Re: Explain Something for Me

Mike Flowers

I can certainly understand the frustrations when weird text from broken or incomplete macros gets sent, and when the other OM’s callsign is embedded in brackets, dashes or weird ASCII special characters.  We have this sophisticated software on our end – doesn’t the other guy?


When operating PSK31, I try (but don’t always succeed) to keep these points in mind:


  1. Unless you are in QSO with a PropNet robot, the other op is a human being, and like all of us, prone making to errors.
  2. The digimodes are likely new to many of the ops on the air, so you don’t know where the other op is on their learning curve with the technology.
  3. Like, Joe, I am still the operator of my station, and I am in control and not the software.  If the software is having problems with the data received, then I’ll ‘operate’ the software and capture the callsign, etc., and other data that my logger needs.
  4. Beyond the public service aspects of Amateur Radio, it’s intended to be a hobby and to be fun.  I find that focusing on what the other op is doing ‘wrong’ lessens the fun for me.


I was fortunate enough at age 13 to be put through two touch-typing courses at the Columbia Business College.   My mother saw it as inexpensive day-care.  All the other students were young ladies about 18 – 22 years old.   I often had difficulties paying attention to the lessons.  ;>)  The keyboard skills learned there helped me immensely through my IT career.


Keep smiling and we’ll see you on the bands!!


- 73 and good DX de Mike, K6MKF, Past President - NCDXC


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This is the reason that I never sign as /QRP because I heard that it screws up some logging programs.  Besides the other Ham is usually surprised to see the power levels when they get the card..

I found it a good practice to watch what I am sending out to catch anything that may not be right so that I can correct it on the next. (I'm not the greatest typist on the planet.)

Should have taken typing in HS when I had the chance.  The teacher was great and the class was all  girls.  What an idiot!



KA1PPV  #1482



On Monday, July 17, 2017 11:30 AM, "mwbesemer@... [070]" <070@...> wrote:



Just my humble opinion, but I find that it makes it HARDER to distinguish the call when it's bracketed like that.


No telling what it does for guys using screen readers.





On Mon, Jul 17, 2017 at 11:22 AM, 'K9HW' k9hw@... [070] wrote:



Most do it I think to make their callsign stand out from the other text.  That's why I do it anyway, but I do leave a space between the brackets and the callsign.  All of the software have tried will then recognize that.  HRD doesn't have a problem parsing non-alphabetic or numeric characters, so I don't have a problem with those who don't leave spaces.  Possibly theirs can parse it as well and it hasn't occurred to them that some out there cannot.


Harry, K9HW – #1959


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[Harry] <<< DELETED >>> 


Then there are others who send their call as in brackets.  My software does not recognize that as a call sign so I have to cut and paste it or type it in to make a QSO with that station.  Why do some stations send their call in brackets?


Happy Radio!  73,


Bill #1688



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