Unusual VarAC Contacts Method Using Beacons
Making VarAC Contacts
When you think of making a contact it's probably either by calling CQ or answering a CQ, right?
I've been doing that in VarAC and will have a video coming soon doing that, stay tuned and subscribe.
An Unusual Way of Making Contacts
In the video below, I show how to make contact with the beaconers. You know, the stations that show up as a beacon. You can ping the beaconers, but when you do that, it's not officially a good QSO; you only receive a signal report. Here is a way I have seen others use (see the video below). It's simple! Manually connect with one of the beacons, exchange information, and then disconnect. This way, you can get their signal report, name, QTH, and LOC.
NOTE: When you connect to a beacon station you'll be on the "calling frequency", so you'll need to QSY.
K0PIR VarAC Video Making Connections
Receiving Those Requests
You may not like the idea of a station connecting to yours while you're away. If that's the case, simply disable PTT located on the main window and below the "Tune" button.
Question: Is this method technically a good QSO? The other station didn't need to intervene in any way to make the contact. It was all automated on their end. What do you think?
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