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It dawned on me that it has been quite a while since I've done any digital modes work from home. I think the last time I did, I was still using my GutterTenna as my primary home antenna. That simply had to change!
Tonight I dug my SignaLink out of the pile, brought it up to my temporary shack in the master bedroom closet, hooked every thing up, set the levels, and made a contact. Awesome!
This might seem like a small victory, but usually by the time I can get on the radio at night, there is a sleeping baby on the other side of the wall. This eliminates any mode that makes noise after about 23:00 UTC. I've been slowly working on my CW, but even that is challenging at night. The side tones and static are enough to stir him, but if I wear headphones so I don't disturb him, I also can't hear him if he needs me.
Digital modes to the rescue! Using digital modes, I can make contacts without making any sound (other than they typing on my keyboard) AND I can keep my ears peeled for the sounds that mean daddy is needed. If you're on the air in the evenings, look for me hanging around the HF digital frequencies!
Time for a new slogan - "Digital Modes: letting babies sleep and parents play radio all night long!"
- N3VEM -
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