Re: Operating Procedures


From: Steve Yates - AA5TB (
Date: Sat Jun 23 2001 - 07:12:30 CDT

Hi Tom,

When calling CQ I wouldn't worry too much about having to identify
yourself as crystal control since most operators make it a practice to
zero beat with your signal or at least get close anyway. As far as
calling other stations it will be just a matter of luck. If you're not
on the frequency that they are listening to then they of course won't
hear you say "crystal control", X, or whatever anyway.

I've had the best luck when using crystal controlled transmitters by
just listening on my frequency and snagging whoever happens to wander
by. I can usually net a few QSO's in an evening. For a number of years
I ran a QRP crystal controlled transmitter on 10.125 MHz and worked a
lot of folks that way.

You may also want to consider making a VXO out of your crystal
oscillator to allow a bit more flexibility. It is pretty easy to do.

Good luck.

Steve Yates - AA5TB
Fort Worth, TX - EM12gs

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