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Updated PSK31 Linux software released

Dave Kjellquist, WB5NHL
 

Ever wanted to try Linux on your station computer but
were worried about a PSK31 program?

Well thanks to Luc, LX2GT; Dave, WB5NHL and Ernie,
KG9NI a new and improved version of KPSK is available.

KPSK is a PSK31 digital radio communications
application designed specifically for the KDE 3.x
Linux desktop environment.

This release brings a greatly improved version of
KPSK to the KDE 3.x desktop environment, expanding on
the original functionality of KPSK. KPSK was
initially developed by LX2GT, and first released for
the KDE 2.x desktop as version 0.7 in September 2000.

KPSK Features include:
Simple, feature-filled user interface
Simultaneous monitoring of up to four PSK31 signals
User-configurable waterfall colors, fonts.
Auto-scaling waterfall
Optimization to provide IMD data only when the
measurement is valid
Twelve user-defined fixedtexts (TX macros),
available by mouse or F1-F12 keys
Integral BerkeleyDB-based QSO logbook
BPSK or QPSK operation
Automatic and manual modes for calling CQ
Ability to send an ASCII text file
Extensive application documentation (Spanish
translation coming)

The homepage (including screenshots and
documentation) for KPSK is
http://1409.org/projects/kpsk/index.html

For other Linux ham applications try
http://radio.linux.org.au/

Look for me on upcoming 070 contests, I will be using
kpsk.

As a final note to 070 members. We are looking for
additional project support, developers, testers etc.
Neither Ernie nor I are professional programmers.
Linux and its associated applications are amazing
learning tools. Remember those days in hamming when
you could piece a circuit together in a weekend and
see what happens on the air. Well, Linux is the
software equivalent and the community is just as
helpful and eager as hams.

I (and I'm sure Ernie also) will help anyone
interested in experimenting with Linux (and you can
dual boot your PC so you don't have to give up your
Windoze safety net). E-mail myself
(dave@kjellquist.com) or Ernie (kg9ni@arrl.net)
directly.


73, Dave WB5NHL


Re: Updated PSK31 Linux software released

N3DQU@...
 

In a message dated 9/4/2002 1:44:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
dave@kjellquist.com writes:

Ever wanted to try Linux on your station computer but
were worried about a PSK31 program?

Well thanks to Luc, LX2GT; Dave, WB5NHL and Ernie,
KG9NI a new and improved version of KPSK is available.
Hmmm....Looks like Digipan to me Dave. So tell us what's the advantage of
Linux over Windows, anyways? Jay N3DQU


Re: N3MK/P in WV Sept 13th - 15th

AA8QQJMauch@...
 

Thanks again Steve,
Jay - AA8QQ


Re: 17m & eham.net

AA8QQJMauch@...
 

Thanks Steve,
Jay - AA8QQ


Re: N3MK/P in WV Sept 13th - 15th

Steve W3HF
 

--- In 070@y..., "Don Snider" <dsnider@r...> wrote:
I'll be going to Dolly Sods, WV ...
Hey Jay ('8QQ) -

Here's your chance for that "other" state.

Now I won't have to spend time looking for that border between the
two! :-)

Steve
W3HF


Re: 17m & eham.net

Steve W3HF
 

So whats the deal with eHam.net? We have to pay now to be listed
with other subscribers?? Auto refresh is only available to
subscribed members. Looks like I've got auto refresh, but not able
to customize or enter a DX spot. Anyone else seen this lately?
In addition to DX Summit (the OH2AQ reference that Jay '8QQ posted),
check out DX Central at http://www.dx-central.com/.

Each has its pluses and minuses. DX Summit has mode filtering, so you
can see a page that's only digital modes (although that includes
RTTY, SSTV, and others). DX Central has geographical filtering, so
you can limits spots to those posted in a single continent.

I often have both running.

Steve
W3HF


Re: ve4xa portable

n0bhc
 

Congrats on the new grandson. You can't start that radio hobby too early!

Bob N0BHC


Re: Help

Zoltan Bordas <borzol@...>
 

Hello Erika,

Some days are gone since you posted your problem, wondering if is corrected
or you did not had time to solve it.

Just a tip - is any audio coming out from your computer? Once I had a
similar problem and only after 10 minutes figured out that I had no audio
from the computer. And I needed another 15 minutes to find that
someone(probably my son - or even me??) muted the audio... a little red icon
on the usual yellow speaker icon in the taskbar...

73 de Zoli / YO5CRQ

Hi All,

After reshuffling my household and setting up my station at a different
place I couldn't get it working again. Checked all the cables and the
rigblaster but I cant get the TX into transmit with the usual
configuration. It transmits when I switch the mike on. The only
thing I have
changed since the last time is that I installed an USB mouse.
What might be
wrong?
Maybe someone can come up with an idea .
Good weekend to all!
73's Erika/DL2AYL


N3MK/P in WV Sept 13th - 15th

Don Snider
 

I'll be going to Dolly Sods, WV and operating all bands PSK-31 and SSB.
Dolly Sods is on a 4000 ft plateau so I should have pretty good working
conditions.

If you need WV on a particular band, let me know and we can work out a
sched.

Don
N3MK


DX Outgoing

N3DQU@...
 

Endorsements mailed out 03 Sept 2002 for OM3CRG, VE3IAY, MM0CBL AND
OK1VSL...73 de Jay N3DQU.


Re: ve4xa portable

Peter Baskind <pbaskind@...>
 

Anyone needing North Dakota, Montana or Saskatchewan please let
me know by this Friday and I'll look for you.

Regards,
bob VE4XA
Cool, Bob...

I really need ND for WAS/QRP. I will be looking for you on 20m. Hope I get
lucky.

Thanks.

Peter Baskind, AG4KI



Peter Baskind, J.D., LL.M.
Germantown, TN
Voice: (901) 624-5295
Fax: (901) 624-6060
pbaskind@midsouth.rr.com


Re: 17m & eham.net

AA8QQJMauch@...
 

Karen,
here's the DX site I use most. You may want to check it out.

http://oh2aq.kolumbus.com/dxs/

73,
Jay - AA8QQ


ve4xa portable

Bob Mitchell <VE4XA@...>
 

Hi All;

My XYL and I are planning a short trip into North Dakota and Montana next week. Plan is to leave Southern Manitoba this Saturday and take a few days to get to Montana. I will be trying to operate portable/mobile from both those states. Then will be in Saskatchewan for a few days (VE5 land)

Will try to provide better time frames once we sit down and figure it all out. I will be operating 20, 15, 10 meters with VE4XA/portable callsign.

I need to get my laptop hooked up and running and get antennas on the truck between now and then..here's hoping.

Currently have our new grandson (six weeks old) and his parents visiting from out of town, so haven't been on the air.

Also plan to use the CK4XA special prefix callsign upon our return to home base in about two weeks.

Anyone needing North Dakota, Montana or Saskatchewan please let me know by this Friday and I'll look for you.

Regards,
bob VE4XA

PS - XM4XA qsl cards still not mailed out (grandson taking priority..hi hi )


Re: 17m & eham.net

Luis Suman <solucompsa@...>
 

Thank you Karen.
Luis - HP1BSL


--- Karen Russo <w4gtm@his.com> escribió: >
Tnx Cam HP1AC and Luis HP1BSL for the contacts on
17m today.
We sure helped each other for the Warc endorsement!

So whats the deal with eHam.net? We have to pay now
to be listed
with other subscribers?? Auto refresh is only
available to
subscribed members. Looks like I've got auto
refresh, but not able
to customize or enter a DX spot. Anyone else seen
this lately?

73 - Karen W4GTM






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17 mtrs & eham net

Camilo Castillo <hp1ac@...>
 

Thanks Karen W4GTM for that 17 meter QSO.

Yes. I noticed at eham net about a week ago that in order to obtain info on the DX
you have to be a member.

73 Cam HP1AC
070 Nr.219


17m & eham.net

Karen Russo <w4gtm@...>
 

Tnx Cam HP1AC and Luis HP1BSL for the contacts on 17m today.
We sure helped each other for the Warc endorsement!

So whats the deal with eHam.net? We have to pay now to be listed
with other subscribers?? Auto refresh is only available to
subscribed members. Looks like I've got auto refresh, but not able
to customize or enter a DX spot. Anyone else seen this lately?

73 - Karen W4GTM


Re: N3MK/0 back from APE expedition (long overview of trip)

Dick Thompson <wb0dul@...>
 

Boy, that's quite a story and trip.

Thanks for sharing it.

73,

Dick
WB0DUL@arrl.net

Hi all,
I just returned from an incredible APE expedition to the Boundary Waters
Canoe Area in Northern Minnesota. Technical difficulties limited my
contacts to about 30 PSK-31 contacts plus another 27 CW contacts. Here
are some highlights with much more detail and pictures to follow...


N3MK/0 back from APE expedition (long overview of trip)

Don Snider
 

Hi all,
I just returned from an incredible APE expedition to the Boundary Waters
Canoe Area in Northern Minnesota. Technical difficulties limited my
contacts to about 30 PSK-31 contacts plus another 27 CW contacts. Here
are some highlights with much more detail and pictures to follow. Logs
will follow when I figure out how to retrieve them from my dead
computer. I'll have pictures available in a day or two.

Day 1: August 23rd - I wish I could take that one back
We canoed out to our first camp site on Ensign Lake without a
hitch. After setting up camp, I started to go through some preliminary
gear testing. I carefully hooked up my ft-817 to a gel cell taking
extreme care to make sure the DC polarity was correct. (Hooking the
power on the 817 backwards fries the rig instantly). Next I hooked up
the solar panel to the notebook computer to verify proper operation.
Nothing happened. No charging. Dang! I couldn't believe it but I had
hooked the DC input to the notebook computer up backwards instantly
frying the charging circuit! That left me with a maximum of 10 hrs of
operating time on PSK-31. The notebook had a 10 hr battery installed.
Still in a state of shock, I put up a Zepp antenna fed with my ZM-2
tuner into 300 ohm ladder line.
During the setup of our camp, we discovered that our water
filter was broken. Most people in the BWCA drink right out of the lake,
but we prefer not to take any risks. That left us with boiling water for
7 people. Not only that, but a fire restriction was in effect that only
allowed camp fires between 7 pm and midnight. We calculated that we
would need a lot more fuel for the Coleman stove.
In the early evening I started calling CQ. It seemed like I was
using a dummy load for an antenna because no one was answering back. I
finally made a couple contacts. One was with Karen, W4GTM who was kind
enough to call our outfitter and ask them to deliver a water filter and
another gallon of fuel. A fishing guide was scheduled to camp with us
for a couple days starting on the 26th so we thought that would be a
great opportunity for a delivery. Thanks a million for the help Karen! I
made a couple more contacts and shutdown for the night to conserve
laptop power.

Day 2: August 24th - So close yet so far
After a morning of fishing I decided to string up a new antenna.
Using my trusty golf ball on a fishing pole, I was able to put up a
delta loop at least 35 ft high. The delta loop is my all time favorite
antenna and it didn't disappoint. The signals were booming in. The
delta loop was made of about 77' of wire fed at the bottom with ladder
line. Ropes were strung from the sides to form a triangle with the apex
at the top. It was pointing East/West and was about 5 feet from Ensign
Lake. Not the best heading but good enough to get things started.
In the late morning I fired up the rig and made many more
contacts including many 070 club members. Karen got back to me reporting
that they had no water filters but would send more fuel. (As it turns
out, they did manage to get their hands on a water filter for us).
Batteries were dying and I thought that this would be my last night on
PSK-31. I had about 15 contacts and the batteries gave out! I couldn't
believe it! I was so close and yet so far. I only needed a few more
contacts but there would be no such luck that night...

Day 3: August 25th - A day of fishing and more...
We all fished all day. My cousin Ed managed to hook a lure barb
deep into his finger right to the bone. Ouch! He returned to camp and we
tried to figure out how to get the hook out. Finally he decided he had
to bite the bullet and rip the barb out. We rigged a tourniquet on his
finger and he ripped the hook out with a pair of pliers. No doubt it was
quite painful judging from the sounds he made while pulling the hook
out. After the deed was done we wrapped his finger in bandages and all
went back to fishing. In the late afternoon rangers inspected our camp.
The inspection went well. In the evening I managed to squeeze a couple
more contacts out of the notebook computer then it died for good. Total
17 contacts... So close...

Day 4: August 26th - The day it rained flies
Steve arrived from our outfitter with fuel and a water filter.
We had burned a lot of fuel and were very happy to have replenished
supplies. Steve also delivered a next day air package that I was hoping
to get my hands on. It was a custom modified green laser pointer. (More
on that toy later)
By mid morning I couldn't stand it, I just had to find a way to
get the computer working. I took a good look at the computer, made a few
lucky guesses and got it working off one of my 5 Ah gel cells. The
computer did not think it had any power, but somehow it booted up
anyway. By late evening I had made lots more contacts! What a relief.
A strange phenomenon occurred in the late afternoon that we had
never seen in 8 years of canoe trips. Flies began falling out of the sky
by the thousands. And they couldn't get back up off the ground.
Everything was covered with flies! Up to this point, we hadn't seen a
single fly in camp so it truly baffled us. Eventually they were able to
get up and fly away and they never returned. Our only possible
explanation was that one of the many weather fronts had quickly come
through and the change in pressure somehow confused them for a while. We
may never know...
The evening was beautiful with bright stars dimmed only by the
full moon rising. For additional entertainment I unveiled a
state-of-the-art night vision scope and my new custom laser. The laser
was a green 30 mw laser that was so bright, that the beam could be seen
for miles. It made a great pointer for constellations and satellites
flying overhead. And I wonder why they call me gadget man :)

Day 5: August 27th - Half the crew returned home and we journey on
Half our camping crew returned home on this day while the
remaining three members, my brother Greg, my cousin Ed and myself
journeyed on to Birch Lake. There were three tough 100 rod (1 rod = 16
feet) portages to traverse to get to Birch Lake. The first 2 portages
required climbing steep rock inclines with canoes and heavy packs. The
third portage was a mud bog. I was the first in line through the portage
and midway through, the logs that helped keep us out of the mud ended.
It didn't look too bad so I took one more fatal step and instantly fell
waist deep in the mud with a 100 lb pack fishing rods and the Coleman
stove. Everyone behind immediately went into uncontrolled laughter. The
mud was just like tar, and it sucked on my boots when I tried to get
out. I finally got the pack off and crawled out of the mud, finished the
portage and swam off as much mud as possible. It turned out that I had
missed a small side trail that would have led us through only ankle deep
mud. We eventually made it to a fine camp on Birch with a view across
the lake to Canada, set up camp and collapsed for a while. Steve our
fishing guide did his best to get the muck out of the stove.
Later I tried to get the computer working but it had given me
its last gasp. It just could not be convinced to turn on. The rest of
the trip would be an exercise to brush up on my very rusty CW.
Late in the night on the 27th we heard a loud banging on one of
our canoes. An Otter was eating a fish on our stringer. We put up a good
fight, but the Otter won. He came up on shore and started hissing at us
in a way that convinced us that he should get the fish.

Day 6 - Day 10
There was lots of fishing. I hooked a monster Northern that
eventually broke my line and spit my lure back at me. I made CW contacts
in the evenings. Weather was perfect for fishing during the last 5 days
but bad for recharging batteries. It was very overcast. We constantly
heard thunderstorms to the north in Canada. There were Walleye dinners.
The WX was 70's in the day and 50's at night. All in all, it was another
incredible canoeing adventure.

NOTE: I haven't been able to get the QSO logs off my computer yet
because it is completely dead, I'll probably have to pull the hard
drive. When I retrieve the logs I'll submit them ASAP.

Expedition Members: Don Snider Jr. (N3MK), Don Snider Sr., Greg Snider,
Mary Snider, Ed Snider, Bob Bulley, Michelle Bully


Re: Hey Bernie

Bernie <kf4fhs@...>
 

sure

----- Original Message -----
From: <AA8QQJMauch@aol.com>
To: <070@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Monday, September 02, 2002 7:17 PM
Subject: [070] Hey Bernie


Hey Bernie,
Can you meet me on 30 so I can really try both sides of the new loop?


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Re: DE-xpedition

spdomingue@...
 

Maybe we should just buy him a good 10m antenna???