There was no propagation on 20m and 30m, but on 40m and 80m I worked DX quickly and without problems. There were a few glitches that are hopefully not difficult to fix.

1. When the Fox answered my call at 01:02:00 (see the attached screenshot), his message appeared on the left panel but not on the right one.


2. Two or three blank messages were received during the test.

3. Repeated RR73 have already been reported, but here is an interesting case: two RR73's were sent to me in the same time slot, on 313 Hz and 433 Hz (visible on the same screenshot):

010300 -13 -0.7  313 ~  VE3NEA RR73; N4EFS <W7/KH7Z> -10
010300 -12 -0.7  372 ~  AB3CV RR73; W5TKZ <W7/KH7Z> -10
010300 -13 -0.7  433 ~  VE3NEA RR73; K4SO <W7/KH7Z> -05
010300 -14 -0.7  493 ~  AB3CV RR73; K1WSN <W7/KH7Z> -09

My apologies if this is a feature rather than a bug. After all, the second VE3NEA RR73; has zero cost because the same message starts another QSO, so it makes sense to include it and improve the chances of RR73 being copied.


4. Probably not a glitch, just an observation: sometimes the Fox has more QSO in progress than it has slots. Below, the Fox answers my call at 02:07:00, then at 02:07:30 it does not RR my report but finishes three other QSO (and starts three new ones), and only at 02:08:00 sends RR73 to me:

180307_020645  Transmitting 3.585 MHz  FT8:  K9AN VE3NEA FN03

020700  -6  0.1  304 ~  W9EQ RR73; VE3NEA <K9AN> -06
020700  -4  0.1  364 ~  AF3I RR73; KC4JNW <K9AN> -05
020700  -3  0.1  424 ~  W3RJW RR73; WA4MIT <K9AN> -05

180307_020715  Transmitting 3.585 MHz  FT8:  K9AN VE3NEA R+04

020730  -4  0.1  304 ~  VE2EBK RR73; KF0QR <K9AN> -05
020730  -1  0.1  364 ~  W9EQ RR73; W8BAR <K9AN> -05
020730   0  0.1  424 ~  AF3I RR73; K4DSP <K9AN> -04

180307_020745  Transmitting 3.585 MHz  FT8:  K9AN VE3NEA R+04

020800  -2  0.1  304 ~  KC4JNW RR73; WW8RT <K9AN> -04
020800   0  0.1  364 ~  W7AH RR73; KG4W <K9AN>  -04
020800   0  0.1  424 ~  VE3NEA RR73; N2ADV <K9AN> -04

It is not clear if this behavior increases or decreases the QSO rate.

73 Alex VE3NEA


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