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I have been using PSK reporter quite a bit to see how far my CW CQs were getting. It really is a brilliant tool and really intuitive as many of you will know. But for the uninitiated even though its called PSK reporter you can set filters and just see CW or SSB or FT8 etc reports from far afield in a very well presented layout. I had just been keying with Tim G0OOD just up the road on 20 meters.( He was very patient with me and my broken Morse ! thanks Tim) When I checked PSK Reporter I found I was heard in New York. Pretty good going from my 20m vertical and 100 watts. That got me to wondering about RBN (reverse beacon network) and its connection with PSK reporter. I had been blindly using RBN for a few years but was curious as to when it was first developed and why ? All I knew was a user interface called TELNET RBN with lots of useful CALL SIGNS streaming in ready to be pounced on ! . Some Googling took me to “ www.reversebeacon.net ” web site where its history under “about” menu can be found.. Something called Skimmer software to monitor the bands , was released in 2008 primarily as a DXing tool to spot CQs and update the RBN list. However contesters saw it as a very useful tool to increase their scores. Telnet capability was later added enabling fast real time update of spots streaming to our computers. So now when I log into RBN and see that stream of data I can appreciate all the time and trouble that has gone into its design.. TAKE A LOOK at
www.reversebeacon.net select “main” enter your call sign and see where you have been spotted , your SNR and speed etc. It’s a great tool for testing and comparing antenna adjustments or better still seeing how the “big boys” signals in contests stack up against yours ! Please take a few minutes out and let us know how you got on.
AND I now know where PSK reporter gets it information from. I now need to find out why they use SNR and not a S meter reading ! Do you know ? …

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Not much to add this week but some European stations have some interesting call signs ~:

OT5ALIVE Willfried , learning morse abt 14 WPM but very nice morse. From their QRZ page “Unfortunately due to the covid pandemic we had to skip both contests this year, but we wanted to keep our call sign OT5A alive, and want to spread a positive message so that's why we decided to ask the for the callsign OT5Alive.”

OH1VR/60 I couldn’t figure out the 60, some anniversary from 1960 ?

OL700CO A special event station for the first written mention of city Dobruska.

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PT8DX A neat call sign worked on 40 meters at 11am mid November

Plus many more.
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