the computer.

Hope this helps.
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Rob is an excellent operator and I hear they are doing a great job.
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They've had a good signal most days on 12m and since today is the last day I'll be able to try to work them, had hoped they'd be on 12m again. Nope, they were on 15 and the pileup was big. With only 100W and a 40m vertical, I didn't even wade in. (I've spent hours on 12m chasing with no lock due to pileup size.) Sigh. Next time! And, yes Greg, Rob is incredible. His QSO rate has been huge when I've been listening.
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Walt - KZ1F

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I worked them 3 time, 3 bands. I think one was a pirate. There were warnings about pirates yesterday.
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Walt - KZ1F

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One was definitely a pirate, very clear positive exchange, but not showing up in clublog.
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ive had 2 such QSO's Walt .. both with def VK9WA ops ... I don't think they are all pirates .. i think their ops got a bit lost at times .. heat and condx on the island taking their toll
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Walt - KZ1F

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Most of the contacts do show on clublog but I have more in the log than show on clublog.
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Rick Hadley - W0FG

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I hope they're still on when I get back home from WI.  I sure wish I had a Maestro and 2.0 up here in the woods!
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busted all the pile ups with the 6500 inc some whoppers on 10m CW with NA JA and EU all calling!

waterfalls find the holes ... 6500 bunches through and gets them every time!

Flex rocks!
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Walt - KZ1F

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@howard, its a water path for both you and simon. 2000 erp doesn't hurt either. Oops, 1500.
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Ken - NM9P, Elmer

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With all that antenna gain I am sure it is much more than 2000 ERP, even with a legal limit amp!

Btw, I got them on 17 CW a bout 45 minutes ago. Trying on 15 but he is all over the JA's right now....
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Now that is just unfair.... 20-10 is largely, mostly eating static.I did notice area 9's are doing pretty well. There have been a few nights where 15-10 have been open...just not tonight. No way am I going to get them on 30 or lower.
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I was running the 2K-FA on mid power so I only had 10KW ERP with antenna gain.
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Just do your best Howard and be brave. Just don't be lealous about those 'big boys' with a plasma haze around their antennas.
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Yeah, I got him too, on 15 meter phone.  It was their first day on the air and the pileup was viscious.  The trick I used was looking at the panadapter, seeing where the last contact was made and calling on that frequency. It sure beats calling and calling and waiting for the DX to be in the right place at the right time.  It keeps the noise down too.
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Managed a contact on 30M RTTY. The new RTTY mode works very well and using the Flex control to navigate the XIT to a clear spot is very easy. The LID FEST was at an all time high today on 20M RTTY.
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Got home from Door County and fired up the rig.  He was there on 12 SSB, but I was having to divide my time between calling and trying to get my furnace to start, then in the middle of a call my computer did it's periodic freeze up and I had to reboot the whole thing.  Fortunately SSDR came right back up with my two slices in place and I went back to calling.  Got him on the 2nd or 3rd try, for an ATNO!  Thank you, Flex!
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I got them tonight on 15 CW.  I didn't expect much given my setup but the 6500 did the trick!

  Willis

73  W9OY
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Rick Hadley - W0FG

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Got a good solid one on 30 CW tonight, plus two hopefuls on 20 RTTY and 12 CW earlier today.
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WOW! got them also, on 12m SSB , with 1,500 watts on my beam, weeeeee a new one!

WU5E

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Ken - NM9P, Elmer

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In their web log on 12 SSB, 15 and 17 CW so far.
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Rick Hadley - W0FG

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The 30m contact didn't make it into the log...may have been a pirate, but I have 'em on 20 RTTY, 17 CW, 15 CW, 12 CW, 12 SSB, & 10 CW!
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Got them on 20m RTTY this morning on my G.P. signal was S5, it's a lotta settings
getting DAX in split mode but worked it out using DAX RX1 in receive slice and DAX TX2
on transmit side
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makes sense, tnx for the tip, was my first split digital mode contact ;-)
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I guess at some point they will sort a split mode for digi but that's the easiest way I have found so far

btw I busted the JA wall from here last week on a buddipole at the home QTH (building a new house and the real shack is /P at the mo!)

Using the 6500 and the pana I was able to find the hole and bammm in the log!

:)
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hey buddy if you can do it with a pole that's great ;-)
But digi modes and compromise antennas + Flex seem to go well together.
Good luck building the new shack, don't forget that 130 ft tower
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Exactly how I do it, Simon. Works great.
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Hey Wim I have 26 sections of Rohn 55g stored ready :)

can't say I prefer to do it BP barefoot .. the /P shack has 1KW and a low hung hexbeam which is better than the BP/100w ... better still will be the 10 ele Log P. at 60ft!

Roll on March when we move in :)
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All with a Flex 6300, Acom 1000, That pan adapter is certainly "the" game changer.
The ZOO gets a bit nutty at times.
Of course I've been fortunate this past week was off work mainly tending to a new granddaughter
but many of these I would normally be at work, back to reality in the morning.

Your mileage may vary.

N9IO     VK9WA     2015-11-15 15M     SSB     
N9IO     VK9WA     2015-11-16 20M     SSB
N9IO     VK9WA     2015-11-20 40M     SSB
N9IO     VK9WA     2015-11-20 20M     RTTY
N9IO     VK9WA     2015-11-22 10M     CW

73'
Clay N9IO