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Re: PSKFest

Mike W4BZM
 

Jim,
When we worked 20 meters in the morning (1500Z), your signal looked fine.  And I appreciate your taking the time to talk to a fellow shipmate in the midst of the PSKfest, rather than just grabbing an exchange and moving on.  

During our contact later in the day (2251Z) on 40 meters, I thought your signal was a bit wider than normal on the waterfall -- but I didn't notice any extra traces.  Of course, I usually crank the receive bandwidth down to 500 Hz once I establish a contact, so I wouldn't have seen anything outside that.

(Hope your database gets updated soon to show my PODXS number.)  

73

Mike W4BZM
PODXS 070 # 2653


On Sun, Jan 6, 2019 at 5:01 PM Jim K5SP <jinnis@...> wrote:
Was N5SLY running a multi-op site?  It seemed all weekend that
regardless of which band I went to, I could see people contacting him. 
Just kidding folks, Lee lives about 30 miles away, and I rarely can see
his signal. We did manage to get two bands in this weekend.

As for me, it's a miracle that anyone could see/hear me on the band. 
Had problems both days with tuner telling me to QRP whenever I set
output for more than 22 watts.  Could not figure out the problem, but
operated anyway.  Then, this morning, I discovered that the entire time
I was connected to my 20 year old vertical that has broken/missing
parts, no wonder it wouldn't tune properly.    Also does anyone that
made a contact with me have any comments about my signal?  Late Saturday
afternoon, was told that I had a dirty, wide, signal.

Other than my man-made issues, I did manage to survive, won't come near
to Lee in points, but beat last year which is all good. PSKFest is fun,
and the waterfall shows what the bands used to be like in this mode. 
Too bad more people don't get on the air more frequently to maintain
quantity of signals in the waterfall.

73,

Jim K5SP



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Jim,  K5SP #483
Member Services Director




Re: Grid chart

Rick - N7WE
 

The truth of the matter Jerry...I'm color blind.  I didn't know it was a different color and looking at it just now, I still don't.  But I checked my log and it should be blank.  I have not worked DM32.  I'll fix that tomorrow.  I can tell blank from green!

Rick - N7WE
070 - #1602


Re: Grid chart

Jerry N9AVY
 

Rick:

 

There are some very subtle differences which are probably due to our QTHs and propagation.    

 

Why is DM32 a different color ???   Is that a  “I may have worked this one” ???  Just curious.

 

Jerry  n9avy

 

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From: Rick - N7WE
Sent: Sunday, January 6, 2019 6:11 PM
To: 070Club@groups.io
Subject: Re: [070Club] Grid chart

 

OK here's mine Jerry.  As Tweety Bird used to say to Larry Bird: "We look a lot alike!"  Anybody out West or up North want to activate some grids and be a hero?  
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Rick - N7WE
070 - #1602

 


Re: Grid chart

Rick - N7WE
 

OK here's mine Jerry.  As Tweety Bird used to say to Larry Bird: "We look a lot alike!"  Anybody out West or up North want to activate some grids and be a hero?  
--
Rick - N7WE
070 - #1602


PSKFest

Jim K5SP
 

Was N5SLY running a multi-op site?  It seemed all weekend that regardless of which band I went to, I could see people contacting him.  Just kidding folks, Lee lives about 30 miles away, and I rarely can see his signal. We did manage to get two bands in this weekend.

As for me, it's a miracle that anyone could see/hear me on the band.  Had problems both days with tuner telling me to QRP whenever I set output for more than 22 watts.  Could not figure out the problem, but operated anyway.  Then, this morning, I discovered that the entire time I was connected to my 20 year old vertical that has broken/missing parts, no wonder it wouldn't tune properly.    Also does anyone that made a contact with me have any comments about my signal?  Late Saturday afternoon, was told that I had a dirty, wide, signal.

Other than my man-made issues, I did manage to survive, won't come near to Lee in points, but beat last year which is all good. PSKFest is fun, and the waterfall shows what the bands used to be like in this mode.  Too bad more people don't get on the air more frequently to maintain quantity of signals in the waterfall.

73,

Jim K5SP



--
Jim,  K5SP #483
Member Services Director


Postage increases U.S. & Canada

Jerry N9AVY
 

POSTAGE GOING UP FOR U.S. AND CANADA. The U.S. Postal Service announced

  new prices for 2019 and they in effect Jan. 27, 2019. The proposed

  Mailing Services price changes include:

     Product                                    Current      Proposed

     -------                                    -------      --------

     Letters (1 oz.)                            50 cents     55 cents

     Letters additional ounces                  21 cents     15 cents

     Letters (metered 1 oz.)                    47 cents     50 cents

     Outbound International Letters (1 oz.)     $1.15        $1.15

     Domestic Postcards                         35 cents     35 cents

  For more info, see:

  https://about.usps.com/news/national-releases/2018/pr18_086.htm

 

    The Canadian Postal will also go up on January 14th. The postage

  rate for domestic LettermailTM items weighing 30 grams or less when

  purchased in a booklet, coil or pane would increase to $0.90 from the

  current rate of $0.85. The price of a single domestic stamp would

  increase to $1.05 (Canadian) from the current rate of $1.00. Letters

  to the U.S. will go up $0.07 or more and to other countries $0.15 or

  more

 

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IOTA

Jerry N9AVY
 

“ PLEASE NOTE: Since the Webmasters of the new <www.iota-world.org> have

  decided NOT to post or dedicate a Web page to announce upcoming IOTA

  operations, PLEASE send your IOTA operations information to the OPDX,

  and we will post it here in an upcoming bulletin......

 

From OPDX Bulletin

 

This is what I was referring to earlier this morning.

 

 

Jerry  n9avy

 

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Re: Grid chart

Jerry N9AVY
 

BTW, if others were to put their grids on here, it could also help in planning 2019 trips to activate needed grids… sort of like the “10 Most Wanted DX” lists.   

 

Just a thought ….

 

Jerry

 

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From: Jerry N9AVY
Sent: Sunday, January 6, 2019 11:42 AM
To: 070Club@groups.io
Subject: [070Club] Grid chart

 

Well spent an hour or so transposing grids to chart and was very pleased with it.   Before anyone gets discouraged by the number of grids filled in, I want to say that I put in a lot of time in front of radio to get where I am.  You can do it, too.

 

I like the fact that it’s a quick visual reference that I can quickly refer to while operating; mush better than the Excel file I had which was more of a “To Do” list.

 

Thanks !

 

 

Jerry  n9avy

 

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Grid chart

Jerry N9AVY
 

Well spent an hour or so transposing grids to chart and was very pleased with it.   Before anyone gets discouraged by the number of grids filled in, I want to say that I put in a lot of time in front of radio to get where I am.  You can do it, too.

 

I like the fact that it’s a quick visual reference that I can quickly refer to while operating; mush better than the Excel file I had which was more of a “To Do” list.

 

Thanks !

 

 

Jerry  n9avy

 

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Re: Maidenhead Grid Map

Jerry N9AVY
 

Like to add my thanks as well !   Just printed it out.  Looks good.

 

Jerry  n9avy

 

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From: Rick - N7WE
Sent: Sunday, January 6, 2019 5:30 AM
To: 070Club@groups.io
Subject: Re: [070Club] Maidenhead Grid Map

 

Thank you Bob!  That must have taken a lot of work.  It's really useful.  I had been using colored pencil on a printout of the ARRL FFMA map.  Your method is WAY better.

070 does Grid Endorsement slightly different than ARRL FFMA.  This from the Endorsement page:

"We took the ARRL FFMA map and excluded the following (nearly all water or VE/XE): CM79 CM86 CM93 CM94 CN70 CN72 CN73 CN74 CN75 CN76 CN77 CN78 DL79 DL98 DM02 DM03 DM12 DM22 DM31 DM61 EL15 EL28 EL58 EL79 EL84 EL86 EN29 EN48 EN57 EN58 EN62 EN63 EN64 EN67 EN85 EN86 EN92 FM02 FM13 FM25 FM26 FM27 FN03 FN14 FN25 FN35 FN46 FN51 FN53 FN57 FN66 FN67"


I added red fill to the 070 excluded grids on your XLS master.  A copy is attached.  Thanks again for a very nice contribution for all of us chasing the 070 Grids Endorsements.

Rick - N7WE
070 - #1602

 


Re: IOTA Activations

Jerry N9AVY
 

Thought I heard that the new IOTA Group which took over from RSGB changed some requirements.  Haven’t really checked into that.  I do know that they are no longer publishing upcoming IOTA activations because I read that in various DX bulletins.   IOTA activations during IOTA contests do not require QSLs.

 

Jerry  n9avy  

 

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From: Stephen Melachrinos
Sent: Sunday, January 6, 2019 6:51 AM
To: 070Club@groups.io
Subject: Re: [070Club] IOTA Activations

 

Rick -

 

Good questions, and important if you want your contacts to be able to claim official IOTA credit.

 

1. I don't think ANY activation requires pre-authorization, but activation of very rare groups may require documentation (after-the-fact) to prove you actually were there and had authorization to operate. I don't think any Florida groups would qualify--may Dry Tortugas. I had no problem with any that I've activated, and that included VQ9 (which has restrictive travel requirements). I think the rule applies for islands like Bouvet, or Peter I, or that type of rare.

 

2. I'm pretty sure at this time, paper QSLs are required. (There might be an exception if you activate an island during an IOTA contest and submit--as the activator--your log). And I stated the rules of what has to be printed--the island name which has to be listed as a qualifying island in an island group. But these don't have to be commercially-printed--I've printed my own. In fact, I've printed a couple for some contacts I made with an activator who wasn't using IOTA-compliant cards. (I wanted the credit, printed a card for him to sign, and mailed it to him with an SASE. Of course, I pre-coordinated with him after he sent me one of those non-complying cards.) I think they will also accept the island information on the "QSO information sticker" that logging programs create.

 

3. I'm not familiar with how ClubLog confirmations work wrt IOTA.

 

4. I've only submitted paper cards to a checker.

 

Steve

W3HF

 

-----Original Message-----
From: Rick - N7WE <n7we1980@...>
To: 070Club <070Club@groups.io>
Sent: Sun, Jan 6, 2019 7:15 am
Subject: [070Club] IOTA Activations

Loren, Steve, and anyone else-
I'm a real newbie on the IOTA stuff.  My original intent was to just to put NA-076 on-air for 070 members since I was going to be on Cedar Key anyway.   It was such a bust, yet so much fun, that I'm now thinking about activating some of the remaining 9 Florida IOTA Groups.  But if I'm going to do that, I want to do it right so those chasing RSGB IOTAs (as opposed to just the 070 IOTAs) can get credit if they want it. But after reading everything on the IOTA website, I'm still not sure what I need to do. I'm not looking for Activator credits, but here are some of my questions (probably really dumb questions):

Does an activation of a previously activated group require pre-authorization by IOTA? 

Do I have to make/send paper QSLs  - with a printed (not hand written) name of the island - specific to that activation in order for those I work to claim credit ?

Does uploading to ClubLog only do it for DXpedition activations?  It seems from the website that it works for any activation, but then it talks about paper cards required.

Does IOTA still only use paper cards for checking?  The website seems to suggest use of ClubLog, but I'm not clear.


Any guidance greatly appreciated!  (I get by with a little help from my friends!)


Rick - N7WE

070 - #1602

 


Re: IOTA Activations

Stephen Melachrinos
 

Rick -

Good questions, and important if you want your contacts to be able to claim official IOTA credit.

1. I don't think ANY activation requires pre-authorization, but activation of very rare groups may require documentation (after-the-fact) to prove you actually were there and had authorization to operate. I don't think any Florida groups would qualify--may Dry Tortugas. I had no problem with any that I've activated, and that included VQ9 (which has restrictive travel requirements). I think the rule applies for islands like Bouvet, or Peter I, or that type of rare.

2. I'm pretty sure at this time, paper QSLs are required. (There might be an exception if you activate an island during an IOTA contest and submit--as the activator--your log). And I stated the rules of what has to be printed--the island name which has to be listed as a qualifying island in an island group. But these don't have to be commercially-printed--I've printed my own. In fact, I've printed a couple for some contacts I made with an activator who wasn't using IOTA-compliant cards. (I wanted the credit, printed a card for him to sign, and mailed it to him with an SASE. Of course, I pre-coordinated with him after he sent me one of those non-complying cards.) I think they will also accept the island information on the "QSO information sticker" that logging programs create.

3. I'm not familiar with how ClubLog confirmations work wrt IOTA.

4. I've only submitted paper cards to a checker.

Steve
W3HF


-----Original Message-----
From: Rick - N7WE <n7we1980@...>
To: 070Club <070Club@groups.io>
Sent: Sun, Jan 6, 2019 7:15 am
Subject: [070Club] IOTA Activations

Loren, Steve, and anyone else-
I'm a real newbie on the IOTA stuff.  My original intent was to just to put NA-076 on-air for 070 members since I was going to be on Cedar Key anyway.   It was such a bust, yet so much fun, that I'm now thinking about activating some of the remaining 9 Florida IOTA Groups.  But if I'm going to do that, I want to do it right so those chasing RSGB IOTAs (as opposed to just the 070 IOTAs) can get credit if they want it. But after reading everything on the IOTA website, I'm still not sure what I need to do. I'm not looking for Activator credits, but here are some of my questions (probably really dumb questions):
Does an activation of a previously activated group require pre-authorization by IOTA? 
Do I have to make/send paper QSLs  - with a printed (not hand written) name of the island - specific to that activation in order for those I work to claim credit ?
Does uploading to ClubLog only do it for DXpedition activations?  It seems from the website that it works for any activation, but then it talks about paper cards required.
Does IOTA still only use paper cards for checking?  The website seems to suggest use of ClubLog, but I'm not clear.

Any guidance greatly appreciated!  (I get by with a little help from my friends!)


Rick - N7WE

070 - #1602


IOTA Activations

Rick - N7WE
 

Loren, Steve, and anyone else-
I'm a real newbie on the IOTA stuff.  My original intent was to just to put NA-076 on-air for 070 members since I was going to be on Cedar Key anyway.   It was such a bust, yet so much fun, that I'm now thinking about activating some of the remaining 9 Florida IOTA Groups.  But if I'm going to do that, I want to do it right so those chasing RSGB IOTAs (as opposed to just the 070 IOTAs) can get credit if they want it. But after reading everything on the IOTA website, I'm still not sure what I need to do. I'm not looking for Activator credits, but here are some of my questions (probably really dumb questions):

Does an activation of a previously activated group require pre-authorization by IOTA? 
Do I have to make/send paper QSLs  - with a printed (not hand written) name of the island - specific to that activation in order for those I work to claim credit ?
Does uploading to ClubLog only do it for DXpedition activations?  It seems from the website that it works for any activation, but then it talks about paper cards required.
Does IOTA still only use paper cards for checking?  The website seems to suggest use of ClubLog, but I'm not clear.

Any guidance greatly appreciated!  (I get by with a little help from my friends!)


Rick - N7WE

070 - #1602


Re: Maidenhead Grid Map

Rick - N7WE
 

Thank you Bob!  That must have taken a lot of work.  It's really useful.  I had been using colored pencil on a printout of the ARRL FFMA map.  Your method is WAY better.

070 does Grid Endorsement slightly different than ARRL FFMA.  This from the Endorsement page:

"We took the ARRL FFMA map and excluded the following (nearly all water or VE/XE): CM79 CM86 CM93 CM94 CN70 CN72 CN73 CN74 CN75 CN76 CN77 CN78 DL79 DL98 DM02 DM03 DM12 DM22 DM31 DM61 EL15 EL28 EL58 EL79 EL84 EL86 EN29 EN48 EN57 EN58 EN62 EN63 EN64 EN67 EN85 EN86 EN92 FM02 FM13 FM25 FM26 FM27 FN03 FN14 FN25 FN35 FN46 FN51 FN53 FN57 FN66 FN67"

I added red fill to the 070 excluded grids on your XLS master.  A copy is attached.  Thanks again for a very nice contribution for all of us chasing the 070 Grids Endorsements.

Rick - N7WE
070 - #1602


Thanks for Letting me join the fun

Scotty W7PSK
 

Didnt do much. Other family stuff but thought I would hand a few
out. It was fun

Scotty W7PSK



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Scotty W7PSK
Everett, Washington
070 #138


Re: Welcome

JEFF WALSH
 

Welcome to the club Tim ! ...... now it's time to start collecting those little stickers !

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


On Saturday, January 5, 2019, 9:06:12 PM CST, Jim K5SP <jinnis@...> wrote:


Please join me in welcoming our new PODXS070 member(s):

2665 Tim  KR4GM

Jim K5SP
Membership Director

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Member Services Director


Re: N7WE/P Rick IOTA

Brian Wolf Leverich
 

Hi Rick and all -

It doesn't help with PSK because the duty cycle is too long, but you can
smooth CW and voice peak power demands with a large capacitor bank.

This is particularly useful if you want to run "100W" off a cigarette
lighter socket, but it's also helpful if your portable battery has a
high enough internal resistance that it can't or shouldn't deliver 20+
amp current spikes.

You can buy capacitor banks off the shelf like the MFJ-4403, or you can
cobble one together yourself. The main issue is limiting current inrush
when you're first charging the capacitor bank.

Cheers, B.

On Fri, Jan 04, 2019 at 04:32:31PM -0800, Rick - N7WE wrote:

Matt-

I have been thinking about them.   I see a lot of portable ops using KX2s
and KX3s are using Bioennopower.    I've never pushed beyond about 35w when
doing battery PSK /P...but there sure have been a lot of times I could have
used more fire in the wire!  What transceiver you were running?  I'd be
curious to know what the max TX amp pull was.

Rick - N7WE
070 - #1602


Welcome

Jim K5SP
 

Please join me in welcoming our new PODXS070 member(s):

2665 Tim  KR4GM

Jim K5SP
Membership Director
--
Jim,  K5SP #483
Member Services Director


Re: That was fun !!!

Matthew King - AK4MK <kk4cps@...>
 

Glad to hear that you enjoyed it, John!

I wasn't able to make it to this year's PSKFest unfortunately, but I'm sure it was a great time to be had.

Here's to looking forward to the Valentine's Day Contest! :-)

73

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


On Sat, Jan 5, 2019 at 6:41 PM John Raynsford via Groups.Io <al7jk=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
 I'd been away from PSK31 for so long, I'd forgotten just 
how relaxing it is to spend hours on end just staring into
that waterfall screen chasing the tracks. 

73 to all !
AL7JK, John
# 2094


2019 PSKFest scorer update

Matthew King - AK4MK <kk4cps@...>
 

The 2019 PSKFest scorer is now ready to receive logs!

Here's the link: 2019 PSKFest

Please be sure that you pick the correct entry class. Not picking an entry class will cause your log to be ignored for position and RC3 scoring.

73

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

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