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New Award

g4tgk
 

Hi,
Is it not possible to put alongside the callsigns of the members on
the PODXS website the date they joined. We could then print off the
list and have a checklist to refer back to. I presume retrospective
contacts are eligible? Perhaps this is too easy though.
Keep up the good work all you volunteers - it is much appreciated.
John, G4TGK.


Antennae!

Duncan <zl3jt@...>
 

de Jungle Telegraph
My statement was only a generalization with respect to antenna height etc. People
spend a awful lot of money on flash transceivers, fast computers, and not their antennae!

Of course site restrictions come into the equation as well.
Some people don't take criticism well either....It is a blow to one's ego!....
My intention was not to criticise but to encourage.....
If you are happy with all your 'set-ups', happy with what you achieve, then I am
glad! You are having fun...it is a hobby after all!
But we can listen...take in advice...sift the chaff from the wheat...learn. Just
be cautious! Not everybody is correct, some need filters on their mouths, or in our
case, their keyboards.
For an example, I once talked to a guy about 9000 miles away across the World...said
he was QRP? I was intrigued!
His signal was nearly as good as one of those 'Kilowatt Kids'...so I asked him, after
I gave him a 57 report, how much power was he running? He said, "As much as I can
get out of two D size torch cells!"
I then asked him what was his antenna? His answer summed it up, and I then believed
him...A six element Quad on 20M!
We guessed his power at about 100mW, home brew QRP transmitter about as big as a
matchbox.....That's QRP!
How often have you heard, "Your 10 watts and your dipole are doing a great job!"

When they should have said, "Propagation is definitely favouring us, because I can
hear your QRP signal very well!"

If there is no propagation, all the power in the World, and the biggest antenna,
at the greatest height, will be useless. These all will help in poor conditions...


See ya! 73s Duncan


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Re: Survey Results

bernie_kf4fhs <kf4fhs@...>
 

11. On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being very good, how would you rate
the 070 Club program? What do you like the best? What do you
like the least?

The average response here was 9.5, with a range from 8 to 10.
(Note that I downgraded one respondent who didn't follow
directions, and gave a response of 15! I used a 10 in the average
calculation for this math-challenged person.)

Steve,

You mean 15 ain't between 1 and 10 ?

73, Bernie / KF4FHS

PS: I know you followed me around during the whole Rumble, just so
you could keep track of my score, and beat me by the narrowest of
margins. For shame, for shame.


Survey Results

Steve W3HF
 

070ers -

I received 41 responses to the survey I posted a few weeks ago.
Thank you to all who sent me something. Following are the results,
including some of the more interesting comments.

1. Is PSK31 the primary mode of operation at your station? If no,
what is your primary mode?

73% said PSK31 was their primary mode. Five of the others stated
CW, four of the others stated SSB, and one said "anything
contest."

2. Do you run other "soundcard" modes besides PSK31? If yes,
please list.

Almost exactly the same number (72%) run some other sound
card mode(s). Other modes mentioned, and the fraction of these
"other sound card operators", were:

RTTY 90%
MFSK 69%
Hell 41%
SSTV 35%
MT63 31%
Throb 21%
CW 3%

3. Have you tried PSK31/QRP? If yes, are you QRP most of the
time? All of the time?

24 of you, about 58% of respondents, have at least tried QRP
PSK31operation. But only four of you are QRP most of the time,
and only two are QRP all the time. (Thanks, Dave, for keeping me
company here.)

4. What bands do you regularly operate PSK31 on?

Not surprisingly, 20/15/10 dominated this response. One
respondent said "all bands," but there were no other responses for
either 160m or 2m and above. Totals were:

80 29%
40 41%
30 39%
20 93%
17 29%
15 88%
12 29%
10 90%
6 5%

5. Have you ever tried to operate PSK31 on 6m or above?

Eight respondents (20%) have at least tried to operate 6m. A few
others said "not yet, but soon" or something to that effect. A few
others stated that they either had no equipment, or were not
licensed for 6m operation in their country.

6. Do you chase PSK31 DX?

85% of you chase DX on PSK.

7. Do you have PSK31 wallpaper other than 070 Club certificates
on the wall? If yes, please list.

Only 32% of you have radio wallpaper issued by someone other
than the 070 club. Other responses, and the number of responses
for each of them, were:

ARRL 7
various contests 4
PODXS 3
WorldRadio 31 on 31 3
eQSL 2
QRP ARCI 2
BARTG 1
CARC 1

A few mentioned that they were working towards some of these
other awards, but had not yet applied or received the certificates.

8. Do you actively work towards obtaining upgrades and
endorsements offered by the 070 Club?

87% of you responded in the affirmative. (That means "said yes.")

There was also one weird response from someone who was upset
about the DX-DL endorsement, and his inability to earn this due to
"diodes in my antenna." I never figured out what he meant by this.

9. Do you participate in PSK31 contests? Have you participated in
the 070 Club contests (PSKfest, Three Day Weekend)?

85% participate in PSK contests. Of those that responded to the
second question, 91% specifically participate in the 070 contests.

10. Do you pass the word about the 070 Club (on the air, local
club, etc.).

93% tell others about 070 in one or more ways (on the air, web site
referrals, club meetings, etc).

11. On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being very good, how would you rate
the 070 Club program? What do you like the best? What do you
like the least?

The average response here was 9.5, with a range from 8 to 10.
(Note that I downgraded one respondent who didn't follow
directions, and gave a response of 15! I used a 10 in the average
calculation for this math-challenged person.)

Things that were liked the best, and the number of you who
mentioned it were:

Awards/endorsements 12
Friendships/email reflector/camaraderie/etc 9
Contests 6
070 is a service/help to hams 3
"Easy enough for most to earn awards" 2
Active and creative leadership 1

(Note to the person who said this last one: no matter how much
you flatter the PODXS leadership, you still have to earn every
award yourself! No cheating! And I'm not going to tell them who you
are!)

There were fewer responses to the "things I liked least" question:

Internet (web site) problems 3
Room on the certificate for all the endorsements 2
Not enough PSK on the air 1
Not enough contests 1
Credit given only after 1 June 2000 1
The DX-BV endorsement was too hard 1
No award for working 070 members 1
Concern about growing pains as the club grows 1
Not having Jay as my first name 1
3-day contest is too long 1

12. Feel free to add any supplemental information, suggestions, or
other comments.

A bunch of you submitted general compliments (thanks, well-done,
don't change anything). There were a few specific suggestions.

The only one mentioned more than once was "education on good
signals and operating practices."

Other subjects mentioned, each only once, were:

A DXCC endorsement
More contests (Note that there seemed to be a theme on this
person's response. Every other answer focused on contests.)
Club-organized bulk QSL cards
An organized Dayton effort (e.g., block of hotel rooms)
A one-hour Christmas day sprint contest
A PODXS DXpedition
A PODXS vacation trip (no radios allowed)
Fix the "black-on-green" style of the web page to improve readibility
An 070 club logo to put on QSL cards

And now, a few closing comments from the survey-taker.

A. I find it interesting that there were two suggestions for
"education on good signals and operating practices," especially
since that was a subject of discussion on the email reflector this
past week. I think it would be useful to have some sort of writeup
placed on the web site, describing good and bad signals (including
screen captures like Ludek and others submitted), and what to do
about them.

B. Last night's announcement of the LONP award fills the stated
need for a "worked all 070ers" type of endorsement.

C. Jay 'DQU has a separate endorsement page available for those
of you who have run out of space on your 070 certificate.

Thanks again to everyone that responded. If anyone has any other
questions, please ask.

73,
Steve
W3HF


Re: HF antenna

Tom <tomias@...>
 

Just another thought ... the best wire antenna I ever had was an inverted v ... 65 feet each leg fed with homemade openwire feed line with about 4 inch spacing... worked well on all bands.   At the same time a TA 33 at 35 feet worked better for 10, 15, and 20.   Had the TA 33 at 50 feet once ... it was no better than at 35 feet ...  hurricane reduced its took it down.  For me it is a compromise between height and survivabililty when the hurricane force winds blow.   So now it is a Force 12 at 33 feet.... satisfied with its performance and hoping it will survive the next hurricane.
 
 
Tom, k3psk

----- Original Message -----
From: Jeff Baker
To: 070@...
Sent: Saturday, April 27, 2002 8:21 AM
Subject: RE: [070] HF antenna

I have thought about them myself but anytime I have mentioned it to the old timers and some of my elmers they just cringed.  I am using a homebrew inverted vee dipole fed with ladder line.  I wonder how one of the verticals would compare??  I know my dipole is cheaper.  Force 12 has some verticals out as well.  Take a look at their site. I have also been looking at the Cushcraft MA5B mini beam as well but they all cringe at that too. J  We can’t all have 100 ft towers and tri-banders….

 

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Re: HF antenna

John Durbin <durbinsjz@...>
 

Jeff,
 
I have a Cushcraft MA5B for sale if you want it for $150. I had it up for 2 months until my Force12 C3SS came in, it is only 8 months old.
 
Chris KC8LJN

----- Original Message -----
From: Jeff Baker
To: 070@...
Sent: Saturday, April 27, 2002 9:21 AM
Subject: RE: [070] HF antenna

I have thought about them myself but anytime I have mentioned it to the old timers and some of my elmers they just cringed.  I am using a homebrew inverted vee dipole fed with ladder line.  I wonder how one of the verticals would compare??  I know my dipole is cheaper.  Force 12 has some verticals out as well.  Take a look at their site. I have also been looking at the Cushcraft MA5B mini beam as well but they all cringe at that too. J  We can’t all have 100 ft towers and tri-banders….

 

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Re: HF antenna

Jeff Baker <jjbaker@...>
 

I have thought about them myself but anytime I have mentioned it to the old timers and some of my elmers they just cringed.  I am using a homebrew inverted vee dipole fed with ladder line.  I wonder how one of the verticals would compare??  I know my dipole is cheaper.  Force 12 has some verticals out as well.  Take a look at their site. I have also been looking at the Cushcraft MA5B mini beam as well but they all cringe at that too. J  We can’t all have 100 ft towers and tri-banders….

 

Jeff Baker WU4O


Re: HF antenna

AA8QQJMauch@...
 

Hi All,

FWIW, I have 4 ants in my ant farm for low bands.
1 - Ground mounted Hustler vert w/o radials (intentional for high angles)
2 - Full wave loop for 80 m @ 10', works good on 40 also
3 - 165' wire sloper for 160 m top end @ 50', works on all other bands
4 - G5RV as inverted vee apex @ 30'

The main benefit I get from these ants are varying launch angles and noise
reduction. If the noise is bad on the vert, it usually is several dB down on
one or more of the other ants. Directionality is only slightly different
between all of them.

73,
Jay - AA8QQ


From HA1ZH

N3DQU@...
 

Subj: Callsing info
Date: 4/27/2002 7:24:46 AM Eastern Daylight Time
From: ha1zh@...
To: N3DQU@...
Sent from the Internet (Details)



Dear Jay!

I am  HA1ZH and using a new call in this year from 2002.04.26. till 2002.12.31. It is HA40ZH
becouse in this year  my license is 40 years old. QSL via HA1ZH
Thank you very much, Vy 73!     HA40ZH   /HA1ZH Zoli/


HF antenna

spdomingue@...
 

Has anyone used the MFJ-1798 vertical antenna or the Titan DX by GAP vertical HF antennas?

Thinking about one of these any comments? Good or bad would help.

Thanks
SteveD
N6YIH/7


LONP Regeln

N3DQU@...
 

Ankündigung der Mitgliedschaft
im
Loyalen Orden der Narrow-Banded Phaseshifters (LONP)



Zweck - Nun, da der  070 Club mehr als 200 Mitglieder  hat, wird  dieses  Diplom die Mitglieder anspornen einander in PSK31 zu arbeiten. Kontakte mit Nichtmitgliedern zählen nicht für dieses Diplom.

Gültige QSO - Ein gültiges  QSO ist eins in PSK31 auf den HF-Bändern zwischen zwei 070 Club Mitgliedern, welche beide die Kriterien für die Mitgliedschaft im PODXS 070 Club zur Zeit, in der das QSO stattgefunden hat, erfüllen (siehe Mitgliedschaftskriterien weiter unten)..

Bänder - Alle HF-Bänder sind erlaubt, 160 - 6M, einschließlich WARC Bänder. Alle Kontakte müssen  2-Weg PSK31 sein. Keine Repeater, Cross-Mode oder Cross-Band Kontakte sind erlaubt.

Mitgliedschaftskriterien - Mitgliedschaft im  PODXS 070 Club wird durch das Ausgabedatum des  070 Club Mitglieds-Zertifikat bestimmt. Für dieses Diplom, wird der Beginn der Mitgliedschaft im 070 Club  um 0000Z  an dem Tag des Ausgabedatums, das auf dem Zertifikat steht, betrachtet.

Alpha Liste - Die Bezugsdaten für das  LONP -Diplom sind in der gegenwärtigen Alpha Liste der Mitglieder  zu finden, dort sind die Mitglieder Daten zu finden. Eine Kopie dieser Liste kann von K8IJ direkt bezogen werden. Aktualisierungen dieser Bezugsdaten  werden periodisch herausgegeben werden und die Veränderungen im Club ebenso wie Wechsel der Rufzeichen der Mitglieder anzeigen. Diese aktualisierten Listen sind die letztendlichen und bestimmenden Bezugsdaten für dieses Diplom.

Operator-Diplom - Dieses Diplom  wird für den Operator ausgestellt, das heißt es gibt keine keine Einschränkungen in bezug auf das jeweilige geografische  Befinden des Teilnehmers oder die Zeit, in der das  QSO stattgefunden hat, welches für dieses Diplom eingereicht wird.  QSOs die portable oder mobil gemacht wurden sind in jedem Fall gültig für dieses Diplom, vorausgesetzt, die QSOs wurden unter dem Rufzeichen des Mitgliedes, wie es in der 070 Alpha Liste aufgezeichnet ist, geführt und alle anderen Bedingungen für das Diplom werden erfüllt.

Lebenszeit QSO-Punkte - Ein PSK31 QSO mit einem anderen 070 Club Mitglied zählt einmal für 1 Lebenszeit QSO-Punkt. Zusätzlichel QSOs mit der selben  Station sind nicht gültig für den LONP-Diplom Antrag oder Zusatzsticker. Kontakte mit Nichtmitgliedern zählen ebenfalls nicht für dieses Diplom.

Diplome - Das  Grund-LONP-Diplom, ein Zertifikat das zum Einrahmen geeignet ist, wird verliehen für  insgesamt  100 Lebenszeit QSO-Punkte. Zusatzsticker  zum Grund- LONP- Diplom können  für jeweils 50 zusätzliche Lebenszeit-QSO-Punkte erworben werden.

Gebühr - Bitte $1 US in bar für die Unkosten beilegen,  keine IRCs bitte.

Anträge - QSL-Karten werden NICHT gefordert. Schicke den Logauszug,  nur mit Rufzeichen und QSO-Daten.  Bitte das eigene Call und den Namen, wie er auf dem Zertifikat gewünscht wird angeben, $ 1US und die Postadresse beifügen.
Den Diplom-Antrag bitte an:

Charlie Trice, K8IJ
18900 Wentworth Drive
Miami, FL 33015-2922 USA  schicken.

Die Mitglieder, denen das  LONP-Diplom zuerkannt wird  und die jeweiligen Zusatzsticker werden  auf der 070 Internetseite veröffentlicht, sobald sie verliehen werden. Die Diplomanträge werden auf ihre Richtigkeit geprüft werden.

Für eventuelle Fragen, oder  Bitten um eine  aktuelle  Alpha Liste mit den Mitgliedschafts-Daten  bitte eine E-Mail an k8ij@...  schicken oder per Post and die oben angegebene Adresse.

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LONP Rules

N3DQU@...
 

Announcing Membership in the
Loyal Order of the Narrow-Banded Phaseshifters (LONP)



Purpose - Now that the 070 Club is over 200 members strong, this award will encourage members to work each other using PSK31. Contacts with non-members do not count for this award.

Valid QSO - A valid QSO is one made via PSK31 mode on the HF bands between two 070 Club members, both of whom meet the criteria for membership in the PODXS 070 Club at the time the QSO was made (see membership criteria below).

Bands - All HF bands are allowed, 160 - 6M, including WARC bands. All contacts must be 2-way PSK31. No repeater, cross-mode or cross-band contacts are allowed.

Membership Criteria - Membership in the PODXS 070 Club is determined by the date of issue of the 070 Club membership certificate. For this award, one's membership in the 070 Club shall be considered to begin at 0000Z on the date of issue as noted on his/her 070 Club membership certificate.

Alpha List - The reference database for LONP is the current Alpha List of members showing their membership dates. A copy of this reference is available direct from K8IJ. Updates to this reference list shall be made available periodically to reflect changes in the 070 Club membership, including changes in members' callsigns. This list shall be the final and determining reference for this award.

Operator-based Award - This is an operator-based award program and as such, places no restrictions on the participants' respective geographic locations at the time any QSOs submitted for this award were made. QSOs made while portable or mobile in any way are all valid for LONP, provided that the QSOs were made under the member's callsigns as listed in the 070 Club Alpha List and all other conditions for the award are met.

Lifetime QSO points - A PSK31 QSO with another 070 Club member counts once for 1 Lifetime QSO point. Additional QSOs with the same station are not valid for application for the LONP Award or endorsements. Contacts with non-members do not count for this award.

Awards - The basic LONP Award, a certificate suitable for framing, is awarded for a total of 100 Lifetime QSO points. Endorsement stickers for the basic LONP Award will be available in increments of 50 additional Lifetime QSO points.

Fee - Please include $1 US cash money, no IRCs please, to help with expenses.

Applications - QSL cards are NOT required. Send log data showing callsigns and QSO dates only. Be sure to include your call, your name as you'd like it on your certificate, $1 US, and your mailing address in your application. Please send your application to:

Charlie Trice, K8IJ
18900 Wentworth Drive
Miami, FL 33015-2922

A listing of members presented the LONP Award and endorsements will be posted on the 070 Club website as they are awarded. All applications are subject to verification.

Any questions, or for a current Alpha List with membership dates, please send an e-mail to k8ij@... or via regular mail at the address given above.

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Re: New award

Charlie Trice, K8IJ <k8ij@...>
 

Hi Zoli,
 
Thanks for your kind comments.  I'll get the latest list to you as soon as I get it from the Data Boss.
 
Have a great weekend,
 
Chas, K8IJ

----- Original Message -----
To: 070@...
Sent: Friday, April 26, 2002 1:32 AM
Subject: Re: [070] New award

Hey, yesterday it was in my mind to suggest Jay such an award... you overtook me Chas - congrats!
Expecting the rules!
 
73 de Zoli / YO5CRQ
----- Original Message -----
To: 070@...
Sent: Friday, April 26, 2002 12:25 AM
Subject: [070] New award

Greetings all,
 
Over the past couple of months N3DQU and I have been brewing up a new exciting 070 Club award: membership in "The Loyal Order of the Narrow-banded Phaseshifters", to be awarded for QSOs with fellow 070 Club members.
 
Stay tuned to the 070 Club web site for details soon from N3DQU's flying fingers.
 
Vy 73,
 
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Re: Windows XP jfaria@faria.netort

Richard B Drake
 

Jay,

I don't know if that's a Microsoft problem on and HP laptop
problem. I run Windows XP on a Dell desktop and have never had
such a problem.

73, Rich - W3ZJ

-----Original Message-----
From: JHudak3rd@aol.com [mailto:JHudak3rd@aol.com]
Sent: Friday, April 26, 2002 12:19 AM
To: 070@yahoogroups.com.
Subject: [070] Windows XP jfaria@faria.netort


When running ANY PSK program on my HP Windows XP
laptop, I find that I must
shut the rig off before I can exit the PSK program. The
voltage at the com
port goes Positive whenever I close the program first,
thereby keying the
transmitter. Anyone know of a fix from Microsoft? I
hear there is one but
haven't been able to locate it. Any help is
appreciated. PS, no problem when
running Windows 98.

KA3X, Jay

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Re: New award

Zoltan Bordas <borzol@...>
 

Hey, yesterday it was in my mind to suggest Jay such an award... you overtook me Chas - congrats!
Expecting the rules!
 
73 de Zoli / YO5CRQ

----- Original Message -----
To: 070@...
Sent: Friday, April 26, 2002 12:25 AM
Subject: [070] New award

Greetings all,
 
Over the past couple of months N3DQU and I have been brewing up a new exciting 070 Club award: membership in "The Loyal Order of the Narrow-banded Phaseshifters", to be awarded for QSOs with fellow 070 Club members.
 
Stay tuned to the 070 Club web site for details soon from N3DQU's flying fingers.
 
Vy 73,
 
Chas, K8IJ


Windows XP jfaria@faria.netort

JHudak3rd@...
 

When running ANY PSK program on my HP Windows XP laptop, I find that I must
shut the rig off before I can exit the PSK program. The voltage at the com
port goes Positive whenever I close the program first, thereby keying the
transmitter. Anyone know of a fix from Microsoft? I hear there is one but
haven't been able to locate it. Any help is appreciated. PS, no problem when
running Windows 98.

KA3X, Jay


Re: Digest Number 271

ebruchac@...
 

The,"LONP" award?


PSK Thesis

Duncan <zl3jt@...>
 

de Jungle Telegraph
I have no problems with anybody using my 'PSK Thesis' to assist someone with setting
up their Stations to operate in PSK31 mode. I would prefer that it not be amended.
I take no responsibility for errors any person may make, and bear in mind my experience
is limited only to my equipment, and the software I have in my equipment.
Maybe some others have different ideas and experiences, or different ways of doing
things.

73s Duncan ZL3JT


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New award

Charlie Trice, K8IJ <k8ij@...>
 

Greetings all,
 
Over the past couple of months N3DQU and I have been brewing up a new exciting 070 Club award: membership in "The Loyal Order of the Narrow-banded Phaseshifters", to be awarded for QSOs with fellow 070 Club members.
 
Stay tuned to the 070 Club web site for details soon from N3DQU's flying fingers.
 
Vy 73,
 
Chas, K8IJ


Soundcards

Duncan <zl3jt@...>
 

de Jungle Telegraph
There will be differences between soundcards. Even from the same manufacturer. This
anomally is inherent in mass production. There are 'tolerances' laid down by the
designers, and if a component is within the tolerances of fit or performance then
it released for incorportion in the machinery.
In transceivers there are tolerances, and that is why each is 'different'. Most are
very good, but every now and then someone gets the 'lemon'! It is a fact of life.

Two identical machines can never be exactly the same because of the 'tolerances'
allowed in the manufacturing process of every component.
An Astronaut in the Apollo Moon landing project 40 years ago made an observation
that they were in space, going to the Moon, in a machine of several million components
all supplied by the lowest Tenderer.....
Think about it!
To operate PSK31 we all have to use a soundcard of at least '16 bit' complexity.
I cannot see the point in telling that to another operator during PSK QSOs....?
By the way, it's no use asking me Technical Computer questions. I just operate the
bloody thing, and get it wrong a few times too!
When it all goes wrong, I know how to 'reboot' it, (whatever the indicates), and
start again....
See ya in the ether! 73s


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