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PSK Meter

boat.anchor@...
 


Just read the instructions and saw the following:

WARNING. Do not build your PSKMeter kit using solders which contain “no-clean” or “watersoluble” fluxes, nor should you use “no-lead” solders! For example, do not use solders with the following types of flux core: 
Kester "245" No-Clean Solder 
Kester "331" Water-Soluble Solder 
or any solder with a "No-Clean" or "Water-Soluble" flux core.

Any idea why you should not use these. Can't find an easy answer on Google.
TIA
Barry
VB7150


---In 070@..., <kg5krz@...> wrote :

Very interesting. Has anyone tried one of these? http://www.softsci.com/p-pskmeter.htm


 


Re: IMD Meter posted on eHam.net

boat.anchor@...
 

Joe
Got it.
Use it.
Like it.
Barry
VB7150



---In 070@..., <kg5krz@...> wrote :

Very interesting. Has anyone tried one of these? http://www.softsci.com/p-pskmeter.htm

$44.95 and a little assembly time is looking pretty tempting to me. I am using a Microham Microkeyer with my internal sound card. I have to tweak the knobs every time i use a different frequency. As much as I like twisting knobs, I'm never sure what is coming out the other end. I have an external sound card, better cables and some ferrite beads on the way but I still think this device would be helpful, if it works as advertised.....

Joe - KG5KRZ
070 #2487


Re: YB8MAN

Jerry N9AVY
 

Sent QSLs via LoTW & Eqsl ... he uses both.  Now to just sit back and worry.

Jerry  N9AVY



From: "Steve P oldjavadrinker@... [070]" <070@...>
To: 070@...
Sent: Wednesday, February 22, 2017 3:19 PM
Subject: Re: [070] Re: YB8MAN

 
I worked him this afternoon at 1815z. Was wondering myself. 10,000 miles on a dipole 15 feet up...quite a feat with the current bands.

Steve 
KM4FLF

Sent from my iPhone

On Feb 22, 2017, at 16:08, 'Mike Flowers' mike.flowers@... [070] <070@...> wrote:

 
Or you worked him off the back of your beam.
 
- 73 and good DX de Mike, K6MKF, IDXC 2017 Committee
 
From: 070@... [mailto:070@...]
Sent: Wednesday, February 22, 2017 12:50 PM
To: 070@...
Subject: Re: [070] Re: YB8MAN
 
 
Rick:
 
 
You can rotate your vertical, but it won't help.
 
Saw YB8MAN  about  9 AM  CST  this morning and that's  why I asked if it was a slim.  Here is where the old saying applies , "Work First, Worry Later "   .  
 
Jerry  n9avy
 
Beam heading for Indonesia is 47 degrees and Europe is around 45 degrees.  Maybe he's skipping over Europe ? 
 

From: "n7we1980@... [070]" <070@...>
To: 070@...
Sent: Wednesday, February 22, 2017 2:43 PM
Subject: [070] Re: YB8MAN
 
 
Jerry-
I see people working him but nothing of his trace.  So I can't help you triangulate him.  Kind of tough to do anyway...with only a vertical.  Hi hi!

Rick - N7WE
 



Re: IMD Meter posted on eHam.net

 

Joe, et al,

I’ve got 2 of the KK7UQ PSK meters as shown in the link below. They’ve performed flawlessly and are a great addition to use with these modes.

Assembly was easy, the accompanying software is good.

You have a choice of an update speed of 1 sec or ½ second.

I give it an honest 5 star rating.

Milt.

N6MG

070-650

LONP #76

 

 

From: 070@... [mailto:070@...]
Sent: Wednesday, February 22, 2017 11:29 AM
To: 070@...
Subject: [070] Re: IMD Meter posted on eHam.net

 

 

Very interesting. Has anyone tried one of these? http://www.softsci.com/p-pskmeter.htm

$44.95 and a little assembly time is looking pretty tempting to me. I am using a Microham Microkeyer with my internal sound card. I have to tweak the knobs every time i use a different frequency. As much as I like twisting knobs, I'm never sure what is coming out the other end. I have an external sound card, better cables and some ferrite beads on the way but I still think this device would be helpful, if it works as advertised.....

Joe - KG5KRZ
070 #2487


Re: YB8MAN

Steve VA3FLF/KM4FLF
 

I worked him this afternoon at 1815z. Was wondering myself. 10,000 miles on a dipole 15 feet up...quite a feat with the current bands.

Steve 
KM4FLF

Sent from my iPhone

On Feb 22, 2017, at 16:08, 'Mike Flowers' mike.flowers@... [070] <070@...> wrote:

 

Or you worked him off the back of your beam.

 

- 73 and good DX de Mike, K6MKF, IDXC 2017 Committee

 

From: 070@... [mailto:070@...]
Sent: Wednesday, February 22, 2017 12:50 PM
To: 070@...
Subject: Re: [070] Re: YB8MAN

 

 

Rick:

 

 

You can rotate your vertical, but it won't help.

 

Saw YB8MAN  about  9 AM  CST  this morning and that's  why I asked if it was a slim.  Here is where the old saying applies , "Work First, Worry Later "   .  

 

Jerry  n9avy

 

Beam heading for Indonesia is 47 degrees and Europe is around 45 degrees.  Maybe he's skipping over Europe ? 

 


From: "n7we1980@... [070]" <070@...>
To: 070@...
Sent: Wednesday, February 22, 2017 2:43 PM
Subject: [070] Re: YB8MAN

 

 

Jerry-
I see people working him but nothing of his trace.  So I can't help you triangulate him.  Kind of tough to do anyway...with only a vertical.  Hi hi!

Rick - N7WE

 


Re: YB8MAN

Mike Flowers
 

Or you worked him off the back of your beam.

 

- 73 and good DX de Mike, K6MKF, IDXC 2017 Committee

 

From: 070@... [mailto:070@...]
Sent: Wednesday, February 22, 2017 12:50 PM
To: 070@...
Subject: Re: [070] Re: YB8MAN

 

 

Rick:

 

 

You can rotate your vertical, but it won't help.

 

Saw YB8MAN  about  9 AM  CST  this morning and that's  why I asked if it was a slim.  Here is where the old saying applies , "Work First, Worry Later "   .  

 

Jerry  n9avy

 

Beam heading for Indonesia is 47 degrees and Europe is around 45 degrees.  Maybe he's skipping over Europe ? 

 


From: "n7we1980@... [070]" <070@...>
To: 070@...
Sent: Wednesday, February 22, 2017 2:43 PM
Subject: [070] Re: YB8MAN

 

 

Jerry-
I see people working him but nothing of his trace.  So I can't help you triangulate him.  Kind of tough to do anyway...with only a vertical.  Hi hi!

Rick - N7WE

 


Re: IMD Meter posted on eHam.net

Joe Cook
 

Thanks Rick. I have only been doing digital mode for about 5 months or so but am already hooked. I bought the microham used; originally to use as an interface between an iambic key and an old boat anchor AM rig. Once I got it I realized I could do much more on the FT-450 so there it is. I hear great praise from signallink owners and "should" switch, but I already have this so I am stubbornly determined to make it work correctly.
I didn't like the idea of having to tap in to my RF cable either, but I run 2 computers at my station so I don't think getting everything to play nice will be an issue. I didn't see how much power it could handle, so If I swap to 100 watts for SSB, what happens then?? The plot thickens...
On another note, I read where some folks don't appreciate being told about their trace, but I am thankful for any advice anyone gives. One day on a QSO, the other guy told me my trace was a bit wide. We worked together to get it in line. I thanked him and he recommended I check out the PODXS 070 club. Here I am!

I will look at the eham reviews. I have a few more days till pay day so I have time to think on it. If I do decide to try the PSKMeter, I'll let you know how it handles.

Thanks again for the advice!

Joe - KG5KRZ
070 #2487


Re: YB8MAN

Jerry N9AVY
 

Rick:


You can rotate your vertical, but it won't help.

Saw YB8MAN  about  9 AM  CST  this morning and that's  why I asked if it was a slim.  Here is where the old saying applies , "Work First, Worry Later "   .  

Jerry  n9avy

Beam heading for Indonesia is 47 degrees and Europe is around 45 degrees.  Maybe he's skipping over Europe ? 



From: "n7we1980@... [070]" <070@...>
To: 070@...
Sent: Wednesday, February 22, 2017 2:43 PM
Subject: [070] Re: YB8MAN

 
Jerry-
I see people working him but nothing of his trace.  So I can't help you triangulate him.  Kind of tough to do anyway...with only a vertical.  Hi hi!

Rick - N7WE



Re: YB8MAN

Rick - N7WE
 

Jerry-
I see people working him but nothing of his trace.  So I can't help you triangulate him.  Kind of tough to do anyway...with only a vertical.  Hi hi!

Rick - N7WE


Re: IMD Meter posted on eHam.net

Matthew King - KK4CPS <mrk.twg@...>
 

Joe - I have looked at this one, but the thing that turned me off of it was that it requires a Tee into your TX line. How that little device is supposed to hold up to 30-50 watts is beyond me, but I don't want to cut my signal anyway. I believe a Tee is a -3db device, but I can't swear to that, but I can theorize that it'll introduce an impedance bump and possibly treat one section of coax as a terminated stub, screwing up the characteristic impedance of the antenna system.

Anyhow, if you make sure your compressor and EQ are off, and monitor your ALC meter like a hawk to ensure that you always have ZERO ALC (by varying your audio drive level), you should be good to go.  I've gotten IMD reports (on dead PSK31 carrier only - the RIGHT way!) in the mid to upper 20's by setting my system this way.

I'm not saying the IMD meters are bad devices by any stretch, especially that one that "sniffs" the air. If this one could be made to do the same by just attaching a separate antenna to it, it might be neat as well. It's the direct connection that worries me.  That said, he's been building these things since 2003 or so it looks like, so......


73

Matt King
AK4MK - 070 #1708
PODXS 070 Club Executive Director


On Wed, Feb 22, 2017 at 2:28 PM, kg5krz@... [070] <070@...> wrote:
 

Very interesting. Has anyone tried one of these? http://www.softsci.com/p-pskmeter.htm

$44.95 and a little assembly time is looking pretty tempting to me. I am using a Microham Microkeyer with my internal sound card. I have to tweak the knobs every time i use a different frequency. As much as I like twisting knobs, I'm never sure what is coming out the other end. I have an external sound card, better cables and some ferrite beads on the way but I still think this device would be helpful, if it works as advertised.....

Joe - KG5KRZ
070 #2487



YB8MAN

Jerry N9AVY
 

Just worked him at 2031 UTC  on 20m  with beam on Europe.  Definite 599.  Is this really Indonesia  or a "slim" ?

Jerry  N9AVY


Re: IMD Meter posted on eHam.net

Rick - N7WE
 

Hi Joe-

I've never tried one of those.  I went with the IMD meter way back when I started PSK 10+ years ago.  Mine is still functioning daily!  The things I didn't like about the PSKMeter was it had to tap the coax (not stand alone), having to run on the computer, and the automated control.  Back then I was using PSK Deluxe (which later morphed into DM780) with HRD (Simon's free version) and didn't want to fuss with trying to get all three programs playing nice with each other.  Some of my friends reported difficulty with the rig power/pc sound card drive way of control. Sometimes reducing rig power without reducing sound card drive allowing ALC to kick in which distorts the signal. I don't use the pc sound card anyway (always microHAM interfaces) so I just went with Clint's design and have never considered changing.  You might check out the eHam reviews for the two products.  They are in Reviews-Categories-Specialized Amateur Communications Products. Hopefully you'll get some comments here from members who have actually used the PSKMeter.  It seems to be the only option currently in production!

Maybe someone who knows Raspberry PI or Arduino will come up with a stand alone equivalent of the IMD Meter.  That would be neat!

Rick - N7WE
070 - #1602


EURO DX

ljl2002@att.net
 

Just saw K6ML make a contact with F4EUG.  19:18 UTC  20mb PSK31

Signal strength to Euro really good on the East side.

Perhaps those on the West side have an opportunity to get some Euro's in the log.


GL

Joe

KA1PPV  #1482


Re: IMD Meter posted on eHam.net

Joe Cook
 

Very interesting. Has anyone tried one of these? http://www.softsci.com/p-pskmeter.htm

$44.95 and a little assembly time is looking pretty tempting to me. I am using a Microham Microkeyer with my internal sound card. I have to tweak the knobs every time i use a different frequency. As much as I like twisting knobs, I'm never sure what is coming out the other end. I have an external sound card, better cables and some ferrite beads on the way but I still think this device would be helpful, if it works as advertised.....

Joe - KG5KRZ
070 #2487


IMD Meter posted on eHam.net

Rick - N7WE
 

There is a kk7uq IMD Meter posted for sale on eHam.net this morning.  Don't know anything about the poster or that particular unit.  I have used the IMD Meter for years and personally think it is something every PSKer should have.  BUT.....these are no longer in production due to part obsolescence. . 

Back in January of 2016, the club got a opportunity to order one from Jim KJ3N who was doing the final build-out of units from the his inventory of no longer available parts. As I recall, the price was substantially more than this guy is asking.  Several members ordered and finished out his production forever.

http://www.eham.net/classifieds/detail/516427

Rick - N7WE
070 - #1602



Re: Re

Matthew King - KK4CPS <mrk.twg@...>
 

Glad to hear that they got there OK - keep leanin' on the little one! :-)


73

Matt King
AK4MK - 070 #1708
PODXS 070 Club Executive Director


On Tue, Feb 21, 2017 at 4:05 PM, ve3ltn@... [070] <070@...> wrote:
 

Received my latest "endorsement" package today.  VMT to all the staff whom makes this happen.  My grandson helps me put them in my "I love me" binder and he asks about each one and together we research on-line so he can get the info 1st hand... Maybe, just maybe, he'll get the HAM bug, I am working on it



Re

VE3LTN - Mike Joyce - #1763
 

Received my latest "endorsement" package today.  VMT to all the staff whom makes this happen.  My grandson helps me put them in my "I love me" binder and he asks about each one and together we research on-line so he can get the info 1st hand... Maybe, just maybe, he'll get the HAM bug, I am working on it


Re: Sad News

Scotty W7PSK
 

Did not know him nor work him, but its all very sad to hear of the passing of a fellow ham.  

May he Rest in Peace and have ample DX in the Big Shack in the Sky.


On Tuesday, February 21, 2017 6:57 AM, "'ljl2002@...' joe_molon@... [070]" <070@...> wrote:


 
I shared the same vocation as Don and if we had more time to talk we would have shared many "war stories".  I last worked Don during TDW in 2013.

He will be missed. RIP friend. (slow fade to black)

Joe Molon
KA1PPV  #1482



On Monday, February 20, 2017 7:23 PM, "Jerry n9avy@... [070]" <070@...> wrote:


 
Didn't think I had worked Don, but my log tells me that Don & I had a QSO  on PSK  back in 2003.   I'm sure Don will be missed as will all the other SKs.  RIP Don !


Jerry  N9AVY  #454



From: "Joseph Miller kj8o.ham@... [070]" <070@...>
To: "070@..." <070@...>
Sent: Monday, February 20, 2017 11:04 AM
Subject: Re: [070] Sad News

 
Thanks much for sharing, Matt. I had to check my logs and saw that we had made contact 5 times. When I saw on QRZ that he had been a broadcast engineer, I recall that we had at least one rather lengthy QSO.I am sure he is finding comfort in the loving arms of our good Lord and Savior.

73 de Joe KJ8O

On Monday, February 20, 2017, Matthew King - KK4CPS mrk.twg@... [070] <070@...> wrote:
>  
>
> This came to me today from the Club's longtime friend Charlie Trice, K8IJ:
> "My friend of 42 years, Don Adamson, K4FBP, PODXS 070 Club member #150, became a Silent Key on January 19th, 2017."
> These things are always difficult, but when compounded by decades of friendship, are rather hard. 
> Please keep Charlie in your prayers or maybe drop him a line if you know him.  Sharing a good memory of Don with him would be great.
>
>
> 73
> Matt King
> AK4MK - 070 #1708
> PODXS 070 Club Executive Director
>
>

--
Joe Miller, KJ8O
Affiliated Club Coordinator
ARRL Michigan Section








Re: Sad News

ljl2002@att.net
 

I shared the same vocation as Don and if we had more time to talk we would have shared many "war stories".  I last worked Don during TDW in 2013.

He will be missed. RIP friend. (slow fade to black)

Joe Molon
KA1PPV  #1482



On Monday, February 20, 2017 7:23 PM, "Jerry n9avy@... [070]" <070@...> wrote:


 
Didn't think I had worked Don, but my log tells me that Don & I had a QSO  on PSK  back in 2003.   I'm sure Don will be missed as will all the other SKs.  RIP Don !


Jerry  N9AVY  #454



From: "Joseph Miller kj8o.ham@... [070]" <070@...>
To: "070@..." <070@...>
Sent: Monday, February 20, 2017 11:04 AM
Subject: Re: [070] Sad News

 
Thanks much for sharing, Matt. I had to check my logs and saw that we had made contact 5 times. When I saw on QRZ that he had been a broadcast engineer, I recall that we had at least one rather lengthy QSO.I am sure he is finding comfort in the loving arms of our good Lord and Savior.

73 de Joe KJ8O

On Monday, February 20, 2017, Matthew King - KK4CPS mrk.twg@... [070] <070@...> wrote:
>  
>
> This came to me today from the Club's longtime friend Charlie Trice, K8IJ:
> "My friend of 42 years, Don Adamson, K4FBP, PODXS 070 Club member #150, became a Silent Key on January 19th, 2017."
> These things are always difficult, but when compounded by decades of friendship, are rather hard. 
> Please keep Charlie in your prayers or maybe drop him a line if you know him.  Sharing a good memory of Don with him would be great.
>
>
> 73
> Matt King
> AK4MK - 070 #1708
> PODXS 070 Club Executive Director
>
>

--
Joe Miller, KJ8O
Affiliated Club Coordinator
ARRL Michigan Section






Re: Sad News

Jerry N9AVY
 

Didn't think I had worked Don, but my log tells me that Don & I had a QSO  on PSK  back in 2003.   I'm sure Don will be missed as will all the other SKs.  RIP Don !


Jerry  N9AVY  #454



From: "Joseph Miller kj8o.ham@... [070]" <070@...>
To: "070@..." <070@...>
Sent: Monday, February 20, 2017 11:04 AM
Subject: Re: [070] Sad News

 
Thanks much for sharing, Matt. I had to check my logs and saw that we had made contact 5 times. When I saw on QRZ that he had been a broadcast engineer, I recall that we had at least one rather lengthy QSO.I am sure he is finding comfort in the loving arms of our good Lord and Savior.

73 de Joe KJ8O

On Monday, February 20, 2017, Matthew King - KK4CPS mrk.twg@... [070] <070@...> wrote:
>  
>
> This came to me today from the Club's longtime friend Charlie Trice, K8IJ:
> "My friend of 42 years, Don Adamson, K4FBP, PODXS 070 Club member #150, became a Silent Key on January 19th, 2017."
> These things are always difficult, but when compounded by decades of friendship, are rather hard. 
> Please keep Charlie in your prayers or maybe drop him a line if you know him.  Sharing a good memory of Don with him would be great.
>
>
> 73
> Matt King
> AK4MK - 070 #1708
> PODXS 070 Club Executive Director
>
>

--
Joe Miller, KJ8O
Affiliated Club Coordinator
ARRL Michigan Section



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