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Calling CQ on 20M now

Sherri Rapp
 

Calling CQ on 20m now

Sherri WB4OSU


Re: 6METERS WIDE OPEN FROM fn21 WEST

Randy True
 

10 and 12 are active too


Randy W4RTT




From: 070Club@groups.io <070Club@groups.io> on behalf of Ray Clements <r.clements@...>
Sent: Tuesday, May 15, 2018 11:30 AM
To: 070Club@groups.io
Subject: Re: [070Club] 6METERS WIDE OPEN FROM fn21 WEST
 
Here in northern Illinois, I see a couple of weak PSK31 signals on 20m fading in an out. I tried to make one contact, but to no avail.

I switched to FT8 and was able to make a local contact (En52 to EN51) on 6m. I had a little more success on 10, completing a contact with Brazil and several others stateside.

Hopefully, PSK will be better this evening.

Ray N9RWC
------ Original Message ------
Received: 09:21 AM CDT, 05/15/2018
From: "Brian (N2MLP)" <n2mlp@...>
To: <070Club@groups.io>
Subject: [070Club] 6METERS WIDE OPEN FROM fn21 WEST


 

 

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         de N2MLP Brian

       Monroe County PA

 

 

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From: 070Club@groups.io [mailto:070Club@groups.io] On Behalf Of VA7GEM -1470 via Groups.Io
Sent: Monday, May 14, 2018 9:58 PM
To: 070Club@groups.io
Subject: Re: [070Club] FINAL LIST OF TDW BONUS STATIONS FOR 2018

 

Jeff
Same thing here
With HRD I have the default alarms set up as all members.
Alarm set 1 includes all bonus stns.
As a bonus stn I expect to be the fox unless I hear another Bonus stn
which I will try to capture.
Anticipation is building.
Might have to have a beer for practise.
regards
Barry

On Mon, May 14, 2018 at 05:04 pm, JEFF WALSH wrote:

 

 

Barry ...... I have entered "VA7GEM" into the alarms so just incase I am having a "senior moment" and miss ur call going across the waterfall it will alert me.

 

I am thinking positive thoughts in preparation for the contest and hopefully the "gods of propagation" will be with us.

 

Good luck to all the contestants ! 

 

JEFF WALSH

W3WMU

#1673

BUBBAWOOD

WORLDWIDE HEADQUARTERS

STURGIS, MS.

 



Re: 6METERS WIDE OPEN FROM fn21 WEST

Ray Clements
 

Here in northern Illinois, I see a couple of weak PSK31 signals on 20m fading in an out. I tried to make one contact, but to no avail.

I switched to FT8 and was able to make a local contact (En52 to EN51) on 6m. I had a little more success on 10, completing a contact with Brazil and several others stateside.

Hopefully, PSK will be better this evening.

Ray N9RWC

------ Original Message ------
Received: 09:21 AM CDT, 05/15/2018
From: "Brian (N2MLP)" <n2mlp@...>
To: <070Club@groups.io>
Subject: [070Club] 6METERS WIDE OPEN FROM fn21 WEST


 

 

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         de N2MLP Brian

       Monroe County PA

 

 

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From: 070Club@groups.io [mailto:070Club@groups.io] On Behalf Of VA7GEM -1470 via Groups.Io
Sent: Monday, May 14, 2018 9:58 PM
To: 070Club@groups.io
Subject: Re: [070Club] FINAL LIST OF TDW BONUS STATIONS FOR 2018

 

Jeff
Same thing here
With HRD I have the default alarms set up as all members.
Alarm set 1 includes all bonus stns.
As a bonus stn I expect to be the fox unless I hear another Bonus stn
which I will try to capture.
Anticipation is building.
Might have to have a beer for practise.
regards
Barry

On Mon, May 14, 2018 at 05:04 pm, JEFF WALSH wrote:

 

 

Barry ...... I have entered "VA7GEM" into the alarms so just incase I am having a "senior moment" and miss ur call going across the waterfall it will alert me.

 

I am thinking positive thoughts in preparation for the contest and hopefully the "gods of propagation" will be with us.

 

Good luck to all the contestants ! 

 

JEFF WALSH

W3WMU

#1673

BUBBAWOOD

WORLDWIDE HEADQUARTERS

STURGIS, MS.

 



6METERS WIDE OPEN FROM fn21 WEST

Brian (N2MLP)
 

 

 

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         de N2MLP Brian

       Monroe County PA

 

 

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From: 070Club@groups.io [mailto:070Club@groups.io] On Behalf Of VA7GEM -1470 via Groups.Io
Sent: Monday, May 14, 2018 9:58 PM
To: 070Club@groups.io
Subject: Re: [070Club] FINAL LIST OF TDW BONUS STATIONS FOR 2018

 

Jeff
Same thing here
With HRD I have the default alarms set up as all members.
Alarm set 1 includes all bonus stns.
As a bonus stn I expect to be the fox unless I hear another Bonus stn
which I will try to capture.
Anticipation is building.
Might have to have a beer for practise.
regards
Barry

On Mon, May 14, 2018 at 05:04 pm, JEFF WALSH wrote:

 

 

Barry ...... I have entered "VA7GEM" into the alarms so just incase I am having a "senior moment" and miss ur call going across the waterfall it will alert me.

 

I am thinking positive thoughts in preparation for the contest and hopefully the "gods of propagation" will be with us.

 

Good luck to all the contestants ! 

 

JEFF WALSH

W3WMU

#1673

BUBBAWOOD

WORLDWIDE HEADQUARTERS

STURGIS, MS.

 


Re: FINAL LIST OF TDW BONUS STATIONS FOR 2018

VA7GEM -1470 <boat.anchor@...>
 

Jeff
Same thing here
With HRD I have the default alarms set up as all members.
Alarm set 1 includes all bonus stns.
As a bonus stn I expect to be the fox unless I hear another Bonus stn
which I will try to capture.
Anticipation is building.
Might have to have a beer for practise.
regards
Barry


On Mon, May 14, 2018 at 05:04 pm, JEFF WALSH wrote:
 
 
Barry ...... I have entered "VA7GEM" into the alarms so just incase I am having a "senior moment" and miss ur call going across the waterfall it will alert me.
 
I am thinking positive thoughts in preparation for the contest and hopefully the "gods of propagation" will be with us.
 
Good luck to all the contestants ! 
 
JEFF WALSH
W3WMU
#1673
BUBBAWOOD
WORLDWIDE HEADQUARTERS
STURGIS, MS.
 


Re: FINAL LIST OF TDW BONUS STATIONS FOR 2018

JEFF WALSH
 

Barry ...... I have entered "VA7GEM" into the alarms so just incase I am having a "senior moment" and miss ur call going across the waterfall it will alert me.

I am thinking positive thoughts in preparation for the contest and hopefully the "gods of propagation" will be with us.

Good luck to all the contestants ! 

JEFF WALSH
W3WMU
#1673
BUBBAWOOD
WORLDWIDE HEADQUARTERS
STURGIS, MS.


On Sunday, May 13, 2018 8:49 PM, VA7GEM -1470 via Groups.Io <boat.anchor@...> wrote:


Jeff
I am hoping to get you on at least three bands. 
Will be trying 80, 40, & 20.
160 is marginal here and I don't think 15 will be active enuf to spend time there.
regards
Barry

On Sun, May 13, 2018 at 05:24 pm, JEFF WALSH wrote:
 
 
And a good time will be had by all
 
JEFF WALSH
W3WMU
#1673
BUBBAWOOD
WORLDWIDE HEADQUARTERS
STURGIS, MS.
 



Re: Now 10M

Brian (N2MLP)
 

Just call cq few times on psk 10m  no one seen??

 

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         de N2MLP Brian

       Monroe County PA

 

 

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From: 070Club@groups.io [mailto:070Club@groups.io] On Behalf Of VA7GEM -1470 via Groups.Io
Sent: Monday, May 14, 2018 7:22 PM
To: 070Club@groups.io
Subject: [070Club] Now 10M

 

N-S beacons are loud at 23:20Z
Barry


Now 10M

VA7GEM -1470 <boat.anchor@...>
 

N-S beacons are loud at 23:20Z
Barry


Re: Go Figure ?

Brian (N2MLP)
 

10m wide open west and south from fn21

 

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         de N2MLP Brian

       Monroe County PA

 

 

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From: 070Club@groups.io [mailto:070Club@groups.io] On Behalf Of Richard Rohrer
Sent: Monday, May 14, 2018 4:35 PM
To: 070Club@groups.io
Subject: Re: [070Club] Go Figure ?

 

I have found the same thing.  Not much action on PSK31, but lots of FT8 activity.  I have heard some EU stations in the afternoon in FL the last few days.  I called CQ yesterday and a NM station came back to me and said I was the only station he could see on his waterfall.  I did work a few psk31 stations yesterday including a station in Columbia.  Just finished QSO with ON2MKJ in Belgium.  Not much other activity on the band.  

73
Dick - KC3EF


Re: Go Figure ?

Richard Rohrer
 

I have found the same thing.  Not much action on PSK31, but lots of FT8 activity.  I have heard some EU stations in the afternoon in FL the last few days.  I called CQ yesterday and a NM station came back to me and said I was the only station he could see on his waterfall.  I did work a few psk31 stations yesterday including a station in Columbia.  Just finished QSO with ON2MKJ in Belgium.  Not much other activity on the band.  

73
Dick - KC3EF


Re: Go Figure ?

Randy True
 

With a little leeway,

make sure your clock is synced with FT8.


Randy W4RTT




From: 070Club@groups.io <070Club@groups.io> on behalf of Sherri Rapp <srapp7@...>
Sent: Monday, May 14, 2018 1:28 PM
To: 070Club@groups.io
Subject: Re: [070Club] Go Figure ?
 
I have been having a heck of a time getting responses to CQ on PSK31. Other stations just aren't hearing me. FT8 is usually better, but I don't have the same *quantity* results that some others do on that mode, but I'm satisfied with the contacts I've made so far. 

Sherri WB4OSU

On Mon, May 14, 2018, 8:05 AM John Kirby <n3aaz_qrp_1@...> wrote:
... PSK 31 ...

Band Conditions ?
...  or ...
Old hat ?

Seems like low sun spots only wipe out psk freqs
... while ...
same band CW es FT8 freqs work the world at 15W

Go figure
070/1337/0349
N3AAZ


Re: Go Figure ?

Sherri Rapp
 

Mike, I'm usually on 20 then 40 now that the sun is out longer.  On several times during the day and evening for short  periods of an hour or less. I try PSK around 0000 to 0100. I'll try to catch you agn. I have club meeting tonight, so not tonight. 😉

Indeed I was concentrating on FT8 for a couple weeks, but have been trying to get at least one QSO on PSK per day agn.

Sherri WB4OSU

On Mon, May 14, 2018, 1:38 PM Mike Besemer - WM4B #348 <mwbesemer@...> wrote:
Sherri,

When are you getting on and what band?  I know we've worked before but I haven't seen you for quite a while. 

I'm usually on at 0000(ish) UTC.  I'll start on 20 meters and if it's dead I'll move to 40.  We're probably a bit close for 20 meters; I'll have to check my log to see where we worked before.

Occasionally, I'll jump on for a few minutes around 2000 UTC or somewhere in between, but that's spotty at best.

Don't feel bad.  There was a period not too long ago when it seem like all the propagation was one-way.  Seems to go in cycles and it must be your turn in the barrel!

73,

Mike
WM4B


On Mon, May 14, 2018 at 1:28 PM, Sherri Rapp wrote:

 I have been having a heck of a time getting responses to CQ on PSK31. Other stations just aren't hearing me. FT8 is usually better, but I don't have the same *quantity* results that some others do on that mode, but I'm satisfied with the contacts I've made so far. 

Sherri WB4OSU

On Mon, May 14, 2018, 8:05 AM John Kirby < n3aaz_qrp_1@...> wrote:
... PSK 31 ...

Band Conditions ?
...  or ...
Old hat ?

Seems like low sun spots only wipe out psk freqs
... while ...
same band CW es FT8 freqs work the world at 15W

Go figure
070/1337/0349


Re: Go Figure ?

Larry Rockne #404
 

Sherri,

I checked the log, we have not worked. I can listen, on 20 meters,
if you tell me when you will be on.

Larry WA7HDZ #404
LONP #137

On Mon, May 14, 2018 at 10:38 AM, Mike Besemer - WM4B #348 <mwbesemer@...> wrote:
Sherri,

When are you getting on and what band?  I know we've worked before but I haven't seen you for quite a while. 

I'm usually on at 0000(ish) UTC.  I'll start on 20 meters and if it's dead I'll move to 40.  We're probably a bit close for 20 meters; I'll have to check my log to see where we worked before.

Occasionally, I'll jump on for a few minutes around 2000 UTC or somewhere in between, but that's spotty at best.

Don't feel bad.  There was a period not too long ago when it seem like all the propagation was one-way.  Seems to go in cycles and it must be your turn in the barrel!

73,

Mike
WM4B


On Mon, May 14, 2018 at 1:28 PM, Sherri Rapp wrote:

 I have been having a heck of a time getting responses to CQ on PSK31. Other stations just aren't hearing me. FT8 is usually better, but I don't have the same *quantity* results that some others do on that mode, but I'm satisfied with the contacts I've made so far. 

Sherri WB4OSU

On Mon, May 14, 2018, 8:05 AM John Kirby < n3aaz_qrp_1@...> wrote:
... PSK 31 ...

Band Conditions ?
...  or ...
Old hat ?

Seems like low sun spots only wipe out psk freqs
... while ...
same band CW es FT8 freqs work the world at 15W

Go figure
070/1337/0349



Re: Go Figure ?

Mike Besemer - WM4B #348 <mwbesemer@...>
 

Sherri,

When are you getting on and what band?  I know we've worked before but I haven't seen you for quite a while. 

I'm usually on at 0000(ish) UTC.  I'll start on 20 meters and if it's dead I'll move to 40.  We're probably a bit close for 20 meters; I'll have to check my log to see where we worked before.

Occasionally, I'll jump on for a few minutes around 2000 UTC or somewhere in between, but that's spotty at best.

Don't feel bad.  There was a period not too long ago when it seem like all the propagation was one-way.  Seems to go in cycles and it must be your turn in the barrel!

73,

Mike
WM4B


On Mon, May 14, 2018 at 1:28 PM, Sherri Rapp wrote:

 I have been having a heck of a time getting responses to CQ on PSK31. Other stations just aren't hearing me. FT8 is usually better, but I don't have the same *quantity* results that some others do on that mode, but I'm satisfied with the contacts I've made so far. 

Sherri WB4OSU

On Mon, May 14, 2018, 8:05 AM John Kirby < n3aaz_qrp_1@...> wrote:
... PSK 31 ...

Band Conditions ?
...  or ...
Old hat ?

Seems like low sun spots only wipe out psk freqs
... while ...
same band CW es FT8 freqs work the world at 15W

Go figure
070/1337/0349


Re: Go Figure ?

Sherri Rapp
 

I have been having a heck of a time getting responses to CQ on PSK31. Other stations just aren't hearing me. FT8 is usually better, but I don't have the same *quantity* results that some others do on that mode, but I'm satisfied with the contacts I've made so far. 

Sherri WB4OSU

On Mon, May 14, 2018, 8:05 AM John Kirby <n3aaz_qrp_1@...> wrote:
... PSK 31 ...

Band Conditions ?
...  or ...
Old hat ?

Seems like low sun spots only wipe out psk freqs
... while ...
same band CW es FT8 freqs work the world at 15W

Go figure
070/1337/0349
N3AAZ


Re: Go Figure ?

Brian (N2MLP)
 

Great point

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         de N2MLP Brian
       Monroe County PA



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-----Original Message-----
From: 070Club@groups.io [mailto:070Club@groups.io] On Behalf Of Brian Wolf
Leverich
Sent: Monday, May 14, 2018 1:19 PM
To: 070Club@groups.io
Subject: Re: [070Club] Go Figure ?


On Mon, May 14, 2018 at 05:05:18AM -0700, John Kirby wrote:

... PSK 31 ...

Band Conditions ?
...  or ...
Old hat ?

Seems like low sun spots only wipe out psk freqs
... while ...
same band CW es FT8 freqs work the world at 15W

Go figure
070/1337/0349
N3AAZ


It's possible that there's something subtle going on with CW and FT8.

Whether or not a QSO is possible is a function of the characteristics of the
stations at *both* ends of the ether.

*You* may be using 15W and even a wire antenna, but the *other* guy may be
using a kilowatt or more and stacked yagis on a 240' tower.

I usually run 100W on CW and FT8 and have passable transmit and receive
antennas at a semi-rural QTH. I am prolly about to start routinely running
about 400-500W on FT8, because my average signal report is about 6db down
from
how I can hear other stations with my station.

Part of the reason why we can't talk on PSK may be that we have a pretty
strong anti-QRO ethic, so I don't know how many big-gun stations even try to
play.

OTOH, given the technical characteristics of PSK, we may not be able to
tolerate a mixed QRP and QRO environment like CW and FT8 do ...

<shrug>

73 de WA6I (Wolf)


Re: Go Figure ?

Brian Wolf Leverich
 

On Mon, May 14, 2018 at 05:05:18AM -0700, John Kirby wrote:

... PSK 31 ...

Band Conditions ?
...  or ...
Old hat ?

Seems like low sun spots only wipe out psk freqs
... while ...
same band CW es FT8 freqs work the world at 15W

Go figure
070/1337/0349
N3AAZ


It's possible that there's something subtle going on with CW and FT8.

Whether or not a QSO is possible is a function of the characteristics of the
stations at *both* ends of the ether.

*You* may be using 15W and even a wire antenna, but the *other* guy may be
using a kilowatt or more and stacked yagis on a 240' tower.

I usually run 100W on CW and FT8 and have passable transmit and receive
antennas at a semi-rural QTH. I am prolly about to start routinely running
about 400-500W on FT8, because my average signal report is about 6db down from
how I can hear other stations with my station.

Part of the reason why we can't talk on PSK may be that we have a pretty
strong anti-QRO ethic, so I don't know how many big-gun stations even try to
play.

OTOH, given the technical characteristics of PSK, we may not be able to
tolerate a mixed QRP and QRO environment like CW and FT8 do ...

<shrug>

73 de WA6I (Wolf)


Re: Go Figure ?

John Etling
 

You can near work FT8 nearly anytime of the day on 30m. Lately PSK has been a struggle on any band and rather than sit and wait until maybe I can decode someone I fall back to FT8 where contacts, on most bands and near 24x7, are plentiful. I rarely see a limited amount of opportunities on FT8. This on a 44’ vertical.

 

I’m Just Sayin’

73 de K3JAE

 

John

 

 

 

 

From: 070Club@groups.io <070Club@groups.io> On Behalf Of Ray Clements
Sent: Monday, May 14, 2018 08:23
To: 070Club@groups.io
Subject: Re: [070Club] Go Figure ?

 

PSK31 is good down to -10 dB S/N ratio. FT8 is good down to -23dB or so. Since the dB scale is logarithmic rather than linear, the difference is huge.

I love working PSK when the bands permit. When I turn on my radio, I check out all the PSK frequencies from 80m  up to 10m. However, if I do not see signals that I can work using  PSK, I will start up WSJT-X and try FT8. I have WSJT-X linked to HRD using JTAlert so I can still log my FT8 contacts in the same database as my other digital contacts.

I rarely see DX signals on PSK with current band conditions; but DX signals are fairly common on FT8 because of the huge difference in capability of that mode during difficult conditions. I have not picked up additional DXCC entities, but I have worked quite a few ones I have worked on PSK when times were good.

I am using a 40 meter OCF wire strung at only 21 ft height. It tunes 40m, 20m, 10m, and 6m fairly well. With a tuner, I have made contacts on 12m, 15m and 17m as well when propagation is good. However, since experimenting with FT8, I have made 40 contacts on 30m, even though my antenna is very inefficient on that band and propagation has been poor. The efficiency of FT8 overcomes the inefficincy of my antenna.


So if you can make contacts on PSK, by all means do so. I would love to see yuou on the waterfall. But when PSK is just not there, FT8 will keep you on the air.

Ray N9RWC


To: 070club@groups.io
Subject: Re: [070Club] Go Figure ?

FT8 is much more robust as a weak signal mode.

 

That being said, I'm happy to struggle along with PSK31 and have actual human-to-human interaction!  ;>)

 

73,

 

Mike

WM4B



On Mon, May 14, 2018 at 8:05 AM, John Kirby wrote:

 

 ... PSK 31 ...

 

Band Conditions ?

...  or ...

Old hat ?

 

Seems like low sun spots only wipe out psk freqs

... while ...

same band CW es FT8 freqs work the world at 15W

 

Go figure

070/1337/0349

 

 


Re: Go Figure ?

Ray Clements
 

PSK31 is good down to -10 dB S/N ratio. FT8 is good down to -23dB or so. Since the dB scale is logarithmic rather than linear, the difference is huge.

I love working PSK when the bands permit. When I turn on my radio, I check out all the PSK frequencies from 80m  up to 10m. However, if I do not see signals that I can work using  PSK, I will start up WSJT-X and try FT8. I have WSJT-X linked to HRD using JTAlert so I can still log my FT8 contacts in the same database as my other digital contacts.

I rarely see DX signals on PSK with current band conditions; but DX signals are fairly common on FT8 because of the huge difference in capability of that mode during difficult conditions. I have not picked up additional DXCC entities, but I have worked quite a few ones I have worked on PSK when times were good.

I am using a 40 meter OCF wire strung at only 21 ft height. It tunes 40m, 20m, 10m, and 6m fairly well. With a tuner, I have made contacts on 12m, 15m and 17m as well when propagation is good. However, since experimenting with FT8, I have made 40 contacts on 30m, even though my antenna is very inefficient on that band and propagation has been poor. The efficiency of FT8 overcomes the inefficincy of my antenna.

So if you can make contacts on PSK, by all means do so. I would love to see yuou on the waterfall. But when PSK is just not there, FT8 will keep you on the air.

Ray N9RWC


To: 070club@groups.io
Subject: Re: [070Club] Go Figure ?


FT8 is much more robust as a weak signal mode.

That being said, I'm happy to struggle along with PSK31 and have actual human-to-human interaction!  ;>)

73,

Mike
WM4B


On Mon, May 14, 2018 at 8:05 AM, John Kirby wrote:

 ... PSK 31 ...

Band Conditions ?
...  or ...
Old hat ?

Seems like low sun spots only wipe out psk freqs
... while ...
same band CW es FT8 freqs work the world at 15W

Go figure
070/1337/0349



Re: Go Figure ?

Randy True
 

Yep, I play PSK till I nod off, then fire up FT8. There's always something there.


Randy W4RTT




From: 070Club@groups.io <070Club@groups.io> on behalf of Mike Besemer - WM4B #348 <mwbesemer@...>
Sent: Monday, May 14, 2018 8:13 AM
To: 070club@groups.io
Subject: Re: [070Club] Go Figure ?
 
FT8 is much more robust as a weak signal mode.

That being said, I'm happy to struggle along with PSK31 and have actual human-to-human interaction!  ;>)

73,

Mike
WM4B


On Mon, May 14, 2018 at 8:05 AM, John Kirby wrote:

 ... PSK 31 ...

Band Conditions ?
...  or ...
Old hat ?

Seems like low sun spots only wipe out psk freqs
... while ...
same band CW es FT8 freqs work the world at 15W

Go figure
070/1337/0349

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