Today the power went out at my AO in an approximately 50 mile radius. With nothing better to do in the heat of the day, I decided to call CQ on 40M JS8Call and got a taker on the first try.
I don’t see a lot of CQ calling on JS8Call so I suppose people are more than willing these days to answer when they do see it being called.
The trend I’ve seen is to use it for propagation only with more HB’s filling the air than conversations.
Sad really when you look at it’s potential.
Few users see it for the powerhouse software that it is. Or the fact that it possesses huge potential for regional comms as a relaying and message storage system for off-grid stations, but a network built before it’s needed is the key IMO.
There are a few of us that see the vision though and are working towards it.
I started this website and it’s forum in hopes of drawing like minded comms people into forming regional nets BEFORE an event. Networks that could survive a grid down scenario and still allow critical information to flow.
With the recent attempt to get a Sked up by VA6GOK and at least try to make comms, I’m encouraged that others are going to see the potential of such networking and eventually join in.
Learning now what will “make the trip” even on something as effective as JS8Call will provide confidence that comms will flow during times of trouble and we will have a better understanding of what is needed.
But knowing that your system will gather and transmit while unattended in SHTF is the goal. When you are in an event, sitting by the radio is an option few have.
JS8Call has given us the capability, but without a backbone of constant presence stations taking advantage of its automation, we might as well be using QRP CW rigs .
Today’s short QSO was a real eye opener as to the effects of normal QRM at my location. Even in my Rural location, the difference between a local grid loss and normal grid noise was shocking.
If you studied the picture of the QSO you can see when the power came back on.
It also shows that QRP when the grid is down will get the job done if used with an effective mode like JS8Call.
AB6MB is 400 miles from me and we both have NVIS elements in our antennas but the image below has challenged me to see what pattern will develop with a true NVIS setup.