A QRSS Halloween

“‘Tis some visitor,” I muttered, “tapping at my chamber door -

Only this, and nothing more.”

EA Poe


Unbeknown to them, the little ghosts and goblins who’ll be tapping at my chamber door tonight will be getting irradiated with very low power RF on 10.140 MHz from the overhead dipole starting at 0000Z.

Spooky, eh?!

It’s been a while since I’ve scorched the E/F layers with 6-second dots and I’m thinking that minus any real consistency on that mode, I may just make it part of my regular holiday routine.

The thing about QRSS is that it ties up an antenna, often at times I’d rather be engaged in 2-way radio. On holidays, this’ll be a way of participating in the holiday while simultaneously doing radio. For any holiday: Veteran’s Day, Christmas, New Years. Maybe it’ll be the start of a trend…



  5 comments for “A QRSS Halloween

  1. October 31, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    I have text selection and right-clicking disabled. I got tired of seeing excerpts of various posts/pages appearing in other places without prior notification from me, the most blatant of which was EI5IX who copied one of my posts and presented it as if he’d written it himself.

    This doesn’t prevent that but it will make it a bit more difficult.

  2. Julian G4ILO
    October 31, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    It would be fun to program the QRSS keyer with a holiday message: “Merry Christmas”, “Happy New Year” or whatever. You may have started something, John.

    BTW why can’t I click and drag to select text or even position the cursor in what I have written to change something? I just tested in another browser and it’s not just Firefox acting up.

  3. October 31, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    That’s one of the reasons I don’t QRSS more – the fact that it ties up an antenna (and right now, I only have one). That and the fact that I need to work on making frequency setting just a little easier – the trim cap on my TX is extremely sensitive.

    Always enjoy seeing your photography work too John.

  4. October 31, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    Same here, Dave – back to only one antenna. My trim cap seems fairly stable though…I wonder if that may somehow be a function of the length of C3?

    • November 1, 2010 at 10:51 pm

      My trim cap is stable once set John, but getting it onto frequency is a devil of a job – one tiny adjustment and the transmitted frequency moves by a relatively large amount. There are quite a few fairly strong and established QRSS signals on the band here, so I’m trying to shoehorn my signal in between them.

      My C3 is only 6-7mm high, giving me a frequency shift of about 4Hz.

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