What Does the Average PSK31 Contact Look Like? 4

PSK31 Waterfall View When i first started transmitting using PSK31 i struggled to find any web page advising me on how the average PSK31 QSO went down. I hope to address this here and help any other amateurs who may not know where to start. This template assumes that a standard “rubber stamp” QSO is taking place and not a “rag chew”.

First of all there are some morse code abbreviations used here which you need to understand:

  • DE = From
  • K = Over
  • KN = Over (and only the station addressed should respond)
  • BTU = Back to You
  • TNX = Thanks
  • OM = Old Man
  • FB = Fine Business (good)
  • SK = Silent Key (used at the end of a QSO – means you’ve finished transmitting to the other station)

 

Calling Station

CQ CQ CQ 2E0JCQ 2E0JCQ 2E0JCQ

CQ CQ CQ 2E0JCQ 2E0JCQ 2E0JCQ k

 

Response Station

2E0JCQ de M0XYZ M0XYZ M0XYZ kn

 

Calling Station

M0XYZ de 2E0JCQ

Thanks for QSO.

Name here is James

RST: 599 599

QTH: Manchester

Loc: IO91wo

Hw Copy?

M0XYZ de 2E0JCQ kn

 

Response Station

2E0JCQ de M0XYZ

Hello James

Name here is Bob

RST: 599 599

QTH: London

Loc: IO91wo

Btu OM

2E0JCQ de M0XYZ kn

 

Calling Station

M0XYZ de 2E0JCQ

FB Bob, tnx for the QSO, 73s and good DX

M0XYZ de 2E0JCQ sk

 

Response Station

2E0JCQ de M0XYZ

Tnx for the QSO also, 73s to you and your family

2E0JCQ de M0XYZ sk

 

At this point the QSO is over and the calling station will usually go back to calling CQ on the frequency.

This is of course an example QSO, but this format is common. In addition each station may share QSL details and more information about their station.

I hope you found this useful – this was the kind of outline that i wish i had found when i first started!

4 thoughts on “What Does the Average PSK31 Contact Look Like?

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  2. Reply Michael Ladd-KD2KOG Jun 24,2016 15:15

    Being new to the world of HF digital but not new to radios this is extremely helpful to me. I tackled JT65 now I’m working on using PSK-31.

    Thank you so much for this PSK31 section.

  3. Reply Cesar Malaigalig Nov 18,2017 19:06

    Cesar Maligalig – du1kc

    Thanks for the tips, James.

    I am 64 years old, was 50 when i got my ticket. I am new to psk, having just bought a signalink usb interface about a month ago. i use to work wspr but found it uninteresting a few years back. Anyway, I hope to come across you on psk in the future. Keep up the good work and 73.

    KC – my friends call me KC – short for Kuya (older brother) Cesar

    • Reply James Stevens Nov 22,2017 10:07

      I’m glad you found it useful KC! Be sure to checkout the new FT8 mode as well, it’s less chatty but is proving really popular with DX’ers on all bands.

      I’m going to be in Cebu in early 2018, but not going near your QTH sadly 🙁

      73 James M0JCQ

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