[Fwd: LF: Lets use technology a bit more.]
Thu, 07 Jan 1999 00:00:07 -0500
Martin Charman wrote:
> Regarding Andy's posting about experimentation,
> It seems to me that we are all relatively near the beginning of a learning curve for a new band and that the so called 'operators' are simply developing our combined knowledge of how that band and its propagation works. Regular transmissions and contacts on any band will often lead to the discovery or confirmation of unusual and perplexing variations from the norm which can then be investigated further. Whereas the digital modes under discussion are doubtless fascinating areas for experimentation, they are but one narrow (sorry!), strand of a web of other experiments and investigations being carried out by differently (un)qualified amateurs into different aspects of the band. Personally I don't find using someone else's software to enable my computer to communicate with another one particularly interesting but I'm extremely glad that other people do! If getting across the pond using 1 bit/sec PSK is going to take, as Andy suggests, 1Watt ERP, then thank heavens for the chaps
> who've spent the last year or so experimenting with equipment capable of running that sort of power reliably.
> Simple equipment and stagnation don't have to be inseparable bed fellows - sometimes quite the opposite I've found!
> I don't believe we should dismiss some technology or operating modes simply because they are old. I can't be the only one to have spent ages 'discovering' something interesting only later to find it written up in a 19th century text book!
> Anyway, whether you're peering at the latest coherent waterfall display or trying to find the best way of communicating with someone at 25 wpm cw, you're still experimenting so keep up the good work.
> Vy 73 Martin - G4FKK