[amsat-bb] Re: CW from an FM HT

John W Lee k6yk at juno.com
Sat Oct 28 16:06:35 PDT 2006

A lot of the time, you don't have to QSY much on CW, 
so the step isn't all that super important. Just pick a spot and 
give out a few CQ's.  Of course you have to have some other 
receiver than the HT unless it receives SSB/CW.   

(I used to get some  SSB/CW  QSO's on the old birds)
Call CQ on CW and get a SSB answer or vice-versa..  Of course
at that time most folks could copy CW. 


> I was doing some testing here at home with this.  I used an IC-W32A 
> and IC-T7H
> with a straight key plugged into the mic jack on each radio.  
> Nothing fancy from
> the key, just an adapter to fit the 3/32" (2.5mm) jack, and I could 
> key the
> transmitter.  When I did this, listening on another radio, I could
> hear only the
> carrier.  No audio was coming from the HTs' built-in mics.
> I might try this on FO-29 this evening, and maybe VO-52.  One 
> additional
> drawback with an HT for a CW transmitter is the fact that most HTs
> (including these two I tried this morning) have 5 kHz as the 
> smallest tuning
> step.  I also have an FT-817ND, but I only have one of those 
> radios.
> Otherwise, I would be trying all of this with a pair of FT-817s and 
> making
> some CW and SSB contacts.
> 73!
> Patrick WD9EWK/VA7EWK

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