I am relatively new to 4m digital, and am currently struggling to make contacts. As will be seen by my other posts I have a keen interest in the digimodes, in addition to Phone and CW. I have called CQ at every opportunity on .200 SSB, .260 FM and .450 FM Ã¢â‚¬â€œ all to no avail. Plus, attempted skeds out-of-country on .160 with WSJT modes. Regretfully I am not available Sunday mornings for the contests.
I would like to propose a digital night. Such a theme was started on 6m several years ago and has proved a success; this is currently held on Monday nights.
I have heard very little activity in my area on 4, (Shepton Mallet, Somerset) and no digital activity whatsoever, despite having a highly efficient omni directional antenna for 4m mounted at 14m (Horizontal) I am currently restricted to 10W.
4m presents a fantastic opportunity for good DX as well as local ragchews, having so few countries currently subscribed, the band is fundamentally "clean". As modes like JT6m are highly efficient and far exceed the likes of CW, coupled with Tropo, meteor scatter, iono, etc with the right equipment geography is quite irrelevant.
Thus I propose a digital night to try and get things moving, and for experimentation. Very good success is obtained on 6m with JT6M, which has brought the band to life.
We of course already have a psk centre of activity, not that I ever hear anything on that either, however JT6m is MUCH more efficient than this mode.
As I have previously done skeds on 70.160, I would like to propose this be informally adopted as JT6M calling. If this proves successful, perhaps we can experiment with other narrow modes by sked and really find out what works on 4?
Propose 1800 UTC onwards to accommodate the countries ahead of us, open-ended.
I offer a vote of Tuesday to Friday for setting up Ã¢â‚¬Å“Digi-niteÃ¢â‚¬Â