Date   

Contact 364

Paul Milward <nu4c@...>
 



Hi 070ers
I have 363 contacts/days in my log. Day 364 starts in just a few minutes I'll be on 40m around 7.071.44 or 80m around 3.581.15. I will monitor email as well as the WF. If you can help, answer my CQ or drop me an email to sked a Q.
73
Paul NU4C 
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Re: IT’S NEW FOR 2019! IT’S HUGE! IT’S GREAT!

Matthew King - AK4MK <kk4cps@...>
 

While I *really* like " Your Most Altitudinous Canine Majesty ", I think we'll stick with "RC3 Top Dawg" as the OFFICIAL title.

Each year's RC3 Top Dawg will be recognized at the end of that year's contest season and will hold the title for that year forever. At the beginning of the next contest season, the RC3 slate will be wiped clean, with the contests for that year beginning to populate the leader board.

You can think of RC3 basically like the points chases/championships in NASCAR, Indy Car, NHRA, etc... Each race has a winner, but then there is a champion for the whole shebang at the end of the season.

Happy New Year everybody!

73

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

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On Sat, Dec 29, 2018 at 1:17 PM Jerry N9AVY <n9avy@...> wrote:

So does the 2019 Top Dawg get the 2019 Title after the contests are over  o does he/she get to reign as Top Dawg in 2020 until there is a 2020 winner ??? Should he/she be addressed as “Your Top Dawgness “  ???    Just curious .

 

Jerry  N9AVY 

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: Matthew King - AK4MK
Sent: Saturday, December 29, 2018 10:48 AM
To: 070Club@groups.io; 070ClubContests@groups.io
Subject: [070Club] IT’S NEW FOR 2019! IT’S HUGE! IT’S GREAT!

 

WHAT? – A new season-long competition to name an overall winner for our contest year – It’s the new Rollo Cup Contest Championship (RC3)!

 

HOW? – Just enter one or more of the ten 2019 070 Club Contests.  You will automatically be entered in the Rollo Cup Contest Championship!  Obviously, the more contests you enter, the higher your score will be.  Points will be awarded for each of the 10 Club Contests and the highest point total for the year will determine the RC3 Champion.  Scoring is weighted by a number of factors. The complete rules and scoring can be found here (RC3 RULES).

 

WHY? – The 070 Club has a long history of sponsored contests with recognition of winners for each contest.  But we have never had Top Dawg for the entire year. This new competition will promote more participation in each Club contest and recognize outstanding efforts throughout the entire contest season.

 

WHEN? – The RC3 begins with the 2019 PSK Fest and runs through the 2019 Triple Play Low Band Sprint Doubleheader.  A Leader Board page showing current standings can be found here (2019 LEADER BOARD) and will be updated after each contest.

 

WHY SHOULD I?  - Bragging rights!  Someone will be the Club Contest Champion! And each year's RC3 Champion will receive a special certificate, a Rollo Dog Tag, and an Engraved Silver Revere Cup Trophy!  Second and third place will receive special certificates and Rollo Dog Tags, and fourth through tenth place will receive special certificates and bold face marking on the following year’s RC3 Leader Board.

 

This new competition has been in the planning stages for several years!  I am very pleased to finally announce it, and hope you enjoy this new “Race for the Rollo Cup!”

 

73

 

Matt King

AK4MK - 070 #1708

PODXS 070 Club Executive Director

 

 

 

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Re: IT’S NEW FOR 2019! IT’S HUGE! IT’S GREAT!

Jerry N9AVY
 

“Your Imperial Royal Dawgness”

 

 

 

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From: Paul Milward
Sent: Saturday, December 29, 2018 12:44 PM
To: 070Club@groups.io
Subject: Re: [070Club] IT’S NEW FOR 2019! IT’S HUGE! IT’S GREAT!

 

No no no

The correct form of address was, is, and always will be:

*Your Royal Dawgness*

 

 

 

Sent from my Galaxy Tab® A

 

-------- Original message --------

From: "Paul Butzi (W7PFB)" <w7pfb@...>

Date: 12/29/18 13:31 (GMT-05:00)

To: 070Club@groups.io

Subject: Re: [070Club] IT’S NEW FOR 2019! IT’S HUGE! IT’S GREAT!

 

I nominate “Your Most Altitudinous Canine Majesty” as the appropriate title

-p


On Dec 29, 2018, at 10:17 AM, Jerry N9AVY <n9avy@...> wrote:

So does the 2019 Top Dawg get the 2019 Title after the contests are over  o does he/she get to reign as Top Dawg in 2020 until there is a 2020 winner ??? Should he/she be addressed as “Your Top Dawgness “  ???    Just curious .

 

Jerry  N9AVY 

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: Matthew King - AK4MK
Sent: Saturday, December 29, 2018 10:48 AM
To: 070Club@groups.io; 070ClubContests@groups.io
Subject: [070Club] IT’S NEW FOR 2019! IT’S HUGE! IT’S GREAT!

 

WHAT? – A new season-long competition to name an overall winner for our contest year – It’s the new Rollo Cup Contest Championship (RC3)!

 

HOW? – Just enter one or more of the ten 2019 070 Club Contests.  You will automatically be entered in the Rollo Cup Contest Championship!  Obviously, the more contests you enter, the higher your score will be.  Points will be awarded for each of the 10 Club Contests and the highest point total for the year will determine the RC3 Champion.  Scoring is weighted by a number of factors. The complete rules and scoring can be found here (RC3 RULES).

 

WHY? – The 070 Club has a long history of sponsored contests with recognition of winners for each contest.  But we have never had Top Dawg for the entire year. This new competition will promote more participation in each Club contest and recognize outstanding efforts throughout the entire contest season.

 

WHEN? – The RC3 begins with the 2019 PSK Fest and runs through the 2019 Triple Play Low Band Sprint Doubleheader.  A Leader Board page showing current standings can be found here (2019 LEADER BOARD) and will be updated after each contest.

 

WHY SHOULD I?  - Bragging rights!  Someone will be the Club Contest Champion! And each year's RC3 Champion will receive a special certificate, a Rollo Dog Tag, and an Engraved Silver Revere Cup Trophy!  Second and third place will receive special certificates and Rollo Dog Tags, and fourth through tenth place will receive special certificates and bold face marking on the following year’s RC3 Leader Board.

 

This new competition has been in the planning stages for several years!  I am very pleased to finally announce it, and hope you enjoy this new “Race for the Rollo Cup!”

 

73

 

Matt King

AK4MK - 070 #1708

PODXS 070 Club Executive Director

 

 

 

Virus-free. www.avast.com

 

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Re: IT’S NEW FOR 2019! IT’S HUGE! IT’S GREAT!

Paul Milward <nu4c@...>
 

No no no
The correct form of address was, is, and always will be:
*Your Royal Dawgness*



Sent from my Galaxy Tab® A

-------- Original message --------
From: "Paul Butzi (W7PFB)" <w7pfb@...>
Date: 12/29/18 13:31 (GMT-05:00)
To: 070Club@groups.io
Subject: Re: [070Club] IT’S NEW FOR 2019! IT’S HUGE! IT’S GREAT!

I nominate “Your Most Altitudinous Canine Majesty” as the appropriate title

-p

On Dec 29, 2018, at 10:17 AM, Jerry N9AVY <n9avy@...> wrote:

So does the 2019 Top Dawg get the 2019 Title after the contests are over  o does he/she get to reign as Top Dawg in 2020 until there is a 2020 winner ??? Should he/she be addressed as “Your Top Dawgness “  ???    Just curious .

 

Jerry  N9AVY 

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: Matthew King - AK4MK
Sent: Saturday, December 29, 2018 10:48 AM
To: 070Club@groups.io; 070ClubContests@groups.io
Subject: [070Club] IT’S NEW FOR 2019! IT’S HUGE! IT’S GREAT!

 

WHAT? – A new season-long competition to name an overall winner for our contest year – It’s the new Rollo Cup Contest Championship (RC3)!

 

HOW? – Just enter one or more of the ten 2019 070 Club Contests.  You will automatically be entered in the Rollo Cup Contest Championship!  Obviously, the more contests you enter, the higher your score will be.  Points will be awarded for each of the 10 Club Contests and the highest point total for the year will determine the RC3 Champion.  Scoring is weighted by a number of factors. The complete rules and scoring can be found here (RC3 RULES).

 

WHY? – The 070 Club has a long history of sponsored contests with recognition of winners for each contest.  But we have never had Top Dawg for the entire year. This new competition will promote more participation in each Club contest and recognize outstanding efforts throughout the entire contest season.

 

WHEN? – The RC3 begins with the 2019 PSK Fest and runs through the 2019 Triple Play Low Band Sprint Doubleheader.  A Leader Board page showing current standings can be found here (2019 LEADER BOARD) and will be updated after each contest.

 

WHY SHOULD I?  - Bragging rights!  Someone will be the Club Contest Champion! And each year's RC3 Champion will receive a special certificate, a Rollo Dog Tag, and an Engraved Silver Revere Cup Trophy!  Second and third place will receive special certificates and Rollo Dog Tags, and fourth through tenth place will receive special certificates and bold face marking on the following year’s RC3 Leader Board.

 

This new competition has been in the planning stages for several years!  I am very pleased to finally announce it, and hope you enjoy this new “Race for the Rollo Cup!”

 

73

 

Matt King

AK4MK - 070 #1708

PODXS 070 Club Executive Director

 

 

 

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Re: IT’S NEW FOR 2019! IT’S HUGE! IT’S GREAT!

Paul Butzi (W7PFB)
 

I nominate “Your Most Altitudinous Canine Majesty” as the appropriate title

-p

On Dec 29, 2018, at 10:17 AM, Jerry N9AVY <n9avy@...> wrote:

So does the 2019 Top Dawg get the 2019 Title after the contests are over  o does he/she get to reign as Top Dawg in 2020 until there is a 2020 winner ??? Should he/she be addressed as “Your Top Dawgness “  ???    Just curious .

 

Jerry  N9AVY 

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: Matthew King - AK4MK
Sent: Saturday, December 29, 2018 10:48 AM
To: 070Club@groups.io; 070ClubContests@groups.io
Subject: [070Club] IT’S NEW FOR 2019! IT’S HUGE! IT’S GREAT!

 

WHAT? – A new season-long competition to name an overall winner for our contest year – It’s the new Rollo Cup Contest Championship (RC3)!

 

HOW? – Just enter one or more of the ten 2019 070 Club Contests.  You will automatically be entered in the Rollo Cup Contest Championship!  Obviously, the more contests you enter, the higher your score will be.  Points will be awarded for each of the 10 Club Contests and the highest point total for the year will determine the RC3 Champion.  Scoring is weighted by a number of factors. The complete rules and scoring can be found here (RC3 RULES).

 

WHY? – The 070 Club has a long history of sponsored contests with recognition of winners for each contest.  But we have never had Top Dawg for the entire year. This new competition will promote more participation in each Club contest and recognize outstanding efforts throughout the entire contest season.

 

WHEN? – The RC3 begins with the 2019 PSK Fest and runs through the 2019 Triple Play Low Band Sprint Doubleheader.  A Leader Board page showing current standings can be found here (2019 LEADER BOARD) and will be updated after each contest.

 

WHY SHOULD I?  - Bragging rights!  Someone will be the Club Contest Champion! And each year's RC3 Champion will receive a special certificate, a Rollo Dog Tag, and an Engraved Silver Revere Cup Trophy!  Second and third place will receive special certificates and Rollo Dog Tags, and fourth through tenth place will receive special certificates and bold face marking on the following year’s RC3 Leader Board.

 

This new competition has been in the planning stages for several years!  I am very pleased to finally announce it, and hope you enjoy this new “Race for the Rollo Cup!”

 

73

 

Matt King

AK4MK - 070 #1708

PODXS 070 Club Executive Director

 

 

 

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Re: IT’S NEW FOR 2019! IT’S HUGE! IT’S GREAT!

Jerry N9AVY
 

So does the 2019 Top Dawg get the 2019 Title after the contests are over  o does he/she get to reign as Top Dawg in 2020 until there is a 2020 winner ??? Should he/she be addressed as “Your Top Dawgness “  ???    Just curious .

 

Jerry  N9AVY 

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: Matthew King - AK4MK
Sent: Saturday, December 29, 2018 10:48 AM
To: 070Club@groups.io; 070ClubContests@groups.io
Subject: [070Club] IT’S NEW FOR 2019! IT’S HUGE! IT’S GREAT!

 

WHAT? – A new season-long competition to name an overall winner for our contest year – It’s the new Rollo Cup Contest Championship (RC3)!

 

HOW? – Just enter one or more of the ten 2019 070 Club Contests.  You will automatically be entered in the Rollo Cup Contest Championship!  Obviously, the more contests you enter, the higher your score will be.  Points will be awarded for each of the 10 Club Contests and the highest point total for the year will determine the RC3 Champion.  Scoring is weighted by a number of factors. The complete rules and scoring can be found here (RC3 RULES).

 

WHY? – The 070 Club has a long history of sponsored contests with recognition of winners for each contest.  But we have never had Top Dawg for the entire year. This new competition will promote more participation in each Club contest and recognize outstanding efforts throughout the entire contest season.

 

WHEN? – The RC3 begins with the 2019 PSK Fest and runs through the 2019 Triple Play Low Band Sprint Doubleheader.  A Leader Board page showing current standings can be found here (2019 LEADER BOARD) and will be updated after each contest.

 

WHY SHOULD I?  - Bragging rights!  Someone will be the Club Contest Champion! And each year's RC3 Champion will receive a special certificate, a Rollo Dog Tag, and an Engraved Silver Revere Cup Trophy!  Second and third place will receive special certificates and Rollo Dog Tags, and fourth through tenth place will receive special certificates and bold face marking on the following year’s RC3 Leader Board.

 

This new competition has been in the planning stages for several years!  I am very pleased to finally announce it, and hope you enjoy this new “Race for the Rollo Cup!”

 

73

 

Matt King

AK4MK - 070 #1708

PODXS 070 Club Executive Director

 

 

 

Virus-free. www.avast.com

 


Clarification on 070 Contest Info

Rick - N7WE
 

Some things have changed in the way the club website, and specifically 070 Contest Information, is arranged.  All the info is there, but navigation is a bit different.  To clarify, we now have Contest 2.0 - General Contest Rules (LINK) that apply to all 070 Contests.  In addition, each contest has additional Specific Contests Rules such as Exchange, Bands, CQ message, etc. and they are found on the link for the specific contest - click on contest on the Main Menu side bar on the 070 Club Sponsored Contest page (HERE).  Finally, dates and times for specific contests are now listed annually for the entire year on the 070 Club Contest Calendar page (FOUND HERE) and are not listed in the Specific Contest Rules as the actual day for most contests changes yearly.

Hope that helps clarify things!

Rick - N7WE
070 - #1602
PR Director


IT’S NEW FOR 2019! IT’S HUGE! IT’S GREAT!

Matthew King - AK4MK <kk4cps@...>
 

WHAT? – A new season-long competition to name an overall winner for our contest year – It’s the new Rollo Cup Contest Championship (RC3)!


HOW? – Just enter one or more of the ten 2019 070 Club Contests.  You will automatically be entered in the Rollo Cup Contest Championship!  Obviously, the more contests you enter, the higher your score will be.  Points will be awarded for each of the 10 Club Contests and the highest point total for the year will determine the RC3 Champion.  Scoring is weighted by a number of factors. The complete rules and scoring can be found here (RC3 RULES).


WHY? – The 070 Club has a long history of sponsored contests with recognition of winners for each contest.  But we have never had Top Dawg for the entire year. This new competition will promote more participation in each Club contest and recognize outstanding efforts throughout the entire contest season.


WHEN? – The RC3 begins with the 2019 PSK Fest and runs through the 2019 Triple Play Low Band Sprint Doubleheader.  A Leader Board page showing current standings can be found here (2019 LEADER BOARD) and will be updated after each contest.


WHY SHOULD I?  - Bragging rights!  Someone will be the Club Contest Champion! And each year's RC3 Champion will receive a special certificate, a Rollo Dog Tag, and an Engraved Silver Revere Cup Trophy!  Second and third place will receive special certificates and Rollo Dog Tags, and fourth through tenth place will receive special certificates and bold face marking on the following year’s RC3 Leader Board.


This new competition has been in the planning stages for several years!  I am very pleased to finally announce it, and hope you enjoy this new “Race for the Rollo Cup!”


73

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




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CNPOTA

Jerry N9AVY
 

Looks like the Canadians have instituted a National Parks on the air award. Great !   Let’s hope we get some PSK activity  from this year long activity.    The NPOTA was a fun thing here in U.S.  let’s hope that CNPOTA does as well !

 

https://cnpota.ca 

 

 

Jerry n9avy 

 

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Re: Website issue

Bill - K3ABE
 

Matt,

Good Morning, just wanted to touch base with you, not sure what platform the website uses, but you might want to look at cloudflare, they will make your site entire site https free of charge, you can pay for features but you dont need them, check them out the https://www.cloudflare.com/

Any help you need let me know

73,

Bill Snyder - K3ABE

On 12/28/2018 7:57 PM, Matthew King - AK4MK wrote:

I have installed an SSL certificate on the website. Great, right? Well, the problem is that not all of the content has its own SSL certificate installed.

This means that a good bit of the content on the site will not be visible if you use the httpS:// version of the site as Google is currently recommending.  

There is nothing "insecure" about any of this, it's just not explicitly marked as secure.

The main reason for the SSL certificate was to secure the back-end of the website when I'm logged in making changes and updates. Google picked up the secure site and is now returning the httpS:// site in its search results. 

All you need to do to see everything - just use the http://(no "S") site. 

I'll work with David on (hopefully) getting all the hamclubs.info site marked as secure so that the various pages will be complete when accessed from the httpS:// URL.

Sorry for the confusion....

73

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


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Website issue

Matthew King - AK4MK <kk4cps@...>
 

I have installed an SSL certificate on the website. Great, right? Well, the problem is that not all of the content has its own SSL certificate installed.

This means that a good bit of the content on the site will not be visible if you use the httpS:// version of the site as Google is currently recommending.  

There is nothing "insecure" about any of this, it's just not explicitly marked as secure.

The main reason for the SSL certificate was to secure the back-end of the website when I'm logged in making changes and updates. Google picked up the secure site and is now returning the httpS:// site in its search results. 

All you need to do to see everything - just use the http://(no "S") site. 

I'll work with David on (hopefully) getting all the hamclubs.info site marked as secure so that the various pages will be complete when accessed from the httpS:// URL.

Sorry for the confusion....

73

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


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Remote kill switch

Jerry N9AVY
 

There is a PC card advertised in back pages of QST that has 8 relays which may be controlled remotely. If I recall it works via phone lines.  It has an access you can program can’t recall how many digits, but I know that 4 numbers will have about 10,000 possible combinations.  If you could you something like this, I might be a project.  I have something similar here, but haven’t used it in a while.

 

 

Jerry  N9AVY

 

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Re: 2018 - 365

Jerry N9AVY
 

Heat is the worst enemy of electronics .   Powering on/off may put some wear & tear on rigs, but I’d rather have that than the heat.

 

Jerry n9avy

 

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From: Paul Butzi (W7PFB)
Sent: Friday, December 28, 2018 5:45 PM
To: 070Club@groups.io
Subject: Re: [070Club] 2018 - 365

 

Having a remote kill switch is a good point, won’t argue that.  Although I’d observe that even having the ability to shut it down over a net connection might seem easy but is surprisingly hard to arrange in a failsafe way.

 

My VHF/UHF radios all have a timeout timer.  Key down for longer than the setting, and it ends the transmission.  Sadly none of my HF rigs have this feature.

 

My larger point was that people often power down equipment, and while I don’t advocate wasting power it’s often the power cycling that puts wear and tear on the gear, and not the power on hours.  And at least in the first world, electricity is surprisingly cheap.

 

-p W7PFB
73, Don’t forget to smile and have fun!



On Dec 28, 2018, at 8:41 AM, Jerry N9AVY <n9avy@...> wrote:

 

Paul:

 

As with all electronic devices “if something can go wrong it will”.    Unless you have some way to remotely shut down everything from the remote location , it’s probably not a good idea to run a remote.  For example,  if you rig at home locks up in transmit and you have no way of shutting it down, what do you do ?  If you have a good neighbor to call who has a key for your house, you’re out of luck.  You are in violation of FCC rules by transmitting a continuous carrier with an ID. 

 

Back in the days of telephone lines when they were connected to alarm systems there was a problem called “runaway alarm”  which meant that the alarm would call the monitoring service continuously until the alarm was shut down manually.  So, if the person was on vacation for a week or two, they would get a HUGE telephone bill !  Not good.  Because of this happening many police department outlawed tape dialers (a continuous tape running wild which would tie up phone lines for hours or days).  This is all old technology which is pretty much gone now, but it did happen on many occasions.

 

Back to remote operation.  There needs to be a back up plan to shut everything down in case of problems. As a responsible Amateur Radio Operator one needs to have a plan B.   Even in Summer and other seasons lightning could be a problem.  If you take a “hit” it will probably knock out most everything in the station.  Worse case scenario, the house could burn down… happy homecoming.  One needs to consider worst case scenarios and try to prepare as best as possible for them.  Like the BSA motto, “Be Prepared” !

 

Just some thoughts on remote operation…

 

Jerry   N9AVY 

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: Paul Butzi (W7PFB)
Sent: Friday, December 28, 2018 10:15 AM
To: 070Club@groups.io
Subject: Re: [070Club] 2018 - 365

 

I don’t understand why you’re averse to just leaving the laptop turned on all the time.  The power supply for the laptop is probably on the order of 60 watts, so the power cost is something on the order of $0.30/day.  Call it $3 a week.  (It would probably be far less than that - the laptop probably consumes far less than 60w at idle)

 

Likewise not sure why you wouldn’t just leave the radio on.  I often leave both computer and radio on, fldigi running, with the entire setup spotting psk31 on 20m and posting the results to pskreporter.info.

 

-p W7PFB
73, Don’t forget to smile and have fun! 




On Dec 28, 2018, at 7:53 AM, Lewis Karriker (Sonny) - K4ARE - #2347 <ltkarriker@...> wrote:

 

Thanks Karl for the info - I can operate using Team Viewer and I can purchase a smart plug for the radio.  My question is how can I turn on the home laptop - just applying power will not turn it on, have to push the on button and certainly don't want to leave the laptop on for a week or so.  I did get home in time to get 12/28 which I needed.

Thanks for any help you can give

Lewis - K4ARE

On 12/27/2018 10:14 PM, Karl Heinz Kremer - K5KHK - PODXS 070 # 2645 wrote:


I actually just returned from a week in Florida, and I was not traveling with a radio, but still managed my at least one contact a day (plus 14 on Christmas Day) using a Remote Desktop application to remote control my computer and radio. The radio is powered via a smart plug that i can control via the internet. I took a calculated risk by leaving the antenna connected (not too many thunderstorms in December in Western New York).

It can be done, but requires a bit of planing and testing to make sure that all parts are in place and are actually workin together.

If you need some tips, just shoot me an email.

Karl Heinz - K5KHK





 

 

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Re: 2018 - 365

Lewis Karriker (Sonny) - K4ARE - #2347
 

Thanks for all the replies and suggestions.  I have been wanting to play with the Rasberry Pi so might buy one and give that a try.  At least I have until next Christmas to figure it out. Thanks again to this great group for the help.

Lewis - K4ARE


Re: 2018 - 365

Paul Butzi (W7PFB)
 

Having a remote kill switch is a good point, won’t argue that.  Although I’d observe that even having the ability to shut it down over a net connection might seem easy but is surprisingly hard to arrange in a failsafe way.

My VHF/UHF radios all have a timeout timer.  Key down for longer than the setting, and it ends the transmission.  Sadly none of my HF rigs have this feature.

My larger point was that people often power down equipment, and while I don’t advocate wasting power it’s often the power cycling that puts wear and tear on the gear, and not the power on hours.  And at least in the first world, electricity is surprisingly cheap.

-p W7PFB
73, Don’t forget to smile and have fun!

On Dec 28, 2018, at 8:41 AM, Jerry N9AVY <n9avy@...> wrote:

Paul:
 
As with all electronic devices “if something can go wrong it will”.    Unless you have some way to remotely shut down everything from the remote location , it’s probably not a good idea to run a remote.  For example,  if you rig at home locks up in transmit and you have no way of shutting it down, what do you do ?  If you have a good neighbor to call who has a key for your house, you’re out of luck.  You are in violation of FCC rules by transmitting a continuous carrier with an ID. 
 
Back in the days of telephone lines when they were connected to alarm systems there was a problem called “runaway alarm”  which meant that the alarm would call the monitoring service continuously until the alarm was shut down manually.  So, if the person was on vacation for a week or two, they would get a HUGE telephone bill !  Not good.  Because of this happening many police department outlawed tape dialers (a continuous tape running wild which would tie up phone lines for hours or days).  This is all old technology which is pretty much gone now, but it did happen on many occasions.
 
Back to remote operation.  There needs to be a back up plan to shut everything down in case of problems. As a responsible Amateur Radio Operator one needs to have a plan B.   Even in Summer and other seasons lightning could be a problem.  If you take a “hit” it will probably knock out most everything in the station.  Worse case scenario, the house could burn down… happy homecoming.  One needs to consider worst case scenarios and try to prepare as best as possible for them.  Like the BSA motto, “Be Prepared” !
 
Just some thoughts on remote operation…
 
Jerry   N9AVY 
 
Sent from Mail for Windows 10
 
From: Paul Butzi (W7PFB)
Sent: Friday, December 28, 2018 10:15 AM
To: 070Club@groups.io
Subject: Re: [070Club] 2018 - 365
 
I don’t understand why you’re averse to just leaving the laptop turned on all the time.  The power supply for the laptop is probably on the order of 60 watts, so the power cost is something on the order of $0.30/day.  Call it $3 a week.  (It would probably be far less than that - the laptop probably consumes far less than 60w at idle)
 
Likewise not sure why you wouldn’t just leave the radio on.  I often leave both computer and radio on, fldigi running, with the entire setup spotting psk31 on 20m and posting the results to pskreporter.info.
 
-p W7PFB
73, Don’t forget to smile and have fun! 


On Dec 28, 2018, at 7:53 AM, Lewis Karriker (Sonny) - K4ARE - #2347 <ltkarriker@...> wrote:
 
Thanks Karl for the info - I can operate using Team Viewer and I can purchase a smart plug for the radio.  My question is how can I turn on the home laptop - just applying power will not turn it on, have to push the on button and certainly don't want to leave the laptop on for a week or so.  I did get home in time to get 12/28 which I needed.

Thanks for any help you can give

Lewis - K4ARE

On 12/27/2018 10:14 PM, Karl Heinz Kremer - K5KHK - PODXS 070 # 2645 wrote:

I actually just returned from a week in Florida, and I was not traveling with a radio, but still managed my at least one contact a day (plus 14 on Christmas Day) using a Remote Desktop application to remote control my computer and radio. The radio is powered via a smart plug that i can control via the internet. I took a calculated risk by leaving the antenna connected (not too many thunderstorms in December in Western New York).

It can be done, but requires a bit of planing and testing to make sure that all parts are in place and are actually workin together.

If you need some tips, just shoot me an email.

Karl Heinz - K5KHK



 

 
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Re: 2018 - 365

Jerry N9AVY
 

Paul:

 

As with all electronic devices “if something can go wrong it will”.    Unless you have some way to remotely shut down everything from the remote location , it’s probably not a good idea to run a remote.  For example,  if you rig at home locks up in transmit and you have no way of shutting it down, what do you do ?  If you have a good neighbor to call who has a key for your house, you’re out of luck.  You are in violation of FCC rules by transmitting a continuous carrier with an ID. 

 

Back in the days of telephone lines when they were connected to alarm systems there was a problem called “runaway alarm”  which meant that the alarm would call the monitoring service continuously until the alarm was shut down manually.  So, if the person was on vacation for a week or two, they would get a HUGE telephone bill !  Not good.  Because of this happening many police department outlawed tape dialers (a continuous tape running wild which would tie up phone lines for hours or days).  This is all old technology which is pretty much gone now, but it did happen on many occasions.

 

Back to remote operation.  There needs to be a back up plan to shut everything down in case of problems. As a responsible Amateur Radio Operator one needs to have a plan B.   Even in Summer and other seasons lightning could be a problem.  If you take a “hit” it will probably knock out most everything in the station.  Worse case scenario, the house could burn down… happy homecoming.  One needs to consider worst case scenarios and try to prepare as best as possible for them.  Like the BSA motto, “Be Prepared” !

 

Just some thoughts on remote operation…

 

Jerry   N9AVY 

 

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From: Paul Butzi (W7PFB)
Sent: Friday, December 28, 2018 10:15 AM
To: 070Club@groups.io
Subject: Re: [070Club] 2018 - 365

 

I don’t understand why you’re averse to just leaving the laptop turned on all the time.  The power supply for the laptop is probably on the order of 60 watts, so the power cost is something on the order of $0.30/day.  Call it $3 a week.  (It would probably be far less than that - the laptop probably consumes far less than 60w at idle)

 

Likewise not sure why you wouldn’t just leave the radio on.  I often leave both computer and radio on, fldigi running, with the entire setup spotting psk31 on 20m and posting the results to pskreporter.info.

 

-p W7PFB
73, Don’t forget to smile and have fun!



On Dec 28, 2018, at 7:53 AM, Lewis Karriker (Sonny) - K4ARE - #2347 <ltkarriker@...> wrote:

 

Thanks Karl for the info - I can operate using Team Viewer and I can purchase a smart plug for the radio.  My question is how can I turn on the home laptop - just applying power will not turn it on, have to push the on button and certainly don't want to leave the laptop on for a week or so.  I did get home in time to get 12/28 which I needed.

Thanks for any help you can give

Lewis - K4ARE

On 12/27/2018 10:14 PM, Karl Heinz Kremer - K5KHK - PODXS 070 # 2645 wrote:

I actually just returned from a week in Florida, and I was not traveling with a radio, but still managed my at least one contact a day (plus 14 on Christmas Day) using a Remote Desktop application to remote control my computer and radio. The radio is powered via a smart plug that i can control via the internet. I took a calculated risk by leaving the antenna connected (not too many thunderstorms in December in Western New York).

It can be done, but requires a bit of planing and testing to make sure that all parts are in place and are actually workin together.

If you need some tips, just shoot me an email.

Karl Heinz - K5KHK



 

 


Operating remote

Jerry N9AVY
 

While operating remote is a handy way to work contests and/or look for various endorsements, there is one drawback that I can see.    When I visit my Daughter in MN (about 350 miles from my QTH), I see different propagation and see a lot of stations  I would not normally see.  So, operating remote is sometimes shortchanging yourself which is why I prefer portable/mobile operation.  Knowing it’s not always possible to take radios along with one on a trip… especially if you fly…  if you can take radios with you so much the better.

 

Also, we all have to remember that just because someone in one state or side of country hears a station, there is no guarantee that someone else in a different area may hear that station (mostly mentioned for any new people to ham radio).  Just like weather, you open your window and what you see is what you have, hi , hi !

 

It’s all just a hobby and we should enjoy it with all of its little frustrations.  Most of all, just have fun !

 

Jerry  N9AVY

 

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Re: 2018 - 365

Paul Butzi (W7PFB)
 

I don’t understand why you’re averse to just leaving the laptop turned on all the time.  The power supply for the laptop is probably on the order of 60 watts, so the power cost is something on the order of $0.30/day.  Call it $3 a week.  (It would probably be far less than that - the laptop probably consumes far less than 60w at idle)

Likewise not sure why you wouldn’t just leave the radio on.  I often leave both computer and radio on, fldigi running, with the entire setup spotting psk31 on 20m and posting the results to pskreporter.info.

-p W7PFB
73, Don’t forget to smile and have fun!

On Dec 28, 2018, at 7:53 AM, Lewis Karriker (Sonny) - K4ARE - #2347 <ltkarriker@...> wrote:

Thanks Karl for the info - I can operate using Team Viewer and I can purchase a smart plug for the radio.  My question is how can I turn on the home laptop - just applying power will not turn it on, have to push the on button and certainly don't want to leave the laptop on for a week or so.  I did get home in time to get 12/28 which I needed.

Thanks for any help you can give

Lewis - K4ARE

On 12/27/2018 10:14 PM, Karl Heinz Kremer - K5KHK - PODXS 070 # 2645 wrote:
I actually just returned from a week in Florida, and I was not traveling with a radio, but still managed my at least one contact a day (plus 14 on Christmas Day) using a Remote Desktop application to remote control my computer and radio. The radio is powered via a smart plug that i can control via the internet. I took a calculated risk by leaving the antenna connected (not too many thunderstorms in December in Western New York).

It can be done, but requires a bit of planing and testing to make sure that all parts are in place and are actually workin together.

If you need some tips, just shoot me an email.

Karl Heinz - K5KHK







Re: 2018 - 365

Karl Heinz Kremer - K5KHK - PODXS 070 # 2645
 

Lewis, 

with a laptop, it's tricky because as you said, you will have to push the button. What I can recommend is to get a Raspberry Pi, and set that up with Fldigi. The Pi can be left powered on - it does not use much power -  but it also powers up when you turn the power on via e.g. a smart plug. Just make sure that you shut it down before you turn the power off, otherwise the memory card can get corrupted, and it might not boot anymore. 

Karl Heinz - K5KHK


Re: 2018 - 365

Lewis Karriker (Sonny) - K4ARE - #2347
 

Thanks Karl for the info - I can operate using Team Viewer and I can purchase a smart plug for the radio.  My question is how can I turn on the home laptop - just applying power will not turn it on, have to push the on button and certainly don't want to leave the laptop on for a week or so.  I did get home in time to get 12/28 which I needed.

Thanks for any help you can give

Lewis - K4ARE

On 12/27/2018 10:14 PM, Karl Heinz Kremer - K5KHK - PODXS 070 # 2645 wrote:
I actually just returned from a week in Florida, and I was not traveling with a radio, but still managed my at least one contact a day (plus 14 on Christmas Day) using a Remote Desktop application to remote control my computer and radio. The radio is powered via a smart plug that i can control via the internet. I took a calculated risk by leaving the antenna connected (not too many thunderstorms in December in Western New York).

It can be done, but requires a bit of planing and testing to make sure that all parts are in place and are actually workin together.

If you need some tips, just shoot me an email.

Karl Heinz - K5KHK

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